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"I've never seen a number that reads 0 from that prediction"

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The reality of software patents, from a pseudonymous employee in Microsoft's future planning think-tank:

Right now anything you make violates someone's software patent. Nothing you do will not violate something someone holds. ... MS has a huge legal team that will do an evaluation before something is released to see what the predicted cost of infringement will be. I've never seen a number that reads 0 from that prediction, even for the smallest of features.

Microsoft Log Parser 2.2

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Fantastic utility for running SQL against log files (or directories of log files) in half a dozen formats.

Windows Live Writer

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Best XML-RPC blogging tool I've ever used, even including (somehow?) a live preview in the blog's template.

Small things, links and miscellany, sparkling with light. Sam's tumblelog.

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