Monthly Archives: September 2010

Cathy won!

I miss my running friends … haven’t been out with them enough lately. This past weekend, Cathy even won her first race – the Park 2 Park half marathon in Holland with a 1:29:40 time (average pace of 6:49/mile). Great job, Cathy! Great job pacing her, Ric!


“metro”–the design philosophy behind Windows Phone 7

Each month, I lead a Live Meeting for Microsoft Solutions Advocates highlighting new and exciting technology. This month, Bryan Agnetta talked about metro, the design philosophy behind Windows Phone 7.

If you haven’t heard of metro before, this would be a good recording to watch (Bryan starts about 30 minutes in). What makes Windows Phone 7 special is not just the technology – it’s the way everything was designed to fit your life. This didn’t happen by accident. It took a lot of wonderful, subtle design work.

Learning about metro (focus on the UI Design and Interaction Guide link on that page), I was struck by how useful the concepts are even outside of WP7. For example, the idea of being “authentically digital” … why do we try so hard to make software look like something in the physical world? Why not just make the “chrome” around the edges disappear and let the content speak for itself? The IE9 team clearly took that lesson to heart as well.

The new Windows phones will be out before you know it – it’s time to learn how to design for them … and the effort to learn metro will pay off in all your development projects.

Microsoft Company Meeting

We had our big company meeting yesterday. I couldn’t go, but I watched some of it by webcast. Amy Sedaris was the host – she’s a riot. Microsoft is fairly frugal with our travel budgets, and I can’t really justify burning some of my precious T&E for the company meeting … but next year, I think I’ll try to combine it with a vacation. Just looked like good, geeky fun.

Embracing WordPress

Now that Microsoft is ending Windows Live Spaces in favor of, it’s time for me to embrace, too … I’ve always liked WordPress, and more than happy to have someone else maintain the system for me.

The process for moving over posts from spaces was FLAWLESS. Wow – I’m really impressed with the team(s) who pulled that off. I even combined two spaces into one WordPress blog (this one).

If you haven’t moved your spaces blog into WordPress – do it now!