Monday, November 28, 2005

B&O BeoMedia 1

Bang & Olufsen announces the BeoMedia 1

Why?

A Windows XP multimedia computer with a proprietary UI in an electronic component form factor. (As opposed to the Windows Media Center PC user interface.)

Why??

Video is currently playback only!

Why???

What a piece of shit!

Sygate Personal Firewall, RIP

Symantec has announced the demise of the free Sygate Personal Firewall.

In order to sell the Norton crap.

Amazing!!!

Sometimes,

The truth is
stranger than fiction!

Take 'Brownie', formerly of FEMA infamy:

This bozo is starting up a firm dedicated to - folks, this is NOT a joke - disaster planning consulting!

I repeat, this is not a joke!

Actually, it is.

This horse's ass will assist you in planning a disaster.

What a moron!

I am still hoping, and praying, that there could be some way that he could be personally liable for some financial pain.

If his behavior as head of FEMA was not (legally) actionable, then the law should be changed.

Bastard.

Mass. Govt moves to OpenDocument - Part III

The Governor of Massachusetts has now come down on the side of Microsoft in the Open Document vs Microsoft Office format war.

As I posted here, it was a bonehead, ideological move from the start, potentially orphaning the millions of documents in the Massachusetts government inventory.

The champion of this stupid idea has been given the boot.

Furthermore, he is being investigated for improper activities while he was a govt. employee.

What an ass!

Incompetent review.

Sometimes, bad things happen to good companies/sites.

Take this article at Forbes.com for example.

Your first reaction would be, "Who the f*ck is the moron who wrote this piece?

Then you calm down and realize that it was done during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, when the adults were out of the office, and one of the interns was rewarded with a column.

From a website as respected as Forbes, this article is certainly infra dig.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Xbox 360!

The release is now!

Unfortunately for yours truly, She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed has decreed that my Xbox 360 is going to be a Christmas present, and as such, she won't be standing in line at Best Buy for wherever to get me a copy in the next few seconds.

Oh, and BTW, I get mine on Christmas Day.

So, everyone who gets one today, I hate you.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Microsoft XML Schemas proposed as standards.

While everyone is waiting for Xbox 360, Microsoft snuck this under the rader: it has submitted the XML schemas for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for certification as standards to the EMCA.

And also trying to fast-track the submission.

I'm sure the blogosphere would be filled with opinions shortly, with OpenOffice flames and Adobe eulogys.

The MSFT announcement is here, and a Q&A on the submission can be found here.

Lakers under 500

This is becoming quite painful!

Office 12 beta

So far, so very, very good!

I have a great feeling about this release, both from a usability angle and also from a revenue-bearing viewpoint.

Initial 48-hour review is posted on the internal website.

One Million Windows users switch to Macs!!! - Part II

I had been traveling over the past few days and missed this article in The Red Herring.

Entitled “Apple’s Halo in Doubt”, the article goes a long way in proving my post “One Million Windows Users Switch to Macs!!!” right, and debunking the Mac ‘Halo effect’ myth.

From the article:

Recent analyst reports touting the “halo effect” of Apple’s popular iPod causing a small rise in Apple’s personal computer market share are misguided at best, according to a report from Endpoint Technologies Associates.

The report, issued late Wednesday, contends that Apple’s recent rise from 1.8 percent market share worldwide to 2.5 percent in the second quarter had more to do with how far Apple had fallen rather that any belated halo cast by the iPod.

[…]

“No Sherman’s march to the sea here,” said Roger Kay, president of Endpoint. “The argument against the halo effect says that while Apple’s shipments have been up for the past four quarters, it is because they are coming off historic lows. And we are now in an upgrade cycle in which the Apple faithful buy new systems.”

[…]

According to the report, Apple’s personal computer market share has fallen steadily from a high of 16 percent in the U.S. market and 13 percent worldwide back in 1986. By the 1990s, Apple had lost some of its shine but it was still a contender as the second-largest player behind IBM with a 10 percent market share.

“In 1993, a surging Compaq took the top spot from IBM, and Apple was bumped to number three. It was pretty much downhill after that,” said Mr. Kay. “Since 2000, Apple’s worldwide share has hovered around 2 percent.”

[…]

But Mr. Kay does not believe in Apple’s halo, so he attributes the Mac’s steady decline to “a lack of openness, and a price umbrella, which let the whole PC market squeeze through underneath.”

[…]

That lack of openness caused MIT Media Lab to reject Apple’s offer to donate OS X to the consortium developing a $100 PC for buyers in developing countries

[…]

According to Mr. Kay, Apple’s market share has shown tiny but steady increases since last year’s third quarter, but these increases were in the fractions of a percentage point.

