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Deciding to return to couples counseling with Microsoft

I’ve made no effort to hide my disdain for so many things Microsoft, that I doubt anyone I know could accuse me a being a fanboy with a straight face. My blog probably doesn’t represent some of the more cynical opinions I have, but I assure you my heart has been hardening for years. What did I learn today that was impressive enough to write about?

Today, like most days, I’m casually browsing posts at Hacker News when I run across this link.

Having been a Dropbox user for a long time, recently considering upgrading to a paid account for the additional storage, I now find that Microsoft just might — MIGHT — offer an alternative that’s worth using. Why not just give it a shot and see if Redmond has managed to learn what makes products like Facebook, Instagram, Firefox and countless other bleeding edge web solutions so appealing to consumers. (note: if you’re one of those people who always seemed to give Microsoft a fair chance to impress you after countless discouragement and crap products, you’re probably not the target audience of this post.) Continue reading Deciding to return to couples counseling with Microsoft

Once Again, Microsoft can’t find it’s *** with both hands

I remember years ago when Microsoft fans were up in arms that they had to download and install a brand new, stand-alone, executable package on their local workstations in order to gain the benefits of the new “dot net” programming architecture.. One of the big reasons I wasn’t a big fan of this edict — even as a Microsoft product fanboi — is that it broke my browsing experience into two distinct components. I was floored that the functionality they hoped to deliver to the World Wide Web required not only their own branded browser, but now a separate installation of supporting libraries.

My disagreement was short-lived. I installed the new framework and have updated, patched, hot-fixed, and caressed it begrudgingly a dozen times over the last 5 years.

Today was a new experience though and one that continues to punctuate the reasons my frustrations with Microsoft persist. Continue reading Once Again, Microsoft can’t find it’s *** with both hands