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Microsoft: Windows version you probably haven't upgraded to yet is ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re:-"MS haters".

It's a good point, however 8.1 does seem to have some weird problems when it comes to internal security settings for TIFKAM. My 8.1 upgrade went totally smoothly when it was released, however back in January all the TIFKAM stuff just stopped working, (including the store). Having searched the net for appropriate solutions and none of them worked, (MS site being somewhat useless - because everything works from their point of view or they say just do a clean install because your setup is not our problem)

The solution was to download the system internals process monitor. Start a monitoring run - filtering just registry accesses. Then start a TIFKAM application which wasn't running, (store first). Stop the monitor as soon as the TIFKAM app failed and look through the logs for all the 'DENIED ACCESS' events. Then manually change the access rights on those registry settings which were being denied. Repeat for the rest of the apps. Took pigging ages, (but wasn't willing to give up/do a reinstall because I like the machine the way it is).

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Not entirely sure you can do an inplace install from XP to Win7!

You can do an inplace install from XP->Vista->Win7. However I would love to be proved wrong, and if so maybe someone can write an article on how to do an inplace install from XP straight to Windows 7.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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The thing is...

now they allow the TIFKAM apps to reside in the desktop space, (abet when launched going full screen), it does allow the pleb user to see how utterly crap they are in comparison to existing applications - with the disadvantage, from MS's point of view, when saying that "it's a different paradigm so you should expect them to be less functional and basically rubbish because the "technology" hasn't matured".(paraphrased - but you know what I mean).

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No, we're not in an IT 'stockapoclyse' – boom (and bust) is exactly what tech world needs

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Re : "Love Google? Thank the first dot-com bubble"

Ermm, I suspect that the only reason Google got the foot hold was because back in the day they provided a very plain search screen with good results. As opposed to Excite - the big player at the time - which filled their initial search page with adverts - (Their search wasn't actually worse, just filled with junk adverts). This was actually a problem when most of us were on dial-up. The thing is that Google in current times hasn't really learned from that lesson and is actually salting the results with crappy ad's.

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The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

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Re: "Now what happened to Kylix on Linux ? About time someone tried again."

http://www.lazarus.freepascal.org/ should fill your void.

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Twitter rejigs layout, opens wide to swallow SLURRY OF ADS

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Re: I always said I didn't "get" Twitter

Don't they already have the money? Anything that follows is just lip service to the "investors" to show they are doing something. Doesn't actually matter what they are doing, just something.

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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Re: SAD

$1,205 and $2,069 is between £720 & £1200 per box, (real money). I suspect this is a bit high in the context of a 10,000 PC environment if they are basically being used as dumb terminals. However for a smaller setup it's not that much out of the way. Basically you'd quote that, then the client says "I can buy a new machine for cheaper than that", then you say "Yes you can", then they say "Can you transfer our applications and data across to it?", you say no problem it will take "this" much time - depending on setup. The off shot of which with new PC & transfer of data and applications across, it is probably going to be between £720 & £1200 - probably more because they'll want some old application which they really need and don't want the newer version because it looks weird.

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Re :- Lock down and look sharp, it's the hackers' game now"

Errrm, it always was the "hacker's" game. MS didn't provide anything during their "support" period which wasn't retrospective to something found by someone else - and then only grudgingly.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re :-Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

That would be interesting.

Not related but also interesting is that on the wikimedia statistics page, XP/Server 2003 only account for about 8% of the hits in the "Breakdown per OS version, non mobile" space for February.

http://stats.wikimedia.org/wikimedia/squids/SquidReportOperatingSystems.htm

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The IT Crowd tops BAFTA nominations with four nods

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Re: "The final episode of Reg-favourite TV show The IT Crowd is leading this year's.....

.... BAFTA nominations with four nods"

Does it? Are you sure? Are you sure? Are you sure? Are you sure? Are you sure? Are you sure? Are you sure? Are you sure?

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Time is on their side: NIST's new atomic clock accurate for 300 MEEELLION years

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Re:- "I won't believe it until I can see it and check it for myself"

What will you be checking it against?

