Richer than Bill Gates, Amazon Mogul Jeff Bezos saw his fortune hitting the 12-figure mark.

That’s it. He made it and he is the richest man in the world. Jeff Bezos is now worth 100  Billions dollars. Thanks to yesterday’s Black Friday which saw a sudden surge in Amazon stock, turns the runner up and fonder of Amazon Jeff Bezos into the richest man in the planet, outranking Bill Gates, who is now $ 10 billion poorer.

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For those who were living under the rock, Jeff Bezos is the founder of the Amazon conglomerate all the way back in 1994. He started selling books. And surfing on the success of the dot-net bubbles, he became billionaire and was named the Person of the Year in 1999 by Times Magazine. Amazon turned into profitable company as it began to sell everything, from books to gardening tools.  10 years ago, Amazon entered the area of the e-books, starting to the sell the super successful Kindle e-readers.  Amazon bought many companies and brought them into the umbrella, including Audible, the leading DRM protected audiobooks distribution over the internet.

And the Black Friday came and went, and your online shopping on Amazon has made Jeff the richest man in the world.

Let’s see what Cyber Monday has to offer!

Sofiane MEROUANI

Harlan Coben’ Six Years Later

It has been a while since I did not publish an article on my blog. But because I’m busy during my off-days doing some courses in photography while resuming my work as a flight attendant, and by fear that my blog would go on moribund state, I thought it is time to get some refresh.

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A trip to France last week. Well, I just spent just a day due my super busy schedule, I picked up a book at the Relay called Six Years Later, written by the master of suspense Harlan Coben.

Again, Coben, a renowned writer for Myrion Bolytar novels  of thriller bring us another story of love and nightmare. I won’t go through spoiler, but I will provide a short summery of the story :

Jake Fisher moves heaven and earth to find out what happens to his one true love. The story starts with Jake’s love Natalie marrying another man named Todd Sanderson. Right at the end of the wedding ceremony Natalie finds Jake and makes him promise that he will leave them alone forever. For six years Jake was able to keep his promise until by chance he saw the obituary for Natalie’s husband on his laptop while talking counseling students at the college he taught at. After a lot of deliberation, Jake decides to attend the funeral and hopefully have a chance to see Natalie again. However, he is in for the shock of his life, the widow who attends the funeral is not Natalie. When he begins to ask questions, everyone denies Natalie’s existence, including the priest who married them.

Just like the french adaptation of Tell No One, released in 2006, a movie based on the novel Six Years is on the way, starring Huge Jackman.

Sofiane MEROUANI

 

Oh Julie! So long Julie and thanks for all the goodies and “The Ribbon”

She was Steven Sinofsky’s top lieutenant during Windows 7 and 8 era, Julie Larson Green is leaving Microsoft after 25 years of tenure at Redmond. She joined the company in 1993.

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Larson helped build many Microsoft products, including the Xbox, Surface but she is also known for bringing the Ribbon UX to the Office 2007, which she expended to the Windows 7 and the ill-fated Windows 8. She won a technical leadership award in 2013. In addition, she led the efforts to work on a new platform and the brand new “Metro Style”, which shipped as part of Windows 8, in 2012. “User interface is customer service for the computer.

Upon Steven Sinofsky’s departure in 2012, Larson was charged with overseeing all Windows software and hardware, including the then-upcoming Xbox One!

During her early years at Microsoft, Larson worked on various projects, starting with the C compiler, UX interfaces of IE 3 and 4 under the leadership of Thomas Reardon. Then she moved to Office Team, where she would enhance her passion for UX, including the flat user interface of Office XP, the “painting the pig with the lipstick” on Office 2003, and the implementation of the Ribbon UI in Office 2007.

When Microsoft reorganized the Windows Division after the debacle of  Vista back in 2007, Sinofsky ousted most of Jim Allchin’s team, and brought in Larson as his top lieutenant.

In later years, Larson took a break to recover from spinal cord surgery. While out, she spent time advising other firms. “It made me realize I was ready to take what I learned at Microsoft and apply it in other places,” she said in a statement.

Sinofsky, her former boss at Microsoft paid her a tribute in his tweet.

So long Julie and thanks for all the goodies and “The Ribbon”

Sofiane MEROUANI