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Every story i read about the Xbox one makes it less appealing. I don't know why but I just assumed that the old xbox games would play on the new xbox . This seems to be the standard on other consoles and makes sense as theres a considerable investment in games from the previous generation of console. The ps4 and Wii u play the previous generation console games without any fiddling about.
When Apple pulled the plug on its server range it was a pretty clear indication that they were not actively pursuing the enterprise market. Apples main focus is the consumer market. Managing 1000s of clients is not a trivial task and most enterprises have deployed third party tool in order to help them manage be it windows, Linux or apple clients. Google has the resources to roll its own solutions but many IT shops are struggling with this as they don't have the internal resources or expertise to manage that many apple clients. with the rise of BYOD the management overhead for IT shops has increased dramatically and many are not convinced about productivity increases from people using their pet hardware/os.
Re: Close that Window, it's getting shilly in here!
Puppet/Chef/cfengine are tools for managing configuration. This is something that system centre actually doesn't do very well . System centre does a great job of monitoring the event log and bouncing out the events to an alerting system but working with the management packs required for any thing that is not written by MS is a pain in the ass.
What we are seeing is a move to manifest driven configuration for large deployments. Trying to do the same with GPOs is horrible. Puppet does have its draw backs trying to manage manifests is a pita they suggest using a svn/git to manage these in large deployments .
Re: Another reason
Sucession planning needs to be part of any leaders job. In any sane organisation the next generation of leaders are being groomed long before the leadership steps down.
works both ways
I remember being given a similar type document prior to travelling to the US and travelling to the far east. There are cultural differences which it helps to be aware of . I only made a tit of myself a couple of times as a result.
party political broadcast by on behalf of arm
The fact that the announcement was hosted by ARM holdings undermines the message somewhat. Your going to see ARM in the DC to what extent is unknown as previously stated there has to be a compelling business case to deploy in large numbers. The tool chains for Linux on X86 are more developed for DC workloads. Arm is going to push Intel in the DC space but Atom is going to start eating ARMs market share in mobile. When we talk about ARm which arm chips are we talking about and how compatible are they with each other. ARMs memory management is still poor and anyone who runs a large visualised workload will tell you its memory you run out of long before cpu. Having said all of that Shuttleworth does have one thing right the way apps are written for the cloud is very different from the traditional X86 and ARM architecture apps. Ironically Intel is now one of the biggest contributors to open source software and this will help maintain its dominance. Having two strong competitors in the DC space can only be good for the consumer.
Re: The end result could crush botnets
sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.
Re: "The issue here is [...] that its taken them over a week to fix it"
I'm not defending MS , if it was my business being affected Id be pretty pissed. I dont think even MS PR department could spin this one out a success story. My point was that the recovery time is unacceptable an that adequate recovery procedures weren't in place or it would be sorted. MS have again shot themselves in the foot.
Re: Microsoft IS a tech disaster....
@eadon. As Mr Stallman aka RMS is so fond of reminding us Linux is not the Kernel. I'm pretty sure that at some point Amazon is going to have another large scale outage and it runs Linux. Its the law of averages. The outage may have zero to do with the kernal and then all of the MS fan bois will be saying linux is crap. Ask Netflix how many of its customers cared that they were running on Linux when it went down on Christmas eve.
Re: Microsoft IS a tech disaster....
Linux does not = Reliability any more than Windows = Reliability. Any sys admin worth their salt will tell you that things are a lot more complex than that. The issue is that they cant recover quickly form an outage and that is usually more to do with their operational procedures and safeguards than the particular OS. However its hurting their customers and thats bad for business.
Stuff breaks shocker!
No system is perfect. There is this idea that the cloud is magic and infallible. Its still hardware and software and many meshed systems its just sitting in someone else's facility. There are very few cloud providers that haven't had some issue that impacted customers. This happens in the enterprise and unless it impacts external customers you dont get to hear about it. Enterprises dont air their dirty linen in public unless they have to.
There is a cultural thing where the new cloud web 2.0 kids seem to think that just because you stamp cloud on a service that you forget all of the lesson learned by operational teams over the last 30 years. The basis tenants of keeping things running remain the same. As much fun as it is to poke fun at MS, Amazon, Rack space , IBM or HP it underlines the issue that no large environment is free from outages.
The best operational teams understand this and have good plans in place for recovery. They assume something will break and have factored this into their business and operational process so when something does go wrong they can recover quickly. The issue here is not that something went bang its that its taken them over a week to fix it.
Got one at Christmas, great device , easy on the eye, fantastic battery life. Use Calibre to manage my library and is even compatible with overdrive/Adobe digital edition (local library e access). E ink seems to be much easier on the eye. It also displays the cover of the last book you were reading in sleep mode. Its slim light and fits in my coat pocket. It just works, has wfi for connecting to e book and magazine sites. Colour is not a need for me so Im happy with my kobo. The build quality is pretty solid and the interface is pretty simple too / Also nice to see some diversity in the Market the Kindle is also a good product but prefer not to be tied to Amazon.
