Stories by Stephen Manes

Microsoft TV: Too True to Be Funny!

Some stuff you can't make up. In April, Mediaweek really did report that at a Microsoft event, MSN's Gayle Troberman announced new online TV concepts. Among them: In Need of Repair, described as "a male-skewing home improvement series featuring a pai...

25 years ago: free, easy, software begins

Twenty-five years ago, a writer named Andrew Fluegelman became the editor of a new magazine--this one. He was already something of a celebrity in the wider world of personal computing as the father of "freeware," a concept that he had popularized, st...

Standards: A tech user's best friend

In a massive housecleaning a few weeks ago, I rediscovered my beloved TRS-80 Model 100, the first notebook I ever bought. Maxed out to 32KB (no misprint), it cost over US$1,000 (AUD$1274) back in 1983. But was its memory as good as mine? I tossed in ...

PCs and music: Imperfect together?

Maybe Bill Gates and Steve Jobs want a computer at the hub of their home entertainment systems. Maybe you do, too. But excuse me for believing that the PC music hub is an idea whose time has not yet come.

Microsoft innovation -- an oxymoron

Saddling the latest version of your company's flagship product with a name that reminds old-timers like me of the Dodge Colt Vista or the even more ancient Oldsmobile Vista-Cruiser? At Microsoft, that's what passes for innovation. In his opening spee...

Smart software: It's still stupid

Who's smarter -- you or your software? Software inevitably thinks the answer is "Me!" because it's too stupid to know better. If software were a person, it would be a big, arrogant, passive-aggressive sociopath who pretends to be helpful but actually...

Specsmanship: The numbers do lie

The shame! You bought a 2.2-gigahertz computer the day before the 2.4-GHz model came out--with a 10 percent faster graphics card and a 20 percent faster hard drive! The humiliation! Or not. Take comfort in this axiom, a bit of deep philosophical wisd...

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