* Posts by Tim 11

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

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Re: Office nasty

in the old days when the monitor power was daisy-chained out of the back of the PC, I connected a novell netware server to the output power socket on my colleague's PC, and connected his monitor power and VGA to the output of the netware box. when he turned the PC on, the monitor turned on and he saw netware booting up.

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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

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Re: Errrrrrmmmmmm...

Surely if there's any reluctance in user takeup, all they have to do is integrate messenger into the normal FB application (which in my experience can't be uninstalled on android), then users will have the simple option of either having messenger or not having a smartphone.

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What did we learn today? Microsoft has patented the slider bar

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Re: Performance...

For me, the performance difference is real because the startup time of Libre office is much longer than MS office.

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Chat messages in Skype for Windows are bang out of order – so here's how to 'fix' it for now

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Re: How?

The problem isn't quite as simple as that.

In Skype there is no central server through which all messages pass, so no authoritative source of "system time". Individual users' devices may vary in their current time setting by several minutes. Also the order in which messages are received is not necessarily the order in which they were sent because the network is slow and unreliable.

However, I'm not defending the fact that it used to get it "right" (or at least better than it does now) so there has undoubtedly been a regression of functionality.

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Re: Skype sponsored content

agree - I think skype usability peaked around version 5 (in the golden days of windows 7 and server 2008, before everything MS did was shit)

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Watch out, er, 'oven cleaners': ICO plans nuisance call crackdown in 2016

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Re: Protip

Does this really work? sounds like a valuable tip we should know about

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

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I'm not looking forward to my next phone and that's a great cause for optimism in my book. The fact that the phone market is maturing is a good thing. It means we'll get more reliable and stable platforms, better usability and fewer dead ends.

But most importantly, we can get on with our lives in the real world using the phone as a means-to-an-end rather than the phone itself being the object of our attention.

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

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The good old days

When I go out for a walk or cycle, I'm pretty sure nobody gives a shit where I've been or how fast I was going, and I certainly don't want to be fiddling with gadgets all the way round. I thought the point was to get out and enjoy the countryside and have a rest from technology?

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Microsoft mandates browser-extension defence to malvertising

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Didn't understand a word of that

Maybe I'm being dumb, but I thought an advert was just an HTML element on a web page (possibly an iframe) which is served from a web server. It's no different technically from any other content. What has this got to do with browser extensions?

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If it still works six months from now, count yourself lucky

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I'm currently the proud owner of a 4 year old dell precision M6600 and a 5 year old macbook air 11. Both used very intensively and both are in just about perfect condition, though the macbook does have a small dent where I knocked it off a table onto the floor (this would probably have killed a plastic cased HDD laptop).

I agree with AD though - the construction on cheaper products is crap. there was a time when you knew your laptop would be outdated in a year so there was no need to bother buying something well built, but nowadays it's worth the money to get something that will last

have just bought an HP envy 13 which looks superficially as well built as a macbook but only cost £600. if I get 5 years out of that, it'll be a bargain.

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Microsoft whips out PowerApps – now your Pointy Haired Boss can write software, too!

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Re: Anyone remember Frontpage?

The apparent quote "aren't enough developers" isn't actually a quote from the story; the story actually says "aren't enough skilled developers".

In my experience there are plenty of insufficiently skilled developers (many of them "trained, experienced and idle" to quote yourself) but there is most definitely a skill shortage in the industry despite good pay rates. I have personally never met a truly talented IT person of the type I recruit (developer or otherwise) who left the IT field to do something else more profitable.

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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Looking at those adverts...

...reminds me how glad I am that I don't live in the US

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GPS, you've gone too far this time

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Isn't this obvious?

Just turn on your GPS and leave it in the same place. Subsequent location readings will differ from each other by some error margin and thus it will think it has moved (i.e. that your speed is non zero)

Now imagine you're moving very slowly compared to the error margin and you can see that it will think you're moving much faster than you actually are.

