summer hardware, software and dogfood

it seems not a month goes by at microsoft where you aren’t testing something or submitting feedback on software.  if you enjoy living between what is here and what’s next, microsoft is a really fun place to work.  it’s obviously not the only company that is introducing new hardware, software and services, so here’s a…


back to dogfooding

probably the coolest part of working for microsoft is the opportunity to dogfood so many amazing technologies before they are released.  from windows and office to xbox and windows live there have been so many opportunities to take a look ahead i have lost count. there are times while i have been with microsoft that…


tenure

there is only one teacher i can think of that i had and that my kids had in dekalb.  mrs. north was my reading tutor one summer in middle school and she has had both sam and audrey in music class.  many people i know have been doing something similar for many years but have…


it gets better

tonight i watched oprah’s show about the freedom riders in the early 1960s and watching from the vantage point of 50 years later with our first african american president in office it seems unreal what those brave men and women endured 50 years ago.  i noticed a google chrome commercial during american idol but didn’t…


mrs. farley

mrs. farley taught math and she was one of the most influential teachers i had in high school. i remember her making entrances on roller skates and making almost every day in her classroom entertaining and unpredictable. she gave me extra points on senior skip day (my dad was on the school board at the…


top ten april fools pranks at home, around town and on the web

yesterday was april fools day (or the beginning of my wife’s birthday month) and the pranks were flying online.  here are 10 of my favorite this year.  0. my wife woke up to say there was snow on the ground – she forgot i had already been outside to take out the trash #fail.  later…

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ONLY CAPITALS

I’VE BEEN BLOGGING FOR A WHILE AND HAVE RECEIVED A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY I ALWAYS POST IN LOWER CASE.  IN HIGH SCHOOL WE READ POEMS BY E E CUMMINGS AND THE IDEA THAT YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO CAPITALIZE THE FIRST LETTER OF A SENTENCE STUCK WITH ME.  TO MAKE UP FOR ALL THE LOWER…


full operating system vs mobile operating system

3:50 pm it’s been less than 24 hours since i memorized the dvorak keyboard and i’m no speed demon as this post will attest to… 3:54 pm but what the four minutes of trying to remember where the colon is on the dvorak layout (it’s where the shift + z should be!), another powerful reason…


hobbies

it’s friday afternoon and seems like an appropriate time to post a couple paragraphs about things i’ve been doing in my spare time both computer and non computer-related.  a couple of things i’ve been doing on the computer include learning the dvorak keyboard (i’m downloading mavis beacon software right now for a weekend of practice)…


be different

this afternoon i came across an oldie but goodie – a dell floppy drive from a dell inspiron 8600 i owned in 2003.  to my surprise it has an usb port, so i was able to attach it to a windows 7 64 bit computer (the good news – windows 7 64 bit supports floppy…