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Big Brother Barack Targets All The American People As Enemies of The State and Democratic Party — National Security Agency’s PRISM Is The Secret Security Surveillance State (S4) Means of Invading Privacy and Limiting Liberty — Outrageous Overreach–Videos

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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

~United States Constitution, Amendment IV

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”

“Big Brother is Watching You.”

~George Orwell’s 1984

POWER IS NOT A MEANS, IT IS AN END

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Maxine Waters Confirms Big Brother Database 2013 Foretells NSA Phone & Internet Spying

Glenn Beck:Govt Storing Citizen Cellphone& Internet Activity

Digital Blackwater: How the NSA Gives Private Contractors Control of the Surveillance State

Glenn Greenwald on How NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Helped Expose a “Massive Surveillance Apparatus”

“A Massive Surveillance State”: Glenn Greenwald Exposes Covert NSA Program Collecting Calls, Emails

He told you so: Bill Binney talks NSA leaks

What You Should Know About The New NSA Utah Data Center

Is Edward Snowden a Hero? A Debate With Journalist Chris Hedges & Law Scholar Geoffrey Stone

Spying On Americans By NSA Prism Collection Details – Rand Paul On Hannity

NSA is Spying on EVERYTHING you do. Phone calls and internet activity is being stored and monitored.

PRISM: Why the NSA is Mining Internet Data

Total Surveillance : N.S.A. data mining all computers, phone calls, internet, emails

CNET Update – Uproar over PRISM government surveillance

NSA Caught Spying on Americans’ Internet Use

Columnist exposes Obama surveillance

Meet Edward Snowden: NSA PRISM Whistleblower

Sky News interview w/ Julian Assange and JP Barlow RE: Prism and Edward Snowden

Complete News – Snowden leaks show NSA ‘routinely lies’ to Congress

Judge Napolitano On NSA Spying: Most Extraordinarily Broad Search Warrant Ever Issued In US History

Rand Paul Discusses The NSA’s Violation Of The Bill Of Rights On Yahoo News (6-6-13)

Rand Paul On NSA Spying: ‘I’m Going To Challenge This At The Supreme Court’ –

Ron Paul: NSA Seizing Phone Records Symptom of Failure of The State

NSA Constitutional Violations? – Judge Andrew Napolitano – Geraldo

Clever Denials Surrounding the NSA PRISM Piracy Scandal

Peter Eckersley from the Electronic Frontier Foundation stopped by to explain why Silicon Vally’s top tech companies are dancing around PRISM allegations. Interview recorded Friday June 7, 2013

NSA Surveillance – Does Obama Have ANY Credibility Left?

“In his remarks today defending the NSA programs gathering telephone records and mining Internet companies, Obama sounded a familiar refrain, saying he welcomes the “debate” over the proper balance between civil liberties and national security.”*

Obama gave a speech in defense of recently uncovered secret programs to wiretap and data-mine U.S. citizens almost indiscriminately, and Congress agrees. Do you believe his remarks that we NEED these programs? Would Obama agree with himself campaigning about his stance on civil rights? Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz, and John Iadarola discuss.

*Read more form Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/p…

“Obama Is BIG BROTHER And He’s A LIAR!”

How PRISM Easily Gives Your Private Data Over to Big Brother

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.

The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called Prism, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says.”*

We’ve been assured by the president that the NSA’s PRISM program won’t affect “ordinary” U.S. citizens, but what is the criteria for deciding who gets their data mined and monitored? Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz, and John Iadarola (Host, TYT University) discuss the egregious reach of the Obama administration’s secret mass surveillance program.

*Read more from The Guardian:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/…

Fourth Amendment Has been Suspended

The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed “Perfect Citizen” to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program.The surveillance by the National Security Agency, the government’s chief eavesdropping agency, would rely on a set of sensors deployed in computer networks for critical infrastructure that would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending cyber attack, though it wouldn’t persistently monitor the whole system, these people said.

Defense contractor Raytheon Corp. recently won a classified contract for the initial phase of the surveillance effort valued at up to $100 million, said a person familiar with the project.

An NSA spokeswoman said the agency had no information to provide on the program. A Raytheon spokesman declined to comment.

Some industry and government officials familiar with the program see Perfect Citizen as an intrusion by the NSA into domestic affairs, while others say it is an important program to combat an emerging security threat that only the NSA is equipped to provide.

“The overall purpose of the [program] is our Government…feel[s] that they need to insure the Public Sector is doing all they can to secure Infrastructure critical to our National Security,” said one internal Raytheon email, the text of which was seen by The Wall Street Journal. “Perfect Citizen is Big Brother.”

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James Bamford: Inside the NSA’s Largest and Most Expansive Secret Domestic Spy Center 2 of 2

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“The NSA Is Lying”: U.S. Government Has Copies of Most of Your Emails Says NSA Whistleblower

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U.S. v. Whistleblower Tom Drake

Tom Drake, a former NSA senior executive indicted last year for espionage after leaking to the media allegations that the nation’s largest intelligence organization had committed fraud, waste and abuse will appear in his first television interview. Scott Pelley reports.

Whistle Blower Threatened with 35 Years in Prison, Warns of Developing Tyranny

NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake Prevails in Unprecedented Obama Admin Crackdown

NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake speaks at National Press Club – March 15, 2013

Part 2: Former NSA Employee Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack on Whistleblower Crackdown

The Police – Every Breath You Take

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. …”

The Declaration of Independence

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

Background Articles and Videos

Domestic Spying, Mainstream Source – NSA, Internet Spying, AT&T

Domestic Spying, Mainstream Source – NSA Copying Entire Internet

Glenn Becks “SURVEILLANCE STATE”

Barack Obama’s Surveillance Society

GLENN BECK ‘They Are Liars’

Glenn Greenwald: Challenging the US Surveillance State

2012.05.01 – GBTV – The Glenn Beck Radio Program – NSA Warning

Project Vigilant: Shadowy Spy Group Building Dossiers On Internet Users For Feds – Alex Jones Tv 3/3

Total Information Awareness – Social Networking Sites (mirror)

The Information Awareness Office (IAO) was established by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in January 2002 to bring together several DARPA projects focused on applying surveillance and information technology to track and monitor terrorists and other asymmetric threats to national security, by achieving Total Information Awareness (TIA). This would be achieved by creating enormous computer databases to gather and store the personal information of everyone in the United States, including personal e-mails, social networks, credit card records, phone calls, medical records, and numerous other sources including, without any requirement for a search warrant.[1] This information would then be analyzed to look for suspicious activities, connections between individuals, and “threats”.[2] Additionally, the program included funding for biometric surveillance technologies that could identify and track individuals using surveillance cameras, and other methods.[2]
Following public criticism that the development and deployment of these technologies could potentially lead to a mass surveillance system, the IAO was defunded by Congress in 2003. However, several IAO projects continued to be funded, and merely run under different names.

ThinThread

ThinThread is the name of a project that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) pursued during the 1990s, according to a May 17, 2006 article in The Baltimore Sun.[1] The program involved wiretapping and sophisticated analysis of the resulting data, but according to the article, the program was discontinued after the September 11, 2001 attacks due to the changes in priorities and the consolidation of U.S. intelligence authority. The “change in priority” consisted of the decision made by the director of NSA General Michael V. Hayden to go with a concept called Trailblazer, despite the fact that ThinThread was a working prototype that protected the privacy of U.S. citizens.

ThinThread was dismissed and replaced by the Trailblazer Project, which lacked the privacy protections.[2] A consortium led by Science Applications International Corporation was awarded a $280 million contract to develop Trailblazer in 2002.[3]

Whistleblowing

Redacted version of the DoD Inspector General audit, obtained through FOIA[4][5]

A group of former NSA workers — Kirk Wiebe, William Binney, Ed Loomis, and Thomas A. Drake, along with House Intelligence Committee staffer Diane Roark (an expert on the NSA budget[6]) — believed the operational prototype system called ThinThread was a better solution than Trailblazer, which was just a concept on paper at the time. They complained to the DoD Inspector General office in 2002 about mismanagement and the waste of taxpayer money at the NSA surrounding the Trailblazer program. In 2007 the FBI raided the homes of these people, an evolution of President Bush’s crackdown on whistleblowers and “leaks” after the New York Times disclosed a separate program (see NSA warrantless surveillance controversy). In 2010, one of the people who had helped the IG in the ensuing investigation, NSA official Thomas Andrews Drake, was charged with espionage,[6][7] part of the Obama administration’s crackdown on whistleblowers and “leaks”.[7][8][9] The original charges against him were later dropped and he pled to a misdemeanor.

The result of the DoD IG complaint was a 2004 audit report that was released under FOIA in 2011.[5] Although highly redacted, the report contained significant criticisms of Trailblazer, and included some relatively minor criticisms of ThinThread, for example, citing a low “quality of service and support” from the ThinThread program team, a lack of documentation, a lack of a configuration management system, and a lack of a trouble ticket system. However, “The findings that led to the recommendations would not have prevented the successful deployment of THINTHREAD … the recommendations were made to improve the operational efficiency of THINTHREAD after it was deployed …”[10]

Technical details

The program would have used a technique of encrypting sensitive privacy information in order to comply with legal concerns, and would have automatically identified potential threats. The sources of the data for this program would have included “massive phone and e-mail data,” but the extent of this information is not clear. Only once a threat was discovered, would the data be decrypted for analysis by agents.[11]

ThinThread would have bundled together four cutting-edge surveillance tools.:[citation needed]

  • Used more sophisticated methods of sorting through massive phone and e-mail data to identify suspect communications.
  • Identified U.S. phone numbers and other communications data and encrypted them to ensure caller privacy.
  • Employed an automated auditing system to monitor how analysts handled the information, in order to prevent misuse and improve efficiency.
  • Analyzed the data to identify relationships between callers and chronicle their contacts. Only when evidence of a potential threat had been developed would analysts be able to request decryption of the records.

Intelligence experts describe as rigorous testing of ThinThread in 1998, the project succeeded at each task with high marks. For example, its ability to sort through massive amounts of data to find threat-related communications far surpassed the existing system. It also was able to rapidly separate and encrypt U.S.-related communications to ensure privacy.[1]

The Pentagon report concluded that ThinThread’s ability to sort through data in 2001 was far superior to that of another NSA system in place in 2004, and that the program should be launched and enhanced. ThinThread was designed to address two key challenges: One, the NSA had more information than it could digest, and, two, increasingly its targets were in contact with people in the United States whose calls the agency was prohibited from monitoring.[citation needed]

Trailblazer Project had more political support internally because it was initiated by Michael Hayden when he first arrived at the NSA.[citation needed]

NSA’s existing system for data-sorting has produced a database clogged with corrupted and useless information. The mass collection of relatively unsorted data, combined with system flaws erroneously flag people as suspect, has produced numerous false leads, draining analyst resources. NSA leads have resulted in numerous dead ends.[citation needed]

NSA dropped the component that monitored for abuse of records. It not only tracked the use of the database, but hunted for the most effective analysis techniques, and some analysts thought it would be used to judge their performance. Within the NSA, the primary advocate for the ThinThread program was Richard Taylor. Taylor has retired from the NSA. The strength of ThinThread’s approach is that by encrypting information on Americans, it is legal regardless of whether the country is at war.[citation needed]

ThinThread “was designed very carefully from a legal point of view, so that even in non-wartime, you could have done it legitimately.”[12]

End of the project

The project was ended after successful testing by General Michael Hayden, and while the privacy elements were not retained, the analysis technology is reported to be the underlying basis of current NSA analysis techniques.

“They basically just disabled the [privacy] safeguards.”[11] [That quote does not appear in the link]

Some anonymous NSA officials told Hosenball of Newsweek that the ThinThread program, like Trailblazer, was a “wasteful failure”.[6]

Drake was interviewed on The Daily Show on August 6, 2012 about his charges and the program with his lawyer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ThinThread

Trailblazer

Trailblazer was a United States National Security Agency (NSA) program intended to develop a capability to analyze data carried on communications networks like the Internet. It was intended to track entities using communication methods such as cell phones and e-mail.[1][2] It ran over budget, failed to accomplish critical goals, and was cancelled.

NSA whistleblowers J. Kirk Wiebe, William Binney, Ed Loomis, and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence staffer Diane Roark complained to the Department of Defense’s Inspector General (IG) about waste, fraud, and abuse in the program, and the fact that a successful operating prototype existed, but was ignored when the Trailblazer program was launched. The complaint was accepted by the IG and an investigation began that lasted until mid-2005 when the final results were issued. The results were largely hidden, as the report given to the public was heavily (90%) redacted, while the original report was heavily classified, thus restricting the ability of most people to see it.

The people who filed the IG complaint were later raided by armed Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents. While the Government threatened to prosecute all who signed the IG report, it ultimately chose to pursue an NSA Senior Executive — Thomas Andrews Drake — who helped with the report internally to NSA and who had spoken with a reporter about the project. Drake was later charged under the Espionage Act of 1917. His defenders claimed this was retaliation.[3][4] The charges against him were later dropped, and he agreed to plead guilty to having committed a misdemeanor under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, something that Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project (which helped represent him) called an “act of civil disobedience“.[5]

Background

Trailblazer was chosen over a similar program named ThinThread, a less costly project which had been designed with built-in privacy protections for United States citizens.[4][3] Trailblazer was later linked to the NSA electronic surveillance program and the NSA warrantless surveillance controversy.[3]

In 2002 a consortium led by Science Applications International Corporation was chosen by the NSA to produce a technology demonstration platform in a contract worth $280 million. Project participants included Boeing, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Booz Allen Hamilton. The project was overseen by NSA Deputy Director William B. Black, Jr., an NSA worker who had gone to SAIC, and then been re-hired back to NSA by NSA director Michael Hayden in 2000.[6][7][8] SAIC had also hired a former NSA director to its management; Bobby Inman.[9] SAIC also participated in the concept definition phase of Trailblazer.[10][11]

Redacted version of the DoD Inspector General audit, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by the Project on Government Oversight and others. [12][5]

The NSA Inspector General issued a report on Trailblazer that “discussed improperly based contract cost increases, non-conformance in the management of the Statement of Work, and excessive labor rates for contractor personnel.” [13]

In 2004 the DoD IG report criticized the program (see the Whistleblowing section below). It said that the “NSA ‘disregarded solutions to urgent national security needs'” and “that TRAILBLAZER was poorly executed and overly expensive …” Several contractors for the project were worried about cooperating with DoD’s audit for fear of “management reprisal.”[5] The Director of NSA “nonconcurred” with several statements in the IG audit, and the report contains a discussion of those disagreements.[14]

In 2005, NSA director Michael Hayden told a Senate hearing that the Trailblazer program was several hundred million dollars over budget and years behind schedule.[15] In 2006 the program was shut down,[3] after having cost billions of US Dollars.[16] Several anonymous NSA sources told Hosenball of Newsweek later on that the project was a “wasteful failure”.[17]

The new project replacing Trailblazer is called Turbulence.[3]

Whistleblowing

According to a 2011 New Yorker article, in the early days of the project several NSA employees met with Diane S Roark, an NSA budget expert on the House Intelligence Committee. They aired their grievances about Trailblazer. In response, NSA director Michael Hayden sent out a memo saying that “individuals, in a session with our congressional overseers, took a position in direct opposition to one that we had corporately decided to follow … Actions contrary to our decisions will have a serious adverse effect on our efforts to transform N.S.A., and I cannot tolerate them.”[3]

In September 2002, several people filed a complaint with the Department of Defense IG’s office regarding problems with Trailblazer: they included Roark (aforementioned), ex-NSA senior analysts Bill Binney, Kirk Wiebe, and Senior Computer Systems Analyst Ed Loomis, who had quit the agency over concerns about its mismanagement of acquisition and allegedly illegal domestic spying.[3][18][19] A major source for the report was NSA senior officer Thomas Andrews Drake. Drake had been complaining to his superiors for some time about problems at the agency, and about the superiority of ThinThread over Trailblazer, for example, at protecting privacy.[19] Drake gave info to DoD during its investigation of the matter.[19] Roark also went to her boss at the House committee, Porter Goss, about problems, but was rebuffed.[20] She also attempted to contact William Renquist, the Supreme Court Chief Justice at the time.[19]

Drake’s own boss, Maureen Baginski, the third-highest officer at NSA, quit partly over concerns about the legality of its behavior.[3]

In 2003, the NSA IG (not the DoD IG)[19] had declared Trailblazer an expensive failure.[21] It had cost more than $1 billion.[8][22][23]

In 2005, the DoD IG produced a report on the result of its investigation of the complaint of Roark and the others in 2002. This report was not released to the public, but it has been described as very negative.[18] Mayer writes that it hastened the closure of Trailblazer, which was at the time in trouble from congress for being over budget.[3]

In November 2005, Drake contacted Siobhan Gorman, a reporter of The Baltimore Sun.[24][17][25] Gorman wrote several articles about problems at the NSA, including articles on Trailblazer. This series got her an award from the Society of Professional Journalists.[17]

In 2005, President George W. Bush ordered the FBI to find whoever had disclosed information about the NSA electronic surveillance program and its disclosure in the New York Times. Eventually, this investigation led to the people who had filed the 2002 DoD IG request, even though they had nothing to do with the New York Times disclosure. In 2007, the houses of Roark, Binney, and Wiebe were raided by armed FBI agents. According to Mayer, Binney claims the FBI pointed guns at his head and that of his wife. Wiebe said it reminded him of the Soviet Union.[3][18] None of these people were ever charged with any crime. Four months later, Drake was raided in November 2007 and his computers and documents were confiscated.

