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[#] Thu Jan 29 2015 10:18:55 EST from the_mgt

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They probably created their powerpoint presentations back when they started to teach, a few years ago and were too lazy updating them.

The RDB2 Workshop tutorial actually uses DB2 at our university.

I once tried a few things I found in an Oracle based rdb learning book on mysql... didn't work. Hurray to standardized query languages...

[#] Thu Jan 29 2015 15:03:57 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I remember when 'softies criticized non-native applications because they had a "foreign look" to them. Oh, they said, everything would be so confusing because the users would have a "jarring experience" from all of the non-Windows-looking chrome on the screen.

I'm looking at a 'doze desktop right now and seeing no fewer than four different look-and-feel on the screen. Ironically, Microsoft itself is the biggest offender; Office hasn't used Windows native chrome in a long time, and Office 2013 looks horrifying. There's a softphone on this screen, with dark controls pretending to be a 5" OLED. There's the Google Chrome browser, which seems to follow whatever the hell it wants to in terms of UI/UX.

Ironically, the only Windows-native window decorations I see anywhere on this screen are on a Cygwin terminal, whose sole purpose in life is to offer a more unix-like command line.

(I'm deliberately not including the apps from my Linux VM that I have open in seamless mode, because I know that's not fair.)

[#] Mon Feb 02 2015 17:11:07 EST from dothebart

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whew. remembering that Nokia had to waste a whole year in re-developping their smartphone hardware basis on a soc of a company they never worked with so they could run windows 7/8/ whatever...

THIS sounds desperate.

[#] Mon Feb 02 2015 18:48:44 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Kids are learning computers on non-Windows platforms again. This had to be stopped.

Of course, it's the crappy (I mean even crappier than normal) version of 'doze that only allows two programs to be open at once, and it'll have no desktop, only "modern" apps.

So basically it turns your Pi into a crippled version of Surface RT.

[#] Tue Feb 03 2015 00:07:38 EST from ax25

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I think it will catch on.  I think I read somewhere that they were reviving Microsoft Bob and Clippy to help the children program without the sharp edges that would otherwise be present in non-directed programming and without any hulking IDE's.

[#] Tue Feb 03 2015 08:36:28 EST from fleeb

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Oh gawd...

"It looks like you're trying to sort a vector. Would you like help with that?"

[#] Tue Feb 03 2015 11:24:37 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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They're going to encourage schoolchildren to use the Pi to achieve Bill Gates' lifelong dream of developing an easy way to factor large prime numbers.

[#] Tue Feb 10 2015 13:45:22 EST from dothebart

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hm, teh microsoft having a good week in the press?

[#] Wed Feb 11 2015 16:51:17 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Because they are bringing out new versions of Outlook and Office?

btw I looked into Outlook for Android; it doesn't support Exchange, only Office 365.

[#] Thu Feb 12 2015 07:57:49 EST from dothebart

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lol. see that microsoft developer struggle with the metro interface...

[#] Mon Mar 02 2015 15:32:45 EST from dothebart

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muahaha, keyboard obsession...

after trying to punch a touch interface down the throat of their users with windows 8 ;-)

... it seems their best Idea was to get their cash cow working mobile is to create a good keyboard for those...

we all know they abandoned touch windows a decade ago because of office wouldn't run on it...

[#] Mon Mar 02 2015 17:07:21 EST from fleeb

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Microsoft typically wrote stuff for offices, so they could be productive, or whatever.

Not quite sure how one goes about removing the keyboard in favor of typing your word documents and handling your spreadsheets without a keyboard, but they oughta figure it out, yes?

[#] Tue Mar 03 2015 17:13:52 EST from nristen

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In my opinion, Microsoft's best products were their ergonomic split keyboard and their mice.

[#] Tue Mar 03 2015 19:10:23 EST from dothebart

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Tue Mar 03 2015 17:13:52 EST from nristen @ Uncensored
In my opinion, Microsoft's best products were their ergonomic split keyboard and their mice.

yes, no comparison to the cherry G80 - 5000, but a good start. I'd prefer a regular G80 over it however.

[#] Tue Mar 03 2015 21:28:31 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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The article suggests that Microsoft needs an intervention. I disagree. I think it needs to be put down. :)

[#] Tue Mar 03 2015 21:29:02 EST from nristen

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hear, hear

[#] Thu Mar 05 2015 07:49:37 EST from dothebart

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whew, they even considered killing their patent troll cash cow...

but, not... realy.

[#] Thu Mar 05 2015 10:17:26 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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That gives way to a good rallying cry to anyone who dares to suggest that Microsoft isn't a bully anymore:

"Microsoft: OIN or GTFO."

[#] Thu Mar 05 2015 12:19:42 EST from fleeb

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Someone should make a car with those initials, instead of merely the GTO.

[#] Fri Mar 06 2015 06:53:15 EST from dothebart

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fleeb, since you're the mr. Windews installer, did you already work with NSIS?

i'm having a pretty hard time to figure stuff out...

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