I have been saying this for decades. This was one of the things the movie The Siege got absolutely right – in 1998.
This is especially true since they won’t service anything older than 3 years…
- Type docs.google.com into browser
- Select template (optional)
- Start creating doc
Elapsed time: 5 seconds to productivity
Microsoft office for Mac
- Click on Word app icon
- Watch icon bounce in doc for 60-90 seconds (4core system with 16GB of RAM)
- Click to allow access to Microsoft Identity on keychain (x8)
- Wait for Auto Update to run
- Install 2MB update
- Wait for Auto Update to re-run
- Office now wants to download 2.6 GB of updates before continuing.
- Wait for downloads and updates to finish
- Open Google Docs and start typing so you are productive for the next 30 minutes
- Wait for downloads to finally finish
- Grant Admin access so install can continue
- Wait for install(s) to complete
- Close Word so install can complete
- Wait for Auto Update to re-run
- Dismiss Auto Update
- Click on Word App icon
- Watch icon bounce in the doc for 90-120 seconds
- repeat step #3
- repeat step #4
- Create new doc
- Paste info from Google Docs into Word
- Continue editing document created in Google Docs
Elapsed time: 35 minutes to productivity
Tell me again why/how using MS Office docs are so much more productive (or even preferable)…
Self proclaimed futurist tweets an obfuscated link to an ad-encrusted pull quote that links to an article… behind a paywall.
For some the internet has moved from a means to share information and ideas to one that exists solely to generate clicks that have zero information value (well, except to them – ‘ad impressions’ and all that). And, no, I don’t want to sign up for you email-harvesting ‘newsletter’ that you never publish but benefit by selling on my contact information.
Much has been written in the last decade about the ‘Consumerization of Corporate’ IT with the primary example being corporate users wanting to use their smartphones and tablets from home in a corporate ecosystem.
I would argue that the inverse of that trend has started in the last few years. That is concerns that were once firmly in the corporate space are starting to bleed into the consumer space. These include:
- a focus on security for personal devices with more emphasis on firewalls, encryption, SSL, password strength and even two-factor authentication.
- a growing interest and need for analytic and visualization tools for the growing amount of data from wearables and other in-home devices. Currently this is served by one off tools from each vendor with more platforms emerging that are corporate-style integration platforms that take in data from disparate systems and provide a more unified ‘dashboard’ view to consumers.
- additional emphasis on in-home automation and monitoring control systems for everything from thermostats, lighting, locks, motion sensors, flow sensors. Previously, this was the realm of building security groups and manufacturing plants. Automation and monitoring is also driving the previously mention areas of security and analysis.
I guess I am taking a little more cautious/skeptical stance when it comes to the auto-replenishment feature touted by many IoT pundits and vendors. If you aren’t familiar, this would allow a device to determine that you were out of or running low on a given consumable (be it a food item, dish soap or toilet paper) and then order more of it on your behalf.
Here is the problem: the vendor and the device don’t have your best interests at heart and might tend to exaggerate the current state of consumable and (maybe) tend to order more of it more frequently that you might actually need (or want). For example, if you have ever owned an inkjet or laser printer you have probably experienced this already – persistent warnings/notifications to replace a toner or ink cartridge when, in reality, the useful life of the item is much, much longer that you are being led to believe. Heck, I have a laser printer that has been telling be for 13 months that I need to replace the toner. In that time my family and I have printed hundreds of additional pages with this ’empty’ toner cartridge.
Consider also the existing confusion over the meaning of ‘sell by’ and ‘best by’ designations on other consumables (most notably food). What if vendors add a ‘replenish by’ or ‘order by’ date into the mix? Not a great situation for consumers, especially if they have delegated this to an networked device in the name of ‘convenience’.
Another new year! All the best to our blog readers.