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Money can't buy open-source love... only code can

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There is more to it...

Building a community is one thing, knowing how to treat it right is something else completely.

Not directly open source but I'm very deeply involved with synthesizers, sound synthesis and electronic music in general. To that end I follow a few support forums for some of the products I own (Ableton Live & Reason being the best examples here).

But quite frankly these two forums I mentioned above are /much/ more than mere support forums. Because the companies behind these products allow for users to, well, use the forums for much more besides product support. Ranging from product related questions, obviously, right to specific topics which only involve electronic music or sound synthesis in general.

And... And they /also/ allow for people to spout off their negative opinions about the products, services and basically the whole kaboodle. Sure; they keep somewhat of a (light) lid on it so that matters don't get out of hand, but in general people are pretty much free to out their opinions. And /that/ is one way to build a community.

I for one still recall how the Propellerhead forums at one time almost exploded when Propellerhead software (company behind Reason) made some specific business decisions about the way to provide new upgrades to their software.

Yet it survived without little or no moderation and people still enjoy themselves there.

Then there is another forum for a very well known DAW which name I won't mention here... The forum is kept under a tight leash and the very moment when someone shares something which could give the impression of something negative for their product(s) they're usually advised to take it directly up with support and keep things out of the forums.

And that is one way to ruin a community, even right before one has yet to form.

As such my comment: there is much more to building up a community....

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Google: Oops, we've STILL got Street View's slurped Wi-Fi data

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"Got nothing to hide..."

"The ICO immediately responded to the confession by demanding that the company hand over the data for inspection."

IMO this is a classic example as to why the well known "defense" of "I got nothing to hide anyway" is simply an utter fail. It doesn't matter if you have something to hide or not or what kind of data it is all about, the real issue is how the collecting party is going to (ab)use it.

I'm pretty sure a lot of people didn't really mind the stuff Google did. Yet all of a sudden these people aren't so happy anymore now that the government gets involved. Whatever happened to "I got nothing to hide anyway", eh ?

THAT is why a lot of "tin-foil head wearing people" such as myself can get pretty upset over data slurping events such as this one right from the getgo, and not only when an unpopular party gets involved.

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Surface slab WILL rub our PC-making pals the wrong way – Microsoft

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Win - Win

Microsoft produces tablet-like-laptops which even appeal to me. It runs Win8, all aimed at touch.

Other manufacturers get so upset and ticked off that they continue to sell PC's with Windows 7 despite MS' demands to stop sales in order to push Windows 8 forward.

I'd call that a win-win situation ;-)

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'We asked firms if they were looking at Windows 8, most laughed'

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@AC

Over here in Europe we're usually at 50Hz but even so; my monitor sits at 70Hz. My options are: 60, 70, 72 and 75Hz.

I suggest you consider getting better hardware or more suitable drivers for whatever you're using.

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@divx

"Microsoft don't need to push Windows 8 to the business sector (nothing wrong with trying) but they have Windows 7 for that."

Sure, but there's a potential flaw in your reasoning there: history shows that as soon as a new Windows version is released Microsoft will stop selling the previous version.

SO if companies need new PCs, then what ?

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@Ted

"All the rest of the time I have a desktop that is fully populated with icons to launch programs and open documents."

And that is /exactly/ the problem right there. I'm glad it works for you, but I don't /want/ my desktop to be filled up with crap aka dozens of icons. Its a hack and IMO a dumb one (no offense).

I use Word a lot, so I'd need Word in there as well as two of my main templates. So far, so good. But I often use certain documents for certain periods of time. Say I'm writing a report on server migration options as well as risk assessment; I want those reports to be easily accessible. But I'm doing more than that obviously; there are also Excel sheets to work with and sporadically a PowerPoint presentation.

So now I end up making documents (which reside in their own directories of course), only to manually open said file locations and then make symlinks on the desktop for each document which I think I may quickly need. When I'm done with certain reports I don't need those any longer, so then I should remove them again. That's a /lot/ of extra work for no valid reason (other than "Windows can't do it anymore").

Microsoft is violating the golden rule of: "If it isn't broke, don't fix it". What's even worse is that they're /lying/ about it by claiming that the particular tool was actually broken while everyone who gives this a moment of thought will immediately realize that this is poor comedy which doesn't involve the start menu at all. All Microsoft is after is providing an interface which is suited for touch interfaces as best as possible. "Screw the rest".

