Picking up the blogging again

Firstly – it’s been too long without posting here. Lots of reasons, lots of excuses – mainly workload and not having anything public to blog about.

Secondly – I’ve changes roles inside Microsoft – moving from Business Development (where nothing is public or bloggable) and into customer facing enterprise strategy.

The role is a great fit – and it takes me back to what I love – working and interacting directly with customers.

I’ll write more about the role and the experience in the next few days.

Blogging at Microsoft

Shel Israel writes:

UK Microsoftie Darren Strange reports that Microsoft now has 4500 bloggers among its 71,000 employees.  Both numbers show significant growth.  As irecall, when Robert and I were writing our first chapter of naked Conversations there were 2500 bloggers among 56,000 employees.  By the time we finished the book in October 2005, the bloggers were topping the 3,000 mark. This would mean that the number of Microsoft bloggers has grown by over 50 percent in about a year and a half.
By percentage, I’m not sure whether Sun Microsystems or Microsoft has more bloggers, but both companies continue to grow and continue to extol the virtues of doing it.
One interesting aspect in Darren’s report is that there is no longer any controversy about it. When Joshua Allen, became Microsoft’s first blogger, the first call to fire him for blogging came just a few hours later, as we reported in Naked Conversations.
Now it is seems to me, blogging is normalizing at Microsoft and that is what should happen.

In contrast I think Novell has a couple of dozen prolific bloggers at most. That is way below par.

The now never-ending WordPress mill

WordPress

From the dev lists:

The target release date for WordPress 2.2 is less than a month away, April 23rd.

Phew. Patch and relax. Update and relax. Patch and relax.

When Matt and the others from Automattic said they’d be stepping up the frequency of updates – I didn’t expect this 🙂

It’s good though. Lots of new features promised for 2.2 and especially 2.3/2.4 and beyond.

Slow blogging

I spend a few days catching up on posting video to my family and home blog instead 😉 No posts for a week or two.

WordPress 2.1 beta 1

Hot on the heels of WordPress 2.0.6 release candidate – is WordPress 2.1 beta 1.

I tried the alpha from subversion on this blog a while ago; it looked promising. Now we are at beta 1.

You can get the beta from here; knowing the test and release team – it will be live in weeks.

WordPress 2.0.6 RC2

Update time again – this time for another security issue.

Here’s the mail from wp-testers:

http://wordpress.org/beta/wordpress-2.0.6-RC2.zip
http://wordpress.org/beta/wordpress-2.0.6-RC2.tar.gz

RC2 addresses the following vulnerability.

http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2006/Dec/0463.html

We also changed how we escape HTML attributes. Escaping is done with a new
attribute_escape() function.

http://trac.wordpress.org/changeset/4656

This touched a lot of files so we need to do some broad testing to make sure we didn’t fat finger anything.

Should be GA soon; advisable to upgrade.