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the "xcopy deployment"

[via Jon]

Ken Bereskin talks about my favorite feature in Jaguar. The Archive Install always tickles me, since it saves a lot of time. Could Microsoft ever come close to something like this? Probably not, because user stuff is still half in the registry, half on the hard drive. Plus, Microsoft is still working on what they call "xcopy deployment," something that we call "dragging shit from a disk image to your Applications folder and having it just work." [Brian Jepson's Radio Weblog]

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 16, 2002 at 8:05 PM

blogs in class

Just saw that Plan B is being referenced as a "resource" for an assignment in the "Core Seminar in Knowledge Media Design" at the University of Toronto's Knowledge Media Design Institute. Cool.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on October 16, 2002 at 8:02 PM

down on tech

In the High-Tech Sector, Optimism Is Just a Faded Memory [NYTimes]. Dave comments on the article. I agree.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 16, 2002 at 2:40 PM

vigor

Just found this add-in to VI/VIM in Unix/X Windows: Vigor, the "Clipit" for VI. Here are some screenshots of Vigor in action, being helpful with questions like "are you sure you want to move to the left?" or "Don't go! The text needs you!"

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 16, 2002 at 2:21 PM

office 2005 to be available before office 2003

Hilarious. From Fake News:

REDMOND, WA -- In a move that has been declared "unfortunate but necessary", Microsoft today announced that its productivity suite Office 2003 will again have its shipping date pushed back 3 months. This puts the shipping date on Office 2003 later than the estimated release of 2005.

[...]

While this move has been expected for some time, it did cause much discussion among industry experts. It was an anonymous user on the Internet that first pointed out that the new shipping date would be after the November 2004 date that Office 2005 will be available for beta testing in.

[A company] spokesman defended the beta test, saying, "It's important to Microsoft to keep the release date for Office 2005 on schedule. In order to do this we need feedback from the users as early as possible telling us what improvements over Office 2003 they most liked." In order for the feedback on Office 2005 to be collected, analyzed, and implemented the estimated release date of Office 2005 must be eight months before the shipping date.

The obvious difficulty in this is that there is no way for the beta testing to show improvements over Office 2003 if Office 2003 is not yet in use. To work around this problem Microsoft has announced that a special beta-testing team is being put together.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 16, 2002 at 2:05 PM

"elections" in iraq

From CNN:BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein won another seven-year term as Iraq's president in a referendum in which he was the sole candidate, taking 100 percent of the vote, the Iraqi leader's right-hand man announced Wednesday.

All 11,445,638 of the eligible voters cast ballots, said Izzat Ibrahim, vice chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council that is Iraq's key decision-making body.

"This is a unique manifestation of democracy which is superior to all other forms of democracies[...]"
100%... they had millions of voters with paper ballots... it must be the most efficient vote counting system in the entire world... although that wouldn't be surprising, given that it's the only dictatorship I know of that calls itself a democracy.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on October 16, 2002 at 1:50 PM

inventing customers

Microsoft campaign that went wrong. Here is the full story and here, here, and here are Dave's comments on it.

Essentially they invented a story of a person switching from Apple to Windows, then presented it as an actual "life story." How could they do something so stupid? As Dave said:

“You’d think Microsoft could at least find one real person to say they made the switch from Mac to Windows and were happy about it.”

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Posted by diego on October 16, 2002 at 12:13 PM

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