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Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle

stephajn

Bought Wii U a month ago

I got a PS3 back in March because now they are so cheap with the PS4 out. I chose the PS3 because was told it could play PS2 and PSOne games. To my dismay and disappointment, I found out that is only partially true. Still, I was (note WAS) as huge Final Fantasy fan, and I knew that is where I'd get my fix of the latest and greatest. Immediately bought FF XIII trilogy as soon as I could find it. Was horribly disappointed with my purchase of those games and wished I had taken the time to see the game reviews first. So I got some other games....again....disappointments overall. However, I grew up playing Nintendo for the most part. Final Fantasy 3/6 (depending on how you want to look at it) was my first exposure to the series and I was a fan since.

But now, a month ago I bought a Wii U. So I have the PS3 and the Wii U sitting side by side in my living room...and yet....I find myself reaching for the Wii U a bit more.

I do agree with a previous post that Nintendo needs to push some of its other franchises in a big way. We need a good Zelda adventure unique to the Wii U and not just an HD remake of Wind Waker. (Waiting for Hyrule Warriors....) We need another 3D Donkey Kong perhaps....and get your ass in gear on Metroid for crying out loud!!!! lol (Sorry...taking my pill now)

I do appreciate the HD remakes that are being done nowadays. (Kingdom Hearts on PS3 as an example)

I'm even wondering what would happen if Zelda got to be a first person game as opposed to 3rd person. Worked well for Metroid.... Or imagine first person Mario game?

Anyways....my whole point is this: I had my prejudices about the Wii U, but when I gave it a good solid try, I was quite impressed. It has its place, but when I think Nintendo, I generally don't come up with titles like Call of Duty or Wolenstein: New Order. (Or South Park: The Stick of Truth...heh heh)

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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

stephajn

Re: I feel a vote coming on...

Genius!

Thumbs up for the awesome TNG reference!

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Apple stops caring about Samsung kit everyone else stopped caring about years ago

stephajn

Lame...

Apple: "WAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!"

Samsung: "Those devices are not even being sold anymore anyway. We made our billions....stop your whining!!!"

Apple: "WAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!....wait....what?? Oh...uhhhh...well alright then! Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!!!"

Samsung: "Whatever...."

That's what I get from all of this.

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NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14

stephajn

Re: D(HE)LL?

I was thinking that this feature would come in handy if you wanted to host an API in a Windows Service perhaps that exposes an HTTP endpoint. (Just one example)

Or...and this may be insanity....

Shipping an app that runs locally without the need for a web server, but is web based. The web "server" is the app process itself...or a Windows service that is installed on the machine.

Just my two cents....oh wait....I'm from Canada where there is no penny....uhhhhhmmmmm OK round it up...

Just my five cents...

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Party like it's not 1999: Cry FREEDOM for a better web

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"They are set of specs that promise to le developers use their existing knowledge and skills in things like HTML and JavaScript to build widgets that can be easily re-used."

Did the author of the article suddenly switch off the grammar and spell checker for this sentence?

Web Components as a standard....seems an awful lot like giving a formal name to jQuery UI's widgets or Kendo or ExtJS and so forth.

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

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Re: Google is forcing device makers to stick to the default UI

"Google is forcing device makers to stick to the default UI _if they want to carry its new Android Silver brand_"

And therein lies the caveat for all hardware developers. No one has said that these manufacturers can't still do their own thing. It is just that they won't carry the Android Silver brand. So it'll just be business as usual for these manufacturers. Kinda like that whole "Works with Windows" sticker and the "Made for Windows" sticker and the "Vista Basic" sticker vs the "Vista Premium" sticker. It's all about slapping a sticker on a product called Android Silver.

And has been said before in comments above, for those that care, they can still do what they want with their phones and slap on whatever new launcher or themes or whatever that they want. I can't even BEGIN to tell you how many times I have seen some of my friends install a completely hideous theme on their phone turning it from something readable into this gaudy pink and purple MESS.

My read on this whole thing is that it is just a "certification" that Google is introducing here just like Microsoft having put the "Windows X Compatible" certification out there for anyone that wants to have it on their software.

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BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

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Living with the Crazy....

