ATC :: Since February 2001

Friday, November 14, 2003

Great Platforms - [8:46 AM]

Scobleizer: "Instead, let's just go back and be a great platform company." - Robert believes Microsoft needs to get back to its' roots; become a great platform company, again. I'd argue that it's never lost the position of great platform company. There are probably a few factors that have led Robert to make that kind of statement. Microsoft is a huge target, it has a gigantic bullseye painted around corporate headquarters. Ever ten year old hack hates them for some weird reason, which usually start off with "It's not open source", or "It's not secure", and if you ask them point blank to explain themselves better you usually get some strange drivel they heard from someone else that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but I digress. Microsoft is still a great platform company and will continue to be for a long time to come, as long as they reverse their continuing trend of becoming more like IBM or GE. Microsoft has allowed mediocrity to slip into the shop, but you'd have to get some of that with a company the size of a small city. I can tell you first hand that two of the three upper level management folks on the Visio team are completely worthless in their roles and I wonder how they ever rose to such positions of power. Two of three, seriously. These are the guys driving future development of a wonderful product. Now I have to believe if you have that sort of mediocre leadership on a tiny team what's it like in other divisions of the company? I think Microsoft has gotten so caught up in maintaining a certain level of profit they've lost touch with the customer and they've forgotten about innovation. Longhorn could be a turning point. Guys like Robert have fresh eyes coming into the game. He's critical when he needs to be and supportive of his platform. I think that's a great combination and it's something Microsoft needs more of. I also think Microsoft need a cultural revolution. It's time to grow up a bit. It's still too college campus, center of the universe, like. That's why I'm no longer there. Move to Redmond or be out of a job. Here's a company with 55,000+ employees that couldn't bare to have four remote employees. They don't know how to use their own technology. There are a lot of disconnects like that within the company. Any large company is going to have it, it's inevitable. I'm rambling, time to get on to real work.
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Movie line of the week answer - [8:24 AM]

Yesterday's line was a fairly easy one. The move is about 12 years old but it was very fun and memorable, who the heck would have 11 toes anyway?

Congratulations go to Steven Vore and Justin King(our one-and-only international guesser). The correct answer is from 1991's...

But you already knew that, didn't you?
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Thursday, November 13, 2003

Movie line of the week - [12:44 PM]

Watchin' it on the big screen!Okie-dokie, time to get on with this weeks movie line. Sorry I'm so late, I've been learning some new stuff, diggin' in a bit, and it's distracting me from the more important things in life, like movie lines.

Here it is...

2, 10, 11. Eyes, fingers, toes!

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Scripting News gets a makeover - [10:06 AM]

It's even worse than it appears.The new look of Scripting News is really quite nice, clean white background with absolutely no clutter. Bravo Dave!

There is of course one thing I'd like to see changed, the header graphic. Smile, life is good!

I'd hate to have Scripting News show up on my companies list of sites I cannot visit because of it. I'd be lost without it, it's a daily habit. I don't honestly know what causes a site to get on that list but so far, so good.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Please allow me to introduce... - [10:40 AM]

Mr. Will Shattuck, let's have a warm round of applause for Will.

Willie Fred, as I like to call him, is a fellow Paramount employee.
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Potter News - [8:15 AM]

HPANA: "Hi-res 'Prisoner of Azkaban' pics from trailer" - My favorite book in the Harry Potter series is still Prisoner of Azkaban. After taking a long look at the stills I'm left with a bit of a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.

Here's a better source of pictures, some of them leave me feeling a bit better about the look of the film. In particular the picture of the horseless carriages on their way to the castle and the one of Sirius in Azkaban Prison are amazing. What's up with the picture of Snape protecting Harry, Ron, and Hermione? The only part of the book I can think of that would come remotely close to a scene like that is the dementors closing in on them after the leave the shrieking shack, but Snape should be unconscious.

I hope the film works, I really do.
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Neato - [7:57 AM]

Mike Deem: "I used the Visio Save As Web Page feature to convert the WinFS schema diagram to a web page that uses VML. " - I had to link to this because it's a really nice diagram.
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