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I agree, he was a bit trollish, but HH has been far more active in things like genetic research during most of that period than involved Internet wise. This isn't to discredit HH and frankly his predictions are probably about as sane as anyone else's... well maybe not John C. Dvorak who has successfully predicted the exact opposite of everything in the industry for nearly 30 years.
But to be honest... there are some issues here. For example, you can't help but to feel that as what could be considered one of the fathers of ARM that he might be a tid bit biased. Let's not ignore that all of his computer companies did get their asses whipped by companies like Apple, Intel and Microsoft in the long run. ARM is really his only computing legacy that I could Google which has survived and impressively so. So discounting all the places where his ventures fell on their rears, he did an amazing job in the case of ARM.
I can't help but to personally dislike ARM and it comes from trying to write compilers and assemblers for the platform. I actually found it had to be the only platform ever made I considered to be less elegant than PIC. It was aggravating as hell and I wished they could just pick a damn instruction set an stick to it. That said, if Intel loses it's crown, I sure as hell hope it's not to ARM but instead to a company which actually cares about developers and wasn't so hackish as they are.
For a sixth generation of computers, I really hope that someone creates something new. I felt a great deal of hope for XMOS for a while, but they're pretty much stagnated into boring crap now.
My two cents
Larry should revive the Sun name. Oracle has a worldwide reputation for things that are VERY EXPENSIVE. Sun wasn't cheap, but Sun's name was more closely tied to innovative and powerful. I know that since the buyout, almost none of my customers (the biggest IT companies in Norway) have looked twice at what was once Sun.
Also, Sun did a much much better job on keeping OS documentation available to all users. People even bought Sun machines because the documentation wasn't buried like it is now.
Oh. Solaris? Who's going to use an operating system if they're not even sure what it's called anymore?
Re: With twice the users...
Strange, I bought a Surface and two Surface Pros. My wife and I haven't even charged our iPads in weeks.
Sure... There are a handful of bugs, but less than on my iPad 3.
Only true bummer is I have to use the stylus from my Samsung Series 7 Slate because the Stylus from Microsoft doesn't work well when held at a slant. But the Samsung pen is absolutely amazing on there.
Almost exactly the reason I won't buy Nokia, HTC or Samsung
It appears that other people may be happy with a $400-$1000 investment in a phone which no one at the company who makes it will care about a few months later. I personally however demand that whoever I buy a phone makes only one or two models per year. That's why I have iPhone 4 and am anxeously awaiting Surface Phone.
Re: actually no
I would say this card is an excellent example of way too little too late. Beside the points you made, let's focus on the fact that this card is of minimal advantage without making fabric upgrades for 8gb/s FC. After all, you buy switches and directors when you build the cluster. So you don't generally have a pile of unused 8gb/s ports laying around unused. When you upgrade the HBAs, you will also upgrade the fabric. There's no real advantage of replacing HBAs unless you're upgrading hosts and maybe directors as well.
So, if you're going to upgrade, who the heck would even care about pure FC when CNAs are far more cost effective at this time? I can't even begin to think about who the target market for these are.
First... YES FCoE DOES require special hardware to function properly. This is why we have converges Ethernet adapters.
So if we leave aside the fact that the author basically has less than the slightest clue about modern network environments, maybe it's a good article to sell $500 network cards to other people who lack a clue.
Re: Give it time
Microsoft have away Samsung Series 7 Slates at their build conference. An AWSOME machine. I've used the one I bought with Windows 8 over a year now. Once Surface Pro comes out, I'll even stop carrying my ebook reader with me (iPad 3). I only need two tablets with me when I'm working. One for work and one for ebooks and watching videos. I use the Series 7 Slate for work as the iPad is useless for that. I use the iPad for the high red screen. 206dpi will be fine when I get the Surface Pro. The I can have useful computers with me. ;)
First to clarify, the profit I made was from porting libraries to be used by others. No released app yet. So there's nothing to see here.
The application I'm developing is an SSH client integrated with Visio which also has thumb oriented macros targeting Cisco and Juniper configuration.
