...give them some slack...
Microsoft's collaborative Slack-alike, Teams, is having a difficult start to the week, with users unable to log in to share their hopes, dreams and Word documents with their co-workers. Problems started at around 13:00 UTC, as users found themselves presented with connection errors as they attempted to hook up to the service. …
But didn't everyone use Slack because email was too much to keep up with ?
Surely that couldn't have been the completely stupid 'solution' that it appeared to be ?
I guess we'll have to just keep generating pointless alternatives to email that will be used for a year and then discarded because the rest of the world came too.
We have both, they're not the same thing. Email's much easier to search but much harder to get people to respond to immediately. Email chains get easily out of order whereas a team chat is a collaboration so it's fairly good at keeping things in sequence. We use teams to set up live meetings that members from around the world can join. Difficult to do that with email.
I guess we generate alternatives to see if there's a better way of doing things. Are you genuinely saying you think people should stop trying to make better things?
"We have both, they're not the same thing."
Unfortunately, we've had Skype foisted upon us to replace organisation-wide mailing lists, and Skype for Business. So now it's completely impossible to filter (was that an IM, an important news item, or someone posting a picture of their cat?).
"Are you genuinely saying you think people should stop trying to make better things?"
Well, if MS could make Teams better, that'd be a start. I've had "phone" calls I can't answer because it didn't render the answer button (restarting it fixed that), it crashing on sending an IM, crashing on getting focus, missed call notifications with no call (i.e. no "phone ring" sound, just a straight "someone tried to call you"), the activity stream doesn't alert to all subscribed activity, etc, on the desktop client. On the web client I've been told that my browser (Chrome) isn't supported, and to please try Chrome...
So, people should actually stop trying to make better things then ?
Certainly not, but they should also confirm once they've finished that they haven't actually made them worse.
The first rule of engineering should always apply - if it isn't broken, don't fix it.
How can any MS cloud sales droid seriously expect customers to believe that their blue cloud thing is resilient if they can’t even make their own platforms work reliably on it, it’s not like this is the first time something has gone done on it after all.
I’m running out of fingers and toes counting all the “blue sky of death” events - where there is not a cloud to be seen.
How? Because if MS/Oracle/Google/Amazon/et al have their way pretty soon the cloud thing will be the only choice. And even before that happens, as more and more people move to shaky cloud services there's this weird reverse herd immunity thing going on, where no one can point the finger at anyone else for their crap decision to move to the cloud, because they've made the same stupid decision and they're down too! So no one is vaccinated from the stupidity and everyone is sick at once. Joy.
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