Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Microsoft gets Massively Dugg

Microsoft today signed contracts to serve ads to two platforms.

In the first, Microsoft subsidiary, Massive, inked a deal to supply dynamic in-game ads to several titles owned by Electronic Arts.

In the other, Microsoft will be the ad platform for Digg, in an arrangement similar to last year’s pact with Facebook.

These are the kinds of deals I expect from Microsoft: platform deals.

When combined with Microsoft’s moves in vertical search, the aQuantive buy, and healthcare, there isn’t any doubt that a new search juggernaut is in the making.

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Slow news day at eWeek?

With a headline such as “OLPC OS may be your next OS” or some similar drivel, you just have to wonder if that was the best the writer, and his editors could do!

Dude, why don’t you do like that stupid blog did yesterday, and manufacture some news?

Sheeeez!

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MLB Today

Can the real power-that-be in Major League Baseball, Donald Fehr, order Bud ‘Sleeping Ugly’ Selig to attend the SF Giants games until Bonds breaks Hammerin’ Hank’s record?

For a while now, that intrepid ostrich, Bud ‘I saw no steroid use before the Feds stepped in’ Selig has been vacillating about attending the games.

Right, buddy! This is the time to finally grow a backbone, eh?

Come off it, you worm!

It is only the most important record in all sports. Leastways, the sports we care about here in America.

Donald Fehr, do your thing: order this wimp to go to the games!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The NBA Today

I guess Daffyd should not have been the Commandant of the Fashion Corps, assigning a zampolit to each team while he should have been watching his trusted and vigorously defended referees. While he was playing hall monitor, guess what? One of his 'trusted' was shaving points. Allegedly.

Actually, it was refreshing to see a properly chastened, non-smug, and non-arrogant Stern on the stage.

He spewed forth all the right platitudes, making all the required trite comments, all the while giving answers that were sufficiently vague in the information imparted.

This time though, everyone could see that this dude didn’t have answers, unlike when he deliberately goaded the fawning members of the mainstream sports press. You can still see the hero worship in all their articles today about Stern being on top of it* all.

However, something was…..amiss.

Despite the smugness being wiped off the face of Dave, he still exhibited his foppish stubbornness, proclaiming that he ‘felt’ betrayed by the act of the lone gunman criminal, and that he stands by his referees.

What?

Are you freakin’ kiddin’ me, David Stern?

Listen up, you idiot!

This happened on your watch, you sphincter!

Your vaunted referees, you gnome!

To crown it all, you said you did not know about this fiasco until June 20? For that incompetence alone, you deserve to be fired!

You took your peepholes off the ball, punk, and set them on the players, you dope!

For goodness sakes, you became a fashionista (or whatever the male term is) and started policing clothing, you moron!

WFT? You took the NBA security staff off what was important to start measuring hemlines, eh Davie?

Why didn’t you catch it? It took the FBI to do it?

I am doubly pissed that the FBI had to divert resources from protecting our country to do your job for you, you ingrate!

Can you imagine what the fallout would be if more refs were involved in this mess?

Can you, ‘D’?

Now you are sitting there all puckered wandering what those willing-to-be-dominated sybarites may be forced to do to you.

Shut the f*** up and go away. Silently, too, you Napoleon-complexed knave!

Still though, it was worth it to see that A-O without his smug visage for once.

*A couple of examples I read and heard were two idiotic writers, one at ESPN and another at FoxSports, both profess their faith in Stern, and are ready to give him a pass!

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Gamer kidnapped for his online password?

Every day, the worldview gets bleaker, as more signs that the end of the world is fast approaching are revealed.

Otherwise, how would you account for this 'gem' of a story?

In Brazil, a top gamer for GunBound is kidnapped and held for five (5) hours by his abductors who want to get his GunBound password in order to sell it for the equivalence of $8000 USD.

This moron, the world's #1 in GunBound resisted, yes, resisted, despite having his imbecilic kidnapper place a gun to the abductees's head for the entire time.

Just who is the bigger idiot?

The brain-addled, pistol-wielding nutjob, or his equally whacko prey, who wouldn't give up a password at gunpoint?

Loser, it is a freakin' game!

To paraphrase Meg Marco:

Apparently, the idiot victim is some sort of role-playing computer gamer. He seems well regarded among his own kind.

Go figure!

Monday, July 23, 2007

The World HAS gone mad!!!

