Substandard user experiences, by default

I’ve in been in rant mode the last couple of days, not just writing them, but have enjoyed reading them too. Here’s a good rant by Mark Baartse – ‘the fault of defaults’ is all about how crap user exepriences (that’s the technical term) in software are often on by default and his exhasperation at these…


‘Microsoft Needs to Say No to Web 2.0’

I simply have to have a quick rant regarding Mary Jo Foley’s best anti-Web 2.0 shot: “Redmond is looking to extend its applications with Web-based services. But that’s as much Web 2.0-ness as Microsoft needs. Microsoft wants, in the worst way, to be cool. Apple and Sony and Google kind of cool. To Microsoft’s credit…


RSS usability (again)

Robert is getting aggravated (aggregated?) by all the various RSS subscription logos cropping up everywhere. I have all the logos on my blog (or a lot at least). Why? Because the vast majority of those that use RSS don’t event know it. I agree with Kevin here. I use the generic XML logo for the…

3 – I like it a lot

I want to let you know of a brand new OPML service that’s gone ‘tentatively live’ but is worth checking out if you are playing with OPML. Created by Bernard Flach and Peter Overbleeke the service is called and I like it a lot.  I’ve had problems with Dave Winer’s OPML Editor (I’m getting a fatal…


Make Firefox Look Like Internet Explorer

Make Firefox Look Like Internet Explorer.Why? ’cause you can. (alt. reason for me: when I’m presenting demos to the VPs I don’t *have* to switch to IE 😉 via Digg.


Yet another positive of having a deaf ear

Further to my ealier post providing thoughts on the bright side of being deaf in one ear, George (who’d been conscripted to go the Greek army for the next 9 months) brings us news that there is yet another positive side to this auditory ailment: “Something unexpected happenned, and I have already received my apolytirion from the army; on Monday, the day…


Seattle Mind Camp OPML (Validated)

I’ve created my first ‘OPML Validated’ OPML file. Whee! Its a collection of RSS feeds I’ve crawled around for blogs/sites of attendees going to next week’s Seattle Mind Camp, the brainchild of Andru Edwards (featured in today’s Seattle PI). I’m going, but don’t really know what to expect other than having a lot of fun. Here’s…


Sometimes I just don’t know why things are the way they are

(Weekend rant, off topic:) Sometimes I just don’t know why things are the way they are. About a month ago I needed to hire a car while doing business in the UK. As part of filling out the paper work I was asked to provide my driving license.  I provided my UK photocard drivers license…


The variation of seven

Below is a picture of the IE team. Not all of them, just those based at the India Develoment Center (IDC). Apart from their lovely smiles, I noticed something completely trivial about this picture – the number of different ways each has chosen to symbolize the number ‘seven’. They all mean the precisely same thing, but…


MSDN and years ago

Trip down memory lane anyone? – 9 years ago…(sorry, these links seem to work intermittently) MSDN Online (hey look – ‘Personalization’ !) (hey look – ‘select your country’ ) – 5 years ago MSDN Online (hey look, ‘Customize!) (hey look, no other countries exist!)(via Beer28)