The major issue here is not knowing what IBM cloud offering is even named.
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Steve Ballmer really milked the old Microsoft model as far as he could. He was right though when he went on stage in some state of excitement and proclaimed 'developers, developers, developers'.
C# is a flawed, but beautiful language for the type of programming it is needed for.
Visual Studio and VSC are flawed, but beautiful environments for people who write software to work in.
Powershell is a flawed, but competent environment for automation.
Azure is a flawed, but competent environment for delivering computing workloads based upon the software being written by users.
You might not like MS; but they have the nuance to remain relevant.
Nadella has really turned the ship around from the late days of Ballmer. If they'd hire one of Ballmer's yes men then you could see them being like Oracle today - late to the cloud game, sweating their existing customers to keep revenue streams, and probably still trying to make smartphones that no one wants to buy.
The Azure UI is still a hot mess, but the news from Seattle is that they are poaching lots of the top talent from the modern day sweatshop that is AWS.
Signed up for this in 2007, so annoyed it's coming to a relatively sudden end. I only used the email functionality, so I've been exploring the options today:
1) Custom domain allowed in Office365 family. Already have a subscription, but the two drawbacks are: only one custom email address per family user, need to move my domain registrar to GoDaddy.
2) Cloudflare Email Routing - involves moving DNS records to Cloudflare, but that is no issue. Currently in beta, but people appear to get access quite quickly. No idea if and when they might start charging for it.
3) Zoho Email. €1.13 per user per month for custom domain email with 50GB mailbox. Reports on the mobile app and web interface are largely positive.
It's a rather petty little thing, but I'm involved in a tender at the moment for a >10000 employee firm who are deciding on which cloud provider to move to. Google were unlikely to win anyway, but my scoring will reflect my personal annoyance at this decision.
Ever wondered what it's like working for Microsoft? Leaked survey shines a light on how those at the code coalface feel
That's what I found working for MS. The overall package was decent, but you had the potential to make more working for Google, AirBnB etc. However I noticed way more people joining MS from those companies than leaving to take up roles.
MS felt mature if that makes sense. It felt like a 40 year old company. There was a lot of lifers there. It was also a very tech first sort of company. I've worked for two of the big audit firms who are now trying to pass themselves off as tech consultancies. The only motive there is upselling, and trying to undermine the IT departments of the companies they mole themselves into. In MS you know you are working for a firm that wants to sell technology. It's not always the best technology, but you do feel there's a common goal there.
Not a fanboy I swear.
I worked for MS for a number of years in a cybersecurity role (we did exist!), and to be honest they were a pretty good employer all round. The salary was about average for the time; the hours were pretty much 9-to-5, could work remotely when required, performance bonuses were generous, and the package overall was good. I did work with a few lifers who mentioned the horrors of the late stage Ballmer era, but the early Nadella period was fairly optimistic I must say.
You always feel like you're a small cog in a very big machine there, which is true I suppose.
One of the better places I've worked tbh, which I know won't go down well with the regulars around here.
The whole idea of privacy on the web has started to bother me recently. I know it always should have, but I ignored it as I felt the drawbacks of online advertising and tracking were more than covered by the benefits of free access to web services that would otherwise cost money.
It might be boredom, but in the past few months I have:
Ditched Chrome in favour of Firefox. Firefox is a really good browser, so this wasn't a major headache at all. In fact I prefer it over Chrome.
Finally made use of that Raspberry-Pi and set up a Pi-Hole.
Set up containers for Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft in Firefox.
Moved to DuckDuckGo for the majority of my searches.
Use DecentralEyes extension so web resources such as fonts and web libraries are delivered locally.
Moved from Gmail and Google services to a small business account in Office365. Yes, I know it's Microsoft, and I'll be downvoted to oblivion by the regulars, but in this instance Microsoft just aren't as evil as Google. I consider 9 euro a month good value for what they offer.
LastPass to limit fans of free password manager to one device type only – computer or mobile – from next month
Subnautica is a great game, but, for me, The Long Dark is the very pinnacle of survival games. No zombies, no aliens, just the Canadian winter as your enemy. The sandbox mode can be brutally unforgiving - when you die you're dead. No save files, and back to the start. And you will die eventually. There is no happy ending.