9 posts • joined 19 Aug 2007
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.
Another Xtreamer fan here
Cheap and does the job well. Even supports NFS mounting for the Unix lovers!
More bad puns
Rather have one repository under my feet than 10 in the cloud.
Amazon's cloud is raining cats and dos's.
Mine's the one with 'puns for dummies'.
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.