124 posts • joined Monday 4th January 2010 14:52 GMT
Experience is overrated
what counts mostly in computing is ability, not experience. I will agree that all other things being equal a wide range of experience is a plus, but counting the number of years' experience in a particular subject area is very overrated.
I'm sure we've all met with people who've been doing the same job for 20 years but still don't really have a clue, whereas a keen newbie with talent can pick things up quickly and learn on the job and overtake their "superiors" within a few months. I'd choose a fresh grad who knew how to program over a "lifer" who'd lost all drive any day.
This could actually be a good thing
computers have suffered for so long from the problem that any old idiot with a laptop had the tools to create content, hence most software and most web sites are crap - the software equivalent of a movie filmed on a mobile phone.
by finally giving dumb users a content consumption device instead of a content creation device, we might finally get to have the people who know what they're doing creating the real content and software, while slab-fondlers can concentrate on tweets and facebook posts that nobody reads.
Governments have been spying on us poor citizens for years. Now finally it will be easy for the common man to snoop on the private lives of MPs
all well and good in theory
but it's exactly the fragility you experienced that is the problem with Microsoft - "black box" installers that sometimes work but often don't; incomprehensible error messages; the fact that things often inexplicably work the second or third time. They failed to make SharePoint reliable in the enterprise so they've abandoned it, and it took them 20 years to get windows right. How long (if ever) it will take to get WASWS right is still very much open to question.
these look somehow familiar...
ah yes, they all look exactly the same as my 4 year old MacBook air :-)
"a digital archive of rarely accessed but useful, static information."
2 out of 3 ain't bad :-P
the crazy thing is
it's only about 2 years ago they decided to dedicate a vast amount of resources to invent the third platform. I wish I could afford to waste $10Bn (or whatever it cost) doing something utterly stupid and then still get a massive payout when I finally got kicked out of the company
but which parts are they actually using?
One of the nice things (for the supplier) about bundling all your apps up into one umbrella brand is that you can announce that customer is has signed up for your latest all-singing all-dancing cloud offering when all they're actually going to use is office on the desktop (which they were already paying for) and a bit of webmail.
All conjecture of course!
RE: MS just don't know what to say to sell Windows 8
"...a modern OS like Windows 8.1".
Not _actually_ Windows 8.1 but _like_ it -- in other words, Windows 7.
Re: Due Diligence
Yeah we should all move to Google docs - no way anyone else could interfere with our files then is there?
surely someone on websense has done their maths wrong
If I read their site correctly, the problem affects all versions of Windows and Office except for the 2% which have the combination of office 2010 + (server 2003 or xp), so that would be 5+30+41+14-2 = 88%
Not entirely true
"As everyone who has ever run a successful project knows, the first thing to do is to get the specifications right."
True to an extent but as everyone who has run a successful project also knows, users rarely know what they want before they start the project. If your definition of successful is delivering the project and getting paid, it's fine to try and set the requirements in stone before you start. If you want a system which is actually useful you have to be prepared to refine the requirements as you go along - that's what agile is all about,
bigger is better
If linux is going to compete with other software in any serious way the version numbers need to get much bigger quickly - everyone knows higher version numbers are better. Chrome browser was only released a couple of years ago and that's on about version 30 already. Windows 2000 was almost exactly 250 times better than windows 8. LT should take advantage of this and leapfrog everyone else to bring out linux version 3000
I can't see it catching on
I'm lucky enough to work for a small tech company where everyone is their own IT support, but if other areas of tech support (e.g. internet providers, phone companies etc) are anything to go by, it's easier to employ 100 useless-but-polite people who have no idea what you're talking about and just serve to give you the run-around than to employ a single person who actually might solve the problem. I don't like it but that's the world we live in.
Whenever I report a problem, I try to give exactly the kind of information I would ask my customers to give me, but usually I find the person I'm talking to has no understanding of what I'm trying to achieve and no skills, training, aptitude or interest in interpreting my input or resolving the problem.
