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  • Blog Post: Moving Along

    After 11½ years at one of the greatest companies in the world, I’ve decided to leave Microsoft and rejuvenate my entrepreneurial spirit. My last day in the office is Friday, September 30, 2011. Thank you for subscribing to, reading, commenting, and e-mailing me about what I’ve written...
  • Blog Post: My Windows 7 Beta 1 Experience

    As mentioned in a recent post about My Windows 7 Theme Pack , I’ve been running Beta 1 (build 7000) for awhile now, and I love it! Windows 7 feels nimble, it doesn’t get in my way, and it lets me access and organize my work using some very natural conventions. In earlier versions, I’ve always known that...
  • Blog Post: My Windows 7 Theme Pack

    I've been running the Windows 7 beta for awhile now, and I'm in love! If you're relatively technical and want to take the new OS for a spin, the good news is that we've extended the beta download period until February 10, 2009. Once you have it installed, it's worth reading Tim Sneath's fantastic list...
  • Blog Post: My Decision Matrix

    Have you ever had to make a decision with too many options or factors to consider all at once? Or perhaps you’d like to be more objective about your choices. Or maybe you need to document your decision to make it more defensible later on (“your honor, this chart shows why Grape Nehi is clearly superior...
  • Blog Post: Obscure DVD Recommendations

    Okay, "obscure" may be exaggerating a bit; perhaps "less well known" is a better way to describe these DVD picks. Like Helvetica: The Documentary , these aren't your typical Saturday night popcorn popping blockbusters. But if you have an interest in any of these subjects, they're worth checking out....
  • Blog Post: How I Make My Wallpaper Images

    I’ve put this one off for way too long. For everyone who has sent me e-mail over the years asking how I create my wallpaper images, I’ve finally taken the time to write down my thoughts, techniques, workflow, tips, and tricks . Wow…I never realized how many steps I go through! I’m sure that I forgot...
  • Blog Post: How I Make My Wallpaper Images

    Almost every week, I receive e-mail asking how I create my wallpaper images ; this is an attempt to answer those questions. Until I sat down to outline this article, I didn’t realize how many steps I actually go through! For context, I’ve been a photography enthusiast for many years. Though I’ve taken...
  • Blog Post: Internet Sharing with the Samsung BlackJack and Windows Vista

    I was waiting for a flight out of Orange County Airport earlier this week, and after I fired up my laptop, I couldn't find any publicly available wireless networks. So, I decided to try using my Samsung BlackJack (SGH-i607) for internet connectivity, because I had remembered reading about the feature...
  • Blog Post: Over One Million Wallpaper Visitors

    I watched the stats for my wallpaper page tick past one million a few days ago. Wow! If you'd have told me when I posted my first macro photo years ago that it'd be the most popular page on my blog (by a long shot), I wouldn't have believed it. I haven't actually added up the individual downloads, but...
  • Blog Post: Donkey Kong at MIX08: Behind the Scenes

    In the two weeks since our MIX08 event in Las Vegas, I've been asked many times about Steve Wiebe's attempt to re-claim the Donkey Kong world record at our TAO attendee party on March 5th, 2008. So, I thought I'd document what happened "behind the scenes" for those of you who may be curious...
  • Blog Post: Helvetica: The Documentary

    I ran across Jeff Atwood 's blog post, Typography: Where Engineers and Designers Meet , about a week ago. Like Jeff, I've been interested in fonts and typography for a long time. As a matter of fact, I used to create bitmap fonts for the TI-99/4a, Commodore 64 , and Atari 400/800. I'm sure if I dug through...
  • Blog Post: What Do I Do? Top sites, MIX08, and PDC08.

