Thinking about the cloud (part 1).

I was telling someone recently that before I joined Microsoft I spent the late 1990s running a small training company. The number of employees varied, averaging out at a dozen or so. I delivered training, did the business management, helped the win over customers and I looked after the IT. It was like doing two…

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UK techdays Free events in London – including after hours.

You may have seen that registration for UK TechDays events from 12th to 16th April is already open – but you probably won’t have seen this newly announced session, even if you are following @uktechdays on twitter After Hours @ UK Tech Days 2010 – Wednesday 14th April, 7pm – 9pm. Vue Cinema, Fulham Broadway. Reviving the…

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Making word clouds (Part 2: how to use it , and clouds from twitter).

Attached to this post is a Zip file containing Twitter.ps1 the PowerShell script I use to get information from Twitter, and since the word cloud work grew out of that it has ended up in the same file.  It also contains noise.dat the list of noise words which you can customize. If you want to…

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Making Word clouds (Part 1: how it works).

I’ve been playing with word clouds on and off for the last couple of months, and finally I’ve decided the time has come to share what I have been doing.  Word clouds turn up in all sorts of places, and I wanted to produce something which could take any text, be customized, and let me…

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Camera-phones One Note and OCR.

Everyone uses different bits of office. There’s a core piece that everyone uses and then we all have our personal 10%. I like the OCR feature of One-Note. For example on the way to the BETT show a few days back I saw an advert on the tube that’s a grander variation on “How do…

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Net maps - PowerShell and Excel

Over the weekend I picked up a link from Jeffrey, which took me to this post by Doug. My post from Friday had already got me thinking about visualization stuff and so I went off on the link that Doug provided. A nice little snippet of PowerShell which piqued my interest and a link to…

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PowerShell from Excel (oh oh, VMware again)

VMware are a competitor and so when things go wrong for them I’ll point it out (and to answer Nick, a regular commenter: No, that’s not FUD. Saying "VMware had a failure here, so you can extrapolate from that to unspecified future failures" would be spreading Fear Uncertainty and Doubt. I might lapse into that…

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Open-XML. This is what it's all about.

I have been saying for ages that most IT professionals really don’t give two hoots about Open-XML. It’s a file format. Who cares ? The old file format had been around for ages, and was pretty opaque, so hardly anyone dug into it. The new format is XML (which is good), and rich (also good),…

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It's official, Office Open XML is an ISO standard

ISO have posted the official news to their web site, and the less than inspiring title, "ISO/IEC DIS 29500, Information technology – Office Open XML file formats, has received the necessary number of votes for approval as an ISO/IEC International Standard." I’ve had some pretty robust things to say about certain competitors who used approval…

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