SNL actually got it right

Several years ago, there was an episode of SNL that had one of the segments of “Nick Burns, your company’s computer guy” with Jimmy Fallon as Nick, an annoying IT guy who would never let his users get a word in edgewise while he fixed their computer problems and insulted them for having problems in…

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Why do you take so *@#$( long to release fixes?

Jon’s post today to the Exchange blog explains. We get complaints all the time about why does it take so long, it’s just a one line change, surely there must be some conspiracy to explain why the fix isn’t out yet, etc. Jon’s a fantastic dev, but code is code and code has bugs, and…


Shampoo-Banana [1]

UIUC’s a pretty good school. I didn’t get around to finishing my degree, but I have always been proud of the school’s legacy: HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey was born there. A three year old girl can become (in?)famous just by pushing a button.[2] It was one of the first few nodes on ARPAnet….

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In search of stupidity

From Jeremy through Scoble, I saw http://www.itconversations.com/. The most interesting name on that page to me is Rick Chapman, author of In Search Of Stupidity: Over 20 Years of High-Tech Marketing Disasters. I blogged about this book before, but it’s always worth another plug as it is a fantastic book both in its content and…

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Outside In

In 2000, every Microsoft employee received a copy of the seminal work, “Inside Out: Microsoft – In Our Own Words“. It’s actually a pretty interesting book (well… for a certain audience), with some fantastic photos and stories from the first 25 years (one of my favorite pictures is the ‘bearded dudes with glasses’ on the table of…

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Why isn’t “Allow comma as address separator” enabled by default?

Outlook has a setting to control whether or not a comma can be used as an address separator (the default separator is a semi-colon). It’s disabled by default in Outlook (Tools | Options | E-Mail Options | Advanced E-Mail Options), although the same setting in Outlook Express is enabled by default. Personally, when I install Outlook,…