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Friday, November 21, 2003

Auntie Spam? - [1:03 PM]

CNet News: "Congress poised for antispam vote" - Oh please, oh please, oh please let it work. Tell spammers to take a flying leap!
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Movie line of the week answer - [7:59 AM]

Hey, got four correct guesses yesterday. Our first correct guess was a bit of a surprise, it wasn't Steven Vore or Moose, it was none other than the mighty June Bug Hunter himself, Tyler Love. Congratulations Ty!

I'm sure the other two folks that visit regularly knew it was from...

Gotta run, class is about to start.
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Thursday, November 20, 2003

Distortions fields - [7:53 AM]

The City of Angels is very different. I was watching the local news last night and all they wanted to talk about was Michael Jackson. One channel even had a helicopter hovering near the Santa Barbara airport waiting for him to arrive so he could be arrested. Weird.

With the attention they're giving him you'd think he was someone important. If the average Joe was accused of such criminal acts you'd see his face in a box next to the anchor with two seconds of commentary.
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Movie line of the week - [7:48 AM]

Hollywood!I'm in a bit of a rush this morning, pressed for time because I'm getting ready to start day #3 of InSQL training. It's been interesting.

So here's the line, do you have what it takes to answer? Pssst, hey you.... it's easy take a guess...

Yeah. 220... 221, whatever it takes.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Clearing the air - [7:47 AM]

Yesterday's statement that "Visio only makes about 300 million bucks a year, it's a failure in the Microsoft world" was mistaken as something I believe. I believe Visio is wildly successful. It's one of the best every-day-joe drawing applications you'll ever find, and it's highly customizable. So I DO NOT believe that Visio is a failure. There are folks in high places at Microsoft that are disappointed with Visio, not the team itself. That's why I believe Microsoft Generals were put in place in the Visio unit, "to turn it around", well it's been on course for years and doesn't need correcting. The help that was sent ultimately hurt morale and drove out some darned good coders. In the end I believe Visio will continue to be a GREAT product because the development lead in charge of the Visio team is an old timer and I trust he'll keep things on course, if he can. The Visio 12 team is super charged! It's stacked with the best of the best. I saw the org chart before leaving and each contributor is top notch. So here's to another good release guys, make Visio the best Longhorn application on the market.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Close... - [10:20 AM]

Scoble: "He also decries that Microsoft didn't let him work offsite. That doesn't mesh with my experience either: my boss's boss, Vic Gundotra, and a close coworker, Lenn Pryor, both work thousands of miles away from Microsoft's headquarters (they both help manage projects I'm involved in). I don't know if that's the sign of a company that doesn't let anyone work offsite." - That's close. They let me work off site UNTIL recently, then it became important to our group that I be in Seattle for some strange reason. Policies are determined by each group. I think Robert is probably in the BEST group at Microsoft. I also believe the leadership of the Visio group is on a hack and slash mission. Just my opinion. Visio only makes about 300 million bucks a year, it's a failure in the Microsoft world. So to turn the failure around you clean house, which they're doing. If you were an old-timer you were looked down upon. There are a lot of other folks in that group that are unhappy and looking for the exit. As soon as they find it they'll be out the door. Scoble is one of the lucky ones, he has a great team with a great mission. Not all of Microsoft is like that, it couldn't possibly be.
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Monday, November 17, 2003

Hello from Lake Forest - [10:56 PM]

I thought I'd never get here! I'm down here for training on a product called InSQL. I'll probably be outta touch most of the time over the next few days, unless I can manage a network connection from within WonderWare.

By the way, I'm posting this entry from a Sidekick via T-Mobile wireless! This little gadget is incredible, more on it later.
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RC's new lesson - [6:12 PM]

StronglyTyped: "My mouth dropped at how simple this is." - Richard learned a big lesson while in Seattle. It's something every database guy in the world should look out for.

He took a few pictures too.
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Bill's new site... - [6:10 PM]

BillSaysThis: "...I can feel the spam oozing in over the doorstep already." - You're definitely a brave soul to put your email address out there like that Bill. Good luck sorting through all the enlargement, prescription, and 'other' lovely mail you receive. My account is practically useless because I made the mistake of putting it out in public, oh well, live and learn.
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