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Win a monster laptop

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The one thing I don't get about this powerhouse

Is that it runs Windows 7 Home Premium.

Maybe this is the sysadmin in me but I'd somewhat had expected Win7 Professional to be used.

But apart from that this looks pretty promising indeed. I'm pretty curious; this thing should be able to run multimedia software (Ableton Live 8 / Reason 6.5.1, etc.) even faster than a regular desktop. And if the internal multimedia is any good, hmmm......

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Sysadmins! There's no shame in using a mouse to delete files

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Standardisation

"Lack of standardisation is another issue; we don't live in a utopia where every operating system uses the same CLI. I, for one, have zero interest in learning a new CLI for every OS. It will take me quite some time to become as familiar with the intricacies of PowerShell for Windows as I am with Bash and its fellow tools."

This is actually partly true, there actually /is/ some (minor!) form of standardisation at work here. To be honest I'm a little disappointed that this wasn't noticed.

In Bash (or Ksh which is my favourite) or 'sh' (to save typing) you use ls to, well.. you know. However, modern Linux distributions also tend to honor the "dir" command.

In PowerShell ("PS") you tend to use 'dir' but it will also easily accept the usage of "ls".

Removing files? rm in sh obviously, PS also accepts this just like it allows "del" to be used.

Now; in the end these are all aliases, the syntax of PS is actually a /whole/ lot different than any CLI environment I'm familiar with.

But here is where the 2nd standardisation comes into play. When I'm at a loss on a *NIX commandline then I try to use the "man" command. This has helped me get up to speed on Solaris after not having used it for 6 years, it helped me get around HP/ux (iirc) a little.

Actually the command I used was "man man" because I needed to check up on how I could search for something, but you get the idea...

You may have guessed it by now but "man" is also an alias which is accepted by PS and it gives you the main help screen about the "Get-Help" command. PS will even happily accept "man man" which gets you into the same help screen.

SO yes; I concur that PowerShell is a /whole/ lot different than Bash on Linux or a Korn shell on Solaris. But I also think that by adding those *nix -like aliases Microsoft has actually honoured a form of standardisation by itself. Which IMO does them some credit.

Having a *nix background myself I have to say that I found PS relatively easy to find your way around in.

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Dell channels Dr Who, shoves Big Data into Small Data Tardis

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Don't scare me like this!

For a brief moment I honestly thought that Dell was planning to target the Dr. Who series in an attempt to advertise their products (without "advertising" obviously).

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Windows 8 'bad' for desktop users - Gartner's one-word review

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Re: History repeats itself

@AC: No, the loss came in the last financial bookyear of 2012 where they grossed in a netto loss of +/- 450 million while the same period last year got them approx. 4 billion profit.

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@Matt

"No. There is competition if you are talking consumer users, but the enterprise isn't interested in Linux desktops in any great number, and definitely not in Apple."

I'm not too sure about that. Quite often people stick to what they have decided on but when something drastic happens, such as this, there are plenty of companies which will revise their IT strategies. Only to learn that a lot of their information regarding competition is outdated and that the competitors also made advantages.

I'm not into Apple at all but was still impressed with this: A friend of mine who is fully Apple minded told me how his MacBook at some day didn't work as it should any longer. As such he re-installed the OS.

On Windows this means getting hold of the installation media (that is: if you were lucky enough to actually GET installation media and didn't forget to put it somewhere safe) and after you've done that reinstalling the lot. Whoops; where is that serial key again ?

On Mac (note: this is as it has been told to me): You connect your Macbook to the Internet, it contacts Apple main repository, /verifies the hardware as authentic, and you can go right ahead with the re-install process. Straight from the Internet.

How's that for userfriendlyness?

I don't know Apple, I don't keep up with all this. But if they managed to provide even more of these features which could also make Enterprise usage a lot easier then yes; I think Apple could be a player to fear.

Don't forget: even the whole MS Office 2010 suite runs perfectly on Apple as well which is in most cases the key issue when it comes to office use in the Enterprise.

