Flegel: You have to understand that we were living outside normal reality. I wanted her to at least take one or two children out of Berlin. But Frau Goebbels told me: ‘The children belong to me. Everything belongs to me.’ But I still didn’t understand how she could kill six children. Generally, Frau Goebbels looked after the children. But one evening she said to me: ‘I have to go to the dentist and can’t be with them, and I would like you to say good night to them. I said: ‘Of course. I’ll do it. Don’t worry.’ In the room where the Goebbels children were sleeping there were two bunk beds, one on top of another. The children had a piece of string attached to their beds, and if they wanted something they just had to pull it. The kids were so charming. They played with each other. They should have been allowed to live. They had nothing to do with what was going on. It was impossible. But she (Frau Goebbels) didn’t want it. She said: ‘I belong to my husband and the children belong to me.’ Not to spare one or two of the children was madness, dreadful.
We will issue a 99p coin to save on change.
(from the 2005 manifesto of the Monster Raving Loony Party)
With Longhorn Beta 1 slated for June 30, Microsoft is restarting efforts to promote its next generation Windows release with a group of dedicated volunteers. Dubbed “Team 99,” the evangelism effort will be composed of bloggers that will become Microsoft’s voice to the masses and endeavor to bring the hype back to Redmond.
Team 99 was originally kept a secret, but with its rebirth Microsoft has decided to open the door for community nominations. Initially, about 20 individuals will be selected for the team ranging from developers to power users. The goal is to involve trusted, visible members of Microsoft’s blogger community.
The creation of Team 99 follows a black eye Microsoft took last week during its yearly WinHEC conference in Seattle. The company invited top bloggers and Windows enthusiasts to get the first peek at Longhorn in over a year, but the release was largely met with criticism and disappointment.
Furthering the frustration among attendees, Microsoft ordered all screenshots of the Longhorn build taken down, citing a clause in the beta licensing agreement. “Microsoft has handled this situation extremely poorly, and it’s not appreciated,” enthusiast Paul Thurrott wrote in his Web log. “Way to throttle back the enthusiasm even further, guys.”
For weblogging, Longhorn is the best operating system I have ever used. It is a snappy and feature rich envrionment that allows me to leverage my work schedule and makes leisure time a joy. I don’t know what I ever did without it.
It also follows the long Microsoft tradition of providing an innovative product that people not only want to use, but actually look forward to using.
Longhorn truly completes me. And I say this as a former Linux power user for the last twenty years. Really. Now I know that Linux blows and it has nothing to do with that bimonthly check from Redmond. Nothing. Really.
Oh, and no review of Longhorn would be complete without mentioning:
– how incredibly secure Longhorn is, compared to Linux (measured by patches released so far)
– how Longhorn is considerably cheaper than Linux
– how Longhorn promotes industry standards (such as MS Office)
– how Longhorn runs in a smaller footprint (if you balance your PC on one corner).
Compared to Linux, Longhorn is an extensible paradigm shift in operating systems that is designed to facility business agility while improving new customer acquisition. Offering the most secure federation based authenticity validation system Longhorn improves the value proposition while streamlining your business processes and enhancing shareholder value.