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Why Microsoft can't ship open source code

I've suggested a few times that Microsoft could go beyond just cooperating with the open source community and actually ship open source code. For instance, Paint.NET is a great alternative to MS Paint, so not just bundle it? Tonight I had a very long...

The 9 things Microsoft SHOULD be announcing next week at MIX07 (but won't)

Microsoft has said they'll have some kind of big surprise to announce next week at the MIX07 conference in Las Vegas. If you want to hear some good guesses as to what will actually be announced, you've come to the wrong place. If you'd like some good...

Make Zune a winner... as a platform

It's no secret - the Zune could be better than the iPod and still languish as an also ran for years. iPod has a huge marketshare, a solid brand, and a following whose passion would be the envy of most terrorist organizations. The "second mover...

Microsoft should ship SubSonic (formerly called ActionPack) with Atlas

Yesterday, Phil got me to watch the SubSonic screencast (it was actually called the ASP.NET ActionPack and was since renamed ). I'd seen posts about it on my main RSS feeds and had ignored it because everyone had been giving their posts titles like...

CodeProject - Avoiding software licensing makes for a very bad license

Update: CodeProject has added license support since I wrote this. Hooray! Summary If you're going to post code, take the time to post a license so others can use it. I'm talking about CodeProject here, but the same applies to other code sites as well...

Could desktop search and virus scanning start a carpool?

Most of us have at least two systems scanning our hard drives. In my case, one is checking them for viruses, the other is updating indexes for desktop file search. It seems like a lot of duplicated effort, since they both do very similar things: Occasionally...
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MS Office - free, but pay for services?

There's a very interesting article in this month's issue of Business 2.0 about Ryanair's innovative business model. This is an incredibly successful business model - Ryanair's profit margin is about 3 times Southwest Airlines' margin ; Ryanair is said...

More .NET apps in Fedora Core 5 than Windows Vista?

Will Fedora Core 5 , the Linux distro supported by Red Hat, have more managed code than Windows Vista? It sure looks that way. Microsoft has made heavy use of .NET in their developer and enterprise products , but .NET is pretty much absent from Windows...

Windows OneCare, Automatic Updates, and Automatic Reboots

I've been beta testing Windows OneCare™ Live : "the all-in-one, automatic and self-updating PC care service aimed at helping consumers more easily protect and maintain their PCs to keep them running well." It integrates smoothly with Windows, consolidates...

"Vista Re-Introduced (as OSX)" vs. "Developers, Developer, Developers.."

Windows Vista is a heck of a development platform. Head and shoulders over the competition - Mac's stuck with Objective C , and the real action in Linux development these days (at least in my twisted world) is in Mono , the open source implementation...
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