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Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent

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The NY Times today has an interesting article about how law enforcement officials in Russia are using anti-piracy laws to confiscate computers owned by those who are speaking out against the government. In the case cited in this article, those groups whose computers have been confiscated have all owned legal copies of the software in question.

To their credit, Microsoft is promising to “review its policies in Russia” but they have not stated that they will not prosecute these cases that are clearly designed to limit free speech in Russia.

Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent | via

If Apple was still using the I’m A Mac campaign this might make a very interesting ad.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

September 12th, 2010 at 8:40 am

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Interesting Response to the Leaked Screenshots of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011

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Interesting response from a Daring Fireball reader about the leaked screenshots of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and the fact that these shots still show Save buttons that use a now rather anachronistic floppy disk icon.

Here are a couple more interesting points:

Pages doesn’t even have the option to add a save button. Note that a “Save” button appears nowhere in Pages’ customize toolbar sheet.

ForeverSave, an app that I use for autosaving files, shows a small arrow pointing to a computer.

WriteRoom, no save button.

Acorn, no save button.

In fact, the vast majority of the programs that I use on a daily basis have no Save button. Seems to me that it’s not the floppy disk icon that’s outmoded, it’s the idea that you need a button to save your files that’s outmoded.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 30th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Achtung Baby!

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Not quite as brash as initially reported, but interesting nonetheless.

Daring Fireball Linked List: Journalists Told Not to Use or Mention Apple Products at Windows Mobile Event in Germany.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

December 9th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

The Beginning of the End of OS Vaporware at Microsoft?

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Ina Fried has an interesting interview with Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky up at CNet news. In it Sinofsky offers up what appears to be a new philosophy of development and release, at least as far as OSs go, at Microsoft:

“Everybody wants to know what’s coming and what’s next.” But, he said, talking too soon, too early is actually a bad thing that just leads to frustration.

That’s in sharp contrast to the prior version of Windows, which was first shown as Longhorn back in 2003. It ultimately suffered through numerous delays and significant changes before being released as Vista.

From the sounds of it, gone are the days of announcing an OS and its yet-to-be-nailed-down feature set years before it’s ready to be released. Which, perhaps, means that they’ve stolen another page from the Apple playbook.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

November 21st, 2009 at 7:57 am

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@gruber, As Usual, is 100% On The Mark

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via Daring Fireball Linked List: Welcome to the Microsoft Store.

It’s creepy, as in like stalker-ish creepy, just how blatantly they’ve copied Apple.

I’m curious though, is their Genius Bar equivalent a phone bank to India?

Written by Jeffery Battersby

October 23rd, 2009 at 9:07 am

Be Scared, Be Very Scared

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Microsoft recently sent CultofMac a DMCA Takedown For Linking To Windows 7 Beta in an article about installing the Windows 7 beta on a MacBook. The only possible CultofMac infringement was a link in the article to the Microsoft Windows 7 beta.

But what’s really bizarre/scary is the following:

But the notice doesn’t specify what the infrinegment is, nor what has to be taken down. Rackspace has contacted the company acting for Microsoft, DtecNet, for clarification. We’ve left the post alone until we clearly understand the demands.

Microsoft’s Demand for Immediate Take-Down provided no specifics re: why the post in question needed to be taken down, only that it needed to be taken down and taken down immediately.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

October 21st, 2009 at 4:05 pm

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The Microsoft Discount And What Can’t Be Discounted

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Dan Miller’s article is excellent overall, but it’s this quote that cuts right to the heart of the matter.

I spend 8+ hours a day dealing with the operating system. OS X is, to me, pretty much the entire reason to use a Mac.


Written by Jeffery Battersby

April 11th, 2009 at 7:15 pm