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Blurred lines: Android e-ink mobe claims TWO-WEEK battery life

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2G

You know many Operators have been conned by Vendors and have permission in some countries to switch off 2G replacing it with 3G?

Even though 3G for voice only is inferior to modern 2G implementations as it has nasty cell breathing due to being based on horrid CDMA.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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Nokia N9100 N9200 Communicators

Pocket PC with a phone on the outside?

Handy for sending faxes!

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Image Dissector Tube

"The Image Dissector Tube was the sensor used on the space shuttle to image low brightness stars to update it's attitude and position in space."

Nothing to do with Farnsworth's tube. Farnsworth's tube only sensed light the instant each part scanned by electron beam. It was rubbish. It would always have been rubbish as that method means sensitivity is abominable. Every successful sensor/tube accumulates charge based on light the entire time it isn't scanned/read.

EVERYONE was deep in litigation with RCA and Marconi 1922 to late 1930s. So in that sense he had plenty of company. Edison (much earlier) Marconi, RCA and Philips were the Apple / Oracle / MS of the era (depending on country), Though Marconi, EMI and RCA did do a lot of real R&D. But many patents bought in and others prior art (TV, Superhet, FM etc). The patents awarded were too broad and frequently ignored prior art and even patents outside UK or USA.

The big companies in 1920s and 1930s created patent cartels/pools. Hence RCA never sued EMI.

Baird tried to use Farnsworth cameras, but his Film camera with near real time development and essentially film scanner to video worked far far better. People's eyes were damaged the lighting needed for Farnsworth's camera so bright. The EMI and RCA (very similar to each other) cameras of same time able to work in ordinary overcast daylight.

Pre WWII electronic TV

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Farnsworth Fusor

I know nothing about the Farnsworth Fusor. But Farnsworth Image Dissector camera was inherently doomed. Farnsworth invented "a" TV system. but like Baird's it wasn't actually original nor part of modern TV development (starting 1926 and EMI & RCA success in 1935). Farnsworth's and Baird's was a dead end. Though ironically DLP is mechanical TV, albeit using nanotechnology. The RCA and EMI electron gin cameras and today's chip cameras work due to charge storage per frame rather than only sensing light level at scanning instant (Farnsworth's Electronic Image Dissector and Baird's disc then mirrors) thus about 10,000 more sensitive for SDTV and over 30,000 times more for HDTV.

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Roku flashes $50 HDMI TV web dongle at anyone sick of Google's stick

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Chromecast

The Google creepy dongle is NOT FUNCTIONAL AT ALL without a suitable host device. It's effectively a wireless replacement for the HDMI cable from a Notebook, Tablet or Smart Phone.

Completely different.

If you want more functionality plug in a Roku3, tablet, smart phone, notebook etc via HDMI cable.

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Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

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Re: Windows phones .... Blackberry

Eh? Win CE and Win Phone predated Blackberry.

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Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

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There is no 4.5G

Even LTE isn't much more than 3G really. They fudged the definitions to market WiMax and LTE as 4G.

It's 4G and the speeds in Marketing are fantasy.

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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It's simple

Here MS, is how you make lots of money.

Release XP SE. (Special Edition).

Works as an update.

Makes all versions of XP be same as XP Professional SP3, but with all bugs and inconsistent behaviour fixed. (Everything that REALLY annoys me on XP GUI is the SAME or SIMILAR in Vista, Win7 and Win8!)

(Explorer moves or copies? Icons in some Desktop folders insist on list display)

Extra features:

Check box to turn off Autorun on everything

All Server type services off (disabled) by default

Built-in install time SATA support (I have a slip streamed XP pro install disc that supports sata)

Allow PXE (Up to 16G RAM) and more than 2G application space. Like NT 4.0 Enterprise and Server 2003. The current XP memory limitations are a deliberate change. Not because it's 32 bit.

All current patches etc as SP4

Lots of sales.

Offer 50% discount to genuine validated XP Users.

Most users just want a less buggy version of what they have. Not something with gratuitous OS GUI changes and new shiny shiny with new bugs.

