Albatross!

This is the personal blog of Chris Wilson, Platform Architect of the Internet Explorer Platform team at Microsoft (and ex-Group Program Manager).

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    Hola desde España

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    Okay, that exhausts my Spanish. And I had to look up two of those words in the dictionary. But hey, I'm in Spain anyway, for the Fundamentos Web conference. I got in Sunday evening, managed to stay awake until 9PM local time and then promptly passed...
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    Trying not to let a month go by...

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    ...between posts. I've been quite busy - it's been annual performance review time at Microsoft again, and with a sizable team that has taken a lot of my time. I've also been hard at work on planning, and preparations for a couple of talks (the first one...
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    Reflections on my first 24 hours with braces.

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    Ow. Ow ow. OWOWOWOWOWOW. Sigh. 18 months minus one day to go. Did I say ow?
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    Chris goes back to junior high school...

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    No, this ISN'T a post about IE, web standards, or me being childish about the trolls. I'm getting braces on my teeth. Sigh. At 36. In short - my teeth are wearing heavily because I have an incorrect bite, and I've always disliked the diastema (gap...
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    Update from Paul

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    Paul Thurrott just posted a note about the last week from his perspective, and gives his opinion.
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    Slash-dot-a-licious...

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    Mmmm. ZDNet , Slashdot , and Digg , all in one morning. FWIW, Mom, if you're listening, I didn't mean you're a BAD canonical example - just that you'd rather your computer work than have me install the latest and greatest version of our browser (ANY...
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    Snarky snarky.

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    This post is about me. Please do not post comments about Microsoft’s behavior in response to this post. This isn't a troll for congratulations or thanks, either. I stopped replying to the comments in the last post. Not because I stopped reading them...
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    IE and CSS "Compliance"

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    I was surprised that when I got back from vacationing in Hawaii to read a Slashdot post by Jeff Reifman about an article Paul Thurrott wrote...last year. I read Slashdot regularly, and it didn’t make sense; not only is this old information, but it’s not...
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    Where's Chris?

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    In short, I've been on some long-overdue vacations - first to Texas, then to Hawaii. But I'm back now, and digging back in to my email backlog (two vacations with almost no net access, I'm surprised I didn't have withdrawal symptoms).
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    Best new nickname for myself

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    In a post about @media, Loz Gray referred to my haircut as a "Rowlf from the Muppets" look. Let's take a look. Me Rowlf Hmm. He may have a point. Still, it's an improvement: FWIW, though, it's actually that I haven...
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    Back from @media

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    So I'm back in Seattle, fresh from my presentation at @media in London. It was a great experience, and I was very pleasantly surprised by the response. The room was pretty full for my presentation, although I was up against Dave Shea of CSSZenGarden talking...
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    I suck...

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    ...in many ways, but the most recent is in forgetting to mention that I'm speaking at the @media conference in London later this week, with the topic " IE7 and Beyond ".
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    Kill-a-tarianism

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    Molly asked her blog readers if they are meat-eaters or vegetarian. I've explained my personal stance on meat-eating a number of times to various people, so I thought I'd write it down once and for all for reference. Note that I'm not evangelizing my...
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    Places I've been...

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    Countries: States:
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    Chris and the Ring of Doom?

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    In one of the flurry of comments in response to a flurry of posts in response to a post I made in response to the comments in response to an article in Vitamin (whew), Richard Medek compared me to Frodo . I'm not sure how I feel about that; I hope for...
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    I love^D^D^D^Dhate spam filters

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    I just traded email with a friend of mine. My initial response to him included a swear word (I know, I know, apparently I am a little evil - but only prime-time-tv evil). Apparently our spam filter on our gateway rejects incoming mail due to language...
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    See, I told you.

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    I'm not really evil. How evil are you ?
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    Microsoft, IE and the Web Standards Project

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    There is a long thread over at thinkvitamin.com in the comments of an interview with Molly Holzschlag . I'll avoid monologueing on whether one should consider web standards a battle or not, and just weigh in on the comments threads. Malarkey said...
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    Ahhhh...

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    This past weekend, I got to go diving at Sunrise Beach in Gig Harbor. That, in and of itself, would merit an "ahhh..." normally - Sunrise is my favorite dive site in Puget Sound - but even better, last Friday I finally got around to insuring my new...
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    Every Dog Has Its Day

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    Yes, we do occasionally get things right in IE.
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    Albatross! Albatross!

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    In honor of John C. Dvorak's wildly misled article comparing Internet Explorer to a dead albatross, I decided it was time for a name change. Two choc-ices, please . Albatross!
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    Next thing you know, I'll start doing open source...

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    According to personalDNA , I am a Benevolent Leader. Next thing you know, I'll suggest we make IE an open source project.
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    Not tech support

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    A gentle reminder - I'm not IE tech support. Sorry. I get over a hundred emails a day on average - not the lists I'm on, just the stuff sent to me personally internally and externally - and I really can't respond to IE tech support questions unless I...
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    Still decompressing from MIX...

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    ...but at least I put a few pictures on my Flickr feed. http://www.flickr.com/photos/23387360@N00/ .
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    Quickie from MIX

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    I've seen a bunch of people asking about MIX content being available online. The keynotes (2.5 hours of them, with Bill, Tim O'Reilly, and Dean) are available - http://blog.mix06.com/virtualmix/ .
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