14 posts • joined 28 Jan 2013
Re: Jobs and Gates
You realize Gates' foundation is spending beeellions on eradicating diseases and improving sanitation in the 3rd World. So whatever you think of his former career at Microsoft, I'd quite like his new career to be a long and successful one.
The reason for the small team was it was a Steve pet project. No-one else took it seriously. They'd tried making an iPod with a mobile with Motorola, it was a failure. So they were happy to ride the iPod wave and not get involved with partners and mobile phone companies.
Heck, even when Steve Jobs announced the iPhone he said he'd be happy if it got 5% market share from Nokia. And as well all know Ballmer was completely dismissive of it. And why not, a non-mobile phone company tries to do a phone, and forgets to add the keys. It was a hail Mary shot that paid off.
I bet the iPad team was HUGE in comparison, once they knew they were on to a winning idea/design. Just make a bigger iPhone,
That's possible I suppose, but the number of 'hits' would still be very small. I could come up with a spoof email that would get waaaayyy more 'hits' than a recent cancer treatment. How about :
To all recent passengers of <insert national carrier here> .
We are contacting all recent passengers of out short and long haul flights, specifically Airbus 320 and Boeing 7x7 series. A staphylococci virus has been detected in the air-conditioning systems of these plane variants and you are required to attend your local gp for a blood test (see attachment).
Please bring your booking details and passport when you attend.
Some further convincing bullshit
why didn't the just buy Blackberry?
It would have been cheaper and they would have got BBM, and a phone manufacturer to make more Facebook phones.
Why 16 beellion for. A BBM imitator?
Why not add a 4 stove bbq beside the work surface, another fridge compartment to store a keg of beer, and few optics on top, a gas canister at the side, a few rechargeable battery packs, and wifi extender, some solar panels on the lid to charge the batteries, 3 years subscription to Foxtel Go, and wifi home media center.
I'd love to see a comic relief episode of Dragons Den where somebody turned up with something like that, and just presented it with a straight face and called it The Homer.
It is an annoying trend on websites to try and suck as much information out of users as possible. Certain discussion forums expect you to give a face book log in to comment on articles, or to 'like' it, before you can read more , or +1 it in Google or diggit or reddit or share it. Ahhh for the good old days when an old spam filled email account and a password was all that was required.
Hasn't every hit 'Reply All' at least once?
Working 15 years ago for IBM on a critical real-time international money transfer system. We all got an email saying if we spotted any show stopping bugs in the system before it went live, we'd 'win' an IBM T-shirt. So I forwarded the email to my friend saying something along the lines of " What the f**k are they thinking, what a crappy prize, etc etc".
The sinking feeling when you hit Send and see the 'Reply Sent to 7,300 users' is unbelievable.
On the plus side, I didn't get sacked, and got equal amounts of 'you are an idiot' vs 'Good point' replies.
Maybe it's because the market for people who want to carry their entire Audio/visual library with them on every holiday or business trip is very small? Realistically, even for the longest break most people would be happy with a couple of hundred hours of TV programmes and films, and a few thousand hours of audio books and radio shows. That doesn't even come close to filling a 128gb tablet.
Re: If we can shoehorn linux
I thought that was going to be a witty comment about how Linux gets shoehorned into every bloody comments thread on this site (regardless of any relevance to the topic.)
But it turns out you were just shoehorning Linux into the thread. :(
There goes my massive once in a lifetime coincidence
Sitting on a deck at 5am in Brisbane watching old episodes of Blackadder on my phone while reading news articles on my tablet. Clicked on a Register story about Steve Jobs, and then saw a story about hollering. Clicked on that and simultaneously had that scene from Blackadder on both my phone and tablet.
What are the chances of that? I was hoping the biggest coincidence in my life would be a bit more profound.
Bang for your buck
Lots of excellent choices on the list ,but 90% of them are outside what the Beeb could afford.
Warwick Davis on the other hand revealed on 'Would I lie to you' that he once accepted a gig to dress as an ewok and jump out of a tree and propose to Star wars fans girlfriend.
So I think money wise they could afford him. But also he'd make a very interesting Doctor.
Re: keeping your skills nearer the edge
I see it as graceful degradation. I can no longer be arsed keeping up with every fad and latest whizz-bang thing that comes along. I consciously decided in 2000 to hitch my wagon to one last technology wagon, previously having been a bit of a C++ /Java Oracle SQL jack-of-all-trades developer. So I chose Oracle-Siebel. Thats it. Nothing else since, lots of bank and government work. And there will be for years to come.
Will I be shocked at my lack of current knowledge when every single Oracle-Siebel implementation finally ends? Not really, I will also see it coming a mile off, it will take years to replace all these systems. And I'll be happily dribbling in my cocoa on some beach by then.
Every contractor reaching the age of 40 should just take on one final technology and hang on to it with a death grip, knowing when it finally runs out, they can retire.
My My, such an outpouring of smugness and bitterness over a quite clever way to advertise a job for a large software company. Err why? So someone who is running IE in debug mode finds the job advert and goes for it, good luck to them. It is certainly one way to get some of the wheat out of the chaff.
And as for it being Microsoft, so what! There is nothing like having a couple of Multinationals on your CV when you move in to contracting. MS would be a good start.
I think it would be a great opportunity for someone starting out. I don't get the arrogance of a lot of you.
Re: Wasn't OS/2 an issue?
Yeah, OS/2 and Improv seriously distracted Lotus. I was working on both 123 for windows release 4 (Darwin) and Improv at the same time. The big hope was that Improv would be the game changer, because we had fallen behind with windows due to the OS/2 debacle.
Improv was great, just took a bit of learning over traditional spreadsheets, and with pivot tables etc being merged into normal spreadsheets it didn't catch on.