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History repeats itself

Back in the day when MS realized they missed the Internet boat all sails were set at getting up to speed, the keyword being internet. Even up to a point where they rendered the desktop totally unusable ('active desktop'; no icons could be placed on screen). The masses roared and it eventually got rectified.

Now MS seems to be under the impression that they missed the touch / tablet boat. Everything is cast aside to make sure the OS is touch friendly, even up to a point where its honestly rendered unusable for common desktop usage.

Add up the Metro lock in (read: MS tries to get all 3rd party software cut off and instead channelled through their marketplace) and one has to wonder how much of a desktop OS is really left ?

There is however one major difference between the two periods; back then we had no competition on the desktop, now we have some. MS has already grossed in a huge sales loss over the last quarter of 2012, one can only wonder how much more is about to follow (if any) ?

How long before Ballmer starts to wonder if there are still some people around who can program a start menu from scratch ?

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Judge frees nude TSA protester, citing free speech rights

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Leaves you to wonder...

When reading all these stories and others (there's plenty more where this came from) one has to wonder... How long before the politicians finally realize that their attempts to keep their country safe are actually hurting it where it counts.

I simply heard too many stories around me (not Internet mind you) about people who will "never go to the US on vacation and be treated like a criminal".

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@Aaaron

Speaking of that movie theatre shooting; the guy was in legal possession of the gun, even had a license for it.

Reminds of another thread...

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Office Web App upgrade adds long-needed features

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Very mixed feelings

I don't use the webapps all that often but in all honesty I do admire them, even though they're limited when compared to the desktop apps.

As said; mixed feelings. I admire the stuff they did and the enhancements they implemented. Most of all we shouldn't forget that this is basically a free service which I also admire.

But having tried the new Word (in both SeaMonkey /and/ "as intended" in MSIE 9) I have very mixed feelings. I don't like the ALL CAPS TABS. Its too "loud", it draws my attention due to the ALL CAPS while it shouldn't do that IMO because "Low Caps" automatically make you pay a little more attention (IMO) to what you're doing.

I have Word open, I want to add stuff so I select: "Invoegen" ('Insert', my Word is localized). The '3d' and gradient (semi-transparent) look is enough to achieve the 'tabbed look'.

I have Word webapp open and in general the same applies. My backstage 'File' is blue and gradient, and the 'Insert' tab looks clean and neat. "Insert".

This new setup is too screaming to my liking. HOME INSERT PAGE LAYOUT VIEW.

Give me a break here!

As said; I don't use the webapps that often but sporadically. If this gets through then I'm pretty certain that I won't use the webapps ever again. The interface is flat, the tabs are SCREAMING and maybe its just me but the flat colour interface is plain out annoying to look at.

Current webapps: The paste icon is a yellow clipboard with a paper in front, selected options are in yellow while my overall theme is in blue (my file backstage tab is blue gradient). Because of the different colour its easy to spot the current selections.

New webapps: /Everything/ is in blue. Apart from the paste icon which all of a sudden looks flat and lame. But options such as alignment, font selection, its all blueish. The same colour as the overall theme which makes it /very/ easy to overlook because it all looks the same.

As such; mixed feelings. I admire the effort but I dislike the current interface quite heavily. Its too noisy.

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Microsoft promises Metro developers 'fame and fortune'

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Fortune ?

Now, this is a bit of a troll but also a somewhat seriously meant post.

For the first time since MS went onto the stock market (around 1986) did they manage to book a loss of approx. 492 million dollar. The year before they managed to get a profit of 5,9 billion dollars. Sure; it could be due to investments, it could be due to lower sale rates.

Or is it possible that many people are bailing out with the idea of Metro ahead?

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BIG BOOBS banished from Linux kernel

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@Obviously

"Since when did BIGBOOBS become offensive anyways?"

When people found out the string wasn't setup by a female person, so they were left disappointed.

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Microsoft posts first-ever quarterly loss

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People lose faith

I think that covers it.

Personally I like working with both Win7 & Office 2010. I also think that adding Server 2003 into the mixture gives a pretty solid environment.

But would I have any shares of Microsoft I too would have sold them as soon as possible after the Office previews came about.

And before anyone goes off with: investments... (which by itself is a very reasonable point). Don't forget that a loss means it outweighs any foreseen investments + incoming profits (which is also a variable factor by itself). Unfair context but you could also reason that MS didn't get as much income as they anticipated.