In 2010 Drake was indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on charges of obstructing justice, providing false information, and violating the Espionage Act of 1917,[17][26][27] part of President Barack Obama‘s crackdown on whistleblowers and “leakers”.[24][17][28][18] The government tried to get Roark to testify to a conspiracy, and made similar requests to Drake, offering him a plea bargain. They both refused.[3]

In June 2011, the ten original charges against Drake were dropped, instead he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.[5]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trailblazer_Project

ECHELON

ECHELON is a name used in global media and in popular culture to describe a signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection and analysis network operated on behalf of the five signatory states to the UKUSA Security Agreement[1] (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, referred to by a number of abbreviations, including AUSCANNZUKUS[1] and Five Eyes).[2][3] It has also been described as the only software system which controls the download and dissemination of the intercept of commercial satellite trunk communications.[4]

ECHELON, according to information in the European Parliament document, “On the existence of a global system for the interception of private and commercial communications (ECHELON interception system)” was created to monitor the military and diplomatic communications of the Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies during the Cold War in the early 1960s.[5]

The system has been reported in a number of public sources.[6] Its capabilities and political implications were investigated by a committee of the European Parliament during 2000 and 2001 with a report published in 2001,[5] and by author James Bamford in his books on the National Security Agency of the United States.[4] The European Parliament stated in its report that the term ECHELON is used in a number of contexts, but that the evidence presented indicates that it was the name for a signals intelligence collection system. The report concludes that, on the basis of information presented, ECHELON was capable of interception and content inspection of telephone calls, fax, e-mail and other data traffic globally through the interception of communication bearers including satellite transmission, public switched telephone networks (which once carried most Internet traffic) and microwave links.[5]

Bamford describes the system as the software controlling the collection and distribution of civilian telecommunications traffic conveyed using communication satellites, with the collection being undertaken by ground stations located in the footprint of the downlink leg.

Organization

UKUSA Community
Map of UKUSA Community countries with Ireland

Australia
Canada
New Zealand
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United States of America

The UKUSA intelligence community was assessed by the European Parliament (EP) in 2000 to include the signals intelligence agencies of each of the member states:

The EP report concluded that it seemed likely that ECHELON is a method of sorting captured signal traffic, rather than a comprehensive analysis tool.[5]

Capabilities

The ability to intercept communications depends on the medium used, be it radio, satellite, microwave, cellular or fiber-optic.[5] During World War II and through the 1950s, high frequency (“short wave”) radio was widely used for military and diplomatic communication,[7] and could be intercepted at great distances.[5] The rise of geostationary communications satellites in the 1960s presented new possibilities for intercepting international communications. The report to the European Parliament of 2001 states: “If UKUSA states operate listening stations in the relevant regions of the earth, in principle they can intercept all telephone, fax and data traffic transmitted via such satellites.”[5]

The role of satellites in point-to-point voice and data communications has largely been supplanted by fiber optics; in 2006, 99% of the world’s long-distance voice and data traffic was carried over optical-fiber.[8] The proportion of international communications accounted for by satellite links is said to have decreased substantially over the past few years[when?] in Central Europe to an amount between 0.4% and 5%.[5] Even in less-developed parts of the world, communications satellites are used largely for point-to-multipoint applications, such as video.[9] Thus, the majority of communications can no longer be intercepted by earth stations; they can only be collected by tapping cables and intercepting line-of-sight microwave signals, which is possible only to a limited extent.[5]

One method of interception is to place equipment at locations where fiber optic communications are switched. For the Internet, much of the switching occurs at relatively few sites. There have been reports of one such intercept site, Room 641A, in the United States. In the past[when?] much Internet traffic was routed through the U.S. and the UK, but this has changed; for example, in 2000, 95% of intra-German Internet communications was routed via the DE-CIX Internet exchange point in Frankfurt.[5] A comprehensive worldwide surveillance network is possible only if clandestine intercept sites are installed in the territory of friendly nations, and/or if local authorities cooperate. The report to the European Parliament points out that interception of private communications by foreign intelligence services is not necessarily limited to the U.S. or British foreign intelligence services.[5]

Most reports on ECHELON focus on satellite interception; testimony before the European Parliament indicated that separate but similar UK-US systems are in place to monitor communication through undersea cables, microwave transmissions and other lines.[10]

Controversy

Intelligence monitoring of citizens, and their communications, in the area covered by the AUSCANNZUKUS security agreement has caused concern. British journalist Duncan Campbell and New Zealand journalist Nicky Hager asserted in the 1990s that the United States was exploiting ECHELON traffic for industrial espionage, rather than military and diplomatic purposes.[10] Examples alleged by the journalists include the gear-less wind turbine technology designed by the German firm Enercon[5][11] and the speech technology developed by the Belgian firm Lernout & Hauspie.[12] An article in the US newspaper Baltimore Sun reported in 1995 that European aerospace company Airbus lost a $6 billion contract with Saudi Arabia in 1994 after the US National Security Agency reported that Airbus officials had been bribing Saudi officials to secure the contract.[13][14]

In 2001, the Temporary Committee on the ECHELON Interception System recommended to the European Parliament that citizens of member states routinely use cryptography in their communications to protect their privacy, because economic espionage with ECHELON has been conducted by the US intelligence agencies.[5]

Bamford provides an alternative view, highlighting that legislation prohibits the use of intercepted communications for commercial purposes, although he does not elaborate on how intercepted communications are used as part of an all-source intelligence process.

Hardware

According to its website, the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) is “a high technology organization … on the frontiers of communications and data processing”. In 1999 the Australian Senate Joint Standing Committee on Treaties was told by Professor Desmond Ball that the Pine Gap facility was used as a ground station for a satellite-based interception network. The satellites were said to be large radio dishes between 20 and 100 meters in diameter in geostationary orbits.[citation needed] The original purpose of the network was to monitor the telemetry from 1970s Soviet weapons, air defence radar, communications satellites and ground based microwave communications.[15]

Name

The European Parliament’s Temporary Committee on the ECHELON Interception System stated: “It seems likely, in view of the evidence and the consistent pattern of statements from a very wide range of individuals and organisations, including American sources, that its name is in fact ECHELON, although this is a relatively minor detail.”[5] The U.S. intelligence community uses many code names (see, for example, CIA cryptonym).

Former NSA employee Margaret Newsham claims that she worked on the configuration and installation of software that makes up the ECHELON system while employed at Lockheed Martin, for whom she worked from 1974 to 1984 in Sunnyvale, California, US, and in Menwith Hill, England, UK.[16] At that time, according to Newsham, the code name ECHELON was NSA’s term for the computer network itself. Lockheed called it P415. The software programs were called SILKWORTH and SIRE. A satellite named VORTEX intercepted communications. An image available on the internet of a fragment apparently torn from a job description shows Echelon listed along with several other code names.[17]

Ground stations

The 2001 European Parliamentary (EP) report[5] lists several ground stations as possibly belonging to, or participating in, the ECHELON network. These include:

Likely satellite intercept stations

The following stations are listed in the EP report (p. 54 ff) as likely to have, or to have had, a role in intercepting transmissions from telecommunications satellites:

Other potentially related stations

The following stations are listed in the EP report (p. 57 ff) as ones whose roles “cannot be clearly established”:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECHELON

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“…Microsoft Surface tablet runs Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT

There will be two Surface models, one running Windows 8 Pro and one running Windows RT. The Surface RT processor will be an ARM one and the Surface Pro processor will be Intel. The Pro model will be more powerful, with a higher resolution and a slightly chunkier case.

The Microsoft Surface specifications are quite nifty

The Windows RT model weighs 676g, is 9.3mm thin and comes with what Microsoft calls a 10.6″, 16:9 ClearType HD display. The battery’s a 31.5W-h model, you can choose between 32GB and 64GB of on-board storage, and connectors include MicroSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD VIdeo and 2×2 MIMO antennae for better WiFi performance. The processor hasn’t been named but the smart money’s on a Tegra 3.

The Pro model is heavier – 930g – and thicker – 13.5mm – to make room for an Intel Ivy Bridge i5 processor. This time the ClearType display is “Full HD”, which implies 1920×1080 resolution. The battery’s bigger too, at 42W-h, and the connectors include MicroSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort and the same antennae. Storage options for the big Surface are 64GB and 128GB.

Both tablets have twin cameras, stereo speakers and dual microphones tuned for Skype, and their cases are made of VaporMg, a magnesium alloy that’s very light and strong.

The Surface tablet also includes an integrated kickstand to prop up your tablet when you’re watching video.

The Surface Pro tablet has a pen

The Windows 8 Pro Surface tablet supports pen input at 600dpi resolution, and there’s a palm block so you don’t lose focus when your palm touches the screen. The pen can be used just like a real one, with digital ink annotating documents or filling in forms.

The Windows RT Surface includes Microsoft Office

Microsoft Home and Student 2013 RT is pre-installed on the Windows RT Surface tablet.

Both Surface tablets have a touch cover and a type cover

Microsoft has come up with a brilliant idea: a protective cover that doubles as a pressure sensitive multi-touch trackpad and keyboard and that attaches magnetically. If you’d rather have a chiclet keyboard, there’s one of those too: an ultra-thin one that, while it’s naturally a bit thicker than the touch one (5mm compared to 3mm), still doesn’t add too much bulk to the device.

The keyboards have built-in accelerometers, which mean they can tell when you fold them back over the screen: when you do, they stop drawing power. When you compare them to the kinds of keyboard docks we’ve seen for other tablets, such as Asus’s Transformers, they’re clearly remarkable bits of engineering.

The Microsoft Surface price will be competitive

Microsoft’s keeping its cards close to its chest with this one: while it promises that both the Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro Surface tablets will be priced competitively with rival devices, it doesn’t say which rival devices, let alone commit to a price range. We’d expect prices to be similar to high-end Android tablets and, of course, the iPad, even if that means making a loss: as we know from the Xbox, Microsoft isn’t afraid to lose money for a long time if that’s what it takes to build market share.

The Microsoft Surface release date isn’t imminent

The RT Surface tab is due to be released “this fall”, with the Surface Pro shipping roughly 90 days later.

The Surface tablets will have Xbox integration and SmartGlass

Microsoft’s twin-screen SmartGlass is an obvious feature for the Surface tablets, and Microsoft says it’s coming alongside Xbox integration.

Surface is designed to give Microsoft’s partners a poke

Microsoft normally lets OEMS (Original Equipment Manufacturers) do the hardware stuff, so Surface is something of a departure from the normal PC business. It’s a tacit admission that sometimes, PCs are crappier than they ought to be: as Mary Branscombe explains, “Not only does Surface deliver hardware innovations that the OEMs can’t turn around and put on their Android tablets; it also take advantage of the hardware experts at Microsoft and their 3,200 hardware patents and lets Microsoft deliver the PC it thinks Windows 8 will run best on, not a PC maker’s interpretation of that.”

It’ll be interesting to see how Microsoft’s OEM partners react to that: can Microsoft be their best pal as well as their biggest rival? …”

http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/tablets/microsoft-surface-tablet-release-date-news-and-price-1085679

7 reasons Microsoft’s new tablet could worry Apple

By Erik Sherman

“…There are skeptics aplenty, including Stephen Chapman at ZDNet, MoneyWatch’s sister site. Skepticism is necessary and healthy, as this would be far from a cakewalk for Microsoft. But if you’re trying to understand where computing is headed, cynicism would be dangerous. Microsoft has many strengths that could help, and Apple knows it. Here are seven things that Tim Cook is likely weighing.

Corporate buy-in
Apple is the king of consumer electronics, no question. But even with its again growing use in corporations, Microsoft has an establishment in corporate computing that is remarkable. From the operating system on the vast majority of desktops to software that is pervasive, including databases, Office, major corporate applications, and middleware, the company is there, no matter where you turn.

Yes, iPads have become very popular, but they don’t naturally integrate with existing systems the way corporations would like. Get the same type of functions in an enterprise-friendly form, and you’ve provided companies with a powerful reason to buy hardware. Furthermore, the greater number of form factors that will be available are more likely to hit corporate needs, including docking stations for people who have to create and edit documents and spreadsheets and find the experience on a pure tablet wanting, even with the availability of Bluetooth keyboards. (I’ve been using a Google (GOOG) Android-based system that I bought for traveling, and the ability to seat a tablet to a keyboard with touchpad and extra battery that adds little in weight has been great. Once a Windows-equivalent is available, I’ll likely jump just for the desktop software compatibility.)

Massive existing developer base
As Chapman noted, Microsoft will need app developers to compete. I’m wary of the whole “apps are the reason people buy devices,” because both Apple’s iOS and Google Android managed to build large audiences even without their current levels of app mania. After all, most of the sales and free downloads are from a relatively small slice of the available offerings. But the perception of availability of software is important.

Where Chapman goes wrong, I think, is to say that cross-platform development tools are what could aid Microsoft in this. While they could, he’s discounting just how large the Microsoft Windows development camp is. Virtually all corporations putting programmers to work for custom software or to adapt third-party applications have deep Microsoft experience. The most popular software packages, period, have versions for Windows. That’s the app strength that Microsoft hopes to leverage, whether on an Intel-based desktop or a tablet or even phone with an ARM chip. Porting isn’t an afterthought, but going from one versions of Windows to another? A much easier jump.

Home TV tie-in
Work tie-in is important, but so is home entertainment. That’s one place where Microsoft is far better established than Apple because of the Xbox. It’s a major streaming platform and has lots of content available. Microsoft is pushing a cheap-up-front Xbox ($99) with an ongoing Xbox Live paid account, plus it has a full motion detection and navigation system, which makes a multi-touch interface look passé.

So the tablet becomes an extension of TV. For the millions of households that already have an online account with Microsoft, it could be a compelling choice.

Unusual determination
Microsoft has screwed up on consumer devices many times. (Can you say Zune or Kin?) But one thing the company has going for it is determination and patience that actually matches Apple’s. Yes, there are companies that have eventually beaten Microsoft badly enough that it gave up. The personal finance software category comes to mind.

But it took Microsoft a decade to drop its desktop finance programs. You could call that a waste of time and resources, but it shows how long the company is willing to go to eventually come out on top. The Xbox platform was a major money loser for many years. But Microsoft, like Apple, is in it for the long haul.

Wide range of innovation
Microsoft is one of the largest patent holders in the world, second to IBM. Patents aren’t the same as innovation, but the number it holds shows how much investment the companies does in that area. Even rule out many of the piddling patents, and Microsoft has done foundational work in a lot of areas. Much of what it does is invisible to people looking at the consumer electronics space. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist or has no usefulness.

This isn’t about a potential legal battle; Apple and Microsoft wisely made peace with each other years ago. But Microsoft has tried often and succeeded a fair amount of time. So, what new things could it bring to a tablet? Hard to tell, but it opens the possibility of approaches that will attract users.

New Borg strategy
The new SmartGlass technology shows how Microsoft has begun to move past the “Windows only, Windows often” approach. Sure, it still wants to sell Windows to everyone multiple times, but as the computing world has changed, the company has been morphing a longtime basic strategy. When you’re willing to surround and absorb anyone and everything else, you stand a much greater chance of success, particularly if you want to sell to corporations that aren’t crazy about single-vendor solutions anymore and then extend corporate use to the home. …”

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505124_162-57455077/7-reasons-microsofts-new-tablet-could-worry-apple/

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On April fool’s day 1976, Steve Jobs and his friend Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer.Over the next 35 years, Apple shipped many successful and not so successful products. However, it was not until the return of Apple’s visionary and inspiring founder Jobs, in 1996, that the company experienced its greatest period of growth and success in the marketplace.

Apple introduced several bestselling products including the iMac, iPod, iPhone, iBook and iPad. Apple started shipping the iPhone 4S, the fifth generation of the iPhone, on October 14. Consumer demand for this touchscreen slate smartphone was described by AT&T as “extraordinary.” Apple’s success was based on the ability to define and dominate new markets including mobile phones, personal tablets and portable music players and legal downloads.

Apple’s success in selling products that are unbelievably popular with consumers has resulted in the creation of wealth and jobs. In May 2010, Apple’s market capitalization or the value of its outstanding stock edged past its longtime rival Microsoft by more than $3 billion for the first time. Last June, Apple’s market value of $317.6 billion exceeded the combined market value of Intel at $115.2 billion and Microsoft at $201.6 billion. As of September, Apple was the largest publicly traded company by market capitalization in the world.

The company has grown from a two-person startup in 1976 to more than 50,000 employees today. Serious investors in a company such as Apple invariably read and analyze its annual reports and Form 10-K filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The importance of the many thousands employees who work for Apple is captured in a single short section contained in Apple’s 2010 filling with the SEC under the headline:

The Company’s success depends largely on the continued service and availability of key personnel.

Much of the Company’s future success depends on the continued availability and service of key personnel, including its CEO, its executive team and highly skilled employees in technical, marketing and staff positions. Experienced personnel in the technology industry are in high demand and competition for their talents is intense, especially in the Silicon Valley, where most of the Company’s key personnel are located. There can be no assurance that the Company will continue to attract and retain key personnel.”

Steve Jobs died on October 5, after an eight-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jobs will be remembered most for the great products Apple provided consumers. He will also be remembered by the past and current employees of Apple who benefited directly from the wealth and opportunities that Apple produced under his visionary and inspiring leadership.

