Today’s my last day in the office before vacation. I’m headed off to Australia tomorrow, and won’t be back in the office until next year. (Itinerary: Sydney for a week, Melbourne for a week, then back to Sydney for the remaining time, with a quick day-trip to Canberra on Boxing Day.) For those of you…


sitting in the middle of an us-versus-them debate

One of the things that I like about being a blogger and reading blogs is that you get to watch a debate unfold in interested and unexpected ways. I’ve been following the online debate over the Windows Vista shut-down button. If you haven’t seen it yet, the whole thing started with Joel Spolsky complaining about…


the spam that keeps on spamming

It’s the time of year for the spammers to ratchet up their efforts. I blame all of the spam in the world on my father, who actually bought me a miniature remote-controlled car from his spam a few years ago. If he hadn’t made that mistake, we wouldn’t have spammers. Just like if no-one bought…


Q&A: backing up Entourage

I wasn’t sure if anyone was actually reading today, but the first question has already arrived. It is: I have a client who uses Entourage with an Exchange server. What is the best way to backup emails that reside on the exchange server and take into consideration that she’s a mac user? I think that…


go on, ask

It’s a quiet holiday week. Many of my co-workers are taking some of their vacation time this week. My hallway is remarkably silent. Me, I’m here all week, since I’m burning through all of my vacation time in December. So here’s what I’m going to do this week, blog-wise. Ask me a question, and I’ll…


Apple, you evil temptress

Clearly Apple is trying to tell me that it’s time to upgrade. They announced today that they’re teaming up with six airlines to deliver iPod integration. Seats will have iPod power connections, and video content will be delivered to the seatback display. The press release doesn’t say whether the airlines will make this available only…


my MWSF wishlist – top ten announcements I wish Apple would make

I know that it’s a bit early for this kind of post, but I’m going to be out of the country for most of December [1], so I feel like I might as well get the ball rollin’. Here are ten things that I want from Apple at MWSF. This isn’t a list of what…


Test post

I’m now trying Blogmailr.com to see if I like it and how Mac-friendly it is. Published with BlogMailr


book review – ‘A Pattern Language for Web Usability’

Book title: A Pattern Language for Web Usability Author: Ian Graham ISBN: 0201788888 The title of this book is promising. However, the promise does not hold. The author clearly does not understand patterns or a pattern language. The so-called patterns given here are not patterns in any way. Instead, they are an attempt at a…


enabling OOPSLA

I served as Student Volunteers Chair of OOPSLA 2006. People ask me what that means, and I’ve never been able to come up with a good answer. At least, not until today. My job at OOPSLA was to enable it to happen. Me and my little army of Student Volunteers were there to keep the…