* Posts by Ken Jongsma

5 posts • joined 14 Apr 2008

Windows 8 unleashed! Midnight launch for world+dog

Ken Jongsma

Re: Windows 8, the first Microsoft OS since DOS that needs a keyboard

On the contrary... This is at least the third attempt that MS has made to break into the tablet/smart phone market. It's very clear that they want to leverage their domination of the desktop market (which is static at best and probably declining in the future) and use that position to try to get into tablets and smart phones.

I loaded Win 8 RTM on a virtual machine a few months ago and deleted it shortly after. Using 8 on a desktop machine provides zero advantages over 7. There's already been a number of stories about how business buyers are going to pass on 8. With the give away upgrade pricing you can expect lots of press releases about how successful the launch was, but a few months from now it will be clear that 8 is going nowhere.

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Amazon 'rolling out a retail store in Seattle'

Ken Jongsma
FAIL

Beware Unintended Consequences

Or maybe it is intended... Amazon gets a huge amount of sales from people who are not required to pay sales tax. As soon as one of those stores opens in a previously tax exempt state, all those web orders become taxable.

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Microsoft guns down 13 unlucky products

Ken Jongsma

Forgot One...

MS Money is on the end of life track, having been withdrawn from the retail market with limited online support.

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Watchdog demands MSN Music mea culpa

Ken Jongsma

Right From the Horses <chose orifice here>

"Every time there is an OS upgrade, the DRM equation gets complex very quickly," Bennett said. "Every time, you saw support issues. People would call in because they couldn't download licenses. We had to write new code, new configurations each time."

Boo Hoo. I feel so sorry for them. If ever there was an argument against DRM...

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Blockbuster bids for Circuit City

Ken Jongsma

Divx Redux

Anyone remember Divx? Not the codec - the infamous, time limited DVD that CC tried to market? I'm sure BB wants to resurrect that...

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