MSR talks online

My Favorite unadvertised benefit of working for Microsoft is access to the various speakers that come through campus and give talks to MSR. It is great to here that many of them have made it to the public on ResearchChannel. I’ve bookmarked on a number of talks I’ve seen and enjoyed and a couple that I haven’t seen and want to. Special notice to the two MSPAC ones, David Brin, Mandelbrot, Bruce Campbell, Malcolm Gadwell and Cory Doctorow.


Too Much Battlestar Galatica…


You scored as Commander William Adama. You have risen to your position by being damn good at what you do. Not only that, you have the deepest respect for the people under your command. You may be a little grumpy and unapproachable, but every commander needs to distance himself. Shame that you apply that to your children too.

Commander William Adama


CPO Galen Tyrol


Capt. Lee Adama (Apollo)


President Laura Roslin


Col. Saul Tigh


Tom Zarek


Number 6


Lt. Sharon Valerii (Boomer)


Lt. Kara Thrace (Starbuck)


Dr Gaius Baltar


What New Battlestar Galactica character are you?created with

Boat Load of Links




Either I don't get it or Cringely is over the top wrong

In the latest I Cringely, Cringely offers analysis that just doesn’t make sense to me. He predicts that Dell was the reason that Vista isn’t shipping this holiday season. While I believe he is 100% correct that it has to do with OEM lead time, he is way off thinking it was Dell. Dell is the company that doesn’t have long inventory chains and assembles the computers at the last possible minute. Other OEMS like HP have long lead times as they ship machines assembled and installed from Asia (and it really is a long boat ride). Microsoft had a choice, let Vista come out when it is ready and have a piecemeal market availability as more agile OEMS hit the holiday market, or do one giant launch when everyone can have the OS installed. He finally acknowledges this aspect as an afterthought, but I think it’s the most critical piece to the decision.

He then takes a sweeping amount of ignorance and combines it with a single datapoint from a conference to get that vista won’t be any better regarding security and malware. As someone who has gone through the culture shift here and seen so many features thrown on the back burner to make room for UAC, protected mode IE, theat models, security audits (internal and external) and more. I just have to guess he isn’t following this area at all.

Then he makes a prediction that Apple’s Bootcamp will just make Microsoft more money because apple users will buy Windows retail. I think a good analogy for this is naked pcs, where people buy a machine without an OS or one with Lindows and just pops in a Window XP CD they have around or borrowed from some one else. I’m less worried about retailers doing it or businesses, but it remains to be seen how much these channels will want Windows on their boxen.