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[#] Sat Aug 03 2013 16:20:14 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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Fri Jul 19 2013 17:36:36 EDT from vince-q @ Cascade Lodge BBS
Jul 18 2013 8:18am from triLcat @uncnsrd (Uncensored)
I must say - I have few complaints about XP or Win7.

I'm even almost ready to believe windows isn't evil *gasp*


Heh. You should have a look at "Windows 8"....

That crap sets a new bar for Operating System From Hell.

I have a rule about upgrades - I only upgrade when my husband's company starts rolling out upgrades. He works for Cisco now. If Cisco IT thinks it's worth upgrading to a new version of Windows (company-wide, not just for testing) then I'll know it's reasonably stable.

 

Vista didn't happen. Win7 did. 

Looks like Win 8 isn't on the horizon.



[#] Sat Aug 03 2013 17:10:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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"Reasonably stable" for Windows means that it doesn't make the computer *literally* explode and kill everyone in the room.

Seen on my Windoze 7 VM right now: "Failure configuring Windows updates.
Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer." Wow. Nice one, Microsoft.

[#] Fri Aug 23 2013 14:45:02 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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The market knows what we've all known for a while: Steve Ballmer adds negative value to any organization in which he participates.

(MSFT jumped 7% today on the news of his retirement. I'd be gloating more, except that Baller just made a bunch of money.)

[#] Fri Aug 23 2013 15:13:32 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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nooooooooo!!! We need Baller to continue mismanaging m$ft. The last thing anyone wants is a competent visionary running the company.

Of course, this is all likely a setup to bring back Bill Gates as "interim CEO for life" just like Steve Jobs. Gates has always wanted to be like Jobs.
And if that's the case, I hope Gates also gets uncurable pancreatic cancer like Jobs did.

[#] Tue Aug 27 2013 08:48:26 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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[#] Tue Aug 27 2013 15:11:32 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Slashdot is still around? How cute...

[#] Tue Aug 27 2013 20:51:06 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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It leads to a story on Forbes and pcmag. I am disapointed, that wasn't the reaction I was expecting.

[#] Tue Aug 27 2013 23:25:14 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Tue Aug 27 2013 08:51:06 PM EDT from zooer @ Uncensored
It leads to a story on Forbes and pcmag. I am disapointed, that wasn't the reaction I was expecting.

And that even lead me to an post from an old Echomail in some arcane format that lead me to a tiny advertisement in an old Computer Shopper that referenced dirt cheap drives or what-not.



[#] Wed Aug 28 2013 04:30:03 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Sniff, "Computer Shopper", I remember when that magazine was the size of a coffee table and you needed two
people to carry it.

[#] Wed Aug 28 2013 23:46:51 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Hell, to bring it back on topic.  CS used to sell copies of Winders, but I don't think you can just buy a copy these days!  Stupid



[#] Tue Sep 03 2013 08:56:56 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Fr Aug 23 2013 21:13:32 CEST von IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

nooooooooo!!! We need Baller to continue mismanaging m$ft. The last thing anyone wants is a competent visionary running the company.

Do not be afraid! They are planning to establish Stephen 'Brent Spar' Elop as a successor for Ballmer. You might come to the conclusion that they really know what they are doing.

 



[#] Tue Sep 03 2013 10:52:19 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Tue Sep 03 2013 08:56:56 AM EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

 

Fr Aug 23 2013 21:13:32 CEST von IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

nooooooooo!!! We need Baller to continue mismanaging m$ft. The last thing anyone wants is a competent visionary running the company.

Do not be afraid! They are planning to establish Stephen 'Brent Spar' Elop as a successor for Ballmer. You might come to the conclusion that they really know what they are doing.

Nah...they just announced that they intend to buy Nokia's mobile division.



[#] Tue Sep 03 2013 12:02:50 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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eFlop?



[#] Tue Sep 03 2013 12:47:22 EDT from asdfg @ Uncensored

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That's funny, I always read it as Flop. Seems appropriate.

