My latest stories at the Guardian: Microsoft/Yahoo (doomed to fail!), hardcore games, Xbox problems and time travel
OK, here’s the latest. My column has been pushed aside a little by this Microsoft/Yahoo thing - where the problems of integrating the two systems go far beyond the simple problem of wiping out “Yahoo” and putting Microsoft there. How about getting rid of PHP and replacing it with ASP, or dumping FreeBSD for Windows Server - which it’s almost sure to do, isn’t it? Plus the fact that on the whole, mergers fail, and hostile takeovers don’t have a much better track record when it comes to preserving shareholder value for either side.
Plus, at the end, the two sides are going to be left with what looks like the second-best technology in pretty much every field except photo sharing. And even there, do you trust Microsoft not to throw the wrong baby out with the bathwater? Can it be ruthless in killing the things that don’t work in MSN/Live, and keep the good ones from Yahoo? History isn’t encouraging.
Trying to put two companies together almost always leads to tears, the destruction of value and, of course, job losses, and the result is never quite as good as the separate pieces
Which is the leading next-generation console company? Is it Sony, with its energy-sucking PlayStation 3? Or Microsoft, the new adult on the block?
The high failure rate of the original version of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 games console is principally due to the graphics processor unit getting too hot and warping the motherboard, claims an anonymous source within Microsoft
You’ve got your dream job in central London. You’re prepared to travel for between 30 and 60 minutes to get to it. You’ve also got enough money to put a deposit on a house. Where do you start looking?
- These posts might be related (the database thinks..):
- Great insults of our time (3 April 2007; score: 75.45%)
- My latest at the Guardian: any challenge for Microsoft/Yahoo? And some free our data stuff (7 February 2008; score: 53.92%)
- Sorry, but I'm not sympathetic to the Guardian's gap blogger (21 February 2008; score: 49.94%)