Tag Archives: Microsoft

The Great Experiment: Month One

Overview In The Great Experiment: Day 1 I outlined my key criteria for evaluating another SmartPhone OS over the course of a typical two year contract: It must work sufficiently as a phone. It must be reliable and remain consistent in terms of interface and performance over its lifetime. It must work for me as a consumer,… Read More »

I'm a technologist, fanboy

You want to go on a rant about how one platform is better than the others and that anyone who believes otherwise is a mindless zombie captured by the marketing forces of the company you currently loathe? I’ve got news for you, fanboy. Yes, fanboy. You’re a fanboy. You use the word derisively against others who… Read More »

My Microsoft Word Infographic

Microsoft Word. It’s like the Kill-O-Zap of Word Processing. “The designer of the gun had clearly not been instructed to beat about the bush. ‘Make it evil,’ he’d been told. ‘Make it totally clear that this gun has a right end and a wrong end. Make it totally clear to anyone standing at the wrong… Read More »

Fairfax: Click whores or Windows Fanboys?

I actually quite like Fairfax, generally. They’re somewhat left-wing in their outlook, and as such represent added balance in an oft-times boganised Australian media landscape. However, when it comes to consumer tech stories, I honestly wouldn’t piss on them if they were on fire. For years, they’ve beaten a big drum bemoaning everything Apple. Thus,… Read More »

Cargo cults aren't dead, they just evolved

If you’re not familiar with cargo cults, you might want to read up on them. To summarise though, they sprang up around the Pacific Islands in particular, and mainly had their roots in villagers noticing behaviours associated with more advanced societies using islands for staging and delivery of goods, then imitating that behaviour. From the… Read More »

What century is it, Excel?

Both my partner and I have been working on two different versions of the same spreadsheet recently, and he ended up sending through his copy for me to look at alongside mine. Excel however, had different ideas: This comes down to a “dumb architecture decision”. I think Excel even acknowledges this: …even if the documents… Read More »

i* vs My *

A long time ago, in an operating system still lurking about today, Microsoft started a convention of naming things “My”. “My Computer”, “My Documents and Settings”, “My Music”, etc. I can’t say for certain whether Microsoft got in first with “My*” or whether Apple got in first with “i*”; the iMac was released originally in… Read More »