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[#] Sat Oct 26 2013 23:00:00 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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Oct 26 2013 7:09pm from Sig @uncnsrd
Hilariously, the version of Internet Explorer that comes with Windows

XP SP2 is too old to interface with Windows Update. If you don't turn

on the automatic updates, you're just out of luck. Unless you can make

it manually download SP3 or already have it lying around, of course.

The problem with auto-updates is that it doesn't do things
intelligently, like push SP3 and THEN see what critical updates are
necessary.

Actually, even with SP3, turning on auto updates gives a cool glitch where svchost.exe starts up and takes 99% of my processor. For now, I have updates turned off. I see lots of people on the intarwebs with the same problem, but no one with a solution.

However, I did get accomplished the task I needed, which was to get my Windows-only Army tasks do-able via virtualbox.

[#] Sun Oct 27 2013 15:37:16 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Crap, this means I have a lot of stuff to do next time I fire up my windows virtual machine... which I hope I do
before WinXP reaches EOL.

[#] Fri Nov 08 2013 12:34:45 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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This sounds like desparation to me.

[ http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/08/microsoft_bizarre_inori_ie_campaign/ ]

In order to try to make Internet Exploder look hip and trendy, an Asian branch of Microsoft has created a japanimation (remember it's not called "anime" anymore) anthropomorphization of their browser named "Inori Aizawa" ... complete with the obligatory slutty attire. "I feel confident in my abilities now, and I'm eager to show you what I can do. Why don't you get to know me a little better?"

Meanwhile, aIEeeee usage continues to plummet around the world...

[#] Tue Nov 12 2013 13:26:32 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Rule #1.  And #2.  Definitely #3.  

Ah, to hell with it.  Let's just call Rule #4 and be done with it.



[#] Sat Nov 23 2013 05:24:47 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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lol. write something about limux and the microsoft astroturfers reach out for you:

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-munich-rejected-steve-ballmer-and-kicked-microsoft-out-of-the-city/

read the article, and see how they repeat the false assumptions of the microsoft paid HP study  over and over in the comments..



[#] Sat Nov 23 2013 07:01:26 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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report criticising the project, produced by HP for Microsoft, claimed the Redmond software giant could migrate 50 to 500 desktop PCs per day if upgrading to a Microsoft OS and office, suite compared to the eight per day it said was being achieved under the LiMux project.

50 to 500...



[#] Sun Nov 24 2013 13:28:46 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Sat Nov 23 2013 07:01:26 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

report criticising the project, produced by HP for Microsoft, claimed the Redmond software giant could migrate 50 to 500 desktop PCs per day if upgrading to a Microsoft OS and office, suite compared to the eight per day it said was being achieved under the LiMux project.

50 to 500...

heh, yes.  if the 50 to 500 boxes of exactly the same rather modern hardware

and not with the zoo of hardware the guys in munich had...

but thats also there in the article...



[#] Mon Nov 25 2013 04:53:05 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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I also doubt that they will be properly set up with all site specific software, email accounts, logons to umpteen services, etc. Even if you use prepared images to roll out and most of the data would be handled/stored by active directory.

Well, depends, if all of redmond flew in and two persons would take care of one computer at a time, 50 to 500 might be possible...



[#] Mon Nov 25 2013 07:52:18 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Munich is famous enough that Microsoft would probably *give* them all new hardware just to score the public win.

[#] Mon Nov 25 2013 08:54:34 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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I'm dreaming of installing Linux only and Libre/Open Office on client sites. But even for $my_mom or other generic private people, the chances of calls with problems like "I can not install this app to create a photo book at our discounter" is stopping me. My clients mostly have some irreplaceable special niche software with poor coding so that wine will most definetly vomit while running. Oddly enough, even games are running fine under wine, but not the simplest bookkeeping software.

