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When we claim that smartphones and tablets are made mostly for consumption, and that laptops and desktops are where most of the creation and editing takes place, we ignore the fact that a huge amount of photographs and digital video is created directly on phones and tablets and then uploaded to Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, or other clouds. This should not be so casually overlooked in the battle to understand the balance between creation and consumption.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2012 on The PC is Over at Coding Horror
Sorry Jeff, I completely failed to read the point that you made at the very end of your post in which you specifically call out that your approach is for folks who "don't need the redundancy, geographical backup, and flexibility that comes with cloud virtualization." In light of that exception, my objection is misplaced.
Jeff, please also note that when you use the Amazon option, you get their ability to host in multiple datacenters, and load-balance across all your purchased instances. These aren't small things. If you roll-your-own setup, you will have to maintain contracts with multiple data centers, and you will have to buy (or implement) your own basic network security and load-balancing devices. That's not chump change. It'll easily add the cost of another server plus open-source routing/loadbalancing/security packages (in your roll-your-own strategy) or the cost of dedicated routers, firewalls, and load-balancers, if you decide to purchase them off the shelf--a thousand dollars to several thousand dollars more in upfront charges. Plus you'll have to self-admin servers (with their multiple points of failure) and network security and routing devices, which aren't necessarily the skillsets that software developers want to spend precious focus on.
I understand Jeff's fascination with Surface, but my sentiment is in line with Sqlsvrman's point: Microsoft needed to make no obvious errors during this Surface launch to reliably capture new customers. They didn't do it. What's worse, the errors they made are typical Microsoftian blunders, that could've been predicted by many, and (for that reason) avoided by Microsoft if they spent any time in self-reflection. First, the software's behavior, with the email app's poor design, and with the operating system's slow performance, simply brings to the consumer's mind the question of 'Why?' Microsoft has had years to focus on this new product. How on earth do they allow the software experience (their wheelhouse for their entire existence) to be so bad? Then, in the hardware, the decision to make the keyboard an integral part of the Surface experience, and yet to charge extra for it, will simply infuriate potential buyers, who judge it as a nickel-and-dime decision that tries to bait them into considering the Surface a lower-cost purchase than it really is. Jeff believes that people should consider this purchase as entrée into a future experience, not as an experience for the here-and-now. I believe that it's too late for Microsoft to be begging for this gimme. If this was 2007, and they were competing on level ground with Apple and the iPhone, it would've been totally justified. Even if this was 2010, and Microsoft was competing against the first iPad, consumers would've probably granted them the leeway. But in 2012, against an entire product sector which has been thrashing Microsoft black and blue for years, they needed to be near-perfect coming out of the gate, but they've unforgivably failed.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2012 on Do You Wanna Touch at Coding Horror
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