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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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    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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    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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    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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    Keyboards can be fun, too

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    A laptop that makes me grin – Lenovo Thinkpad X300

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    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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    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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    Little things you may not have noticed in IE8: Part 5 – Tab duplication

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    Clone your current place One of the nice things about the “New Window” (Ctrl-N) feature dating back to early releases of IE, is that it always duplicates the current open window, as well as all of its state – in particular, the window’s history. When...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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    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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    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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