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Comment same thing every said about open office... (Score 1) 46

"its good enough." "its not great... but its not horrible." same rhetoric we've heard for years about why open office should beat out office. has not happened. why should office on the web be any different? if you have used office web apps + office client integration you would know that there is nothing on the market close right now. the combination of viewing documents quickly in the cloud but popping it open in a snappy client is the best productivity combination available. sorry google, msft has one upped you here. you got some work to do.

Comment lots of ignorant comments (Score 1) 650

i live in washington state, know plenty about this ballot initiative, and most of these comments are ignorant. if they passed the state income tax law (I-1098) it could be potentially be applied to all tax brackets, not just the wealthy. i like the idea of taxing income on the wealthiest however this specific ballot initiative was too broad and left the door open to expand to even low income families.

btw the argument in the article writeup is not even valid. if it did pass, which it didn't, it wouldn't have gone into effect until next year. so balmers cashout of stock doesn't even come into play.

you can keep hating on microsoft, but just make sure you get your facts straight.

Comment lastpass.com is a sweet free service (Score 1) 1007

lastpass.com does just this. it is a free cross browser (ie, firefox, safari, chrome, iphone) plugin that encrypts your passwords and then stored them on their servers. (only your encrypted passwords are stored) it replaces the built in firefox manager (which doesn't work very well and i can't believe they haven't addressed that yet) and lastpass's plugin works much much better than the built in ie / firefox managers. its also a lot more secure. its not without faults.... its not very easy to use with multiple accounts and trying to correct an account with a wrong password is sometimes painful overall, i love it and am a user. check it out: lastpass.com

Comment "Rushes Out" Slashdot? Really? (Score 1) 123

why is the title: Microsoft "Rushes Out" Office Web Apps Preview Rushed out? Actually its been in development for a few years so if anything more like "Slowly Pushes Out Tech Preview..." But seriously slashdot, why the constant undertones for Microsoft? Call it as it lies please. Keep it up and you might even get bought by Fox News. :)

Comment Re:I'm curious (Score 1) 430

i never understood the whole free software thing. trust me i love it, (firefox, filezilla, xbmc, pidgin, etc...) but i don't get it.

let me explain. software developers are smart people. they have a talent, a skill, and in this world people with talents and skills get paid for them.

name me one other industry where talented people give away work for free. i dont see accountants lining up to do your taxes for free, doctors ready to treat you for free and professors willing to teach you for free. unfortunately that's not how this world works, but developers don't seem to care.

i understand all the benefits of sharing source code and innovating and improving with others around the globe. it's truly amazing. case closed. but from the whole business perspective it doesn't make sense. i guess some open source geeks just have good hearts and aren't the most savvy business men / women... i mean if i can make a kick ass product like many of the open source ones out there, i'm gonna make money off it. daddy's gotta eat.

its almost counter productive if you think about it... go to your software development job, work on a product, then go home and work on a free open source product in your spare time and give it away for free... ya know if you charged for your free product you might not have to go into the day job anymore and you could do what you love...

if someone can help me explain, please do... i've never been able to wrap my little brain around it. :)

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