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Windows 8 vs Idiocracy screen

Posted on June 13th, 2012 at 16:15 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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  1. The one is about as useful as the other

Raunchy dance routine a PR nightmare for Microsoft

Posted on June 11th, 2012 at 8:04 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Microsoft

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A techno-dance routine that preceded Microsoft’s Windows Azure presentation at the Norwegian Developers Conference this week featured a group of women jumping around on stage to a song that included several drug references and this line: “The words MICRO and SOFT don’t apply to my penis.”

In a strange effort to be inclusive, a monitor displaying the lyrics added, “or vagina.”

As Gruber says, “Now Apple has to redo their whole plan for tomorrow’s WWDC keynote”

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Microsoft has apologised for a performance at its Norwegian developers conference that it now says “involved inappropriate and offensive elements and vulgar language”.


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  1. Take that theonion!

An unauthorized certificate could be used to spoof content, perform phishing attacks, or perform man-in-the-middle attacks. This issue affects all supported releases of Microsoft Windows.

Posted on June 9th, 2012 at 10:05 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft, Security

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“Flame” is the name of a newly-identified malware program which utilizes a previously unknown MD5 collision attack to successfully spoof Microsoft Terminal Services, and install itself as a trusted program using Windows Update, Microsoft has confirmed. The program appears to have targeted computers in the Middle East, and specifically Iran; analysts have alleged it is likely created by the same entity that designed Stuxnet. Flame has been live and actively spying since 2010, but went undetected until recently, due to sophisticated anti-detection measures.
While anonymous US officials have claimed responsibility for the program, officially both the USA and Israel have denied any involvement.

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Summary and conclusions:

  • The Flame command-and-control infrastructure, which had been operating for years, went offline immediately after our disclosure of the malware’s existence last week.
  • We identified about 80 total domains which appear to belong to the Flame C&C infrastructure.
  • The Flame C&C domains were registered with an impressive list of fake identities and with a variety of registrars, going back as far as 2008.
  • The attackers seem to have a high interest in PDF documents, Office and AutoCad drawings.
  • The data uploaded to the C&C is encrypted using relatively simple algorithms. Stolen documents are compressed using open source Zlib and modified PPDM compression.
  • Flame is using SSH connections (in addition to SSL) to exfiltrate data. The SSH connection is established by a fully integrated Putty-based library.
  • Windows 7 64 bit, which we previously recommended as a good solution against infections with other malware, seems to be effective against Flame

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‘In Ad Network Nightmare, Microsoft Making “Do Not Track” Default for IE 10′

Posted on June 1st, 2012 at 22:59 by John Sinteur in category: Google, If you're in marketing, kill yourself, Microsoft

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So let me get this straight. Advertising networks that track user behavior are OK with “Do Not Track” only so long as a single-digit percentage of users have it turned on? But if a lot of people start using it they’re out? Not being able to track users across the web is a “nightmare” for ad networks?

Years ago I had the idea that if Microsoft really wanted to destroy Google, they should have released a version of IE with a built-in on-by-default ad-blocker that included Google ads in its blacklist.


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Microsoft to charge customers $99 to remove OEM ‘crapware’

Posted on May 18th, 2012 at 17:16 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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Let’s follow the money. The OEMs are paid by a variety of software makers to install crapware onto systems. The OEMs don’t disclose how much money they receive from this, but sources tell me that it works out at a few dollars per PC. That doesn’t sound like much, but multiply that across millions of PCs and it becomes a significant number.

Then the customer pays the OEM — or a middleman — for the PC, a PC which Microsoft itself admits is “slower-than-should-be” because of all the stuff loaded onto the system unnecessarily. Consumers are expected to take their new PC to a Microsoft Store — though there are currently only 16 of them in the United States — and pay Microsoft $99 to remove the crapware that the OEMs were paid to install.

