* Posts by Alex

2 posts • joined 8 Nov 2008

Microsoft conjures imaginary 'Apple Tax'

Jobs Horns


My 9yr old daughter wanted an iPod last year. Not any player, but iPod. Well, she got one for her birthday. And you know what - while it looks nice and the interface is cool, the thing itself is rather crappy, compared to other players with the same price tag. I can't imagine, for example, why a player cannot charge its battery and play at the same time?! This thing just can't! It hanged already couple of times. The battery doesn't last long enough (of course, it's soo tiny, no wonder!) and after a year of use already needs changing. But you know what? It turns you can't change the battery yourself - you have to send the whole thing to Apple. And not to mention the iTunes integration, the fact that you can't just copy MP3 to the player and expect it to play them. Granted, there are many people who do not know what a "file" is - I'm sure it's right for them. But still, no matter how cool a product is, with this kind of problems its total crap.


Eclipse kills open-source SOA projects


Eclipse is getting bloated

I work for a company on a bunch of Eclipse plugins. My personal feeling is that as the time passes Eclipse is getting severely bloated and more and more inefficient. OK, there are some cool things, some useful things, some fun things, but still... Often, when I'm in a hurry I don't have time to wait for Eclipse to start, then recompile 15 projects that don't need recompiling, then getting stuck at "Launching Plugin (51%)" for about a minute. I'm seriously thinking on switching back to "vi" and batch files.