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Links 20/02/2008: eBay Boycott, Yahoo Under Attack, Push for GNU/Linux in Russia

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  1. Great said,

    February 20, 2008 at 10:54 am


    “Microsoft needs to go after Google.”

    Still want to kill Google. But they cant.

    Google = Cool
    M$ = Sucks

    Most of the top talent at Yahoo will move over to Google or some other company. M$ will be left behind with all the lousy people – and they will pay with all their cash reserves and go in debt.

    That just made my day !!!

    After few year the old monkey boy will be still throwing chairs around the office taking how fucking stupid they where by buying Yahoo. Difference will be they have lost a huge amount of market share to Linux and they will be in debt with their stock price spiralling downwards.

    What kind of a fucking stupid company buys technology to shut it down (xen) and bribes reporters to discredit others products.

    M$ is still arrogant that they will win. This will be their end. This is their last chance…

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 20, 2008 at 11:24 am


    Most of the top talent at Yahoo will move over to Google or some other company.

    Gates says it’s the Yahoo employees that he wants, but it’s unlikely to work out. The Yahoos don’t want Microsoft. See the following recent articles:

    Bradley Horowitz bids Yahoo farewell

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | Bradley Horowitz, who headed up Yahoo’s Advanced Technology division, bid
    | adieu to the company in a blog entry posted on Valentine’s Day.


    Week in review: Yahoo snubs Microsoft

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | “The smell of fear and rage is pervasive on”The smell of fear and rage is
    | pervasive on campus,” wrote one News.com reader to the TalkBack forum. “They
    | might as well have been told the Mansons were buying the place.” campus,”
    | wrote one News.com reader to the TalkBack forum. “They might as well have
    | been told the Mansons were buying the place.”


    Is Microsoft/Yahoo about Windows’ failure as a top server platform?

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | Before my whiney enemies all get up in arms about yours truly once more
    | beating up on Microsoft, I’d like to point out that the idea of Microsoft
    | buying Yahoo being a tacit admission that Windows can’t cut the mustard as a
    | top Internet server platform didn’t originate with me.
    | No, the credit, or blame if you prefer, goes to Marcelo Carvalho, an IT
    | manager in San Francisco and Damien Hocking, a Linux-Watch reader who brought
    | Carvalho’s thoughts to my attention.


    Yahoos won’t work for Microsoft

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | I work for Yahoo!, and I have had to explain to a few people recently why the
    | Microsoft buyout talks are so troubling for Yahoos. They don’t seem to
    | understand the severity of the impact that a Microsoft takeover will have.
    | [...]
    | Key reason #1 – Microsoft is anti open-source…
    | [...]
    | Key reason #2 – Microsoft is evil…


    The real difference between Microsoft and Google

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | Microsoft can shuffle the deck chairs all it wants.
    | It can buy Yahoo or YooHoo. It can trot out Steve Ballmer in Spandex and a
    | cape.
    | Microsoft’s problem in competing with Google is far more basic.
    | It’s organizational.
    | [...]
    | It’s not about the money. It’s not about the fame. It’s not about the name on
    | the door. It’s not about becoming an executive.
    | It’s about the work. It’s about doing something over the course of just a few
    | months and then seeing it online. It’s about trying, and sometimes failing,
    | then trying again.
    | [...]
    | So far I’ve seen no evidence this is going to happen. I think Microsoft’s bid
    | for Yahoo is proof of that. Once the deal goes down, all those smart
    | Yahoo-ers will be free to leave. The dumb ones will be left, waiting for
    | orders from Redmond.


    Also see this new bit:

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | Would you believe… that Microsoft has dropped down to #86 within the
    | Fortune Best Places to Work survey? That’s down from #50 in 2007 and #42 in
    | 2006. Like a rock. In a bad way. And who is #1 for two years in a row? Grab
    | that chair and give it a big effen toss in the air to Google! Toot! They get
    | bigger and they’re still #1.


    Lastly consider:

    Why Microsoft Should Fret

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | But what if at stake in the battle isn’t just Microsoft’s position in selling
    | ads, but the very survival of its core software business? Microsoft would
    | never admit that so much is on the line.


    Microsoft’s Last Big Beat: Internet Domination or Death

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | What can $44.6B USD mean? Well, for Microsoft (MSFT) it may mean the cost of
    | survival.


    Microsoft to partners: It’s time to change

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | Aiming to rally its partners around the reality of hosted software, Microsoft
    | Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner told them it was a matter of financial
    | life and death.


    Microsoft’s executive shuffle expected Thursday

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | The move will see three top executives–including two prominent outside
    | hires–out of a job. Leaving the company are: Senior Vice President Steven
    | Berkowitz, the former Ask.com CEO who had been heading Microsoft’s online
    | services unit, and Mike Sievert, the former AT&T Wireless executive brought
    | in to run Windows marketing. Both Sievert and Berkowitz had already seen some
    | duties handed off to others at the company and their departures were largely
    | expected.
    | Also leaving is Pieter Knook, longtime head of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile
    | unit.