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Final Windows XP Patch Tuesday will plug Word RTF vuln

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Re - "We are all gonna DIE ! ! !"

yep, that is a true statement. But, more importantly, why won't anybody think of the children?

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Re:- How about "Active Desktop"? Oh, no - that was a different nightmare.

Indeed or how about just a "sidebar.exe" type thing like? (e.g. just split out the whole explorer.exe into different modules which us users can switch on/off to our hearts content. But that's just madness!!!!! MADNESS I tell ya!)(*))

(*) Wish I was a designer and "actual" programmer at a main stream company with the conversational and political skills/influence to see my ideas released to the world at large. But I don't - just a crappy contractor A/P with no influence at all in the scheme of things. [Sad Face - but not really]

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It would be nice if those live tile thingies could be placed on the desktop, using

some sort technology to be named later. But obviously that would just be madness - especially if you allowed designs other than squares or rectangles. However if that technology was invented I think they should be called Wadgets or maybe Gidgets.

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CCL Computers probing source of fake virus-riddled dispatch mail

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I got it,

but I never have bought anything from them. Weird.

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Windows 8 BREAKS ITSELF after system restores

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Re: "Real computer companies do weeks of QA to test their designs, etc."

Ok not going to the whole what hardware works type thing because this is a software thread. So lets put the whole "Real computer companies do weeks of QA to test their designs and tweak them to make carefully chosen kit work properly.", to a simple test from a software perspective.

1) Which company in recent times, (let's say 10 years), has had multiple published problems with loading/importing data in various formats into their consumer level products because of coding issues, (e.g. - buffer overflow,etc.), which have allowed executable code to be run from malformed data?

2) Which company in recent times, (let's say 10 years), has fixed said issue on a problem in hindsight, but hasn't the intelligence to say to themselves, (and that's all the the fuckwits there), "Oh lets audit the rest of our loading/import code to see if there is a problem."?

3) Which company in very recent times, (let's say 1 month), has identified a potential problem with loading fucking RTF files?

4) Which company in recent times, (let's say 10 years), has basically screwed up whatever goodwill they scavenged from developers/support type bods from the past.

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HP exec: 'It's our GOD-GIVEN right' to rule the world of biz fondleslabs

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How?

I mean HOW?, do these people get into the managerial/directorial positions they get themselves into? Is there a book somewhere which all numbwits have access to as a part of their education? - which the rest of us don't get.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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An e-mail client?

(ignore if WSUS offline includes the Windows Essentials stuff)

Also Paint.Net & Notepad++

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EXPOSED: bizarre quantum sibling LOVE TRIANGLE

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Re: No, this doesn't undermine Einstein

@ James Micallef - Re :- "I saw it the same way as synchronising 2 clocks and taking them to different places. The hands on both clocks are instantaneously mirroring one another but no information is being transferred between the 2."

Didn't Mr E also have something to say about clock hands when the clocks were taken to different places?

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TEN THINGS Google believes you believe about Glassholes and wishes you didn't

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This article does come over...

as a "praising via faint damning" promo piece. Is that what was intended?

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Dragon's Den star's cloudy biz still losing MEEELLLLLIONS

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So is this....

a) Don't trust those people off the telly type thing? (They got where they are from scamming people).

b) A schadenfreude type thing? i.e. those people on the telly have done something which isn't working, so lets gather around and point at them - because they were on the telly.

c) Some journo type thing? i.e. someone just wanting to earn some pennies for their mortgage?

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Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop

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Re :- " I assume the records were finally destroyed when the building was redeveloped"

Developers seem quite efficient at that. Look at the old Coulsdon Cane Hill looney bin site. C) says "Nope you can't knock down that listed bit", D) says "Ahhhh! sad face", then big fire on listed bit, C) says "ok do what you want".

(In no way am I implying that C & D had anything to do with it - just a time lined observation).

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

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Assuming the other comments are taken on board,

(i.e. WSUS offline ISO, etc), take either a USB DVD drive and/or a spare IDE DVD drive & cable with you. Always useful when the one in the box is fubar/not working to specification.