My point being: if this were due to investments it would still indicate very poor leadership because you'd normally anticipate for that.

The more this story develops the more to I start to think we may see very drastic developments in the upcoming future.

Something I'm personally not looking forward to but heck... Their loss.

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Java won the smartphone wars (and nobody noticed)

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@Christian

Actually what you're describing is only partly true.

Yes; you could easily create a midlet buy merely compiling your ME project in, say, NetBeans (personal favourite of mine). But with all the phones I worked with you could /not/ simply distribute it onto the phone like you could, for example, a war file onto a J2EE (Glassfish) server. Even if your phone would be recognized as USB storage.

Instead you had to make it available online, use the phone's browser to get to the program location (which always took /2/ files; one description explaining the whole online setup (you always needed to set this up /manually/) and the actual midlet itself) and only then would the midlet actually install.

I can't comment on Android because I don't use it, but its by /far/ as easy as some other development systems do this.

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Oracle scales back plans for Java 8

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8 already ?

Now, maybe I'm being old fashioned here but iirc 7 was released only last year (2011). Right now the latest update is at 5 (SE 7u5) whereas its predecessor sits at SE6u33.

Isn't it a tad quick to move the whole thing to 8 already ?

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Gov: We want cheap police tablets and by God we'll get them

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"We want cheap tablets"

Even if it takes us thousands of pounds to find them; they can't hide and we'll find them!

Sad thing is that all fun put aside this is often the way it goes.. When the government gets something "cheap" its often a good idea to look at the investment (time, effort, money) it took to get there.

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Nearly 2 MILLION US Facebook users quit social network

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Facebook is all about the money...

I don't do social media /at all/ for certain reasons but figured I might just as well get me a company account to put my business there and use it to share some common info every now and then.

Well; the difference between facebook and, say, twitter is IMO shocking. Facebook only allows me to try and get others to subscribe (or like or whatever) my facebook page and that's roughly it. You can't use the common facebook features ("get a personal facebook account"), you can't even follow 'fellow' companies or people. All you can do is buy some "adcoins" (or whatever they're called) and advertise.

Twitter otoh... I also don't really like Twitter that much but in comparison its a /truly/ social network. With my company account I can follow other companies and people, I can comment on other "tweets" and I can even easily send my own tweets out (like announcing work on the website for example). And by simply "going with the flow" you suddenly manage to get quite a few followers. Better yet; you also see visits on your website rise a bit.

Now; I don't expect to get better sales or anything using social media but I do think its a nice way to interact with customers who also have a social media account. And getting your company name a little better known is always a pro of course. "Dangerous" (when many people don't like what you're saying they're basically not liking your company name) but that's the way the game is (and should!) be played. IMVHO.

Twitter allows this, Facebook doesn't. Guess which one is my favourite ?

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WinPho to eke out 4% of US smartphone biz

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MS does everything backwards these days...

At least that's the way it looks to me.

Take the Windows Phone. I'm sure many people picked it up with the vast support with Windows in mind. I'm referring to XP for example which has been supported for 13 years, Windows 7 which will easily last another 6 years (the Professional version at least) and Office is also amongst those regions. One of the reasons I'm not too bothered with this Metro doctrine yet.

Windows Phone otoh... There was a first line of devices; and MS insisted on specific hardware specs to meet the demands of the OS. That was reason enough for me to assume continuity even despite the short lifespan of Windows Mobile 6.5. But alas; roughly 1.5 year later the device is already marked / rumoured to be EOL'd because WP8 devices won't be compatible with WP7 devices (logical) but if any software functions will make it back to 7.5 also remains to be seen. IMO that's doing things backwards; including not informing the customers on what is really going on and keeping a rather short lifetime.

Same applies IMO to Win8 & Office 2012. People tried hard to make Office 2010 user friendly (personally I like the Ribbon there but can well imagine that others don't) but with the latest Office a lot of (IMO) key features seem to be getting reversed again. I like my 'Open recent' backstage view section from where I can also immediately go to the "open file" section if I want to. The new "backstage" metro view otoh? Doable, but not as easy it seems.

I don't like the way things are headed but at least I am very happy to have my current office environment supported for many years to come.