Very few companies are as successful and huge as Apple and even fewer last 100 years. Only time we tell whether Steve Job’s vision for great products will continue into the future.

Today with more than 25 million Americans seeking full time employment, what America truly needs is to let 1,000 Apples bloom. Jobs would say that would be “huge” and “unbelievable” for “mere mortals” and “wouldn’t it be great.” “Pretty cool, huh.”

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Paul Allen–Idea Man: A Memoir By The Cofounder of Microsoft–Videos

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Paul Allen shares his ‘ideas’

 

Paul Allen – Revolutionary Idea Man

 

 

Paul Allen on Gates, Microsoft

 

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 Idea Man by Paul Allen, read by Doug Shiloh 4-20-11

“…Synopsis

“The entire conversation took five minutes. When it was over, Bill and I looked at each other. It was one thing to talk about writing a language for a microprocessor and another to get the job done . . . If we’d been older or known better, Bill and I might have been put off by the task in front of us. But we were young and green enough to believe that we just might pull it off.”

Paul Allen, best known as the cofounder of Microsoft, has left his mark on numerous fields, from aviation and science to rock ‘n’ roll, professional sports, and philanthropy. His passions and curiosity have transformed the way we live. In 2007 and again in 2008, Timenamed him one of the hundred most influential people in the world.

It all started on a snowy day in December 1974, when he was twenty-one years old. After buying the new issue of Popular Electronicsin Harvard Square, Allen ran to show it to his best friend from Seattle, Bill Gates, then a Harvard undergrad. The magazine’s cover story featured the Altair 8800, the first true personal computer; Allen knew that he and Gates had the skills to code a programming language for it. When Gates agreed to collaborate on BASIC for the Altair, one of the most influential partnerships of the digital era was up and running.

While much has been written about Microsoft’s early years, Allen has never before told the story from his point of view. Nor has he previously talked about the details of his complex relationship with Gates or his behind-closed- doors perspective on how a struggling startup became the most powerful technology company in the world. Idea Manis the candid and long-awaited memoir of an intensely private person, a tale of triumphant highs and terrifying lows.

After becoming seriously ill with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1982, Allen began scaling back his involvement with Microsoft. He recovered and started using his fortune-and his ideas-for a life of adventure and discovery, from the first privately funded spacecraft (SpaceShipOne) to a landmark breakthrough in neuroscience (the Allen Brain Atlas). His eclectic ventures all start with the same simple question: What shouldexist? As Allen has written:

To me, that’s the most exciting question imaginable. . . . From technology to science to music to art, I’m inspired by those who’ve blurred the boundaries, who’ve looked at the possibilities, and said, “What if…?” In my own work, I’ve tried to anticipate what’s coming over the horizon, to hasten its arrival, and to apply it to people’s lives in a meaningful way. . . . The varied possibilities of the universe have dazzled me since I was a child, and they continue to drive my work, my investments, and my philanthropy.

Idea Man is an astonishing true story of ideas made real. …”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIFl7SWWAvg

 

Over the weekend I read two books, The Facebook Effect and Idea Man: A Memoir By The Cofounder of Microsoft.

I recommend both books and would read them back to back.

I concluded that Gates made a big mistake when he apparently tried to dilute Allen’s ownership share of Microsoft.

 

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Paul Allen

“…Paul Gardner Allen (born January 21, 1953) is an American investor and philanthropist who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates and is one of the wealthiest people in the world with a personal wealth of US$13.5 billion as of 2010. He is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., which manages his business and philanthropic efforts. Allen also has a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio which includes technology companies such as Evri and Gist, real estate holdings, and stakes in other technology, media, and content companies. Allen also owns two professional sports teams, the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL),[2] and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[3] He is also part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC, which joined Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2009.[4] Allen’s memoir Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft was released on April 19, 2011, and extensive excerpts have been published in the May 2011 issue of Vanity Fair.[5] …”

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Microsoft and Nokia Partnership On Smart Phones–Videos

Posted on February 12, 2011. Filed under: Blogroll, Communications, Computers, Law, liberty, Life, Links, media, Mobile Phones, Technology, Video, Wealth, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“….Look what we’ve found! This is the first image you’ll see anywhere of the early fruit of Microsoft and Nokia’s budding new partnership. We have it on good authority that the technicolor phones on show are conceptual devices produced by the two companies. You shouldn’t, therefore, go jumping to conclusions about retail hardware just yet, but hearts should be warmed by the familiarity of Nokia’s new design — the shape of these handsets is somewhere between its recent N8 and C7 Symbian devices and there is, as usual for Nokia, a choice of sprightly colors. The trio of keys adorning the new concept’s bottom give away its Windows Phone 7 ties, but also remind us that the N8 and E7 are highly unlikely to receive any WP7 upgrade love. The best part about this whole discovery, however, might be that it confirms Steve Ballmer’s assertion that the engineers of both companies have “spent a lot of time on this already.” So, who else is excited about owning an Engadget-blue Microkia device? …”

http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/11/exclusive-nokias-windows-phone-7-concept-revealed/

Nokia and Microsoft Windows Phone 7 partnership (HD)

 

Can Nokia Make A Comeback?

 

Nokia and Microsoft partnership – Windows Phone handsets to follow

Nokia and Microsoft Press Conference

 

Nokia / Microsoft Press Conference Q&A Steve Ballmer + Stephen Elop (1)

 

Nokia / Microsoft Press Conference Q&A Steve Ballmer + Stephen Elop (2)

 

Nokia commits to Windows Phone and Microsoft

Nokia’s comeback strategy: strategic alliance with Microsoft

by Stuart Dredge

“…The key details: Nokia will adopt Windows Phone as its ‘principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader’ according to the announcement.

Symbian isn’t being killed off: instead, it will become ‘a franchise platform’, as Nokia looks to ‘retain and transition’ the existing base of 200 million Symbian users, while selling 150 million more Symbian devices around the world.

And MeeGo? That becomes ‘an open-source, mobile operating system project’ with ‘increased emphasis on longer-term market exploration of next-generation devices, platforms and user experiences’. But Nokia says it still plans to ship a ‘MeeGo-related product’ later this year.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=006l0xBE6Ko&feature=related

More competition in the smartphone business space will lead to better quality products at lower prices.

I think the partnership is a great opportunity for both companies.

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Nokia CEO Stephen Elop rallies troops in brutally honest ‘burning platform’ memo? (update: it’s real!)

Hello there,

There is a pertinent story about a man who was working on an oil platform in the North Sea. He woke up one night from a loud explosion, which suddenly set his entire oil platform on fire. In mere moments, he was surrounded by flames. Through the smoke and heat, he barely made his way out of the chaos to the platform’s edge. When he looked down over the edge, all he could see were the dark, cold, foreboding Atlantic waters.

As the fire approached him, the man had mere seconds to react. He could stand on the platform, and inevitably be consumed by the burning flames. Or, he could plunge 30 meters in to the freezing waters. The man was standing upon a “burning platform,” and he needed to make a choice.

He decided to jump. It was unexpected. In ordinary circumstances, the man would never consider plunging into icy waters. But these were not ordinary times – his platform was on fire. The man survived the fall and the waters. After he was rescued, he noted that a “burning platform” caused a radical change in his behaviour.

We too, are standing on a “burning platform,” and we must decide how we are going to change our behaviour.

Over the past few months, I’ve shared with you what I’ve heard from our shareholders, operators, developers, suppliers and from you. Today, I’m going to share what I’ve learned and what I have come to believe.

I have learned that we are standing on a burning platform.

And, we have more than one explosion – we have multiple points of scorching heat that are fuelling a blazing fire around us.

For example, there is intense heat coming from our competitors, more rapidly than we ever expected. Apple disrupted the market by redefining the smartphone and attracting developers to a closed, but very powerful ecosystem.

In 2008, Apple’s market share in the $300+ price range was 25 percent; by 2010 it escalated to 61 percent. They are enjoying a tremendous growth trajectory with a 78 percent earnings growth year over year in Q4 2010. Apple demonstrated that if designed well, consumers would buy a high-priced phone with a great experience and developers would build applications. They changed the game, and today, Apple owns the high-end range.

And then, there is Android. In about two years, Android created a platform that attracts application developers, service providers and hardware manufacturers. Android came in at the high-end, they are now winning the mid-range, and quickly they are going downstream to phones under €100. Google has become a gravitational force, drawing much of the industry’s innovation to its core.

Let’s not forget about the low-end price range. In 2008, MediaTek supplied complete reference designs for phone chipsets, which enabled manufacturers in the Shenzhen region of China to produce phones at an unbelievable pace. By some accounts, this ecosystem now produces more than one third of the phones sold globally – taking share from us in emerging markets.

While competitors poured flames on our market share, what happened at Nokia? We fell behind, we missed big trends, and we lost time. At that time, we thought we were making the right decisions; but, with the benefit of hindsight, we now find ourselves years behind.

The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don’t have a product that is close to their experience. Android came on the scene just over 2 years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes. Unbelievable.

We have some brilliant sources of innovation inside Nokia, but we are not bringing it to market fast enough. We thought MeeGo would be a platform for winning high-end smartphones. However, at this rate, by the end of 2011, we might have only one MeeGo product in the market.

At the midrange, we have Symbian. It has proven to be non-competitive in leading markets like North America. Additionally, Symbian is proving to be an increasingly difficult environment in which to develop to meet the continuously expanding consumer requirements, leading to slowness in product development and also creating a disadvantage when we seek to take advantage of new hardware platforms. As a result, if we continue like before, we will get further and further behind, while our competitors advance further and further ahead.

At the lower-end price range, Chinese OEMs are cranking out a device much faster than, as one Nokia employee said only partially in jest, “the time that it takes us to polish a PowerPoint presentation.” They are fast, they are cheap, and they are challenging us.

And the truly perplexing aspect is that we’re not even fighting with the right weapons. We are still too often trying to approach each price range on a device-to-device basis.

The battle of devices has now become a war of ecosystems, where ecosystems include not only the hardware and software of the device, but developers, applications, ecommerce, advertising, search, social applications, location-based services, unified communications and many other things. Our competitors aren’t taking our market share with devices; they are taking our market share with an entire ecosystem. This means we’re going to have to decide how we either build, catalyse or join an ecosystem.

This is one of the decisions we need to make. In the meantime, we’ve lost market share, we’ve lost mind share and we’ve lost time.

On Tuesday, Standard & Poor’s informed that they will put our A long term and A-1 short term ratings on negative credit watch. This is a similar rating action to the one that Moody’s took last week. Basically it means that during the next few weeks they will make an analysis of Nokia, and decide on a possible credit rating downgrade. Why are these credit agencies contemplating these changes? Because they are concerned about our competitiveness.

Consumer preference for Nokia declined worldwide. In the UK, our brand preference has slipped to 20 percent, which is 8 percent lower than last year. That means only 1 out of 5 people in the UK prefer Nokia to other brands. It’s also down in the other markets, which are traditionally our strongholds: Russia, Germany, Indonesia, UAE, and on and on and on.

How did we get to this point? Why did we fall behind when the world around us evolved?

This is what I have been trying to understand. I believe at least some of it has been due to our attitude inside Nokia. We poured gasoline on our own burning platform. I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to align and direct the company through these disruptive times. We had a series of misses. We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough. We’re not collaborating internally.

Nokia, our platform is burning.

We are working on a path forward — a path to rebuild our market leadership. When we share the new strategy on February 11, it will be a huge effort to transform our company. But, I believe that together, we can face the challenges ahead of us. Together, we can choose to define our future.

The burning platform, upon which the man found himself, caused the man to shift his behaviour, and take a bold and brave step into an uncertain future. He was able to tell his story. Now, we have a great opportunity to do the same.

Stephen.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/08/nokia-ceo-stephen-elop-rallies-troops-in-brutally-honest-burnin/

 

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Mark Russinovich–Zero Day–Videos

Posted on February 11, 2011. Filed under: Blogroll, Books, Communications, Computers, Culture, Entertainment, Language, Law, liberty, Life, Links, People, Philosophy, Raves, Resources, Technology, Video, War, Wealth, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , |

 

“Mark came to Microsoft in 2006 to help advance the state of the art of Windows, now in his latest compelling
creation he is raising awareness of the all-too-real threat of cyber-terrorism.”

~Bill Gates

“While what Mark wrote is fiction, the risks that he writes about eerily mirror many situations that we see
today.”

~Howard A. Schmidt, White House Cyber Security Coordinator


 

 

Synopsis

“… An insidious cyber-terrorist attack threatens to destroy the Western World in this debut by a leading expert on cybersecurity Over the Atlantic, an airliner’s controls suddenly stop reacting. In Japan, an oil tanker runs aground when its navigational system fails. And in the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl. 

At first, these computer failures seem unrelated. But Jeff Aiken, a former government analyst who saw the mistakes made before 9/11, fears that there may be a more serious attack coming. And he soon realizes that there isn’t much time if he hopes to stop an international disaster. …”

Zero Day presents a chilling “what if” scenario written in the vein of Richard A. Clarke and Daniel Suarez.

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Zero-Day/Mark-Russinovich/e/9780312612467



Crystal Book Review

“…Have you ever experienced a virus, Trojan horse, spam, worm, etc. on your computer? It seems overwhelming when it happens, but imagine if it began to happen to computers around the country all at once. Imagine that, unlike your problem, this national problem doesn’t seem to be fixable at all. The bottom line is financial loss at a devastating level but also other consequences never before contemplated. …”

http://crystalbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/01/zero-day-novel-by-mark-russinovich.html

“…Mark Russinovich works at Microsoft in the Windows Azure product team as a Technical Fellow, Microsoft’s senior-most technical position. Mark earned a Ph.D. in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and he joined Microsoft when it acquired Winternals Software, which he co-founded in 1996. He is also author of the popular Sysinternals Windows administration and diagnostic tools. He is coauthor of the Microsoft Press Windows Internals book series, a contributing editor for TechNet Magazine, and a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine.

Mark lives in Washington State with his wife and daughter. …”

http://www.zerodaythebook.com/?page_id=23

Background Articles and Videos

Mark’s Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/b/markrussinovich/archive/2011/01/23/3381075.aspx

 

Cloud Cover Episode 36 – Mark Russinovich Talks Fabric Controller and Cyber Terrorism

http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Cloud+Cover/Cloud-Cover-Episode-36-Mark-Russinovich-Talks-Fabric-Controller-and-Cyber-Terrorism#time=0h1m57s

Interview with Mark Russinovich by Microsoft Student Partners

 

Student Partner: Interview with Mark Russinovich

 

Mark Russinovich- Windows 7 Demo 1/3

 

Mark Russinovich- Windows 7 Demo 2/3

 

Mark Russinovich- Windows 7 Demo 3/3

Mark Russinovich On Working at Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Kernel, HyperV 1/5

Mark Russinovich On Working at Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Kernel, HyperV 2/5

Mark Russinovich On Working at Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Kernel, HyperV 3/5

Mark Russinovich On Working at Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Kernel, HyperV 4/5

Mark Russinovich: On Working at Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 Kernel, HyperV 5/5

 

Mark Russinovich From Winternals to Microsoft, On Windows Security 1/6

 

Mark Russinovich From Winternals to Microsoft, On Windows Security 2/6

 

Mark Russinovich From Winternals to Microsoft, On Windows Security 3/6

 

Mark Russinovich From Winternals to Microsoft, On Windows Security4/6

 

Mark Russinovich From Winternals to Microsoft, On Windows Security 5/6

 

Mark Russinovich From Winternals to Microsoft, On Windows Security 6/6

 

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Really: New Windows Phone Ad

 

 

Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7

 

Ballmer: Windows Phone 7 ‘different’

Steve Ballmer talk about how the windows Phone 7 will compete with the iPhone and Android Phones

 

Windows Phone 7: Live from the Device Launch

 

Steve Ballmer Windows Phone 7 presentation speech CellulareMagazine

 

1/3 Windows Phone 7 Keynote

 

2/3 Windows Phone 7 Keynote

 

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Windows Phone 7 Teaser

 

Start: Windows Phone 7 Feature Video

 

Speech: Windows Phone 7 Feature Video

 

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Windows Phone 7: Hands On Tour

 

Zune Integration on Windows Phone 7

 

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Windows Phone 7 Device Lineup

 

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Windows Phone

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/default.aspx

 

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Microsoft Unveils New Window Phone 7 Devices

Hanson – KONG – Windows 7 phone

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discuss the new Windows Phone 7 parternship

 

Microsoft will show the first Windows Phone 7 handsets on Monday

networkworld

Microsoft unveils new mobile platform, Windows Phone 7

by Charlotte Raab

“… Ballmer said more than 60 mobile operators around the world will offer the devices, made by South Korea’s Samsung and LG Electronics, Taiwan’s HTC and US computer giant Dell, in more than 30 countries.

“We have built a different kind of a phone,” Ballmer said. “We set out to build a phone that was thoroughly modern.”

Ballmer said Microsoft is emphasizing personalization and customization with WP7, the first significant update to its mobile operating system in 18 months

“We focused on the things that real people really want to use,” he said. “We really put our energy into bringing together the things that you love.”

Smartphones powered by WP7 will run email from various services — not just Microsoft’s Hotmail — integrate calendars, contacts and social networks and allow for documents to be viewed, edited and shared using Microsoft Office.

