Monday, April 12, 2010

Microsoft - You Still Make Me Crazy!

So today was a rather big day for Microsoft. They finally shipped Visual Studio 2010 after more than 2 years of development. I still see some performance issues, but the one thing that drove me crazy during the install is a restart...there's simply no reason for it!

I've had the ISO mounted as a virtual DVD drive and also downloading some of the other VS2010 bits - I had to suspend all that, restart, then remount it, and's little stuff like this that drives me nuts.
Also Microsoft, if I were you, I'd consider NOT linking to content from sites like Twitter, Digg, etc. directly on the front page of MSDN. The comments weren't very flattering from sites like Twitter and the like, after the horrendous download speeds on the MSDN site today. You're still a business and you've got to maintain professionalism and filter some of negative and graphic content - even in the social media age. And how could you not get the CDN's involved to help distribute the load more geographically? Hello - it's 2010!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

iPhone OS 4.0

I'm back on the grid! Some new iPhone 4.0 highlights I think are interesting...

Finally some multitasking on the iPhone. With a real status bar showing the items that are running. Cool.

I love the ability to host push notifications on my own servers instead of Apple's. I hate depending on a 3rd party for this kinda stuff.

Also the ability to create a folder by dragging one app on top of another will greatly enhance my organizational skills (I'm O.C.D. in this area - deal with it!)

Also, unified Inbox (now I don't have to check 10 email accounts) and iBooks (looking forward to this).

GameKit - The additions to gaming are pretty cool. Just like XBox Live - neat and unexpected from Apple, but makes sense since gaming on the iPhone/iPad is huge!

iAd - not excited about this as an end-user (I'm already bombarded by too much Marketing - my eyeballs hurt), but a potential revenue stream with a 60/40 split between developer and Apple.