2235 posts • joined Wednesday 19th March 2008 11:17 GMT
and server hosting?
Don't make me laugh.
Virtualbox is great as a desktop product, sort of like a free version of VMware Workstation but it is is the last thing I'd choose for running in a datacentre.
No thanks. I see no valid reason why I should be expected to pay the MS tax.
When ARM based kit starts coming out that shaves a significant portion off the asking price of intel based gear then the second biggest cost factor (after the LCD panel) is likely to be the OS license.
I do not want to spend up to a third of the purchase price of a cheap ARM netbook on an OS that I have no intention of using.
They also followed MS advice which was to develop their WYSIWYG version for OS/2.
Who was to know that MS was secretly developing their own GUI called Windows in direct violation of their agreement with IBM and their publicly stated goals?
When Windows came out, MS Word soon followed which left Worperfect with obsolete product before they'd even finished developing it.
Sometimes I do miss the Evil Bill Gates icon.
You must take into account the latency grasshopper
Throughput is not the only performance metric to be considered when purchasing network access
And the right thing is?
It autosaves the file first so that you end up copying the modified version?
What if you specifically don't want it to do that?
I know on more than once I've opened up a document and made a bunch of changes only to think, "hmmm, maybe I should keep a copy of the old one before I save this . . . "
No mention of the project where you will be recreating the Moderatrix as a clone?
Do you mean to say you haven't already started?
I assume you have the necessary DNA samples stashed safely away at the very least.
it wasn't so much the slow 10Mb speeds, not even the ever present network contention issues, it was the numpty who decided to take their computer home over the weekend and disconnected both sides of the T-piece, thereby bringing the entire segment down.
Cue the daily tour of offices to determine who was this weeks failpoint and consequent laughing stock of the office.
Don't get me started on the cases where a cable segment was not crimped properly, or had been damaged by a ham fisted user once too often, causing LAN segments to disappear and reappear with no apparent logic until you somehow managed to track it down to the office in marketing with that guy who is always fiddling with his PC.
Oh, and yes, we do want 100G ethernet. Why the hell not?
P.S. 10Mbit Internet? I fucking wish. I'm stuck on 1.5Mbit with no relief on the horizon.
Not to mention no access to naked DSL.
Apparent;y I'm not allowed to have it. It's "not supported by my exchange" or some such crap.
So I'm stuck paying $80 bucks a month for 1.5 Mbit, @ 100+100 plus another $40 bucks a month for fricking "line rental" for a phone line that is not used.
And that is the cheapest plan I've found.
Do I sound angry? Damn right I am.
Quite frankly, I'm sick of hearing about how "most people get 10Mbit internet" because where I live that is a load of crap.
I'm not in the middle of nowhere, I'm 40 minutes from work and that is in the the city and I don't get a decent option.
I'm stuck with an expensive yet crappy internet connection that would embarrass a North Korean *
In fact I don't think a single Australian ISP offers bandwidth at that level to non commercial customers. **
* Well actually, probably not, they are more concerned with finding their next meal I'm sure but I'm still pretty pissed nonetheless.
** except maybe the tiny number of people who have thus far received access to the much maligned NBN trial network.
Who else but an MS shill would down vote an obvious and provable statement of fact?
I mean are there even any MS fanboys left?
Or ones willing to admit to be so inclined anyway?
I know I wouldn't admit to it in public unless I was being paid to do so.
It's like being the friend of the dorkiest kid in school.
All it will get you is a beating and to go hungry at lunch time.
Also, I hadn't even read of the departure of Ms Bee from Vulture Central at the time I made that comment, but OK, whatever.
P.S. What does the Windows User Icon mean?
"Files can be shared between different systems"
Are you seriously giving Gates credit for that? The same bloke who invented the "never standing still office format" to make it difficult to exchange files for everyone who didn't drink the Microsoft koolaid? Or even those that didn't have the latest recipe of koolaid?
That Bill Gates?
Crikey, some people are more naive than in my wildest imagination.
Full blown tablet computer
Complete with crap battery life, multi kilo weight and an OS that, let's be honest, is less than ideal for a touch interface.
FACT: Windows tablets failed in the market place.
You cretins can blame it on "fancy marketing" all you like but the the truth is that it doesn't matter how well you market a turd, people will not buy it once they realise that it is, in fact, a turd.
Tha amazing apple marketing machine?
Are you *seriously* saying that the user experience and ecosystem of Windows tablets is the same as the ipad?
And it was only fancy marketing that got apple over the line?
Could Microsoft not afford to do the same fancy marketing?
Why don't you put the crack pipe down for a while, it's messing with your brain.
Two more go on to the list.
Nice how MS have moved on to bullying the small fry.
Step one: Use your best buddy HTC to give the extortion racket a degree of legitimacy.
Step Two: Point to HTC and threaten the smaller players in to following suit.
Microsoft need to die. They do nothing but harm not only to the IT industry, but now they have moved on to the mobile phone and CE industries as well. Apart from some Kalahari tribesmen and the odd tribe in the Amazon there is hardly a person on this planet who has not been harmed by some degree, however small, by Microsoft and their sociopathic behaviours.
Kill them. Kill them with fire
Well, yes, maybe, or maybe not.
It is certainly written in the Windows OEM eula that you are NOT permitted to reinstall the preinstalled copy windows on any other hardware. It is expressly forbidden.
Whether that is enforceable if anyone were to challenge it in court is another matter.
I don't believe this has ever happened so at this point the best we can say it is a legal grey area.
Image the machine with Ghost
Does ghost not copy the boot sector? I don't use it myself but I thought it did a lowlevel bitcopy?
If so, wouldn't you be just copying the rootkit as well?
"HD" voice. How excellent.
