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Great Britain reminded the world who invented the web at London 2012 Olympics, Apple cocked up its maps, Microsoft returned to hardware with Surface, we saw a rise of the machines on Wall Street and many of us rubbed our hands with glee as Facebook IPO's deflated. This was the last 12 months in technology. So put the in-laws on …

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Re: Microsoft Win 8 - Failware

Here's a helpful Win 8 video for anyone unaware of what all the fuss is about: Windows 8: The Animated Evaluation

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Re: Microsoft Win 8 - Failware

Ballmer seems to fire people right before someone has the ability to say "Marketing Failed".

Marketing, of course, was Ballmer's primary job prior to becoming CEO.

Marketing is also a form of disclosure, to the general public, of what the new products or systems actually do.

But in this situation, it seems the desire to make Windows Surface tablets sexy, or as applicable as an iPad, is a big let-down. NO BODY knows what makes Windows 8 does better, and hell, I don't think there was even a product launch announcement.

But the biggest issue it seems, is that the product didn't work at Microsoft's own retail stores. The keyboard didn't respond, and the salesperson had to restart the tablet. I ended up going back to the Apple Store after they had to restart the tablet when the keyboard didn't work.

Some things never change, but when the tablet had to be restarted, well.. Hah. I decided to change.

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Re: Microsoft Win 8 - Failware

Here's a helpful Windows surface video for anyone unaware of what all the fuss is about, and the perils that befall those who cross Blamer: Surface presentation epic fail

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Your post = Failware

Windows 8 is great. I just got a new laptop with it. There are no problems switching between metro apps and the desktop, and yeah - I use it for real work. The only people saying that windows 8 sucks and is a faliure are anal nerds like you.

The apps are great, even the one that comes with ads. You don't make interface based on whether it looks horrible or not for one person and the only peopel worried about information density are idiots like you who don't even know what information density is... it's just a word you have herd used around GUI threads on nerd forums. There is actually a high information density, your just blind to it because you don't what the term means.

Like over 99% of the world i couldn't care about linux, I just want a more secure computer, if it causes you such problems, don't buy a computer with secure boot - what's wrong, don't want to buy the low spec crap that comes with linux preinstalled - compplain to the hardwear vendors that try and sell you the crap, but don't bitch and cry about MS being the cause of your problems.

Quite frankly, most of the crap software needs rejecting, what some people want to for crap apps is amazing - normal people don't isntall apps all the time, they have what they need to do their work and then they doon't install anything else. ONly nerds who spend 24/7 with their arses plugged into a computer would care whether they have apps from a software store or from some unknown developer site. Like buying something from someone on the street who just comes upto you, or going in to a shop to buy it. I know what most people would prefer. if you have trouble getting your apps in the store that's your problem, and says more about the crapware you have developed.

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Re: Your post = Failware

Interesting.

I know it's still early but no-one can be bothered to correct or downvote this astroturf/fud. Are us techies going to just ignore this sort of nonsense in the new year?

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Re: Your post = Failware

...the only peopel worried about information density are idiots like you... it's just a word you have herd... your just blind to it because you don't what the term means... compplain to the hardwear... what some people want to for... normal people don't isntall apps...they doon't install ONly nerds.... someone on the street who just comes upto you...

A classic example of the reason why people on the internet who feel the urge to call other people on the internet idiots really should reconsider —before applying stick mounted on forehead to keyboard.

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Re: Microsoft Win 8 - Failware

This is one of the reasons why Microsoft is failing. You can't come into the tablet market where there is little to no "rebooting", "lockups", etc. and have the typical Windows problems. And haven't the first *WINDOWS SECURITY UPDATES* already come out for Windows 8? Wait, what? Security updates? And its just released? Ha, that will not fly with me any longer. Microsoft can take its swiss cheese OS and keep it.

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Re: Your post = Failware

> Windows 8 is great.

> The apps are great, even the one that comes with ads.

> I just want a more secure computer

> I know what most people would prefer

Really, you can now come out of the dumpster, enough desperatly rooting around for good things in there. You are starting to smell fiercely.

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Re: Microsoft Win 8 - Failware

Yes, damn Microsoft switching to maintenance of their OS as soon as it's released, rather than waiting a while before they bother.

I use Linux all the time, every day, I regularly build new and different Linux images, I have never seen a new install not require an update, even on the first day of release of a Linux distro.

Updates are a good thing, not getting updates is a bad thing.

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Re: Your post = Failware

Wonderous. MS is built on the back of geeks everywhere, recommending its products to businesses, family, and friends; and your idea is that there's something wrong with them because they're trashing Windows 8? You might as well be attacking your support crew -> Windows 8 is a waste product. Tracking your cannons on the techs who supported you for years, because they're telling you the truth, will only ensure your downfall that much faster.

