We quietly moved beyond simple OS’s and wound up firmly in the realm of platforms. IOS and ANDROID are more than operating systems. They are ecosystems which is another term for platforms.
So what then are platforms?
According to Wikipedia:
A computing platform includes a hardware architecture and a software framework (including application frameworks), where the combination allows software to run. Typical platforms include a computer architecture, operating system and Runtime libraries.
A platform is a crucial element in software development. A platform might be simply defined as a place to launch software. The platform provider offers the software developer an undertaking that logic code (a general term for bytecode, source code and machine code) will run consistently as long as the platform is in place.
So, What Now?:
- CMS solutions are also platforms mainly intended for content development via templates.
- iOS and Android are platforms for devices and developers
This movement towards platforms is exactly the twist that Microsoft missed because they were thoroughly invested in and the proponent of operating systems because that was were they lived and what they controlled.
Now that times and trends have changed Microsoft is having very difficult time redefining themselves and dialing down and scaling back their OS philosophy to become just a platform. Microsoft is still attempting to hold up the banner for Windows/OS.
Users after years of Windows horror stories and overcharging don’t seem to be buying it and aren’t willing to step back into the muddled OS past.
The age of The Platform has arrived!
I am beginning to wonder about the reason for, and an becoming ever more suspicious of apps that demand daily updates seemingly for no good reason. Are programmers that busy or is something else really the reason?
One issue I have is that those updates cripple my tablet just at the moments I need it most., really seldom see much improvement in the performance or presentation of those updated app’s. I couldn’t even edit this post having to wait for some update or the other to complete its mission. This is a problem that will compound itself the more apps you have loaded.
Now I see that an update has disabled my CMS solution so now my work is impacted. FTS.
Vampires look for inexhaustible sources of blood, criminals go after the money. Scammers look for the deepest source of suckers. At this time Social Media serves these up on a platter. Hackers exploit the holes and openings that weak programming and loose policies present.
The combination of unscrupulous marketers and scammers has created a minefield that is better carefully navigated by the newbie and unsuspecting.
The upshot will undoubtibly be the impending demise of social media and eventually the absolute wariness and distrust by users and consumers.
There will be additional impacts that will dig deep into many of the currently thriving industries and market segments.j
Initial reactions to this post come from folk with vested interests in the robustness of Social Media. Please understand that I am not trying to bring down their altar nor grind axes. I am simply working to see that we improve it to Jake it live up to its potential and promise. This can only be done if we weed out those that would run it into the ground for profit and pleasure.
Social media in just a few years has completely changed the way we do just about everything from the way we communicate, shop to how we manage our careers.
Social Media is a powerful tool still maturing and expanding into new areas of our lives with potential for greater relevance that is high as are the countless drawbacks that are beginning arise that are frequently driving new users away.
* Drives trends
* Provides new means of communication
* Social media has the power to support wide and diverse needs.
* Social media allow individuala a voice in all thins
* Provides marketing opportunities
* Influences Events
* Lack of privacy and security
* Abundance of scams, malware and hacking
* Constant change for the worst
* Lack of trust
* Poor programming and development
* High costs of Bandwidth and access
* Duplication of services
* Oversatuation of Useless Information and Clutter
Does Social Media really matter? The answer to that differs for each user. Some can plumb the depths and come up with ways to draw revenue and uncover opportunities while it is a time drain for many others hoping to strike it rich.
Social Media matters as much as the watch you wear. It is a tool for some and more like a magic lamp for others.
What I have noticed is that this whole mobility ecosystem is plagued through and through with a multitude of half-assed incomplete and often non functional apps that in no way deliver on their promise nor accomplish what they claim to do. We waste countless hours trying to reign them in and make them do what we need.
Try as we might they do not nor cannot satisfy our ever increasing need for robust apps that actually work.
Even the simplest apps are insufficient to do even the most mundane of functions. I am almost tempted to declare that quality programming is a lost art.
Now that marketing has succeeded in coopting every prevailing trend we need to ask if this is a benefit or a failing trend. Social Media has been pimped by every marketing advocate as a means to get their annoying messages in our face and having us line us like lemmings to get fleeced. This surely is not making the best of the mediums potential. It is rather the bastardization of the future by those that only have commercial aspirations. It is too bad that it has gone so far as to slowly zap the the life blood out of innovation, but that is where we are.
Maybe there are bright shining examples of best practices out there but it is the bullshit ones that are getting most of the press and the profits and all of the attention.
