Articles by Vanessa Harris

Author, poet, technologist. Currently working at Google. I'm a Wordpress enthusiast and enjoy pushing Wordpress in crazy new directions.

Windows Glass – Microsoft’s Problem Isn’t Innovation
Windows Glass – Microsoft’s Problem Isn’t Innovation

Windows Glass – Microsoft’s Problem Isn’t Innovation

This last week Google announced a really exciting look into the future called Project Glass. Naturally, Google debuted it with a YouTube video that enticed you with the possibilities, but they did more than that. This wasn’t some futuristic video meant to inspire people to build interesting products, this wasn’t just a prototype one researcher had cobbled together in a…

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7 Things I Hate About My Galaxy Nexus Android Phone

7 Things I Hate About My Galaxy Nexus Android Phone

Hate is a word that seethes with maliciousness and bubbles with discontent. As you utter it you can feel the weight of the myriad curses it drags along with it. So it is with much difficulty that I use such a richly endowed word to describe my four months old Galaxy Nexus Android phone. I’m also aware, that as in…

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Ignoring the Introvert – Why even tech companies get it wrong

Ignoring the Introvert – Why even tech companies get it wrong

There is a certain meeting that is a staple at many tech companies – the user experience design review. It typically involves a designer or product manager presenting the design for a feature while managers, engineers and anyone with a suitable weapon proceed to beat the unfortunate presenter for an hour. The other day I attended such a meeting, and…

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Nevermind Facebook and Twitter? Google+ Has Replaced StumbleUpon

Nevermind Facebook and Twitter? Google+ Has Replaced StumbleUpon

There has been a lot written about Google+ in the last 8 months. From tech prognosticators who declared it dead on arrival, Google’s answer to social media, a zombie walking, an interesting place to find new friends, really it’s about to die any day just ignore those 60 million users, a great replacement for Twitter, not quit a replacement for…

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I Left Outlook for Gmail, and Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me Back

I Left Outlook for Gmail, and Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me Back

In the time B.G. (before Gmail) I was an avid Outlook user. As a Microsoft employee then my passion around Outlook was strongly encouraged. Yet as in any relationship there were times of endearing love and times of hate filled shouting and swearing. Actually, come to think of it, there was a lot more of the latter with Outlook, but…

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The Tech Release I’m Most Looking Forward to in 2012

The Tech Release I’m Most Looking Forward to in 2012

In a few short hours 2011 will be behind us, and a new year dawns. While the Mayan calendar portends next year as our last I’m still quite hopeful that we’ll see a slew of amazing software, hardware and services released. For sure 2011 was a busy year in technology. New smartphones were announced almost weekly, with the iPhone 4s,…

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Welcome to Facebook. You can checkout anytime you like, but you can never leave

Welcome to Facebook. You can checkout anytime you like, but you can never leave

Leaving Facebook is hard work. Really hard work. The kind of hard work that leaves you sweating in the desert heat wearing nothing but striped pajamas and shackles while the warden shouts derogatory cusswords in your direction. The kind of hard work that saps your soul as you watch it swirling down the drain like so much half-used soap while…

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My New Year’s Resolution is to Quit Facebook–Here’s Why

My New Year’s Resolution is to Quit Facebook–Here’s Why

It happens once a year, an opportunity to make promises to yourself without feeling bad that you’ll break them a few weeks later. Every now and then it’s even possible to stick with your New Year’s resolution for more than a few months as I did last year when I gave up coffee for 333 days. If you can survive…

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GoDaddy Supports SOPA–Learn How to Transfer Your Domain and Save the Internet

GoDaddy Supports SOPA–Learn How to Transfer Your Domain and Save the Internet

It was with some shock that I awoke today to discover the one of the most used domain registrars supports SOPA. For those of you who aren’t aware, SOPA is a piece of legislation currently under consideration by the US congress that would effectively destroy innovation on the Internet. Google, Facebook, Mozilla, Yahoo!, Twitter, LinkedIn, eBay, Human Rights Watch and…

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