consumerization of it

i’ve been with microsoft almost 6 years now and ever since i started i have been able to bring my own computer to work (and often do).  the day i started (october 31, 2005) was the start of the greatest employment journey i could have ever wished for.  i received and unboxed my very first…


facebook video calling

my wife is in switzerland for a week.  yesterday facebook announced video calling in partnership with skype.  i was in the microsoft store yesterday afternoon with my kids where we were able to set it up and test it. notice on my slate with a front and rear facing camera how easy it is to…


dvorak update – one month

7:46 pm so it’s been just under a month and i’m at about 20 wpm on the dvorak keyboard.  it’s coming along and i can already tell this will soon make me a faster typer than i ever was on the querty layout.  i am going to take some speed tests online and will highlight…


internet explorer 9, etc. and amazon cloud player

you might have heard about this new browser that microsoft released – internet explorer 9?  obviously i’ve been running it for awhile, but haven’t blogged about it – until now.  since i’m learning a new keyboard, any opportunity to type i’m taking.  this afternoon i downloaded amazon’s cloud player to check it out on a…


setting up alternate keyboard input in windows 7

i’ve experimented with the spanish and korean keyboard layout in the past (since i have taught microsoft classes in both countries prior to joining microsoft), but the dvorak keyboard is what i’m truly interested in mastering.  whether you just want to experiment with an alternative keyboard or learn where the keys are located in another…


daskeyboard!

mike verta was kind enough to remind me of a classic mechanical keyboard that can be ordered with no inscriptions on the keys.  i just ordered the das keyboard ultimate model silent which will help in learning the dvorak layout (no reason to look down anymore!)   i can’t wait to check it out and…

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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…


learning the dvorak keyboard

there are a lot of things we take for granted in a full version of an operating system.  i’ve been interested in learning the dvorak keyboard for years, but only recently have i been spending time learning it.  imagine the increased security of typing in passwords where even if someone remembered your keystrokes, they don’t…

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