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  • Blog Post: 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 using to push Firefox 3:        ...
  • Blog Post: 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 one. So I avoid the purely aesthetic devices...
  • Blog Post: 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 has to face away from the user of the laptop when...
  • Blog Post: 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 3.5 pound, 0.73 inch thick, 13.3 inch widescreen...
  • Blog Post: Cake Delivery Services R us

    Yesterday morning I got a call from my old buddies on the IE team asking me to help out with a cake delivery. I was happy to help out, and Gerry’s Cakes ( www.gerryscakes.com ) in Menlo Park was able to pull together an awesome 3D cake with only a couple hours notice. Mozilla’s offices are 2 minutes...
  • Blog Post: Sean's Maxim of the Day

    Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side -- because it's well-fertilized with bullsh*t. or, for those with a more intellectual bent: Caveat Emptor . [dedicated to various colleagues who are changing or have changed jobs recently :-)]
  • Blog Post: Apple Security Mega-Patch

    I'm going to deviate off my usual path to do a little nyah-nyah at a competitor . Seems that Apple issued a Security Mega-patch . From the article: This latest update marks the seventh time Apple has released a security patch since the start of 2007. It affects Apple computers running Mac OS X version...
  • Blog Post: On names and codenames...

    The naming of products at Microsoft is something that never ceases to fascinate the world. The latest thing to get the blogosphere's proverbial knickers in a twist is the re-renaming of Windows Live Mail to Windows Live Hotmail. Well, guess what... I actually have no opinion on this re-rename. Why? Because...
  • Blog Post: The Birth of AJAX

    Alex (my first manager at Microsoft) write a great article on the birth of XMLHTTP (the core technology that underlies AJAX ). Definitely a great read. Though Alex was kind enough to mention my involvement, I have to say that XMLHTTP was pretty much done before I got there. My role on the Exchange team...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's secret plans - revealed

    One of the fun things that I do is to help monitor the comments on the IEBlog . We have it set up to mail us all the comments that are posted, including those that the Community Server spam filter rejects (so we can review and decide if it's really spam or not). Not too long ago, the spam filter rejected...
  • Blog Post: So thing's have been a litle busy...

    Yeah, that's not quite an excuse for 6 months (and one day) of non-posting right after promising to post more often. So my Friday resolution is: I will never promise to post more . I've also created a new category called "Posts about promising to post more." Non-believers can subscribe directly...
  • Blog Post: One year anniversary

    Amusingly, I see that today (Jan 9) is the one year anniversary of the start of this blog. In that time, I've done a grand total of 13 posts, making for an average of one per month. While I'm still doing better than some people, I'll make a new year's resolution to do a little better this year. :) ...
  • Blog Post: Still alive..

    It's been a busy few months, and I haven't had time to post -- first shipping SP2, then working on some Longhorn planning. As of Nov 1st, I'm no longer working on Windows Networking (except peripherally). I've joined the the IE team as a senior PM in the Browsing Experience team (which is generally...
  • Blog Post: Musings on Consistency in OS Design

    I'm a bit behind in my browsing and posting, but I wanted to note that Pierre Igot has posted parts 2 & 3 of the Mac OS X Hall of Shame. I take these articles as object lessons -- examples of things I wouldn't want to repeat, and an opportunity to get a different perspective. In part 2, Pierre...
  • Blog Post: And introducing...

    Alright, so I’m blogging. I’m Sean Lyndersay, and I’m a lead Program Manager on the Network Experience team in Windows (at Microsoft). What’s that mean? I don’t know either, but it sounds good, so I’m going to stick with it. Maybe I’ll explain it later. If anyone cares. Anyway, I’m out here… trying out...
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