Re: HP layoffs: 14,500
From: Dave Froble (davef_at_tsoft-inc.com)
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 22:24:19 -0400
> %NEWS-I-NEWMSG, Dave Froble wrote in
>>Some serious 'shove it
>>down their throats' marketing is long overdue.
> Somehow I don't think you'll get any disagreement about that from anyone in
> the newsgroup.
> I now have to deal with the fact that my employer has - over this weekend -
> attempted a migration from things like CMS.
> Strangely enough, there is at least one country where the support staff are
> threatening to walk out because the replacement system (Windows based) is
> useless in comparison to the home-grown tools using CMS.
> This is partly down to this nonsense about replacing a dumb-terminal app
> with something that works in a browser (then wondering why it takes ten
> times as long to do a task).
When I got into this business, 1974, response time was an issue. The
question was, how long after you hit the <CR> before the screen/hardcopy
(Yeah!) indicated that the computer was doing something.
I haven't had to worry about 'response time' in many years. Yeah, a
browser is a nice 'one size fits all' user interface, and since everyone
has a PC on their desk, (or under/beside/over/wherever), they have a
browser, and can use browser interfact applications server by any
In 1974, we'd accept up to 2 seconds response time, then get concerned.
I don't think I've seen a browser do anything in 2 seconds. I thought
the idea was to advance, go forward, do better. Guess not.
Note, I have seen some applications where a browser is a great choice.
For example, from home an employee can get on a system that serves them
pages showing the status of their retirement account. It is a user
interface everyone can have. Always gray.
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