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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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Re: That has got to be embarrassing for Microsoft

@John P " Going from 7 to 8, it is more of an incremental change."

True. Vista/7/8 are all the same underlying architecture with different UI elements so its minor updates from that perspective one to the other. With the massive UI swap - 8 becomes a defacto major upgrade, but underneath its essentially 7.1 for the "meat and potatoes" of it.

NT4/2K/2k3/XP are significantly different underlying architecture which makes Vista/7/8 a significant upgrade from an architectural perspective.

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Yahoo! Mail users see crying baby who says firm is 'over capacity'

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Joke

That's it, I'm going to ARCH! :)

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NHS website hit by MASSIVE malware security COCKUP

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Joke

Re: Google Aspies

Great name for yet another inane awards show - the Google Aspies

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

admiraljkb

Re: Bring back Aero too

There is a real WIDE variety of what people want their desktops to look like. Its Windows, people love their customizations. Some folks bling it up, some folks go minimal. MS just needs to realize that and not force bling down folks throats.

Back when I was running XP, I turned off all effects to save memory and CPU/GPU cycles on a laptop to maximize battery power. It worked of course, but strangely (to me anyway) I got a lot of compliments on how nice it looked and was I running a beta of a new Windows. Effectively it looked like the completely boring NT4.

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Time travellers outsmart the NSA

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Alien

Re: Well I'm convinced.

I think our Time Traveling friends instead went for #IhazCheezeburger instead to not totally give themselves away. Bow to our (time traveling) feline overlords!

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

admiraljkb

The unexpected consequence?

More HP server crashes and/or data corruption due to firmware not being updated, and HP getting a very dirty name inside HP shops because the internal support guys that used to "just handle" the firmware updates (without the upper mgt involved), weren't the guys named in the contracts for having access to the firmware updates. Larger orgs might now be impacted since they have major league change control processes in place already, but smal/medium orgs will definitely get impacted.

What happens outside the HP Ivory Tower? Back out here in the real world many companies, with service contracts or not, will slow down and possibly stop the firmware updates. A few crashes later and/or a major data loss, and you'll have Dell, Cisco, IBM, etc with a foot in the door.

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We don't need no STEENKIN' exploit brokers: Let's FLATTEN all bug bounties

admiraljkb

Re: "Free" market prices

My thoughts EXACTLY on it starting an arms race. Many of the exploits for things like Flame and Stux are invaluable. Most Govt's can just up their (off the record) bounty by 25K (of whatever currency floats your boat), and keep doing that all day long. I think this might be a step in the right direction to get rid of many lower level exploits, and it could get a whole lot of new folks trying to find security bugs for a quick payday, but the BIG security defects will still mostly end up in the hands of the folks with lotso cash.

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Hot Stuff! NASA mulls 'urgent' space walk as ISS cooler conks out

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Joke

Re: Do the pipes go....

Well, they *were*, and that was fine. "squeelookle" was what raised their concern.

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I want virtualisation on my iPhone, and I want it NOW

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Pint

You're right @vmistery - Nothing comes for free, and a new security hole gets introduced while securing another. The big thing to me, is it keeps my work stuff separated out from my personal stuff. I already do the same thing using desktop virtualisation to keep things separated out on those occasions where I have to use a personal laptop. For the mobile device case, the IT-SEC bod can wipe the corporate VM on the device without wiping my personal data, which I consider a huge win. After having been an EARLY adopter of BYOD, I'm currently avoiding BYOD now until the virtual mobe is available in whatever org I'm in. Until then, someone can continue supply me a phone, and I'll have a batman utility belt of devices... :)

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Poker ace's vanishing hotel laptop WAS infected by card-shark – F-Secure

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Joke

Re: Effective protection starts with a severe threat...

so firing up "What does the fox say" on YouTube until they surrender? Works for me, but probably violates the Geneva Convention.