The Apple stores will now start charging $5.00 USD to drones who want to gawk at their new redeemer?

Are you freakin' kiddin' me?

WTF is goin' on?

$5.00 to look at a freakin' phone?

I better stop before I freak!

Original link from Paul McNamara

Windows Rally Technologies

In my review here of the Buffalo Nfiniti Wireless-N router & Access Point, I briefly touched upon Windows Rally™, a series of technological advancements built into Windows Vista which are geared towards simplifying network connectivity and giving users, and managers, what is now known universally (and affectionately) as the Windows Vista Experience.

From the review:

The Windows Rally™ program, formerly Windows Connect Now, is a new way for providing quick, more secure, and effortless connectivity for network connected devices.

This program gives hardware OEMs, developers, and service providers access to Microsoft technology, and technical guidance, and streamlines licensing of those same technologies, enabling the use of a common platform to deliver leading-edge connectivity products and services to their targeted customers, in the process lowering their cost of developing devices and software, and reducing the complexity presented to consumers. The use of Windows Rally™ technologies also allows software and hardware developers the benefit of creating products with a greater amount of differentiation and customization.

Read on at John.Obeto on Microsoft on NetworkWorld.com

Score another for Andreessen

With today’s purchase of Loudcloud Opsware by HP, Marc Andreessen has done it again.

Keep it up, dude!

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

AbsoluteVista.com week of July 15 recap

Date

Blog

Title

July 15

AbsouteVista.com

Buffalo Nfiniti Wireless-N Router & Access Point Review. A review of Buffalo’s flagship Certified for Windows Vista™ router.

July 16

AbsoluteVista.com

July 13, 2007 AMD Consumer Showcase, Hollywood, CA


AbsoluteVista.com

I Played with a Phenom™, of my sorta hands-on with an AMD reference unit powered by the forthcoming thoroughbred, the Phenom FX.


AbsoluteVista.com

Nkem Owoh: 419 I Go Chop Your Dollar! An actor/singer celebrates describes how (Nigerian Penal Code 419) scammers deceive victims

July 17

John.Obeto on Microsoft

The IT Manager’s Toolbox: LogMeIn Reach


AbsoluteVista.com

Cross-engine Advertising era begins


AbsoluteVista.com

Bottom-feeding jackals in Oregon flee, on payday lenders leaving Oregon.

July 18

John.Obeto on Microsoft

Salesforce.com not worried? Is it bravado or ostrich-like behavior?


John.Obeto on Microsoft

The Official word on Windows Vista™ SP1

July 19

John.Obeto on Microsoft

FullArmor Workflow Studio


AbsoluteVista.com

Exit Herb Kelleher

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Exit Herb Kelleher

Another icon bows out.

The founder, former CEO, and current chairman of Southwest Airlines will retire from the company in May of 2008.

Mega props to the man.

As someone who avails himself of the services of the airline, the friendly, playful antics of the wisecrackin' crew always helps to alleviate the stress of flying we all face nowadays.

Not to mention that the airline has been profitable since 1973.

Yes, 1973!

He and company president, Colleen Barrett (who retires in July 2008) will be missed.

Hopefully, their legacy of fiscal prudence and customer service will endure.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Official word on Windows Vista SP1

“There will be a Windows Vista service pack and our current expectation is that a beta will be made available sometime this year.

Service packs are part of the traditional software lifecycle — they’re something we do for all Microsoft products as part of our commitment to continuous improvement, and providing early test builds is a standard practice that helps us incorporate customer feedback and improve the overall quality of the product.

Service packs are just one example of the work we do to constantly improve the Windows experience.
We also deliver improvements to Windows via Windows Update, which is an excellent channel for providing our customers with the most significant updates as they happen.
And, since Windows Vista launched, we have continued working with partners to improve overall device coverage and application compatibility.
There are now more than 2.1 million supported devices and more than 2,000 logoed applications for Windows Vista.
We think customers will have a great experience using Windows Vista today.”

There has been so much ink about Windows Vista™ SP1 that this official position statement on SP1 is welcome.

Thanks, Nick.

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Salesforce.com not worried?

By Microsoft’s hosted applications moves?

They should be!

If there is a software CEO not directly touched (before today) by Microsoft, it was Benioff.

What a loudmouth buffoon the tosser is!