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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Never before?

Win 2.0

Win 286

Win 386

Win 3.0

Win 3.1

Win 3.11

MS OS/2 (Yes this non-IBM version existed about 1989)

WFWG 3.11

Win 4.0 (Chinese?)

NT 3.1

NT 3.5

Win 95

NT 3.51

Win 95b

Win 98

NT 4.0 Workstation, Server, Enterprise server, PPC, x85, MIPS, Alpha and Alpha64 versions

Win 98 SE

Win ME

Win 2000

Win 2000 Advanced Server

Win XP workstation 64 bit NOT for x86 but Itanium: Killed LONG ago, No Support now I think.

When does Server 2003 support end? (Basically Server version of XP)

Anyway end of support isn't a big deal behind a physical firewall, with most services off and noscript etc on Firefox and very few web plugins, no Auto run on anything etc.

Even less of a deal for something with no Internet.

I still have machines with DOS, Win98 and Win2K for dedicated applications.

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Alcatel unveils 'cheaper-than-Chromebook' Lapdock-alike phablet-powered laptop

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This sort of makes sense

If done properly as I remarked on an earlier post.

The "phone dock" part shouldn't be much more than screen, keyboard and to make it really useful, ethernet and 4 x USB host sockets (though any decent smart phone has wifi, sometimes wired ethernet is better, e.g. open plan office).

For smartphone users that only want email, internet, simple document editing & photo crop/Upload this makes more sense than a separate tablet or laptop. Nothing to sync.

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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"just use Skype blah blah blah", a text is much easier .."

I'm baffled.

I mostly (99.9% of time) use Skype only for text.

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PayPal row heats up as eBay chair calls Icahn claims 'false and misleading'

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Once more

Icahn proves he is an asset stripper and not an investor.

The sale of Skype made sense as

a) It wasn't doing anything useful for ebay, Paypal or eBay + Paypal.

b) MS was prepared to pay silly money for it

c) There is no obvious way Skype itself can make money.

OTH

a) Paypal makes money and has potential

b) ebay makes money and has potential

c) If ebay didn't have PayPal or it didn't exist, the synergy means it would make sense to buy it or invent it.

d) Selling it only makes a quick buck for people like Icahn and in the longer term reduces ebay ability to do its business.

e) Even Tesco has a "bank" now. Oddly I trust them more than RBS/Ulster Bank etc.

f) While ebay & paypal isn't without faults I trust it better than the classfied ads and <enter name of major UK bank>

PayPal got me money back of a fraudulant ebay seller. Would they bother if they and ebay had no connection?

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Get Quake III running on Raspberry Pi using Broadcom's open-source GPU drivers, earn $10K

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Happy

Good News

I hope this and the recent Nvidia release is the start of a trend. Not that I'm against software you have to buy (in some circumstances), but it makes sense for drivers to be open source as they are not charging for the drivers anyway.

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Apple investors fall for CEO Cook's product-presentation prank

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The Apple TV – deemed a Cupertinian "hobby"

So many buying into subscription viewing....

But it's NOT a TV. No screen, no Tuner.

It's just a very very cheap box with a PMP chip set, networking and video out.

Sad really.

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New radio tech could HALVE mobe operators' bandwidth needs

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No free lunch

You can't.

Shannon.

There is no free lunch. In real world you need more power or less speed. We are already close to Nyquist / Shannon Limit.

Mesh networking is REALLY SLOW and high latency compared with real basestations.

All of this has been done for years. Nothing new here just hype,

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Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch

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Whah Wei?

"There are some problems with your post."

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China's web giants unite to defuse Windows XP bombshell

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Maybe

These guys will be repackaging XP Embedded updates. Which are till 2016 or later I think.

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We nearly MISSED OUT on iOS7 redesign: But someone snatched Jony Ive from the jaws of quit

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Well at least original

Robin, Chopper original.

Ives just copied 1950s Braun stuff by Dieter Rams.