You made the same mistake every company makes -> you hang out with the beautiful people in Marketing, and start to believe your own hubris. "Fuck my original supporters; I'm big now, I don't need you anymore!" -> famous last words of every company. You've decided that if people don't like Windows 8, then they're not your friends; instead of the sad reality which is only your friends will tell you when you're fucking up, because your enemies aren't going to do anything that will help you.

But no, you're going to hang out with the shiny people until its time to pack up your bags and leave. Wouldn't want to be seen with people who wear black t-shirts and jeans; they're just too unhip; they don't get the new 'paradigm' like those people from Apple, who are more like your crew.

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Re: Re: Microsoft Win 8 - Failware

"Here's a helpful Windows surface video...." Hmmmm, why do I suspect "helpful" means "I-hate-Microsoft-and-I-must-make-you-do-so-too"? Please do pretend no Apple or Linux device in the history of IT has ever crashed or frozen. I'm not going to pretend any Windows (or DOS) program has never crashed on me. Sure, I laughed at the Sinofsky presentation, but it wouldn't stop me buying a Win8 device anymore than the original Bill G crash vid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKtGXPfabLQ) stopped me buying Win95, Win98SE, WinXP or Win7. And before you start shrieking about Redmond trolls, I buy and use real Linux (RHEL, not pretty toy Ubuntu) in an enterprise environment, often integrated with UNIX and Windows. In fact, the only OS you're very unlikley to find in my enterprise is anything from Apple.

And posting trollfood by a guy too stupid to know how to set alerts on a weather app? Puh-lease!

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Re: Your post = Failware

"... normal people don't isntall apps...they doon't install ONly nerds.... "

My 72 year old father who happily installs apps on his iPad will be thrilled.

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Re: Microsoft Win 8 - Failware

no "rebooting", "lockups", etc <- Is this Windows XP or Windows 95 you are talking about? I installed Ubuntu the other week and it wanted to do 400+ updates and fixes, plus a few reboots.

I also have an Andriod tablet and that has zero MS software on it, but occasionally freezes up and dies.

So you think there is some miracle OS that is ultra secure and never needs updating?? Which one is that?

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My three tablets for 2012

iPad 4. Demonstrates that a good quality HD screen makes a difference for larger tablets and can work well given adequate GPU/CPU.

Surface RT. Shows that convertibles are an effective way to go and it is possible to offer a different take on UI/UX for mobile devices.

Nexus 7. Illustrates that a pocket sized tablet can be very effective when well thought out.

None of these tablets are perfect,a negatively minded person can find flaws with each. However in 2013 we can look forward to further competition among these different types of devices and form factors with fewer compromises in the next generation. A very positive prospect for the New Year.

My personal favourite of these for 2012 is the Nexus 7. It has raised Android on tablet from second rate to a genuine alternative to iOS.

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Re: My three tablets for 2012

I have a Surface RT. I didn't buy one (I did buy a Nexus 7), I received one as my Christmas bonus this year, being in IT I get to support the things too. Some of the people in sales who also got one sold it unopened (listed it online the second they got back to their desks).

The UI is a Frankenstein mess. It didn't take long before I had to plug in a mouse because the advanced stuff is all desktop UI and the tiny buttons and drop down menus are not usable with touch, lucky they included a standard USB port, that must by why. I had to add an entry to the HOSTS file to get it to print to my home printer (had to take ownership of the file, then give myself permission to edit it).

I turned off Live Tile on everything but weather and news. It was driving me nuts, as bad as a screen full of flash banner ads.

Speaking of the weather app, why is there a F***ing shampoo add in the middle of the weather app? If you download the MS solitaire app (you don't get any built in) you get full screen full video ads.

The app store is a joke, there is not much there, and a lot of the stuff that is there will not even work. MS must have VERY low standards when OKing apps.

No SSLVPN and Cisco say MS will not give them enough access to allow them to make one. I can access our work network from my Nexus 7, but not the surface.

No USB charging. If you don't have the MS Brick you are SOL (brick costs $40 for a spare, your not going to find one at the mall). I can charge my Nexus from any computer with a standard cable, or buy a USB charger (might be slow) just about anyplace. I've seen USB chargers in drug stores.

Speaking of $40 bricks/£34.99, they tell you that you need to buy their HD video adaptor (http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msuk/en_GB/pdp/ThemeID.30273200/productID.258665000) but all you really need is a $5 micro HDMI to HDMI cable. At least the dual monitor support is ok.

I would not buy a Surface, even at half the price. Maybe the next version (if there is one) will be less shit.

