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Calling the editor a troll? That's not really fair now...
After all the trouble he went through... Carefully listening to this MS announcement to share the news while /still/ doing his utmost best not to start laughing out loud when hearing / reading this.
Re: Xbox is a bit comical
When I got my PS3 its exactly what I bought it for; media & games. Even got myself a bluetooth remote control. Which is kinda cool; it always surprises people that I don't have to point the thing anywhere close to the device.
Re: Points mean?
That's another pro for PS3 indeed; although you can purchase a certain amount "up front" which you can then later use to purchase games you can also simply tell the system to charge your creditcard for the exact amount.
You ignore a major issue; when Google says they use Linux they do not refer to vinil brands. "Based on Debian" does not mean 'Debian' just like 'based on the Linux kernel' does not mean they used the vinil kernel either.
Marketing relies heavily on making it sound as if things are implied while in fact they aren't.
And Google have unfortunately entered the marketing stage a long time ago....
Although I don't like them...
I think Google does have a point. I mean; at one time it looked as if all other major browsers (Firefox, Internet explorer) started to mimic the looks of Chrome. Firefox especially IMO. A move which I detested ever since it started because honestly; if I wanted to use Chrome then I'd download and use it.
IE9 is a bit different when it comes to looks (the tabs sit besides the address bar instead of above it) but its still quite trimmed down in comparison to IE8.
So with that in mind I think Google has a point.
As for me; I'm sticking to SeaMonkey for my every day browsing.
Why re-invent a working formula?
I don't quite get it.. Previously they used large balloons to cover the whole unit and basically had it drop from the sky using parachutes. They did this twice and it worked.
Why all of a sudden change the whole setup for something which has hardly been tested ? It seems to me that this system is a lot more prone to errors than the previous one.
Why block it ?
I think there's one thing TechRadar does wrong and that's totally block out their forums without so much as a warning as to what is going on. The moment you go to their forum you'll be greeted (eventually) with a network timeout.
That's very nice for people who visit the forum on a regular basis; getting errors without having a clue where they came from.
For a club which claims to have a big interest in tech I would have expected a more technological satisfying solution, a warning page at the very least.
If you wanted to know then why did you not visit their website? It features an article right on the front page about the comprimise of the database. And as you can see their Q&A section answers most questions.
That is; assuming they're telling the truth of course.
In a way NFC also points out a miss...
Owning a WP7.5 device I'm a bit puzzled about the whole NFC communication hype.
Its nice that upcoming phones can now use new tech to communicate with each other, but it also makes me wonder why the current phones never utilized such existing technology for information exchange? For example; being able to send/receive e-cards or contacts using bluetooth... BT used to be relatively decent for that stuff, yet this isn't supported on a WP7 device.
So while I think MS is on the right track here I also think they missed the boat again as well. Now all of a sudden communication is an issue, but like; that has already been an issue for years.
Agreed about the linear TV watching part. But I'm missing on what causes this; namely those same commercials which people claim are so important.
I see it happening when my gf watches a movie on TV... She continues to watch until the first commercial break, then goes off to do other stuff (toilet visit, maybe getting a cup of coffee, asking me if I really don't feel like watching, sitting behind her PC for a moment) and before you know it the movie continues while she's busy doing other stuff. Sure; she checked every now and then if the commercials are over; but with blocks which sometimes last 5 minutes, what else would you expect could happen ?
Or what I personally do often enough: zap to another channel. Sometimes I fall into some other program and if it manages to catch my attention I'm watching that one, often flipping back eventually but occasionally also forgetting all about the original.
And the best option: HDD recorder. The moment the commercials start you simply skip 30 seconds by the press of a button. You'll be through in no time.
The power of advertising is majorly overhyped. I still recall a butter brand in Holland which had been bought by a bigger company who wanted to EOL it. As such they stopped advertising for the product, only to end up surprised because after half a year the market share of this product had increased instead of declined. Without any advertising what so ever.
Problem is marketing
When it comes to marketing then Microsoft still has a lot to learn IMO. And that shouldn't come as a surprise either because we're talking about a company which used to dominate the market. But now we're long past the era where "Whatever Microsoft says goes".
