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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

No

I heard a future update may return the Start menu. Why not stick with Windows 7? How long will *that* be supported?

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Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Re: Suspicious haste

If nothing is seriously wrong with Windows, then Windows XP must be ideal: no more updates to install!

I wonder how you could upgrade your Windows XP, if you haven't yet. Buy Vista on the second-hand black market, and run upgrade. Same thing for 7, then 8, then 8.1, but if you dont install that update Real Soon Now, you will always be vulnerable and miss out on Windows 9 and beyond for ever.

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One Win 8 to rule them all: Microsoft talks up 'universal apps' for PCs, slabs and mobes

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: One friggin small universe I'm sure.

Joe Bloggs can develop applications with free-as-in-free-beer compilers, it's just that he will have to pay to upload the software to the App Store and then buy it from the App Store before being able to run it.

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Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: Universal?

I guess developers will get one Visual Studio on which to build apps for four different platforms and build 32-bit and 64-bit software too, but users would get a binary for their platform only.

Maybe this unification will make MSDN even harder to use.

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: In Other News, Linux Is Still A Nonentity...

If 1 % of all desktops and laptops run Linux, that's a dazzling number, even though the desktop market be declining. Apple? I've been told Jobs has ascended into cyberspace, let's wait till they find a new leader. Microsoft? I've been told they have a new leader. Let's wait and see where he will lead. Windows? When will it be retired in favor of Midori?

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: <XP

I am NOT running Windows XP. Lucky me, for sticking with WIndows 2000.

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

Daniel von Asmuth
Paris Hilton

What this country needs is more male ballet dancers

So, the EUvil Empire has 400K vacancies for ICT jobs. How many millions of candidates are fighting over those positions?

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: Well done El Reg

'fraid I cannot book a jet plane on such short notice, so I propose a virtual toast!

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Better late than never: Monster 15-core Xeon chips let loose by Intel

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Windows 2008R2

Windows 2008R2 is the server version of Windows 7. It was release at the end of 2009, so you would be a real quickie if you were running it in February 2010.

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Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Ivy Bridge?

Where are the Haswell Xeons? Why no L4 cache?

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Apple Tax

The c't Magazin has reviewed the box. It will cost over Eur. 8000 for a fully equipped box. However the new garbage can has no PCIe expansion slots and no disc and just 1 processor. However, a third party offers an external RAID box (for the Thunderbolt connector) for about Eur. 3500, for a total price equal to the old MacPro, which offers about the same performance. This makes about twice the price of an HP workstation .

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: As a developer...

I'm targeting Windows 2000 and later (desktop and laptop). Compatibility (Win32 API) is of the essence. Working on a 64-version for release later this year.

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Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

seven, eight, nine, Microsoft rules fine

come April, all those old Windows versions can upgrade to XP, the Stable OS; mission accomplished!

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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

10 MacMIstakes

1) The silly video game, called GUI or desktop or Finder

2) You needed a morse key, called mouse, plus a third hand to use it

3) You could not do anything with it because there was no command line

4) The screen was too small

5) The screen was only black-and-white (Apple II had color)

6) The screen was built into the system case

7) There were no expansion slots (Apple II had 8)

8) The floppy disc drive lacked an eject button

9) Connecting a printer was only possible at the serial port, with an incompatible connector.

10) The OS was more primitive than MS-DOS

11) There was no BASIC or other programming language shipped with the system.

12) Software? You could buy MS Word and Excel (on later models).

13) It was twice as expensive as an equivalent Atari ST or Commodore Amiga.

The good news:

A) Few people mourned the lack of an audio-cassette drive

B) It had a real CISC processor

C) It had more RAM than the PC

D) Successor models came with SCSI discs.

E) AppleTalk was more advanced than the COM: ports of the PC

F) It was as cheap as the original IBM PC had been in 1981.

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Steelie Neelie: ICANN think of more 'credible' rules for internet. (Cough *NSA* cough)

Daniel von Asmuth
Black Helicopters

What's the difference? The Dutch AIVD taps phones too and sends your data to the NSA.

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

Daniel von Asmuth
Holmes

How about VMware?

With WMware vSphere you can run several virtual machines side by side, and you get a nice graphical GUI with a thin client on your desk top. Memory and CPU power will be allocated to the OS that needs it. The alternative would be to run LInux in a VM on Windows 2012, but I am unsure what that will do to your performance. The members of your family can have a personal VM each.

