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[#] Sun Dec 11 2011 13:46:15 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I saw it written this way today, and it seems to make sense:

* Microsoft is the new IBM.
* Apple is the new Microsoft.
* Google is the new Apple.

hmm...

[#] Mon Dec 12 2011 23:18:05 EST from maraakate @ Uncensored

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I agree. :S

[#] Tue Dec 13 2011 06:37:50 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Sun Dec 11 2011 13:46:15 ESTfrom IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
* Apple is the new Microsoft.
sad... but probably true.
meanwhile Microsoft even gave up on some of their "we implement another free standard" aproach for xml based vector formats (now they use VRML like everone else..) & active X controls by dropping support for them in IE10.
question is, when Android will outperform the iphone, and its significance will fade that much that apple starts to get into the situation microsoft currently is in: playing catchup in performance, fading market shares into direction of insignificance...
Hopefully Intel will join the to be opensourced hp palm application stack so that this can get a marketshare again, that hopefully android doesn't remain the only open platform.
though, we didn't have an opensource market monopol yet, might be an interesting experience to see what google starts out to do with that.
Saadly that opening comes to late for nokia, we'll see whether they continue to fade into insignificance, or mange to get a reasonable marketshare with the vistaphone os.


[#] Tue Dec 13 2011 10:09:48 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Wasn't entirely sure where to post this, but the moral of the story is "Microsoft Sucks", so I guess this room is fine.

Last night, I embarked on a 4 hour journey into building my 5th from-scratch computer.

The 4 preceeding computers to this one had hardware problems from the get-go. Someone ordering the wrong part, something not fitting in the case, power supply problems, you know, the usual. This 5th one was no exception, but it went much better than the last 4.

Anyways, I take my time building this monster of a computer (DDR3, Intel i7, 1tb hdd, evga 1.5gb gfx, pro case, etc..) because there was about $2K worth of parts sitting on my floor, building this thing.

So, 3.5 hrs into the build, I get all of the parts in, double check the wiring, drink some coffee, go for a smoke, tripple check the wiring, zip-tie everything into it's right place, double check all of the hardware positions and connections, ... you know, the usual obsessive-complsive computer builder stuff.

Now, in my experience, the first time you boot up a brand-new built monster, it has problems. Something in the BIOS isn't set up completely right, some switches or jumpers were missed, missed a USB connection somewhere, or a network card is in wrong... little stuff. This time, I plugged it in, flipped the power switch on the PSU, and pressed the button and waited for the memory POST beep. waiting... watching the indicator lights on the motherboard... wating... (it felt like I was waiting for 5 minutes, when in reality I only waited 7 seconds).

BEEP

(then silence)

I realized at that moment, there were no problems with the build. Nothing went wrong at first start for the first time ever in my experience of building computers.

I hooked up a kb, mouse, and cheap monitor to it just to check the BIOS settings and make sure it's recognizing everything. It all checks out OK (except for the CPU temperature guage thermocouple, but that's easy to fix... connection problem [not my fault])

I asked my customer what OS they had in mind.

*facepalm* he pulls out a Windows 7 Home Premium x64 package from his bag.

Great, this beast of a machine that has 3x the computing power and capacity than my custom build, and he's going to ruin it with windows.

*deep breath*

I get the setup loaded, go through partitioning the hdd, get it installed and running, then it boots into windows. I look at the drives.

I had it partitioned as: d0-p0 (System Reserve), d0-p1 (OS - 250GB), d0-p2 (DATA - ~650GB)

The above partitioning is what I always do for a windows machine. I put Windows on the 250GB partition and instruct my customer to only save files, media, and documents on the bigger partition, and only ever use the smaller partition for the OS and programs. It's a safe-guard. If windows crashes, they don't lose all of their work, only the programs, which can be replaced, and their files are still sitting safely on the other partition, unharmed.

The bad thing is, it got them switched somehow. It installed Windows on the bigger partition after I specifically told it to install on the smaller one.

I fucking hate windows... it ruined a perfect build.



[#] Tue Dec 13 2011 12:58:22 EST from maraakate @ Uncensored

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I've built so many computers over the years and I've never really had to go over and triple check my wiring or have POST issues. Maybe back in the dim dark mid 1990s and earlier when it was all jumpers and no plug and play. Now, you just simply plug the cards into the places it fits and turn the shit on. The hardest part is plugging those little connectors in for the LEDs and power/sleep switches.

[#] Tue Dec 13 2011 15:04:03 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Eh, I still sometimes screw up the connectors or mis-set the BIOS.  You're right though...white boxes have really gotten a lot more plug/play the last few years.



[#] Wed Dec 14 2011 11:06:08 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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meanwhile Microsoft even gave up on some of their "we implement
another free standard" aproach for xml based vector formats (now they
use VRML like everone else..) & active X controls by dropping support
for them in IE10.

Microsoft is treading on shaky ground here. They know they have to free themselves of the Win32 shackles in order to successfully make the transition into the brave new world where lots of different devices are running software -- which is why they're pushing this whole Metro/WinRT thing now -- but on the other hand, the "long tail" of legacy Win32 applications is what holds their desktop monopoly together.

We are heading into the post-PC world and Microsoft wants to be a part of it, but they still garner the lion's share of their profits from desktop Windows/Office revenue.

ActiveX obviously had to get the axe, since it tied a bunch of legacy Win32 cruft to the browser.

They also had to reluctantly support HTML5 video, since it's in their best interest for Flash to die; we should all be very happy that Silverlight never caught on.

