odoketa writes: "My organization recently had to replace our web developer. It took us an extremely long time to find someone with the necessary skill set. I don't know if this is because of the platform we are running (which I will leave anonymous), or simply the fates conspiring against us. It's easy to assume that languages or platforms are popular based on buzz, but the rubber hits the road when you have to hire someone to maintain that code. How are folks out there determining when they've backed the wrong horse, and getting back on track?"
odoketa writes: I was surprised to see an update waiting for me when I checked windows update this evening. One update weighing in at 200MB could only mean one thing, and checking the details, sure enough, it was Service Pack 1. According to the Overview of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 article on technet, there's a whole lot of 'improved reliability' and 'increased compatibility' waiting for people on the other side of the update process.
odoketa writes: "According to the BBC, it seems Google scheduled a meeting to promote their payment system on the same day as the big eBay meeting, and this made eBay mad enough to pull their ads with Google. According to the story, eBay says it's merely an 'ongoing experiment' on their marketing."
odoketa writes: "Mozilla's Thunderbird mail client is now directing users to the version 2 release. Unfortunately, it is currently then automagically redirecting them back to the home page. But any second now...."