I bet they are riding on the dying baby boomers wave, because statistically they are still a big demographic slice. But I doubt they will still have purchasing power in the years to come, just focusing on their daily essentials.
As engaging and controversial this topic is. I don't think is a theme that should be listed in Slashdot.
There are many other sites and forums where this discussion is taking place and I bet they don't involve technology or relevant information for "Nerds".
The best telecommuting that I've seen is to have all team members connected on messenger/chat.
Questions and notices are pop immediately on the screen, obviously hoping for very quick response.
For more deep conversation a cam to cam chat was initiated and I think now is possible to make a group video chat.
Funny thing is this is used also in the same office building.
Feature integration is always a pain because the developer working on it does not accommodate the rest of the team working on the trunk.
Instead of documenting, informing the team of what changed, validating parameters and processing exceptions it is the rest of the team that have to accommodate HIM/HER like if they were royalty!
These devs have to understand that half of the work on these features is the integration effort needed to prevent breaking the code already checked in.
I call BS on that. Exposing external file storage to generations prior to the menials "might" confuse them but it's perfectly reasonable to think that I can TRANSFER my file (movie, document, picture) THROUGH my external device such as an SD card or USB to another device to read it.
Well said. They are trying to reach Apple's sales without innovating (just waiting to see what works to copy it) and not worrying about the brand's reputation.
If there is anything useful to learn from marketing is that they distinguish the value of a brand and can guesstimate their demand.
For me the Microsoft brand sits at the same level as toothpaste or toilet paper, it sells a commodity that you need to fulfill a need.