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Off to Seattle for Microsoft Search Champs

In a few hours I’ll be on a plane to Seattle, for the Microsoft Search
V4. My second trip to the US and my first to Seattle. It’ll be 15.5 hours of
flying time from New Zealand (not including waiting around for connecting flights etc),
but luckily for me I’m flying business class – another first 🙂

I’m honoured to be invited by Microsoft and I’m really looking forward to seeing the
Redmond campus. A slice of Microserfs for this kiwi
🙂 I hope my feedback on their upcoming web-based products proves useful, to repay them
for this exciting trip.

I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new people at Search Champs, plus I’ll be catching up with a good number of the Web 2.0 Workgroup. Also
there are some Seattle folks whose blogs I’ve been following for a long time, like Erik Benson and his Robot Co-op colleagues and Jay Feinberg. So I’m hoping to get a chance to meet them.

The famed Seattle Public library, built by leading architect Rem Koolhaas, is high on
my list of things to see. As it is for Fred and others. The
pic below from Flickr is from Niall Kennedy, taken
during a Gnomedex party at the library.

No doubt I’ll be taking lots of my own photos during my time there!

Next time I post to this blog, I’ll be over in Seattle. In the meantime I’ll leave
you with a few good links, seeing as I’ll be in mid-air when the next Daily is due

The Web Is the Platform (good
dev-focused article from Application Development Trend magazine – via John Musser)

How Do You Become An
Industry Analyst?
(two-part series by James
Governor of Redmonk. I think I’m probably a good example of a blogger turned career
industry analyst…)

& media
(NYTimes article about kids born between 1980 and 2000 and their media

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