Calculating with Incense and Spreadsheets

It should come as no surprise to learn that the inventors of the spreadsheet and the first companies to market spreadsheet software were refugees from the Sixties counterculture. How often have you looked at a spreadsheet and thought, what were … Continue reading

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Three Kings and Their Visions: Schmidt’s Bet, Gates’ Spin, and Jobs’ Win

As 2006 closes, the titans of our computer industry have, one way or another, made their visions known to mankind. Three in particular have made interesting, if not influential, comments on the future of the Internet and the world as we know it: Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt, Apple’s Steve Jobs, and of course, Microsoft’s Bill Gates.

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Why Will Microsoft Fail?

Microsoft’s delay in providing Windows Vista to the general marketplace has sparked all manner of criticism and analysis. I’ve addressed a number of questions from reporters and journalists and gathered them here, with paraphrased questions and my responses. Q. People … Continue reading

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Origami and Writely: An Odd Couple to Break the Office Monopoly

By now you have probably read about Origami, Microsoft’s “micro-tablet” or “ultra-mobile” PC that will shortly become available from manufacturers such as Samsung at prices as low as $600. Microsoft Watch offers an excellent summary. You have also read about … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s Future of Uncertainty and Doubt

The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armor to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he who, by peddling second-rate technology, led them into … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s Future of Uncertainty and Doubt

People are aware of Microsoft’s history of locking customers in with new features at the expense of security, proposing pseudo-open standards, and spreading FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) about its competitors.

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