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Tim Cook: UK crypto backdoors would lead to 'dire consequences'

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the bleedin' obvious

what's sad is that it's newsworthy when someone has to say this.

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Oracle's Hurd mentality: We (and one other) will own all of cloud by 2025

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The same strategy as microsoft.

step 1: redefine <<latest buzz word>> to be whatever we're already doing

step 2: claim we are 100% compatible with <<latest buzz word>>

I'd be interested to know what percentage of LOC has been changed to meet this "98% redone" claim. I'm guessing it's way less than 1%, and all the rest is creative accounting.

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Oracle, SAP, IBM: They're rubbish and charge you billions for Excel, says man

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exponential growth in one year?

I think you need more than two data points to claim exponential growth.

And with debt of £200k per employee or £2,000 per customer, I'd agree the jury is still out on the business model.

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Outlook.com had classic security blunder in authentication engine

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surely they knew already??

Anyone with friends that still use hotmail will regularly get spam coming from those people with links to dodgy web sites. This flaw has been very obvious and actively exploited for at least 10 years.

I only twigged it as a simple XSS attack last year when my gf clicked on one of the links and we noticed a load of spam messages appear in her sent items. If there was anyone inside MS with the remotest interest in hotmail security they could have found and fixed this flaw years ago and saved all of us a lot of grief.

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Hey, Facebook – these are the new Like buttons you should have used

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novel??

"While Facebook's response is a novel one"

err, a forum site allowing smileys to be used in posts - novel?? it's only been around since about 1986

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'One Windows' crunch time: Microsoft tempts with glittery new devices

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two problems

1. using the same ecosystem for such a broad range of devices will restrict developers to the "lowest common denominator" features (which should really be called highest common factor) i.e. developers can only access features common to all devices and will find it much more difficult to optimize for a specific class of devices.

2. using the same ecosystem for such a broad range of devices is probably not desirable. contrast the success of iPad and iPhone (iOS having a completely separate codebase from from the desktop OSX) with the failure of windows 8 (trying to shoehorn desktop and mobile into the same UX)

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Asus ZenBook UX305: With Windows 10, it suddenly makes perfect sense

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touchpad

This Asus might be different but so far I've never used a windows laptop which came within a mile of the macbook touchpad for usability (multi touch, swipes etc). Boot the macbook into Windows and all the magic goes away, so I guess this has as much to do with the OS as the hardware.

I'm not an apple fanboi at all; I don't own any other apple products and generally find Windows easier to use than OSX. But for me, this alone is worth the price premium and the hassle of not being able to run my windows apps.

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Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

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Re: "Personal" computer no more

I very much sympathise with your viewpoint, but let's not forget most computer users are not IT savvy people. IMHO the biggest problem faced by non-techie home users is there's too much scope for them to mess things up. One of the reasons tablets have been so successful with home users is that they are so much more difficult to screw up (though this is partly down to much lower levels of functionality available). Maybe Windows should have two separate modes, one for people who want control and one for those who just want to take the line of least resistance and do everything the recommended way?

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Just WHO is hiring a 'Cloud Transformation Director' for £162,000? Actually YOU are

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yeah that'll work

because if there's one thing the public sector is better at than outsourcing IT, it's running it's own IT.

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The enterprise hardware market is growing. You read that right. Growing

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This is heresy

How dare you print this heretical and blasphemous crap. Repeat after me, "cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud", and don't stop until you believe it.

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Random numbers aren't, says infosec boffin

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"Take my vehicle's radio"

I have noticed what seems to be a lack of randomness in car audio track selections, but on doing a bit of research I believe this is actually psychological - I'm sure even the most basic computing device easily has the capabilities to generate PRNs that appear random to a casual observer.

However, what you want most of the time is a shuffle, not a random!

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At last we know for sure. Blighty's 'best mobile network' is ...

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Don't forget virgin mobile

Anyone who has ever had to use EE customer service would never touch them with a barge pole, but if you're a virgin cable customer you can get to use EE's network and still have some semblance of customer service. YMMV IMHO etc.

