Hype-Master Rains on Cloud Parade
Larry Ellison is the king of hype, and gosh if I don't respect him for it.
This time, instead of promoting the network computer or bashing Microsoft, Ellison
is taking a few shots at the concept of cloud computing.
Larry's beef? That clouds refer to almost anything going on in computing today
-- Web services, SaaS and massive datacenters from the likes of Amazon. VMware
is even talking about turning our datacenters into mini-clouds. If you check
out the link, there's a great discussion about the future of clouds and
what this all means.
Are clouds over-hyped and what do clouds mean to you? Answers, please, at email@example.com.
.NET on the Rise
I brought you news about Visual Studio 2010, and also argued that Microsoft
treats developers particularly well. There are a few complaints that some tools
are overpriced and don't support enough non-Microsoft technologies, but overall
the programmers I talk to are pretty happy.
That may be the reason .NET
is on the rise, taking a few chunks out of Java's market share. According
to a new report by Evans Data, 60 percent of developers will invest more in
.NET. Developers are a finicky lot, so Microsoft is either doing something very
right or the Java camp is doing something very wrong.
Where do you stand -- behind Java or Microsoft? Tell me what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private Browsing Not 100 Percent
All the major browsers have private browsing modes (it's coming in the next
rev of IE) where your history, caches and other traces of where you've been
aren't left behind. And these feature work fine for kids hiding their Web habits
from parents, and husbands keeping their unseemly searches from their wives
(and I guess vice versa).
But private browsing isn't
a perfect defense against hackers or tech-savvy parents and spouses. Spyware
and other techniques can still track your every move, steal your password and
rob you blind.
The answer, I guess, is to treat your private browser as if it's open, making
sure your security software is up-to-date and working right.
Mailbag: Thoughts on Google and Apple, More
Readers on both sides of the Google fence share their thoughts on Chrome and
the upcoming Google phone:
Browser is awesome; I've been using it all day. The installer sucks.
It is a user-based install, which forcedly dumps itself in the current user's
Application Data folder. I like to run as a limited user so this does not
work well for me. Whether I tried installing as admin, or using 'Run As' while
logged in as my limited user, it forcedly and secretly places the installation
in the administrator's Application Data folder, which I cannot access or execute
files from while logged in as my limited user. What I had to do to get it
working the way I(kind of) wanted was temporarily give my limited user admin
rights, install it, then de-admin myself. Why not give me the choice to install
for THIS USER or ALL USERS like most programs or, for heaven's sake, at least
let me choose which folder I want to install the software in!
Other than that, though, it seems like a really great product, simple and
easy to understand.
Though this may place me squarely within a minority among technology specialists,
I'm not impressed with Google to the degree so commonly expressed these days.
Not that Google isn't a powerhouse, because it is, but I don't agree with
those that want to see it as a company predestined to rule the world and/or
seemingly content to give it a free ride because they simply see it as the
anti-Microsoft. I see Google as intent upon and involved in much for which
there would be an unending public outrage if coming from Microsoft. Such is
the way of the world, unfortunately.
I welcome the entry of Chrome into the marketplace, however, primarily
something from which everyone will benefit. On the other hand, I have no faith,
nor any interest in, suggestions of Chrome as an emerging application platform.
I see such expectations as entirely unrealistic in today's world, a throwback
to failed attempts by others to achieve the same in years past, and again,
something which would be the focus of intense ridicule and consternation if
suggested by Microsoft rather than Google.
No, I'm not excited about the Google phone. I just want a nice, high-quality
cell phone that doesn't do anything but be a cell phone. That's getting harder
and harder to find, if it's even still possible.
Anyway, I think Google or Apple can stamp their names on any piece of
junk technology and the Google and Apple fanatics will automatically go gaga
over it, even before they know anything about it.
I am like a little, giddy schoolboy when it comes to the Android platform.
I am a IT technician and I rely on my phone very much when I need to get online
at any given moment. I have kept track of the Anroid platform since its first
press release. I, like so many others, where hoping that Sprint would be the
first carrier to provide the Android platform (it wasn't). But when it does
offer it, I am for sure going to be there to trade my phone in.
Count Jordan among those who think that Apple simply costs too much:
Apple overpriced? In many respects, it is. To the average consumer, its
prices are ridiculous.
I work as a desktop admin for a school system of around 25,000 machines,
half Apple, half PC. Apple does cut us some pretty good deals on the cost
of the machines from its side, but the downside is our Apple support tickets
are two-fold that of the PC tickets. The man hours lost in supporting them
does not equal out to being worth the intial cost of the item. No, this isn't
me saying we have a Dell 755 running against an eMac. We have models from
all years but the old Dell GX110s chug along just fine, when the eMacs lose
a hard disk or logic board daily. We have new 755s that you can swap an HD
or other part on within seconds compared to the two- to three-hour service
time for a new iMac. Apple costs too much in the forefront for the consumer,
and costs too much to support for the enterprise.
And James responds to another
reader who questioned the findings of a study that said most botnets come
from the U.S.:
Maybe "Anonymous" should go back to school, perhaps to the
grade where they discuss "more" versus "less." Apparently,
he doesn't understand that 20.7 million is more than 7.7 million. It has nothing
to do with "normalizing the number of users." If you want to try
and spin things so that the facts get all distorted, that's when you start
throwing out the terms "normalize the numbers" or "the percentage
of the whatever." But the basic fact is that 20.7 million is more than
7.7 million, so the article was true. Maybe this person could go work for
the McCain campaign since they don't seem to let facts get in the way of their
Tell us what you think! Leave a comment below or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.