I sometimes see updates posted to Facebook and Twitter that make me wonder, “Have you really thought about the user experience of you?” This is becoming increasingly important as people get more savvy about hiding, unliking, and unfollowing those that don’t meet their bar. Users constantly measure the value of what you say and once it drops … More The UX of You
The best features in Outlook 2010 are not social network updates or threaded conversations, though those are invaluable. The best features are the little-noticed “Clean Up” and “Ignore”. In 2008 on this very blog I pined for official versions of these features’ early incarnations, Thread Compressor and Thread Killer. Now that these features have made it … More Productivity Tips: Outlook Easter Eggs!
Welcome to my new home on WordPress.com. Closing up shop at Windows Live Spaces was bittersweet, especially after doing the design work for it for the last few years (including the actual Windows Live to WordPress migration), but I’m excited to be a part of this vibrant community.
I wrote my first post for the official Windows Live Wire blog. The topic is privacy, which is an area I’ve worked in for the last few years, specifically choosing who can send you stuff on Windows Live. I hope to write more entries soon. Stop the insanity: Choose who can send you invitations … More First post on the Windows Live Team Blog
Headed to SXSW Interactive tomorrow – I’m very excited. I’m from Austin so it’s actually a vacation and I’ll be down there for a week and a half to visit the family and play in the sun as well. This is the weather here today in Redmond and I need a vacation!If you are as … More SXSWi madness! Schedule in Excel for you geeks
I love Mozy. 2 gigs of backup for free, unlimited for $54 a year. The site is clean and attractive and the app is simple and unobtrusive; I never see it unless I haven’t backed up in a few days which rarely happens. Last summer my hard drive fried and I didn’t even break a … More Mozy: Free easy online backup – set it and forget it.
There is so much user pain around email overload and so many cool ideas on how to combat it. I wish the Outlook team would ship: Thread killer. This is a great plugin that’s been hanging around MSFT for awhile but doesn’t seem to work for me anymore. Basically it puts a button at the … More Things I wish Outlook would ship
Highly recommended. They did a great job choosing good stories to follow and showing multiple perspectives on the effect of the Internet Revolution on young people. As someone who works on a social networking site (Windows Live Spaces), it is always distressing to witness the negative effects of the Internet, but relieving to hear researchers … More FRONTLINE: growing up online | PBS
The best thing I did to prepare for college was to learn to touch type. I am shocked at how many people, even at Microsoft, hunt and peck at their keyboard and type fairly slowly. When I think of all of the time they are wasting over their lifetime it’s astounding. All you need to … More Touch typing will add years to your life
http://www.simpsonsmovie.com/main.html This has been making the rounds at work. Our entire team has created Simpsons versions of ourselves, some of which are scarily accurate (Ethan!). I’m not sure what we’ll so with them – maybe print them and put them on our office doors when we move to building 85 in a few weeks. And this is … More You too can be a Simpson. And a South Parkian.