The best performance is when each VM gets its own disc volumes as needed. For shared data, you can use a separate Linux FS and use Samba, NFS, or AFS to export it to the other VMs.

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Dead Kim Jong-il's OS makeover takes a page from Dead Steve Jobs

Daniel von Asmuth
Big Brother

You better believe it

...or this distro could kill your uncle.

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Apple's Tim Cook: Fear not, worried investors, new product salvation is 'absolutely' on the way

Daniel von Asmuth
Angel

Jobs loves you - thank Gates for salvation

Did the Cook mean that he was able to salvage the iP{od|ad|hone}, but lost the [i]Mac?

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Mail Migration

Daniel von Asmuth
Childcatcher

Re: Mail Migration

Should not be too hard, as long as the old and the new system adhere to the standard Unix mailbox format.

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The internet is 'a gift from God' says Pope Francis

Daniel von Asmuth
Angel

Holy Frank!

Revealed at last: on the seventh day of creation, the Lord cast a social network around the earth, so that His creatures might spread the Gospel. And He saw it was a good thing, ere the Master of Daemons came and subverted it, so that it might bring forth consumption and manipulation of mortal (wo)men.

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Ancient carving of 'first human-built holy place' = Primitive Vulture Central

Daniel von Asmuth
Linux

OMG

It's the first known carven image of Lord Tux bearing the holy CD-ROM.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

Daniel von Asmuth
Flame

Viva la Revolucion! Out with the new - in with the old!

You realise that if Windows 9 is a major new release (i.e. Windows NT 7.0 - where Windows 8 means Window NT 6.2) then not only is it the fastestly developed one since MS WIndows 2.0, but especially it is the very first major new version that does not bring a new Graphical User Interface, but will bring you the unloved old Modern / Metro GUI. OK, Wikipedia says that the biggest improvement (overlapping panes) came with Windows 2.03.

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Faster, more private, easier to read: My 2014 browser wishlist

Daniel von Asmuth
Pirate

Re: Block by default

Some versions of Internet Explorer will by default every web site including http://www.microsoft.com/, until it is explicitly enabled, which improves security.

My wish list:

- the browser should be 100 % guaranteed bug-free

- the browser should be fast and use little memory

- no caching - a proxy server does that

- no plug-ins, no Java, no Active X, no skins, no sound, no moving images, no tabs, no scripting, no cookies

- the ability to print, as well as view, HTML pages

Nice to have:

- an advertising blocker

- an FTP client and/or WebDAV client that supports uploads

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Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

Daniel von Asmuth
Boffin

Global warming is caused by humans

"its melt rate has seemed to be accelerating quickly since scientists first began seriously studying it in the 1990s"

.... but who knew that scientist were causing rising sea levels?

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HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

Daniel von Asmuth
Holmes

Re: legal?

I have think sinking feeling the law in most countries will allow this. Hail to the Microsoft of hardware.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

Bye, Bye, Jobs

Apple has already thrown it's sole server model into the dustbin, and now its sole workstation option has been replaced with a dustbin. A fully equipped MacPro used to cost £ 10000, the current model houses just 1 CPU, 1 SSD, no discs, 64 GB RAM is barely enough to run MS-DOS, obsolete 1Gb/s Ethernet, and few PCIe expansion slots. What are Thunderbolt ports usable for?

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Just when you were considering Red Hat Linux 6.5, here comes 7

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Samba 4

We have been told that with the release of Samba 4 Linux can be used as an Active Directory domain controller.

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Blighty could put a (WO)MAN on MARS by 2040, says sci minister

Daniel von Asmuth
Alien

Re: What the UK can bring to the table.

Women go to Venus, men fly to Mars

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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

Daniel von Asmuth

Re: By those rules...

They might sue anybody who types any word with the letter C in it.

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Daniel von Asmuth
Pirate

Re: If Oracle want APIs copyrighted

Yuck! API's are not copyrighted! We remember SCO suing IBM over Unix copyrights, when all that was copied seems to have been a couple of header files.

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Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support

Daniel von Asmuth
Linux

Re: Problem Solved

Surely China has its own Operating System.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/22/china_makes_linux_os_with_canonical_help/

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Apple, for one, welcomes its ROBOT factory OVERLORDS

Daniel von Asmuth
Angel

The new jobs

Jobs is the creator - thus He was himselff neither created nor born. His ascended soul will soon reincarnate as the new Jobs.

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Daniel von Asmuth
Holmes

Apple iSell

Automated assembly lines are so 20-th century. The new age will bring you the sales-bot, then the digital buyer, and indeed the user-bot. with the self-clicking mouse.

