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    Blog: Along the microISV & entrepreneural lines...

    Ever have that itch to create a product and market it? I’ve always dreamed about going into product development. There’s a guy locally I used to work with who I’ve discussed this at length with. We’ve brainstormed, done a lot of talking and thinking about it… just never acted on it because we haven’t found that “killer app“. I’m not hip to the life of consulting forever… sure it’s got it’s perks… you get exposure to a vast array of business challenges, solutions and products.
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    Blog: New Job: Virus Informant/Detective

    Not like I didn’t believe it when I heard they announced a bounty on the authors of viruses and worms, but it’s very cool to see it actually come to fruition! Microsoft Corp. today announced that two individuals who helped identify the creator of the notorious Sasser Worm in 2004 will share a reward of $250,000 (U.S.). The author of the worm, arrested in May 2004, was found guilty Friday by a court in Verden, Germany, and handed a sentence of one year and nine months on probation and 200 hours of community service.
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    Blog: You spammers, even you blog spammers, flat out SUCK

    I rarely go off on a tirade… or curse on my blog. But this is a damn good exception… When my son was born, I setup a blog to make it easier for my wife and I to put posts up for news about him, as well as some pictures. So… if you have a blog with ~any~ popularity you get hit with comment spam to your posts in an effort a handful of indexers like Google will index your content.
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    Blog: Random Quote...

    “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato
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    Blog: Star Wars III <no spoiler>

    Background: I loved the originals, and I enjoyed the first two recent releases almost more than the originals. Yeah, I had the same reaction to some of the cutsie bits Lucas added (like JarJar binks). However, I think I like the Revenge of the Sith even more than the other two! It’s not over the top and I don’t think Lucas did the “let’s use technology WAY too much” in this one.
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    Blog: Chris takes the time to explain the powers of flags in OneNote

    Chris Pratley stuck a great post on his site early this morning about the power of note flags in OneNote. If you haven’t played around with the note flags, or if you don’t even know what they are/haven’t customized yours, you should read Chris’ post. I don’t use them to the extent Chris does, but he gave me some ideas and you bet I’ll be tinkering with my laptop when I fire it up next time for work!
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    Blog: Google AdSense & placement on your site

    At the end of February I signed up for Google AdSense and added it to my site in the footer of all pages. What I didn’t want was to have this ad on mysite that was competing with the content, esp on my homepage. Then one Sunday I decided to shake things up a bit. I removed the AdSense panel from the footer and moved it to the top of some templates (article & blog detail, links, etc), but left it in the footer of others (homepage).
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    Blog: Tivo: JavaHMO v.Next = Galleon

    It looks like the guy who built JavaHMO has switched gears and started a new project called Galleon based on the recently released TiVo HME technology. » Project Homepage: http://galleon.sourceforge.net/
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    Blog: Rory and Scott go to TechEd - A love story

    A must watch. » Rory and Scott go to TechEd – A Love Story » Rory and Scott design some software – Revenge of the Sith
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    Blog: How do you blog (and read your blogs)?

    Got this question yesterday and thought it was worth of a post. I use a customized version of .Text to host my blog. It’s based off the v0.95 source, with some modifications outlined here . For posting, I use BlogJet . Now, how do I read my subscriptions? Easy, I use NewsGator, there’s just no other option. I love being able to have it integrated within Outlook 2003 and have my feeds available offline.
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    Blog: Give yourself 10 minutes... and watch this

    VERY impressive performance art. » http://media.ebaumsworld.com/sandsicaf.wmv
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    Blog: My recent lack of blogging

    In general, you may notice that the last few weeks I haven’t been blogging much. There has been a ton of news related to MCMS 2002 and SharePoint, but I haven’t published it on my blog (like other bloggers are) in recent weeks. I’ve been quite consumed by events inside and outside of work over the last month: worked two 80hr+ weeks leading up to a massive MCMS-SharePoint site implementation, launched said MCMS-SPS site, had our first baby , and my dad went in for emergency quad bypass surgery (2 day’s after my son was born… he’s doing great BTW).
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    Blog: Screw the WikiPedia... I think the NeoWikiDiki is hillarious!

    Rory has built his own WikiPedia… and it’s a freaking trip. » NeoWikiDiki
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    Blog: When advertising takes priority over content...

