July, 2010

  • Steve Clayton

    Device stage again

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    I’ve been a longtime fan of device stage in Windows 7 but I wish more companies took advantage of it. It’s a pleasant surprise when devices do such as the way SonyEricsson has for the U8i phone above. Thanks to Sarah Zenz for the heads up.

    The devices and printers UI seems to have more of a following but I was still surprised to see my new Sony voice recorder show up as below when I inserted it. Here’s hoping more hardware companies follow suit as it really does show an attention to detail that helps customers. For those who are not computer savvy, stuff like this could save a support call. For those that are computer savvu, stuff like this leads to blog posts like this one. A small price to pay?

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  • Steve Clayton

    The Real Life Social Network v2

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    Thanks to Commander Farrell for sharing this one with me – by Paul Adams of Google. Reminded me of Danah’s work and lessons for us all in here. Social networks look easy because they are made to be easy. They’re just as hard as real networks though and need the same love, care and attention.



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    Coffee infographic

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    I’ve got back in to my coffee a bit since arriving in Seattle – not least as when you order a specific coffee, you typically get what you asked for rather than some milky nonsense. I may have to modify my ordering style based on the above infographic.

    Off to check out Vivace this weekend which gets rave reviews.

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  • Steve Clayton

    Reflecting on the cloud

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    I just listened to Bob Muglia’s keynote from our WorldWide Partner Conference and it’s one of the best keynotes I have seen in while from Microsoft. In particular, the section on the Windows Azure Appliance and how customers like eBay and partners like Dell are taking Azure in to their data centers. It really helped to bring this nebulous world of “the cloud” to life, at least for big business and partners. There is work to be done on the consumer cloud story but I feel we have a solid story to tell there too. More on that soon.

    It’s not cool and it’s not sexy so it wont show up on Techmeme or in discussion with your friends but the technology that Bob and his guests talked about will impact us all. It’ll keep our favourite websites up and running and allow businesses like eBay to focus on their customers and worry less about the technology. I know that sounds incredibly boring compared to the latest shiny gadget but honestly, it’s a big deal for the people and companies building the services you love.




  • Steve Clayton

    Less and more

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    I wish I was skilful enough to be a designer. In the meantime, i can just look at Dieter Rams and be inspired. His book, book, Less and More. The man is Mr Braun and his design ethos is simple, beautiful and elegant. Fortunately, not everyone designs this way which makes his stuff stand out even more.

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