Congrats. Mike!

posted on 2004-12-17 at 23:21:21 by Joel Ross

Mike Swanson has taken a job in Redmond. I've had the pleasure to work with him on one occasion. He was brought in on a Commerce Server project that had to be built in three weeks. I didn't know who he was, but they said he was an expert, and while he wa… more »

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Joel On Software's Newest Article

posted on 2004-12-16 at 23:24:01 by Joel Ross

I've read a few of Joel Spolsky's (who has great name, by the way!) articles and enjoy them. Not only are they informative, but they are entertaining. His latest is no different. It's about setting prices. You get to read about 20 pages of talk about set… more »

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Blockbuster To Stop Charging Late Fees

posted on 2004-12-15 at 23:30:23 by Joel Ross

Probably from pressure over Netflix and their own online service, Blockbuster has decided to stop charging late fees. Instead, you will be given a one week grace period, after which you will automatically buy the movie or video game. To me, this indicat… more »

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Another Ambient Orb Solution?

posted on 2004-12-13 at 23:22:36 by Joel Ross

Engadget has a story about BT's Research Lab's ambient orb of their own. But instead of it using an FM network to carry the signal and, thus a subscription (like this one), this one uses WiFi access to get it's information. And it's voice activated!… more »

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Scoble Says To Watch Channel 9 Tomorrow

posted on 2004-12-13 at 00:42:17 by Joel Ross

Robert Scoble is causing a buzz around a new Microsoft product set to be released tomorrow. He even links to two tools set to be released tomorrow: MOOL, and the MSN Toolbar suite. To me, it doesn't sound like he's saying either are the tool he's talkin… more »

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Link Blogs Force Better Content?

posted on 2004-12-13 at 00:16:18 by Joel Ross

Since I started using a blog specifically for posting content that others have written that I find interesting (my link blog), I find that I am more discerning about what I actually write about. If the post does a good job explaining itself, then I don't… more »

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Pass Phrases vs. Passwords

posted on 2004-12-12 at 13:04:25 by Joel Ross

I'm way late to the game on this one, but Robert Hensing has a great article explaining why a pass phrase ("Sally sells seashells by the seashore") is way better than a password ("aXUq2eR"). His argument is that with a password of 10 characters or less,… more »

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Google Suggest

posted on 2004-12-10 at 23:36:19 by Joel Ross

The big news today seems to be about Google Suggest. I looked at it, and it looks very cool. Basically, as you type, Google tells you what you might be looking for, just like IE remembers what you've typed in a textbox before. Except with Google, it's wh… more »

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Windows Server 2003 On Your Workstation

posted on 2004-12-08 at 01:00:11 by Joel Ross

Brandon Paddock has a post about using Windows Server 2003 on your workstation. He lists out four reasons why people might want to do so, but missed the reason why I use it: multiple websites. In XP, you can hack it up and get multiple sites, but that's… more »

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Scoble's New Book

posted on 2004-12-05 at 00:07:58 by Joel Ross

Robert Scoble is writing a book about corporate blogging - on his blog! Actually, he's reluctantly pulling Shel Israel along with him. They're working out all of the details on Robert's MSN Spaces blog. You can read the initial post about the book there… more »

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