I have a Sony Z3 Compact from Three UK. The phone is one of the best phones I ever had and its form factor is superb, along with a great camera, impressive hardware, speed and battery.
Now, the first annoyance I had with it was related to Sony and the months it took to go from KitKat to Lollipop. Then was that thing called small apps that clutter the app switch screen. Finally, the tethering problem (or bug) that Three UK has with their recent update, which killed all those tethering modes.
For the first the first one, we’re stuck to Sony scheduling (or we can go to the XDA forum and grab one ROM and install ourselves). As for the last two, there’s a solution:
– Install ADB on your computer (if you’re using a Mac, just install a free Windows 7 on Parallels – not VirtualBox!). Install all the drivers; first in normal mode, then using developer mode on the phone.
– Enable Developer Mode, authorise the request, connect the phone – bla bla
– Fix tethering
settings put global tether_dun_required 0
– Remove Smart Apps. On Lollipop 5.0.2 its pm hide, instead of pm block
pm hide com.sony.smallapp.launcher
pm hide com.sony.smallapp.app.widget
… and that’s it!
In two recent news:
In 2009, Zynga was a marquee customer for Amazon.com ‘cloud-computing services. Two years later, it spent $100 million to build its own data centers to handle the bulk of its computing. Now Zynga’s cloud cruise has come full circle.
King’s College London CIO Nick Leake joins other institutions to boost the nation’s research capabilities with the UK’s first collaborative data centre .
Zynga lost millions, time and 4 years of their time reinventing what Amazon Web Services does well – cloud computing. Yet, Kings College London thinks that in 2015 the best option is to have a shared datacenter. Manage physical stuff and create complex ways of billing them to other institutions. Zynga lost 4 years on this, how many years will Kings College lose ?
Either your business is creating facebook games or doing heavy research, it definitely isn’t building datacenters and managing infrastructure – shared or not -, when today there are people doing that better than you and on a large scale, efficiently and even on a massive economic market. So, if it didn’t make any sense back in 2009 when Zynga created their own datacenter, it sure doesn’t makes now with Kings College shared datacenter.
The NY Times has a brilliant article about Microsoft which is probably the best resume for their future and current strategy. We’ve seen Microsoft acting weird under Ballmer command – too much suits, politics and bullying everyone. Those were in fact the worst times in Microsoft history and when Ballmer left, stocks gone up.
But now we can see a clear “mobile first, cloud first” strategy with Nadella. In fact I find this whole Microsoft strategy brilliant! They’ve positioned themselves again as a software company and finally embraced the “multi-platform” into their own garden. Last Windows 10 release with support for Android and iOS apps, open sourcing .NET, multi-platform Visual Studio and some recent developments for Azure, made me thing that they’re in fact the underdog here with a lot of – again – potential.
For those who follow me on Twitter, might know already that I was at Microsoft HQ recently. And what I’ve seen was a completely new Microsoft. More open, more focused and keen to work with everyone. Now, if that is going to be translated into real things is something we’re going to find out soon, but it was the first time in years that I actually liked Microsoft. And bare with me, I’m not a Microsoft fanboy. Actually the opposite! But this recent change and strategy made me thing otherwise.
In fact when you get this from an internal presentation at Microsoft, you know that 1) things are changing for better, 2) makes you believe into a new future. Thumbs up!
Happy Birthday Methods Digital; is the title of James Herbert post today on Medium. James is the managing director of Methods Digital, the company that adopted me one year ago when I moved from Zurich to London. Was probably the fastest hire ever if I recall correctly, yet the one that I don’t regret at all of accepting.
It was a year of downs and ups, moving between clients and helping them regarding infrastructure, cloud platforms and security, with a bit of marketing and IT evangelism along the way. Funny enough, working with local and central government in the UK, reminds me of my time at the Portuguese Ministry of Justice, where we rocked the boat, shaping Justice IT and public projects.
If you look at it, Methods Digital is pretty much like a startup, but starting with loads of experience and a solid financial background, giving everyone peace of mind to put their creativity and knowledge into what really matters; the business and clients.
James mentioned Methods Digital team and obviously my hair (which is by now a trademark), but to be honest, this last year it got whiter, yet some say wiser. Bottom line is that, I’ve been working in technology for the past 20 years and it’s the first time I really enjoy working with my fellow management heads, with the team that I picked to lead and all colleagues that build Methods Digital everyday.
If you follow this blog regularly, you should know by now that I love Calvin and Hobbes, so the felling of working for the past year can be described as this:
When they say they started doing some digital projects:
When digital consultants arrive:
Local Gov agile expectations:
Images from http://www.ridingvintage.com/
CIO.com has a quite interesting article on how the Shadow IT favours the Chief Marketing Officer and their agenda, rather than the regular IT Manager or CIO.
Shadow IT is heavily supported by the growing consumerization of IT,
That is in fact the main issue with Shadow IT. It’s easy, cloud based, reachable via credit card and within reasonable budget for CMO’s to buy. After a while they might become a problem for the entire organisation because they a) don’t fit the IT structure, b) don’t have a common data architecture, c) they’re not interoperable with each other, d) it’s a PITA to manage after everyone’s on board.
The CMO, on the other hand, is thinking outside the box of CRM and ERP, and is excitedly testing new tech ideas and solutions to manage marketing’s top three challenges: growing profitable revenue; connecting with customers; and tackling serious competition
This is why Shadow IT happens. Someone is accelerating the business and normal IT can’t follow, so they overrun the status quo and build themselves what they need. Regular IT is always slow, not because they can’t work faster, but because they want to follow standards, rules and procedures for everyone and not a bunch of marketoids.
CMOs emerge better equipped with knowledge and understanding of business returns.
And that’s why the CMO will win the CIO/CTO. Because they fit business into technology and they can drive products and businesses, where the other just manage legacy. This isn’t new, in fact HBR was the first to put it straight: The Rise of the Chief Marketing Technologist
Back in the 80’s, we had this (actually, I had one of these made in Portugal):
This was a Timex 2048, which was a “clone” of ZX Spectrum. And for those who were born with the internet, the Spectrum was a 8 bit personal home computer invented by Sinclair, an UK Company. It lasted for one decade and was the joy of kids back then and the proud of the British Crown.
Fast forward three decades, we can see some similarities with ARM (which funny enough is here since 85). Ref: one, two, three, four
The only difference from the 80’s Sinclair, which fuelled an entire generation is that ARM is actually positioning themselves as the power of everything: ARM buys Dutch ‘Internet of Things’ software firm Offspark
Now, what history showed us was that Mountain View can produce even better and cheaper tech than the old UK, so maybe, ARM can be the new Sinclair but with a longer lifespan.
This guy landed a spacecraft on an asteroid.
This guy landed a probe in Mars.
Now these, are consultants. Any kind of them. And they are happy as you can see.
Probably we shouldn’t focus too much on the way we dress, but rather the work we do and the effort we put into it.