Archive for March, 2011

Future of Productivity

Stumbled on this video Microsoft created which tells a story of Microsoft’s productivity software over time.  I thought framing it within a person’s career evolution was clever.

Internet Explorer 9

Last week Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9.

“Sites are instant. Sites amaze. Fast is now beautiful.” – tagline.

I have enjoyed the following about the new browser:

  • Minimal clutter – the window has almost no toolbars or extraneous elements that detract from the content being displayed from the website
  • Pinned Site – adding a site to the taskbar or desktop makes it feel like you’re launching a regular application rather than a website. Right-clicking on a pinned site and getting a jump list of common commands for the site is also handy.
  • Usage of hardware graphics acceleration – this is where the speed comes in… finally, aside from video games, I can justify spending money on a graphics card.  You can check out a sample site provided by the National Museum of China that takes advantage of the graphics acceleration.

I was reading interesting analysis of some of Google’s actions – the creation of the Chrome browser wasn’t for Google to get into the web browser business but instead to push the other primary browser developers (Microsoft, Mozilla, etc.) to innovate and provide a better experience for users… which would affect Google since the main way people get to Google is through the web browser.

Sleep

It has been more than a week since I’ve had at least 5 hours of unbroken sleep. This jet lag thing is driving me crazy. One might think I’d be used to it by now.

How I miss the sleep I had in Tokyo.  Over 7 hours each night, I woke up on the 3rd day feeling refreshed for the first time in literally years.

In Tulalip I’m a jittery, caffeine and sugar seeking mess.

Good thing there is a box of twinkies and a half-eaten pot roast sandwich next to me.

Stepping Out

Inspiring quotes come from all over the place.  Often from very random people.

“So the concept of sort of stepping out and saying yes to things you might not say yes to, just on the adventure of it, became clear to me, and I’ve sort of tried to live that way, being adventuresome, and chancing making a total fool of yourself because of the adventure of it.”

William Shatner at a recent comic convention

And thus explains moving to Asia, going on TV, opening a sushi bar, and basically every other decision of my life.

Super

Can’t wait for this movie.

Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page, how I love you…

Flickr for Windows Phone 7

Flickr for Windows Phone 7 and Slate PCs is now available.

“Introducing Flickr for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7:

  • Browse your Flickr photos in stunning high resolution display and touch navigation controls
  • Share photos with friends and family via email, Twitter, Facebook and more
  • Upload your latest images on the go with the in-app uploader
  • Seamlessly transition from your Windows Phone 7 to Windows 7 tablet and back again, without ever losing your place”

I remember when I routinely uploaded pictures to my Flickr account.  These days it seems like Facebook fits the average online user’s needs for a photo sharing site.