What's with the tech sector?


The IT company I work for is doing very well also.
A lot of the bigger contracts are coming from main land Europe and the UK creating jobs in Ireland.


Yep, I’d agree with that - in the heady days of 2001 I earned about half the daily rate of a lawyer. My pay hasn’t changed a whole lot since then but I now earn about a quarter of a lawyers daily rate. As I pointed out before - IT is virtually a perfect market - no unions, no cartels, just what punters are prepared to pay to get the job done. There’s a shortage of skilled workers in the business, rates have gone up - one day perhaps lawyers will fall to meet us as we rise. Make hay while the sun shines if you are in the IT business - it won’t last for long - they heady days of 2001 lasted about 18 months.


Mobile Operator CAPEX Expected to Reach $119 Billion This Year



Their Nexus stuff is doing a bomb in Australia - paint the boxes grey, use the word “datacentre” liberally. Throw a few new acronynms into the pot UCS, FCOE, DCE, VPC, FEX, NXOS, TRILL, OTV, UP

Fkn magic everybody wants it 8DD


Cisco making servers now as well. Tis a weird world but I guess HP were taking a lot of market share in their core Ethernet switched networking market.

Gotta say, that Nexus stuff is incredibly pricey but I’ve been surprised at its popularity. I wouldn’t have thought there would be such a huge demand for a datacentre*-in-a-box type solution but there you go.

  • I like that in Ireland we still tend to call them plain old “server rooms” …


I wouldn’t write them off entirely, but they’ve been getting it more wrong than right for a while now. That camera business was frankly bizarre.


Dell anouncement tomorrow. No link.


Cisco are like Logitech, way too many products so lots of redundancy and passenger lines, they are clunky and getting lots wrong. A behemoth though, that lots of very big companies are bet into through the integration of their network gear. From what i see around here network stuff is expanding by leaps and bounds. Cisco, Juniper and a couple of others who make routers, switches and are fiddling with network architecture are grappling with the explosion of high speed network demand fed by the ubiquity of smart devices and the seemingly inexorable triumph of video over text (anyone seen a ‘manual’ recently). This stuff is not letting up any time soon and one casualty will be the pc. As phones and tablets get faster and better the pc will become the new typewriter.


PCs as a consumption device will die (they were always ‘no better option available’ at that anyhow) - for creation, not so much.


By creation do you mean creative work or data stuff? If its creative stuff the pc already died. Its all mac. On the data end some sort of desktop device will remain in offices but I think they will look less and less like pcs and more like network nodes with a keyboard and screen. The box will migrate to the data centre.


I’m not sure how much one can improve on the laptop for mobile computing, to be honest. I’d be happy enough with all my data being stored elsewhere, but I need at least a reasonable-sized keyboard and a screen. I don’t expect to be able to write more than a few e-mails on a tablet-based design unless the keyboard is external (in which case, why not carry a laptop).

I also find work is getting more and more reliant on multiple channels - a lot of people are using instant messaging in place of e-mails, for example. At least with a laptop I can keep multiple windows open with mail, chat, text editor, slideshow, whatever and flick between them as necessary. I can’t imagine doing this on the current (or even next) generation of tablets. Maybe in another 4 or 5 years.


Sorry, I was referring to desktop pc’s. The distinction between tablets and laptops is becoming more obscure. 4 or 5 years of getting used to virtual keyboards may mean a fall off in the physical keyboard part of a laptop in which case there will be no distinction. For people who don’t do volume typing this may be welcome.


I’m still waiting for this little baby … I think it was demo’d at CEBIT in '07, but I haven’t heard of it being commercialised since (not that I’ve looked too hard):

P.S. I suspect the tactile experience isn’t great, but could probably be improved with a roll-up rubber mat.


:neutral_face: o|

Maybe a roll up mat with a keyboard embedded in it?

I’m old enough to remember the five button keyboard that you could use with one hand on Tomorrow’s World some time in the mid-seventies… the world is full of replacements for qwerty…


Yeah, yeah, I thought of that while I was writing it, smarty pants. :mrgreen:
Roll-up mat is optional.

Yeah, me too. I also remember them saying that one day everyone would carry around their own personal phone, and I remember thinking: “That’s ridiculous! That will never happen!”.

EDIT: In my defence, it WAS ridiculous… the thing they were demoing looked like a backpack from a Vietnam movie.


I’m pretty sure these were for sale over a decade ago… it was an accessory for either a palm pilot or an ipaq so that will give some idea of how long ago. The reviews were not very good. I think it was a case of looked great but was not very functional in reality.

I also remember seeing that 5 key keyboard on Tomorrows World… was that really mid 70s? I think I am missing (another) decade! I was reminded of them recently while I was looking at the Kinesis Advantage keyboard

I’ll probably never buy one but I am very intrigued by them.


Well, it was somewhere between 1974 and 1984! As I recall, it was Judith Hann that presented the item, but she was on the show from '74 to '94, so that’s no help! The device had four buttons on the top and one on the side, IIRC.

Actually, I’m sure I had my Spectrum by then, which would make it about 1983?


Ah ha! You didn’t vision it but … anyways this always looked good, never tried it though. Those who have the use of only one arm I thought it woud suit a lot. Seem it has been out of production some time but is about to come back.


My thinking was once touch screen came along keyboard layout where liberated for experimentation since there was no longer a physical manufacturing process beyond the flat plane of the touch screen but I have yet to see it transpire. I suppose its an OS thing and industries slow paced change farming out innovation by innovation but I think the entrance to some of the larger Asian players will change this as has been seen in the mobile phone market. Those early mutli-touch demo still look awesome and I think the OS is going to have to take a back step and merge with how the human mind works as a design ethos outlook the old GUI’s are flatworld thinking great for what they achieved and where they got us to but onwards we must go. A multi sensory immersion experience punctuated with period of extra sensory experience aka sleep and loads of other states in between interface with that and hey presto an OS for living.


I’ve thought for years that we have to get away from the desktop and office metaphors that are endemic to most GUIs. Our metaphors have been completely outmoded by their own application.

I haven’t physically filed anything for years - if I need a copy of a letter or receipt, it gets scanned and saved. My “desktop” - as in the physical top of my desk - is about 70% covered by computers, monitors, USB devices, blank discs, and empty coffee mugs.

There isn’t a manila folder in sight… In fact, there isn’t a single manila folder in my entire office.