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Thanks for open sourcing .NET say Point of Sale villains

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Let's ban anything that makes crims' lives easier

A lot of bank robbers seem to use cars as getaway vehicles - let's ban them

All kinds of criminals use mobile phones - they should be made illegal as well

Our oxygen-rich atmosphere makes it easy for criminals to breathe - destroy it!

etc. etc.

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Everything I see is Windows 10, says Microsoft's SatNad

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Windows 10 is just a name

If there's one pattern we've seen again and again from Microsoft it's this - pick a buzzword and re-brand all your product lines to that buzzword (Remember "live"?). The technology behind it is irrelevant.

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BYOD anyone?

"The fact that ... some social networking app is not available is not much of an issue (in business scenarios)."

So it's goodbye BYOD and welcome to the world of having a separate phone (and presumably separate tablet) for work.

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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32,000 hours??

"32,000 hours of original programming" ... "371 hours of new UK output were broadcast"

can anyone explain what these numbers mean and why there is nearly a factor of 100 difference between them?

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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Re: Still don't understand how this happened

I suspect that even the top brass in MS new it was an utter disaster, but they knew they had to do something drastic to get in the tablet game, and couldn't think of anything better.

They took a gamble, and largely succeeded, that their foothold in windows desktop+server was strong enough that even Windows 8 wouldn't cause most users to abandon Windows, and they probably had a very good idea they'd be undoing a lot of these changes in the next version.

Whilst I've personally been pissed off immensely by the whole w8 debacle, I'm not sure what else MS could have done which would have been accepted by the shareholders and top brass desperate to compete with apple and android. On the other hand, are they in a better position now or in a years time than if they'd never done windows 8? I really don't know.

cue the downvotes please...

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Tim 11

Re: Windows 8 interface

Thank you thank you - this is what I've been harping on about for years.

Why on earth do new versions of Windows group the windows together by app, meaning 2 clicks (or at least one hover followed by a click) are required to switch documents even within one task.

Personally I have the taskbar on vertically down the screen, with small icons+text and "never combine", and I use 7TT (highly recommended) to group windows together by task. It really frustrates me when I have to use someone else's PC and go back to the default way of doing things.

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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

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There's only one reason people need Windows...

...to run software that only runs on Windows. That's a helluva lot of software to be sure, and it includes some of the best software in the world, but it won't run on the Pi either.

Windows is going to be around for a long time but outside of the classic wintel environment it'll only ever be a curiosity

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Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

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windows updates anyone?

I assume this is running full-fat windows rather than win RT. If so, 32GB is only enough to last for about a years worth of windows updates even if you don't install any local software or store any local data at all (some of my PCs have over 50GB in the c:\windows directory).

This is a very short-sighted idea

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Exchange Server 2016 will be mostly Cloud Exchange ported back on-premises

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"Faster and more intelligent search"

Having just switched from gmail to office 365, the biggest downside for me is search which doesn't seem to have improved significantly since I used exchange in 2001. If this is what on-prem exchange customers have to look forward to in exchange '16, don't get your hopes up too high.

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

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"....all the user would need to do is run their own encryption on top"

yes in theory, but this cunning plan relies on the fact that most users aren't savvy or motivated enough to do that... only the ones with something to hide... oh crap!

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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is £150 really a bargain

I paid £109 for my 23 inch full HD monitor in 2009 and have never had any problems with it

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Wanna quote tweets without manual faff? HAVE AT IT, sez Twitter

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Is this really big news?

Not a twitter user myself but to the uninitiated, this looks like something that would take one competent programmer about half a day to implement.

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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politics

It's interesting to look at the upvote/downvote ratios on this story. On most stories, a common-sense comment gets a big pile of upvotes an a stupid comment gets a load of downvotes. What we're dealing with here is basically a political issue so I'd expect people to vote along party political lines (tories in favour of the original article and lefties against). Hence a fairly even split of up and down votes.

