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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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    Why can't consumer electronics companies learn how to name their products?

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    I just played with the Phillips HDD6630 that a co-worker got recently. Damn, that thing is cool. I want one. Well, I'm going to wait. I've been burned many many times by MP3 players. I'm currently on my fourth, having gone through the Rio S30 (died...
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    office file formats... pondering

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    Tim Bray made a couple of interesting posts on the Office XML and ODF debate that's going on. He's right that the Atom reference from Dare and co. is a red herring. Except that the Atom/RSS experience is worth noting in one regard: the basic design of...
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    One of my favorite blogs...

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    ... is Jensen Harris' . He's been blogging steadily on the changes in the UI in Office 12. I've been running the Beta for a few weeks now and I'm sold (mostly). I'm primarily a Word and Outlook user, and the new UI really works well in both those apps...
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    Why I don't post as much as I want to

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    … because my posts turn into essays .
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    Reflections on Program Management at Microsoft

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    Lots of changes in my work life in the past year months. About 10 months ago, I joined the IE team to work on IE features. It was pretty similar to what I was doing back in Networking. However, back in January, I started the long progression of moving...
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    So thing's have been a litle busy...

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    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...
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    One year anniversary

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    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...
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    UI is hard

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    It's always nice to see someone who understands. Via Scoble , I read this post by Damien Katz about re-writing the Formula Engine in Lotus Notes. A fascinating story, but the part that made me smile was this: UI stuff is hard, but not many people actually...
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    Still alive..

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    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...
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    XP SP2 pictures (squeaky wheels?)

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    Shortly after my previous whining about Paul Thurrott not noticing the new wireless UI, he posted an updated review of the SP2 beta which had some glowing things to say about the wireless experience. Things like that are really great, not just for me...
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    Musings on Consistency in OS Design

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    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...
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    Where do icons come from?

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    One of the more interesting things I worked on during the past few months was the development of a new “wireless“ icon for Windows. I found it a fascinating process and I thought it would be illuminating to share what we go through. Icons are interesting...
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    Windows XP SP2 RC1 Preview

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    First, go get it: http://www.microsoft.com/SP2Preview (disclaimer -- this is beta code, don't install it on a production machine) Now, what do you think? This has been an interesting ride for us. Six or seven months ago, SP2 was just another service...
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    Open for business (again)

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    I’m back. I took a little vacation from my “experiment” to attend to wrapping up some features for the next release of SP2. Yeah, I know it’s facetious to call blogging an experiment when it’s clearly done by tens of thousands of people, but it’s an experiment...
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    Mac OS X Hall of Shame (part 1)

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    Pierre Igot has posted has posted a Mac OS X Hall of Shame at AppleLust.com . I note this not to revel in the joy of a competitor’s product getting some criticism (no, really, I’m not), but because for many things that he listed, you could...
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    And about that Home Networking guide...

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    I'm still looking for some feedback on the Home Networking Guide. As I said below, my team shipped this tool a little while back. It helps users figure out what’s the best home network (hardware, media types, etc) for their environment, helps with...
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    This is broken!

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    Just a quick post… I found this site earlier today. Sometimes you need to immerse yourself in what’s broken to understand how to avoid ever being there in the first place. Link: thisisbroken.com
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    Some reviews

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    I’ll post more later, but for now, here are a couple reviews of Windows XP SP2 Beta, that discuss some of the new Wireless UI that I’ve been working on for the past year. Check them out at Ars Technica and SecurityPipeline . Oh, and actually...
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    Home Networking Guide

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    My team shipped an interesting tool a little while back. It helps users figure out what’s the best home network (hardware, media types, etc) for their environment, helps with purchasing, and installing the hardware. It’s called the Home Networking...
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    And introducing...

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    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...
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