I did present this discontiguously. My apps take longer to write. My customers apps take longer to write. It is because we're all waiting for the infrastructure to establish. This takes time.
On iOS, it took years for libraries to all make their way to iOS and even now it an often be problematic. Android is an absolute nightmare for libraries at time since you have to mar the judgement call of whether to diddle around writing Java code which is useless for you on other platforms or if you'd prefer to use native code instead which also is a half assed option. Blackberry is semi-ok since you can port half assed Android apps to be half assed Blackberry apps using their Android compatibility layer.
When MS finally permits native code on Windows RT, and it almost certainly will happen once they feel that there is enough Metro apps, Windows RT and Window 8 will be the same tool. Windows RT was strategically amazing. It's like iOS and OS X. You have a great deal more limitations on Windows RT (like with iOS) but instead of the Apple stupidity of making it so you have to choose to develop for either iOS or OS X, you can write one app which runs on both Windows RT and Windows 8.
Then you have Google making ChromeBooks with a full OS which runs Java, but they don't even have Eclipse up and running on it. That is SOoooo lame. Like "oh... You want to make an app for Android. Yeh, go get one of our competitors products, we can't do that"
Re: Give it time
Uhh... I paid $800, invested two days and made $9000 on it. Where did I lose money on it?
Same reason everyone else has problems competing with Apple iTunes Store. They make half assed windows and Mac solutions for interoperating with their core products.
Step 1) Make a cross platform library for audio and video communication that compiles on Windows, Mac and UNIX systems.
Step 2) replace software codecs with platform specific hardware codecs
Step 3) build an awesome UI for Windows AND Mac. Make sure you have a good Metro UI as well these days.
Step 4) make sure there is encryption... No SRTP crap. ZRTP or something better.
Step 5) make it integrate with PBX systems via SIP or Cisco ATA boxes.
Step 6) add cheap or free calls to classic phone networks
Step 7) spend a bunch of time figuring out why the heck you just invested $10,000,000 and two years in the development of a product that has no reasonable means of producing revenue.
Step 8) recognize that Skype technology is core to Microsoft Lync and FaceTime is core to iOS and get a trip and realize that there is no practical market share left for another player
Step 9) laugh you ass off at Cisco for pissing away a ton of money on Tandberg only to be almost entirely obsoleted by Skype and Lync and tablet devices.
Re: why should I only be able to talk to people to people who are signed up to MS
Give it time
Let's pretend for a moment that Microsoft isn't as dumb as everyone thinks when it comes to business.
1) a high price tag on Surface limits the number of consumers who will spring for it. Nearly every developer I know preparing apps for Windows 8 has bought one and we consider it the reference platform for Windows RT development.
2) the API for Windows store is a much bigger pain in the ass than we expected. After 20+ years of using almost the same APIs for Windows development, it's actually slapped some of us silly. Many developers by nature are in fact procrastinators with cause. We prefer to wait for the final version of the OS to ship before we start porting to the new platform. It makes it so we can benefit from the stabilization that comes with other developers submitting bugs and Microsoft adding APIs which are needed. In my case, it wasn't until the last month before RTM before the API for keyboard handling I needed came about. In addition, some of us old dogs are trying to stick to old tricks and it isn't always working.
3) a bunch of us are waiting for third party libraries to be released before we move forward. I for example have developed my apps as a Windows desktop app with WPF while waiting for the libraries I use to compile using the new sockets layer.
4) text rendering is a big problem and documentation is still not good enough. If all you want is the same crap apps as iPad or Android, get one of those. But when we develop for Windows, we deal with a more fickle audience and it's extra important to get it right. Don't believe me, ask Corel. They've developed half assed applications on Windows for years and the current generation doesn't even know their name. I'll spend an extra three months getting my Windows app right as opposed to releasing iPhone or Android quality crap.
5) tricky change for developers who want I code apps for both desktop and metro. It's quite hard to do it. Often you have to write your code twice. As much as Microsoft had made it easier. It seems impossible to maintain a single copy of a library for both Windows Store AND desktop in the same project file. This really makes it more complex.
