I bought a 2TB external hard disk today.
It's about the size of a deck of cards, but thinner,
and it cost me $95.
Disk Utility says it has 2,000,397,884,928 bytes.
In 1998, I got to see more than three terabytes of disks in one system.
At the time, a server with a 25GB disk was considered high capacity.
The 3TB system occupied considerably more volume than a pack of cards.
I don't know what it cost
but clearly it was tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.
At that time, I was a developer on the IIS team at Microsoft.
I was the lead performance engineer for Microsoft's …continue.
Time for another Odds & Ends.
Well-known evolutionary biologist PZ Myers (Pharyngula) was expelled
from a viewing of a new creationist documentary, Expelled, last night.
Wait until you read the punchline.
There is a God!
Lost, one MacBook Air: Steven Levy explains just how he (thinks he) lost
his MacBook Air.
It was St. Patrick's Day on Monday.
Peter sent me the Muppets' Danny Boy video.
Andrew told me that the
Irish bishops had moved St. Patrick's Day.
Monday was a holiday in Ireland,
as is today (Good Friday) and next Monday (Easter Monday),
so many people took Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday off this week.
Emma and I walked with the Wild Geese Players
Microsoft announced today that it was buying aQuantive for $6.1 billion.
I work for Atlas Solutions, a division of aQuantive, so I will once
again be an employee of Microsoft when the deal closes.
I, for one, welcome our new corporate overlords.
More truthfully, I can't honestly say that I'm overjoyed
to be part of the Borg again.
Anyone who's ever read MiniMsft realizes that many MS employees
find Microsoft to be deeply dysfunctional.
Atlas has a pretty good corporate culture and a sane work-life balance.
I've heard plenty today about our people are our greatest asset
and that Microsoft will be mostly leaving things alone.
At this point, it's impossible …continue.
SysInternals has always been a source of great tools for troubleshooting
your system. FileMon, RegMon, Process Explorer, Handle, ListDlls, PsTools, DebugView:
all of these have earned a permanent place on my Windows installations.
Mark Russinovich, the co-founder, is a world-class hacker. He co-wrote
Microsoft Windows Internals without access to the Windows source.
It was he who discovered the Sony Rootkit and publicized it on his
widely read blog.
Many people were somewhat disturbed to learn that
Microsoft bought SysInternals a few months ago,
that it would compromise the tools.
It seems not to be a problem. The tools have just been re-released on the
TechNet SysInternals site. There's one new tool, …continue.
I've seen a number of references to a Microsoft demo of speech recognition
that went famously wrong, but it wasn't until this evening that I finally
watched the CNBC Video that started the meme.
A TV reporter makes a snarky introduction then cuts to video of a Microsoft
PM demoing the new speech recognition technology in Windows Vista.
Dear Mom comma, he says. Dear aunt, appears in Word. It gets worse
from there. Funny stuff. Go watch the original video.
But it's not the whole story. There's another video which sets the demo
in context. Overall, the demo was reasonably successful and the speech
commands worked fairly well.
If you …continue.
Nearly two years ago, I said that I was back at Microsoft,
as a contractor.
A year later, I said that I was moving on, because my 12 months were up.
In both cases, I said that I was doing some really interesting work and
that I hoped to be able to talk about it some day.
Now the truth can be told: I was working on
Microsoft's new prepaid/subscription versions of Windows.
FlexGo was announced last Monday
and unveiled the next day at WinHEC
(transcript of BillG's speech; FlexGo is at the …continue.
WashTech has a piece on frustrations with Microsoft's compensation system.
Sounds about right to me.
I don't miss the horseshit of Microsoft's stack ranking one little bit.