112 posts • joined Thursday 8th March 2007 23:52 GMT
Re: Start Menu?
Locked down corporate pc's here. We're pretty much a Microsoft shop here (except for those pesky engineers who keep asking for Linux systems. And it's not like they do any real work; just sit around designing new products and such.) and what MS ships is what we get. After repeated requests to IT for Classic Shell or Start8, we've taken to piling up extra meeting room chairs in front of our Win8 test system. Deafining silence from IT has most of us thinking they're waiting for Win9.
/mine's the one with the Mc Mini in the pocket.
What goes around...
When Xerox-PARC let Apple engineers view it's GUI work, the Apple guys mistakenly thought they had seen overlapping windows. They then clean sheeted designed that into the Lisa OS. Guess MS needs to send some of their Win8 guys over to Xerox. Or maybe just as far as the Win7 area?
Re: Telling the customer what they really want...
The same Henry Ford who raised worker wages and instituted car loans so his workers could buy his vehicles. Later, when workers tried to organize, he had machine gun emplacements at his plants and home and several workers were shot and killed by local police and Ford security when a march occurred.
Sigh. In WWII we had rifles with big .30 cal rounds and pistols with big .45 cal rounds. Know why we went to smaller rounds? Be cause big weapons and ammo are heavy! And every year they're coming up with more and more stuff to carry, while still keeping things in the mythical 80-90lb range (275 kilos-centigrades/hp per gallon if my American metrics maths is correct).
Also, there's all sorts of special forces that do get to choose their own gear. Ya don't hear about any of them using DE's do ya?
Re: 6 feet
And are covered in hair and smell like a wookie's armpit?
Im from the time Lego was crossing over from generic block sets to models with unique parts (70's) and I remember how cool it s when I finally got some jet engines in a helicopter set so my spaceships could get away from the long single wide pieces as engines.
As for girls, my daughter is 11 and on a trip to visit her grandfather in Florida, her one request was a visit to Lego land there. She spent $40 of her own money on LotR Legos because she thought the spider looked really cool. Ok, maybe I'm raising a Wednesday Addams but still, she loves all the Star Wars, Batman, and LotR sets. Not sure how Lego would market to girls with these sets; she just likes 'cool' stuff. Same goes with comic books: another male bastion. She loves the stories and does gravitate towards the female characters (Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Power Girl) but she also follows several male storylines as well (Batman, Thor, etc.). In comics she's aware enough of the marketing to boys and is quite vocal in the store when she spots a particularly suggestive cover. Who bows, she may grow up to be an executive at Lego or DC one day and decide how the marketing will be done.
Mines the one with the bloodstained 2 dot brick I just pulled from my heel.
In a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard.
Profit from pain
When a company profits from wrong doing (running jails) and also has the ear of government (lobbyists), whats to stop them from influencing legislation soley to increase profits?
Re: What about the TV?
And then there's me and my friends picking up British accents from Doctor Who and the Python gents. What a silly world we live in.
So... Danielle Steel, Stephan King, Beetle Baily cartoons, and Twilight/Shades of Grey stuff?
/mine's the one with Bored of the Rings in pocket
Obligatry "Macs are just toy computers that cant play games or caption funny cat pictures or anything like real computers can do. And only boring science nerdsuse them, not 1337 dudes who have 120 level evil paladins on Warcraft Worm World!"
Mines the one with tongue firmly stuck in pocket.
Of course they do
Apple has a pretty large R&D budget and it's not like they work on a single form device and assume it'll work. They probably have iPad type devices all the way from 4" screens up to the Pear Pad size. <http://victorious.wikia.com/wiki/File:RobbiePearPad.jpg>
Mine's the one with multiple sized pockets.
Re: you sound like a
Exactly. Follow the money. I bet you'll find out it's this 'university' that started the whole thing, decades ago, to drive up enrollment. That's why you see all these climatologists and scientists running around in fancy cars and have the doors of industry and politics open to them.
Everyone knows well that it's a well known fact that Apple only sells based on it's fancy marketing and is in fact flagging obsolete tech that costs four times as much as modern hardware to know nothing hipsters who all wear handle-bar mustaches (even the women) and ride penny-farthing bikes while sipping fancy coffee from StarBucks.
Ok, now that that's out of the way, why can't anyone else make a decent tablet experience? I mean, the hardware's there, the software, with a bit of editing, can be there, so what's stopping everyone?It's very odd.
Kine not working hard enough
Obviously the way out of the great recession is to get all these lazy workers to increase productivity. Turns out the world's troubles all come down to the working guy being lazy and easily distracted.
Mine's the one with the tongue planted firmly in pocket.
He who forgets history...
MS needs to go back to how they got the PC established: partner with a well known name (IBM) as they release a cheaper alternative system (than Apple/CP-M/ etc).
So, how to get momentum built with WinPho? Low-cost, decent (but not great) hardware spec phones ($0 subsidized in U.S.) with cool commercials aimed at the folks likely to choose phones of this level (teens/early 20's).
... I've been using my online name since I got into BBS'ing in early 80's. It's also documented in the SCA. If I can scare up an old registration card, I wonder if that'll be enough?
Whatever happened to...
...huffing fermenting sewage? Now those kids were hardcore.
This is a problem?