It could only be worse if the OEMs wanted payment to remove crapware. Think that wouldn’t happen? It’s already been tried. Back in 2008, Sony announced plans to charge customers $50 for what it called “Fresh Start” systems that were free of crapware. The plans were dropped following a barrage of negative feedback.

The OEMs make money from installing crapware onto PCs, and now Microsoft is making money removing it. Makes you realize why more and more people are buying Apple hardware.

Most of you probably already know that you can remove a lot of the preinstalled crapware from PCs using PC Decrapifier. It won’t give you the nice Signature edition desktop wallpaper, and won’t install pretty much every piece of Windows Live software ever made onto your PC — like Microsoft seems to do on Signature editions PCs — but it will remove most of the crapware that you find on new PCs. And the best part is it won’t cost you $99. In fact, it won’t cost you anything, because it’s free for personal use.


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  1. I bought a computer from some lame company like HP a few years back. Took days to get rid of the crap. I’ll never get that time back. That’s when I realized that I was the product being sold (as usual).

  2. To be fair, it’s not Microsoft who puts the crapware on the PCs, it’s Sony, HP, Lenovo, whoever.
    So we now slam Microsoft for asking money for providing a service that removes crap from the laptops that Microsoft didn’t put there.

    Microsoft sells Windows. Sony puts on extra crap. Customer complains. Goes to Sony: please remove crap. Sony says: Go to Microsoft. Customer goes to Microsoft: please, remove crap installed by Sony. Microsoft says: Sure, but it is not my crap, it’s an extra work, so I will charge you for that.
    Customer: Microsoft is evil, he charges money to solve a problem someone else caused!!! Bwaaaaah!!

  3. Actually, the word ‘evil’ isn’t anywhere on this page. Let me restate the article for you again. It’s more like Sue says – company A makes money off you, company B makes money off you, company C makes money off you, and as a result company A has yet another way to make money off you. You are being taken for a sucker, and it isn’t necessary. Just realize why Company D is so successful selling stuff that isn’t full of crap in the first place, or if that doesn’t work for you, use free product X and you’ll cut out company A and C.

    There. No evil in sight. Feel better now?

The best smartphone

Posted on May 12th, 2012 at 18:30 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Microsoft

Siri, on the iPhone, mostly uses Wolfram Alpha as a search engine. Since it has a fairly limited set of product reviews, you can get hilarious results like this:

When you ask the Nokia Lumia 800 what the best smartphone ever is – thus using Microsoft’s TellMe service in combination with Bing – the first result you will get is this Business Insider article with the following headline:


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  1. They don’t lack humility. Inevitably they are now better than most humans.

Nokia on ‘brink of failure’, warns analyst

Posted on April 13th, 2012 at 1:00 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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Fogg may have underestimated the developer issue. What most Nokia-watchers appear to be unaware of is that for developers, breakage lies ahead. The three bedrock components of Windows Phone 7x – the Embedded CE kernel, the Compact .NET framework and Silverlight – are all being cast aside. Windows 8 Apollo will share the same kernel as Windows 8. What third-party developers are supposed to do is not clear. Will all today’s applications break? Will there be a legacy runtime? What source-conversion tools will be available? Even key Nokia sources don’t know the answer to these questions yet.

I’ve got a Lumia 800 to develop on, and it’s a nice phone. But I haven’t been able to make a business case for an app on it, yet, and I worry I never will.


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  1. When they’ve been desperately paying bounties to developers for putting out WP7 apps do you think they’d carelessly throw away that investment? Seems quite unlikely. Remember how apps came along from DOS to Win95 to WinNT/XP? Yeah.

    This drivel is coming from “one analyst”. Analysts are those guys who couldn’t get a gig as a well-paid consultant and had to find something else, right?