If I had a pound for the times I've gone somewhere and the DVD/CD drive has been used once in about five years and has basically stopped working over that time, I'd have a few more pounds than I do now.

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iOS 7's weak random number generator stuns kernel security – claim

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1011111011110010100101001010011011110001010011001010110...

101000101101001101010101010101010010110100011111111100100100011000000101000011111110000011110000100010001010100100101111110001010101010101011100101001001010100101111111111100000111111100101010101010010011100101000100110001001010101010101011111110001010101001010111100010101000111100101001010101011111110000011001010#

That's all I have to say on the matter.

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It's not just incredibly hard, it's really quite pretty: Dark Souls II

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Yeh! a game review which doesn't mention Titanfall...

oh!, ermmmm.

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Re: Family Guy

Agree. It'll be interesting to see what happens to Family Guy & American Dad - they are the only things I watch on Three. However as most of the funny references in those programmes probably arn't picked up by the target audience because of their age, it could probably be slotted to four.

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

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Re: Vocational training?

re :- "There are probably good jobs that could be given to prisoners but surely modern day call centre slavery is not one of them?"

Those weird colonials don't think that, (which is probably where the idea came from) :-

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/01/12/10140493-inside-the-secret-industry-of-inmate-staffed-call-centers

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-prison-industry-in-the-united-states-big-business-or-a-new-form-of-slavery/8289

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Volvo tries to KILL SHOPPING with to-your-car Roam Delivery

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Re :- "chilli chutney sandwich service"

Paris - because!

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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Re: Re "Actually, I like CSV best."

Wow! got a down vote. I assume from someone who hasn't been data mangling for some time. So the conversation goes:-

M - "Right the client is sending something in CSV"

Y - "Umm, how is that CSV formed?"

M - "I'ts' CSV!"

Y - "Yes, but CSV isn't a standard. We can't assume our current CSV code works on whatever they give us"

M - "Why not?"

Y - "Because CSV isn't a standard"

M - "So just make our code work with their provided CSV"

Y - "No problem, We'll put someone on it as soon as we have their CSV"

M - "But it's a CSV"

Y - "Yes, but CSV isn't a standard"...

etc....

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Re "Actually, I like CSV best."

Which standard of CSV would that be?

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

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Re: OTT? (but what does "OTT" stand for in this article)

Adult TISWAS with tits and balloons. Balloons because it's like a big bubble and tits because that's what it will go up like.

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Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta

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Re: "The big difference is that "other OSs" actually get", bla bla bla.....

Troll post of the month. (so far).

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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Re: "Alternatively, have you BBC News, BBC One and BBC Two paid by the state,"

Erm, BBC Two isn't anywhere near as good as it used to be on the limited channel model. They apparently moved the good stuff to other channels. Not sure where though.

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JavaScript is everywhere. So are we all OK with that?

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The whole message thread to this point makes me feel dirty.

Off for a shower down via a large gin and tonic.

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It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

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Dear Mr Satya,

My standard Windows , "sand boxed" and sort of cloud orientated by their nature, TIFKAM "app's" have all, in the last week, stopped working on my Windows 8.1 install. I know this is a trivial problem because nobody actually uses these, but if you could point some minions in the general direction of a solution which works and doesn't require a complete install, it would probably be appreciated.

Ta in advance,

Me...

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Desktop applications of varying work related capability still function to the standard level of peachy.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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Re: Origins of WW1

Umm, I like the whole the "French were to blame" revisionist thing, but it does totally ignores the economic significance of the Baghdad Railway to us island people, and thus the ensuing jiggery pokery to prevent it by the established empires. (Serbs just being very pliable because of their location in the whole theme of things and totally subsettable to jiggery pokery).

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

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Re: Lessons learned

Re :- "Reader to ensure that they set up minimum payment as default direct debit, that way you never miss a payment (unless you have no bank funds)."

A standing order would be the better option in the potential "no bank funds" situation as NatWest charge you for a failed direct debit. Just saying like.

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Prof Stephen Hawking: 'There are NO black holes' – they're GREY!