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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Magmount

Though mine has three magnets and a 2.5m aerial.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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Re: charge outrageous amounts for data

Actually no, Mobile Data is too cheap compared to Broadband Data. Voice and SMS subsidise it as they are GROSSLY over priced.

About £20 of voice is about 135 M byte (depending on Codec and Country). Incoming termination charges about equal outgoing call costs. If the call isn't on their own network. SMS costs them nearly nothing.

Almost all data is I/O from the Mobile Network and ALL of it, both directions is paid for to other parties per Mbyte transferred, not by time.

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Re: Speak for yourself...

What about your friends and/or relatives with your details? Are none of them on Facebook or Whatsapp etc?

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Re: Yeah right Anonymous Coward

Hard often means cracks easily. This is true of Sapphire.

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

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Re: I'm excited!

Yes in theory today there are phones that don't even need a [smart] dock!

The "dock" only needs to provide power and allow 4 x USB peripherals. BT or USB keyboard. USB or BT mouse, optionally ethernet USB adaptor instead of built in wifi. Use a USB portable HDD for "backup". HDMI to decent screen.

The main issue seems to really only be the OS and some decent applications that work fine with keyboard / Mouse and are not touch screen only.

Support of windows and not just full screen on 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 1200, 1600 x 1200, 1440 x 720, 1024 x 768 as minimum screen modes.

My existing oldish Sony Ericsson Xperia is powerful enough and can do HD on HDMI, USB clients and BT keyboard. Just needs a suitable OS.

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Re: Hope the contract includes upgrading the website to mulitingual support

Flags are actually wrong for languages.

Which flag do you show for English that won't offend (Irish, UK, USA, Malta or other Nationals that speak English but their language isn't listed)?

What flag for German? (Austrians, Swiss and some others might have it as language of choice. Swiss have 4 languages).

French isn't just in France. Nor Spanish in Spain or Portuguese in Portugal.

Sites should put the name of the language in that Language instead of stupid flags.

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Re: broken Shiftkey You have

NO IT IS NOT BROKEN - Sorry

Random Capitalisation isn't as bad as A Man from Mars Shirley?

The NSA can probably connect all my posts under different identities by case analysis. i think i need to disconnect it or something.

sorry if it annoys you. actually i barely know german and have a poorer understanding of its capitalisation rules than english.

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Re: Domestic Grid

No country has a Domestic Grid that can take even 20% of people using Electric cars.

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Synthetic LPG

Use Solar power or Fusion power, waste carbon or CO2 and Sea water. The best way to transport solar energy from very sunny places to very cloudy places. You can't transport Electricity that distance.

Hydrogen is horrible stuff to store and to transport.

Electric cars are Niche and using Batteries (loss of electricity charging & In Grid plus energy cost of making and recycling) may be higher energy cost than synthetic LPG. Which solves all the problems of hydrogen. Also existing Petrol cars have over 40 years experience with conversion kits. Petrol stations already can stock it. Distribution system / network already exists world wide. The only issue is same as with Battery cars. Where to get the clean Electricity in the first place?

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Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

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Re: Choices, choices... Music

So why does a games console need to play your music?

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Re: Choices, choices... Music

Who plays music on other than Phone or Media Streaming box (often mis-advertised as "Radios" but they need the Internet if not using your own.)?

Also the Xbone seems designed purely for 60Hz world. Trying to to decent 25i or 50p European video in a Window running at 30i or 60p (MS Xbone) is never going to work properly unless the images are static.

I buy CDs and read them once.

I can even listen to them on the 1980s HiFi via FM stereo using a little £5 CE FM Tx dongle meant for media players & car radio. Works on DTT, SAT or Laptop audio out to 3.5mm jack and powered of USB socket or USB PSU or phone charger Nokia coax plug.

£10 USB Memory stick on the HDTV USB in too.

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Micro Men: The story of the syntax era

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Re: A brief - and significant time

The IT education was largely by accident. They should have bought each Teacher a computer to take home and trained the teachers first. Certainly 1980 to 1983 was a disaster in the schools. I had a company in that era with contracts to maintain Apple II, BBC Micro, Research Machines etc.