Thin end of the wedge
soon someone will discover that if you put the battery in the keyboard, the screen can hinge up naturally without needing a silly cardboard/leather stand. then we'll almost be back to the ultrabook/netbook
Is this piece an advert?
It doesn't seem to contain any editorial content, just stuff that could be gleaned from Microsoft's web site
too many platforms
One thing that will certainly come back to bite MS their decision to "unify" on 3 separate (and mostly incompatible) platforms rather than just two. None of their tablet stuff can work on phablets
UTF-8 IS unicode
I know you said you were refusing to be rigorous in use of the correct terminology but side effect of this is that the title of your article is completely wrong. you're complaining about UTF-16 and if you use UTF8 you are also using unicode
"sustainable" business model
the only sustainable business model for instagram is to sell the company for enough dosh you can sustain yourself indefinitely on the proceeds. shame someone else already thought of that
Re:Better to have no gadgets during take off
as far as i'm concerned there is no difference between reading a book on a dead tree and a kindle, and for the most part that includes electrical emissions as well (assuming you've got a proper e-reader with a passive screen as opposed to the "poor man's ipad" type)
I don't even bother trying to explain to the stewardess that my kindle can't be turned off; I just put it in the seat pocket until she's gone past.
I hope their laptops are better than their supposed hi-fi. I think I'd rather have B&Q speakers :-)
In fact, the share price rise directly caused by the departure of monkey boy will probably add more on to the worth of their existing share options than they'll get in new ones
nothing wrong with digital watches
Although uptake of the first ever digital watches (and the latest smart watches) was/is doubtless based partly on fashion, I think Dabbs has got it completely arse about face with regards to digital watches in general.
I have always worn a digital watch, they're cheap, reliable, more accurate than analog, easier to use, and have the option of various features should you choose. The fact that analog watches are the norm nowadays has more to do with fashion than practicality. about the only advantage of analog watches is that you can get a self-winding mechanism and not have to go through the inconvenience of changing the battery once every 5 years.
This could be the best thing MS has done all year
Not that that's much of an achievement mind you :-)
But Nokia is still a good corporate brand. If the combination of MS and Nokia can produce the kind of handsets and tablets that enterprises want and have them seamlessly integrated with windows apps, domains, group policy, and that kind of stuff, they could quite easily become the default choice for enterprises if not consumers.
Compared to recent MS screw-ups, this one looks eminently sensible for both organizations
..."such as a brand you like"
in other words, it doesn't have to _actually_ be a brand you like; your face could end up advertising anything at all without you doing anything or having any say in the matter
is this a set-up?
5 comments on a forum about a mobile phone company and no complaints (apart from those about its competitors)
+1 for me too. I was very happy with 3 and would move back in a flash if I could get a signal on 3 at work
since when did anyone ever use bing?
Since this functionality hasn't been (and by the look of it won't be) implemented in google, it basically doesn't exist.
Oh yes, and Yahoo! - I remember that - From 1998.
they need a proper tablet OS
windows 8 may be crap if you're not using a tablet, but MS also don't seem to have realised it's crap if you've got a tablet too. why on earth would tablet users want to have to go into "windows mode" with cmd.exe and regedit whenever they need to do anything complex. RT truly is the worst of both worlds - doesn't run windows applications but half of it still has UI legacy from windows 95. If you're going to make an OS that's not compatible with existing windows apps, at least start form a clean slate
it's a nice idea...
but applications can only be treated as cattle if the infrastructure and services they require work the same way. for most enterprise infrastructure (think SQL Server, Oracle, ASP.Net, J2EE, exchange, anything you like) that's as far away today as it's ever been.
i laughed out loud when i saw this bit: "the approach doesn't work on IE8 because the browser features pop-up warnings." so IE8 is more secure than newer version then :-)
it's a serious point for security though. In the old days when windows UI was relatively consistent and predictable, people knew what an OS dialog or a browser window looked like. With windows 8, things fly across the screen or take up full screen and the user has no way of knowing whether it's malware or an OS prompt.
who needs it?
