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
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