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Comment: Mobile Apps (Score 1) 338

by timestride (#46050089) Attached to: Facebook Is a Plague That'll Burn Out In a Few Years, Says Study
While I don't doubt that Facebook has already peaked and will experience some drop off, I don't think the method used here is as valid as in years past. The typical user will just type "Facebook" into the address bar of a computer and click on the first result that their search engine of choice returns. Or at least that is what they do when using a traditional computer. However, everything has been moving towards mobile apps. The only time you are going to search on your phone or tablet for Facebook is once in your app store. Even Facebook has admitted that this is the trend, so they have been pushing to monetize their mobile apps. Just a quick look at the Facebook App in the Google Play store and it says that it has been installed 500,000,000-1,000,000,000 times. One can assume the same thing for the iTunes store as well. That is a lot of people out there who aren't typing "Facebook" into a search engine that this study are not going to identify.

Comment: Re:please start with the Cognos people (Score 5, Informative) 273

by timestride (#39735191) Attached to: Cringely Predicts IBM Will Shed 78% of US Employees By 2015
Amen-- Cognos is a mess. The thing I hate the most is that their support staff only know certain aspects of the suite. If you have an issue with Cognos Planning, but you are accidently routed to someone in the Cognos Business Intelligence support group, they have to reroute your case and you'll be waiting at least several hours before they call you back. Heaven forbid you have an issue with integration between the two suites.

Comment: Re:Dell, (Score 1) 354

by timestride (#38420648) Attached to: Dell Ditches Netbooks
Nothing more than a brand? Perhaps on the consumer side, but they are one of the only soup to nuts technology providers for large enterprises. IBM got out of the PC/laptop business and HP put the future of their PC/laptop unit in question while Dell has shown they are committed to staying in the market. If you want to consolidate your vendors and purchase servers and laptops from the same company, Dell is the only obvious choice currently. A few years back they miss stepped by offshoring their tech support, but they have since brought it back to the states and quality has improved. With their purchases of EqualLogic and Compellent, Dell is also becoming a force in the SAN market. Other strategic purchases such as SecureWorks, Force 10, and Kace shows that Dell is willing to diversify to continue to stay relevant while continuing to server their core x86 market.

Comment: Almost out of alphabet letters for Flash 10! (Score 1) 174

by timestride (#37470268) Attached to: Adobe Releases Flash 11 and AIR 3
I know the real reason why they are announcing Flash 11 now-- they are almost out of alphabet letters for Flash 10! If you look at the "Macromed" folder (Yeah, it still refers to Macromedia even 6 years after being acquired) under System32/SysWOW64 folder you'll find the browser plugins. The version today released today (10.3.183.10) is named "FlashUtil10x_Plugin.exe" and the version before that was of course "FlashUtil10w_Plugin.exe". That only gives them two more letters to use before they have to figure out a new naming scheme. Best to go to a new version number so they can start over from the beginning of the alphabet. ::chuckle::

Comment: AIM was replaced by texting (Score 2) 395

by timestride (#36168108) Attached to: When AIM Was Our Facebook
Like others have pointed out, this article is referring to when the general masses first moved to instant messaging and is not indicative of the /. crowd. Along those same lines, AIM wasn't really replaced by Facebook or any other computer based system. It really laid the ground work for the telecom cash cow of text messaging. Since not everyone was behind a keyboard/monitor at all times, texting offered a true "instant message." The old online instant messengers only got people used to the concept of conversing in short messages rather than calling them up on the phone.

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