PHP SQL Server Driver for All You Communists

I’ve been meeting a lot of open-source devs lately and most tend to be genuinely surprised about the ability to now use SQL Server 2005/2008 with PHP applications.  The best PHP devs, especially those who own or run development houses, tend to be a platform neutral bunch even those that work almost exclusively on Linux,…

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Just Watched Obama Get Grilled by House Republicans QA for 90 minutes. WOW!

Sorry if politics isn’t your thing (it should be cause tech revolves around policy), and I am not trying to be hyperbolic when I say this but I think I’ve witnessed the most honest and open American political debate in my 27 years of life!  Although not quite British Parliament style, its reminded me of…

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Apple iPad – A Microsoft Allegory (Part 1)

Kudos to Apple on a fantastic product launch!  I give props where it is due and they really did create the perfect storm for the “product of the decade."  All the elements were there.  The years of anticipation, the official fake price leaks quoting $1000, the subsequent surprise price of $499 that sent stocks jumping,…

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Microsoft Releases Haitian Creole Translator for Haiti Aid Workers

Its been amazing to see the world community mobilize against the disaster in Haiti.  There isn’t a day that goes by where I see, hear, or read an amazing story about survival and philanthropy.  Microsoft has done a lot in this area to help. “Since we first heard news of the tragedy in Haiti, there…

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Microsoft Can Do Sexy Too…Pshh iPad

If you’ve heard or used our Arc Mouse, we now have a really cool companion item to go with it.  BEHOLD…the Arc Keyboard!    That should hold you guys over until a do a full write-up on the iPad from the Microsoft employee angle out tommorow.  Seriously, Apple is loosing its design edge in the…

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February Live Webcasts from Microsoft

TechNet Webcast: Network Considerations for Deploying Communications Server 2007 R2 (Level 300) Tuesday, February 02, 2010 – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time Desmond Lee, Senior Consultant, Winworkers Switzerland http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032439126&Culture=en-US TechNet Webcast: Deploying Kronos Workforce Management Solutions Using SQL Server 2008 (Level 200) Wednesday, February 03, 2010 – 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Pacific…

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Mr. Ballmer, Would You Sign My Mac?

Sorry, this was too funny not to post!  Well played Mr. Ballmer…well played.  Just out of curiosity, can you perhaps furbish me, employee #318193 with a personally signed version of my Lenovo (I’ll even take a Dell) ?  I know its not a Mac, but I swear it has Windows 7 on it 🙂 Macs…

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Deepfat Rationalizes the Ribbon UI in Microsoft Office

My colleague Andrew Fryer (@deepfat) was annoyed at BETT 2010 conference by the number of older teachers, headmasters, and IT professionals whining about the Ribbon UI.  I told him that some people just can’t be convinced and will only go kicking a screaming.  I said this after spending about 15 minutes explaining to a guy…

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How Microsoft Does ‘Cloud’ Security [WHITEPAPER]

  Microsoft released a detailed whitepaper back in August outlining how security is done when it comes to running our Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS).  Many people are  only now just beginning to think about how businesses will change under a cloud model, especially since competitors are becoming increasing agile when it comes to being…

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