“Apple’s high is generally in 2Q, based on the weighting of its business portfolio toward education, but overall, it has gained a bit more than half a point since the nadir,” said Mr. Kay.

The timing of Apple’s rise in the personal computer market does not align very well with the launch and growth in popularity of the iPod. The biggest bump in the Mac’s market share happened two years after the initial release of the iPod.

“Not exactly a direct temporal relationship,” said Mr. Kay. “In fact, Apple’s share in PCs actually sank for two years after the iPod launch.”

While the report sees Apple’s halo effect as a bit illusory, it points out that Apple’s recent success is real. Its profits are up, its shareholders are happy, and millions of Mac and iPod enthusiasts love the company and its products. ….

The entire text of the article can be found here.

Windows Live Custom Domains (beta)

This is another great idea from the Windows Live (formerly MSN) team at MSFT.

Bring along your own (already registered) domain name, and they'll freely host your email services, albeit ad-supported.

A very good way of leveraging the in-place HotMail infrastructure.

Keep it up!

Windows live custom domains is at http://domains.live.com

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Office 12 beta released

Today

Ray Ozzie is blogging

Talk about the devil.

Ray Ozzie is blogging, and almost immediately, he is wrong in his initial post.

Are we talking technology, here?

No.

We're talking about his good wishes for the Red Sox.

While I respect him a lot, I just cannot help but feel sorry for this misguided loyalty.

Who's going to break it to him that the next Red Sox championship will be enjoyed by his great-grandchildren, even then as middle-aged adults?

Yankees Rule!!!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

International CES 2006

Las Vegas, as usual, will be the location for the International CES 2006 to be held on January, 4 thru 7.

I, as usual too, will be there as your representative.

However, this year, there is a new twist to my being there.

I will also have a major announcement on the subject, as soon as I am able to.

We are also working frantically to bring AbsoluteVista.com live right about the same time.

Watch this space!

Note: AbsoluteVista.com will also host 64-bitVista.com.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Goosing the NBA Free Throw

Love Mark Cuban!

This guy’s love for technology is real, and this article in Slate shows that he wants to win.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Ray Ozzie

Several years ago, Bill G. called Ray Ozzie, then the developer of what became Lotus Notes at Iris Associates, “The best programmer in the world”, and in subsequent interviews, intimated that he would like Ray to work for him.

Ray left Lotus and founded Groove Networks, whose eponymous product redefined groupware, leastways from a web-based and mobility standpoint.

Well, Bill G. got his wish when Microsoft purchased Groove Networks, and Ozzie went to work for him as CTO.

Why the history lesson?

As a shareholder of MSFT, if you look at the current (internal) Microsoft memos ‘leaked to the world', both from Gates and Ozzie, you would have to be glad that Ray works at Microsoft.

His memo elucidates clearly what is needed to both move Microsoft forward and staunch the perception that MSFT has missed the bus.

I also have to give Bill G. and Stevie B. (sounds like a hip-hop group, MC Bill G. and DJ Stevie B, don’t they?) props for hiring the right personnel for the job.

Goes to why I like the company, own the stock, and have my company focused on delivering solutions leveraging their technology!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

One Million Windows users switch to Macs!!!

Really???

When analysts gush uncontrollably over companies/products they are enamored with, you get this drivel by one Charles Wolf.

In a report, he postulates the theory that:

“If we assume that all of the growth in Mac shipments during the past three quarters resulted from Windows users purchasing a Mac, then purchases by Windows users exceeded one million," the analyst said. "Indeed, the number of Windows users purchasing Macs in 2005 could easily exceed our forecast of 1.3 million switchers in 2006”

Wow!

Naturally, the blogosphere has taken the story, and run with it!

Headlines like ‘1 million Windows PCs junked for the Mac’ abound.

However, when respected sites/sources like Joe Wilcox (JupiterMedia/MicrosoftMonitor.com) don’t carry or comment on it, you know that it is smoke without the proverbial flames.

Remind me not to purchase any products that guy’s firm (Needham & Co) is peddling!

As usual, the crew at Ars Technica, whom I like as a BS Debunking team, have a little vignette on this issue.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Lakers 99, Nuggets 97

In the 2005-2006 Season Opener, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Nuggets 99-97 in overtime.

The winning shot was made by Kobe Bryant, who led the Lakers with 33 points.

Los Angeles Lakers 2005-2006 Season starts today.

The 2005-2006 NBA Season begins for me today with my Los Angeles Lakers visiting the Nuggets.

This is one really weird start to the season, with pundits predicting the Clippers, yes, those Clippers, ahead of the Lakers at the end of the season.

I cannot wait to revisit!