I'm Robert Marshall, director and senior consultant at SMSMarshall Ltd who's specialism is in the Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager product and all of its dependent products covering all aspects from Architecture, Implementation, Migration to Break-Fix.
I've been using computers for over 30 years, beginning as a programmer and now a senior consultant in an enterprise product. I only count my career as starting 17 years ago when I began my first serious role as a deployment engineer. I've seen 8 bit through to 64 bit, the rise and constant refinement of the GUI, the rise of the Internet from land-line based modem access to the powerful broadband connections we have today, mobile phones come into existence, and I've seen Microsoft evolve from a handful of employees to the company it is now while pretty much tinkering with every OS they have released; As well as seeing an industry that has evolved around those humble beginnings to become what we have today. You could call me an IT Dinosaur but I'm still as mentally able as I was back then, perhaps even more adept now since I've had broad exposure to so much and seen trends come and go. I'm a keen technical puzzle solver, which sets me apart as I love to solve gnarly problems around my area of specialism.
I like to share, i do so by blogging here, and helping out when I can as a moderator and answering questions when I have time on the TechNet Social forums for ConfigMgr 2012 and ConfigMgr 2007. I am a guest poster on TechNet UK Flash magazine and an MVP since 2009 (Most Valuable Professional) in the ECM (Enterprise Client Management) exclusively dedicated to ConfigMgr. the MVP status helps me to help others in more depth due to the closeness to the product group and access to other MVP's the program affords me.
The blogs pretty much about ConfigMgr, but on the odd occasion I also use it as a platform to express my random urges to post something I've stumbled across, be it technical or non-technical, and which I imagine would entertain you or what not as equally as it did me.
The sold out Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off today, with a key note presentation from the CEO Steve Jobs.
Rumour has it that Jobs will be announcing the next generation iPhone. I'm interested but not driven by this to be honest. The iPhone I have does the job, but it has some issues which limit it's functionality, which are mostly due to DRM paranoia and with the Shell implementation (which isn't as thought out as some might imagine, in fact if you use the iPhone for a few days you realise how disjointed the components are, and for example how limited the browser is, there are lots more quirks!).
It's reported that Jobs wanted to sell 10 million units, he's cleared 5 million, and now that a new phone is out, does he expect 5 million to renew and the other 5 million to buy-in? I can imagine those that are waiting will pick up the new iPhone quickly, but for those of us that have to literally bin a working and expensive phone for it's successor, well that's no small thing.
From what I read, the key features are 3G, corporate connectivity software, iPhone OS 2.0 (Ed: GPS) and a larger battery. Is this worth the complete upgrade cost? When you consider in the UK o2 has us locked in to a 1.5 year contract, and if you are renewing an existing o2 contract and had the "free phone" option then the iPhone still costs £300+. They did that for Generation 1 iPhone, I wouldn't be suprised to see them doing the same for Generation 2, and retailing it at the maximum price with no discounts or upgrade paths included.
Can't wait to hear them obsolete the Generation 1 iPhone (which I own), and to hear them say it's out of support. Blending time!