kinect and the microsoft company store opening in oakbrook, il

in my five years at microsoft i’ve had a chance to attend a lot of events.  my first “launch” event was for windows vista in february 2006 where I had a chance to do two of the keynote demos in front of an audience of over 4,500 attendees.  i’ve worked at the intel developers conference,…

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5 years @ microsoft

today is my 5 year anniversary at microsoft and seems like a great time to think back through the changes in the past 5 years.  i already had a windows mobile phone (and had gotten rid of a traditional “home phone”) when hired and computers (desktops and laptops), a windows media center, tv tuners, portable…


kindle madness and how full is your bucket?

i have finally made a convert to the amazon kindle – my wife (and hopefully soon my parents or at least my father).  i shouldn’t take any of the credit – her friend (and my high school classmate) amy actually did all the work.  i’ve been toying with the idea ever since it came out…


movies about dreams and virtual reality

this week i saw the movie inception for the second time and it reminded me of another movie when i was young that i really enjoyed brainstorm.  brainstorm is a movie staring christopher walken and natalie wood about two scientists that perfect a machine that allows one person to “playback” the real world experiences of…


powerpoint not required

two years ago this month i joined dekalb area toastmasters.  for the past year i have served as our club’s president.  today i was able to recreate my “icebreaker” speech the way i would have two years ago if a projector were available.  the title of the speech was “powerpoint not required”.  i started out…

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sunday posts for everyone: what is he talking about?

a couple weeks ago someone mentioned that they don’t understand half of the stuff i post here, on twitter and on facebook (because my twitter updates also appear on facebook automatically) and i got to thinking about how much of what i communicate assumes you work in information technology.  thus the new sunday posts for…


5 years ago – yesterday

…was my last day as a full time employee of the information management group.  a couple weeks prior i sent the following email entitled “going forward”: please use my hotmail account for email.  i’ve turned in my full time resignation effective april 1st (one of my favorite days), but will be travelling until then.  i…


my best year in college

in the summer of 1987 my mother received a call from millikin university in decatur, il.  apparently they had over booked dorm assignments and they were looking for approximately 40 students that would be willing to live off campus in a hotel.  i was hoping my mom said “yes” but she took it one step…