Fun with Upgrading your computer

August 8, 2009

With all the talk of upgrades here is some of the fun stuff floating around the web:

Apple’s upgrade path from fake Steve:

From: The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs

From: The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs

Walt’s version from: Deciphering Windows 7 Upgrades: The Official Chart:

Windows 7 Upgrade paths that can kill!

Windows 7 Upgrade paths that can kill!

The MS response by Ed Bott Microsoft blunders with a confusing Windows 7 upgrade chart:

The MS response

The MS response

Just for fun here are some old charts on the web about upgrades

An old HP Unix upgrade chart HP Tru64 UNIX Version 5.1B-2 and Higher: Patch Kit Installation Instructions

HP Unit Chart

HP Unit Chart

It is always easy to make fun of Vista!

Vista was no easy path

Vista was no easy path

MS makes it interesting (or difficult):

What version of Vista can I upgrade to from XP?

What version of Vista can I upgrade to from XP?

From April Survey: 84% won’t upgrade to Windows 7 in the next year:

In addition to Mac OS X, enterprises are looking at a rainbow of Unix alternatives, as shown in the chart

In addition to Mac OS X, enterprises are looking at a rainbow of Unix alternatives, as shown in the chart

From http://karchesky.com/comics/stochastic/operating-system-chart/

What is the best OS for you?(December 7th, 2008)

What is the best OS for you?(December 7th, 2008)

Other charts I found looking around:

The Mac is better at all but Porn

The Mac is better at all but Porn

Believe it or not, YouTube has been inaccessible in any corner of the world for about an hour.

Believe it or not, YouTube has been inaccessible in any corner of the world for about an hour.

The Joy of Tech! 2007

The Joy of Tech! 2007

Computer Hardware Chart (July 20th, 2009)

Computer Hardware Chart (July 20th, 2009)

Unix Family Treee

Unix Family Tree

IT guys love flow charts - from Oracle

IT guys love flow charts - from Oracle

Migration from SBS or NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003 or SBS 2003 is not a simple one!

Migration from SBS or NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003 or SBS 2003 is not a simple one!

Lets not forget Linux

Lets not forget Linux

From the www.itjungle.com (love the name)

Doubling up the core counts to a maximum of 32 cores in the Power 570 did not change the upgrade paths, as you can see:

Doubling up the core counts to a maximum of 32 cores in the Power 570 did not change the upgrade paths, as you can see:

All in good fun!


Why marketing is more than features and price!

March 29, 2009

This article tells the story of why marketing is about selling value not price, better than I can:  check out Microsoft advertisements could help Apple sell computers at http://tech.blorge.com/Structure:%20/2009/03/29/microsoft-advertisements-could-help-apple-sell-computers/.

How can a company like Microsoft do such bad marketing?  It must be due to  marketing by committee. Marketing to be successful must express a vision and and must speak to the targeted customer.  When you have a committee running marketing they rarely can even agree / identify the target and the natural result is the messaging is neutered until it is totally ineffective.

This plays out over and over agin, especially in technology companies (the pro audio market is very similar).  The product managers who drive marketing live in a world that is based on:

Features, specifications, tech terms and price performance ratios – all which are relevant to the development process (but again still no replacement for vision – see any coverage of Steve Jobs).

But the focus on getting the most product data into the marketing (print, online or PR) only makes the product less interesting to the customers.  Speaking about
Why they would want the product ,
What it does for them, and
How it will make them better / cooler / happier,

Is the messaging you need to develop to produce effective marketing.