One of the Reasons I went into Software Development

While back at my mother’s house this past week, I found my old collection of PC/Computing magazines, which I used to buy monthly from a local store (we didn’t get subscriptions in Trinidad). One of the things I found was the January 1992 edition, which included a special “Insider’s Journal” written by Ed Bott. Ed…


Lessons on Simplicity in Software Development

Nick Bradbury, creator of FeedDemon, one of the best feed readers around, has been writing a series of blog posts on the theme of “Simplicity Ain’t So Simple.” They are definitely worth checking out. Here are links to the first five in the series: Part I: Decide what to Hide Part II: Stop Showing Off Part…


Welcome Back, Paul

Last year, Paul Thurrott had a few things to say about IE: My advice is simple: Boycott IE. It’s a cancer on the Web that must be stopped. IE isn’t secure and isn’t standards-compliant, which makes it unworkable both for end users and Web content creators. Because of their user bases, however, Web developers are…


Microsoft’s secret plans – revealed

One of the fun things that I do is to help monitor the comments on the IEBlog. We have it set up to mail us all the comments that are posted, including those that the Community Server spam filter rejects (so we can review and decide if it’s really spam or not). Not too long…


Vista Notes, Episode #2: Sleep vs. Hybrid Sleep

In this second episode of my ongoing series entitled “Vista Notes” (wherein I expound on an interesting feature I’ve found in my daily use of Windows Vista), I wanted to discuss the new “Sleep” and “Hybrid Sleep” features. To discuss these modes, we first need to define two other terms: Standby Standby is Windows’ name…


Vista Notes, Episode #1 (cont’d): Themes

Next… Aero Basic (or the non-glass mode) didn’t hold me for very long. It was… boring, compared to Aero Glass. A co-worker of mine complained the other day that Vista is forcing him to not maxmize his windows. Why? Because maximized windows in Vista become opaque, and frankly, glass is too sexy. Yeah, he has issues….


Vista Notes, Episode #1: Themes

My main laptop is a Toshiba M4 tablet PC (2GB RAM, 75GB HD). It’s configured for dual-booting Windows XP and Windows Vista. About 2 months ago, I made the move to use the Vista partition as my main environment. It’s been up-and-down, but mostly up. After a couple wierd issues, I now have Glass working…


My Favorite (hidden) IE feature

Whenever I install Windows on a new PC (which in my daily work happens fair more frequently than I care to admit), there’s one* setting that I always tweak before doing anything else: Internet Options, Advanced tab, “Use inline AutoComplete” What this does is enables autocomplete of URLs (and other commands) in the address bar,…


Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta is Public!

The Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta is now available for anyone to download. It includes RSS functionality built on the Windows RSS Platform. Click here to find out more.


Blogging from Word

  Great news announced on Joe Friend’s blog this morning: Word 2007 has built-in support for blogging! Go and read the details. Best part? Clean HTML! Anyone who has ever tried to post by copying and pasting from Word just gave 3 cheers. You might have wondered a couple days ago what this post was…