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HTC phone STOPS BULLET, saves Florida gas station clerk's life

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@Steve

2) True, but conversely he's lucky it DID hit the relatively dense battery. The bullet likely would have still made it through anywhere else on the phone. If its risk of battery fire versus having a round in the chest, I'll take the battery fire risk. :)

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Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset

admiraljkb

Re: A split personality release

@Artic Fox: the studies I saw put it at 20% on "3D" which means almost many family households have ONE person that can't deal with 3D on movie night (and studios wondered why it didn't take off). Unfortunately, as luck would have it, I'm one of them, and it gives me a headache... Haven't seen the new iPhone OS v7 up close yet, but I'm scientifically curious now whether that would affect me or not. I'm surprised Apple didn't have at least ONE tester who reported an issue on that, and I'm surprised they didn't have a variable slider for effects ranging from "none" to "bling it on up".

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BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

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@BenM 29 - I upticked you just for getting her back onscreen. However - one slight problem - Peri died during Trial of a Time Lord. (yeah they re-wrote it to magically bring her back at the very end in the weirdest way possible by marrying a barbarian king, but she didn't really make it. The Doctor was complicit in her death, which had to be undone)

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admiraljkb

Re: The geek in me is compelled to mention...

@charles 9

Having just read Lungbarrow (hard book to get now), I'd say that the Other wasn't evil, or even close to it like Rassilon and Omega who skated on the other side of the moral line. I think it likely that Hurt is the old McGann, particularly with that poster. The other option was the Valeyard, but I'd pretty much dismissed the possibility of him being the Valeyard after Capaldi was cast as the 12th Doctor. I'm thinking Capaldi should make a excellent darker Doctor leading into the Valeyard story arc.

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Ubuntu devs to get 15-min code review, full SDK love – Canonical

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Pint

Re: @ FredBloggsY - "Apps" - WTF?

:) Yes, "App" predates iPhone by at least 10 years, although I remember it being about 15 when app suites like MSOffice came began to make a big appearance. I think most of us had been shortening it in emails and such since the Compuserve days of yore before the internet was commercialized. You remember when you had to ride a dinosaur 10 miles through the snow, uphill, both ways to login (ah the life of a dialup modem at a blistering 2400bps). :) Who is really going to write out "application" in an email to other engineer types when you can see the cursor lag across the screen and you are being charged by the minute?

And with that, I now feel old...

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

admiraljkb
Pint

Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone

@ FredBloggsY

"Vanity of vanities; all is vanity."

Uhh, no. I've had glasses almost all my life, so why would I care now about bifocals or reading glasses? You tried screwing around with bifocals and reading glasses? In between my parents, much older siblings, and my wife, I've seen how much fun that is. They are a pain in the kiester and most inconvenient to deal with. The longer you can stave that part off, the better. Here's a beer, it may not improve vision, but at least you won't care as much. :)

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admiraljkb

Re: HELLO !!!?

I remember not so long ago, when all that was available was 2.8" screens with crap resolution... So having multiple sizes of screens is awesome as far as I'm concerned.

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admiraljkb

Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone

@nigel 15

Well said.

Bigger phones have their uses. Those of us with eyesight issues for instance, or even folks who rarely if ever use the phone as a phone, but use it as a tablet all the time, or folks that want multiple day battery life. Figure out what the requirements are, and fill the requirement. If its smaller, its smaller, if its bigger its bigger, but at least there is choice and variety in the marketplace.

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Pint

Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone

@Condiment

Hear hear! When my vision went, it went FAST too... Didn't even make it to 45, *sigh*. My SGSII was suddenly not working for me at all at any distance, along with a host of other problems. I ended up getting a LG Optimus G Pro for precisely that reason. The 5.5" 1080Pscreen was a nice big, and sharp godsend, and it still fits in my back pocket or shirt pocket just fine. Still no reading glasses, yet. :)

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NASA's cloud strategy panned by NASA auditors

admiraljkb

Re: Not only Cloud...

@Geezer - That was my interpretation as well. Just the paper was skewed towards skewering (hehe) the cloud based angle.

If you have bad practices beforehand (and whose company doesn't have a few?), then "going cloud" will likely amplify your potential failings, or at least make it much more noticeable as you evaluate your legacy systems and processes that haven't been reviewed in YEARS.

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Snowden: US and Israel did create Stuxnet attack code

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Coat

Re: "most trusted services in the world if they actually desire to do so."

