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3 April, 2004

I'm Going To Redmond

This might be my last post for a while. Tomorrow morning, I'm off to the 2004 MVP Global Summit. See: Microsoft Readies Redmond for Most Valuable Pros Summit.

Microsoft Corp. next week will host about 1,500 of its Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) at its Redmond campus, where the software titan plans to announce big changes to how it incorporates their feedback into its product life cycles.

The 1,500 attending this year's summit hail from 65 countries across the globe and comprise more than half of Microsoft's current 2,600 global MVPs. It is also double the 750-odd MVPs who showed up for last year's summit.

And believe me, some are definitely odd.

This will be my third Summit. If previous years are any indication, it should be a fun time. It's always nice to hang out in the bar with other Excel people and discuss array formulas and VBA event-handler procedures.

If I can locate a computer while I'm there, I'll try to post an update or two. I've already prepared a new Photo Caption Contest entry, and it will magically appear on Sunday morning.

Things will be back to normal on Friday.

Posted on 3 April, 2004

X-Ray Photos

Here are some x-ray photos of common objects: calculators, computers, and other gadgets. Shown here is a Microsoft Mouse.

Posted on 3 April, 2004

Daylight Saving Time

In the U.S., this is the day we spring forward -- unless you live in Hawaii, Arizona, or Indiana. In any case, here's a site all about Daylight Saving Time. Among other things, I learned:

The official spelling is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight SavingS Time.

Saving is used here as a verbal adjective (a participle). It modifies time and tells us more about its nature; namely, that it is characterized by the activity of saving daylight. It is a saving daylight kind of time. Similar examples would be dog walking time or book reading time. Since saving is a verb describing a single type of activity, the form is singular.

Posted on 3 April, 2004

Word Photo

I like this photo site: Word Photo.

This site presents photographers with a challenge - take a new photograph specifically for the word of the day, and post it for the rest of us to see. The only description and caption you get to include with your image is the word of the day (which the site does for you).

Shown here is a photo submitted when the word of the day was Isolated.

Posted on 3 April, 2004

Recycled Links, Part 25

These links were posted on the J-Walk Blog about a year ago. Good stuff that you may have overlooked.

Posted on 3 April, 2004

This Site Is Back

Whew! What an exciting morning. I woke up, checked my email and discovered that the company that hosts this blog had terminated my account. I checked my URL and it was redirected to another page.

It was all caused by a misunderstanding on my part, and a screw-up by American Express. A few months ago I noticed charges on my AmEx statement that I didn't recognize. I called AmEx and reported them, and they started chargeback procedures. It turns out that the unrecognized charges were from the hosting company. For some reason, their charges showed up on my statement as "JMS DEPT STORE." I talked to the hosting company a few weeks ago, and also called AmEx and told them to cancel all of the chargebacks. I thought all was well. Problem is, AmEx sent another chargeback. The hosting company got peeved (understandably so), and they pulled the plug.

So now the site is back up. I figured it would take days to get this rectified, but it only took about 15 minutes. Thanks to Casa Hosting for the prompt service.

Posted on 3 April, 2004