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Three types of people

In the spirit of using completely arbitrary ways to categorise people, I’d like to suggest that there’s 3 types of people.

At the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier you are one of these:

The person who walks out the instant the credits start rolling
The person who waits for the ‘bonus’ bit that all comic related movies have these days. Once that bit in the middle of the credits has played, you congratulate yourself for waiting and then walk out
The person who is overly cautious and waits right until the very end, and then as the credits finish and the final roman numeral copyright year rolls off the top of the screen you are rewarded […]

Should Office for iPad be free?

It will be interesting to see what Microsoft’s pricing strategy is when they release Office on the iPad soon. Already talk of the release has positively affected their share price, so it’s all down to their release strategy – will they charge for it, will they require an Office 365 subscription, or will it perhaps, be free?

I’m dreading Microsoft forcing users into having an Office 365, not because I’m against a subscription (I personally have tons of monthly subscriptions for all the tools I use), but rather because it will significantly decrease the appeal down to already existing Office 365 users. Microsoft can either see the iPad release as:

A way to drive Microsoft usage, […]

OneNote for Mac

I’m gonna take back something I said in a recent post about Microsoft’s OneNote strategy. In that post I said I reckon hardly anyone would use OneNote for Mac. But I’m rethinking that today, after trying the new OneNote for Mac release. Here’s why:

Not the Free part (although that is good), but the availability. With Microsoft putting in the effort to make OneNote available on every device, they’ve removed the biggest hurdle I had to embracing their stuff: fear of future unavailability. With that clear device coverage I know I can confidently use OneNote and not have any issues when/if I change my OS in the future. Currently I’m on Mac and iOS devices, but […]

1000 posts

Huh, I happened to notice this when logging in today – I’ve written 1000 posts on this site now (this post will be 1001). Not that big a deal in the scheme of things I guess, but was a pleasant surprise to me anyway.

Checking my Archive, it looks like I started blogging back in June 2004, so that’s almost ten years.

By |March 18th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments


Mozilla’s announcement last week that they are mothballing their Metro-specific version of Firefox for Windows 8 is pretty much a non-event in my mind. Although people will try to read into it all kinds of things (just take a look at the comments), surely it’s just an example of good resource allocation based on data. The data said this particular implementation wasn’t being used. So instead they’ll focus their resources on other areas. Seems wise to me. If only more companies/product departments/teams did this!

However, that’s not to say the announcement isn’t interesting for other reasons. The main thing for me is it shows just how attached everyone still is to the term ‘Metro’ – […]

I kinda like Shingy

Reading this interview by Business Insider with David Shing was really good – sounds like he’s a super nice guy. And so underserving of the hurtful outpouring from so many back in February (here’s a taste).

In his case he’s taken it all in his stride, and hopefully will actually benefit from it (in terms of exposure, which then turns positive).

I’ve never really understood name calling in  popular tech reporting – it seems so childish and cruel. But in this case it’s interesting – they picked on him about his appearance. That it seems, is still fine for media to do…

Perhaps ‘appearance’ is the last remaining area media can pick on and still get away with. […]

Bill Gates interview in Rolling Stone

Hopefully you’ve already seen this wonderful interview with Bill Gates in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. If not, then it’s well worth a read.

Top marks to the interviewer – a great bunch of questions (and so much better than the cringe-worthy questions Bill’s had to endure in the past). As always Bill is such a clear and useful thinker who answers so eloquently.

I’m tempted to include a few of the choice quotes here, but to do that I’d basically have to post the entire interview – every answer is good. So just go read it.

And when you’re finished there, make sure you read (or re-read) his recent Gates Notes letter (from early Feb). I’m […]

Don’t be the weakest link

An interesting comment by Chris Evans, a Google security engineer for the Chrome browser, at the recent Pwnium 4 security competition in Canada. Commenting on their approach to security:
“Bad guys are fundamentally lazy, like the rest of us. They’re looking for the highest return with the least amount of effort.”
“They want the weakest link, and we will never have Chrome be the weakest link.”
There’s a lot to agree with in this approach, after all most predators tend to pick on the vulnerable (even serial killers) and you can often survive using the ‘slightly faster runner’ tactic (ie the old joke about surviving a tiger attack: “I don’t have to be the fastest runner, I just have to […]

By |March 16th, 2014|Google|0 Comments

Microsoft Office and non-Windows platforms

Good to hear that Microsoft is supposably releasing an updated version of Office for Mac later this year. When I switched to Mac a little over a year ago, I thought I’d spend most of my time running Windows (eg on Parallels), but I actually found myself surprisingly content with the Mac OS. Pretty much everything I do now runs in the browser, with the exception of a few programs: Word and Excel being the main ones.

No matter how much I turn to Google, Apple and a bunch of other vendors for my main tools (and frankly most of my life runs on something Google related now), Microsoft still remains there, kept in by […]

What if the NSA gets hacked?

The extremes of the web are present in two related articles this week.

First let’s hear from Tim Berners-Lee, commenting 25 years after his first proposal for the web (as we know it today) was written:
“Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what’s happening at the back door, we can’t have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture. It’s not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it.”
and further:
“Our rights are being infringed more and more on every side, and the danger is that we get used to it. So I want […]