So, a higher priced tablet which seems to sell mostly to developers makes a lot of sense. Windows RT will fly when developers catch on. The restriction on desktop apps was a great idea as it forces many of us to code for Metro.
All I can say is, give it time. It will happen. I think once we get out heads around how to develop both desktop and Windows Store apps, it will make a huge difference.
As an algorithm specialist and someone who for years has been designing RAID algorithms and have designed software based wear leveling algorithms for portable devices, when I come across an article about a patent verdict like this, I like to know what it is that is being talked about.
What patents were violated? The money is a big number and will be appealed for 10 years and Marvell will file bankruptcy and sell its assets to a new company run by the same people before paying. So frankly, it's meaningless other than to say "Wow, big number!".
What people (and probably) the courts don't understand is that flash controller algorithms are typically quite trivial. 99.9% of the algorithms can be found in Donald Knuth's TAOCP and are just a mixture of what is already known. The implementation is whatis more interesting and frankly, I doubt there is anything past basic triviality involved in that. That being said, developing chips is rocket science not because of the algorithms, but more because of the art and time involved in designing and simulating before paying a ton of money to prototype. It's not like software development where if you make an oopsie, you just fix it and recompile. In a chip, you have to design not only the initial logic, but a means to implement patches as well. It's HARD!
I would love to review the patent in question and disect it to see if there was anything Marvell implemented which could be considered more than just gluing together a pile of 40 year old algorithms.
Re: So sad...
Had me practically choking on my tounge laughing when I saw that.
Re: C++ put me off programming
I don't know... I am not a fan of virtual machines, but I adore JIT as a JIT if implemented correctly would do per processor optimization on the fly either at startup or after performing tracing. C++ is my baby, I grew up with it and have programmed it since I pirated my first copy of Glockenspeil C++ when I was 14. It is truly a thing of beauty.
I however have begun investigating compiler and operating system design and development using C++ derivatives since C++ doesn't have enough ++ for me anymore. I hate the static architecture of ahead of time compiling. I don't believe good code can be produced anymore in the modern world of processors. There are exceptions. The x264 guys being the primary exception. But they code in C and blatantly force incompatibility with C++... Often out of their own interesting principles.
I'll always love C++, but for now, I think JIT oriented languages are much better technically than C++.
Re: Chrimbo Quizz
Ummm... Buying two surface pro 128gb and a 64gig surface when I go to the states next month. I have had a series 7 slate for a year. I use my iPad for PDFs and sometimes watching cartoons, but use the Windows tablet when I have to something meaningful. The Surface (not pro) is just another iPad clone. Mostly a waste if money. I program on a slate and find it to be the most versatile computer (battery life excepted) that I've ever touched.
I have four iPads a pile of iPhones and a couple of Androud tablets.. They're all just tablets and therefore nothing useful. Now Surface Pro... It's a laptop, a tablet, an entertainment center... It does it all.
So before you assume that people aren't buying surface as opposed to the more likely issue being that all the people in the stores selling them are saying "Wait until January and spend a few bucks more", check the reality.
iPad/Android = toy. Surface pro = super toy!
I don't mean to be rude, but...
Is it at all possible you're an idiot? This type of thinking is what gets the U.S. into the position it is. It is counterproductive and spreads conspiratorial nonsense around making unemployed workers believe their "misfortune" is the result of easily identifiable groups as opposed to accepting responsibility for their own inadequacies. Of course, I'll assume you're one of the inadequate, so for your sake, I'll say it obviously someone else's fault.
Foreigners willing to leave house, home and country behind to work their asses off to prove themselves while risking everything are simply more attractive than workers who are simply sitting on their asses waiting for the jobs to come to their home towns. Pack the bags, risk it all and move and you too can be part of the employed as well. I did and it pays off... I make far more than if I lived in America because the companies I work with can feel that I eminate motivation.
Or you can sit on your ass and bitch about how far more motivated people are stealing jobs from your lazy ass!
Facebook is for nonsense. I would hate to have to start being well behaved on there.
LinkedIn is where I pretend like I'm a decent person.
