Monthly Archives: March 2013

Google Reader and other customer tragedies

(This was written weeks ago but not published until now.  I’m going to largely leave it as originally written, with an update at the end.) I’m pretty upset about Google’s decision to drop support for Google Reader.  I think it … Continue reading

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Windows Blue Buzz

With the leak of a build (apparently of development milestone 1) of Windows Blue the blogosphere is abuzz over what is coming in the next few months.  Most of that buzz is about nice modest improvements to the Modern (yes, … Continue reading

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Does Windows RT have a place in the sun?

There have been a lot of articles/posts lately questioning the future of Microsoft’s Windows RT.  My biggest problem with the anti-Windows RT thinkers is that they take such a short-term focus.  Windows RT, just as the Windows RunTime (WinRT) it … Continue reading

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It’s a good thing I have anti-malware software installed

Along with those who believe NASA faked sending men to the moon and Holocaust deniers, is a group of people who argue that traditional anti-malware (or anti-virus) software is useless and unnecessary.  These AV-deniers believe that simply by avoiding things … Continue reading

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WinFS, Integrated/Unified Storage, and Microsoft – Part 4

I knew that the Cairo Object File Store (OFS) was in trouble my first week at Microsoft.  I’d been asked to attend a design meeting for OLE DB that would start at 6PM.  On Friday.  Why such a seemingly important … Continue reading

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What if Microsoft had done Windows 8 differently?

A comment Matt Rosoff over on CITEworld’s re-publication of my post on Microsoft’s current approach to developer (and other customer) engagement inspired me to do a thought experiment.  What if Microsoft had approached “Windows 8″ differently?  There are a number … Continue reading

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Now I get it, the Consumer guys at Microsoft are just plain wrong!

I’m an Enterprise guy.  In the mid-70s I set a career goal of dethroning IBM from its then total dominance of the enterprise computing space.  By the end of the 80s I needed a new goal, and it’s always been … Continue reading

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Losing patience with Windows Phone

I have to say that my patience with Windows Phone is wearing off.  There are two reasons for this.  The first is the lack of real progress on the application front.  The second is the feeling of abandonment surrounding the … Continue reading

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