Bye Bill, Bye Robert … is this the end ?

Most Microsoft people get asked “Do you know Bill Gates” when we tell people where we work. We don’t all know Bill. Back in 2002, I spent a month “on attachment” in the building where he and Steve Ballmer had their offices. We were told “Don’t freak out if someone really important gets in the…

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Good flash / Bad Flash

I came upon an example of how Flash can be used well at www.seewindowsvista.com. In response to my post about adobe “Mike” said that Flash is a great technology if it is used appropriately – which it is. But I quoted Jakob Nielsen: “Most of the Flash that Web users encounter each day is bad…

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The Mis-appliance of science pt2 – working for Microsoft

Microsoft is a better place to work than it was last week. I was out of the country on Friday. My phone downloaded the start of a long mail from Lisa Brummel – who I mentioned recently: A mail from a major name saying he was excited by Lisa’s mail, made it “Read NOW!” instead…

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The Mis-appliance of science pt1 – talking about the benefits of Vista

Talking about cost of ownership on its own is nuts. There, I’ve come out and said it. There are two sides in most economic decisions, the gain side and the cost side. You can’t make a decision based on just one. So anyone with a budget should ask Can I get the same gain for…


Save the Planet with a little at a time [part 2]

One of the nice things about the new job is I get to walk round and bump into people I haven’t spoken to for ages. Sharon left Microsoft a few months ago, and was sitting in the coffee bar when I walked by on Thursday. Her web-site is called “joining dots” because she brings ideas…

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Who’s taking the Wii ?

Back in the 1990s when I was working for a Microsoft partner I read Douglas Coupland’s novel “Microserfs”  The story starts inside Microsoft, and the narrator talks about hanging with the cool guys at Nintendo on the other side of I520 from his building. When I visited Microsoft campus for the first time, I was surprised…


The Women of Microsoft

I found out that that my boss did a video for Channel 9 when she was last in Redmond. It’s quite unusual for them to do interviews with people from outside the US so it’s a bit of a coup for them to want to interview her. Eileen’s video is in the “Women in Technology”…


Passion: or "What the hell am I doing here ? "

I’ve been on holiday for a few days. Before I went, I met a visiting school group. I was asked to talk for 10 minutes on “Why software is exciting” and – let’s be honest here – not everyone thinks it is exciting. What I could  talk about was why software excites me and why…


Civilisation will come to an end because no one will understand what anybody else is saying

In yesterday’s post I said “I’ve got an interest in how we communicate – and how sometimes we say a lot without getting a message across”. Recently I was asked to review someone else’s document: it was full of jargon, which I didn’t think the target audience would understand: but worse than that I couldn’t…

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A new blog: who am I, and what am doing here?

If you want demographic information: I’m English, male, married (2 small children), born in the 1960s and university educated. I prefer cricket to football and Formula one to either of them (27 years a Williams fan). My main interests outside work and home are Scuba diving and photography. I hope to cover some things to do…

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