Wasn't this more meaningful when...
Apple made better products?
Really, this year, Microsoft... yes Microsoft has outdone Apple on cool.... with the exception of Nokia phones. When Microsoft has their phone and Surface Pro out, I just don't see what will make Apple interesting anymore. I have bought 4 iPads, 4 iPhones, 2 Mac Minis, 2 Apple TVs, 2 Mac Books, etc... and frankly, now that Microsoft has finally gotten in the game, and frankly, Windows 8 is just about 10000 times better than iOS (and Mac OS X), I just can't see this mattering.
Apple went from being a monster early on to being almost nothing when Steve Jobs left. Somehow, I feel that Tim Cook just doesn't get it either and there will be no Steve Jobs coming back this time.
Re: There is no reaction image for this
I read both patents and as a developer of similar technology at companies like Cisco and Opera, I can only say this. I would implement infringing technology without knowledge of the patent because it was just common sense.
Gambler loses and sues to win instead?
Wow!!! I need to get into this gambling thing. If I understand correctly, a woman bet all her chips on one square and when the wheel didn't fall on her number, she decided to sue the guy spinning the wheel because he failed to tell her that the wheel might not land on her number?
I'm sorry, but I'm busting a gut here. Gotta love this mentality :)
Re: WL killed off?
You mean the top left corner of the other service Microsoft had already announce killing off in favor of outlook.com?
Re: Static typing is not the right solution
I practically memorized the dragon book an the LCC book and some other good ones. I also developed a browser for a living for 5 years. So please don't simply discount me for chiming in.
Now all we really need is tight integration between TypeScript and OpenCL. That would be amazing?
Re: ActiveX Comes to mind
Haha!!! Best comment I've seen in a long ass time!
Seriously, I was reading comments just to find the moron who would bash the technology because of lame assed anti-Microsoft sentiment.
Personally, I've been looking for something like typescript for ages, so I'm happy to see it come. It would be fantastic to have a real programming language in the browser. I was just so pleased to see your response to this guy :)
Nokia fails because of Elop and Ballmer, not Windows
Ballmer and Elop make the Nokia handsets look like something for sales people. It's pretty sad.
Personally, I'm itching for a Windows 8 phone but I can't find anything but the Two Steve's phone. I wouldn't be caught dead with something that looks as shitty as the Lumia. It looks like something to be sold at Toys R Us in the little girls play makeup section.
Ativ S looks ok, but I won't spend that kind of money knowing Intel based full HD devices are soon to come.
So without free advertising, FireFox can't get downloads?
Funny. It seems crappy to me that Microsoft has to give away free advertising.
What about Apple? Last I checked, not only do you have to search for web browsers yourself, but hen you do, Apple posts warning about them being dangerous.
I'll argue the difficult
Ok, I've been an assembler programmer almost as long as he has, so while my street cred doesn't include Apple, in includes others like Opera.
His company has no real benefit to developing Windows software any more since it's basically a business management system. It's pretty lame stuff. It's just a big, lame, database app. It belongs online as a web page.
I personally agree with Microsoft that applications like Office belong online. I however insist that the files are able to be stored exclusively locally. Office should not be software as a service, but instead should run as an app on my company's local servers. Microsoft has no business storing my files on their servers.
Software as a service is a disgusting model. It means you trust some third party company to store your data on their servers and trust they won't simply hand data over to government agencies. Trusting that they can keep your data safe when it gets hacked. Trusting you will have some way to use your data when they go out of business. Trusting you'll have some way to move your data to another service if you become unhappy with that company.
Let's be honest, software as a service is like a dream for a company like his. Get a bunch of customers, treat them fair, then lock them in and make it impossible for them to move to another service provider and then when contract renewal comes around, jack the rates.
Windows, iOS and Android are all interesting platforms. While Google is genuinely trying to make Android a replacement for a desktop OS, with the exception of sales people, I've never heard of anyone that can actually use iPad only. They all have a PC too. Apple simply doesn't care about business users. I have looked a lit and haven't once seen an app for iPad that says "professional grade".