If you look at the easily-surmountable head start he has in his spaces, hosted CRM and salesforce automation, you sorta realize why he constantly flapped his gums derisively towards Microsoft.

He was afraid!

Truly petrified!

Read on at the Microsoft Subnet on NetworkWorld.com

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Bottom-feeding jackals in Oregon flee

With the passing of a bill limiting the maximum amount these hyenas payday lenders can charge to 36%, there has been the stampede of exits from the state by the same.

Good.

Good to see the elected looking out for the impoverished for a change.

Why, just why, would you need to charge a victim more than 36%?

Why?

The watering down of usury laws across the country over the past decades allowed these predators to feed on the most vulnerable. And they did so with gusto!

Now, their entire industry has been chased from a state.

Hopefully, this is just a start…

Cross-engine Advertising era begins

In an industry first, Microsoft Office Live* is allowing customers the ability to conduct keyword advertising on Ask.com as well as they are currently able across Microsoft's Live services.

How cool is that?

One thing most small businesses do not have is a full time droid dedicated to optimizing ad campaigns, especially as it relates to search engine marketing.

Using adManager, a business can link to Ask Sponsored Listings** to purchase, manage, and optimize ad campaigns.

I think this is a harbinger of future interop scenarios between Office Live customers and the search community as a whole, with the customer winning out.

Props to the Live team and to Ask.com for taking the plunge.

*Office Live: Microsoft Office Live is a complete, affordable set of easy-to-use Internet-based software and services that helps small businesses attract new customers, keep in touch with existing customers and easily manage their business from virtually any location.

By combining the power of software plus services, Microsoft Office Live helps small businesses establish a professional Web presence, stay in touch with their customers, and easily access company information from one complete online location. More information is available at http://www.officelive.com.

**Ask Sponsored Listings: Ask Sponsored Listings (ASL), introduced in the Fall of 2005, is an automated open-auction system allowing marketers to purchase, manage and optimize campaigns on the ASL publisher network, including Ask.com.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Nkem Owoh: 419! I Go Chop Your Dollar!

About as descriptive as it gets for 419ers.

I played with a Phenom!

or,

How I was exposed as that most superficial of gamers: The Console Collector.

At the AMD consumer briefing last Friday (July 13) in Hollywood, I got to play with an AMD Phenom-based system.

Loaded with 4 GB of RAM, dual AMD 2900 512MB video cards, the quad-core system represented the state of the art in gaming and performance.

Ian McNaughton of AMD was taking this amazing new (Midway) game, called Stranglehold through its paces. Directed by John Woo, and starring an on-screen visage of Chow Yun-Fat, this game allows, indeed, it requires that you blast everything in sight.

It was all good.....until he (Ian) asked me to take over game play.

Where I promptly froze!

Oh well, as my friend Manni always says: He who dies with the most toys, wins.

So there!

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July 13, 2007 AMD Consumer Event

Chateau Marmont, Hollywood, California.

On Friday, July 13, 2007, I attended a confidential consumer presentation given by AMD at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, CA.

At the event, laid out logically in a cottage on the hotel property, was very informative and dealt with the following areas:

  • Consumer electronics
  • Media management and discovery,
  • Entry-level graphics solutions
  • Desktops, including Phenom,
  • Mobile devices,
  • Company direction.

AMD was kind enough to make a number of VITO*’s available to brief us, and I got so much information that I will be making a series of posts on the number of new offerings from AMD and partners.

However, I cannot leave you without letting you know I played with a Phenom-based system!

Well, sorta.

*VITO: Very Important Top Officer of a company.

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Buffalo Nfiniti Wireless-N Router and Access Point

I have been testing the Buffalo Nfiniti Wireless-N broadband router, a Certified for Windows Vista™ device.

I received this review unit just before the Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, or WinHEC back in early May. Seeing that there were quite a few sessions devoted to Windows I decided to hold off on a review of the unit until I had gotten an opportunity to learn more about Windows Rally™ technologies.

Windows Rally™ Technologies.

The Windows Rally™ program, formerly Windows Connect Now, is a new way for providing quick, more secure, and effortless connectivity for network connected devices.

This program gives hardware OEMs, developers, and service providers access to Microsoft technology, and technical guidance, and streamlines licensing of those same technologies, enabling the use of a common platform to deliver leading-edge connectivity products and services to their targeted customers, in the process lowering their cost of developing devices and software, and reducing the complexity presented to consumers.

