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Submission + - The history of Minesweeper (businessinsider.com)

Gamoid writes: I wrote a short history of Minesweeper, as told by the Product Manager in charge of it back in the nineties. This includes a harrowing tale of Bill Gates' Minesweeper addiction, and how it gave him an existential crisis about the future of humanity (and I'm only half-joking).

Submission + - The weird history of the Microsoft Windows Start button (businessinsider.com)

Gamoid writes: Windows 3.1 was so complicated that even a Boeing propulsion scientist couldn't figure out how to open a word processor. A behavioral scientist, who once worked with BF Skinner at Harvard, was brought in to Microsoft to figure out what was going wrong — and he came to the Start button, for which he holds the patent today. It's a weird and cool look at how simple ideas aren't obvious.

Submission + - Microsoft is working with the Linux Foundation (businessinsider.com)

Gamoid writes: Microsoft has joined up with the likes of Docker, CoreOS, VMware, Red Hat, Google, and Amazon for the Open Container Project — a non-profit for a container standard, housed under the Linux Foundation. Times, they are a-changin'.

Submission + - Pandora didn't pay 50 employees for 2 years (businessinsider.com)

Gamoid writes: Back during Pandora Internet Radio's bad old days in the early aughts, it was in such bad shape that they went two years without paying 50 workers.

Also, they initially thought it was a failure because they fed it a Beatles song and it returned a Bee Gees song.

Submission + - Windows 10 releases this summer (businessinsider.com)

Gamoid writes: Microsoft quietly confirmed that Windows 10 will in fact launch this summer — and it's encouraging users to put the technical preview on Xiaomi tablets. Oh, plus, Cortana will get a Mandarin localization.

Submission + - A hospital delivering domestic violence restraining orders via teleconference (computerworld.com) 1

Gamoid writes: I talked to a hospital that's delivering restraining orders to victims of domestic abuse via teleconferencing, helping to protect them in their most vulnerable time. It's not even a drop in the ocean, but it's a really cool story about how technology can be used to help people — and how the legal system still needs to catch up with technological progress.

Submission + - Is there really a tech worker shortage? (computerworld.com)

Gamoid writes: Silicon Valley says that we need more H-1B visas because there aren't enough developers and software engineers in the United States. But there's an increasing body of evidence to suggest that the real issue is that Silicon Valley companies aren't hiring the many, many talented people here in the US.

Submission + - Microsoft: "Nobody loves developers more than us" 1

Gamoid writes: Microsoft's Developer Evangelist has his work cut out for him as he tries to prove to startups, students, and independent developers that the Microsoft platform is better for them than the competition's.

Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem. -- P.D. Ouspensky