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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: Am I Back?

    OK, so Nadyne , after posting a nice article about using PowerPoint on Mac Mojo ,  spilled the beans , so I suppose I should say something. Though, the fact that I wanted to title a blog post with, "Use the Right Tool for the Job and You won't become One," is probably more than ample evidence that I...
  • Blog Post: Craig's Bug

    One of the things I love about this job is tracking downinteresting bugs.   It’s like readinga good who-done-it, complete with plot twists, multiple potential suspects and a fascinating array of characters.   Late last September, Craig Eisler submitted a bug that had all of these elements. Now, when...
  • Blog Post: The GM Shuffle

    By now you’ve read the news .  MacBU has a new general manager .  I only found out about this via e-mail on Thursday, and, yesterday, I got a chance to meet Craig.  I’ll get to my initial impressions of Craig in a bit, but I also want to talk a bit about Roz Ho. Before I talk about Roz, I should...
  • Blog Post: There Comes a Time

    In every project, there's a point where you have to stop tweaking this and touching up that little bit of behavior and focus on just fixing bugs. If you don't, then you never ship. Nadyne gave some of the details over on mac mojo . Well, we're getting close to that time with Mac Office 12. In honor...
  • Blog Post: Lounging Around at MacWorld

    MacWorld always has its surprises, but some of them are quite personal. For me, the surprise was the discovery, at 5:20 this morning, that a previous occupant of my hotel room had set the alarm-clock but hadn't turned off the alarm. I've been told by others that my failure to check the alarm clock when...
  • Blog Post: Open XML Converters for Mac Office

    There’s been a bit of flak about the Office Open XML file format converters for Mac Office. Sheridan posted an update on MacMojo, and Schwieb weighed in regarding some of the comments that people have made. There’s quite a bit of speculation gong on, and not a whole lot of information, so I’m going to...
  • Blog Post: Muddy Mojo Waters

    Somewhere in the backroads of Issaquena County, Mississippi, along the banks of the Mississippi river, McKinley Morganfield was born. Likely due to his early life so close to the Mississippi river, McKinley later came to be known as Muddy Waters. The father of Chicago blues. The man most responsible...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC and Visual Basic

    Scene: A fly-over view of Microsoft's campus focuses in on the building that houses Mac BU. The camera "flight" enters one of the offices through a window. During the fly-over, a voice-over says: New 3.0 GHz Mac Pro: $3,599.00 Two 23" Apple Cinema HD Displays: $1998.00 Office space: $350...
  • Blog Post: What's Wrong with this Code: The Answer

    Bjarne Stroustrup is a brilliant man, which means he's very good at defining programming languages. It also means he's not very good at writing books about the programming languages he's defined. His writing goal is concise precision. Unfortunately, for those of us who have to read what he writes, that...
  • Blog Post: What's Wrong with this Code?

    A while back, Erik Schwiebert wrote about some of the travails of moving our build system from one using CodeWarrior to one using XCode and GCC. Erik mentioned the huge number of errors and warnings we've had to resolve, but, in reading some of the reactions around the web, I'm afraid that some people...
  • Blog Post: Mac Office 2004 Resource Kit

    Looks like we've updated the Mac Office Resource Kit to Version 2. The Resource Kit is a guide for system administrators and other IT professionals who manage and support Office on a network. We have other deployment documentation that can be found on the main Resource Kit page on MacTopia . Details...
  • 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: Mac BU's Lab on Your Mac Life

    I just checked in on Your Mac Life to see what was in store for tonight's show, and it turns out that they'll be interviewing David Weiss about our MacLab . I hope David remembers to remind Shawn about how to use page numbers in Word...   Rick Currently playing in iTunes: The Low Spark...
  • Blog Post: Flying Pigs

    Last July, pigs flew through Hyde Park , and yesterday they flew through Cupertino . The only thing I want to know is, of those who've installed Boot Camp, how many of them have dragged their task bar to the top of the screen? Rick Currently playing in iTunes: Land of Make Believe by Chuck...
  • Blog Post: Of Intel Macs and Red Herrings

    Scott Byer at Adobe put up a very nice post about the switch to intel and some of the growing pains many of us are going through. While I've added my own comments to Scott's piece, a number of my colleagues in Mac BU have asked me to weigh in on the subject here on my blog. First off, it's difficult...
  • 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: New Mac BU Blogger

    We have a new Mac BU blogger this month. Nadyne is a usability engineer who works down in the Silicon Valley Campus (affectionately known as "SVC"). Nadyne's latest gives a nice rundown of some recent Apple news. Stop by, and say, "Hi." Though I can't say that using my name will get you any special...
  • Blog Post: The MVP's are Coming!

    And some are already here. Microsoft's global summit of Most Valued Professionals is this week. The official kick-off is tomorrow, and ends on Saturday. Scoble says he's looking forward to seeing what the MVPs learn from us, but I get excited about what I'm going to learn from the MVPs. I'm...
  • Blog Post: Sometimes I Feel...

    I have a sick sense of humor. Ed Fries told me that. It's out in left field and loaded with various inside jokes. Half the fun is seeing how many people get the joke. One of the ways I've done this is through the "Currently Playing in iTunes" feature of NetNewsWire. At times it's been subtle, like...
  • Blog Post: Goin' Down to Rosedale

    I was all set to post an article about Mac BU’s place in Microsoft’s recent reorg, when John Welch at bynkii.com posted this . I appreciate John’s advocacy on behalf of Mac BU. His heart’s always been in the right place. Unfortunately, John’s understanding of some of the underlying facts of Mac BU’s...
  • Blog Post: KatrinaSafe--the Entourage Connection

    Dan Manrique tells part of the story of katrinasafe.com , with more to come. I thought you might like to know that Rebecca Harris is currently a tester in Mac BU. Gil Gordon, Steve Friesen and Omar Shahine are former Mac BU people who've moved to hotmail. In any crisis situation, there is a need...
  • Blog Post: Mac Messenger 5.0

    I've had a number of people, both in comments and in private e-mail, ask me about continuing development on Mac Messenger. Until now, I could only give cryptic answers to those questions. No longer. Mac Messenger 5.0 was released to the web today. You can read about it here . You can download it...
  • Blog Post: The Beginning of the Endian

    So the rumors have been true. Apple is moving to Intel processors, which, in some ways, makes sense. At least it does from Apple's point of view. The Kool-Aid has never really affected their ability to figure out what's right for Apple regardless of the direction they've taken. For users, the transition...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Open XML Formats

    Scoble dropped the hint , and Mary Jo Foley spilled the beans . C|New has also jumped the gun on this . There's a piece on Channel 9 over here , and it won't be long before the official press release is here . (I waited more than 10 minutes past the deadline, folks.) Lastly, Brian Jones, PM in the Win...
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