.....finally getting a bit of a respite from The Crazy after 10 years almost. Wow....this BOFH couldn't have hit it on the nose any better!

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Apple badmouthing of court's monitor proves it NEEDS him - judge

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Stop

LOL

...which stands for Lame Out Loud.

Seriously Apple....you make billions upon billions of dollars in profits and charge your customers through the roof for your products and have almost no profit sharing with your retailers whom you make jump through so many hoops just to have the "privilege" of selling your junk.

I think you can manage a little bit of "imposition". Grow up and shut up.

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Developer unleashes bowel-shaking KILLER APP for Google Glass

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Austin Powers App

Anyone remember Austin Powers 3, when he was sitting across the sumo wrestling ring and with a touch of the side of his glasses was able to zoom in really nice and tight on Fat Bastard?

Well, being legally blind myself, I saw those glasses and immediately thought, "I WANT!!!!" I'd love to be able to zoom in on something far away to be able to see it close up without having to whip out a pair of binoculars or a monocular that just makes me look like a total prat. For that matter, if my Android Phone can have a magnifier app that just makes use of the camera, then the same principle could apply to Google Glass right?

Although....as much as I would love to have that ability, the social awkwardness of walking around with that strapped to my head and the $1500 hole it would burn in my already burnt pockets become two major roadblocks I just can't see being lifted any time real soon.

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Visual Studio 2013: 50 Shades of Grey not a worry for MONSTER dev TOOL

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"Too good to be abandoned"

"And yes I still have to develop in VB6. Why? Because it's just too good to be abandoned."

Reminds me of the same attitude someone I worked for for about six months had with regards to FoxPro for DOS. To this day his product that he pushes on people is STILL FoxPro DOS based. Sucks for anyone buying a brand new computer nowadays since they are all 64 bit. But this guy is so set in the past about how easy FoxPro is to get a fully searchable grid of data with one line of code that he fails to see what people are demanding now. And he wonders why he had to close down his office and work out of his home....

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Investors on Microsoft: What, Ballmer, leaving? Hand me my wallet

stephajn

Re: return the firm to the golden days

" user are much more computer-literate"

On the contrary, I find that they are getting dumber by the day. Gone are the days when you could tell someone to go to a website and they would just type it in the address bar and go. Now they google a website address and then wonder which one to click on.

The list could go on....but I almost feel that it is the computer support people who are the ones becoming jaded and the onslaught of tablets becoming the primary computing device for so many people has made the average computer user much more computer-dumb than they used to be.

I could be wrong, but that is just what I am seeing.

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Microsoft FIRES devs into the CLOUD with Visual Studio Online

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First impressions

Being an MSDN subscriber via the BizSpark program, I have had access to Visual Studio 2012, and 2013 now. I have to say that the 2013 UI is much more responsive, but not worth shelling out a tonne of cash for. Some of the tooling is nicer, but again, not something that can't be done with some cleverness in 2012.

As a web developer, the biggest feature I am drooling over is BrowserLink. Best new feature in my opinion!

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Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

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Flash on Android

"(Incidentally, when did Google dump Flash support on Android? I thought it was only iPads that had a gimped browser)"

My understanding on this matter is that it was Adobe that decided not to continue to update Flash on Android and even decided to pull it from the Play Store. However, for those that really do want it, there is the option of manually downloading and installing APKs from Adobe's Website. (At least, the last time I checked anyway)

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

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high end hardware

Hmmmm.....I wonder if the Galaxy Nexus has now been sidelined for any updates or if my Nexus will get the update OTA....

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It's the '90s all over again: Apple repeats mistakes as low-cost tablets pile up

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Chasing to the bottom

"noting that Walmart was pushing tablets at $49, saying “We have no interest in chasing all the way down to the bottom.”"

Funny...you could have fooled me with some of the absolute crap that you push out in your PC line. Being a screw turner with computers I see loads and loads of HP's coming across my bench and they all are obviously chasers to the bottom.

My wife's HP Touchpad notwithstanding...because that thing with Android installed on it just SCREAMS with speed snd smoothness.

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Google reveals its Hummingbird: Fly, my little algorithm - FLY!

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Re: I'm surprised Google didn't farm the work out...

"Maybe we can see a Hummingbird vs. Watson competition on Jeopardy!...?"

