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Sunday, June 27, 2010

אני כאן בשביל האותיות הקטנות...

לקרוא ולא להאמין... יש בתאגידים הגדולים אנשים שהתפקיד שלהם זה לדאוג שחוויית הלקוח תהיה נעימה יותר... לפי הכתבה, האחראים על חוויית הלקוח באים לתת משקל נגד למחלקות השיווק, ולעצור מהלכים לא-הוגנים. כמישהו שרוב חייו היו בקצה הטכני של הספקטרום העסקי, הידיעה שאנשי שיווק הם מקור הרוע בעולם התאגידי איננה חדשה, ואפילו לי, צעיר שכמותי, יש כמה סיפורי זוועה משלי.... אבל עם השנים למדתי גם להבין את החשיבות של אנשי השיווק והמכירות לשגשוגו של עסק, ועצוב לראות שהתהליכים לאיזון סביר מחייבים יצירת משקל נגד למחלקות השיווק, ולא חינוך מחדש של אנשי השיווק לאתיקה.

Friday, June 25, 2010

is Apple losing it ?

seems like the new Iphone 4 has a wee bit of a problem....

a report of new iphone owners, teaches that "covering small black lines on the band with their hand decreases call signal strength. In some reports, people say they can induce the iPhone 4 to drop calls by holding it a certain way"... and Apple, in an impressive demonstration of denial, retorts that user should avoid these deeds, and that these problems are "a fact of life for every wireless phone"...

one woners how much time will it take for Apple to get a grip, and give a better response. If iphone 4 really does have that remarkable ability for limited mobility (freeze or lose your call, one might say), it might just be that flop every competitor in the market has been waiting for.

time will tell, but if were an Apple person, I'd seek a much more service-oriented solution , and FAST.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Why does Google develope both android and ChromeOS ?

Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie explains why Google developes both Android and ChromeOS, if anyone wondered, and summarizes up a pretty nice theory:
Android is a bet on the past. Chrome is a bet on the future. Android is still about installing applications on a specific device. Chrome OS is designed for a future where everything is online, in the cloud.

Is he right? I suspect the answer has a lot to do with a question Apple has a lot to do with - who rules the operating system of the coming age. But more than that it has to do with another important question - is the world ready for cloud based operating systems? if not, than Android is Google's night in shiny armor for the near future, whereas ChromeOS is the visitor from the far distant one. 

Moscow gay pride parade enabled thanks to flashcrowd techniques...

Turns out not only gays in Jerusalem find it hard to parade... 

I was surprised to read about the difficulties gay Russians have in getting permission to hold a pride parade.

Happily, it turns out that modern technology has helped Russian gays hold their pride parade in Moscow, despite serious attempts  by police to prevent it from taking place.

Apparently, Flash crowd techniques (similar to hit 'n run) coordinated by modern net technologies, are giving civilians the upper edge over oppressing regimes.

Makes one wonder...

Why did HP actually buy PALM?

HP CEO, Mark Hurd, explained on June 2nd, in a technology conference that HP: "didn't buy Palm to be in the smartphone business".

They actually bought Palm "for the IP. The WebOS is one of the two ground-up pieces of software that is built as a web operating environment...We have tens of millions of HP small form factor web-connected devices...Now imagine that being a web-connected environment where now you can get a common look and feel and a common set of services laid against that environment. That is a very value proposition."

A day later, someone in HP realized that it might not be the best idea to tell people you are not interested in the smartphone market (probably one of the most important markets for operating systems in the world currently, and one which will have a significant impact regarding adoption of systems in other gadgets, such as TVs)...  and thus engadget gets the following statement from HP:
"When we look at the market, we see an array of interconnected devices, including tablets, printers, and of course, smartphones. We believe webOS can become the backbone for many of HP's small form factor devices, and we expect to expand webOS's footprint beyond just the smartphone market, all while leveraging our financial strength, scale, and global reach to grow in smartphones."

Glad they sorted it out (:

The really important thing here, in my mind, isn't HP's sad PR.
It is the attempt of HP to make things clear:
Smartphones aren't the only gadgets people whould think, when the operating systems of the future are considered.
Google has ChromeOS for the larger gadgets, and Android for the Smaller.
Apple has iOS for the smaller gadgets and still hasn't dumped Mac OS/X for the larger ones.

As  for HP - they are trying to make it as clearly as possible, incase anyone didn't concentrate when the news about Palm's purchase spread out. HP is no longer planning on Windows.