“The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.” —Bertrand Russell

August, 2008

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About Bit-cycling

My name is Sean Lyndersay. I'm a lead program manager on the PowerPoint team. In past lives, I have been on the Live Search (now Bing) team (briefly), Internet Explorer team, the Windows Networking team, the SQL Server team (briefly) and the Exchange team.

This blog is place for me to blog on semi-work-related topics that interest me and may interest others, who care about things like Microsoft, UI development, software development in general, and other such things (there are also several posts about promising to post more :).

If either of my two readers have something they'd like me to post about, they should drop me a line.

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    I guess they don’t like us anymore

    I don’t think Yahoo likes us anymore. IE8 Beta 2 ships, and they start pushing Firefox on their home page . Here’s the funny thing. They didn’t really want to work too hard on the page. Here’s the page they used for IE7, followed by the page they are...
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    Steven Sinofsky brings his writing talents to the masses

    I had to chuckle this afternoon when Steven Sinofsky exploded upon the Internet with one of his missives describing the Windows 7 Team on the Engineering Windows 7 blog. Steven has been blogging on the internal network since late 2006, and his blog posts...
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    Stupid Outlook Tricks: The back button

    A long time ago, someone decided that Outlook should be able to browse web pages inside its frame*. Among other things, the “Web” toolbar was created, with a full complement of browser controls, including an address bar. Shortly afterwards, people came...
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    Keyboards can be fun, too

    Those who know me know that I have something of a keyboard/mouse fascination. I’ve gotten almost every interesting new keyboard and/or mouse that the company makes. To be clear though, what I’m looking for is a better keyboard and mouse, not just a pretty...
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    A lesson in branding: PC laptop manufacturers

    When you look at this picture , you are overwhelmed by Apple logos. There are other laptops there, but they don’t stand out. Apple laptops do two important things with their logo. First, it is the right way up when the lid is open. To do that, the logo...
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    Surfing through my phone – Windows Vista and Windows Mobile

    A long time ago when I worked on Windows XP, I worked on a project to add Bluetooth PAN support to Windows. At the time (March 2004), I wrote : We also added Bluetooth Personal Area Networking (PAN) support. PAN is a Bluetooth profile that essentially...
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    A laptop that makes me grin – Lenovo Thinkpad X300

    About a month ago (shortly after joining a new team ), I upgraded laptops at work. For the first time in my Microsoft career, I selected a non-Toshiba laptop, choosing the ridiculously small delight of the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 . Yes, that would be the...
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