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Comment: Is this Microsoft's attack on the App Store? (Score 2, Insightful) 357

by jbplou (#41694595) Attached to: Surface RT vs. iPad: a Comparison

Is this Microsoft's attack on the App Store?

"When I hear about 600,000 apps, I’m just in awe. As I’ve said many times before, however, I don’t think it’s the right number for comparison. Nobody is using more than a couple dozen applications on their device."

Even If I don't count the many games and educational apps my kid use I still see many more than a couple dozen apps that I used in the last week on my ipad.

Also I don't think hooking a mouse to a tablet is a great feature for surface. It just shows me Microsoft doesn't know how people use tablets. Perhaps they should goto a coffee shop and look at all the people using there competitors tablets. the keyboard can make sense if you type large emails or even do word processing, but I would guess most don't use physical keyboards enough to need to purchase one.

Comment: Re:Supply and Demand (Score 1) 417

by jbplou (#41688469) Attached to: Is Microsoft's Price Model For the Surface Justifiable?

The difference is Apple came to market with the ipad first and has a large marketshare with users that have a penalty to switch since all the apps they bought wont work on Surface. then there is the kindle fire and nook which are less than half the price competing on the low end, who is this product marketed to?

If you are last to market you need to give some reason to switch to your product. Simply saying its Windows doesn't help, Windows Phone doesn't have any real marketshare. On the phone side they already lost with this strategy, an ARM tablet running a version of Windpws most people don't know how to use priced at the sme price as a product that had 3 years of mostly positive buzz around it doesn't make much sense. Plus if a ipad mini is release next week nobody will even notice the 499 surface since all the tech press will talk about is ipad minis and ios maps.

Comment: Most self-taught aren't very good either (Score 2, Insightful) 630

by jbplou (#41308303) Attached to: Is a Computer Science Degree Worth Getting Anymore?

When I hire I find most self taught aren't very good either. I think those with a degree generally have better breadth and depth with different technologies and theories. This is partially because a degree forces you to do some things you aren't interested in. But if you're looking for corporate developers go with information systems majors. Databases design and applied programming languages are more useful to most internal business analyst/developer types than compiler design, Assembler language, and even C.

Comment: Re:Wait, I'm confused (Score 1) 454

by jbplou (#41186341) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Should a Unix Fan Look For In a Windows Expert?

I would mod you up if I could. That's the biggest problem with most people I work with they want to solve Ll problems with the tool they are best with even if that tool isn't the best for the problem at hand. This applies at all sorts of IT layers: desktop software, OS, development languages, database platforms, ect... It's the old if all you have is a ha,met everything looks like a nail problem.

Comment: Re:It's Not A Bet... (Score 1) 362

by jbplou (#41044717) Attached to: Is Windows 8 Microsoft's Riskiest Bet?

From a UI perspective there is nothing really wrong with the ribbon, it's just unfamiliar when you first use it. Overall I don't think it is any better or worse than a traditional menu system.

Windows 8 UI will be fine for people who want to learnd it. But at work where atleast half the people hate change the UI will cause endless complaints.

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