working for microsoft–6 years

i’m coming up on 6 years at microsoft and still wake up every day jazzed about what i do, the people i work with, and probably most importantly for me – some visionaries at the top.  i just read j allard’s internal memo “decide. change. reinvent.” and have been keeping an eye on both the…

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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)…

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account confirmation phishing email

early this morning i received the following email: although it appears on the left to be a communication from the “windows live team”, check out the actual email address on the right: windowsliveteam.support394@hotmail.com – doesn’t look too official to me! phishing attempts are something i’ve dealt with before, but i get a fair amount of…

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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…

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sunday posts for everyone - biking, growing up and independence

this weekend our daughter audrey learned to ride a two wheeler and just like her older brother samuel is now cruising around the neighborhood with the rest of us independent of training wheels or a contraption off the back of dad’s bike.  her new found freedom is really fun to watch.  she’s always picked things…

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sunday posts for everyone - influences

it seems appropriate on my parent’s anniversary to post something about how both of them have influenced me both personally and professionally.  after all, they are the first two examples, mentors, friends and people i could and did look up to.  let’s start with my mom.  although she is liberal in some ways, the choices…

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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…

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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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tnetennba - a new word is born

tonight is the 3rd episode in the 4th series of the it crowd.  in the 2nd episode, moss uses the word “tnetennba” and just like that you can find other it crowd fans by typing this into google, yahoo or bing.  i love the way graham linehan plays with popular sites (“friendface” and “jitter” are…

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growing up

when i was really young, i watched sesame street, the electric company and zoom on wttw (pbs) during the week and every weekend started with the superfriends and saturday morning cartoons.  as i grew older, there was a lot of wfld and whatever channel 44 was called.  then the brady bunch, happy days and the…

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