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    Hungarian Notation (Again)

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    Cyrus is having difficulty parsing out the example given in Simonyi's original article on the subject. I've blogged about this before , but it's worth reiterating the main point of my earlier post. It's somewhat unfortunate, because the example that Simonyi...
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    Variations on "Open" Source Licenses

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    Jason Matusow, Microsoft's director of open source licensing, has started blogging. His first post wasn't more than the classic "Hello World" thing. So, his second post on the subject, More Open Than Open , is his first substantive post. He certainly...
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    Book Ideas

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    A small publisher has approached me about the possibility of writing a book. I have to admit that, until know, I haven’t really given much thought to the idea. The general subject of the book is somewhat open-ended, as the publisher has asked me what...
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    Shared Note-taking

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    Chris Pratley talks about OneNote Shared Sessions . A while back, I wrote about the differences between OneNote and Notebook Layout view in Word . Well, this is one of those areas where OneNote shines, and Word doesn't. Unfortunately, Word's design doesn...
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    Caponomics

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    Way off topic, but Bruce Stram is a cousin of mine, and Football Outsiders has published a guest column that Bruce penned. It's a fascinating review of the Economics of the NFL salary cap. I would venture to guess that few of my Apple-using readers happen...
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    Who is Responsible

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    We’ve kept the beta e-mail list for Word 2004 open so that we can stay in touch with any lingering issues that people have been running into. This was particularly helpful when working on SP1. Last week, a message arrived under the subject “Who is Responsible...
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    How to Win a Cheese Contest

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    Those of you who follow Robert Scoble know that I won the award for best cheese at Scoble’s 40 th birthday party this weekend. For those who just might be interested in duplicating such an envious feat, I thought I’d share a few secrets. These, then,...
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    The Case of the Missing Tab

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    One of the things we noticed when we first started doing some rigorous usability studies with Word is the way people used the tab key. It’s a holdover from typewriter days: you want to indent a line of text, so you hit the tab key a few times. It’s one...
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    Scoble's Getting Cheesy

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    Robert Scoble is having a cheesy birthday party . Supposedly the party is full, but one can always send cheese . Might I recommend large quantities of cheese curds , though someone might want to send a couple of bags of prunes as well. Cheese can be sent...
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    Aceh Aid at IDEP

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    I blogged about the Aceh Aid Bucket Brigade and some of their technology needs. Since then, I’ve been in touch with some people who are working on this. There might still be some pieces to add to this, so, if you’re interested, don’t hesitate to contact...
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    Urgent Needs

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    Via Scoble and Keith Pleas , I’ve come across the Aceh Aid Bucket Brigade . Susi Johnston has posted a request regarding urgent technology needs . I’ve tried to contact Susi regarding efforts to help meet these needs. If you want to help contribute in...
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    Can't Write

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    Can't Write I had wanted to post the follow-up article I’d promised in my last post. But, like Heather Leigh , I’m having difficulty even focusing on what I want to say. I do most of my writing in the morning after I wake up. It’s part of a morning routine...
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    Value Proposition(s) and Market Success

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    Value Proposition(s) and Market Success Based on the comments to my last post, I need to apologize. Having worked at Microsoft as long as I have, I’ve acquired some verbal habits that have meaning inside these halls, yet fail to adequately convey the...
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    You Don't Need Word

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    You Don’t Need Word Back in late August, my article on the Anatomy of a Software Bug got slashdotted . That prompted John Mitchell to post this missive over on artima.com. John and I had a brief exchange back then, but that was early September—right about...
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    Ode to Word

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    Ode to Word One of my coworkers received this from a friend. The author is the friend’s daughter. I thought you’d all enjoy this, so I got permission to post it. Enjoy, Rick   Ode to Word By Rebecca Smith My word! It's Word! Wow, Look at that shiny blue...
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    Getting Personal

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    Has it really been three months since I’ve posted? Well, it’s been three months since we went “on the clock” for the next version of Mac Office. There are two unfortunate consequences to this. One is that my workload tends to increase...
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    Let Word Do It

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    Following up to my last post on outlining, Marc Hedlund, one of the co-authors of Peer-to-Peer (O’Reilly), wrote about Word being too smart . Marc’s thesis is summed up in the last paragraph, where he says, “What the Word team lacks, in my view, is an...
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    Adumbrating in Word

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    Whenever I used a word like adumbrate , my Grandmother would say, “Your high ejaculations are too copious for the low dominion of my comprehension.” Gran always had a wicked sense of humor. She ran a beauty salon for decades. One day, a customer, who...
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    Tent City Four

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    I’ve shied away from blogging about social issues, but I can’t let this one sit. Larry Osterman blogged about Tent City 4 , which will soon relocate to the grounds of Northshore United Church of Christ in Woodinville. I live in Woodinville. The Church...
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    AppleScript and VBA: the Story of Sid and Nancy

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    In the few spare moments I’ve had over the past several weeks, I’ve followed some discussions of Word and AppleScript both in the comments to my earlier post and in the Microsoft newsgroups. A particularly good discussion, with input from...
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    Snowballs in Summer

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    Snowballs in Summer They always start with something small. You take a three-day weekend to spend some time with your family in Victoria. You stay a couple nights at the Empress. Spend a couple mornings enjoying the waterfront. Spend an...
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    Scripting Word

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    Scripting Word Now, this is weird. My more recent tasks have involved working with both the Word testers and the automated testing group to iron out some ways that we can improve on testing. In particular, now that Word has a more...
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    Not Das Boot

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    Not Das Boot Matt Evans, a developer in the Great Plains group, has started blogging , and he opens up with a tale of woes involving a Mac that wouldn't boot. Since few Mac people are likely to get the whole blogs.msdn.com feed...
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    From Bravo to Word

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    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...
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    Word 5.1 Plus

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    Word 5.1 Plus I got wired yesterday with a refrain I hear often: Word 5.1 was the epitome of word processing on the Macintosh. And, I have to say, it’s not as though this isn’t something we’ve considered over the...
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