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October 21, 2004

Mini-Microsoft, lean-and-mean

"We all realized then how bad things were. I continued adventuring, but it seemed hollow. I fought only the symptoms, leaving the disease itself unchecked. I despised myself; my sham crusade. Knowing mankind's problems, I'd blinded myself to them. I felt helpless against forces greater than any I'd anticipated. Too cowardly to confront my anxieties, I had life's black comedy explained to me by the Comedian himself...[he] opened my eyes. Only the best comedians accomplish that."

- Adrian Veidt, in Watchmen by Alan Moore.

Mini-Microsoft is a great blog about Microsoft. Well-written, hilarious, yet disarmingly perceptive. It's the blog I wish I could write, if I were writing anonymously.

I wrote on a similar concept 3 1/2 years ago, about how Microsoft should not be doing the Xbox (this was 7 months before the Xbox shipped). Unfortunately it was written for a website that is now defunct, so that copy was pulled out of Google's cache. But some of the discussion is still around (here and here), although again the best ranting about me was on Xbox fansites that are now pushing electronic daisies.

My point, then as now, was not about whether Microsoft would make the Xbox a good and/or successful product; it was that Microsoft had other fish to fry. Back then I wrote "If Microsoft really wanted to do the Xbox, they should've done it as a PCI plug-in card, and used it to design and validate a new "DirectGaming" API for the Windows platform". That's what Microsoft is doing (minus the PCI card) with the XNA project, so there is hope, of a sort. But it's 3 1/2 years and $1 billion later.

Posted by AdamBa at October 21, 2004 08:17 AM

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Posted by: Mini-Microsoft at October 22, 2004 06:22 PM