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So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he's keeping it well hidden

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Whither Microsoft or wither Microsoft?

Seems like the answer to the question "Whither Microsoft" is to wither Microsoft. Or is it whittle?

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Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

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With whom else are they gonna go to bed?

Apple and IBM need each other right now. Apple needs IBM for the iPhone and iPad to become the corporate go-to devices. Exeunt Blackberry stage left. Apple is attractive to IBM because it has been obsessive about controlling just what software goes onto its fondleslabs, which, like all things Mac, don't have as many security gaping security holes as Windows and Android devices. And IBM needs Apple because IBM is not longer in the low-end commodity hardware biz of any kind. Gee, what else is there to say?

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EU probe into Apple's taxes: It's NOT to do with double-Dutch-Irish anything sandwiches

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Transfer pricing has been around forever

What Apple does is no different than did the multinational where I was employed 30 years ago. Same result, too. Move the profits to the jurisdiction that taxes the least. And you can bet that it is in Apple's best interests to employ international tax experts to help out. Only difference is that the turnover was only $US4B where I worked. Apple is a much bigger target.

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New 'Windows-8.1-with-Bing': How's it different from Windows 8.1?

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Microsoft PR team in UK is clueless?

If the Microsoft PR team in UK is clueless, why not contact the Microsoft US PR team? Most they can say is to wait for the UK PR team to get a clue.

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Re: You learn something everyday

Not really. It's an advert delivery vehicle.

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Intel marries Chinese chippery firm to SoC it to low-end tablet market

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A two-edged sword for Intel

The implicit idea here is to have an Intel ARM-killer.

But as others have noted, will the Chinese now be able to fab their own Intel knock-off chips? Yeah, I know, an Atom is not a Xeon or an i7 or even an i3, but is still a damned powerful chip, especially quad core.

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Charity: Ta for the free Win 8.1, Microsoft – we'll use it to install Win 7

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Re: Why Windows in the first place?

Right, Microsoft is your corner drug dealer giving away a little taste here or there to get you hooked. Of course, Apple has had discount deals for educational institutions for a long time... Ben Myers

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Yep, ClassicShell relieves stress, but Windows 8.1 and your privacy?

Yep, ClassicShell relieves stress. I've installed it a number of times for people who then feel a lot better about using a computer with a more familiar user interface.

But Windows 8.1 and your privacy? Hah! Do a Windows 8.1 upgrade, and while you are finishing up, it asks you to set some settings. You have a choice, Express or no. I picked no, walked through the settings and imagined my blood pressure sky-rocketing as I saw Microsoft ask for various settings to be "On". Like monitoring your location? And other choice tidbits that could be shared with anyone. Read the Win 8.1 license agreement, which Microsoft can change at any time, and you are giving away your privacy in return for what? Direct monitoring by the NSA or MI6?

Or is Microsoft simply telling all of us what they have been doing all along? Very unsettling, this privacy thing. Enough for me to think that Windows 7 will be my own very last Microsoft operating system.

As a good friend of mine observed today, think about the frog placed in a pot of water. A happy frog? A content frog, right? Sure. Now turn on the heat to bring the water to a boil. The poor frog remains clueless while being boiled to death. Well, our personal privacy is being eroded away, same as the poor frog's life.

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Securo-borg FireEye coughs $70m to buy 'flight-recorder-for-networks' tech

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Flight data recorders are good ideas...

I wonder when Windows will have a flight data recorder? Windows event logs are useless collections of crypto-crap, undecipherable by humans.

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Bevy of tech behemoths aim to plug the next Heartbleed with DOLLARS

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All it took was a gaping bug

All it took was a gaping well-publicized bug to wake these companies up to the fact that their reputations depend on open source code down in the plumbing of the internet, And the money spigots opened up.

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Oracle's Larry Ellison has the MOST MASSIVE PACKAGE IN PUBLIC

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Unattached, so his package is available for inspection

It may be a shrinking package at his age, but $78m buys a lot of viagra.