Autodesk makes a bunch of iPhone apps. They're all just viewers. In fact, most professional apps for iPad and Android are just viewers for their desktop apps. Without a separate tablet or at least mouse or even track pad, engineering is a waste on iPad or Android.
Enter Windows 8 (not RT) and here comes apps for programming, engineering, games, etc... Windows 8 allows you to dump your iPad and your laptop and have a single device. The fact is, I have even using it for a year and love being able to either use a tablet or use it as a PC. I have Visual Studio, Matlab, Hyper-V with Linux, full Adobe apps like Premier and it all runs on a CPU/GPU capable of handling heavy loads. I have full Office and Visio as well.
Sorry buddy, lame ass databases do belong online. If I had to depend on software as a service, my family would starve.
Waiting for Surface Pro
Surface sounds nice, but if I want to replace my Windows 8 tablet (Series 7 Slate) AND my iPad, I'll need the pro.
People keep thinking that Surface is about replacing the iPad only. It should replace both the iPad AND your laptop. If I could get a snazzy clip on keyboard like the surface one for my Series 7 Slate, I'd be perfectly happy with what I already have :/
Funny thing is, security isn't the issue with Huawei
I'll admit to start that I currently feed my family teaching Cisco. I am however platform agnostic and hold certifications from other vendors as well. Huawei makes some great gear and should certainly be evaluated as an option for any contracts being bid on. Juniper as well. I can't speak regarding ZTE as there are only so many platforms a person can speak intelligently on.
Cisco is the strongest overall platform for a simple reason. People.
I have studied and worked with multiple vendors and frankly while I feel other vendors have better products than Cisco many times, the issue is that Cisco had a support infrastructure better than the rest of the combined. I find that when I'm teaching, Cisco has by far the best documentation and skills evaluation system of any company. The courses from Juniper are sloppy. The courses from Huawei (oddly being rip offs of Cisco's) are very poor. The exams from the other vendors (taken many) can be passed without any studying or even exposure to the platforms at all (I have).
Cisco's ability to quickly respond to problems with top notch engineers on short notice is unrivaled.
This is why I teach Cisco. Not because I love their products. Hell, they're just another router, switch, whatever. It's because the people supporting it are far better educated and capable of solving problems.
P.S. I teach from other vendors as well... Just prefer not to. Their courses suck.
As a network hardware designer as well as a network engineer, I am so happy you solved all my problems!
Now, if I can suggest to my customers that they stop collecting detailed scientific data, stop trying to map genes, stop trying to broadcast video from UN council meetings, stop monitoring seismic activity, we'll be better off!
Next time, think first.
Re: Retail specs and standards
Sorry I thumbs downed it, unintentional. My thumb was to big or the little button. I meant to press reply.
I know Google has terabit links, but not likely over a single fiber. If you consider the requirements, current ASIC technology can't support the speeds being suggested. Consider that a terabit would require possibly a bus that is 1000 bits wide at 1Ghz clocks. With modern chip packaging, that would require a chip with nearly 10,000 pins on a circuit board of more than 50 layers to fan out and shield as a parallel bus. The alternative would be a 100 lane PCIe bus, that would require a chip with 4000 pins on a 40 layer board to accomplish. Mind you, these are rough estimates. PCIe is point to point, not a bus. So you'd need 100 PCIe 3.0 switches to distribute the 100 gigabytes of data across multiple ASICs for processing.
The alternative would be a single chips with multiple terabit transceivers to handle MPLS switching (as routing at those speeds would be beyond feasible) even a hand laid out internal multiplexer would consume so much chip space that 22nm tech might not be able to handle it. In addition, you'd need enough internal buffer to handle it since external RAM would be out of the question. Even if the chip was designed entirely by Intel, IBM or TSMC, it is highly unlikely that terabit would be achievable on even next gen chip tech.
So, Google is almost certainly doing something different than what you are thinking.
