Stories by Michael Cooney

The Top 15 most colorful, controversial Microsoft statements ever

In the pantheon of controversial Microsoft comments CEO Steve Ballmer's recent quote about the Apple iPod: "There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It's a US$500 subsidized item," ranks right up there. But Between Ballmer and Chairman Bill Gates that comment would be hard pressed to crack the Top 15 all-time most controversial or even colorful things the two of them have uttered in the past oh, 20 years or so. These are my favorite quotes, there are many like them but these are mine:

IBM donates translation software for use in Iraq

IBM made the unprecedented move to donate 10,000 copies of its speech-translation software and 1,000 laptops to run the software to the U.S. government for use in humanitarian settings in Iraq.

Billionaire ex-Microsoft developer set for space travel

Next month, billionaire software developer Charles Simonyi, will become the fifth civilian to fly in space when he rockets to the international space station aboard a Russian Soyuz TMA-10 capsule. He will be joined by Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov and return to Earth 11 days later with the systems current orbiting crew -- Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and Spanish-born U.S. astronaut Miguel Lopez-Alegria, according to reports. Simonyi is spending more than US$20 million for the trip.

Security a top issue as teleworking grows

Security continues to dominate as IT's most pressing concern when it comes to supporting a large telecommuting workforce. But while security is a concern, teleworking, especially in the government realm, continues to grow at an impressive clip according to a study released by the CDW Government consultancy Monday.

IBM search tool targets flying saucers, ghosts, goblins

IBM wants to help you find out if UFOs are real. Well, sort of. With UFO sightings seemingly on the rise, Big Blue is teaming with The Anomalies Network to offer UFO Crawler, a new search engine specifically tuned to search for information about the paranormal, unexplained or just plain bizarre.

Telecommute. Kill a career?

Employees who frequently telecommute may damage or kill their chances to advance within a particular career.

Bill Gates the hotelier?

On the surface it may seem like a case of very strange bedfellows. But when Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and the world's richest man, today teamed up with Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, the world's eight richest person, to launch a US$3.7 billion bid for the Four Seasons Hotels group, it's not as odd a pairing as many might think.

IBM to spend $40M on Russian R&D lab

IBM put its money where its mouth is this week and said it would spend US$40 million over the next three years to hire 200 lab staffers and build an advanced technology laboratory in Russia.

Sears axes outsourcing contract

Sears this week killed a US$1.6 billion outsourcing deal with Computer Sciences, saying CSC failed to perform "certain of its obligations."