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  • Marketing the "Cloud"

    @Bass: You nailed it! Perplexed

  • Marketing the "Cloud"

    @JoshRoss: ++

    And, I like this too: "The term cloud computing is overused and ill-defined... leding to [bad]... assumptions as to what cloud computing does and how ... [to] best utilize it. The IT Industry is not making it easier for their customers by offering many different definitions and products that only create confusion. This confusion is what the IT vendors are utilizing to create many different products and call them "cloud products." ...if you do not understand their definition then call up their professional services to "help" your company take advantage of cloud computing."

    -- Cloud Computing: What It Is and What It Can Do for You

  • Vista Defrag - huge step backwards?

    @irascian: I'm with you. Why dumb it down? This is a disappointing trend. MS may know better what/how I should do things but then again maybe not. One size rarely fits all.

    Just my 2 cents - of course I may just be getting old and resistant to change Smiley

    Edit: Just read this http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2006/07/10/disk-defragmenter-faq.aspx. Yep! Getting old. Kindly disregard the ignorant comments above :-/ It will take time to adjust to the sense that I'm losing control of my machine.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 - Shares ​intermittan​tly inaccessible

    Hey W3.. This is likely a worthless shot in the dark but..

    I experienced a similar 2008 Server "Share Flakieness" until I resolved a Windows Update issue that prevented me from applying any updates. Once past that, with all updates, applied the issue went away.

    Best of luck! Please keep us posted.


  • C9 request : Azure Team session


    Although, I've concluded Azure is not a viable option for any present or future client. Still, I am tempted each time I catch a glimpse of it in my rear view mirror Wink

    Very cool - just not practical - IMHO.

  • Azure prizing question

    @figuerres: True dat.

    I WANTED so bad to recommend and use Azure but alas, I cannot Sad

    For me it's a real head-scratcher. Any organization I can think of who might benefit would have to disregard a non-trivial investment in existing infrastructure. Sure an incremental/hybrid approach is viable but, again, how/why would you sell that? Perhaps the less-than-scrupulous technologist could make the sell. I dunno :-/

    Anyone sold this? What am I missing?

  • How do you manage project feedback?

    We log it in our SharePoint Wiki - and then ignore it indefinitely Wink

    Only 1/2 joking. Serious issues (bugs) go into our bug tracker. The kind of issues you are talking about we record in the corresponding Wiki page. This give us the opportunity to consider addressing the issue the next time we touch the application/component, etc.


  • The cloud taking over

    spivonious said:

    The cloud will never take off because there is no way that businesses will trust their confidential information to be sent back and forth over the Internet. They also still want to be able to work if the Internet connection goes down.

    Not sure I'd say *never* but your point is consistent with my experience. Of course you could partition your apps with confidential data kept local but, still, it's a hard sell - in my experience. It will take some time for business leaders (technical and non-technical alike) to warm up to the idea.

  • "Microsoft Out of Favor With Young, Hip Developers"

    ManipUni said:

    I cannot speak to this article but I know a lot of college graduates and people in masters programs, I would say C#, VB.Net, and Java are all very popular. The reason why is very simple - all three are free to learn and have great resources for students. Universities seem to be adopting C# from Java however.


    I'm not sure what a "young, hip developer" is. I think "hip developer" is an oxymoron within its own right.


    It is worrying how unpopular ASM, C/C++, and other lower level languages are outside of the elite technology schools - some of which barely give a good programming education as is.


    edit: Seems the NY piece is a bunch of lies that misquoted Tim O' Reilly. What he actually said was that young startup companies are very interested in mobile platforms - iOS 4.0 and Android. Which sounds like it could be true, mobile platforms are cheap relatively speaking to create revenue generating software for. I would say that Microsoft might be falling behind in that area as they lack any real competition in the mobile area (despite what you read on the C9 forums)/

    "'hip developer' is an oxymoron"

    Tongue Out

  • Azure developers: check out the "Cloud Cover" show

    rhm said:

    Are there any Azure developers? I wonder what people are doing with it.


    I'm still trying to think of a use for Azure. I mean technically the possibilities are endless of course - it's more a question of how do I pay for it? I mean, ostensibly the scenario in which you'd want to use a big cloud hosting service like Azure is if you have very unpredictable demand and yet when I look at business models for startups where we give some use away for free and then maybe charge $10 a month for a premium version, how do I equate that with the fact that Microsoft is nickel and diming me for every single operation I perform? Is there any way to estimate whether your service is going to be even remotely viable without having to develop the whole thing for Microsoft's proprietary hosting API just to measure it?

    I here you. Would LOVE to be an Azure developer. I can think of many uses of course but I can't sell it to clients (small to mid-size bus.) - not cost-effective (and predictive) when they've already made their hardware expenditures. I've also found a great reluctance among some to put their data in the cloud - a somewhat irrational concern in many cases as the data in question isn't sensitive.


    However, I am excited about Azure and really like the direction, if not the pricing model. I believe it will be big and that, eventually, I'll be able to argue it's merits on projects where it's a cost-effective alternative to big-ticket hardware expenditures.