It’s been quiet on my blog this week because I have been in Seattle for the twice yearly Geek-fest that is Microsoft Tech-Ready. Where else could you sell T-Shirts with GEEK encoded in hex and Binary, or with the Caffeine Molecule on them ?
Steve and Eileen have been here too. I got shirts made with the “Blue Monster” cartoon that Hugh Macleod drew. I’ve mentioned this before and Steve Clayton (our Handbag evangelist) has been promoting it, so I brought shirts out for his team too.
We’ve talked about the ambiguity of the statement. Steve told me his take on it, was a form of “Stop whining.” – to borrow form Nike, “Just do it”. Here’s my take.
|With 5000 of us sitting in the general sessions to listen to the great and the good I’m always reminded of the Apple 1984 commercial. The questions that came up in the sessions were interesting. One to Steve Ballmer was one the subject of “Why do Apple always out-Cool us ?” (I mentioned before that I have an RSS feed for the wonderful-if risqué Belle de Jour , who has an interesting take on Dr Who using a PC not a Mac).|
The defining moment of the show (and a change the world shirt) goes to Michael Kleef. Michael put a question to Steve Ballmer; which in essence is was “Can we do more to look like an international company and less like an American one.” His specific issue was with a change Western Australia is making to daylight savings time. Now: something similar is happening and it US (which Eileen blogged about) and we’re on top it. In Western Australia we’re not. The audience’s reaction was thunderous applause. Steve B’s reaction. “OK. We’ll sort it”. That was Monday….
By the way: the picture of Bill has made practical by my new camera. (For those who care, it’s ISO 1600, 1/100sec exposure, local length equivalent to 270mm – the chances of getting a sharp image without shake reduction are about 25%. I was standing next to someone with a Canon Image Stabilized lens which costs more than all the camera I’ve ever owned. With In-body SR I got no visible hand shake in 34 shots of Bill. An early version of the camera’s brochure had the slogan challenge light. It seems Pentax too want to change the world,
Eileen’s been changing the world too. I don’t have the depth of connection with the Unified communications group that I used to, and this week I realized that I miss that. My American colleagues seem to thrive on large does of hyperbole – but it makes me feel a bit queasy. So when I say that what we have in the pipeline for UC is world changing, revolutionary stuff that is after my usual British reserve has been applied. Eileen’s been kicking in the doors of the UC product team to get access to some of this stuff for the UK. It does amaze me quite how much she’s able to get done – while I’m feeling punch-drunk from the technical sessions, and jet lagged and generally not firing on all cylinders other people are changing the world. In a few minutes I head back to the airport to catch the nerd bird out of here. It will be my last British Airways flight until I start using up the quarter of a million air miles I’ve built up. And no this isn’t because of BA‘s recent decision to sting anyone who divides their luggage between two bags. All their frequent flyer club’s page suggests all trips earn status points, they don’t credit them on the fares Microsoft book. When I complained BA had gerrymandered my status points in 2005 they wrote back and said they’d rather lose my custom than fix things. And when a flurry of flights with them got me “Silver” status in 2006 I found BA deducted status points after I qualified. So my future flights will be with the lovely people at Scandinavian Would anyone ever do a “BA change the world or go home ” shirt. Not very likely.
This post originally appeared on my technet blog.