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Jeffrey, congratulations on the book, the reviews I've seen are amazing. Any idea where or when we'll see a Kindle version? I've sworn off dead tree versions of books, but Amazon has no reference to a Kindle version.
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I'm a little surprised that nobody has yet nailed a "Messaging Client" that combines email and manages social media. I don't believe that I'm any different than most people when I say that probably a larger part of my time is now spent on viewing social networking feeds than on email. What I get from Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, etc. is as important as email to me now. I'd like to see a top notch client that not only handles my corporate email, but also let's me have folders for my various personal email accounts, has a good RSS reader, threaded... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2010 at Sean's Blog
Paul, it is an issue that gets discuss alot down here in Australia. You have a generation of staff who are in senior management and getting older. You also have a generation of younger staff who are used to things like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc... Some systems we have have been in place for twenty years with the same UI and design principles and younger staff look at it and laugh. I agree with you in that regard that "design" will play a much bigger element in future applications for the industry as is skews younger and more tech savvy.
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Sorry for the repeat of the last line - my iPhone didn't let me scroll and so I didn't see that line was there.
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I think the death of traditional collaboration tools is still some time off. One reason why these tools are still in use as "simple" file sharing apps is because that's what the customers need. I also think that explains why things like BIM haven't taken off despite the hype - people on the jobs, doing the work just don't need it. Simple is effective. There are some technology and governance barriers as well. You mention things like wikis, RSS and social networks as possible replacements for collaboration tools. RSS 2.0 can't be a transmittal mechanism - it only allows for a single enclosure (attached file). Now that is a bit pedantic to highlight, but projects need transmittals and the standard doesn't support it. Wikis are by their nature "open" - project managers like to know there is security around their documentation. Once we start talking about models and 3d then we need to start having big bandwidth discussion and there are storage ramifications. You can't have a 5gb model flying down the wire every time someone wants to look at a drawing and we've embraced the cloud and got servers and storage off project sites. I think what we now see is the current crop of tools have evolved to fill the niche very nicely. That's not exciting like a revolution in new technology, but for a fairly conservative industry it is certainly practical. I think what's happened is the current crop of collaboration tools have successfully filled the niche.
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I've decided to re-focus this blog on issues relating to more IT related issues. I'm going to continue to post my thoughts, ideas and experiences around the enterprise IT, web technology and software development. I'm also going to put a bit more effort into this and hopefully branch it out into other things down the track like podcasts or video or whatever suits the topic. I had a pretty successful blog along these lines about five years ago, but things got busy and it got a bit complicated speaking openly about the topics of the day and then having to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2010 at Sean's Blog
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Mar 16, 2010
I first heard the terms "Enterprise Cloud" and "Private Cloud" back when I was running Infoplex. For the uninitiated Infoplex is a managed infrastructure provider. Back when "cloud" really broke we were selling managed VM environments, managed storage/backups, geo-replicated data and we even built out our own private MPLS network across Australia to guarantee customers would stay on our "private network". My thoughts back then were the same as they are now, the concept of a company building out its own infrastructure and managing that is rubbish. The entire concept of "Private Cloud" is so stupid it doesn't make sense.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2010 at Sean's Blog
Every morning I wake up, I grab my iPhone, I check out what's happening in the Twitterverse and then flip over to my Bloomberg app to see where some shares I follow ended up overnight. The three that interested me today were Google, Microsoft and Apple. One thing I'd noticed is that since the announcement of the iPad back in January and this past week's release date, Apple's shares have gone up over 10%. It would seem that despite some negative press and wondering aloud by many commentators, the market believes Apple has a winner on its hands and one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at Sean's Blog
One thing that is seemingly being lost in this whole Google vs China debate is the essence of what the Chinese were trying to breach. it has been widely known now for sometime that Google is a massive information hoarder - in fact, I don't think any government body anywhere in the world really knows just how much information Google is keeping about its citizens. We now have a situation where the Chinese have tried to infiltrate the honeypot and have seemingly had some success. Google immediately went on the offensive and threatened to pull out of China, but now... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2010 at Sean's Blog
The US economy is struggling and as someone interested in the technology sector, Silicon Valley has totally lost its mojo in my view. I think these things are related - Sarbanes-Oxley Act 2002. SarbOx was put in place to stop companies like Tyco, Enron and WorldCom from defrauding investors by overstating their numbers and cooking the books. SarbOx also put some tough regulations in place for the traditional audit firms who were also very culpable in the disasterous frauds of the early 2000's. The audit firms were "overlooking" some irregularities and were accepting their clients "interpretations" on strange items to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2010 at Sean's Blog
I get it... Many people I know are scratching their heads trying to figure out what the point of this Chrome OS thing that Google is doing. I don't have that problem, I understand the concept. I just think it is an entirely pointless idea. Netbooks are an interesting niche market. By all accounts they are set to take over the world. Yet last week in LA at PDC09, I was struck by the fact that there were so few netbooks in attendance. Now, I know that's a "Professional Developer's Conference" and most devs have better machines than that, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2009 at Sean's Blog
This was a relatively introductory session by the very funny duo of Don Box and Chris Anderson. The session talked a fair bit about using Entity Framework and working with databases via object models. One interesting thing that they showed was that the tools now can enforce pluralisation and singularisation of the various parts of your model. Of course, Don and Chris went right to those tricky ones like Goose (which pluralised to Geese) and Sheep (which stayed as Sheep for plural). One thing they showed which was cool was that in VS2010 you can do straight T-SQL right in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2009 at Sean's Blog
The room was packed this morning... I heard someone on stage talking about 5,000 people at the conference. It certainly was a full house. It was interesting to listen to Ray Ozzie present about Software & Services and where cloud computing is going. Microsoft Azure has certainly come along over the past year and is now just about production ready. The launch date was announced as January 1, 2010 and the first billing will happen in February. Bob Muglia filled in much of the detail around product and "on-site vs cloud" and how Microsoft will marry the two up. In... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2009 at Sean's Blog
Myself and some of the Incite folks have come over to Microsoft's PDC09 conference. I'm going to spend some time talking a bit about the sessions I attend. Hopefully some people will find this interesting and feel free to ask any questions. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2009 at Sean's Blog
It is very frustrating to watch what this idiot Bettman is doing to the NHL. I find it hard to imagine that the league could be run any worse than by this guy. The NHL should have stepped in right away and guaranteed that guy's contract and his job, no matter the outcome of the bankruptcy hearings - that would have been the classiest thing to do for the best player ever to play the game. I mean, the NHL obviously has money to splash around - its got $140m or so to buy the Yotes, it is going to have to front some money to keep the Lightning alive this year I'd guess and who knows what might pop up in Nashville, Atlanta or even Long Island. I find it whimsical that Gretzky could be deemed overpaid at $8m/yr and Bettman earns something like $7.5m. Who would I rather have associated with the NHL for $7.5m or $8m? Easy choice.
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2009 on A Lousy End at The Spin
Since updating to Snow Leopard upon its release I've been struggling with my Entourage 2008 Spotlight searching. I have two accounts and one seemed fine and the other wasn't working at all. First port of call was to try and rebuild my index. So within Entourage you go to Preferences and Spotlight and click the Rebuild button. Nothing happened. I tried turning off the Spotlight search and re-enabling that. That didn't work either. Next I got a little more drastic and went in and removed the index stubs that Entourage creates for Spotlight to search, then I disabled Spotlight search... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2009 at Sean's Blog