Discussing Technology

Spent the evening discussing Technology (or "talking geeky stuff" as the GG put it) over a couple of drinks and a curry with fellow Birmingham based business owners Tim from n7 Studios and Paul from 4Mation IT last night.

We concluded that…

  • The latest release of Ubuntu rocks
  • Adobe’s $1=£1 UK Sales policy sucks
  • We’re not sure we understand Software Patents fully, but we think they are bad
  • … but we do know Patent Trolls are the lowest of the low
  • Microsoft *aren’t* evil
  • … their Small Business software offerings are excellent value for money
  • … the Action Pack is fantastic
  • … but aspects of their development range are still grossly over priced
  • Windows Vista’s upgrade program for XP owners was slow and overpriced
  • …. Vista seems to have more driver issues than Ubuntu with older hardware
  • Windows Desktop Search is better than Google Desktop Search
  • Renting On-Line Applications is the future
  • Microsoft Office 2007 is great, but a resource hog
  • The Mac -vs- Windows debate is pointless
  • … as is Open Source -vs- Commerical – just use whatever is the best fit!
  • DRM is ridiculous but Piracy is bad
  • Movies should be released in Cinema, On-line and on DVD on the same day
  • … but whichever way you paid to watch Superman Returns – you’d have to demand a refund
  • Open Advantage in the West Midlands are brilliant
  • There should be more local user groups
  • Blogging has changed the way big companies can interact with customers

and finally, drinking bottles of "King Cobra" can leave you with a significant hangover the next day…

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3 Responses to “Discussing Technology”


  1. 1 Matt May 10, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    The latest release of Ubuntu
    rocks

    This reply is actually coming to you
    via 7.04 🙂 I like it, although to call it the \’easiest Linux distro
    ever\’ is like saying that foot surgery
    is easier than brain surgery. I still had to Google many things,
    quirks that, while I admit were a far easier fix than during the
    Redhat 5 era say, were still not \’mom and pop\’ Dell buyers easy. In
    my mind, it still comes down to the old \’for free? it\’s great.\’ but
    Windows, even the poorly received Vista (which I happen to like a
    lot.) is still better. What experience do you have?

    Adobe\’s
    $1=£1 UK Sales policy sucks

    I actually wasn\’t aware of this
    policy. I guess it\’s one way to insulate yourself against currency
    fluctuation? Adobe\’s longtime pricing should give you some clue as
    to how they view their client- base though 🙂

    We\’re not sure we understand
    Software
    Patents fully, but we
    think they are bad

    I\’m not sure I do either, so I\’ll
    agree with the beer and curry vote.

    … but we do know Patent
    Trolls are the lowest of the low

    Microsoft
    *aren\’t* evil

    No, that\’d be Sony 🙂

    … their Small Business software
    offerings are excellent value for money

    … the Action Pack is fantastic

    Maybe I need to look into this
    further?

    … but aspects of their
    development range are still grossly over priced

    Windows Vista\’s upgrade program
    for XP owners was slow and overpriced

    …. Vista seems to have more
    driver issues than Ubuntu with older hardware

    I\’ve not had any problems since it hit
    retail. I could see how people going for the 64-bit version, “Since
    I\’ve got a 64-bit processor…” might have more trouble with
    non-signed drivers though. Ubuntu isn\’t without it\’s problems either
    though, try getting nvidia cards (the formerly gold standard for
    Linux-based graphics.) doing all their 3D goodness on 7.04 (or
    Intel-based video cards doing 1440×900.) without a trip through the
    forums.

    Windows
    Desktop Search is better than Google
    Desktop Search

    Give Microsoft a few revisions of
    anything and their tend to get it right. I found the MS search
    \’clunky\’ under XP at best. Under Vista
    however, I think it\’s great.

    Renting On-Line Applications is
    the future

    Renting? Unless the cost-per-use is
    very low, I don\’t think that\’ll take off. Buying and DL\’ing however?
    I see that becoming more-and-more the norm, and not just with little
    apps here-and-
    there. Heck, today you could upgrade
    to Vista and begin playing World of Warcraft without ever

    leaving your chair.

    Microsoft
    Office 2007 is great, but a resource hog

    The Mac -vs- Windows debate is
    pointless

    True, but they make for FUNNY TV ads
    🙂

    … as is Open
    Source -vs- Commerical – just use whatever is the best fit!

    Being closed-minded in either
    direction certainly limits your

    DRM
    is ridiculous but Piracy is bad

    Yes and yes. DRM more-so 😉

    Movies should be released in
    Cinema, On-line and on DVD on the same day

    So that\’s you and Mark Cuban who think
    it\’s a good idea 😉 Personally, with the full backing of a

    110” front projection (with sound to
    match.) Home Theatre, I agree with you, but the masses like
    their \’date nights\’ etc. I think
    Mircosoft\’s Xbox Live solution for downloadable content is the
    beginnings of a good solution (Broadband, especially in the
    HD/Blueray future, needs to step up a notch or two though to truly
    be \’on-demand\’.) . I see a week-or-so \’cinema exclusive\’ before the
    movie becomes downloadable, but
    \’owning\’ it, via DVD, will still lag behind (It\’ll become the \’poor\’
    solution, pardon the frankness…)

    … but whichever way you paid to
    watch Superman
    Returns – you\’d have to demand a refund

    Wasn\’t great, was it…

    Open
    Advantage in the West Midlands are brilliant

    I\’ll agree

    There should be more local user
    groups

    Blogging has changed the way big companies can interact with
    customers

    Blogging and open beta\’s both.

  2. 2 Matt May 10, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    BTW… Longest \’comment\’ EVAH! 😉

  3. 3 Unknown May 11, 2007 at 11:11 am

    Just to pick up on a couple of points…Vista.It still has driver issues, even since being released on retail.  Just look at Creative for example – they decided not to support legacy hardware in Vista.  How bad is that if you went out 6 months ago to buy what was (and probably still is) a fairly decent spec PC, only to be told that some of the key hardware e.g. the sound doesn\’t work?  And look at Dell – they\’re even providing XP again (albeit on a small number of their machines), because of the general feedback given by users and IT professionals.Renting AppsIt might not take off – but think about how much you would spend on a copy of Office XP, then upgrading a few years later to 2003, and then upgrading to 2007.  Okay, so we know there are free alternatives – but some people simply go with the name "Office", perhaps because it\’s been sold to them in some wonderful way.  Compare the cost of buying the software, with upgrades, to the cost of renting an app.  Of course, the renting cost would have to be less than the purchase price – but what this would mean is that users are not tied into using a software package because they haven\’t spent a large lump sum in buying it.  It means the upgrade paths are going to be more cost effective.  Just look at leasing – many companies lease their business PC\’s for 18 months / 2 years, and then lease newer ones.  They do it because it means they\’re not tied down to existing infrastructure, they can keep up to date (and they need to if they want to run Vista), and it (may) be more cost effective.  Look at web hosting, or hosted Blackberry / Exchange solutions.  You can pay a monthly fee for these too, rather than buying outright.So provided the cost benefit is there, why aren\’t we doing this with software?


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