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Sorry to say, but that analogy is flawed.
First the recipe... Its not the final product; that would be the actual food you prepared. As such the recipe is basically a /method/ which you can use / follow to create the end product (the food).
A computer program on the other hand is an end product by itself. Its a product created by a computer programmer just like a nice dish is a product created by a cook.
So to go back to your analogy: a better description would be to think of the recipe as the documentation for a computer language. The cooking would be equal to the programming and the end products would be the food and computer program.
Not more adjusted but more controlled I think. They are allowed to call themselves a religion but I bet that the moment they'd step out of line (like your example) they can expect huge claims through lawsuits from uber-Jedi Mr. Lucas himself.
IMO there are 3 big concerns for Microsoft when it comes to their products. I'm not talking about just the mobile market btw, but instead try to approach it as a whole.
First: Inflexibility. The market has changed - considerably - yet it seems that Microsoft somehow doesn't manage to adapt. For example: the times where they could dictate standards are pretty much gone. The time where they could put a new product on the market with solid expectations that it will sell is also behind us.
Examples of this issue would be the ongoing cycle of pushing out a product which is "so so" only to fix things afterwards. A first impression is the most important moment, yet it seems MS doesn't care about that. Another example would be advertisement. I get the impression that MS doesn't really know how to sell their own products. Take the recent Windows Phone: "It can 'smoke' the competition" (when taking pictures, putting stuff on social media, finding locations around you, etc.). Cool, but I'm not into social media, occasionally take pictures and locations... I live in the Netherlands where that service doesn't work yet. So why would I want a Windows Phone?
Second: Prejudice. IMO well deserved (see above wrt 'first impressions') but still a sad development. Because if there's one thing MS does quite well (IMO of course) its fixing stuff. Software like Office, Expression Web, Visual Studio, etc. have come a long way and when looking at the current version it has become quite usable and enjoyable (though taste obviously differs).
And finally: Tunnel vision. Closely related to my first point but IMO important enough to mention separately: Whenever they spot a missed opportunity which could provide access to a new market then MS seems to have a tendency to totally focus on that single aspect and somewhat ignore everything else. Something which in the end also manages to get "fixed" again but by that time the 'damage' has already been done. Resulting at least in item 2 to become a relevant issue again.
IMO Microsoft has some very high potential and manages to produce quite some interesting and plain out impressive products. Yet it seems to me that they really need to realize that times have changed.
BUT... I guess we'll find out how many of my assumptions hold truth once Windows 8 hits the shelves.
Prototype was good for mindless action...
But unfortunately, as the author worded quite well, that will eventually become boring. I enjoyed the original Prototype but many aspects were far too limited for my taste. You could consume people after which you could take over their personality. So far, so good.
But only when consuming /specific/ people; it didn't stick. For example; a terrified person comes up to you, you consume him/her to replenish your health. Then I'd expect to know what scared the heck out of the guy/girl. For example; knowing where the nearby enemies are located. But Prototype never went that deep. Which disappointed me to some end.
Back in the day Prototype stood directly against inFAMOUS; after careful consideration I eventually picked Prototype. It was good fun, and it still is (I still play Prototype occasionally). But now I think inFAMOUS is the better of the two. The side missions in inFAMOUS added to the whole storyline and expanded heavily on the feeling of being in a city which was in total anarchy. The Prototype side missions on the other hand were mere tests. Race to the top of a building, glide to the spot marked X, consume as many people as possible, etc. It was fun, don't get me wrong, but it never added up to the story of the game itself. Within that context the tests never made much sense...
When looking at the inFAMOUS sequel I think its obvious that Sucker Punch (company behind inFAMOUS) realized all too well that this stuff could get repetitive. And so they added a state of the art (IMO) editor to the game. Some critics considered it a sign of weakness, but owning inFAMOUS 2 I think it was a sign of brilliance. Even now I enjoy messing with it; not bad for a game which storyline you could finish in a few days! The editor is easy enough to let anyone work on it (you don't have to be a graphic artist to build up a story) yet advanced enough to really build something deep.
Prototype 2 otoh... I still think it'll be fun, but I'm not quite tempted to get it, maybe second hand or after a year or so at a (heavily) reduced price. It simply seems to be more of the same.
So it wasn't the beer afterall!
I knew that Win7 booted much faster ever since I used these Seagate disks (and had a few beers, but obviously that had nothing to do with it ;-))!
I'm not too pleased with the whole "marketplace development". I think its only a matter of time before more and more components are stripped from Windows where customers are left to fend for themselves using the Marketplace. Of course the price for the OS doesn't go down, even though it provides less functionality.
And considering that developers need to pay to publish stuff through the marketplace and customers most likely will need to buy stuff from the marketplace leaves MS in the middle of the revenue; generating more income with less effort.
Not too sure I like where this is going.
To quote Jean-Luc Picard
"Shut up Wesley".
Partly meant as a joke but still: Google is doing everything it can to force Google+ on everyone? Guess they missed me then. You get what you pay for and if you don't like it (this includes me btw) then don't use their services and move on to something else. THEN you're making a statement.
I call BS
Time and time again do people speculate over stuff which Microsoft does; one party often makes the story even more horrible than the other and this continues until it eventually finds its way into "mainstream media" which, partly because of all the 'hype', now starts to read "between the lines" whenever MS releases a public statement.
When will the media learn ?
