Saturday, 7 February 2009

Ballmer (n): Good COO; poor in front of press; doesn't properly articulate an opinion; insert foot in mouth. "he continues to Ballmer his interviews."

So large companies are more attracted to free or low cost than they are to the browser?
"Ballmer: Google is neither free nor low cost. That's not a joke. We're talking about the enterprise. We're not talking about some screwball consumer thing now. We're talking about the enterprise. Google charges a very hefty price, comparable to our prices, when it comes to the enterprise."

If this is accurate, and there is no reason to believe it is not, MSFT's PR department should be steamrolled. In yet another botched answer to a question Ballmer let everyone know that he thought, 1) consumers are screwballs and 2) Google is very expensive. So much so that they are almost as expensive as MSFT.

I think I know what he was trying to say. But he didn't say it very well. There is ZERO value in sending him around on these interviews. MSFT needs to put a pro in front of the press. Why the heck do they need Ballmer as a front man. The answer is they don't.

The entire interview, by Marguerite Reardon of CNET News, is here.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

White House without Email for the day

The Obama crew was complaining about their white house 'tech' kit. Looks like they are trying to improve it...while breaking it in the process.

Don't worry Team Obama. 90+% of tech outages happen while you are changing things. Just make sure you have a better change plan when you are spinning the dials on the economy.

You can read the Washington Post article here.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Completely Cool ... Hang on. Whoa that is weird watch

Bin Laden's brother creates an aviator watch.

Call me crazy. But I don't think this one is going to "fly".

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Really...Does Google have this much time...and people on their hands???

From the site....

Sometimes I send messages I shouldn't send. Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together. Gmail can't always prevent you from sending messages you might later regret, but today we're launching a new Labs feature I wrote called Mail Goggles which may help.

And here is the link if you'd like to get direct access to the ridiculousness of the googledome.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008


Steve Jobs poked a bit of fun at Bloomberg's botched press release yesterday letting everyone know that "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated". Almost Twain but not quite as Twain's famous line was, "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated." Though not exaggerated any longer as Twain is quite dead.

Doesn't look that way for Jobs. He appeared healthy, chipper and on top of his game. He even got the opportunity to make fun of MSFT..while not directly making fun. If you have the time check out his post keynote video interview with CNBC. The head shake after the "what do you think of MSFT's new add" question is a classic.

Biggest disappointment from yesterday. No new macbooks announced!! The iPod enhancements are nice and the 'shake your iPod' to shuffle your music, while fairly useless in my opinion, is an unbelievably cool add-on.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

MuleSource Gets a New JackAss

So my buddy (you can only call a buddy a JackAss) Dave Rosenberg is leaving MuleSource and bringing in a big-co CEO. Mule has a great staff, a great product and a great brand. That many greats in one sentence is cumbersome but had to jam them in for emphasis....they deserve it.

Kudos to Dave. As an entrepreneur I love to see the guy that says, "I've built what I'm good at and now it is time to bring in someone to take it to the next level".

If you are looking for a kick-ass enterprise services bus (esb). Look no further. Mule will give you an out of the box system that will give the big honking esb guys a run for their money.

Don't Tick off The Gamer Geeks

EA released a DRM controlled copy of Spore and it has the gamer world up in arms. Amazon's web site has the product ranked at one star based on 1300+ reviews. A bit mind blowing. One because 1300+ people took the time to rate and comment and two because there are then comments to those comments. Angry, angry, elves. Check out this comment from pastyboy123.

"EA treats the consumer as an everyday criminal and requires unnecessary software to be installed with this game to make sure you're using the copy to their standards. To play the game you must enjoy this extra software, you have no option to opt out - why should I pay to be treated like a criminal?"

Umm. No comment.

I can understand EA wanting to control it's SW from being abused by folks deploying more than a 'legitimate' number of installations but there are better options. Monthly subscription maybe? Hearing that type of deployment is becoming pretty popular...something about software as a service.