Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

Dumb-Ass Airways Saves Flight From Dangerous Xbox 360 Threat

January 21st, 2010 Comments off

More hair-trigger madness.  So an Xbox 360 in the hold is somehow more dangerous than 200 laptops in the cabin?  RIGHT…..

Maybe we should all just stop flying for a while until this industry gets its feet back on the ground (or at least its head out of the clouds – Sorry couldn’t resist)..

US Airways Saves Flight From Dangerous Xbox 360 Threat – usairways – Gizmodo.


Stupid #Murdoch just might go for #Microsoft money – #Google

November 23rd, 2009 Comments off


This story is just the other side of ridiculous but given the players not really that surprising.

Microsoft (the un-“do no evil” company) maybe offering large content providers cold hard cash to demand that Google stop listing their content in search results.  I guess if you can’t beat ’em, cheat..  is the norm in Redmond these days.  Kinda pathetic really just few days after Ballmer was spouting how well Bing was doing to a bunch of downtrodden shareholders.

So MSFT’s never ending nerve notwithstanding the amazing part of the story on Giz is that Murdoch might actually be considering this! Apparently he wants to cripple his web ratings and has been thinking about shutting out Google unilaterally for a while.  Now MSFT is willing to fill his pockets to actually throw the switch.  How can he lose?

At first I was appalled by this blatant tampering with the internet’s live blood (content) but then I got to thinking..  Google ain’t going to miss the ad revenue for one source of content.  It’s not like it isn’t going to get replicated in a million other places anyway.  If Microsoft wants to squander untold millions trying to hold back the sea then let it and getting News Corp’s hideously biased un-news off the front page would be a generally good thing all round for humanity.

So this blogger says – GO FOR IT!  (morons).

Microsoft Might Pay Murdoch to De-List From Google – Microsoft Bing Google Rupert Murdoch – Gizmodo.


#Microsoft #Windows 7 tool innovation all the way!

November 13th, 2009 Comments off

Our good fried Ina Fried over at c|net posted a nice story about Microsoft’s latest innovation.   A tool created to help install Windows 7 on netbooks apparently mysteriously ended up being based on the ImageMaster open source project.  Yup, now their passing open source code off as their own (guess Apple didn’t have anything they could rip off for this one).

I’m sure that MSFT would have done the right thing even if the blinding light of the tech press hadn’t been pointed at them but they are deflecting blame onto some anonymous “third party” who is supposed to been contracted to develop the tool in question. No names, natch.

Having been caught realized their terrible mistake, Microsoft have claimed that they are going to do the right thing and released the source code for the USB/DVD tool back into the open source community (hope someone is going to track that!). Strangely enough, the original ImageMaster project is now no longer to be found on CodePlex – Hmmmmm. Innovated out of existence.

Microsoft: Windows 7 tool used GPL code | Beyond Binary – CNET News.


#Sidekick ed into touch. #iPhone still on cloud 9

October 11th, 2009 Comments off

SidekickCloud computing is the current darling of the IT business.  Companies all over are looking for new and exciting services to bring to market with no or low client footprint. Read more…


Quick! Jump on the bandwagon – #iPhone OS 3.1 breaks #Exchange – Pfft!

September 18th, 2009 Comments off

Lately I’ve noticed a depressing plumet in half-way objective blogging about Apple on certain “mainstream” web sites.  All too often are they rushing to beat the drum on how Snow Leopard is just like Windows 7 – a bug fix…  Dream on people.

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Ubuntu 9.04 kicks Windows 7’s ass! #tech #ubuntu #windows7

May 17th, 2009 Comments off

ubuntu-logoA few days ago I posted about my disasterous experiences installing Windows 7 RC on my TabletPC.  Then I promised I’d try the same expereiment with the latst Ubuntu distro and report back.  Here’s that report. Read more…


Microsoft – Sticking it to the little guy again. #Security #Apple #Mac

May 13th, 2009 Comments off

msft_logoWell Redmond’s panic over Apple’s increase in market share, both in the USA and overseas seems to be spilling over and clouding its judgement on issues that it needs to be seen as being very cooperative on.   Read more…


Are you a Mac, a Megan or a PC sufferer? #Apple #Mac

May 12th, 2009 Comments off

Elimination Ad

Apple just launched a new set of “I’m a Mac” TV ads.  This time they are addressing Microsoft’s recent attempt to take a byte out of Apple by attacking the price of Macs. Read more…

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Windows 7 – Horse Feathers! #tech #Windows7

May 10th, 2009 4 comments

So I know I’m going to get flack for this one, but Windows 7 bunnies, I’m about to burst your bubble. Read more…


Apple storms the UK!

May 8th, 2009 Comments off

OK, call me a fanboi if you like but data is data and it’s hard to argue with numbers like these.

PC sales in the UK slid by 5.1% in the first quarter of 2009 while Apple’s sales grew by 6.6% during that same time. This trend really puts into question Microsoft’s whole premise that Macs are too expensive for the average guy/gal (whoever they are). Surely if that were the case Microsoft would have gained market share based on the sale of cheap netbooks. Not so. Read more…


FaceBook for the iPhone or WinMob? Which would you chose?

May 7th, 2009 Comments off


The faceBook app for Windows Mobile is finally released. There are a ton of reviews of it out there so I won’t try to repeat them or paraphrase. I guess really all you need to do is take a look (click the images for a closer look). WinMob on the left vs iPhone on the right. Which would you chose? (PS. I’m not a PC!)


