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ATM Trouble Rebooting

The other day I saw an Automated-Teller Machine (ATM) having issues in rebooting. I thought, “Whoa, what could be the issues?”

And a few seconds after that, the screen explained everything.


Has Microsoft Courier been canceled or deferred?

Today I think it’s crucial to highlight why EXECUTION is a thousand times more important than planning, ideas, concepts, and so on and so forth. Although Einstein says Imagination is more important than knowledge…, imagination by itself is not enough. The knowledge required to execute and the actual execution differentiates a Global Fortune 500 company than a mere gadget startup garage.



This is a tablet concept from Microsoft. Recent news confirmed that it has been canceled . To be a little optimistic, perhaps it’s being deferred for the time being. Apple on the other hand has actually produced the iPad and begins selling this new line of mobile device. Apple’s prowess in execution is significant. They don’t just R&D and experiment all day. They actually execute and see whether they’ll get the results.

rossoxii, mikegrandal, TPLicker were all wrong.

Micro$oft patches 17-year-old bug

A 17-year-old bug in Windows will be patched by Micro$oft in its latest security update. How stupid can you be to have a 17-year old bug? Read more here.

Wait, this is supposed to be a positive entry.

Good work, Micro$oft! Bah humbug!

Internet Explorer version 6 is super old

By the way, H’s comment the other day made me check with WordPress support.

I am quite aware of the situation so I sent a snapshot to the WordPress support e-mail. The problems are indicated by red arrows:

I wrote: “Hello. Here is the screenshot. Only “Pe” is visible at the far right (to the right of RSS Feed).”

Notice that I included the IE version window slapped in front of the snapshot:

And here is the reply from WordPress support team:

“Hi there,

Looking at your version of IE, Internet Explorer 6, that’s a pretty old version: are you able to upgrade by any chance?



Apparently the commenting issue affects older Internet Explorer (IE). To whom it may concern – please upgrade or use Firefox.

IE is dying. Please let it go. Switch to other internet browsers and turn over a new leaf – new decade is around the corner.

Mac rules Microsoft Mobius

To drive home my point, here is the scenery at a Microsoft event called “Mobius” where invited guests are shown Microsoft’s current strategy in mobile space.


Dell Latitude running Ubuntu


CB is helping me with the setup of Latitude – dual boot to both Windows XP and Ubuntu.

I have to admit. Some industrial software still depends on Windows to run.

Microsoft Windows 95 lead architect switches to Mac

After Satoshi Nakajima, lead architect of Windows 95 left Microsoft, he simply wanted to know why people were so into Apple. Two years ago, he picked up a Mac and decided never to use PC again.

Report from Matt Buchanan | Gizmodo.

Poor Microsoft Vista

Microsoft is softgoing nowhere. I will bash Microsoft even while I’m bed-ridden. Please read this first before you proceed.

Microsoft never really originates or innovates anything. That’s why they work hard to “close” the system. I saw a pamphlet on 7 reasons to go Vista:

1. Special Pricing just for Malaysia
Using price as a selling point. OK, that’s a sign of diminishing quality. BMW and Mercedes don’t brag about their prices. But they sell. Maybe less but they do.

2. Easier to use
Yes indeed. It’s much easier to use than XP. Tell me about it. I’ve heard more stories of reverting back to XP than actual success story of Vista.

3. Music your way
What way? It is not clear to me what feature this is all about.

4. Mind blowing games
Freecell and Solitaire. Maybe Internet Poker too. And Pinball. Coolness.

5. Unified Home Entertainment Network
I think you need a lot more than Vista to get this going. This is based on assumption that all other peripherals available. Unifiication is probably what Vista is trying to do. Home is self-explanatory. Entertainment is all of the media you like – games, music, movies and so on. And network is all of those interconnected. So, what hasn’t been covered in 3 (Music your way)? By incremental analysis, what is the added benefit with Vista?

6. Auto-Backup Function
OK, finally there is something close to useful. But then again, connect a HD and copy your data. How hard is that? Auto-Backup is handy but is trashed to dust without a proper Auto-Restore. Go figure.

7. Anywhere connectivity
I think this common and not unique to Vista. Cheap, but good try.

Ballmer is not cutting it even after 8 years in office.

Compare to Mac OS X features:
iTunes, Time Machine, Front Row, Rendezvous and so on – all these features are clearly defined, beneficial and they actually do work. If you haven’t tried Macintosh, you should do so today. Immediately.

Hackers broke into Windows-based ATM

Hackers broke into Citibank Windows-based ATM. The ATM’s infrastructure was built on Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

A critical issue in the investigation is how the hackers infiltrated the system, a question that still hasn’t been answered publicly,” Robertson reports.

Erm, I thought we knew that the infrastructure was Windows-based, duh?

All that’s known is they broke into the ATM network through a server at a third-party processor, which means they probably didn’t have to touch the ATMs at all to pull off the heist.

Ditto. Obviously the online security had been breached.

Why do you still cling on Microsoft Windows? The security is ridiculous.

If you’re smart: switch to Apple.

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