David Flatley

Tag: Microsoft

Hostile takeover for Yahoo?

by on Apr.07, 2008, under Intense Nonsense, Microsoft

So Bill is at it again, gobbling up everything in his path. This time he sent Steve Ballmer to beat up Yahoo! and watching the two companies have a pissing contest is too fun! Yahoo thought Microsoft made an indecent proposal so they sent Steve Ballmer a snippy response, and MS’s answer to that is “tough crap beotch, take our offer or we’ll sweep the rug out from under your feet”. Personally, I think MS should be neutered at this point, buy nothing else until you pay off your bills first (like fines and taxes)

I decided it’s too much fun to watch the big guys go at it and was curious as to what the general consensus is for those following, or involved in, the Yahoo! vs Microsoft match.

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Thanks Bill and Microsoft for screwing up my weekend

by on Feb.24, 2008, under Adobe Flex, Nonsense, PXL Info

And costing me time and money I might add. It’s a good thing I came across this article online the other day. It seems that ole Bill and his pals at Microsoftunfurled their latest monkey patch for Vista in the form of Service Pack 1. Nothing new here, no big deal, but for me it was a big deal :)

My software, Attest, the Adobe Flex 2 Certified Developer practice exam happens to use it’s copy protection from a company that just so happens to be one of the very few on a list of other companies who’s software is affected by this update. Most of the other companies directly affected by SP1 are primarily made up of anti-virus, internet security, and anti-spyware manufacturers…….you know, no big deal. Who cares for that kind of software anyway, not Bill!

So as you can see, Bill releases monkey patch for Vista, that makes certain software programs explode that otherwise worked great, so those companies release updates for their products and “stuff” rolls downhill…….good thing I noticed that my software would be mangled and created an update, or I may have been hit with a ton of support issues without knowing that Bill decided to revamp his OS yet again.

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Is Bill Gates retiring from retiring?

by on Jan.07, 2008, under Intense Nonsense

Anyone know? Apparently, July 2008 is the start of the transition for Microsoft. So will the man be retiring or just swapping titles to Great and Powerful Oz, and sending his army of GatesBots, made out of lesser parts of Gates himself, to overrun the circuit boards of the world with new and more powerful buffer overflows? According to the article on Microsoft, he’s now going to

transition out of a day-to-day role in the company to spend more time on his global health and education work

MS Help

Global Health and Education work?
I’m not sure I want to know more about what that entails, but no doubt it’ll end up bringing MS more money in the long run. I have but one major gripe with Bill though, before you turn over your immense power to the rest of the company, could you squeeze in the “Setup Project” functionality Visual C# 2005 Express? It’s cool to be able to build applications for free, but I might one day want to actually pass them along to folks to install on their machines. In the meantime, I’ve been using the Inno Setup (great program) but it would be nice to actually be able to build what one creates and be able to deploy it in the same development environment. Just a thought.

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Microsoft released Office 2007 Service Pack

by on Dec.11, 2007, under Nonsense

I guess you can figure out where I get most of my news from. ZDNet posted this today:

First Office 2007, SharePoint 2007 service packs ready for download by ZDNet‘s Mary Jo Foley — Microsoft has released the first service pack (SPs) for Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 — a calendar quarter ahead of schedule. So what’s coming in the first Office System 2007 SP update and how is it being rolled out? Read on.

Quick, run, go! Get it before something bad happens. Mary Jo Foley wrote on ZDNet that

There don’t seem to be any huge, show-stopper bugs that Microsoft is addressing in either of the new service packs.

but this is likely because if they did fix any gaping holes, there would leave less for them to do in the future. For a while, it’s been widely believed that Microsoft patched any existing holes by cramming the QuickTime player into them and holding the patch together with gum and popsicle sticks.

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Apple’s QuickTime receiving secret security tutoring from Microsoft?

by on Dec.03, 2007, under Nonsense

I just read this

Apple QuickTime under siege by ZDNet‘s Ryan Naraine — Not counting silent (undocumented) fixes, Apple has patched at least 32 security flaws affecting QuickTime in 2007. Last year, the QuickTime patch count was 28. Five was documented in 2005. There’s no real end in sight…

It seems that Apple needs to spend less time watching movie trailers and start taking a page from Microsoft’s book on security. Wait no, I take that back. DON’T go with Microsoft’s tutorials if there’s such a thing!

Users clamoring again for an Internet Explorer 8 update by ZDNet‘s Mary Jo Foley — On the one-year anniversary of the launch Internet Explorer (IE) 7, the IE team posted yet another “stay tuned” message to the IE team blog, regarding an informational update on IE 8. And users are none too happy about the continued silence of the IE team.

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