Credit for reporting to Gijs Hillenius
It’s a fine & blistering demolition of an argument made by self-interested enthusiasts and technobabblers. It’s also long, but worth reading.
The lede, “U.S. regulators have been attempting to deal with the negative affect that a few large Internet providers might have on competition. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world, new mobile technologies have been encouraging competition,”says a lot about US self-inflation. It also suggests that even though the US makes some of the technology exploiting the freer Internet markets abroad, its position is, seemingly, precarious.
My colleague, Peter Kelly, pointed us to this article (actually, a reference to this one). It’s rather interesting and, like Peter, I’m interested to see what develops—and see this as, so far, a positive change.
Back at CollabNet, when we had to draft webpages for sites, we’d have to put in the exceptions for Netscape 4 (Sun had standardised on it, as had so many) and IE. Tedium. But also more than that. Recall that South Korea’s ecommerce infrastructure, as well as much of its public government, has standardised on increasingly obsolete—embarrassingly, dangerously obsolete—IE. And by dint of contract and law (and oligarchy, I suppose, as well as momentum: boredom) is stuck with the kind of past only a grave robber would love.
“Okay, 80 pages in and I am officially Giving Up on MS Office 2011 for OSX. Switching to LibreOffice with relief, b/c it works better.
— Charlie Stross (@cstross) February 23, 2015
LibreOffice=OpenOffice plus/minus minor things.
The point: it’s easier to use.
And regarding change tracking: Charlie: contact me. We have some ideas on this score. You’ll like them (especially if you give us suggestions).
The title to this examination of the effects of online pack vengeance is not nearly as good as the article itself, which seeks to present the human toll of online shredding.
I started using Slack a short while ago, in part because a client was using it. It’s remarkably good at what it does: set up a seemingly intuitive, predictable environment for modern workgroups. I’d previously tried out Asana, for another client, and numerous other systems, open and not. Most have problems. They introduce obstacles, demand fidelity to their system, force loss of something one never thought of as important but suddenly realised was; and take time to get used to. Slack does not do any of that. Nor does it invoke that terrible antipathy that arises after entering yet again the same old data about oneself.
Apple and IBM should both look at what UX Write have done on iOS and what we are doing at the Apache Incubator project Corinthia.
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