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Bass Bass Knows the way the wind is flowing.
  • Xamarin now Open Source and included with VS


    The libraries and command line tools are open and free for everyone. That is "enough" to build Xamarin apps. 

    The IDE tools/visual designers are not open, but bundled with the free of charge for some people Community edition (and other VS for everyone else).

  • Announcing SQL Server on Linux

    AD is the last bastion of WinServer, and that is fundamentally propped by WinClient. 

  • Microsoft Kill Off Windows Phone

    , MasterPi wrote


    It would also suck more without tech provided by those supposed lightweights in Seattle or raw silicon designed by Intel R&D in Portland and manufactured in one of their major sites spread across Phoenix...

    But none of this matters because problems are not centralized to any particular location. You're not going to convince the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to switch to React.js just because the trend in SV is to do so. For established organizations, those choices are made internally for specific issues they deal with, and being out of date with a tech trend isn't really a high priority issue. I don't hate SV...it's a great test bed for ideas, but it doesn't reflect any reality beyond the needs of the entrepreneurs and college grads who flock there.

    It's not just in SV. Technology is evolving, don't get left behind...

  • BING is down

    Somebody tripped over the networking cable again!

  • Microsoft Kill Off Windows Phone

    , Bas wrote


    As someone who has it on his resumé and has benefited from it both financially, career-wise and job-satisfaction-wise, I feel qualified to assure you it was both lucrative and worth the time commitment.

    It's weird how people think only mobile and web apps are being built nowadays. Try and get out of the office environment once in a while, it's an eye-opener.

    I always knew I'm good for creating optimism here.

  • Microsoft Kill Off Windows Phone

    , cbae wrote


    What do you think the exit is for a VC? Free sodas and company-provided lunch on Fridays?

    What shitty place do you work for that only provide lunch on Fridays? :P

    The reason investment banks don't mess around with venture capital is because they're risk-averse. Investment banks are looking to flip shares on IPO day for a guaranteed $100+ million pay day.

    Except when the whole thing falls apart and they need to be bailed out by big government because their "safe" investments turned out to be complete sh!t. Hey it's not their fault.

  • Thurrott.com is becoming the new coffeehouse

    , TexasToast wrote

    @Sven Groot:    Maybe it is a lot of what you work on gets scrapped and thrown into the "not in our future strategy". 

    Speaking of that, what ever happened to Project Astoria? Sven, I don't forget things. :)

  • Thurrott.com is becoming the new coffeehouse

    , TexasToast wrote

     Large companies really survive by buying small companies that are still innovating.   

    Exactly, virtually everything new in this industry comes from acquisitions. Most of Google is acquisitions. The only major thing I can think of that came internal is their search engine and Gmail maybe. Even the iPhone was built from a bunch of acquired technology.

    Big companies suck at innovation because if you are innovative you will start your own company. Why would you stick around so you can live in a shitty two bedroom apartment while your boss's boss expands his mansion from the proceeds of your ideas? You'd have to be a smart moron to agree to that kind of deal. It's fundamentally a contradiction. Innovative people don't make good wage slaves.

  • Microsoft Kill Off Windows Phone

    , cbae wrote


    SV wouldn't be the center of anything without financing provided by those evil institutions based in NYC, Boston, and San Francisco. Don't hate, bro. Just the facts.

    Virtually all notable VCs are actually HQed on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park. It's not because the big investment banks don't want to VC. They don't even know how to VC. Spoiler alert: It's not like this.

    Oh, look! Even a super-double-plus-trendy company like Uber is looking for WPF developers.

    Oooh, a unicorn company! However in that posting WPF experience does not appear to be a requirement - merely one of several technologies they accept as suitable experience. The repeated mention of web tech is concerning. I'd be concerned about a job posting that mentions a completely different tech multiple times. It's likely a job where you could be 'forced' to do web development on the reg. :D 

    Don't get me wrong, there is a whole lot  of .NET jobs (although Java jobs outnumbers - everywhere) but .NET mostly seem to focus on web UIs. This XAML/WPF thing isn't a lucrative skill to have on a resume. It's not worth the time commitment. 

  • I suspect MS has gotten sabotage by corporate spies.

    Incompetency seems more likely.