Roll Your Own System Center Virtual Machine Manager Beta FAQ

I’ve just become the proud owner of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 Beta FAQ. What is Virtual Machine Manager? Why blog about the FAQ? It is a bootstrapping problem. I need to develop and publish a Frequently Asked Questions file for a Beta 1 V1 product that isn’t out yet, and has no…

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The Good Samaritan Would Blog

I am reading a new book written by some friends of mine: Anxious to Please: 7 Revolutionary Practices for the Chronically Nice. One of the things they talk about is taking the time to examine your core beliefs. This is an essential pre-req to what they call “warrior practice.” Makes sense, it is a lot easier to…


Seven Rules for Making a (Science) Movie, or techie blog

Cool NOVA site on “the Ghost Particle”. Check out the producer’s 7 rules for making a good science movie. Good advice for blogging I think, especially tech blogging. Pretty much just replace “movie” in your head with “blogging” as you read.  


Wax Tadpoles

It is said that when CocaCola entered the mainland Chinese market, some of the first literal translations of the brandname into Mandarin came out “bite the wax tadpole”. Of course, Coke marketing got a grip on the situation pretty quickly. Blogs.technet.com is almost 6 months old, and I am wondering how blogging and branding play…


On "learning nature"

We crave stories. It is one of the oldest ways we know how to learn. Wanting to learn, that’s a different story… I think this post says it well: I’ll never forget learning to ride a bike. My older brother’s bike, with its long yellow banana seat and black tassels dangling from the handlebars, was…


Berate IT

<ironic mode on> Steffen has a blog in German on TechNet. I don’t speak German, and online translators I have found are woefully inadequate for technical writing. Interesting tho that his title is “Technologieberater”.Online dictionary defs for “Berate” include “to scold; rebuke; censure severely or angrily”. Contrast with the oft-found title FOOtechnology “Evangelist”, which online sources…

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Machine Translation Market Prediction

In the early, post-World War II days of computing, scientists dreamed of creating software so intelligent it could accurately translate one language into another. If computers could crack enemy codes, the thinking went, then why not foreign languages? Five decades later, researchers are still working on the problem. But what was a dream in the…