I guess they don’t like us anymore

I don’t think Yahoo likes us anymore. IE8 Beta 2 ships, and they start pushing Firefox on their home page. Here’s the funny thing. They didn’t really want to work too hard on the page. Here’s the page they used for IE7, followed by the page they are using to push Firefox 3:    …

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Keyboards can be fun, too

Those who know me know that I have something of a keyboard/mouse fascination. I’ve gotten almost every interesting new keyboard and/or mouse that the company makes. To be clear though, what I’m looking for is a better keyboard and mouse, not just a pretty one. So I avoid the purely aesthetic devices that we create,…

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A lesson in branding: PC laptop manufacturers

When you look at this picture, you are overwhelmed by Apple logos. There are other laptops there, but they don’t stand out. Apple laptops do two important things with their logo. First, it is the right way up when the lid is open. To do that, the logo has to face away from the user…

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A laptop that makes me grin – Lenovo Thinkpad X300

About a month ago (shortly after joining a new team), I upgraded laptops at work. For the first time in my Microsoft career, I selected a non-Toshiba laptop, choosing the ridiculously small delight of the Lenovo ThinkPad X300. Yes, that would be the 3.5 pound, 0.73 inch thick, 13.3 inch widescreen, boot-to-desktop-in-25 seconds (5 seconds…

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Cake Delivery Services R us

Yesterday morning I got a call from my old buddies on the IE team asking me to help out with a cake delivery. I was happy to help out, and Gerry’s Cakes (www.gerryscakes.com) in Menlo Park was able to pull together an awesome 3D cake with only a couple hours notice. Mozilla’s offices are 2…

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Sean’s Maxim of the Day

Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side — because it’s well-fertilized with bullsh*t. or, for those with a more intellectual bent: Caveat Emptor. [dedicated to various colleagues who are changing or have changed jobs recently :-)]

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Apple Security Mega-Patch

I’m going to deviate off my usual path to do a little nyah-nyah at a competitor. Seems that Apple issued a Security Mega-patch. From the article: This latest update marks the seventh time Apple has released a security patch since the start of 2007. It affects Apple computers running Mac OS X version 10.3.9 and…

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On names and codenames…

The naming of products at Microsoft is something that never ceases to fascinate the world. The latest thing to get the blogosphere’s proverbial knickers in a twist is the re-renaming of Windows Live Mail to Windows Live Hotmail. Well, guess what… I actually have no opinion on this re-rename. Why? Because while Live Mail is orders…

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The Birth of AJAX

Alex (my first manager at Microsoft) write a great article on the birth of XMLHTTP (the core technology that underlies AJAX). Definitely a great read. Though Alex was kind enough to mention my involvement, I have to say that XMLHTTP was pretty much done before I got there. My role on the Exchange team was to shepherd the Exchange…

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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…

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