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List of fictional Microsoft companies


Do any of the following company names, A. Datum Corp, City Power & Light, Contoso Ltd., or Fabrikam Inc. have a familiar ring to them? Spouse-man was working from home today and he watched some fascinating, not, Microsoft lectures. Yes, they have those, some are even quite good and useful and geared toward end-users but these were boring corporate security stuff so I mostly tuned them out but I kept hearing the speakers mention company names that sounded familiar and then they’d show corporate materials from these companies and d’you know what, they are all fictional companies and yes, they sounded familiar because Microsoft has been using them in every tutorial and help example you or I have ever seen! Here’s the scoop:

Wikipedia says, Microsoft uses a variety of fictional companies in the documentation and training material for its products. Microsoft documentation and learning materials often contain fictional scenarios and descriptions of how their products can be deployed and used in these scenarios. Many of these companies are used in such examples. Some of the fictional companies have associated websites, almost all of which redirect to

Click the link for a complete table of Microsoft fictional companies and their usage: List of fictional Microsoft companies – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Know your Latin: i.e. vs. e.g.


eg vs ieYou know you were wondering about this… Well here it is, put as succinctly as I’ve ever seen by Ann Edwards,

i.e. is the abbreviation of the Latin phrase ‘id est,’ meaning ‘that is.’

e.g. is the abbreviation of the Latin phrase ‘exempli gratia,’ meaning ‘for example.’

Use i.e. when you want to give further explanation for something.

After work I’ll walk over to the Thunderdome, i.e., the new sports arena a few blocks away.

Use e.g. when you want to give a few examples but not a complete list.

I love drinking holiday-related beverages, e.g., hot chocolate, apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes.

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Happy 3 year Blog- Versary to me!

blog badge Isn’t it sweet of WordPress to remember our anniversary?

How well I remember the old days of composing in Word, then doing FTP- upload  to FrontPage online, then trying to correct all the formatting errors  that crept in and trying not to blow a proverbial gasket before Scott could get around to fixing whatever I couldn’t track down.

WordPress and I have had a few scuffles — the pixel spaces around pictures still don’t stay after they are saved,  carriage returns don’t stay put and widgets that work in blogger don’t here but generally, every new version shows continual improvement and I am very happy.  It has been a rewarding relationship that has enabled me to keep in touch with old friends, meet new ones and most importantly, allow me to focus on sharing my interests instead of worrying about publishing tools and methods. Thank you for a great three years, WordPress!


Moviemaking in Seattle, a new exhibit at the new MOHAI

Seattle Museum of History and Industry
Seattle Museum of History and Industry (Photo credit: Canadian Pacific)

Things to See: Moviemaking in Seattle

Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry, MOHAI, reopened late December in its new location at South Lake Union. It is now conveniently nestled next to the Center for Wooden Boats, close to Dukes and all the other restaurants near the Lake Union docks. The exhibit I want to see first is “Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies” Did you know that “Tugboat Annie” was set in Seattle? Everyone knows about Elvis at the World’s Fair in 1962, but have you see the Slender Thread with Ann Bancroft and Sidney Poitier from 1965? It shows sites from the Science Center, docks and even the Swedish Club in Ballard.

Here is a list of Movies filmed in or set in Seattle, according to imdb. But I noticed that the listmaker left off Twice in a Lifetime, with Gene Hackman, Ann-Margret and Ellen Burstyn so I wonder what other films didn’t make it either. If you think of any made in or set in Seattle that aren’t here, let me know. OK? I’ll pass them along to imdb.

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Happy Birthday to me!

It’s my Birthday!

I turned fifty today, November the 16th. Other November 1962’s include Demi Moore, Jodie Foster,  and Jon Stewart. Happy Birthday to us all! My Dad and Sue called to sing Happy Birthday to me and Scott took me to the Seattle Scotch Malt Whiskey Extravaganza. I don’t drink but the buffet is always excellent.  Continue reading Happy Birthday to me!

I spoke too soon… Hard drive crash!

Apparently, I spoke too soon. After the plastic parts on my laptop were successfully replaced, the hard drive crashed. Dell is sending a tech out to replace it this week.

This is not the first time this has happened to me. I had this same problem with a previous laptop. It was overheating and Dell decided to replace the fan. The fan was replaced and once it was working properly and the laptop tried to boot back up… no hard drive. Continue reading I spoke too soon… Hard drive crash!

Thanks, Dell!

It is so nice to be back on my own PC. I have a blog post about mastectomy and reconstructive surgery that I’ll post later but I want to share some computer tricks I have learned from the five laptops I have owned. I am not a netbook or “in the Cloud” user, I have too much astrological and word processing-related software on my computer to be able to use Drive or Google docs for all my work-stuff.

I use Carbonite to continually back up my computer so I am never more than a few minutes from a full data back up. I also keep a few files, my book I am working on, and my Endnote library files (Endnote is the bibliography software I use) on a jump drive. This enables me to move right onto another PC. Once on the new computer I can log into my Google profile and and just continue working. If the hard drive needs to be replaced, and yes, I’ve gone through several, I can just reload critical software, download all my data from and be back in business in a few hours.

What about you, do you not worry about it, are you able to work “in the cloud” or do you have some data portability tips to share?

Bear with me, I am laptop challenged…

My poor little laptop can’t blog

Well, It has tried hard but this little old laptop I am borrowing this weekend isn’t up to the task of modern blogging. It is just too slow for uploading photos and  refreshing web pages, and keeps timing out. I should be back on my own PC on Monday if Dell is able to fix the socket for me. They decided to honor the service contract and end someone out, YAY!

What does a blogger need in a laptop? Continue reading Bear with me, I am laptop challenged…