Microsoft apologizes over ‘Smoked by Windows Phone’ controversy, offers winner laptop and phone

Posted on March 26th, 2012 at 20:37 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself, Microsoft

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Microsoft’s working quickly to counter backlash it’s receiving after denying a user who won a Windows Phone challenge his just reward. Yesterday, Sahas Katta won a “Smoked by Windows Phone” challenge when his Galaxy Nexus displayed the weather of two different cities faster than the Windows Phone he was up against, but the Microsoft store claimed that he had to show weather from two different states. Microsoft has been roundly bashed for this technicality since then, so Windows Phone evangelist Ben Rudolph has just taken to Twitter to apologize and offer Katta a new laptop and Windows Phone, as well as an apology.

You could see this coming miles away. I mean, what marketing genius thought it was a great idea to set up a rigged “contest” where the whole point is to ridicule your potential customers one at a time? How is this supposed to make your potential customers feel good? And why do you thing that, in the age of the Internet, you can get away with cheating potential customers?


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Windows 8 tablet freezes in Microsoft keynote demo

Posted on March 20th, 2012 at 13:49 by Paul Jay in category: Microsoft

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You’ve got to hand it to Kirill Tatarinov, the head of Microsoft’s ERP division. The Russian Rocket was cool as a cucumber on Monday when a demo of the Windows 8 Metro UI running on a touch-screen tablet crashed and burned during the opening keynote of Convergence 2012.


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Google: Please Don’t Kill Video on the Web

Posted on February 23rd, 2012 at 21:31 by John Sinteur in category: Google, Microsoft

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You probably take for granted that you can view videos on your smartphone, tablet, PC, or DVD/Blu-ray player and connect to the Internet without being tied to a cable. That works because the industry came together years ago to define common technical standards that every firm can use to build compatible products for video and Wi-Fi. Motorola and all the other firms that contributed to these standards also made a promise to one another: that if they had any patents essential to the standards, they would make their patents available on fair and reasonable terms, and would not use them to block competitors from shipping their products.

Motorola has broken its promise. Motorola is on a path to use standard essential patents to kill video on the Web, and Google as its new owner doesn’t seem to be willing to change course.

Microsoft telling Google to not be evil.

I surely must have stepped through the looking glass…


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Microsoft’s Biggest Miss

Posted on February 19th, 2012 at 10:36 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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Like the curtain finally falling from the Wizard of Oz to find just a small, frail, man pretending to be far more powerful and relevant than he really was. Microsoft’s biggest miss was allowing the world to finally see the truth behind the big lie — they were not needed to get real work done. Or anything done, really.


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  1. IMO, the biggest mistake was in making their customers feel cheated. Every time. For decades.

  2. I’m still struggling to create a spreadsheet on the tiny screen of the iPhone.
    I mean a real spreadsheet, not a toy one.
    Or write a document.

    Must be me, but I like to be able to type fast and see what I do – I think Office on the iPhone is not really a good thing.
    But you can have office on the iPad. Yes, for real. It’s called Office 365. Very cloud. Very up to date.

    Nice article. Unfortunately, people still need Excel and Word (or the OpenOffice or the iWork version of that.)
    But at least it was a long article.

Apple’s iPhone Business Alone Is Now Bigger Than All Of Microsoft

Posted on February 4th, 2012 at 17:07 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Microsoft

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Tech writer MG Siegler just noted a remarkable fact:

Apple’s iPhone business alone is now bigger than Microsoft.

Not Windows. Not Office. Microsoft.

Think about that.

Remember when Balmer said the iPhone would never amount to anything? Good times…


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  1. I’m about to make what may be one of the least bold predictions for the future you can possibly make:

    Sometime in the next six months, Microsoft’s Board of Directors is going to oust Steve Ballmer.

Pakistan mourns young genius Arfa Karims demise

Posted on January 15th, 2012 at 14:03 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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In what could simply be described as an enormous loss for Pakistan, Arfa Karim, the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Saturday night, lost the battle of life after remaining admitted here at Combined Military Hospital for 26 days, Geo News reported.

Arfa Karim was only sixteen years old.

Her funeral prayers will be offered on Sunday at 10 AM in Cantt area.

