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Steve Wozniak, and taking a sabbatical

I think Steve Wozniak nailed at least one thing in a recent interview when he was talking about Steve Jobs taking a leave of absence. Woz said that during an extended leave your mind has a chance to wander and think about things differently.

I wholeheartedly agree. In my life I've taken three major sabbaticals in my life since leaving college, and I highly recommend them.

Microsoft "cheaper" ads open the door for Linux

Wow, I was really surprised last week when Steve Ballmer made his statements about Apple being a $500 logo, but now I think it's even more surprising -- and dangerous -- that Microsoft wants to take the Kia/Yugo slant in their advertising.

Their most recent ad with the lady that starts off wanting to buy a Mac and ends up buying a PC because it's cheaper sells one and only benefit:

"Buy our product because we're cheaper."

Windows as a tax compared to Linux

I just read that Steve Ballmer is now saying that there is a "$500 tax" on the Apple logo, or something similar to that. Huh.

Before I get started here, I'll be the first to admit that I don't like Mr. Ballmer. He always sells FUD instead of features, which I strongly dislike. Now that I have that out of the way ...

Vista and OS X are equals?

In this case I strongly disagree with his basic premise. His statement assumes that the two operating systems -- Windows Vista and Mac OS X -- are equal and interchangeable, which they are not.

Sun OpenSSO best practice

This is the second-funniest thing I've seen this week ... from the "Best Practices" section of the Sun document titled "Localizing the Sun OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 Login Page":

Best Practices

When modifying files, follow these guidelines to achieve the best results:

1) Do not remove or modify the license text in the beginning of source files.

Oh yeah, that's going to make a huge difference in your performance. :)


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