April 2010 Archives

Windows 7 In Big Demand - "Surely Not?" Says Vista User - Me!

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A report last week said that 10% of Windows users are already Windows 7 users.

Is that already more than Vista achieved (allowing for all those Vista users who reverted to XP)?

Anyone who has suffered Vista will appreciate the benefits of Windows 7; the problem is, once again we have the issue of knowing whether or not your old apps will work with the new desktop OS. London-based AppDNA has released a video discussing said problem (if you look on the Broadband-Testing website at www.broadband-testing.co.uk you'll find a report from Jan 2008 on AppDNA's AppTitude app migration tool).

The video - The Road To Windows 7 Parts I and II - is hosted by CWs very own Cliff Saran, looking all the fitter for his autumn regime of running - with me as coach, of course, extending to right hand technique in the pub afterwards - that he has since bravely kept up through the winter. In addition to AppDNA CTO Paul ("Hey Paul, you're S. African, do you have any spare World Cup tickets?") Schnell, the videos feature chaps from HP and Microsoft - check out how geeky the Microsoft guy is...

Among other points of interest in the videos - which you can find at: http://www.app-dna.com/news/Journey-to-Windows-7.asp is the scale involved here in trying to manually check migration suitability; we are talking in excess of 110,000 known applications to check against for compatibility. Add in those in-house developed apps and on a per company basis the migration issue is clearly massive. Maybe that's why people traditionally only changed their OS with their change of PC/laptop. However, Vista has kind of made people's minds up for them. The more interesting question is whether all the XP users will be prepared to make the move. Recent research from Forrester suggests that around 42% of the XP user base is stalling indefinitely.

The second part of the video covers areas such as hardware readiness, security/access control changes potentially playing havoc with app compatibility, integration of MS apps (never the "given" you think it should be)  and whether the next gen desktop will be one or several OSs.

The "V" word - Virtualisation - is key here of course, and a primary reason for using AppTitude. AppDNA claims a 3-5 times ROI using its software in terms of time saved and, based on our last review of the product I can believe this. Hoping to get a play with the new version of AppTitude in the very near future so watch this space on that one...


Lizards, Iguanas & Cross Channel Ferries

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Just back in Andorra from over two weeks constant travel, mainly in UK and surviving on 3G Dongles.

Given the somewhat outrageous charges Vodafone and 3.co.uk levy upon one, once outside of the UK (gazillion quid an hour) AND, given the need to check email upon arriving in Dover and boarding early, the only option is to set up in the bar, go "dongling" and use your mobile phone to check when the UK signal is about to give way and transfer to a French network, at which point you whip out the dongle asap. Could someone just offer reasonably priced data roaming charges so we don't have to do this please?

My return journey included a quick visit to my old South of France location where, during a run (well, you have to keeo the wine calories at bay) I encountered two huge lime green lizards (Geckos?). Appropriate, then, that my mates at Sunrise - home of the excellent Sostenuto ITSM app that I'll be reviewing the latest version of next month - have today launched "Iguana", a self-service interface for the aforementioned Sostenuto. Given that Sostenuto pre-dated SaaS, IaaS, Paas, in that it was always web-service based, it's easy for these companies to be labeled as simply "jumping on the bandwagon" but here we are talking original and best.

The idea, then, is to enable total customisation on a per user basis for information access and management thereof, WRT Sostenuto ITSM, wherever and whenever. Think ITSM meets Facebook and you're getting the idea. Heldesk software has most certainly moved on...

Just one question though - what exactly are the Sunrise marketeers smoking when they name their products???

Of course, during my travels, HP has finally completed the acquisition of 3Com, including the H3C technology of course - surely the most expensive Chinese take-away in history? Looks good value all the same (prawn crackers were thrown in I understand) and I can reveal that I will be taking a look at HPs newly inherited data centre switches next month. Meantime, a pre-test report will be appearing on the Broadband-Testing website within the next 24 hours, so please check it out at www.broadband-testing.co.uk - meantime, more on the acquisition tomorrow...

P.S. Who ate all the snow while I was away?





Guy Kewney

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I was saddened to hear about the death of fellow IT scribe and long-time acquaintance Guy Kewney last week.

Guy and I go back 20+ years - when I came out of the world of IT networking and went into the world of IT journalism and human networking, he was one of the proper old school hacks who actually wanted to be exactly what he was - a journalist embraced in IT - and willing to soak up information like the proverbial sponge.

He also shared a great interest in wine; soon a common theme of conversation among us at the more dreary press events we were then forced to attend. Mind, the wine was often worse than the product announcement...

Guy got early into the whole wireless thing (as indeed did I) so it's sad that he won't be around to witness the 4G/LTE era when IP, mobile and voice come full circle and meet in the middle. He will, of course, forever be know as the REAL Guy Kewney following the admittedly hilarious mix-up at the Beeb a few years back (I actually thought I was about to start convulsing with laughter when I saw the clip; I could hardly breathe) but in the IT world Guy has always been THE one and only Guy Kewney. He didn't so much suffer fools gladly as not at all and was all the better for it. Vendors were not given an easy time - great. Soon got rid of Anericans coming over and starting their pitch by telling us how many square feet of office they had...

As a devout atheist I'm not going to get into the "gone to a better place" stuff, but if you imagine there was  the pearly gates and team, you can imagine Guy attending his first conference with God and pointing out a few flaws in the deployment of the universe, along the lines of: "I'm not entirely certain that I understand or agree with your line of thinking when it came to...." and so it would go on. And on. Guy RIP.



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