Steve - Don't you mean the proper ISO-8601 format of: 2001-09-11 ? (American and Euro date formats are equally crap for date sorting)

Double coat, and outta here. :)

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What's the difference between GEEKS and NERDS?

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Pint

I always thought the biggest difference was...

Geek = Intelligent, and all that, and really techno oriented. Probably watches Star Trek and like SciFi.

Nerd = Geek + "not only goes to Comicon, but goes dressed as their favourite Klingon." (for extra bonus points, the Klingon in question has to be the most obscure possible, and they'd be happy to explain it at length the significance of "ToR", credited as "Klingon #5" played by ..., who was at the back of scene 5, episode 12, on stardate 749024)

I'm mostly in the Geek category, but I do have Nerdy friends. :) Re-reading the above, I think it could be shortened to:

Nerd = Geek with Aspergers...

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Not just telcos, THOUSANDS of companies share data with US spies

admiraljkb
Meh

Re: I didn't feel, despite the accusations....

I had one of my fellow engineers tell me I was paranoid on the Microsoft security situation, only to find out I wasn't nearly paranoid enough after finding out they disclose the internally found security vulnerabilities to the NSA, and then leave them open for a while for intelligence gathering to occur. I hate it when reality proves the tinfoil hat types correct...

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SEXY models clash at big bash over catty tweets: Yup, it's HTC v Samsung

admiraljkb

Re: To be fair...

Yeah, the Nexus4 was pretty nice, and changed my thinking about LG phones. I got the LG Optimus G Pro because of the Nexus4. The Optimus G Pro is by far the nicest phone I've owned to date. SGS4 hardware with a full HD 5.5" screen. (for the record, I was going to get the SGS4, but my eyes took a bad turn and I needed the (even) bigger screen)

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Speaking in Tech: Endorsing LinkedIn skills on LinkedIn implodes the web?

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Meh

Re: Does anyone actually take these endorsements seriously

I'd have to say, "it depends". You can kinda get a feel for things looking at someone's profile and the endorsements, as well as looking at WHO did the endorsing. Also when the endorsements are all over the place, without a seeming specialization, and Oracle endorsements made by someone's plumber, then its not too useful.

I have to say that I get some crazy endorsements on occasion that I'm really not comfortable with, and decline them, rather than letting them show up on my profile and "decreasing my brand value".

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iPHONES and 'Pads BANNED in US for violating Samsung patent

admiraljkb

Re: bzzzzzzzzzt.

@Shagbag

BINGO, you've got it, perfectly. Now if Apple is smart, it will quickly do some backroom cross licensing deals with Samsung in return for both sides dropping all suits. Apple is still in jeopardy on having its "soft" Patents invalidated if it continues. Best to go ahead and end the conflict sooner than later. Trading money back and forth in global courts seems to be a poor usage of Stockholder's money. :) The attorneys must be making out like bandits though...

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Facepalm

Re: Waste of Space

@Rukario

I'm thinking the President should recuse himself for conflict of interest on this one. Any judge in a court case would do that under the circumstances. Politically for him, its a Kobyashi Maru scenario. What will be said if he allows the ban to go into effect is he doesn't want to look like he was bought off by Apple, so he intentionally let the products get banned to look tough. If he turns down the ban, its because of the money Apple (indirectly) gave him to buy him off. Either way it gets spun badly, so best to find a way to stay out of it...

icon, because Politics is always "D'oh!"

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

admiraljkb
Pint

Re: Park?

@Chris King - "And what the hell did VMS have to do with that ?"

Umm, hate to interrupt your "get off my lawn" moment (especially as I seem to be having a lot of those myself lately), but the NT kernel is the direct descendant of VMS. :)

Cheers!

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The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

admiraljkb

Re: I can only WISH we had this show

Since the "Hollywood marketeers" generally do poorly remaking British Shows, that's a good thing. (American Coupling and Red Dwarf come to mind)

The IT Crows is on Netflix though.

