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Gizmodo & Steve Ballmer: The Uncut Interview

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Quirks aside, it’s one of the most candid interviews I’ve seen him give.  It’s clear however, that he (unlike Bill) is a sales guy and not a developer.

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October 27, 2009 at 11:09 pm

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Q & A

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Recently, someone I know made the following comment on the post I wrote about Firefox crossing the 1 billion download mark:

If Firefox is so popular, how come it still can’t run the Windows Live OneCare scan from Microsoft??

The short answer to this is they don’t have to. Part of the appeal of Firefox and the other alternative browsers is that people have a choice and they also get access to the underlying code, which lets  them change things to suit their needs.  For an example of this, just look at the quality  and quantity of Extensions available to Firefox users; IE8’s add-ons are just getting started and are likely not as developed at this point.  In this particular case, I’d look at IE Tab, a solid extension which I’ve found does a fair job of simulating an Internet Explorer setup.

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August 3, 2009 at 8:55 pm

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How Bill Gates uses Office

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Interesting take from the former CEO.  A shorter version of this article can be found in Secrets of Greatness by the editors of Fortune magazine.  I highly recommend it.

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July 28, 2009 at 11:20 pm

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Microsoft Unveils Windows 7 Pricing, Upgrade Program

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Not a huge improvement, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

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June 25, 2009 at 7:00 pm

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Microsoft to Ignore Web Standards in Outlook 2010

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Typical Microsoft.  It’s not so much that using tables for layout is always a bad design choice – I frankly find it easier to write code without having to worry about positioning until the end – or that CSS-based layout is hard to do, it just requires a bit more concentration in order to get the job done.  Still, the company refuses to use a real browsing engine to deal with something (Email) that most people do online – I intentionally do not mention large corporate environments using only desktop-based solutions, here they are the exception.  Using Word to accomplish this task is probably the worst possible solution to the problem (i.e, MHTML is a train-wreck, and the fault lies squarely with Redmond, which developed the spec) and it’s done for the sake of user convenience and features! This is the reason why so many interactive design firms and ad agencies charge a premium when developing for Outlook 2007 (and to a lesser extent, Entourage 2008), it’s not always easy to do.  If developers and users actually talked to each other and REALLY LISTENED, maybe Microsoft wouldn’t have these kinds of problems come back to bite them later on.

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June 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Microsoft Discontinues Encarta

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Kind of sad to see it go, even in the age of Wikipedia.  When I was in middle school and high school, this was almost THE definitive, comprehensive resource for any report or project.

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March 31, 2009 at 7:14 pm

What Today’s Smartphone Needs

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PCMag’s Dvorak: 

The Android phone and the iPhone should be the two final winners in the game. While I’ve never been a strong believer in the notion that most of the Internet action is going to be done on mobile devices like this, it is obvious that a lot of Internet activity will be done on these things.

After reading this I am convinced of 3 things:

  1. Microsoft doesn’t give a crap about phones
  2. Not even the Prē can save Palm
  3. If RIM still has a majority of the business market, why does it seem like their latest devices (Storm, I’m looking at you) have failed to really compete with the iPhone or the G1 as a legitimate choice for these customers?

That said, being able to use a keyboard with my iPhone (without some jailbreak or hack) would be awesome.

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March 25, 2009 at 3:50 am

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