That is all.
154 posts • joined 5 Aug 2008
That is all.
They've broken Office as well. If it was installed before an upgrade, Outlook gives a continuous error until you run a system scan and have it repair a couple of .mui files.
With something so valuable to the MS ecosystem broken, it'll surely be fixed immediately, right? Right?
Windows 10 is a complete non-starter. It's not just the impossible Start thing or the difficulty of finding any ordinary work application just to get going with a spreadsheet or data application. It's the fact that the fixes, such as Classic Shell, can't be used by corporate desktops for free or get past the approval process.
That's the real issue here: businesses won't be using an operating system that requires retraining, endless hours of fixing the base installation and the long wait for compatible versions of their approved and mandated software.
The consumer crowd will reluctantly buy what's available, some will even be happy with it, but the people who have to get some work done won't be happy with another revision of what Microsoft thinks is the way they should be getting things done.
That's the crux of all Windows faults. They have forgotten the OS business that gave them such a large market share and are chasing a market they don't understand. The desktop experience and what people do with phones don't need to be identical--which is an impossible goal for any decent functionality on either group of devices.
Apps are apps because they are lightweight applications that work on phones. But nobody wants a crippled desktop because its been reduced to phone functionality.
What would really be wrong with a desktop OS, a decent tablet adaption and a phone that works?
...a new Windows version comes out and it takes extra clicks or pokes to find what you need to fix your configuration.
Q: How many UI improvements do you have to wander through to apply a fixed IP address to a remotely accessible box on your network?
A: More than the last time.
Looks like the price of MabBooks just went up another $10.
This just made my light saber a little longer.
If this truly is a fundamental flaw in the OS, it's going to take another version to fix it. We can expect to see new programmer training and new versions of most OSx compatible apps with the next variation.
It's bound to happen. Write once, run only in the old version, write it again to run it in the new and improved secure version.
Most of these strained attempts at justifying the technology seem to be of the type--"If only we had known it was you, we would have treated you better."
But is there really anything a machine can do for you by recognizing you? Other than some biometric applications, the rest of this stuff seems to be related only to crowd control by threat of identification.
If you really want to read a book, and have to type one to do what a few clicks in the GUI can do, install the server core.
But why eliminate what can communicate so much more quickly than anything in endless text can do?
BTW, the GUI tools don't work right on the majority of BrandX desktops out there, so if you're not logging on from a Windows system, you have to have a remote desktop to see what you're doing.
I've always thought this fascination with typing is a self-deceptive phenomenon. You don't really do more by more finger action, you just think you did.
I actually remember the Perry Mason appearance and the Mission Impossible series due to my habit of watching old TV late at night while deleting junk mail. Leonard always made a character worth watching.
I usually don't like the comedy stuff, but the Big Bang Theory appearance was very well done. Because it was really an homage to the cultural icon nature of Star Trek without the overbearing fan boys trying to get too much out of it, I will admit it was good for sci-fi as a whole.
Something like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPkByAkAdZs
I'm going to miss Leonard Nimoy too.
The old saying...one step forward and two steps back. The Start menu/screen can no longer be emptied so it's just a vertical column, which is all you need. If you remove what you don't want, you get empty space, kind of like the empty stare most people use when they see this result. The new grouping of start items is equally worthless as users aren't allowed to make their own categories.
When Microsoft can no longer do an operating system that people want to use, their future is lost. Nobody really cares about their other products, except maybe Office which they are making less useful daily, and they are rapidly eliminating their core business while chasing Internet services income.
It all brings to mind another saying: a bird in the hand...
What bothers me most about redesigns is that they nearly always make a site less useful What is it that people think are proper design goals?
I have seen this trend toward white-out design in too many places, now it has struck here. And that big graphic? I prefer the one that I could scroll through if needed.
The whole site now looks overly bright (on the screen, not necessarily more clever) and less useful.
Despite the inability of government types to pick the best contract, I wonder why they want to pay that much for a Chromebook. The going rate here, with lifetime data guarantees, is under $250.
AMD have spent more time on acronym development than doing anything uniquely useful. Perhaps it's a sign of desperation for the one-time Intel challenger. They seem to be playing catch-up with system-on-a-chip.
...then blame it on the moon.
It actually takes only a bit of reason and some nearly accurate measurements to determine the dimensions of a meridian, with the prime meridian being an arbitrary point, for a planetary body. Here is a reasonable explanation of how Eratosthenes did it:
We can do the same more easily from orbit and have created accurate vertical datum for nearby planets of interest, such as Mars:
Beyond that, a universe-wide GPS that helps us navigate amongst the bodies is more complex than describing the ones we can observe.
The headline should have read--Bezos buys right to surrender space junk.
The man who reinvented Windows reinvents Microsoft. How long before BillG comes back and fixes things?
Discrete regular patches sounds more like Apple charging for service packs. Is Microsoft so desperate for revenue streams?