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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@Nigel

Others stated their opinion (matching mine) already but alas...

There is one thing which hasn't been mentioned: sometimes "better" isn't always actually better. Sounds crazy?

Its quite simple: there are things which I can do much faster in MS Office 2010 than I can do in Open or Libre Office. But it isn't always better. For example; tables in Word 2010 cannot be setup so that they keep their formatting. Example: I setup a table, I format several cells with a financial view but when I remove the tables contents then the view is also gone. Writer otoh. can keep its format intact.

Although this makes Writer better for this particular job I can get quicker results with Word. For example because of its "auto text" or "quick parts" feature (insert whole (dynamic) blocks in your Word document).

So IMO there isn't a tight "better" or "worse" line here. Both suites have their advantages and disadvantages.

But just because OpenOffice is free doesn't automatically make it the best tool for the job. In the above example: what I save in purchasing costs can eventually "haunt" me in working hours; time costs money too if you're running a business.

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Microsoft turned things around... again.

Instead of making the (not too bad) Office webapps look more mature they chose to do things the other way around: make the desktop apps look more like the webapps. But by doing so I think they negatively impacted Office functionality big time.

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Microsoft 'didn't notice' it had removed Browser Choice for 17 months

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Behind the facts anyway...

I'd be more interested if MS still dominated the browser market, but they're not.

So what's this really all about? Freedom on the market or filling one's wallet?

I know; let's have a European poll on the matter with its citizens. Oh, darn; I forgot: the EU never asks the citizens how they feel about things, even if it means they'll have to retire a few years later.

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Microsoft pops preview of 'biggest, most ambitious' Office yet

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@Kirstian

"you know, metro is not aimed at Buisiness right?"

Then why do they also put in the upcoming Server 2012 ?

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@AC

I'd believe that comment if it were only on El Reg but even on the MS fora themselves do you get /tons/ of negative comments. Even from people who are recognized as long term MVP's.

As Elvis once said: 50.000.000 'fans' can't be wrong!

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Incomplete article

Sorry El Reg but you're losing your touch IMO. For those of us who want to see a little more about this new Office then they can go to the official Office preview page which doesn't show extremely much but the introduction movie does give you a good impression of how its going to look and feel.

Being an MS Office 2010 power user (and actually enjoying the environment) I can only say that after looking at that intro movie I'm convinced its going to suck. BIG time.

Let me elaborate...

As we all feared the whole kaboodle sits in Metro. If you look at the movie you'll notice around 0:28 a screenshot of OneNote. This is a program I actually use very often, almost on a daily basis. Honestly: you only get to see the notebook sections and only get to see the notebooks themselves when you move your mouse to make it scroll in ?

Right now I have the notebooks sitting in the menu on my left, and the notebook sections on top. I get to chose what I want to see. More importantly: I can switch from my main notebook to my online (SkyDrive) notebook with 1 (one) click of the mouse. This is important to me because my online notebook holds info which is shared between all of my computers (main PC, laptop & WinPhone). Why would I want a sliding panel which only delays my movements?

And really; a round 'dial' pop-up menu ?

Outlook... (0:34); When I sit in Outlook right now I continue to have access to other information, even Messenger and for example, I dunno... A clock maybe? What good is a frickin' appointment calendar without so much as an actual clock visible on your screen ?

What's that? I should get a watch? But like; isn't this Office suppose to make things /easier/ (see the intro movie) ? So how come it doesn't do stuff which the old "inferior" Office does RIGHT NOW ?

Nice to have a 2D full screen Excel window but you know... Very often I add charts to some of my Word documents, and because Excel is quite a good program for that (IMO of course) I have it setup that I can start Excel with the click of a mouse button (sits in Words' quickstart panel).

Guess what ?

Win-RightMouse and it immediately moves to the right of my screen. When I'm in Word I can simply hit Win-LeftMouse and all of a sudden I have 2 programs on 1 1024x768 screen allowing me to work on my document as well as my charts.

I can't do that within Metro because my screen resolution isn't high enough. But why would I want a higher resolution when all I'm doing with this PC is using it for administrative purposes?

But here's the thing...

