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Frank Borland: Welcome back sherrif

December 23, 2012 4 comments

I always have a soft spot for developer tools which has Borland® Logo on it. Although I’m now making money using Microsoft products, Borland products was always first to prefer for me. I know that I am not alone with these feelings.

 

Recently, Borland released a video about the return of Frank Borland, which made me feel like I was still living in the good old times.

Here is the snippet from production agency:

Working together with integrated B2B marketing agency, True, Irresistible Films have produced an introductory film to re-establish Borland Software Corporation as leaders in software development, through awareness generated around the character Frank Borland.

Borland recognises that developers and developmental organisations need to define, manage and measure software delivery processes based on unique needs, tools and preferences, working to identify the requirements, test and change solutions that help companies build better software, faster.

Frank first appeared in advertisements during the 80s, helping to shape Borland as a dynamic company that tackled the biggest of software companies, promoting software such as Sidekick and Turbo Pascal.

Usage of the film will be geared towards targeting Borland’s CRM system of 40,000+ software developers. According to Frank, Borland creates testing software that works together with pre-existing tools in a non-restrictive of forcefully changing manner, offering simple yet powerful functionality.

Frank’s vision is simple: Keep it open, Don’t make it big, make it better. Focus on the user experience. Meet every platform need. Make it affordable. Listen to the community.

Creating, developing aand delivering better software, Frank’s return coincides with some key breakthroughs that will see Borland deliver new releases faster, alongside creating test tools that help deliver smooth engaging consumer experiences.

Borland is focused on extending their web and mobile testing capabilities across a range of platforms, helping to drive testing effort down and minimise time to market. Through application performance testing, Borland aims to bring exciting ideas and new releases to market through a cost effective model, placing affordable, powerful tools in the hands of the user.

Frank, and more directly, Borland’s, intent is to listen to the developers to deliver what’s really needed. On Frank’s return, Borland hope to bring to light some game-changing plans for software in the test environment and enterprise space.

Shot on location in Geneva, Switzerland, the film was captured in real-time, then reversed in Post, meaning Frank pretty much learnt his script in reverse, making for one serious come back!”

Here, watch it and see for yourself:

http://www.meetfrankborland.com/

I love you Borland. I always will.

Google: An evil company.

May 29, 2012 1 comment

Google. Once was a company with good intentions. Now it is everywhere, and it is doing everything to gain more money. It’s selling its users’ information, it forces its users to use his products, it runs and updates its software without showing any information on its users’ pc.

It started as a simple search engine, now it is a data warehouse which knows everything about us. It has so much information about us, that it started to become frightening. From now on, I will not use any Google service, and most of the reasons relate to privacy concerns of its users.

My personal reasons for not using Google products are:

1. Google Chrome: This was a good browser. But starting almosf 1.5  years ago,  it became a malware. Google decided to AUTOMATICALLY INSTALL GOOGLE UPDATE with every Google Chrome browser setup. There is not a simple way to remove the update system, nor disable it (for a regular user). It became a regular bloatware which we swear about regularly.

2. Google Toolbar: It comes bundled with most freeware, making them one of the quality adware. Yes, there is an easy uninstallation method for it (Add/Remove Programs), but most of my customers did not know where it came from, or how it is installed in the first place.

3. Google.com: It keeps asking to set it as default search engine (the blue bar on the top), and there is no way to set it off. People are complaining about it since 1 year, and as alwyas, Google had just ignored them.

4. Google became another Microsoft. Why we were mad at Microsoft? Because it wanted to control everything. It violated user rights in the past. It brought competetion to every field they wanted, and bought the rivals. Now Google is doing the same in every field. Browsers, Social Networking, Cellular Phones, Communication, Data Marketing and much more.

I for one, welcome our new evil overlords.

Goodbye NOD32, Welcome BitDefender.

March 24, 2010 1 comment

For years, I’ve been trusting, using and recommending NOD32 to my customers, and everyone around me. But today, it failed to clean Sality.NAY (Sality.AX for BitDefender) virus. Core system components are infected, so I was unable to delete them. It all begin with flash memory virus detection problems, and it still fails to detect these.

I hvae installed BitDefender, and it did clean every instance of Sality instantly.

I’m leaving NOD32, and will start using BitDefender after now. It has a free version, and I’ll install it to my customers’ computers.

Thank you ESET, for leaving me in the dust. I won’t recommend any of your products after now. If you are into serious IT business, do not recommend it to your customers. You’ll regret it.

An update system with an idiotic approach.

June 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Let me introduce you an update approach for disturbing your users, make them suffer and increase potential murder count in your userbase:

1. Make the updates hidden.
2. Require registration for updates. Who cares public usage?
3. Use InstallAware for your software and update distribution platform.
4. Expect all of your users to have broadband internet connection.
5. Force your users to redownload 500 mb’s of update everytime with a new installation. Yes, there are no computers in this world which are part of a development team, and there is nothing called as a network installation.

If a huge company like Embarcadero (CodeGear?) follows this approach, probably it is a right thing, and you should follow them too.

Do anything you want, but stay away from me.

Delphi 2009 Update 1: Now we’re talking

January 19, 2009 11 comments

The guys at CodeGear have a habit of providing unstable products for a long time now. Delphi 2007 was not an exception. But I can assure you that, with the latest update to Delphi, it became really beautiful.

With update 1 for Delphi 2009, the IDE itself became extremely stable and robust. I really like it.

For the old-heads like me, forget about component palette. I did, and I do not regret this decision. I got lots of “wow” effect with the new features came with this version of Delphi.

Delphi 2009 is a really beautiful product. Delphi has really returned this time.

Try it, buy it, use it. The future is bright for us, Delphi developers.

Innovation…

October 28, 2008 Leave a comment

Product: Delphi 1 Client/Server
Year:1995

Delphi 1 on Windows 3.1

Product: Delphi 2009
Year:2008
Delphi 2009 on Windows Vista

As you can see, this is really a dedication to innovate. Same components after 13 years. Go Delphi! Go Embarcadero! Go Developers!

Delphi 2009.. Cool but, wtf?

August 31, 2008 9 comments
Delphi 2009

Delphi 2009

This is the new version of Delphi, called 2009. Its features are good, but wtf? CodeGear developers certainly deserves a “Software complexity award”. Where’s the simplicity of Delphi 7? Clean design?

Good luck with an IDE like this.