Which I think is the main problem.
Just look at the recent announcements regarding the Windows Phone. Many people bought the device because they were under the impression that the smartphone would at least be supported for a long period, just like MS is doing with their OS environments.
Granted; Windows Mobile 6.5 set a wrong example, but taken into context all the signs around WP7 (specific hardware requirements, specific build requirements, etc) made it look as if MS itself wasn't taken their actions around WM6.5 lightly and were determined to come up with a longer lasting and more mature environment.
And now we're almost 1.5 years away and suddenly a new platform (WP8) has been announced. Nothing wrong there perse; but leaving the current userbase in the dark about the future of the current platform isn't exactly smart marketing. And insinuating that the current environment won't get any updates or enhancements apart from a visual change to make it look like the new one wasn't that smart either IMO.
Note that I'm saying insinuating, not stating. Fact is we don't know for sure what is going to happen to the current platform. But despite that many WP7 users are getting a very bad feeling about these developments, right up to the point that some are in the process of selling their WP7 device right now (not making this up, and no; I'm not talking about myself).
As such my conclusion: Microsoft needs to brush up their marketing skills, esp. when it comes to dealing with current customers.
Software isn't dead
It maybe more splintered but surely not dead.
There are still major environments where OSS simply has no or a minor foothold. Note that I'm not talking quantity here but quality.
Take for example sound / sound processing or sound synthesis environments. Or even multimedia programming environments. There are open source alternatives available but more than often do those lack features which have already become mainstream within the market.
For example; a big player when it comes to multimedia programming is Max/MSP(/Jitter) which also has an open source counterpart called Pure Data. But although Pure Data is an excellent environment it also lacks features in comparison, even if we're talking set standards. For example; many of these environments support the so called "ReWire"protocol; this allows different environments to communicate with each other and exchange (audio) data.
Pure Data lacks this for quite some time. Doesn't have to be an issue perse depending on what you're using it for, but in many cases it makes its usage harder than it should be.
And as far as hardware and free software go... A lot of these company sell software, and have recently started to produce and sell hardware (controllers) to enhance their software as well.
So quite frankly; I'd suggest to look around further than merely some players on the market. The software market is much more extensive than merely Microsoft or Google, especially when you're looking at specific segments.
"AdAway, Titanium Backup, Angry Birds space".
Check. Ad removal is non-existent. Being a wp7 user it also struck me as odd but backups... non-existent. Angry Birds Space; yups... As in nope, but "yups; you're right there".
"HD Widgets or BeWeather"
This particular app. isn't available to my knowledge, but in all fairness there are plenty of very good alternatives. My personal favourite being WeatherMaster (which GPS location weather works quite well IMO).
"a good dropbox or box client that can sync my photos automatically (skydrive doesn't cut it, too cumbersome to work with linux)"
Cumbersome? You do realize that you can access SkyDrive from within Linux using any decent WebDAV client? You should easily be able to access this using KDE or Gnome filemanagers.
"Google plus, fring or nimbuzz"
Both aren't supported, correct. However, when it comes to IM and such there is the alternative to utilize Live's messenger or Facebooks chat features. Not the same, you're right there, but I figured I'd mention it nonetheless.
There is Skype but... With the limitation that it cannot receive incoming calls as if they were normal calls (app doesn't continue to run in the background).
"Decent gmail client"
GMail / Google Mail is natively supported by the OS.
However; not being familiar with gmail myself keep in mind that I have no idea if you refer to specific features which could very well be supported in a native gmail client and not in the default WP7 mailclients. In all honesty; wp7 mail clients have some pro's (IMO) but also con's (for example; you can't easily use your gmail account and tell it to use "mydomain.com" as sender because it will force you to use your gmail alias; even though "mydomain.com" can also be mapped to gmail).
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So this guy discovered that if you take away a users freedom then this user can do less damage to the system. Brilliant.
Question of course remains how much is that loss of freedom going to cost us in the longer run...
