January, 2008

  • Steve Clayton

    Dell, Microsoft and Bono = (RED) kit


    Okay, I know Apple has already fine work with Sir Bono and the RED campaign but that doesn't mean this isn't very cool and great work by Dell, Apple and Bono's gang.

    From Reuters today:

    Dell Inc and Microsoft Corp are teaming up to release a Product Red computer, donating up to $80 for every one sold to fund AIDS-fighting drugs in Africa.

    Dell will start selling two (Red) laptops and one desktop running Microsoft Windows Vista on Friday. The two companies will donate $50 for a laptop and $80 for a desktop to the Global Fund, which finances health programs in Africa.


    Bono says - "My job is to put some poetry in the machine, put some funk in the machines," 


    Bill added - "I guess you can criticize even life-saving activities. I don't know how, but if somebody has a better idea than (Red) to save more lives, we are all ears," said Gates in an interview. "I put it in the category of a creative use of capitalism."

    Dell plans to offer the uber cool XPS One, XPS M1330 and M1530 laptop computers under the product (RED) brand and they'll sell for the same price as the regular Dell models. On sale from Jan 25th in the U.S. and in 30 countries from Jan 31st. They'll come with lots of red branding and a special edition of Vista Ultimate.

    I'm looking forward to hearing more and I'm very tempted to get an XPS One for my desk at home.

    Check out www.joinred.com and more info from Nick on the Windows Vista blog and of course, Long Zheng.

  • Steve Clayton

    Do You Sleep With Your Phone?


    • 95% of cell phone owners never leave home without carrying their phone
    • 3 billion people are always 'connected', twice the number of connected PCs
    • 54% of 14-24 year olds use their cell phone for Internet access
    • Only 24% of Japanese cell phone traffic is voice.


    I can't remember where I read these last week, nor can I decide which is the most scary. Perhaps this one:

    • 91% of mobile users keep phone within 1 meter reach 24x7 (China Mobile 50K survey)

    that last one came from Mary Meeker's great presentation at Web 2.0 SF last year. I love stats like that. They screw with peoples heads...as does sleeping with your phone.

  • Steve Clayton

    Bill Gates’ last day at Microsoft video from CES


    Bill's Last Day: The CES Keynote video


    Brilliant. Great work by Long to get it posted and now on Channel 10

    AP reports

    It showed a giddy Gates rapping, trying to lift weights, pleading for a spot in U2 and lobbying for a place on a presidential ticket. The video's cameo appearances from the likes of Brian Williams, Jay-Z, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Jon Stewart, Steven Spielberg and George Clooney provoked uproarious laughter -- not a common occurrence at a tech conference.

    Bill Gates’ last day at Microsoft (video) - istartedsomething

  • Steve Clayton

    Office Live Workspace and Skydrive


    An introduction to Office Live Workspace


    Office Live Workspace has been in beta for a while now and I've used it a little. Though I'm not necessarily the target audience as I tend to use Groove for file sharing, I think it's a really great solution for small teams, ad-hoc data transfer needs and lightweight collaboration. I met with the team behind OLW last week and they're pleased with the feedback so far. I hope to see them extend the audience of OLW soon.

    When live, the service will be open to anyone with a Windows Live ID and (currently) gives you 500MB of space for Office documents, images, PDF files, custom lists and more.

    Check out the 10 video above where Nic and Erik discuss what OLW is all about. It's another Software plus Services solution.

    Meantime, what I'd really like to see is a Windows shell extension that allows me to right click and upload stuff direct to Skydrive. Similar to Flickr's uploader, that would be a WAY cool Software plus Services solution that Windows users would bite our hand off for.

  • Steve Clayton

    I'm a Comic



    Heroes Happen Here features tech savvy crime fighters like Lord Firewall who "stands between chaos and order" - groovy. The first cartoon above reminded me of myself. When people ask what I do at Microsoft I tend to say "stuff" as it's less complicated than explaining what I actually do.

    I need to get this down to 60 seconds or less.

    As Information Week reported the HHH comic strips are being created by Jordan Gorfinkel, a former DC Comics editor who helped revitalize the Batman series. Kudos to the guys who hired him!

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