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The EC is doing Microsoft's Marketing now...NICE!
Wow, this is a really interesting turn of events. So first, the EC decides to make Microsoft limit its own operating system product – effectively reducing the value they offer to customers. Now, they’re forcing Microsoft to name the product what they choose. And what did those marketing wizards choose… Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Professional Edition N WTF?! (Yeah – they just added an “N” after the product name). This is WAY, WAY beyond what any government ......

Posted On Monday, March 28, 2005 11:56 PM

I can't resist jumping on Scoble for this one...
Well, sit our hands time again…C’mon Robert…we expect a little better than this! See his post at: http://radio.weblogs.com/00... And, well, as much as I respect the guy, I wish he’d stand up a little taller and speak with force about all the good Microsoft is doing. I felt compelled to offer my 2 cents… I'm still confounded by all the rhetoric. I guess we have to accept the increased freedom derived from blogging and the rapid spread of information ......

Posted On Friday, March 25, 2005 5:54 AM

ASCII version of Star Wars via Telnet...
Ok, this is pretty crazy stuff. I admit, I didn’t come anywhere near watching the whole thing, but it was pretty cool to see someone took the time to do something pretty creative like this… telnet:towel.blinkenlights.nl (Yeah, clicking the link above only works for Windows folks…all others will need to open a Telnet session and type it in manually) ......

Posted On Monday, March 21, 2005 9:55 PM

To Your Success!
I’ve spent a great deal of time reading and listening to books and programs by a great number of “success coaches.” I know many people often throw such advice aside and think it’s all nothing but a bunch of happy malarkey for someone else to make money off of you. Well, that’s fine to have that attitude, but I will personally guarantee you that if that is your attitude, you’re nowhere near achieving your full potential. There are a lot of flakes out there evangelizing ......

Posted On Monday, March 21, 2005 9:35 PM

Personal Productivity Tip #1: Know Thyself
I know that 90% of all 10 of the people who read my blog are technologists, so they might expect any productivity conversation to be heavily grounded in software tools. Well, software tools are incredibly valuable in being productive, but they alone can’t do much. The first principle of productivity is to understand what it is that you’re trying to be productive in. I personally recommend starting at the highest, most wide-reaching level possible. In my opinion, that means starting with ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 16, 2005 1:23 PM

Are you a Personal Productivity Expert?
I’m sure you’ve all seen Microsoft’s latest marketing campaign to motivate people to upgrade from older versions of Office to version 2003. Well, in case you haven’t, they show a bunch of strange looking business people with dinosaur heads acting foolish and wondering what the hubbub about Office 2003 is – after all, they’re content with the old Office. You can see some of their marketing stuff here. One cool piece of marketing they’re attempting is to have ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 16, 2005 1:30 AM

WI .NET UG had 400 hungry .NET developers in 1 location this past weekend in Milwaukee, WI!
Wow! That is the best word to describe the incredible day Wisconsin had relative to .NET, just this past Saturday. We had 400 people attend a massive event in a very nice hotel (Thanks, Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West!) The hotel and their staff were amazing. A special thank you goes out to Katy Lederer, Sales & Catering Manager there for her outstanding support. The excitement has begun to spread around the blogosphere already, but I think it’s important that I send out some additional thoughts. ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 8, 2005 3:37 AM

Interesting day...I've been Scoble-ized
It was interesting to wake up this morning and have a ton of e-mail (because I use NewsGator’s aggregator) pointing out that Scoble had linked to me (see this for the link). I was seriously surprised. I first had to go review my post to see if I had been offensive (thank goodness, after review, I don’t think I was). I sometimes speak my mind without much thought, and I was hoping this wasn’t a case of something that I’d regret moving forward. Again, I think I made a good point, ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 8, 2005 3:08 AM

Scoble misses it by posting this "marketing" blog thought
I’m a big fan of Scoble, so I don’t want any of you to misinterpret this as undue criticism. Quite frankly, it is very due criticism of the following… http://radio.weblogs.com/00... I posted a comment stating… I continue to get a kick out of marketing (or tech) people who read some book (apparently for the blog-friendly marketing folks, that book is the 5+ year old Cluetrain Manifesto) and think that the entire planet is changing its orbital axis. ......

Posted On Monday, March 7, 2005 3:36 AM

My favorite browser...
Well, I’m pretty diehard when it comes to supporting Microsoft products and technologies, as many of you know. However, I’ll admit I’ve been using a combination of IE and Firefox for the past few months. I wanted to see what all the hype was about. So, what was it all about? Not much. Browsers are browsers. Is it nice to have tabbed browsing? Yeah, it’s kind of nice. Not a big requirement of mine actually, but it’s interesting and proves valuable sometimes. Security? ......

Posted On Friday, March 4, 2005 2:08 AM

Plaxo upset me today...
Well, After I’ve recently been touting all the great plug-ins for Microsoft Outlook, I was bitten by one today. Plaxo, which I know many of you use, caught me off guard while I was working on 10 other things simultaneously. So, what happened? Well, as I was working on a document, I hit “enter” a millisecond after (to my surprise) a Plaxo window had popped up asking me to “update my contacts”. Now normally, I’m not one to be so rude and lazy (just my opinion of ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 2, 2005 6:33 PM

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