Microsoft, what were you thinking when you released a lame Windows Vista Home Basic? Could it be that you were beating the antitrust wolves at their own game?
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I was just a little old for the Rubik's Cube phenomenon of the 1980's, but my little brother had one and I remember spending the better part of the Christmas vacation he got it trying to solve the puzzle.Now, there are "speedcubers" who compete to see who can solve random cubes the fastest.
You'll want a procedure for expunging the bad stuff from the record, such as when your high-adrenaline "Wax the Weasel" stunt goes horribly, horribly wrong.
BusinessWeek just published its InfoTech 100 report, which lists Amazon in the number one spot, Apple ranked 6th, Microsoft 8th, RIM 12th, Google 19th, IBM 21st, Oracle 22nd, HP 35th and EMC 88th.Dell, SAP, and Motorola failed to make the cut, due to weakness in their business, according to the report.
Earlier today Google Reader was completely unavailable, and it's still acting flaky, which means finding out what is going on in the world I track requires visiting a lot of Web sites that I ordinarily consume in the RSS reader. Net result, my time is wasted surfing the Web for what I get in my feeds.
Notable headlines:Blogstorm: Valleywag outs Federated Media's spokesblogs? Find out what all the fuss is about...
Plaxo has eliminated the annoying spam-like email feature from its synchronization service, and this week introduced the beta of version 3.0, which now offers multi-way sync of contacts and calendar between various services from Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!
Kevin Meyer of Superfactory offers some advice to a $5 million manufacturing company with a single plant facility. He makes a case that spending a few thousand dollars at Staples to cobble together a operational and financial system--consisting of a whiteboard, webcam, and QuickBooks Manufacturing edition--could be more effective than spending hundreds of thousands on a serious ERP system from SAP or Oracle or even more modestly priced on demand solutions such as NetSuite.
I talked to LinkedIn founder and Chairman Reid Hoffman on Friday at the Supernova 2007 conference about Facebook's rapid growth and potential incursion into his territory. He told me that over next 9 months LinkedIn would deliver APIs for developers, ostensibly to make it more of a platform, like Facebook, and create a way for users who spend more time socially in Facebook to get LlinkedIn notifications.
I have resisted so far blogging about Federated Media bloggers participating in a Microsoft "conversational marketing" ad campaign. On TechMeme, the dialog is in full flower, demonstrating the power of the blogosphere as a medium for conversation.