The .NET Sweatshop (v2)

"My life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can." - George Bernard Shaw

For what it's worth, it was worth all the while...

After six years at Microsoft, I’ve decided that it is time to move on with my career and my life....

Author: SandyK Date: 08/31/2007

Yet another blog post about Facebook

Has any company garnered as much attention in such a short-term as Facebook? Yeah, you can suggest...

Author: SandyK Date: 07/20/2007

The Customer Isn't Always Right

The business mantra for years has always been "The Customer Is Always Right". I recall reading...

Author: SandyK Date: 07/12/2007

Rumsfeld's Dilemma and the Community Cure

When I talk about the value of community for developers, I've been known to quote what I've come to...

Author: SandyK Date: 04/23/2007

Microsoft Community Applications and Services: The Next Wave

We hear a lot of feedback about how the forums and blogs should work. And I mean A LOT. Whether it's...

Author: SandyK Date: 04/18/2007

The Death of the Smart Client is Greatly Exaggerated

I was watching a great presentation recently from a Berkeley professor who came to speak to a bunch...

Author: SandyK Date: 03/30/2007

Thank You Teamprise!

While CodePlex has had a pretty good run, we've gotten some flack for having only offering Team...

Author: SandyK Date: 03/21/2007

I spent my December break reading "The World Is Flat" by Thomas Friedman. OK, maybe I was a little...

Author: SandyK Date: 03/06/2007

An Ode To GotDotNet

About two years ago, I stepped into this role with a primary responsibility being to help get...

Author: SandyK Date: 02/21/2007

Oh Boise! My Second Code Camp

Last weekend, four developers from my team and I headed over to Boise, Idaho for my second code...

Author: SandyK Date: 02/13/2007

Microsoft: Open 24 Hours

I've always joked to my wife that if I wasn't married, I'd probably get a cot and sleep at Microsoft...

Author: SandyK Date: 01/11/2007

The game of 'Tag' in the 21st Century

OK, apparently there's this meme thing going around where people are tagging one another to find out...

Author: SandyK Date: 01/08/2007

Peanut Butter Jelly Time? (Part II)

Following up on the Yahoo memo, I found it interesting to read the section regarding the effort...

Author: SandyK Date: 12/27/2006

Peanut Butter Jelly Time? (Part I)

The shakeup at Yahoo is a fascinating reflection of the life and times of a tech company. Now many...

Author: SandyK Date: 12/21/2006

Dude, you got a Zune?

Why yes, I did. In the words of Jim Newkirk, I "drank the Kool-Aid" and picked one up. Rarely have I...

Author: SandyK Date: 12/01/2006

Intrapreneurship and the Innovator's Dilemma

Has anyone else noticed how much the word "innovation" gets tossed around lately. I think it has...

Author: SandyK Date: 11/22/2006

Tag, You're It!

Bob Rebholz, our resident Group Product Manager and all-around sharp guy, just got back from the Web...

Author: SandyK Date: 11/10/2006

Finally An Unbreakable Linux!

The challenge of being a fan of open source while working at Microsoft is that people often assume...

Author: SandyK Date: 10/31/2006

'What The Heck Is He Doing Here?'

For the last few weeks, I've been spending one day a week sitting in the shared workspace that...

Author: SandyK Date: 10/24/2006

Gravediggers

I was taking a look at the latest news around CodePlex recently and I started noticing a fascinating...

Author: SandyK Date: 10/10/2006

The Microsoft.com Fraternities and Sororities

Along with CodePlex, our team builds community applications for Microsoft.com. Included are the...

Author: SandyK Date: 09/20/2006

Apple - Nifty Product and Keeping Secrets

So I'm not exactly what you'd call an early adopter. Sure, I try to stay up-to-date with all the...

Author: SandyK Date: 09/06/2006

My name is Sandy and I am a Wikipediaholic

When I was much younger, I used to pepper my dad with constant questions about how things worked or...

Author: SandyK Date: 08/23/2006

Hey Zealousy - Reprise

As I was going through my Inbox, I spotted a comment to my blog that seems especially connected to...

Author: SandyK Date: 07/31/2006

Hey Zealousy

(title is a reference to an old Gin Blossoms song--if you remember it, that makes you old) A couple...

