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TechCrunch seems to think it’s a better possibility than ever before.  I’m up for a phone upgrade in 2010.  Will I be able to get the iPhone?  Man, I hope so. 

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I equate this to the silly boy in grade school that took his ball and went home because the other kids wouldn’t do what he wanted them to do.  I sure wish the city of Greenville would consider doing something like this.

Mashable lists 85+ tools for freelancers and web workers

On another note:  I’m enjoying getting some old laptops back up.  I’ve used DSL with these instructions (making sure to use the syslinux iso file and the Grub bootloader) and I’ve now got some old laptops resurrected for basic use. 

I messed around with this a long time ago, but came back around to it and went with DSL.  Some updates to DSL made it more attractive. 

Google has recently decided to close a few projects they had going. The New York Times has run a good article on how Google decides when to axe a project.  A couple of things I notice: (via Slashdot)

 – Effective planning and goal setting (they know specifically what they hope to accomplish when they set out)
 – Data collection (they don’t make decisions without having the information)
 – Employee input (they release projects to their employees first to try things out)
 – Goals don’t include perfection (they purposefully release incomplete projects in order to gain more data and, during the process, make it better)

Crunchgear offers a real solution for Microsoft’s flawed philosophy in releasing multiple OS versions

…Microsoft’s marketing strategy leaves much to be desired, seeing as it’s already failed.

So why do I care? I mean, I avoid working on what few WinTel machines we have here. I suppose that it’s the problem solver in me or something of that nature.  Or maybe it’s the indie rocker coming out.  It really isn’t that I hate all things Microsoft just because it’s Microsoft.  I can’t stand corporate laziness especially out of the “big” companies that are at the top of their industries.  Microsoft, Adobe, et al have, in my opinion, shown signs of caring less and less about producing an all-around quality product and more about putting out something that “works” as cheaply as possible to maximize returns.  I’m not against making money, I’m just against making money at the expense of the consumer experience simply because you don’t really have any competition.  So, I continue to support the underdogs because, hopefully in time, those underdogs will start posing enough of a threat to the “big guys” that it will spawn some real creativity, ingenuity and quality. 

Google posts the 2008 year in spam