The use of Windows Rally™ technologies also allows software and hardware developers the benefit of creating products with a greater amount of differentiation and customization.

Unboxing

The Nfiniti router came in a rather large box reminiscent of Cisco router boxes, and I wondered why until I saw how well padded it was. The box contained the router, a quick setup guide, an Ethernet cable, a setup CD, the power supply and the warranty boilerplate verbiage.

I rather liked the looks of the router, especially since I had wanted to upgrade the network at UniMatrix Zero-1 to the equally different-looking Linksys WRT350N router.

I discarded the included CAT-5 cable for CAT-6 cables, plugged the router into the mains, connected the Motorola SB5101 modem and the systems.

Configuration

Well, Ryan M., Jim B., Glen W., and the entire Windows Rally™ team do have a lot to be proud of.

After flushing the cache/memory on the Moto cable modem – thanks for the heads-up, Jim B. – I was effortlessly able to connect to the router.

The Windows Connect Now auto-configuration system worked me through the setting up of the router, including the insertion of a pre-defined passphrase, and, voilĂ , I was connected!

Never one to leave well enough alone, I opened up a browser window, connected to the router, and proceeded to change virtually all options available in managing the Nfiniti router, including, but not limited to passwords/passphrases, network numbers, addresses, etc.

Needless to say, I was pleased with the numerous options available.

Performance

In my test of the router, I was able to connect to the wireless-g network from the desktops, and to the a network using the UniMatrix notebooks.

Since I did not have a wireless-n card installed in any of the systems at the Orbiting Dacha, I made do with the installed adaptors.

The range superiority of the Nfiniti router versus the other routers at UniMatrix Zero-1 was never doubted. In fact, during network discovery, I located several more networks than I have ever seen listed in the Windows Vista™ wireless networks list. I was able to get connected using various several in various locations over the physical plant at UniMatrix Zero-1.

Wireless throughput was also perceptibly faster, making me move the acquisition of a similar unit to the top of my list for short-term improvements to my network.

Dislikes

  1. Cat 5 cable shipping in box, instead of CAT-6
  2. Cannot change router login username

Conclusion

I like this router, one for the use of Windows Rally technologies for easy setup, and secondly for the performance.

Admittedly, this system has not been tested with a wireless-n card, however, if my perceptible feelings of faster speed are any indication, there is no doubt that it would perform as expected.

As a result, I am giving it a SmallBizVista.com Preferred Award, especially for ease of use, configuration, and value in the consumer/SOHO space.

John Obeto II
Editor-in-Chief, SmallBizVista.com
Publisher, The Interlocutor
July 15, 2007

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Logitech MX Air Mouse

Logitech has a revolutionary new mouse on the market called the MX Air Mouse.

Utilizing similar technology to the Nintendo Wii, it promises a level of cursor control heretofore unseen.

Michael Reyes, CEO of The Hardware Geeks, has a review here.

I will attempt to secure Mike's unit for a review here at the Orbiting Dacha.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

February 27, 2008

Mark it on your calendars or calendaring software.

That is the date that Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, and Visual Studio 2008 will be released!

In Los Angeles*, no less!

*The Launch Party.

Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.0 released

WVHA v2.0 was released earlier today.

Baldwin Ng, a Supremo (PM) on the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment team has details about this version here.

In my post here, I touched on the availability of Windows Vista Hardware Assessment, a free tool from Microsoft that allows IT managers an incredibly detailed inventory of corporate (Windows) client computing assets, both hardware, and installed software.

Prior to the release of Windows Vista™, we at Logikworx had come up with a hardware baseline for delivering the Windows Vista AeroGlass’ experience to client desktops. After validating that baseline, we then proceeded to inventory all (yes, all!) our clients’ companies’ computers, no small task, as it was spread over several hundred clients.

Well, you don’t have to do the same.

WVHA eliminates the manual labor associated with having to physically visit each computer, since hardware configuration might have changed from the date of delivery and/or initial install.

I have been testing the release (GOLD) version of Windows Vista Hardware Assessment for the past few days.

Read on at SmallBizVista.com

Monday, July 09, 2007

Network Monitor v3.1

One of the many free tools available to IT managers from Microsoft is Network Monitor.

Last week, Microsoft released Network Monitor v3.1.

