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I'm tired of installing software.

I'm sick of installing software. 


I'm tired of clicking Next 6 times and waiting for dll's to be registered. Why is it random people on the Internet can assemble portable versions of Photoshop but Adobe can't? Anyone?


I'm tired of being told I have to uninstall old versions of something before I can add a new one. See above. Also - mobile apps.


I'm tired of lousy software provisioning for desktop software getting in the way of me doing stuff. You have to download an update to fix a bug? That's nice. I've got shit to do.


I'm tired of having to configure software, what's the point anymore? Just figure it out. Is it really this important to ask me this now? Can't you ask me later if you think I need to know? Or just make it obvious. How would I even know half this stuff in advance when I haven't used the app before? And if I've already used it and am upgrading.. well you should have updated yourself and kept my settings.


Service pack? What? Update thyself.




Seriously, why is desktop software so far behind? Where's Steam for Enterprise?

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Comment by James Pakele on April 6, 2011 at 4:49pm
Yup, and for that reason alone, I will steer clear of iOS.  Not because of what it's able to do or not do today, but what I feel is coming in the future.  I consider tablets and phones a 2 year purchase, and while Android may or may not be as smooth an experience, depending on who you're asking of course, I just see that platform as being more useful within the next 2 years.
Comment by Brian on April 6, 2011 at 4:46pm
Yeah, unless it's something like iOS which won't let you do certain things.
Comment by James Pakele on April 6, 2011 at 4:44pm

Even without the CR48 you could could then just load Linux Mint (my favorite) or something else and Chrome, then done, deal.  It's what I've done, spent the better half of a day moving all the files to either Google Docs or into a Dropbox folder (depending on how I access them), now the machine, itself is no longer important.  New machine, Linux Mint, Chrome, Dropbox, just like new.  This will do until the official Chrome machines appear on the market.  


With the increase in Web based storage and applications, the actual underlying OS is becoming irrelevant. 

Comment by Brian on April 6, 2011 at 4:35pm
Yes, an overwhelmingly large number of desktop users just do office documents, email, and web apps. Our strategy is along similar lines - to move everything to the web, because there is less overhead associated with maintaining the desktop.
Comment by James Pakele on April 6, 2011 at 4:31pm

Especially when you couple this with Google's new 2-step authentication.  Which I've been playing with for the last couple of weeks and it works great.


Most companies have an internal server that they use a browser to connect to anyways.   All these Windows machines and all that gets used is the browser for the most part.  

Comment by Brian on April 6, 2011 at 4:29pm

Absolutely, "fixing" a machine is a waste of time. Just turn it in, pick up a new one. The broken machine gets refurbished somewhere else. No big deal. No data to migrate, no apps to install.. etc.. 


Not even getting into how this fixes a whole host of data loss/compromise issues.


Comment by James Pakele on April 6, 2011 at 4:20pm

Now that would be cool.  You just pick up a machine as you walk out the door.  This is EXACTLY how you describe it.  I've watched talks by Google employees going over this device and they even regard it as "disposable" in a work environment, meaning if something goes wrong, you just swap it out, and the employee keeps working, like nothing happened, not have them standby for 45 minutes until the tech guy fixes it.   I have absolutely NO doubt they are going after the Microsoft dominated business market with this device.   Especially with their recent overhaul of Google Apps.  


Fingerprint scanner.... NICE!  

Comment by Brian on April 6, 2011 at 4:15pm

Certainly sounds like it's more of the "this is a device" rather than this is YOUR device.. which is still more of a PC rather than cloud paradigm. Combine it with a rfid token or a fingerprint swipe and the potential for fleet/enterprise deployments would be pretty cool!

Comment by James Pakele on April 6, 2011 at 4:09pm

Yeah, maybe, the thing is setup for that type of application too.  You just log in with your Google credentials and if you have marked your bookmarks and apps to sync it automatically brings those in.  Delete your account when you're done and no worries.  


I know a lot of people would like to try it out and I guess I'm one of only a few on the island that has one.  It would be great if there was some way for me to let people play with it somehow.  GeekMeet maybe, I dunno.


I think production systems are due out around the end of June or so.

Comment by Brian on April 6, 2011 at 4:05pm
Thanks for the report James! You should get together with Dan and see if he'd be willing to host some sort of demo of it! I bet a lot of people would love to play with it and hear about your experiences.


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