Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Office on Windows Live

I am impressed. Genuinely and profoundly impressed. The Office integration into Windows live is solid. Read all about it here: http://www.windowslive.com/Connect/Post/d3371a41-150b-4a5f-ac19-f5fbc045b472?ocid=WI_CL_12152

Yes, I work for Microsoft and specifically in Office but rest assured that as a true MS employee I am probably more critical of MS than anyone on the outside. Given how much people dislike Microsoft I am very hesitant to call something great unless I seriously believe I would think the same did I not work for the company.

Office on Windows live is solid and very cool. The editors are great. Being able to share and edit a OneNote with friends is fantastic. I am going to use this a whole lot.


Saturday, October 23, 2010

1,2, or 1.5 languages?

Friend of mine recently told me he admired my ability to switch between languages without notice. He is American. I don’t find switching languages, sometimes mid sentence, to be strange. I am not American.

The interesting thing to me is not the ability to speak more than one language or being able to mix, but that some phrases always are said in your non-native language. Like the word “nice” being adopted in Danish: “Det er for nice” –> “It’s too nice” –> “it’s awesome”.

For a lot of the world that is our current language. A mixed bag. BUt it’s not new. There is a reason there are so many French words in English (magnificent, marvelous)

This Korean pop video illustrates how a lot of us non-Americans think and speak.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Great Video Experiment

Go to http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/ and spend 3 minutes. When they ask you for the address of the place you grew up, provide it.

I haven’t been back for years and it was amazing to see my childhood town incorporated into the video.

I think that is one of the better ways to draw in people I have seen in a long while.

I think I might watch it again.