“…sometimes one encounters stuff that is just too good to pass. So that other day my dad bought a new HP Pavilion desktop, and since I am the geek in residence I ended up setting it up for him. So while I was waiting for Microsoft’s endless configuration and setup screens I decided to dig into the fluffy paraphernalia and promotional material bundled with the Desktop. The first thing that fell into my hand was this Microsoft Vista promotional booklet that had an image of the ideal happy family computing on a laptop. What stood out was that the laptop looked awfully similar to the Macbook Pro!” [It IS a MacBook Pro - Jay]
“With Bill Gates saying good-bye to Microsoft this week, we’re realizing more by the day how much we’ll miss the guy. And when reading through the many interviews floating around this week, we came across this jewel from 2003. A leaked memo from Microsoft, it’s several pages of Gates just laying into his design and programming staff for—among other issues—his personal experience when trying to install Windows Moviemaker. And it’s a very fulfilling read if you’ve ever been frustrated by a Microsoft product.”
Head on over to Gizmodo to see this jewel for yourself. It includes such wonderful quotes as: “The lack of attention to usability represented by these experiences blows my mind. I thought we had reached a low with Windows Network places or the messages I get when I try to use 802.11. (don’t you just love that root certificate message?)” Gizmodo.Com
A picture is worth a thousand words…
Gizmodo recently interviewed Bill Gates at CES. They posed a carefully worded question to the man and got a surprisingly frank answer…
Browsing a network full of PCs on a Mac running Leopard? This is what you see. A well-deserved poke at Microsoft from Apple. Found via CultOfMac.Com
Patent application from Microsoft. Words fail me. Read what Wired.Com had to say.
“I’m one of those early adopters of Vista,” said Yvonne Genovese, an analyst who was interviewing Ballmer along with fellow analyst David Smith on stage at a conference forum. “My daughter comes in one day and says, ‘Hey Mom, my friend has Vista, and it has these neat little things called gadgets — I need those.’”
Said Ballmer: “I love your daughter.”
“You’re not going to like her mom in about two minutes,” said Genovese, while the crowd laughed.
She went on to explain that she installed Vista for her daughter — and two days later went right back to using the XP operating system. Read the full article on ComputerWorld.Com [via Hasta La Vista, Vista]
Back when Macs were new and Windows hadn’t been
invented made by Microsoft yet, Bill Gates was interviewed at length about his thoughts on Macs. What did Bill have to say about them? You’d be surprised.
It’s kinda like those old razor ads that had the president stating: “I liked them so much I bought them company” but without the buying the company part. Read more.
Bonus: Video Clip
File this one under irony. Vista’s e-mail program analyzes an e-mail from Microsoft and warns the recipient that the sender (Microsoft) is attempting what is known as a phishing scam. Have a look.
BERLIN (Reuters) – A German man who startled his neighbours when he hurled his computer out of the window in the middle of the night, was let off for disturbing the peace by police who sympathised with his technical frustrations.
Police in the northern city of Hanover said they would not press charges after responding to calls made by residents in an apartment block who were woken by a loud crash in the early hours of Saturday.
Officers found the street and pavement covered in electronic parts and discovered who the culprit was.
Asked what had driven him to the night-time outburst, the 51-year-old man said he had simply got annoyed with his computer. Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve all heard the stories about iPods being targets for theft. What if you could disguise your iPod as something people wouldn’t want to steal? Put it in a $30 Hide-a-pod, carefully constructed from a Microsoft Zune. Hide-a-pod is also available for your iPhone. Read more.
Microsoft likes to boast that Vista is better than ever at logging difficulties with software and suggesting solutions through its Problem Reports and Solutions feature – but for an OS that’s been in final release for six months, the number of actual solutions is a tad on the minimal side. Here’s the sorry evidence of what actually happens when you try and get Vista to heal itself. This is a true story, and none of the names have been changed. Read more.
Held off on posting this one until I was on a PC that had sound. Someone thought it’d be funny to take Microsoft’s promotional video for “Surface” and mock it. They were right. It is.