In the beginning of Windows you'd have to cough up big bucks before you could get hold of the required tools to write software for it. When stuff became more mainstream the prices also dropped up to the point where we are now. I get Windows 7, I can download the Visual Studio Express versions for free and from there on start writing software for my environment. Better yet; I can also resort to other free solutions such as Java.
But with this Windows 8 on the horizon it seems as if a new development is starting; one which brings back the lockdown and tries to enforce new limits on how we can use our computer.
VS Express? Rumours are it will only allow you to write Metro software. And of course you can't easily distribute Metro software without using the MS Store, and before you can do that you'll have to cough up some serious bucks.
Of course the desktop environment is still around with Windows 8, but by taking away the free tools to develop software for it I get the nasty feeling that MS is trying hard to push people away from it. Right into the Metro lockdown in which you can only seriously develop software after paying up again.
Makes you wonder what's next; with Windows 9 on the horizon perhaps the Express versions of VS will disappear in its entirety in order to "reduce the risk that people abuse it to write malware" ?
I think time has started to run backwards again.
"4) The laws are Sweden's laws. If you don't agree with them, I suggest you don't go there."
While I agree with you I seem to recall that the whole event was a little bit different. The women who filed the charges also dropped them at one point, only to be followed by the prosecutor re-opening the whole case again. Doesn't that sound a little bit peculiar, especially for something which is supposed to be a rather minor offense in Sweden?
From what I read the whole case could simply end up with Assange having to cough up a big fine ($ 1000,- - $ 1500,- ?) after which he could be declared an unwanted person and would have to leave the country. Within that context I can somewhat understand why anyone with the history of Assange would be very weary when the whole event takes rather strange turns (dropping charges, re-instating them).
Another thing which seems rather odd to me; the main reason for the extradition is because Sweden wants to interview Assange. I have to wonder; why couldn't these interviews have taken place in the Swedish embassy in London ? Especially if you keep in mind that when put into context this is all about a minor offence. One which, I mentioned it already, even got dropped at one point.
And quite frankly, when you take a look at the Wikipedia's article on extraordinary or irregular renditions you'll notice that Sweden has had issues before (Wikipedia link). In short; basically allowing the US to take people into custody without so much as follow official protocol (also known as the law).
According to that same article all the UK ever had to deal with were two US "rendition flights" which had stopped on UK territory.
So I can quite well understand why this would make Assange jumpy and unwilling to go to Sweden.
That's the same thing they said about Vista.
One thing to keep in mind...
Generally speaking the first bit of stuff released by Microsoft usually isn't that great. Eventually it will get better, sure, but this is what has been going on. Windows Phone 7 was rather poor feature wise, the 7.5 update fared a lot better and now rumor already has it that 8 is bound to be announced. Quite soonish after the 7.5 release I might add.
With WP7 this wasn't a very big issue (IMO that is) because the hardware requirements had been laid out and didn't differ that heavily. As such a WP7 device easily ran WP7.5 as well.
But with this bit of hardware I think it could very well be different. IMO it looks quite appealing and I'm also curious about the thin keyboard. But its those 'pesky' details which I think could make or break the experience. For example; how long will it run ?
"Does anyone remember that M$ products often suck loudly upon launch?"
I do and generally speaking you're right. However, in all fairness its also a fact that MS more than once managed to regroup and do a major rehaul, thus eliminating most or all the problems which surfaced after launch.
Still, IMO you make a good point. Early adapters should definitely keep this in mind.
Re: Interestin advance peek at some unfinished ideas
Interesting presentation indeed. Especially the part where that guy had to quickly swap machines because his first Surface apparently got stuck.
(I know you aint him ;))
Just make them sign a waver so you can prove they knew their rights to receive a bullet 'somewhere' in their body somewhere, as long as it came from Shot In Da Arm PR.
The best part; should the whole thing do come before a jury you can simply charge the next of kin extra for costs made to cover the whole event around yourself. And once all that is done its /you/ who can write a book about it.