[#] Wed Dec 14 2011 18:33:42 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Wed Dec 14 2011 11:06:08 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
They also had to reluctantly support HTML5 video, since it's in their best interest for Flash to die; we should all be very happy that Silverlight never caught on.

well, except for some indian portal.

but yes. fuck mono. fuck silver, moon and whateverlight. fuck flash.



[#] Wed Dec 14 2011 19:09:18 EST from maraakate @ Uncensored

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Amen.

[#] Thu Dec 15 2011 09:36:16 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I may be in the minority here but I don't hate Flash. I like it a lot.

And consider this:

Flash was the delivery vehicle for video in web browsers that became "the standard" at exactly the right time. They snuck video into a plugin that everyone was already using.

If there were no video in Flash, the current standard would be WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER. Do you really think that Real would have been able to hold on to pluggable video when Microsoft was working so hard in the early 2000's to kill them off?

Now is the time to retire Flash, and hopefully all browser plugins, but the open Web owes a great deal to Flash for keeping things working in a cross-platform way. Thank you Macromedia (aka Adobe).

[#] Thu Dec 15 2011 15:36:29 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Interesting. Microsoft has decided to begin pushing automatic upgrades of IE whether the user asks for them or not.

[ http://goo.gl/Hk0tF ]

One one hand, this is good because it will help complete the extermination of IE 6, which everyone wants to see go away. On the other hand, this is bad because Microsoft gets to say "other browsers do this so ours can too" and at the same time they'll be able to have all sorts of other undesirable "updates" riding in along with new browser code.

[#] Fri Dec 16 2011 18:47:22 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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Sun Dec 11 2011 01:46:15 PM EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

I saw it written this way today, and it seems to make sense:

* Microsoft is the new IBM.
* Apple is the new Microsoft.
* Google is the new Apple.

hmm...

 

I consider G¤¤g£€ the new Micro$oft.  People used to complain that microsoft wanted to control the office products, the web browser and the dominate with the OS.  Now Google wants to control the office products, the web browser and the OS.  Oddly enough the people that hated microsoft for doing that embrace google for doing it.



[#] Sat Dec 17 2011 11:24:13 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Fri Dec 16 2011 06:47:22 PM EST from zooer @ Uncensored

 

Sun Dec 11 2011 01:46:15 PM EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

I saw it written this way today, and it seems to make sense:

* Microsoft is the new IBM.
* Apple is the new Microsoft.
* Google is the new Apple.

hmm...

 

I consider G¤¤g£€ the new Micro$oft.  People used to complain that microsoft wanted to control the office products, the web browser and the dominate with the OS.  Now Google wants to control the office products, the web browser and the OS.  Oddly enough the people that hated microsoft for doing that embrace google for doing it.



At least Google's doing it with established and approved standards, and it's not forcing you to use anything, or tying it to any OS (unless you bought an Android phone).



[#] Sun Dec 18 2011 08:48:56 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Dunno, Freak....  Google doesn't force you, but they don't always tell you either.



[#] Sun Dec 18 2011 12:16:51 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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yea. the only force you get by google is to create a gmail account if you want to install apps on your android.

its real hard to utilize the full power of an android phone without.

Also the force to have a g+ account is way below to create a F*k one. If somebody invites you to f*k or mentions you or posts a link to your blog, you'll get teaser mails.

Posting on g+ offers you a way to send your post to email recipients too.

realy. while google has grown powerfull over the last decade, its using open standards, working on open standards, even working on creating a free unpatented video format for the advantage of all webusers.

plus, most of the privacy concerns raised about google in the past were astroturfing campaigns founded by microsoft.

If you assume that google has a monopoly on things, its not using it to put pressure on others below the point that its hard to be better than them, since their brainshare rises by all their new  employees and aquisitions.

If you have a look at all those monopolies which have been there, they were used to kill innovation, threatn users, threaten other companies.

As we can just see at microsoft, they failed after a while.

We'll see how the google "don't be evil" - tactic ends out.

 



[#] Mon Dec 19 2011 09:34:15 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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All of the above is true. Google may be establishing a lot of "bigness" and they do have a lot of information all in one place -- but they are NOT using their power AGGRESSIVELY to push competitors out of the marketplace.

Microsoft is BIG AND EVIL. Google is BIG BUT BENIGN. That's the difference.

[#] Tue Dec 20 2011 00:37:46 EST from maraakate @ Uncensored

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> Microsoft was BIG AND ...
ftfy :P

[#] Wed Dec 21 2011 07:53:35 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Dunno about that, I think Microsoft is still big enough to do a lot of damage.
They still have a massive war chest from their Windows and Office monopolies, and they're using it to do everything they can to force their way into staying relevant.

[#] Wed Dec 21 2011 08:00:58 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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yea, and projects like limux (equipping the city of munichs computers with opensource & linux) still have to fight an uphill battle.

though limux now has an installation base on 9.000 computers of the city, and is going to grow to 12.000 in the next years.

but you realy need people willing to fight and fight clever to achieve s.th. like that so you can stand ms office for a longer view.



[#] Mon Dec 26 2011 05:22:00 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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When husband was setting up <groan> Windows on my computer, he decided to be cute and give me the username Poofy.

When I got a real job <groan!>, boss said I should get Microsoft Office <super-groan>.

Now, whenever I use Track Changes in Word <barf>, the changes come through as Poofy.

Apparently, the only way to change that is to create a new user for Windows <blergh!>

So tempted to RTOOS, but my boss insists on everything being in MS-Word, and OpenOffice doesn't cut it (I tried).

Requesting sympathy b/c of the crazy boss. 

And I'm thinking of buying one of these. http://www.raspberrypi.org/

Can't wait 'til they're available... 



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