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Submission + - Ballmer Tells Partners To Buy Surface From (

xzvf writes: Ballmer tells partners to buy Surface at retail to service clients.

From article: "Microsoft is telling us to go pay retail for the product and buy it from and integrate it into our solutions. With Apple we can sell and support the iPad and make it part of our business. If Microsoft is going to keep Surface away from partners and treat us like a retail customer, it is absolutely an insult.”

Submission + - Microsoft is betting the company on the cloud. ( 1

xzvf writes: Steve Ballmer: Microsoft Is "Betting Our Company" On The Cloud Speaking to a gathering of hundreds of students at the University of Washington, Ballmer said: "I'll know we've succeeded with this aspect of the cloud the day we all agree that the virtual interaction through the cloud is as good as being here."

Submission + - 1980's Computers in Education (

xzvf writes: As someone that went to high school in the 80's, this newsletter from 1980 is a blast from the past. An interview with Microsoft talks up it's BASIC language product and predicts voice control of computers in five years. Advertisements for Compute magazine which is about to go monthly and an article about a computer "network" in Minnesota that connects some fax machine looking terminal to a central computer over telephone lines. Lots of Atari, TI and RadioShack news too.

Its a reminder from 30 years ago that we are still not using technology effectively in education.

Submission + - Caring for Pets Left Behind by the Rapture (

xzvf writes: "Many people in the U.S.—perhaps 20 million to 40 million—believe there will be a Second Coming in their lifetimes, followed by the Rapture . In this event, they say, the righteous will be spirited away to a better place while the godless remain on Earth. But what will become of all the pets?"

My mommy and daddy told me my pets would be waiting for me in heaven!!!

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