Apple is going off the deep end with yet another attempt to patent the world. They may actually break the patent system so badly that all patents will be made worthless by backlash legislation.
What is not obvious about touch and movement being needed to operate any part of a touch-screen device? What is not prior art about all of the other devices that used touching and moving to "unlock" them?
Insanity has not been patented, it has only been practiced by the USPTO. Plenty of prior art there.
Something MS never seems to think about, but it's what pleases everyone: the ability to make your own choice. Providing clear choices for interface and layout would be the best operating system choice.
This resembles the nightmares of people who fear the Internet is taking over their lives. When and how does anyone remove their information? Once your identity is on the Internet, it's not yours anymore.
Finally, a patent on smooth surfaces on anything rectangular without sharp corners. We can't let just anybody produce these things! That could lead to $99 thingies with touchpads!
We welcome any means of obtaining revenue from something we have already done. After all, that's what royalties and licensing are all about.
What's next--offline word processing? What a brave new world....
The problem with MS file management has always been that the progress indicator for copying or moving files took the total number of files measured against the rate of transfer for the most recent few files to arrive at a total time estimate, which was updated periodically. This made for time estimates of, at first, 2 minutes, followed by 3 days, then 18 hours, 14 minutes, 98 minutes, and so on.
Using the total number of bits to transfer divided by the transfer rate would have been better, but apparently too complicated for MS programmers.
I hold the patent on any device that can place an image on a wall, platform or motion picture screen by means of light projection from an electronic source without the use of film or glass slides.
I'm gonna be rich.
These cloud systems have fallen down more often than any data center I have been involved with. They must be too complex for the people running them--or have management decisions, influenced by marketing types, led to over-promising things that haven't been designed into the systems?
You wouldn't see these situations if they stuff they promised was actually functional.
The way to riches is to file a patent based on Microsoft technology, then sue Apple for infringing on your IP rights?
I seem to remember that Apple required credit card information for even the "free" content on iTunes, then lost the credit card information.
I was affected by this and I don't intend to give Apple any more information than I have to. This could mean the end of Hulu as anything useful for the advertisers. They may be buying into ill will.
Rooftop concerts still not permitted, then?
The Segway does seem limited to novelty use. The last time I saw one, it was being operated by a security person in fishnet stockings and short-shorts inside a mall in Las Vegas.
As they say, what happens in 'Vegas...
Does that mean that Dell (man or company) are not dumb enough to eliminate the competition that benefits them?
That ARM suggestion is interesting, though. Faster, lighter and an everywhere presence is the future of computing devices.
When has their software done anything else? Now they are charging their users data plan for the privilege.
Rambus = SCO , except for being more successful for a longer period. Hopefully, Rambus will be dissolved in the end.
or lottery system. Take your pick. The plaintiff apparently has already made his choice.
Of course, the majority opinion can't make sense and be clear. This is the Supreme Court.
Never before have so many given so much for so few...
It's high time to rethink the idea of patents on mere methodology. No one was ever able to patent algebra or calculus, but if current laws had existed then, it would have been possible.
I can imagine anyone who lives near an airport getting free heat for the winter months. If the reverse could be done, like Servel refrigerators, they could chill their veggies also.
Too bad the expense of a conversion kit for the central heating would probably limit this to government projects.
I believe I saw this experiment on a talk show--or was that YouTube? It was something to do with toy balloons and water. Can't think of what might happen if you mixed those two.
I could have sworn my science instructors did the same things at university, but only in demonstrations to the incoming classes. The upper-classmen would have laughed at these sorts of things.
Technology to give astronauts a life-saving escape route moves forward while putting astronauts on rockets does not.
The motivations, leadership and intentions are all confused, as always.
The politics of federal prosecution have never been pretty, or balanced. Hence the saying: "Don't make a federal case out of it!"
Is this lifetime limit like carbon credits? Could I possibly be as virtuous as Al Gore and trade in my lifetime limit for those more worthy of Apple technology purchases?
Do I hope to know the unknowable?
Is this anything like lifting the source code for an encryption algorithm? Doesn't mean you can crack it, does it?
Still, why didn't it take Trojans upon Trojans to get to things that should be locked up and not connected to this Internet thing we keep hearing about? At least, it shouldn't be accessible in one piece without bits missing.
Was it ever the intention of the Microsoft anti-trust actions to create an avenue for selling toolbars? Will Larry Ellison finally top the richest man in the world list due to the income from Yahoo payments?
Stay tuned for results...
Without anyone to "execute" what will he be? If he were really any good, he wouldn't need Oracle to prop up his position.
If he doesn't get his own company going to produce something worthwhile, he will be just another has-been in the history of dead (programming) languages.
When someone tries to be clever and tells you to think outside the box and if you can restrain yourself from doing him damage, do you ask "what box?" Or do you simply make more boxes.
This fellow has made more boxes for the rest of us to escape. Not a bad career move, but still just one which makes another set of limitations.