Re: Protecting the unqualified
Well, as my buddy once said... The U.S. is amazing. While they're filled with the same percent of useless people as in other western countries, they are blessed with attracting the best of the best from around the world. The U.S. certainly makes some amazing Americans, but thanks to the H1-B, they serve as an incubation pot for many of the best in the world. He also makes a point of saying that we also have a gift of letting the dumb get dumber at an alarming rate.
The U.S. is a huge country and as a result, it's not bursting at the seems with this elite talent. But it does have a large amount of this elite talent scattered out. American businesses are always trying to get their hands on this talent. But that talent only accounts for a small percentage of the worlds population and American companies have to look outward since from within the demand outweighs the supply. To find a balance of talent and work ethic is a disaster and it is often easier to make the assumption that a person willing to leave their home and family to work is likely a person to count on.
Another huge problem is, people tend to have overly generous estimates of their own self worth. I would almost always bank on the work ethic of someone I hire from another country than the schmuck down the road since even if the guy down the road was actually better, the guy from across the seas showed a great deal of initiative where the guy down the road settled for what was convenient to him.
Nonsense, hogwash, BS
It's not about the salary but the flexibility. Americans always insist we're "special". "I should get sexual treatment because I'm special". "You should bend around my needs instead of me bending around yours because I'm special".
Fact is, when an employee is willing to relocate themself and possibly their families in order to get access to a better opportunity, as opposed to getting a cheaper employee, you're getting a better employee. This also cours for American employees who are willing to move to another city or state for a job. There is a sense of that employee saying "I'm willing to uproot myself to provide a better opportunity for myself".
#1 reason for unemployment in the U.S. today is that everyone is "Special". None of my friends have had a so for problem finding jobs under the one circumstance that they are willing to reeducate themselves if needed and relocate if needed. The employers are not responsible for coming to you. You are responsible for going to them.
I am an American ex-patriot who has been actively recruited by Google, Microsoft, Cisco and others over the past year. All I have to do to get comfy 6 figure jobs at any of them is say yes and relocate. They have all left welcome mats at their doors with signing bonuses and relocation bonuses. Just have to move to Stockholm, Zurich, San Jose, etc... For now, I am perfectly happy where I am working 3 out of 4 weeks for 36 hours a week for a nice fat salary. If the market dries up where I am, we'll pack up and move since my wife can't support us on her income. That said, when I "lost" my last job, on the way home, I called a company I wanted to work for and asked if they needed anyone and they said "not with your skills, but with this skill set". So I said "hire me today and I'll start in 3 months and I'll have that skill set". So they hesitantly did and I studied 18 hours a day, 6 days a week and 10 on the 7th for three months and showed up ready. A month later, they were giving me raises.
Companies like Google, Microsoft, etc... Will pay almost anything for people like that, but "Special people" are a bloody waste of money. If someone wants to be special, they must take whatever they can get even if that means wearing an apron and paper hat.
Nice! I pretty much agree with the the guy you're attacking.
I am a software developer in the business for many years with major projects under Linux, Windows, Mac OSX, Symbian and others under my belt. A comment like "It sucks, I worked around it" is just a waste of time unless you provide specific details as to how the developers could have made the new experience more suitable.
I personally got myself a Samsung Series 7 Slate for Christmas last year and have been in love with Metro on it. So much so, that when I am on a Windows 7 machine I feel like I'm missing SOoo much. The start screen is actually quite great once you get used to it and give it a chance. If I were to make a so for comment about it, I'd have left a start icon on the screen to make finding the start screen by mouse a bit easier. Other than that, I can safely say that the new UI has in fact increased my productivity as a Windows and Linux developer as well as as a networking engineer.
The real issue is change and frankly, Microsoft needed a Steve Jobs and not a Steve Ballmer to sell it. It's impossible not to hate everything that comes out of Ballmers mouth.
Haha!!! Ballmer predicts 395 million surface tablets
Sounds fair, I've "preordered" 6 WoA tablets and one x86 from a Microsoft guy I know. At $200 a pop for WoA, I'm keeping a few on hand to give as birthday gifts to people I like.
What bothers me is that 395 million surface tablets sounds low. Or does he figure that 16 million people will ask Nokia for their money back for making such an UGLY ASS PHONE?
