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

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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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    WebSlice Viewer Gadget (Alpha)

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    Update (3/13/2009): This sidebar gadget no longer works against IE8 (Release Candidate or higher). For various reasons, the IE team removed the APIs that made this work. If I can find a way to get it working, I will post an update (but I don't have much...
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    IE to remove "Click to Activate"

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    Great news from the IE Blog : Back in April 2006, we made a change to how Internet Explorer handled embedded controls used on some webpages. Some sites required users to “click to activate” before they could interact with the control. Microsoft...
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    Exchange 2000 Launch Video

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    Many years ago, I worked on the Exchange team. We used to have these conferences called, imaginatively, the Microsoft Exchange Conference.  The marketing team created this video to use at the conference. In part because I was playing with Silverlight...
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    Welcomed to California by the weather

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    In honor of my arrival in Mountain View, the weather has turned ridiculously rainy today. I updated my blog's header image to reflect the view from my office today. For those of you keeping track, I'm living in Mountain View, CA , home of, among other...
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    "No meaningful competition"

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    In this article about Bill Gates' transition, we find this gem: For much of Microsoft's existence, its two biggest money-makers, Windows and Office, have been firmly rooted on the PC desktop, where they enjoyed little meaningful competition. Wow. Someone...
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    Razzle-Dazzle

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    Now, I've been reading Jonathan Schwartz's blog for a while now (he's CEO of Sun Microsystems), and always appreciated his candor and openness. But this announcement reminds me of this .
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    OpenID and the art of solving problems users want solved

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    Not too long ago, Jan Miksovsky wrote about how confusing OpenID is to users due to the way sites expose it, and the overly developer-centric focus of the OpenID.net site. He makes a number of interesting points, most of which I agree with. In particular...
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    Exchange team defines a Program Manager

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    Regular readers * of this blog will know that I have a thing for definitions of program management (see mine , Chris Pratley's , and Steven Sinofsky's ). The Exchange team recently put up a recruiting site, called ExchangeYourCareer.com . On it, they...
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    The more things change, the more things stay the same

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    Some years ago Chris Pratley, an Office GPM, wrote an interesting article that talks about some of the mid-90s competition in the word processing space from the point of view of someone working on Microsoft Word. The thing about these comparative reviews...
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    "We've got a million ideas... if not two million."

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    Now this is how powerful software gets made.
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    Sean's Maxim of the Day

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    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 :-)]
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    Welcome to the Jungle

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    Monday : Safari for Windows (beta) announced . Tuesday : Six vulnerabilities found . Thursday: Safari 3.0.1 released . Friday : Another pair of vulns. Next Friday: Safari 3.0.2 released . Monday morning : Another vulnerability . - Sean PS. Kudos to the...
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    Taskbar Shuffle

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    I install and uninstall dozens of pieces of software weekly. I also (perhaps as a result of the first statement), rebuild my laptop from scratch about once every three of four months. So, it's a rare piece of software that lasts on my PC time after time...
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    Reminiscing: Native HTTP in SQL Server 2005

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    A long time ago (c. 2001), I had a stint on the SQL Server team (it lasted about 9 months). One of the things I did on the team was write the first specification for a Native HTTP stack in SQL Server. The idea was to make any stored procedure available...
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    Former Intern makes Good

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    The tall white dude in the middle of this picture is none other than Chrix Finne of IE RSS team internship fame. Picture courtesy www.harvard.edu Harvard Class Day, June 6, 2007. You may now commence to make the obvious Clinton and intern comments.
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    Windows Vista Aero in slow motion

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    One of the newer things in Windows Vista is the Aero interface, which includes, along with the new "glass" window effect, a number of transparency effects. These effects are designed to be pretty subtle, but if you want to see them in action, you can...
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    Chess in Silverlight 2

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    The Silverlight folks have created a chess-playing demo in Silverlight 2. The game is here: http://silverlight.net/samples/sl2/silverlightchess/run/default.html (credits and other samples here ) Silverlight 2 (formerly 1.1), for those who don't...
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    Mark Russinovich vs Microsoft Marketing

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    "This slide...this being a keynote, the marketing people had to make a pass through the deck. And this thing is technical, which is a little bit different from what they're used to, they didn't understand any of the slides. But they still wanted to feel...
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    New Look

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    Those of you who read this blog in an RSS reader may not have noticed, but this blog underwent some cosmetic surgery recently. I used some instructions I found on Guy Burstein's blog , but some some modifications. So as a public service, I'm posting...
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    Messages from an RSS blog reader

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    I love the internet. A series of interesting comments were posted to the RSS Team blog . I am the phantomworrier and u been hit by my feed or rss..ha ha ha ha ha .....I own it and control it u have no power so bow to the king of the internet.I invented...
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    Apple Security Mega-Patch

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    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....
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    Vista DST coolness

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    Blah, blah, blah, Daylight Saving Time is changing ... Yawn. This , however, is very cool mini-feature in the Vista clock (click on your clock on the tray). One thing I like about Vista is the tiny little features that add up to a great experience...
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    Web 2.0

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    Just watch it. (via John Battelle's Searchblog via Techmeme .)
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    Windows and Office Launch Video

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    I like this one, too.
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    On names and codenames...

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    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...
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