The destruction of Inmos by Thatcher was almost a criminal act. The purchaser was clueless.

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Re: Anti-Sinclair stitch-up?

Having followed Sinclair's products from 1960s radios and amplifiers and rebadged reject semiconductors, extreme hype and dubious marketing (the only advert banned from Wireless World), seen grief of people assembling black watch, the calculators, ZX80, ZX81, Spectrum, QL, the Micro TV etc, C5 car, I think Sinclair is a comic character.

Some good ideas, but everything too cost reduced and bad Production Engineering and non-existent QA (replace the ones returned was the QA scheme).

The Spectrum was maybe the best product as long as you only connected TV & cassette deck and avoided the expansion connector. Mind you I've had many cheap calculators with better keyboards.

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Home lab operators: Ditch your servers ... now!

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Hmm.

Also proof VMware has a vested interest in promoting Windows. Of course very useful for the majority of IT pros who also have to support Windows.

I have done "important" stuff for last 10 years on laptops to take advantage of UPS aspect. I've rarely used one actually really portable in 16 years.

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Judge: Odds of bankrupt Lightsquared sorting itself out are 'zero'

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"provide something nice"

Nothing you don't already have and the concept was totally flawed and unworkable from the start.

The GPS makers ARE in their band and not lazy. If you are beside an AM BC transmitter even a professional radio might only get one station.

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But

ALL receivers are affected by out of band signals. The GPS signal is a whisper compared to pneumatic drill of a Terrestrial Mobile Handset or Base station.

Why on earth did FCC not squash this from the beginning?

Of course we have stupidity like Homeplug / PLT networking and so called "White Space" using channels that are used somewhere else and the Database claims are OK where you are.

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PayPal 'n' Google's FIDO drops 'simpler, stronger' secure login spec

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Fail Fail

Rely on a shared 3rd party authentication failure, I mean service.

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Chinese mobe-makers in pincer movement to corner Qualcomm

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Unfortunately

Qualcomm ARE more interested in revenue from patents than actually making stuff. That's why they bought Flarion. They seem to regard actual R&D and production as a necessary evil. They do like Monopolies as long as they have it.

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Hands up if you have one good reason to port enterprise apps to ARM

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Virtualisation

Windows needs Virtual machines more than Linux. Which is more efficient? 10 copies of the OS with SQL & Web Server & Mail server on each copy or 10 users using one copy of OS, SQL & Web Server & Mail server?

Windows Server doesn't support multiuser in the sense UNIX, Solaris, Linux always had. VMware have a vested interest in x86 as MS are unlikely to port a full Windows Server, Exchange, IIS and MS-SQL to ARM any time soon.

With ARM it makes more sense even if you do need 10 copies of the OS to run them on 10 ARMs. Not virtualised on one x86.

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Jolla entices hardware hackers with free device development kit

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Very good.

Some other companies should follow their licence example.

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Sony to close North American ebook store, punt customers to Kobo

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Sad really

A pioneer bites the dust. I was impressed when I first saw an eBook Reader with eInk screen physically rather than a web site. But it was too expensive (2007 or 2008). Sony needed to pair with a book publisher from the start rather than do a bad version of iTunes for books.

But last year we bought Kindle paperwhite (without 3G).

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Twitter shares tank as blabbergasm implodes in full glare of unforgiving investors

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Also

Would BBC & RTE etc PLEASE stop promoting them? They are irrelevant. People can use email if they don't like writing letters.

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Apple cash stash dash results in Icahn v CalPERS bitchfight

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Facepalm

Ha! " who's a relatively small investor with a very short-term agenda"

They are being polite. He's a carpet bagger and asset stripper. Buying some shares ALREADY issued and trying to get quick profit by the company who issued them originally (but not to him) buying the shares back is surely the exact reverse of Investment?

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Sony set to axe 5,000 workers worldwide as it flings PC biz overboard

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Re: Not surprising

Logically then Apple will shutter the Macs (servers gone) and release a 13" iOS tablet with Bluetooth keyboard.