At that time maybe you'd be interested in hiring my upcoming company: "Shot In Tha Arm NPR". You only need to sign a small waver and we'll all be clear ;-)
That would be me, and to be honest I find it even more hilarious that my comment seems to have frustrated you so much that you can't seem to forget about it. Even though I only pointed out the obvious, namely that the truck driver wasn't charged with the illegal possession of a gun. Despite these new developments that statement still holds true, maybe even more than before ;-)
You could have seen it coming...
As to the market share; that should hardly come as a surprise. Investors are sometimes just little kids; as soon as something drastic happens, no matter how much you tried to comfort them and explain your decisions, they will still have one thing in mind and that's their own income. Very few stock holders are willing to take risks. And once the share is in a downward spiral its also not uncommon when a 'snowball' effect happens.
Still, many people talk about how the Windows phone is the big disaster for Nokia but quite frankly I don't agree. Especially if you look at the figures; most of the phones sold by Nokia aren't Windows phones, as such its a little silly to think that it would have such a major impact. It doesn't. In fact; when looking at it you'll see that the platform as a whole is expanding. Windows phone has found its way into several "best sold phone" or "most popular" (of the week / month)" stats., one of them being those of Amazon. Sure; its by far comparable to Android and/or iOS, don't get me wrong. But it is growing nonetheless.
Even AT&T has stated that the sale figures of the Windows phone have exceeded their expectations.
Which I think is the main issue here. Its not so much the Windows phone; its how much faith you put in it. If you keep low (or reasonable) expectations, as AT&T seems to have done, you may end up pleasantly surprised. If otoh. you set your standards too high...
But is that the fault of the platform or bad leadership ?
If AT&T can get surprising results, then why couldn't Nokia ?
That would be 'win-R'.
So far most articles state that MS has planned to remove Aero in its entirety in Windows 8.
How much deeper ?
The closer we get to the release date of Windows 8 the deeper MS seems to be burying itself.
Quite frankly I don't get it anymore.
On one side we have people speculating that MS may very well be doing all this deliberately and basically expect the enterprise and business markets to skip Windows 8 and start looking at upgrading at the time Windows 9 or an even later version get released. Which IMO sounds very reasonable.
Yet if that is the case it would also be safe to conclude that MS would then need to try and make Windows 8 as appealing as possible to the consumer market. But how do you do that by taking away all the eye candy ?
Wouldn't that turn Windows 8 into a boring piece of software in the eyes of the common users ?
Heck, even Apple keeps some form of eye candy on their desktops. I don't think they'd be doing that if they thought that it would only scare away people.
The longer this story continues the more do I get the impression that MS is very busy making Windows 8 as unappealing as possible, probably thinking that they're actually doing the opposite.
The Internet still works!
With all the commercial activities going on I think its a very pleasant and different sight to see a mere blog causing an uproar like this. And not only that; but also causing changes in the school policies regarding the cafeteria food.
And all by merely pictures and a story from a 9 year old.
So when the upper brass did what they do best, namely bullying (IMO), the Internet "fought back".
And then all of a sudden people start to realize that they actually opened up Pandora's box.
Gotta love the power of the pen, backed by the Internet!
Sorry but I don't agree. Sure; costs are an important factor nowadays but its the fear that no or hardly any money is earned which is the main thrive which makes these people decide not to innovate.
Because ask yourself this: /why/ does it need to be so extremely expensive? My stance on the matter: because they are scared that things will fail so they throw as much money against it as they can to make the parts they /can/ control (graphics, sound, etc.) as perfect as possible, probably hoping it covers up the rest.
I think its rubbish. Take this game; it looks astonishing. Why does it need to be called "Tombraider"? I bet if they came up with another storyline featuring other characters while using this engine it would still be sold easily.
Luckily there are still companies which /do/ realize the importance of innovation. Take a game such as Journey (Wikipedia link). It broke records, it got very high scores and guess what?
Its a very minimalistic game and didn't resemble /any/ of their previous games. Hardly any extremely sharp graphics, sound is mostly a music score and the main character can't do much more than walk / jump around and produce musical like notes.
Yet it managed to trigger our fantasies and emotions so much and deep that it became an instant hit.
You /can/ create new successes, if you're good at what you're doing and dare to take risks.
