Outlook 2010 Social Connector

I’m putting this in the journal just in case a year from now this works out. I could totally see us doing this with some services at my department:

I’m happy to announce that a new member has joined the Outlook platform family. The new arrival has a long and formal name known as Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider Extensibility, but the name shouldn’t stop you from getting acquainted with this exciting new extensibility feature for Outlook 2010!

Here’s what I wrote in an email to my colleagues:

Basically, we could expose – with permission of course – profile information e.g. photo, @exchange email address, etc. to Outlook/Exchange users. This may have already been shot down by the powers that be, but I thought I’d mention it in the spirit of social networking and the future redesign of our intranet.

I installed Outlook Social Connector and connected it to my Facebook account, but I don’t see my photo yet.

Clearwater High School 20 Year Class Reunion

Diana, Cathy, Joey, Sandra, me, Andy

What was on my mind 20 years ago? I thought about 2010, the movie, and space travel, getting through college, and getting a good job. Now that it is 2010, we don’t live in space or even travel in flying-cars (they’re working on it), but I graduated college, and got a good job. The year 2010 means it’s time for our 20 year class reunion. It’s time to reflect on what we’ve done and how we got here.

The world has changed quite a bit in the past 20 years. Perhaps the biggest change is the Internet and how we interact with it. The Internet came into it’s own around 1994. We had a 5-year-old Internet when we celebrated our 10 year reunion, but we didn’t have much more than email to communicate to each other. Flash forward 5 or 6 more years and we saw the birth of social media; communicating in near real time over the Internet.

Now we use social media to connect to classmates. We have a Facebook group. It’s not perfect – not everyone in our class uses Facebook, let alone Twitter – but it’s quicker than email. People are people and finding them will always be a challenge – just ask the census bureau.

Siems Obituaries

I don’t mean to be morbid, but I wanted to keep these online as part of my memories. Werner and Dianne were my dad and mom. Ruth was Werner’s sister, my aunt.

WERNER ARTHUR SIEMS, 76, of Clearwater, Florida, died Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor, Florida. He was born in Evansville, Ind., and came here in 1994 from Virginia. He was a director of public relations for the Coast Guard in Washington, D.C. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Clearwater. Survivors include a son, Christopher, Bryan, Texas; a brother, David, Ann Arbor, Mich.; and three sisters, Ruth Siems, Evansville, Suzanne Porter, Copley, Ohio, and Rosemary Snyder, Hinsdale, Ill. National Cremation Society, Largo.

UPDATE: Werner received a Master of Arts (MA) in Slavic Languages & Literatures from Indiana University in 1953.

DIANNE SEABOLT SIEMS, 62, of Bryan, Texas, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2007, at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan, Texas. She was born in Clearwater, Florida, and was a resident of Bryan for the past year. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. Graveside services will be Wednesday at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater, Florida. She was survived by her son, Christopher Siems of Bryan; and brother, John Seabolt and wife, Helen, of Tallahassee, Florida. b. May 8, 1944. d. April 19, 2007.

Ruth Miriam Siems was born in Evansville, Ind., on Feb. 20, 1931. She earned an undergraduate degree in home economics from Purdue University in 1953, and after graduation took a job at the General Foods plant in Evansville, where she worked on flours and cake mixes. She moved to the company’s technical center in Tarrytown, N.Y., not long afterward. Ms. Siems retired in 1985.

Ruth M. Siems, a retired home economist whose best-known innovation will make its appearance, welcome or otherwise, in millions of homes tomorrow, died on Nov. 13, 2005, at her home in Newburgh, Ind. Ms. Siems, an inventor of Stove Top stuffing, was 74.

Besides Ms. Porter, of Copley, Ohio, Ms. Siems is survived by another sister, Rosemary Snyder, of Chicago; and a brother, David, of Milford, Mich.