Not that I wouldn’t have guessed if someone asked me, but I think my bias towards Microsoft technologies is kind of noticeable. However, I never would’ve guessed to what extent until today. Look at my start menu! Yes… yes… Firefox too… Maybe I am a bit slutty too hahaha
So one of my hard drives started to fail, and I NEED to have enough storage for all my stuff. I guess 3.5 TB overall wasn’t enough, so I just got another 2TB more. Yes…. Just let me be clear, those 5 TB are distributed among my many computers and external hard drives. Anyway, I have multiple Western Digitals but decided to be bold, so I got a Seagate Home GoFlex 2 TB with wireless printing and I don’t remember what more promises I got from Amazon’s description. Bottom line: genius idea all around, EXTREMELY CRAPPY EXECUTION Being honest: it gets the job done, 2 TB accessible without being attached to a computer. Connects directly to the router, speed is “decent”, around 10 MBPS with two 500GB WD pounding on it at the same time. Not quite what I expected, but I can live with it. Why is it bad execution of a great idea: – Setup is not fit for a regular human being. The “out of the box, one disc, easy set up” did not work. I tried on the work network and then directly plugged in to my router at home. I had to log in to […]
Hace unos meses tenia internet de cobro doble y estaba decidiendo entre “Full Amnet” y Racsa. Unicamente por que me HARTE de que Amnet me llamara y mandara mensajes para pasarme como 5 veces por semana, incluidos sabados en la noche me pase a Racsa. De Guatemala a Guatepeor…. Empecemos: – Me acaban de cortar por falta de pago, reviso en internet y hay dos recibos cobrados y dos no. Es la misma tarjeta, nada cambia y simplemente dejaron de cobrar. Yo dependo de internet, deberian avisar por lo menos aunque sea error de ellos. – Antes de eso, tuve que luchar para poder usar el sistema de racsa en linea, que de “user friendly” se saca un 0. Hasta me salen los errores de la base de datos que un usuario normal se asustaria leyendolos – Llamo a 800 Racsa y para empezar el menu es estupido, veamos Opcion 1 -> Espannol -> Opcion 1 servicio nuevo (por que en servicio al cliente no me atienden) -> de ahi otra vez llego a las mismas opciones de antes, es decir como voy a querer soporte tecnico en servicio nuevo – Entonces trato el chat, eso si tiene que servir […]
A few days ago I finished reading Steve Krug’s book, Don’t Make Me Think. It is amazing how this guy has been able to summarize so many useful advice in what can be read in a few hours. I believe the architects and designers from big corporations should all read a copy of this book, because in the end a big part of the success of a product lies on whether end users like your product and make it part of your life. It doesn’t matter who you are, if you don’t design your product well people are not going to use it. Let me show you a few examples: – Skype vs MSN Live vs Google Chat & Voice: Skype is by far the best product, the lifeline of communications for millions of folks worldwide. The other services have the same features, but Skype by far is better. (Maybe that’s why MS bought it) – Google Chrome vs Internet Explorer vs Firefox vs Safari: IE might have killed Netscape and others, but Firefox came and showed how it should be done, especially with its big community building add ons. IMHO Chrome is the best, I like it’s speed. Like […]
I read today a great article called The Ballmer Days are Over, in which Ben Brooks describes some of the problems that Microsoft is currently facing. Here is my take on Microsoft: I used to work as a v- for Microsoft for a few years and then I cofounded a company that provided vendor services for them (7 years total – and already left the company), so I know my way around Microsoft. All the time I worked there I was never able to understand why everything was so bureaucratic and slow… innovation didn’t seem like the norm. MS Consulting IMHO is not what it could be, I worked there too and they have extremely good technical people, but the only thing a lot of them seem to be passionate about is being a Microsoft employee and not building amazing stuff. Besides, a lot of them look down on other companies when they shouldn’t. They are too arrogant about other products, when instead they should respect and even fear the competition to be able to build something amazing. I mean, even a fat guy can run fast if you put a lion behind him. The innovation I saw (I […]
I found an extremely interesting article today which talks about why some people love meetings and others hate them, but still go to meetings quite often. Here is the link: Another Meeting? Good. Another Chance To Hear Myself Talk The part that I love is: David Mazel, a research analyst, thinks people like meetings because “you can stay busy without accomplishing a thing.” He says “having gone to the meeting is the work.” New rule for me: for every meeting that I have control over, something actionable will come out of it. New rule #2: avoid meetings that are only to “discuss XYZ” but nothing actionable nor any decision is taken, or that we do a meeting that will just lead to another meeting. In fewer words, I will make my best not to waste anybodies time nor mine.
So my mic stopped working. I went over all the settings trying to find a mute setting or something. Nothing showed up… I then connected the apple headphones and the mic worked fine. I was bummed thinking that my iPad mic simply was gone forever. Nope. Simply restart the iPad by holding the top and home buttons until you get the spinning thingy. Turn it on again. It works! I don’t recall buying a Microsoft iPad though hahahaha