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    Vistas of Irony

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    There's an old ("old" by our industry's standards) urban legend about irony that actually found its way into the Darwin awards. I remember it getting sent around back when it first surfaced some time in 1994. In fact, as I recall, Dave Luebbert was the...
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    Two Years from Now

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    I predict that two years from now , my job will be exactly the same as it has been for the past 16 years. Rick Currently playing in iTunes: End Of The Line by Allman Brothers
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    What's Wrong with this Code: The Answer

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    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...
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    What's Wrong with this Code?

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    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...
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    Scoble's New Adventure

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    The buzz around the bloggosphere is about Scoble's New Adventure . Robert adds his own words on the subject . I've had a chance to meet Robert over the past couple of years, and I'll miss his presence in the area. He threw some fun parties, and nights...
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    Mac Office 2004 Resource Kit

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    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...
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    The History of Mac Office, Part I

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    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...
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    YAMBB

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    What do you do in the down time between feedings when you're on parental leave pulling night duty with a brand new baby? Late night TV sucks. You could start doing Sudoku, but it's more fun to write code to solve the puzzles than it is to actually solve...
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    Mac BU's Lab on Your Mac Life

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    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...   ...
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    John Kenneth Galbraith

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    OK. So this is a tech blog, and nearly everyone who reads it probably has no clue as to who John Kenneth Galbraith was. But, I'm also an economist, even if by nothing but degree only, so I can't let the passing of Galbraith go without notice. More...
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    Flying Pigs

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    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...
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    Persecutions in Iran

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    Last week, I received news that the United Nations Special Repporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on freedom of religion or belief, Asma Jahangir, published a report expressing serious concerns about apparently new developments regarding the treatment...
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    Of Intel Macs and Red Herrings

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    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...
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    A Ghost from Mac World Past

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    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...
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    Another Win Office Blogger

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    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,...
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    Dave Luebbert on Channel 9

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    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...
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    Veteran's Day and Poppies

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    November 11 is my birthday. As a kid, I used to think it was cool that people would put flags out on my birthday. In that self-centered, woefully uninformed, way that kids view the world, I'd mistakenly thought people were putting them out for me. ...
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    New Mac BU Blogger

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    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...
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    Hitting the Office Links

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    No, I'm not talking about a swing around the wing . Over the past several weeks, a handful of Office 12 related blogs have started up. While these are dedicated to the work that's happening in Windows Office, I expect quite a few people who read my blog...
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    Abriendo Puertas con XML

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    When Win Office 2003 shipped, there was a great deal of debate as to the “openness” of Microsoft’s use of XML. The debate resurfaced with the announcement of the new Office 12 XML-based file formats, and it’s been further brought to the fore in recent...
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    The MVP's are Coming!

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    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...
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    Sometimes I Feel...

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    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...
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    Goin' Down to Rosedale

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    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...
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    KatrinaSafe--the Entourage Connection

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    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...
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    A Meager Tribute

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    With all the political wrangling and the coulda-shoulda-woulda flotsam bobbing to the surface in Katrina's wake, it's all too easy to forget the unique role that New Orleans played in the development of a uniquely American art form. Were it not for New...
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