DRM Music: Apple vs Microsoft, a Tale of Strategy

There’s a major strategic difference between Apple and Microsoft: Apple wants to own the user experience from end to end and Microsoft only wants own the software bit. The origins of Microsoft’s strategy are easy to explain and Apple’s approach has its advantages. Microsoft’s strategy proved to be the winning one in the past. WillContinue reading “DRM Music: Apple vs Microsoft, a Tale of Strategy”

The Next Step in Software Engineering

An “interesting article”:http://msdn.microsoft.com/architecture/overview/softwarefactories/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnmaj/html/aj3softfac.asp can be found at MSDN today. It’s a research paper about software factories. To get the full picture about these software factories, I recommend you read the “full article”:http://msdn.microsoft.com/architecture/overview/softwarefactories/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnmaj/html/aj3softfac.asp, I’ll quote some parts that I found particularily intersting. Why we need software factories: Total global demand for software is projected to increaseContinue reading “The Next Step in Software Engineering”

The Need For Joel

Let’s say you’re a developer programming for the Windows platform. You only just bought Visual Studio 2003 and have been programming in C# for just a short while. When you go online and have a look at websites like “MSDN”:http://msdn.microsoft.com, “the .NET Show”:http://msdn.microsoft.com/theshow and the “MSDN Blogs”:http://blogs.msdn.com you’ll hear people talking nearly exclusively about all theContinue reading “The Need For Joel”

A Different Approach to Podcasting

After having done “a”:http://www.zefhemel.com/archives/2004/10/10/my-first-podcast “couple”:http://www.zefhemel.com/archives/2004/10/12/podcast-episode-2 “of”:http://www.zefhemel.com/archives/2004/10/24/third-podcast-and-wordpress-rss-bug podcasts I came to rethink how it all got started, and why the format is the way it is. Currently, most people doing podcasts do full-blown shows. They’re like half-an-hour to an hour long, they have an intro, jingles, music and an outtro. I came to think, “Why areContinue reading “A Different Approach to Podcasting”

Third Podcast and WordPress RSS Bug

My third podcast is here. It’s probably going to be the last (at least in this format). Outline:* Music: The Corrs* Adam Sandler’s Christmas Song* “Ubuntu Linux”:http://www.ubuntu.com* “Microsoft-Watch interview with Joel Spolsky”:http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,1995,1681963,00.asp* Soon on ZefHemel.com* “Jan Terlouw’s weblog”:http://www.cs.rug.nl/~terlouw/weblog Download it here (size: 13mb, length: 29:43) *Also…*I got complaints about non-working RSS feeds from a coupleContinue reading “Third Podcast and WordPress RSS Bug”

Distributed Systems Week part VI: Mobile Agents

A kind of distributed systems you don’t hear that much about anymore, are mobile agents. Mobile agents are little programs that jump from machine to machine and collect data from those machines and other agents they meet. Your first thought may be “Hey, that’s what worms and virusses do, right?” and that’s kind of true.Continue reading “Distributed Systems Week part VI: Mobile Agents”