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  • Blog Post: Really Funny Mac vs. PC Comparison

    I particularly like the “8.2fps” attention to detail ROFL!
  • Blog Post: Mac Office 2008 SKUs Announced with Free Upgrades

    I've told a lot of people that Mac Office 2008 is one of the coolest consumer products that Microsoft has in the pipeline.  It is really going to open up the way students and home users generate content for projects, classes, and even for business...because YES, businesses do use Macs regardless...
  • Blog Post: MacWorld - Introducing Office: Mac 2008

    The Story Office 2008 is the first application from Microsoft that is released as a Universal binary meaning people don't have to worry about waiting to convert to all Intel Macs.  It will work on G4s, G5s and Intel CPUs.  Another big deal about this release is the official support of OpenXML...
  • Blog Post: 30 Million Windows Mobile Phones Get No Love

    Microsoft will sell roughly 30 million Windows Mobile phones this year.  We are the #2 manufacturer of smart phones trailing behind Nokia and beating both RIM and Apple.  I state this because it’s amazing that we get less press as the no. 2 guy than no.3, Apple, and now no. 4 RIM.   You...
  • Blog Post: A Peak at Windows 7 Aero Peak

    For those of you who read my article about a year ago about taskbars, expect a follow up regarding this.  Great video from PDC!
  • Blog Post: iPhone 3GS, Project Natal, Palm Pre, ZuneHD, Windows 7 ZOOOOM!!!

    ZOOOOOM!!!  Technology is great!  It’s like a having a one-night stand every week though it never tends to be as good as your first.  Take Apple for instance with their iPhone 3GS announcement.  Bigger, faster, cheaper is their game.  Any real buzz they had with the product was...
  • Blog Post: MacWorld - Office: Mac 2008 Word

    To continue with a deeper analysis of Office for Mac 2008, I'd like to share with you some thoughts on the enhancements made to each individual app.  I don't think any review can fully grasp how much of a joy it is to use the new product, hopefully a discussion on a few great features will peak...
  • Blog Post: Really Interesting Zune Hack

    I recently had the opportunity to play around with the new Zunes at Best Buy while attending MacWorld.  I was definitely impressed with how much the Zune team has accomplished in a year *sorry I doubted you J *.  The biggest improvement, in my opinion, is not the hardware, but the software...
  • Blog Post: Mr. Ballmer, Would You Sign My Mac?

    Sorry, this was too funny not to post!  Well played Mr. Ballmer…well played.  Just out of curiosity, can you perhaps furbish me, employee #318193 with a personally signed version of my Lenovo (I’ll even take a Dell) ?  I know its not a Mac, but I swear it has Windows 7 on it :) Macs get...
  • Blog Post: The Virtualization Mentality

    Virtualization this past year has boomed.  The VMWare conference, where Microsoft had an amazing presence, had over 10,000 attendees.  10,000!  This is no small feat by any length.  Virtualization is the seen by many as the holy grail of computing for the next few years as it will...
  • Blog Post: Office 2008 for Mac Goes Gold

    Congratulations to the Office team in the MacBU!  I can't wait to get my hands on Office 2008.  For those of you interested, it will be available on shelves Jan. 15th.  Never seen Mac Office?  Hop on over to the site to see Office in all its Quartz glory. www.MacOffice2008.com Office...
  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer’s Keynote in London

    The Web Pitch has a pretty good overview of Steve Ballmer’s London keynote session.  Some of the Q&A questions quite tough.  The thing I found most remarkable was the directness of Ballmer’s responses.  He didn’t fudge the responses.  Watch the video below or continue for the Q&A! Steve Ballmer...
  • Blog Post: What if Steve Jobs Was a Simpsons Character?

    I couldn’t help but to roll on the floor laughing when I saw these Simpson videos.  A few you of your know that I worked at Apple in their retail store in Los Angeles so pretty much everything little detail has been analyzed and mocked in these two videos.  Awesome!     Choice quote...
  • Blog Post: MacWorld - Office: Mac 2008 Excel

    Excel is an application that most people identify with in someway.  It is such a versatile application.  The new 2008 version refines the application for the SMB and home-use market with innovative features.  Below is a preview of some of the new concepts in Excel 2008. Ledger Sheets We...
  • Blog Post: Why One Mac User Hates Google Docs

    Why I Don't Use Google Docs By Rob Griffiths, Macworld.com When you need to collaborate with others on a project that involves word processing, spreadsheets, and/or presentations, Google Docs is an excellent solution: the ability to work with others in real time is something that's hard, if not impossible...
  • Blog Post: Running Windows 7 Beta on a Macbook

    Ars Technica is one of my favorite online publications.  They consistently provide lightweight content that is intriguing and informative.  As someone who has gone through the process of installing Windows 7 Beta on a Macbook Pro, I wish I had read this article .  My overall experience...
  • Blog Post: Run .NET Applications on the iPhone with MonoTouch

    For those of you in open-source land, many of you have likely heard of the Mono Framework that is maintained by Novell with collaboration from Microsoft.  Mono is an open-source implementation of .NET that allows .NET developers to target platforms outside of Windows and hardware outside of x86...
  • Blog Post: MacWorld 2008 - Day At The Office

      Welcome from MacWorld 2008.  Today is a big day!  Today is the day that Microsoft will show off Office 2008 for Mac!  I will be here all day and all week covering and speaking with interesting people on the "other side of the aisle."  Many of you may be wondering...
  • Blog Post: Steve Jobs’s Face, Meet John Curran’s Balls

    What can only be described as a stroke of childish genius is a Microsoft video booth parked outside an Apple store in the UK where people can go and record messages about why they are a “PC.” Who has the balls to take on the Apple marketing machine gorilla-style?  Microsoft UK Windows Product Manager...