19 posts • joined 14 Oct 2011
Nothing new here move along
Ubuntu is the dog chasing any car that comes by its house. First it was desktop, then it it was the T.V. (remember that) now its the phone (Oh lets not forget the server space, and the cloud). Judging by what they did in the desktop space which was pretty much Linux with ugly wall paper and ugly icons and a window manager that makes Windows 8 look great, I don't expect to much from them in the mobile space.
One thing this article and may others like that hail the end of the desktop forget, is what desktop computers do - they produce the digital content be it from a word processor or a 3D CAD program. Do you think demand for such content is going to diminish ?
The Dells, HP's, Lenovas should stop letting Microsoft drive them to oblivion. Why do they not pull their resources together and get behind Ubuntu, or some facsimile, and keep their profitable desktops relevant. What they are loosing in sales from one business quarter would pay for all the development needed to make polish Linux desktop
Actually think this guy might be what they need. Thorsten wasn't the man, he took a plane that was free falling and pushed the nose to the ground. How Thorsten could see those crappy alpha and beta devices that came across his desk and not smell a dead fish is beyond me.
The BB10 OS with its true multitasking actually makes Android look like something from the 1990s, If Blackberry can produce phones that don't look like they came from a Canadian tractor plant they really might have something that can compete. That and add something new and innovating to the phone (Home control, smart chip technology, can openner, etc) then they have a chance.
Call me old fashion
Now car's are hermetically sealing us in a mindless wasteland. Entertainments systems in the back seat ! If Hemingway were alive and riding in such a car he would rip out the unit, throw it out the window before putting a bullet to it. He'd then open a bottle of scotch, hang his arm out the window while engaging in some conversation with the car next to him. If necessary they would then pull over and settle their difference with a good honest fist fight, or if he was a she, then she might hop in the back seat, take a swig from his bottle, a puff from his cigarette, then climax their friendship before each drove their separate ways.
Its going to be a sad time for growing up as a teenager.
Re: lucky escape
Your posting shows how little you understand Silicon Valley - a place where failure is an option because out of it something else will arise. It's not for the timid or the risk adverse, who are afraid to try because they are afraid to lose. No it is probable not for the likes of you, nor for me anymore, but as far as I still know it still draws some of the brightest and most innovative people on earth. Silicon Valley is harbour of refuge for young Canadian minds like the one found in this article.
Re: lucky escape
One of the many reasons Silicon Valley is not in Canada
How long can Ballmer stay in charge
Whats' harder to fathom then all of Microsoft's blunders is how they keep the same leadership. All these blunders have really happened on Steve's watch yet he continues to be there. A look at HP, Intel, AMD, Yahoo, Dell even Google(Schmidt given a back seat) have CEO's pulled on much shorter leashes. What or who is keeping Ballmer in charge ? Are Microsoft's stock holders so enamoured with MS office sales that they over look the companies utter and complete failure in web and mobile technologies.
The 2013 Yahoo award
Only the start of the year, but these guys have a clear lead in this year's Yahoo Award.
No place for minor leaguers
This award might be considered somewhat of an honour for a rookie or novice CEO, but for a seasoned veteran of one of the largest technology companies it ought to be be an prequel to early retirement.
MS really needs some young blood with fresh ideas.
Re: Nokia throws html 5 against the wall
Yes, because Microsoft is always so good to its partners. What planet are you on
Re: N900 ... so close to exceptional, but not open source enough
Like your average consumer cares or even knows about open source, x windows, gtk.
But they have nothing else
Having killed Meego after it shipped, then having killed Meltimi after it was mostly done, Nokia have no OS of their own for cheap devices. Rumor has it that they will use the Android kernel, for some kind of html phone, but thats going to take a long time to come, and with WP doing so poorly they don't have time.
They need to get rid of Ellop, as he has proven he just doesn't understand the market. He keeps killing programs - sighting they are to costly, but then he always find's money to start new ones. - never time to do it right but always time to do it over.
Fnding a Steve Job's like CEO maybe next to impossible, but Nokia needs to get somebody that somewhat resembles Jobs, somebody who can articulate and describe what a product can and should be (lead from the front not from behind) . Ellop is a sales guy, and as Job's said many times over - sales guys make ineffective leaders.
Hold everything , let office be the center
Office is their one product that people seem to like well, so they ought to have all other products suround it. Instead of "Windows 8", It should be "Office OS". Instead of "Windows Phone", how about "Office Phone". And "X-Office" sounds a lot spicer the "X-Box".
Are you listening MS
80,000 Employees! Did the FAA buy IBM ?
Excuse my ignorance, but why does the FAA need 80,000 employees. Thats probable two for every commercial jet in the sky. The real story here isn't about MS Office, its about government waste.
Remember Al Capone
Don't mess with the IRS, There once was a guy named Al Capone, whot got away with murder, racketering and bootlegging, The G-men couldn't touch him, but the IRS got him in prison for tax evasion.
In other words....
Our business model has no chance in hell of sustaining us, so we need to start throwing new ones against the wall to see what sticks
The big three need to take the bull by the balls
I think the big three (HP, Dell, Lenovo) and maybe even the big 5 (fill in the rest) need to realize that Microsoft isn't going to help them compete against Apple, and do they really trust Google with Android ? Now if you look at the Linux desktop, its not looking so bad anymore. So why don't these three commit resources to some form of Linux desktop (my favorite is KDE). Ten or Twenty milion dollars would buy a lot of full time developers for a Linux Desktop (Throw in another ten mill to get a first rate office suit).
Yeh sounds kind of crazy, but no more crazy then riding shot gun with Microsoft at the wheel driving you to oblivion.
Ellop is the Village Idiot
Ellop should go back to selling chicken dinners. He's not compentent to run anything larger.
Think of my brother bob
I am writting this note for my brother Bob who sits next to me in a vegitated state watching a rerun of Friends. Bobby just typed the number 29, letting me no that this is how many times he has seen this episode.
Bobby's desmise started 22 years ago when he was 13 years old. It started innocently enough with his adolesent crush on Marsha Brady, but then it got more serious when we got a T.V. with a remote control. Soon Bob had his own subscription to TV Guide magazine. Then two years latter at age of 12 (Note to non T.V. watchers - dedicted TV viewers can't do math) Bob got his own T.V. in his bed room. We hardly ever saw Bob after that. He started to skip classes at school and by the time Bay Watch came out he stopped going to school altogether. Now my 75 year old mom clean's his bed pan twice a day, and my step Dad fixes him Luck Charms for breakfast, boxed macaronni and cheese for lunch (Store brand cause Bob's cable bill ate up my parents pension and home equity), and for dinner Bob eats a Happy Meal. Bob now weights 450 lbs and has to take Viagra to get hard enough to masturbate for nipple shots of Jenifer Anston.
Please don't let this happen to you or your childern. Turn off your TV. Better yet throw it away. Think of what you could do with your life with that extra two, three, four hours per night wasted in front of the T.V.
- Bob's brother
Maybe the can get Apple to sponsor the new telescope. Perhaps create an app which streams video content from the telescope to billions and billions (I think Carl Sagan and Steve Jobs were related) of IPhone users.