When I quiz my students and teen family members I come away with the clear opinion that Facebook is on the way out of fashion and is off trend. Twitter however seems to be holding serve and LinkedIn is coming on strong as users get older and more mature.
I am not sure what this means, nor is this MySpace syndrome, but it bears paying attention to as we craft our social media duties.
Why are we so taken with declaring thins as the best, fastest, newest, or the biggest? We don’t seem to be content or able to let good be good enough.
I think we have taken this too far because things are getting bragged about that clearly don’t rate nor matter. They have worn out the designation. Let’s just get back saying certain things are good or great and not the best ever.
The newest trend in capturing users is to dangle compelling content out there and throwing up a subscription overlay before allowing access. This is bogus because it puts your needs before the user/reader’s. This moves info providers into the job of marketers. This is disconcerting because what results is slick bullshit leads, headlines and glorified posts concocted just as bait to lure in potential subscribers. At its extreme this could have the effect of furthering our general distrust of online info.
Providing info should not become a fishing expedition or marketing ploy. Info providers had better put a check on this before it gets to be a thing that has consequences.
I am absolutely sick and tired of going through the invasive process of signing up for anything just to read an interesting post or an article.
We have moved into a new area that finally may answer the age old question “where does the intelligence live?” We went through the device, band, network, cloud, OS, code and application. We did not anticipate there would be a sublayer that would eventually rule. Now years into Google’s dominance we know that constantly shifting algorithms would be the key that opens the lock to the future and beyond. Now we are deep into the new era and must begin to figure out the age we are in.
There was so much incredible potential for Social Media to be much more but it seems that the powers that be have managed to morph it into just another crass commercial medium and thus thwarting any other ways Social Media could benefit society and help us address some of the massive challenges we face.
The game isn’t over in fact it has just started, but we had better wake up or the opportunity will be lost.
Our devices are getting much smarter by the minute. The apps they use are even much more intuitive. But are users keeping up or are we really handing over the responsibility for increased intelligence to our devices.
That seems like a plot device from The Matrix.
If society is dumbing down then what will the future look like? Will folks have to stick there face in a handheld to answer basic questions and solve simple functions. This was first asked in the rise of pocket calculators. Since then math skills have surely dropped and we have lost related expertise.
Since the dawn of the Internet and Google Encyclopedias have gone out of print and libraries are closing across the nation.
Many once-great schools have gone online and a host of traditional brick and mortar institutions have closed doors.
There is no authoritive report I can find anywhere about the ultimate implications of all this but I sense the future will not be what exactly what we casually suspect nor deserve.
Is there a way to make an email reappear even after you have moved it or deleted it?
I wouldn’t have thought so until I had this happen with a recent email that shows that up after I have taken steps to eliminate it or move it.
I don’t know what hacker voodoo is at work but if persistent nag email is real then we are undone.
Suppose a junk mail spammer being able to send out emails that can’t be avoided nor managed. That is a situation that spells the ultimate demise of email as a reliable source of information.
This is starting to be a thing for me. I have noticed that too many apps push updates that are either broken or faulty. Some of these apps have become essential in my toolkit but all of a sudden they don’t work anywhere near as well as they did prior to the change.
Is this a new exit strategy? Discourage users till they don’t care what you do to the app even if you drop out of the marketplace. That sounds ridiculous but that has happened to me more times than I care to mention.
I will continue to monitor this alarming trend before I outright declare shenanigans and rush out and get my broom.
When we hear about invasions of privacy, stock swindles, etc. We always seem to overlook that somewhat made the decision to do it and others followed in suit. Our focus is often diverted to the impact or ways it could affect us. We never get down to the root of the matter and point blame to the person or people responsible.
There was a time when assigning blame was all we got. But now that the fortunes of indivuals and corporations are intertwined no one wants that hit on their reputation and credibility.
There was a time way back when much of what was online meant something or at least was compelling even when not accurate.
Somewhere along the line of time things have changed and not so much for the better. The Internet has subsequently degenerated into a tangled web of useless information that takes more hours to sort through than if we did the primary research ourselves.
Very little of this mindless BS is ever really about what it pretends to be and most is really mainly covert marketing posing as vital information content to draw us into webs of deceitful practices.
What the hell happened?
We are tied to our devices. Frequently we pull up our email or venture out on Social Media to plug into a sense of engagement. We value our impact on our times by how many likes, followers and tweets we get. There was a time when we search for news and info on our interests. Now the act of going online has become the goal in itself.
We are no longer focused on anything in particular we are pulled, tugged and yanked in whichever directions the strongest wind blows.
