Do you have any idea or quotes about what the ROI is on one of the new containers? How long does it take the savings of one of these containers, over a typical container Microsoft is using, to pay back the cost?
Actual IM conversation I just had about this screencast.
No more having to write "make backup copy" DTS tasks for your multi-gigabyte Access exports<grin>
I'd probably do that anyway, just for nostalgia's sake.
Yeah, but make it transactional.
Make everything transactional.
You get interrupted while taking a whiz? Whoosh, it goes back in.
each keypress or mouse move should have commit and rollback capabilities.
We should totally be product managers.
For example, how do you express that audio from videos rendered through the WMP OCX should go to the headphones, while audio from WMP should be rendered through the desktop speakers
without involving the application in the discussion?
Well if both sets of audio are sending input to the OS sound system, can't you create a UI that lets the user determine which physical device the output should be sent to? Is it possible for the sound system to determine which process/application is sending
sound, enumerate them for the user, and allow the user to redirect the sound to a different output? Almost like hardware mixing with a "multi-track" system?
You still have to involve the application in the discussion (unless you were able to create application classifiers and assign the output on a per "class" basis) but the choice still ends up being made by the meatware.
Not with Bill we don't. His wife was the program manager on Bob.
and it was a good idea, one that stuff like the OS X Dock, ObjectDock, and the sidebar apps still try to implement. You can still see ideas borrowed from it in apps like OS X Dashboard and Konfabulator.
I liked his answer to "why do you still work?". I've always thought that the whole "kill/smash the competition" came more from Balmer and others on the board and that Bill just believed that his solution was the best. Why bother with the others? I've never
thought the "innovate integration" stuff came from a desire to have the computers work better, not to stifle competition (at least from Bills POV). And I've noticed there's no "Balmer foundation".
I think I'd have a more interesting time talking to Bill Gates than I would Steve Jobs.