Ubuntu had been hosted on the Windows Marketplace. Although it’s listing doesn’t seem to be counted when sorting by popularity. It fixes most of the bugs present in Windows and adds some extra functionality.
I wonder if it will do as well on Windows Maketplace as it’s doing on Amazon?
I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of this one.
I once made an audio clip from it which I used as my Windows error sound effect. I had to get rid of it though because hearing it that many times a week… it got old quick.
Journalist: Let’s imagine a hospital where life support systems are running Vista. Would you trust it with your life?
Bill Gates: …The answer to your question is that, absolutely… Read more.
I believe that Microsoft’s domination of the PC software market has dulled and altered our expectations of the ‘fit for purpose’ and ‘use from the box’ aspect of all – not just computer software – products we now shell out our hard earned for. Read more.
I came to a realization the other day while surfing around the net looking for things of interest. I happened to read a comment on a site from a PC user to a Mac guy. It was a very biased and ignorant comment that left me envisioning this PC user as a 5 year old kid with his index fingers in his ears yelling “Lalalalala. Macs suck. Lalalaa I can’t hear you!”
But then it hit me. I used to be one of those guys! Read the rest of this entry »
I’m sorry to do this with a letter but I don’t think I can handle seeing you in person. We both know that things haven’t been quite right between us these last couple of years. I’ve noticed that we’ve been drifting apart for a long time. I haven’t spoken with anyone in your family — Internet Explorer, Outlook, Office — in ages and have been spending more and more time with Firefox, Thunderbird, and OpenOffice. I was hoping we could work out our differences, but we’re beyond that. I hate to end things like this; I just don’t think we’re compatible anymore. Read more.
The British Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has vindicated Apple in contention over the company’s “Get a Mac” ads, which unnamed parties complained unfairly portrayed Windows as an insecure operating system. The ASA rejected these complaints, essentially stating that Apple’s claims are legitimate, and Macs actually are less virus-prone that counterpart Windows systems. Read more.
Windows truly is everywhere. But these pictures raise the question: Is that always such a good thing? Joe Wilcox had a meeting at Caribou Coffee in a local mall today. Later on, he passed some kiddy rides near the exit. One of the rides caught his attention.
Bill Gates reportedly once compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated,
In response to Bill’s comments, General Motors supposedly issued a press release stating: If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:
Stumbled across this. Thought it was funny. Now I share.
Apparently money can’t buy a sense of humor. In a recent interview with AdAge, Bob Garfield asked Read more.about his thoughts on the John Hodgman “I’m a PC” character from the Apple ads.
Microsoft Research chief Craig Mundie said that Microsoft has a research project called “Fone+” that would allow the phone to work with a TV as a secondary display, and one that could allow video stored on the device to be played back on the television. Read more.
[I don't think my iphone will have room for Vista. Sorry Bill.]
From the entry way at Microsoft’s Zune headquarters: the iPod Amnesty Bin. It’s like seeing adorable puppies in a pound. I instinctively wanted to grab those poor sweet neglected iPods into my arms and give them a proper home. Someone ought to notify the association for the prevention of iPod cruelty.
In the pantheon of controversial Microsoft comments CEO Steve Ballmer’s quote this week about the Apple iPod: “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It’s a $500 subsidized item,” ranks right up there. But Between Ballmer and Chairman Bill Gates that comment would be hard pressed to crack the Top 15 all-time most controversial or even colorful things the two of them have uttered in the past oh, 20 years or so. Read more.
This is a pretty cool gadget and it would be perfect Christmas gift for the techno-geek. Anyone that’s used a computer for any length of time has experienced the frustration that comes with that. The PC is one of the greatest innovations of our time, but it’s also one of the most aggravating. Between, bug filled operating systems, incompatible software applications, viruses, spyware, malware, adware and a whole host of other issues, it’s no wonder a popular subject in social networking circles and offices around the world is PC demolition. Read more.
This is what we get.Could this be MS’s influence on Viacom? (Parent company of CBS, Late Show, and Letterman.) as a result of being in business together? It’s a stretch I know.
I remember being optimistic that Vista would solve XP’s stability problems.