I Love Microsoft
(don't read if you are biased towards flightless birds
): Ask me about my OS and I will look at you as though you were sleeping in a cave (something quite popular around the digital ranch). With the exception of my father (who would never deny his hatred for all things MS), and Mike (who for some strange reason has become a Mac fan in recent years), I know of no person who doesn't use Microsoft products. Although, I also don't know of anyone who uses as much of it as I do. I drive around with my laptop open using MapPoint which I use at night to build some pretty fun stuff. It wasn't cheap, but it has become an essential tool. Mary wanted an org chart for some school thing and I was able to show her how to use Visio, which she didn't even know I had on her laptop. I publish my web site with Frontpage. I do my mail with Outlook. I chat with Messenger, and I am developing a training session with NetMeeting (albeit an older version). I do my business presentations in PowerPoint (and I rock with that!), I work on my latest novel in Word. I track my activity with my clients in Excel. I own a Samsung i730 because I wanted a Pocket PC instead of one of those stupid Palm OS things. I use MS Reader to read books on it. I live the Microsoft life!
But, this post isn't just about how the digital guy spends his time, but why I love Microsoft. This blog is part of that equation. Look down the page at the post on Friday, March 10 entitled "IE7 Bug". I wasn't' really bashing the boys from Redmond, simply making a comment that the new browser wouldn't let me post on Blogger. Well, low and behold (love that expression - its so Kentuckian) I get an e-mail last night from a guy named Dean with a "Windows.Microsoft.com" telling me that I need to download the latest update on IE7 (March release). Well Dean, I did and this is the result. Awesome!
Can you imagine if everyone had customer service like this? Had I called I might have expected that kind of response, but for a company to be so proactive as to seek out those who had problems and suggest a fix is beyond the imagination. I am not sure if Dean was actually looking for web sites with fantastic photography and stumbled across mine, looking to steal great domain names, such as TheDigitalLife.net, or if he goggled "IE7 Bug Blogger" and found me at #12. It really doesn't matter (but the photography one would kind of be nice). Maybe Bill Gates said, "Hey, I remember this kid who used to hang out near my place at the Boys Club downtown. Word is that he is a real Microsoft nut. Dean, see if you can help him. Team, let's rebuild this thing so Rick and post on Blogger." Okay, probably the Google thing is the most logical.
Well Dean, thanks a ton, it is working perfectly. Tell Bill I am still sorry about that illegally copied version of DOS 4.11, didn't realize that it was wrong at the time. If you are ever in the need for some great cave exploring, look me up.
Does MS offer supplemental insurance for its employees? Had to ask.