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Bad PUPPY: Undead Windows XP deposits fresh scamware on lawn

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Telephone scams, too

The phone calls from scammers telling you your Windows XP system is infected have begun again, too. I got a call today from a bogus caller ID and a voice with South Asian accented English. The connection was poor, but he addressed me by name (no surprise, my name and number are in public records) and launched into a Windows spiel. I told him to speak up because the connection was poor and he hung up.

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HP: Lenovo's buy of IBM x86 biz is bad, bad, bad...

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And this is news?

This is the same sort of one-sided biased rumor-mongering peddled 24/7 by Rupert Murdoch in his real-world "Tomorrow Never Dies." And why in hell should I even think about what HP thinks about Lenovo's buy of the IBM server biz?

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Where the HELL is my ROBOT BUTLER?

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Re: maybe (What about our dependence on fossil fuels)

All this talk about technology that will continue to make our lives easier neglects one key point. All that technology is dependent on fossil fuels, which will only become more and more expensive unless we can figure out how to transmit and use that energy more efficiently. I would propose that fossil fuel may do for our use of gadgets what Malthus theorized about food supply and population growth.

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FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

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Re: Typical Microsoft (but which one?)

The most serious and real problem here is that the Microsoft ecosystem is betwixt and between enterprise/corporation/office and consumer/gaming/leisure. That's why their products waffle back and forth. First you have Vista which tarts up XP, then you have Windows 7, which makes Vista palatable (and Windows 7 probably should have been a free Vista Service Pack 3, except that Microsoft would then have to forego billions in revenue. Next, we have the leisure-time Metro of Windows 8, followed by (OOPS!) we-gotta-win-back-those-office-folks Windows 8.1. There's no real consistency, because Microsoft lacks that vision thing and a coherent software architecture. Now you add the mad scramble of everyone (Microsoft, Amazon, Google) to offer web services across all manner of devices, and you have a multiplicity of hardware/software that flies in the face of the strategy Microsoft held onto for too long, namely Wintel system. Now Microsoft has to adapt to the rapidly changing interconnected world without sacrificing their Office cash cow. How to turn the Queen Mary, or the Microsoft borg, is the challenge here.

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

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When will the next name change be?

From Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure. What's next? Microsoft Teal? Microsoft Red? What is so special about azure? It's part of the atmosphere. Do I store stuff in the atmosphere or in a cloud? This is akin to lipstick on a pig. I guess they are so embarrassed by Windows 8 that it no longer provides the name-branding so important in selling other products and services.

And, oh. Microsoft Azure is already here!

https://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/

Oh the excitement of it all! My heart is racing!

I bet they spent a $500,000 on all the development and testing to change the name, and the content can still be examined by the NSA and the Chinese equivalent.

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Microsoft exec: I don't know HOW our market share sunk

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Windows 8 as envisaged by Microsoft is not for doing real work

The Metro interface and its bright and shiny apps are not for people doing real work. Microsoft was misguided by its own hubris, arrogance and imagined invincibility into designing something that has been largely rejected by the business world. They actually thought that people would run right out and buy a lot of Windows 8 computers. Even with a touch screen, which 90+% of the computers in the world lack, I am not how how productive one could be trying to do real work with Win 8. Microsoft was able to recover from the earlier debacles of Windows ME and Windows Vista, largely because the world of computing was a little smaller back then and because tablets, smartphones and other fondleslabs had not yet made serious inroads into our mindshare. I have real trouble even imagining how (and if?) Microsoft will recover from this self-inflicted wound of Windows 8. Probably in a way that Malcolm Gladwell did not imagine when he wrote the book, Win 8 might be the tipping point for Microsoft. Of course, the large amount of ill will felt toward Microsoft by all manner of folk does not help the Redmond borg either.

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UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

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I wonder what OS the ATM's in the US of A are using?

