* Posts by Cantankerous Old Buzzard

28 posts • joined 24 Jul 2009

Win XP SP2 support to cease in two months

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Linux

Not Nonsense -- First-hand Experience

I say that because that's what happened the last few times I set up a virtual machine with XP. SP3 refused to install without SP1 or SP2 being present.

As for your issues with the Linux upgrade process, consider finding a different distribution. The one(s) I use have given me very few issues in this area.

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Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Gates Horns

Trying to push the upgrades

There will be some XP users who will have issues with this, since XP SP3 REQUIRES either SP1 or SP2 as a prerequisite for installation. When SP2 is no longer available for download, those who still want to install XP ( for whatever reason ) will be in trouble if they don't have a file copy of SP2 stashed locally.

And I don't even want to THINK about what's going to happen when this group starts hunting for SP2 in the unauthorized third-party download arena.

Fortunately for me, I'm a penguinista, and affected by this ridiculous dance only by how hard I laugh at it.

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MS update gives some XP boxes the Blue Screen

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Linux

re: AC @ 12th February 2010 14:20 GMT

No !!!

I will definitely NOT learn to live with it. The shoddy "products" that Micro$lop has been putting out for the past 15 - 20 years made me move to Linux to get some stability and reliability back in the Nineties.

I refuse to tolerate and/or pay for inferior quality workmanship ANYWHERE, including computers that I use and/or maintain. Therefore, since my most charitable interpretation of "MS" comes out as "Mediocre Software" I keep as far away from the Rubbish from Redmond as I possibly can.

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Microsoft 'sorry' for volume licensing website cockup

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
FAIL

Micro$lop is sorry

I agree.

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Masses marvel at 'Most Useless Machine'

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Pint

Missing the point

This is the prototype of Windoze 8 -- it SUCCESSFULLY executes a system shutdown.

Congrats to all of the M$ minions for achieving a major milestone !!

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Microsoft grinches W7 Family Pack in US

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
FAIL

Same silliness, different day

This sounds very close to "bait and switch" to me.

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Bing dies (briefly) after Microsoft hits wrong button

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Welcome

Wishful thinking

s/briefly/permanently/

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BOFH: Made of win

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Pint

Beer -- resource or goal ??

I suspect some clarification is needed here.

Beer is a resource.

FREE beer is an always-active goal ( or target, if you prefer ) of any self-respecting BOFH.

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Microsoft Silverlight - now with hidden Windows bias

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
FAIL

Phase 2 -> Phase 3 transition

Embrace, extend, extinguish.

Rocket science this is not -- for anyone with a hint of Mickey$lop's history.

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Hackers in keyless Windows 7 entry

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Linux

A couple of points to mention

First off, what took them so long? The way I remember it, most previous versions of The Rubbish from Redmond were cracked the first week they were on the street, or before.

Second, I get a good chuckle out of reading this article, then meditating on the Apple commercial where the PC guy gets run back through time repeating all the statements about the "new" version of Windoze being the most stable and secure OS Micro$lop has released to date, followed by the infamous statement, "Trust me", over and over.

Sooner or later, more of the sheeple will catch on, I hope.

Yes, I am a penguinista. Deal with it.

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Corel receives bigger buyout offer

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Gates Horns

Corel Alternatives

Once upon a time, the Corel office suite was damn good, and Wordperfect was the program of choice if you wanted cross-platform compatibility -- nothing else I know of even came close.

Then came the Redmond beast with all the back-room marketing deals, and another excellent product was ( nearly ) extinguished. To this day I consider the Wordperfect user interface superior to anything out of Micro$lop --- by a LONG WAY.

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Naked Win 7 still vulnerable to most viruses

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Gates Horns

Sarcasm time

"The most secure version of Windows yet."

Need anyone say more ??

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Microsoft in Bing jingle kiddie vid outrage

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Big Brother

Hopefully

Some outraged parents will take action against this school.

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Mass web infections spike to 6 million pages

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Gates Horns

Now we know

@Steven Knox

THIS is what ol' Bill REALLY meant when he said, "640K should be enough for anybody".

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Raytheon unveils Linux 'Insider Threat' rooter-out routers

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Linux

Properly specified

Since this product claims the ability to handle the "bonehead users" category, it has to be Linux, since Windoze would most certainly collapse under the stress of that many incidents to flag and report.

