July, 2008

  • Steve Clayton

    MobileMe sneaks in to Vista


    I was making some changes this week in Control Panel and my machine and could hardly believe my eyes when I saw that new entry at the bottom – Apple’s MobileMe. Where the hell did that come from? Where else…iTunes. I got prompted to install a new version of iTunes last week (I use Nike+) so given Apple uses iTunes for MobileMe I shouldn’t have been surprised.

    Needless to say, I didn’t sign up :)

  • Steve Clayton

    Vista: you’ve come a long way baby


    Okay, so Vista wasn’t a hit when it arrived but things are changing and as Ed Bott points out the campaign is just beginning to surface. The ad above goes to “Windows Vista: Look how far we’ve come.” which then offers this

    When Windows Vista debuted in January 2007, we declared it the best operating system we had ever made. “Windows Vista is beautiful,” The New York Times raved. It’s humbling that millions of you agree.

    But we know a few of you were disappointed by your early encounter. Printers didn’t work. Games felt sluggish. You told us—loudly at times—that the latest Windows wasn’t always living up to your high expectations for a Microsoft product.

    We know that’s what some people are saying on the Internet. And in its early days, Windows Vista did experience some compatibility problems. But thanks to our industry partners’ efforts during the past 18 months, here’s where things stand today.

    and there follow a list of stats such as

    • Windows Vista now supports 77,000 printers, cameras, speakers and other devices.
    • Over 2,700 software programs are now certified to work on Windows Vista, including 98 of the top 100 consumer applications.
    • 62% of small business said Windows Vista saves them time, and 70% said that it makes them more productive, according to an independent survey
    • 71% of Windows Vista customers liked it better than their last operating system.


    Not a bad start but a long way to go.

  • Steve Clayton

    Apple almost blogging about MobileMe


    [image credit – Engadget]

    I just read on Twitter that Apple is blogging – with Steve Jobs apparently asking one of his staff to post daily about the MobileMe debacle. I was about to welcome them in to the warm blogging waters but one thing is missing from this “blog” – no ability to comment.

    Shame really as I’d love to see some of their customer comments – you can get a sense over at Engadget though.

    I know….maybe I could go shoot a video though – Mojave style – asking what people think of MobileMe? If I really wanted to have some fun I’d shoot a video “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC style” with MobileMe and LiveMesh. Oh but they’re not the same thing….tempting all the same. Meanwhile, Windows Live just works. For several hundred million users – for free.

    Seriously though, as I’ve said before this cloud computing stuff is very, very hard – especially when you want to do it at scale and especially when you want to charge someone for it. Google do a great job with free services like GMail and we do pretty well too with Hotmail, Messenger and others. When the financial analysts asks why we’re sinking money in to online services and vast capital outlay in datacentres and their efficient operation, this is why.

    [update 1] Last100 does a pretty good job of rounding up the feeling from the blogosphere and tech reporters.

    Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt asks the question, “Who is to blame for MobileMe?” calling it “Apple’s worst product launch in the 10 years since Jobs returned from exile.”


    [update 2]

    Just noticed  new follower on Twitter is a MobileMe engineer. I get the feeling I’m being watched.

  • Steve Clayton

    MobileMe malware?



    Well I’d never really thought of it as malware but that’s what one comment on my blog said about Apple sneaking MobileMe on to Windows via the iTunes 7.7 update.


    Thor, the difference between Apple installing a MobileMe control panel and Symantec or nVidia doing it is they don't do it for software you don't actually have.

    The MobileMe ad gets installed in your Control Panel even if you have no possible interest in Mobile Me. And that's pretty much the definition of Malware.

    Many people are comparing this to the stealth installation of Safari with a QuickTime update which Apple hastily revised after strong criticism. Is a similar turnaround ahead?

    Personally I’m not sure I’d really call it malware but it is pretty stealthy and very similar to the Safari/QuickTime thing. I’m surprised more than annoyed and will be interested to see if the same criticism is levelled at Apple.

  • Steve Clayton

    Wired UK 2.0


    Well well well, this was quite a surprised – I first saw it on Twitter from Simon Bisson and then found more details on Brand Republic. It’s an interesting move and it’ll be even more interesting to see how they differentiate themselves form the US edition. For the last 2 years that has really been back on track for me after an interlude in the early 2000’s where they had a worrying affair with biotech.

    Is there enough tech/geek/Wired style content unique to these shores to make it a winner? I’d like to think so but I’m a little skeptical. However, there is one reason alone I wish them success – since I got hooked on Wired back at university in the late 90’s I’ve always held an ambition to get something published in Wired.

    So….if you’re listening guys I’m offering you my services gratis for edition #1 of this Wired UK 2.0 – I have a few topics in mind but here are some suggestions:


    • Blogging for The Borg
    • 10 lessons in 10 years from Microsoft UK
    • The Friday Project (you’ll have to ask my friends for me info on this one :))


    Anyone care to submit ideas for other topics they’d like me to write for Wired?

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