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August 07, 2006

808080808, reprise

From the Seattle Times, inside an article titled "Microsoft presentation goes from bad to worse":

Those digits should be familiar to Microsoft historians. The Intel 8080 was the chip inside the Altair 8800, the PC introduced in 1975. The Altair BASIC programming language, built by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, is the product on which Microsoft was founded, and 8080 is honored in Microsoft's main corporate number: 425-882-8080.

More from that article:
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In a roomful of analysts and reporters, Boettcher tried to write a letter to his mother on Vista, using only his voice. The result was one of the worst Microsoft product demonstrations in recent memory.

Boettcher began by saying, "Dear Mom," but Vista couldn't understand. Repeated attempts to correct it failed. Eventually, the letter to Mom went like this: "Dear Aunt, let's set so double the killer delete select all."

Posted by tplambeck at 03:50 PM

808080808

Another number in the news, this time in the financial pages.

Who's the wiseacre in the Redmond CFO office?

Posted by tplambeck at 12:42 PM

Mathematical headline of the day

100 CHEESE WORKERS WIN $208M LOTTERY

link

Posted by tplambeck at 10:14 AM

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