Interesting news day

It’s funny how some days there’s nothing interesting in the news and some days a whole bunch of different things capture your attention. It’s a bit like playing craps in one of these vegas hotels, you never know what you’re going to get! So, here’s what I found interesting:

  • Specs of Facebook’s Profile Redesign – interesting read which will affect millions of users. I wonder how much user feedback goes into this process. After all, nobody like a platform they’re familiar with changing under their feet without warning, do they? And don’t forget the poor developers.
  • Microsoft Brand Confusion Runs Deep – Very interesting post and a real problem from Microsoft. They have generated so many brands and nomenclature over the years that there is significant confusion amongst it’s user base. Microsoft always feels like a top-heavy organisation, with too many people pulling strings and not enough people delivering to the end user.
  • Google Translate becomes the best online free translator – Google Translate now supports the translation between any of the following languages: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish (the new languages are shown in bold)

There was more, but those were the most interesting ones

P.S. that was my first link to Mahalo .. Jason will be so pleased ..

One comment

  1. Interesting point about MS.

    The recent release of .NET 3.0 and then 3.5 is a case in point. What is essentially ASP.NET 2.0 with extensions has made a leap through a major version and then five further minor versions in two huge leaps.

    This results in confusion about what you actually are running apps on (you are running on 2.0, but using libraries from 3.0 and 3.5 – possibly compiled against the 3.5 compiler for LINQ – confused?).

    The individual technologies in .NET 3.0 (grouped “WinFX”) are also a bit clunky. WWF (Windows Workflow Foundation – not World Wildlife Fund), WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) being a case in point. Thank god they renamed WPF/E to “Silverlight”.

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