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Pyongyang to unleash NUKULAR horsemen of the Norkocalypse?

admiraljkb

Re: Mutually assured dullness

@142

Near as I can tell, if NK does something really stupid, then it'll know what Poland felt like in 1939. The Chinese have a large base and are doing live fire exercises to remind lil' Kim to back down. Should he do something stupid, presumably the Chinese will stream in from the North, and Allied forces from the South and meet in the middle. I really don't expect a shooting war between the Chinese and US. With that said, AFTER Pyongyang falls, NK will be in a situation like with Germany after WWII. Lot of discussions and arrangements, partitioning, and such. All of it sub-optimal, and hampering re-unification efforts undoubtedly.

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Kissinger and tell: WikiLeaks scrapes 1.7m US diplomatic reports from the '70s

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Black Helicopters

I don't know how brave he really is. Meh, if eventually captured/extradited by the US, he'll be put on trial, *maybe*, and and spend a few years behind bars, *maybe*. Not like he could be dropped and "lost" into Gitmo, he's too public a figure. The Swedish domestic charges are probably much more of a legitimate concern. The rest of it is him trying to puff himself up for later book sales.

I'd like to see him release some really good Russian or Chinese secret documents and see how long it is before he passes away of "natural causes". The Russians in particular have already shown how they deal with such things.

I do take exception to him primarily releasing just US docs though. If he was equally releasing data on everyone in the interest of "information needs to be free", then it would look more like he was sincere about it if it was everyone's dirt. But I suspect he doesn't want an anonymous visit from the FSB while in the Ecuadorian Embassy.

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Ubuntu tapped by China for national operating system

admiraljkb
Headmaster

Typo alert....

Overall I liked the article, but this typo on the last sentence is a bit embarrassing:

"... who can blaim him ..."

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Black hat greed reducing software vulnerability report rate

admiraljkb
Unhappy

Re: SCADA Vulns

@Robert Helpmann??, you beat me to it.

One of the instances of SCADA code I'm aware of, is running on critically old/out of date Windows systems (as far as security hotfixes go, as well as still being 2000 and 2003 server), and still not firewalled off in an isolated network for at least some protection. The workstations around the SCADA systems are also critically unpatched, with an IT dept that tells the users IE 6 is the secure company standard, and Firefox is a security threat. This is a large US power company that has the best IT that lowest bid contracts will get it... If the other utilities are like this, we're pretty much doomed if a group of cracker/hackers decide to "throw the switch"

Sad face, well, it pretty depressing innit?...

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US insurer punts 'bestiality' to wide-eyed kiddies, gasp 'mums'

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Facepalm

Anywone else notice...

that Pigs can't operate a modern smartphone anyway? Their hoof is essentially a big fingernail. It just isn't going to work... Every time I see it, that's what I notice...

That was the part of the commercial that "offended" me. :)

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Doped nanotubes boost lithium battery power three-fold

admiraljkb

Re: Is this yet another batterie breakthrough...

Well, I first read about what became LiPoly back in 1984 in "Popular Science" or "Popular Mechanics" some such like that. That didn't actually come into widespread usage until the 2000's.

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Dead Steve Jobs 'made Tim Cook sue Samsung' from beyond the grave

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Re: Funny but,...

@NoneSuch I agree. Cook had the opportunity, and the justification. The Cancer had made Jobs pretty much crazy in the last couple of years prior to his death. Unfortunately as I've seen from multiple family members in the last few years, Cancer (combined with the treatments for it, and then the treatments for the side effects for the treatments) have a tendency to make folks irrational, angry, paranoid, bat-crap crazy on occasion, and sometimes requiring a 24x7 watch to keep them from leaving the house in the middle of the night. Cancer is a mean SOB when it comes to stripping every bit of humanity from you before finally killing you off... *sigh*

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Review: Kingston Hyper-X 3K 240GB SSD

admiraljkb

Re: Backup Backup Backup!!!

@Aqua Marina

Totally 200% agree. On the SSD equipped devices, I've got Crashplan running to the local SAN first and then remote to make sure I've got them backed up. I've had 2 go south so far, and unlike a "spinning platter of rust", there is no time to workaround a failure. SSD's either work awesomely, or awesomely fail...

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PayPal founder funds 'tornado-driven' power plant

admiraljkb
Joke

Anyone else thinking they should call this...

a "Vortex Manipulator" and get some Whovian fan fundage?

