Just finished an article on Bill Gates’ retirement in Fortune (Microsoft After Gates).
It left me with this impression: Microsoft is bald (Steve Balmer), grey (Craig Mundie and Ray Ozzie), and confused (Google). In other words, Microsoft is dead.
Or at least suffering from dementia.
Okay, just to be clear, this isn’t yet-another-iPhone-3G review.
I’ve read enough of those over the past two weeks I think I’d puke if I even saw another one.
Most reviews have been glowing, some embarrassingly so. And, yes, the iPhone is great — the best smartphone to date, in fact — but it still carries some significant flaws. Continue reading
As I search for a cross-platform and iPhone-friendly groupware platform on which to operate the communications and sharing operations of the day care I’m currently running, I find myself falling in love with Yahoo’s Zimbra again.
I tried it once before and, while I liked it, it didn’t suit my purpose at the time (not to mention it didn’t support Safari back then). Plus, I find that it’s everything I’d hoped for in Apple’s MobileMe service, and so much more.
Zimbra’s web interface, unlike MobileMe, is one only a geek could love, but it exceptional functionality more than makes up for that blasé look and feel. (Zimbra’s web-based iPhone interface is killer, though.) And after my preferred Zimbra provider, 01.com, upgrades to Zimbra 5.0.8 this weekend, their service will have more push-appeal than Apple can ever hope to muster.
I like it so much, in fact, that I’ve turfed the free Google Apps in favour of Zimbra. The IMAP implementation is way better and the overall level of integration between the various services (contacts, calendar, email, and documents) is vastly superior. Well worth the $4-odd per month per account.
Apple’s new iPhone 3G represents the future of telecommunications and technology.
There, I’ve said it.
One big, fat grandiose statement about that new gadget that everybody wants. (With the exception of the people who are pretending not to want one, but really do.)
But it’s not too far from the truth.
For a long time I’ve recognized that mobile computing is a trend that will define the future of how we communicate with one another and engage with information.
Gone is the golden age of “traditional” computing, such as with desktop and notebook computers. Continue reading