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Reminds me of the short story "Under a greying sea"...

(I think that's the right title), however in that story, deep space is actually gray because of contrast between the void and the million stars illuminating it. (however - spoiler - the black hole was actually black, but small in visual context - but not gravitational context). Tiz a good story if you like sad sci-fi.

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Reading this headline? You and 9.47 million others

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Re: Muphry strikes

"read '"Young kids" who learn its foibles" - wasn't me.

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Re: unique users

Re :- "I feel great sympathy with young kids who have to learn a language void of any logic between spelling and pronouncing. But I do like it."

"Young kids" who learn it's foibles don't seem to have a problem, even if the context might not be tight. But that adds to the fun and the misinterpretations which gives a comedic value to a conversation and a flexibility which other languages just don't have in the grand scale.

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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

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Re: "I was thinking about switchiong to plusnet just before Christmas"

Was it the adverts that was swinging you or the bargain basement rate for the first x months with y months of tie-in? Just curious like.

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HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines

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Re: Bring Back Small Business Server Standard as well!!

They could always use Zentyal. Does the job,

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Smog-hit Beijing shows sunsets on a giant TV to remind people what the sun looks like

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Re: Not great

Not sure why you got down voted other than the 'alpine meadow' bit.

Yes European & US cities had smog confirmed deaths up to this point. The London one was just better documented, (most likely down to the newly formed NHS), and lead to the clean air act of 1956 - (way to go UK government in fixing a problem in prompt time, erm). Anyho, regardless of the tech they pump out on request, just think of the Chinese economy as being at a late 19th century stage - but with a bigger population, and less public verifiable documentation of causes of death.

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DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947

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Top boffins, (not named), continue paid for scare mongering exercise,....

long after people actually cared or listened to them, shock!

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OpenSUSE forums hacked in ANOTHER vBulletin attack

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Re: Is it just me, or

We are commited to CHEEZE. Not only is it totally open, but it can provide an income stream to developers using micro transactions in a retail environment. CHEEZE is the future for development of forum software in the new shiny tablet enabled age. Don't think Facebook think CHEEZE.

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Microsoft shops ditch XP for New Year as Windows market share expands

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Re: "If you're still programming in Delphi 2.0, etc"

Sorry that was just an example of the longevity of a compatible API over a period. Nope I do .Net/embedded/or what ever someone wants. Tart A/P Me, which does mean I get to see stuff in lots of different environments - but not finance or banking :-)

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Re: IME...

Ummm, well in the old day's IME meant "In My Experience", which granted might not be too extensive when compared to your sample , but I suspect extensive enough to make a judgement call on some preoffered statistics provided in this article. I'm totally happy that 'your' company has managed to 'upgrade' a number of installs to a new, (and probably more secure), version of an operating system. However IME, (see above), it hasn't really passed the random contractors test. (i.e. what we have to play/support/code for when we get a gig). It's still mostly XP with a smattering of Vista & 7. No 8/8.1. Not that I care because if you code properly for XP, it will most likely run on anything newer. It's one of those things which makes sticking with a Windows API quite agreeable over the long term. (Lets face it Delphi 2 32bit still works on it and that was a dev environment from the last century - actually I suspect Delphi 1 will still work with a bit of fiddling, but haven't played with that since 2K).

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IME...

that seems to be bollox.

a) Most business installs I've come across recently are still XP, (with a smattering of Vista and 7). No 8/8.1

b) Comparing a desktop business install with Android/iOs is just missing the point entirely.

c) I look forward to May's XP Zero day - might pay off a chunk of the mortgage. (OK it might be April - but that would just be too obvious).

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Still got my FX-550.

Which wasn't what I wanted to take through my A-Levels. The FX-570 was my tool of choice, but the left most digit on the display only displayed half it's character, (much to the amusement of the stat's teacher), so had to plumb for the FX-550 as emergency fallback. (Mind it's still working on the original battery).

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

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Re: or whats wrong with Microsoft Eadon?

That could work on so many funny levels, (well ok one) - but would indicate a new start in a walled garden.

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