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The European Commission repeats the mistake of the '09 Microsoft deal

We've already seen it in 2009. The European Commission could have built an exemplary anti-trust case against Microsoft for forcing manufacturers to bundle its operating system with the computers. Instead, it targeted a smaller issue of tying the web browser to the operating system. Since then, Microsoft lost the browser war on technical grounds, and Internet Explorer became known as a tool to download Google Chrome on a fresh computer.

The only real impact of the 2009 Commission's decision on consumers was negative. A sudden drop in the quality of email rendering in Microsoft Outlook 2010 and all the later versions comes from the fact that Microsoft teared off the Internet Explorer's component from Microsoft Office and replaced it with a much older and less capable library developed in the early 80s and initially used to display RTF documents. So, whenever you see bulky fonts and ugly formatting in your Microsoft Outlook, don't blame the sender, blame the European Commission.

This old story repeats with Google. They took on an irrelevant issue of Google Shopping search results, instead of picking one of the well-publicized issues of:

* abuse of control over the Android ecosystem
* Gmail interoperability with small independent mail servers
* Gtalk and Google Hangouts interoperability with third-party XMPP servers
* Google Single Sign-On interoperability with regards to industry standards

…the list can go on and on.

A subtle allusion to the f-word in Microsoft's EU coding week banners

Just stumbled upon a fancy banner by Microsoft that advertises its Embrace and Extend from the childhood program.

For the record: the only reason Microsoft supports this "Coding in classroom initiative" is because they want to push their products through kids. It's a problem, but a bigger problem is that Microsoft have long striven to make computing an elite profession by introducing inconsistencies and complexity for the most basic abstractions: a character, a file, a block device... their products are designed to fail pupils who want to understand how computers work. And this design is intentional, because the less people understand computing, the less competition their business has... and higher are the profits.

Thus, taking money from Microsoft to promote coding in the classroom is akin to taking money from Philip Morris to promote healthy lifestyle. Shameful.

FairSearch.org tries to persuade EU decision-makers to crack down on Google

There's been a fair amount of talk about FairSearch.org in US, and how ill-though their campaigning is.

One of my clients is now rolling out ads for FairSearchEurope.eu. Just as its US counterpart, FairSearchEurope.eu is very shy of itself. It's website is registered to a law firm, its founding is unclear, it banners are the most obvious examples of FUD tactics I have seen in the past years. Come on, dudes! There are so many reasons to attack Google, don't whine about the only thing that works, their search engine.

Everything you can not do with a Windows Phone 7

Three days ago, I got my hands on the HTC Trophy 7 running Windows Phone 7. Until now, I played occasionally with Android, but never used a smartphone.

Here's a list of things I'd like to do on the smartphone:

  • Transfer the contacts from the old Nokia phone
  • Listen to music and audio books from the local collection
  • Read books from Flibusta

In the process, I'd rather not to reveal too much personal information to Microsoft. The wishlist looks simple, huh? Let's see what I managed to do.

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Почему я не люблю Микрософт?

Микрософт мне не нравится прежде всего тем, что популяризировала ненавистные многим методы работы.

Следуя примеру Микрософт, индустрия ПО, которая по сути является индустрией услуг, стала вдруг индустрией продуктов, а типичный цикл разработки ПО превратился из многолетней совместной работы специалистов над разработкой и поддержкой ПО для конкретных потребителей в годичный аттракцион «слабай-продай-свали».

Нежелание женщин заниматься этой профессией, массовый исход программистов в смежные специальности после 30-40 лет, дауншифтинг, развитие малого бизнеса в IT — это во многом отголоски негативного влияния Микрософт.

ЗЫ: Изначально этот пост был комментарием на Хабре.

Жёстко они в Microsoft работают, жёстко...

Выдали мне не так давно на работе компьютер dualboot: Windows XP и Ubuntu.

И действительно, оказалось полезно, из Ubuntu я пару раз запускал Windows XP через kvm. В первый раз она просила её активировать. Ну дай думаю активирую -- я ведь раньше этого не делал, может положено так. Через несколько месяцев вдруг понадобилось в Windows XP опять зайти. Сделал ребут, запускаю виндовс -- а она говорит, что надо опять активироваться. Ну ладно думаю. Давай. И тут она отвечает, что количество активаций истекло и через 3 дня она типа самоуничтожится.

Так и остался я у разбитого корыта с одним Ubuntu на машине. Windows теперь запускать страшно, вдруг она не дай бог на меня настучит в местный офис Microsoft.