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Old 11-17-2011, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So at work my group (the IT Dept) had a request from another administrative team to get a bunch of playbooks because they're doing some web content junk and they want to be sure it displays properly on a PB. They have some kind of idea for the use of the PB with some content 6 months from now but my team really has no idea what they're doing.

Anyways... We decided that buying a couple of 16GB PB's at $500 each just for 'testing' is retarded and we wanted to provide a simple method for them to check their work. Oh hey there's a playbook simulator, easy solution!

Going through, it seems that the only required components are VMWare Fusion and the PB emulator...

Problem is that VMWare fusion is not free! RIM acknowledges this and more or less says "too bad, but don't worry we work close with VMWare to make sure this shit is a great experience"

With more programmers, developers etc seemingly using Macs, how does this create a fair environment for development?

"So sorry, if you use a Mac to develop on then the solution we have for you to simulate and test is going to cost you money right from the beginning"

I know its only $50 and in the grand scheme that's not much money... but honestly this is the kind of crap that I can see would turn someone away.

That and they use some stupid downloader you need to install before you can obtain the VM images.

Anyways, 10% of the price of an actual PB is going to be acceptable in our situation, I just feel that its a joke to have to do this.
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like a RANT to me. So moved.
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Fair enough

It is more or less a rant, I did some research and found there's been some conversation about this in dev forums and stuff...

no choice but to purchase VMWare fusion and use it that way (or you know, use a Windows machine like I do ;D)
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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With more programmers, developers etc seemingly using Macs, how does this create a fair environment for development?
Really? Really Now? Please list 200 successful companies that use Mac's over PC's to develop their software products.

I know for certain that none of the major banks and investment firms in Canada use souly use PC's to develop their software applications.

Unforunately the iPhone, and iPAD are the only two "real" devices that account for most of the Apples wealth. Selling the odd iMac and MacBook Pro just gravy to them.

Face it's a PC world. Mac's are cute but that's just it, they are cute and friendly. When it comes to doing serious everyday work people resort to PC's.

I love Mac's infact I am the only person in my company who has the best of both worlds.

So that's my rant!

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Everyone has their own opinion...
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OP,

Slightly off topic.

There is a deal going with RIM for corporations. Buy 2 get one free.
We bought 3 64GB PlayBooks and the price worked out to $460 each.

You have to buy through a VAR but good pricing.

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The 16GB model is now $199.
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Again this should be a wake up call for RIM. Even though they are in the process of launching new devices they need to keep up with the other platforms with speed,applications,browser etc to keep the market happy
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Admin team has asked you to test technological compatibility for something that is not going to be happening for 6 months?

You should mention to the admin team that the PB's OS is receiving a major upgrade in February. Which is in 4 months and that they may want to wait for web content junk testing to be done after it drops.
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