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Mini-MSFT is back, with a post about Microsoft turning The Corner.  It’s interesting to contrast his point of view with that of MG Siegler over at ParisLemon.  Given my own perception of  Valley bias on the part of Siegler (he is one of the new voices of TechCrunch after all), it’s great to see that we’re making progress which is being met with receptivity and not suspicion.  Further, everyone is focused on the most important beneficiaries - customers. I have to admit, since returning to the company a little over a year ago, I have had this sense that things are looking up.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s no shortage of frustrations for me, but that’s to be expected when you come from a tiny company where you were the founder and CEO to a large company where you a cog in a wheel. With the new fiscal year, I have a new role and a new team, and I plan on making liberal... (more)

Zappos Deal Shows VCs Hate Entrepreneurs

The title here might be a bit sesationalistic, but the deal certainly shows how VCs can act in a way that is counter to the wants and needs of the entrepreneurs and management teams.  The news yesterday that Zappos sold to Amazon has been circulating with many emotions.  CEO Tony Hsieh wrote an amazing letter to his employees, which laid out the deal and what it would mean for the company.  Read it if you haven’t already. Unfortunately, when the press and journos report on a sale, they focus on the topline number, and it is rare that they report much beyond that.  As most of my ... (more)

McKinsey, The Cloud, and Fuzzy Calculations

Summary There was a report released April 15th by McKinsey called “Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing.”  The premise of the report was that the cloud was actually quite a bit more expensive for large corporations than running their own datacenters.  While it allows a nod to small to medium businesses in stating that the cloud may make sense for them, the top line message was that cloud services overcharge for things that companies could do for themselves.  The piece ends up being a push for virtualization, and knocks Windows as a main cost issue for moving to the cloud. Report ... (more)

My Personal 2010 Predictions

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer In an effort to save a lot of pain and suffering for those people who don’t want to read an incredibly long blog post, I have a nice little summary table.  The predictions run the gamut of my personal and professional interests, so they may not be 100% interesting to all people. 99% of All Decade Lists That Come This Year Will Be Wrong Twitter Will Become A Footnote Real Time Has Had It’s Time Interest Rates Will Begin To Rise Housing Prices Being To Stall And Then Fall Jorge Lorenzo Will Win MotoGP World Championship Netbook Market Disappears Apple’s Dis... (more)

What Do You Call One Search Result From StackOverflow?

Microsoft Session at Cloud Expo I checked with the Windows Phone 7 team before putting this post out, and got the OK to write about it.  I hit this bug when building out my FriendLinks Windows Phone 7 application, and was surprised to find it was a bona fide bug and not a problem with my coding skills.  If there was a default value in the constructor for any new project I start, it would look something like: codingErrorResponsibilty == this.programmerName; In any event, here’s the cruxt of the bug.  If you are using HttpWebRequest developing on Windows Phone 7, and you get a 301 re... (more)