The original purpose of our all our early online efforts and interests has been lost to the process of navigating the web without purpose or plan.
When we look up or recover our awareness many hours have been spent doing who knows what?.
This reminds me of The Matrix of movie fame.
Yesterday morning when I pulled in my email there was over 120 junk emails from retailers, marketers and hucksters busy hyping Black Friday and cyber Monday sales for products I have absolutely no interest in nor can I afford.
This clearly points out a whole host of things to think about.
1. That the true spirit and meaning of the holidays are lost to crass commercial interests.
2. That our email addresses are being bartered, n traded and handed around on mailing lists in the hands of junk marketers that can’t and shouldn’t be trusted and that we have not consented to, approved of, nor opted into.
3. That all these fake “holiday sales” that are really only excuses for crass commercialism are reported on like news and a gauge of the robustness of our ecomony speaks to how far we have fallen.
Where to from here?
Consumers are being drastically overcharged on everyday prices of most of the products we buy and that for one or two days they see fit to permit fairer pricing is a joke.
Retailers can remedy the coming blow back if they have the incentive and motivation. Fair pricing, discounts, better service and comfortable shopping environments are a good start.
CEO Marissa Mayer is overseeing a company that is nursing a streak of questionable if not outright bad decisions.
The latest though minor is bringing on Katey Couric to anchor a new interview venue. The major ones relate to the very things that have restarted Yahoo’s reemergence in the online industry. They have done little to ellicit the excitement of web users. None of their acquisitions have mattered. Very few of the personnel moves have made much of a difference. With the clock ticking at this point one could easily conclude that the curtain is closing on Yahoo.
What happens to all the sites we discovered, forgot about and that couldn’t figure out how to stay fresh in our memories.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of websites that we once bookmarked and never returned to.
Those old once-cherished bookmarks sit hidden away in obscure folders buried deep in the bowels of our older computers and browsers. A few occasionally get moved to our newer tablets and smart phones but in the main they don’t merit our notice or attention. Funny thing is we won’t get rid of them either.
One day you may do what I have done and took time out to revisit these if only to see what the heck I was thinking would be of value, some day.
The real joy is stumbling upon a great site we forgot, that is still there and has even gotten better at whatever it was that drew us way back in the day.
There is a name for those dead, dying and outdated bookmarks and links. “LINK ROT”
Describes the problem caused by the constant changes of URLs. A Web page or search tool offers a link and when you click on it, you get an error message (e.g., “not available”) or a page saying the site has moved to a new URL.
Search engine spiders cannot keep up with the frequent changes. Documents are moved, the file structure on the computer is reorganized, or sites are discontinued. If there is no referring link to the new URL, there is little you can do.
I was digging back into some of my oldest bookmarks just to see who might still be hanging around and was quite surprised to find a few things and names I thought were lost to history and consigned to the virtual dustbin.
- Ask Jeeves
Well here we are again about to recount the hottest headlines in the world of thins Tech.
Weeks ago I wondered what the hot item of the 2013 holiday sales season would be. The media has declared tablets to be the gotta have gift of the season.
Apple, Samsung and Google couldn’t have paid for a greater gift. They did throw in the Kindle but pretty much IPads and Galaxy Notes were the order of the day.
- Google Play Newsstand replaces Google Play Magazines and Currents app.
- New iPad Mini with retina display in stores now.
- Winamp Media Player to shut down in December
I have been looking for numbers to quantify the years of rants and raging I have made regarding the B.S. that has constantly and forever polluted the web.
Recently I saw the figure of $138 Billion batted around. That is higher than the GNP of most nations and beats the numbers posted by many profitable industries.
That also rivals the illicit monies made on illegal drugs and web criminals are much less likely to get shot, or forced to spend time in the joint tossing salad.
If we thought that cyber crime would eventually die down or simply go away we must pause and think again. When the financial lure is so attractive, the penalties are so light and the laws and related enforcement almost nonexistent. What’s the risk vs. Reward?
To steal a Pacino quote from the movie The Recruit, “Nothing is what it seems”!
This applies even more so to the Internet than domestic spying. We are left to our skill in navigating our way through and past miles of crap to dig up just a few nuggets of actionable information.
You can’t trust anybody. Not even companies you have patronized for years nor agencies charged with the mission to protect us.
We already know that millions of scammers and hordes of junk marketers are out to rob us and bilk us. Hackers want to penetrate our deepest and most intimate data we expect all that. But so many new methods are being constantly deployed that we feel as if we are stumbling through a minefield littered with IEDs and dangerous traps.