Love in the time of software-a

I have been using two pieces of software a lot lately: the zune client, and Win7. And today I found myself having two very different but still highly emotional reactions to both pieces of software. One was like an instant huge crush-on-first-sight, the other was like a slow-burning love affair that grows over time. The…

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And continuing on that thought…

I was playing around with photos.live.com, added some photos… and clicked on the very nice large bolded “Upload” word twice before realizing that it was simply happy text, trying to guide me towards the upload button. Aghhh.

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Bad design is everywhere

I was trying to paypal some money to my sister a minute ago, and I sat at the payment page wondering what I’d done wrong. A one minute task suddenly took five minutes as I scratched my head and clicked around to see what I’d missed. Here’s what I saw – can you figure out…

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Design is everywhere

Well, OK, not everywhere. It’s missing in this bathroom. See if you can spot the design flaw in this bathroom stall at a local restaurant: I must have missed the sign on the door:     I have been a fan of CakeWrecks for a long time, I am mighty tempted to start up a…

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Lost the addressbar from the taskbar with XP SP3?

A while ago, I did my civic duty and upgraded my XP box at home to SP3… and then immediately noticed that my beloved addressbar on the taskbar, by far one of my most favorite features of the OS for many years running, was missing. The bar itself wasn’t there anymore, nor was the option…

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Not sure if I’m a typical user here

But when I get mails like this from JCrew (or the recent NetFlix issue), it almost immediately increases my trust of the company – any company that’s willing to come out and so broadly say "we made a mistake" is a company I am more likely to give my business to in the future. I’ve…

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You’ve come a long way, baby

Outlook 2000:   Outlook 2007:   Breath with me now: Ahhhhh…   I was an Outlook tester during the 2000 release; when the icon was first released internally, we were harshly critical of it in a very public way – it sucks to be the product that gets ‘yellow’ as your family color because it…

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