I wonder what OS the ATM's in the US of A are using? Anybody have an idea? Makes me feel better about walking into the bank with checks to cash and walking out again with cash in hand. A little bit old school, but effective.

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Crap hospital databases next goldmine for cyber-crooks, say Microsoft's botnet slayers

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Re: A protected mess

Well, with any luck, the US Congress will clean the wads of medical industry dollars out of its pockets, realize what a serious issue medical security it is, and ram some medical security legislation up the backsides of all the medical folk. The medical industry has almost forever been way back at the training edge of computer technology. I've often marveled at visiting a doctor's office and seeing rows and rows of 6-foot high cabinets crammed with paper medical records. Is it any wonder the US medical system is so god-damned inefficient? Pathetic! The security issue will bite them all in the arse big-time, and the hew and cry over theft of medical and personal data from medical computer systems will motivate Congress.

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'Please don't make me spend more time with my family...'

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Not just the goalposts!

A game changer. Now we are playing Russian roulette with an AK-47 while trying to kick a baseball through the goalposts.

The guy is spot on. Loads of bullshit in financial statements and PR announcements.

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

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Are the Windows 8 probems insurmountable?

The Microsoft mouthpiece says that 200M Windows 8 systems have been sold. Don't know what it's like on the right side of the pond, but over here on the left side, I would bet that 90% or more of the Windows 8 systems have been sold to unwitting consumers. Go into any big box store like Best Buy, Staples or Walmart, and the only Wintel computers you see are running Windows 8. So what is the garden variety consumer to do when the choice is Windows 8 or Windows 8???

Lenovo did not drink Microsoft's Windows 8 Kool-Aid and continued to sell Windows 7 systems. Look where it has gotten them? They are numero uno in sales of Wintel computers, no thanks to Micro$oft. Only belatedly did Dell, before Michael's privatization, offer Windows 7 systems in its mailers.

So let's face it Microsoft. Windows 8 is a consumer system, because you have shoved it down the collective throat of the public.

I continue to encounter only consumers, not businesses, with Windows 8 systems, and my knee-jerk reaction is to install ClassicShell to make Windows look more like XP or 7, not the damnable and inscrutable Metro tiles. Everyone whose system now has ClassicShell thinks it is an improvement.

What is also pretty atrocious about Windows 8, and something about which few pundits have commented, is that just about every Metro app forces you to sign up on the Microsoft mother borg ship as a prerequsite to using the app, so they can get their hands on your privates. And people have said that the US NSA is bad? Hah! Nothing compared to Microsoft. Maybe Microsoft taught the NSA a thing or two. Wouldn't be surprised.

As another posting suggested, most Linux distros offer various possibilities for customization of the graphical user interface, so you set it up the way you like it. This is not rocket-science, but simply treating customers with respect, something Microsoft does not know how to do after 30+ years in business. So Windows 8 and the lack of respect for customers (and OEMs!) is biting Microsoft in the ass.

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Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

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Maybe England would do better?

Maybe England would do better in the World Cup with a foreigner as the coach? For all the talent in the country, it has been barely average at the world level.

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Why IBM's server sell-off is a lightbulb moment

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Re: How did Lenovo do it?

My thinking is similar. I recommend Lenovo and Dell (believe it or not) BUSINESS-class laptops. In other words, Lenovo Thinkpads and Dell Latitudes. Every company in the computer box business, including Dell and Lenovo, treats consumers like crap, and sells poorly made and unmaintainable crap to consumers. But sell a business 5000 pieces of crap, and Michael Dell, Meg Whitman, Ginny Rometty or any other computer CEO will get a call from the CEO of the business, saying that 5000 pieces of crap are sitting on a loading dock to be returned to the manufacturer. This is only a long-winded and eloquent way of saying that computer mfrs cannot afford to sell poorly designed equipment to large corporations, govts and NGOs. So you buy a Lenovo Thinkpad or Dell Latitude and rest easy. I still like black Lenovo Thinkpads best, because black goes well with anything and it is easy to accessorize.

