There are probably better ways to remember these things, but there you go – for 12+ years I have posted things in Facebook and it does a nice job reminding me. Given the privacy issues I’m beginning to pull these things out and publish them on a site that in the end I own. Even if, ironically, the content is public.
Microsoft tempts Windows developers with $100 cash for new apps
This is a bad move on so many fronts. First if the app store(s) are doing so well why do they need fluffing? Second this will certainly not bring out the quality apps.
How many dev shops out there with great iOS or Android apps were thinking “hey, if only we had $100 to spend on a dev we’d put that in the Windows app store”? The answer of course is none. If there was money to be made they would have already done it.
The real target then is someone with musty old code sitting around who thinks hey, easy $100 to recompile my stuff, pays for the developer license, easy. And of course that brings us back to fluffing.
If Microsoft really just needs to fluff the app store(s) why not let the thousands of internal developers have a day to comb through old utility code and push that through.
Or perhaps give real incentives based on downloads or usage or customer feedback. The thing you measure and reward will tend to happen.
Apple’s vision for the future of computing versus Microsoft’s vision for the future of computing.
This is just silly. It shows a series of apps vs. a folder. How about showing the folder on Mac OS which is a fair comparison. Turns out the iOS app screens and OS (any OS!) files are for different uses.
Next time show a picture of a supermodel vs. an NFL lineman, ha ha, isnt the model prettier? Yep, right up to the moment you want to play football.
And yeah, that Windows UI could use a little help, I get that.
A teammate of mine is looking to get more kids into programming via Kodu. There is a US-wide competition going on right now!
Calling all US kids!
In case you hadn’t heard already, Microsoft has launched a US national Kodu competition, where kids aged 9-17 can submit their best Kodu games for a chance to win great prizes, a trip and $5000.00 cash!
The winning entrant will also win $5000 for his or her school! Our hope is that this money would go toward helping fund the lab with upgraded equipment, and give more kids learning opportunities related to technology literacy.
The contest is completely free to enter, and is split into two categories: 9-12 and 13-17. There are full grand prize awards for each category, so two schools will each receive a $5000 prize. Full details can be found at http://koducup.us.
Deadline for game submissions is end of day, May 10th, 2011, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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