Certs Ain’t What They Used To Be

May 6th, 2009 Comments off

Security is based on trust and vigilance. Two things not so easy to come by in the computer industry. One answer to this that seemed to make a lot of sense at the time was the use of digital certificates (certs). Certs were meant to give the user confidence that the server they thought they were connecting to was indeed the one that they were connected to. It seems that the vigilance part of certs is waning badly. Read more…


Windows 7 not shipping before 2010 OFFICAL

April 30th, 2009 Comments off

Well pop pickers, now it seems that we can all relax and enjoy OS X Snow Leopard safe in the knowledge that Winblows 7 isn’t even likely to ship before 2010. I guessRedmondhas plenty of time to fire up its photocopiers. Read more…


Microsoft to Launch iPhone Rival on Verizon Early Next Year? – Mac Rumors

April 28th, 2009 Comments off

Oh I can’t wait.  This is going to be hilarious!!!  ZunePhone – ROAR.

Microsoft to Launch iPhone Rival on Verizon Early Next Year? – Mac Rumors.


Apple & Microsoft OS updates to use GPUs for more than graphics

April 27th, 2009 Comments off

New technologies in Apple’s upcoming OSX Snow Leopard and Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating systems offer a way for the incredible and mainly untapped processing power of Graphic Processing Units (GPUs) to be utilized by the system for tasks that go way beyond rendering images. Read more…


Windows 7 the most anticipated bug fix of the year – Computerworld Blogs

April 27th, 2009 Comments off

According to some who read the tea-leaves in the whacky world of Windows, version 7’s release candidate is just days away from public availability.   Read more…


Microsoft can’t even get it right for big bucks!

April 25th, 2009 Comments off

If you, like me, think that Microsoft is so off course that it’s going to take a reboot of it’s mid 90’s IE proportions to turn it around then you’re going to get a giggle out of this.

Not only do they have the gall to charge $17K for their questionably useful “Surface” touch table computer thingy but it seems that usability is extra at that price.

Didn’t anyone in Redmond think that a very expensive TOUCH device should be able to be set up using TOUCH?? Apparently not as not only is it almost impossible to plug it in without a tech support call but then you have to dig out a keyboard and mouse to configure it… Insane.

Oh poor confused, out of touch,increasingirrelevant M$FT.

Microsoft Surface setup impressions: “filled with mind-bogglingly frustrating usability issues”.


Microsoft’s worst third quarter ever – Computerworld Blogs

April 24th, 2009 Comments off

So MSFT’s lack of ability to keep their eye on the ball is finally catching up with them.  Now I know times are hard, etc, but for MSFT to actually see a decline in revenue, not just a missed goal is pretty darn significant.

Maybe this will be a wake up call that Redmond will listen to.  The IT industry doesn’t take prisoners, it eats its own.  IBM, ICL, SGI more recently Sun all suffered a huge shift in their industry positions after making one fatal mistake – Thinking they knew better than their customers.

MSFT is a big ship to turn around, it’s going to be interesting to see how and if they can do it.

Microsoft’s worst third quarter ever – Computerworld Blogs.


Third-party iPod shuffle headphones will require Apple-licensed authentication chip

March 16th, 2009 Comments off

This is just crass!  Come on Apple…  You’re always complaining that Redmond is copying you, this is not a good way to reverse that trend.  Show a little leadership would you?

Third-party iPod shuffle headphones will require Apple-licensed authentication chip.


The Gates Family: Fake Melinda Gates Loves Apple, Fears Bill

March 7th, 2009 Comments off

The “evil me” just friggin’ loves this!  LOL….

The Gates Family: Fake Melinda Gates Loves Apple, Fears Bill.


Microsoft: Lots to turn off in Windows 7 | Beyond Binary – CNET News

March 6th, 2009 Comments off

This feels a little like snickering up my sleeve, but is Redmond really finally admitting that Winblows has been a bag of bloat-ware for years??  All those services that they so strenuously defended now, apparently, can be turned off quite safely after all.

Amazing what a little competition and the looming wide scale  deployment of OpenCL in OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) can do to get people focused…

Microsoft: Lots to turn off in Windows 7 | Beyond Binary – CNET News.


Video Tapestry: Realtime Mobile Video Stitching Is So Crazy It Just Might Work

February 25th, 2009 Comments off

I got excited about this idea until I read “and of course all the timecodes on all the mobiles sending video have to be totally in sync.”…  Going out on a limb here but that be a small problem for this work anywhere other than in the lab!

Video Tapestry: Realtime Mobile Video Stitching Is So Crazy It Just Might Work.

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Microsoft workers to keep severance overpayment

February 23rd, 2009 Comments off

They have a soul after all.  Who knew?  Good call Redmond.

Microsoft workers to keep severance overpayment.


Microsoft wants refund from some laid off workers | Microsoft – CNET News

February 22nd, 2009 Comments off

Then of course there’s this gem from the “giving” folks in Redmond.  Do the laid-off employees get to take advantage of the free IT training programs or is MSFT going to take that away from them too.?  Brought to you by the hand that keeps on taking – Microsoft. 

Microsoft wants refund from some laid off workers | Microsoft – CNET News.


Microsoft aims to ‘Elevate America’ | Microsoft – CNET News

February 22nd, 2009 Comments off

OMG!  They’re at it again!  Don’t get me wrong.  Helping people get the cyber-smarts they need to get jobs is a good thing, but are MSFT going to be teaching people how to run Unix or Linux (which is the backbone for most internet traffic) or even OS X?   What do you think??  I’m going to go out on a limb here and think that maybe they’ll just talk about Winblows.  Hmmmmm… Not at all self-serving….  Not at all like a big monopolist taking advantage of economic stress to find yet another way to lock people into their schtick…  

Sorry Redmond…  Busted!

Microsoft aims to ‘Elevate America’ | Microsoft – CNET News.