Would be a great excuse to bring out Ken Jennings again....

But actually it would be incredibly cool to pit these two computers against each other. I imagine Alex getting really lonely on stage talking to Watson and uhhhh....hmmmmm.....what would Google's computer be named?

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Bill Gates: Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del salute was a MISTAKE

stephajn

The one key idea...

...Glad it never took off.

The keyboards that have the half moon button on them to suspend or sleep the computer were bad enough. On my HP keyboard I am using, that key is DIRECTLY next to the tilde key and is quite long. One false move with the left pinky near the ~ key...OH DAMN!!!!!

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Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES

stephajn

See video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIakZtDmMgo

It could happen to anyone.....if you are about as smart as this guy....

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Apple CEO Cook: 'We're not in the junk business'

stephajn

Such big markets....

"Fortunately, both of these markets are so big," he said, "and there's so many people that care and want a great experience from their phone or their tablet, that Apple can have a really good business."

So if the market is SOOOOO big, then why is Apple continuously dragging everyone before the courts in these screwball lawsuits over stupidly obvious patents? The more I read Tim Cook's statements, the more I hear the sound of George W. Bush's moron tones.

I had a "Bushisms" calendar back in 2007....maybe there should be one for Tim Cook too.

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Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?

stephajn

Colour me unsurprised

A brand new OS release....of COURSE something is going to go wrong. Although it does make one wonder what the hell is going on when features that are so CORE to the product are the ones that go wrong. Shouldn't it be the edge cases that have the issues?

Thinking back on the Wifi issues and so forth with iOS. Such glaring problems....why can't these be corrected before World+dog downloads the stupid thing? As for NYC Blonde's comment....like William Shatner said... "GET A LIFE!!!"

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Dog bites man: Apple's Macs trounce all Windows PCs in customer love

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Re: Hmmm...

"besides after spending all THAT kinda money, who wants to admit that they bought a turd"

Couldn't agree more. Having had to service some of these Macbooks, I have been shocked and disgusted to find Toshiba brand hard drives inside. I mean SERIOUSLY??? Making someone spend all that money on overpriced aluminum crap and then you throw a junkard drive like that into it? Come on Apple...at LEAST a WD Blue or Seagate drive here.....

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Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'

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Relent some more will ya????

Another thing that blocks us from wanting to build Windows 8 units in our shop is having to commit a license as soon as the disc is inserted. It was a LOT easier and better to have it like Windows Vista and 7 and you could skip supplying a key so that you could install it, get the system fully checked over and make sure it will run nicely before having to commit a license to it. I wish they'd loosen the grip on that one too.

This is just another thing that drives me away from MS towards Linux. Max OS X can still bite me....hate that company....

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Want to sit in Picard's chair while spying on THE WORLD? We can make it so – ex-NSA man

stephajn

Am I the only one...

....that noticed that the picture they posted is from Star Trek TOS and not TNG? If Picard is sitting in the chair of THAT Enterprise then something seriously wrong has happened.

Just me flexing my Trekkie muscles.

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US plaintiffs can seek damages over Street View data slurp - court

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Re: What damages?

Well what else is there? Bunch of whiney babies.....I think I feel a case of emotional trauma every time someone wins a lawsuit over emotional trauma. I want to sue over this but I don't know how..... Being Canadian, I wasn't taught how to sue people in Grade 1...

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Apple seeds Golden Master iOS 7 to devs, calls Sep 18 ship date

stephajn

His head really is up his arse...

"No other platform has any apps like these"

Really Tim??? REALLY???? May I direct your attention to this little niggly tiggly suite called OFFICE with a little program or two in it carrying the name of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. (Just to name three)

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Microsoft does a U-turn, releases Windows 8.1 to developers early after all

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Re: How big !.

"instantly bloats into a ~20Gb footprint and needs another 25Gb+ of working space just to unpack."

Just out of curiosity....how much of that is in your Windows\winsxs folder?

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stephajn

Makes me sooooo glad....

....that I switched to running Linux Mint instead. Have had it up to HERE with Microsoft's ways lately and enough was finally enough. The Windows 8.1 "upgrade" doesn't feel like they listened at all except to put a certain button back. The rest seems all enterprise focused. Well....where I live.....the only Enterprises around here are stuck in the past on Windows XP and only just now realizing that Windows 7 may be an option.