We might not necessarily see it as party political, we each see our own view as common sense, but that's the nature of politics.

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

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Re: Better than expected

Don't forget this is just one specific category of one specific area that's being identified as wasted for one specific reason.

If you take into account inefficient public services, benefit payments, parliament, bureaucracy etc, I'd guess at least 1/2 the £700 billion is "wasted" in that it could have been better employed had it not been given to government to spend.

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Virgin Media to splurge BEELLIONS on UK network infrastructure expansion

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Good news

for private companies to start digging up roads and putting down their own TV cables 25 years ago was a very brave thing to do. After a lot of long-term losses and consolidation, the fact that it's still privately owned, and the new owner thinks it's a good idea to dig up more roads and put down more cables, is basically a vindication of the original concept.

Cable TV and internet has served me well over the past 25 years and I'm pleased that it's turned out to be commercially viable and worthy of more investment.

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Microsoft slurps Apple-happy, Google-tastic Sunrise calendar firm

Tim 11

same old Microsoft

Buy 'em up; shut 'em down. No news here

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Facebook bug could have ERASED the ENTIRE WORLD

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does anyone give a shit?

since nobody ever looks at a FB photo that's more than a week old, presumably after a week, everything would be back to normal anyway

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

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Re: I can say...

Yup that's the elephant in the room with EE, customer service. It doesn't take many wasted hours on hold or talking to their f**kwit alleged customer-services people to completely eradicate any advantages of EE.

And yes, I know all phone company customer services is shit, but unless you've experienced EE, you have no idea how bad it can be.

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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SPOILER ALERT - This is almost exactly the script from the movie.

However, cynics might still want to go and see it for the bit when one of the finest mathematical brains in history mispronounces "Euler" and another of the finest mathematical brains in history doesn't notice the rather obvious slip.

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Microsoft: We bought Skype. We make mobiles.. Oh, HANG ON!

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...gradually becoming more coherent

Don't forget the second law of thermodynamics though.

You don't just kick off something in a "more coherent" direction and expect it to naturally gravitate there; lose sight of that goal and things will start getting chaotic again. And if there's one thing MS are good at, it's losing sight of their goals after 5 minutes

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Cash-burning Box makes yet ANOTHER IPO promise

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Investing in data centers

I presume the number/size of data centers required will scale linearly with the number/size of customers.

So surely if you can't make a profit from the customers you've got now with the data centers you've got now, there's no reason to believe that by increasing both you'll become profitable.

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One Sync to rule them all: How Microsoft plans to fix OneDrive

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check-out?

I've struggled with the flakiness of OneDrive for business and its predecessors for several years. The most recent problem is that it now doesn't work against document libraries which require check-out/check-in (this is by design with the latest update).

Now it becomes apparent that this change was probably the first step along the way to getting rid of ODFB altogether and replacing it with the consumer OneDrive. Assuming that the new unified OneDrive doesn't support check-out/check-in either, that will be another big nail in the coffin of anyone who wants to use SharePoint or office 365 as a document management system.

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Stuck on a coding problem – should you Bing it?

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Trollface

Fits in well with Windows 8

Of course for those of us still using windows 7, it's possible to have a web browser and visual studio on the screen at the same time and switch between them easily. That also means we can use Google instead of Bing,

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TALE OF FAIL: Microsoft offers blow-by-blow Azure outage account

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Re: Hmm... Whilst there is much that one can criticise Redmond for I have to say..............

I'm not a big fan of MS or azure but I have to admit they're on to a no-win situation here. Being open is definitely what we'd like to see from these mega-service-providers but it just gives a bigger attack surface for their detractors.

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Win Server 2003 custom support: That's NOT going to be fun

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"instead of supporting a dead-end legacy they could be contributing to Microsoft's future battles with Google, Facebook and Apple”.

I think you meant to say "instead of making money and keeping customers happy, they could be wasting money making stuff that nobody wants" ?

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