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Philip Brittan

Philip Brittan has been writing software and running software companies for 15 years. He grew up on a ranch in Montana and has a degree in Computer Science from Harvard University. He was lead developer, then VP Product Development, and finally CEO of financial software firm Astrogamma. Philip then founded and ran software development firm Spheresoft, and then founded Droplets, Inc., of which he is currently Chairman. In addition to starting companies and writing Java code, Philip enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking, composing music, and playing with his kids.


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Brittan’s Rules of Software Usability

Posted by pbrittan on August 1, 2003 at 7:39 AM PDT

I am not going to pretend that I am a usability guru.

Why is my cell phone so much more powerful and easy to use than my desktop phone?

Posted by pbrittan on July 31, 2003 at 8:39 AM PDT

I have a big black phone with lots of buttons on my desk.

Java vs. .NET, part 1 - Usability

Posted by pbrittan on July 30, 2003 at 1:34 PM PDT

Microsoft has the upper hand on the usability front

This Blog entry is the first in a series in which I plan to analyze the challenges that Microsoft .NET poses for Java and explore ideas for overcoming those challenges.


Posted by pbrittan on July 30, 2003 at 6:36 AM PDT

Before I get much further in my Blog, I just want to make one thing perfectly clear: I love servers. Or more accurately, I love having my applications and data on servers, and then I like to just forget about those servers. I want them to be someone else’s concern. I simply want my applications and my data to be wherever I need them.

No More Programmers

Posted by pbrittan on July 29, 2003 at 11:12 AM PDT

I hear that Macromedia Flash is going to alleviate the burden of having programmers.


Posted by pbrittan on July 29, 2003 at 11:09 AM PDT

Thanks for visiting my Blog. And thanks to for hosting it!

In this space I plan to comment on a range of topics including rich thin clients, Java, Microsoft, browsers, standards, business strategy, software development, product usability, and the effects of the Internet and collaborative systems.