This new version, for the first time, allows for wireless sniffing! How cool is that? It also includes Right-Click Add to Filter, a much easier way of creating filters, and is Microsoft Update enabled. A list of all the new or improved features in NetMon v3.1 is below:

Read on at my blog on The Microsoft Subnet on NetworkWorld.com

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Silverlight & XPS

I just hate transitional periods with a passion!

When I use a pristine system to connect online, I am doubly upset when I try to connect to Microsoft sites, and either the document I want is in PDF format only, or a specific Microsoft site requires Flash.

When I have both IE7 for reading XPS documents, and Silverlight installed on the system!

How upsetting is that?

Come on, guys!

I am calling on The Collective to hasten the transition, or at least, create automatic background converters for these products.

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Xbox 360 Warranty extension

Or, How to nip a Potential problem in the bud!

While the focus is on the immense amount of moolah it will take to resolve this problem, can we all stand up and thank Microsoft for taking care of this potentially disastrous problem?

Can we?

Contrast this with the ostrich-like performance given by: Dell, Sony, Toshiba, and the like with the problems of the exploding batteries!

In fact, the only other time I can remember another company move with such dispatch was the resolution of the unfortunate crash of Air France 5490, where the airframe and engine manufacturers, the airline, and the charter company operating the tour moved speedily to compensate the families of the victims.

Mad props to the Executive at 1, Microsoft Way, Redmond.

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Off-Point: What a Name!

I have to imagine that the manufacturers of this product are not conversant in the vernacular of the United States, indeed, the English-speaking world.

Original link from The Consumerist.

Lies, damn lies and utter speculation!

A very insidious rumor making the rounds the past few days has been the speculation the reason Microsoft didn’t go through with a planned change easing the EULA restrictions on the Windows Vista™ Home editions on June 19 was as a result of some double-secret agreement with Apple.

Let us see: Microsoft would take extremely great pains to alienate a gazillion current and future users of Windows Vista™ Home edition just for a few Macs?

Are you kidding?

The essence of the rumor was that Microsoft, as a result of a deal with Apple to ship Macbooks (or whatever their lappers are called) with Windows on a Boot Camp’ed partition, removed it since Apple wanted the additional revenue from selling Windows Vista. The availability of Safari, iTunes, and a host of other Apple software products made such a supposition logical.

Logical, yes. But only if you live permanently in Steve Job's RDF*.

Again, are you kidding?

A billion monkeys, thumping away at a billion Selectric® keyboards, in a billion years could not come up with a rumor like this! They could come up with the screenplay for Battlefield Earth – which, incidentally, I think they did – but not this rumor.

Current folklore puts the OEM cost of Windows Vista at anywhere from $39.99 to $49.99 USD for Vista Home and Home Premium editions.

One of the strictures imposed on Microsoft in its antitrust settlement with the DOJ was a level pricing structure for all OEMs, eliminating the MFN* status of some companies.

Now, I know that Intel is sort of biting the hand that feeds it, in giving Apple certain chips that do not seem to be available to Dell, at least to this unconnected blogger. Nevertheless, I do not think, indeed, I know that Microsoft is not cut of that cloth.

So, to please Apple, which, BTW, sells a maximum of about 5 million systems per year total, Microsoft would stay the course, and deny benefits to current and prospective users of Windows Vista, not including the untold numbers, estimated at around 800 million systems running a form of Windows?

Are you still kidding me?

As a One-Man Microsoft Myth & Debunk Squad, I decided to rifle through Ye Olde Email Rolodex and try to get an answer from Redmondians.

I immediately ran into a skepticism buzz saw!

Are you making this up?” I was asked?

I pointed out a few sites with rumors.

Dude, that will never come to pass!” I was informed, “Not even if St. Jobs danced the Macarena in an MSN Butterfly suit at Pike Place Market!

“Thank you”, I said, and punched out.

Another call to a well-connected source at 1, Microsoft Way, exploded with the same skeptical guffaw!

Conclusion:
Apple might be the next big thing, but only in the minds of the horde worshipping at the feet of Reverend Paulie.

Microsoft will never change, or not change its EULA to please Apple.

There you have it.

*RDF: Reality-Distortion Field. An invisible, yet tightly-controlled force field emanating from Steve Jobs, and capable of not only enveloping conference halls, arenas, and stadia, but is capable of being projected trans-continentally by Steve in order to put victims in a state of adoration and euphoria, distorting all reality.