Whatever must be next out of the marketing buzzword grab bag?
I hear everything is going "3D" at the moment.
It's all the rage apparently.
Although I must say I'm glad that "turbo" has been on the wane of recent years.
The Labor Party
They have always been great at discovering new and exciting unintended consequences to their poorly thought out policies.
That said, the current lot seem to have raised their performance to a whole new level.
Home insulation anyone?
If they don't like that
then I wonder what they think about this idiotic thing;
Yes, just what I want, an external hard drive that looks just like a highly nickable fad phone.
Just redo your projects
Not that big of a deal.
Lightworks on OSX and Linux
is mooted to be coming late this year.
I don't think the original article was referring to some corporate peon wanting to chuck his code on to the Internets which is what you are talking about.
He is talking about organisations who have their own, in-house developed code and that same organisation wanting to open source it.
He pissed in the water?
Like the stuff, you know, in the toilet?
given how long they have supported XP
They were forced to support XP forever when it became apparent that their magical Windows Longhorn project was a complete and utter failure. After several years of dropping feature after feature they ended up with nothing. This forced them to take their server 2003 and XP code bases and hurriedly merge them into the Frankensteins monster that was Vista.
They then launched that mess at the unsuspecting public and making wild promises about how amazing it was with an enormous marketing campaign budget to push the message.
This of course blew up in their faces as people realized that Vista was a dog and they refused enmasse to upgrade.
So, having blown 5 years on Longhorn and ended up with nothing to show for it, they then lost another 2 years cobbling together Vista and after another year of lack lustre Vista take up they were left in a difficult position.
The majority of their users were being refuseniks and camping on XP. They had two options, force them to upgrade to the highly unpopular Vista by dropping support or extend support several more years.
They wisely chose the latter.
However, you should not assume that because XP will be end up being supported for 14 or 15 years that the same thing will happen with current or future versions of Windows.
I'm sure that they will want to bury Vista in particular once and for all at the earliest possible time.
What does the Windows User icon mean?
It Would Be Wise To Remember
That the 24% market share was when the smartphone market was relatively tiny.
At the time there were no credible platforms, consumers had no interest in smartphones at all and the only people buying smartphones were the odd geek, some tech obsessed executards and workers such as courier drivers that were required to use one for job scheduling and box tracking etc.
It was a tiny niche market in comparison to todays market.
RIM blew MS out of the water and then apple crushed them into tiny little pieces.
Why? Because they made platforms that people actually wanted to use and put Windows Mobile into stark relief as the unfriendly and unattractive platform that it really was.
Despite my ongoing distaste for the current trend of selling DRM laden, Internet-connection-is-required, must-pay-extra-for-full game (aka DLCs) I find that all my recent purchases were made via Steam. The main reason is their pricing on older titles and specialsand the convenience.
Also the impulse purchase factor.
Recently I found myself reminiscing about GTA3:SA and I wondered if GTA4 had ever been ported to PC. Checked on Steam and there it is for $30. Or $40 for the full game (ie with the 2 DLC packs)
Bugger it I thought, a quick clickety click later and GTA4 is purchased .
I don't like having all my games tethered to Steam yet I'm doing it anyway.
It's a bit of a dilemma really.
MS Shills are on the job today
Three comments pointing out the fact that Win7 is little more than a fix for all the glaring inadequacies in Vista and each one is downvoted.
I thought MS had publicly admitted that Vista was not MS finest moment?
Go back to your masters commentard and get a copy of the latest memo FFS.
OK, got it
"If you don't have a repatriation holiday then the money remains in the countries where it currently sits."
So, in a nutshell, these corporate mobsters are saying, "hey, we have all this money hidden away overseas so that we don't have to pay tax like all the dirty proles do. If you let us bring it in to America tax free we might use it to buy some Beamers and shit which will be great for the economy."
"MS will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms"
They already broke that promise by pulling the licensed Skype trunk from Asterisk PBX before the ink had dried on the press release.
Honestly, the ipad has the headstart on the market, everyone else is playing catch up. So you have to wonder why HP think people would buy this device if they can just get an ipad instead?
Even if it is *better* than the ipad HP have no market traction.
I'm sure there will be 100 geeky el reg commentards who pop up to decry The Cult of Jobs, The Walled Garden and all the other criticisms that are (sometimes deservedly) pointed at Cupertino but that's not the point, geeky commentards will be buying netbooks anyway because they can't use a tablet to run Matlab and code PHP on the train.
So why would your average suburban Joe or Jane choose HP over apple? They don't care that the HP has dual core snapdragon, they care that the app store has a shed load of fart apps.
Does HP have an app store? I'm guessing they do.
Is it bigger or better than the apple one?
Somehow I doubt it. Not at this point anyway, and if they want it to grow to match apple they will need punters, lots of punters, to attract the devs.
Pricing like this is unlikely to attract the number of punters they will require to make a sustainable ecosystem around webOS, which is a shame.
A damned shame, really. It's probably quite nice.
What uneasy relationship?
Why would Foxtel care how their crappy channels get delivered? I'm sure they get their piece of the action irrespective of whether their shit ets sent via cable, satellite or IP and it would matter not one bit to them just as long as they are getting extra eyeballs watching their adverts.
Larry is all those things, has been for years.
He is probably the business worlds biggest ever sociopath.
It seems that nothing matters to Larry but winning. At all costs.
If he has a motto, I'm sure it is a simple one like "Crush Your Enemies. When you have them groveling at your feet, begging for mercy, crush them again".
And it appears that *everyone* is Larry's enemy.
Re: Really Annoyed
Great, because some PC obsessed commentard has decreed that nobody can be really annoyed unless they are a starving third world peasant we should all just shut up.
Is that it?