Microsoft ATOM Pub

February 29, 2008

Microsoft Gets ATOM

At last Microsoft gets ATOM

Microsoft is making a large investment in unifying our developer platform protocols for services on the open, standards-based Atom format (RFC 4287) and the Atom Publishing Protocol (RFC 5023). At MIX we are enabling several new Live services with AtomPub endpoints which enable any HTTP-aware application to easily consume Atom feeds of photos and for unstructured application storage (see below for more details). Or you can use any Atom-aware public tools or libraries, such as .NET WCF Syndication to read or write these cloud service-based feeds.

I know this only matters to the 5% of web surfers who actually use a Feed Reader, but maybe now with a Standard in place more people will discover the usefulness of reading Feeds.


Yahoo Buzz!

February 26, 2008

Go Yahoo!

Google has taught us that search is social, so finally Yahoo is following along by asking us to contribute. If more people own a piece of Yahoo Search then more people will use it. Right now the only audience that matters is Yahoo Shareholders and Jerry and David have about 20 days to dazzle them into believing that they can keep the value of the stock above $30.00, or else they will be assimilated.

In the Air

February 25, 2008

Air Data

This mornings NYTimes has a nice story about Kevin Lynch and his dream of a Kevincloud. I still have Keven’s business card from Micromedia, but now he’s the chief technology office of Adobe on the verge of launching his dream now called Air.

Keven is realising the dream we had a few years ago for Smart Clients, Billy Hollis at conference after conference would preach the value of the Smart Client running on your desktop and connecting with the web when more data was required. Two years ago I thought we were going to get Smart Client adoption from Amazon and eBay because it would be more secure to use a Client rather then a browser.

Microsoft Owns Yahoo?

February 18, 2008


Windows Server 2008 and IIS7 will easily be able to host all of Yahoo’s software and services.

The real problem with this shot gun marriage is for Microsoft to retain Yahoo’s audience. I believe one third of Yahoo users like me also use MSN and Windows Live services. Another third disdain everything Microsoft does and they discovered Google back in the day when it was Yahoo’s search provider. As for the the last third, three years from now when you tell them that Microsoft owns Yahoo they’ll look at you dumbfounded.

HD DVD Dead?

February 16, 2008


HD DVD, the beloved format of Toshiba and three Hollywood studios, died Friday after a brief illness. The cause of death was determined to be the decision by Wal-Mart to stock only high-definition DVDs and players using the Blu-ray format.

Who won the BataMax – VHS war? The DVD. So who will be the ultimate winner of the HD DVD – Blue-Ray war? Download Now.

MSFT Falls

February 11, 2008

Undervalues Yahoo!

Shares of MSFT have been falling steadily since this hostel action was announced. A Yahoo takeover is more trouble than its worth. Microsoft’s market value has plunged by more than $40 billion and continue to fall today on the NASDAQ Exchange as Yahoo share rise!

Chris Liddell, Microsoft’s Chief Financial Officer say’s he disciplined and ruthless believing acquisitions are a way of growth. Christopher previously worked for a paper company and I’d be curious to see how he’d fare in a game of Monopoly with group of sixth graders.

Free Yahoo

February 9, 2008

Free Publicity

Is this more collateral damage, or free publicity? 
Yahoo’s Board of Directors hasn’t accepted Microsoft’s massive offer and even if they do these types of stories as set to continue.
Yahoo does have 25 large data centers around the world, housing hundreds of thousands of servers. The real estate value alone of these data centers must be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Hey Jerry

February 8, 2008


A week ago we woke up the the news that Yahoo was in play, five days ago we watched the New York Giants down by four points to an undefeated team with only 2:39 left to play 83 yards from realizing their destiny. As the Giant’s offense ran on to the field their teammates called out: BELIEVE !
Aside from a few stockbrokers and lawyers most of us think this Microsoft-Yahoo deal is not a good idea, it certainly isn’t innovative.
So will Jerry Yang accept the money and fade away or will he channel all this attention and realize Yahoo’s destiny?

My OpenID

February 7, 2008

Microsoft Joins OpenID

Today the OpenID Foundation announced that five leading technology companies, Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign, and Yahoo! have joined the OpenID board of directors as its first corporate board members.

Great news, Identity on the Web is such an important issue, we need to know who is who. I’ve been an early adapter of OpenID, they have given me my own subdomain and I use it to log-in to several different community websites. 

Vista Service Pack 1

February 4, 2008

Windows Vista SP1 

I’ve been a member of the Windows Early Feedback Program for about a year now, the Windows Beta Team has all of our bug reports and survey requests. Time to download Windows Vista SP1 and let the WOW begin at last…