Saturday, 22 December 2012

Friends?

- Who is that X you are talking about?
- You know, our colleague on the third floor.
- Hm, I think she is my friend on Facebook.

Monday, 10 December 2012

How long will Google Reader survive?

Just found this in my Google Reader feeds. Unfortunately I have the same impression without any insider information: it's a completely neglected project. Neglected by Google, but loved by it's users. I just can't imagine how else would it be possible to keep track of 210 blogs and news sites and read 138,680 items since December 2006.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

On the case of Sinofsky

I have controversial thoughts about this. As many others I also used to think that it is Ballmer who should have left the company years ago. But now I am unsure. Some of the mistakes MSFT did in the past years might be caused by Sinofsky's presence. I believe that the Windows department had a huge impact in killing Silverlight. And although I didn't jump the SL bandwagon, this was the rudest thing MS did with their developers in the last decade.
Maybe, maybe things going to get better now?

Sunday, 11 November 2012

What is success by Richard Branson

First time I heard his name was two years ago when he ran the London marathon in a fancy dress. I even didn't know who he was. I have a really bad memory for names so that's not a big deal. But there are people out there who deserve to remember their names even if I will never code have a beer with them. He is one of those.
What’s the best measurement for success? Happiness

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

About Microsoft's future

Interesting thoughts from Cringely about a possible future of Microsoft. But I have to disagree at least in one point: Xbox is probably the most important product Microsoft has in their portfolio. With Xbox they are way ahead of their competition in the home entertainment and content providing industry. If only one Microsoft product remained in our homes in 5 years time Xbox would be that one.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

No decision is a decision

An OS with two completely different user interfaces is a no decision.
Three OSs pretending there is only one is a no decision.
Three web frameworks and saying "just mix them" is a no decision.
A tablet with a keyboard and touchpad is a no decision.

No decision is also a decision. Usually a bad one.

Monday, 7 May 2012

About the AWS outage


You can find a short summary of what happened here a longer one here and the very detailed explanation from Amazon is here.
Many are saying that probably Microsoft Azure and Google App Engine are getting new customers now. However what this really means is that AWS just became even better. Amazon's biggest benefit over the other two big cloud solution players is their maturity and experience. One can debate over IAAS vs PAAS, or about choosing an open solution instead of a proprietary API with hard or no migration plan. But no one should debate against experience. Failure is good. Failure is about learning.

Friday, 2 March 2012

OWD - keep an eye on it


Open Web Devices. It is a very strong combination of words: today if it's 'soft' then the buzz is all about the web, if it's 'hard' then it's about the (mobile)devices, if it's a platform then it's about the openness. These three words together have all the power to become the Next Big Thing. OWD is a mobile operating system built around web technologies. It's a next step of Mozilla's Boot to Gecko (B2G)project started mid-2011. I have the feeling (and hope) that we are going to hear about this a lot.