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Screencast: How to Create a Screencast 1

After being asked several times how to create a screencast, I figured I'd just do a screencast of it...

Author: johnmont Date: 10/31/2007

Popfly Beta Today

Today, Steve Ballmer announced at the Web 2.0 Summit that Popfly has moved from closed alpha to open...

Author: johnmont Date: 10/18/2007

Web 2.0 Summit Kiosk Application

The Popfly team put together an application that aggregates news about the Web 2.0 Summit. If you go...

Author: johnmont Date: 10/17/2007

Web 2.0 Summit Presentation Over

Evidently I had 75 minutes, not 45 minutes. 30 minutes of vamping. Technorati Tags: Web2Summit,...

Author: johnmont Date: 10/17/2007

8:30AM Wednesday: Popfly Presentation at Web 2 Summit

I'm sitting here in San Francisco preparing myself for a presentation tomorrow morning at the Web...

Author: johnmont Date: 10/16/2007

Social Networking is a Feature

In February, Om Malik wrote "Are Social Networks Just a Feature?" I didn't think much of it at the...

Author: johnmont Date: 10/15/2007

We Bought a Pig

Yesterday, at the Pigs on Parade auction we purchased a pig. If you've spent any time around...

Author: johnmont Date: 10/13/2007

Brad Demoed Popfly

Brad Abrams demoed Popfly at ReMix Boston. It was in the context of explaining RIAs and Silverlight,...

Author: johnmont Date: 10/08/2007

Diminishing Returns

I read "Product Management is Politics" with some interest. James's post covers several areas that...

Author: johnmont Date: 10/08/2007

Can Marketing Learn from Development Teams?

About two years ago I decided to move from product marketing to a development team to ship something...

Author: johnmont Date: 10/03/2007

VS 2008 Beta 2 Express Editions

Available now along with the Coding4Fun Developer Kit. We've upgraded the Popfly team to using VSTS...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/27/2007

Preparing for the Popfly Town Hall

I've been preparing for the Popfly Town Hall meeting tomorrow and realized that we're going to be...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/27/2007

FAM, SteveB, and Popfly

According to one of the Popfly team members (Sriram), SteveB mentioned Popfly a few times during his...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/27/2007

Popfly Town Hall

One of the things that Dan Fernandez has encouraged the Popfly team to do is what he calls a virtual...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/23/2007

Stephen Shankland's Blog

My friend Stephen Shankland now has his own blog over at CNET covering open source software, digital...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/23/2007

Latest Popfly Deployment

We've pushed our latest Popfly build to our production servers. This release includes a host of new...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/19/2007

Office Hijinks

You go away for a week and you get pwned. Office Hijinks Technorati Tags: office hijinks

Author: johnmont Date: 07/11/2007

Jury Duty in Kent

Like voting, jury duty is one of those low-effort ways of doing the right thing. For the second time...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/09/2007

Spar Varnish...

...is like painting with mucus. On the recommendation of a professional painter, my wife and I spent...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/07/2007

Coding Best Practice

Courtesy Smalltalk Tidbits: Technorati Tags: humor, coding

Author: johnmont Date: 07/06/2007

What "Vacation" Means During a Remodel

I took this week off from work. Or I should say, I took this week off from going to the office. So...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/04/2007

Making Public Information Useful

Ever since Jon Udell blogged about Amazon and the local library back in 2002 and ChicagoCrime.org...

Author: johnmont Date: 06/29/2007

Windows Live Writer Updated

Nice improvements to Windows Live Writer with version 12.0.1183.516: new menus, improved...

Author: johnmont Date: 06/29/2007

Not Well Met

I can't imagine what it's like to come back to Microsoft, write up something you thought was...

Author: johnmont Date: 06/29/2007

PM-Dev Ratios

Last Saturday, Dare posted an entry about PM/Dev ratios that I commented on twice. It's unusual for...