Apple unlike Nokia, Google, Intel (ARM to Marvell), IBM or Sony has too much ego to actually sell off a division.

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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Mushroom

Ejit

I have a Smart Phone and a PC on Internet since 1994. Why should I pay for other people's copyright infringement when I never have done it?

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Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

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Re: Exchange, first usable spreadsheet, NT

Yes, well Domino / Notes does make Exchange look really good.

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Exchange, first usable spreadsheet, NT

NT is good. But based on OS/2 and VMS. Almost no innovation. MS should NEVER have produced Win95, NT was already at 2nd major revision. MS nearly killed NT3.51 and NT4.0 workstation with their pushing of Gamer orientated Win95 and Win98 to Business. NT suffered for over 6 years due to MS marketing & Development resources going into Win95, Win98 and Win ME. Not till 2001/2002 did they dig themselves out of that. It's BECAUSE of people developing Business apps badly for Win9x that the excellent OS/2 & VMS model of Admin & User accounts got "broken" on NT4, Win2K and WinXP.

Excel is good. But no more usable than Visicalc, Lotus123 or Supercalc, it was the first decent WIMP GUI based spreadsheet. Ironically on the Mac 1st as Windows wasn't good enough then.

Viscalc made Apple ][ a success in Business it was so good.

Supercalc and Wordrstar did the same for CP/M based PCs

and the IBM PC would have languished without Lotus 123 and Wordperfect on DOS.

Excel and Word made MS Windows into a success.

Exchange is plain evil. The computing world would be a happier place without it and its evil slave Outlook.

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They were too late to market with Windows tables

The Windows Table is an earlier large specialist product. The Windows Tablet was arguably too early .. 2002. But saw some niche market professional adoption.

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Re: NeXTSTEP

Failed because the Storage device was too slow & inflexible & expensive (MO Disc is a nice idea but really an expensive R/W semi-archival medium) and the Product too expensive and hardly any applications to take advantage of the GUI.

Display Postscript probably too slow. Open GL is a better idea.

So the innovations?

Using MO instead of floppy or HDD. Bad Idea. MO complemented Floppy and HDD.

CD ROM already existed as a cheaper RO distribution medium. It was 4 years before Nextstep adopted CDROM!

A dock on the WIMP GUI. Hardly earth shattering. The GUI wasn't an innovation.

Display Postscript: Like MO disk a nice idea but not practical. Even today still a bad idea.

NeXTSTEP was an impractical Niche product. Only Steve's Charisma kept it alive so long.

Steve was into IMAGE, not genuine SW & HW innovation. He killed the Newton (which was then innovative) rather than bother to understand the potential and fix it. The Newton needed to be fixed not killed. But it wasn't his idea and it didn't seem cool.

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Consumer Company?

Maybe some day. But today they are Enterprise, Business and OEM. They need to do consumer stuff without alienating those markets or their name will be mud in Consumer anyway.

Since Ribbon, Vista etc they HAVE been alienating their existing market.

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Second-hand software broker: OK Microsoft – we made a mistake

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Levis

There is a problem where Copyright law is consistently being used to stop "grey" reselling. A guy in Dublin BOUGHT clothes in USA and sold them in his shop in Dublin. The Manufacturer closed him down.

The UK used to have Retail Price Maintenance, Books and Drugs were the last to go. The Manufacturer should NOT be able to set the price anywhere other than his own sales and once someone has bought something they should be free to resell ANYWHERE as long as they pay the local duty and taxes.

Levi Jeans did the same. Copyright should not be used to bolster these restrictive trade practices.

People are NOT ripping off copies. They are buying and selling the real product. Of course Music, TV & Cinema rights holders are worse, especially US and Sport with their "divide" and restrictive practices to push up prices in Europe and in many cases deprive Australians entirely. The Media practices and the Manufacturer's Premium prices in UK & Ireland vs USA encourage piracy.

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Chaps propose free global WiFi delivered FROM SPAAAACE

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Re: Yes the UX rubbish

Been done years ago.

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