Rant

Why are Windows devices 2nd class citizens for Kindle apps?

One of the useful things about Amazon’s Kindle ecosystem is that you can buy ebooks formatted for Kindle from other vendors and email them into your personal documents library. They can then be sent to your Kindle device or app.

Well they can be sent to a Kindle device or they can be sent to a Kindle app on an iPad.  They can’t be sent to a Kindle app on a Windows device – that’s the desktop app downloaded from Amazon or the app from the Windows store for Windows 8.

Come on Amazon – lets have some equality here

Exercise in frustration

If you would like an exercise in frustration – try installing the RSAT tools for Windows 2012 onto Windows 8. If your PS’s language is set to en-US it should work.  If it is anything else give up now and go watch the grass grow – it will be infinitely more rewarding.

Many people outside of the US want to administer Windows Servers from their PC – why is it so hard? Especially on an English system!!!

You have to go through so many hoops to try and get the language pack installed – its just not worth the effort. I can spin up a Windows 2012 VM to do my admin quicker!

Rant: Wireless connectivity at airports

I’ve been on two international trips this year – one to San Diego & one to Vienna flying out of London Heathrow and London Gatwick respectively.

Both San Diego and Vienna supply free wireless connectivity that works.

Heathrow and Gatwick don’t – isn’t it about time they entered at least the 20th century

Minor rant

Why do software suppliers – Adobe with Acrobat Reader & Oracle with Java are the worst culprits – insist on trying to install their browser toolbar & change my default search engine??

What’s worse is that they make the default action to install it & I have to remember each and every time their products update – at least once a week! – to untick the box so it doesn’t install.

 

I really hate this behaviour – please stop.

I know you won’t but I had to ask

PowerShell too hard?

In an article on the Windows IT Pro site - http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/commentary/Bridging-the-Developer-Admin-Gap.aspx – Paul Thurrott states

But the problem with PowerShell is that it's so powerful its indecipherable to admins. PowerShell is arguably a full-blown development environment. It consists of a command-line shell, a .NET-based, object-oriented scripting language, and a runtime engine that can optionally be embedded in other applications. For the typically overworked admins and IT pros, PowerShell might be a godsend if they could actually use it. But I was of the mind in 2002—as I am today—that most admins and IT pros have a completely different set of skills and are overworked as it is. To really take advantage of PowerShell, you need to be a developer or learn those skills too. And finding people who have credible administrative and developer skills is quite a trick. If you're such a person, maybe it's time to ask for a raise.

 

Now I disagree totally with the crux of this paragraph for a number of reasons:

  1. PowerShell is not a full-blown development environment. You can do practically anything .NET based with it but just because you can doesn’t mean you should
  2. I know of many Windows administrators who have picked up PowerShell and learnt enough, quickly enough to be very productive and re-pay the time spent learning it many times over. There  is a sufficient body of knowledge available through the web – including articles in Windows IT pro that a PowerShell beginner can find the information they need to help solve their problem
  3. You do not have to be a developer to really take advantage of PowerShell – or any other scripting language. PowerShell is particularly good for the admin as it abstracts much of the .NET code into the cmdlets. If you use a cmdlet you don’t need to know, or even care, what .NET class is being used in the back ground.
  4. How much of a developer do you have to be to string cmdlets on the pipeline and come up with a powerful piece of functionality that solves your business problems now

In 2006/2007 when PowerShell was just getting started I might of agreed that starting with PowerShell could be viewed as a steep learning curve. Four years later I think it is a lot easier – again Windows IT Pro have published a number of articles on PowerShell – with much more information available.

I would turn this on its head and state that if you are a Windows administrator that isn’t using PowerShell you are making your life more difficult that it needs to be.

Comments Disabled

I found twenty comments this morning – all adverts for things I don’t want – plastered over recent posts.  I don’t want to spend my time cleaning off inappropriate material from my blog so I have suspended comments on posts on this blog until further notice.

If you want to leave a comment all posts, except this sort,  are mirrored at  http://msmvps.com/blogs/RichardSiddaway/  That will become my main technical blog with this one as a mirror.  Comments on that blog have to be approved I don’t get these clean up operations.

Sorry for any inconvenience – this is the usual story of the actions of a few selfish individuals causing problems for everyone else

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Hotel Internet Connections

Why are hotel internet connections so bad.  They are notoriously overpriced and then they don’t work properly.

You can connect to a site – log off – have dinner - come back – connect to the same site and the site won’t be found. I have had this experience in two different hotels in the last month.

DNS errors, configuration errors and down right bad practices.

Come on guys its not rocket science.

 

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A real windows 7 annoyance

One thing that is really driving me nuts with windows 7 is the way it keeps deciding to maximise Windows just because I happen to move them to a particular point on screen. if I want a Window maximised I will maximise it. Stop making decisions on my behalf.

I’ve had to use Windows XP recently and it is sorely tempting to junk Windows 7 and Vista and go back to XP.  At least it didn’t keep trying to tell me what to do.

I am really getting to the disappointed stage with Windows 7.  The beta I thought was good. RC is not good & the fact that Live Search doesn’t work with IE 8 in appalling

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For want of a cable

Had to buy a new printer this weekend.  Found a very good deal on a combined printer, copier, scanner – ideal for what I need for home use.

Couldn’t believe there wasn’t a USB cable in the box.  Come on guys a printer that doesn’t hook up to the computer ain’t much use.  What was worse was that no where on the box did it say that there wasn’t a cable so of course I didn’t discover this until I was home.  Guess what I didn’t have a spare of in the house?  Yep a USB cable to run the printer.

Another trip into town this afternoon to get the cable.

Those of you who know me well will be able to guess the sort of comments I was making about the manufacturers :-)

Seriously, it should be plainly stated on the OUTSIDE what extras are needed to hook any peripheral up to a computer.

 

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RANT WARNING

Just bought a new laptop for my son.  Good machine from a well known manufacturer at a very good price.  All great but for the sheer amount of JUNK I have had to clear off the machine to make it anything like usable.

The worst is the so called assistant that claims it can manage my wireless connections for me.  It couldn't manage its way out of a paper bag.  I had to uninstall it to get the wireless working.

I HATE JUNK UTILITIES.

Please make these junk utilities optional - let me set up the machine the way I want and stop filling them up with junk.

 

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