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November 30, 2006

give it up for ‘the wall’

so running antelope & yours truly have been receiving all manner of compliments on the logo for our new business.

if you missed it the first time, here it is again

again...there is no substitute for a professional.

anyway…

that logo came to us courtesy of running antelope’s brother glenn, an award-winning graphic designer who teaches at southern methodist university

& most recently the advisor for the team from smu who won first place & 20K smackeroos in a contest sponsored by chipotle for their entry titled…

Smuwins

the wall

now sure…you could watch it on youtube.

yawn

but if you will be at a movie theater over the next couple of months…

you’ll get to see it running on the big screen before the show starts.

better yet…

if you happen to be in times square

it’ll be running on the jumbotron!

so big huge congrats to glenn & the smu team!

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November 30, 2006

why i stat

a couple of months ago…

a friend or 2 & i discussed the topic of stat tracking for our respective home-sweet-funcaves on the intarweb while we were all in redmond hanging out.

as it turns out…

neither of them actually look at their sites’ stats at all.

some aggregate numbers maybe…

but nothing in detail.

which i think is perhaps for a couple of reasons.

one of them prolly just doesn’t give a flying flip.

well, that…plus the fact the amount of traffic going there is astronomical.

anybody who’s met him would totally agree with me on those assessments.

the other really puzzled me tho.

her answer was something along the lines of…

my blog is simply my thoughts. i’m afraid that looking at stats would affect what i wrote about too much.

hey…different strokes for different folks.

but i do look at stats, for one simple reason…

it shows me the way to other communities that tangentially have touched on the ones i’m already a part of

this happens all the time, including very very recently when i noticed a bunch of new traffic coming to read a little item i posted concerning the non-release release of voice command 1.6.

someone posted a link to a couple of mobile device forums that might never had found on my own.

i’m guess just shocked that the both of them…

who are among those who really help lead the way in terms of community-building…

didn’t think of that.

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November 30, 2006

while we’re at it…

mothership desperately needs to hire someone to be the microsoft acronyms & naming lead.

preferably, someone who is either…

  • a professional insult comic
  • a parent
  • a junior-high kid

why those kinds of folks, you ask?

because those 3 demographics understand the very real heartache & devastation that can occur from being saddled with a name or initials that can be parsed to something totally humiliating.

for example…

demo readiness toolkit parses to drt.

makes me hope vista doesn’t take a drt nap.

still…

drt’s much better than the other evo rollout initiative your friendly neighborhood had the very distinct yet blessedly brief displeasure to be associated with recently…

the community launch team.

as there are often ladies present at the funcave…

i’ll leave that up to you to parse down.

but if you still don’t see what i’m talking about…

go ask your mother to explain it to you.

|| posted by chris under opinion || comments (0) || ||

November 30, 2006

reading is fundamental

with the upcoming evo launch, mothership has released a little disc-ola called the windows vista demo readiness toolkit.

DRT_case_large

mothership makes this available to ms partners to get familiar with demoing windows vista to different types of customers.

and i have to say, compared to most of the insanely inane demo toolkits i’ve had the displeasure of looking at in the past…

this one’s not too bad…until.

i’ll get to that until in a minute or 2.

for starters…

this toolkit breaks some longstanding tradition & actually works once it is installed!

if i had to tweak anything at all to get the demo environment solid, it was so minor as to be immediately forgotten.

that’s a huge improvement over the norm of the hideously fubar demo environment that requires hours of tweaking to band-aid it into something semi-stable.

you’d think that after the first chairhole in the wall got created because a keynote demo crashed or froze in front of tons of customers, partners & members of the media…

at the very least that demo checking would get fracking prioritized a bit better at the mothership.

or maybe not.

you’d expect that build-checking before rtm would get some priority too. still waiting for that initiative to be greenlit.

or should it be green-checked now?

also…

this toolkit’s a no-brainer to install.

disc in…

clickety click.

and here’s where we come to the until part i mentioned.

when the install routine finishes…

the toolkit’s ready to rock-n-roll.

but with the recent flurry of announcements concerning vhd & the subsequent release of prepared vhd demo environments…

you’d think that the demo readiness toolkit would be a .vhd environment.

silly happyfunboy…tricks are for partners!

no kiddos….that might make too much sense.

to paraphrase one of my favorite warner brothers cartoons…

Daffy

stop! that’s deadly poison…disguised as a toolkit!

when you install up the demo readiness toolkit on a machine…

that machine gets a free paving, courtesy of those crazy kids in redmond

so…basically mothership has released a demo disc to their partners…

the folks they are counting on to push their customers to adopt vista…

that is a 100% guaranteed clusterfrack if if it is inadvertently loaded on a production machine, like some folks we know have a tendency to do.

not only that…

but the only text yours truly could find that serves as any kind of warning about this behavior?

it sure isn’t on the partner site.

i dare you to find anything on the site i linked to earlier.

oh no…

the only warning is a brief sentence in about a 6 point font, buried in a bunch of other text on the inside of the cardboard jacket it ships in.

now, whenever i create any kind of disc that can irrevocably kill a machine…

like the fantastic darik’s boot & nuke aka dban

i put all kinds of warnings written all over it!

so…

it makes me think that maybe…

just maybe…

this is mothership’s way of thinning the herd?

forget technical competence to become an ms partner…

heck, that’s already an epidemic among those serving small business…

if you can read

you too might survive mothership’s latest partner survival challenge, which they’ve cleverly named…

the demo readiness toolkit challenge

too bad they didn’t think to license the likeness of dr. kervorkian for the jacket, or maybe silkscreened on the disc itself.

honestly tho, if this doesn’t prove the truth of the slogan that also serves as the title of this post…

nothing else ever will.

and no…

i didn’t pave a production machine.

it was actually a brand-spanking new one that i had to pick up for the new business.

a decent black friday special, actually.

and no…

i didn’t have to camp, stamp, or trample to get it either.

|| posted by chris under mothership, opinion, thumbs down || comments (0) || ||

November 22, 2006

hey, at least there’s one good thing about the non-release of voice command 1.6…

it makes the rollout for zune look like a launch party in times square by comparison.

|| posted by chris under uncategorized || comments (0) || ||

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