Category: vistawatch

Ballmer’s Problems Three

Steve Ballmer’s Microsoft is playing serious catchup in 3 big software development tasks: 1)Windows 7 still has speed, reliability, memory usage, hardware+software compatibility issues, and ease of use/learning-to-use problems versus Windows XP – hence Windows XP stays entrenched in corporates…

Defensive Specialist Steve Ballmer – Resign?

Its all the news chatter in the IT trade and business trade press when Newsweek had the temerity to suggest that Steve Ballmer should be asked to resign by the directors at Microsoft. Here is the essence of the argument:…

NYTimes Gets Web 2.0 Technology; But …

Over the past two years the NYTimes has been showing an evergrowing Web 2.0 savvy. Like many of its large newspaper cohorts, the NYTimes is using such Web 2.0 fixtures as tabs, scrollers and accordions to make quick access to…

Windows 7 Graphics PC: Benchmarks Versus Windows XP

The following posting is taken from our thePhotoFinishes.com blog verbatim. The performance results for Windows 7 versus Windows XP are of interest. Well we spent most of the weekend trying to figure out our benchmarks results – would Windows 7…

Touch Screens to Rescue Windows 7?

It is prudent to be from Missouri about Windows 7. Yes, the advertising and many of the IT pundit websites are saying things like “The best Windows ever since Windows XP”, but still not its equal in speed and performance…

CSS:The Missing Facts

I have just been sent CSS: The Missing Manual by David McFarland at O’Reilly Press to review. So I am scouting through the manual to see how informative it is and to get first impressions. And I come across a…

Software Rot : PHP Change Example

One my favorite references for PHP over the past 5-7 years has been PHP Functions – Essential Reference by Greant et alia. It is still available on Amazon.com and I  refer to its MySQL functions from time to time. But…

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Microsoft

We have titled this note a la Steve Ballmer mode [you know “developers, Developers, DEVELOPERS”] as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer pledged allegiance to Microsoft’s developers. I suspect that ordinary Windows users, including most businesses, wish that Steve had made an…

Google Chrome OS: Pivotal Player

Google will have not one but two OS available for Netbooks and PCs by this time next year. Google Android has already been adopted for smartphones and  is also being used on a number of Netbooks for introduction this Fall.…

Touch Screens Rising or Going Awry ?

This blog is on record as saying that the first vendor that delivered a laptop with a fast and efficient touch screen laptop, they would a)have my dollars faster than a speeding bullet and b)probably gain significant market-share especially within…

Windows 7 Performance versus Windows XP

All sorts of Windows 7 benchmarks are beginning to show up – and it appears, if ZDnet is to be believed, Windows 7 is a barn burner relative to Windows XP. Finally, the performance that was missing in Vista is…

NetBooks Action!

This blog has been saying that Netbooks and Smartphones is where all the most vigorous innovation and action is taking place in computing today . Need I say various Androids, Blackberries, iPhones and Palm Pre to sustain my position for Smartphones. But…

Windows 7 Short Sightings

Frank Ohlhorst at Ziff Davis Enterprise has written a size up of Windows 7 for ChannelInsider (Is Microsoft Windows 7 the Obama of the OS World?) that is a bit short sighted about the depth of the problems with Windows 7’s predecessor…

Linux Comment II

Here is another comment on Linux and the Netbook scene . It is inspired by the article – Is Linux dead in the netbook water? over at Dani Web. Again some very good observations in the DaniWeb article prompted this…

Linux Comments

Keir Thomas at Infoworld has raised the question of inward-looking and brittleness to criticism in the Linux Community. The article is titled Why Linux Needs Critics – and comments on the spirit and civility of Linux supporters across their various…

Will Linux Remain the Desktop Whimp?

Linux UIs are pro-status The question of why Linux is a whimp against Windows Vista even when several Linux distributions  has already been raised in this blog here. Then the IT and Linux blogosphere was searched for a better answer…

AAPL and MSFT Tipping Points

Rapid developments in smartphones and the emergence of Netbooks would suggest that Apple-AAPL and Microsoft-MSFT are reaching tipping points in their respective industries. However, the probability of when and the nature of the Tip may be different. But first before…

What Microsoft’s Board Should Do

Microsoft’s Board of Directors are faced with some debilitating problems. The company has proceeded to devastate its Windows Brand in the past 8 years and the results are starting to breech the desktop monopoly fortress. The stock price that had…