s a member of the vaunted (yes and cynical) Generation-X, I’ve got to just roll my eyes once more….. Millennials are doing precisely what the generations before have done as youth – not voted as a block….at least – not for long.
But if there is really a block here to be won (and – let’s be clear – there isn’t), it would be easy to take yesteryear successes and use ’em again. We need more IT staffers (like me!) to explore service industries like software development or network engineering. And offering a bit of money for vocational training here (alongside some success stories) would really go a long way toward making up for lost ground on the FPP voting fiasco. Trudeau, God bless him, should’ve known better than to try saying “well we tried, but you know in government – you can’t always do what you thought you could before being elected” routine. Even if you believe it, it’s kind of a crappy reason to go back to the public with.
The real worry I have isn’t the loss of some fictionalized Millennial solidarity. It’s the potential for cross-demographic populism and fascism to take hold in this country! And while O’Leary isn’t Trump, maybe the best we can hope for it the short term is that fascism will pass us by and that Trudeau’s over-promise, under-deliver showing so far somehow reverses itself the more experience he gets as our Prime Minister.
I’m about the same age as he is – but it’s obvious to me while he might be better at leading the country than I’d be….his father he is not. And there is plenty for him to learn yet!
he AppRefactory Inc. launches its first service offering today with the debut of a partnership with Google Inc. through Google Helpouts. This further enhances the company’s service offerings in the application maintenance and support space; but also extends its services to more generalized support of the tools and technologies it uses throughout its service delivery process. Support is being offered through Google Helpouts for technologies and platforms like:
- Microsoft Visual Studio (all ediitions, 2005-2013)
- Programming Language Support / Tutorials:
- Visual C#
- Visual Basic / VB.NET
- Microsoft SQL Server
- Microsoft Team Foundation Server
- Microsoft Windows / Microsoft Windows Server
- Microsoft Office / MS Office VBA
- Linux (Ubuntu)
- Apache WebServer
- Microsoft Internet Information Server
- Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
- Microsoft Windows Workflow (WF)
- Microsoft .NET Framework
- Web Services
…and much, much more!
Google Helpouts also offers payment features that allows either the business or individual user to use services on a demand basis easily. And with this launch, the service is being offered, for a limited time, with a free support instance — giving potential customers an opportunity to “try-and-buy” for a fixed 20-minute session, without charges or fees applied. (See Google Helpouts terms & conditions for more info.)
ebsites don’t ordinarily get version numbers; but in the case of The AppRefactory Inc. website, there may well be an exception. Although the website was technically delivered on August 21st, some last minute technical details (including a DNS issue that needed resolving) delayed the declaration of “mission accomplished” until today. However, we can now safely state — and unequivocally — The AppRefactory Inc. website has been officially launched.
Thunderous applause, please!
Just to quote the official announcement:
The AppRefactory Inc. has launched its website, bringing with it information about a number of its service offerings and other basic information about the company. In addition to acting as a tool for making the general public aware about its services, the weeks and months ahead also promise the excitement of new title product launches plus its integration into other projects (already being developed) as a platform for a host of Internet-based services growing an ever-larger, steady stream of new users of every type.
Please review the content and watch for what’s coming soon or learn more about what we offer today. And check back soon – because even more is on the way!
Next, my attention turns to uploaded the final release of AR CamFeeder which has been sitting on the backburner for the past few weeks while I got distracted by another project. But it won’t be long before I’ll follow-up about that and the next project behind that – already all queued up. Like the announcement says: stay tuned!
ust last week, following a discussion with a potential business partner, I’d found myself doing something I’ve done a few times over the course of my career — wondering whether I was making the right choice sticking with being “a Microsoft technology expert”. Typically, such ennui occurs during downtimes for the software giant….and there have definitely been downs with the ups in the 30-year-long Microsoft saga. But with the announcement late yesterday about the Nokia buyout, I think I may have learned to recognize such feelings as moments the really herald the coming of a big announcement or some influential development; as once more, my momentary doubts about sticking with Microsoft were immediately laid to rest.
Nokia, for its part, hasn’t been doing well in the smartphone market — not even as well as Microsoft’s own Windows Phone operating system — in an industry dominated by Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. During its now outgoing CEO’s (Stephen Elop) reign, Nokia shares dropped an extremely disappointing 85% giving pause to any notions one might have toward thinking of him a replacement for Steve Ballmer (who’s also in the midst of his own departure from Microsoft). Nokia was already licensing Windows Phone from Microsoft so some have said not much else is likely to change at the former Finnish cellphone giant.
In the end, Elop (a Canadian) may have been partly behind an engineering of optics in league with Ballmer to succeed the latter at Microsoft. But along with those optics will be those of a renewed momentum for the Windows Phone OS, which can only be a good thing for those of us believers in the Microsoft brand.
Story supporting links:
- Nokiasoft is here after 3 years in the making….why now? (Barb Darrow)
- Stay tuned for Microsoft boardroom drama (Barb Darrow)
- Trouble Already? ValueAct not consulted on Nokia-Microsoft deal (Barb Darrow)
- Why I think the $7.2 billion Microsoft-Nokia deal is a bad idea (Om Malik)
- Let’s get real: Nobody will License Windows Phone or Windows RT now (Kevin C. Tofel)