Then there is this psychological problems, the prejudices:

  • "Software that is free of charge does not have proper support"
  • "This is OpenOffice is Mickey Mouse Software, I must know since I am using MS Office 97 at home"
  • "Outlook is the best mail software, I must know since I am too stupid to create a mail signature in Thunderbird"

The Outlook case is rather curious, since I consider Thunderbolt as much of an abomination as Outlook is. But "free & unfriendly to use" is crappier than "farking expensive & unfriendly to use".



[#] Tue Nov 26 2013 00:22:25 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Just because they run Outhouse, does not mean they know how to make a signature.  I had to help a Lookout user just last week with that.



[#] Tue Nov 26 2013 05:56:01 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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[#] Tue Nov 26 2013 17:05:41 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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About time. Android is a much more sensible client operating system than any version of Windows. Micro$oft has had its heel upon the neck of the computing world for far too long.

[#] Fri Nov 29 2013 05:03:07 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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First outcome of this: intex haxm.

http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-hardware-accelerated-execution-manager

a vanderpool based solution to run intel android on your wintendo without a classical emulator; this is rather a vmware.



[#] Fri Nov 29 2013 05:22:45 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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http://www.digitimes.com/pda/a20131127PD207.html

reads like they're playing catchup at all expenses it takes.



[#] Fri Nov 29 2013 05:50:23 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Tue Nov 26 2013 00:22:25 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

Just because they run Outhouse, does not mean they know how to make a signature.  I had to help a Lookout user just last week with that.

So true. This one user claims that he is able to do it in Outlook. I have my doubts, though.



[#] Tue Dec 10 2013 17:04:45 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Today, I had to help a client with some email and printer troubles on a win8. The problems were just common windows problems, but the amount of fear, uncertainity and doubt this abominable insult of a malfuntioning (you can not by any standard call it "operational") system adds to any task you do with a computer is un-fucking-believable! Why do browsers open on a "classic" desktop instead of popping up fullscreened without windowborder?! Why is it totally contingent when to use a swipe-from-the-right-to-access-settings-menu or a right click? Why does the vertical scroll function of a notebook scroll horizontally on the tile/start view? Why is there no "print" button for emails when all your average mom does is printing stupid emails? (No, swipe-from-right-> selecting devices is not a vallid replacement for the "Print" button you find on a real OS) Why was there no builtin facebook app/support in win8 when my phone has that for 3 years now?!

I also blame MS for the following, since they are keen on demanding certain specs for their products:

Which demented sadist sells notebooks with a 1366*768 resolution?! And why is that legal?!

Why is it ok that hardware manufactures load their notebooks with bloatware just to use the builtin camera?!

And no, these are not grumpy old man problems since I am not able to adapt to new interfaces. I have been using "active corners" for certain actions for a while on linux and macosx, I am used to hiding docks/taskbars out of sight. The problem here is that it is counterintuitiv, clumsy and it hurts your eye all the time. It has no "Wow" effect, it has nothing that makes me want to use it at all. I could imagine a lot of ways how you could easily and productively use a tile concept, but MS has clearly shown how to absolutely fail.



[#] Tue Dec 10 2013 22:21:54 EST from Sig @ Uncensored

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I've tried to use 8, just playing around on other people's laptops, and have been utterly befuddled. I don't know how so many people could have thought that interface was a good idea.


[#] Wed Dec 11 2013 04:23:58 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Tue Dec 10 2013 22:21:54 EST from Sig @ Uncensored
 I don't know how so many people could have thought that interface was a good idea.

thats the point; there weren't ;-)

just some decision makers were in that opinion.

Imho winxp already was the first proof that a good UI design was nothing which microsoft would ever master...

It was their first aproach to get over those functional 90'ies design and try to be apple cool-ish.

what I realy liked about vista was, that they were trying to get that even more stylish and designish, so the whole applications got slow to react only to make it look nice..

and then...

something...

  REQUIRED ADMIN PRIVILEGES AND THE WHOLE SCREEN FLASHES DARK AND A BRIGHT POPUP IS MASHED IN YEA FACE!



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