Microsoft抛弃MSN,转移到Skype

自从Microsoft以85亿美金收购了Skype后,旗下的两大通讯软件的整合就仅仅是时间问题了。果不其然,在11月6日Skype的Blog中发布了整合的消息:

We’ve got good news to share! Skype and Messenger are coming together. Millions of Messenger users will be able to reach their Messenger friends on Skype. By updating to Skype, Messenger users can instant message and video call their Messenger friends.

与此同时也提到Messenger将于明年第一季度在全球范围内停止运营。但非常有意思的是:中国大陆除外。

We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available).

并且随着Windows 8和新版本Office的推出,Microsoft预计可能会淡化掉Live品牌,并将其中的各种应用整合到操作系统与Office套件中,并将一些非核心业务进行一定的整合与剥离(例如当年将Live Space转移到Wordpress)。

Microsoft在中国继续运营Live Messenger(MSN),我自己认为可能与目前Skype在中国的混乱的现状有一定关系。

继续阅读“Microsoft抛弃MSN,转移到Skype”

Microsoft的黑屏事件越吵越热

Microsoft Logo Microsoft最近是深陷黑屏门事件中了。早些时候微软就透露出要在10月20日启动新的Windows XP和Office的正版验证计划,并且提到非正版的用户将每个一个小时”黑屏”一次,而非正版的Office用户将会出现非正版产品的提示。

不过微软这一次的举动却引起了极大的反响,简单总结一下,其原因大概有三点:第一是许多用户可能忍受不了微软改变屏幕墙纸,第二是这一次的反盗版行动感觉针对性太强,最后一点是过分的高调了。不过不同于上一次打击番茄花园的行动,这次微软似乎并没有在舆论上占到任何的便宜。从不同渠道的调查结果来看,60%-90%的用户都不买微软的帐,以至于网上开始流传恶搞微软黑屏门事件的视频和图片。似乎微软觉得自己在打击番茄花园的行动后有点得意忘形了。不过话说回来,口碑对于微软而言似乎也不是那么的重要了。

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446亿出价太低,Yahoo拒绝微软收购

untitled继2月1日微软提出收购Yahoo公司,包 括其全部的普通股票后,事件有了新进展。2008年2月11日,Yahoo公司正式宣布拒绝微软公司提出的446亿美元的收购计划。Yahoo公司仍然认为微软的446亿美元的出价过低,不符合Yahoo和品牌价值和其切身利益。

 

Yahoo公司称:Yahoo公司作为一个Internet的权且领先者,董事会和金融、法律顾问仔细研究了微软公司提案后一致决定该提案并不符合Yahoo和其股票持有者的利益。经过仔细的评估,董事会认为微软远远低估了Yahoo公司,以及其国际品庞大的全球用户数、广告平台的投入、未来增长前景、自由现金流和盈利潜力,以及大量的松散性投资中蕴含的价值价值。在这个快速成长的市场环境中,董事会将继续谨慎评估公司未来的战略选择,并致力为其股票持有者追求最大的利益。其官方原文如下:

YAHOO! BOARD OF DIRECTORS SAYS MICROSOFT’S PROPOSAL SUBSTANTIALLY UNDERVALUES YAHOO!

 

Sunnyvale, Calif., February 11, 2008 — Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today said the Yahoo! Board of Directors has carefully reviewed Microsoft’s unsolicited proposal with Yahoo!’s management team and financial and legal advisors and has unanimously concluded that the proposal is not in the best interests of Yahoo! and our stockholders.

 

After careful evaluation, the Board believes that Microsoft’s proposal substantially undervalues Yahoo! including our global brand, large worldwide audience, significant recent investments in advertising platforms and future growth prospects, free cash flow and earnings potential, as well as our substantial unconsolidated investments.

 

The Board of Directors is continually evaluating all of its strategic options in the context of the rapidly evolving industry environment and we remain committed to pursuing initiatives that maximize value for all stockholders.

 

Goldman, Sachs & Co., Lehman Brothers and Moelis & Company are acting as financial advisors to Yahoo!. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is acting as legal advisor to Yahoo!, and Munger Tolles & Olson LLP is acting as counsel to the outside directors of Yahoo!.

