Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

Blogging about Windows since before Vista became a bad word

First Week Reflections

Holy crap, it's been a busy week. Launched a new site, practiced my interview skills on one of the top guys at Microsoft, spent 2 days with the people that beat up Vista every day... absolutely crazy.

First off, I wanted to thank everyone for all their positive comments about the site and its design. I've been acutely aware of all of's shortcomings, and I'm glad we were able to address most of them in a way that you all seem to like. If you have any issues, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Second, I wanted to thank Jim for letting me sit down with him, and the great people at WaggEd for putting it all together. It was an experience I'll never forget... and an interview that everyone will be talking about.

Third, I wanted to thank Paul Donnelly, Wedny Stidmon, and all the people at Microsoft that came out to talk about Vista & Longhorn for the Techbeta Tour. It was two days of some of the most informative briefings I've ever had at Microsoft... and by far the most productive in terms of being able to give feedback to the various teams.

Finally, I wanted to thank all the TechBeta testers for making the event so fun. It was a pleasure meeting all of you, talking shop, and comparing cell phones ;). Can't wait to do it again next time.

I have a lot that came up during my trip to Redmond that I'll be talking about over the next couple weeks... plus I'll be editing the podcast together over the next several days. So stay tuned... we're just getting started.



  • some1 said:

    My biggest complaint is with, you only had to click on the article if you wanted to leave a you've to click each article to read it fully....please include the whole articles on the homepage...ask this site's other visitors and they'll agree

    October 8, 2006 8:39 AM
  • mercuryLuz said:

    I agree with some1.

    In my opinion, the best thing would be to let the user choose between the two styles of view. Maybe just have a link somewhere to change to the respectively other style for non-logged-in users and for logged-in users also the option to choose which one should be their standard style.

    Additionally, I would like an indicator of the number of left comments to each article on the front page.

    But all in all, the new site looks really stylish! Can't wait for the interview and some more content :)

    October 8, 2006 11:10 PM
  • mercuryLuz said:

    Two more things about writing comments here:

    I'd appreciate if comments would display faster (or even immediately) after submitting them.

    And an option to edit them within the next few minutes after submitting.

    October 8, 2006 11:19 PM
  • ScottK said:

    Hey, Robert - glad to have bumped into you at the Tour!

    I really like the new site and the layout. I'll get back with you on some other things later on (it's Network Maintenance Day here at the "Studio")


    October 14, 2006 12:30 PM