Windows 8 is just a messy desktop

I've been running Windows 8 (ironically on my Macbook Pro) for a few months now.  Fundamentally, I don't think that there is that big a change in the overall functionality, but there are a few key issues with it as a desktop OS that I wanted to highlight for those thinking of making the switch.  Notice the emphasis.  I think that as a tablet OS, Windows 8 will be incredible, but on the desktop it falls a little short.  Here's why: When you cut to the chase, there are really 2 issues: The desktop is messy ... more ...

Office 2013 Preview

So I've been using the Office 2013 Preview now for a couple of weeks and I thought I'd take a few minutes to give you my thoughts.  In a word, Wow!  I know it might be hyperbolic to use and exclamation point when talking about a "Productivity Suite", but Microsoft have outdone themselves on this release. At first blush, my reaction was "Oh, its Office 2010 with the Metro (or Visual Studio 2010) UI treatment".  And while this is an evolution of 2010 to keep it in line with the UI flavour MS seems to be ... more ...

Function without form is no function at all

You've all heard the derisive phrases "form over function", "lipstick on a pig" and the like.  The gist of these epithets is to indicate that more care and attention is put into how something looks than into how that something works.  Its a fair criticism when the function is lacking, but I'd argue that when the function is solid, the form is an equally important consideration.  Function without form is no function at all.  I believe that this is an important concept that is ignored.  I believe that this needs to be a fundamental tenet of the IT industry.  I ... more ...

Thinking vs reacting

Work is an interesting animal.  There are many things that I want to do, many things that I need to do, just plain many things that need doing.  But often times, I find that I'm “too busy” to actually accomplish what it is that needs doing.  The worst part of the situation is that, looking back, its not that there was so much going on that I didn't have the time, its that I was too busy doing something else.  It might seem that those are the same thing, but fundamentally, they're not.  Realistically, most ... more ...