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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.

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