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Re: Avoid the commodity

Funny you should mention "word-processing on a 15-20 year old machine." Recently, someone gave me an old computer as part of a housecleaning. It is a DEC HiNote laptop with small screen, 75Mhz 486, 20MB of memory (that's MEGAbytes!), 504MB hard drive (another mega), Window 95 and Office 7. It is running order and I tried it out. Slow it is not. Office 7 runs just fine. But there is no eye-candy. I did not try to print with it, and yeah, printing might be slow. And maybe it is not so good at integrating graphics and photos into documents. Compared to the computer I am using right now, it has 1/30 the processor speed, 1/200 of the memory, and 1/100 of the hard drive space. Just goes to show how much bloat Microsoft has dumped on us all.

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Private pain: Dell layoff bloodbath to hit over 15,000 staffers – insiders

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Re: Windows 8 strikes again...

Dell learned too late from Lenovo's Windows 7 playbook. Lenovo made (makes it) oh-so-easy to get a Windows 7 computer, whilst nearly all of Dell's glossy promotions pushed Windows 8, Windows 8, Windows 8, until recently. Last week's Dell ad in the mail showcased Windows 7 as well. Dell can blame itself for drinking the poisoned Microsoft Windows 8 Kool-Aid. Microsoft can blame itself, shooting off one toe after another.

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Toshiba upheaval continues as firm scraps EU country managers

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Quality products are important, too

Yes, Toshiba can rearrange the deck chairs all it wants. I can't speak for other Toshiba electronics (maybe that is a problem, too), but Toshiba has long been at or near the bottom of my lists for hard drives and laptops. Hard drives, because their laptop drives fail way more than others and because you can't trust the SMART data giving the health of a Toshiba hard drive. And Toshiba laptops are intricately designed, difficult to service, with both spare parts and service manuals being in short supply.

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Lenovo and IBM's System x biz: It'll be just like 2005's PC buyout

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Crappy Thinkpads? Gimme a break!!!!

I have little or no experience with Lenovo desktops, which don't show up much around here. And I can't speak much for non-Thinkpad laptops, of which I see very few.

But the Thinkpads have remained durable, reliable, well-made laptops under Lenovo ownership. Also easy to repair, find spare parts, find repair manuals. Right now, Thinkpads are my favorite. I resell a few, refurbish a few, and recommend to people who want to buy direct or from a bigger reseller. Dell is in second place, but Dell's track record is now marred by some godawful design decisions, resulting in laptops difficult to repair, as difficult as HPaq, Toshiba and Sony... Ben Myers

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Yes, HP will still sue you if you make cartridges for its inkjet printers

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Why buy HP inkjet printers?

These lawsuits and their outcomes simply allow HP to have a special inkjet printer accessory that attaches itself to your credit card for regular payments. I have customers who have bought the latest greatest HP all-in-one printers and they complain about how often they need to buy inkjet cartridges, how few pages each cartridge prints, and how expensive the damned cartridges are.

How about a class action lawsuit against HP for gouging the owners of its inkjet printers, maybe possibly providing inaccurate information about how many pages each cartridge prints, and making even expensive printers out of cheap flimsy plastic.

I do not sell inkjet printers, only giving advice to people who might listen. I do not sell inkjet printers because many of the manufacturers follow HP's lead: not much ink for a lot of money.

Oh, yes, the networking part of these HP all-in-one printer-scanner-copier devices that does everything except cure warts and shine your shoes. The networking part of the setup forces use of a DHCP-assigned IP address, never giving someone with a modicum of intelligence the opportunity to assign a printer its fixed IP address, like most of us here in the real world.

Meg, are you reading this?

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SPLASSHH! Tech giant IBM DIVE-BOMBS into all-flash array pool

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What in hell is an SVC?

What in hell is an SVC? In English please!

