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Windows 8 feature set news!

September 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Finally, Microsoft is slowly starting to disclose some information in regards to Windows 8!

I believe that the full feature set will be available once they kick in the Build Windows conference on Sept. 12th


For those that are interested, here`s a link to the blog highlighting the officially disclosed topics on Windows 8.

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All MIX 11 Session Video via RSS, iTunes, Powershell or Juice!

Thanks to Scott Hanselman, who brought this up!

Like Scott said, If you really want iTunes in your life…you can subscribe in iTunes from Advanced|Subscribe to Podcast (look for MIX11 Sessions)

But I find it cooler with Zune! The video is super crisp in MP4 High! 🙂

Tell me the ones you liked the most! There is soooo much information. Almost everything applies on technologies available today!

My best (in descending order) are :

  1. An Overview of the MS Web Stack of Love,
  2. NuGet In Depth: Empowering Open Source on the .NET Platform
  3. ASP.NET MVC 3 @:The Time is Now
  4. Fun with ASP.NET MVC 3 and MEF
  5. Deconstructing Orchard: Build, Customize, Extend, Ship
  6. Good JavaScript Habits for C# Developers

My worse is:

  1. Application Design for Windows Phone (She is so nervous and thirsty…)

MIX 11: SilverLight 5 Beta?

April 12, 2011 2 comments

As every good web developer and web designer know today is the day!

Today is the first day of MIX 11

As part of MIX, SilverLight 5 beta will be release. I encourage you to watch the keynote live at starting April 12th at 9AM PDT (4PM GMT).

Silverlight 5?  but isn’t Microsoft following everybody with HTML5 ? If you are asking yourself the same question, read this post from April 4th :

After reading this I am still not 100% convinced that Microsoft did not want to say goodbye to SilverLight last Fall in favor of HTML 5.

Anyway I find that both should stay! Both have a reason to stay. I just hope that Microsoft will leverage the “seperation of concerns” (designer and developer) that they have acheived in Silverlight with HTML5

For example, as a Microsoft Partner, I see very little incentive from Microsoft to build and deploy SilverLight applications on the other hand they would like me to move everything personal and professional to the cloud!

Have a good MIX11 day!


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Seesmic Desktop 2, one of the top 3 best UX in 2010!

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Written in Silverlight, Seesmic Desktop 2 is an aggregator for social networks.

Mashable sais about SD2:

Seesmic’s Silverlight-built, Mac- and Windows(Windows)-compatible product also came wrapped in a gorgeous and functional UI with elegant and subtle details, making it a joy to behold as well as a pleasure to use.

More aboute SD2 here: and official web page here:

More about the best Web Designs of 2010:

Guess What? The mobile app supports:


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A reflection on Bad User / Customer Experience and failure billing systems!

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

As web developer, we are constantly challenged into bringing the best user experience to our users.

Today, I went to my the site of my mobile solution provider in order to upgrade my old cell phone to a brand new Windows Phone 7!

After spending minutes trying to perform the upgrade and trying to find the proper data plan ( 3 data plans were available at $12, $15, $20 per month with the exact same description) , I could not checkout my order!

So I end up calling the customer service, and a rep tells me that the plan I need is not the one I was focusing on but another one at $25 per month.

With the rep on the phone, I go online and the plan at 25$ he’s telling me about is listed at 35$ on the web. He’s says: “The prices are usually accurate on the site, but don’t worry It’ll be fixed when you checkout your order.”

The call with the rep ends here…

I go on and proceed to select the phone. On the selection page, the upgrade is priced at $199.

I proceed to checkout, fill-in my credit card information, click next and select a shipping method.

The invoice shown on the web page is priced at $0,00!

I say to myself, cool, the rep told me that the pricing would be fixed on the invoice…  😉

I proceed to confirm the invoice, and bang: an error message appears saying: “We cannot process you order because the invoice is $0.00” .

Wow!  I just spent an hour for nothing on their site and on the phone in order to purchase something from this merchant.

Lately, I am faced with more than my share of bad user experiences:

Cable company offers their customers the change their channel selection but it doesn’t work.

Propane gas company only sent one correct bill in the past 6 months in 3 copies received one day after the other, the other bills were either lost  (my account not showing the invoice when I call them) or overcharged for more propane than I could legally and physically store!

Pool repairmen sends an invoice for work that was paid a month earlier.

I qualify myself as a good shopper (never try to bargain). Still I get discounts on average of twice a month for items that are priced inaccurately!

In the news we hear on a weekly base the bad adventures of  our public power provider’s billing system.


Am I the only one to whom it happens?

How could we fix this?

Share your tought and experience…

Categories: UX & UI

Want to find your color palette?

March 11, 2009 Leave a comment

If found this neat little web app that helps you choose real good killer colors for websites!


Color Scheme Designer 3


It’s really cool!

Categories: UX & UI

UX & UI Design guidelines

February 24, 2009 Leave a comment

My colleague Nordes has a good cross reference web site on user experience and user interface design guidelines…
Categories: UX & UI