Microsoft’s “Cram Vista Down Their Throats” Campaign

July 16, 2008

The time of worry is over” says Microsoft, according to MS expert Mary-Jo Foley on ZDNet. No, “the pain spreads to all” starts now says me, based on all my previous experience watching Microsoft move to control a new area. Microsoft tried to be polite about their new under-performing Vista operating system, but now the gloves are off and they’re cramming it down our throats, no matter what.

XP support, while officially continuing, has been getting blasted Read the rest of this entry »

Enough with Windows 7 FUD

July 1, 2008

Is anyone else already sick of the fear, uncertainty, and doubt Microsoft is already sowing about Windows 7 or whatever will follow Vista? I’m not sure if I’m more disgusted with Microsoft for not having the courage to support Vista (or the brains to do it right during development) or the trade press falling all over themselves swallowing the garbage Microsoft hands out. Maybe I’m more disgusted with the press. Yes, definitely. Microsoft’s job is to sell products, and the press’ is to report objectively on the market. They’re not doing so when they fill the air with rehashed Microsoft “next Windows” propaganda. Read the rest of this entry »

Linux in Small Business Update

February 29, 2008

I’m writing this entry on OpenOffice 2.3 running on used Dell PC running Ubuntu 7.10 Linux. I started using OpenOffice for all my writing about two years ago. Since I told people OpenOffice did everything Microsoft Office did, but was available free, I decided I should walk that walk so I could continute to talk that talk. After telling people Linux was a great way to get a reliable PC for free or next to nothing, and avoid much of the the security hassle of Microsoft Windows, I converted Read the rest of this entry »

Microsoft Gobbles Yahoo

February 2, 2008

My friend Kim asked me my opinion of Microsoft Gobbling Yahoo to help against Google. I’ll give a short answer, because the technical newspapers are full of long answers.

I predict Microsoft will turn Yahoo into the new AOL – bloated and irrelevant compared to what it was or could be. The combined companies will screw it up and lose market share faster to Google than either of them have separately.

Microsoft has the money, but not the brains, to outflank Google. Yahoo also lacked the brains to outflank Google.  Giving the executives of Yahoo more money won’t make them smarter. Giving the brains of Yahoo to Microsoft won’t make them smarter. How do these parts add up to more than Google? They won’t.

Someone will be smarter than Google before long. It just won’t be Microsoft or Yahoo, alone or together.