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微软446亿美金收购雅虎

untitled  美国东部时间当地2月1日上午,微软(Microsoft)公司宣以446亿美元的出价收购了全球最出名,同时也是访问量最大的网站——雅虎(Yahoo)。介于微软公司已经多次提出收购雅虎以及美国经济的疲软,美国政府应该不会否决这项收购案。所以这次收购将成为自微软公司成立以来最大的收购案。

微软公司将以每股31美元收购Yahoo所有普通股票,交易将以现金或换股的方式进行。按照纳斯达克1月31日的收盘价每股19.18美金计算,微软公司的收购溢价将高达61.62%。当日,Yahoo以每股28.67的价格开盘,涨幅较前一交易日上涨了49.47%。受此影响,美国三大股指曾一度上扬。

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Microsoft收购Yahoo也可以说是一种无奈之举,Microsoft在Internet竞赛中一直落后于其最大的竞争对手Google,所以同样是经营状况不佳的Yahoo就成了微软最佳的选择。在我看来,Yahoo和微软的合作是可行的,毕竟两者的服务定位还是有一定的差别的。微软可以靠Yahoo给MSN带来更大的流量,而与此同时Live Messenger软件与Yahoo通的互通,进一步控制IM市场。但Yahoo是否能真正融入微软,将成为最重要的问题,毕竟Yahoo也是一个有着悠久企业文化的老牌公司,收购是否会受到不同企业文化的影响现在还不得而知,但从下面这封Microsoft的CEO鲍尔默(Ballmer)给Yahoo的信可以看出,鲍尔默对这起收购还是很有信心的。

January 31, 2008

Board of Directors
Yahoo! Inc.
701 First Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Attention: Roy Bostock, Chairman
Attention: Jerry Yang, Chief Executive Officer

Dear Members of the Board:

I am writing on behalf of the Board of Directors of Microsoft to make a proposal for a business combination of Microsoft and Yahoo!. Under our proposal, Microsoft would acquire all of the outstanding shares of Yahoo! common stock for per share consideration of $31 based on Microsoft’s closing share price on January 31, 2008, payable in the form of $31 in cash or 0.9509 of a share of Microsoft common stock. Microsoft would provide each Yahoo! shareholder with the ability to choose whether to receive the consideration in cash or Microsoft common stock, subject to pro-ration so that in the aggregate one-half of the Yahoo! common shares will be exchanged for shares of Microsoft common stock and one-half of the Yahoo! common shares will be converted into the right to receive cash. Our proposal is not subject to any financing condition.

Our proposal represents a 62% premium above the closing price of Yahoo! common stock of $19.18 on January 31, 2008. The implied premium for the operating assets of the company clearly is considerably greater when adjusted for the minority, non-controlled assets and cash. By whatever financial measure you use – EBITDA, free cash flow, operating cash flow, net income, or analyst target prices – this proposal represents a compelling value realization event for your shareholders.

We believe that Microsoft common stock represents a very attractive investment opportunity for Yahoo!’s shareholders. Microsoft has generated revenue growth of 15%, earnings growth of 26%, and a return on equity of 35% on average for the last three years. Microsoft’s share price has generated shareholder returns of 8% during the last one year period and 28% during the last three year period, significantly outperforming the S&P 500. It is our view that Microsoft has significant potential upside given the continued solid growth in our core businesses, the recent launch of Windows Vista, and other strategic initiatives.

Microsoft’s consistent belief has been that the combination of Microsoft and Yahoo! clearly represents the best way to deliver maximum value to our respective shareholders, as well as create a more efficient and competitive company that would provide greater value and service to our customers. In late 2006 and early 2007, we jointly explored a broad range of ways in which our two companies might work together. These discussions were based on a vision that the online businesses of Microsoft and Yahoo! should be aligned in some way to create a more effective competitor in the online marketplace. We discussed a number of alternatives ranging from commercial partnerships to a merger proposal, which you rejected. While a commercial partnership may have made sense at one time, Microsoft believes that the only alternative now is the combination of Microsoft and Yahoo! that we are proposing.

