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July, 2006

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    Design Advice for Mac


    This is something you won't often see, design advice for Apple by a Microsoftie.

    I've got the machine for a couple of months now and I still think that, in spite of its limitations, it's a nice and fast machine to run Vista. The machine also generates a lot of controversy but now I want to talk abit about how a design flaw by Apple recently made my Macbook less attractive.

    Vulnerable Mac Keys The missing key

    The problem is that the keys on the left and right edge have a straight side. As a result I lost a key recently as I put the laptop in my bag and accidentily a DVD slipped between the lid that was closed and the keyboard.

    All other keys are design correct, look at the CTRL key for instance, except the most vulnerable ones on the edge. As you can see, my Toshiba tablet PC has much better designed keys.



    This post is about: Vista, Apple Boot Camp

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    World Values


    Working with people all over the world and working for people in the EMEA region, it's important to understand the cultural differences between people.

    Cleaning up my inbox, I came accross a link to this site: http://www.worldvaluessurvey.com/. Very interestin g map, don't you think? Intriguing to see how sometimes language, sometimes locality, sometimes religion seems to bundle countries around values.  



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    Conference calls


    Conference calls are a reality in an international organization the size of Microsoft. This clip is nice parody on them: http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/tag/confcall/search/microsoft/video/87706.

    Very recognizable! I'm not a big fan of phone calls in general and conference calls are even worse. In my opinion they only work when there are only few people (max. 4) who come prepared and understand their role in the call.


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    One swallow doesn’t make an OS


    So four talented guys create YouOS and kaboom: here are the predictions that Google OS will make Windows obsolete. TechMeme then picks it up and the circus is flying. The article represents an opinion just like this blogpost represents my personal view. The opinion imho is laughable. This is the most funny bit: but you gotta wonder why Gundotra switched teams. If Google rolls out enough Web apps before Windows Vista ships, it might persuade people not to blow $2,000 on a new Microsoft machine.


    That must be satire, right? Sure Vic is a great win for Google. I heard many good things about him. And of course some graduates can build software that changes the world, look at Google or look at Bill Gates. But to claim that Google just needs to speed up a bit to keep people from buying Vista?! Woeeehaaaaaa!!!!!


    What can I say, an OS in the browser? Ajax, doesn’t offer enough to make an experience like the one you get on your desktop. Sure you can make a rich web app but making it rich enough to replace all of the OS? Not a chance. In my opinion there are two ways in which the network will become the computer (wink wink).


    1: Internet Services like Google’s or Windows Live Services will continue to show up but I believe that adoption will only pick up as these services are integrated deeper in the operating system(s) running on the desktop. For instance having a virtual disk drive somewhere in the cloud showing up like a drive in your Windows File Explorer.


    2. There might be an OS people use over the internet in the future but I don’t believe it will be running in the browser. HTML, AJAX, REST… not adequate. It might be some kind of virtualization technology and people would use something like Remote Desktop Connection. Remote Desktop currently isn’t adequate either since it doesn’t stream video for instance but you get the idea.


    I know some people out there wouldn’t like anything more than Vista to fail but there’s bad news for them people actually like the innovations offered in the new version of Windows. The number of downloads of the beta or the interest I’ve seen in my posts on getting Vista to run on a MacBook Pro just confirm that.

    This post is about: Vista

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