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I've just seen 10% of the PC biz disappear into the cloud

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A lot of bias in this opinion

Mr. Fosse has a lot of bias here. The more he can push people to the cloud, the better it is for EMC and its cloud services and hardware to support the cloud.

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But what about office work?

If office work needs a keyboard, as with document preparation, spreadsheet jockeying, creating PowerPoint and other artsy-fartsy materials, the only choice remains a Wintel or Apple-tel desktop or laptop with a real keyboard. Yes, it may run software from the cloud, but I am having serious difficulty imagining how a tablet computer can do this sort of work. Somebody help me understand.

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It was inevitable: Lenovo stumps up $2.3bn for IBM System x server biz

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Re: Time to shine :)

One other issue. IBM remains top-heavy with corporate overhead. The only way to support it is with lucrative high-end products and services. Well, Thinkpads and desktops weren't lucrative enough for IBM, due to the severe pressures of a commodity market. Low-end servers fall in behind.

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Re: Privacy concerns

Agreed! Why cobble up a BIOS with spyware that can easily be detected. But paranoia reigns in governments, along with lots of other irrational thinking.

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You called it right.

Unlike other pundits who blabbed about Dell buying the IBM low-end server biz, the Inquirer got the prediction absolutely right, and exactly the way I saw it going. Dell buying IBM server biz had a snowball's chance in hell... Ben

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Office 365 Microsoft's fastest growing business, ever - Microsoft

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Selling Microsoft only out of necessity

In the past, I "sold" copies of Office 2000-whatever to my clients at near-zero margin. Why? Because it was necessary to get a sale. Why? Because they could buy it in the store at almost exactly the price I paid my distributor and install it themselves. But maybe they didn't want to be bothered to install it themselves, so they threw a few bucks my way to do the install. Then along comes Office 2013. Whether I buy from a disty or from a store, I get the same piece of paper the customer gets, with a product key and the privilege of wasting my time to go through lots of on-line crap to finally download the damnable thing and install it. And where is my incentive to "sell, sell, sell" Office 365? The customer goes on line, signs up, gives in credit card info and is off and away with Office 365. If somehow I get involved in selling it, Microsoft compensates me handsomely with the usual pigeon droppings. So now, if someone wants Office 365, they can buy and install or they can pay be a very good markup for my time to do the job. The bottom line here is that Microsoft continues to not offer resellers any incentive whatsoever to sell their product, and the only money that can be made is from the client for installing and maybe customizing Office 365 a bit. Now if I could get Microsoft product at a 30-40 discount from list, I would think differently. But right now, I am just as open to selling LibreOffice to my clients.

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Acer writes off MEELLIONS again, scraps raw materials

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Acer does not do itself many favors

Acer does not do itself many favors by continuing to produce three product lines with three brand names and three distinct images: Gateway once sold quality products. eMachines have generally been pretty awful and cheap. And the Acer product line itself, which has a confusing and vague image. I think it is merely sheer pride of founder Stan Shih that the company is still named Acer. Had I been in charge, I would have called it "Gateway", to trade on fond memories of many long-time Gateway owners. But there is no reason to bring back the cheesy Gateway cow motif.

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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

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The year of the Chromebook or something else???

Now if all the egos in the Linux world would put their egos and hundreds of different Linux distros and spins aside, I would say that a Linux-based laptop (but at least dual-core) fills the bill, too. But it's a confusing Linux jungle out there to most people, with no clear winners. You have Ubuntu with quite a few different spins and Mint with its several spins seeming to be the best of the bunch from the standpoint of user interface design and wide choice of programs to run. But it's still a confusing Linux jungle out there.

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Android will ship more than ONE BILLION mobes+slabs in 2014

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Fun(ded) Surveys

I wonder who pays the funds for a the fun we have with funded surveys? Apple pays for them. Microsoft pays for them. But both of them readily acknowledge that they fund the surveys when they fund the surveys. Who funded this Gartner Group survey? Gartner is not so altruistic that they would pay for it themselves. A little transparency would go a long way here, Gartner.

