Taiwan loses historical site

Today my sister-in-law called us to say hi as usual. She spoke to her sister for a while, then my wife turned to me and informed me that Chaing Kai Shek’s summer home on Yang Ming Mountain was burned to the ground last night.

Taiwan’s president Chen Shui Bian has been engaged in a campaign to erase an important piece of Taiwan’s history from modern day life. I do not dare to try to educate anyone on any of this, except to say that Chaing Kai Shek is pretty much the founder of the Taiwan we have today. I find it odd that the president chooses to ignore his importance by erasing his name from monuments, buildings and anything else that carries his name. They have talked about removing the wall from CKS Memorial Hall as well.

The next move… CKS’ Summer House on Yang Ming Mountain burns down in what is a suspected arson.

It makes you wonder. At one time, I thought Chen Shui Bian was doing well for Taiwan – now I think just the opposite. It’s not just this incident that makes me wonder – it was also the attempted assassination during his re-election campaign (the bullet just grazed him at practically point blank range) when he was losing in the polls and other things that make one wonder.

In memoriam, I have reposted some of the pictures of the CKS Summer House when we visited last October. The pictures are reposted here, in my Asian Albums site.

This a terrible loss for my favorite tropical island.

Statue of Chaing Kai Shek

Microsoft is dead

The hot post today that has the blogosphere churning is this essay by Paul Graham entitled “Microsoft is Dead.”

I like the way the author of this post has just suddenly realized that Microsoft’s business model is in trouble. I had an epiphany much like this while I was in the very den of the mothership itself. While standing on the third floor of building 25 in Microsoft’s Redmond campus… fighting with their products to get some test data put through on our… unusual deployment of their products… came the word that Apple went Intel. That’s when I had the epiphany: Microsoft is toast. Thus begins their slow, painful demise as people wake up to the innovations happening elsewhere. Microsoft’s lack of supporting standards and their blind eye toward security… combined with failing in just about every endeavour except Windows and Office… was finally starting to do them in.

I pictured crowds of people looking around with sudden surprised, shocked looks and little idea bulbs sprouting over their heads – much like the Truth commercials about smoking.

It’s a revolution of sorts. I changed to Mac once I could get my hands on an Intel Mac and haven’t looked back. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – it’s my single best weapon against my daily fight. My ability to support every operating system with one machine has been a blessing to me. Top that off with dreamy hardware and you have a match made in heaven.

Apple’s move to Intel was the start.

Rather funny: I recently had a Microsoftie brag to me that Apple was going to get out of the software business completely because they had realized they lost. Leopard (OS X 10.5) was going to be their last revision of the OS. There was to be no more iWork and iLife after ’07. The Zune was going to kill the iPod, etc.

Talk about drinking some serious Kool-Aid.