I still rely on some MS products like Expression Design (alternatives anyone?) and Visual Studio. But I am looking closer at MonoDevelop these days and hoping I can transfer my skills over to that.

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Microsoft and Google unite to sue US gov't for more transparency

stephajn

I have a dream....

......that these companies will just blow the whistle on the government anyway despite their gag orders, and when the public speaks up....perhaps the public can tell the government where the NSA can stick it.

I have a dream....

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Ballmer's emotional farewell to Redmond: I LOVE THIS COMPANY

stephajn

Re: Selection process...

Or perhaps even a Mortal Kombat style where the winner is the new CEO. Would be a chance to trim down on all the yes men and committees.

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Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

stephajn

Re: Pokki...? Seriously?

"How about Start8?"

That's what I was hoping for too. Having tried out a few of them, I found that Start8 was the very best out of them all to really feel like it was PART of the operating system and not just tacked on. Using IOBitStart Menu 8 right now, and it isn't bad for a free product, but I honestly feel like Start8 is the one that really sets the benchmark to compare all others to.

(No I don't work for Stardock) lol

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Kim Kardashian's bosom pal in bling snatch Instagram unpleasantness

stephajn

That's what you get....

....for being one of these people that feels like you have to be a voyeurist about the everyday mundane things in life and show them off.

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

stephajn
Megaphone

The Camera app

I wish they would just settle down on the camera app just a wee bit. I had just gotten used to 4.2's camera app UI and flipping between the front and back camera, only to find out that once AGAIN they have changed it in 4.3. OY!!! LEAVE THE DAMNED CAMERA ALONE GOOGLE!!!!

Going back to take my Prozzac now....

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Windows NT: Remember Microsoft's almost perfect 20-year-old?

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Windows 2000's 63,000 bugs

I went back and read that article about Microsoft issuing that award. Interestingly enough, at the time the guy who wrote it said that they seemed to be using it for internal use only. Makes me wonder if this is where Team Foundation Server gets its roots from?

At any rate, that software was able to see 63,000 bugs in Windows 2000. And yet, with all of these failed patches that we keep on hearing about, it makes me wonder if they are even REMOTELY still using something like that software or not.

"Things that make you go hmmmm....."

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Legal bible Groklaw pulls plug in wake of Lavabit shutdown, NSA firestorm

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Re: I' not buying the Groklaw arguments - see the evidence..

He was looking up what the addresses are for Groklaw's email servers by looking at the MX records of their domain. And what the query shows is that Google is handling email for Groklaw. Google....the same Google that says that anyone using the Internet shouldn't expect privacy.

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'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

stephajn

William Shatner put it nicely...

...for all these tard girls when he said, "I seriously mean when I say get a life."

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NSA coughs to 1000s of unlawful acts of snooping on US soil since 2008

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This should be made a movie!

Once again, Snowden leaked documents that the NSA really wishes didn't exist. I am telling you....this is shaping up to be the best plot for a movie!

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BOFH: Backup server's failed? We have a backup backup server

stephajn

Customer Torture

Now it appears the PFY's doing a Excuse-Calendar-like loose triple of: { { primary, secondary, tertiary, backup, redundant, sequentially-paired} { web, portal, financials, backup, authentication, ERP } { server, matrix, frontend, backend, core} }

I have done something like this with certain doofus customers from time to time. They want to appear smarter than me even though they just asked me where the lowercase keys on the keyboard are. Once they expose themselves to having that level of ignorance, then it is GLOVES OFF BABY!

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Google rolls its eyes, gives Windows Phones five more months to sync

stephajn

"Just how long it will take for the update to reach all of Microsoft's Windows Phone customers worldwide is unclear, but December 31 certainly sounds doable."

All of Microsoft's Windows Phone customers worldwide....so....about a few thousand then? I'd almost say that August 31 ought to be doable!

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Asus staggers into summer heatwave thirsty for sales, sweating profit

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Re: Marketing

Couldn't agree with you more. Many people don't even know the exact pronounciation of the name, and so many people call Asus Acer.

