Archive for June, 2008

Why did Microsoft name it ‘Vista’?

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Ok, here’s my conspiracy theory post of the year.

I’ve wondered why Microsoft chose the name Vista to be their new OS brand… I’m guessing it will eventually be no longer Windows Vista, but just Vista. Just like it’s called the Nintendo DS, not the Gameboy DS, even though it’s an evolutionary product (I still call it a Gameboy out of habit). Of course, this might change given how poorly Vista has performed in the market (but don’t underestimate the MS Marketing machine).

Anyways, why the name Vista? With all the press about Microsoft and Yahoo, it got me thinking.

Microsoft has a huge competitor that it wants to beat, Google. Microsoft has tried to compete in the search space, and hasn’t succeeded much. What was the most popular search engine before Google started? It’s so obscure now because it was so long ago. Remember the name? Altavista. Who owns Altavista? That’s right, Yahoo. Can you see the name for Windows 7? Alta-Vista perhaps?

Is that just random coincidence? Or has it been planned all along? Would MS buy out an entire company for a marketing name? Would MS name an OS after a internet search site?

Ctrl-Tab Visual Studio bug

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Another bug to vote on for Visual Studio.  Log in and vote for it.  They actually keep track of which bugs get votes.

New kitty!

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

I had a momentary lack of judgment over the weekend and now we have a new member of the family. (!)

Everyone loves kitty pics (the new kitty has taken over Princess’s seat for the time being).  Isn’t she cute!!