Top 10 little known Microsoft facts

A little fun on the shuttle today, via Twitter…

Top 10 little known Microsoft facts:

# 10: There is no building 7, but Devs like to schedule meetings with new PMs there

# 9: Xbox was originally “Microsoft Interactive Audio Video Multiformat Entertainment System 2000” πŸ˜‰

# 8: Microsoft’s leadership in tech slogan, code-named t-shirts was recently lost to Old Navy

# 7: Microsoft Mice are built by actual mice!

# 6: @CraigyFerg’s new robot sidekick beat out three Microsoft robots: J, M3 and K7

# 5: I’m actually an autoresponding, Alexa-like MSR project. How’s that for innovation? πŸ˜‰

# 4: @ckindel’s new start up? confidential but I bet it has something to do with the new Tin Tin movie

# 3: @mrelph was originally a member of Canada’s Department H, working with Wolverine

# 2: yes, we have excellent engineering systems, and cricket bats are used to closely manage schedules

And the number one little known Microsoft factoid:

# 1: one way to solve the debt crisis? Get @fxshaw: he does “the numbers”! (See


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Humour: A Fun Volkswagen Commercial featuring Darth Vader

A little humour today, just before Superbowl Sunday: this commercial from Volkswagen featuring a diminutive Darth Vader on a seemingly normal Saturday afternoon.

I have seen our own son pull the same head fake at the end of the commercial when faced with a reaction to his use of The Force on our cat and other immoveable objects. (Thanks, Lisa and David)

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Favourite past posts with more on Christmas poems, Bill Gates and buying a new PC

Santa shops retail, (c) M3 Sweatt 2006 For all of those who are still braving the crowds to finish their holiday shopping, you’re in good company, as you’ll note at right.

I’m off this week but working on a couple of belated posts. In the mean time, here are a few to hold you through the holiday weekend, including my favourite Apologies for my ode on the Day Before Christmas  (With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore or Henry Livingston)

And in the immortal words of Patrick Swayze: "Be nice."

Now on to the posts…

How to make an impact at Thanksgiving, even if you’re not Bill Gates   In a past post, I noted my posts on being thankful, in particular this one on being thankful, where I noted the Seattle P-I newspaper’s slide show on "Words of Thanks."

Your questions: "What do people read on your blog?" Stuff about Time, Bill Gates, Kids and shopping for a new PC. Here are some of the most popular posts. Jenn asked "What do people read the most on your blog? I found your article on how to choose a new computer and found lots more stuff." Good question, Jenn. I didn’t really know until I looked today.
Your questions: Common questions about upgrading to Windows 7   Here are answers to some common questions about upgrading to Windows 7 from our Windows 7 frequently asked questions page. (And if you need more information and guidance on installing and reinstalling Windows 7, check out this page on the Windows 7 site.)
My Windows 7 Party Pack Arrives As I noted earlier today on Twitter before my important afternoon meetings, my Windows 7 house party pack arrived.
Free download: Microsoft Security Essentials suite available now   Now available (US and Canada) is the new Microsoft Security Essentials suite, available for free, providing protection from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software for your PCs at home. Just installed the release version on my home PCs today. (Security Essentials will replace Windows Live OneCare, as I noted here this summer.)
More help and tips in finding that perfect laptop computer, this time from Rob Pegoraro of the Washington Post   image Over swim lessons today, I read Rob Pegoraro‘s article "Tips to boot up your laptop hunt" (which was picked up in today’s local paper) for users looking for new laptops (as I Tweeted today)…

"… many users β€” college students among them β€” still need laptops that survive away from desks and power outlets. Neither heavy "desktop replacements" nor ultralight netbooks with tiny screens and cramped keyboards work in that scenario.

"This piece is for those shoppers. What should they consider when looking for a new laptop?"

