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Annonymous Microsoft employee blogs about problems March 25, 2006

Posted by Matsu in Management, Technology, Windows/Microsoft.
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Check out what Microsoft employees are saying about their employer on this blog site. They are not happy!


Happy birthday Mac OS X – you are 5 years old March 24, 2006

Posted by Matsu in Mac, Random, Technology.
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Today, March 24, 2006, the Macintosh OS X operating system turns five. Apple has brought their 21st century operating system a long way in a few short years.

Read what John Siracusa writes about it over at arstechnica. It's a great overview and challenge to Apple for continued innovation in the next five years.

This is not a good week to be working at Microsoft March 24, 2006

Posted by Matsu in Management, Technology, Windows/Microsoft.
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Well, did you hear? On Wednesday, Microsoft announced yet another delay in their Windows upgrade (Vista). Then, today they announced a delay in their release of their Office upgrade (Office 2007). You can read one article about it here.

Ironically, the person that has been in charge of the Office development group, who is known for meeting deadlines, has been put in charge of the entire Windows development team. That can’t be fun for Microsoft employees. Go here to see what CNN Money says about him.

Also, there are several Microsoft employees (unhappy ones) calling for the replacement of their top leadership. Read about it here.

You are now officially up to date on our favorite technology soap, “As the Gates company churns.�?

Google Finance ties stocks to news events March 22, 2006

Posted by Matsu in Management, Technology.
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Have you seen Google's latest data presentation tool, yet? It's called Google Finance. And, while it may be a handy way to see the trends or history of your stock portfolio, one really interesting feature is the linkage it makes between significant events and the stock performance.

For instance, let's look at Apple's stock or AAPL. When you first pull up the stock you see the typical chart showing the stock price over time. You can easily adjust the time period displayed by clicking the different time periods in the top left corner of the chart, next to the word 'zoom.' Each time you click on a different date range (like 1 year or 1 month) the news stories will adjust to the 'resolution' of the stock chart.


Disease Diet research continues… March 21, 2006

Posted by Matsu in Humor, Random.
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Some of you may remember my previous post about my book idea called the Disease Diet. Well, the past couple of days I have been researching a new entry in the book. Yes, I have been ill. This entry could be called the run-of-the-mill stomach bug, or the more medical sounding gastro-intestinal flu. No, I’m not a doctor so there is no need to correct my medical language. It wouldn’t help. My book is not supposed to be accurate; it’s a diet book.

In the past three days I’ve lost about six pounds. I’m feeling better now and plan to get out of the house tomorrow, so I guess I can say this is a three-day-diet. I fear that much of the lost weight may be gained back once my appetite returns, but I could be wrong. To know how it turns out, you will have to buy my book.

New tennis shoes – just like a Bradbury book March 18, 2006

Posted by Matsu in Family, Humor, Random.
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Last summer my friend Rich recommended I read Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. It's a nostalgic look at a pre-teen boy's summer in a small American town. In the beginning of the book the main character, Douglas, works out a deal with the local shoe store proprietor in order to purchase a pair of Royal Crown Cream-Sponge Para Litefoot Tennis Shoes. It's an annual ritual to begin the summer with a new pair of tennis shoes, and Douglas was determined not to pass on this most important of all summer rituals. When he puts them on, he runs around the store at near light speed, or so it seems.

Today, my son acted much the same way when we purchased him a new pair of Reebok tennis shoes to replace an old pair that was nearly falling apart on his feet. Like Douglas, my son is twelve years old. And, like Douglas, my son was very eager to wear them.