Posts Tagged ‘co-founder’

Microsoft Co-founder Dings Windows 8 As ‘Puzzling, Confusing’

October 2nd, 2012 10:13 admin View Comments


CWmike writes “Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has called Windows 8 ‘puzzling’ and ‘confusing initially,’ but assured users that they would eventually learn to like the new OS. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, left the company in 1983 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. In a post to his personal blog on Tuesday, Allen said he has been running Windows 8 Release Preview — the public sneak peak Microsoft shipped May 31 — on both a traditional desktop as well as on a Samsung 700T tablet, designed for Windows 7. ‘I did encounter some puzzling aspects of Windows 8,’ Allen wrote, and said the dual, and dueling user interfaces (UIs), were confusing. ‘The bimodal user experience can introduce confusion, especially when two versions of the same application — such as Internet Explorer — can be opened and run simultaneously,’ Allen said.”

Source: Microsoft Co-founder Dings Windows 8 As ‘Puzzling, Confusing’

Lab-Grown Leather Could Be a Reality In 5 Years

September 25th, 2012 09:41 admin View Comments


fangmcgee writes Lab-grown leather apparel could hit the runways in as little as five years—all without harming a hair on a single animal’s head, according to Andras Forgacs, co-founder and CEO of Modern Meadow, a Missouri-based startup that’s approaching meat-and-leather production from a tissue-bioengineering, rather than farming, point of view. Backed by Breakout Labs, the grant-awarding foundation headed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, Modern Meadow seeks to combine regenerative medicine with three-dimensional printing to synthesize leather and ultimately meat.”

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OpenStack Board Member Says Adding VMware Was a Mistake

September 17th, 2012 09:52 admin View Comments


BButlerNWW writes “VMware is in OpenStack now, but not everyone thinks that’s such a good idea. One member of the newly created OpenStack Board of Directors says allowing VMware into the open source cloud project was a ‘huge mistake’ that could damage the project’s market perception. Boris Renski is co-founder of OpenStack integration consultancy Mirantis and he says every enterprise he’s worked with so far has been interested in OpenStack because they view it as an alternative to VMware. The board’s vote earlier this month has now muddled the differences, he says. ‘If OpenStack isn’t an alternative to VMware, then what the hell is it?’ Renski says.”

Source: OpenStack Board Member Says Adding VMware Was a Mistake

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Detained In Sweden

September 15th, 2012 09:52 admin View Comments


wiredmikey writes “The co-founder of The Pirate Bay filesharing website was detained in Sweden on Friday, days after his deportation from Cambodia, officials said. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 27, faces a one-year prison sentence for promoting copyright infringement in his home country. He current detention is for an investigation into his involvement in the hacking of a Swedish IT firm named Logica. He was arrested in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on August 30 at Stockholm’s behest and expelled late on Monday.”

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Did Sweden Pay Cambodia For the Pirate Bay Co-founder?

September 5th, 2012 09:33 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “At the start of this month, news broke that The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm had been arrested in Cambodia. A bunch of updates followed, including that Svartholm would be deported to Sweden, and that the two countries of course collaborated on his capture. The latest tidbit, as of today, is the craziest one yet: Sweden essentially paid Cambodia tens of millions of dollars. The Government of Sweden has agreed to give 400 million Swedish Kronor ($59.4 million) to Cambodia for various reasons, including democratic development, human rights, education, environment protection, climate change, sustainable development, and poverty reduction. You name it (just don’t say international arrests).”

Source: Did Sweden Pay Cambodia For the Pirate Bay Co-founder?

Senators To Unveil the ‘Ex-Patriot Act’ To Respond To Facebook’s Saverin

May 17th, 2012 05:27 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has a status update for Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin: Stop attempting to dodge your taxes by renouncing your U.S. citizenship or never come to back to the U.S. again.” See this earlier story on Saverin’s plan to make the leap out of the U.S. tax system.

Source: Senators To Unveil the ‘Ex-Patriot Act’ To Respond To Facebook’s Saverin

Wozniak Calls For Open Apple

May 14th, 2012 05:05 admin View Comments


aesoteric writes “Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has voiced a renewed desire to see the company open its architecture to the masses, allowing savvy users to expand and add to their products at will. However, Wozniak qualified his desire for a more open Apple by arguing that openness should not impinge on the quality of the products themselves. He also sees any change of heart on openness as a challenge when Apple continues to rake in huge cash with its current model.”

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Google Shutting Out Rivals, Claims Russian Search Engine Yandex

April 21st, 2012 04:19 admin View Comments

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suraj.sun writes “Ilya Segalovich, co-founder of Russia’s leading search engine, Yandex, has accused Google of abusing its dominance to shut out competitors in cyberspace. Responding to comments made to the Guardian by Sergey Brin, the Google co-founder, about threats to the open internet, Ilya Segalovich described the U.S. search giant’s popular smartphone platform, Android, as a ‘strange combination of openness and not openness,’ and its Chrome web browser as anti-competitive. Segalovich said that Brin should explain Google’s ‘semi-open’ approach to search competitors before accusing others of endangering the unfettered internet, and suggested Google was guilty of foul play with its Chrome browser, which picks the company’s own search engine as default for users, rather than offering a choice between rivals including Yahoo, Bing and Yandex.”

Source: Google Shutting Out Rivals, Claims Russian Search Engine Yandex

Woz Fears Stifling of Startups Due to Patent Wars

April 9th, 2012 04:03 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says that Apple and other tech companies’ patent hoarding could prevent entrepreneurs doing the same thing that he and Steve Jobs did in starting a computer company in a garage. Woz also says the jury is still out on Tim Cook as the right CEO to lead Apple forward after Steve Jobs.” He still gives Apple a bit of a break: “Apple is the good guy on the block of all of them,” he says. “It is creating so much and is so successful and it is not just following the formulas of other companies – [Apple is] totally establishing new markets that didn’t exist.”

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Blue Gecko is an 11 Year Old Remote Database Administration Startup (Video)

April 3rd, 2012 04:49 admin View Comments


A company that has been going since 2001 is not exactly a startup, but Blue Gecko co-founder Sarah Novotny says that maintaining a startup mindset has helped her company keep going this long, with no end in sight. If you are thinking about starting an IT business (either now or in the future), especially one you hope will have remote clients and possibly a far-flung workforce, you should listen carefully to what Sarah has to say.

Source: Blue Gecko is an 11 Year Old Remote Database Administration Startup (Video)