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SuperSite Blog Daily Update: December 7, 2010

Good afternoon.

This food poisoning episode might be something else entirely. I'm mostly better, still a bit off, but my daughter was up all night puking her guts out, so she's home today. So I have no idea what this is. The world's fastest-acting stomach flu? Who knows?


Despite it's love affair with Apple, I continue to trust Consumer Reports. And this week, it released the results of a survey of almost 60,000 readers regarding smart phones. And the results suggest that the public, at least, has fallen for the "it's all AT&T's fault" with regards to the iPhone's reception problems: AT&T was tied for the worst-rated wireless network in the US, according to those readers. But here's the thing. Since switching from the iPhone to Windows Phone, I've had none of the reception issues on AT&T that used to dog me before. I'm just one person, of course. But my experience suggests that at least part of the blame falls on Apple.


Andy Rubin, the "architect" of Google's Android OS for smart phones, had some cute comments about Windows Phone in a recent interview. Some of these comments are either completely clueless or a willful attempt to confuse the reader (i.e. "lie"):

He reserved a fair amount of venom for Microsoft, actually, disagreeing with their design decisions and mentioning that even the ultra-modern Windows Phone 7 is saddled with “this package of stuff that was invented before the Internet.” I suspect there’s plenty of legacy code in Google’s borrowed libraries as well, but that’s neither here nor there.

No offense, but that is both here and there: It's a lie. Windows Phone is not "saddled" by "legacy" code any more than Android is. In fact, the programming environment is based on a much more modern set of libraries--Silverlight and XNA--than is Android, which requires 1990's-era Java experience.

OK, I shouldn't be surprised that the father of Android is putting down Windows Phone--and he did call it a "decent 1.0" product, which sort of refutes the previously quoted comment--but I should point out that he was very complementary to Apple's iPhone. Which is based on OS X. Which is based on Free BSD. Which is based on legacy code that "was invented before the Internet." Sigh.


Matthew Miller has a nice overview of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Looking back on this Dell Inspiron Duo debacle, I see now that I should have just skipped this dog and gone with an Android device. In fact, the Duo is so horrible, I'm going to try and just return it to Dell.


Microsoft announced today that Office Web Apps is now available in 15 new countries: China, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Turkey. This brings the total number of countries to 26, or "more than one-third of all earthlings," according to Microsoft.


Microsoft announced new anti-tracking technologies for IE 9, which will appear in the RC version in "early 2011." I'll have a news story up shortly.


Google delayed Chrome OS-based netbooks to the middle of 2011. Again, I'll have  a news story up shortly.
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