Author: Greg Raiz

Windows XP SP2 UI Critique

Windows XP Service pack 2 includes more than bug fixes. This service pack has a number of new concepts, and UI changes that users should be aware of. Some of the changes are aesthetic and some are functional. With this service pack Microsoft has taken a harder stance on security and although this may go some distance to appease […]

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Welcome to my blog

Welcome to my blog. The purpose of this blog is to create and share ideas, thoughts and inspirations and my imagination. Welcome to my soap-box. A little about me. I live and work in Boston for my own company called Raizlabs. I design software that’s easy and intuitive to use. I’ve worked for companies as […]

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Reusable Energy

After listening to George Bush’s Sate of the Union I had to think that perhaps he’s not as big an idiot as I initially thought. He made some good comments about tax reform, SS reform, law reform and more. He still said some stupid things but all in all I give it a B-. Not […]

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One step design

There has been more and more products that have started using what I call “One step design.” Products like Apple’s iPod, Tivo, Google and others have begun using this approach to make complex tasks simple. One step design boils down to having only one particular thing that you can do on any page of the […]

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Building blocks to big blocks

Ok so you’ve heard the phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Well the fact is that very few things are built in a day and even fewer things are built well. Many times when I talk to people about their projects, software or designs there is an expectation that the ultimate design, software or […]

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Go Tivo yourself

Let’s take a step into the way back machine and rewind our Tivo story to 1987-88. Time Warner was shutting down the Full Service Network (FSN), an experimental excursion into interactive television. Jim Barton one of the architects of FSN and Mike Ramsay both former SGI executives got together to start Tivo. Their ideas somewhat […]

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Layered Programming

If you’ve ever used photoshop you’re probably familiar with layers. The idea is simple you have one photo and you can layer it on another photo with various levels of color or effects. At the touch of a button you can turn off a layer, duplicate a layer or create a new layer. Each layer […]

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Starting a startup

Today is a new chapter in Raizlabs history. Raizlabs has been a one person shop since I started working for myself in 2001. Tomorrow it’s going to be different. For the first time I won’t be the only one who show’s up for work at my company. I’ve decided to hire a contractor, who I […]

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True Peer to Peer

I love the idea of Peer to Peer. But I’ve yet to see any software that actually does true peer to peer file sharing in a usefull way. Here’s a typical scenario. I take a trip with ten friends and we go skiing. Four of my friends bring digital cameras and snap a bunch of […]

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Personal PC Server

I was having dinner with a friend and we started talking about the idea of a home server. Imagine a box that sits in your basement, right next to your boiler. This home server stores your photos and music your home movies and files. It stores your email, your settings and all your other PC […]

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