In February 2007, I received a letter from your Chairman indicating the view of the Yahoo! Board that “now is not the right time from the perspective of our shareholders to enter into discussions regarding an acquisition transaction.” According to that letter, the principal reason for this view was the Yahoo! Board’s confidence in the “potential upside” if management successfully executed on a reformulated strategy based on certain operational initiatives, such as Project Panama, and a significant organizational realignment. A year has gone by, and the competitive situation has not improved.

While online advertising growth continues, there are significant benefits of scale in advertising platform economics, in capital costs for search index build-out, and in research and development, making this a time of industry consolidation and convergence. Today, the market is increasingly dominated by one player who is consolidating its dominance through acquisition. Together, Microsoft and Yahoo! can offer a credible alternative for consumers, advertisers, and publishers. Synergies of this combination fall into four areas:

Scale economics: This combination enables synergies related to scale economics of the advertising platform where today there is only one competitor at scale. This includes synergies across both search and non-search related advertising that will strengthen the value proposition to both advertisers and publishers. Additionally, the combination allows us to consolidate capital spending.

Expanded R&D capacity: The combined talent of our engineering resources can be focused on R&D priorities such as a single search index and single advertising platform. Together we can unleash new levels of innovation, delivering enhanced user experiences, breakthroughs in search, and new advertising platform capabilities. Many of these breakthroughs are a function of an engineering scale
that t
oday neither of our companies has on its own.

Operational efficiencies: Eliminating redundant infrastructure and duplicative operating costs will improve the financial performance of the combined entity.

Emerging user experiences: Our combined ability to focus engineering resources that drive innovation in emerging scenarios such as video, mobile services, online commerce, social media, and social platforms is greatly enhanced.

We would value the opportunity to further discuss with you how to optimize the integration of our respective businesses to create a leading global technology company with exceptional display and search advertising capabilities. You should also be aware that we intend to offer significant retention packages to your engineers, key leaders and employees across all disciplines.

We have dedicated considerable time and resources to an analysis of a potential transaction and are confident that the combination will receive all necessary regulatory approvals. We look forward to discussing this with you, and both our internal legal team and outside counsel are available to meet with your counsel at their earliest convenience.

Our proposal is subject to the negotiation of a definitive merger agreement and our having the opportunity to conduct certain limited and confirmatory due diligence. In addition, because a portion of the aggregate merger consideration would consist of Microsoft common stock, we would provide Yahoo! the opportunity to conduct appropriate limited due diligence with respect to Microsoft. We are prepared to deliver a draft merger agreement to you and begin discussions immediately.

In light of the significance of this proposal to your shareholders and ours, as well as the potential for selective disclosures, our intention is to publicly release the text of this letter tomorrow morning.

Due to the importance of these discussions and the value represented by our proposal, we expect the Yahoo! Board to engage in a full review of our proposal. My leadership team and I would be happy to make ourselves available to meet with you and your Board at your earliest convenience. Depending on the nature of your response, Microsoft reserves the right to pursue all necessary steps to ensure that Yahoo!’s shareholders are provided with the opportunity to realize the value inherent in our proposal.

We believe this proposal represents a unique opportunity to create significant value for Yahoo!’s shareholders and employees, and the combined company will be better positioned to provide an enhanced value proposition to users and advertisers. We hope that you and your Board share our enthusiasm, and we look forward to a prompt and favorable reply.

Sincerely yours,

/s/ Steven A. Ballmer

Steven A. Ballmer

Chief Executive Officer

Microsoft Corporation

不过现在还牵扯到另一个问题,Yahoo持有阿里巴巴40%的股份,已经算是大股东了。至于微软以后如何处理好和阿里巴巴的关系也是一个十分值得关注的。当然,如果微软公司想在网上交易和网络结算上超越Google甚至是eBay的话,和阿里巴巴的合作也应该是一个不错的选择。

