Monthly archives: October, 2009

GUI Design : I like to focus on important tasks.

I take a lot of inspiration from the iPhone, as to me its this device that fits in your hand and has not a lot of real estate, yet it accomplishes more tasks at times than most computer desktops today. I can make calls, check email, look at calendar, browse sites online, play a game,…




EGOSPY – Sneak Peak.

It’s now approx 1 week since I left Microsoft and its been an amazing and relaxing time for me, in which I’ve sat down and mapped out various RIA based projects I’ve wanted to work on for the past 3 years. The one project that’s taking the bulk of my latest interest is an application…




Do we have one site too many?

In the past month if you’ve interacted with via twitter, email, facebook etc you’ve probably been asked by me “How many sites do you visit a week”. I only ask is that I’ve got this theory or ill feeling that we at Microsoft are making far too many websites than we need to, but at…




A tip on learning Silverlight. Throw away your code

You can stare at that blinking cursor inside Visual Studio all you want, it’s not going to give you an immediate insight into how you should architect your Silverlight solution so that it can be reusable and scale. It’s not that you’re an idiot or aren’t good at programming, it’s just that you are trying…




Don’t abuse the Desktop.

If you’ve read any book on design patterns, prospective memory is bound to come up. A lot of folks may read it and go “ahh, nah, i don’t know what to do with that” and i state this as i constantly wonder as to why applications continue to hassle users to “Save this to the…




What does a potential Silverlight Adoption Lifecycle look like?

I’ve been working in this industry since i left high school back in 1995, and I often think about my journey to date and how I’ve adopted a technology. I then as a Product Manager on the Silverlight Team constantly try and put myself in you, the adoptee’s shoes. I’m constantly thinking about what it…




Apple vs Microsoft – Web Usability.

I recently found a site via a colleague today, which basically outlines the way in which we approach our customers/consumers via the web compared to Apple.com [ Click here to view the post ] At first I just simply groaned, and waited for the beating, as I know internally I’ve moaned about our approach, so…




Apple stole my whitespace.

I often meet up with a co-worker (Michael Bach, Product Manger & Designer for Microsoft.com/Web) and we talk all things design. As it for us is therapy given we are constantly surrounded by engineers within Microsoft One insight Michael came up with the other night is that Apple own white. It got me thinking and…




User Experience – The Kettle.

How many kettles have you owned over the years? is it more than one? has it always been the same one? It’s a pretty straight forward device, you fill it up with water, it heats up and then you tip the contents out into a container. Why then are there so many varieties of Kettles?…