HP cutting 9,000 jobs during billion dollar enterprise services restructuring

June 1, 2010 at 8:17 PMalex

Sorry folks, but you should really start thinking about innovations and how to do business.


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Scrolly UI reinvented by Microsoft and its influence on the market

February 16, 2010 at 5:02 AMalex

As you've might heard, Microsoft announced its latest generation of mobile operating systems, called Windows Phone 7 Series. One cool thing is that it was something unexpected as where Microsoft would go with its developments, how much iPhone would influence on their UI, whether it would reminicent the Zune Phone idea to some extend. The importance of that annoouncement could not be underscored as it clearly indicates the trends of nowadays interfaces.

Most importantly, systems are moving away from unauthentic 3d interfences whereever possible to the specific areas such as games, TV, AR, i.e. places where it naturally blends with the actual reality and humans expect those interactions natually to be supported by the computers. One can observe that by looking at latest web site designs, e-devices (kindle etc.), mp3-players. Moreover, people would like to offload the thinking about the process and rather concentrate on what is in their current focus and context, therefore, UI is presenting a very few choices to a user at a time in bold annotated graphics, which is clearly seen on iPhone and Zune. People then naturally interact within a context of a device through tough-based interface with system reacting to a user activity immediately through animation and other visual effects. Note that no complex visuals are required at this point as humans are accustomed to a very simple response, usually just affirmative reaction, or, a simple denial of an operation. Furthermore, response on a user action is as simple as visual or audio activity executed by the system. A person is interested in a very few contexts at a time, such as phone communication, social communication (facebook, communities), audio (music, podcasts, lectures), visual (movies, clips), planning (calendar, notes). Microsoft came up with the list of those contexts, which are available in the main menu. Very clever idea is to get rid of task bar at all as it is becoming an obsolete concept nowadays. Widget architecture is a very straight-forward way to extend the device's functionality, because it would give very rich functionality to developers hands and at the same time allows to isolate system's core modules for platform stability.

All at all, the direction where the system interaction with human is moving is clearly set by two major players on the market, namely, iPhone and Microsoft, and with the hardware manufactures's support, the future of the mobile devices looks very promising.

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A story of laptop repair

July 27, 2008 at 4:54 PMalex

After a period of overheating problems, my primary laptop went down, thus leaving me in a dark mood, because it was a three-year-old device without the warranty at that time. Being in a dark mood, I called HP via their online char and was happy to hear that for the specific amount, they can repair device and replace virtually any piece of faulty hardware including LCD, motherboard, or, if you will, graphics card such as ATI or NVIDIA. They shipped to me an empty box via FedEx overnight service and you'd have to package the laptop and send it back for repair. Even though they estimated the repair to take 7-9 days, it took them just one business day to replace the broken motherboard, which was in my case the component that broke down and another night the repaired laptop was shipped to me. So, I picked it up on Friday at FedEx location and was happy about the successful story. I was quite amazed by the easiness of the process and it took less than a week to get my primary laptop. Thus, I'd recommend to contact the manufacturer of your laptop if it's out of warranty but still relatively new (3-5 years) and you might be able to get it repaired.

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