three months at MS

It’s the end of the year, and thus time to reflect. I’ve been with MS, and the MacBU, for three months. Back when the recruiter contacted me, I was … well, I suppose ‘ambivalent’ is the best word here. I wasn’t actively looking for a job, but I was beginning to think that it was…

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a Macintosh girl in a Microsoft world

SVMUG was interesting. Despite my best intentions, I had never managed to attend a MUG meeting before this. I walked in without too many expectations. I was somewhat, but not entirely, surprised to find that there was some amount of Microsoft-complaining going on before the meeting. (It wasn’t strong enough to count as MS-bashing, but…

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Office:Mac at SVMUG tonight

I forgot to post this earlier … Richard Kmieciak, one of the program managers here in the MacBU, is demoing Office 2004 tonight at SVMUG. I’ll be there in the role of a less-sequined Vanna White, handing out some goodies and asking people to sign up to participate in usability studies. If I recall correctly,…

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a tempest in a teapot

It seems that every six months or so, Linus Torvalds stirs up some kind of trouble in various geek communities. The most well-known incident was the Tanenbaum-Torvalds debate way back when. He’s mellowed some in later years, although I wouldn’t say that he’s any less opinionated. The can of worms that Torvalds opened this time…

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Embracing the wired future

In this week’s Opus (although, as of this writing, it’s still last week’s Opus that’s linked on the site), Opus is comfortably ensconsed in his anxiety closet with his books, CDs, Spongebob Squarepants telephone, and (I think) a pin-up penguin poster. Steve Jobs comes in and tells him to embrace the wired future, and throws…

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Apple gift cards

Apple has finally made gift cards available. These aren’t iTunes gift cards, but are good for anything at the Apple Store. It’s about time, guys! I would’ve thought that you would’ve picked up on the idea much earlier. iTunes gift cards have been available for awhile, why did it take so long to do this?…

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remembering John Vlissides

If you haven’t seen it yet, John’s WikiWikiWiki page has become a memorial, with posts from those who were fortunate enough to have worked with him. Being a computer science student, I knew of him, and I had seen him a few times at OOPSLA. He was conference chair of OOPSLA 2004, and I held…

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John Vlissides

I just got the sad news that John Vlissides, one of the four authors of Design Patterns, passed away early Thursday morning. Edited to add on Monday, 28 November: John died at home, surrounded by his family. He had a brain tumor. He served as general chair of OOPSLA 2004 while undergoing chemotherapy. I know…

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TiVo will support transfers to the video iPod and PSP

According to the New York Times, TiVo is going to allow subscribers to transfer their recorded shows from their TiVo to their video iPod or PlayStation Personal. This is an extension of the existing TiVoToGo service, which can already sync video stored on the TiVo to devices from Creative and other companies. I think that…

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MWSF rumour mill has begun

I love reading the various Apple rumour sites. I troll through their sites every few days to catch up on the latest chatter. They’ve got all of the honest-to-goodness Apple news, plus the rumours, guesses, and everything in between. The height of the rumour season is, of course, the lead-up to MacWorld San Francisco. And…

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