For me the Lara era has ended anyway
IMO the game market suffers from the same issues as the movie industry. And that is a massive lack of imagination, lack of innovation or.... Or maybe its simply not having the will to invest in something which isn't sure to bring in some money aka being chicken.
My main gripe with all this is that companies simply pick up on icons from the past, violate them where storyline and everything else is concerned and then present it as "the latest newest hippest thing, product X totally revised!" and they're usually damned proud of it too.
Who cares that the move alone can kill fond memories of things from the past (Tombraider, Master o/t Universe, ThunderCats), who cares that where storyline is concerned you'll probably deliver an unfinished product thus leaving quite some new fans unsatisfied (Masters o/t Universe which series' got cancelled for example). As long as it brings in money its a huge success and it doesn't matter how far they have to go.
It's a common trend amongst fantasy characters it seems. Take ThunderCats; one of the things many die-hard fans kept on speculating about was Cheetara (a female character). Was she in love with Lion-O, was she having an affair with Tygra or was she simply totally devoted to being a mother-like figure for the ThunderKittens (Willykit & Willykat)? That went a bit too deep for me but many fans would describe that sense of mystery as adding up to the original series.
Well; TCats revised season 1. "One of your friends is going to betray you!" and oh my; Chee kisses Tygra full on the mouth, of course while she wasn't married to Lion-O or something (what betrayal?).
My point: this is exactly what those money dudes are hoping for. Getting the crowd all worked up ("You can't do that, Chee is an independent Cat!") so that they may feel compelled to buy into the next season to see "if the authors got it right".
This is no different. Bring in a Lara which many fans can't associate themselves with but may still have some "cuteness" over her, many people may buy the game and if at the end she isn't turned into the Lara as we know... Well, then better wait for the next game where she'll face even MORE misery (provided enough income was generated from this game of course).
For me; I'll stick to the older original Tombraider games thank you very much.
"If you want to avoid the ads, you have to pony up and buy the credit; it had to happen eventually"
Or simply use a Skype client on a phone like I'm doing on my Windows phone. When I have it against my ear I don't see any commercials what so ever. Problem solved.
So all of our base..
Belongs to US then ?
Why not both ?
"CIOs thinking of shifting to the cloud or kicking off a flagship big data project would be better off talking to their lawyers than their techies before starting to leaf through glossy corporate presentations."
Actually I think they're even better off talking to both. One can shed light on how much time and effort would need to be put into such a project (think costs) and the other can tell you all about all the possible attached legal issues and possible liability options.
Nothing new here IMO. Same can apply when a company decides to do business with a certain hosting provider for their website services.
No, I think a majority probably wouldn't know how to set it all up. But usually those people have friends or relatives who are more familiar with this stuff and can set it up for them. I've done the same for a few friends in my direct surroundings.
...which worked like a charm until FF started accelerating their releases, but alas. Different story.
The main reason why I think things shouldn't be over regulated like this is because I think it will also create a false sense of safety with those same computer illiterate people. And IMO a false sense of security is much worse than limited security but still knowing about it.
"Also, the legal gun owners are not the ones causing the problems. As usual, that little bit seems to get overlooked."
According to this article the truck driver is now facing charges of: "felony assault with a weapon and driving under the influence" but /NOT/ the illegal possession of a gun.
On one hand several organisations have a strong opinion on freedom and privacy, but on the other hand they also fear (or seem to) the "wrath" of the commercial industry when they think that they're options to advertise are being threatened.
I think in cases like these it might be better not to try to control things too much and let the market sort it out themselves. I mean; people who really care about this are most likely using AdBlock and NoScript already anyway.
Makes me wonder...
Why they didn't go with Route66?
It has experience on mobile platforms and in my opinion does quite a good job. What I always liked were the many options off navigating. A quick route vs. a short route for example.
And the fact that R66 also supports walking seems also quite an advantage when used on a smartphone.
In all fairness...
While I think its a bit pre-mature to start talking about their new flagships as "THE OS of the cloud" I do have to admit that MS has done a nice job when it comes to adding "cloud integration" to their existing line of products.