Author: johnmont Date: 06/28/2007

And Now a Word from Gartner

Everyone loves the iPhone, so of course Gartner had to go and spoil it for us. Technorati Tags:...

Author: johnmont Date: 06/28/2007

An Evening of Bujold and Trivia

Last night at the University Bookstore in Seattle, Lois McMaster Bujold was in town talking not...

Author: johnmont Date: 06/28/2007

Popfly Updated

We've pushed the latest update to Popfly.com. The team blog lists the top features, including,...

Author: johnmont Date: 06/14/2007

Maker Faire and Popfly Results

Well, we saw a lot of people at Maker Faire, but the biggest thing we did was the ducks. Sure we...

Author: johnmont Date: 05/31/2007

Twitter + Virtual Earth in Popfly

Author: johnmont Date: 05/18/2007

Popfly Humor

Drew Bollman has posted his mashup wish list. He had me at #1.

Author: johnmont Date: 05/18/2007

Maker Faire: Meet the Popfly Team

Tonight a lot of my team and I head down to San Mateo, CA for O'Reilly's Maker Faire. I've never...

Author: johnmont Date: 05/18/2007

Some of the Popfly News So Far

Channel9- Popfly Scoble- Microsoft releases neat mashup tool TechCrunch- Microsoft Launches Popfly-...

Author: johnmont Date: 05/18/2007

Why I Think Popfly is Cool

No product is complete without a top-ten list of cool features, so here's mine for Popfly. It's easy...

Author: johnmont Date: 05/18/2007

The Genesis of Popfly or What I've Been Doing for the Last Year

Some of you have been following this blog more closely than others. Well, a few of you. OK, there...

Author: johnmont Date: 05/18/2007

Welcome to Popfly

Today (that'd be Friday) we're announcing Microsoft Popfly(tm), which is the project my team has...

Author: johnmont Date: 05/18/2007

Ducks

Author: johnmont Date: 05/16/2007

The Throbbing Floppy

In this era of networks and USB keys, why does Visual Studio show a throbbing floppy when it's...

Author: johnmont Date: 05/09/2007

WPF Patches for VC# and VB Express Orcas Ready

Updated Thanks for waiting: the patch that will enable VB Express and VC# Express April CTP to...

Author: johnmont Date: 04/26/2007

Visual Studio Express Orcas Available

The first Community Technology Preview of all four Visual Studio Express "Orcas" products are...

Author: johnmont Date: 04/19/2007

Information Wants to be Free

A long time ago, this phrase was the watchword of those radical hacker types. Today's appearance of...

Author: johnmont Date: 03/14/2007

Probably Old News to Everyone Else

Suddenly, antitrust law all makes sense.

Author: johnmont Date: 03/13/2007

Are You a Dinosaur?

Dinosaur. I love these guys.

Author: johnmont Date: 03/12/2007

Born vs. Made

Another thought from reading Peopleware: As a manager, how much effect do you have on people? Here's...

Author: johnmont Date: 03/12/2007

Hero Worship

One of the cool things about working at Microsoft is that when you have a question, you can pick...

Author: johnmont Date: 03/09/2007

Do People Want to Tweak?

I believe that people want the ability to control their digital experiences – not just setting...

Author: johnmont Date: 03/09/2007

The Power of Assertion

You can get away with a lot just by asserting strongly enough. I'm thinking specifically of a...

Author: johnmont Date: 03/07/2007

New Encryption Technique Discovered

MARCH 06, 2007, REDMOND -- Microsoft today announced the creation of a new super-secure encryption...

Author: johnmont Date: 03/06/2007

News: Terrier Alert Raised!

Please maintain your awareness of cute dog photos and (mostly) happy endings.

Author: johnmont Date: 03/04/2007

On i'm: Giving Easily

The new "i'm" program that the Live team is running is truly clever. Beyond clever: it's brilliant....

Author: johnmont Date: 03/03/2007

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