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gtlds (or the great internet landrush)

Well it’s nearly time for a gazillion new internet generic top level domains to be opened to general availability.

I’m not sure the world is ready for it to be honest. Or if there is even a need. Google has become the new DNS system.

At work today someone asked me for the web address for a supplier, i said it’s “suppliername.co.uk” as you do. I then watched them type into google suppliername.co.uk.com and then to add insult to injury, google being semi-concious gave them a link to the right page which they happily clicked on and went about there business. If there was any justice in the world that simply wouldn’t work.

Anyway, as such it seems there is no need for new gtlds. Just give your domains random numbers and letters and let google sort it all out. I mean, if my site is called eriojeoir34nf.com who cares if you can’t remember it – google can.

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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.

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.

Ubuntu 10.10 and the future of computing

I’ve been playing with ubuntu 10.10 recently whilst waiting for the “real” version to escape beta, I have to say I’ve been very impressed with the quality of the build. Linux continues to go from strength to strength and ubuntu has played a big part in that.

I’m slowly coming to the conclusion though that the future is solely in the hands of “cut down” operating systems like iOS and Android, although it can be argued (and is!) that these are Linux derivatives at heart. Microsoft really has had it’s day and whilst windows 7 has been a great success I doubt that this success will be shared by windows 9 and 10. By the time windows 9 is rumoured to be in alpha the likes of the iPad and other tablets will be well and truly entrenched. The sticking points will be well resolved (like photo editing and content creation) and most people will realize that 99% of what they want a PC for can actually be accomplished with a smaller, more efficient device than a laptop or pc. Most consumers do just that – consume not create.

Yes there will still be a requirement for “full” operating systems for business and developers but as a percentage these are likely to be fairly low (and most apps will be moving to the cloud regardless).

All in all ubuntu shows great promise but I honestly believe that this tangent will always be a niche market with the mainstream being filled by mobile devices. It will be an interesting 5 years ahead, and I’m looking forward to seeing it.