IMGP1554-smIt’s nearly back to school time: here’s info on buying a new PC  As I posted on Twitter today, Joel Santo Domingo over at PC Magazine has published a new article, How to Buy a Back-to-School PC. He covers what you should consider when shopping for a new PC for back to school or for you home. It’s helpful and timely information given the article I recently read from Jonathan Starkey on How to clamp down on spending for college, given how expensive tuition and housing are these days. Starkey said that "It all can add up quickly, but there are ways to stretch a family’s college budget."
Win7flagWindows 7 flying high in the skies above Redmond Last week a few of the folks got together and enjoyed a cool but fun afternoon on main campus. A fun time was had by all celebrating the RTM Engineering Milestone.

And one of the signed Windows 7 flags was on display for all to see.


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Clubhouse Tags: Clubhouse, how-to, Windows 7, Windows Vista.

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Kindle books on your iPhone? Sure, but the library is so much cheaper.

Today I noted that Amazon unveiled the Kindle Application for iPhone (also available via Whither a version for Windows Mobile? None expected soon is my guess. Amazon is smart to follow the iPhone – although I’d guess that folks with a Windows Mobile device maybe more likely to own a Kindle.

OK, so given the economy I have a hard time shelling out for the Kindle or the iphone… a quick post on as I noted on Twitter…



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Apologies for my ode on the Day Before Christmas

The Day Before Christmas
(With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore or Henry Livingston)


‘Twas the day before Christmas, when all down the street 2008-12 snowy street

Not a single thing moved, no one made a peep;

The snow had blanketed the entire neighbourhood,

And we all knew that St. Nick soon would lighten the mood;

The boys were happy as school’s out for the season,

As for running amok, they don’t need a reason;

Mom was making the rounds looking for gifts at the mall

And Dad was getting snow sledding gear arranged in the hall,

When at the front door there arose such a clatter,

The whole family rushed downstairs to see what was the matter.

The boys left the Wii, to the front door still in their pajamas,

And looked all around liked two startled Peruvian llamas.

The air was quite cold and on the ground a foot of new snow

So the boys stayed inside as they weren’t ready to go.

They looked down the driveway and stared at a sight 2008-12 snow

Of two looming new snowmen towering over their height,

Old Dad had shoveled the driveway and collected the snow,

A tonne and a half at the driveway below.

More rapid than llamas the boys quickly dressed,

Thinking that with a few snowballs they would make quite a mess;

"Now, c’mon CJ!" said Max, "Get on all your clothes,

"We’ll surprise our poor daddy with a pile of wet snow."

CJ in the snow-small To the top of the driveway crouched behind a white wall

And made dozens – no hundreds – of little snowballs.

As Dad came up they let the wild hurricane fly,

Throwing slushy and sopping projectiles into the sky,

And up, up in the air the weapons all flew,

When they hit, there’d be trouble, they certainly knew.

But Dad had prepared, and looked at the snow on the roof

And had set a small trap that he triggered with a "whoof."

As the snow picked up speed and made its way down,

The boys turned to see what was making the sound.

They looked up and all they could see was a sea of white fluff,

Too late to move, this was going to be rough.
They tried to duck and run for some cover,

And all they could do was scream for their mother!

The avalanche — how it twinkled! The volume so scary!

This experience was going to be anything but merry!

So with a loud thump the snow was upon them,

It really did dump all over and cover them. 2008-12 Max covered in snow

And then there was Dad coming up from the street,

With a pile of fresh snow for another holiday treat.

He saw the two boys up to their necks in wet snow,

And said "Here’s some more" with his eyes all aglow.

In a wink of an eye, the boys now full of dread,

As Dad piled on more snow ’til it covered their heads. 

Dad didn’t say a word, as he went straight to his work,

Dragging out both boys from the snow with a jerk,

And with his fingers in the shape of an ‘L’ on his forehead,

He taunted the boys one last time, undaunted.

Dad sprang for the door and slammed it up tight,

Whilst the boys pounded on the door with all their might.

Then I heard him exclaim, knowing it would be a long day,

"Happy Christmas to all, and remember to duck out of the way."

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