If you go to that link I showed above you'll notice that as soon as it comes to business use MS is no longer touting their new "Wonderful" Office. No; then all of a sudden its Office 365 (ProPlus, Small Business Premium & Enterprise).

With all due respect but those applications work quite nicely but are in /no way/ comparable to the stuff I can do with the common desktop apps. I tried 365 a month myself, I can see its potential but if you need a little more out of Office then get the desktop apps. For example: VBA scripting? Non existent in 365 because the webapps don't go that far.

I think MS clearly shows in the preview movie itself where this is headed: look at 0:24 in the movie ;-)

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Spotify coining it at home in Sweden: But are artists getting any?

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Why use Spotify anyway?

When you have SoundCloud ?

Not meant as a sneer but it seems to me that SoundCloud has much extra's to provide over Spotify. For example; when I go to the spotify website the first thing I see is "listen free to milions of songs". Of course all I need to do is download software /and/ register.

My simply stance on that should be obvious: if I need to register then its not free.

With SoundCloud otoh. I go to their website (see link above) and I'm immediately greeted with several players which I can use to listen to tracks, I can further more search artists, listen to more stuff and if I want to open my own account.

It should be obvious where that can lead to... Take for example this Tribute page to 'Fall Silently'. Its just what it says; a tribute page and it shows a freely available SoundCloud player. Yes; if you put your stuff online with SoundCloud for all to hear then even fans can spread the word; even if they don't have a SoundCloud account themselves.

Gee... What would work better to get your name and music recognized....

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Apple Store staircase flagged as Peeping Tom black spot

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Why is it always the other people's problem?

Now; before I continue I am /not/ trying to justify people who desperately try to look up (short) skirts or kilts.

But I do think its a bit far stretched to fully put the blame on stores (or environments) which have simply been build in a specific way. Because you know; you can also turn this around...

If you wear clothes which could make people look (more) at you then best prepare yourself that people are going to look at you. If you then decide to walk on places where people might get a certain specific view, then who's "fault" (if any) is that? The people who decided themselves to dress in a somewhat specific manner or the people who build such structures?

Would Apple force their female employee's to wear mini skirts and then have them walk up and down such a semi-transparent staircase then I think you have more than enough ground to file a list of complaints. But as long as that didn't happen I don't see the problem here.

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Metro, that ribbon, shared mailboxes: Has Microsoft lost the plot?

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MS didn't lose the plot...

They simply lost their mind, that's all.

Wrt Outlook; I tend to agree with the author but to a certain extend. Without the calendar and public folders (I don't use the latter) there's still the Office integration which I personally think is quite good.

For example; I use Outlook to keep all my contact information (customers and such) and when writing letters in Word (using an own developed template with mucho VBA) I can retrieve the contact information right from Outlook. That makes the whole "Office experience" a lot better for me.

This setup seems more difficult to achieve when using OpenOffice (or LibreOffice). I think it should be doable though but I honestly don't know for sure and how you'd set that up.

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Microsoft to announce new Office version on Monday

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Nicknamed...

"MetrOffice"

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Disable Gadgets NOW says Redmond

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Re: the moaning bandwagon must be close to capacity...

That is of course assuming MS won't simply finish them off in a next "security" update.

Besides; MS asked for the "moaning" themselves. Remember; The metro crapola was allegedly build thanks to user input from previous Windows versions indicating major problems with the start menu...

So if people are not ok with new "improvements" on Windows I think they're doing the right thing to moan about it. Best on the MS fora themselves but why stop there?

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@Mongo

Would make perfect sense...

Scare the public out of using Gadgets from 3rd parties (the only way you can get these now) and then get them all onto the metro bandwagon (where "gadgeteers" can only distribute their gadgets when coughing up some big bucks to MS to be included with their metro marketplace).

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@AC

The gadgets are even quite well programmed.

I keep a weather & picture gadget on my desktop, even though I don't use a wide screen monitor. I'm especially impressed with the picture gadget because it doesn't only use what's on my PC; it can access my network storages as well.

As such it /truly/ shows me snapshots of /all/ my favourite pictures.

I'm not going to give up on this. And just learning that this will be stripped from Win8 as well (the previews still had this) is yet /another/ reason for me to completely ignore it.

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Microsoft tightens squeeze on TechNet parasites

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@Steve

Wrong advice.

