Microsoft country

Why is the Netherlands such a Microsoft country? Somebody tell me I’m wrong but compared to the US and Nordic countries it’s feels as if Microsoft is the only serious solution out there. Sometimes I even think that if the Netherlands would have set the tone for developments in IT:

  1. everybody would still be using WordPerfect 4.2
  2. there would never have been companies like Google, browsers like Firefox or operating  systems like Linux or social networks like Facebook.

If anybody has thoughts on why Microsoft is dominant in the IT mindset in this country do enlighten me. Maybe we Dutch prefer a ‘safe’ solution over adventure? Maybe it has to do with the size of the market. Whatever it is I know that Microsoft is not the solution to all IT issues.

What we miss is a market and a culture which awards taking risks. Which can show that there’s more then a Microsoft answer out there. And yes we need more certified engineers and companies who offer the support and expertise needed to make this happen.


This is what I get inspired by:

” […] we can now start to have a Small Pieces Loosely Joined pattern. It’s really worthwhile to look into what Joi Ito is doing with the Emergent Democracy movement, even if you’re not interested in the themes of emerging democracy. This started because a conversation was going on, and Ito said “I am frustrated. I’m sitting here in Japan, and I know all of these people are having these conversations in real-time with one another. I want to have a group conversation, too. I’ll start a conference call.?“But since conference calls are so lousy on their own, I’m going to bring up a chat window at the same time.” And then, in the first meeting, I think it was Pete Kaminski said “Well, I’ve also opened up a wiki, and here’s the URL.” And he posted it in the chat window. And people can start annotating things. People can start adding bookmarks; here are the lists.?So, suddenly you’ve got this meeting, which is going on in three separate modes at the same time, two in real-time and one annotated. So you can have the conference call going on, and you know how conference calls are. Either one or two people dominate it, or everyone’s like “Oh, can I — no, but –”, everyone interrupting and cutting each other off.

It’s very difficult to coordinate a conference call, because people can’t see one another, which makes it hard to manage the interrupt logic. In Joi’s conference call, the interrupt logic got moved to the chat room. People would type “Hand,” and the moderator of the conference call will then type “You’re speaking next,” in the chat. So the conference call flowed incredibly smoothly.

Meanwhile, in the chat, people are annotating what people are saying. “Oh, that reminds me of So-and-so’s work.” Or “You should look at this URL…you should look at that ISBN number.” In a conference call, to read out a URL, you have to spell it out — “No, no, no, it’s w w w dot net dash…” In a chat window, you get it and you can click on it right there. You can say, in the conference call or the chat: “Go over to the wiki and look at this.”

This is a broadband conference call, but it isn’t a giant thing. It’s just three little pieces of software laid next to each other and held together with a little bit of social glue. This is an incredibly powerful pattern. It’s different from: Let’s take the Lotus juggernaut and add a web front-end.”


Learned two new words today form the following postings:
Applers: are like little elf's who walk up and down the line, answer your questions, make sure you have all the info with you, get you water and provide umbrella's.
iPrenzy: simple combination of frenzy and iPhone but it definitely describes the situation. Six days after the introduction there are still long lines and long waiting times. At least in Europe they are all out of stock so there's no point of standing in line.

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Unpacking the box

Got it!

It's working. It's cool.

But back to the title of the blog. Unpacking the box. This is indicative of Apple's Philosophy. After I got the box they suggested that we activate it in store to make sure it was working. That is something that they have to do. But the sales clerck had me unpack the box. So I could fully enjoy the experience of having stood in line for a couple of hours. They wanted to do everything they could to make this a happy and joyful and momentous experience for me. So completely opposite from my AT&T experience from last year where I was just buying another phone. Apple wants you to feel you are entering a new world. Instead of just talking about it online or in commercials or press statements.


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