$60,000 a lot?
Really? I make a comfortable 6 figure income and live in the suburbs and $60,000 of kit is just one room. Hell, I have a coin jar with a few thousand dollars in it sitting in my kitchen.
If I were worth 10 figures, I would imagine that instead of a $1,000 projector in the game room, I'd have a $5,000 projector. If the guy only took $60,000, they should send him to a home for incompetent people who really shouldn't be responsible for themselves.
Gamblers deserve to lose
When you're a gambler, part of gambling is losing and taking it like a proper loser. Get shit faced and land face flat in the street.
I really believe that giving them a break on the trades 30% over market rate is wrong. They lost, fair and square. They tried to beat the system by getting a computer program to trade automatically and as a result, they lost their asses. And before anyone talks about the innocent victims who had invested in them... They were gamblers too and they lost.
I would love to see someone go into a Vegas casino and lose everything they own and then ask for a break under the excuse "I didn't know how to play the game". Why should the NYSE casino be any different?
Depends on the definition of a smart phone
Symbian and Symbian Lovers (which Andrew has always been a bit guilty of) considered the Series 60 platform to be a smart phone operating system. Nokia made it possible for every grandmother on the planet to get a Series 60 telephone with a large keypad for free with a cheap 12 month contract (or is it cataract hehe) and therefore, if you consider that installing Series 60 onto a telephone which eventually ends up with a consumer in the end a smart phone, then Nokia probably has 3/4 of a billion units out there. Those phones however were generally preferred over the Series 40 for grannies because they had a screen which made dialing all 3 people they called by mobile phone easier. I personally have 4 or 5 Series 60 phones I used for trying to test application development on... got them for like 10 euro unlocked from junk bins weeks after they were released.
I have seen a handful of people with Nokia "Smart Phones" being carried by the same cheeky looking people who do things like wear a noose to work because it's the only way they can show they're important. The same types of people who carry blackberrys in the states.
Just remember, Nokia isn't the "Granny Phone Company" for no reason.
P.S. - If Nokia wants to start trying to be a lot less lame, they should dump their entire "Big Button Phone" portfolio which pays their bills and get rid of the lame assed fat guy who thinks he's cool on stage when it comes to presenting the phones. The fact that he says it's cool and hip and such is enough reason to call them lame.
every Java app I've downloaded for ages (computer based, server based, phone based...) is generally released with a different version for each platform. It's crazy how the write once run anywhere turned quickly into write once, run anywhere so long as it has this OS, this browser version, this Java version etc...
Re: Should do EXACTLY as the judge said
Or better yet "Samsung didn't copy the iPad... stay tuned and watch them not copy our next one very well either"
Re: I could actually believe that they're not losing developers...
It strikes me that the only developers they have are either crapware developers or the developers which produce apps for every platform because they have the budgets to do it. Like Microsoft has written some apps for the platform, but they're the basic kinds of apps. There are no serious games or business apps in the store and almost all the downloads they brag about on their app page are skins.
That being said, BlackBerry is a great generation 2 phone. Meaning, if you just need a so-so web browser and the ability to send messages, it's really good. I think having a premium "non-smart phone" is great for guys in ties and grannies. Nokia is screwing up on that now and I think Blackberry can move in on that scene now. They just need to cut the price in half or less and they can dominate that market. Big buttons for seeing impaired would help too.
Hey, I'm one of those lemmings!
When the new Mac books arrived, I bought an old mac book air at a discount. Saved nearly $200 and the machine specs are basically the same as the new one.
That said, I immediately deleted OS X from the machine, installed Windows 7 pro and have loved it since. I did try to get a refund for OS X, but it appears the money they "Charge" for it isn't enought to justify asking for a refund ;(
Quit busting on us lemmings!
TV makers love you!
