Zug Bio

Posted by bryanzug - 2005/09/19

UPDATE: Current bio can be found here.



More on Sparkle: Tinic & Other OS’s (Mac, etc.)

Posted by bryanzug - 2005/09/16

Tinic Uro, one of the engineers behind the Flash Player has posted a really important reaction to Sparkle. In it, he says this —

One word summarizes my reaction: Respect.

It’s an important post because 1) Tinic is smart enough to not underestimate Microsoft as an opponent and 2) his first reaction is that the Sparkle engineers “have been doing some amazing work in the past 4 years”.

It’s a reaction much like my own, noted in previous posts.

Another interesting turn comes in this “Microsoft offers development tools for Mac, Web” article from ZDNET which begins to detail how this new effort will not be windows only —

The company introduced Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere, or WPF/E, software to build applications using Microsoft’s XAML page layout language in conjunction with JavaScript. Until this week, it was thought that Microsoft’s Windows Presentation Foundation, formerly code-named Avalon, could be used only to build graphics-rich applications on Windows. But because JavaScript runs on many operating systems, developers could, in theory, use WPF/E tooling to target several operating systems. Apple’s Mac OS will be one of the operating systems supported with WPF/E, as well as older versions of Windows and Microsoft Smartphone, according to Microsoft executives.

Not sure how much mis-information is in that quote, but even if it’s 50% true, it means that the either the dev tools or the distributable clients built with them will run on Macs and other systems.

That’s a big deal, because, well, it seems like Microsoft is finally getting the fact that monopoly asshole business behavior is bad not just for the world at large, but for the pocketbook as well.



Napoleon Gates bootleg

Posted by bryanzug - 2005/09/15

From Longhorn Blogs we have the first bootleg I’ve seen of the Bill Gates Napoleon Dynamite spoof that was shown at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference this week.

Has Gates with Jon Heder reprising his ND role — very funny.



Some more worthwhile Sparkle discussion

Posted by bryanzug - 2005/09/15

Here are a couple of worthwhile Sparkle posts that flesh out what it is likely to mean for the industry.

First up is “Microsoft Expression Sparkle finally announced” from Cybergrain.

Some good points here, particularly regarding 3D — biggest oversite is that there is no mention of Macromedia’s Flex and, correspondingly, a misunderstanding of the current state of the Flash RIA nation.

Second post is “A Good Day To Be A Designer” on ScaryNoises.

It’s a great summary of how Microsoft taking design seriously is going to change the industry.



Sparkle — Microsoft finally takes UI design seriously

Posted by bryanzug - 2005/09/14

If you are into UI design and haven’t yet seen the video that Scoble posted on Microsoft’s Channel 9, prepare to crap your pants and go watch it.

At their Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles today, Microsoft debuted Sparkle Interactive Designer as a part of their new Expression Suite. It’s a move that shows the Redmond crew seems to finally be taking UI design seriously.

Being a Flash web application developer, this is my home territory and I have to say, I’m impressed. Go watch the video and admit with me — the rich interface race is on and Redmond aims to represent.

Having been gearing up to begin some new Flex projects myself, Sparkle definitely is swinging for the same market (though we’ll have to wait to see if Sparkle UI’s play on non-Window’s systems).

The Scoble video shows a pretty well crafted design environment that can roll out rich 2D and 3D visuals and animations that are stored as XAML files (Microsoft’s XML format for describing interface controls for the new Longhorn OS coming next year – Ha, Ha, Ha). Looks pretty easy to bind these controls to underlying application code as well – a move to make UI designers a real part of the software development process.

As someone who’s been in this business a long time, this feels like a big change — Microsoft taking design seriously means that good tech design is not going to be isolated to companies like Apple or AdobeMedia any more.

While it may prove fateful for some of our favorite toolsets, at the end of the day, you have to admit it’s nice to get some business respect for a change.



Isn’t the name technoranti.com derivitive?

Posted by bryanzug - 2005/09/09

Here’s an answer to a question that will be asked as circulation for this blog picks up — it will come from someone who knows just enough to be dangerous and sound something like this — “Isn’t technoranti.com too derivative?”

Well, yeah — no shit Sherlock (NSS) — it’s derivative.

The question is not whether it’s derivative — instead, we should be asking — “Is anything not derivative?”

As St. Bono says —

Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief; All kill their inspiration and sing about the grief.

If we can all agree that “every poet is a thief”, then we’ve also got to admit that every tech project is as well. To take it a bit further, there is no piece of transferable information, be it code sample, industry experience anecdote, or story, for that matter, that is not derivative of something somewhere sometime.

We all stand on the shoulders of giants.

So then, what’s in the name? Here’s the nutshell…

I live in Seattle, where the “I critique therefore I am” culture is alive and well. I am just as susceptible to it as the next person – it’s this rant, both for and against technology, that colors every part of my existence — these things that enhance our lives and drain them simultaneously.

Technoranti.com says everything about my love/hate relationship with the world I inhabit, the tools I use, and the tools that are used on me. It captures that Quixote feeling I get as I navigate this landscape.



Permission to blog

Posted by bryanzug - 2005/09/06

So I asked my boss for permission to blog today about work stuff — everything from my web development projects, tips and tricks, to tech leadership stuff.

They say such a request is best practice so as to avoid being dooced. Figured I would heed Their advice. (You know those Them — They are always saying stuff and sometimes They are right)

So, if you don’t see me referring to any specific examples of my work, you’ll know what the answer was. Though I’m not sure that that safeguards much these days — given that Google and my name are just a click away.

(Now where did that click run of to anyway? If anyone sees it, please tell it to come home…)