Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014

It's Time to Split Up Microsoft   

Excellent analysis by Ben Thompson on the future of Microsoft and why he thinks it should be split up.

For all the talk of moving beyond Windows (and Windows Phone), I am deeply skeptical that Microsoft can truly pursue its potential as a software and services company as long as Windows is around. Culture is developed over years, and for decades everything at Microsoft was about Windows.

One of Thompson’s main points is that Microsoft is aiming to become a software and services company but with the hardware baggage of Windows, Xbox and more recently, Nokia.

In 2000, Windows, Office, and Server were a virtuous cycle. Today, Windows and the entire devices business is nothing but a tax. Microsoft is a company that is meant to serve the entire market, and the way to do that is through services on every device. It’s all fine and well to say that you will treat devices equally, but given Microsoft’s history – and the power of culture – I just don’t believe it’s possible.

This will be an interesting time for Microsoft watchers.

Apollo 11 guidance source code  

in recognition of the 45 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and for all the hard-core assembly language fans out there, here’s the source code to the Apollo 11 guidance computer.

I’m proud to say I remember seeing the moon landing on TV – I was barely old enough to understand what was going on but I’ll never forget seeing these strange men bouncing around on our TV screen and knowing it was something special.

Via The Loop

Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014

Apple and IBM CEOs See Companies as “Puzzle Pieces” That Fit Well  

Tim Cook:

“We’ve transformed the consumer experience. I’d love to be a part of transforming the enterprise experience. We can’t do that alone. You need a lot of deep industry expertise that’s not in our DNA, but is in IBM’s DNA.”

This looks like a great move by Apple and IBM, they both should
benefit from this deal if it goes to plan.

via Re/code

Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014

The Post-Post-Apocalyptic Detroit  

What is happening in Detroit is really quite interesting, this New York Times article looks at the current state of the city and how some investors are banking on its revival.

In 2009, after Clore was laid off by Merrill Lynch, they persuaded relatives and friends to invest in their venture and began combing the thousands of properties in that year’s county auction. They looked for bungalows in middling neighborhoods near the border with the suburbs. They bought 15 houses at the auction for a total of $60,000. Seven of them rented immediately. The next year, they acquired 21 more, at an average of $3,000 apiece.

Fascinating.

The Android Browser  

An interesting look at the fragmentation of the Android browser market by HTML5 Test

Friday, 11 Jul 2014

10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings  

Sarah Cooper:

Like everyone, appearing smart during meetings is my top priority. Sometimes this can be difficult if you start daydreaming about your next vacation, your next nap, or bacon. When this happens, it’s good to have some fallback tricks to fall back on.

Some sound advice for anyone who struggles to sound smart at meetings. I may have to try some of these tips myself.

Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014

Microsoft continues Android push with Nokia X2 handset  

The Verge:

Microsoft isn’t giving up on its Android smartphones. After acquiring Nokia’s phone business in April, Microsoft is introducing a new Nokia X2 handset today.

Interesting Microsoft’s first product release after finalising the acquisition of Nokia is a new Android phone.

Microsoft will be hoping that this second-generation X2 will be another way to feed consumers into buying Windows Phones, and get smartphone users hooked on its range of cloud-based applications and services.

Not quite the Windows Everywhere Utopia Steve Ballmer had in mind, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Saturday, 21 Jun 2014

Water  

A great video by photographer/filmmaker Morgan Maassen.

I love the underwater wave shots towards the end.

Pixel Winch  

Pixel Winch is a neat little screen measuring tool by Ricci Adams. I came across it a few days ago after reading this article by Craig Hockenberry.

Currently in beta as a free download for OS X, it’s worth checking out (if screen measurement tools are your thing).