I mean, sure, I've seen big loads on the highways before; double and triple wide mobile homes, windmill blades that are longer than the semi's carrying them, space shuttle fuel tanks (ok, no more of those), Hummer 4XXL edition, etc. All you do is go around them. I mean, all 'merkin roads are 4 lanes in each direction so there's plenty of room for everyone. Unless it's the Space Shuttle tank trying to pass the triple wide. That gets a bit hairy.
Mine's the coat with really wide pockets.
Just sell at a loss and make it up on volume. Just like those new CD thingies, that are full of loud. I think I need a beer.
There wouldn't be as many cool titles and positions if there was only 1 unified military force. Besides, you can't have Calvary and Infantry fraternizing. Won't someone think of the children?
Cube case use
After frying my cube trying to reposition power board (plugged in backwards the modified scsi cable used for power) I still couldn't get rid of cube. Just looks too cool. Finally, I went and mounted a G4 Mac mini in there. Now that the G4 is getting a bit long of tooth and new Mac mini's are a bit larger, am thinking it's time for fish tank duties.
George is now ready...
...to make the next Star Wars movies. With CGI now at this level, he won't need any actors at all!
Personal computing still evolving
I think that laptop growth might still be high due to folks transitioning away from desktop systems.
Problems solving problems
Can't this be funded under some kind of security mandate? They could claim the new networking for those interactive tv's with cameras so they watch folks and yell at them to exercise, like in that old Saturday Night Live skit with Steve Martin.
I wonder when Apple will release a home server? All I want is a small, quiet box to server 800 GB of movies, 120 GB of music, and a few gig of pdf books, papers, and mobile apps. Is that too much to ask for?
Nor for the customers. Am so glad I'm moving away from desktop support at a Microsoft shop.
Man, talk about a decent game of buzz-word bingo. It was like listening to three web designers try to explain what Web 2.0 means. I really don't get what all the folderol is; you have server(s), you have clients, you have data flowing between them. As someone who's still using the same login name I was using for bbs'ing back in the early 80's, I'm not seeing a whole lot of difference. Sure, there's some new shiny and clients are getting thinner (physically) and more mobile but, um, d'uh! That's how things have been going for the last 40 years.
/beer, 'cause I like beer.
From the 'Everything I know about BritEngland I learned from PBS TV' dept.:
Doesn't snow in London mean alien invasion? Are touristas really trying to bike around town right now?
/Beer, because I like beer and how come I can't get Fullers ESB in New Mexico anymore?!!!
Another sterling example...
...of how Apple's walled garden and draconian methods have scared customers across the phone world in to saying they don't care about apps. Darn you Apple. Darn you to HECK!
(L)users will buy anything
I mean, why would anyone spend $500 on up for a system that won't run a compiler, doesn't have a command line and can't run Flash like all the other phones and such? I mean, all those (l)users are now locked out of 90% of the internets. And forget about installing Office or Outlook on this thing. No one's gonna' wanna thumb in their emails and spreadsheets and such. Bleah! I bet people will be selling these of used for $25 bucks in a year.
US Carriers marketing Blackberries
For the last 6 months or so, both AT&T and Verizon have been marketing the Blackberry phones in direct mailers. Before this, they were pretty much just a work phone. Looks like Blackberry took a page from Apple's playbook. Now, if Symbian would get a clue...
The only problem with it...
... is that it does not appear able to stream music/video wirelessly from a machine with an iTunes collection. I have 350 or so movies ripped to m4v, collected in iTunes on a Mac mini. My AppleTV and various Macs around the house can all stream movies from this system but my iPods and iPhone; they all have to be physically connected to iTunes system and then have a subset of items synced to them. Was really hoping iPad would not have this limitation but looks like I hoped in vain. Maybe version 3 will have that.
And a video camera somewhere on there. That would be cool.
Poor beleaguered Apple
They're on their last legs, their market share is way below Windows, and geeks everywhere hate their over priced, under powered, sexy hardware and software.
/Mine's the one with the Apple Stock sales receipt of $19/share from back in '99.
Wait, Apple's desktop share is up to 20%? is that just last quarter sales for installed base? I thought Apple was required by law to have less than 10% market share.
As for tablet, why wait on a laptop? Picked up new MacBook in October. It's not like the tablets (if they exist) will be available any time soon. And they'll probably be pretty expensive to start with. Wait a couple years, get the cool hardware/software updates in and the price drops and then, yeah, start thinking about getting a laptop.
Man, I was thinking that HP and MS were going to pick up HURD and build a clean OS. Ah, well, one can dream.
Mine's the one with the funny pages in the pocket.
Have they checked...
...Yavin IV? Look in the temples.
I like how that other company that represented itself as eBay just has to stop doing that. I mean, I go around and stand in front of a bank and say I represent them and ask people for money, they'll lock me up. But if you're a scammer who's taken in lots of money over the internet, they just tell you to stop. I gotta' get in to a better line of work.
Just installed 7 yesterday
I'm running Seven on same hardware as my WinXP system (2.66 dual core Xeon/2 GB RAM) and, while better than Vista, still not XP. And I'm not running high end apps; just a ticketing system, Office 07, and some SMS tools.
Am getting ready to butt heads with management over my going back to XP again. It just works better.
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