Weekend tech reading: Nadella on opening Windows, one more April Fools video and 52 tech easter eggs

By Julio Franco
Apr 5, 2015
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  1. Microsoft at middle age, Opening Windows The ‘**** Windows’ strategy?” Back in the late 1990s, when Bill Gates was still Microsoft’s boss, any employee who had the temerity to suggest something that could possibly weaken the firm’s flagship operating system was sure to earn his wrath. Today the rules are different in Redmond. The new boss who took over last year, Satya Nadella, now tells his staff simply to “build stuff that people like”. Some of the things he has done would surely have been seen by his two predecessors as “**** Windows” strategies.

    Office, the company’s popular suite of word-processing, spreadsheet and other applications, now runs on mobile devices that use competing operating systems. The company is embracing free, “open-source” software, which it used to regard as anathema. At an event in San Francisco last October Mr Nadella showed a slide that read: “Microsoft loves Linux”. In contrast, Mr Ballmer once called the open-source operating system a “cancer”. The Economist

    Related read: Microsoft: An Open Source Windows Is ‘Definitely Possible’ Wired

    These are all the Steam Machines coming in 2015 We've been waiting for a long time for them (over a year in fact ... not like we're counting), and with every little leak comes the heart-wrenching news that we're going to have to wait a bit longer. Take heart fellow PC gamers, there's light at the end of the tunnel. Steam Machines have finally started to appear. Tech Radar

    April Fools Video Prank in Math Class I played a trick on my math class for April Fool's Day. In this one, I'm showing a "homework help" video that gets some trigonometry wrong. How embarrassing!

    Hatched: the 52 best easter eggs of the tech world They're the buried treasure equivalent of the technology world created by smart developers to boggle the mind, and hidden deep in your tech just for the fun of it. They might exist for a programmer’s own amusement, or just as a way to keep an in-joke alive. Welcome to the secret world of eggs: enjoy! Stuff

    'Revenge porn’ site runner gets 18 years in prison In a first-of-its-kind prosecution, the convicted operator of a “revenge porn” website was sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison, officials announced Friday. SFGate

    Apache -- 20 years of the world's favorite web server In 1995 a group of just 21 web masters got together to develop some server software. They became the Apache Group and today the project they started powers over 500 million websites, around half the internet. Betanews

    Apple Confirms: No Walk-In Purchasing for Apple Watch Well, we knew the Apple Watch was going to be sold in limited quantities on launch day—we just didn't know how limited, nor how long the limited supply might last. PC Mag

    Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims An Ask Reddit this week asked gamers to share the most f*cked up thing they had done in the title, and they didn't disappoint.  Here's some of the best responses… The Independent

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