Microsoft’s New Commercial With Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld

I have one word to describe the new Microsoft commercial with Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld. Horrible.

The news is a bit old by now, but I thought I’d make a statement on the new commercial I just saw with Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld that takes place in shoe store.  It really has nothing to do with the Microsoft operating system Windows, or any of Microsoft’s products at all.  It’s a stab at comedy, and Jerry Seinfeld does show a little comedy, but all it really did was make me say “what the hell?”

I find it sad that Microsoft’s new $300 million marketing campaign can’t do a little better than this.

Here’s the embedded video, as well as the direct link to YouTube.

Microsoft Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates Commercial

Monitor Unix and Linux with Microsoft

Sean Michael Kerner is at Interop in Las Vegas where Microsoft has announced that their new Microsoft System Center Operations Manager allows you to monitor Unix and Linux systems.

Shilmover showed a live demo of Microsoft’s tool actually managing a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and a MySQL database server. To be honest I’ve never seen anything like it before –  Microsoft demonstrating how it can manage Linux and Open Source technologies.

Microsoft is finally acknowledging that the open source and Linux/Unix world is slowly becoming the norm.  Instead of sitting back, they are coming up with new business models to adapt.  I suppose this is a good thing, but who really wants to use Windows to manager their Linux and Unix servers?

Read Sean Kerners article here.

How To Run Linux Applications in Windows

Interested in running Linux Applications in Windows?  andLinux actually loads the Linux kernel on your Windows desktop and makes it appear as though your Linux applications are running like any other Windows application.

Linux fans that need a Windows app or two can take advantage of WINE, but what about Windows fans that need to run Linux apps? If you’re lucky someone has already ported your favorite Linux app over to Windows, but if they haven’t, you might want to check out andLinux.

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Switching from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org

Great writeup on How to Switch from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org:

How to set up OpenOffice.org to work how you want it with templates and clip art, configurations, shortcuts, and more (download the PDF file for this article)

Switching to OpenOffice.org: Step 1

The first step, of course, is to get the software. Here are some options:

Then install OpenOffice.org. Just double-click the downloaded file, or follow the instructions for installing it for your operating system here. http://download.openoffice.org/common/instructions.html

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Microsoft Is Embracing Open Source..

Amazing isn’t it? According to Scott Guthrie, a General Manager for Microsoft’s Developer Division, Microsoft will be releasing the source code for the .NET framework libraries for .NET 3.5 and VS 2008 releases due later this year.

From Scott’s blog:

We’ll begin by offering the source code (with source file comments included) for the .NET Base Class Libraries (System, System.IO, System.Collections, System.Configuration, System.Threading, System.Net, System.Security, System.Runtime, System.Text, etc), ASP.NET (System.Web), Windows Forms (System.Windows.Forms), ADO.NET (System.Data), XML (System.Xml), and WPF (System.Windows). We’ll then be adding more libraries in the months ahead (including WCF, Workflow, and LINQ). The source code will be released under the Microsoft Reference License (MS-RL).

This is a positive step forward for Microsoft and a great advantage for .NET developers. I look forward to hearing more open source initiatives by Microsoft in the future.

Update: Turns out I, as well as a few others, misunderstood the news yesterday about the .NET framework libraries being released as open source. In actuality, Microsoft is releasing the source code for .NET as shared source, meaning that developers will simply be able to BROWSE the source code, but will be unable to make changes to the code itself. Basically, you can look – but you can’t touch. So, this isn’t really an embrace of open source and I stand corrected.

10 Windows Books To Buy For Christmas

It’s almost that time of year again. The time where we all sit by the fire and enjoy a nice cup of eggnog while cuddled under a fleece blanket reading our favorite books, waiting for Santa Clause to come down our chimney and deliver us gifts. So, if your a Microsoft Windows user or administrator, or you know someone who is, this list of 10 Windows books to buy for Christmas is just for you..

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5 Reasons NOT To Upgrade to Windows Vista

Windows Vista (TM)Microsoft’s long awaited release of Windows Vista is set to debut at the end of this month for businesses, and in early 2007 for standard consumers. With so many views on the pros and cons of Vista, its hard to really get a grasp on if users should upgrade from their current operating system to the new Vista. It is my strong opinion that users should NOT upgrade at least until the new operating system has had time to live in the real world, under the hands of ordinary users. Continue reading

8 Windows XP Tips & Tricks

Following are a collection of nifty Windows XP Tips & Tricks that I have gathered and used over time.

  • Delete Files Immediately
    This will allow you to delete files from your system without sending them to the recycle bin first.
    Select Start > Run… type gpedit.msc then select User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer then locate the ‘Dsupo not move deleted files to the Recycle Bin‘ setting and set it.

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Windows Vista Screen Shots

Our favorite people over at Microsoft have a new pre release candidate for Windows Vista. Since the build is only available to the first 100,000 downloads, I decided to grab it as soon as I could rather than waiting for the actually release candidate. I downloaded it using the wget –referrer switch so that I could trick the Microsoft website into thinking I was coming from a referring URL. Once the download finished, I went ahead and loaded it up in VMWare.

Here are some screen shots of some areas of Windows Vista that I will further discuss and delve into later.
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