Arfa Karim remained in intensive care at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) after suffering an epileptic seizure and cardiac arrest a few weeks ago. After battling for life for 26 days, one of Pakistan’s brightest brains left this world for good.


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Microsoft Bans Linux On ARM PCs

Posted on January 15th, 2012 at 0:48 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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When I talked to Linus Torvalds he said that Secure Boot is a good thing, but can be used in a bad ways. That’s proving to be true.

When Microsoft published The Certification Requirements for Windows 8 it was evident that the company wanted to use the secure boot to lock Linux out of such hardware, thus creating a Windows only hardware. The discovery lead to a strong protest from the FLOSS community. Microsoft allowed the non-ARM hardware to be able to run Linux if the hardware vendors chooses to allow that. But as we saw the arrival of ARM on desktop Microsoft “wasted no time in revising its Windows Hardware Certification Requirements to effectively ban most alternative operating systems on ARM-based devices that ship with Windows 8.”


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  1. Eh, what? My PC – Windows AND Linux side by side. Noone bans Linux from my machine.

  2. Oh, for heaven’s sake…

  3. Response 1: Seems like an excellent way to motivate a lot of hackers to break Secure Boot.

  4. Response 2: Gee, if Apple kept people from running Linux on the iPad, they’d never sell so many of them. How can that not be obvious to Microsoft?

  5. I’d like to make a prediction. This is going to backfire on Microsoft. When you go after the open source community, they fight back. It won’t be pretty. As we have seen in the past, when enough sales are affected then decisions are reversed. Scenario: I boot up a new PC. I read MS’s user agreement and decide that I don’t want the OS loaded. Now what? Send the PC back to the seller because it is useless to me? This is a can of worms just waiting to be opened.

Businessweek: “Steve Ballmer Reboots”

Posted on January 12th, 2012 at 23:31 by Desiato in category: Funny!, Microsoft

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Steve Ballmer Reboots

With the stock hung for 10 years, no one thought to reboot Ballmer until now?!


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Nokia Lumia 800

Posted on January 2nd, 2012 at 11:35 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

Just got myself one, and I’ve been playing with it for 10 minutes, and I’m pleasantly surprised. Microsoft managed to create a decent user interface, and I like it. Now there’s an unexpected thing for me to say, right?


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  1. Not really, John. You’ve always been willing to provide reasonably fair assessments of products despite past experience.

    The real question is whether or not this means you’ll sign on to develop apps for the platform.

  2. Maybe. I will most certainly install all the dev tools and play around. Market share is an issue as well. We’ll see.

  3. Where are the pictures???

  4. Here?

No drivers for this bus

Posted on December 16th, 2011 at 15:53 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, Microsoft


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Android malware victims offered free WinPhones by MS

Posted on December 13th, 2011 at 17:52 by John Sinteur in category: Google, Microsoft

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Microsoft is offering free Windows phones to Android malware victims, providing they are prepared to tell world+dog about their problems.

The marketing stunt – already given the hashtag #droidrage on Twitter – follows a run of publicity about android malware.

And in related news:

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A security flaw has been discovered in Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS which allows hackers to disable a handset’s messaging system by SMS.

A malicious text can be sent which stops the SMS service from working, WinRumours reports. A factory reset is the only way to remedy the issue.


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Measuring corporate “evilness” by scraping litigation results from google scholar

Posted on December 9th, 2011 at 7:57 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google, Microsoft

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One way we can measure a company’s “evilness” is by how important litigation is to corporate strategy. We’ll open this series by comparing today’s three tech giants: Microsoft, Google, and Apple. Which company gets sued the most? And more importantly, which company sues others the most?


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  1. Be sure to read the disclaimers about the data that’s missing. Then note that they go on to claim that none of those issues really matter, but they don’t address the fact that some companies will be more inclined to settle (skewing the data), nor the fact that companies involved in more litigation will be more inclined to jump through hoops like forming shell companies.

