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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:

project-management

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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Firefox Fans Skew the Statistics with Funny Math

There are various articles floating around the Internet right now about how Firefox has overtaken IE as the most popular browser in the world…  Let’s have a look at Mike Albee’s Article from the LA Business Tech Examiner

Ok, let’s take a look at the graph referenced in the article:

firefox-beats-ie

A quick analysis of it does show, yes Firefox 3.5 is more popular than Internet Explorer 7, however is IE 7 the only browser Microsoft has and is IE 7 representative of what you call “Internet Explorer”?  No, by no means.  IE is IE6, IE7 and IE8.  Oh one other thing before we get in to the nitty gritty of the stats. The comment about Firefox:

Each new version built upon the project’s original goals of speed, security, and reliability.

So, why is it then that they have to patch it for security holes more frequently than IE?  Here’s a good article describing this:

Report: Firefox Security Superiority a Myth

Interesting thing, it’s a linux based article too, so no bias either.

Anyways back to the numbers, I think it’s interesting how you got to the conculsion that Firefox “trounced” (article headline) IE, because if we add up everything – Stats Counter, the same people providing the aforementioned graphs give us the real result:

real-browser-stats

…and in case you think I’m making this up, here is a URL for you to visit:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-ww-monthly-200811-200912-bar

Looks to me like IE still has a demanding stronghold on the market – in fact if my math proves me right – I think that 60% (about what IE has) is DOUBLE 30% (what Firefox has)….

What’s next?  Linux being more popular than Windows (95)? 😉

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IE 8 isn’t as bad as it’s being made out to be….really

browsers Firefox has recently released a new browser as has Apple in Safari and Opera are about to as well.  Quite a few people slate IE8 and say that it’s the worst of the lot…Well, LifeHacker have done some more tests to show that IE8 is one of the better all-rounders.  Google Chrome does quite well, but it’s not really that good at rendering, Firefox simply eats memory and well, Safari, you work better on your native hardware, so for the time being we probably won’t be seeing you in the PC arena…

The only question I would ask is why did they conduct the test with Windows XP?  That won’t be around much longer, and very few people who will be using these browsers will be using XP.  C’mon guys.  Make the tests a bit more real next time – why not even go out on a limb and try them on Windows 7 😉

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FireNes

Do you remember the old Nintendo games. Do you like to use Firefox? Have a look then at FireNES. Its an NES Emulator which runs in Java and Firefox. Shoot over and see if you like it…I do 🙂

http://www.firenes.com.ar/

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Browsers and Petrol

So today in the UK we’ve been told that the raw price of petrol has dropped 25% yet we’re paying more.  Recently here at 227 Volts we’ve been talking about beta browsers.  What do those two have to do with the price of fish?  Petrol makes you go and browsing is all about who can go fast, so here we go…who goes fastest?

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