不过我倒是希望Taobao能继续的办下去,这样我们才能买到物美价廉的商品,呵呵

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ThinkPad X60 升级内存

自从装了Vista,ThinkPad X60的1G(512MBx2)内存就有点吃不消了。Vista不装任何软件空载都要占500多MB的内存,优化后也仅仅好一点点。装上了ThinkPad的一些必要的软件,比如Acess Connection、EasyEject、FinghtPrint Reader等等,再加上常用的聊天软件MSN、Google Talk、TM等就开销掉了600-700MB的内存。剩下的300M在Vista下也做不了什么。IE7的内存开销也不小,就更不要提FireFox了,用上必要的Plug-in,消耗的内存比IE还要大……但Windows Vista代替Windows XP已是不可避免的趋势,所以解决方案只能是升级内存。

因为家里还有一台ThinkPad T43,运行Windows XP,只有256MBx2而且是DDR2 533,感觉和1G内存跑Vista一样慢。所以打算要是X60上多的内存条可以用在T43上。所以升级方案有好几种。

    1. X60加一根1G,变成1G+512=1.5G,T43升级为512MB DDR 667+256MB DDR 533=768M
      很夹生的方案,1.5G和1G没什么区别,照样不太够用,T43的667+533组合也很不协调,内存降频后内存延时不匹配,所以作罢。
    2. X60加一根2G,变成2G+512MB=2.5G,T43升级为512MB DDR 667+256MB DDR 533=768M
      2G和512MB虽然容量是足够大了,但做混合双通道不算很合适,容量相差太大了,而且T43照样是667+533,所以也不满意。
    3. X60升级为2Gx2,T43升级成512MBx2
      无论是双通道还是内存频率,这都是一个不错的组合。不过就目前而言64bit的Vista还不成熟,32bit的Vista再SP1前对4GB的内存不支持,多花的那个¥150划不来。而且4G对于X60来说”有点点”大了,对于T60/T61还差不多。
    4. X60升级为1G+2G=3G,T43升级成512MBx2=1G
      均为DDR667,且内存CL值相同,而且3G和1G的容量相对来说能满足需要,而且也不会有什么浪费。不过1G和2G的组合仍然是混合双通道,但有2G的内存作用在双通道上,所以问题也不大。

由此看来方案4的新购2G+1G比较合算。决定了方案以后节要决定采购了。Taobao是一个不错的选择,因为个人喜欢的Infineon/英飞凌(虽然前身是Siemens/西门子,现在是Qimonda/奇梦达)基本上只有在Taobao上才能弄到,可是最近湖北省和湖南省的大雪让快递变得比U.S. Post还慢……算了,管他Infineon,Samsung,在保证质量的前提下有什么牌子的内存就买什么牌子的吧。下午跑到唐靓那里问了一下,除了二线厂商和Hynix/现代的杂条外,基本上也就是那些常见的牌子。就还是选择了KingSton。现在KingSton的假货比较的多,所以尽管是在朋友那里拿货,但还是要验证一下。而且要去原厂验证,毕竟现在的800/400电话也不能让人放心。

不过一会,内存送过来了,抄下序列号,到KingSton的验证网站进行核对。KingSton的验证方式有点点特殊,验证结果并不是直接显示,而是由E-mail发送到自己的邮箱里面。不过那种方式倒不重要,只要能验证真假就行,呵呵。

下面是验证结果:

看起来是没有什么问题了。接着就是装机了。X60的内存条都在机器反面,不像T43/60/61还需要下掌托,拆卸都挺方便省了不少事。

 

 

2GB KingSton, Hynix/现代颗粒 CL5 1GB KingSton, Micron/美光
在网上没有查到HY5PS12821EFP-Y5的资料
但根据Hynix的代码规则可以得到5P:DDR2 SDRAM
S:VDD=1.8V & VDDQ=1.8V
12: 512M 8K Refresh
8: x8
2: 4Banks
1: SSTL_18
E:5th Gen.
F: FBGA Single Die
P: Lead free(ROHS* Compliant)
Y5: DDR2-667 5-5-5
颗粒的资料Density: 1Gb
Part Status: Production
RohS: Yes
Depth: 64Mb
Width: x16
Voltage: 1.8V
Package: FBGA
Pin Count: 84-ball
Clock Rate: 333 MHz
Cycle Time: 3ns
Op. Temp.: 0C to +85C
CL: CL = 5
Data Rate:
DDR2-667