    A few days ago, I received the following e-mail: Help me out here. I've been reading your blog off and on for years and I can't figure out what it is you do. Your obviously involved with the PDC and MIX conferences, you send a lifesize cardboard cutout of yourself as your resume, you've made a...
  • Blog Post: Return of The Spider King

    As many long-time readers may recall, I've been trying to foist blogging onto my friend and colleague, Thomas Lewis, for nearly three years. He's endured my chiding both online and in person; thank goodness he's one of those guys who can take my constant nagging. A couple of weeks ago, Thomas stated...
  • Blog Post: TiVo Gadget v1.0.2 Enables Video Download

    I made a very minor update to my TiVo Now Playing gadget that allows you to download recorded shows to your computer. While viewing the show details window, simply click on the title to begin the download. Because the video files are protected, you'll be prompted for a user name and password. The user...
  • Blog Post: TiVo Gadget for Vista

    For awhile, I've wanted to try my hands at writing a gadget for the Windows Sidebar in Vista, but I could never come up with a project idea that was small enough to accomplish and useful enough to justify. Since we recently added two TiVo HD units to our home network, I thought it'd be handy to expose...
  • Blog Post: MOO, Blurb, Wallhogs, and Zenfolio

    Can't say I ever expected to type that post title! I take a lot of digital photos, and I thought I'd share some creative resources I've discovered on the 'net either by recommendation or my own research. They offer unique services, and the quality of these four products is very high. Let's start with...
  • Blog Post: Dinner with Steve Wiebe (of The King of Kong fame)

    This past Thursday evening, Ray Winninger, Jennifer Ritzinger, Arthur Yasinski, and I met Steve Wiebe for dinner at Pomegranate in Redmond, Washington. If you're not familiar with Steve, he's featured in the recent documentary, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters . My wife and I saw the movie a few...
  • Blog Post: PowerPoint Slides in 3D

    This past week, we had an offsite brainstorming session at the new Novelty Hill • Januik winery in Woodinville to discuss our upcoming MIX08 event in Las Vegas. Jennifer Ritzinger (who still doesn't have a blog for some reason) challenged each speaker to come up with a creative way to present their topic...
  • Blog Post: Bad Design by Example

    I was shopping at our local Ace Hardware store this afternoon with my wife, and I saw this package of SUPERthrive™ hanging in the aisle (image shows front and back of packaging). Having recently returned from our MIX07 conference in Las Vegas and hearing so much about user experience and good design...
  • Blog Post: My Current Bookshelf #2

    Almost three years ago, on June 25, 2004, I wrote a post titled My Current Bookshelf . It inspired a number of similar posts from other bloggers, and I received a lot of great feedback. The last set was decidedly developer-focused. This set includes some developer books, but it also includes a number...
  • Blog Post: Canon RAW Codec for Windows Vista Released

    I used to be a Nikon guy, but I decided to dabble with the Canon Rebel XT a couple of years ago, and so far, I'm pleased. Most of my newer wallpaper images were taken with the Canon camera and a 60mm macro lens . Unfortunately, until now, all of those wonderful .CR2 files sitting in my picture folders...
  • Blog Post: More Windows Vista Wallpaper

    To commemorate more than half a million visits (wow!) to my own wallpaper page , here's a bonus macro shot of rain drops on the hood of my car ( 1,920 x 1200 and 1,600 x 1,200 ). I promise to add more photos when the color starts returning to the Seattle area, but in the meantime, I'd like to point out...
  • Blog Post: The Amazing Autowoman

    I've always dreamed of an easier way to buy a car. No matter how much homework I do, I never feel good after I've visited a dealership. My non-blogging friend and Microsoft colleague, Thomas Lewis, and I have speculated many times about a service that would handle the process of negotiation, purchase...
  • Blog Post: Problem Installing Expression Web on Windows Vista with Office 2007?

    Although I love our Expression Web product, especially for its CSS editing capabilities, I wouldn't consider myself an expert. I've used it to create some simple web pages and to edit the look-and-feel of my blog . But, over the past couple of weeks, two people have contacted me about problems installing...
  • Blog Post: Three Years and a New Design

    This week marks the three year anniversary of my Microsoft blog, and to celebrate, I spent some time coming up with a new look; I hope you like it. The prior purple style—while unique to MSDN blogs—was starting to look a little tired. Okay...maybe a lot tired. Before embarking on any redesign, I fiddle...
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