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Wil Shipley on the Adobe, Microsoft Rumors

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Classic Shipley.

Now, let’s play a game: pretend for a second that Steve Ballmer is driven by his need to conquer, and he’s also so angry at one of the people, say, I’m working with that he wants to kill them at all costs. So one day he shows up on my doorstep with a pile of Microsoft executives and asks to talk to me. Am I going to let him in?

Heck yes, after I put some pants on. Then I’m going to leak the story to the press. My stock is going to go up on rumors of some kind of deal with Apple (Adobe was up 10% last I saw), and my friends and enemies are all going to take me more seriously. It’s win/win for me, even though I have absolutely no intention of ever doing anything with Steve.

If you’re not familiar with Shipley, here’s the scoop.  And if you’re not familiar with his writing, well, there goes your day.  Read it all.

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in PeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management) and Business Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog. If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website. If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to have you.

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Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 10/29/10

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One year ago, I had not exorcised my deep-seated fear of skeletons. Fast forward to the present, nothing has changed.  This is bothersome to me.  Am I the only one who has stuff like this?

Instead of unearthing other petty fears a 41 year old man shouldn’t even be entertaining, here are some links.  Am I avoiding issues?  Yes.  See me next year when I’m 42 and my therapist is $5K richer.

Joe Wilcox on Microsoft’s Q1 2011 numbers.  Good news, but there are a few things to look at.  Their Xbox division, always lauded by MS brass, has income that’s a drop in the bucket compared to Windows and Office.  What’s more, their online services posted a $560M loss.

Neven Mrgan’s week as seen through his Wikipedia browsing history. Looks as schizophrenic as mine.

Mark Doesn’t Understand Animals, a webcomic.

Amazon Windowshop for iPad.  It’s equal parts awesome and beautiful.  And how about its hybrid architecture: a rich client iOS app built atop a web service.  Nice.

Eight Successful People Dong Exactly What They Want.  Very good reading right here.  (Make sure you click through them all.)

Fainting goat kittens.  What a strange disorder.

Finally, because I think it’s easy to overlook how incredible we humans are at just about everything (no sarcasm), I present to you ‘People Are Awesome’.  Watch it and tell me you don’t agree.

People doing amazing things.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in PeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management) and Business Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog. If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website. If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to have you.

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The First Windows Phone 7 Ads Emerge

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The first two Windows Phone 7 (WP7) ads have been released, and they are, in a word, excellent.

The first, called ‘Season of the Witch’, is set to Donovan’s song by the same name, depicts a post-apocalyptic scene of accidents caused by people with their heads buried in their phones. Very clever, and the music is a strong hook.

The second, called ‘Really?’ summons SNL’s Seth Meyers and is also pitch-perfect.

It’s funny because it’s true.

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in PeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management), Workday and Business Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog. If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website. If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to have you.

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Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 11/20/09

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It’s widely known in foodie circles that if you want to get an immediate read on how good a chef is, ask them to make scrambled eggs.  It’s a simple dish very  prone to subtle missteps by chefs of allscrambled eggs calibers, and these missteps – or absence thereof – will be what determines how good the final product is.  The outcome absolutely resides in the details.

As a guy who is slowly learning to cook good food, I can tell you that my scrambled eggs of days past were, in a word, disgusting. I’d routinely overcook them, and you’d wind up looking at a plate of overdone, slightly browned egg mash, usually smashed into approximately eleven thousand separate pieces because I played with them too much.  And, to be polite, you’d douse them with a quart of ketchup or Cholula or Frank’s Red Hot or Tabasco, choke them down, and remind yourself never to accept one of my breakfast invites again.  You could even put a plate of my eggs in front of a starving animal and it’d smell them, look at you with wide eyes, and choose to die instead.

But all of that has changed since discovering The One True Way.

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Sparklines in Excel

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UPDATE: It seems Microsoft is trying to patent sparklines, so says Edward Tufte himself.  See here for further legal discussion.  Not as tidy as once thought.

