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Opinions in IT

The world of Information Technology as we all know is a very big world, and it only is getting larger and more diverse.  As such, it comes with choices – many of them for that matter.  With choice also comes opinion.  According to Merriam Webster the definition of opinion is:

a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter

In most cases what bloggers write about is their personal viewpoints, or opinions on a topic at hand.  They often include facts, however at some point, if it’s IT related, there will be an opinion.  Let’s take a few examples that exist in the IT world today:

  • Browsers (IE v Firefox v Chrome v Opera)
  • Hypervisors (Hyper-V v VMware v VirtualBox)
  • Operating Systems (Windows v Linux v Mac)
  • Software (Exchange v Lotus v Scalix)

Looking at the aforementioned, there is loads of grey area and what defines the opinion of one versus the other really boils down to the project or question at hand.  IE might be best if you need ActiveX.  Mac might be best if you’re doing graphics design…

One of the greatest IT project management posters/comics I’ve come across is:

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Which describes the IT lifecycle perfectly.  What it signifies in a sense is that everyone has a differing opinion.  Said best by Nietzsche:

“One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed”

And for that reason, IT is one of the most complex fields in the industry.  Everyone is allowed to think what they want and say what they want – it might cause controversy (as my opinion did the other day) – and due to the uncongenial way of reading blog posts, more opinions are formed.  Who is right, it really depends on how you look at it and what the point of the article/opinion was in the first place.  If we all had the same opinion, we’d all be running bland systems with no uniqueness to them whatsoever and IT wouldn’t be fun at all, would it?

So, here’s to another year of opinions, change and choice in the IT field, and just because I’m a Microsoft MVP and most of my day-to-day work is based on Microsoft technologies doesn’t mean that those solutions will be my defacto answer for everything.  What it does mean is that I have a passion for Microsoft technologies and I enjoy sharing that passion with the community, be it at conferences, on my blog, in forums or other various ways.  That said, I’m also got various other non-Microsoft certifications and have installed numerous variants of systems in my years as an IT Pro, henceforth, I’ll share my opinions, taking all of that in to consideration.

Here’s to hearing your opinions :)

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Mac vs. Windows – A Picture is worth 1000 words

Today in the airport, I saw the answer to the age old question – Mac versus Windows – staring right at me and with more emphasis than ever before:

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Let’s look at the covers and make the conclusion that the rest of the world makes.  The Mac Format cover:

20 biggest Mac problems

What’s that, yep, you’re trying to help us sort out the problems that Mac lovers around the world (you can count them on your fingers and toes right 😉 have had for ages and it puts it all in to context:

– Lost files

– Startup Bugs

– Program Crashes

– Slow Downs

OK, so we’ve deduced just by looking at the cover, the Mac has issues and it seems some big ones – I mean, come on, do you want to have to have someone tell you how to solve the problem of lost files?!  I surely don’t want my files getting lost…

OK, lets look at the Windows cover:

Networks Made Easy

Oh, wait, what’s the other topic in the upper corner?

Customise Windows 7 in 5 minutes

Two articles that explain what it is Mac lovers wish they had – simplicity and eas of use, not to mention, as a Windows user, I know where my files are.

So, it seems the age old fight is finally over and explained by our two magazines (probably published by the same company): Windows is by far superior and easier to use.

Now we can all sleep better – and best yet, I didn’t even have to buy either of these magazines, I simply took the photo and ran 😉

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Security and Computers in Schools…

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So, if you follow me on twitter, you’ll notice lately that I’m marrooned on an island (aside of the island I live on).  On that island there is a small school, which in it has four computers and is connected “to the real world” via a 2MB microwave link.  The company I work for used to support the IT in the school, so I have a good working knowledge of it, however we no longer support the infrastructure. 

While stuck, however, I went in to look at the computers as they’ve been playing up some and my extensive knowledge was sought to hope shed some insight in to things (it turned out to be a simple DNS server setting which was causing all of the issues, but I digress).

Whilst in the school, I took the opportunity to have a look at the new system that has recently been put in to replace the old.  First off, let me say – Windows XP – What?!  Why!?  Don’t know.  However, lets progress to the point of this article.  Security.

What is the objective of going to school?  Learning, last time I checked.  So, what is all of this rambling about?  Well, the new system locks the kids out of so much, they can’t even change the background.  How can you teach children about IT if they can’t do rudimentary tasks?  Surely the best way to learn is by breaking things…why lock the kids out of things that will make them more successful in learning, which is what they’re meant to do?

C’mon guys…What is the point of locking down the machines so the kids can’t learn?  Also, for crying out loud, why put in Windows XP as it hasn’t even been supported since mainstream since June and it’s nearly 10 years old now.  Yikes!!!

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RIP Windows 3.x

Born in May of 1990, official mainstream support for Windows 3.x was available until the end of 2001, and it has lived on as an embedded operating system until 1 November 2008 – but now it’s official dead.

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Windows Meeting Space…good, bad, ugly?

So, over the years doing teaching I’ve used various tools to project what I’m seeing on my monitor to others.  My favourite tool, back in the days, was Altiris Vision.  Sure, that dates me a few years, but it did what it said on the tin and did it really well.

Well, I have a few public presentations on Thursday and I’ve got the go ahead to use Vista on all machines, which means they will all have Windows Meeting Space.  From what I can see so far, looks like a well rounded offering, but I’ll be back for more and an update later…Watch this space (oh yeah, if you have an Internet connection there is always SharedView, but that’s a whole ‘nother kettle of fish!)

Until the preseo!

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NetNewsWire + FeedDemon + NewsGator = Synced Cross Platform RSS Reading!

One is made for the Mac, the other the PC – both RSS readers.  When coupled with the other service run by their company, NewsGator, you can have both read the same RSS feeds and also synchronise what articles you’ve read from your subscribed feeds, all with the comfort of a zero cost!  I must say in the initial tests, I’m well impressed.  If you have to swap between a Mac and a PC and you use RSS (let’s see, RSS reading IT people must be what, about 90% of the population?), give this tandem/trio a try.  You’ll be most impressed.

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I know Windows better than Seinfeld. Can I have $10 million please

I’ve been gone for a few days on a deserted island and when I come back to check the feeds and the things I’ve missed, what do I come across?  Microsoft hires Jerry Seinfeld on retainer for $10 million!

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