The unbearable lightness of vendor bloating…

It’s been a busy year so far! Let’s see… My kid is almost 1 year old and that’s where most of my spare time gets sucked into. At the office, we’ve finally launched the new version, so if you’re around the UK or ROI enjoy your movie session. I’ve also been catching up on my reading (if only I started paying attention to Mr. Skeet anytime sooner) and finally, I’ve decided to take the Scrum Master certification course, which will happen by the end of this week.

Busy days indeed…

That’s why I hate wasting time. Especially cleaning up the laptop on account of that major mess called Superfish from Lenovo. When I first read about it, I reacted with disbelief, but when I later confirmed that I was actually one of the victims… my jaw dropped. I ended up doing a clean install following this great tutorial!

Typewriter and cofee

The bottom line is, manufacturers sell their computers loaded with bloatware, that affects performance, the user experience and even compromises sensitive data along the way! The performance perception you get from a notebook, filled with those wonderful bits of code is depressing. Only one of the parts seems to benefit from this… But honestly I think they’re taking it too lightly! Even Microsoft. Ask these users how they feel and you’ll get something like: OMG! Why is Windows soooo slow!!!! But in some cases (most?) this has nothing to do with the OS. Continue reading →

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Back to the future

A bit later than I had planned, but I got one! I’m finally using a windows 8 machine.

Lenovo

It’s a Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 14 Notebook (the i3 Haswell version), which is not exactly the performance behemoth you would expect in a technology blog, but it’s a cool little machine that was bought for portability and battery-life. The small form-factor seems to be the decisive factor for my latest gadgets. I’m trying to figure what these new Hybrid computers are all about, before investing in a proper development machine. So far I’m loving it! Like Rob wisely put it: it’s not a new gadget, it’s an investment! Brilliant!

About Microsoft’s new OS, most of my favorite tech bloggers have done their share of windows 8 posts a long, long time ago… But hey, I warned you I needed to catch up. For anyone starting with Windows 8, this video seems like a good place to start.

I also bought a Nokia Lumia 925 a few months ago and I absolutely love the Windows Phone OS, reliable, responsive and easy to use, so I want to find out what the new Universal App model means for us developers. Hyper-V won’t be an option unless I upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro, so no phone emulator for me. This might not be an issue, as long as I get an unlocked phone.

Stay tuned!

The first of many, but no code yet

First of all, who am I and how did I get here?

The answer is simple: I’m a software developer and I’m a software developer!

It’s been almost 10 years working on the field and after all this time, I’m telling you, it’s never been so easy and so hard at the same time.

I mean, these are definitely exciting times. Every developer with an idea, has the resources and technologies at hand to make it happen, from the comfort of his home, and he might not even need to spend any money to do it. Even Visual Studio is free now!

The hard part is keeping up! There are lots of people complaining about this! And don’t worry, I won’t do another 10-things-you-need-to-start-doing-to-keep-up kind of crap articles. There’s so much going on in the web development world at the moment, that I just can’t put myself up to date. Even if I wasn’t working 8+ hours a day, I wouldn’t have enough time to cover all of it.

This is me pledging to do something about it, to learn about things, trying to have a place I can go to from time to time to recall about some problem I solved, or some opinion I had.

It’s go time!