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Inside of the (hypothetical) Microsoft Store

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About week ago Microsoft has officially announced that it will open his first reatil store as early as Fall this year. What’s more, as the comany’s COO said, the firs MS shop will open just next door to the Apple flagship iStore. And how will it look inside?

Gizmodo has just published some concpetual visuals of the shop prepared by the Lippincott branding company. According to this this concept, the shop is divided on few zones, dedicated to particular products, for example Windows OS, Xbox 360, PC’s or Home Media Centre. Whole shop would be surrounded by the interactive wall, on which You would see information about promotions, coming-up workshops and demos. If You would have any problems, You should hit the Answer Bar (vide Genius Bar @Apple), where the employees of the store would answer your questions.

Moreover in the shop You could not only buy things, learn something or look for help, but even make your own private birthday party.

Here are some pics, more in the gallery here.

Should You have any questions, hit the Answer Bar

Should You have any questions, hit the Answer Bar

The shop would be divided on few product specific zones

The shop would be divided on few product specific zones

Interactive Wall would inform You about what's happening in the shop

Digital Wall running all around the shop would inform You about what's happening in the shop

Written by Malgosia Minta

July 25, 2009 at 8:36 am

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On Dispappearing Books (and Apology that doesn’t matter)

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kindle1Last few days have belonged to Kindle. But, unfortunately, the reason of the huge buzz around Amazon’s gadget wasn’t so nice. Last week some Kindle owners found out that some of the books they had downloaded have been erased form their devices. The funniest thing is that one of the disappearing titles was “1984” by George Orwell. Magic? Malfunction? No. The reason stated by Amazon was simpler – the books were erased as the bookstore had stopped to sell them (Amazon says that the publishers haven’t right for the books). And the fact that  people had bought those e-books and payed for them with real money hadn’t matter at all! Thinking alike, You could imagine that the delivery man from Amazon could come to your home and – without asking – take away books from your shelf. Personally I would kill for that. So it wasn’t surprising that in few seconds  Amazon have became a “big bad wolf” in hi-tech world. And, You know, it has deserved it. Though I am a gadget fan(atic?;-) I love books and the idea sitting beside it. I don’t like to borrow them, I like to know, that they are on the shelves, waiting to be pick in every possible moment. Finding out that the book You have is not there – it is like losing person You know You can always call. But Amazon don’t know that, I guess.

This Thursday Jeff Bezos, Kindle’s father and Amazon’s CEO has posted an apology , saying taht he is very very sorry for the whole mess and that Amazon’s solution was “stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles” and that they “will use the scar tissue from this painful mistake to help make better decisions going forward, ones that match our mission”.

My guess is that Kindle owner won’t forgive so quickly and forget about the whole accident.  Sorry Jeff, your apology doesn’t count to much. And if had an ambition to became another Steve Jobs (or at least someone second to Steve Jobs) with cool company behind and a nice looking, trendy gadget to offer – ooops, this might be quite hard now.

Written by Malgosia Minta

July 24, 2009 at 3:18 pm

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40 years ago…

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OK, it won’t be a surprising post. But I think it is impossible to skip some subjects and pretend they don’t exist. Ladies and Gentlemen – 40 years ago we have stepped on the moon for the first time. Now we know that Apollo 11 mission and the whole space race thing was more for show-off than for science. Many argue that overall cost of the Moon expeditions was totally disproportionate to the amount of scientific knowledge. And of course some still don’t believe at Moon landing at all and that those brillinat pictures were made during some big show made by Hollywood FX specialist.

Was it good or bad that we have decided to hit the Moon? Did that expedition and many afterwards have any sense at all? IMHO You can’t be judge here. As far as my opinion is concern – I don’t perceive the Apollo 11 mission as a technology triumph or the final proof of human courage and braveness.
For me the space programs – the old one and the one runnig now – are the essence of very human characteristic – curiosity. And in my opinion appeasing of this curiosity is a fine justification for all our cosmic ideas.

In the 40th Anniversary of the Moon landing, when Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were fighting to stuck US flag in the powdery surface of the Silver Globe, 13 astronauts are hanging somewhere above, on the board of ISS, with their toilet broken and food flying around them.

I am wondering: What were people thinking 40 years ago, watching Armstrong in TV? That in 2009 average American family would spend each summer holidays in Space? Or at least that the Moon will be a popular spot for getting marry?

Well, it seems that Space has occurred to be more harsh to conquer that we have previously And it is still a huge challenge for us to go there with no bad surprises and live and work there as we would do on Earth.

But IMHO, even it occurred to be harder that we have suspected, we should be keeping trying. Why? Just to prove that we are human – curious the world around us, keen on going where no one has been before and somehow irrational in our dreams.

And for dessert – some nice present from NASA

I would like to apologize that I haven’t been here for so long. Life, You know. But I promise to be better and write at least every 2 days.

Written by Malgosia Minta

July 21, 2009 at 11:12 am

Posted in Nauka