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Microsoft

+ - a Tribune (blogger) review of Gates' CES Keynote

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yagu
yagu writes "Steve Johnson, a "web perspective" writer for the Chicago Tribune had a surprising review and some observations of Bill Gates' CES keynote address. He pretty much calls Bill out on the carpet for using the keynote as a platform for a pre-rollout Vista infomercial. From his (Steve's) notes:
Bill Gates, for his "keynote" presentation on the eve of the 40th Consumer Electronics Show, didn't pitch a real-estate sales scheme.

He wasn't on late-night TV.

And he didn't offer a three-easy-payment plan at the end.

But the Microsoft founder's address was nonetheless an infomercial, a blatant pitch for his new Windows Vista operation system that violated every notion of what a keynote address ought to be.


I have just watched the 90 minute video, and I'd have to agree, the presentation didn't seem to be about where technology was and where it was going as much as it was about Bill and co's excitement about the "fantastic" (a favorite Bill word) new computing Vista brings, and how Microsoft was poised to take over your digital living room, and house, and car...

Is it really necessary to shill for your own company front and center of CES when you're pretty much guaranteed the market share? Does Bill really add value to CES?"

+ - age DOES matter (says Gartner)

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yagu
yagu writes "A smbsearch article says when it comes to IT, age does matter, this according to Gartner.
How many times have you heard how old and out of it you are?

It appears analysts here at Gartner Inc.'s Symposium/ITxpo think you haven't heard it enough, because the age theme threaded its way through many of the analysts' sessions here Monday.
Analyst Thomas Bittman: It's not the technology; it's not the process that's holding us back. It's the culture," Bittman said. "I know this is probably discriminatory, but there is a different attitude, at different ages, based on what technology can provide." I guess I give Bittman points for "admitting" discrimination — I wonder that so powerful an institution as Gartner (in some people's opinion) would, could, or even should be delivering this message. As a 50+ slashdotter, I'm still writing lots of new code, creating new applications and staying in touch with the bleeding edge of technology. How about the rest of the over the hill gang?"
Businesses

+ - age DOES matter (says Gartner)

Submitted by
yagu
yagu writes "A smbsearch article says when it comes to IT, age does matter, this according to Gartner.
How many times have you heard how old and out of it you are?

It appears analysts here at Gartner Inc.'s Symposium/ITxpo think you haven't heard it enough, because the age theme threaded its way through many of the analysts' sessions here Monday.
Analyst Thomas Bittman: It's not the technology; it's not the process that's holding us back. It's the culture," Bittman said. "I know this is probably discriminatory, but there is a different attitude, at different ages, based on what technology can provide." I guess I give Bittman points for "admitting" discrimination — I wonder that so powerful an institution as Gartner (in some people's opinion) would, could, or even should be delivering this message. As a 50+ slashdotter, I'm still writing lots of new code, creating new applications and staying in touch with the bleeding edge of technology. How about the rest of the over the hill gang?"
Linux Business

+ - Linux: Gone by 2018?

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yagu
yagu writes "Simone Brunozzi wrote an interesting article suggesting, in his opinion, Linux could be dead by 2018. He may be a bit alarmist but raises interesting issues including some of the very same conclusions drawn by Eric Raymond. Simone sees computers in transition where they become more "device" than computer, and the ability to freely access and change what they do and how they do it will become increasingly restricted. Among some of the forces working against Linux: Proprietary Hardware; Political Choices; Licensing issues; DRM. Could Linux die by 2018?"

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