Robert Pogson

One man, closing all the windows.

Daily Archives / Thursday, August 11, 2011

  • Aug 11 / 2011
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It’s Worse Than I Thought

I was reading a comment from Yonah about that other OS in China and thought to check some stats from my logs:

grep “MSIE\ 6″ access.log|wc
4882 113392 1220415
grep “MSIE” access.log|wc
27541 753686 8132177

grep “Windows\ NT” access.log|wc
82301 1844466 22133753
grep “Windows\ NT\ 5″ access.log|wc
35607 806553 9632077
grep “Windows\ NT\ 6″ access.log|wc
46485 1033692 12444561

So, about 15% of those still using IE are using IE6 and of those still using that other OS, about 42% are still using XP. If we count all the IE6′s as illegal copies (wrong, I know), that’s about 5.9% illegal.

I don’t know what’s worse, that many people still using IE6 or that many people still using that other OS. I guess it’s IE6. That other OS is no longer scary.

  • Aug 11 / 2011
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“8″ Headed South

“8″ has not even been released yet, but Phoney “7″ which has and is the model for “8″ has lost two thirds of its share of the smart phone market.

Preston Gralla has the details and they’re not pretty.

Since Phoney “7″ is not popular with consumers, “8″ will likely share the same fate. Will that spill over onto Wintel? Yes. If you are going to have the same OS on all of your smart phones, tablets and personal computers, why not get one you like? Expect Andoid/Linux to invade the x86 space promptly.

It’s much worse than I thought.

“Nokia, despite the fact that its Symbian smartphone OS is roughly 14 times more popular than Windows mobile, is in the process of ditching Symbian and betting its future on a partnership with Microsoft.”
see The epic unpopularity of Windows smartphones

  • Aug 11 / 2011
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Lining up the Chickens

In the “Good Old Days”TM, I remember the times when we “processed” chickens back on the farm. Chickens, like many intelligent life-forms, are not programmed to die and serve themselves up on our dinner-plates. To get them to cooperate in their executions was a bit of a chore. We held the bird up on a chopping block and let go the axe… Doing that with a struggling bird was not an exact science.

I remember my father telling me about his “Good Old Days” when they used to put the chicken’s head down on a white line and the chicken would mesmerize itself staring down the line and be still while the axe was put to use. He, himself, did not use that technique so I cannot really say whether that approach worked.

It seems Wintel wants that technique to work on the world of IT to change from XP to “7″. Windows 7 Migrations: Don’t Get Distracted by XP, Windows 8 is the title of an article that claims the right thing to do is to stay on the Wintel treadmill for another round and forget that tablets exist and will be a major part of IT. The fact that there is no benefit at all to the “chicken” is beside the point. If someone has XP working well enough and it will be supported until 2014 it is not logical to conclude that a change to “7″ is the thing to do in the next few months.

There might be some performance/reliability improvements in migrating to “7″ but businesses are much further ahead to migrate to thin clients no matter what OS they use, because it is a quick exit from the Wintel treadmill. It is insane to change the OS on millions of clients every time M$ belches another release. Car makers develop new/improved models annually and we don’t change our cars annually. M$ could make a new release every year or every decade and it would not be a reason to change. Businesses are far ahead to put the OS of their choice on the client and do everything on a terminal server or cluster rather than working for M$’s bottom line.

I recommend businesses use GNU/Linux on their thin clients. There are tiny distros made for the purpose and even a full-bore distro like Debian GNU/Linux will work well in the role. Businesses get the advantages of lower cost and more reliable client machines and higher performance on the terminal server whose hardware they can upgrade as/when they see fit and if they are truly locked-in to M$ they can change the OS on the terminal server when M$ releases. That’s the right way to do IT. Keep things modular and the modules independent so you can change components when the time is right without messing up anything else. Putting most of the applications on the terminal server or web server makes it possible to get off the Wintel treadmill and onto your own path to profitability.