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office | Jason E. Shao

Microsoft & Desktop Web Apps

Hmm… been a while since I vanity blogged 🙂 I was using my Mac with the Universal Access panel’s VoiceOver turned on (which is really annoying if you don’t tweak the verbosity settings) as part of some accessibility testing that I was doing with Sakai. An interesting side-effect of my testing came when Microsoft’s MyDay ...

“Blackboard may lose its patent…”

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a preliminary decision Tuesday that would invalidate Blackboard Inc.’s patent on its e-learning management systems. (Via

Blackboard Won. Making the case for open source

Blackboard Won:This just in A Texas jury has found Kitchener software company Desire2Learn Inc. guilty of infringing on an American competitor’s patent.The verdict, announced this afternoon, allows Blackboard Inc. to demand a ban on sales of Desire2Learn’s products in the United States. (Via e-Literate.)Michael F. isn’t the only one who’s speechless at this decision. The ...

New Macbook Pro

Got a new Macbook Pro (gotta add the pro at the end) at work, and have literally spent the whole day adding in all the stuff I “need” to make it my own development box. It’s amazing how much stuff you end up with that you quickly come to rely on. My short list seems ...

Ballmer says Google’s hiring pace is ‘insane’

Ballmer says Google’s hiring pace is ‘insane’ Google also is reliant on a single source of revenue, Ballmer said. The company made almost all of its revenue last year from advertising sales. “They’re still really one business, and it’s a search and advertising business,” he said. Google’s other efforts have been “cute,” he said. I’m ...

AboutMe

Professional Currently I am serving as VP Engineering at Offerpop, where we’re looking to transform marketing from broadcast messaging to social conversations. A graduate of Rutgers University, I’d previously served as VP Engineering at PlaceIQ, exploring the frontiers of location-based intelligence. Prior to that I served as: VP of Technology at PulsePoint, where we built and enhanced an ...

Gainfully Employed

Gainfully Employed
As you can see by the orgchart above, I have accepted an offer of employment from Rutgers University Office of Information Technology. I’m working full-time as of 1/26/2005, and will be working on the myRutgers Portal among other projects. You can see me reporting to the “vacant” box in the lower right hand corner. Although ...

Why I’m a Mac User

[Richard Scoble](http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011/) of Microsoft asked: > “Mark: tell me what you can do on a Mac that you can’t do on a PC? > Give me, say, five examples. Here’s your chance to do some great > advertising for Apple. The kind they can’t buy.” While I don’ feel the zealous need to defend my ...

Plagiarism Detectors

A survey of around 350 undergraduates found nearly 25% had copied text from another source at least once. A new service that can scan 4.5 billion web pages is now online so that lecturers can check the originality of the work submitted by students. I wonder how much of this plagiarism would be avoided if ...

Cut-Rate Windows ‘XP Starter Edition’

Last summer, in response to the success that Linux was having in the Thai marketplace, Microsoft began offering Thai citizens a Thai-localized bundle of Microsoft Windows XP Home and Office XP Standard. As part of the deal, Microsoft also stripped out some unspecified features from both products and slashed the price for the pair to ...