I can't see that the vast majority of people need 30Mbit broadband. The money would be far better spent ensuring that 100% of people have access to some kind of broadband (say 4Mbit)
"Twitter is conspicuous in its absence from the presentation's list – which is reassuring"
Isn't the whole point of twitter that everyone sees everything, so harvesting that is trivial anyway?
Re: It can't get any worse...
@Moeluk I think you're right. apart from the fact that I now have SkyDrive pro listed in the add/remove programs, I can see no difference at all.
In case anyone is thinking of using SkyDrive pro in conjunction with SharePoint, here's an example of how braindead it is: Drag a file from SkyDrive pro to your desktop note that the mouse cursor is "move" not "copy". You have just permanently deleted it from SharePoint. No Warning or confirmation message. Of course you can drag it back but you have lost the version history unless you want to restore your whole SharePoint server from a backup.
It can't get any worse...
There already is a SkyDrive pro client which is part of office 2013 and it's way worse than SharePoint workspace 2010. I'll be trying the new version as soon as i've managed the 250MB download on my weedy ADSL connection.
Interesting to here other people here talking about their experiences sharepoint and groove. It's so un-finished as a whole, I had previously assumed I was the only person actually trying to use it.
Is this story relevant to el reg?
Not because it's politics; more because in the 40 years he has been able to speak, Ed Miliband hasn't so far said anything vaguely worth listening to yet, and it doesn't look like he's about to start.
there's no right or wrong here
yes the current tax rules may be stupid but google isn't breaking the law.
They have a choice to make about maximising revenues which may involve paying more tax than necessary to avoid negative PR, but that's a business decision. Companies are not moral agents.
and what are you supposed to do with the keyboard once you've unplugged it
are you going to carry it around with you? then you're better off buying a laptop
are you going to leave it at home? buy an iPad instead
but which has the bigger installed base
most people here seem to be overlooking the simple fact that the reason not many people bought a laptop last year isn't because they don't want one any more; it's because they already have one
it's a pipe dream at the moment
Myself and my colleagues are fairly extensive users of word and excel and also the google equivalents. we only use the google ones when we're prepared to sacrifice just about everything to have an interactive document (usually something with very short lifespan like a to-do list or a discussion)
Even with google's proven ability to stun the market with web apps that were light years ahead of the competition (search, maps, gmail), google office apps haven't really closed the gap with proper office in the last 5 years and if google can't do it, nobody can (and yes I've used office online too).
If you're writing a proper document, you'll want to be sitting in front of a proper keyboard. that means you're already running windows, osx, or linux, and those already have perfectly acceptable office apps on. everything else is just playing around.
OMG - a way to get free MP3s online
I've been waiting for years for that to happen
MS must have anticipated this
Unless everyone at MS was very naïve and taken in by all the hype, I'm sure this must have been part of the plan all along. I suspect someone high up knew that the only way to get metro out there was to ignore all their existing customers and release windows 8 as a "dead end" while they decided on a more sustainable plan for the future.
Whether they actually have a sensible plan for future releases is anyone's guess. I can't personally see any future for touch screen laptops or for metro on the desktop.
Am I missing something here?
It only allows me to find stuff I've already found before?? Now I know my memory isn't that great, but most of my web surfing is to find things I _haven't_ found before
Missed the boat
If you're already on Windows 7 you're sitting pretty (relatively speaking) because you've got a nice stable platform with XP mode for some legacy apps, and you can safely ignore the abortion that is Windows 8. If you're planning a migration from XP now, you've got to decide whether to go with the already-superseded 7, the unusable 8, or hold on till the last minute and bank everything on the fact that 9 will be another good'un
Type A and B ports
Being an apple product, I imagine having both type of ports would be useful - simply plug both ends of a standard printer cable in at the same time and watch it disappear up its own arse.
Seriously though it's an interesting point whether a tablet is seen as a host or a device. Surtace has a USB A so it clearly thinks it's a computer you plug devices into; most other tablets have a mini or micro USB meaning they consider themselves devices that can be plugged into a host.
how about a modern computer?
I'd like to see a comparison of how long a typical PC (or even a phone) would take to break the code using the same inputs