Category Archives: Cloud

More fuel on the Android apps on Windows fire

In 1996 Microsoft licensed Java from Sun.  Think about that for a moment before continuing on with this blog post.  At what seemed the height of its PC market dominance, when it “owned” the developers, when Visual Basic and Visual … Continue reading

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1984 wasn’t 1984, but 2024 might be

A number of organizations are uniting to sponsor a day of Internet protests on February 11 against mass surveillance by the NSA.  You can find out more here. With apologies to all my non-American readers, I have no problem with … Continue reading

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No real comments on today’s Microsoft announcements, yet

I can see from the stats that people are coming to my blog to see what I have to say about today’s announcement of Satya Nadella as Microsoft’s new CEO and Bill Gates putting in more time at Microsoft as … Continue reading

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The Smart TV Market

I (and many others) have opined on the need for Microsoft to have a device to compete in the lower-priced mass market segment for smart TV add-ons.  I want to refine my thinking and explain why Microsoft may not have … Continue reading

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Google Reader and other customer tragedies

(This was written weeks ago but not published until now.  I’m going to largely leave it as originally written, with an update at the end.) I’m pretty upset about Google’s decision to drop support for Google Reader.  I think it … Continue reading

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Now I get it, the Consumer guys at Microsoft are just plain wrong!

I’m an Enterprise guy.  In the mid-70s I set a career goal of dethroning IBM from its then total dominance of the enterprise computing space.  By the end of the 80s I needed a new goal, and it’s always been … Continue reading

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Beware Cloud Services bearing gifts

Last week I tried to access the web site of a company that a few of my former Microsoft colleagues work for and was shocked when Norton DNS blocked my access.  Upon further investigation I realized the company’s site was … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Startup – PredictableIT Part III

With writer’s block out-of-the-way it’s time to finally finish this story.  I apologize in advance for not polishing this more, but the stops and starts have caused problems.  And I either push this out now or who knows when it … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a startup – PredictableIT Part II

In the first part of this series I alluded to what we put together as an operating environment and before I flesh that out I want to go through the heart of our “IP”.  As I’d mentioned the major initial development … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a startup – PredictableIT Part I

Back in 2004 a friend had told me about moving a small VC firm and one of its portfolio companies to a hosted environment (at a Managed Service Provider, which was another of the portfolio companies).  Not just servers mind … Continue reading

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