Friday, August 14, 2009

Microsoft BITCHing About Firefox Downloads

Looks like M$ can't take a beating I guess. 1 Billion downloads of Firefox announcement has triggered off a bunch of comments from Redmond and they are not that great.
Specially the Amy Barzdukas, a general manager at Microsoft in charge of the company's Internet Explorer browser, has problem with numbers!
"As with any marketing statement, I'd encourage people to be somewhat skeptical about large number claims," she said. Yes specially with Microsoft ones!
Well I can give you some math Amy, I have a bunch of machine that run Microsoft OS, and I work with bunch others. First thing, even before firewalls and anti virus, I download Firefox and lately Chrome as well. I keep Internet Explorer around because I can't download stuff from Microsoft sites with firefox, like your MSDN. That sucks, Microsoft!
May be I should tell that to European Commission!
If Internet explorer was not bundled with OSs, I can gurentee that I would not download it. I also have blocked Internet Explorer from my windows updates! Because I do not need it.
You can read more at The Guardian

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Google Code Jam 2009 Announced.

Google Code Jam 2009, powered by Google App Engine, will let contestants compete in several 2½-hour online rounds. They will have a chance to resolve three to four difficult algorithmic problems during these rounds. You will be able to use the programming language and tools of your choice. Once the code is ready to run you will be able to decipher test data provided for the purpose. One wrong answer out of a hundred, you will have to rinse and repeat.

Registration is open as of today. But before registering, read the rules and after registering, begin to practice by trying out the problems from last year's contest. The qualification round starts on September 2. After four tough rounds of online competition, the top 25 competitors will be flown to our Mountain View headquarters to to match wits for the $5,000 first prize — and the title of Code Jam champion. Go break a logic.

Official Google Blog: Google Code Jam returns