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Microsoft business strategy, innovation, and turf wars

February 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Confessions of a Microsoft employee: Microsoft was dysfunctional, and hurt by poor strategies and turf battles. As someone looking on at Microsoft from a distance, here’s my favorite quote from this story:

“The company as a whole seemed more and more focused on chasing competitors into any business where they might someday present a threat — which to me always felt like ego on the part of SteveB [CEO Steve Ballmer]”

That statement sums up my feelings about their approach to business.

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Winer’s “Twitter as coral reef”

January 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Here’s a link to a great article by Dave Winer about “Twitter as a coral reef“. You might think that sounds like a bad thing, but as Mr. Winer describes, it’s a very high compliment. It’s a great story about RSS, Twitter, and APIs in the new world.

iPhone users base passes Windows Mobile

December 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Business Insider reports that the number of iPhone users now surpasses the number of Windows Mobile users. I wish someone would have bet Steve Ballmer something huge when he dissed the iPhone back in 2007.

So Steve, a super-expensive “premium” phone now has more users than all Windows Mobile devices? Ouch!

U.S. military drones are hacked

December 18, 2009 Leave a comment

The U.S. military does not use encryption on the last leg of video communications with the drones that fly over Iraq and Afghanistan, and apparently their communications have been hacked. The hackers apparently used a $25.95 Windows application to track the aircraft, and see which areas the U.S. is flying over.

Oh, and apparently the military has known about the problem since the 1990s. Argh.

Cool data visualizations, 2009

December 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Just saw this link from Tim O’Reilly on Twitter about best data visualizations of 2009 (from flowingdata). I would have made Protovis #1, but either way, it’s a nice collection.