As the trees continued shedding their leaves, this week saw another one of those seminal events in our lives. One of those "I remember exactly where I was when it happened" moments. Just like that night almost a year ago, when Barack Obama won the election, this day too shall be spoken of and passed down from generation to generation.
Of course, I am speaking of the launch of a new operating system from Microsoft.
For those of you with, you know... lives, the launch of Windows 7 may have slipped by you. Don't sweat it. You didn't miss much. Sure, Windows 7 is being heralded (by Microsoft) as the best Microsoft operating system since Windows XP, but the truth is, the boys in Redmond are clinging to old computing paradigms like grim death.
Don't take my word for it. Read the excellent account of Microsoft's slow fade-to-black by Ashlee Vance in this past Sunday's New York Times.
Unfortunately for all of us, Haiku Harry did not get the memo that nobody gives a rat's ass about the last few farts from a dying dinosaur like Microsoft. Harry got caught up in the awesome power of Microsoft's mighty marketing machine and spent the week camping out in front of his local Best Buy, so he could be first in line to buy a copy of Windows 7. He set up camp on Sunday night. On Thursday morning, he was still the only person in line. Cold, dejected and humiliated, he quietly went home without buying anything.
As such, he missed a whole week of news and is basically phoning in (with an iPhone) this week's abbreviated Haiku Friday.
Balloon Boy a SHAM!
The media is ashamed!!
Stay tuned for details!!!
Bankers' pay is capped.
Wall Street: "But we'll lose the best!"
New Windows arrives.
Ballmer says: "It's the best yet."
Google is NOT scared.
Fear not. Harry has learned his lesson and will go back to camping out ONLY for important events, like U2 tickets and any product release from Apple.