The Obama administration strategy on federal websites. The hosting and bandwidth costs are typically covered in year-long (or longer) contracts. And it’s cheaper to keep a site unchanged than to change the site.
Bonus question: given the Obama administration’s War on Open Spaces, could they also perhaps put a wall up between the US and Mexico? Declare Mexico a national park and perhaps we’ll see President Obama do something good.
Steve Ballmer is planning to retire as Microsoft’s CEO. ZDNet has the low-down on many of the top candidates.
In the “would never happen” category, I nominate Scott Guthrie. He’s done a great job teaching about the various technologies he’s been involved with, and has a good track record in the development sphere.
Office 2013 will be per-computer, meaning that if you switch out your computer, you’ll need to buy a new license. As the author notes, this doesn’t really affect many people and probably won’t bring much revenue to Microsoft (if any at all), but does come at a relatively high price in terms of negative press.
Google Reader is shutting down as of July 1st. I have a couple hundred sites I monitor for updates, and Google Reader was wonderful for that. I guess I’ll have to use another service. Feedly might be an option, but I want something that I can use on any browser anywhere; that was a huge advantage that Google Reader had. I might have to put together something for myself instead.
Jeff Blankenburg is introducing office hours for assistance with your Windows 8-based apps. That’s a great use of a Microsoft evangelist’s time, and if you’re developing on that platform and in the Columbus area, hit him up.