*MFN: Most-Favored Nation or OEM. The institution of an extremely generous, albeit secret, pricing scheme for OEMs who decide to carry Microsoft products and technologies exclusively. This practice is not limited to Microsoft alone. It has been rumored that Intel, for years, paid MFN dues to Dell to the tune of $1 billion USD.

eBay & Google

One of the first things you are taught in business is never to let your customers know that they can do without you.

The ongoing battle by eBay and Google over their respective online payment services, PayPal and Google Checkout, brings that adage into sharp focus.*

In order to boost the stature of Checkout, and to rile eBay, Google decided to host a protest party at the same time eBay was having a customer-fest in Boston.

I just love Meg Whitman!

Her response was to pull ads from Google’s network immediately, under the guise of ‘testing marketing effectiveness’.

A few days later eBay came back.

However, all is not well, leastways for Google.

Come to find out, the loss of business over the period of time eBay was off Google’s ad spaces was negligible to eBay. . So negligible in fact that though eBay has returned, they have decided to dial back their relationship with Google over the next several months.

Are you kidding me?

How could this happen?

Why would you pi$$ off your largest customer?

Why?

Again all:

Don’t let your customers realize they can do without you.

Because they would!

*Google fired the first salvo this past Christmas, exhorting several online merchants to take advantage of terms that, frankly, put PayPal’s to shame. Those terms were further enhanced by a $10.00 USD instant discount offered to consumers taking advantage of Google Checkout.

eBay stuck back by disallowing the use of Checkout at its eponymous auction service.

The saga continues…..

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Extra! Extra!! (Ultimate) Extra!!!

Turns out, the reason why the Windows Ultimate team had been quite was that they were working on improving DreamScene and the 20 remaining language packs.

While it is refreshing to note that there has been work going on in the background, it must be the worst PR stance of all for the team to keep quiet.

For goodness sakes, the last entry in the Windows Ultimate Extras team blog, prior to today's announcement, was in, get this, February.

Yes, February 7th of 2007!

Are you freakin' kiddin' me?

For all who spent the vig to get the Ultimate, pun intended, Windows Vistatm version, this is all you guys could do?

For shame!

If you can read a memo or fishwrap daily, you can blog weekly.

At least, blog a placeholder weekly letting people know that there is movement on their prized purchase, and that they are not floundering in the proverbial wind.

How do you keep users excited and hold their attention without any information?

How?

Inform your constituency!

Period!

The following teams at Microsoft are also guilty of the same information drought:

  • Windows Live 'Orbit': last post April 12, 2007,
  • Windows Deepfish: last post, March 28, 2007

Get with it, guys!

From the Windows Vista Team Blog. Thanks, Nick.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Windows Server 'Centro' CTP

For beta 1 of this mid-market product, we tested on 3 discreet systems.

We will be testing the CTP on both the same three systems, and in a virtualized environment as well.

I am stoked about this product!

Hurray for Ecma TC46

Ecma international is probably the only progressive standards body out there.

Thanks to them we have Ecma 376, currently submitted to the ISO for certification as a standard, and now, TC46.

TC46, full name TC46- XPS Technical Committee, is a technical committee just formed to develop a standard based on Microsoft's XML Paper Specification.

About time, Microsoft!

I am pleased that Microsoft is pursuing a standards-based certification for this excellent product; excellent even in this first iteration.

As usual, those that cannot, whine! They are miffed that their input was either not solicited, nor required for Ecma 376 (Open Office XML), and might not be for TC46.

I understand.

Dudes, you have been outed as being irrelevant to these processes.

Just go away already.

Sutor, Updegrove, you know who I'm talking about!

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Microsoft purchases 2 data centers

Microsoft purchased two adjacent data centers in Santa Clara, California, from Savvis for $200 million USD.

Seems they had been using the facilities and decided to just plop for them rather than just rent.

The current CEO of Savvis, Phil Koen, says that the transaction is "great for the firm and customers".

Jeff Von Deylen, the CFO, chimes in that, "Over the next twelve months we expect to reinvest the proceeds in initiatives including selected data center expansions and potential network enhancements".

All very niiice.

I hope they keep to it!

Hopefully, we're not going to get a replay of the SCORES/AMEX/Savvis $241,000 lapdance saga!

I really don't need to burst open a fishwrap and read about Phillip or Jeffrey running the corporate card up on some NYC skanks!

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