Heroes happen here or the Microsoft 2008 launch wave

Today after many hours of hammering my had with basics of business administration at university. I just wanted to take some time off and decided to view Steve Balmers Keynote.

So ok, first hurdle was to install Silverlight…

The special page Microsoft opened up for the launch event did not work with Silverlight on Firefox. Ok,… no problem, I fired up IE and wanted to start the movie… next Step was to create a fake Live Id to be able to view the stuff…. I mastered this one too !!!!

Ok now a nice 200×100 pixel video with no controls…. sorry but that is pretty embarrassing…. I think a company like MS should have the opportunity to stream something like a keynote in good quality…. or am I too stupid to control this thing…. after three years of studying informatics?? =)

I really don’t think so….

But ok, because I just wanted to know what Mr. Ballmer has to say about Open Source Software today (Is it still a virus … or did he finally get the point), I decided just to listen from now on…. but after some seconds my PC was jammed… nothing worked any more… it feels like running Windows Vista on a mobile phone.

But back to the facts….

Microsoft started a campaign “Heroes happen here” which is alltogether an approach to get Open Source Developers to Develop on their platforms.

For me this just means, Microsoft does fear the power of Open Source products and communities after years of beeing the one and only product out there, punching out competitors with patents, ….

I think it is comparable with the OOXML discussions. They want you to come on board and build things they want you to build… but in the end they will close you into their world which is not the point open standards and systems should try to accomplish.

10 mistakes in icon desing

Denis Kortunov has written a nice review of the ten most common mistakes in icon design.

I did recognize on or the other mistake in mail daily work, but I have never thought of this in detail.

It is getting clearer from day to day, that modern Systems really have to get Usability and Design Experts on board to be ready for the future.

I think the KDE crowds did an amazing job.

Their Oxygen theme has been accepted, not only be KDE enthusiasts, but also by Linux Geeks and “NormalĀ  People”.

I have already found a project outside the KDE world, which adopted the style. It’s Tine20,which is a a AJAX based rework of the well known eGroupware System, which was built upon phpGroupware.

Just visit their website a take a look at the live demo.