Daily Archives: 15 June 2004

Sooner or Later

Microsoft may do a lot things right but getting software out
the door on time is not one of them. So MS rightly takes a lot
of heat when it delays releases multiple times. In the case of
Windows updates, the delays can be measured in years.

But is the same standard applied to non-MS offerings? Not
always. For example, Mozilla
Firefox 0.9
has finally been released. If I remember
correctly, it was due in March. Then it was delayed to
April
. Then May. So, on June 15, it finally went out the
door.

But, it was supposed to be “feature complete.” Only, it
doesn’t appear to be. For example, you can’t do an upgrade
update. You have to either uninstall your earlier installation
and then install the new or install the new in a different
directory. No, this is not hard to do but it confirms that 0.9
is not “feature complete.” Or at least, in my opinion it’s not
if you consider in place upgrades a “feature”.

So, while I am no MS evangelist, I think
we need to remember that MS is not the only one to miss
deadlines so maybe we should cut them some slack.

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Hit or Miss

Speaking of missing things. The Los Angeles Lakers are
“guaranteeing” that they will win tonight in their US National
Basketball Association game against the Detroit Pistons. This
is a bold statement given Los Angels is down 1-3 in the
championship series and they are playing in Detroit. Don’t get
me wrong, I love LA. But you don’t go into your opponents home
court and say to everyone you will guarantee you will win. If
there is a better way of energizing your opponent and their
fans I can’t think of it. Sigh.

However, if they do lose, Detroit clinches the championship.
So, one hopes LA will be able to win at least one more game
before losing again (no team has ever come back from a 1-3
record because it requires the team to win three straight games
and if they could do that, they wouldn’t be down 1-3 in the
first place).

In any case, GO LAKERS!

Aloha!