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Comment Re: Problem with Samsung ... (Score 1) 75 75

There is a difference between not being first and not being innovative....

Before the iPod, all MP3 players were either big and clunky, and used fragile laptop hard drives, had slow interfaces to computers (parallel ports, USB1) or were low capacity.

Before iTunes, most of the music stores had weird and complex music licensing rights - even Bill Gates was amazed at the lax licensing that Apple was able to negotiate.

Before the iPhone -- the smart phone market was made up of glorified pagers (BlackBerrys), shrunk windows PCs (Windows Mobile) and Symbian.

Before the iPhone most customers were at the mercy of the carriers who decided when you could update your phone and no manufacturer stood behind their phones for up to four years after you bought it ---my bad things still haven't changed for Android users.

Before the iPad you had over a decade of clunky MS tablet failures.

Comment Re: If you think Windows is bad (Score 1) 364 364

Why would you distinguish between Desktop and Mobile? 99% of desktop functionality COULD be duplicated on mobile save a few things.

What could possibly go wrong if you tried to duplicate desktop functionality on a phone?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Mobile

Comment Re:Windows, IE and Lifecycles (Score 1) 255 255

You can point your finger at Microsoft, Windows and IE and point out a lot of problems. One thing they do a pretty good job of however, is supporting their systems for a long time. Contrast with Apple... my company bought me an iPad in 2010 shortly after the first version came out.

The original iPad was an outlier as a previous poster said. The next version of iOS that will be introduced in a few months will support all iPhones and iPads released since 2011. Apple released a patched in March of 2014 for a security vulnerability found in the iPhone 3GS released on 6/2009. Which other manufacturer supports their mobile devices that long? Android manufacturers definitely don't.

Microsoft supports their OS's for a decade or more and even unsupported versions tend to just keep working.

Tell that to Windows Phone 7 users or even all of the enterprise customers that had multi-million dollar deployments of $1200 ruggedized Windows CE devices.

Comment Re:Android versions prior to Jelly Bean, version 4 (Score 4, Insightful) 202 202

The difference is that when Apple patches a security flaw, every semi-current iPhone user worldwide can install the patch and Apple usually patches the current version and one version back. For instance, the "goto fail" security patch that was released in March 2014 patched every phone back to iPhone 3GS in 2009 (patch for 6.x) and IOS 7.

Comment Re: Does indeed happen. (Score 1) 634 634

I am facing the same situation. I could choose to get a larger house with a longer commute or a smaller house/condo with a shorter commute. We decided that getting 10 hours of our week back and less money spent on gas and car maintenance was worth the trade off.

But yes I know the pain of having a house that is worth less than what you owe.

Comment Re: Does indeed happen. (Score 1) 634 634

I didn't say relocate for a job. I said choose a place that is a convenient commute to where the jobs are. For instance, I wouldn't live anywhere that I have to spend 30 minutes just to get to the interstate or on the opposite side of town than the tech center.

Comment Re: Does indeed happen. (Score 1) 634 634

So if you have chosen to be a developer, why wouldn't you live somewhere within an acceptable (to you) commuting distance to where the jobs are? You might end up with less square footage for your money but you aren't wasting hours of your day in traffic. I know of a few metropolitan areas where there are plenty of jobs and reasonable home prices.

Comment Re: the important detail (Score 2) 634 634

That's easy - leave off irrelevant work history. If I'm applying for a job as a "full stack .Net developer", I leave off early jobs where I did C++ in DOS. I keep my resume to one page. In the interview I only discuss modern relevant technology. I don't discuss I started programming in 1986 in 65C02 assembly language on an Apple //e.

Comment Re: Does indeed happen. (Score 2) 634 634

I'm in my early 40s and in my last set of interviews, I would work into the conversation that I'm married, have kids, and believe in a work/family balance. I wanted to be "discriminated" against. I didn't want to work for a company that expected me to work consistently more than 45 hours a week. The market is way too good for qualified, experienced developers to just accept anything. I am sure I was declined one job offer because of "discrimination". I was offered another job that was a much better fit the next week.

I don't see any reason that a qualified person in IT should have trouble finding a job or at least go into consulting. There are so many openings right now, I would classify the unemployment rate to be negative in tech.

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