Well, no matter whose numbers oen believes, most of us believe that Microsoft's future includes some pretty deep doo-doo. It does them no good to continue the arrogant behavior with which they have gotten away when they had a 90% OS market share.

I never had so much fun writing about funding... Ben Myers

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IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...

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Re: I believe it

Large companies do not have to spend an extra $x per computer to have a proper start button. Haven't you heard? ClassicShell is a free download, no strings attached. Okay, okay. Some someone from IT has to take the time to add ClassicShell into the default Windows 8 system build shoveled out to every desktop and laptop in the enterprise. On a cost per system basis, it IS non-zero, maybe $0.05 per system?

The buggers at Microsoft won't ever roll out an XP Service Pack 4 rollup. Why that would be treating customers with respect. It would also put a damper on the move away from XP to the bright new future of Windows 7 or Windows 8-with-ClassicShell.

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Another biased survey

IT firm CDW, which sponsored the research, sells hardware kit. So naturally they'd want to drive home the point that XP is near end-of-life as we know it. A large number of computers running XP today would run Windows 7 poorly, lacking the processor horsepower, main system memory, hard drive capacity, or even driver support for some of the hardware. So in a great many cases, upgrading a system to Windows 7 makes no sense at all, hence KA-CHING! a potential sale by CDW of a replacement.

My rule of thumb is that I would not consider upgrading to Windows 7 unless the processor was at least a dual-core (or upgradable) and the memory could be upgraded to 4GB. But when one takes into account the manpower cost and the hardware cost to get a system up to speed, well, a replacement is less expensive. KA-CHING! for CDW. So goodbye to all the Socket 478 systems, probably the majority of Socket 775 desktop systems, most of the laptops with DDR2 memory, and all laptops with memory older than DDR2. Hello, Windows 7.

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Amazon Web Services runs out of (some) servers

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Just like banking, isn't it?

Content owners who own broadcast companies are just like the banks that do both traditional commercial/ consumer banking and investment banking, i.e. place bets, and expect bailouts when their bets fail in a big way. What we are seeing here in the nutcase USofA cable TV market are owners of cable channels pushing the content that they own to the exclusion of others and to be boringly boringly repetitive, showing the same films over and over. Worse yet, sometimes same fare is playing at the same time on two different channels, owned by the same content owner, of course. When one complains to the companies broadcasting the various cable channels, they shrug and say they can do nothing, because they only DELIVER the content. And the cable broadcasting companies have conveniently gerrymandered the country so that each one has a monopoly in a specific geographic area, town or city or whatever. Netflix and viewing TV shows without commercials (or fewer of them) never looked so good.

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Ballmer: 'We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET'

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An apples-and-apples comparison? Stock splits ARE important to stockholders.

So rather than telling us the misleading factoid that Microsoft's single share price is lower now than when Ballmer took over, how about doing some real math, tell us the value of one share way back then and the value of that single share today, accounting for the stock splits. Then we would all have an apples-and-apples comparison. Pun intended. While at it, do some more heavy lifting and show Apple share price in the same interval with the same accounting-for-splits accuracy. Then we would all have an Apples-and-Microsofts comparison. ;>) ... Ben Myers

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

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Close, but no cigar

Give away Windows 8.1! That's eight-point-one, the release that goes a long way toward making a non-touch computer useful again. If if that's not enough, users can always install ClassicShell... Ben

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Distie: Build the cloud and resellers will come... so WHERE ARE THEY?

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Speaking as a reseller, no real incentives for me to sell the cloud

$40 per seat incentive from Microsoft to sell cloud services is simply not worth it for a small reseller. Maybe the larger resellers and project-oriented consulting firms can integrate the cloud into their webs of offerings. But I can make more money doing repairs and on-site troubleshooting or support.

