Urgent Needs

Via Scoble and Keith Pleas, I’ve come across the Aceh Aid Bucket Brigade. Susi Johnston has posted a request regarding urgent technology needs. I’ve tried to contact Susi regarding efforts to help meet these needs. If you want to help contribute in this particular effort, contact me via the contact link on the upper left-hand…

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Can’t Write

Can’t Write I had wanted to post the follow-up article I’d promised in my last post. But, like Heather Leigh, I’m having difficulty even focusing on what I want to say. I do most of my writing in the morning after I wake up. It’s part of a morning routine that includes grabbing a cup…

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Value Proposition(s) and Market Success

Value Proposition(s) and Market Success Based on the comments to my last post, I need to apologize. Having worked at Microsoft as long as I have, I’ve acquired some verbal habits that have meaning inside these halls, yet fail to adequately convey the full meaning in discussions with people who don’t participate in the same…

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You Don’t Need Word

You Don’t Need Word Back in late August, my article on the Anatomy of a Software Bug got slashdotted. That prompted John Mitchell to post this missive over on artima.com. John and I had a brief exchange back then, but that was early September—right about the time when my workload became such that I couldn’t…

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Ode to Word

Ode to Word One of my coworkers received this from a friend. The author is the friend’s daughter. I thought you’d all enjoy this, so I got permission to post it. Enjoy, Rick   Ode to Word By Rebecca Smith My word! It’s Word! Wow, Look at that shiny blue thing that’s the title I…

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Getting Personal

Has it really been three months since I’ve posted? Well, it’s been three months since we went “on the clock” for the next version of Mac Office. There are two unfortunate consequences to this. One is that my workload tends to increase, and, for this particular milestone, this was exacerbated by a dependency that required…

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Let Word Do It

Following up to my last post on outlining, Marc Hedlund, one of the co-authors of Peer-to-Peer (O’Reilly), wrote about Word being too smart. Marc’s thesis is summed up in the last paragraph, where he says, “What the Word team lacks, in my view, is an awareness that, when a user is trying to get his…

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Adumbrating in Word

Whenever I used a word like adumbrate, my Grandmother would say, “Your high ejaculations are too copious for the low dominion of my comprehension.” Gran always had a wicked sense of humor. She ran a beauty salon for decades. One day, a customer, who apparently hadn’t had a very good day, plopped down in Gran’s…

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Tent City Four

I’ve shied away from blogging about social issues, but I can’t let this one sit. Larry Osterman blogged about Tent City 4, which will soon relocate to the grounds of Northshore United Church of Christ in Woodinville. I live in Woodinville. The Church is located about a block away from where my eldest daughter goes…

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AppleScript and VBA: the Story of Sid and Nancy

In the few spare moments I’ve had over the past several weeks, I’ve followed some discussions of Word and AppleScript both in the comments to my earlier post and in the Microsoft newsgroups. A particularly good discussion, with input from both Matt Neuburg and Paul Berkowitz, can be found here. Both Matt and Paul have…

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