Wednesday, 27 April 2005

Microsoft Exchange - a problem lying in wait?

What amazes me about this article is the 'glaring oversight' that M$ have made in leaving this problem in their mail system. Storage is cheap and has been for several years now, so there is no excuse for M$ to be reticent about overcoming the capacity issue.
Again, this is the Ultimate Monopoly dictating a hidden upgrade path which users only stumble across when a) it's too late and b) they don't have the time/resource to find and implement another solution.

Monday, 25 April 2005

Murdoch's future of journalism (Economist.com) It's nice to see an industry god not succumb to imperialistic hubris. Here's Rupert Murdoch, the biggest media mogul in the world, saying that traditional journalism is dead, and that his industry must adapt or risk more drastic decline. What next? Bill Gates proclaiming that open source software is a bit good, rather than their current stance that it is 'viral'? The Recording Industry of America declaring that they really do need to change if they want to stop piracy, rather than suing their younger (most populous & vulnerable) customers.


I've always felt a certain fear & loathing of the Murdock empire: the right-wing 'balanced viewpoints' of most of his press, the nepotism (elder son runs Fox, younger son runs Sky), and just the plethora of his portfolio - monotheic opinions voiced through many, often obscured, channels. In a profession seeking 'the truth', he seems to control an awful lot of varieties of it. All of which makes this latest speech thoroughly fascinating. Is it merely pandering to popularism, or is it a genuine rallying cry? Does it matter which, as long as it's him saying it? My brief stint in media has taught me one thing: the closer to the top you get, the more people will try to gun you down. Clearly, it's this sort of foresight that has enabled him to survive as long as he has.

Friday, 22 April 2005

Proprietary standards grow online

I think the author is right to be concerned; Microsoft is not the only monopolistic vendor out there. Essentially, I think the argument stems from ensuring that the medium of communication (be it a program controlling layout or a means of ensuring that a vaste readership can access information) should always be controlled by those who can gain the least profit from it (W3C) and not single vendors who, for the moment, provide the viewers of the products for free.

Thursday, 21 April 2005

An Apple user's manifesto, of sorts. This article from The Register says it all, really. Not an Apple advocate per se, merely a Windows non-advocate. A man after my own mind. I get sick of being called a Mac zealot. I'm not, I'd just like people to think different...!

Thursday, 14 April 2005

Cellular greed: Vodafone Says Let Them Eat Marketing. This article from The Feature is the first definite sign I've seen of cell telcos' greed being detrimental to their own progress. Until now, I've always thought of this industry as being the most progressive one around - even more so than software, because it's extremely competitive, has a good mix of business and tech savvy, and has much to offer the world.

Sure, they were clobbered by the 3G license bonanza, but then they have the gravy of SMS fees (this extra channel costs them nothing - an accidental, and lucrative bonus). It would seem that this is not enough, and that they want to continue making money for no effort (of their own). This, coupled with their silly restrictions on phone functionality (eg. no bluetooth DUN on provider-locked phones), and their insistence on hefty GPRS charges, makes me wonder whether there are serious problems in the health of that market.

Is it too competitive? Not competitive enough? The key difference between this network and the internet is that the internet is open, whereas the global mobile network is factioned - regionalised and cross-charged. Could you imagine your ISP charging you 50% of your takings for your website? Could you imagine the eBays, Amazons and Googles of this world working in that context? They messed it up once with WAP; GPRS is still hovering in the early-adopter stage, and, unless they loosen their grip, 3G and proper data services will also stall. Leaving them, at least for a while, in another consolidating market. Stop charging for air, guys, and let the consumers breathe a little more.

Friday, 8 April 2005

Mo:blog via Treo
here's a test message from moblog on my treo

Thursday, 7 April 2005

Microsoft seeks to stifle innovation (Yahoo!) - direct Gates quote! It's a bit worrying when a Stanford law professor hails the most sucessful IT company in the world as 'a threat to business and the economy as a whole', bit it even more so when he reports that M$ are hiring every Patent lawyer they can find. I thought they'd been a bit quiet for a while. Is this the calm before the almighty storm of intellectual property debate? It's been a long time coming - one could argue ever since we've had the ability to digitally store information.

Records and books traditionally cost nearly as much to reproduce as produce. It's only when we get to the digital age that reproduction is as easy as drag 'n drop. And while some have been making hay while the suns shines, others have been quietly buying up all the fields. Ultimately, I suppose, the consumer will still get their hay. But at what cost to progress? Imagination and innovation are what drew me to information technology. To threaten those is to threaten the heart of this incredibly progressive industry.