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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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    Windows Vista "Wow" Ad

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    I happen to really like this ad (one of the few instances of a Microsoft ad campaign that I like). Check it out. PS. I captured this ad by recording NBC's "Studio 60" on my Vista Media Center PC, and then using Movie Maker to capture just the clip above...
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    Mac Attack

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    Charlie Brooker of the Guardian (UK) posted a lovely piece called " I hate Macs ." He discusses the UK versions of the Apple " Get a Mac " campaign. My favorite quotes: ... So when you see the ads, you think, "PCs are a bit rubbish yet ultimately lovable...
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    New Vista Exploits

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    Long Zheng on his blog " I Started Something " has discovered some new Vista exploits . He's my hero.
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    Vista in WPF/E

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    Someone has built an amazing Vista site in WPF/E in what I'm told is Solvenian (via Mike Harsh's blog ). Check it out: http://www.vista.si/main.htm . Even cooler, you can view my new favorite Vista+Office ad. I don't know where to find it elsewhere, but...
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    The Birth of AJAX

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    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...
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    "Why Software Sucks"... Sigh.

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    Okay. Major disclaimer: I develop software. I've designed many a piece of UI that makes me cringe to think about it (including the most seen and irritating balloon on the face of the planet -- " Wireless Network Connection is now connected ". I'll write...
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    And the reason we don't shout this from the rooftops is...?

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    So, apparently, the Origami team working on UI for the Ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) form-factor (sexy name, eh), have been working hard on new experiences. Apparently, it's been called by some " the best software I've seen at CES ." I have to admit, it looks...
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    One of the Reasons I went into Software Development

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    While back at my mother's house this past week, I found my old collection of PC/Computing magazines, which I used to buy monthly from a local store (we didn't get subscriptions in Trinidad). One of the things I found was the January 1992 edition, which...
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    Lessons on Simplicity in Software Development

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    Nick Bradbury , creator of FeedDemon , one of the best feed readers around, has been writing a series of blog posts on the theme of "Simplicity Ain't So Simple." They are definitely worth checking out. Here are links to the first five in the series: Part...
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    Welcome Back, Paul

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    Last year, Paul Thurrott had a few things to say about IE: My advice is simple: Boycott IE. It's a cancer on the Web that must be stopped. IE isn't secure and isn't standards-compliant, which makes it unworkable both for end users and Web content creators...
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    Microsoft's secret plans - revealed

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    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...
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    Vista Notes, Episode #2: Sleep vs. Hybrid Sleep

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    In this second episode of my ongoing series entitled "Vista Notes" (wherein I expound on an interesting feature I've found in my daily use of Windows Vista), I wanted to discuss the new "Sleep" and "Hybrid Sleep" features. To discuss these modes, we first...
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    Vista Notes, Episode #1 (cont'd): Themes

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    Next... Aero Basic (or the non-glass mode) didn't hold me for very long. It was... boring, compared to Aero Glass. A co-worker of mine complained the other day that Vista is forcing him to not maxmize his windows. Why? Because maximized windows in Vista...
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    Vista Notes, Episode #1: Themes

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    My main laptop is a Toshiba M4 tablet PC (2GB RAM, 75GB HD). It's configured for dual-booting Windows XP and Windows Vista. About 2 months ago, I made the move to use the Vista partition as my main environment. It's been up-and-down, but mostly up. After...
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    My Favorite (hidden) IE feature

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    Whenever I install Windows on a new PC (which in my daily work happens fair more frequently than I care to admit), there's one* setting that I always tweak before doing anything else: Internet Options, Advanced tab, " Use inline AutoComplete " What this...
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    Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta is Public!

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    The Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta is now available for anyone to download. It includes RSS functionality built on the Windows RSS Platform. Click here to find out more.
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    Blogging from Word

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    Great news announced on Joe Friend’s blog this morning: Word 2007 has built-in support for blogging! Go and read the details. Best part? Clean HTML! Anyone who has ever tried to post by copying and pasting from Word just gave 3 cheers. You might...
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    Atom content and summary and IE7

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    I took a moment to point IE7 (on Vista) to this feed. Looks good to me. :) Reminds me -- I really need to post that documentation on how the RSS platform handles different feed formats and different elements of different formats. I'll see if I can...
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    This is a test

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    This is a test of the emergency broadcast system. I’m bolding and I’m italicising and This Is A table
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    RSS Screensaver

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    Walter posts about the sample screensaver we've posted on MSDN. It's really slick: it'll pick up pictures and descriptions from any photofeed you have on your PC. Source is available if you want to tweak it yourself. I've posted a compiled version...
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    Feed icons

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    So, a little while ago, Jane Kim, who works with me on the IE RSS team, posted to the RSS team blog about the feed icon we'd be adopting in IE7. Shortly afterward, Michael Affronti from the Outlook 12 team posted that they'd be adopting the same icon...
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    Steven Sinofsky on PM

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    Office head honcho Steven Sinofsky posted last week about Program Management. Whew -- and I thought my post was long. Related to a discussion I had in SF last week with some colleagues, here's his list of some of the qualities that make a great PM...
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    Outlook 12 Instant Search

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    Michael Affronti is blogging about lots of interesting things. He's the Program Manager for, among other things, RSS Aggregation in Outlook 12. His early posts include a good one on " Instant Search ." I'm dogfooding Office 12 and that feature is used...
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    Syndicate Conference - San Francisco 2005

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    As I just posted to the RSS team blog, I'm going to be down in San Francisco from tomorrow, at the Syndicate Conference . Looking forward to talking to everyone there.
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    Chris Pratley on Program Management

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    An oldie but a goodie: http://blogs.msdn.com/chris_pratley/archive/2004/02/09/70474.aspx The best bits (in one paragraph, but split out for emphasis - bold is mine): [...] one way to describe PMs is that they not only "pick up and run with the...
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