My Work

The question comes in many forms.  What do you do? What is your job? What line of work are you in? What do you do for work? It’s a simple question, and one I get more since I began working from home at my own company. I suspect the answer one gives to that questions is often sugar-coated or watered down depending on the person asking the question. Does your answer change if you’re … [Read more...]

My Windows Experience

I bought my first PC in 1994. It ran both DOS and Windows 3.1. Over the next few months, I’d install more RAM, a modem and a CD-ROM. Although I justified my purchase by telling myself I’d no longer have to rely on the computers at the library at the University of Utah, my computer wasn’t used for much outside of a playing Links Golf and Doom. Until Windows 95. The … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Ads

Steve Wildstrom for Techpinions comparing the different approaches Apple and Microsoft took with their latest ads: I have worked with both companies for many years and can assure you that while they are very different from each other, both are fiercely competitive, touchy, and as huggable as  hedgehogs. But there can be big difference between what you are and the persona you choose to … [Read more...]

My Two Experiences with Steve Ballmer

Much has been written about Steve Ballmer’s decision to retire from Microsoft. No doubt there’s a lot more analysis to come, but I don’t plan to add to that narrative today. But having spent about 11 years of my career at Microsoft as a contractor, full-time employee and vendor, I decided to share a couple of impressions and experiences I had of Ballmer while I was employed in Redmond. While … [Read more...]

What Third Place in Smartphones Looks Like

Forbes recently provides some details pertaining to how the big three, Apple, Google and Microsoft, are doing in the fast growing smartphone business. Two metrics stood out: Total number of phones sold and total dollar amount paid to developers.   Why these two? Because it’s very difficult for a late-to-the-party product like Windows Phone to make a dent in the market when they are … [Read more...]

Holy Triumvirate of Earnings

The Big Three in tech released their quarterly earnings last week, and I don’t think any of them were beating their chests too hard, including Apple. I mean this isn’t Amazon territory where sales in the billions results in a few pennies of profit. Nothing Apple or Microsoft can do, other than earn a few billion in PROFIT each quarter, seems to impress Wall Street. Yet Google can do no … [Read more...]

Devices! Devices! Devices!

Steve Ballmer, in an email to Microsoft employees today: “Going forward, our strategy will focus on creating a family of devices and services for individuals and businesses that empower people around the globe at home, at work and on the go, for the activities they value most.” Now that’s interesting. The CEO of the world’s largest software company says Microsoft will focus on devices and … [Read more...]

Please Help

I can’t tell the difference between iOS 7 and Windows Phone 8. Please help. … [Read more...]