Windows Phone 8.1 – The Good, The Great and The What Were They Thinking

Full Disclosure – I no longer work for Microsoft. I left May 2012. I'm not sure what the policy is for non-employees writing TechNet Blogs, but I figure this is the best place since I'm discussing a Microsoft product. Let's start with the Good….. Action Center People with iPhones and/or iPads will immediately recognize this…


Microsoft Services is Hiring!

Recruiting Open House – Thursday June 7, 2012 6:00 to 8:30 PM Chicago Office – AON Center – 200 E Randolph St, Suite 200 All attendees should register in advance.  Please send your resume and contact information to and register online at We are hiring Project Managers, Engagement Managers and Technical Consultants who…


Meet Microsoft – Women’s Networking Event – Chicago, IL – Tuesday, May 15 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Do you have 8+ years of experience in sales, marketing, consulting services or technical support? If so, we invite you to attend the Meet Microsoft:  Women’s Networking Event, a forum to network with local employees and learn about careers at Microsoft. Microsoft understands and appreciates the value of a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture for…


10 Year Anniversary

Well y’all my 10 year anniversary with Microsoft was February 25, 2012. I can’t believe I’ve been working here for 10 years.  Before coming to Microsoft the longest I’d worked at any company was three years.  I remember when my second anniversary passed, my friends started asking me how soon I’d be moving on. Neither…


Kinect for Windows Launched Today!

More details – R.I.P Don Cornelius


"Office 15"

First official public disclosure –


This One Is For All You Parents Out There

Yesterday my very dear friend was at his son’s football game.  He got so excited when his son scored his first touchdown, he forgot he was supposed to be filming.  I fell out laughing listening to him scream. Please enjoy….. [View:]


A Day Late and A Dollar Short

I know I’m almost a week late with this, but I do have bid a fond farewell and to Dennis Ritchie, the father of C and Unix.  For many years I was a Unix System Administrator and developer.  I even saved copies of scripts I’ve written because I was so proud. ***Total Nerd Moment*** Thank…


Moment of Silence Part III

Dear Fred Shuttlesworth, Because of you and people like you people like me have the right to vote.  We can live where we want.  We can eat and sit where we want.  Our schools are integrated.  The laws of this land protect our rights now.  You fought for people like me and we can never repay you…


Moment of Silence Part II

Dear Steve Jobs, I was first exposed to Apple computers in middle school.  In college I was always in the Mac lab.  My first job out of college I standardized my entire department on Macintosh computers and I administered a Power Mac server.  When I first joined Microsoft friends used to tease me and say…