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Comment Re:Piracy = Theft Analogy (Score 1) 432

Funny - reminds me of my kid when he was a 9 year old. I made a comment to him about not having computers when I was a kid and he said "why not? were people too stupid to make a computer back then?" I got a little huffy with him and told him to go out in the back yard and dig around in the dirt, find all the minerals and elements it takes to make a computer and bring me back a working computer because that's what we had to start with. He went out in the middle of the yard, stood there, looked around for about two minutes, came back in and basically said, "oh, I get it".

Comment Re:Piracy = Theft Analogy (Score 1) 432

The multi-hundred dollar software is usually reserved for desktop workstations as everything doesn't translate down to a handheld device, so the developers can throw away a lot of support expectations. In the video business, that means you can discard directly attached storage through SCSI/SATA/SAS or Fiber SAN, multiple GbE or 10GbE ports, multiple DVI monitors, AES audio I/O... things you won't find on a handheld device. The interface, within the capabilities of the device, will for the most part translate down. Avid video editing software (now called Pinnacle Studio) for iPad is $12.99. It's no Media Composer, but it's not $2,500 either (current list price). Back in the day, Media Composer with equivalent functionality/frustration as Pinnacle Studio on iPad would cost $80,000. We've come a long way.

Comment Re:What about the week prior? (Score 1) 143

I found some data points at 24 and 48 hours after the initial release of iOS6 and another after a week. First, a broad statement which seems a little like speculation:

"..within the first day, iOS 6 peaked at more than 15 percent of Web traffic to its mobile ad network.."

Then something that seems more like data that isn't going away:

iOS 6 on 25% of iOS Devices 48 Hours After Public Release

And finally:

iOS 6 Adoption At Just Over One Week: 60% For iPhone And 41% For iPad"

Comment Re:Its becoming clear (Score 1) 306

Ummm... the Muslims were swinging their swords all through the Med and got halfway across Spain, which is what triggered the Crusades. The Crusades had a stated goal of restoring Christian access to Holy sites shut down by Muslims all the way back to Jerusalem. All these sites were Holy for Christians, Muslims and Jews since they all come from the same Abrahamic religious roots.

Comment Re:Its becoming clear (Score 1) 306

The Christians had their Crusades, alright, but it wasn't just "hey, let's go kick some Muslim ass". The Muslim invasions which were sweeping through the Mediterranean and lower Europe for about five hundred years, spreading Islam by the sword, triggered the Crusades to beat them back. They got as far as [what is now] Spain before any significant counter force was applied. So, they started it.

Comment Re:But (Score 1) 255

Ok, when Apple ditched their USERS, Active Storage started up. Sort of a nuance. You know Alex? Smart guy. How about Emjay? One of the coolest support techs around.

Not to appear combative, but in which category was Apple the #3 supplier? That IDC document got pretty granular and I'm having a hard time finding some math that correlates that. Like in 2007, the "Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Terabytes Shipped by Supplier" chart says Apple shipped 67,500.3 TB while HP shipped almost 20x more at 1,299,213.7 TB. Between them was EMC (834,670.6 TB), IBM (834,670.6 TB), Dell (588,671.1 TB), NetApp (488,719.2 TB), Sun (268,570.3 TB) and Hitachi (225,565.8 TB). Apple shipped less than one-third of Hitachi. The Xserve RAID was discontinued in 2008, so 2007 was probably the best year for shipments.

Maybe it's the timeframe. I sort of remember in the early days of the Xserve RAID, they sold quite a few because it was about half the price per TB of pretty much everything else.

Comment Re:But (Score 1) 255

The storage/server people who were ditched by Apple started their own company - Active Storage. I've got 600TB of it running in my shop so far and will add another 300-600TB next year. The NASCAR video facility in Charlotte, NC has many Petabytes of it and there are lots of other takers in the video post production world. They've tuned the storage to be friendly to continuous streams of 100GB single files, applications where I've seen EMC, HDS and DDS fall over on.

