At the IITP TechBlog I go over Telecom NZ’s half year report to get an update on what’s happening with the company’s Gen-i unit. Quite a lot as it turns out…
I take a closer look at the government’s official broadband numbers at the IITP Techblog.
This is a good story canvassing most of the issues. I suspect one reason governments are slow to the cloud is that decision-making moves at a different pace to private industry and public servants are far more fearful of risk. Yes, I know cloud computing is less risky, but they don’t.
Originally posted on whatisitwellington:
In 2011 the then US Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra instituted the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, which established a Cloud First policy for government. Three years on the progress to Cloud is extremely slow and problematic, according to an Accenture report that surveyed 286 government technology leaders. The results were interesting:
- Of the twenty cloud migration plans submitted to the Government Accountability Office for approval in 2012, only one has been completed. Eleven…
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New Zealand’s working year doesn’t start in earnest until Waitangi Day – that’s February 6 to overseas readers. Apart from a small break at Easter, that’s it for resting until next Christmas. Here I update what happened in January, then look back at last week.
That’s not say I’ve been idle. During January I posted 22 stories to the digitl site and started what proved a longer-that-expected site redesign. I also tucked away the March NZ Business column and signed up to write and edit the IITP techblog.
There were fewer meetings than in a normal month, but enough to keep things ticking over. I also scored a job writing about New Zealand technology for an international web site. More about that when something gets published. I also appeared on TVNZ’s BreakFast on One talking about the death – or otherwise – of Facebook.
Stories: The top story on digitl last week was about Westpac New Zealand delivering a Google Glass app even though the device doesn’t go on sale in the country until later this year. While it makes sense from a publicity point of view, I suspect Westpac could have made better use of its resources.
Also big on digitl was NZ lags global shift from fixed to mobile phone where I explain why we’re slow – this time it’s not all bad. The other big story last week was about Telecom NZ beefing up its wi-fi network. Anything related to Telecom’s wi-fi network is popular with readers.
My first comment piece went up at the IITP (Institute of IT Professionals) Techblog. I write about Te Akau ki Papamoa, a school which gave 250 students an iPad Mini. It’s not a rich school, but ahead of the curve when it comes to using technology in education.
I also filed copy to NZ Business. Because it’s a print magazine, the latest stories won’t see daylight for a few weeks – last month the magazine’s website published a piece I wrote in the middle of 2013 about smartphone apps for business. It’s a fast-changing world and I guess an update is already overdue.
Appearances: Last Tuesday I took part in my first NZ Tech Podcast of 2014. It’s a great format where people chat for a little under an hour about the week’s technology news. I’m told listeners can hear that we’re having fun recording it. In last week’s Podcast I talk to Paul Spain and Wal Reed about the iPads in schools, the new Mac Pro and some neat eight-inch Windows tablets.
Products: I sent the Motorola Moto G smartphone back the PR company. That’s a pity, it’s one of the best Android phones I’ve seen so far and at $300 it’s hardly going to break the bank. You can read my thoughts on the phone at digitl. I can’t remember the last time I was this keen on an Android device.
I also took delivery of a leather iPad 2 case from Snugg – a British company. I’ll write something about this soon. Amazingly it took just three days to get from Bolton to Auckland.
This week: It’s back to the usual round of meetings, interviews and press events. Today I’m heading to Sky City for the MYOB Roadshow – interestingly the event is being held a week before Xero’s customer showcase. There’s also a Microsoft press function on Thursday.
Listen to me on the NZ Tech Podcast with Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests and Wal Reid. We discuss free iPads for students, IBM’s server sale to Lenovo, we go hands on with the impressive new Mac Pro, test drive the Dell Venue Pro 8, and look back in time at the first Macs. Paul also ask Vodafone to be fairer when he hits his home Internet cap.
Get the Podcast here:
I don’t seem able to embed it here, so you’ll find the video clip on this page. http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/facebook-dying-video-5816957
In “Threshold” to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015 long-time Windows watcher Paul Thurrott looks at Microsoft’s next operating system set to arrive early next year.
It seems Microsoft has woken up and realised just how unpopular Windows 8 is with users. Thurrott, never one to be unduly harsh when commenting on Microsoft writes:
Windows 8 is tanking harder than Microsoft is comfortable discussing in public, and the latest release, Windows 8.1, which is a substantial and free upgrade with major improvements over the original release, is in use on less than 25 million PCs at the moment. That’s a disaster, and Threshold needs to strike a better balance between meeting the needs of over a billion traditional PC users while enticing users to adopt this new Windows on new types of personal computing devices. In short, it needs to be everything that Windows 8 is not.
My Windows 8 experience is almost certainly not typical, but I realised early on how Microsoft needs to draw a line under the product and quickly move on before any more damage is done to the company’s long-term future. If I was the new Microsoft CEO, I’d accelerate Windows 9 and get it out as soon as possible.
When Windows 8 arrived, I purchased it on day one. Within weeks I was so frustrated I wiped my PC clean and reinstalled Windows 7. That wasn’t the answer, so a month later I went back to Windows 8 resolving that I would just get over the things I didn’t like. We never really got on, so when I needed to buy a mobile computer in mid-2013, I opted for a MacBook.
Although lots of people want to talk about the missing start button and start menu, that was never a big problem for me. What grates is the regular switching between the traditional desktop user interface and the more modern Metro interface.
I also found Windows 8 to be just plain painful on a non-touch screen computer. When I used a touch device, Windows 8 made sense, but touch does nothing for my productivity, indeed, I found I was working less efficiently with Windows 8 than I could on Windows 7 or now do on OS X. That speaks volumes.
MIcrosoft dropped the ball so badly, some people are seriously considering using clunky, second-rate Android as a desktop OS. That’s about as damning an indictment of Windows 8 as you could possibly get.