For example: I work with Word, I select that I want to publish my document online and it immediately allows me to access my SkyDrive and put the document wherever I see fit. Another example is when checking up on online templates for Office documents. That too works pretty well.
But you know what they say: "Positive results gained in the past provide no guarantees for the future".
Seeing is believing, and when I think of Metro which is even locked into their server line then I have a hard time believing it to be honest...
By actually apologizing Microsoft have raised the level of the whole incident themselves. I think some marketing people didn't get the point that the "vulgar language" wasn't the issue here, it seems to me that very few people considered the whole performance any fun. Yeah guess what? When people don't stuff they'll complain.
This form of damage control is soo obvious its not even funny. Just like the performance itself.
With stuff like this there are 2 things you can do... "Sorry guys, we'll try to do better next time" or start claims that you're not supporting it no longer, for example by apologizing.
That doesn't work too well with me to be honest. You organize something, it turns out bad and suddenly you no longer stand behind it anymore.
That raises the following question with me: if you think this is so important that you actually deem it necessary to apologize, then why the heck did no one check up on the performance rehearsels to make sure it met "MS standards"? Maybe that would have saved you from the need to apologize?
The answer should be obvious: because this only became a "serious" issue when people started complaining. In other words: damage control at its finest.
Developers aren't /that/ stupid you know. First you take away our colours (VS2012), then you take away our free options (VS2012 Express tied into Metro) and when people complain then well, its just the way it is. But when a marketing campaign (attempt) like this goes viral then all of a sudden the need is there to apologize because it might hurt your reputation ?
Can it get any more stupid like this? Yeah, people may have hated the performance but that won't turn them away from programming, maybe even using .NET, because we know you can be stupid at times MS.
However, when you take away our precious toys (VS2012 Express tied into Metro) or start turning it into something we don't like anymore (removing colours).... Then that IS bound to turn people away from it.
Yet THOSE issues which really matter to many programmers apparently aren't important enough. People complain on MS fora, people complain on fora such as these and nothing changes. Even people who have a reputation of being die hard Windows-based programmers.
So I can only wonder...
What HAVE those MS marketing IDIOTS been smoking as of late I wonder?
Don't feel sorry for the dancers because I'm quite sure they got well paid. Heck; you can be sure they even had to practice their performance several times, so if they ever had the idea themselves that the whole thing was a failure they could have quit any time.
EU seeks money
Quite frankly I don't know what they've been smoking as of late but I think they're doing an awfully poor job here.
Microsoft was the all out bad guy because they supplied their OS with one single browser, but with all the means to install others. That obviously wasn't the way the EU wanted it so a change was demanded; all to prevent "IE domination" (by the time it got implemented other browsers were already easily eating away IE's market share, but hey; whatever gets the EU going...).
So basically they showed their muscles when it was already too late; a change had already been set in motion by Mozilla & Google.
This is no different IMO. Some EU official apparently woke up and suddenly realized "OMG, Google is the number one search engine. Monopoly alert!".
Which makes me wonder: What have those idiots been doing the past 5 years or so? Too busy travelling between Brussels & Strasbourg I assume, maybe even while using Google maps or something ?
Its not as if the /whole world/ couldn't have seen this coming, right from the moment where "To Google" was actually being added to several (also international!) dictionaries. Another miss for the EU.
My take on the matter? I think they seek money, nothing more and nothing less. Google is an American multi-billion company (so a very welcome target), the EU needs money, so who cares if they demand the impossible? Money is money after all.
In case you haven't heard: The EU isn't doing too well as of late and several countries are trying hard to pour millions and millions of Euro's into this monstrosity, even if it means they have to raise taxes (quite heavily too) to make it happen. This is what is currently going on in the Netherlands.
As such my conclusion: EU seeks money here.
Its not the rats..
Ok, everyone seems to scared to say this aloud but we all know its not the rats. They are probably betting that where animals are put into possible hazardous situations the members of PETA will soon follow.
KaBLAM!! "Ok, its safe to pass now, ignore the parachute guys!".
We have / had the slashdot effect
Now I guess we can add the "Sulu effect" to that list as well.
