Robert Pogson

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Daily Archives / Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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Bosses Who Break Things

Some bosses just don’t know their limits and like to micro-manage and intrude at every level. Sometimes it works but often the boss stumbles in, breaks something, and resumes his busy day leaving employees to pick up the pieces.

I have had some incidents. One day a boss came in to tweak something on a cyclotron and jammed a highly radioactive target. I had to go in an manually free some Zn65 that was fresh from the machine. Another time I had a boss who would come in and demand a report, some statistics, about how the programme was going. He would invent a different reward programme for students every other week with new criteria. As this was not pre-planned, our paperwork was not yielding the information promptly so I finally automated. Whatever he demanded, I could work out an SQL query to dash out an answer within a few minutes. I was pretty sure that boss broke things as a form of harassment.

Well, Apple has such a boss. He is suing folks for using “app store” in terms of Android but the argument has been raised that Jobs himself has used the term “app store” generically… There goes the case, trademark and all.

see “Steve Jobs’ Android jabs may cost him App Store trademark”

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Horror

There is news that the CoreFlood botnet has been dealt a blow by governments taking over the servers that are the command and control system. The horror comes from the analysis of this botnet. Over six years it has amassed gigabytes of account authentication information and has spread by taking over the system administrator accounts for whole “domains” of that other OS. Continue Reading

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M$ Costs Jobs

Repeatedly we are told that using M$’s stuff creates jobs world-wide. It is not so. It is out-sourcing to M$. Take Nokia for example. They are chopping 4000 jobs with many of them in R&D, the lifeblood of tech. Replacing their own OS with M$’s does not make a lot of sense because M$’s share of phones is tiny. Putting it on Nokia’s stuff is bound to encourage customers to shop elsewhere, say, Android.

On the consumer side of things, M$ likes to take $50 or more from each PC sold. That’s larger than the margin on lots of hardware and represents lost profits that could be invested in R&D locally, around the globe. Businesses locked into M$ will sink or swim with M$ and you can bet that when the ship goes down, M$ will be sure to take the last lifeboat.

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Reality in IT in 2011

A number of manufacturers and OEMs have scaled back their estimates of notebook production in 2011. This is not about shrinkage by a few companies. It is an industry-wide phenomenon where tablets are taking a bite out of the market. Tomorrow, M$ will reveal its situation. If the manufacturers feel the pain we should see that pain reflected in a kink in the growth of M$’s revenues.

  • Compal dropped estimates for 2011 12% with quarterly revenue down 48% from a year ago…
  • Samsung was the only one to achieve a paltry 1% growth in notebooks for the quarter

Since notebooks are the largest share of the IT landscape and desktops are only showing life in the corporate sector, M$ should have a change from the usual news. We shall see. They do have some presence in tablets but little on ARM and nothing on Apple’s stuff. I don’t expect their situation to change for the better until their product is released on ARM sometime late in 2012. I expect it will be a disaster like Vista judging by defections and low morale leaking into the news.

Worse than defections from within, customers are also defecting. Even the share of PCs installed with that other OS continue to decline.

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Barnes and Noble is on the Warpath

Barnes and Noble has filed counterclaims against M$ asserting that M$ “is misusing these patents as part of a scheme to try to eliminate or marginalize the competition to its own Windows Phone 7 mobile device operating system posed by the open source AndroidTM operating system and other open source operating systems. Microsoft’s conduct directly harms both competition for and consumers of eReaders, smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile electronic devices, and renders Microsoft’s patents unenforceable.” Continue Reading