The father of a youngster considers the Xbox One

Xbox-One

So, lately I’ve seen a lot of intense, partisan and finicky arguments around the Xbox one and its relative merits against the PS4, PC and Wii U (mostly against the PS4). But for me, as a new father who in turn has a good relationship with my own father, the whole thing is a non-issue. There’s only one clear cut winner here, and I want to walk the rest of you down this road with me. Continue reading

The Modern Workers Creed

(Adapted from the Rifleman’s Creed)

This is my ultrabook. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

My ultrabook is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

My ultrabook, without me, is useless. Without my ultrabook, I am useless. I must know my ultrabook true. I must know my software and be efficient and defeat my enemy which is time.

My ultrabook and I know that what counts in this war is not the background image on our desktop, the number of programs we have installed, nor the gigs of storage we have. We know that it is the efficiency we gain. We will gain…

My ultrabook is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its ports and its UI. I will keep my ultrabook clean of malware and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…

Before God, I swear this creed. My ultrabook and I are the defenders of my organization. We are the masters of our enemy, time. We are the saviors of departmental workflows.

So be it, until victory is IT’s and there is no enemy, only uptime!

Windows RT, ugly ducking destined to become a swan.

Microsoft has worked on making mobile products for a long time. I recall trying a Windows CE convertible tablet in our emergency department in the late 90’s. It used a  pen driven screen, ran Citrix, was light and portable. And it never caught on. Computers in clinical areas were still new, they were slow and the user interface, hardware and apps werent optimized for pen and touch. They accepted pen and touch but it was not of the quality we know today.

CE (Compact Edition) was Microsoft’s go to mobility solution for over ten years and saw its last hurrah when it morphed into Windows phone 7. Interestingly, it was the first platform that demonstrated Microsoft’s migration to its current Modern UI but it was never widely publicized as the underlying platform for the new design. But WP 7 was the last release of a Windows CE product. The present iteration of Windows Phone is Windows Phone 8. It was a departure from the CE based WP7. Most users of Windows Phone devices don’t know and don’t care. The user interface remains consistent and  there were clear improvements in features and functionality.  Microsoft used WP7 as a place holder while they worked on a mobile OS that was more closely related to the pending Windows 8 core. Part of this rationale has to do with enabling developers to more easily move applications between three platforms. This means nothing to most of us, including me, who have no idea what it means to develop and build an application let alone a framework in which applications are developed. But it was vital to Microsoft’s goal of a common, closely related product set. Then, into the family comes Windows RT. Continue reading