Posts Tagged ‘vista’

What tribes are really good for.

// June 23rd, 2011 // Comments Off on What tribes are really good for. // Apple, Windows Vista

The impact of tribes in the tech industry, specifically, is huge, and can be seen easily with the latest release of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X. If you aren’t aware of what the fuzz is about this, you can find about it here, here or here.

It seems the problem is that users are not happy with the release of Final Cut Pro X, an application usedby professional to edit videos and movies. The biggest problem seems to be the lack of features but also the changes in the UI. I am not a user of the application so I can’t really judge. What tihs post is about is Tribes, and how Apple’s tribe makes every single difference in how users perceive changes.

If you read through the news about the topic, there are a lot of bad comments, and the reviews of the application in the App Store are in cases extremely rude. This happened before though, to another company named Microsoft. When Microsoft came out with Windows Vista, their flagship operating system, it was a real backlash, the biggest that anybody has seen in the industry. Even today, Windows Vista is synonymous with Inestability and Failure.

Windows Vista was not a bad product at all, it was actually a great “improvement” in everything, from security to Graphic Design. Innovating in so many things. The problem with Vista was that it forced users to change. The operating system required user to change the way the do things, specially with security. Vista was the right step towards a better operating system, but it wasn’t there yet. Vista was “a true ground-up rewrite with the intention of laying a solid foundation for the long-term future”.

If you read the post by John Grubber, that is exactly what he says about Final Pro X. He mentioned making an analogy of initial Mac OS X with Final Cut Pro X:

“..a true ground-up rewrite with the intention of laying a solid foundation for the long-term future, but, in the short term, lots of missing features and frustrating changes compared to what current users were accustomed..”

This seems a lot like the situation with Vista. The biuggest difference is the tribe. Gruber’s article makes it sound like it is ok for Apple to do this kind of thing, because in the end it may be a better fundamental concept. He also adds:

“This ground-up rewrite may well have been the right thing to do.”

Other comments include:

“Great design, like great music, is almost always foreign at first, if not disturbingly strange. You have to spend time with it. But if it is great, and if you invest your attention, it will change the way you look at the world.” (link).

Robert Scoble mentioned:

“I don’t care what the pros say, I love Apple’s new Final Cut Pro. Agree with @gruber on the topic. Great companies piss off users sometimes.” (link).

I guess Microsoft is a great company, but what is the difference between Microsoft and Apple? This is a big difference in attitute from the Vista backlash. The difference is the tribe. Apple’s tribe accept what the tribe leader does, and even supports it. I don’t really have anything against the Apple tribe, I just think this is really interesting. All critics agreed back then that Vista was the best thing that Microsoft could do, and it was also a step in the right direction. I don’t doubt Final Cut Pro X is also a step in the right direction.

The reaction is very different from waht Microsoft experienced. I guess Microsoft should start listening more to Seth Gooding. Success is not only about making great products, it is about creating a trust with its users. This is really what tribes are good for.

The Mojave Experiment

// July 29th, 2008 // Comments Off on The Mojave Experiment // microsoft, windows, Windows Vista

A lot of people in the Industry, especially Linux and Apple guys, are saying that Vista sucks. I have been using it since its release and I have really enjoyed the Operating System. I can’t say I *LOVE* everything about Vista, but I can assure you it is more stable than Linux in the desktop. I have two machines with Linux at home, and before I tweaked the coniguration, they crashed a lot. With every update, there is something that breaks. Both are Debian (a distro which I love), one stable and one experimental. Both have the same problems.

I have to know how everything works inside to make it stable enough to use. With Vista I just click a button and everything gets updated. My two machines with Vista run smooth and I don’t really need to be a Rocket Scientist to make sure that my keyboard doesn’t change from English to another weird thing.

I’m not saying that Vista is better than Linux, because there is no point of comparison. But the experiences are very different. And if I had to choose one over the other, I would choose Vista.

The thing is that in order to get things done in Linux you need to know about operating systems and specific information about how the applications work in order to be safe. And the real truth is that even if I do know how to construct a kernel form scratch that doesn’t really mean I want to spend the rest of my day tweaking configuration files and compiling source code for my OS.

I am Software Developer by choice, and what I want is to create Systems and applications without having to worry about things like recompiling the kernel and compiling source code for applications all the time. It is fun to do on my spare time, because I enjoy learning from other people’s work, but when I have a deadline and job to do, I just want it to work. The real truth is that Vista has been stable and reliable enough to work on it, without a problem.

And for all those guys that WILL mention that XP is faster than Vista, think again. If XP had aero, then it wouldn’t be as fast. Remove the new effects from Vista, and it will run at better performance rates than XP. Vista might not be the panagea that everybody was expecting, but it is a great OS nonetheless.

Ok, after this OS rant (which I will probably be flamed for), I want to talk about an experiment that Microsoft did in the U.S. in order to improve the image of the Product. The Mojave Experiment is called, where a group of people are shown a new Operating System which is being designed by Microsoft and will be released to the public soon. People from the group sit down and play around with the OS for a certain amount of time, and then they give their feedback. After all of the group was finished, the hosts revealed that the operating system they were testing was indeed Vista.

All of them gave positive feedback before they knew it was Vista. So this proves that Marketing and word of mouth does impact the image of everything in this world. It also proves that Windows Vista is a great OS, that would have been accepted perfectly when it came out if it wasn’t for the bad image publicity, specially Apple’s marketing. It is ironic that Applet attacks Microsoft with its advertisements, when the Apple’s stores use Windows.

Vista Annoyances

// March 22nd, 2007 // Comments Off on Vista Annoyances // Windows Vista

I recently moved to Vista (around February) and has taken me some time to get it to full speed at least in my personal configuration. Today I got my wireless card working on Vista (at last!) and got around several annoyances.

When I code, I don’t actually use Visual Studio, I use emacs. I personally love emacs, I’m obsessed with it. I actually don’t work at full speed unless I’m working on emacs (even intellisense can’t help me move to VS2005). Well I’m used to double clicking a .cs file or a .cpp file and edit it with emacs. In Windows XP I had it working perfectly, but then in Vista the option is not available anymore. When I changed the file associations from the Control Panel, the CSharp’s icon changed (which I really hate) and then I cannot send any arguments to emacs while trying to load the file.

I know this is supposed to be like this for newbies not power users, but c’mon!! So I began searching Google, and I found a great solution; now I have the same functionality that I had in Windows XP (without touching the registry).

Check this application out if you need to change file associations in Windows Vista: Creative Element Power Tools.