Not exactly news, right? I develop software, I run up against the Tao of Microsoft all the time, and it's frustrating. Microsoft does enterprise applications. I do mostly embedded systems, and the two do NOT sit well together. Forcing things like UML workflow on my design don't make my job easier, thankyouverymuch.
But that's all reasonable. I get that, I expect it. It's like trimming the fat off of the steak, or having to pay the girl for sex.
But the latest annoyance?
The NetMeeting ads on Yahoo! mail.
The Net Meeting ad is a click-through ad that launches a new browser window that takes you to Microsoft NetMeeting (or LiveMeeting nowadays) land. And it runs on the primary page in a transparent box that just happens to cover the inbox link.
So I am either forced to wait until the little ad animation runs its course, or most often When I click the link to check my mail, I'm treated to a lovely discourse on LiveMeeting.
It's not much, but it's annoying. It is the only ad that behaves like that that I've seen, and it happens often enough that it's beginning to piss me off.