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[#] Fri Apr 06 2012 14:44:02 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I saw a Microsoft magazine ad with a QR code on it today.

Have they finally given up on their proprietary "Microsoft Tag" format that nobody uses but them?

[#] Fri Apr 06 2012 14:46:32 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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To follow up on that question, did they have to roll out an update to all the Windows phones to handle QR codes? :P

[#] Mon Apr 09 2012 10:29:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm pretty sure that the M$ tag reader app has always been able to parse both QR Code and Microsoft Tag; however, most non-M$ software only reads QR Code.

It's nice to see a proprietary format go down in flames once in a while, especially when it's one belonging to the Great Satan of Redmond.

[#] Tue May 08 2012 10:24:14 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Internet Explorer ads are starting to appear on television. Microsoft must really be starting to get concerned over its plummeting market share.

[#] Tue May 08 2012 16:20:39 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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I've noticed those. My first thought upon seeing all the "features" that were being hyped was, "All that has been in Firefox and Chrome for years now!"

[#] Wed May 09 2012 04:56:11 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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In germany, they have huge advertisment posters with cute kittens and an extra domain praising the benefits. Will take a photo next time i see one.

[#] Wed May 09 2012 11:14:11 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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Unfortunately, those ads will work in spades.
Ten years ago, people looked at the sfeatures
of Firefox and thougt, "Only geeks would use
those. I'm too stupid to learn this stuff.
oOooh, look, Married with Children is on.
gotta go."

Today, now that Microsoft includes similar
features a decade later, these same people
(a) will have forgotten about Firefox's
features, thus thinking they're new, and (b)
will now think that those few features they
DO remember are sufficiently dumbed down
enough for use by he Married with Children

[#] Wed May 09 2012 17:29:25 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Microsoft always takes the credit for things they steal from others. They call it Innovation(tm).

[#] Wed May 09 2012 18:36:46 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Wed May 09 2012 17:29:25 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
Microsoft always takes the credit for things they steal from others. They call it Innovation(tm).

WAIT! they did invent having a throbber in the center of the screen when the system is busy if the system doesn't have a visible mousepointer. At least they have a patent on that.

[#] Wed May 09 2012 19:45:33 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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I dunno. Even at my workplace, which is pretty far behind the power curve on the desktop end (WinXP, I'm looking at
you), the workers clamor for (and get) a semi-modern version of Firefox. I think the masses have figured out that IE
=/= the intarweb.

[#] Thu May 10 2012 13:02:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That must be why Microsoft is completely banning third party browsers on the ARM version of Windows 8.

[#] Thu May 10 2012 16:58:49 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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As long as it is slow and crashes a lot I will be happy with the Microsoft version. I don't expect too much.

[#] Fri May 11 2012 16:48:15 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Today, I used some fushitsu tablet running windows7. First, I thought it was a joke and somebody had an x86 emulator running under android, booting up the win7. But then I realized it was for real and only some stuff was amazingly sluggish, like... booting. Or actually starting any program. But then, when it was booted and programs finished starting, it was quite a desktop experience. Only that the interface itself was not quiet precisely usable, everything was like using a touchscreen on a small mobile phone while you ride a rollercoaster.

So, if you are not too fond of the crashes, prepare to be amazed by windows8 on the tablets. 

[#] Mon May 21 2012 08:50:31 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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hrhr... you know why they're trying to get a tax from android; Windows tablets are going to be to expensive to get a pitch inbetween android and apple.

while billiboys pet project the "tabletcomputer" never took of, with a locked boot loader there realy is no reason to buy a windows tablet, since its going to be even more expensive than compareable android tablets; and most probably going to overprice the much nicer Isomething tables also.

I guess while doing the firestomping on the netbook market to stop linux from entering the desktop market they totaly overslept the apple development.


[#] Tue May 22 2012 11:42:40 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Gates does get some credit for predicting that tablets would be a popular form factor. The problem was that Microsoft didn't know how to build one that people would want to use, because there was no successful existing design to steal -- and it is well known that Microsoft cannot create anything original that people actually want to buy or use.

Now that Google and Apple have shown Microsoft how a touch-optimized UI is supposed to work, they've set themselves to the task of building one. I personally think it's garish and clunky, but we'll see what happens.

[#] Wed May 23 2012 01:02:55 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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Newton still pwns all.

[#] Fri May 25 2012 07:23:32 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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want a free compiler? write managed code.

want native code & non-metro capable ide? pay.

Sounds like the gcc windows port could gain more traction, since there is no free in beer alternative anymore.

[#] Fri May 25 2012 08:56:31 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Although GCC is probably the more popular of these.

[#] Sat May 26 2012 05:05:22 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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hm, big question Y the openbsd guys not rather had chosen openwatcom instead of pcc...

[#] Mon May 28 2012 22:38:53 EDT from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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I still miss using my old Newton MessagePad (the 2100 was great - the hardware finally caught up to the software) - there were things it could do that current tablets can't. It's pretty much eclipsed now, but it was still great stuff.


Of course, since it doesn't have Angry Birds, it doesn't matter any more. Wait - someone's writing a clone of it for the Newton.

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