WP7, which represents a shift for Microsoft from the enterprise market to the consumer, will also allow users to tap into Microsoft’s Zune music player platform and to access mobile versions of Xbox 360 games. …”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101011/ts_afp/usitcompanytelecominternetmicrosoft

Windows Phone 7 in-depth preview

By Joshua Topolsky

“…What you’ve likely already seen of the Windows Phone 7 user interface hasn’t changed dramatically in the months since the announcement of the OS, but it has been majorly tightened up and tweaked.

As before the “Metro” UI is in full effect here, meaning lots of very 2D, stark blocks of color and text. Actually, 2D isn’t quite right — the interface utilizes a lot of layers within a single page, so when you’re swiping through menus you get a kind of parallax scrolling effect reminiscent of 16 bit side-scrollers (think Castlevania for the SNES). It actually works really well here, giving a sense of depth and detail but not detracting from the content Microsoft is putting up front. Of course, the controversial cut-off text is still present, and while we happen to like the way it looks, it’s definitely an acquired taste, and there are times when it just doesn’t work, like in the Office hub where PowerPoint looks like it reads “PowerPoir.”

We were extremely surprised and impressed by the software’s touch responsiveness and speed. In fact, this is probably the most accurate and nuanced touch response this side of iOS4. It’s kind of stunning how much work Microsoft has done on the user experience since we first saw this interface — everything now comes off as a tight, cohesive whole. It really put one of our major fears about Windows Phone 7 to rest. We haven’t seen any substantial lag while using the device, and the short transitions between applications or pages are well suited to the overall experience.

Getting around the OS really comes down to three main sections: the homepage “tiles,” (a list of glanceable information, updates, and favorite apps or people), the application list (an alphabetical list of all your applications), and the “hub” pages (really a kind of in between point that’s sandwiched between a full on app and a menu). We found the overall navigation of the UI to be really quite intuitive, despite the fact that a good number of options and in-app menus are accessible only through a long press… something you’re not really made aware of in most cases. The long press becomes a bit like the skeleton key of the OS — you just have to try it and see what kind of functionality it unlocks. Once you get into the habit of holding down on items instead of wildly searching for the next screen or tile, it makes a lot of sense, but it does take some getting used to. …”

http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/19/windows-phone-7-in-depth-preview/

Windows Phone 7

“…Windows Phone 7 is a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft, and is the successor to their Windows Mobile platform.[2] It is due to launch in Europe and Asia on October 21, 2010, and in the US on November 8th, 2010.[3] Microsoft’s goal is to create a compelling user experience by redesigning the user interface, integrating the operating system with other services, and strictly controlling the hardware it runs on.[4] Microsoft officially unveiled Windows Phone 7 during Mobile World Congress 2010 (February 15)[5] in Barcelona and revealed additional details at MIX 2010 (March 15). Windows Phone 7 was released to manufacturing on September 1, 2010,[6] and the final SDK was made available on September 16, 2010.[7]

“…Work towards a major Windows Mobile update may have began as early as 2004 under the codename “Photon”[8]. Due to delays, the project was cancelled and the Windows Mobile group reorganized in 2008. Microsoft then completely started over to create a new mobile operating system, which became known as Windows Phone starting in 2009.[9] The product was initially intended to be released during 2009, but several delays prompted Microsoft to develop Windows Mobile 6.5 as an interim release.[10]

Because of the change in direction, Windows Phone 7 was developed in an accelerated timeframe. Existing Windows Mobile applications do not run on Windows Phone 7. Larry Lieberman, senior product manager for Microsoft’s Mobile Developer Experience, told eWeek: “If we’d had more time and resources, we may have been able to do something in terms of backward compatibility.”[11] He stated that Microsoft was attempting to look at the mobile phone market in a new way, with the end user in mind as well as the enterprise network.[11] Terry Myerson, corporate VP of Windows Phone engineering had this to say about backwards compatibility: “With the move to capacitive touch screens, away from the stylus, and the moves to some of the hardware choices we made for the Windows Phone 7 experience, we had to break application compatibility with Windows Mobile 6.5.”[12]

Naming

Initially, Microsoft announced the new platform as “Windows Phone 7 Series”, which came under criticism for being too wordy and difficult to say casually. Responding to this, Microsoft announced on April 2, 2010 that the word “Series” would be dropped from the name, resulting in the operating system being named simply Windows Phone 7.[13][14] Microsoft’s official statement on the matter was:

“Customers want a simpler way to say and use the name consistently. The important thing is keeping the focus on the Windows Phone brand, which we introduced in October and will continue investing in through Windows Phone 7 and beyond.”

Launch

Deutsche Bank estimates Microsoft’s marketing budget for the Windows Phone 7 launch to be at least $400 million.[15] In February 2010, Microsoft issued a press release listing the partners which had committed to Windows Phone 7. Hardware (OEM) partners were listed as Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC, HP , LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm. Mobile network operators listed as partners were AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. HP later decided not to build devices for Windows Phone 7, citing that they wanted to focus on newly purchased WebOS devices.[16]

At launch, Windows Phone 7 will support 5 languages: English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. Windows Phone Marketplace will support the buying and selling of applications in 17 countries and regions: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.[citation needed]

At a July 2010 meeting, Steve Ballmer told financial analysts they should temper their initial expectations for Windows Phone 7’s market success, saying “I think it’s fair to say we’ve got a lot of work to do”.[17] Windows Phone 7 is scheduled for release in Europe in October and USA in November 2010. A release in Asian countries will follow sometime in 2011.[18][19]

At the October 2010 Press Conference, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer stated Windows Phone 7 would be available on November 8th 2010 in the United States. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Phone_7

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Posted on March 15, 2010. Filed under: Art, Blogroll, Communications, Computers, Culture, Economics, Employment, Entertainment, Fiscal Policy, Games, Language, Law, liberty, Life, Links, media, Monetary Policy, Music, People, Philosophy, Politics, Rants, Raves, Regulations, Resources, Science, Technology, Video, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , , |

Keynote Day 1

http://live.visitmix.com/MIX10/Sessions/KEY01

In your hands: Introducing the IE9 Developer Platform Preview

http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Charles/Introducing-the-IE9-Developer-Platform-Preview/

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Cynergy Zune XNA Game – Gunfight in Redmond

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Posted on March 12, 2010. Filed under: Blogroll, Books, Communications, Culture, Links, media, Music, People, Programming, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For web designers and web developers the place to be next week is the annual Microsoft MIX conference in Las Vegas

If you cannot attend you can still watch highlights on Microsoft’s Channel 9.

http://channel9.msdn.com/

 

Countdown to MIX10: We’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/LauraFoy/Countdown-to-MIX10-Were-baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack/

“…(Tentative) Schedule
Please note that dates and times may change – check back often for updates

Day 1, March 15th, 2010
10:30AM (immediately following the keynote) to 5:30PM
 
Title: MIX10 Day 1 Keynote After Party
Recapping the announcements and answering all your questions from the MIX10 Day 1 Keynote
Time: 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Who: John Papa, Adam Kinney, Loke Uei Tan and Nic Fillingham
Ask questions about: MIX10 Day 1 Keynote announcements
 
Title: The Windows Phone Developer Story
Who: Charlie Kindel
Time: 11:30AM
Ask questions about: Developing on the Windows Phone 7 Series, End-to-End App Development
 
Title: Super-Secret Coding4Fun Keynote Project
Who: Clint Rutkas and Dan Fernandez
Time: 12:00PM
Ask questions about: Secret stuff from the keynote
 
Title: Designing the Windows Phone 7 Series
Who: Albert Shum
Time: 12:30PM
Ask questions about: Designing the Windows Phone 7 Series, Designing for Mobile Experiences, The right and left brain of Design
 
Title: Developing Games with XNA on Windows Phone 7 Series
Who: Michael Klucher and Shawn Hargreaves
Time: 1:00PM
Ask questions about: XNA, Game Development for Windows Phone
 
1:30PM to 2:30PM – Lunch Break.
We’ll be streaming extended demo footage from the Day 1 keynote.
 
Title: The Gu on all things Silverlight
Who: Scott Guthrie
Time: 2:30PM
Ask questions about: Anything and everything Silverlight, Visual Studio and The Gu; The Man, The Myth,… The Legend!
 
Title: Welcome to Windows Phone 7 Series
Who: Joe Belfiore
Time: 3:00PM
Ask questions about: Hardware, UI, Marketplace, Apps, Ecosystem
 
Title: Secret Audience Participation Session!
Time: 3:30PM
 
Title: UI Design with Expression Blend for the Windows Phone 7 Series
Who: Christian Schormann
Time: 4:00PM
Ask questions about: Expression Blend, Mobile UI Design
 
Title: Silverlight on the Desktop (TBC)
Who: TBC
Time: 4:30PM
Ask questions about: Silverlight
 
Title: This Week on Channel 9 – MIX10 Day 1 Wrap Up Edition
Who: Adam Kinney, John Papa, Jeff Sandquist and Dan Fernandez
Time: 5:00PM
Ask questions about: all the questions that didn’t get answered from day 1

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Day 2, March 16th, 2010
10:30AM (immediately following the keynote) to 5:30PM
 
Title: MIX10 Day 2 Keynote After Party
Recapping the announcements and answering your questions from the MIX10 Day 2 Keynote
Time: 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Who: Scott Hanselman, Giorgio Sardo, Adam Kinney and Nic Fillingham
Ask questions about: MIX10 Day 2 Key Note announcements
 
Title: The Impact of Great User Experience
Who: Bill Buxton
Time: 11:30AM
Ask questions about: User Experience, Design and Traditional Birch Bark Canoes
 
Title: Intersection of Design & Development
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Time: 12:00PM
Ask questions about: Cats and dogs living together Smiley
 
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Time: 12:30PM
Ask questions about: Dallas, Azure, SQL Azure + Secret stuff from the keynote
 
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Title: 1:00PM
Ask questions about: The future of IE + Secret stuff from the keynote
 
1:30PM to 2:30PM – Lunch Break.
We’ll be streaming extended demo footage from the Day 2 keynote.
 
Title: Creating Pivot Collections
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Time: 2:30PM
Ask questions about: All things Pivot
 
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Time: 3:00PM
Ask questions about: JQuery, Javascript + Secret stuff from the keynote

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Time: 3:30PM
 
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Time: 4:00PM
Ask questions about: Silverlight video, adaptive smooth streaming, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

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Time: 4:30PM
Ask questions about: Web Standards, Browser Graphics, Scalable Vector Graphics
 
Title: This Week on Channel 9 – MIX10 Day 2 Wrap Up Edition
Who: Adam Kinney, John Papa, Jeff Sandquist and Dan Fernandez
Time: 5:00PM

http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/NicFill/Channel-9-Live-at-MIX10–Who-What-Why-When-and-How/

A 3 day conference for web designers and developers building the world’s most innovative web sites.
March 15-17th, 2010, Las Vegas

http://live.visitmix.com/

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  • Countdown to MIX10: T-8 Weeks and There’s a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On

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  • Ping 43: CES, God Mode in Win 7, New Years Resolutions, MIX10

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  • Countdown to MIX10: The Gu

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    First the look and feel. The phones are really secondary here, and we want to focus on the interface. The design and layout of 7 Series’ UI (internally called Metro) is really quite original, utilizing what one of the designers (Albert Shum, formerly of Nike) calls an “authentically digital” and “chromeless” experience. What does that mean? Well we can tell you what it doesn’t mean — no shaded icons, no faux 3D or drop shadows, no busy backgrounds (no backgrounds at all), and very little visual flair besides clean typography and transition animations. The whole look is strangely reminiscent of a terminal display (maybe Microsoft is recalling its DOS roots here) — almost Tron-like in its primary color simplicity. To us, it’s rather exciting. This OS looks nothing like anything else on the market, and we think that’s to its advantage. Admittedly, we could stand for a little more information available within single views, and we have yet to see how the phone will handle things like notifications, but the design of the interface is definitely in a class of its own. Here’s a few takeaways on what it’s like to use (and some video)…

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    Just when it looked like an iPhone-Android-BlackBerry troika was shaping up, Microsoft and Nokia each tries one last shot

    Galen Gruman, Infoworld”…The awkwardly named Windows Phone 7 is a radical remake of Windows Mobile, whose complex, variable interface and attempt to cram a computer into a smartphone’s small screen simply didn’t work. Originally popular in some industries as a minicomputer for field forces, Windows Mobile has increasingly been displaced by the iPhone and then Android operating systems.

    Microsoft hasn’t shared many details of WinPhone, so I have to take the love fests emanating from fanboy sites like Engadget with a big grain of salt. But based on what Microsoft has demoed, the WinPhone is at least interesting.

    WinPhone mixes a very 20-something UI heavy on messaging, games, music, and photos with standard 40-something business capabilities such as a mobile Office productivity suite and the mobile Outlook email client. And there’s the mobile Internet Explorer Web browser for users of all ages.

    Learning from Apple

    Microsoft is clearly taking a big page from Apple’s book by putting its Zune and Xbox capabilities front and center — much as the iPhone did with its iPod functions at the 2007 launch of the iPhone. The computer capabilities of the WinPhone are hardly mentioned, a major break from Windows Mobile’s microcomputer legacy. And Microsoft is emphasizing gaming, much as Apple does for its phone-less iPod Touch — but unlike Apple, Microsoft can leverage its Xbox reputation for the WinPhone. …”

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/189878/windows_phone_7_a_mobile_gamechanger.html

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    “In all countries with a settled bureaucracy people used to say: The cabinets come and go, but the bureaus remain.”

    “Only to bureaucrats can the idea occur that establishing new offices, promulgating new decrees, and increasing the number of government employees alone can be described as positive and beneficial measures.”

    ~Ludwig von Mises

     

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    More government regulation and intervention into the economy is the problem not the solution.

    The government is attempting to screw the consumer in the name of protecting them from the big bad Internet Service Prodivers or ISPs.

    We are from the government and are here to protect you.

    Really?

    Go take a hike. 

    Promote competition and investment in the internet or broadband deployment and cut government spending and regulation–abolish  the Federal Communications Commission.

    The Progressive Radical Socialists are all on the side of network neutrality.

    Network neutrality is the hostile takeover of the internet by government regulations.

    The Progressive Radical Socialists are true believers in government command and control.

    I trust private companies before I would even consider trusting the integrity of the government.

    Time for the American people to wake up and speak up.

    “Capitalism means free enterprise, sovereignty of the consumers in economic matters, and sovereignty of the voters in political matters. Socialism means full government control of every sphere of the individuals life and the unrestricted supremacy of the government in its capacity as central board of production management.”

    “Tyranny is the political corollary of socialism, as representative government is the political corollary of the market economy.”

    ~Ludwig von Mises

     

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    The Essential Guide to Network Neutrality

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    The ISPs insist that their primary interest is simply to ensure better and more reliable service by prioritizing content to meet their customers’ needs. They also state that their actions are essential to comprehensive Internet security; they must prevent outlaw services from taking advantage of customers through illegal Net activities, such as phishing sites and intellectual-property-robbing peer-to-peer file-sharing services. Many neutrality opponents also believe they should be able to charge Web-site operators, especially high-bandwidth services like video streamers, for the right to use the ISP’s portion of the network, which feeds content directly to customers.

    Neutrality opponents assert that any government measures directed at promoting a so-called “even playing field” would unnecessarily meddle with Net activities and, in effect, place the government in charge of critical aspects of the Web’s design and operation. Such interference, opponents claim, would stifle Internet growth, hinder the roll out of broadband access and tilt the market toward businesses that use the most bandwidth yet pay the least for network costs within a neutral environment.

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    Supporters of network neutrality include the businesses that have the most to gain from a neutral Internet — companies such as Amazon.com, Google, Yahoo! Inc., Microsoft and Facebook. Also backing the cause are the editorial boards of several major newspapers, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News. Organizations such as the American Library Association, Gun Owners of America, Christian Coalition of America and Consumers Union, as well as Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, are also carrying the “free Internet” banner.

    Network-neutrality proponents claim that rather than protecting their customers’ interests, ISPs are trying to squash competition in order to benefit their own Internet services, including email, IP telephony, search technology, news and information content aggregation, classified advertising, and social networking. They argue that by attempting to monopolize both access and content, such firms are essentially “double-dipping.”

    According to network-neutrality advocates, the loss of a free and open Internet would lead to less innovation, since individuals and small startups buckle under new service and cost restrictions imposed by ISPs. The biggest losers in this situation will be consumers, who will inevitably face fewer service choices and higher fees, argue neutrality supporters. The national business and financial climate will also suffer, they allege, as Internet innovation and growth slows. …”

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    Project Natal

    “…Project Natal (pronounced [naˈtal], nah-tahl) is the code name for a “controller-free gaming and entertainment experience” by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game platform. Based on an add-on peripheral for the Xbox 360 console, Project Natal enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller through a natural user interface using gestures, spoken commands,[1] or presented objects and images. The project is aimed at broadening the Xbox 360’s audience beyond its typically hardcore base.[2] Project Natal was first announced on June 1, 2009 at E3 2009. Microsoft said that over a thousand software development kits began shipping to game developers that same day.[2]

    Though Microsoft has not officially announced any price or release date projections for Project Natal,[2][3] it is expected to be released in late 2010.[4][5][6][7][8] Project Natal will reportedly also serve as the basis for a “new” Xbox 360.[fn 1]

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    Xbox 360’s “Project Natal” Awakens Imagination of Global Video-Game Industry

    “…Xbox 360 today announced widespread enthusiasm from the world’s leading video-game publishers for “Project Natal,” a whole new way to play — no controller required. Developers across the globe have embraced the technology and have begun work on titles that will deliver extraordinary entertainment experiences for everyone to enjoy. Coming just three months after “Project Natal” was unveiled at E3, the announcements at the Tokyo Game Show underscore the swift industry support for the revolutionary controller-free experiences being developed exclusively for Xbox 360, the premier games and entertainment system.

