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April 29, 2011

I’ve Been Busy (Again)

Filed under: Main — admin @ 7:35 am

Sorry about the missing blog posts. I just finished up yet another book.

I like writing these entries, but when it’s 11:30 at night all my typing molecules have been exhausted, it’s tough to switch gears and write about nonsense in the computer world. That doesn’t mean that the nonsense stops.

Well, actually, recently there hasn’t been much nonsense.

Twenty years ago, the big computer companies were mostly hardware. Today they’re all software.

Two of the major software companies are Google and Facebook. Facebook didn’t exist 10 years ago. Google was merely a “Yahoo rival.”

Microsoft is still with us, but — seriously — no one cares.

There’s talk about the Microsoft Tablet coming out. It’s valid, too: People with iPads still use their laptops to use Microsoft Office. The thinking by those who think and do little else, is that Microsoft will somehow master the ability to put Office on a laptop and thus will end Apple’s reign of terror and domination of the iPad.

As-if.

The Microsoft tablet will most likely be the Super-Zune everyone doesn’t want. Mark my words.

Microsoft is just too old and stodgy. No one graduating from college is eager to land a job at Microsoft. They want to work for Facebook or Google.

Google has been on a hiring binge that actually hurt its stock value. Honestly, I can’t figure out what Google is all about. The company’s technology focus charge resembles a spilt can of paint. Google makes money from advertising, but spends it on whatever fancies its employees. Therefore it seems like it would be a great place for budding, creative people to work. Not so with Microsoft.

I’m sure there are lots of intelligent, creative people at Microsoft. But there’s no incentive for the behemoth to excel in anything. Given its repressive corporate structure, I doubt anything creative could come out of the company. I could be surprised, but the stories I hear are of jealous managers stealing and stifling ideas in some kind of 16th Century European royal court style dramatic intrigue.

Microsoft Tablet? Bah!

If anything, Facebook has proven that there is still room for The Next Big Thing in computers. No one knows what it is, but it’s coming. It could be out there now, not even a blip on the radar. But it’s coming, if it’s not there already. And my guess is that it won’t come from Google and definitely not from Microsoft.

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