    And that lovely conclusion about Apple not being involved in many cases… that doesn’t seem so up-to-date, does it?

    My conclusion: not worth your time or your brain cells.

Microsoft tempts with WinPho demo on… iPhone

Posted on November 30th, 2011 at 15:13 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google, Microsoft

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Microsoft has pieced together an HTML 5-based demo of its Windows Phone OS’ Metro user interface, giving iOS and Android users a taste of what life’s like on the other side.

[..]

If you’re an Android or iPhone user and fancy giving it a go, visit http://aka.ms/wpdemo from your handset’s browser. Let us know how you get on.

Very nice – first time I get to see bits of Metro. Looks like Microsoft came up with something good!


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TellMe vs Siri

Posted on November 27th, 2011 at 23:24 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Microsoft


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  1. That’s really more than a little bit sad. Both services will get better with time; I just don’t see this as something Microsoft can catch up on.

  2. Just open the pod bay doors Hal!

Surprise! Microsoft quietly opposes SOPA copyright bill

Posted on November 23rd, 2011 at 17:01 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google, Microsoft

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Microsoft has long been one of the most ardent proponents of expanding U.S. copyright law. But that enthusiasm doesn’t extend to the new Stop Online Piracy Act, which its lobbyists are quietly working to alter, CNET has learned.

It’s little surprise that Web-based companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter oppose SOPA, which is designed to make allegedly piratical Web sites virtually disappear from the Internet. They, and many civil liberties and human rights groups, worry that SOPA could jeopardize legitimate Web sites too.

Sad that the only reason this bill is going to die is because powerful corporations decided to “voice their displeasure”. The public doesn’t matter any more for law makers.


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Ballmer: We Will ALWAYS Be In The Windows Era

Posted on November 16th, 2011 at 22:56 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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The questioner asked what Microsoft thought about the contention that we’re in the "post PC era."

Ballmer started off in his usual enthusiastic fashion: "We are in the Windows era — we were, we are, and we always will be."

We are at war with Eurasia. We have always been at war with Eurasia.


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  1. So basically, he’s inviting a shareholder revolt. There’s already a small but vocal number of Microsoft shareholders calling for his resignation. He’s basically admitting that he doesn’t have a clue how to move the company forward.

    I think it’s safe to say that he’ll be out within the next six months.

  2. Ballmer didn’t answer the question. When the cloud service is called Windows Azure and their phone OS is called Windows Phone, it can be the Windows era forever even if not a single PC is sold.

    There were also shareholder questions about why MS doesn’t return more of the cash hoard to shareholders, and the answer there wasn’t very satisfying either. If you take unchanging stock price with increasing cash on hand, the company and its fuure revenue stream have effectively been declining in value. It seems more likely to me that the stagnant stock price will drive Ballmer out, but unlikely within six monhs.

  3. Microsoft is still in a XP era. :p

  4. @Paul: how so?

Windows Phone Is Back, Full of Great Tricks

Posted on November 3rd, 2011 at 21:10 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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Windows Phone 7.5 is gorgeous, classy, satisfying, fast and coherent. The design is intelligent, clean and uncluttered. Never in a million years would you guess that it came from the same company that cooked up the bloated spaghetti that is Windows and Office.

Most impressively, Windows Phone is not a feeble-minded copycat. Microsoft came up with completely fresh metaphors that generally steer clear of the iPhone/Android design (grid-spaced icons that scroll across home pages).


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BlackBerry Future Visions 2 – Leaked Video

Posted on November 1st, 2011 at 18:37 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

You know, compared to this, the Microsoft video wasn’t all that bad after all.


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  1. Yup, the MS video has included all that you love about Apple :)

  2. But promising and delivering are 2 different things at Microsoft.

  3. I agree with you Paul.
    It took them years to come up with Win 7 and finally pass OS X (now waiting for Apple to come up with the next big cat and get ahead).
    Or to come up with MS Office and finally pass Open Office and iWorks.
    Or to come up with the XBox and beat PlayStation.
    Or to come up with Kinect and get even with the Wii.

