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Friday, November 09, 2001

[1:06 PM]
Howdy y’all

Well we finished our Stockholm visit today with a visit to Ericsson. They’re doing some very cool stuff with Visio. They could actually use a bit of help with their solution! Makes me wish I had the spare time to help. Unfortunately spare time is hard to come by.

I’m getting ready to hit the sack. Tomorrow I bail outta here. Heading back home. Ahhhh… home! Even though I’ve enjoyed seeing other places I’m excited about being home. Back home with Kim and the girls; back in my own bed. As Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home.” Even the nine hours over the Atlantic seems like a small price to pay to get back to the ones you love.

Well anywho… off to bed.

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Thursday, November 08, 2001

[9:19 AM]
Hey baby it's cold outside!

Winter has arrived in Stockholm! I was sitting here working away in the meeting room and felt a cold draft. Brrrrr. I turned in the direction it was coming from, the window, and noticed a nice blanket of white covering everything outside! It's coming down really hard and I don't have the slightest clue when it started. There's about two inches on the ground as I'm writing this and it shows no sign of letting up! I love snow!

Dan and I still have to plow our way through this stuff to get back to the subway. It's gonna be fun!

Hey it looks like CNet has picked up an article by Dave from his DaveNet site.
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[3:25 AM]
Still on the road.

Dan and I are still at our Swedish subsidiary. Yesterdays sessions were good and we're presenting two of the three again today. It seems like half the problem for the folks selling it is having the time to talk about it! They're too busy selling enterprise servers, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Here are some good links for the true Visio geek.

Visio as a Solutions Platform: Automating Visio to Solve Business Problems
Visio-Based Database Modeling in Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
Print ShapeSheet Add-On: If you're a developer this is a must have! Get it now.

There's some more exciting stuff coming down the Visio pipeline in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!


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Tuesday, November 06, 2001

[7:40 AM]
Good evening from Stockholm, Sweden!

It's 4:45 PM Tuesday here.

The meetings with our Oslo office went well I think. We had a total of three meetings talking about Visio Basics, Visio for the Developer, and Visio Enterprise Network Tools (A.K.A. VENT).

I had a great talk with Anders Foyen, .NET Business Development Manager in Oslo. He's totally into SOAP and the power it's giving them with clients in Oslo. They've already used the technology with a local telecom to marry older systems with new Microsoft .NET based solutions! YES! That's what it's all about people! Anders summed up SOAP to me this way, my paraphrase. In the early 90's companies, by and large, didn't send e-mail outside of their corporation. Today e-mail is routed around the world between different and varied systems. Now we're starting to see the same thing happen with large service based systems. They're being opened up to the world via SOAP. This is only the beginning.

We flew into Stockholm (English site) Monday evening and finally got a decent nights sleep; the first since I started this trip. Today, Tuesday, we had the day off. We managed to wonder around the city a bit, just a bit though. The streets are amazing! Filled with old buildings and many little streets for just foot traffic. I've only been outside the states one other time, back in 1994, when I went to Dublin, Ireland. This is indeed a new experience for me so you'll have to forgive my excitement! :-)

Tomorrow we're off to our Stockholm sub. We're giving the same presentations on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday we're going to meet with a corporation and see what they like and dislike about the product. More to come!

Until then...

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Sunday, November 04, 2001

[11:35 PM]
Good morning from Oslo, Norway!

Dan and I arrived in Oslo late yesterday afternoon. We're at our Microsoft office now getting ready to do our dog and pony show, then we're off to Sweden! :-)

My initial impression of the city is WOW! If you get the chance to come here; do it! I wish we had a few days to explore it. Drat!

Well I gotta go do some real work now. Hopefully I'll get to post from Sweden as well.

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