Desperate Brays of a Frustrated IT Mule

August 8, 2007

Apple or Microsoft ?

Filed under: Technology — technodonkey @ 9:22 am

X-Men III had a tagline …….. “Whose side will you be ? ” . The same applies for these tech giants as well. That Microsoft copied the Mac and based all its features on the same is  a de facto, and it continues to do that be it Vista vs OS/X or Zune vs IPod. But the question here is . Who is better ?. I just thought about some important consideration parameters that could be thought of while comparing them and rating the same.

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The opinion is solely based on my readings and findings and history of these two companies. So lets see who eventually comes out on the top ! We just rate them on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest

                                       Apple                          Microsoft

Technology                   9                                    8     

Innovation                   9                                    7

Market Penetration     6                                  9

Leadership                    9                                 9

Product Features        9                                  8

Business Acumen        7                                  9

User Support              9                                  7

Stability                       8                                  6

Fut ure                         8                                   9

Internet                        6                                  8

Growth                        6                                     8

“Cool” Factor             9                                     7    

Total                        95                                    95

A Tie it is ! wow , For heavens sake! the donkey had no idea when the ratings were being done that it would eventually end up being a lock . So it as it poised, both the giants have an equal chance of outdoing the other as of now , but whose line will be be neway?  …….. for once, even time wont be able to tell !

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August 6, 2007

Independent XAML Project

Filed under: Technology — technodonkey @ 2:07 pm

the donkey is working on an independent project in XAML. Its an 3D XAML application that allows user to watch movies , picture album, microsoft word processing , mail checking etc all embedded in a different sides of a cube ! . Didnt get it ???

see below !

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right now i am using the 3D api from codeplex in order to make the controls interact. I am almost done with the UI and mapping logic, now just need to figure out a trivial things. Then …… with just single cube , you can accomplish 6 functionlities, something like

1 watch a movie on one face,  2 open your word application on the other, 3 view photo gallery on the 3rd, browse the web on the 4th , 5 download your favourite songs on the 5th and scrape on orkut on the 6th , now thatz cool , pretty cool !

WPF and XAML – Future of Desktop Development

Filed under: Programming,Technology — technodonkey @ 7:53 am

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Windows Presentation Foundation aka WPF aka “Avalaon” aka “WinFx” coupled with XAML aka “Zammel”  is the future of developing rich UI applications. My personal experience of working with XAML since 1 month now has made me too acknowledge the same. Development has never been so easy, err.. Rich UI Development has never been so easy.

 Some quick key features listed here :

 1 Clear Separation of UI and Business Logic (no i mean a really really clear separation …no just on paper but on the screen as well)

2 Graphical Processing through GPU (thanks to Direct3D ) instead of overloading the CPU

 3 3D Application Development (The donkey just developed a 3d window that plays movies and can be rotated in X,Y and Zee)

 4 Effective use of “Declarative Programming” rather than “Procedural Programming”

5 Seamless integration with revolution microsoft products like the Expression Studio.

6 Enhanced Web Development with WPF/E (requires Silverlight plugin)

 There are many more but that will do as of now !! :0)

Some key features 

July 31, 2007

Reality Bites!

Filed under: Technology — technodonkey @ 7:59 am

Ever pondered over the fact why we are always listed and treated as a third world even in the field of technology !!! Yes , the donkey knows that it hurts to be a part of one ,but the sooner we accept the truth, the better for us to be able to rectify the same.  The Indian IT sector specializes in washing scum from the apparels of the west, and whatz more painful is that it even relishes it like a 6 year old on a half-eaten mango dolly ! . 

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 Donkeys like me always ask the question to self and others ” Why dont we do anything in the field of product development and creation ?, Why do we invariably have to wait for THEM to create and wait like hungry hyenas and vultures waiting for lion to leave the carnal remains for us to consume? –

The answer is simple to understand but hard to swallow.  It is the fear of failure and the tendency to be satisfied with mediocrity. And it is not inborn . It is what is taught everywhere right from corporate firms to management schools and top IT companies. “Dont attempt something if u know that there is even a slightest possibility of failure” .

The donkey doesnt believe India is shining in IT.  99% of the work done by any Indian IT company can be drilled down to one single piece of work “Solving Change Requests (better known as CRs in Indian IT lingo) raised by a dumb business user sitting somewhere in his corner office in the States or Europe” – Thatz about all the work that is being done by Indian IT professionals (Terms like Due Diligence, Impact Analysis , Dependency Documents, Regression Testing, System Appreciation, Six Sigma and Resource Planning are all smaller pieces of a the big jigsaw that ultimately on being completed shows a simple harsh truth –

 “The Change Order has been successfully deployed on the production systems. Kudos to everyone ! Letz organize a project party to celebrate the occassion.Period”

 More to come ……………….

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