9 posts • joined Sunday 19th August 2007 00:37 GMT
Smartphones are becoming the default
With increasing mob phone processing power Android is making headway into the cheaper, formerly 'non-smart' market. I wonder how long the cheap segment will remain free from Android: the hardware is only getting cheaper and focusing on Android would save companies from having to use Symbian or their own non-smart phone OS.
Check Gartner's numbers: Nokia's sales are dropping rapidly, from 28.2% market share a year ago to 23.9% last quarter. Android's smartphone market share more than doubled from 25.3% to 52.5%.
And despite El Reg's WinPhone marketing fluff, I don't see how Nokia will be able to turn the tide. We're quickly heading towards an Android world with Samsung comfortably in the lead.
I for one welcome our Korean-Mountainview Penguin overlords!
Dirty Donkey +1
Wine has come a long way since the early days and CodeWeavers is the reason why it's continuously improving. Install a windows application and you get a nice menu item in your desktop environment, who needs to know where C: is?
Transgaming tried making Wine easier to use for gamers but it never really caught on. Perhaps CodeWeavers will have more luck with a generic 'user-friendly' Wine, even though I wonder what they'll do with applications that need a few tweaks or a patched Wine.
The problem with making Wine easier is that less technical peeps will expect their Windows applications to run without problems: when that doesn't happen they'll balk at having to edit a configuration file manually and quickly run back to Windows, blaming Linux/OS X and Wine/CodeWeavers because they can't run their precious archaic Win32-application.
Can only wish CodeWeavers luck though!
It's a tricky business but can be done properly
Being an independent developer I give our clients the option when it comes to hosting: host in-house and bill us by the hour if your people mess up or outsource the hosting to us SaaS-style for a fixed fee and you get your SLA.
Most go the SaaS-route but I'm clear on where the data is, who owns it (the client does), what rules govern the data, allow regular off-site data backups by the client and have clauses in contracts on what happens if our company folds.
Some clients persist in keeping the system in-house, but even those get fed up with internal IT antics and go SaaS behind their backs. Always a laugh when internal IT has a whole list of unreasonable demands (sole ownership of copyright on code, third-party audits) and business goes over their heads, leaves them out of the picture and goes SaaS. As long as the data is theirs they couldn't care less.
First page: The problem is that users just didn't care enough. Bu_t_ why not?
Besides that, yet another brilliant Ted rant. But I'm probably the only one who likes them.
Is that a pointer in my pocket, or am I just happy to see you?
You mean a generic database interface like PDO?
That PHP coders tend to write sloppy amateurish code doesn't mean the language should be blamed.
I agree with you on the namespace issue (Python, we love you \o/) and PHP a couple of years ago went from vulnerability to vulnerability. Nowadays however the problem is more that of 'coders' that only know a few HTML tags try their hand at building up stuff in PHP by googling around for bits of code. Which leads to a stinkin' mess of shite the people that do know their stuff can clean up.
Re: Large workloads
Have you not read case studies that show oracle, sap, exchange all run perfectly acceptable in a virtualization platforms...?
Agreed. I fail to see why a database or application wouldn't run in a VM while a webserver would. From my limited experience with virtualization, as long as you don't squeeze the amount of allocated RAM, anything will run perfectly fine.
Agreed with Mo
The Gentoo-fanbois charge El Reg once again... they're nearly as bad as the Apple-cult.