Windows server 2003

I recently had an “opportunity” to install Windows Server 2003. Not 2008 or even 2003 R2, but plain ol’ 2003. It got me to thinking, what on earth do they ACTUALLY need this software for? File sharing? User accounts? DHCP? All in all, apart from the very base networking stuff, all the services traditionally offered by server OS’s have migrated to the cloud. In this particular instance there is nothing that the company would loose by moving all the workstations to chrome os. Yes they would need an ISP upgrade, but the saving on hardware would more than make up for that. User accounts are combined with email accounts and services like Google docs can replace file sharing.

The future will be an interesting place, and I wonder if Microsoft will keep up with the change or become the next IBM.

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MacBook Air

Just watched Steve Jobs release the new MacBook Air along with OSX Lion. Not sure what I think about the MBA. Lion is an obvious evolution of the OS, I wouldn’t be surprised is OSXI came out in a year or so with parity across all devices so they share an app store. The only real difference is the screen resolution so why have separate apps and app stores.

Regarding the MBA, at the 999 price point it seems like an expensive iPad alternative. Great for those that create content instead of consume it. But to be honest if I’m creating content I want a screen bigger than 11 or 13 inches. If I’m not creating content then the iPad is a better device for consumption. That’s not to say I don’t think the MBA will sell… It’s lust worthy.

Apples’ $50 billion

I’m curious as to what apple is thinking of buying with it’s “spare” $50 billion… Between the new MacBook air and osx lion there must be something else due in tomorrows gig. Should be fun to watch.

On an unrelated note I saw with interest that seagate have released a 3Tb HDD… I’m continually amazed at the ever increasing rate of change. Singularity here we come!

Birthdays

Whilst it should be an¬†enjoyable¬†experience I’m not sure I can think of anything worse than gathering together a bunch of 4 year olds into an industrial warehouse with slides, ball pits and party food, and letting them run riot for 45 minutes whilst parents look on dazed and confused. It’s especially bad when it’s your family that has called them all together for the birthday of your 4 year old daughter as this means any issues and it’s your problem. It could be worse though… we could have held it at home.

Windows Phone 7 on the HTC HD2

I’ve been running Android on my HTC HD2 for a while now and whilst it works well, the battery doesn’t last as long as with Windows Mobile 6.5 (although i’m not 100% sure why).

I much prefer Android as an OS compared to Windows Mobile and would have gone for a Hero instead of the HD2 but I was lulled by the fantastic hardware.

I also had a good idea that the fantastic devs at XDA Developers would be cooking up new ROMS as fast as Apples share price is growing.

Recently Cotulla of XDA has also ported Windows Phone 7 to the HD2 and whilst it’s not my first choice of OS’s it will be fun to try it out and see just how far off Microsoft is this time around. You never know they may have pulled something special off.