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Facebook T&Cs vote falls 299.5 million short of quorum

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Meh

Anyone else think that the votes is a good indication of the actual active users?

Title says most of it... I'm curious what the current active users are? (and by active I mean more than twice a week) Seems like most folks around me only check it once a week or so nowadays. The wife and daughter are on Pinterest all the time.

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Why is solid-state storage so flimsy?

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Thumb Up

Re: Cloud backup

@lotus49 - Agreed. Crashplan for me has proven pretty good for backing up and restoration from local and remote backups. I backup the laptop both to my local NAS and to their server. The local datastore makes for really speedy restores, but should something catastrophic happen, having the offsite backups is good too. Its backing up changed files every 15 minutes, so it would be pretty difficult to lose very much data. I don't notice it running, it just gets the job done non-intrusively.

Had my laptop hard drive go suddenly *POOF* earlier this year. Replaced it, got OS going, installed Crashplan, restored, and kept on going without too much fuss. Its also pretty cheap for the "family plan" to backup every device in the house regardless of OS (Win/Mac/Linux). Pretty happy that it does what it says on the tin since not every product (particularly Cloudy ones) do that.

Based on my recent experience with SSD failure (father in law's went PHFFFFT with no warning at all), along with hearing horror stories from colleagues on the same, something like Crashplan that is doing "cloudy" backups throughout the day is pretty much mandatory with an SSD.

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Office 365 turns Lotus eater

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Re: @admiraljkb

Yep - you nailed it - Basic Configuration... That would explain why I'm not detecting any improvement then in 15 odd years. I wonder how many other end users have the same problem?

OS/2 - that takes me back. RIP OS/2...

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admiraljkb
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Re: Clueless

@Ben Rose I'm not going to take offence, largely because I agree with a good chunk of your email. :) Particularly the part about Email and Notes not being a good match. I still contend that Notes is an application development platform, and the email features put in are a proof of concept app that never got the proper engineering time it deserved.

So as one of the clueless idiots, I'll say that 8.5.2 is pretty current, but I have no control of it. I really can't tell the difference as an end user between that and 4.5. At least it isn't 4.5.2 when I was last on Notes. The office doesn't want to screw with it any-more, so they're just going to ditch it and install Exchange. If you lose some emails, oh well. I've seen the same with major Exchange upgrades in the recent past. Noone seems to get that concerned about it any-more surprisingly. Save your old emails off in a pst and keep moving...

I'll agree with you - Notes is generally improperly managed, set out with bad defaults, and generally setup for failure out of the box unless you have good admins handling it. How many companies have that? IBM is setting it up for epic Flail it seems. Doesn't matter how big or small the environment, Notes seems to get the short stick on proper setup. You sir might be the exception.

But if you think they'll hire a (proper) MCSE for Window/Exchange (and I'll add Sharepoint) - you'd be wrong there. Any idiot can click the next key and install them, that's all the salary that will be paid for, and there we get into trouble on the newer platforms... Lack of expertise is even more rampant there...

Exchange allows you to attach to it with whatever client you want, and setup rules however you want out of the box with minimal issues on the administration side and some serious ease of use on the end user side. (that's a big plus and and has hinted to earlier a minus, because now any idiot that can click the next button calls themselves a Exchange Admin and makes mistakes that won't be seen for a year or two when the system goes BOOM)

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admiraljkb

Re: Lotus isn't dead, but it is pining for the Fjords.

@Kevin Johnston - naaaa, you're good. No flames, but the occasional moth is always going to sneak through :)

My point as a end user is it looks like and acts like it did in the 90's... I'm not noticing any difference on the surface since the last time I used it, and back then it was a halfway decent upgrade from cc:Mail (anyone remember that one?). I know there have been upgrades underneath, but as of 8.5.2, it still hasn't reached the end user usability of Exchange/Outlook in 2000 and it had some serious issues back then. (not that I'm all that fond of MS, but they did get that halfway right...) It's gotten to a point where I'm about to go rogue at work and setup a quick and extremely dirty imap server just so I can use Thunderbird and quickly and *effectively* read/sort and find my emails.

