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Archive for February, 2007

Microsoft: Evil Empire or Benevolent Dictatorship?

Posted on: February 26th, 2007 by Craig Rairdin 1 Comment

Now that Iowa ambulance-chaser Roxanne Conlin has come to terms with Microsoft in the last remaining Microsoft antitrust case, I feel free to disclose that I was one of a half-dozen or so Iowans asked to testify on behalf of Microsoft. Had the trial continued, I would’ve been on the stand sometime in April.

This all started when I heard about this class-action suit and chose to opt out of the class. Apparently about 1500 Iowans felt strongly enough about this that they sent a postcard or email to Conlin’s office requesting to opt out. Microsoft’s lawyers got ahold of this list and started making phone calls.

Among the 1500 they found the usual mix of crazies, curmudgeons, and the simply confused. But in there they also found a handful like me — the pearls among the swine (an apt metaphor given the locale). So I was invited to testify.

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Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture released for Palm OS & Pocket PC

Posted on: February 20th, 2007 by Michelle Stramel 1 Comment

We’ve released the following reference titles for use with MyBible 4 for Palm OS and PocketBible 3 for Pocket PC:

  • Ancient Christian Commentary: Genesis 1-11 (Palm | Pocket PC) – $19.99
  • Ancient Christian Commentary: Genesis 12-50 (Palm | Pocket PC) – $19.99
  • Ancient Christian Commentary: Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy (Palm | Pocket PC) – $19.99
  • Ancient Christian Commentary: 12 Prophets (Palm | Pocket PC) – $19.99
  • Ancient Christian Commentary: Matthew 1-13 (Palm | Pocket PC) – $19.99
  • Ancient Christian Commentary: Matthew 14-28 (Palm | Pocket PC) – $19.99
  • Ancient Christian Commentary: Mark (Palm | Pocket PC) – $19.99
  • Ancient Christian Commentary: Luke (Palm | Pocket PC) – $19.99
  • Ancient Christian Commentary: Romans (Palm | Pocket PC) – $19.99
  • Ancient Christian Commentary: 1-2 Corinthians (Palm | Pocket PC) – $19.99
  • Ancient Christian Commentary: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians (Palm | Pocket PC) – $19.99
  • Ancient Christian Commentary: Colossians-Philemon (Palm | Pocket PC) – $19.99
  • Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture Bundle 1 (Palm | Pocket PC) – $199.99

Registered MyBible 4 and PocketBible 3 owners should watch their inboxes for a special introductory offer on this new commentary. If you are a registered user and don’t receive an email announcement by February 26, 2007, contact us at sales@laridian.com to get your discount code.

Windows Mobile 6

Posted on: February 9th, 2007 by Craig Rairdin 4 Comments

ZDNet reports that Windows Mobile 6 is on the way. We most likely won’t see devices using the new OS until late this year.

ZDNet writes, “Because it uses the same core–Windows CE 5–the new mobile operating system is expected to work with nearly all the existing Windows Mobile 5 applications.” That’s of course good news for everyone, though we’ll see if they can pull it off.

One of the things we’ve all come to know and love about Microsoft is their constant rebranding of these devices. Bless their hearts, they do not disappoint: “Microsoft has changed the names of the two types this go-around. Pocket PC Phone Edition, for touch screens, becomes Windows Mobile Professional, while Smartphone edition, for non touch screens, becomes Windows Mobile Standard. A third version, Windows Mobile Classic, is designed for PDAs without phone capabilities….” Got it? Your Pocket PC is now running Windows Mobile Classic, unless it also has a phone transceiver, then it’s Windows Mobile Professional. Except when the phone doesn’t have a touchscreen, then it’s Windows Mobile Standard. I guarantee you we’ll see devices with phones running the Windows Mobile Classic OS, and someone will come out with a touch-screen phone that runs Windows Mobile Standard.

Finally, a tempting little nugget for the programmers: “In the longer term, Microsoft will still try to unify its historically separate Pocket PC and Smartphone code bases. The next version of Windows Mobile, expected to be based on Windows CE 6, aims to create a common code base, potentially simplifying the process for application developers.” You can tell you’re reading a professional tech journalist when they use “Microsoft”, “Windows Mobile” and “simplifying the process for application developers” in the same sentence. :-)

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