I had to install Windows 7 on one of the machines at home. Well, maybe I did not have to, but I still did. I guess I was hoping for something better than Vista. So I went ahead and got the upgrade and installed it.
After two weeks of running Windows 7, I got a black screen of death… Great start! Reboot, driver updates, restart – all seemed OK.
Last week, I finally got around to playing a bit more with it and looked that the performance index… I was a bit surprised to see go from 7.5 under Vista to 3.7 under Windows 7! And Windows 7 is supposed to have better performance than Visat?!? Not sure what happened, but I’m not overly happy. Now I’ll have to figure out why it now has such a bad rating with the same hardware.
According to InformationWeek, IBM And Microsoft Have Dueling Visions For Software Modeling. However, the article only compares Rational’s contribution to the modeling space and seems to completely ignore other Software Groups contribution. The Microsoft part talks about proprietary models that drive business execution directly. That is all fine, but there is no mention of WebSphere Business Modeler (WBM). In WBM, the organisation can be modeled and then code (BPEL) can be generated to drive WebSphere Process Server. Granted, there is a “code generation” step, but it is a lot closer to the Microsoft model than the comparison the article makes with the use of UML. IBM has a richness of environment to help our customers with their various needs – and this article seemed to only concentrate on a piece of our offerings.
And of course, the recent IBM announcement was in regards to the Complex Systems space and Olso is apparently geared towards IT. I wonder how Microsoft’s Oslo would fare in the development of complex systems?!?
It turns out that my video problem was the computer getting confused. As I was in a hurry leaving the Solution Centre, I just put my computer in standby while it was still connected to an external monitor. Afterwards, each time I tried using it only with its own display, I would get these multi-coloured bars on the display, making it unusable – even after a complete shutdown. So when I got back home, I took it to our IT folks to get it repaired. They booted it up, saw the problem, rebooted and wrote up a ticket about it. Then one of them decided to hook it up to an external monitor just in case… Well, it had the same symptoms when booted up, until he logged in to Windows. At that point everything worked!
Our only guess is that the video card got set to a strange mode and could not be reset until an external monitor was connected. Interesting feature!