Microsoft and Adobe

Microsoft executives met with Adobe executives, and apparently, topic of merger was discussed.

Makes sense,from business standpoint, but I get chills once I imagine the result:

Microsoft Photoshop CS7 Service Pack 3 build 4398

I can see a mass suicide by photographers and designers, lead by the especially sensitive/creative  souls (the Mac users of Photoshop soft) 😉

So appropriate:

Read today: “Free spirit” of Silicone Valley impressed Medvedev

Apparently, President Medvedev was impressed by the “free spirit” he found during his visit to California. And now, he wants to “import” it into what Russia hails as their version of Silicone Valley. Best of luck, Mr. Put Medv Putvedev- aside from the choreographed and scripted orgasmic flashes of admiration of  Mr. Putvedev himself, the concept of “free spirit” is generally associated with a result of distillery, not a philosophical and social concept.

Andre Geim, this year’s Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, poured some cold water on the overheated russian PR machine which was flying colors along the lines of “Russian scientists win Nobel Prize”:

“…in an interview with “Ekho Moskvy,” the Sochi-born Geim — who holds a Dutch passport and works at a British university — said he had no intention of becoming Skolkovo’s poster boy.

‘It’s stupid to import big names,” he said. “You need to grow your own.'”

Yes, this year’s Nobel prize laureates were born in Russia, and while one could credit the education system they went through as the main contributing factor, that system doesn’t exist anymore, and no misguided attempts to resurrect it will help.

Unfortunately, “growing your own” would take time, and time-consuming investments are not very popular among politicians.

Read today: Ballmer on tablets:

Steve Ballmer thinks that tablets are tomorrow.

From Q&A with CNET

Tablets are clearly an important piece of the consumer puzzle. You guys have had tablets forever, but one of the things that makes the iPad compelling is its really long battery life and instant-on abilities. Can full-blown Windows slim down fast enough or do you see a need for, say, a grown up Windows Phone device that is bigger?

Ballmer: I think probably the things of tomorrow are best left for tomorrow and the things of today are best discussed today. So today, I will focus on Windows Phone.”
Ironic, given that Microsoft has had a tablet for years now. I’m not a target customer for a tablet – I do fine with a laptop and a B&N Nook for now, but given that iPad sells faster than iPhone in the first year, I’d say tablets are “today”, not “tomorrow”.