    But apart from those, Microsoft definitely is nowhere with delivery.
    But seriously, MS really is over promising most of the time.

  4. …or come out with Bing and catch up with Google?

    Just for the record, MS Office was dominant on Win 95, long before StarOffice/OpenOffice was well known and before iWork existed.

  5. Or come up with the Kindle to beat the IPOD. Whoehahahahahaaaa

  6. In my mind already I’m working on a video that shows what really happens in the future: hackers that give themselves access to the same company as in the Blackberry video with their own hacked phones, employees coping with a system that is too slow and to top it off: systemwide problems that make it impossible for anyone to do any work for a couple of hours.

  7. @Desiato: Oh shoot.. then they were already delivering? Damn…. And here I was thinking they never delivered anything.

  8. @Desiato Nope, Bing was a flop – even though with blind tests it gave better results a lot of times.
    Show me a company that didn’t have failures? :) Google, Apple, all failed a few times, and still, you don’t say “they never deliver just promise!!”

    Mindless MS bashing is not a good habit. Undermines your thoughtful bashings too. :)

The future is amazing, and Microsoft has video to prove it

Posted on October 28th, 2011 at 8:35 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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So, in the future you have to go to a hotel in a different country just to participate in a teleconference where none of the people are in the same room. And nobody talks to each other, they just finger swipe through life. Got it.


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  1. Save and archive for future mockery.

  2. You go to the airport and you get a translation of the local language announcement. – sounds good.
    You have a slimmer smartphone with more touch opportunities, like no two sided touch screen. – sounds ok to me.
    Smooth, ultra fast wireless internet everywhere. – sounds fun.
    An table which is a more floppy. – not sure, maybe better than a rigid case.
    3D holograms – not that would be cool.

    Look they still talk to each other – around 3:50-
    You see what you are looking for.

    MS sucks glasses are free. But they distort everything ;)

  3. Whereas in the present, bloggers willfully misinterpret material from companies they don’t like? When the woman’s in the taxi, a display says something like “your meeting will be in this building tomorrow”. And no one talks to each other? Oh? I saw plenty of normal conversations. Not sure what got up your rear end about this, John…

Microsoft collects license fees on 50% of Android devices, tells Google to “wake up”

Posted on October 24th, 2011 at 8:18 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google, Microsoft

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Google’s complaints about patent-based attacks against Android don’t seem to be doing the company any good. We all know Steve Jobs pledged to destroy Android, claiming it stole its ideas from Apple’s iOS. Yet what is likely an even bigger threat comes from Microsoft, which claims that more than half of all Android devices are now subject to patent licensing agreements.

What does that mean? When you buy an Android phone, there’s a good chance either the vendor whose name is on the device or one of the manufacturers who contributed hardware to it is paying Microsoft a fee for each sale. Today, Microsoft announced an agreement with Compal, an original design manufacturer that produces smartphones and tablets for third parties and takes in $28 billion in annual revenue. This was the “tenth license agreement providing coverage under our patent portfolio for Android mobile phones and tablets,” and the ninth in the last four months, Microsoft lawyers Brad Smith and Horacio Gutierrez write in a blog post.


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  1. Lawyers…… from Microsoft……..

    How low can you go in this blog to find a source to quote?

Maybe Microsoft Should Get into the Concert Ticket Business?

Posted on October 22nd, 2011 at 10:17 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Microsoft


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Mac vs PC vs Everyone

Posted on October 14th, 2011 at 20:58 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Free Software, Microsoft


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  1. ROFLMAO! Great! Thanks for the link.

Your Browser Matters (http://yourbrowsermatters.org/)

Posted on October 14th, 2011 at 16:07 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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From the above screen shot, dear Microsoft, I can safely assume that you haven’t got a clue.


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