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I am currently a software engineer at Google, where as a member of the Android platform team I build frameworks and user interfaces.

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Archive for April, 2005

Moved.

April 30th, 2005
Exhausted.

Phase one complete.

April 27th, 2005

So, we have furniture. Beyond that, we’ve got about six plastic cups, a bunch of towels, and our cats. The rest of the move happens this weekend—the little odds and ends and endless boxes that will, in E’s words, make us “Zeno’s movers”.

(Also: Is it a sign of some subliminal reluctance to bond with the new place that I’ve been here for about six hours and have just now thought to take my shoes off?)

Downtime

April 26th, 2005
dsandler-lan is down for the first time in years, and for the last time in Pearland. Hopefully we’ll be back up by noon tomorrow.

Overheard.

April 25th, 2005

[4:55] <dsandler> IRC: A clumsier weapon for a more barbaric time.

Array.character_name

April 18th, 2005

Looks like there are still some vestiges of GNE (Game Neverending, Ludicorp’s original product, since discontinued to focus on Flickr) inside the Flickr engine. I always suspected it (some of the URLs end in .gne) but now I have proof, thanks to the most excellent Rod:

Subject: [Flickr] Array.character_name has given you a Pro Account!

It’s somehow very cool to me (since I have had networked multiplayer environments on the brain since high school) knowing that, somewhere deep inside Flickr, I am a character in a game.

Black smoke.

April 18th, 2005

[2:17] <Adam> Black Smoke, no pope.

[2:18] <TreyB> As expected.

[2:18] <Adam> Al Gore demands a recount.

[2:19] <TreyB> He invented the conclave, don’t you know.

Plastic.

April 17th, 2005

Paul Thurrott’s Tiger revew has gotten some buzz this weekend because, well, Paul’s a Windows columnist. (Look at the URL.) It’s a balanced tour of the new OS; no obsessive fawning, and no knee-jerk loathing either. What stood out for me is that he points out that Mail 2 has no clothes (or, at least, no consistent UI):

The brushed metal apps are still there, but the pinstripe style has been replaced, for the second time, with the “plastic” style. The token plastic application, incidentally, is Mail 2 [...] The toolbar buttons, however, are bizarre looking and unlike the icons found in any other Mac OS X applications, another case of Apple trouncing all over its own user interface conventions. It’s astonishing to me that Mac fanatics let the company get away with that.

I guess I’m not a fanatic, then, because the screenshots of Tiger Mail have been really bugging me since they were first released. I had held out hope that the early pictures were of prototype versions of the app, with further UI tweakage to follow; clearly, that didn’t happen, and this is what we’re stuck with. Here’s hoping the app isn’t too hard to hack (first order of business: remove the bizarre pale-green button backgrounds).

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