Thursday Dec 18, 2008

links for 2008-12-18: JavaOne Call for Papers, Vista issues

Monday Oct 06, 2008

links for 2008-10-6

  • Microsoft extends XP downgrade rights date by six months - Vendors can continue to "downgrade" new machines to XP until July 31, 2009. Of course, they still count it as a Vista license.
  • The top five reasons why Windows Vista failed - Interesting and I think on target observations and probably why the XP downgrade date has been extended. A few quotes:
    • "The public reputation of Windows Vista is in shambles, as Microsoft itself tacitly acknowledged in its Mojave ad campaign"
    • "Forrester Research reported that just 8.8% of enterprise PCs worldwide were running Vista. Meanwhile, Microsoft appears to have put Windows 7 on an accelerated schedule that could see it released in 2010."
    • "With Windows Vista, software bloat appears to have finally caught up with Microsoft."
    • "... a lot of existing software and hardware were not compatible with Vista when it was released in January 2007."
  • gOS 3.0 goes gold - Looking for an alternative to Windows? gOS is a nice distro that layers on some additional ease of use on top of Ubuntu including a host of Google apps and gadgets and it includes Wine for running the odd Windows app one might need to. I gave it a shot in VirtualBox over the weekend and liked what I saw. I'd love to see this applied to OpenSolaris.
  • First look at the T-Mobile G1 - Or if you want to just go mobile, you'll soon have an alternative to the iPhone. Specs sound impressive (based on Google Android platform) and may get me to switch from my Curve to it rather than an iPhone, but I've have to switch to T-Mobile. Any experience with comparing AT&T to T-Mobile?

Wednesday Jun 25, 2008

NBC to put Olympics on the web ...

... but only for Vista.

And if you read this closely it is actually just for Vista Media Center. Limiting the audience like this is interesting given this quote from the above press release by an NBC Senior VP: “As we prepare to broadcast the Beijing Olympic Games, we are committed to reaching as many viewers as possible”. If reaching as many viewers as possible was a real priority, wouldn't a technology that ran on more than just one variant of the Vista (how many Vista users are on Media Center and how many Windows users aren't even on Vista yet?) let alone trying to be multi-OS (Mac? Linux?) or multi-platform (iPod?) be high on the list?

And after reading this and this it appears the content should be available "roughly 12 hours after an event ends" but not after the Olympics are over. And it isn't just this service that is that is limited but "all video at the NBC Olympics site requires Silverlight, Microsoft's rich web application and video streaming technology that competes with Adobe's market-dominant Flash".

To be fair, a quick visit to NBCOlympics.com shows that watching at least some video on the site does only require installing Silverlight and there is in fact an install for Mac OS X, but not Linux, and it doesn't appear for any mobile video devices. Perhaps this will be the case for a variety of video clips and it is only the full content from the original story above that is limited to Vista.

Regardless, this still reeks of a vendor using a relationship with the content rights owner extend a platform monopoly which may not be in the best interest of the consumer. I'm sure Silverlight provides some whiz-bang capabilities that may make the experience of watching better, but forcing consumers to move to Vista or even install yet another plug-in when there are perfectly adequate ways to provide video content (even some from the vendors existing bag of technology) seems wrong. If Silverlight really is better, provide the content in both forms and let the consumer decide if installing the plug-in or moving to Vista is in their interest.

Tuesday Jan 08, 2008

links for 2008-1-8

Monday Aug 20, 2007

Windows Die Hard Switching to Linux?

I recently blogged about Windows Vista woes and while I knew I wasn't alone, I was a bit surprised Jim Louderback from PC Magazine showing such unhappiness as he did in his recent editorial.

In his editorial after ranting a bit about various issues, he ends by saying, "If Microsoft can't get Vista working, I might just do the unthinkable: I might move to Linux."

I came across this article in Steven J. Vaughan Nichols recent blog about Second-rate Vista has Windows fans looking to Linux. He naturally has a Linux angle, but appears to actually use Vista as well and be speaking from experience.

Are these two isolated cases or is there really a move to not adopt Vista?

Friday Aug 10, 2007

Windows Vista Woes

My Father recently purchased a new desktop computer and as one can imagine it came with Windows Vista installed. Well, after a few weeks of trying to get used to it he is voting thumbs down and wishes he had XP again. For him, he simply finds it harder to use due to unfamiliarity and the changes made and has found no real value add over XP.

I thus found it interesting that eWeek has a story titled Vista Aiding Linux Desktop, the gist being that Vista and its issues has created an opportunity for Linux on the desktop.

A few quotes from the article:
  • "To mess up a Linux box, you need to work at it; to mess up your Windows box, you just have to work on it."
  • "The number of developers targeting Windows decreased by 12 percent in the last year, while their targeting of Linux has increased by 34 percent over the same period..."
Will this result in the demise of Windows? Certainly not, but with Dell and Lenovo now shipping and supporting Linux systems the balance of power is certainly changing.

Tuesday Apr 03, 2007

Vista isn't secure?

I enjoy reading Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols blogs and articles, not (just) because he is a bit anti-Windows, but because he brings a different perspective that I think is healthy.

His recent blog on Dell and Linux on the desktop was interesting, not just because it highlights yet another security hole in Windows, and in this case the "improved security" Vista, but because he thinks this will be the impetus, along with Dell's (soon to be offered) Linux machines, to get Linux on the desktop.

Having just gotten a new MacBook Pro, I'm now one of those using another "closed infrastructure" but I like what I'm seeing thus far. I agree not being bound to Apple would be a good thing, but I'd pick Apple over Microsoft right now.

And I'd gladly use a Linux, or (gasp) even Solaris desktop over a Windows one. I just happen to have the opportunity to have a Mac so I'm giving it a try. I have actually installed Solaris on a spare drive for the old Dell and feel it is workable but there are some apps that just aren't available yet that I use such that it can't really be my primary machine. I did just get the Solaris Express Developer Edition DVD so when I find some time I'll give it a spin.

So, keep your eye out for the next Vista security hole, and in the mean time consider giving an alternative a try, perhaps even Solaris!
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