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    Repro, Man

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    Repro, Man Written communication is amazingly difficult. Even when you’re aware of some of the pitfalls, as I was when I wrote my last post about the disk full save error in Word, it’s still all too easy say something that...
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    Mac Office 2004 Launched

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    Mac Office 2004 Launched Since Mac Office 2004 is available in stores, we've announced that it's available. For those of you who follow Mac news sources, you already know this. But, Joe Wilcox, over at Jupiter Research, posted a nice article about Using...
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    Anatomy of a Software Bug

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    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...
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    More on Line Breaks

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    More on Line Breaks Pierre Igot took my little text-wrapping gaffe from the other day, and proceeded to turn it into what he ostensibly called “ constructive criticism ” as to why people might want to use manual line breaks...
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    Do You Remember?

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    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...
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    Life in Whoville

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    Life in Whoville There are some questions that I just hate being asked. About six months after our first child was born, people would ask me if my life had returned to normal. How on earth am I supposed to know? “Normal”...
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    Word, Styles and Structure

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    Word, Styles and Structure In a couple of posts, I’ve talked about thinking in terms of document structure vs. thinking in terms of document formatting when using Word’s styles. It occurs to me that it may not be clear...
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    Text-Wrapping Breaks in Mac Word

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    Text-Wrapping Breaks in Mac Word Update: You can follow the steps in this post, or, as a reader pointed out, you can simply use <shift>-<return>. I’ll leave this post here, though, as an example of how to define an...
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    Doing it with Styles

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    Doing it with Styles I blogged earlier about one of the more subtle problems we created when we decided to allow paragraph styles to take on character formatting—a decision made very early in Word’s history. In that post...
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    Word and Pre-Printed Letterhead

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    Word and Pre-Printed Letterhead Well, comments to my recent posts are generating more topics for me to discuss. Paul Berkowitz is one of our Mac Word MVPs, and he has a couple of items he’d like me to talk about. Before I do, though...
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    Unintended Consequences

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    Unintended Consequences In the comments to my last post, AC takes me to task for what is arguably some strange behavior in Word compared to the way other word processors behave. Rather than just reply to AC in the comments to my previous...
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    Where's Rick?

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    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...
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    Vanity License Plates

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    Vanity License Plates Mike Hall blogs about vanity license plates around Redmond . I’ve already mentioned Bruce Oberg’s “OTTFFSS” (One Two Three...). Tom Saxton, another former Mac Word developer, still has...
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    Music Recommendations Update

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    The results from my second submission finally came back this morning. The server’s estimated time kept bouncing around from about 10 hours at the start to “indetermined.” I’m not quite sure how that can happen when the service...
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    iTunes Music Recommendations

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    The University of Illinois is working on a music rating project . You download an application that uploads your current iTunes library, and, some time later, it gives you a list of recommended songs. There's plenty of info there, so I encourage you to...
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    It's Official

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    It's Official The press release went out at midnight, so I can talk a little bit about Mac Office 2004 in general and Mac Word 2004 in particular. Just a note on release terminology: some articles you’ll read refer to a “release...
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    UI Design

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    Eric Raymond posted a rant about the CUPS installer. Then John Gruber commented on the rant, and Don Box talked about Eric's idea of "The Luxury of Ignorance." I'd seen Eric's rant earlier, but found John's response via Don's post last night. Today...
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    Got Milk?

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    Got Milk? Normal Rick Schaut 2 2004-04-01T13:30:00Z 2004-04-01T13:42:00Z 1 119 519 Microsoft Corp. 14 4 638 11.0 125 0 0 From time to time, I check...
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    RSS

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    In a comment to my bio, Scott points out that I was destined to blog. Scott and I met at Scoble’s Geek Movie Night. This is one of the cooler things about blogging. You get to meet new, and very interesting, people like Scott and Scoble. Rick
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    Display Only HTML

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    Display Only HTML Sorry I haven’t blogged for a while. There haven’t been a lot of quick links to blog about, and Dennis Cheung has beaten me to the punch on others. I’ve also been a tad bit under the weather...
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    Where I'd Rather Be

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    Sometimes, information at your fingertips is a bad thing. For example, from my desktop at work, I can view the current weather conditions on Seattle’s Elliott Bay. When you have the means to go play on the water, yet have lots of work to do, you...
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    Mac Word Notes View and OneNote

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    Mac Word Notes View and OneNote Chris Pratley has blogged about OneNote , with a number of follow-ups here , here and here . Now that we’ve released a demo of Mac Office 2004 that mentions the new Notebook Layout...
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    New MS Blogger

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    I’ve tended to avoid the echo-chamber effect of linking to other msdn/aspnet blogs, but I’m going to make an exception to this general rule to point out that Larry Osterman , of the Exchange team, has started his own blog. I’ve made...
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    Coding Tricks and Interviewing

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    Coding Tricks and Interviewing My post on stupid coding tricks elicited some interesting responses, both in the comments to the post and in a discussion held in the forums over in Joel’s web site. Some of the responses...
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    David Stutz and Software "Commodification"

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    David Stutz and Software "Commodification" In my first post, I said that I probably wouldn’t be posting any treatises on Economics. Well, I’m sorry to say, I’m posting one now. Why? Because yesterday the O...
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