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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012

What Google's doing with Quickoffice, and what it could mean for Microsoft and Apple

I'd hate to be a company looking for growth by selling a packaged office suite. Now Google is acquiring Quickoffice to bolster its mobile offerings. I'm not sure why they need it. Development of Google Docs / Google Drive seems to be moving rather rapidly on Android, though not so rapidly on the iPad, from what I can see. I have no idea about Docs/Drive on the iPhone.


According to Dignan, the Quickoffice acquisition is a pre-emptive strike against the mobile-office-suite ambitions of Microsoft in the form of Windows 8.

Given how Windows Phone 7 is doing (not well), I imagine that Microsoft is hoping to gain share in the tablet and ARM-based netbook spaces and use that leverage to pump some life into its phone business.

Where does that leave Apple? Sure, it has devices people want, but if the software isn't there and is, instead, in the hands of Google and Microsoft, it might be time for Tim Cook to partner up. I can't imagine that happening with Google/Android. So Microsoft? Optimized for Apple hardware? It's happened before.