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.
hm, big question Y the openbsd guys not rather had chosen openwatcom
instead of pcc...
Because they're just as brain damaged as Richard Stallman, but in the other direction. They ought to just use GCC.
"Microsoft used to be run by an evil genius. When it came time to replace him, the board grossly misinterpreted which of those two qualities was the important one."
Nokia is on its death bed, which doesn't bode well for Vista Phone 8. Microsoft is also trying to push its own tablets now, using the "Surface" brand which some people associate with the myth that Microsoft invented multitouch. Hmm.
If we go with the classic notion that every "platform" market eventually consolidates around two players, Microsoft will continue to be an also-ran in mobile (both phones and tablets).
So basically, we now have 3 evil overloards instead of one....
It makes me cool. Microsoft is evil because it is an operating system that wants you to use their word processor, their spread sheet,
their web browser, their search engine. They also take over other companies.
<laughs> You mean like forcing you to sign into all Google services if you use an Android phone? Oh wait, that's what M$ does....
1. Install fresh copies of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.
2. Count the number of clicks required to make Bing the default search engine on Chrome.
3. Count the number of clicks required to make Google the default search engine on IE.
While you're at it, run a stopwatch to time each of those operations as well.
Then come back and tell me who's trying to be ebbil.
Now try NOT to have a google or gmail account on a non-rooted android phone. ;-)
I'm not saying they're not innovative or good competion for Apple or MS - hell, my next phone will prob be an android, if BB goes belly up.
But none of that means that they don't have their own ways of "forcing" usage, collecting information they shouldn't, or manipulating consumers in ways that a non-evil, "benevolant lord" wouldn't.
Ok, you think Google is teh evil, try this little experiment.WOW! That proved it, Google is NOT evil!
1) I can't install IE on my Linux system.
2) I never said Microsoft wasn't evil, I just said Google was evil.
I read an article years ago on how Google decides what is evil and what isn't. I don't like their data mining, I don't like that the CEO
said something about people shouldn't worry about their privacy. I don't think any company should track you or monitor
what you do on any site but their own. Data mining and data collection is not a good thing for any reason. I know google isn't the only
company doing it. Google are not the good guys, google is not your friend.
I will end up with Android phone on my next purchase. I might go with a regular phone and a netbook but will probably be assimilated.
Apparently you look down upon people who want their privacy.
Android lets you do that. iApple goes to great lengths to stop you from doing that.
If you're looking for a big bad monster other than Apple or Microsoft, may I humbly suggest *actual* badguys like Facebook. Amazon might also get there in the not too distant future.
Not looking for monsters...frankly, I'd rather they all just drank their "good boy juice". That said, you're right about fb having a solid place on the list.
What's Amazon done?
Di Jun 26 2012 20:50:16 CEST von Ladyhawke @ Uncensored
What's Amazon done?
Killing your local small bookstore where the clerks could really tell you something about most books they sell?
and purchasing on-line is cheaper.
Hmm, interestingly, I don't think I ever considered them a "bookseller" either. In fact, of all the things I've purchased from them over the years, I don't think more than a handful were actually books!
When it comes right down to it, I still like "manhandling" my books before I buy. :-)
But point taken.
Agreed, they also sell a lot of electronic devices and I do buy them there. But since MediaMarkt/Saturn/other big consumer markets killed the smaller electronics shops already, I do not see them as harming that wasteland any more.
But yes, I am a book guy, I study philosophy, psychology and computational science, so I often need specific literature you do not find online. Even when you find ebooks, I prefer ink on dead tree because it doesnt strain the I as much when you have to read a lot.
I mostly look online for used books or original versions of books that are OOP. For this I started using http://eurobuch.com which is an aggregation site for services like abebooks, ebay, amazon, zvab, booklooker and whatnot. If I really need to order fresh books online, I try to spread usage on other pages, like bol.de.
I also stopped using german equivalents of BarnesNobles, since my favourite bookstore here is even able to order books the big ones do not offer. They especially impressed me when they were able to order german translated prints of a Marquis de Sade book which I needed but couldn't find in any library either. The big stores in town were not able to order this book.
They made several breaking changes in their ATL code that my predecessor used extensively.
Now, I can't upgrade this thing to the current compiler very easily.
I want to throttle my predecessor for embracing MFC and ATL so strongly.
He has made working with his code even more horrible than it already was, given his inability to comment or write anything remotely intelligible.
Turned out to be easier than I expected, but it was still fucking annoying.