Archive | March, 2013

Adria Richards, PyCon, and How We All Lost

21 Mar

Adria Richards, PyCon, and How We All Lost.
It’s very simple, before making a big deal about something, try to understand the consequences. Mob mentality is a dangerous thing, try to rile them up for the wrong reason, you’ll get burned yourself. You tried to publicly shame two people for a private conversation, now not only you yourself are shamed and fired, but also you’ve brought shame to the word “feminism”.

The Case for Windows 8 on Desktop

19 Mar

Since its launch on October 26, 2012 Windows 8 has been taking taking some criticism from from pretty much all direction for its inclusion of the tablet centric interface, formerly known as “Metro”, into its full fledged version. Unfortunately it’s a completely new take on a consumer OS interface and the confusion was not unforeseen. Heavy users are dissing it for not being integral to their workflow, no-savvy users are mostly uncomfortable with the change. People are seemingly preferring Windows 7 over 8 for the more known/familiar interface paradigm.

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Office 365 University promotion: 1st Hand

11 Mar

As reported earlier today, Microsoft has launched a promotional campaign on Office 365 University, and it can be redeemed here. Although the original offer is pretty darn sweet, I see no reason to not take Microsoft on this super generous offer.

In atypical Microsoft way, they have made even this a little confusing. So I did it in a way I thought would avoid possible mishaps. The offer page does not give any way for you to provide your main Microsoft account, or I could not find any. So I visited the page while logged into my Microsoft account. After I entered my college email address and shared it on Facebook, I was given a message that an email was sent. Not clear which account, but in a moment I saw that the email was sent to my college email address, not entirely unexpected. This would not have been a problem otherwise, but my college email account is also powered by Microsoft, which is basically a full Microsoft account(7GB SkyDrive). So had I clicked the link my college email likely would have registered for the Office 365 University and 20GB of extra storage. So instead of 45GB in my main account, I would have been stuck with 25GB and 27GB in two separate accounts, hardly an ideal situation. So I decided to forward the email to my main account and see what can be done. When I clicked the link inside from my main account (afraid that the link could have been email specific), I was immediately registered for Office 365 University, and SkyDrive storage was bumped to 45GB.

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Last gripe is that I had to reinstall Office to complete the process. I expected that my preview version of Office would have been automatically updated accordingly, but instead I was directed to the Office web-install page, which was showing 2 of 2 install remaining. When I proceeded to install, the installer said that there is a preview version installed which have to be removed in order to continue with the installation. I of course complied and the rest of the process was smooth as a baby’s back.

7 Mar

Excellent post. Wanted to write something similar, but this is far beyond my writing/analysis capability.

Hal's (Im)Perfect Vision

A comment Matt Rosoff over on CITEworld’s re-publication of my post on Microsoft’s current approach to developer (and other customer) engagement inspired me to do a thought experiment.  What if Microsoft had approached “Windows 8” differently?  There are a number of scenarios that they could have followed, so let’s explore a few of the more likely ones.

Most of the criticism about Windows 8 is around how Microsoft attempted to bridge the gap between a modern touch-based, tablet-centric (if you will), UI and the traditional desktop.  Now this is actually a complex situation, because we aren’t just talking about UI but also about a new app model.  In theory you could have one without the other.  In previous posts I’ve talked about why the overall re-imagination of Windows, including all these elements, was important.  So as one thinks about various alternative scenarios you have to consider that not all of the…

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