Apart from the obvious problem (E 800 + / year vs. E 150,- / year) MSDN isn't the right tool for the job.

Just take a look at the MSDN and TechNet subscription comparison.

With TechNet I'm allowed to "Use MS software to understand features to make usage, deployment or purchase recommendations or decisions", with MSDN I'm not.

With TechNet I'm allowed to do the above with 3rd party software, MSDN prohibits this.

And here is the most important one: "Become familiar and keep up to date with the latest Microsoft software to support internal or external clients using or deploying the software.". TechNet: Yes, MSDN: No.

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@Richard

Only issue is that XP is still supported until next year.

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Shooting themselves in the foot ?

First of all: the article is missing a link to the actual announcement. As you can see MS even has a preview version of the new subscription agreement online.

I have a TechNet subscription simply to have access to software which I sporadically need to set stuff and I think they're making a huge mistake.

Professional users don't need XP Home? So what about when I'm testing a software product which is said to give problems on a Home edition of XP? I don't run Home (be it XP, Win7, etc), so how exactly am I suppose to perform these tests under the new license?

Removing products which "are no longer covered by extended support" ? Just because MS doesn't support these products any longer doesn't mean I can't come across them in the open.

And then I do I rely on TechNet to "have my back" by providing access to all that arcane stuff so that I can help my customers best as possible. Sure; I'll also tell them that it might be a better idea to upgrade their stuff (hopefully by purchasing stuff from me) IF applicable.

But before they'll listen to such arguments I think actually helping them out with their problems is a key issue here. How am I going to do that in the upcoming future?

Instead of taking it out on their subscribers MS should take more action against violators. For example, while I could be mistaken I think only the upcoming new agreement clearly states that you can no longer use their software when your subscription runs out. Yeah, DUH!!

I'm honestly troubled by all this. One of the cool things about TechNet is having access to all sorts of software, even arcane stuff such a DOS and Windows 9x. Heck; I'm even careful enough to /always/ re-use serials when I need them instead of going "Mwa, I have 2 so I'll just go along and see what happens".

Yet I'm the one they're going after, not those idiots who abuse their service it seems. Doesn't feel right.

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Microsoft hires hippy to lecture resellers on being nice to the world

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Lecture resellers?!

Now, I probably fall completely outside the category considering that I'm a very small player.

Having said that, my first reaction to this article was: "I'd be more impressed if Microsoft would start being nicer to its resellers!. I know; this link is about their TechNet squeeze; but you'd be surprised how much TechNet has managed to help me help my customers in the last 1.5 years.

Honestly; if such a "hippie" would step up at my doorstep I'd be offended and would make very sure that they'd realize this as well.

Again; will never happen and would make no difference at all, I know. The idea still made me feel good ;-)

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Microsoft to lob out Windows Server 2012 by September

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Experience first, then we'll talk

The stuff one can do with VMWare are quite extreme, but HyperV has yet to proof itself. The fact that Server 2012 will be Metro flavoured doesn't exactly bode very well for them either IMO.

I'll believe this "huge success" when I see it, but until then pardon me for not being a believer.

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Anonymous vows to wipe web clean of child abuse scum

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Again?

Last time (link to El Reg post) they made such claims all they basically did was DoS and extracting some SQL data through injections which they /believed/ to be related to the kiddie pr0n website.

The pr0n material itself was left alone (which I still consider a /major/ failure; get those bastards where it really hurts!) and by releasing personal information they could very well have jeopardized official investigations. Put differently: possibly ruined any chance to get those sick abusers take (legal) responsibility for their actions.

This is no different IMO. I fear for all talk, hardly any result and the results they do get are controversial at best. DoS'ing isn't the same as taking down a website IMO.

I'd be much more impressed if they'd manage to /destroy/ those filthy - sickening - collections of kiddie pr0n. How hard can it be if they're really as good as they always claim? There is no risk for errors (you see the crap you're targeting after all), you hit them where it /really/ hurts and best of all; you also automatically get your hands on some undeniable solid evidence.

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Ballmer plays down sales impact of Surface

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So when....

Will he do the same about his Windows 8 expectations ?

Its slowly turning into a joke IMO.