    I think there are a few links that just about everyone (no matter where you are, and of “caring“ age [someone old enough who cares about the weather]) who even just casually gets online: News (local, national, industry specific, etc) Weather (local, national, etc) I use IE, and I have a link to weather.com ’s detail page for my zip code . However, after going to that page in the last few days, I’m flat out shocked at how weather.
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    Blog: Cuban has a killer post on a betting hedge fund idea!!!

    Mark Cuban recently posted about a new hedge fund he’s starting: …this hedge fund wont invest in stocks or bonds, or any type of business. Its going to be a fund that only places bets. A gambling hedge fund. It wont be me figuring out what bets to place, or what games to play. This is a fund. I will find the best and the brightest, with a confirmable track record and hire them.
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    Blog: Interesting news on my company

    What does it mean when the company you work for is in the news about being bought out? Good/Bad/Interesting? Dunno, but it sure grabs your attention. I’ll be looking for an article in tomorrow’s WSJ for sure! » NYTimes.com: 2 Big Players Consider Field Buyout Firms Usually Shun » Jacksonville.com: Fidelity may be target of $9 billion buyout
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    Blog: The most unique resume I've ever seen

    Saw this on Scoble’s blog… by far the most unique resume I’ve ever seen. » Flash musical resume
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    Blog: ESPN RSS Feeds!!!

    Thank goodness, I found the RSS feeds! Google , you’re my hero! » ESPN: News feed index
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    Blog: When I win the lotto...

    We all have that dream right? Well, when I win and I have more time to do my own pet projects, I’m going to do my personal media center, which will have hooks to Windows Media Center & Tivo’s Home Media Option … but more importantly it will make it easy to rename your digital photos, catalog your movies, backup personal media, even have a slick ID3 tagger for MP3/WMA files.
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    Blog: Is it really that hard?

    The law simply states it’s illegal for a felon to vote… they forgave that right when they did whatever they did. So… how hard is it to have a national database of everyone in this country that listed where you were registered and if you were a felon or not? Is it really that complicated? So the hard part… where do you get a database of everyone who’s eligible to vote?
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    Blog: JibJab: Good to be in DC

    They’re at it again at JibJab… go watch the latest… it’s a trip! » JibJab: Good to be in D.C.
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    Blog: Fun Google hack with Sony Digital Cameras

    Random humor: Here’s a fun thing to play around with, if you’re bored at 3am. Most Sony digital cameras start saving photos with the following name “DSC00001.JPG” and a lot of people take these photos and upload them to the web, where the all-knowing, all-seeing Google later catalogs all of them. So by clicking this link you can see the first photo taken by someone with their new camera or newly formatted card for some cameras, this is what it looks like when thousands of Sony cameras lose their photo-virginity.
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    Blog: NOAA has aerial images of Ivan's descruction

    » Very impressive pictures. If you didn’t (and I didn’t) really appreciate the power of these storms before, the fact that it washed out a major interstate bridge (I-10) in Pensacola, FL should drive the point home. I hear it’s adding 2.5 hours to the travel time for those who usually use that bridge. We have friends who’s parent’s house in Pensacola has two trees lying on it. As for us in Jacksonville, FL we are still cleaning up from Hurricane Frances.
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    Blog: Two Tivos networked is the way to go...

    Last week I took advantage of the $100 discount on TiVo ’s and bought a second 80hr box. Now I have two 80hr boxes, one in the living room, one in the master bedroom and have both networked via a wired connection. Although it took from Friday to Sunday evening for the multi room viewing to get enabled, it is well worth it. I was somewhat surprised that it didn’t stream the video between the two boxes though… it appears to actually copy the file.
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    Blog: Here we go again... Hurricane Frances

    A few weeks ago it was Charlie… now Frances. Still too early to call if it’s going to hit near us (Jacksonville, FL), but the projections put it very close. We’re looking into what factors would make us decide to pack up the irreplaceables, dogs, and hit the road for 2-3 days but we won’t know what happens until tomorrow. If we decide to stay, and the storm does hit or come very close, I think I’ll try to blog my pictures and experiences… think that would be pretty cool.
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    Blog: Nice tools from Chris Sells

    Chris Sells has a page filled with some nice utilities… I especially like the .NET CollectionGen tool .
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