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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times reporter Sharon Chan.

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January 30, 2007 1:52 PM

Happy birthday to us

Posted by Mark Watanabe

If you look into the archives of Tech Tracks (see the panel on the right), you'll find that the earliest posting occurred Jan. 30, 2006. It was an item by Kristi Heim on online censorship in China.

That was nearly 1,200 posts ago.

By our count, in the past year, our technology team has written 1,178 posts, nearly 100 a month. In a sheer quantitative sense we've succeeded, I think, in presenting you with more news, information and analysis than we ever have.

As with a lot of what we cover, Tech Tracks is a work in progress. It may not be obvious from a day-to-day perspective, but there's been a lot of experimenting going on here -- in subject matter, in producing online material and in writing styles, especially in what we somewhat pretentiously call "voice."

It's not surprising that what we write about most is Microsoft and wireless technologies, the two pillars of Seattle's tech industry. But another area that commands our attention has been digital technology. Seattle tech is turning into a three-legged stool.

One major reason we started Tech Tracks was to get immediate and ongoing reader feedback to what we do. That has been slower to develop, but of late we've seen more online conversations surrounding items here through the Comment button. Keep it up. We really do want to hear from you and engage with you.

The bottom line is the first year has been illuminating and interesting. And where we head in this next year is, at the outset, as intriguing as things were last Jan. 30. The newspaper industry, as we are reminded everyday, is undergoing transformation. Tech Tracks is one tiny part of that change -- and a part that's forward-looking.

Meanwhile, we look forward to giving you more tech things to read about and think about over the next 1,200 posts. We hope to hear from you.

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