October 29, 2003

Microsoft Cans Pix Posting Blogger

I'm willing to bet folding money that within a year we'll be hearing a Gates Keynote, at any one of the bazillion conferences onliners feel compelled to attend, about how essential blogging is to the "Microsoft Way." Then we'll have a BillBlog to show us the light!

What a pity Microsoft will have fired its better bloggers by that time.

Of blogging and unemployment

The day started like any other day — get up, dink around for a bit, bus into work, and start working through the stack of jobs. Just shy of an hour after I got in, my manager came in and asked me to step into his office when I had a chance. Sure, no biggie, and I headed over as soon as I finished the job I was setting up.

"Okay, here's the first question. Is this page," and here he turned his monitor towards me, letting me see my "Even Microsoft wants G5s" post from last Thursday, "hosted on any Microsoft computer? Or is it on your own?"

"It's on mine. Well, it's on a hosted site that I pay for, but no, it's not on anything of Microsoft's."

"Good. That means that as it's your site on your own server, you have the right to say anything you want. Unfortunately, Microsoft has the right to decide that because of what you said, you're no longer welcome on the Microsoft campus." [eclecticism]

Well, you can't argue with that. Or perhaps you can. Either way, the man is canned.

Either way, if you think he got a raw deal, and I do, you can send him a bit of cash to tide him over. I did. His PayPal page is: here.

UPDATE: Well, that's didn't take long. Instapundit reports Bill's into blogs:

THIS SPEECH BY BILL GATES on Longhorn, Microsoft's in-design operating system, indicates that they're thinking about blogs, at least a little: But what's interesting about this is a couple of things. First, it actually built in these common parts that show information, notification, services, that a user might really be... [Instapundit.com]
Posted by Vanderleun at October 29, 2003 8:05 AM
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Not to get in the way of your groovething, but there are already bunches of MS bloggers. One of the differences is that they're actual employees, not temps. There must be a better aggregation link, but this is the first one in Google:



Posted by: Sandy Hereld at October 29, 2003 9:18 AM

Yeah i want blogs into my winblows, and rss feeds and more fancy stuff, my screen isn't full enough yet !!

bah :(

i'll just stick to win2k/xp ^_^

thanks for info ofcourse, and also to sad for the dude getting fired :/

Posted by: DarkWhite at October 29, 2003 6:03 PM