[#] Tue Sep 03 2013 16:40:10 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yeah, they had to buy Nokia's mobile division. Eventually the board of Nokia would wise up and fire eFlop (a Microsoft mole, similar to Miguel de Icaza and Nat Friedman), get rid of Vista Phone, and start building phones that people actually want to buy.

Microsoft also gets access to Nokia's mobile patent portfolio, but Nokia is *not* selling them the patens outright. This is good news.

And as the_mgt has pointed out, it is interesting to think that perhaps eFlop will be the next CEO.

[#] Thu Sep 26 2013 04:51:24 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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WHOHO. MSIE 11 is so standard compliant, that they removed the 'MSIE' string from the useragent, and made the isIE() function return false.

http://blog.smartbear.com/development/whats-new-for-developers-in-ie11/

lets see whether they finaly manage to catch up.



[#] Thu Sep 26 2013 11:29:35 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I think the bigger deal here is that they are finally supporting WebGL. They fought against it for so long -- and their excuse was "it's insecure" HAH!
Microsoft claiming someone else's technology is insecure. That's rich. It's pretty obvious that they didn't like that WebGL is based on OpenGL, which is a blow to DirectX. But at this point it's looking like they had no choice but to support it -- being the only browser that doesn't support 3D web graphics would be even worse.

It's so much fun to see that web browsers really are becoming the universal application client now, even for the kinds of applications that the luddites said would never be able to go online.

It's also interesting that they've taken the "MSIE" and "compatible" tokens out of their user-agent string. It will be very frustrating if IE 11 has rendering bugs that web scripts cannot work around because they can't detect the presence of IE 11. It's very arrogant of Microsoft to say "our browser is so standards compliant we're going to lie to you and tell you that it's actually Mozilla."

I wonder if Microsoft's actual motivation is to hide the fact that their market share in browsers is crashing so badly that they want to make it difficult for anyone to figure out the actual number of users out there.

Any way you slice it, though, the message is clear: desktop computing is *over*. Good riddance!

[#] Thu Sep 26 2013 11:40:49 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I heard about software as a service years ago. I still don't want to trust my data to someone else's server.

[#] Thu Sep 26 2013 12:59:31 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That's a common criticism, but it doesn't have to be relevant if you don't want it to.

Back when it was called "Network Computing" and its biggest proponents were Sun and Oracle, the Evil Desktop Establishment worked hard to knock it down.
Back then, it was assumed that the applications would run on *your* server.
The idea of trusting your data to a service provider was nascent.

Since then, the ubiquity of mobile has moved all of the variables around, mainly because the Big Established Players have realized that they need to make money somewhere, so "Teh Cloud" is the buzzword of the decade.

As the lead technologist for a non-Google, non-Microsoft, non-Amazon, non-Apple, non-Facebook data center provider, I am totally in agreement that "Teh Cloud" is a bad idea. But the technology itself is a good idea. The best possible outcome is to put your applications in *your* *own* cloud. Your servers, your data center, your people running it. But you get to take advantage of the fact that with this data model, you no longer have to do desktop support.

In short:

Windows desktops == bad

Not using Windows desktops == good

Clear as mud, right?

[#] Thu Sep 26 2013 13:39:10 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Some thoughts

Is there going to be a "Google drive... for your server." type of app?

I have been in areas without a network connection, what happens then? No cell phone service, no wifi, or network
connection.


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Speaking of which, with an andriod phone I noticed that when you lose cell phone service you also lose google maps.
I downloaded the maps a head of time so that I wouldn't need to be using bandwidth while traveling. When I lost the
cell phone service my android GPS couldn't tell me where I was. This is something I noticed and I will have to test
this, after making sure I have everything else correct.


I just put my android phone in "Airplane mode" and used Smart Tool's compass to see if the GPS location would come
up, and it did.
I have the county's map saved and it did appear but I was not moving so I don't know how well it would keep track of
that.

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