Canonical owns Ubuntu not the comm"unity"
The desktop train has left the station. Canonical has realised this and Unity is an attempt to create a UI for the next wave of devices, tablets, smart TVs etc. I dont use Unity as the ui drove me nuts but I'm not the target market. I've used Ubuntu since 6.04 and I loved it. It felt like home. However things change and there are other choices.
Id like to see Canonical becoming a profitable venture, there's a lot of really good people there doing something they are passionate about in technology. Yes the Amazon search lens was a cock up but at least they put their hands up. Canonical owes me nothing. This sense of entitlement that people have to something they haven't invested development time or money into amuses me. The thing about Linux is that you have choice its a key differentiator over Ms windows and Apple.
Re: I wonder..
Semiconductor manufacturing is far from easy. Its probably the most technologically advanced and expensive manufacturing process on the planet. There's only a couple of companies on the planet that are capable of fulfilling the requirements of Apple.
Re: I rather like C#
It finally got one Powershell. Its not perfect, but its a whole lot better than Vbscript or batch files. But then again Bash scripting and Perl aren't either so its the normal case of having to live/adapt to the limits of the tools you have. The tool kits are getting better as a whole. The fact is that as a developer you are going to have to know several programming languages, old systems have to be maintained and new systems requiring new features need to be written. I'm a sys admin and I have to be familiar with several scripting and programming languages to support the business. It comes down to the best tool for the job at hand.
My concern is that a lot of the University's have become vendor training centres rather than really teaching computer science and programming. I came from a Physics background so maybe my education that taught how to analyse and solve problems and test ideas left me unhindered by any only one way type dogma. If you work in IT you are going to realise that you are in an industry that requires life long learning. If this isnt something you are prepared to do then your options become increasingly limited as time progresses.
Mainstream Meida Take away is
Linux is used by vandals. Linux users are Vandals and are some sort of anti democratic nut jobs and somehow anti American.
@h3, I think the difference here is that you are looking at this objectively. I use both *Nix and Windows each have their advantages and disadvantages. Theres still a few things you cant do in powershell but they are getting fewer with each release. Having said that my 12 year old bash and perl scripts still work. Its really about having the right tools for the job. I find it ironic that we are still having the my OS is better than your OS when most users don't care because they are busy getting things done . It the equivalent of metric vs imperial tools sets in the mechanical world. saving said that planting adds in a local search is reprehensible, the fact is that search is becoming less useful as a result.
Re: If MS did this with Windows...
I never thought Id have to say this but it seems that MS is being honest with users than Canonical. I get that Canonical has to make money . The software store was definitely a step in the right direction where Canonical could make a cut of sales from the distro that they create and maintain. I even bought some software and as software transactions go it was the most painless experience , better than google play or MS download.
Ubuntu One was another step in the right direction where you paid for a service if you wanted more space, having all of your DRM free media files synced on any device is quite cool.
However I have to draw the line when my desktop becomes a SEO vehicle for a company such as Amazon which has given nothing back to the free software community. If MS did this everyone would be screaming blue murder, just because a company is in the open source business doesn't not give it carte blanch to abuse the position.
you want it cheap someones going to pay?
Lots of companies use Foxconn components in their products. Foxconn replaced AMP in the motherboard connector business about 15 years ago and up scaled from there. Motherboard production is a low margin business so any reduction on cost is sought to remain competitive. You want cheap consumer products then the biggest factor in most manufacture is labour. If you want to purchase products that have been made by companies that treat their workforce well then be prepared to pay a premium for it. There are many reasons for not buying Apple but in this case if you were to veto every purchase of electronic equipped based on Foxconn components then you would find yourself with few choices.
In China workers are having to fight for rights that have been won in the Europe and the US. Expect this to continue for some time. These rights are under threat everywhere in the global economy . Once these rights get established in China expect companies to set up elsewhere where labour is cheap and they can operate as they please.
its getting truly absurd
The whole idea of patents was to protect the inventor. Now it seems the idea is to cripple your competition and prevent sales of similar competing products. The system is now penalising invention and thats only bad for customers. I doubt very much that any US judge is going to find against Apple and ban imports. Its a mess ,the consumer is going to suffer and perhaps the Chinese workforce who will have to bear the brunt of the inevitable cost cutting to pay for the patent wars.
@superhans Well said sir. There are some things Linux does well and other things Windows does well. For those of us who work in the trenches of the enterprise we know there is no nirvana OS. We have to maintain an objective view of tools .
Wall Street in slash and Burn shocker.
Cutting a profitable business that allows them to vertically integrate in the enterprise, very forward thinking. There are significant economies of scale involved in the production of hardware. Wall street , slash and burn for next quarters profits! Thats what got HP into trouble in the first place. There was a time when HP concentrated on execution and R&D. They need to get back to that.
good idea or runit till the VC runs out
@mark65 Well said. It would seems that we are going back to the dot com days when VCs handed over stupid amounts of cash for businesses that would never work. Seems that banks and investors never learn. There have been very few tech IPOs where the value has remained. Creating and driving a successfully new business is hard that's why so many fail. I know of several companies that were just run till the VC ran out and the staff move on to the next one. They are all of the "koolade" variety, all flashy website and no plan or ability to execute consistently.
