I'm Robert Marshall, director and principle 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 in front of computers for over 30 years now, with my roots in programming 8 bit computers, I've taken an often exciting journey which has led to becoming an expert in an enterprise product. I consider 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 refinement of the interface we take for granted now, the rise of the Internet from land-line based modem access for the few, to the powerful broadband connections we have today for the masses, I saw mobile phones come into existence, and I've seen Microsoft evolve from more than 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. I'm a keen technical puzzle solver, I love to solve gnarly problems around my area of specialism. And, I love to share when I have time. I hope you enjoy the blog.
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!