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Thousands of sites loaded with potent malware cocktail

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Joke

@Sitaram Chamarty

Yes, you DO have to take them out before you shoot them -- otherwise you get blood on the carpet. ;^P

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Microsoft's Hotmail 'blacklists' NHS email - again

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Gates Horns

@Jacqui

Your assumption is not necessarily valid. While I live in the USA and cannot have an informed opinion of your NHS, I do know that Micro$lop uses some kind of proprietary e-mail filtering ( I don't recall the name of it right now ) that has a nasty habit of generating false positives. I have had my e-mail address blocked from sending to those few of my contacts who are silly enough to use Hotmail, and I've never been able to figure out why the stuff I send generates "complaints", since no such thing happens with any other recipient of the SAME message(s).

In my case, the block usually goes away after a few days, and in most cases the messages are not time critical, so after my first experience in trying to contact Micro$not to resolve the issue, now I just ignore it ( like I do with most products from the rain-soaked mental defectives in the Pacific Northwest ;).

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MS plasters Ballmer's signature on Windows 7 special edition

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
FAIL

Windows 7 branded napkins ??

I think that I would prefer "Windows 7 branded toilet paper", especially since it would be more appropriate to the occasion.

Also, I agree with others here who have spoken favorably about keeping the shrink wrap in pristine condition. The only way that *I* would break that package open would be in a Level-4 biohazard facility.

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Windows 7 OEM prices revealed

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Linux

Thank you for your kind permission

"(Linux folks may skip directly to the user comment section from this point to input snark)."

What I find most interesting in the comments here is that it seems that snark from Windows users is matching, if not exceeding, the snark from those of us who choose a different path from what the Overlords of Redmond ( sometimes known as the rain-soaked mental defectives in the Pacific Northwest ) would force upon us.

Occasionally, I think that there may yet be a few people in the Windoze user community capable of rational thought.

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Microsoft's Office Web Apps - a long way from here

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
FAIL

The term you're groping for

is probably "smoke and mirrors".

In this case, the mirrors are provided by the Web, and the smoke is generated by that wonderful fraternity party practice of lighting farts.

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Sony snubs Microsoft in Google Chrome browser deal

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Welcome

Could this be a trend ??

While I share the opinion of many folks here that Sony is not to be trusted in recent times, I also think that this will be interesting to observe as a possible trend of OEMs becoming less confined to the mindset of doing whatever the Billy and Steve crowd tell them to.

We can only hope for this trend to grow and maybe even bear the fruit of real competition and true innovation in the computer industry.

Sorry, but I'm an incurable optimist. ;>

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Microsoft denies "screw-Google" political lobbying

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Jobs Horns

Well, DUH !!

It would appear that some folks have forgotten ( or ignored ) the relevant history. We only have to hearken back to the time of "DOS ain't done 'til Lotus won't run" to conclude that this behavior is entirely NORMAL for the rain-soaked mental defectives in the Pacific Northwest.

If you prefer a different platitude, maybe "a rose by any other name" might fit the situation.

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Hotmail pulls Attach-Photo feature over security concerns

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Flame

dodgy ActiveX

I don't understand. Isn't this a redundant statement ??

What about ActiveX is NOT dodgy ???

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Microsoft assaults our senses with 'viral' Bing video

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Jobs Horns

Missed the point

It should be obvious that this is the latest cost-cutting effort from the bean-counters at Micro$lop. After all, they got quality comparable to the Seinfeld ads for a tiny fraction of the price.

It's actually appropriate, since now the quality of Micro$not's advertising efforts matches the quality of their software offerings.

The evil Stevie icon here, for multiple reasons -- mostly for allowing this wreckage to see the light of day, as well as the "standard" ones.

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Microsoft under threat from Linux - it's official

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Joke

@Bilgepipe

Well, maybe.

Or is the rounding error in his exposed cranium ?? ;^P

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Google guns for MS Office with billboard campaign

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Linux

@Jerome 0

I respectfully disagree with your view on this issue. While I'm not a marketing geek myself, I have seen enough statistics about the effects of advertising that I can offer an alternative opinion about Google's campaign. They are keeping their brand in front of the larger audience ( think "sheeple" here ) to maintain the perception ( maybe "revolutionary concept" fits better ) that there are CHOICES to be had in the computer arena.

Borrowing the penguin icon to signify my preference for having a choice.

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Microsoft-Yahoo! pact hit with anti-trust question

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Joke

@Ian Bonham

How DARE you say such a thing just because it's TRUE !!

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Microsoft doubles quarterly revenue drop

Cantankerous Old Buzzard
Happy

The best part

"Of Microsoft's five business units, it was the core Windows client that

was the biggest drag on performance."

For once, the technical and financial arenas are in sync. ;^P

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