November 25 2013 Monday

The somewhat snarky review of 2013

The (now apparently annual) non-conforming review of 2013:

Firefox started the year at 17.0.1 and will most likely end it at 27.

Chrome started the year at 25 and will most likely end it at 32.

IE started the year at….well, no one really cares.

BlackBerry started the year with a not too bright future and will end the year with yet another CEO who will fix absolutely everything. I’m looking forward to seeing unicorns too.

IBM entered the year hoping that 2013 was actually 2015 so they could stop the insane executive led bloodletting. It will most likely continue to fire people left, right and center until 2016. It will then realize that the 2015 plan was seriously flawed and create a new, fool proof plan where it continues to decimate the workforce, its reputation and its support arm in the new, completely-not-at-all-different 2017 plan.

The first IBM Connect conference came and went. People will always call it Lotusphere. As they will always call it Lotus Notes. A lot of people said it was their last. I’m sure for a lot it is.

It is true. I did sing karaoke at Kimonos. Topless. To my knowledge I am the only “performer” to have done this. This year I may have to twerk. I’m sure it will be a sold out show.

Quickr is alive. But it’s kind of dead. But it is alive. CCM (the replacement), while not dead, is pretty much useless by all accounts, which makes it pretty much dead. Or at least a Dodo. Proving that is not the only donkey release and that even one of the biggest tech companies in the world doesn’t understand testing either. There will be Office 2013 and Notes 9 support coming to Quickr  though. Honest. *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*…..oh look a hamster on a wheel, let's go look at that, there's nothing to see here……

This year I’ve often been told Connections is the next big thing. There were also people who insisted the world was flat. Saying it don’t make it so.

I now have an iPhone 5 and 5s. If you installed iOS7 on a bog standard iPhone 4 you have my commiserations. Not that Apple did this to force you to upgrade….not at all. Apple would never do anything like that.

I also have an iPad mini and an iPad 3. The mini wins every time. Not that I’m an Apple fanboy or anything like that. No. Not at all. But I also have a Macbook Air……

This Week in Lotus ended with 112 episodes under our belt. Look around and see how many other “Lotus” related podcasts there are now. To my knowledge there is just one. This is not indicative of the brand vibrancy. Not at all.

There were 22 blog posts this year. My ranting and somewhat useful post count is still waning but at least it has an all new, all singing and dancing UI. And I didn’t even have to move it Wordpress.

A new Sametime release happened. And it looks like customers are actually interested in this product again. I’ve had more customer conversations about Sametime in the last year that I’ve had in the last decade. Zero for Connections this year.

As of the time of writing, IBM has not released any new Champion lists. I can only surmise from that inaction that the only submissions they received were for me. Or for Stuart McIntyre.

I was mightily disappointed to find out that Kenexa was in no way used to hire strippers or prostitutes. I guess “talent management” means different things to different people. For the record I don't have Cinemax.

Disney bought Star Wars. I'm still not sure about this.

Technology that made 2013…..Ubiquiti, ManageEngine, iPhone 5, PXE and the Lenovo X1 Carbon.

Darren Duke   |   November 25 2013 05:38:56 PM   |    misc    |  
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1 - Mike McGarel    11/25/2013 6:21:45 PM

Quickr a.k.a. Schrodinger's Software

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2 - Thomas Duff    11/25/2013 6:52:23 PM

Even when I get to the point where I can no longer spell Notes, I'll still love this year in review. :)

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3 - Tim Tripcony       11/26/2013 2:45:35 AM

I am including the phrase "hookers and blow" in this comment solely in the hopes that Google will direct those searching for that phrase to this blog post. You're welcome.

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4 - Bill Buchan    11/26/2013 3:14:37 AM

You mention Ubiquiti.. { - big fan. We have almost 40 of the buggers, all over rural Scotland, providing internet service now for } - big fan. We have almost 40 of the buggers, all over rural Scotland, providing internet service now for { }

---* Bill