    Among the elite publishers actively working on games for “Project Natal” are Activision Blizzard, Bethesda Softworks, CAPCOM, Disney Interactive, Electronic Arts, Konami, MTV Games, Namco Bandai, Sega, Square Enix, THQ Inc. and Ubisoft. Together, these publishers account for more than 70 percent of third-party software sales for this generation of console and most of the world’s most recognized video game franchises. …”

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    “…For those of you who have been waiting for some really big news to come out of the video game industry, Microsoft answered your call Monday with its innovative “Project Natal,” a hands-free motion-sensitive controller system.

    Announced during Microsoft’s annual E3 press conference, Project Natal seems almost certainly to be the culmination of several years of work by an Israeli start-up called 3DV Systems, which Microsoft recently acquired.

    The technology, as demonstrated in the video below, appears geared toward allowing users to control games, movies, and anything else on their Xbox system with their hands alone, and without touching any hardware.

    Now, in what is clearly an attempt by the Xbox maker to significantly broaden the potential reach of the console and its Internet component, Xbox Live, Microsoft is betting that it can finally impress many of the millions of people who would never, ever consider themselves gamers but who somehow ended up with a Nintendo Wii in their homes.

    How did Nintendo manage to break that barrier? By building a new-style motion-sensitive controller system that allowed users to direct game action by waving the controller around. To swing an in-game tennis racket, you swing the so-called Wii-mote like a tennis racket. To play a bowling game, you swing the Wii-mote in a bowling motion.

    Natal, by comparison, provides much of that same functionality, but without having to hold on to the controller. Want to kick a ball in a game? Then make a kicking motion. Want to buzz in in a game show setting? Smack your fist into your hand. Want to share a drawing with an in-game avatar? Draw it and then hold it up to the Natal camera. As seen on-stage at E3, at least, it’s all very simple, and very seamless.

    So is Project Natal Microsoft’s answer to the Wii-mote? …”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/02/tech/cnettechnews/main5056458.shtml

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    Bonus Stage Episode 1 part 4

     

    Microsoft Game Studios

    “…Microsoft Game Studios is a brand owned by Microsoft and introduced in 2002 to represent the company as a video game publisher, coinciding with the launch of the Xbox. Games published by Microsoft under the MGS label are typically released for the Windows and/or Xbox (360) platforms exclusively, regardless of whether the developer is a first or third party.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Game_Studios
     

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    The History Of Xbox (Part 1/3)

     

    The History Of Xbox (Part 2/3)

     

    he History Of Xbox (Part 3/3)

     

    Background Articles and Videos

    XBOX

    “…The Xbox (name derived from “DirectX box[4]) is a video game console produced by Microsoft. It was Microsoft’s first foray into the gaming console market, and competed with Sony’s PlayStation 2, Sega’s Dreamcast, and Nintendo’s GameCube. The integrated Xbox Live service allows players to compete online.

    The Xbox was released on November 15, 2001 in North America, February 22, 2002 in Japan, and March 14, 2002 in Australia and Europe. It is the predecessor to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console. It was discontinued in late 2006, although the final Xbox game (Madden NFL 09) was released in August 2008. Support for out-of-warranty Xbox consoles were discontinued on March 2, 2009, although in-warranty repairs will still be done. …”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox

     

    XBOX

    http://www.microsoft.com/xbox/ 

     

    XBOX 360

    “…The Xbox 360 is the second video game console produced by Microsoft, and the successor to the Xbox. The Xbox 360 competes with Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles.

    A prominent feature of the Xbox 360 is its integrated Xbox Live service that allows players to compete online and download content such as arcade games, game demos, trailers, TV shows, and movies. Major features of the console include its Windows Media Center multimedia capabilities, mandatory support of high definition in all games, movie rentals and game downloads from its online marketplace and the ability to watch HD DVD movies with an add-on drive.

    The Xbox 360 was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005, with detailed launch and game information divulged later that month at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The console sold out completely upon release in all regions except in Japan,[3][4][5] and, as of August 27, 2009, 31 million units have been sold worldwide, according to GameSpot’s interview with Greenberg.[1] The Xbox 360 is currently available in two configurations—the “Arcade” and the “Elite”—and each has its own selection of accessories. The Pro model was set to cease production as of 28th August 2009 but be sold until supplies were exhausted. However, this move was later reverted and the Pro model continues. …”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_360

    XBOX 360

    http://www.xbox.com/en-US/hardware/compare101.htm

     

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    Microsoft’s Channel 9 has a history of Microsoft by year that they add to periodically:

    http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/History/The-History-of-Microsoft-1992/

     

    Here are the videos to date on YouTube:

    The History of Microsoft – 1975-77 HD

     

    The History of Microsoft 1975

     

    The History of Microsoft 1976

     

    The History of Microsoft 1977

     

    The History of Microsoft 1978

     

    The History of Microsoft 1979

     

    The History of Microsoft 1980

     

    The History of Microsoft 1981

     

    The History of Microsoft 1982

     

    The History of Microsoft 1983

     

    The History of Microsoft 1984

     

    The History of Microsoft 1985

     

    The History of Microsoft 1986

     

    The History of Microsoft 1987

     

    The History of Microsoft 1988

     

    The History of Microsoft 1989

     

    The History of Microsoft 1990

     

    The History of Microsoft 1991

    http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/History/The-History-of-Microsoft-1991/

     

    The History of Microsoft 1992

     

    The History of Microsoft 1993

    http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/History/The-History-of-Microsoft-1993/

     

    The History of Microsoft 1994

     

    http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/History/The-History-of-Microsoft-1994/

     

    The History of Microsoft 1995

    http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/History/The-History-of-Microsoft-1995/

     

    The History of Microsoft 1996

    http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/History/The-History-of-Microsoft-1996/

     

    The History of Microsoft 1997

    http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/History/The-History-of-Microsoft-1997/

     

    The History of Microsoft 1998

    http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/History/The-History-of-Microsoft-1998/

     

     The History of Microsoft – 1999: The Series Finale!

    http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/History/The-History-of-Microsoft-1999-The-Series-Finale/

    Background Articles and Videos

     

    Channel 9 (discussion_forum)

    “…Channel 9 is a Microsoft community site used to promote conversations among Microsoft’s customers targeted at Microsoft Windows users and developers. Channel 9 features video channels, podcasts and screencasts including interviews with Microsoft developers about their products, discussion, and a wiki[1], which has been adopted by various Microsoft teams as a way to aggregate feedback and respond to issues.

    According to the first video ever posted on the site[2], the name was inspired by the ability to listen in and get to know the pilots on United Airlines’ on-board entertainment system’s channel nine, branded “From the Flight Deck,” on which passengers can listen to the radio conversations between the flight crew and air traffic control. …”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_9_(discussion_forum)

     

    Interview with Bill Gates on Channel 9

     

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    The Triumph of Capitalism and The Power of Consumer Sovereignty Over Massive Government Failure–Bankruptcy of General Motors–Now Government Motors!

    Posted on June 1, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, Education, Employment, Energy, liberty, Links, People, Philosophy, Politics, Quotations, Taxes, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

    govmo

    atlas 

    quotable

    http://mises.org/quotes.aspx

    “Capitalism means free enterprise, sovereignty of the consumers in economic matters, and sovereignty of the voters in political matters. Socialism means full government control of every sphere of the individuals life and the unrestricted supremacy of the government in its capacity as central board of production management.”

    ~Ludwig von Mises, Bureaucracy, page 10

    “Capitalism is essentially a system of mass production for the satisfaction of the needs of the masses. It pours a horn of plenty upon the common man. It has raised the average standard of living to a height never dreamed of in earlier ages. It has made accessible to millions of people enjoyments which a few generations ago were only within the reach of a small elite.” 

    ~Ludwig von Mises, The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality, page 49.

     

    Glenn Beck’s ‘One Thing’: 06-01-09

     

    Glenn Beck Clips 06-01-09 Jonah Goldberg German Fascists Had a ‘People’s Car’ Too Called Volkswagon


     

     

    Henry Ford Bailed out? The Horse and Buggy Industry? – Failure is good for the sole – Glenn Beck

     

     McCotter on Fox News Cavuto Defending GM Workers and Retirees After Bankruptcy

     

    President Obama’s prepared remarks on General Motors’ bankruptcy, Part 2 

     

    GM files for bankruptcy June 1, 2009

    Every day in America thousands of new businesses are started and thousands of failed business are sold or enter bankruptcy.

    Today General Motors sought protection from creditors by declaring bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

    This is how capitalism works.

    Resources are reallocated from failing businesses that are losing money for whatever reason to new and growing businesses that are more profitable.

    What is different is that the United States government unconsitutionally bailed out both General Motors and Chrysler by providing over 100 billion dollars to both companies.

    This despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of the American people opposed the bailouts of both the auto companies and banks!

    Stop Spending Our Future – The Crisis

    This was President Obama’s politically motivated payoff of the United Automotive Workers (UAW) union for campaign contributions in excess of $25 million and thousands of hours of union worker efforts to elect Barack Obama and the radical socialist of the Democratic Party.

    It is not the role or function of the Federal Government to bailout or loan money to failing businesses.

    The American people will continue to exercise consumer sovereignity by choosing the cars or trucks that meet and exceed their needs and requirements.

    Millions of Americans who in the past bought cars and trucks from both General Motors and Chrysler, will now be disinclined to buy cars from Government Motors.

    Listening to several talk radio shows, callers said they will never again buy a car from a company that was bailedout with billions of dollars from the American taxpayer particularly a car from Government Motors.

     

    General Motors is an ANTI-AMERICAN Company…

     

    Instead American consumers will continue to purchase cars and trucks from Ford, Toyota, and Honda to name the top three vehicles producers in the United States.

    The failure of the so-called big three US auto makers, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler to produce cars at prices, designs, quality and reliability that the American consumer want resulted in the decline in their market share and now the bankruptcy of two of them.

    The meddling of the radical socialist Democrat Party by government intervention into the economy such as the recently announced proposed new fuel and vehicle emission standards and the huge cap and trade carbon dioxide emissions tax are just two more examples of the arrogance of the political class in ignoring American consumer soveignity and assuming the American people are stupid:

    President Obama’s New Fuel Economy & Vehicle Emissions Standards

    Congressman Campbell appears with Greta on “On the Record” to talk about CAFE standards

     

    Rep. Dingell (D-MI): Cap And Trade Is A Big Tax

    GM files for bankruptcy June 1, 2009

     

    Who is Obama’s radical socialist handling the United Auto Workers account?

    Obama flunky, Brian Deese

    GM Plant Closings, Brian Deese and GM Bankruptcy

    Join the Discussion: Economy

    Brian Deese Reacts to the Citizen’s Briefing Book

    Change or Disenfranchisement

    The American people should be free to chose the cars and trucks that they want to buy and not what President Obama and the radical socialist want you to drive.

    When you mess with the American’s people’s choice of cars and trucks that they want to buy, the political class and elites can expect a massive pushback and backlash both in the market place, the ballot box and on the streets of American cities with millions of indepenedent Tea Party marchers.

    Stop the radical socialist Obama designed car, vote with your dollars, ballots and firecrackers on Indpendence Day! 

    You are invited to attend a Tea Party on July 4, 2009, Indepedence Day!

     

    Join the Second American Revolution

     

    we_the_people

    The Meaning of Independence Day

    Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights

     

    Second American Revolution–Tea Party Celebrations–Washington Fair–July 4, 2009–An Open Invitation To The American People 

    American People’s Plan = 6 Month Tax Holiday + FairTax = Real Hope + Real Change!–Millions To March On Washington D.C. Saturday, July 4, 2009!

    Millions of Rightwing Extremists To March On Washington D.C. Fair–Celebrating Independence Day Tea Parties and Chanting “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!” 

     

    Please Spread The Message of Liberty

    liberty_bell1

     “Proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.”

     

     Let Freedom Ring  

     

     

     

    Thomas Paine on to Washington

     

    switchfoot-dare you to move(live)

     
     

    “The public firm can nowhere maintain itself in free competition with the private firm; it is possible today only where it has a monopoly that excludes competition. Even that alone is evidence of its lesser economic productivity.”

    ~Ludwig von Mises, Nation, State, and Economy, page 186

    “In spite of the anticapitalistic policies of all governments and of almost all political parties, the capitalist mode of production is still fulfilling its social function in supplying the consumers with more, better and cheaper goods.”

    ~Ludwig von Mises, Planned Chaos, page 15 

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    Background Articles and Videos

    Just 21% Favor GM Bailout Plan, 67% Oppose

    “…Only 21% of voters nationwide support a plan for the government to bail out General Motors as part of a structured bankruptcy plan to keep the troubled auto giant in business.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% are opposed to a plan that would provide GM with $50 billion in funding and give the government a 70% ownership interest in the company.

    Even when presented with the stark choice between providing government funding or letting GM go out of business, only 32% of voters support the bailout. Most voters (56%) say it would be better to let GM go out of business.

    As on many issues, there is a huge gap between the views of the Political Class and the rest of the nation. By a two-to-one margin, the Political Class says it is better to provide the bailout funding than to let GM fail.

    Most political conservatives and moderates say it’s best to let the company fail, but liberals are evenly divided. A majority of voters in all age groups say it’s better to let GM go out of business. So do 59% of men and 53% of women. …”

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/auto_industry/just_21_favor_gm_bailout_plan_67_oppose

    68% Say Bailout Money Is Going To Those Who Caused The Economic Crisis

    “…With public outrage building over bonuses paid to executives of the bailed-out American International Group (AIG), 68% of Americans now believe most of the taxpayer money given out as bailouts is going to the very people who created the country’s current economic crisis.

    Seventy percent (70%) of investors hold that view along with 67% of non-investors.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that, overall, only 18% disagree and 14% are undecided.

    Separate survey data recently found that 64% of Americans believe that big business and big government typically work together against the interests of consumers and voters. Only 15% disagree.

    Americans have consistently been wary of the large taxpayer-backed bailouts and 65% now say Wall Street has benefited more from the bailouts than the average U.S. taxpayer. Only 18% believe the taxpayer has benefited more.

    These numbers are roughly comparable to the findings in a survey in October just after Wall Street’s problems burst into public view and Congress was close to passage of its first bailout plan for the financial industry despite strong public opposition. …”

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/federal_bailout/68_say_bailout_money_is_going_to_those_who_caused_the_economic_crisis

    Introducing GovMo

    By Michelle Malkin  


    (Photoshop credit: Reader Joe N.)

    “… It’s official. General Motors has filed for bankruptcy. Government Motors is now in business, with a perpetual taxpayer lifeline:

    General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday as part of the Obama administration’s plan to shrink the automaker to a sustainable size and give a majority ownership stake to the federal government.

    GM’s bankruptcy filing is the fourth-largest in U.S. history and the largest for an industrial company. The company said it has $172.81 billion in debt and $82.29 billion in assets.

    As it reorganizes, the fallen icon of American industrial will rely on $30 billion of additional financial assistance from the Treasury Department and $9.5 billion from Canada. That’s on top of about $20 billion in taxpayer money GM already has received in the form of low-interest loans.

    George W. Bush stuck the key in the bailout ignition.

    Barack Obama floored the gas pedal.

    The taxpayers got stuck with a lemon for life. …”

    http://michellemalkin.com/2009/06/01/introducing-govmo/

     

    After 101 years, why GM failed

     Peter Cohan

    “…To help other companies avoid GM’s fate, it’s worth exploring the five reasons that GM failed:

    1. Bad financial policies. You might be surprised to learn that GM has been bankrupt since 2006 and has avoided a filing for years thanks to the graces of the banks and bondholders. But for years it has used cars as razors to sell consumers a monthly package of razor blades — in the form of highly profitable car loans.

    And the two Harvard MBAs who drove GM to bankruptcy — Rick Wagoner and Fritz Henderson — both rose up from GM’s finance division, rather than its vehicle design operation. (Read more about GM’s bad financial policies here.)

    2. Uncompetitive vehicles. Compared to its toughest competitors — like Toyota Motor Co. (TM) — GM’s cars were poorly designed and built, took too long to manufacture at costs that were too high, and as a result, fewer people bought them, leaving GM with excess production capacity. (Read more about GM’s uncompetitive vehicles here.)

    3. Ignoring competition. GM has been ignoring competition — with a brief interruption (Saturn in the 1980s) — for about 50 years. At its peak, in 1954, GM controlled 54 percent of the North American vehicle market. Last year, that figure had tumbled to 19 percent. Toyota and its peers took over that market share. (Read more about GM ignoring the competition here.)

    4. Failure to innovate. Since GM was focused on profiting from finance, it did not really care that much about building better vehicles. GM’s management failed to adapt GM to changes in customer needs, upstart competitors, and new technologies. (Read more about GM’s failure to innovate here.)

    5. Managing in the bubble. GM managers got promoted by toeing the CEO’s line and ignoring external changes. What looked stupid from the perspective of customer and competitors was smart for those bucking for promotions. (Read more about GM’s managing in the bubble here.) …”

    http://www.dailyfinance.com/2009/05/31/after-101-years-why-gm-failed/

     

    Reasons Why GM Failed

    By FRANK CARNEVALE

    “…Some of the reasons for the failure.