I'm wishing that they would spent some engineering time on the front end so it matched the fairly good backend...

You've got a point about promotion - IBM couldn't market free gold to prospectors panning a Colorado river... Notes is the most recent example, but OS/2 comes to mind as well.

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admiraljkb
Go

Lotus isn't dead, but it is pining for the Fjords.

Not sure why IBM expects customers to stick with it when the last major upgrade was in the 90's. Just little feature tweak updates would be nice... Like how the message filters are handled... Ugh...

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Crucial v4 256GB budget SSD review

admiraljkb

If its priced right and you have the right requirements...

I'd go for it if it were even just 10 quid cheaper. I've got a couple of servers (1 NAS and 1 ESXi) that I use SSD's to boot from and to store anything thats needed quickly. The Mobo's are pretty new, but still SATA2... I'm not replacing them for some time, so upgrading from 64GB to 256GB for less than I paid for the 64's? Not a bad deal at all, and would speed my writes up. Why spend the extra for something that would never get used.

For enthusiasts with desktops? I'm going to agree and say "Wrong market for this". They've probably already got SATAIII interfaces, or will have them soon.

Laptops? Might be the same situation as my servers. If you've got a perfectly usable laptop that still has a year or so of life on it, and the mechanical HD is getting old - this might be the trick. *IF* the price is right.

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Apple eyes $$$ iDevice adapter bonanza

admiraljkb

Most everyone else has moved on to using Bluetooth anyway haven't they?

Wires are so 20th century. :)

I moved to Bluetooth Audio in 2006 (on the much maligned WinMobe no less and a couple of years ahead of Apple getting it), and getting rid of the wires and still being able to listen to music is awesome. Particularly when you are in an environment where if a wire catches on something, its bad news. Truthfully the whole hardwired dock thing is pretty antiquated concept when Bluetooth and DLNA are now well established. Apple should go to Micro-USB to satisify EU legislation, and drop the proprietary nonsense.

(with the above said and my personal opinion known, Apple IS making money on the proprietary dock nonsense, sooooo, the shareholders would be most cross if Apple dropped it and joined industry standards, at least until sales drop. Normally by that point though, its too late... Ala Mac in the 80's)

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Judge rejects Apple's calls for Samsung censure

admiraljkb

Re: Haha

... and then they put Samsung chips at the heart of it and gave it a Samsung screen as well. There's enough Samsung parts in an iPhone that its almost a Samsung.

Apple's attorney isn't helping their cause by pointing out the marketing aspect ONLY. Apple's contribution is marketing, UI and API's, but it is telling on Apple being a marketing company rather than an engineering/innovating company.

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Gabe Newell: Windows 8 is a 'catastrophe' for PC biz

admiraljkb

Re: I see what you did there!

Fragmentation? Sorry, I'm sick of hearing that word thrown around. Its like the latest word to get Godwin invoked. :)

Most desktop distro's (by penetration) these days are built on Debian. Very little *effective* fragmentation at that point. Ubuntu has the biggest penetration, so support that (and you get Mint in the process). Done. (which is EXACTLY what it sounds like what Valve is about to do.)

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Cisco to axe 1,300 (more) employees worldwide

admiraljkb
Coat

Yep. Too mgt heavy and beauracratically bound

The current layer after layer after layer of management means no decisions can be made at all, much less quickly... A layoff of 1200 managers would do a LOT for "driving simplicity, speed of decisions, and agility" . Please reduce the sheer beauracracy which is stifling most any innovation. The talent is there, it just needs less "help" from above and turned loose again.

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Intel bakes palm-sized Core i5 NUC to rival Raspberry Pi

admiraljkb

Re: mmmm.......

Giles, you could easily be right. Like I said, this *could* be the next Altair which ultimately changes the world. Or maybe it isn't... I just don't know if Intel or MS have noticed Pi *YET*. They're already surrounded by embedded devices running (most of our lives now) on something other than Wintel, so a cheap Hobbyist level board wouldn't normally be perceived as a threat. (or would it?) We'll see. :) Should be fun to experiment with in any event. I got plans for this baby!

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