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Microsoft fears XP could cause Indian BANKOCALYPSE

Daniel von Asmuth
Coat

Follow the money

How many Dutch ATM machines are still running on Windows XP?

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MIT boffins: Use software to fix errors made by decaying silicon

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

grey noise

The folks @ MIT just invented a random number generator

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Google in PRODUCT RECALL for its Glass spy-goggles

Daniel von Asmuth
Boffin

Goggle Glass 8.1

Get your update for free; the new model comes with a shiny 'start' button.

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How to spot a coders comment

Daniel von Asmuth
Coffee/keyboard

Re: mainframe

program Register( input, output);

begin

{ CDC mainframe BASIC programmers use columns 72-80 to store line numbers }

end.

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What's the first Kinetic Ethernet hard drive? Psst, it's the 4TB Terascale

Daniel von Asmuth
Meh

Wow, at 5900 RPM, we're gonna party like it's 1993 again.

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The importance of complexity

Daniel von Asmuth
Boffin

Re: The importance of complexity

As you may guess, I was once asked to write a program that centered on the Travelling Salesman problem.

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Scottish gov follows cutting-edge Italian Post Office with Win 8 trial

Daniel von Asmuth
Pint

Windows 8 today, full scottish independence tomorrow

enough said

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New Development. Where do we go?

Daniel von Asmuth
Boffin

Go south

Java is your best option if you want to run on Mac, Microsoft, and Linux. C if you need competitive performance. SQL is more or less portable. ISAM gives better performance.

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Expert chat: The end of Windows XP and IE6

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

Re: I'm sticking with XP. If it ain't broke...

I'm sticking with 2000. What's the point of upgrading to XP?

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Two years after Steve Jobs' death, how's that new CEO working out?

Daniel von Asmuth
Gimp

Ballmer

Jobs said, "We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk, and our DNA will not let us ship that."

It's in fact easier to sell ten $500 PC's than one $5000 PC. Apart from the price tag and the fact that you have to buy Winddows separately, Apple is selling the same pieces of junk as the Microsoft crowd.

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

Daniel von Asmuth
Coffee/keyboard

Royal Mail

I noticed as a boy that there are two kind of postage stamps: the first kind has the name of the country of origin written on it in some language, the other kind is British and may feature a portrait of her Majesty.

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Look out, world! HP's found a use for Autonomy - rescuing Win XP bods

Daniel von Asmuth
Windows

April 1st, 2014

Next April will be an auspcious time to migrate to the Industry Standard Windows XP, when after 13 years of fastidiious bug fixing by the Microsoft legions, it will finally reach Stable status.

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

Daniel von Asmuth
Headmaster

17 million Dutch people can't write Dutch

Only one (1) person ever passed the great spelling contest with no (0) errors and he was Flemish.

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PC market hits the ropes, but Lenovo's still standing

Daniel von Asmuth
Paris Hilton

Desktop shipments were flat in units but fell 2.8 per cent in revenues to $2.5bn.

So, Lenovo is feeling the pinch, just like other brands of PCs.

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Happy 20th birthday, Windows NT 3.1: Microsoft's server outrider

Daniel von Asmuth
Headmaster

Re: Next Technology? Damn..

NT was called 'Not There', because it was released well past schedule, just like Windows NT 6.0 (called Longhorn or Vista or even 8).

Microsoft's first Operating System was Xenix (not counting DOS), that later became SCO Unix. They tried to build a server Operating System, call LAN Manager, to beat Novell Netware. Some of the functionality later went into Windows for Workgroups and Windows 95 and NT, but it was just peer-to-peer networking. LANMAN mostly failed.

WinNT 3.1 was purely a Workstation OS. By Win NT 3.50 Redmond came up with a server edition, which was inferior to Netware, OS/2 or Unix. It took until NT 5.0 (Windows 2000) for the server edition to become worthy of its name.

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for '13-inch' JUMBO iPAD HYPEGASM

Daniel von Asmuth
Holmes

and the newborn's name will be

iPad junior? MiniPad? TinyPad? iPaddy? Padlet? PocketPad?

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

Daniel von Asmuth
Facepalm

Re: WFWG TCP/IP?

Microsoft TCP/IP supported Ethernet, I had to use Trumpet Winsock for using my modem with SLIP (predecessor of PPP). Trumpet was absolutely unstable. I switched to Linux soon after.

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