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…



I put out a call on this blog last week to help me find some users who are Entourage and PowerPoint users. I had lots of responses, and as of right now, that particular study is filled. I want to thank all of you for reading that post, responding to it if you fit my…


Mac-friendly websites

One of the problems about working for Microsoft is that people assume that I know everything that’s happening in the rest of the company. I really don’t. I honestly haven’t even looked at Vista yet. I keep on telling myself that I should install it on the Windows box in my office (which I access…


New Zealand chocolate is the inverse of Swiss chocolate

Ahh, OOPSLA. The week in October where I stop sleeping and eating. Today is day two of my personal OOPSLA, but it’s actually two days before the technical programme starts. I’m the Student Volunteers Chair this year, so most of my work comes early in the conference. Yesterday, I had about 20 students helping me…


Bay Area Mac users needed

Edited to add: This study has now been filled. Thanks for signing up! I know that I’ve asked our readers to participate in our usability studies before. I have a very specific need this time, and I’m hoping that you can help me out. I’ve got an upcoming usability study that covers new features in…



I’m probably going to be incommunicado for the next week or two. I’m in Redmond right now for some training and a couple of big meetings. On Friday, I fly to Portland to attend OOPSLA (and if you’re coming to OOPSLA, say hi! — the students who are working at the Info Booth will always…



You know what else rocks about working in MacBU? The cheesecake. Seriously. And every October, I’m guaranteed a piece of it. Learn more about it in my post at Mac Mojo: trash talkin’.


winks and webcams

I’m a heavy instant messaging user, and always have been. I started back in my first undergrad, when I got an account on my college’s VMS system. It was quickly discovered that you could write to someone else’s terminal, and we used that a lot like you’d use an instant messenger today. In 1996, ICQ…


update time!

Warm up your downloading engines. It’s update time! Messenger got an update to solve the login problems that some users were experiencing. If you’re interested in learning more about this issue and what we did to solve it, you can read Mary’s post about it at Mac Mojo. Office:Mac also gets an update while we’re…


book review – ‘Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences’ by John Allen Paulos

Book title: Innummeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences Author: John Allen Paulos ISBN: 0809058405 The problem that resulted in this book is far-reaching: the public simply doesn’t understand mathematics. Statistics, ranging from a 10%-off sale to the sort found in opinion polls, are unfathomable to the general populace. Probability, especially in the context of gambling,…