Well it was worth what I paid for it :P

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SSDD 2012

Guess we can look forward to more of the same in 2013. Should be fun to follow though, with El Reg topping the list of web rags I follow it on.

Guess also that the young 'uns of today are more likely to think of Peter Jackson and New Zealand when it comes to LOTR than JRR Tolkien and England.

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Oh, Really?

By 2011, even Microsoft was putting Windows on ARM, breaking decades of x86 fidelity.

You may have missed the fact that Windows (NT4) ran on MIPS and PowerPC, Windows 200 ran on Alpha until about a dozen years ago, and Windows 7 runs on Itanic -- excuse me, I mean Itanium.

Windows CE/Pocket PC/Mobile/Phone versions have supported a variety of ARM, MIPS, Hitachi SH3, and other CPUs in the same timescale, though most devices are ARM these days.

So, actually, it looks as though Microsoft are concentrating on x86 and ARM, where previously they have also supported a variety of other architectures, notably Itanium which has now been dropped from Server 2012.

That's hardly "decades of x86 fidelity"

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Re: Oh, Really?

> Windows 200[0] ran on Alpha until about a dozen years ago

Yep, for all of five minutes and never made it to release either.

http://alasir.com/articles/alpha_history/compaq_epoch.html

On the 23rd of August 1999, a notorious event took place: Compaq announced to discontinue participation in development of Windows NT and stopped to supply this OS with Alpha systems of its own. In fact, it also laid off almost all people (about 120 programmers) from former DEC's Western Research Laboratory (DECwest) who worked on this project. Accordingly to Compaq's statistics, among all preinstalled OSes on newly shipped Alpha machines Tru64 UNIX held a share of 65%, OpenVMS — of 35%, and Windows NT — just about of 5%. So, there was no reason to keep flogging a dead horse. A week later, Microsoft announced in return that there would be no Windows 2000 for Alpha released, even though the RC1 (Release Candidate 1) was ready by that moment. Considering a fact that Microsoft together with Motorola and SGI discontinued any support for the PowerPC and MIPS architectures respectively in 1997, the future of "the universal OS" appeared to rely on a single computer architecture. Of course, if to discount IA-64 which failed on the workstation market soon and never got to desktops or notebooks.

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Facebook's billion users?

Oh do pull the other one; it's got bells on it.

Facebook may have a billion accounts, but that's got sod all to do with the number of *active* users. Most, and I mean most, of these billion accounts will be test/fictitious/defunct accounts.

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Bob Costas

Considering he used the phrase b___ j__ on his second professional broadcast to describe a team blowing a lead(*), Bob Costas should never be taken seriously. Plus he's a pompous little twerpy windbag.

(*) - _Loose Balls_, Terry Pluto, in the chapter about the Spirits of St. Louis (in a section called "Bob Costas Blows In")

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Android... everywhere and nowhere baby.

Well at least nowhere as far as app and web usage stats are concerned.

Android has done very well selling way way more devices than Apple. But the alarming elephant in the Android room is that no one is using it, except as a dumb phone.

Aside from the very small subset of developers and commentards found on publications like the Reg most Android users would be just as happy with an old Nokia 6230i. Most people don't seem to use their Android devices for much more than phone calls, texting and taking the odd photo. The bloke in the phone shop recommended it at upgrade time, so thats what they got. Nice big screen cept this time the battery doesn't last as long.

Like the old VCR's of the 80's? Always flashing 00:00:00 because people found programming the clock/setting recording times to be too much effort. Same seems to be happening with Android. Apps and web are available but not being used.

On the tablet side, things are even worse. In the US iPad creates roughly 7 times as many page impressions as all other tablets put together.

Who are you going to optimise your website for?

http://insights.chitika.com/2012/december-tablet-update/

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Re: Android... everywhere and nowhere baby.

I'd say it's more the opposite way.

Three people in my office paid over £500 for an iphone ..... don't have any apps installed, no music ...... NOTHING

Now, that's dumb. But then it's also OK as they look good. Ha ha!

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Re: Android... everywhere and nowhere baby.

I think you demonstrated perfectly what a commentard is. Thanks for enlightening us all!

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Re: Android... everywhere and nowhere baby.

Get thee behind me fanboi.

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Re: Android FUD

Do you not see any irony in shouting FUD, when someone says that Android isn't exactly how it is in your worldview? Any your constant banging on about how WP is terrible?

Do you know also see a problem with your argument that Android can't be bad, because it's so popular, but your constant insistence that Windows is the worst thing since sliced bread, despite being so popular?

