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A Lesson from My 1st Content Design Project 

A Lesson from My 1st Content Design Project 

My journey to content design began with technology consulting. In 2008, as a technology consultant, I started writing about SharePoint. By the time I joined Microsoft as a content developer in 2016, I’d written 200 blog posts and co-authored two books on SharePoint. As a new Microsoft employee, I wrote the first articles about the new SharePoint apps. Eventually, I took responsibility for writing the words in the app, as well.   SharePoint’s a critical, but often hidden part of Microsoft’s cloud

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Fluent design system development for designers

Fluent design system development for designers

Understand Microsoft’s Fluent design system better with hands-on experience with the developer components of the system. If you’re like most designers I work with, you’re familiar with the Figma components of the design systems your product teams use. Another step you can take to learn about the design system is to work with the developer components, too. When you stretch your skills into this new space, you’ll understand the capabilities of the system better. The next time a developer tells

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An open source UX writing example from Mastodon

An open source UX writing example from Mastodon

Unlike Twitter, Mastodon developers use an open-source model. Open-source means, if you take the effort to, you can see the source of the messages you see on screen. Because Mastodon is an open-source app developed on GitHub, you can create an issue when you see something wrong. The following screenshot highlights some text I see on my Mastodon home page, “Pinned post”, followed by a screenshot of the same string, in code. The next screenshot shows the same message “Pinned post”, in the file

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King County, Washington – Make an informed vote

King County, Washington – Make an informed vote

Today, October 16th, 2020, nearly 1.4 million registered voters in King County, Washington should have their ballots and voting guides from the state and county. The amount of information can be overwhelming. If you’re like me, you have 39 different items to vote on. Take some time to read the words on the printed pages you’ve received. Voting is one of the top ways to make your voice heard in the United States. We’re so lucky to live in cities

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Words can save lives

Words can save lives

Disputes delayed early reporting On January 27th, 2020, Dr. Camilla Rothe discovered Germany’s first case of the new coronavirus. The case involved one person at risk for the virus. According to the New York Times, the visitor from China had “no coughing or sneezing, no signs of fatigue or fever.” Coronaviruses were only known to be contagious from people showing symptoms. Confusion over the words used to describe this case caused delays. Thousands of people who caught the virus from

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Connect with Tom Resing, not on Facebook

Connect with Tom Resing, not on Facebook

Update, December 11th, 2020: Me, my wife and daughter have enjoyed 2 years off Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. I feel more connected than ever to the people I care about without the distractions of their business. I’d love you to join us in defunding them by deleting your accounts. Here’s a graphic from Professor Scott Galloway that might understand how badly Facebook is misleading people who use their properties. Update, August 9th, 2019: It’s been more than 8 months since

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3 ways Epic’s Fortnite is changing gaming

3 ways Epic’s Fortnite is changing gaming

If you know 5 people under the age of 20, chances are, you know someone who’s played Fortnite. Epic Games, creator of this free, massively scaled, multi-platform game, is making billions of dollars from in-app game purchases. How did a game that didn’t exist at the beginning of 2017 come to dominate the gaming world before the beginning of 2019? In some ways, Fortnite is the ultimate software as a service success story. Whatever device you own, you can download

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Putty for Linux Azure SSH authentication

Putty for Linux Azure SSH authentication

I created my first Linux Azure VM this weekend. I chose the option to secure it with an SSH Public Key instead of a password. Creating a password would have been easier. SSH public key will be much more secure. It took some learning to get it right. First Step – PuttyGen for creating the key After choosing the ssh key option, the Azure portal required entering a public key. On Windows, PuttyGen was the tool suggested to create the

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More on UI Text Design

More on UI Text Design

Today, Episode 46 of the MS Cloud IT Pro Podcast was published. I was the guest and our conversation included some discussion of UI Text Design. UI Text Design was new to me a year ago and it’s something you don’t hear about every day, so I thought I’d share some more on the role. The screenshot above shows the list view drop down in SharePoint. Even as I look at it now, I see UI text that doesn’t follow

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The Power of 9 Characters

The Power of 9 Characters

format c: The MS DOS Manual taught me the true power of the PC. Typing those 9 characters and hitting Enter made a very large change in my computer. Before I ran that command, my computer booted. I turned on the power switch and I got a prompt to perform an action. After, it didn’t do anything. Something like this had never happened with my last “home computer,” the Atari 800 XL. No matter what I did with that device,

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