People look for doom scenario's
Its really as simple as that.
In the 50'er years we had several (public) nuclear tests. Needless to say but in those days a lot of "strange" (better put: unexplained) phenomenons were easily explained as being a result to "the nuclear tests".
We had an extreme cold winter. I recall it because we could skate right before our house. Yes, it was all due to the "Nuclear tests!" (damn yankees!).
The summer after that (this is all around 1980) we had an extremely hot period. Crops died, strips next to the roads which used to be green turned to brown. It was HOT. All due to the nuclear experiments!
I see a pattern here. It doesn't matter what the issue is; the reason is most likely explained by some people as being "the current threat".
Even if there is hardly a link possible. Lets take.... Global warming. Here in Holland we had the coldest day in the summer EVER since the past 30 years. It was even colder than 1st Christmas day last year (just in case: xmas day was in deep winter, this was during the summer).
"Global warming" some people say.
One or two years ago the winter we experienced was colder (commonly speaking minus 15 degrees) than the previous 20 years (IIRC: I can't guarantee that I missed stuff). "Global warming".
And yes; we also had the hottest summer day (iirc 2 years ago) and needless to say: "Global warming!".
Only 20 years ago all of the temperature issues were the result of "nuclear tests" and now its all "global warming".
Am I the only one who sees a pattern into all this? To me it seems as if we're really not so much afar from our ancestors who tried to explain all unfamiliar issues with fairytale stories.
Metro IS the problem
"the problem isn't the tablet-friendly Metro layer per se. It's the severe disruption to the everyday experience caused by integrating Metro front and centre."
I think the author doesn't get it. The change from start menu to (Metro) start screen is hardly the problem, because in the end people may complain but eventually will adapt to the changes. Its not even a problem that MS pushes this down our throats because in all fairness; MS has a tendency to "stick with their ideas" when they got something between their ears. You'll have a hard time convincing them of their errors. It has happened before and believe it or not: sometimes this actually turned out for the better.
No, being a very happy Metro user myself (on my Windows Phone, which use I really enjoy) I say Metro IS the problem when it comes to Windows 8. Especially for businesses, though I think also for end-users.
Put differently: To go from a Windowed "multitasking" environment to a one-program-per-screen environment is simply preposterous. And the worse part is that MS belief in this concept seems to reach the edge of fanaticism; even in the trusty desktop app we are no longer allowed to see what other programs are up to: No more taskbars in icons, no more quick program previews by hovering your mouse over the icon; all of that which was Aero will also be taken away. The desktop, like Metro, will mean "concentrate on the current program and don't bother with the rest". Just like the Metro doctrine.
THAT is your main problem. Metro basically means turning your back on everything which made Windows the specific environment it is today (Windows 7). This isn't about people needing to adapt, its about people who are no longer able to do the things they need to do in an (fairly) easy manner.
Not to mention that Metro is by far ready for desktop usage. Music player? Has no volume control. Picture viewer? Can't even touch the ease of use one gets with IrfanView. All flakey stuff which MS probably hopes to get replaced with 3rd party programs.
It doesn't even matter how much truth that statement holds or doesn't.
Fact of the matter is that such an approach is bound to appear with the high brass of companies which already use lots of MS based solutions. As such it would mean more revenue for MS.
Finally a smart move again...
I think MS is finally doing something smart again for a change. The Azure environment in its previous form was IMO majorly overpriced. Especially in comparison with already existing solutions.
But since they have the means for virtualization I think its a very smart move to start providing instances of Window server. If you can't trust Microsoft to provide a solid Windows environment, then who can you?
Morale of the story...
Use different passwords for different websites.
Be weary when linking social media passwords to access other (semi-important) websites.
I know it sounds cliche but I'm posting it anyway because I've been there too where I basically used the same (or slightly changed) password for lots of websites. But really; with all the current (IMO excellent) password agents around (even regular stuff such as OneNote can suffice) there should be no need for that anymore.
It takes a little bit of extra effort, but if something does go wrong then the damage is always limited.
And as for accessing contents from other places: don't you have a phone with an app for that which can also remember your password for you ?
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