431 posts • joined Thursday 7th September 2006 11:10 GMT
Re: Consumer vision
Maybe you are not seeing the bigger picture here. You and me are a small part of a minority of the 2bn people who already have a computer (or several). We are essentially a static market and only a disruptive product or replacements generates profits. The article is looking at the next big growth area of the 5bn who don't. They need technology as well, but it has to be affordable etc. That new (growing) market will drive changes in the existing one.
Keep your multiple monitors, as Trevor says there will always be a place for specialist kit, just not used by the majority.
Yes it's the culture
after all, if everyone helps each other and gives out information/training for free neither MS or resellers make any money. Very shortsighted thinking.
Are things about to change maybe?
So my searches etc are synchronised across devices?
Sounds like a good idea, I might try it out. Thanks for the info.
Is it just me?
Based on the enthusiasm expressed by TP I signed up a few months ago to dip my toe in the spiceworks water. Since then all I seem to get is spammed to bits from the big boys. I know I must be missing something, but it doesn't seem to offer much for the very part time admin with no time to play around.
I'm not giving up though.
word of the day: September 23, 2009
A non-existent word coined by corporate advertising, marketing and business drones to make their work sound far more useful, exciting and beneficial to humanity than it really is.
That's what I thought.
Re: I work for a company that still does this.
Badly chosen goals are always hard to meet.
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."
"Windows 8.1 tables"
Re: Effect on WP
It's not about the past, it's about the future. You may not like it, I may not like it, that's business.
Yup, also used this feature in 2005 (google docs) as part of a group assignment. Works brilliant in those cases. Now we use google docs all day, every day, at work, shared between up to 10. It is very rare you want to change exactly the same thing at the same time so latency not really a major problem.
Just hope MS get it to work as well as google have.
"released to manufacturing"
That's twisting the definition of manufacturing a little too much I think.
Re: I wish
I think at some point people that rich have to choose.
20 years ago BillG didn't say or do the same things, but don't be surprised if 20 years from now Mr Z is.
"bin for Bing"
Just remove the g. Sorted.
Re: Is he related to a certain Iraqi?
"The situation is excellent" is my favourite.
Need some free publicity?
Use the Cisco Reply All Procedure.
or CRAP for short.
There is a very simple rule :-
"You can't check your own work"
You may think you can, but you can't.
If it's important, get a second or third check.
". . really fragmented customer base."
Or really fed up/disinterested customer base who have better things to do.
"potential outside picks"
I am deeply ashamed to report that I read the above phrase with an "r" in it.
"Microsoft have published the prices for Special Support"
So they are retaining a team to evaluate future exploits and produce patches/testing etc. just restricting what they test and who has access. Would be nice if they shared a little more, but of course that wouldn't fit the bigger picture of getting people back on the treadmill.
Incremental upgrades . . .
. . . tend to provide no business or operational benefit, just increase the risk in delicate systems. It may not be ideal, but that is reality for many. Hence hitting a brick wall now and then.
Who uses bing?
I have tried saying to many people "just bing it" or similar and they either think I am nuts, joking, or both.
He's in the wrong job.
Re: Always a PC
"SharePoint and Outlook 2010 . . . Office 2010"
Never used them. Despite having loads of windows PCs, we either stuck with older versions or found alternative ways of doing things, more reliable and cheaper.
There was simply no compelling reason to upgrade (with associated pain), based on the amount asked for, when the existing solutions worked.
MS were much too late coming up with a subscription system, at a reasonable price.
MS had better have a killer app up their sleeve or we won't be using them at all in less than 5 years.
I'm not as thunk as you drink I am.
Re: My choices
Sounds good. I agree that chromebooks are surprisingly useful, and it's amazing what you can do with them. In many cases I can see it will be better to use a combination of solutions as you have, rather than another expensive monolithic solution.
We now have 3 x small tablets in the house + 2 x chromebooks along with older computers i.e. a lot of redundancy for less money. Same principle could work for many businesses.
p.s. in the UK we are discouraged from using old kit as target practice and just chuck it over a hedge instead.
An airgap is not always that easy to get - not when your input/output currently goes to a networked printer or networked disk/shared resource. Make it hard for users (e.g. via USB disk etc) and they will laugh and bypass it given half a chance.
If you start splitting the network or resources then your costs rocket.
I suppose the moral of the story is plan your next but one upgrade before you do anything else. Not something small businesses are well known for, but the cloud does look suddenly more attractive.
Re: XP? Pah!
Exactly. And your favourite saying as a manufacturer will probably be "If it ain't broke . . ."
(I am also that manufacturer).
That's exactly what I got.
What have the Romans ever done for us?
In which case have a well earned pint.
By the time you have added fuses, terminals, relays, a few wires, box, labour to wire it etc you will probably be well over £50.
What we need . . .
. . . is a leap Monday so that the day starts about 11am
And I hope the next time he ascends he will be provided with suitable protection to prevent infection.
And not forgetting the Special Projects Bureau Special Projects Burro (SPBSPB)
At the going down of the sun, and in the raising of a glass, we will remember him.
Re: Why so late in the day?
are you nuts?
Re: Er . . .put the civil servant buyers on a bonus system
Yes Minister was brilliant, and I maybe wasn't being completely serious.
Re: "poor negotiating capability"
"There's no obvious solution to this issue."
Er . . .put the civil servant buyers on a bonus system - they get to keep a percentage of everything under budget.
Not popular maybe, but sure would focus the mind.
No preservation of data during upgrade?
I know many times that's a good idea, an opportunity for a shakeup, but are they really that dismissive of many peoples expectations and usage patterns? Insane restriction for no good purpose.
Re: Document Management?
"two people editing a document at exactly the same time?"
In some cases, rarely. In others, all the time. We share a spreadsheet continuously between up to 10. Simple to use, cheap, every day, all day. It has a place.
All the best
have enjoyed your articles.
Eadon will be devastated.
You go first.
That is one mad scary boffin. I like him.
Re: How much does it cost?
Yes they should have used food and chocolate bars like proper geeks. Twinkie? Crunchie?
Criticise all you like . . .
. . . she got you lot (and plenty others) talking about it didn't she? I'd call that a win for a few hours work.
Yes the aircraft carrier overspend update will be released at a later date.
Tape still demanded sometimes
At many synchronised swimming competitions here in UK, the rules still demand 2 x CDs and a backup cassette tape for the music. No one bothers of course, because no one has a working recorder, but if the CD player fails you may be disqualified.
Re: Weak "News story"
In the last 12 months, every time I have had contact with a phone store or company, they have practically begged me to take an iPhone of one sort or another, with some very tempting (cheap) offers.
I don't know why they were pushing them so hard, but don't underestimate the power of a bribe, or an arm twist.
"Skype, Office, Xbox Live, Bing, Skydrive"
All of these have very popular alternatives, all are yesterday's news, none are the future i.e. attractive to kids. Where is the killer app. that will drive people back to MS/Nokia?
MS shareholders better hope they have a skunkworks working on that.
Re: Great interview...
Yes, I wonder if "work together as a bunch of friends" is likely to be heard from many ex-Microsoft employees in 30 or 40 years? I somehow doubt it given the current competitive environment we hear so much about.
Re: Welcome, indeed, to the real world
Exactly - go and do an HNC or Degree course instead of studying one particular solution. Yes it's hard and it costs. Yes it takes time. Yes it has value for a long time after.
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