To the claim of being the #3 storage vendor, I found an IDC competitive analysis from a DDN wen site. They weren't #3, more like between #6-ish and #18-ish depending on which fragment of the industry got measured, but they did win out over some surprising competition. I'm not too upset about the Xserve RAID, but the Xserve was a pretty nice box - like a giant Swiss watch compared to the sloppy assemblies of the competitors.

Comment Re:Queue the slashdot Nokia/MSFT hating. (Score 1) 186

It's really hard to have an intelligent exchange just about anywhere, and you're becoming a poster child as to why.

Ever hear of "embrace, extend, extinguish"? Microsoft built in browser incompatibilities with an object tag for ActiveX to make sure Netscape and Opera performed poorly (Opera sued for that), even served a different CSS to Opera visitors to make it look broken, for a while, you saw a blank screen on unless your user-agent string said MSIE, they extended and broke CSS favoring their own -ms- property extensions, they broke Java in browsers with J/Direct, they created Java development tools that stripped away all the cross platform intentions of Java (Sun sued for that), they planned to extinguish the HTML standard with their own free browser to "cut off Netscape's air supply" (Paul Maritz revealed this in a meeting with Intel), they extended and broke Kerberos to lock out other platforms from Windows 2000, they embraced and extended the AOL IM protocol to make AOL's own IM software stop working, they made a mess out of ISO-9660 with their Joliet extension (so you only see the 8.3 names in other platforms), they told Intel to withdraw VDI and threatened PC makers if they implemented it (look up Steven McGeady's testimony), Bill Gates told Andy Grove to shut down the Intel Architecture Labs driving CPU level Internet technologies without Microsoft's permission, Intel had to kill NSP, kill Java support, stop support for Netscape - all part of their illegal restrictive licensing agreements with OEMs to favor Microsoft and harm everything else, they signed up OEMs for a rebate on installing Windows on PCs in exchange for a fee they had to pay for any PC they sold without Windows, effectively making a PC without bundling Windows more expensive for the OEM to make (anti-competitive and illegal), Microsoft threatened Apple unless they abandoned the ability of QuickTime to play multimedia content on computers (they refused and Microsoft sabotaged QuickTime's functionality on Windows with misleading error messages and technical changes or bugs so that QuickTime software sometimes didn't work properly on Windows), they stuffed an ISO standards body to make OOXML (a compendium of Microsoft proprietary undefined digital glop) a "standard" which only they controlled (instead of the truly available ODF standard), Microsoft had fully developed FUD as a marketing strategy (announcing nonexistent products to head off something a competitor actually made or claiming competitive software will crash Windows), If you’ve bought a new PC lately, it probably came equipped with something called “Secure Boot” (UEFI), a feature which prevents you from running anything but Windows on the PC...

These people aren't very nice, relying on a mix of brilliant marketing, threats against OEMs (Microsoft thought they owned any PC right down to the metal), failings of competitors, vaporware and fraudulent illusions. Sure, Netscape had problems and so did Microsoft. They earned their success with their best office productivity software, but their biggest success came from bending everyone over and fucking them, including the customers. Good competition could have been here a lot sooner.

Comment Re:Queue the slashdot Nokia/MSFT hating. (Score 1) 186

Jesus fucking Christ yourself, buddy. Apple, Google and Facebook was disruptive to Microsoft and only had a choice to face an uphill battle against it or partner with it. There were innovators and practically every one of them had to battle Microsoft in one way or another. Hell, Microsoft even viewed newspapers and television as competition. I'm an IT guy too with the difference that I also saw the strengths of things NOT Microsoft.

It's pretty well documented that Microsoft leveraged three things because of their popularity; (1) strong armed business partners into doing whatever Microsoft wanted under threat of getting thrown off the gravy train, (2) tied their software together so, to the end user, it appeared everything would fall down if anything non-Microsoft was introduced to the system and (3) was actively replicating functions other innovators were coming up with and releasing it en-masse to be Windows only, suppressing many innovators, large and small.

