Archives / 2004 / October
  • Public Passport potentially put out to pasture

    Looks like Microsoft is finally publicly acknowledging that Passport isn't going to fly, and will be used only by Microsoft and key partners. Thank goodness.

    I'm a good sport and have always used Passport on sites that supported it -- and it's almost always been a hassle. The problem is compounded if you need to have more than one Passport. (Don't get me started.)

    Microsoft scales back Passport ambitions [InfoWorld]

  • Tom Guinther: Come on down!

    Tom, you won a prestigious GMail account, but I don't have your email address to send it to. Please drop me a note. Thanks.

  • Add to cart to see low price

    Can someone please explain to me why this is necessary? The only thing I can think of is that they're betting on some genius forgetting that the 57" HDTV they price-checked two weeks ago is still in their basket when they buy the latest NASCAR Soundtrack CD.

    Am I wrong?

  • Winner: Best sentence in an "artist overview"

    AMG generally has unpretentious and fairly accurate, if not boring, reviews. The artist bios are usually neutral as well, but today I ran across a gem. The final sentence of the artist bio for the Anti-Nowhere League:

    They did record a few full-length albums (including a live one recorded in Yugoslavia), and all are worthless.


  • Microsoft Hardware: What have I done to deserve this?


    It's bad enough that you rearrange my keyboard layout every year. Now, you release a new IntelliType that changes the default behavior of the bloody wheel button!

    Today I was viewing a zoomed-in image in the Windows Picture Viewer. Like any red-blooded XP user, I clicked the wheel button to drag the image and all of a sudden the window disappeared. As far as I know, wheel-button-click-move has always performed a drag -- so much so that many apps support it natively these days. What genius decided to change the default to the ALT+Tab behavior? Will my right mouse button have a new assignment in IntelliPoint v.Next?

    Does this fit under the "innovation" umbrella that's cast over the company these days? Please innovate the original behavior back in for the next release.

    Thank you.

  • How many fingers am I holding up?

    (I will now join the silliness and give away the GMail accounts I can't pawn off to people I know.)

    Assuming there are six people left that don't have GMail accounts and actually want them, here we go:

    How many fingers am I holding up on my right hand? (This isn't a trick question. I actually took my hand off of the keyboard and raised zero or more fingers to be fair.) The first six people to guess correctly will be the proud owners of yet another email account they probably won't use.

    Good luck!