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Win XP? Your PLAGUE risk is SIX times that of Win 8 - NOW

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Self-serving, perhaps? Just a little bit.

Microsoft dug themselves into an operating system hole, first with the slow and annoying Vista. Then, while at it, they changed device driver models, something that happens almost every other Microsoft OS release. What happens? OOOPS! Lots of printers and scanners and graphics cards and audio cards and other more specialized hardware no longer work with the bright and shiny but blighted Vista. Windows 7 really ought to have been the free upgrade to Vista, but, yes, it uses almost the same device driver model, so your older but perfectly functioning hardware won't work with it either. Then Microsoft begat Windows 8, the demon spawn of Windows and the iPad. We all know how that is turning out, rejection of Windows 8 by large enterprises plus cries of anguish by consumers given no choice to buy in the stores except Windows 8. (People will race to the free Windows 8.1, because they really have no choice if stuck with Windows 8.)

Oh, yeah, and did I mention that many large companies (like banks) and enterprises (like govts and hospitals) have designed and developed for their own use proprietary applications that run on XP? And sometimes, with VERY special hardware? Now they have to "migrate" these applications to some bright new Microsoft OS. But migration is not a simple thing like birds flying south in the autumn. It is re-engineering the applications to run in a much-changed world of Windows 7 or Windows 8 Application Programming Interfaces (API). Some of Microsoft's API changes are for the good, as they make the software world more secure and more reliable. Others fix serious design errors made by Microsoft in earlier software, e.g. the hugely mistaken tight integration of Internet Explorer into XP, opening a huge hole for operating system contamination. So migration of software to the brave new world of Windows 7-or-8 is both very costly and extremely time-consuming. Yeah, I know you can run XP apps in an XP virtual machine under Windows 7. Well, SOME apps, like regular everyday commodity software you buy in the store. But proprietary software developed in-house? I'll believe it when I see it.

So now they want to use the tactic honed by long-time IBM partner: Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, or FUD. Scare the hell out of everyone still using XP. They will scare a lot of people to Windows 7-or-8, and hardware vendors like Dell, Lenovo, HPaq and Acer-eGateMachines will smile as they sell a lot of systems to replace the ones that run Windows 7-or-8 very poorly. Nevertheless, come April 2014, millions of people will still run XP, probably with Firefox or Chrome and with any anti-virus package except MIcrosoft Security Essentials.

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Former Systemax exec faces second probe by Feds

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No matter the venue. Those probes always hurt.

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Now Seagate posts declining results. Can new tech lift it upwards?

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Not too many disk drive vendors left, are there?

All the consolidation in the biz means that there are only three drive vendors left: Seagate, WD and Toshiba. I wonder what new technology Toshiba has up its sleeve.

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BOOGIE BALLMER: Steve Dirty Dances at tearful Microsoft leaving do

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Microsoft is the most successful company in history at selling other people's ideas as their own.

And they sold the ideas of others as a bullying monopolist that the US govt did not want to harness. But, that was the Ballmer mentality that prevailed all these years. It has pissed off millions, including OEMs, large customers, and other business partners. So they had a good run while it's lasted. What next? Steve is intellectually incapable of answering the question, so billg and two others are tasked with the job of finding and hiring the new visionary to lead Microsoft on to bigger and better. Good luck with that. It will be an interesting business soap opera to watch.

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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

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WTF?

WTF WTF WTF? Small ISVs can someday grow into larger ISVs. ISVs are good for the Microsoft Windows ecosystem, because they create apps that make people want to buy Windows instead of something else like a Mac or one of the zillion Linux distros. So once again, Microsoft shoots ISVs and the richochet shoots self in foot.

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Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster

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Re: The next 24 months is Microsoft's true window of vulnerability.

Buyers (or licensees) of Microsoft products and services could do some sort of cost-benefit analysis comparing the way of the Microsoft borg with alternatives. You never know.

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