    * Hard-headed thinking at the top

    Writing in Detroit’s Metro Times Jack Lessenberry believes that the management of the company could not make the hard decision. “What’s wrong, in a nutshell, is that it is a narrow, insular culture. Those who make it to the top of the heap, like Rick Wagoner, tend to be white Anglo-Saxon Protestant males who have worked at the same company their entire career, and have come up with the same set of buddies … It is very hard to fire your old pals.”

    * Dropping the electric car program

    One of management’s bad decisions was not sticking with it’s EV1 electric car program. The program began in the lates 1990s and the company had a lead on other car companies. They scrapped the idea and Toyota took the green mantle .

    * Uncompetitive vehicles

    Again Toyota was able to make cars that consumers wanted. Daily Finance writes that people were “willing to pay more for Toyota vehicles than for GM’s since Toyotas were better designed and built so they had higher quality, cost less to own, and lasted longer.” …”

    http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/money/dpgo_Reasons_Why_GM_Failed_fc_20090601_2529418

    Bankruptcy for GM   

    [Jim Manzi]

    “…What would it mean to have GM go bankrupt? A change in ownership and a renegotiation of contracts.

    The factories, computers, office space, intellectual property and so forth that are now owned by GM would not disappear; they would basically become the property of GM’s creditors. These creditors would sell the assets to the highest bidder. Assuming there is economic value to be created by continuing to operate the company as a business, private equity or strategic investors would buy the assets, shut down some plants, fire some union and exempt workers, and probably use the leverage of bankruptcy court to get a better deal from the unions. The current employees and creditors would be better off if you and I were forced by the federal government to prevent this by paying money to the corporate entity named General Motors, to then be paid to these employees and creditors. Of course, you and I would be worse off in this situation. On balance, if you believe that markets are more efficient allocators of capital than Congress is, the population of the United States would, on the whole, be worse off.

    Is this fair to the people who work at GM and will now have a deal changed after the fact? Well, when people sold parts to GM on credit, or employees (individually or via union negotiations) entered into labor contracts with GM, they undertook counterparty risk. That is, they were taking, in part, a bet about whether GM would actually be able to pay them what they are owed. This is also true for pension payments, which are simply deferred compensation, as much as it is for deferred payments on credit terms for parts. To act now as if they should be protected from this risk is to treat them as children. …”

    http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YzEzMThjN2UyMWE3NTMxOTA2ZTg3MDdlZWY5MjJmMTU=%3E

    Consumer Sovereignty

    “…Consumer sovereignty is a term which is used in economics to refer to the rule or sovereignty of purchasers in markets as to production of goods. It is the power of consumers to decide what gets produced. People use the this term to describe the consumer as the “king,” or ruler, of the market, the one who determines what products will be produced. [1] Also, this term denotes the way in which a consumer ideologically choices to buy a good or service. Furthermore,the term can be used as either a norm (as to what consumers should be permitted) or a description (as to what consumers are permitted).

    In unrestricted markets, those with income or wealth are able to use their purchasing power to motivate producers as what to produce (and how much). Customers do not necessarily have to buy and, if dissatisfied, can take their business elsewhere, while the profit-seeking sellers find that they can make the greatest profit by trying to provide the best possible products for the price (or the lowest possible price for a given product). In the language of cliché, “The one with the gold makes the rules.”

    To most neoclassical economists, complete consumer sovereignty is an ideal rather than a reality because of the existence — or even the ubiquity — of market failure. Some economists of the Chicago school and the Austrian school see consumer sovereignty as a reality in a free market economy without interference from government or other non-market institutions, or anti-market institutions such as monopolies or cartels. That is, alleged market failures are seen as being a result of non-market forces. However, it has also been argued (e.g., by Goutam U. Jois) that even a “pure” market system violates the consumer sovereignty norm. …”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumer_sovereignty 

    Chapter 11, Title 11, United States Code

    Chapter 11 is a chapter of the United States Bankruptcy Code, which permits reorganization under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. Chapter 11 bankruptcy is available to every business, whether organized as a corporation or sole proprietorship, and to individuals, although it is most prominently used by corporate entities. In contrast, Chapter 7 governs the process of a liquidation bankruptcy, while Chapter 13 provides a reorganization process for the majority of private individuals. …”

    “…When a business is unable to service its debt or pay its creditors, the business or its creditors can file with a federal bankruptcy court for protection under either Chapter 7 or Chapter 11.

    In Chapter 7 the business ceases operations, a trustee sells all of its assets, and then distributes the proceeds to its creditors. Any residual amount is returned to the owners of the company. In Chapter 11, in most instances the debtor remains in control of its business operations as a debtor in possession, and is subject to the oversight and jurisdiction of the court.[1]

    Features of Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    Chapter 11 bankruptcy retains many of the features present in all, or most bankruptcy proceedings in the United States. It also provides additional tools for debtors as well. Most importantly, 11 U.S.C. § 1108 empowers the trustee to operate the debtor’s business. In Chapter 11, unless appointed for cause, the debtor acts as trustee of the business.[2]

    Bankruptcy affords the debtor in possession a number of mechanisms to restructure its business. A debtor in possession can acquire financing and loans on favorable terms by giving new lenders first priority on the business’ earnings. The court may also permit the debtor in possession to reject and cancel contracts. Debtors are also protected from other litigation against the business through the imposition of an automatic stay. While the automatic stay is in place, most litigation against the debtor is stayed, or put on hold, until it can be resolved in bankruptcy court, or resumed in its original venue.

    If the business’s debts exceed its assets, the bankruptcy restructuring results in the company’s owners being left with nothing; instead, the owners’ rights and interests are ended and the company’s creditors are left with ownership of the newly reorganized company.

    All creditors are entitled to be heard by the court.[citation needed] The court is ultimately responsible for determining whether the proposed plan of reorganization complies with the bankruptcy law. …”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapter_11_bankruptcy

     

    Interview with Yaron Brook–Capitalism and Role of Government

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    The Morality of Capitalism 1 – Ayn Rand Institute

     

    The Morality of Capitalism 2 – Ayn Rand Institute

     

    The Power of Choice – Milton Friedman

     

    Milton Friedman – Greed

     

    Milton Friedman – Morality & Capitalism

     

    Milton Friedman – Path to Socialism 1

     

    Milton Friedman – Path to Socialism 2

     

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    Inside Look – Can the U.S. Handle a GM Bankruptcy? – Bloomberg

     

    Yaron Brook’s Call to Action – March 2009 (Part 1 of 2)

     

    Yaron Brook’s Call to Action – March 2009 (Part 2 of 2)

     

    Yaron Brook’s Call to Action – May 2009 (Part 1 of 2)

     

    Yaron Brook’s Call to Action – May 2009 (Part 2 of 2)

     

    In-Depth Look – GM Possible Bankruptcy – Bloomberg

     

    The Future Of Chrysler And GM – Bloomberg

     

     

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    Obama, Chrysler and The Chicago Way [The Scumbag Way]

     

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    Ford During the Slide into the Great Depression

     

    Hitlers Car – The Volkswagen – Germany

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATbFE_3Lqb0 

     

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    General Motors Reinvention Commercial

     

     

    Davos Annual Meeting 2008 – Bill Gates

     

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    Posted on March 7, 2009. Filed under: Communications, Computers, Links, Programming, Raves, Resources, Technology, Uncategorized, Video | Tags: , , , , , |

     Microsoft Expression Studio

    http://www.microsoft.com/expression/

     

    Free Software for Students Including Microsoft Expression Studio

    https://www.dreamspark.com/default.aspx

    https://www.dreamspark.com/FAQ/StudentOverview.aspx

     

    Microsoft Expression Studio Vision 

     

    Microsoft Expression Community

    http://expression.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx

     

    Learn Microsoft Expression

    http://expression.microsoft.com/en-us/cc136522.aspx

     

    Expression Web

     

  • Understanding the Benefits of Standards-Based Design with Expression Web
  • Styling Text using CSS with Expression Web
  • Understanding CSS Pseudo Classes for Styling Links using CSS with Expression Web
  • Understanding CSS Margins and Padding with Expression Web
  • Using CSS Positioning for Layout with Expression Web
  • Adding Background Images using CSS with Expression Web
  • Using CSS Floats to Create Flexible Page Layouts with Expression Web
  • Clearing CSS Floats with Expression Web
  • Adding JavaSript to Your Site with Expression Web
  • Using External CSS Stylesheets with Expression Web 
  •  

    Microsoft Expression Fundamentals: Web

     

    Get an introduction to Expression Web and Web standards in this overview session. Topics include a brief backround on web standards, HTML, Cascading Style Sheets, XML, and ASP.NET.

    http://www.microsoft.com/web/content.aspx?id=expression-fundamentals-web

     

    Expression Web Tutorial – Checklist -set up empty web site – For Beginners

     

    Expression Web Tutorial – Set up a Web Site

     

    Expression Web Tutorial for Beginners – Make a Web Page

     

    CSS Selectors and Expression Web Tutorials

     

    Expression Web Tutorial -Center a Web Page (or a div)

     

    Insert Flash with Expression Web- Tutorial 

     

     Expression Blend

     

    Microsoft Expression Blend

     

    Microsoft Expression Fundamentals: Blend

     

    Get an introduction to the Microsoft Expression Blend tools that help create rich applications and help you improve your workflow in this detailed web seminar with trainer Joshua Eklund.

    http://www.microsoft.com/web/content.aspx?id=IT-Mentors-091508-Expression-Fundamentals-Blend-v2

     

    Movie Trailer for Microsoft Expression Blend Training

     

    Movie Trailer for Microsoft Expression Blend Training

     

    Creating Glass Buttons in Blend

     

    JUXtapose Episode 1: Simple Animation Using Expression Blend

     

    Expression Design

     

    Microsoft Expression Suit

     

    Microsoft Expression Fundamentals: Design

    Get an introduction to the Microsoft Expression Blend tools that help create rich applications and help you improve your workflow in this detailed web seminar with trainer Joshua Eklund.

    http://www.microsoft.com/web/content.aspx?id=IT-Mentors-Exp-Fundamentals-Design-9-15-08

     

    Expression Media

    Interactive Media in Education

     

    ClickView is a small solution provider that delivers online education videos and tools for creating online video libraries to schools throughout Australia. One of its customers is the private girls’ school Abbotsleigh. The school wanted to give its students more creative learning opportunities that would support their high academic standards. Using Microsoft’s Silverlight, ClickView developed a product that makes thousands of videos available to students that supplement their lectures and activities—and it was a perfect fit for Abbotsleigh’s objectives.

    http://www.microsoft.com/web/content.aspx?id=expression-fundamentals-media

     

    Background Articles and Videos

     

    Microsoft Expression Studio

    Microsoft Expression Studio is a suite of design and media applications from Microsoft aimed at developers and designers. It consists of:

    • Microsoft Expression Web (code-named Quartz) – WYSIWYG website designer and HTML editor.
    • Microsoft Expression Blend (code-named Sparkle) – Visual user interface builder for Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight applications.
    • Microsoft Expression Design (code-named Acrylic) – Raster and vector graphics editor.
    • Microsoft Expression Media – Digital asset and media manager.
    • Microsoft Expression Encoder – VC-1 content professional encoder.

     

    Overview

    Of these products, Expression Blend, Expression Design and Expression Encoder have themselves been written using Windows Presentation Foundation[citation needed]. Expression Web (and Sharepoint Designer) is the successor to Microsoft FrontPage, however it features significant differences from FrontPage, such as using its own rendering engine, rather than Internet Explorer’s Trident layout engine. All the FrontPage bots and functions have also been removed. Expression Media is largely based on its predecessor iView Media which Microsoft acquired in June 2006. The technology from Expression Design is also based on a previously acquired product, Creature House Expression, however, Expression Design has been entirely rewritten in WPF.

    Microsoft introduced Expression on 16 September 2005 at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles. Expression Encoder was introduced at NAB 2007. Microsoft Expression Studio was released to manufacturing on 30th April, 2007. The RTM news was announced at Microsoft’s MIX 07 conference for web developers and designers.[2] Expression Web, Expression Blend and Expression Media can also be purchased individually. Expression Design is only available as part of Expression Studio. Expression Encoder is only available for Windows. It was released to manufacturing on September 6, 2007.

    Version 2 was released on May 1, 2008, which also included a graphical makeover for the suite to an inverse of the previous a white on black theme. This release brings all products in the suite to version 2, and now also includes Visual Studio Standard 2008. Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition as well as Expression Studio is also available to students as downloads via Microsoft’s DreamSpark program. …”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Expression_Studio 

     

    Microsoft Expression Web

    “Microsoft Expression Web, code-named Quartz, is a WYSIWYG HTML editor and general web design program by Microsoft, replacing Microsoft FrontPage. It is part of the Expression Studio suite.

    Expression Web allows authoring of web pages integrating XML, CSS 2.1, ASP.NET 2.0, XHTML, XSLT and JavaScript into sites. It requires the .NET Framework 2.0 to operate. Its sibling is Microsoft SharePoint Designer. The second version, Expression Web 2, has full native support for PHP and Silverlight. Editing classic ASP is supported but not on the same page with ASP.NET and there is no classic ASP IntelliSense support. Expression Web uses its own standards-based rendering engine, different from Internet Explorer’s Trident engine.[1] On May 14, 2006, Microsoft released the first public preview version of Expression Web on their web site. On Sept 5, 2006, Microsoft released Beta 1. The major changes from CTP 1 are that nearly all of the old FrontPage bots, parts, functions and non-standard features such as themes have been removed. On December 4, 2006 Microsoft released the final version, which can be found on the Expression Web homepage.

    Microsoft Expression Web provides the ability to install add-ins from third-party developers, extending the capabilities of Expression Web.

    The program received a four-star rating from PC Magazine, which labeled it as a more cost-effective compared to the main competitor, Adobe Dreamweaver. “Even if money is no object, Expression Web 2 might be your better choice,” Editor Edward Mendelson wrote.[2] …”“…Ratings

    Both PC Magazine’s Edward Mendelson and PC Pro’s Tom Arah gave Expression Web 2 four stars. “It largely succeeded by concentrating on providing standards-compliant support for the web’s core markup languages, (X)HTML and CSS,” Arah concluded.[3]

    PC Magazine criticized a lack of Secure FTP upload and Safari-rendering options, but agreed that it was as good or better choice to Adobe Dreamweaver.[4]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Expression_Web

     

     

    Microsoft Expression Blend

    Microsoft Expression Blend is a user interface design tool developed and sold by Microsoft for creating graphical interfaces for web and desktop applications that blend the features of these two types of applications. It is an interactive, WYSIWYG front-end for designing XAML-based interfaces for Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight applications. It is one of the applications in the Microsoft Expression Studio suite.

    Expression Blend supports the WPF text engine with advanced OpenType typography and ClearType, vector-based 2D widgets, and 3D widgets with hardware acceleration via DirectX.

    Availability

    Expression Blend was code-named Sparkle, and originally the product was announced as Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer, before it was renamed Expression Blend in December 2006.

    On January 24, 2007, Microsoft released the first public Community Technology Preview of Expression Blend as a free download on their web site. The final version was released to manufacturing along with other Expression products on 30th April, 2007. The RTM news was announced at Microsoft’s MIX 07 conference for web developers and designers. [1] Expression Blend required .NET Framework 3.0. Expression Blend and Expression Web are also available as part of the MSDN Premium subscription. Expression Blend Service Pack 1 was released in November 2007. [2]

    The latest version, Expression Blend 2.0 is available which supports developing Microsoft Silverlight browser-based Rich Internet Applications providing animation, vector graphics, interactivity and video playback capabilities.

    A trial version of Expression Blend is available. [3]

    Version 2.5 has been in preview but is now obsolete. The features of 2.5 have been added to Blend 2 Service Pack 1. …”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Expression_Blend

     

    Microsoft Expression Design

    “Microsoft Expression Design is Microsoft’s commercial professional illustration vector and raster graphic design tool based on Creature House Expression, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2003. It is part of the Microsoft Expression Studio suite and is written using Windows Presentation Foundation.

    Expression Design was codenamed Acrylic and was originally announced as Expression Graphic Designer until the current name was adopted in December 2006.

    Availability

    The final version of Expression Design was released to manufacturing along with other Expression products on 30 April, 2007. The RTM news was announced at Microsoft’s MIX 07 conference for web developers and designers.[1] Expression Design requires the .NET Framework 3.0 as it uses Windows Presentation Foundation. Expression Design is not available as an individual product, but rather only as part of the Expression Studio suite. Originally Expression Studio was not included in any MSDN subscription, but in 2007 Microsoft added it to the highest level MSDN Subscription. (see the MSDN Subscription information page for more information.

    Expression Design is available for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista on the Windows platform.

    A trial version of Expression Design is available.[2] Service Pack 1 for Expression Design was released on October 17th, 2007.[3]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Expression_Design

     

    Microsoft Expression Media

    Microsoft Expression Media is a commercial digital asset management (DAM) cataloging program for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. It is the next version of iView MediaPro (also see iView Media) which Microsoft acquired in June 2006, and is available as:

    • Standalone
    • As part of the Expression Studio suite of design applications
    • As part of Office 2008 for Mac Media Edition

    Expression Media’s key function is cataloguing digital assets. Professional and amateur photographers use the program to display and manage a wide range of formats from high resolution raw image formats to complex multi-layered Photoshop files and more common formats such as JPEG and GIF. It can also catalogue a wider range of other media formats including music and video, Adobe PDF, fonts, and rich media formats like Adobe Flash. The user is able to efficiently organize and categorize without being limited to assets’ actual folder locations, can add metadata including IPTC annotations, and locate assets which may spread over multiple folder and drive locations, including offline discs.