均为FBGA封装,CL值都是5,不过相比之下,1G内存的走线是比2G的宽松多了。再看看Windows体验索引的分数

虽然总分只增加了0.1分,但所有和内存子系统有关联的部分都有加分,内存(RAM)部分增加了0.2分,Aero桌面性能和3D图形性能均有0.1分的加分,总计有0.4(13%)的性能提升,还是挺不错的。

再来看看任务管理器,随随便便就达到了1.5G的内存占用率,看起来大的内存对于Vista来说还是很重要的。而且看得出在开启了玻璃效果和Areo之后,随着开启窗口的增加,dwm.exe进程,即桌面窗口管理器进程的内存消耗量也是急剧的增加。所以在内存吃紧的机器上运行Vista还是要优先考虑关闭一些特效,以减少内存的占用。不过我现在是可以享受Areo的新体验,哈哈。

HP hx2495b 入手

今天终于拿到等待已久的HP hx3495b

第一件事情:刷机

HP的PPC都很好刷新的,我自己总结了一下,过会也发到自己的Blog上。

鉴于HP的不升级到WM6政策(Google上的消息),目前只能升级到WM5。

过程很简单,去HP中文官方网站下官方的ROM,大概20M-30M,然后Setup(似乎就是一个解压的过程)。

安装新版本Microsoft ActiveSync,老的版本可能不支持WM5。

连接PPC和PC,包括PPC的电源。升级时不可以断电。

运行安装的升级文件,升级程序会检测PPC的语言系统,非CHS版的系统会提示语言错误,然后退出。

分析一下:

1、 ROM没有上传到PPC,从系统开始Setup到提示错误时的用时很短,不足以上传一个ROM

所以:语言的鉴别不是由ROM文件完成的

2、 PC上的刷机软件目录里由数个和ROM无关的文件

所以:可以猜测语言的识别是靠官方刷机软件识别的。即不是同一语言就不上传ROM文件

以上两点说明一个问题:

ROM可能是通用的(同一型号的,但不同语言的机器),所以ROM是不用修改的,这样,官方的ROM最大程度的保证了系统的稳定。我们所要做的就是破解那个上传程序(即那个HP官方刷机软件)。

破解过程:

1、 用附件中的那两个文件代替刷机目录里面的hpRUU.exe和那个DLL文件就行。//此过程就破解了HP的上传软件。有兴趣自己也可以用软件去断那个DLL文件,运行升级时可以发现有一个EN(取决PPC本身的语言)的字符,强行改成CHS就行,不过是题外话,呵呵。

2、 同时按住机器的”联系人”和”邮件”按健不放,然后reset后(即硬重起后)按”日历”键进入Boot Loader 模式(即工程模式)。//工程模式在机器屏幕的左下角显示Boot Loader字样,背景是重起时的带HP Logo的蓝色画面(背景因机器而异)。我是在工程模式下刷的,不在工程模式下刷好像不能成功。

3、 当机器出现步骤2中的画面时,就可以再运行刷机程序,此时会发现可以通过语言的验证了,然后刷机软件会自动上传ROM到PPC,上传完后PPC会自动升级。//大约耗时数分钟,当时没看表,不过感觉还挺快的。

4、 完成后机器就是官方的CHS版了// 似乎官方版有一个微小的Bug,就是在iTask的设置里面是乱码”应该是繁体中文,HP忘了更改”,不过iTask本身已经是中文了。不过我仅仅有2495b,不知道起他的版本是不是一样的。

附:破解包(点击下载)

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名字:HP 更新程序RUU破解包.rar

MD5:89762f0f72401af5d463bb5ac4c2e9e0

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升级过程就这么简单

完成后就是官方的版本了

http://sluttery.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!3569FEA80C717FD4!3615.entry

老汉的Blog给了我很多的提示,你也可以多看看,是当初在Google上搜索关于HP WM升级时搜到的。

其他的测试和应用过断时间再发