Mail clients aren't exciting. They aren't very web 2.0 but they are very useful. Having a local store of your emails especially in business is vital. Web mail is useful for short stints but if you are in an environment where you write more than 5 emails a day of more than a few paragraphs then a dedicated mail client is the way to go.
The fact is that the all of the Linux email clients have been inferior to Outlook. Outlook is one of the few products that MS nailed. It is very difficult to give up the integrated messaging, calender, contacts and collaboration once you get used to it. It does cost a lot but your paying for the productivity boast. Large enterprises need this kind of capability and are willing to pay for it.
I use Thunderbird on my Linux Mint and Ubuntu set ups , I even installed it for my Mother. She loves it because it works and it makes email simple she has all of her email contacts in once place and the interface is pretty easy to understand. I would be sad to see it loose the little support Thunderbird gets from Mozilla but its their product and they are entitled to do this if they feel their resources would be better spent elsewhere. I wonder if the the libre office team might take up the baton. The office productivity suites on Linux really do need a lot of love and a polished functional email client is a must.
He got it done
Linux isn't perfect but then neither is any other operating system but for the most part its good enough. The by-product of this work maybe more fundamental in that it promoted open source as a method of development. It laid the foundation for collaborative programming projects using the internet and harnessing the distributed talents and resources of volunteers globally.
This is news?
This article seems to be more of a sales pitch for Amazon than a look at the impact that the cloud is having on Enterprises. Cloud really meaning hosted in someone else's data centre. The key point that being missed is lack of trust and business knowledge that keeps services in house. Most large enterprises have what is essentially an internal cloud which they have control over.
difference between driver and mechanicsWe have reached the point where IT has become like automobiles. The majority of people that drive cars know little more than how to drive the thing badly . In the distant past people had to know a lot more about the actual workings of the car to drive it There are some , who are enthusiasts who know how to tinker with the engines and know what a slip differential is, I'd liken them to power users. Then there are the mechanics pretty much like the IT technican. However engineeers will always be engineers and a minority. With kids all you can really do is show them the possibilites of a career in Engineering . If they like to tinker with thing then they may well be attracted to a career in engineering. There is no shortage of resources on how to program and how computers work, there is a shortage in interest. The fact is that as any technology becomes more popular the number of people who really understand it diminsishes as a percentage. Science and Engineering need good PR . Ive spent the last 20 years working in the technology field and I'm happy I had the oppertunity. I've even managed to work on things that were mildly useful. Its something Id encourage any young person to look at. The possibities have to be advertised. There are very few superstar programmers and that is not going to change due to the nature of the job. The key is that there are oppertunities to learn and oppertunites to grow.
Yes its true. Just becuase your number one now doesn't mean your be number one tomoorrow. Its easier to remain at the top when your there but you can be knocked off your perch. Commission is nothing new .
In the long run we are all dead!
Samsung are one the largest Chip foundries in the world. They havent been number two in Volume since 2002 by accident. There are not many other companies that have anywhere near the same silicon maufacturing capability. Intel is the largest in terms of volume. Chip process design and manufacture are expensive businesses requiring massive R&D and Capital investment. The idea that a Fab can easily ramp up to take the kind of volume for ipads/iphones volume is a misnomer. Samsung have both the LCD and phone chip market sown up. Even with two years notice its hard to ramp up silcon production , it usually means new process/equipment.
There has to be a way for inventors to monitise their inventions or innovation ends. The patent system has become a trough for the legal profession.
Canonical Own Ubuntu
Canonical are now more focussed on mobile and tablet devices. this is driving UI changes. Canonical own Ubuntu and if thats what they want to do its up to them. There a great Ubuntu community and I hope they don't get sidelined as Canonical goes for more commercial Success.
I've moved to Linux Mint it may be that after 20 odd years of using a computer with a menu system I cant really adapt to one without it. Linux Mint seem to be taking a more measured approach as the UI will evolve. Most users are content consumers not content creators and the ratio is getting lager in favour of content consumers. I might go back to Ubuntu in a year when the glitches are ironed out
Check out http://www.uni-ulm.de/en. The university has been an incubator for many mobile tech companies and has a good track record of turning out quality programmers. There a quite a few small mobile software houses in ULM that specialise in mobile apps and mobile firmware.
IT manager in customer understanding shocker :)
There is no silver bullet. Making things work takes work. There are good IT departments and bad IT departments. Good IT departments are normally lead by managers who actually talk to their customers and understand the business. IT is there to enable the business to make money.
Business needs IT to be a strategic differentiator. If that's not the case it will be out sourced. The role of IT is changing from running the infrastructure to owning the service. the reason that all those Gray haired middle managers were scared was that they know their days are numbered.
Google Wants flash for ad Delivery
So Google "we love open standards" wants to push more adds and to do that they need propriety flash. Its their business model and where they see their advertising revenue coming from in stream ads etc.. Flash is the delivery mechanism.
how many galaxy tabs sold?
"Android came equally out of nowhere to capture 2.3 per cent of the market with total shipments of 2.3 units, by far the majority of them being Samsung Galaxy Tabs."
It would really help the article if you got the numbers right. its not too much to ask.
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