The thing which the TV manufacturers fail to make a point of is the lifespan of an LCD. The advent of LCD was huge for the TV business since people would buy a CRT and use it until it died. I have recently seen a proper good old fashioned B&W 17" screen... Connected to a digital set top box providing HD service. People don't tend to upgrade their TV screens unless there is a damn good reason they should. LCD provided that reason for many since it would actually free up some space in the room. CRT screens took space and they were ugly. These days, people choose to buy 32" or larger screens that can be much closer to the wall. Probably less than 10% of all TV purchasers will actually buy a new screen to get a larger size or to get a new feature. In fact people like me like that a lot since it's insanely wasteful to get a new TV for a new feature. This is why I truly hope Apple does not release an Apple TV that is actually a TV. First of all, there is absolutely nothing Apple can do with a single device then they can do by providing a set top box that functions with an existing TV. Second, when the Apple TV functionality grows old, you'll have to replace the whole TV as opposed to a tiny set top box to get the new features. Third, people while actually throw away their old screens which most likely are less than 5 years old to get the Apple TV.
You are part of the 10% that will buy one environment killer based on the fact that you know a new environment killer will be released shortly with better specifications. Ummm... Wait... I am too :(
haha no kidding
And wouldn't it just be cheaper to pay Scaled Composites to do one cheaper and better? It just seems to me that this is a way to pad the wallets of the fat boys in the private defense industry asking them to make stuff which will likely be overpriced and way too expensive to use and maintain. Oh.. that's right... we're support to support these huge government contractors who damn near never complete anything on time or on budget even when they're given years and billions to do it with when crumby little companies can pull off better, cheaper and safer tech on shoe-string budgets.
Did anyone see what kind of apps?
Ok... here's a bit to go by from the "Top Rate" apps list on their web site :
"Cute Smart Sexy Fancy BBM Theme - Viewer And Composer"
"Cute Smart Sexy Fancy SMS Text Message Theme - Viewer And Composer"
"Flashlight: 2 for 1 FREE - The REAL Top-Rated Flashlight on App World - Colors - No Time Limits and No Ads!"
And a crap load of emoticon stuff.
For the top paid apps, it seems that most of it is themes.
There is SO LITTLE premium content on the device that it's worse than pathetic. It was a huge mistake to brag about this. We all used to think there were no apps for the phone. This bragging made some of us look up what actually is available for it and we found "Crap crap and more crap!" but of course, since they let free smut on the store, there's going to be tons of people making free smut apps with ad-sponsering if they can.
They really should have bribed some companies by porting for free for them or added HTML5 based games to the phone. This was just really sad :(
Then it's a proper Nokia device
I'm not sure if you know this, but Nokia is a telephone producer. I developed software along with Nokia for MANY telephones and often times, not even the developers could upgrade the OS without a JTAG cable and solder points.
Microsoft never said that Windows 8 Phone would run on all existing hardware. They said it's pretty much a whole new OS from the ground up designed for multi-core processors.
Nokia has been pretty consistent for years making sure that if there was a new feature... like a new ring tone (intentional exaggeration) you would need to buy a new phone.
Nokia's business model (been on the inside) has always been, get this one shipped, make the next one. I still am utterly amazed there are still that many people stupid enough to keep falling for this over and over again.
In case you don't know, Nokia is Suomi for "hahaha SUCKER!!!!"
Re: I want to be like America...
You don't have to become American to form another America. There are many good aspects of the states. Your description however is more American than I've seen in a long time. It's extremely black and white. As if there's nothing in-between.
Europe could be a great deal more than it is if Europe were a single "country" or federation. I'll be driving with my kids from Oslo, Norway to Venice, Italy next week with stops in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France and Switzerland. To make the kids happy, I have decided to get Internet access in the car for the trip. So, today I ordered prepaid cards for each country. I couldn't just buy a single 30-day card from Vodafone or Orange since each country has different rules and regulations, so instead I bought 22 cards day cards, a few for each country. Thankfully, I can read and write all those languages or I'd have been screwed. If this were the states, I'd buy a month card and it would work for the entire country. This is just an example of one small thing that would be better.
Might as well just bite the bullet.
Eventually, he'll get cocky and find himself in a country where he can be arrested again. The laws in Sweden are lax enough that he might as well just turn himself in, do a year or three in a cozy Swedish prison and write a book.