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Channel 9 and MSDN

Posted in General at Friday, April 16, 2004 12:10 AM Pacific Daylight Time

If you haven't taken a look at Channel 9 yet you should. My favorite part of channel 9 is the video clips done by Scoble. The latest one is a tour of MSDN with Chris Sells. Very fun to watch. If you've never been on campus before then these videos will give you a pretty good feel of what it's like.

My only question is, why does swallowing the red pill cause people to preface every answer to questions with the word “so“?


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It's not just MS, it's a phenomenon that has infected tech in general. It's very annoying, particularly when used to start the response of someone's question. It feels like the speaker has not even acknowledged that a question has been asked, and is simply continuing from his previous thought.

A more polite way to respond would be "Well...", or "First of all...", or "Just to give some background...".

Equally annoying is over-injecting the word "right" in an imperative way while explaining something...It sounds like the speaker has already assumed that you've agreed with him even though he has not paused for you to interject.

In addition, I'm *so* looking forward to the day people stop using the word "so" with verbs and gerunds.
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