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  • Blog Post: Steve Jobs

    There's a lot being written about Steve's passing, but I'm afraid there's so much of it that truly misses what Steve really did for our industry. For example, Matt Yglesias asks, " Why so view? " I posted a brief comment there, but I think the point deserves a good bit of elaboration. Steve's contribution...
  • Blog Post: The History of Mac Office, Part I

    We've all seen the scene. A group of people are having a discussion about something, and one older, and allegedly wiser, person has been sitting back just letting the discussion ramble on, until they meet some sort of impasse, at which point everyone turns to this older, and allegedly wiser, person for...
  • Blog Post: A Ghost from Mac World Past

    As many people at Mac World pointed out to me, I've been rather silent lately. There's a reason for that. Of the stuff that's on my mind lately, there just isn't a whole heck of a lot I can discuss publicly. Even telling you some of what I did at Mac World this year strays too closely to the realm of...
  • Blog Post: Another Win Office Blogger

    The list of Win Office 12 bloggers is growing. The latest addition is Will Kennedy , who is the general manager of the Outlook team. Will's a former Word developer. Before that, Will was an intern on the Mac Word 5.0 project. Back in those days, we would occasionally "name" some of our testing releases...
  • Blog Post: Dave Luebbert on Channel 9

    What was the Ray Gram Memorial Feature that shipped in Apple's System 7? Who invented the combo box (drop-down edit control)? What was the real downfall of WordPerfect? What was the project code name for Mac Word 5.0, and why? You'll find answers to these questions and more in this Channel 9 interview...
  • Blog Post: Gettin' Published

    Well, APress is advertising it , and Amazon is taking orders for it , so I suppose I can now publicly revel in the fact that Joel Spolsky selected my essay on Mac Word 6 for his collection of essays, The Best Software Writing I, Selected and Introduced by Joel Spolsky . Props go to Derek Miller at Pen...
  • Blog Post: Big Dave (Which One?)

    Dave Winer provided this link to an article posted by Dave Luebbert. Dave Luebbert was the development manager for Mac Word 5.0, and was my first boss at Microsoft. Dave (L) is an incredible guy. He's a musician, and a very big fan of Jazz. He's been working on a music composition program ( Song...
  • Blog Post: MPW C Error Messages

    Those of us who've been programming the Mac for a few years have some fond memories of the old Macintosh Programmer's Workbench (MPW). It was very much like the Terminal Window on OS X, but had a few quirks of its own. Among those quirks were the error messages that the C compiler would give you for...
  • Blog Post: From Bravo to Word

    From Bravo to Word Not long after the Wired article about Word 5.1 , someone sent me a link to this post on the Cult of Mac Blog . It mentions what I had thought to be a rather widely known fact: that most of the people who first worked on Word came from the Xerox PARC. In fact...
  • Blog Post: Anatomy of a Software Bug

    Anatomy of a Software Bug Chris Mason is the person who hired me to work at Microsoft. By the time he hired me, he’d already spent a great deal of time looking into the issue of general software quality, and had written a memo (known as the “Zero Defects” memo)...
  • Blog Post: Do You Remember?

    Do You Remember So, I blogged about life in Mac BU, and Scoble picked up on it. It’s always interesting when this happens, because some of the comments from Scoble’s readers can be a bit amusing. For example, Robert noted Microsoft’s early investment in the Macintosh...
  • Blog Post: Where's Rick?

    Where's Rick? Wow, leave blogging aside for a while, and the world just passes you by. The past few weeks have been so busy, that I haven’t even been able to read the blogs I follow. I fired up NetNewsWire this evening, and there were over 700 posts awating my perusal. Clearly...
  • Blog Post: BruceO's Prank

    BruceO's Prank Microsoft is a great place to work, even if you are a Mad Mac Maven. There are a lot of reasons for that, but the best is that you get to work with some pretty cool people. I’ve already mentioned Ed Fries (which is pronounced “Freeze,” by the...
  • Blog Post: Mac Word 6.0

    Mom always said, “The only good thing about beating your head against the wall is that it feels good when you stop.” Well, sorry Mom, but that’s not fully true. While you’re sitting on the couch buried beneath an ice pack, you tend to come up with a few ways to mind your head...
  • Blog Post: Hungarian Notation

    My dad always used to say, “Call me anything you want. Just don’t call me late for dinner.” If variables and functions in computer programs were sentient beings, I wonder if they’d say the same thing. As religious wars go among computer programmers, wars over naming conventions...
  • Blog Post: Ed Fries

    Ed Fries is retiring from Microsoft, and last night we held a little shindig to send him off Rick Scháut Normal Rick Scháut 5 2004-02-13T05:15:00Z 2004-02-13T05:21:00Z 1 258 1476 Microsóft Corp. 12 2 1812 11.0 ...
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