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Project Spotlight: WCC

The WCC website was originally built as a frame site by EyeOpener Creative Communications, and represents some of the last to use web 1.0 styles.  This site wasn’t responsive, and the majority of my work on the site was creating new style sheets, adding functionality, and updating graphics, a not-too-insignificant overhaul.

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Clippy’s Revenge

So, I’ve committed to blogging more often. It’s not for lack of content that I’ve been quiet, my OneNote is full of two dozen stubs but I’ve been too busy to polish them up. That being said, here’s a fresh post that isn’t on that list, courtesy of my sister.

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Giant AntiSpyware immediately after being acquired by Microsoft (image from Paul Thurrott's review in 2004).

Testing Early AntiSpyware Software

After Microsoft purchased GIANT Company Software, Inc. in 2004 (ahem, who’s giant now?), I decided I needed to test out* the Microsoft Antispyware program by giving it a chance to remove some junk, namely Bonzi Buddy. Bonzi Buddy is actually a close relative to the infamous Clippy** and Rover in Windows XP.

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Pictures from 2012 Global Summit

Hi all, my first submit summit was an absolute blast. I’ve never been treated more like royalty or had the privilege of conversing directly with so many esteemed members of the community and Microsoft leadership. I am truly in awe of the entire experience.  Assorted MVP Summit images are posted in a public album on my Facebook page. If you switch to my videos there’s a few short clips as well. Enjoy!

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Native Resolution

Reminder to update drivers in Windows 8

I just finished installing Windows 8 natively using a VHD, as discussed in my previous post, and while exploring I noticed some fonts were not quite as crisp as I would like. Others may not notice this subtle nuance, but it is likely that in aggregate you’ll be affected by stretched images, poor font and color quality, and even poor performance without proper hardware accelerated graphics. Let this post serve as a reminder to update your drivers and check your resolution so that you can…

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Why I hate Walmart: Abridged Version

It’s dirty. From the moment you enter the parking lot full of oil spills and garbage, to the floors and shelves, everything is sticky, grimy, and gross. Everything is broken.  The place looks like it’s being run by 8-year-old McGuiver wanna-be’s. Everything is tapped up, tied up, wrapped up, and bandaged together.  Both ad-hoc signs and even actual product displays.  At the checkouts (if you can find one that is open) the credit card readers are usually busted (not an…

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Moore Storms logo

Moore Storms

Back in December of ‘06, I was asked to come up with artwork for a team, the Moore Storms. Although I never took it further, I re-discovered a rough draft I came up with while digging through some archives. If you aren’t familiar with the meteorological symbols, here they are in order, following the tornado: snow storm, hurricane, thunderstorm, cold front, and dust storm.

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The Future We Live Within

My thoughts after noticing the incredible pace and significance of recent papers in the scientific community… On several occasions, I have yielded to my inner nerd and shared with friends how much I’d desire to have been born a few centuries later, to grow up in a world not unlike Roddenberry’s fictional universe. As any dedicated Trekkie will gladly discuss at length, many of the principles and concepts in the series were inspired either directly or indirectly by actual scientific…

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Netflix gets customer service right

Disclaimer:  At the time of this writing, I work in the Customer Management division of Convergys. My opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer. I work in in outsourced customer service, and I think my company does a great job of it.  In my experience, I see that we perform and operate as our clients expect, and great care is taken to deliver service in the manner they intend their customers to experience.  And we should…

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How far we’ve come

Of the things we take for granted, instantaneous global communication is perhaps the most far-reaching.  But it’s such a recent advancement.  A mere 50 years ago, the only way to communicate overseas was by a letter and a boat.  Where it took weeks to have correspondence before, the first trans-Atlantic cable allowed us to have – get this – 30 simultaneous voice calls going on at once.  Thirty! It truly is amazing how far we’ve come in that 50 years. …

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How We Used to Vote

I saw this on Slashdot earlier. Very interesting! “Think hanging chads, illegal purges of the voter rolls, and insecure voting machines are bad? The New Yorker looks back at how we used to vote back in the good old days: ‘A man carrying a musket rushed at him. Another threw a brick, knocking him off his feet. George Kyle picked himself up and ran. He never did cast his vote. Nor did his brother, who died of his wounds. The Democratic candidate for Congress,…

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