Like most Windows users, I have my PCs set up to get security and other critical patches from Microsoft automatically. It seems the most sensible thing to do so you don't need to remember to manually go to Windows Update to check if your OS needs updating. Part of the price you pay is that your computer connects to a Microsoft server now and again which does the checking as to whether you need any updates. According to Microsoft's published privacy guidelines for Windows XP Pro SP2, no … [Read more...] about Microsoft to publish privacy guidelines
Many of you will remember the blow-up last year about the Land Rover Discovery and long-time and loyal Land Rover customer Adrian Melrose who chronicled an incredible tale of his appalling experiences regarding his SUV on the Discover the Truth About the New Discovery blog. Things have been quiet for quite a while, but Adrian has posted an update in which he says time is getting close for delivery of his replacement - the Audi Q7. Passing time and excitement about the Audi … [Read more...] about Audi, pay attention to this SUV love affair
I can think of no better example of why politicians and business make for a poisonous and untrustworthy mix than the unfolding disaster at EADS, the parent company of Airbus, and the delays in bringing to market the new A380 airliner that's the European rival to Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. A Wall Street Journal report today analysing the woes at Airbus focuses on EADS CEO Noel Forgeard. The Journal says that Forgeard's position at EADS became tenuous last week after Airbus announced new … [Read more...] about Why no one trusts politicians and CEOs
A new report from the IABC Research Foundation shows that less than half of companies encourage discussion of moral dilemmas and criticism of censurable conduct at the workplace. "The Business of Truth: A Guide to Ethical Communication" says most organizations maintain or practice a generally healthy climate for ethical concerns and issues, with 70 percent of respondents agreeing that their organization makes it clear to employees what is ethically acceptable and what is not. … [Read more...] about Who is the conscience for corporate ethics?
Visiting the blog of Amazon.com's Chief Technology Officer, Werner Vogels, to read his account of a presentation at Amazon by Naked Conversations authors Shel Israel and Robert Scoble (some very interesting commentaries about that - link at Memeorandum), I spotted the clearest employee blog disclaimer I've yet seen. This got me thinking about the still-continuing debate from last weekend about blogger credibility versus authority where making it clear in what capacity the blogger writes on … [Read more...] about Personal blogging clarified
Who's to be believed about the 60% Windows Vista code rewrite story which has been a lively discussion topic in a number of blogs during the past few days? According to Robert Scoble, it's flat-out not true. He says his view is backed up by a number of other Microsoft employee bloggers. I posted on this story last week and that post attracted some discussion over the weekend, in which Robert was a lively participant. The thrust of that post was to do with the FUD surrounding the Vista … [Read more...] about Credibility isn’t equal to authority
Hot on the heels of Microsoft's postponement of the consumer launch of Windows Vista comes bad news about the actual code of the product, reported yesterday by Australian tech magazine Smarthouse: Up to 60% of the code in the new consumer version of Microsoft new Vista operating system is set to be rewritten as the Company "scrambles" to fix internal problems a Microsoft insider has confirmed to SHN. Quoting the complete text of an internal Microsoft memo about changes to the Platforms & … [Read more...] about FUD surrounds Vista
So Microsoft announced yesterday that Windows Vista will be delayed in its public release for consumers, not coming out until early 2007 instead of the expected later in 2006. Not surprisingly, this news has already attracted wide commentary in mainstream media and the blogosphere alike, nearly all of it highly critical. What I find quite interesting is the focus of Microsoft's press release, pitching this news as a positive announcement as part of the company's overall business strategy … [Read more...] about Spinning Vista and grassroots resentment