Holy cow, I wrote a book!
A few years ago, the Windows 7 team developed a document
to introduce technology writers to the features of Windows 7.
The document was released in PDF format,
which created quite a stir among certain people trapped inside
the Redmond Reality Distortion Field,
who indignantly complained,
Why are we releasing this document in PDF format?
Shouldn't it be in docx or XPS?
I would expect people interested in Windows 7
to be willing to use more Microsoft technology.
Um, hello from the real world.
It's the people who are critical of Windows 7
who are least likely to use Microsoft technology!
"Okay, so Microsoft has this document telling me about their
in some Microsoft proprietary file format that
requires me to install a custom viewer
that works only in Internet Explorer?
You've gotta be kidding me."
No wonder people hate Microsoft.
It's like handing out brochures titled
"Gründe, warum du Deutsch lernen solltest."
bookified his blogerations.
(Part 2: The Hardbackening.)
I've read the softcopy of his book. Good stuff.
And I would've endorsed his book even if he didn't promise me
a personalized copy.
A few years ago, the gas station near Microsoft's main campus
(the one which had been
run by my colleague in a previous stage of his career)
appeared to have suffered some problems with the LCD unit
on one of its pumps.
Instead of "Please insert card", it said
"@leace incebd cabd".
As a geek, I quickly determined
that bit 4 got wiped out
in the ASCII codes for the characters in the message.
I set about going
through the usual steps for purchasing gasoline,
though it took a little longer than normal because I
first had to decode the corrupted strings.
And then after I thought I had finished all the necessary preliminaries,
the panel said, "Begin Feeling".