    Microsoft is Dead

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was dead. I was talking
    | to a young startup founder about how Google was different from Yahoo.
    | I said that Yahoo had been warped from the start by their fear of
    | Microsoft. That was why they’d positioned themselves as a “media
    | company” instead of a technology company. Then I looked at his face
    | and realized he didn’t understand. It was as if I’d told him how much
    | girls liked Barry Manilow in the mid 80s.


    Will Microsoft Survive the Next 10 Years?

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | I am not really an expert in this but when I read all the negative
    | headlines and articles I ask myself if Microsoft really will survive
    | the next 10 years.
    | [...]
    | I am pretty sure that the Open Source Community, the new Ubuntu,
    | Google and of course Apple are those companies that are ready for
    | our century and they will get more and more people that know what
    | they really want.


  3. Great said,

    February 20, 2008 at 11:58 am


    Best people are moving to Google. Peroid.

    Google is keeping its arm open for them – a welcome red carpet. It must have already started to woo them.

    Google is going to annihilate M$. I think Google doesnt even care about M$+Yahoo merger – they care more about the consumers and making their products better – rather than crushing down competitors.

    See a huge amount of deflection of best open source developers to Google after the hostile takeover.

    Go Google !!!

    M$ will be left with nothing but poo on their face. This will be their end.

  4. Great said,

    February 20, 2008 at 12:10 pm


    - xbox 2 was a disaster (ring of death – hardly made any profits) Wii taking away their thunder.
    - Lost the format war to Blue Ray
    - GPL 3 will prevent them with using Linux (cant sue other open source deveopers)
    - Vista is a dog
    - Apple taking away their WoW factor
    - Ipod and iPhone killing them again
    - Mobile linux peeing over their any future Winblown mobile plan
    - Office 2007 – who cares a shit about the boltware
    - Linux tearing them apart at their OS dominance.
    - Google eating them online
    - Vista SP1 is just a tiny ripple in the sea

    They are no longer the industry leaders – just playing catchup

    Look at the number of mass migration away from Windows platform – US army, Hardware OEM (asus, dell, hp, etc) Colleges, International Governments, developers, etc.

    Last advatange they have is lot of money – that too is gone with Yahoo.

  5. Great said,

    February 20, 2008 at 12:16 pm


    - Firefox muling over IE market share. Firefox 3 is going to ROCK !!

  6. Miles said,

    February 20, 2008 at 1:53 pm


    The sad bit about HD DVD losing to Blu-Ray is that HD was better for the consumer afaict, at least here in the US.

    1. cheaper dvds ($20 vs $40+)
    2. cheaper players ($120 vs $350+)
    3. same quality as blueray (used the same codecs)
    4. harder to damage than Blu-Ray
    5. HD DVD doesn’t have region locking, Blu-Ray does.

    Blu-Ray winning the battle doesn’t hurt Microsoft nearly as much as it hurts consumers. HD DVD wasn’t even Microsoft’s format anyway, it was Toshiba’s… which is the underdog compared to Sony.

    IMHO, Sony is another Microsoft wannabe and that has made me very nervous about Blu-Ray.

    If you look back over history, Sony has always tried to push some alternative media format – always more expensive for the consumer. And until now, they’ve always lost.

  7. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 20, 2008 at 6:25 pm


    My only interest in the next-gen DVD format wars (as I’ve stated some times in USENET in the past week) is its impact on XBox360 and — by association — its draining of Microsoft’s coffers. Microsoft will soon be running out of money and the sooner, the better. It makes the company dysfunctional and drives talent away. XBox360 is already the worse-selling console in its own back yard (US sales). Novell, is in a similar position by the way and as long as it’s helping Microsoft, its existence is detrimental, in my humble assessment..

  8. BoomBoom said,

    February 20, 2008 at 8:48 pm


    Hello, Roy.

    I’ve been reading for awhile, and have been a happy PCLinuxOS user since last December, thanks to the dismal failure known as Vista + M$’s attempts to sabotage my XP pro install through the autoupdate feature.
    My solution to this mess, since I like my old games and Wine can’t run some of them, was to reinstall XP with XP-lite, removing all the web services, Internet Exploiter, Outhouse Excess, ect, and setting up a dualboot with PCLOS, since M$ products can’t be trusted on the web. I’ve always preferred Firefox and T-bird over IE/OE anyway.
    Despite the FUD that M$ shills and fanboys spew, I’ve found PCLOS easy to use and quick to pick up. This coming from a poweruser that hacked on XP to try to get it to do what I wanted.
    That’s my personal middle digit salute to M$.

    Now for the news I have. Scope this out and laugh: http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/hero/

    Keep in mind that an ‘evildoer’ in M$’s view is everyone that has had enough of M$ brand FUD, crap code and malware.

    Damn, I hope those bastards go out of business soon.

  9. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 20, 2008 at 9:17 pm


    Hi “BoomBoom”,

    Yes, I read about this site (it has been known of for a while, at least by Microsoft watchers) and I was going to ignore it. Giving that desperate attempt from Microsoft a mention is giving it publicity, which is why Slashdot has already done.

    Prepare for Microsoft to pretend that it has changed in attempts to regain people’s love. Sun already does this using its “we’re a little bit pregnant with open source” gesture, but Sun is not malicious.

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