Subservient programmers

Ahh, you too can act like a program manager and have your own subservient programmer. Tell him to write on the whiteboard. Drink a coke. Or spin in his chair. Someone has too much time on their hands.

On the other hand, Josh Bancroft has attracted a troll from possibly inside his own company (Intel) who says that Josh should be forced to stop blogging for Intel and use his time for more "productive" purposes. Sigh. I guess some people would get rid of any human contact inside companies. No more speaking at conferences. No more answering the mail or the phones. No more going on sales calls. After all, there's more productive things to do, right? Heh!

Ever want to get RSS Feeds into Outlook Express (like how I read feeds in NewsGator in Outlook)? Inclue lets you do just that. Update: today's version works in Outlook, they are readying a version for Outlook Express. Sorry for the confusion.

If the subservient programmer makes you ill, then maybe you'd like something a little more sophisticated? How about a WineCamp in California's Calaveras County. It's taking place May 26-28 (wish I could be there, but alas, got other plans already). It'll be a bunch of geeks, do-gooders, and lots of wine.

Me? We're having XboxCamp at our house this summer. How do you get in? Gotta make friends with Patrick. Heheh. Speaking of Xbox, there's a lengthy article on the engineering in the Xbox over on Electronic Business Online. Even better, give your Xbox a voice with (it compiles information from your gamerfeed and delivers it as a blog).

Off to go play on my new screen.


Microsoft’s naming guy answers

David Webster, the guy who runs naming at Microsoft, answered my post and various commenters here.

He says "simpler, better names" are coming. "I’m certainly not trying to “cancel Christmas” as one of the posters suggested."

Every Microsoft employee who names things should spend some time with David (he has a challenge for them, and corrects me too). I'm trying to get David to come on video to talk about his approach and how he's trying to change our naming strategy.

I think you'd enjoy meeting him and everyone who names things would learn from him.

Vista, on track or not?

Gartner is saying that Windows Vista may be delayed again. Microsoft reacted, ComputerWorld says in an article that gives both sides of the story (Microsoft says that Gartner is wrong).

More on Memeorandum.

A bunch of people have been emailing me asking for my opinions. I'm staying out of this one cause I've learned over and over that I can't accurately predict shipping dates in the software industry. I will say that I'm enjoying the latest builds of Windows Vista and things are looking good, so I have no reason to doubt Microsoft's spokespeople on this one.

Again, I'd rather pressure the Windows team to get it right, and don't ship unless it's ready. Dana Epp, security expert, says the same thing.

They are talking about it over on Channel 9 too.

Update: Ed Bott says that Gartner isn't very accurate with its own predictions on software dates.