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@Edon: Here is a tale of two OSes:

Microsoft Buys an OS from a small OS manufacturer, tailors it a bit and sells it cheaply to IBM but retains rights to sell it to the mass market. The use of the OS by IBM creates demand outside of IBM and it's sold to OEMs the world over. Windows as that OS has ended up today, is not the be all and end all of desktop OSes, but has very large market share because there hasn't really been any serious competition, particularly serious competition which has a credible server side offering. As examples: MacOS pretty good desktop, tied to expensive hardware, poor server offerings. Linux, good server side, poorer fractured desktop offerings.

Google: Buys an OS company and tailors the OS to look like an OS in development at a company who by total co-incidence one of their execs is a non-exec board member. Non-exec board then has to resign his position. Google, then proceed to give away the OS to anyone who wants it, despite serious questions about the legal ownership/licensing of various technologies in the product. The development and maintenance of mobile OSes is very expensive so lots of mobile phone companies take the free stuff, forcing MS, RIM, Nokia and various other OS' almost down to the status of bit players.

You can't have this both ways, if you claim that MS has a dirty desktop monopoly and is forcing people to use their OS then Google have the same on mobile. What you'll probably find is that people just get on with what they're given providing it's reasonably similar to what they're used to, runs the software they want and doesn't crash all the time. Most people likely don't realise that their phone runs software by a company that isn't the manufacturer of the phone. Similarly people just don't realise that there is an alternative PC OS to Windows, why would they if Windows does all they want?

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Apple/Samsung Advert

Is it me or has the Samsung Legal stuff been removed from Apple's website after less than 6-months?

I couldn't see it anywhere.

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Re: Apple/Samsung Advert

It is there - but the runes can only be seen by moonlight on the first day of spring by a virgin holding a magic ring.

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Re: Apple/Samsung Advert

Interesting...

Where???

http://www.apple.com/uk/legal-judgement/ redirects to their homepage, and even disabling javascript I couldn't find it anywhere.

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Re: Apple/Samsung Advert

The appeals court (that spanked Apple) modified the duration to, I think, 3 months instead of 6.

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Ubuntu "commercial-grade"??

"Canonical delivered a commercial-grade operating system, too, with the release of an ARM variant of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in 2012."

Doesn't explain why former Ubuntu fans (like me) were running away from Unity so fast you could measure the red shift - and that's before they started handing search results to Amazon without so much as a by-your-leave.

As the icon suggests, Canonical seems to be determined to write its own obituary. First, it imposed a default* GUI that's unusable for serious work except possibly on a tablet. (And how many tablets have been launched to market running Ubuntu? Answer: there are rumours - http://manilastandardtoday.com/2013/01/01/ubuntu-surprise/ - one might appear tomorrow. Possibly.) Then, it stunned and alienated its remaining advocates, and caused widespread condemnation by installing spyware as standard.

Now, if you'd said "An operating system designed to deliver commercials," you might have been closer to the mark.

(* Yes, I know there are other semi- or non-official Ubuntu variants without Unity)

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A tale of two leaders.

Tim Cook is a good CEO but he's not the messiah of iLand that Steve Jobs was. Steve Balmer is a messiah-type but, unfortunately for both him and MS, not the sort that anyone wants to follow.

I've had the pleasure of having a brief chat with Steve Sinofsky. He came across as the rare kind of guy who can firmly grasp both the "big picture" stuff and the "fine detail", and foresee how the two levels interact. Whatever the reasons were, his departure is a substantial loss for Microsoft.

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Um, and?

You mean companies profited from the sale of tech to an enemy state?

Well, if HSBC is any indicator, as long as the Federal Government gets their cut, they'll chalk it up to the companies being too big to fail and sweep it under the rug without hesitation, while the media ignores the story entirely.

Sad, but it's what the sheeple of this nation wanted, and have earned.

Blinders on fully, and into oblivion we head.

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Re: Um, and?

> enemy state

Who?

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JAVA Training Institute

i think it's a good news for apple customer. i like this.

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One tends to wonder...

Oh yes, the Apple critics had a jolly good chuckle at the maps screw-up, the not so critical had a good yell at the perceived haters, and for a while the situation garnered a lot of interweb traffic.

But was it really worth more than a footnote in the 2012 Tech overview ? Really ?

I would suggest it was no more than a stumble, and it has very little bearing on the evolution of technologie and how it impacts our work and lives.

So let it go. It was just a shrimp fart in the tech ocean.

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NBC Commentary on Tim Berners-Lee

That had to be the most eye-opening part of the entire article for me; I hadn't heard about the complete and utter botched job that NBC did with the opening ceremony...

Even with Win8, Facebook's inevitable share nose-dive , iOS Maps, Surface and Apple v Samsung all taking place, telling viewers to google for Tim Berners-Lee has to be the most spectacular episode of idiocy from last year.

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"ram amuck", really?

nt

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