About Nicholas C. Zakas

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Why software engineers fail

I was reading an interesting entry over at fellow Yahoo Luke Wroblewski’s blog entitled, Why Designers Fail. The entry outlines research done by Scott Berkun regarding the career of designers and why some fail to achieve the results they desire. Luke sums up the findings nicely saying that many of the reasons why designers fail... […]

Facebook: The transparent society

“Wow, she is cute,” I exclaimed to my friend who had just showed sent me a photo of a girl on Facebook. “I know,” he said, “but I wouldn’t put a comment to that effect in the message. I’m not sure if she’ll get to see it or not.” I admit that I was late... […]

The IE6 support problem

I’ve been catching up on my RSS reading and came across this post from former Yahoo Steve Souders expressing his frustration with IE6. I’ll admit, IE6 is a huge time sink, and the source of a lot of frustration for web developers around the world. Steve goes on to talk about a campaign called “Save... […]

Ajax Experience: The aftermath

Finally back home after my trip to Boston. It was a little weird, I felt like I really wasn’t there for all that long because my typical trips back to Boston involve meeting up with friends and family every day. Since I was at the Ajax Experience for most of the time, it seemed to... […]

YUI 2.6.0 released

In all of the craziness of the past week around the Ajax Experience, YUI 2.6.0 was officially released. As usual, there’s a mix of new controls and major bug fixes (around 450 or so). What makes this an exciting release for me is that two of my components, Cookie and Profiler, have been promoted out... […]

Ajax Experience: Day 3

So the final day of the Ajax Experience came and went. I’m still not entirely sure how I dragged myself out of bed for my 9:45am talk this morning (Enterprise JavaScript Error Handling), but I did and it went off well. The crowd was fun and actually laughed at my jokes, which is more than... […]

Ajax Experience: Day 2

Today was the first day that I had a talk, but that didn’t make me any less lazy than normal. I dragged myself out of bed around 9:30am so that I could get down to the grand ballroom for the lightning talks. I thought this was a cool idea, having a bunch of people do... […]

Ajax Experience: Day 1

Monday was the official start of the Ajax Experience. Being as lazy and jet-lagged as I am, I couldn’t quite make it to the 7am breakfast. I missed it by about four hours or so. I met up with fellow Yahoos Nicole Sullivan and Stoyan Stefanov for lunch at this cool Italian place called Salvatore’s... […]

Ajax Experience: Day 0

I arrived at the hotel last night for the Ajax Experience (I term this “day 0″ because the conference officially started today. The Renaissance Hotel is really nice and somehow I ended up with a room that has two beds…party in my room! The room had a nice TV, about 42″ with HD, so watching... […]

New Yahoo! front page goes into testing

I’ve been at Yahoo! now for over two years, and for almost all of it, I’ve not been able to talk about what I’ve been working on. I started out on the My Yahoo! redesign and then moved onto the front page redesign. Today, the new front page design goes into public testing and I... […]