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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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    Mac Word 6.0

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    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...
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    Want to Talk to Me?

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    Martin Sevior wonders how one talks to me . Well, you come over to my blog, and you leave a comment. I'd have answered Martin's question by leaving a comment there, but his blog doesn't have comments turned on.   Rick Currently playing in iTunes: Whipping...
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    Virtual PC and Visual Basic

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    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...
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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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    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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    OSS and Deaf Developers?

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    I came across this rant about feature requests in Gnome. I have to confess a sense of siding with the OSS developers on this one. The author of the editorial doesn't get into full swing until she quotes the following statement from the Gnome web site...
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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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    Microsoft Office Open XML Formats

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    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...
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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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    John Gruber Makes a Mistake

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    Over on DaringFireball, John Gruber points out an annoyance he has with icons used for "Save". Specifically, he doesn't like the idea of using a floppy disk as the icon, and he, rather snarkily, suggests using "S-a-v-e" to mean "Save". Couple of problems...
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    Mac Messenger 5.0

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    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. ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Opportunity Cost

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    Back when I started blogging, I had a go-around with Pierre Igot. I'm not going to rehash it, but I think the best summary of the entire affair can be found here . During that discussion, I made the mistake of bringing up the concept of "opportunity...
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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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    The Beginning of the Endian

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    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...
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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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    A Brief Bio

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    Since I’m a n00b in the bloggosphere, I suppose a brief introduction is appropriate. So.....
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    Marketing vs. Marketing

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    Well, I’d written about half of this post when Chris Pratley posted this . Fortunately, what I’d written dovetailed with Chris’ remarks rather well. Chris is a Group Program Manager in Authoring Services group, and he’s been responsible...
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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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    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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