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One week in October

Neither marypcb or I have been posting much recently, due to being incredibly busy. We're technically having a couple of days off between conferences at the moment, but we're actually holed up in a motel room writing articles on Windows 7.

Last week we were at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles. It promised to be an important event, and we certainly got a lot of information in a very short time. Even though we had early access to Windows 7 (and a couple of laptops to run it on), we had a pile of commissions waiting for us to have the code. The result was that we had about 36 hours to write around 8000 words of copy. Various other pieces and techblog entries during the week took that to a round 10K words or so, not counting this weekend's work, which should round things off at a hefty 16 or 17,000 words in less than a week.

Unveiling 7
Steve Sinofsky unveiling Windows 7

PDC2008 was a fascinating event, and we had great fun talking to new people and learning about new technologies. A Surface-based scavenger hunt gave us something to do in the occasional breaks, and we also managed to spend time with old friends we rarely see.

Here's a round up of what we've written so far:

Right, it's back to work. Our editors want their copy...


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Nov. 2nd, 2008 08:55 am (UTC)
You mean MS has come up with yet another new Windows -- while at werk we're all about to be moved all onto Vista. Which, it seems, is going to be already obsolete.

Can anyone pin down just when it was that the Advance of IT stopped being useful progress and turned into a monster that simply destabilises, complicates and generally gets in the way of the uses it ostensibly exists to serve?

And don't get me started on the joys (not) of IT support (and other back office services) being outsourced to big firms that don't know the people, the business or in the case of IT, the actual systems that they are supposed to be supporting. Did Gordon Brown or any of the government procurement bods responsible for pushing this even think to ask about the mass of organisational psychology and theory -- which shows that anonymising and distancing creates inefficiencies, demoralisation, and de-skilling?
Nov. 2nd, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
which should round things off at a hefty 16 or 17,000 words in less than a week.

You are Michael Moorcock and I claim my five pounds.
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