Tag: Microsoft

  • The Canonization of St.Bill

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    St Bill of Shephards Bush

    If William Henry Gates the Third’s philanthropic work leads to him being canonized one day as the first secular saint of our times, I won’t stand in the way of the celebrations. Geeks get things very out of proportion, and the value of saving even one life should be more apparent to everyone than the cost of a poorly written Windows USB stack. When Microsoft is criticized, while the practices of arms dealers, pharmaceutical companies and extraction cartels around the … Read More

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  • Justice Dept slams ‘Machiavellian’ Microsoft

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    Vista’s fate foretold… by Machiavelli. A prophetic quote.

    trust settlement, and quoted Machiavelli to support its case for an extension to the monitoring program.

    As of 1 February, over 700 issues remained outstanding out of over 1,000 submitted to the monitoring committee, which was set up to ensure Microsoft keeps to its word in the settlement to the long running anti-trust lawsuit. Microsoft was found guilty in 2000 of abusing its monopoly position, and a final decree issued in 2002.… Read More

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  • Bill Gates’ letter to hobbyists (en Français, 2006)

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    Free software doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as web hucksters. Not only is it a historical continuity of the way much of our software infrastructure has been developed, but it has encouraged commercial value to built through service models, or dual licensing. It’s a pity free software and open source advocates haven’t disowned the comparisons more strongly

    European Court justice Cooke gave Microsoft’s lawyers a tonic yesterday, by raising concerns about the transfer of Microsoft’s intellectual … Read More

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  • The Internet Services Puddle

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    What Ray Ozzie’s strategic memo really says.

    Orgone

    Ever the master of public relations, Microsoft has always been able to figure its way out of a tight spot with the use of a judiciously leaked memo.

    Remember when AOL merged with Netscape back in 1998? Time to take a leak. Remember 2000, when Symbian was stealing the thunder from Microsoft’s cellphone strategy? Time to take a leak. Remember when the antitrust settlement talks had hit a sticky patch? Time … Read More

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  • Microsoft: beating itself back to health?

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    It’s masochism fortnight at Redmond!

    Microsoft’s PR campaign of self-flagellation continues – with senior executives offering theWall Street Journal‘s Rob Guth an account of why Windows Vista will arrive so late and so incomplete. Thanks to the co-operation of Amitabh Srivastava, Brian Valentine, product manager Jim Allchin and even Gates himself – the Longhorn death march is turned into – wouldn’t you know? – a triumph.

    The story’s subheads hint at both redemption – “Delay in New Windows … Read More

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  • Bulwer-Lytton

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    A Microsoft employee has won the Oscar of bad prose – and no, he isn’t even a weblogger.

    Every year the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest honors the best attempts to parody bad fiction. It’s judged by Professor Scott Rice at San Jose State University in California, and is now in its 22nd year.

    It’s an impressive achievement, as the bar has been pushed ever higher over the years. For example, it’s hard to imagine anyone topping 2002’s winning submission from Rephah … Read More

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