    As well as cataloguing, Expression Media has a range of output functions:

    • Print – formats include contact sheets, lists
    • Web gallery output
    • Conversion to other formats – eg raw files can be resized, output as JPEG, and attached to emails
    • Slideshow

    Expression Media was released to manufacturing along with other Expression products on 30th April, 2007. The RTM news was announced at Microsoft’s MIX 07 conference for web developers and designers.[1] In September 2007, Microsoft released Expression Media Service Pack 1 for Windows and Mac which adds support for HD Photo.[2]

    Trial versions of Expression Media and Expression Encoder are available.[3]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Expression_Media 

     

    Microsoft Expression Encoder

    “Microsoft Expression Encoder (formerly Expression Media Encoder) is a Windows-based program for encoding digital and video media. It has a modern user interface and a command line interface. Expression Encoder can be used to create video compressed VC-1 targeting Microsoft Silverlight. Version 1.0 was released to manufacturing on September 6, 2007. A beta of version 2.0 was released in March 2008 which includes new VC-1 codecs and better Silverlight support.

    Expression Encoder is a replacement for the becoming obsolete Windows Media Encoder. …”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Expression_Encoder

     

    Microsoft Expression Web 2

    http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/197913/microsoft-expression-web-2.html 

     

    Microsoft Silverlight

    http://www.microsoft.com/SILVERLIGHT/

     

    Microsoft Silverlight

    http://silverlight.net/

     

    Microsoft Silverlight

    Microsoft Silverlight is a programmable web browser plugin that enables features such as animation, vector graphics and audio-video playback that characterise rich Internet applications. Version 2.0, released October 2008, brings additional interactivity features and support for .NET languages and development tools. It is compatible with multiple web browser products used on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. Mobile devices, starting with Windows Mobile 6 and Symbian (Series 60) phones, will also be supported.[1] A third-party free software implementation named Moonlight is under development to bring compatible functionality to GNU/Linux.

    Silverlight provides a retained mode graphics system similar to Windows Presentation Foundation, and integrates multimedia, graphics, animations and interactivity into a single runtime environment. It is being designed to work in conjunction with XAML and is scriptable with JavaScript. XAML can be used for marking up the vector graphics and animations. Textual content created with Silverlight is searchable and indexable by search engines as it is not compiled, but represented as text (XAML).[2] Silverlight can also be used to create Windows Sidebar gadgets for Windows Vista.[3]

    Silverlight supports playback of WMV, WMA and MP3 media content[4] across all supported browsers without requiring Windows Media Player, the Windows Media Player ActiveX control or Windows Media browser plugins. Because Windows Media Video 9 is an implementation of the SMPTE VC-1 standard, Silverlight also supports VC-1 video, though still only in an ASF container format. Furthermore, the Software license agreement says VC-1 is only licensed for the “personal and non-commercial use of a consumer”.[5] Silverlight does not support playback of H.264 video, though support in future versions has been officially announced.[6] Silverlight makes it possible to dynamically load XML content that can be manipulated through a DOM interface, a technique that is consistent with conventional Ajax techniques. Silverlight exposes a Downloader object which can be used to download content, like scripts, media assets or other data, as may be required by the application.[7] With version 2.0, the programming logic can be written in any .NET language, including some derivatives of common dynamic programming languages like Iron Ruby and Iron Python.[8] …”

     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverlight

     

    Serious business behind Microsoft’s Silverlight-3 tease

    Game faces on this month

    People sound impressed by what they’ve seen in Silverlight 3. The chances are that’s because it could finally mean parity with Flash on basic features, removing a barrier to switching from Flash to Silverlight and doubling down on .NET, while then going several steps further on workflow, data, and search. These latter steps could take content built in Silverlight into areas important to the vast majority of Microsoft’s core constituents: partners that serve business customers.

    If that is the case, then Silverlight 3 could finally give Microsoft a shot at Flash, hence the excitement emanating from Redmond, and the enthusiasm from those who’ve seen behind the veil. ® …”

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/04/silverlight_3_futures/page2.html

     

    Microsoft Silverlight

    http://silverlight.net/

     

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    Wealth, Income and Job Creation: Let A 1000 Microsofts Bloom

    Posted on February 7, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Communications, Computers, Economics, Employment, Investments, Law, Links, Music, People, Politics, Programming, Quotations, Rants, Raves, Science, Strategy, Taxes, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

     albuquerquegroup_microsoft

     http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2008/jun08/06-25iconic.mspx

    Microsoft started as a two person business in 1975 and kept on growing.

    The History of Microsoft – 1975

    “…Thirty-four years ago, a nineteen year old kid and his twenty-two year old business partner sold their first program to a little computer company in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The program was called BASIC, and it was the start of this company we call Microsoft

    Today, we’re beginning a brand new series called The History of Microsoft. Travel with us back in time as we discover the roots of one of the world’s most important technology companies. Using rare video and photos we bring you the heart of Microsoft’s struggles and successes.  Year by Year. Every Thursday we will air a brand new episode beginning with 1975 where “The History of Microsoft” all began.  …”

    http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/History/The-History-of-Microsoft-1975/

    Before their first layoffs ever of 5,000 employees in 2009 the head count at Microsoft was fast approaching 100,000 by the end of 2008.

    Microsoft to cut up to 5,000 jobs

    “…5,000 jobs over the next 18 months, a sign of how badly even the biggest and richest companies are being stung by the recession.

    The layoffs, 1,400 of which will come immediately, appear to be a first for Microsoft, which was founded in 1975. Previously, the company has only made relatively limited staff cuts after events such as acquiring companies. …”

    MS layoff

     

    Now imagine 1000 brand new businesses starting this year and 33 years from now having 100,000 employees world wide like Microsoft.

    What would this mean in terms of wealth, income and job creation?

    This would mean approximately 100 million new jobs alone.

    Income, jobs and wealth are created in the private sector, mainly by small to medium size firms.

    As these businesses grow and prosper  wealth is created for their owners and shareholders and income for million of Americans.

    Just look at the results for Microsoft:

    Revenue and Headcount

    (Last Updated: June 30, 2008)

    Microsoft’s worldwide headcount and revenue growth for the past 10 fiscal years are summarized below:

    Headcount & Revenue Growth

    Fiscal Year Ending *

      

     

     

     

    Head Count *

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Net Revenue (US$) *

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Growth *

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Net Income (US$) *

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Growth *

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    June 30, 2008

    91,259

    $60.42B

    18%

    $17.68B

    26%

    June 30, 2007

    78,565

    $51.12B

    15%

    $14.07B

    12%

    June 30, 2006

    71,172

    $44.28B

    11%

    $12.60B

    3%

    June 30, 2005

    61,000

    $39.79B

    8%

    $12.25B

    50%

    June 30, 2004

    57,086

    $36.84B

    14%

    $8.17B

    8%

    June 30, 2003

    54,468

    $32.19B

    13%

    $7.53B

    29%

    June 30, 2002

    50,621

    $28.37B

    12%

    $5.35B

    -28%

    June 30, 2001

    48,030

    $25.30B

    10%

    $7.35B

    -22%

    June 30, 2000

    39,170

    $22.96B

    16%

    $9.42B

    21%

    June 30, 1999

    31,575

    $19.75B

    29%

    $7.79B

    73%

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/inside_ms.mspx#EENAC

    What the US economy needs now is a stimulus package that encourages a 1000 new Microsoft businesses to flourish and grow.

    More government spending and deficits are not the answer to a recession.

    Lower tax rates that stay low are what creates new jobs and leads to economic growth.

     Uncertainty about level of government taxation and increasing government regulation and spending are not big job and wealth creators.

    Such uncertaintly only prolongs the recession and makes it much worse.

    Response to Obama, 4: What’s wrong with Obama’s Leftist View


     

    Response to Obama, 5: Tax Rates and Job Creation

     

     Response to Obama, 6: The Difficulty of Change

     

    Response to Obama, 7: Liberals and the fall of Detroit

    The results of 1000 new Microsofts growing can be seen in the investments Microsoft is making for the future.

    Microsoft CES 2009 Keynote – Part 2

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    theoriginals_microsoft

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2008/jun08/06-25iconic.mspx

     

    Background Articles and Videos

     

    Microsoft Timeline 1975 – 1998 | Sho Nuff – Fatboy Slim

    HIstory Of Microsoft Windows, 1983-2008

    Microsoft Planning Big Layoffs

     

    The “compromise” is a crock of you-know-what; Sellouts on the Senate floor; Show us the bill

    By Michelle Malkin

    “…Details of GOP Sen. Susan Collins’ “compromise” “stimulus” proposal are coming out. This is a Mt. Kilimanjaro-sized crock of you know what. Total cost of this “pared down” bill is $1.175 trillion.

    Let me repeat that: $1.175 trillion.

    This figure does not include the nearly $50 billion added in Senate amendments during the last two days.

    So in the name of fiscal responsibility, Collins and the B.O. Republican contingent are selling out America with a plan that costs $7 billion more than the House Crap Sandwich Supreme.

    Are we ready to say the F-word* yet?

    (*Filibuster) …”

    http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/06/the-compromise-is-a-crock-of-you-know-what/ 

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    Nuclear Renaissance – World

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Lkh_y47XaA

     

     Computers need electricity for power and cooling both on the desktop and in server rooms and data centers.

    Larger LCD screens and monitors also need significantly more electricity as will “electric” cars if they become affordable over the next decade.

    Nuclear power plants currently supply about 20% of the electrical needs of the United States and 16% world wide.

    Nuclear power plants are experiencing a revival both in the United States and abroad especially in China, India, France, and Japan.

    One key component of such a plant is its computer operating system or the Instrumentation and Control (I&C) Systems.

    Given the challenges of such an operating system, one can only speculate as to whether or not the largest software company in the world, Microsoft, will take an active part in developing–Windows Nuclear–the operating system for nuclear power plants from the micro to large nuclear power plants. 

    Will Microsoft partner with General Electric to build the next generation of nuclear power plants in the USA as well as abroad?

    Will there be a Windows Nuclear?

    Go Nuclear!

     

    Background Articles and Videos

    Nuclear power plants, world-wide

    “…As of end 2007 the total electricity production since 1951 amounts to 59,450 billion kWh. The cumulative operating experience amounted to 12,750 years by the end of 2007.

    Country
     

    In operation

    Under construction

    Number

    Electr. net output
    MW

    Number

    Electr. net output
    MW
    Argentina

    2

    935

    1

    692

    Armenia

    1

    376

    Belgium

    7

    5,824

    Brazil

    2

    1,795

    Bulgaria

    2

    1,906

    2

    1,906

    Canada

    18

    12,621

    China

    11

    8,438

    6

    5,220

    Czech Republic

    6

    3,619

    Finland

    4

    2,696

    1

    1,600

    France

    59

    63,260

    1

    1,600

    Germany

    17

    20,470

    Hungary

    4

    1,829

    India

    17

    3,782

    6

    2,910

    Iran

    1

    915

    Japan

    55

    47,587

    1

    866

    Korea, Republic

    20

    17,451

    4

    3,840

    Lithuinia

    1

    1,185

    Mexico

    2

    1,360

    Netherlands

    1

    482

    Pakistan

    2

    425

    1

    300

    Romania

    2

    1,300

    Russian Federation

    31

    21,743

    8

    5,809

    Slovakian Republic

    5

    2,034

    Slovenia

    1

    666

    South Africa

    2

    1,800

    Spain

    8

    7,450

    Sweden

    10

    9,014

    Switzerland

    5

    3,220

    Taiwan

    6

    4,921

    2

    2,600

    Ukraine

    15

    13,107

    2

    1,900

    United Kingdom

    19

    10,222

    USA

    104

    100,582

    1

    1,165

    Total

    439

    372,100

    38

    32,648

    http://www.euronuclear.org/info/encyclopedia/n/nuclear-power-plant-world-wide.htm 

     

    Mini Nuclear Power Plant

     

     Nuclear Power Station

     

    Nuclear Power – How it Works

     

    Let’s Do It Like France Does It: Nuclear Power

     

    Nuclear power plant

     

    Russia and India strike nuclear deal

     

    EuroNews – Futuris – new generation of nuclear power plant

     

    epr areva

     

    Nuclear Energy will Save the Planet – Join In!

     

    The Future of Nuclear Power in the US

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    P&T Bullshit Nukes, Hybrids and Lesbians Part 2

     

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    Microsoft Data Centers – getting bigger and better

     

    Michael Manos, Microsoft’s data center guru talks about Scry

     

    Electricity use and efficiency of servers and data centers: A review of recen…

    “…The Internet economy depends on a reliable computing infrastructure. While earlier reports of information technology using vast amounts all electricity were grossly exaggerated, these facilities still use electricity, and this use is growing rapidly. Recent analysis indicates that data center electricity use in both the US and the world roughly doubled from 2000 to 2005, and this growth is expected to slow only modestly over the following five years. Growth of this magnitude represents a substantial business opportunity for technology companies. This talk will describe results of recent work analyzing trends in total data center power use and how this growth varies by major world region. It will also explore the misplaced incentives and institutional failures that impede data center efficiency investments on a large scale. Finally, it will describe business, government, and research efforts to improve efficiency in these mission critical facilities, including recent work by the Energy Star program to promote server and data center efficiency.

    Speaker: Jonathan Koomey
    Dr. Koomey held the MAP/Ming visiting professorship in energy and environment at Stanford University for the 2003-2004 school year, and is now a Consulting Professor at Stanford. …”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOJoB38OxK0&feature=related

     

    Chevy Volt extended range electric vehicle

     

    GM unveils Volt electric car

     

    Bob Lutz On The Volt I

    Bob Lutz On The Volt I

     

    Cloud Computing Part 3: Peak Energy

    “…Cloud computing seductively offers the chance for fast efficient centralised computing for the masses reputedly with an eco-friendly footprint. Rather than being environmentally sound, these huge data centre behemoths ─ housing server farms with literally tens of thousands of high performance servers ─ consume vast amounts of energy. An unforeseen consequence of centralising cloud computing is it’s continuously growing electrical load which cannot easily be shed and could even become a tipping point with a peak load that takes the electrical grid past the point of catastrophic failure. …”

     

    Massive Electrical Load

    “…It is no coincidence that data centres are located near large power sources. The power they consume is staggering. In a recently announced data centre based in California, some 40,000 servers are housed; each draws perhaps 1 amp so that total power used is at least 10 megawatts. Arguably these servers that bring cloud computing to life could be considered more efficient working far harder than those under utilised servers and personal computers based at home or offices. However large the server’s power consumption is, it still represents just a fraction of the total utility bill since the data centre must operate a thermal control system to dump the waste heat generated by the servers as a physical by-product of creating and delivering a virtual world to our desktops. …”

    http://sandersresearch.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1380&Itemid=98

     

    Nuclear Power

    “…Nuclear power is any nuclear technology designed to extract usable energy from atomic nuclei via controlled nuclear reactions. The most common method today is through nuclear fission, though other methods include nuclear fusion and radioactive decay. All utility-scale reactors[1] heat water to produce steam, which is then converted into mechanical work for the purpose of generating electricity or propulsion. In 2007, 14% of the world’s electricity came from nuclear power. More than 150 nuclear-powered naval vessels have been built, and a few radioisotope rockets have been produced. …”

    “…As of 2005, nuclear power provided 6.3% of the world’s energy and 15% of the world’s electricity, with the U.S., France, and Japan together accounting for 56.5% of nuclear generated electricity.[2] As of 2007, the IAEA reported there are 439 nuclear power reactors in operation in the world,[3] operating in 31 countries.[4]

    In 2007, nuclear´s share of global electricity generation dropped to 14%. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the main reason for this was an earthquake in western Japan on 16 July 2007, which shut down all seven reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant. There were also several other reductions and “unusual outages” experienced in Korea and Germany. Also, increases in the load factor for the current fleet of reactors appear to have plateaued.[5]

    The United States produces the most nuclear energy, with nuclear power providing 19%[6] of the electricity it consumes, while France produces the highest percentage of its electrical energy from nuclear reactors—78% as of 2006.[7] In the European Union as a whole, nuclear energy provides 30% of the electricity.[8] Nuclear energy policy differs between European Union countries, and some, such as Austria and Ireland, have no active nuclear power stations. In comparison, France has a large number of these plants, with 16 multi-unit stations in current use. …”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power

     

    Instrumentation and Control (I&C) Systems in Nuclear Power

    Plants: A Time of Transition

    “…I&C systems are the nervous system of a nuclear power plant. They monitor all aspects of the plant’s health and help respond with the care and adjustments needed.

    Progress in electronics and information technology (IT) has created incentives to replace traditional analog instrumentation and control (I&C) systems in nuclear power plants with digital I&C systems, i.e. systems based on computers and microprocessors. Digital systems offer higher reliability, better plant performance and additional diagnostic capabilities. Analog systems will gradually become obsolete in the general IT shift to digital technology. About 40% of the world’s operating reactors have been modernized to include at least some digital I&C systems. Most newer plants also include digital I&C systems.

