If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash……..Twice a day.

2.. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason.   You would have to pull to the side of the road,close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to
restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive – but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single  ’This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation’ warning light.

7. The airbag system would ask ‘Are you sure?’ before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because
none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

10. You’d have to press the ‘Start’ button to turn the engine off.

Microsoft 16K RAM card for Apple II

I’ve been packing up my entire apartment getting ready for the move at the end of the month. I’m living in a sea of boxes (there will be 30 in total between me and Kate!)

In my box of spare computer parts, I found an old RAM card for the Apple II, made by Microsoft. Check out that old logo! The smaller chip pictured is an IBM G3 processor.

I think I own 5 or 6 old Apples and classic Macs. They are all at my dad’s house. One day I’ll have a place to display them all. You can still run BASIC on the Apple IIs!


Tools of the corporate world

The past few weeks I’ve been dealing with a lot of corporate paperwork, legal crap, accounting, etc etc. As such, I’ve been forced to use the tools of the trade, things I wouldn’t normally have to touch. A quick summary:

Fax: I can’t believe people still use fax. Unbelievable. Thankfully most places are fine with scan+email, but there were times I had to go to Kinkos to fax something. No, I don’t own a fax machine. I don’t even have a landline phone.

Kinkos: What a terrible, terrible place. So mediocre and expensive. Could be so much more.

Microsoft Word: Makes me want to pull my hair out. Probably one of the buggiest, bloated products I have used in a very, very long time. I definitely prefer Pages whenever possible.

Microsoft Excel: Actually, a really great product. I’ve been using Excel for years and I love it. Now, if I was trying to do something quick, I would probably use Numbers since it’s more lightweight and prettier, but you can’t beat Excel for it’s power and features.

Microsoft PPT: Also makes me want to pull my hair out. Funny this is, I never use it. I just see other presentations made with it and they look so damn ugly. Keynote is gorgeous.

Google Docs: Buggy as hell, but the only way to collaborate on documents online. I’m very skeptical of tools becoming web based just for the sake of being web based, but you actually need to collaborate on documents with other people. So Google docs is actually very useful. But seriously Google, hire some more QA and fix that shit.

Screen sharing: It’s amazing how hard it is to just share your screen with someone else so you can give them a demo. iChat rules here.

Video conferencing: Again, products in this area are SOOO bad. We tried using but the quality stinks. Yeah, yeah, it’s on the web in flash. That’s cool, i guess. I’d rather have higher quality video, and no damn audio feedback.

There are all this “pro” products out there for collaboration and video conferencing like Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro. But they are sooooo bad. At the end of the day, iChat offers the best video conferencing and screen sharing solution out there. And it’s a consumer IM application! Crazy.