Microsoft’s answer to the Kobayashi Maru scenario

July 23, 2008
S+S: The Kobayashi Maru of Microsoft
Network World
Mitchell Ashley explains how Microsoft’s Software + Services strategy is akin to James T. Kirk’s solution to the Kobayashi Maru no-win scenario. What would Saavik say?

“But Microsoft can’t sit idly by and let Google, Salesforce and others propel themselves into the leadership spot as the dominant next generation software company. Sometimes the best way to compete is to change the rules of the game, ala James T. Kirk and his unique solution to the Kobayashi Maru. Sometimes the best strategy is to change the rules of the game.”

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Pervert Alert: Japanese iPhone Shutter Sound Cannot Be Switched Off
Wired
Charlie Sorrel reports on what may be the first country-specific modification to Apple’s iPhone.

“According to Japanese blogger Nobuyuki Hayashi, the annoying clicky shutter sound of the Japanese-bound iPhone 3G cannot be switched off, even in silent mode. Why? Because perverts cannot be trusted not to shove their phones up some poor girl’s skirt and snap a picture.”

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You’re Invited to Blog for Dell PartnerDirect
Dell PartnerDirect
Dell channel community manager Amie Paxton is inviting Dell partners to write for the vendor’s PartnerDirect blog.

“By creating a guest post on the Dell Channel blog, you can: Share your perspectives with other partners, vendors, Dell Channel team members, industry analysts and the public at large, offer expert advice on Dell’s latest products, technologies and services, and promote your case studies that might benefit the PartnerDirect community.”

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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras
A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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