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by David S. Platt

  • We Are All Fools

    April 1, 2020 by

    My friends, these are the times that try our souls. Just last month I was writing with a light heart, and today yours and mine are heavy. I’m glad you’re here to share this with me. On this April Fool’s Day, my favorite column of the editorial year, I want to speak of what fools… Read more

  • Any Functioning Adult

    March 1, 2020 by

    I’m writing this on Leap Year Day, February 29, which means we’re in a presidential election year. This sticker expresses my feelings about it exactly: I don’t know about you, but I still have a monster case of politics fatigue left over from 2016. As National Review columnist Ian Tuttle wrote then, we had “two… Read more

  • Two Brain Droppings

    February 1, 2020 by

    Dropping #1: Whenever we work on a UX project, we always think of pleasing the end user. But it often happens that the users aren’t the ones paying for the project. And the users’ desires and the check writers’ desires often don’t coincide, and sometimes even conflict.  So: how do we please  the user, while… Read more

  • Watershed Down

    January 1, 2020 by

    Welcome to 2020, dear reader. As we pass the watershed  (dictionary: “a crucial dividing point, line, or factor; a turning point”) into a new decade, I realize that I’ve passed a personal watershed in my adoption of technology. Here’s mine, and does it ring any bells about yours?   I was browsing the new paper… Read more

  • What the Skype?

    December 1, 2019 by

    I had planned a different topic for this month, but a bad experience with Skype so infuriated me that I need to rant about it here. What happened? The usual. I started a scheduled call with an important client, and I could hear her, but she couldn’t hear me. “Hello. Hello, Dave, are you there?”… Read more

  • Punishment and Crime

    October 1, 2019 by

    Ladies and gentlemen, I have once again snagged a major scoop. Edward Snowden, still in Russian exile, has favored me with another leak. He’s annoyed that Obama pardoned Chelsea Manning but not him. “What do I have to do, get a sex change?” he fumed. He really enjoyed the firestorm when I published his leak… Read more

  • Welcome, friend!

    August 29, 2019 by

    You’ve reached the new home of “Don’t Get Me Started”, which graced the back page of MSDN Magazine for almost ten years. (Archives here.) Microsoft recently retired that publication, so I’ve moved my column here. I’ll be keeping a regular monthly schedule. You’ll find the same wise-but-irreverent take on the state of the software industry. As always, you… Read more

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