At some point, the "popularity" of Microsoft shifted from having desirable products to "people" being fearful of exiting their ecosystem. By "people", I mean people who didn't know any different. Microsoft products were getting very shoddy and expensive, and they didn't care. I can't tell you how many eye rolls I've spent on board meetings where mentioning something that didn't come from Microsoft sent them scurrying in terror. They all thought email was Outlooking, the Internet was the Big Blue E and the only possible computer to buy was anything Windows because they needed to print Word documents. The real innovations were happening elsewhere and it took 10 years before the frustration of being stuck in Microsoft world came to the surface.

Ha... I said "surface".

Comment Re:Queue the slashdot Nokia/MSFT hating. (Score 5, Informative) 186

Exactly how did MS set the web back 5 years?

Oh.. that 5 year span when NOTHING improved on IE? That piece of time between the death of Netscape and the advent of tabbed browsing (and RSS feeds) on Firefox? The lack of innovation certainly WAS Microsoft's fault. Not only that, it was their plan - eliminate everything else so they didn't have to spend money on competition.

People used IE in the early 2000s because it came with the computer. Microsoft had won the desktop wars and with it, everything else. The era of being cross platform was gone. Everyone clicked the Big Blue E to get on the Internet and nobody was going to PAY for Netscape. IE was the logical choice as most people thought Microsoft was the only source for computer software. Under threat of never seeing your precious Word and Excel documents again, they were right.

The ability to stifle innovation (including their own) came from two things; Microsoft Server Extensions and tolerance to really bad code, both of which were a good thing in a way. The big problem with Netscape at the time is they were trying really hard to be W3C standards compliant and, except for the addition of Java to Netscape, things moved very slowly. Microsoft grew impatient with the W3C and leapt out way ahead with Server Extensions, those little addons which made the browser much more like a client-server relationship instead of the stateless relationship originally intended with browsers. Front Page made it easy to activate complex tasks by moving the heavy lifting to the server and calling it with a simple trigger in HTML.

Of course, Server Extensions brought many new capabilities never before seen on a browser, something the W3C couldn't keep up with and it was never Microsoft's intention to standardize them (as in go through a standards committee to define and publish the technology). The problem was that all these sites were "IE Only". Microsoft was VERY close to ensuring anyone not using a totally Microsoft technology chain on the Internet saw a blank screen. In other words, they nearly owned the Internet.

IE's tolerance for bad coding was good for IE users as it rendered pages with broken code pretty well. Microsoft handed out a lot of free copies of Front Page to create this broken code which would render with unexpected results on other browsers. Front Page (and plain bad hand coding) made anything other than IE look illiterate. That's the price of sitting around on your hands. Microsoft was there to take it all away in a long series of brilliant chess moves... and then everything went thud for a while.

It actually functioned rather well when it was novel, but nothing moved in terms of real technical advances unless Microsoft was threatened by some shred of competition which was quickly squashed. The next software patch would allow IE to do the same thing for free but for Windows only. Otherwise, Microsoft pretty much sat on their asses and took their sweet old time releasing anything new. Innovation was dead as long as nobody dared try to use anything else.

Comment Re:Queue the slashdot Nokia/MSFT hating. (Score 2) 186

I'll try that one - the ruling forced Microsoft to survive on the merits of their products rather than strong arm tactics to force business partners to submit to their wishes. No innovation allowed that would circumvent their leverage of Office into every other aspect of business computing.

There was lots of innovation going on and lots of excitement about what could be done with a microcomputer. Microsoft uniquely understood the power of cross platform capabilities (that's exactly where they started - porting software to the myriad platforms out there). When they suddenly realized they had created their own platform, everything shifted to protecting it. They would "partner" with countless software companies like the old days, modify the product to be Microsoft only, release it to the masses stripping away any cross platform capability and made the original technology irrelevant.

That was the death of any threats against Microsoft for several years.

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