THIS BLOG HAS MOVED – PLEASE UPDATE YOUR FEEDS!!!

I’ve had a happy time on http://blogs.msdn.com, but having decided to make some changes to my site, I’m going to go it alone and run my own version of Community Server.  If you are reading this message and would like to stay up to date, my new URL is: http://www.simonguest.com If you use an RSS reader, you…

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Summary of SPARK UX

Software Architects have a tough job.  They need to be experts in mapping business needs to technology, understanding the IT organization, and domain specific areas such as service orientation, workflow, security etc. One of the areas that often gets overlooked however is User Experience (UX).  If many software architects were building architects we’d have structurally sound buildings,…

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Looking for a User Experience Architect Evangelist

I have a new position in my team looking for a User Experience (UX) Architect Evangelist.  I’m still working on the official job description, but given the level of interest in my last posting, I wanted to get it uploaded here first.  The ideal person will have the following mix of skills: Knowledge and prior…

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What do you need to know to be an IT Architect?

Update:  This post has moved to here.    My team has been spending a fair amount of time recently asking this question “What is it that you need to know to be an IT Architect?”.  What you should be reading? What skills should you be honing? Who should be following? Recently, I had the opportunity…

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Come Help Build a Better Architect Community!

Who do you know that gets to play at work all day? It could be you. If you know the latest Web 2.0 and community technologies (RSS, ESS, IM Bots, Community Server, Wikis, VoD, Podcasts) and have a passion for IT architecture, then do we have a job in our team for you! How would…

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Renaming GTD Tasks in Outlook 2007

While using Outlook 2007 as my GTD tool, one of the things I’ve been missing is having the ability to rename tasks on the fly.  Here’s a pretty common situation:    ·         A new message arrives with the subject of “RE: Purchase Order”.  It’s from Jack, and after reading the Email I realize that I…

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Call For Papers: Architecture Journal Issue #10

Microsoft’s Architecture Journal is a quarterly magazine, providing a world-class forum for the publication of unique articles on how good architecture can help create great implementations. Microsoft’s Architecture Journal is available as a printed subscription (you can order your own here) and also online here With Issue #9 almost complete, I’m looking for abstracts and ideas…

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Hitting the WPF Curve (a.k.a. Falling off the WPF Cliff)

Learning WPF can be hard.  Even if you have experience with Windows Forms or SWING, many concepts in WPF/XAML are very different and require a total brainwash before you can even put a button on a form.  In his blog, Karsten calls this the WPF Curve and offers several resources to help.    Being on a mission to…

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SPARK UX 1 – 3 Oct, Half Moon Bay, CA

  SPARK UX the two faces of design   A FORUM TO EXPLORE THE INTERSECTION OF ARCHITECTURE AND EXPERIENCE DESIGN   Too often today, software products and interactive experiences fall short of their potential because the user experience does not serve the interests of its users. The engineering side of software architecture often fails to…

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Launching Applications in Vista 5472

Scott has a great post about replacing “start/run” to launch applications quickly – I’ve used a number of the tools he lists in the past to find optimal ways of launching applications.  One of the options he does miss however is the new start menu in Vista, which now contains a field for entering search or command…

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