That a software launch could have such an effect reflects the sheer dominance of Windows and the vast "ecosystem'' of tech companies that depend on the software giant's fortunes. Some make Windows computer hardware; others produce software that runs alongside Windows; others sell Windows-related products, or install and maintain them. Those companies are affected when a new version of the Microsoft operating system, its core product, is a hit or a miss.
Companies will sell an extra $110 billion in goods because of the release.
Related: Why aren't there more banner ads on Web sites like the ones Apple puts on the New York Times? Like this one yesterday:
2) It's been a year since the election of Barack Obama and nine months since he took office and the natives are restless, the New York Times says.
"I'm afraid I wasn't realistic," Ms. Pauline McAreavy, 76, a retired school nurse, said on a recent morning on the deck of her home here in east-central Iowa. "I really thought there would be immediate change," she said. "Sometimes the Republicans are just as bad as Democrats. But it's politics as usual, and that's what I voted against."
"All my Republican friends -- and independents -- are sitting back saying, 'Oh, what did we do?" Ms. McAreavy said. "I'm not to that point yet, but a lot of people are."
The article's theme is people wanted change and didn't get it, but it makes no mention of exactly what change. The story focuses on Republicans and Independents and suggests that if they had to do it over again, they'd vote for McCain. Be sure to watch the video.
The question: Were people unrealistic in their expectations? Or were they let down?
Here are three races in the country to watch today which could signal whether there's a significant political shift going on.
3) Tip: When you raise your hand to be sworn in in a courtroom, raise all of your fingers.
4) Tell the truth. You didn't expect to wake up today and be smitten by the mating habits of the spatuletail hummingbird, did you? Ain't life grand?
In other news, sales of Viagra are down, but sales of testosterone products already on the market have rocketed 25% in the 12 months ending in June, to just under $1 billion, BusinessWeek reports.
5) One of the newspapers out west -- I think it was the Sioux Falls Argus Leader -- once had catchy headlines for obituaries, worth cutting out. One, for example, announced a woman's death and then declared, "purple was her favorite color." Another said, "enjoyed her fax machine." It was a daily lesson in introspection, requiring us to ask what one sentence would we want to sum up our lives.
I ask this today as we mourn the death of 87-year-old Robert Rines, seeker of the Loch Ness Monster.
Bonus: What's with the rash of I-lost/found-a-wedding-ring-on-Halloween stories? Some kids in Blaine say they found one. A guy in Vancouver says he lost his, as did a woman in Ohio.
A Day in the Life:: Have a better day than this person:
Author Tim Flannery, a guest today on "Midmorning," argues that the fate of the planet depends on our developing a sense of responsibility about climate change. Are you doing anything in your daily life to fight global warming?
WHAT WE'RE DOING
Midmorning (9-11 a.m.) - First hour: Scientist Tim Flannery talks about what new data says about the warming climate. He maintains there are practical ways to address climate change, despite the huge problem he sees looming. He talked with Kerri Miller before an audience at the UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio on October 19.
Second hour: A journalist tracks the mind and motivation of a notorious book thief who regularly eludes capture, one of many thieves making rare books the art form most sought after by criminals.
Midday (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) - First hour: Minnesota native Bruce Laingen, who was U.S. Charge d'Affaires during the Iranian revolution. On Nov 4, 1979 he was taken hostage with 51 other US embassy employees and held for 444 days.
Second hour: An MPR documentary by Mark Zdechlik about our most recent U.S. Senate election.
Talk of the Nation (1-3 p.m.) - First hour: President Richard Nixon labeled illegal drugs, "public enemy number one," and declared war. In October, President Obama changed the federal government's unrelenting stance, to let state laws cover medical marijuana. White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske talks about the next phase of the debate on drugs.
Second hour: Carole King's "Tapestry" became one of the biggest selling
albums of all time. Today, the singer/songwriter is turning toward environmental
All Things Considered (3-6:30 p.m.) - Pharmacists at the University of Minnesota are 'compounding' anti-viral drugs, mainly for use in kids. This is an attempt to get more Tamiflu out among the sick kids. MPR's Lorna Benson will have that story.
We'll hear from voters in Minneapolis, who are using instant run-off voting for the first time, and from voters in St. Paul who are deciding if they want to bring IRV to that city.
Tom Robertson has the second installment in our series on stress-testing the economic recovery. In Bemidji, it's a tale of two economies. The housing bust has hobbled the wood products industry, and factories in other industries have laid off hundreds in the area as well. The region's economy continues to struggle even as a nearby pipeline construction project fills hotel rooms and restaurants and brings in big spending construction workers to the region.
The small town of Williams, just south of Lake of the Woods recently built a new wastewater treatment plant, but after just six years, the tank is crumbling and may be at imminent risk of failure. If that happens, 60,000 gallons of raw sewage a day runs into Lake of the Woods. MPR's Dan Gunderson will have that story.
