23 posts • joined Tuesday 23rd June 2009 16:10 GMT
They've invented their own authentication scheme. This can only end well.
Re: What was so good about Google Reader?
But.....but...it lacks social elements I hear Google scream?
I don't need to know what some hipster had for lunch as I desperately search through the stream of crap on Twitter for some news. RSS gives me the meat and cuts out the dross.
Obvious strategy is obviously missing
Come on VMWare. Build the service that will allow us move VMs seamlessly between private ESX clouds and a scalable public cloud. Or, allow us to offload processing capability to a public cloud that will give businesses scalability at times of high demand. Put in place an encryption layer underneath the VMs to protect our sensitive data.
This is such an obvious next step for a company that has massive penetration within corporate networks, yet they persist in mucking around with their existing stupid solutions that are no better than existing public cloud providers. If we wanted public cloud functionality and only public cloud functionality, we'd go with AWS. And we probably will if VMWare don't get their act together.
Plan A has failed
I'd buy a Nokia Android. It would at least keep the company alive while they indulged Elop's fantasy about the MS ecosystem. Nokia should then look at Amazon for inspiration, and create their own Android ecosystem until such time as the MS-ites are forced out.
MS on the verge
For the first time our organisation (a fairly old school financial services firm of about 500 people) have given serious thought to moving people away from MS on their desktop. We've toyed with the idea of Linux (and a Java Desktop) in the past, but it hasn't been more than a pipedream. Recently with the price of MS software increasing, the hassle of getting virtual "anything" working with MS licensing, plus our users becoming more familiar with alternatives, leaving MS becomes a real option for a subset of our users.
The problem is still application compatibility, plus the mighty MS office, so we're not going to get there quickly - but every year becomes easier.
Security questions are hard
I know it's easy to laugh at Apple, but setting these sort of questions is difficult. I've worked in security, and I've had to set similar questions - particularly now in the era of Facebook and LinkedIn, it's harder and harder to find questions that are
ii) Not available online or known to your friends
iv) Won't change in the near future
Give the security guys a break - they don't want to be asking you where your first kiss was, but if people insist on putting the details of their life online what else can they do ;)
"but you'll get used to it"
Most of the reviews of Windows 8 seem to follow a standard format
1. Describe some key feature that has been removed/destroyed/made inaccessible
2. Talk about how "you'll get used to it".
3. Give some sermon about how change is good, even if it makes your life harder
Sorry, that's a fail.
Odd marketing target
MS have aimed their ad campaigns at those people who don't like using their phones. Which is an odd choice of market for smartphone phones, it's more a low-end Nokia market. I think most people who have smartphones like using their phones, it keeps them in touch with their social network and they are more than happy to hear that a new message has arrived. I can't understand the MS marketing strategy aiming at the anti-social or technophobic market.
Like Xbox removing gaming functions
In related news, Microsoft will be removing the gaming capabilities in future Xbox 360 releases. "Following extensive consultation with business customers we have decided to focus on the core Xbox social networking functionality" said Microsoft Senior Executive Vice President Mitch M. Mitchkinsonson. "We realise this will be a disappointment to some of our valued Xbox customers, but we feel that re-focussing on the core product competencies will syngergistically leverage our modalities."
FLUORIDATION KILLS CHILDREN!!!
Our public representatives are inundated with cranks obsessively emailing about their latest religious, social or medical obsession. In the ideal world he should be able to filter this stuff, but that takes a degree of technical nous that not everyone will have.
Where's the vision thing
There's no sense of vision there. Everything is seen through the prism of the opposition, it's like Liverpool fans celebrating when they beat Man Utd but lose the league.
I don't much like Jobs but he has a vision and has his company working towards that vision. Microsoft products have some integration, but the only goal seems to be some corporate gobbledygook "we want to enable multifaceted synergistic enhancements to disparate information repositories". They're adrift at the moment.
It was good while it lasted
The slow demise of every good search engine can be traced back to the point at which they felt a need to clutter up their search interface. Some people just can't leave well enough alone.
No internet connectivity?
Cloud based demo doesn't work because vendor couldn't connect to the cloud? That's an ooops. I for one welcome Microsoft storing all my personal and business data, what could possibly go wrong.
We already have these devices
They're called the smartphone. Why would I want to carry another device?