     

    Digital I&C systems have posed new challenges for the industry and regulators, who have had to build up the methods, data and experience to assure themselves that the new systems meet all reliability and performance requirements. In general, countries with more new construction of nuclear reactors have had greater incentives and opportunities to develop the needed capabilities. Other countries are still in the process of doing so. …”

     

    http://www.iaea.org/About/Policy/GC/GC52/GC52InfDocuments/English/gc52inf-3-att5_en.pdf

     

    Nuclear plant powers up on real-time OS

    “…The real-time operating system is used where software failure can lead to catastrophic consequences, even death – from high-speed trains to air traffic control towers to highway toll systems. It’s also used in more than 100 different types of cars on the road.

    For Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., which operates nuclear power plants in Canada, China and Slovenia, downtime just isn’t an option. About 15 to 20 years ago, the Mississauga, Ont.-based company turned to QNX’s real-time operating system to keep its plants running. Since then, it’s upgraded to version 4.0 and is now rolling out 6.0 – and that’s it. …”

    “We chose QNX initially because of its micro-kernel architecture, its performance and its real-time capabilities,” said Ross Judd, manager of information and control systems development with Atomic Energy. “Our applications are real-time applications – they involve data acquisition through machine interfaces and control rooms.”

    “…”Remember the old style of Christmas lights where you had a big long string and if one bulb burned out the whole thing burned out and you had to go through each one and find out which single bulb failed? That’s Microsoft.”

    Only a few components that are critical to maintaining the operation of a function are in what’s called the protected kernel. All other elements are in modules that plug into the kernel. That means if one function fails, it won’t bring down the other functions; they’re protected from corrupting each other.

    “When you’ve got Microsoft on your desktop and you have a problem with Explorer or Excel, it can hang up your computer where your only option is to shut the entire thing down,” said Shewchuk. “It might be something as silly as a printer driver, but it affects the whole operating system because all the code is in this monolithic structure.”

    In a micro-kernel operating system, upgrading software consists of slotting in one module, rather than bringing down the entire system. “If you want to go from having one switch to multiple switches, you can link those together seamlessly without bringing the entire system down and having to reboot an entirely new system up,” he said.

    The old-fashioned way of thinking was that when you hard-wired all these applications together, your systems could run faster. That was true 20 years ago when systems were much less complex, said Shewchuk, but nowadays even simple devices connect to the Internet and have a graphical capability, and many of them are networked.

    “The amount of code and complexity of coding becomes more and more difficult and the amount of discipline it takes to maintain the operating system in those environments is incredibly complex,” he said. “It’s a more clean, defined process for coding in a micro-kernel.” …”

    http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/CDN/News.asp?id=40793

     

    Truck-delivered Micro-Nuclear Reactor for Clean Energy Within Five Years

    “…Micro-nuclear reactors about the size of a hot tub, prefabricated and delivered by trucks, will begin revolutionizing electric energy supply within five years, according to information gleaned from government scientists and corporate energy sources. If successful, the breakthrough will change the face of global energy supplies.

    New nuclear battery technology pioneered by government scientists at Los Alamos—the facility that developed the first atomic bomb—has been licensed to private companies for mass production and distribution. In its initial format, each micro-reactor will produce just 25 megawatts, but enough to provide electricity for 20,000 average American-sized homes or a major industrial project. Daisy-chained, these micro-reactors, each one about twice the size of an average man, can supply enough electricity to power an entire small city or suburb. Initially, the reactors will be placed in isolated industrial and residential areas, such as oilsand enterprises and underdeveloped African nations in need of power. 

    The miniature nuclear marvels will be factory-sealed in concrete, and delivered by truck, train or ship for burial under close international nuclear regulatory supervision. The reactors will produce heat which will boil an adjacent water source to create the steam that typically turns turbines that generate electricity. …”

    http://www.thecuttingedgenews.com/index.php?article=906&pageid=37 

     

    Hyperion Power Generation

    “…Hyperion Power Generation, Inc. (HPG) was formed to bring to market the unique Hyperion (formerly Comstar) small, modular, non-weapons grade nuclear power reactor invented by Dr. Otis “Pete” Peterson at the United States’ famed Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico. Through the commercialization program at LANL’s Technology Transfer Division, HPG was awarded the exclusive license to utilize the intellectual property and develop a product that will benefit the U.S. economy and global society as a whole.

    The next multi-million dollar phase of work on the development of Hyperion, underwritten by private investors, continues, Hyperion will play a key role as a solution for climate change and the energy crisis. …”

    http://www.hyperionpowergeneration.com/about.html 

     

    Backgrounder on New Nuclear Plant Designs

    “…The NRC has long sought standardization of nuclear power plant designs, and the enhanced safety and licensing reform that standardization could make possible. The Commission expects advanced reactors to be safer and use simplified, passive or other innovative means to accomplish their safety functions. The NRC’s regulation (Part 52 to Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations) provides a predictable licensing process including certification of new nuclear plant designs. This process reflects decades of experience and research involving reactor design and operation. The design certification process provides for early public participation and resolution of safety issues prior to an application to construct a nuclear power plant. …”

     http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/new-nuc-plant-des-bg.html

     

    Nuclear Power May Be in Early Stages of a Revival

    “…When the industry first said several years ago that it would resume building plants, deep skepticism greeted the claim. Not since 1973 had anybody in the United States ordered a nuclear plant that was actually built, and the obstacles to a new generation of plants seemed daunting.

    But now, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 21 companies say they will seek permission to build 34 power plants, from New York to Texas. Factories are springing up in Indiana and Louisiana to build reactor parts. Workers are clearing a site in Georgia to put in reactors. Starting in January, millions of electric customers in Florida will be billed several dollars a month to finance four new reactors.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/business/24nuke.html  Plants in the World

     Nuclear Power Plants in the World

    IJCT Nuclear Training Center

    Nuclear Power Plants in The World 

    http://www.icjt.org/an/tech/jesvet/jesvet.htm

     

    Big TVs = Big electric bills

    “…According to a recent study by the Natural Resources Defense Council it’s because of that ginormous TV set you just bought. We always figured that LCDs and plasmas used less power than CRTs, but apparently digital HDTVs actually suck up more power than analog TVs (see the chart below), and to make matters worse, we’re buying bigger and bigger television sets than we used to. They’re predicting that in four years our TVs will be consuming 50% more power per year than they do today, what worries them is that hardly anyone thinks about how much power their TV is going to use when they’re buying it (we certainly don’t), so they’re trying to get manufacturers to  make their displays more energy efficient and are asking the EPA to establish a single annual energy-consumption number for TVs that’s sort of like the one they already have for air conditioners. …”

    http://www.engadget.com/2005/06/16/big-tvs-big-electric-bills/

     

     

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    Mommas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboy Developers

    Posted on December 8, 2008. Filed under: Art, Babies, Blogroll, Comedy, Computers, Cult, Links, Music, People, Programming, Quotations, Rants, Raves, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

     The Brave Cowboy Developer herding the code bugs.

    my_way_developer

     
    The Highwaymen – Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babys Grow Up To Be

     

    Jobs: A Cowboy meets a Microsoft Developer? 

     

    Developers

     

    Ghost Riders In The Sky – Vaughn Monroe

     

    Background Articles and Video 

     

     Waylon Jennings – Mommas Don`t Let Your Babies Grow To Be Cowboys

     

    Jobs: A Cowboy meets a Microsoft Program Manager?

     

    Roundtable: Develop Your Career at Microsoft

    Developer

    “Developer can refer to:

    • A software developer, one who programs computers or designs the system to match the requirements of a systems analyst.
      • “Developers, Developers, Developers”, a viral video of Steve Ballmer praising software developers.  …”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Developer

     

    Pr0grammer

    “A programmer is someone who writes computer software. The term computer programmer can refer to a specialist in one area of computer programming or to a generalist who writes code for many kinds of software. One who practices or professes a formal approach to programming may also be known as a programmer analyst. A programmer’s primary computer language (Lisp, Java, Delphi, C++, etc.) is often prefixed to the above titles, and those who work in a web environment often prefix their titles with web. A programmer is not a software developer, software engineer, computer scientist, or software analyst. These professions typically refer to individuals possessing programming skills as well as other software engineering skills. For this reason, the term programmer is sometimes considered an insulting or derogatory oversimplification of these other professions. This has sparked much debate amongst developers, analysts, computer scientists, programmers, and outsiders who continue to be puzzled at the subtle differences in these occupations.[1][2][3][4][5]

    Those proficient in computer programming skills may become famous, though this regard is normally limited to software engineering circles. Many of the most notable programmers are often labeled hackers. Programmers often have or project an image of individualist geekdom, resistance to “suits” (referring to both business suits literally and figuratively to the “Establishment”), controls and conformity.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programmer

     

    Cowboy

    “A cowboy is an animal herder who tends cattle on ranches in North America, traditionally on horseback, and often performs a multitude of other ranch-related tasks. The historic American cowboy of the late 19th century became a figure of special significance and legend.[1] A subtype, called a wrangler, specifically tends the horses used to work cattle. In addition to ranch work, some cowboys work for or participate in rodeos. …”

    “…The cowboy has deep historic roots tracing back to Spain and the earliest settlers of the Americas. Over the centuries, differences in terrain, climate and the influence of cattle-handling traditions from multiple cultures created several distinct styles of equipment, clothing and animal handling. As the ever-practical cowboy adapted to the modern world, the cowboy’s equipment and techniques also adapted to some degree, though many classic traditions are still preserved today. …”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowboy

     

    Cowboy Coding

    Cowboy Coding is a term used to describe software development where the developers have autonomy over the development process. This includes control of the project’s schedule, algorithms, tools, and coding style.

    A Cowboy Coder can be a lone developer or part of a group of developers with either no external management or management that controls only non-development aspects of the project, such as its nature, scope, and feature set. (The “what”, but not the “how”).

    Cowboy Coding can have positive or negative connotations, depending on one’s opinions on the role of management and formal process in software development; “Cowboy Coding” is often used as a pejorative term by supporters of software development methodologies, such as Agile. …”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowboy_coding

     

    Curse of the Cowboy Coders

    By Adrian Bridgwater

    “…I seem to mixing with a huge number of software engineers this week. I am at a software symposium after all, so it’s no big surprise. But my word, what an opinionated crowd you can run into sometimes. Actually, it’s more than just sometimes isn’t it? There’s very often a sense of the ‘prima donna’ attitude among developers where they feel that one or two individuals in a coding team or project are carrying along eight or nine other ‘cowboy coders’, who are simply there to make up the numbers. …”

    http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000000567,10005752o-2000458459b,00.htm

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    A Kinder Gentler Wiser Microsoft Gives Away Valuable Software Developer Tools to Students Around The World!

    Posted on February 25, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, Links, Politics, Rants, Raves, Resources, Reviews, Science, Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

      “Cast your bread upon the water for after many days you will find it”

    Ecclesiastes 11:1

     

    https://www.dreamspark.com/default.aspx

    https://www.dreamspark.com/FAQ/StudentOverview.aspx

    One way to beat your competition is to give both high school and college students around the world copies of your software development tools free.

    When you do this on a global scale you are talking upwards of a billion people using your tools to develop applications for the Microsoft Windows operating system and platform.

    Microsoft is doing exactly that with it DreamSpark:

    What is DreamSpark?

    “Now, for the first time, Microsoft is giving its valuable software developer and design tools directly to students worldwide at no charge! This site enables students like you to download professional-level Microsoft developer and design tools to unlock your creative potential and set you on the path to academic and career success, by supporting and advancing your learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities. …” 

    https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/Overview.aspx 

    UPDATE: The new link is here: https://www.dreamspark.com/default.aspx

    Also, Student Overview FAQ:  https://www.dreamspark.com/FAQ/StudentOverview.aspx 

    The DreamSpark software initiative is truly a positive feedback loop for all concerned.

    This creates wealth on a massive scale and is truly transformative and revolutionary.

    Few companies are either as generous or as visionary and can take the very long view.

    Bill Gates talks about Free Software, Students, and Technology 

    http://channel8.msdn.com/Posts/2047/

    Same video on Youtube:

    Channel8 interviews Bill Gates about DreamSpark  

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJnI7poZIt0

     Where can you download the free software: 

    Welcome to Microsoft DreamSpark

    Professional Developer and Designer tools for students at no charge

    “…DreamSpark is simple, it’s all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so you can chase your dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology – or just get a head start on your career. …” 

    https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/

    Veni, Vidi, Velcro…

    (I came, I saw, I got stuck!)  

    DreamSpark™…

    http://blogs.msdn.com/mithund/archive/2008/02/19/dreamspark.aspx

    The Microsoft products available for download now for students in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S. include:

    Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
    Expression Studio
    XNA Game Studio 2.0
    XNA Creators Club Online
    SQL Server 2005
    Visual Studio 2005
    Windows Server 2003
    As well as all the previous free Express Editions of Visual Studio:
    Visual C# 2005,
    Visual Basic 2005,
    Visual C++ 2005, 
    Visual J# 2005
    Visual Web 2005 

    https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/Products.aspx  

    Frequently Asked Questions for Students

    You got questions. We got answers.

    That works out nicely, huh?

     https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/FAQ/Students.aspx

     

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    Microsoft DreamSpark Helps Ignite the Imaginations, Careers of Today’s Students 

    “…Microsoft DreamSpark is a community-based program to provide students with free access to Microsoft’s industry-leading software development, gaming and design tools. Working with schools, governments, partners and student organizations worldwide, we will be making this available starting today in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Other countries will come online over the next year, as well as expanding the program to include high school students. The program is open to all students at education institutions worldwide, though those studying science, technology, engineering and math disciplines (STEM-D) are expected to be the first to jump on it. All eligible students need is access to a computer with an internet connection to download the products, as well as free access keys at  http://channel8.msdn.com.  …”

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2008/feb08/02-18DreamSpark.mspx

    Bill Gates: College Tour 2008 – Stanford University

    Remarks by Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation

    College Tour 2008 – Stanford University Palo Alto, Calif.

    Feb. 19, 2008  

    http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/exec/billg/speeches/2008/02-19Stanford.mspx

    Microsoft’s DreamSpark – What a Giveaway

    “…Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates today will unveil a software giveaway that will ultimately provide millions of college and high school students around the world with access to the latest Microsoft developer and designer tools at no charge to unlock their creative potential and set them on the path to academic and career success.

    The Microsoft DreamSpark student program (http://channel8.msdn.com) makes available, at no charge, a broad range of development and design software for download. The program is now available to more than 35 million college students in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S. Broad global coverage, as well as an expansion of the program to high school students around the world, potentially reaching up to 1 billion students worldwide, will continue throughout the next year. Gates will share details with students and faculty at Stanford University as part of a U.S. and Canada college tour that kicks off today. 

    http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/microsofts-dreamspark-%E2%80%93-what-giveaway 

    Microsoft Gives Away Software Worth Thousands To Students  

    “Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is giving away, free of charge, development software that would normally cost about $3,300, the company announced Tuesday. The effort, called DreamSpark, is aimed at giving jump starts to current high school and college students for their IT careers.

    “We want to do everything we can to equip a new generation of technology leaders with the knowledge and tools they need to harness the magic of software to improve lives, solve problems, and catalyze economic growth,” Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said in a statement. …” 

    http://www.informationweek.com/windows/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=TJYF1R4VOD1MQQSNDLQSKH0CJUNN2JVN?articleID=206800334

    Open source, Adobe on campus prods Microsoft’s giveaway

    Eric Lai 02.19.2008

    “…Via a new DreamSpark Web site, students will be able to download the Professional editions of Visual Studio 2008 and its Visual Studio 2005 predecessor, as well as Windows Server 2003, SQL Server 2005 and Expression Studio, a Web design suite that competes with tools from Adobe Systems Inc.

    Microsoft also is offering its XNA Game Studio 2.0 software through the DreamSpark program, and the soon-to-be-released 2008 upgrades to Windows Server and SQL Server will be made available as well. “As soon as you can get them on MSDN, you’ll be able to get them here,” said Joe Wilson, Microsoft’s senior director of academic initiatives for developer and platform evangelism.

    Wilson added that more countries and more students — including high schoolers — will become eligible to participate in the program over the next year. That will swell the total number of students who can take part to about 1 billion, he said. …” 

    http://www.thestandard.com/news/2008/02/19/open-source-adobe-campus-prods-microsofts-giveaway

    Microsoft’s stingy DreamSpark program 

    “…Alas, dear Mr. Gates, too little, too late. You see, developers already have exceptional development tools available under open-source licenses. They also have market-leading ECM, CRM, application server, operating system, etc. software that they can fiddle with and extend so that they can graduate from the kiddie laboratory you want to foist on them.

    DreamSpark would have been cool…20 years ago. Today it’s an admission, as Glyn Moody writes, in “the plainest possible terms that its business model has failed.” Sorry. Maybe you’ll catch up next century. …” 

    http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-9874171-16.html

    Microsoft Gives Software to Nurture Future Coders

    The DreamSpark program will provide programming tools to high school and college students worldwide.

    “…DreamSpark is part of a company-wide effort to work with local governments, communities and academic institutions worldwide to give potential technology workers a head start in the competitive job market to foster technology innovation and improve citizens’ quality of life, especially in developing countries.

    Microsoft also is trying to compete worldwide with open-source technologies such as Linux that are freely available to anyone and thus popular with student computer enthusiasts who may not be able to afford to purchase Microsoft products. …” 

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/20/AR2008022000078.html

    Positive Feedback 

     “…One common example of positive feedback is the network effect, where more people are encouraged to join a network the larger that network becomes. The result is that the network grows more and more quickly over time.

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