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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    A lesson in branding: PC laptop manufacturers

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    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...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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