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Unix Profumerie

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Microsoft® SilverLight

Friday, February 15th, 2008

I just ran into a site that required Microsoft® Silverlight, but I cannot install it:

Microsoft Silverlight

thought it provides “Compelling Cross-Platform User Experiences”

Microsoft Silverlight

Apparently “cross-platform” is a rather restricted concept at Microsoft, meaning “works somewhat on a Mac too”

Microsoft Silverlight

What kind of argument is this?

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

From Microsoft: IBM masterminded OOXML failure 

Nicos Tsilas, senior director of interoperability and IP policy at Microsoft, said that IBM and the likes of the Free Software Foundation have been lobbying governments to mandate the rival OpenDocument Format (ODF) standard to the exclusion of any other format.

“They have made this a religious and highly political debate,” Tsilas said. “They are doing this because it is advancing their business model. Over 50 percent of IBM’s revenues come from consulting services.”

Since when is it wrong for a business to “advance their business model” ?

Vodafone Wi-Fi Hotspots

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

I have the dubious pleasure of using a Vodafone Wi-Fi hots at the Jolly Hotel at Cagliari. It must be the lousiest hotspot I have ever used.

I am consistently thrown off every few minutes and association attempts fail three times out of four. It makes it bloody hard to do something with the time you have actually bought.

Using that hotspot to get a message through to Telecom Italia Mobile is just about hell. Their site is so lousy and inaccessible it should be a crime.