I haven't been to a school dance since the days when "dance" meant all the boys stand on one side of the gym, all the girls stand on the other side of the gym.
Apparently, things have changed:
You have to love the solution of one California school. When things get out of hand, they turn up the lights, and play Burt Bacharach "or anything that William Shatner recorded."
Yep, that should kill it.
Last February, MPR's Tom Weber looked at the "situation" in Minnesota, with the classic video using action figures.(2 Comments)
No presidential deed goes unpunished anymore. The latest controversy appears to be whether President Barack Obama should have saluted when he went to Dover Air Force Base to meet the "transport cases" of dead soldiers and DEA agents arriving home.
Carey Winfrey, the editor of Smithsonian magazine, says Obama's salute was impeccable, but he's discomforted with the act. He says it was President Reagan who started the practice:
"He had sought advice on the matter from Gen. Robert Barrow, commandant of the Marine Corps. According to John Kline, then Mr. Reagan's military aide and today a member of Congress from Minnesota, General Barrow told the president that as commander in chief he could salute anybody he wished. And so it began."
A few years ago, Garry Wills, then a professor at Northwestern, suggested presidential saluting reinforces that the president is commander in chief of everyone.
The glorification of the president as a war leader is registered in numerous and substantial executive aggrandizements; but it is symbolized in other ways that, while small in themselves, dispose the citizenry to accept those aggrandizements. We are reminded, for instance, of the expanded commander in chief status every time a modern president gets off the White House helicopter and returns the salute of marines.
We used to take pride in civilian leadership of the military under the Constitution, a principle that George Washington embraced when he avoided military symbols at Mount Vernon. We are not led -- or were not in the past -- by caudillos.
Presidential salutes range "from halfhearted to jaunty," according to Winfrey.
Perhaps no president saluted more than Billl Clinton.
To the untrained eye -- mine -- none of those look particularly unappealing. But maybe the key is not in the show of a salute but in the sincerity of what's behind it. Jack Lucas' salute here is pretty pitiful, by the standards Winfrey described. He was the nation's youngest Medal of Honor winner. He lied his way into the military at age 17, then jumped on a grenade on Iwo Jima to save the lives of three others.
"I hollered to my pals to get out and did a Superman dive at the grenades. I wasn't a Superman after I got hit. I let out one helluva scream when that thing went off," he recalled in 2008, shortly before he died. How should he have saluted? Any way he wanted to.
Political arsonist Rush Limbaugh is behind this latest "controversy" with his comments on Sunday about Obama. He said Obama's salute was "a photo op precisely because he's having big-time trouble on this whole Afghanistan dithering situation," Limbaugh told "Fox News Sunday."
Then again, Limbaugh once proclaimed that Michael J. Fox was faking his Parkinson's.(10 Comments)
The Obama administration has been making a big push in the last few days to tout the effects of the massive economic stimulus package. So, I've been poking around the very impressive recovery.gov site, specifically the section for Minnesota.
A few observations:
The top districts receiving cash -- 4th, 5th, 8th, 1st, and 7th -- are the congressional seats held by DFLers. The 3rd, 6th, and 2nd are Republican seats in Minnesota.
On a page of all Minnesota congressional districts, the 27th, 9th, 57th, 12th, 14th, 22nd, 11th, 42nd, 20th and 13th districts are listed as receiving $7.5 million, creating or saving 50.3 jobs (that's $150,000 each).
Oh, and there is no 27th, 9th, 57th, 12th, 14th, 22nd, 11th, 42nd, 20th, or 13th districts in Minnesota.
A map of the state on the page shows where stimulus funds have been allocated:
But none of the dots are linked anywhere and a slider to zoom only makes big dots.
$18 million is being spent to redesign the site.(4 Comments)
The state that gave us the Lizard People has done it again. At the bottom of the Minneapolis mayoral ballot, we learn that there is an "Is Awesome" political party.
Here's Joey's Web site statement:
Unlike other politicians, Joey has no experience and is thus unable to have become corrupted. Furthermore, Joey has a proven record of awesomeness that can be counted on should the city face natural disaster, war, famine, Act of God, or any of a hundred other things that other candiates aren't busy thinking about.
Should Joey be elected this year, he will be sure to express his gratitude by humbly taking office and putting his years of playing Sim City to use. He'll not only improve the city but will do so with a smile.
But he gets serious on his blog describing his party choice:
What if we just got rid of the party system? Everyone runs independently, based on what they think will be best for the district they will be representing. And those constituents could vote for the person they think will do the best job for their district. And everything would probably work out a whole lot better I think. But that's just my opinion, maybe I'm just off in my own world, but I'm really sick of having 2 main parties and a couple ones that no one listens to. Let's scrap it entirely. George Washington didn't need to be party-endorsed to be a great leader...
(h/t: Derek Schille)(13 Comments)