Monthly Archives: April 2010

The end of Microsoft?

CNNMoney.com: “We are fully entrenched in the world of Cloud 2. Smart phones that run apps have replaced PCs. We are mobile. We touch, not click. We are social, not siloed. Our location is known, not anonymous. We know more about what our friends are doing than our own employees, and sometimes our own families. Facebook, Apple, and a new generation of technologies are defining our daily experiences. The old model looks older every day as it tries to hold on in a last gasp of updates based on stability instead of innovation.” – Never count Microsoft out, to do that would be a huge mistake. They still have money, lots of money. Sure, they’re down, remember that’s when animals are the most dangerous, when they’re down and hurt. They’ll learn from Apple and Google and Facebook, or they’ll eventually be a line item in a history book, but isn’t that an inevitable fate of all companies? The world continues to change around us at a frightening pace. Does anyone remember when MySpace was the second coming? Yeah, me neither. Look at some of Apple’s recent moves. No more Apple Developer Awards for desktop developers. That move leaves you going “Hmmmmmm, wonder what that means?” Apple knows where they’re headed, the future, and they’re helping to define it. They’re becoming the new Goliath while Microsoft slips into the background. Question is, who will dethrone Apple? Yes, I believe it’ll happen, just as it did with Microsoft and IBM before them. Of course I’m not betting against them, I’ve become an Apple Fanboy, but they’ll eventually make a mistake like Microsoft did before them, and IBM did before Microsoft. I only wish I could figure out who’s going to take their place?

Movie line of the week

And.... ACTION!Last week I said I’d try to make the line a bit more difficult, but I couldn’t resist this line, good luck.

How ’bout a nice greasy pork sandwich served in a dirty ashtray?

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.

Jobs on Flash

Apple LogoApple: “Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now. We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash.

In addition, Flash has not performed well on mobile devices. We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it. Adobe publicly said that Flash would ship on a smartphone in early 2009, then the second half of 2009, then the first half of 2010, and now they say the second half of 2010. We think it will eventually ship, but we’re glad we didn’t hold our breath. Who knows how it will perform?” – Now you know.

Keep out of Facebook’s business

AHHHHHH!CNN: “Washington (CNN) — Four Democratic senators called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday to reconsider the recent changes in its privacy settings and asked the Federal Trade Commission to streamline guidelines regarding privacy on all social networks.” – Oy. That’s the first word that popped into my head. Why does the government need to get involved with this? If you don’t like Facebook’s terms and conditions, or feel you don’t understand their privacy policy, or that it’s too liberal with your data, here’s an idea.

DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT.

Now Senators don’t have to feel the need to get involved.

Problem solved.

You’re welcome.

Movie line of the week

Cut, cut, cut!
Good morning movie liners! Here’s the line, good luck!

Actor #1: You’ve been called the Da Vinci of our time. What do you say to that?
Actor #2: Absolutely ridiculous. I don’t paint.
Actor #1: And what do you say to your other nickname, the Merchant of Death?
Actor #2: That’s not bad. Let me guess… Berkeley?

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.

Development as “Show Business”

Brent Simmons: “I can’t remember when it first dawned on me that app development is a form of show business.” – When I read this I immediately thought of Ted Johnson. Ted was a co-founder and CTO of Visio. He likened software development to movie production, thus the nifty little easter egg in Visio 2.0. The only one we ever really had.

The Visio 2.0 credits dialog.
Meet the Visio 2.0 team

To see this lovely “ego” screen you’d hold down both mouse buttons as the Visio 2.0 splash screen was showing. And, yes, I still believe Visio was the best company I’ve ever worked for.