Microsoft’s Sam Radakovitz on Excel 2010’s sparkline feature:

For Excel 2010 we’ve implemented sparklines, “intense, simple, word-sized graphics”, as their inventor Edward Tufte describes them in his book Beautiful Evidence.  Sparklines help bring meaning and context to numbers being reported and, unlike a chart, are meant to be embedded into what they are describing.

Any self-respecting data/information nerd knows how valuable sparklines are.  In my former life where displaying application performance data at dashboard and report levels was the Next Big Thing, the addition of sparklines to those dashboards and key reports were huge.

(By the way, if you’re not familiar with Edward Tufte, you should be. He’s an information design icon.)

Here’s what sparklines look like:

Excel sparklines

Incredibly information-dense graphics that tell a story otherwise impossible given the practical limits of space and reader comprehension.  I personally know a few people who will love these as much as their own children.  (Readers Chris and Larry know who they are.)

(Via Michael Tsai)

Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 11/6/09

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I have parsed every single page on the Internet this week and distilled the  highlights, which means you don’t have to, because it takes a very long time.  Iimage selflessly bring this feature to this blog every Friday, primarily out of social altruism, but also because it gives me a legitimate reason to scour weird, primary-colored corners of the Internet while I’m here at work.  Don’t tell anyone.

This week’s top fare, as decided by yours truly:

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Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 10/23/09

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Relatively short post today, which means not much in the way of editorial, simply because I’m slammed and have embarrassingly little time to tell you about the time a bunch of us, when we were 11, went out into the woods and madeknight spears out of dead saplings and began to wage a sort of medieval war with one another, with notable caveat being that my buddy Shawn, wearing football pads for armor, had an unfair advantage of a wooden shield fashioned out of a piece of plywood, onto which he had used a soldering iron to inscribe his initials in thick black jags, and quite instantly this slapdash war turned into one of the Great Moments in my life, pure Lord of the Flies style, right up until a bunch of older teenagers showed up at the top of our most tactically-important hill, at which point we spooked – even Shawn with the shield – and went back to another friend’s house to play Intellivision football until our thumbs became afflicted with blisters.

So no good stories today, nope, but DFW-esque run-on sentences?  Those are OK.

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Twitter Gets Binged

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UPDATE 10/22 10:08 AM EST: Google just announced its capability to show Twitter updates in its search results.  So much for Bing having any substantial upper hand.

Looks like Microsoft’s Bing gets the first shot at indexing the Twitter datastream, at least as part of the Bing brand itself (web nerds likely know there is atwitter-bing Greasemonkey Firefox script to show tweets in Google search results).  It’s beta, of course, and Microsoft is paying Twitter for non-exclusive use of the Twitter datastream. You can try it here.

This is a great first step, but the next one is taking Twitter data and actually integrating it into Bing search results instead of putting the functionality in a separate sandbox.  Nonetheless, I applaud Microsoft for being innovative and working hard to make this happen before Google.

Nice to see.  Competition is always good.

Safe Online Banking

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The Washington Post’s Brian Krebs:

An investigative series I’ve been writing about organized cyber crime gangs stealing millions of dollars from small to mid-sized businesses has generated more than a few responses from business owners who were concerned about how best to protect themselves from this type of fraud. I recommend to read some online banking tutorials at ccbank.us, it can help you a lot financially.

The simplest, most cost-effective answer I know of? Don’t use Microsoft Windows when accessing your bank account online.

You should read the whole article.

Linkology: The Best of the Internet for Friday, 10/9/2009

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Some astonishingly good links for you today. But first I want you to understand that I recently bought a new table and chair set, and everything came packed in a 523 lb. box (yes, 523 lb.) that I had to wrestle to the groundScissors and dissect with a box cutter, after which I settled in to assemble the 3,227 parts over a course of four hours.  The assembly instructions were vague with illustrations drawn by what appeared to be a fourth-grader (like I should talk). And I had to do all of this with a fairly deep laceration on my thumb, because I decided the other night to clean a pair of scissors by wrapping the blade with a wet paper towel and carelessly running my thumb down the blade while I did flash cards with my son.

So yeah. The next time someone says it’s only $79 for delivery and assembly, take it.

Anyway. Moving on:

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