How can I post from work when I don't post from work

Some of you might have noticed how my posts shows up during my work hours.

The thing is, I don’t blog from work. I read, may occasionally point to something interesting, but I don’t write big entries from work. How do you do it can I hear you scream in front of your Apple 30inch cinema display (oh you're a lucky lucky guy (but frankly, was it worth it (like really really worth it? I mean don't you have a life?? ))).

Well, I have a small tool that lets me schedule on top of dasBlog when my messages will appear, based on the time of the day. Each day is mostly scripted and published during the evening, and the blogs are distilled throughout the day. Why do you ask?

Well, as I said earlier, the more posts, the more readers. But what if you blog in an hour, and everybody gets 25 messages in their reader? They don’t read you. By scripting my day in advance, I keep the reader hooked up on reading me throughout the day. That way, any IT guy that gets bored can start his aggregator and hopefully read a bit of snippet from me. The objective? Each time someone open his aggregator, I have one or two messages posted. I currently evaluate that as one look every 3 hours for a 10 hours day of work, plus one view at night. I tend to keep the big entries for the night read, but my post count is too low to post 2 messages every 3 hours during the day like I intend to do.

Does that sound artificial? It is definitely counter intuitive for those that consider a blog as a simple publishing medium. For me, it’s also about getting more readers, more people to talk to, more intelligence gathered around me, from which I can suck as much as I can. It is purely selfish, and on the verge of marketing. But hey, even geeks can have some skills in these areas!


Back to normality... sort of.

I’m back to using word as my main blog editor. Is that useful? If you look at my usual spelling, of course it is!


Confusing Microsoft Servers story

This post is for all of you, b0rgs and marketing addicts working at Microsoft. And for you Scoble!

I'm constantly reviewing new opportunities, new technologies and new components that could make my life easier and my customers happier (by customer, I mean anyone using or making money out of my code, which includes both my company and my private projects).

And there, I am sooooo confused. You're not helping me mister Microsoft. I know of the following:

  • Sharepoint, be it the Windows Integrated Sharepoint Basic Services With A Very Long Name or the Sharepoint Collaborative Extensions With an Even Longer Name.
  • Biztalk, with orchestration. cool. Can be used by SharePoint if you have specific requirements in workflow management on documents.
  • But for documents, you have Microsoft Content Management Server.
  • And now we have Smart Documents, which conflicts with Infopath. I still can't see the difference (except less code involved in infopath).
  • And What about the Information Bridge Framework? How does the meta data server interact with Biztalk and Sharepoint?
  • And what about Host Integration Server? And what's the difference with Biztalk in talking with mainframes?
  • And Speech server? What's the integration story?

See, I’m sure this whole lot of servers could solve a lot of my problems. But where are the evangelist? Where is the chart with integrating all that? Where's the biztalk integration in Duwamish Online? Should I know anything about Commerce Server?

I resort to do things on my own where I'm sure there's already a solution. But so many servers for so many disconnected market means I'm lost. I may be stupid (and there's a very high probability that I am, or I wouldn't spend that much time trying to understand), but if I don't get it, others don't either. In any case, the marketing is at fault. And for once, as an architect / developer / technologist / stupid blogger, I strongly suggest the following: You suck!