Hi. I’m Duncan Davidson.

I am a Startup Advocate and CTO in Residence at Microsoft for Startups in Berlin, Germany. My job is to provide advice for startup founders and CTOs and help them prioritize, focus, and think through their work.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

I’m really proud that my group is sponsoring a refugees and technology event on Oct 24th in Seattle.

This is a key global topic that we should meet with optimisim and opprotunity rather than walls and denial.

Yes, we apparently live in a universe where POTUS sent that letter to the leader of another country.

Bloody hell.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

“What’s up b”

Every once in a while, when I’m messaging on my iPhone, I randomly end a line with a single ‘b’ character. Sometimes, I do it a lot. Sometimes, hardly at all. Today, I got a message from a colleague:

“Yeah. Think we can do that b”

Oh. My. God. I’m not alone! You have no idea how happy I am.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

That moment when you realize that you did the time zone math wrong and woke up two hours early for a call, and you can go back to sleep.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

I thought I had succesfully squished all of the interest I had in the new iPhone 11.

Then, I went looking at real estate this weekend and could have used that that new super wide-angle lens. It really is a camera update year, isn’t it?

Monday, October 7, 2019

Fall 2019 Surface event thoughts

I’m a biased source, given my employer, but last week’s Surface event was pretty impressive. I really appreciated the effort that Panos and his team put into it and I really loved the way the event was paced. And, it’s cool that the public speaking experts are taking notice, like Carmine Gallo writing for Inc. magazine about the presentation skills on display.

Oh, and the way Panos did the “you got it all right, except for one thing” transition for the Surface Duo introduction was handled was beautiful.

Since I use Windows most every day (again, given my employer) in addition to my Macs, I was looking forward to a solid update to the Surface Laptop. The original version has been my go-to Windows machine since it was released. It’s well designed with great balance and a wonderful keyboard. It’s my favorite bit of laptop hardware from the last few years. All I really wanted to see was a solid CPU update, USB-C, and a built in LTE modem.

Two outta three ain’t bad.

If you’re a Windows user and need a laptop to get, but don’t need serious gamer level graphics, this is the laptop to get. It might not be the next Windows machine I get, however.

The ARM-based Surface Pro X caught my interest in a way that I wasn’t expecting. It does have an LTE modem. And, while the last go around from Windows on ARM in the form of the Surface RT had a lot of limitations. It seems that many of those limitations are addressed this time around and, important for this Unix geek, the 20H1 release of Windows 10 will support WSL 2 on ARM. Yes!

I’ll have to do some more research to be sure, but it might just be my next Windows device. At least, until the Surface Neo ships sometime next year. Then, all bets are off.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

I added collegan powder to my coffee for the first time today. It’s not nearly what I expected.

Monday, September 23, 2019
User hostile
The modern keychain with one physical key.

It’s probably about time to migrate that USB key to USB-C.

Hurray for FIDO-2 suppport in Safari 13! I just updated on Mojave and my Yubikey and I are both very happy.