November 2006

2 weeks

I gave notice to Intuit yesterday.  It is a sad moment for me.  There are some people there that I will miss terribly.  There have been a few people throughout my career that I have just loved working with.Ben Nadel, Tom Quaile, Sean Zimmerman, Florence Tang, Bill Mirbach, Chris Nesladek. These are people I consider ultra-talented.  I wish I could work with them every day. The last 4 names are...

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Thanksgiving Gala

Thanksgiving was a gala event at the Lipka house.  Scott, Rachel, Jim and Penny were over.  We had turkey and stuffing and lots of yummies.  I am so stuffed.  I must have eaten 40 lbs worth of food.  Katie asked us all to make Haiku’s before dinner.  You can read them on her blog. Yesterday, I played tennis with Ethan and Jared.  They played the best tennis I have seen...

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Heart Breaker

The Jets beat the Chicago bears, but lost the game.  They outplayed Chicago.  Two critical interceptions in the red zone took away the victory.  My heart sank.  I felt queasy. Stress.  Stress is all around us.  We are disappointed all the time.  It is important not to let this dominate our lives?  So what if the Jets haven’t been to the SuperBowl since I was born?  Who cares if I...

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Make or Break

In many ways, I feel the theme.  Make or Break.  I am reading in my book on Lyndon Johnson how he stole the 1948 Senate election. (Stole, bought, whatever).  I feel professionally that theme in my head.  And of course, the Jets are about to meet their destiny in a stadium in New Jersey, Sunday at 1:00pm EST. The Jets will host the Chicago Bears.  Considered one of the best...

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Prognosticating Part II

The Jets Win!  The Jets Win! The Jets Win!

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Prognosticating

Quicken just launched their new site.  I had nothing to do with it.  Sapient did pretty much all the work.  As an optimist, I wanted them to succeed, but looking at the site, I have trouble getting over some significant issues.  Task completion was definetely not a major part of the thought process.  The amount of text (not Sapient’s fault, I think) is entirely too long.  And the page sizes, my...

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Intuit.com Account Management

Some of my work launched today on Intuit.com.  All of the account management features have had an overhaul.  Some improvements: New design makes a frame around account management to clearly identify it Dynamic error messaging/field validation. Better Credit Card Info Management. Order Status/History page redesign. Email template enhancements. Better workflow. Bigger buttons! We eliminated a ton of useless text. Go create an account on one of Intuit’s websites.  You will...

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