My father-in-law has a Transformer tablet with the keyboard and he absolutely loves the thing. So do I in fact and I don't even have one! If they could just get their name out there more and make people more aware of them, things might be better. As it is, your average Joe Consumer thinks that Asus is some brand new brand and doesn't even realize that they have been around for so long, and that chances are the motherboard inside of their piece of junk HP desktop is probably made by Asus!

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Microsoft adds Visual-Studio-like text editor to SkyDrive

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Angel

Re: With or without..

Someone get this person a beer....no wait...TWO beers! And not the tiny ones either! Make em REEEEEAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLY big!

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Samsung overtakes Apple as most profitable global handset maker

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Memories of Eaton's...

I am reminded of a company that is now gone called Eaton's. They focused so much on selling only "premium priced" gear that they alienated their clientele and eventually folded. Not to say that Apple is going to fold....but it is interesting to note that the cheaper 3 inch models and the larger 5 inch models have them somewhat on the ropes as it were. Samsung and others listened to their clients asking for more variety. They gave it. Meanwhile Apple insisted that their one size fits all was bang on. Now..just like Microsoft they have their tails between their legs and are "exploring" other screen sizes.

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Apple crushes all competition in US Brand of the Year survey

stephajn

No accounting for taste....

Further proof you can't trust an American's taste....

Remember...this is the same nation that would be in favour of going to war with Canada over the "Silverfish Crisis" and whose politicians actually at one point were dumb enough (probably still are) to believe that Canada only adopted the 24 hour clock a few years ago and went on national TV congratulating Canada for this major step forward.

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Microsoft offers IE 11 preview for Windows 7 ... but not Windows 8

stephajn
FAIL

Reporting FAIL

"After shipping IE10 with Windows 8, Redmond took over a year to release a preview version that ran on Windows 7, and another three months after that to ship the final version."

Uhhhh...considering that the final version of Windows 8 came out in October of last year and it is only July...how in the WORLD does the above statement hold any truth???

I wonder...is he talking about the preview of IE10 that may have shipped with the very first beta of Windows 8?

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Sammy had Sweet Fanny Adams to do with Swiss Fanny madam's blast

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Thumb Up

Re: So...

I just had to look that up on Google Translate.

Cracked me up. Up vote for you AC!!!

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Google teases hush-hush Android event on July 24

stephajn

Android 4.3....

.....now with Google Glass integration and all the same creepiness as the Glass platform!!!

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Apple threatens ANOTHER Samsung patent lawsuit

stephajn

Are you by any chance a Blackberry or Windows Phone user?

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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

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Megaphone

Oh if only...

....someone would just jump up at one of these conferences when they are parading the new release and still with the full screen Start Screen and yell out, "You know damn well that is not what the customer's wishes are!!! We want the start MENU back! Not just the start button!!!! ARE YOU LISTENING?????" Of course...security would then be marching that person out of the room in a big hurry....but everyone in the room would also start clapping and cheering and that guy would have all the beer he wants that night.

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Microsoft touts business features of Windows 8.1

stephajn

Re: Too little, too late ....

Normally I am not one to stand behind Eadon's comments, but WOW AND WOW! That one hit it right on the nose. Being a tech and having to work with these piece of junk laptops that customers are buying from the stores with Windows 8 on them is absolutely painful. Especially the MS-signed UEFI boot manager. Holy crap what a pain!

A big part of me wants to jam my foot up MS's rear for that one. Thanks for making our lives a living hell there guys. Having to use the Windows Boot Manager just to access the BIOS??? Seriously??? Having to use the Windows Boot Manager just to access the BIOS?!?!?!?!?!?! (Yes I am aware I am repeating myself, but it just seemed like such a huge point that it was worth mentioning twice. Thank you Kryten....:) )

At any rate, I REALLY REALLY hope that Windows 8.1 also removes some of the pains that technicians like myself are up against with having to support these new machines.

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Google adds Atari Easter Egg for Breakout's birthday

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Paris Hilton

Jobs Icon anyone?

I think we need a Jobs icon for all of the stories and posts that inevitably lead back to Steve Jobs.

I swear we hear more about that guy in death than we did in his life! </hyperbole>

Paris...because I am sure we could link this back to her in some way too.

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