What has happened to the inventiveness of the computer community worldwide?
Following hard on the heels of the spate of appalling Java-related code names,
we get a plethora of new, seemingly-irrelevant, offerings from Microsoft and Co.
I mean, just what is Denali? But perhaps even worse is IBM's rename of the
venerable Lotus Notes... Domino. What is a poor dog to make of that - unless
it's meant to imply that the server falls over a lot. Or perhaps it's some
timewarped IBMer's idea of "attacking" the Asian market? Whatever, it
rates as one of the worst renaming exercises this dog has run across.
InterAct '96 in Melbourne saw the debut of GUI Online Productions on
the Australian Show scene... and a bit of culture shock for resident guru
Gary Wisniewski. Gary was stunned when, on the final evening, GUI staffers
started the inevitable packup. Gary's apparently used to Comdex, where all
the setup and knockdown is very much unionised.
||While on InterAct, the Online stand attracted a good deal of attention,
as did Online's debut product Catalogues Online. What a pity that a series
of technical problems ("lads, don't drop that server...", "why has the PABX
gone down?") meant that it wasn't always easy to show said product!
What a pity, also, that Gary and Grace managed to 'forget' about daylight
saving and leave GUI MD Mark Trescowthick holding the fort for an hour or
two on Sunday morning...
Staying with the GUI Online theme for just a moment, guru Gary has also made
a bit of a name for himself on Melbourne radio recently, with four appearances
in less than 6 weeks.
Has ex-Borland head downunder Belinda Hanna lost the plot? Her recent
article in The Australian offered a series of fascinating "insights"
into what she clearly sees as 'what went wrong' in Borland's battle with the
great MS juggernaut. Amongst other gems, it's clear to her that,
until Windows 3.1 was released, MS didn't have any idea of GUIs - never
mind that Windows 3.0 was and is the most successful launch of an operating
environment in history; that MS Office won out over the competing suites
because MS had the "means of distribution" and Borland / WordPerfect /Lotus
didn't - which will come as news to Tech Pacific the late lamented Merisel;
and that Microsoft 'pretended' to ignore the network market so as to
lull Novell into a false sense of security. Perhaps this says more about the
opposition than it does about MS.
Now, for a rare event... a Dogatribe. On the topic "Is Microsoft Really that Bad?".
Finally (and in less combative mode)... Happy New Year!
Written by: VB
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