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  • UK WP7 marketing.

    @Ian2: Exactly. But I just think they are too late to the party now for people to make the switch. Until work finally fork out for one for me to play with I can't exactly say much more. I get excited about Android, I get excited about the latest iPhone but with WP7 I just don't really care. Perhaps its because I have been burned before with 2003 and 2005, then nothing... PDA or go home. 

    What I can say is I see very little around town about WP7, the odd advert at home. Yet Android is everywhere. 

    It's the fun, silly things like this which can't have cost much. Yet received a great response; 

  • UK WP7 marketing.

    Same in Manchester. 

    From what I gather, people just don't care for it. 

  • Android, your thoughts?

    My only wish for Android is that they get the keyboard as silky as the iPhone. That's the only area it fails consistently on. I'm a total keyboard w***e and have been my whole life. I get jealous when I mash an iPhone users keyboard.

    I like how easy it is to transfer information from handset to handset with it all sync'd back to Google. I have no qualms about it, ultimately it makes my life easier. It's quite inspiring what it does as a whole out of the box and bang for buck you get more functionality out of an Android device. I think Google have it sown up. They seem freaky clever at times.

    Sure iOS is "to be seen with" and its stunning. But is it really worth paying all that extra for then have to pay so much extra again just to get what you get as standard with Android? And to be told your holding it wrong if your a lefty? like me. Personally, I don't think so. 

  • MSDN

    @spivonious: Works on my machine. Manchester - UK

  • Are IT departments always a 6th leg?

    @Jaz: I encourage my staff to be more proactive as opposed to reactive to users. Although at times this can actually be less constructive than having them sat in the back working on there tasks or improving the network, they are seen and therefore perceived to be working on something more important to the rest of the company. 

    It's as much visualization as communication from what I heave learnt. 

    I also request I have a senior IT member attend meetings that occur between departments. Simply so we are more aware of what the business is planning, even at a high level or concept as ultimately, we are going to have to facilitate supporting whatever it is they are doing. 

    It's when we are in the rear with the gear saving a dying server or buggy application that we are actually perceived as doing the least. Yet we are working small miracles each and every day... 

  • Phone Hacking

    @vesuvius: correct. Also if a burglar coming over your garage falls through it, they can no longer sue you. 

  • The Radio

    Being a born and bread Mancunian;

  • Off topic: Brazil confirms existence of uncontacted tribes

    I love stuff like this, it makes me feel very humble. 

    This reminds me of a video I saw on Reddit the other morning, it's old, but a tribe supposedly meeting a white man for the first time; 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyLvdm1JXsg

     

    I just hope we can leave them be Smiley 

  • Learning C# for career development

    , W3bbo wrote

    *snip*

    In a word, yes.

    Unless you can answer these questions (in principle, not expecting you to know detailed specifics):

    • You know how process context switching works, right down to the CPU microarchitecture level
    • You can construct a regular expression parser (that is, a program that will execute a passed-in regular expression on a given string)
    • You can derive business entities from a situation description and construct a fully normalised and horizontally-decomposed relation system
    • You can implement a simple 3D raster engine with both the Painter's Algorithm and Z-Buffering and explain which one is better
    • You can delve into the philosophical moral implications of fiddling with complex neuron simulation
    • You can manage a team project, from inception to delivery to lifecycle management, and explain why the Waterfall model is not well suited to every project.
    • and so on...

    bonus points if you can translate the "CS-speak" into plain english

    A CS degree isn't needed for most business IT jobs, such as LoB application development, but you'll find yourself getting burned-out quickly. With a proper CS degree you'll have a wide and varied skillset (the things I've mentioned were all covered on my degree course) that will ensure your long-term employability. You won't find many "coders" over the age of 35, by then they all get into management and whilst that requires less technical knowledge you'll find your project management and communication skills become all the more important.

    The 37 year old "coder" sat next to me right now doesn't have a CS degree and knows none of what you have mentioned yet secured a position coding for the largest bank in the UK. In 20 years he hasn't "burned out" and every time he puts his CV online, his phone does not stop ringing...

  • Interviews

    @spivonious:  http://www.learnvisualstudio.net/">http://www.learnvisualstudio.net best $60 you will ever spend.