I mean; only after 3 'waves' of very specific critics (introduction and the developer & customer preview) did MS finally gave us a tip of the iceberg: their decisions regarding Win8 were all based on user input. Information collected through Windows 7.

But if that were so; then I could imagine that MS would become a "little" nervous considering the /huge/ numbers of strictly negative user critics. Not merely critical comments; also usually well build up with arguments as to why the users are so negative.

I know this is about surface and not so much win8 perse, but it strikes me as odd that with the surface all of a sudden MS (Ballmer) does start to reduce expectations a little and "warn" people not to get overexcited. Now; maybe an unfair conclusion but to me it looks as if everything said earlier about user input being used is total bogus. Worse; it seems to me that all MS really cares about when it comes to Win8 and related products such as surface is keeping its partnerships at bay (as said; both customer and competitor all of a sudden).

But when it comes to endusers MS actually doesn't really seem to give very much about their opinion since the whole thing will launch "and it will be sold anyway".

Well, one way to find out.

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@ukgnome

But I think you might better combine both the RT and non-RT version to make sure you got enough weight ;)

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Google expected to cough measly $22.5m for Safari privacy gaffe

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Re: Cost vs Reward

Agreed, and the worst part about it (IMO) is that hardly anyone seems to care. One could imagine that whenever such huge fines are being charged something pretty heavy is going wrong.

However; the figures are often so extremely huge and Google usually has hardly any problem coughing it all up that it seems to be totally losing its symbolic value as well.

"Google gets fine, Google pays fine, what was that?".

btw; this isn't something only applicable to Google; Microsoft has performed the same feasts and more that often the same can be said about other multi-billion companies.

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Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society on Blu-ray

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@Peter

"On the timeline business, SAC 1st and 2nd Gig must be set before the original film"

Well, officially the two stories play out in totally different time lines, which I think makes much sense due to the somewhat different approaches here and there. I mean; when looking at personality I think there is quite a difference between the Major as set out in SAC or the original movies, one which I would indeed deem incompatible.

In the movie the human side is more explored whereas within SAC (and that movie) the focus is more based on the technological aspects and the flaws which that can bring us.

I think SAC is best enjoyed as the name suggests: 'stand alone' :-)

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Re: Forgot about the music!

No need for that; back then I got myself the special edition steelbook DVD release. 2 DVD's (movie & extras) and a CD with the soundtrack.

It was a bit costly but oh so worth it. "First gen" special editions are awesome. I collected the GiTS:SAC first season all in special edition releases as well. Got me tshirts, OST's and a very cool metal collection box. 2nd season was much less exciting (IMO) so I simply stuck with the normal release box (which I think is very annoying because the dvd's are cramped in there in small plastic packages).

Same applies to this one ;-)

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Forgot about the music!

I agree that the movie was a bit slow pased but in my opinion it wasn't bothersome. In fact; in my experience this really worked well to build up to the climax: the hospital raid.

And this is what I'm missing out on in the review; the OST. The stuff by Origa is (in my opinion of course) totally awesome. /AND/ was very well laid out in this one.

Meaning; during the raid the well known (amongst fans) 'Run Rabbit Jack' music ran, high speed, high tension and works very well for action. Heck; in a way the whole thing even went 'in sync'. And the longer this continued the more did you begin to realize that this wasn't providing enough time. Were they going to repeat 'Rabbit jack', were they going to put in another action (Surf, Velveteen, etc.) ?

And then suddenly; silence (even though it was for a short moment) and the action also paused for a quick moment. The next thing 'Replica' starts beautifully, and before you can wonder "wtf is THIS?!" a Tachikoma screams "security-cyborgu desu!" and the action continues, this time under a totally different music score.

I can still recall myself just staring and listening in awe....

But I wouldn't get the blu-ray. The dvd has enough detail for me as it is; like the awesome scene in the beginning when you can actually /see/ all the rain specks.

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Ten... alien invasions

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Re: V

Thanks a bunch, much appreciated!

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Revealed at last: Universe's intergalactic dark matter skeleton

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We don't know

/YET/

There are many theories out there and many eventually turn out to be true, just like there are many which simply end up forgotten because most people hardly care to keep up with 'stuff from the past'.

But when reading stories such as these I can't help wonder... What is the big problem with stating on certain topics that: "We don't know. Yet." ?

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