An Opinionhttp://anopinion.net/blogen-USRSS Generated by Dottext 0.94Mike DeemWhere did I go?http://anopinion.net/posts/298.aspxTue, 06 Jan 2004 10:32:00 GMThttp://anopinion.net/posts/298.aspxhttp://anopinion.net/comments/298.aspxhttp://anopinion.net/posts/298.aspx#feedback3http://anopinion.net/comments/commentRss/298.aspxhttp://anopinion.net/trackback.aspx?ID=298<p>Just busy at work and then an extra long break around the holidays. We are snowed in up here in Redmond today, so I'm at home catching up on the blogs. You know, Microsoft has really good support for working from home. You can VPN in or access e-mail via a web site. But when all 20,000 or so local employees try to use it at the same time it can be a a little slow. Actually I'm pretty impressed it works at all.</p>

Just busy at work and then an extra long break around the holidays. We are snowed in up here in Redmond today, so I'm at home catching up on the blogs. You know, Microsoft has really good support for working from home. You can VPN in or access e-mail via a web site. But when all 20,000 or so local employees try to use it at the same time it can be a a little slow. Actually I'm pretty impressed it works at all.

Mike DeemSoftware Pushinghttp://anopinion.net/posts/225.aspxThu, 13 Nov 2003 23:19:00 GMThttp://anopinion.net/posts/225.aspxhttp://anopinion.net/comments/225.aspxhttp://anopinion.net/posts/225.aspx#feedback0http://anopinion.net/comments/commentRss/225.aspxhttp://anopinion.net/trackback.aspx?ID=225<p>I got a some comments to my <a href="/posts/204.html">Its Alive</a> post about how Microsoft keeps pushing new software onto developers. I can understand that perspective. I have been at Microsoft a relatively short amount of time and still remember how disruptive new platform releases can be to products and plans. I also remember <a href="http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/historical">some</a> <a href="http://java.sun.com">disruptions</a> to my plans that were not even instigated by Microsoft.</p> <p>True, not everything that is done is done just because someone needs it. Some things are done just because they need to be tried. I don't think we have begun to even comprehend all the ways technology can be used to improve our lives. I, for one, don't want people to stop trying new things. I'm not talking about just Microsoft here, but human endeavor in general.</p>

I got a some comments to my Its Alive post about how Microsoft keeps pushing new software onto developers. I can understand that perspective. I have been at Microsoft a relatively short amount of time and still remember how disruptive new platform releases can be to products and plans. I also remember some disruptions to my plans that were not even instigated by Microsoft.

True, not everything that is done is done just because someone needs it. Some things are done just because they need to be tried. I don't think we have begun to even comprehend all the ways technology can be used to improve our lives. I, for one, don't want people to stop trying new things. I'm not talking about just Microsoft here, but human endeavor in general.

Mike DeemLocking Customers Inhttp://anopinion.net/posts/224.aspxThu, 13 Nov 2003 23:08:00 GMThttp://anopinion.net/posts/224.aspxhttp://anopinion.net/comments/224.aspxhttp://anopinion.net/posts/224.aspx#feedback2http://anopinion.net/comments/commentRss/224.aspxhttp://anopinion.net/trackback.aspx?ID=224<p>In a meeting today, I heard a group manager say something along the lines of “it isn't about creating something that locks customers in, but about creating something that makes customers want to stay.“</p>

In a meeting today, I heard a group manager say something along the lines of “it isn't about creating something that locks customers in, but about creating something that makes customers want to stay.“

Mike DeemYou Are Herehttp://anopinion.net/posts/152.aspxFri, 07 Nov 2003 19:08:00 GMThttp://anopinion.net/posts/152.aspxhttp://anopinion.net/comments/152.aspxhttp://anopinion.net/posts/152.aspx#feedback0http://anopinion.net/comments/commentRss/152.aspxhttp://anopinion.net/trackback.aspx?ID=152Since the PDC, I've seen <a href="http://www.gotdotnet.com/team/brada/LHArch.PDC2003.png">Longhorn Architecture</a> and <a href="http://www.gotdotnet.com/team/brada/pdc_namespaceposter.jpg">WinFX Namespace</a> posters up in the halls around the Microsoft campus with “You Are Here” indicators on them. Teams are proud of the contribution they are making.Since the PDC, I've seen Longhorn Architecture and WinFX Namespace posters up in the halls around the Microsoft campus with “You Are Here” indicators on them. Teams are proud of the contribution they are making.