Author: SandyK Date: 07/28/2006

Summer Camp: My days in at the Tampa Code Camp

Tampa held its annual Code Camp over the weekend and Joe Healy, the resident Developer Evangelist,...

Author: SandyK Date: 07/24/2006

CodePlex: The XBox for Community Developers

I once blogged about "Glory and Danger" and the idea of taking on GotDotNet. One of the things I...

Author: SandyK Date: 06/30/2006

Scoble is out of here, but Microsoft bloggers are here to stay

A lot of people are making a pretty big deal about Robert Scoble’s departure. Not just bloggers, but...

Author: SandyK Date: 06/14/2006

Open letter to SteveB - Privatize Microsoft!

(NOTE: I am not affiliated with the people who make these decisions, so please don't assume there's...

Author: SandyK Date: 06/09/2006

Management Accountabilty in a Scrum World

Last summer, I was having a conversation with a friend who worked in Microsoft Research. I knew him...

Author: SandyK Date: 05/30/2006

What has Jim Newkirk been up to?

I remember reading someone posting a comment to a blog saying that Microsoft hired people like Jim...

Author: SandyK Date: 05/16/2006

Bob & Yag come to MSCOM

For all the good and bad about Microsoft, the most important part of anyone's experience is the set...

Author: SandyK Date: 05/05/2006

Now I have a Microsoft Cube to go along with my Apple Cube

I just saw this post from Korby Parnell about getting the famous Microsoft "Patent Cube". As Korby...

Author: SandyK Date: 04/27/2006

Talkin' Baseball

So Forums wouldn't be Forums without three really passionate guys: Justin Grant, Josh Ledgard, and...

Author: SandyK Date: 04/27/2006

Forums, Community Code, and The "Tyranny of Or"

I really love our Forums. Any community is subject to Metcalfe’s Law where the power of the network...

Author: SandyK Date: 04/17/2006

Communities and the stickiness of Q&A vs. T&O

So Josh Ledgard and I have been having a discussion around what makes a sticky community experience....

Author: SandyK Date: 03/31/2006

Indentured Servitude at Microsoft?

Does anyone notice how people love to predict the demise of Microsoft? It’s a series of Chicken...

Author: SandyK Date: 03/24/2006

Ode To An Irish Samurai

Taking over GDN was a decision I made about a year ago in a NYC hotel room on a Smartphone just...

Author: SandyK Date: 03/08/2006

OpenOffice ads and suggestions for future Sun ads

I’m sitting on the bus right now and I see a bunch of ads for OpenOffice,org. I suppose putting ads...

Author: SandyK Date: 02/24/2006

Brokecode Mountain: My Days on the "Frontline"

I spent the last week down in Las Colinas, Texas working with their PSS engineers on ASP.NET cases....

Author: SandyK Date: 02/14/2006

Sharing Our Progress

As my role has expanded with the Microsoft.com team to cover different community properties, it has...

Author: SandyK Date: 02/07/2006

The 12th Man Community

I spent Sunday at Qwest Field (or as I like to call it: "the House that Windows Built" given it was...

Author: SandyK Date: 01/25/2006

Not Invented Here? So What?

During my paternity leave, I found myself with a lot of time by myself. Don't get me wrong--I spent...

Author: SandyK Date: 01/16/2006

Back To The World of Microsoft.com Communities

Wow. It has been a long time since my last post. I've never gone an entire month without blogging...

Author: SandyK Date: 01/10/2006

Pardon the GDN Dust

A few years ago, I read a book about the rise of AOL (it was before any mergers, so the fall wasn't...

Author: SandyK Date: 11/26/2005

Revenge of the Marketing Nerds

Recently, Microsoft went through a major reorganization that really changes the primary leadership...

Author: SandyK Date: 10/26/2005

Ward Moves On

During my time at Microsoft, I have had the chance to meet some really amazing people. This was...

Author: SandyK Date: 10/19/2005

Projects Coming Back

Having spent the better part of the last 7-8 months working with a dedicated team to revive...

Author: SandyK Date: 10/08/2005

Think Different about development. Think NFL!

In my living room, I have two Apple ads framed on my wall. While that sounds blasphemous for a guy...

Author: SandyK Date: 09/26/2005

Viva La P2P!

Five years ago, I had major techie entrepreneur envy. Napster was getting big and Shawn Fanning was...

Author: SandyK Date: 09/20/2005

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