Sep 24, 2007

Dear NBC...

"I think you’re going to have your ass handed to you."

-Chris Breen, September 2007

I was considering writing about NBC's decision to pull their shows from iTunes and offer them "free" (on Windows platforms only, naturally), but Chris Breen's beat me to the punch. His blog post is called Network dreckwork. I highly suggest that you read it.

Sep 16, 2007

Sometimes you just gotta tell someone

While I was away from my computer, I got this IM from a friend of mine who's living in Beijing for a few years:

Dude. I just had to say hi to someone from my cracked iPhone from the back of a cab in Shanghai using edge with my Chinese sim. Sweet.

I'm using a native chat client.

That rocks.

Sep 7, 2007

OOXML Rejected by ISO

As I'm sure you've heard by now, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has failed to pass Microsoft's Office Open XML "standard" through "fast track" approval. I'm glad to hear this because there are a lot of scary criticisms out there of the OOXML specification.

It's a six thousand page specification. Yes, you read that right: six thousand pages. Through "fast track". Uh-huh.

Anyway, lots of people are celebrating this triumph, but just remember that this is a battle won, not the war. I've decided to dust off my wet blanket and toss it out there because:

  1. A lot of very smart people work at Microsoft

  2. They learn from their mistakes

  3. Just like the Terminator, they'll be back.

They might not be back with OOXML, but they won't just give up and go home.