Category Archive: Microsoft

Aug 13 2008

Excel is Stupid!

Did you know that Excel could give you different calculated values based on what the default language for your PC is? I’m working on a translation project … and the translation company gave us a excel spread sheet with a list of screen fields that need to be expanded. This spread sheet uses the LENB …

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May 26 2006

Stupid Outlook

Sometimes I really hate MS Outlook. Yesterday I had to run a test that Cindy, one of our QA people, was having problems with … she was trying to test our issue tracking system against a DB2/400 database, but were getting a system error from the iSeries. She emailed me the instructions … they was …

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Feb 05 2006

What's wrong …

… with this google ad? Note: I’m not blaming Google for this in the slightest.

Sep 09 2005

Microsoft tries to recruit Eric Raymond

Seems that Microsoft is trying to recruit open source advocate Eric Raymond. My favorite part of his reply to the MS recruiter is this: I’d thank you for your offer of employment at Microsoft, except that it indicates that either you or your research team (or both) couldn’t get a clue if it were pounded …

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Aug 03 2005

Boycott IE

Boycott IE. It’s a cancer on the Web that must be stopped. IE isn’t secure and isn’t standards-compliant, which makes it unworkable both for end users and Web content creators. – Paul Thurrott I’m all for it. I haven’t used IE for anything serious in months. I think I worried my dad once, when he …

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Jul 25 2005

Don't Smile(y)

… or Microsoft will sue you 🙂 United States Patent Application: 20050156873 Methods and devices for creating and transferring custom emoticons allow a user to adopt an arbitrary image as an emoticon, which can then be represented by a character sequence in real-time communication. In one implementation, custom emoticons can be included in a message …

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May 27 2005

Roll my own

Microsoft’s MSN Spaces threatens to dominate with formal toolsets while others, like Blogger, hope to keep the technology’s pioneering spirit alive … However, with MSN Spaces, Microsoft is delivering a pre-set suite of blogging and complementary services on a platform that doesn’t allow for much manual tweaking and extension on the part of the end-user. …

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Mar 12 2005

Watch what you say on AIM

In todays climate of privacy mania, I find it quite interesting that AOL would change their terms of service to eliminate any possiblity of a right to privacy when using their AIM chat service … Although you or the owner of the Content retain ownership of all right, title and interest in Content that you …

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Mar 02 2005

Bill Gates to be Knighted

Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates will be awarded an honorary knighthood by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Wednesday for his outstanding contribution to enterprise. Reuters.com This is very disturbing. And I usually hold the british in high regard. This turn of events lowers them a notch or two (Sorry Martin).

Nov 21 2004

LOL – Ballmer Got It Wrong

Oh I love it … just a followup to my previous post about Microsoft’s FUD … turns out, Ballmer must have misunderstood the facts somewhat massively… Open source faces no more, if not less, legal risk than proprietary software. The market needs to understand that the study Microsoft is citing actually proves the opposite of …

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