This is no different IMO. Just like it would be suicide for MS to kill .NET it would be the exact same deal when it comes to Windows Live.
I have a Live ID which I can use to authenticate with a zillion MS services. From Hotmail to Skydrive right to TechNet and the Office blogs. Or what to think of my Windows Phone? Outlook utilizes Windows Live (Hotmail) to sync its data with my phone. My Windows Phone fully utilizes Windows Live to gain access to storage such as SkyDrive or the online services such as my agenda and contacts (Hotmail). Its an essential part of the whole experience.
In one story we read how 'desperate' Microsoft is to uphold its MS Phone market; Ballmer is rumored to meet up with LG to "discuss their stance on the Windows Phone" (its a rumor but everyone believes it so it seems).
Yet on other other hand we're also perfectly willing to believe that they're going to kill a service which is a fundamental part of said Windows Phone environment ?
Make up your mind already... Better yet: do more research and don't read between the lines.
Far Cry 2 already did it
Please note: This is not a sneer nor an attempt to compare these 2 games with each other. Because that is simply impossible; the only similarity I can think of is that both are FPS games.
The reason I mention FC2 though is because it has baffled and amazed me how they managed to implement all of the mentioned points above (non linear and fairly intelligent AI) almost /4/ years ago.
So reading how even bigger names such as CoD are adapting this system can't help me mentioning how games such as FC2 really set a standard. Not bad for a budget game IMO :-) (and I love the flamethrower in that game ;-)).
You say that we should keep perspective yet you immediately twist it into an unfair comparison.
Windows Phone has been released roughly around 2010/2011, so its approx. 1 year old whereas Android already has a lifespan of nearly 5 years (went beta at the end of 2007).
So if you want to keep things into perspective like you said then please compare the sale rates for Android over the year 2009 / 2010 and compare that to Windows Phone. That might provide a totally different image.
I can't help fail to understand arguments like yours. As if everyone should consider a project to be a failure if it doesn't provide instant success and adaption, that's just stupid. Some products and developments require time to mature.
Java is now one of the most used programming languages out there. I've been to Sun presentations where they demonstrated Java version 1; hoping to get anyone interested in the language.
Imagine what would have happened if Sun would have reasoned like you're doing.... "The project didn't catch on world-wide after roughly 1.5 years so we'd better call it quits".
"The enemy of my enemy"
...is my friend.
Still, even though I am biased I also think that the Windows Phone has quite some potential yet is heavily under appreciated. Understandable, but I still think its also a shame because a lot of this hostility stems from prejudice ("its windows so can't be good") or Microsoft's own (IMO:) dumb moves (its incompatible with previous versions of Window mobile; so if people are looking for a new phone they might have to cough up cash again to purchase new software).
Especially the latter is important; because if people weren't too thrilled about Windows Mobile then chances are of course very high that they'll move to other platforms since they will have to get a new set of applications "one way or the other".
But apart from that I think Windows Phone has quite some potential. The easy to use interface for starters, but also some of its features. For example; it stops using data from the mobile network as soon as it detects that its roaming. Of course you can turn this off if you want to; but by default it protects the user from receiving huge phone bills once they get back home (something which seems to happen every vacation period).
Or what to think about the option which turns the smartphone into a "internet enabled" cellphone? A battery saving feature which stops the phone from slurping data from the Internet, thus reducing the load of the battery. You can have this automatically turned on as soon as the battery level reaches 20%, so that you can continue to use your phone for a longer period after reaching this point. Just for the record: it stops the phone from automatically slurping data, but it doesn't stop you from doing so. So you can still access the Internet or tell it to retrieve new e-mails.
Another very important feature for me is the option to combine e-mail accounts. So I have 2 inbox icons sitting on my start screen: one for private and one for business use. Both of them form a combination of a regular pop3 account as well as a Hotmail ("Live") account (the latter is automatically used to send confirmations whenever I setup meetings or such in my phone's agenda).
All of that isn't possible with other phones as far as I know.
They operated within the law...
However that doesn't make their actions ethical. Especially since they openly hid the truth afterwards and tried to postpone its release with everything they got.
Now; let me make one thing very clear here: I also think that in the end the owners of said open wifi points are also to blame. After all; if you compare this to a real life situation then its by far comparable to the analogy of a door which has been left open or unlocked. No, instead there is also a sign standing besides it saying: "The door is open so you can easily get in!".
Because that is what an open wifi is actually doing; its broadcasting its signal to the world around if. In fact; if you're in range with your smartphone then chances are high that it will pick it up, prefer wifi over its data connection and start using it. /Just as Google did/.
Still; there is also a huge difference between using the service (for all we know this could simply be a friendly gesture of the owner) or collecting everything you can about it with the intent to use this in a business like (commercial) fashion.
Back to real life analogy again: you hand out cookies for free. But only 1 (or two) per customer because you want to prevent people (ab)using your cookies for anything else than their own enjoyment. Otherwise people could try to get 30 cookies from you, package it up and start selling it as "the new cookie delights". Yet that wasn't the intention of sharing those cookies!
And its that aspect which I think Google should have known up front. Its also why I hold it heavily against them because if you're looking at the bigger picture (or try to) then Google doesn't exactly have a very good reputation where privacy concerns for its users go.
It seems to me as if Google doesn't (want to?) understand what a "gentlemens agreement" is. For starters: it takes /2/ gentlemen...
You can work around it if you want...
Now, I'm not really sure what would make the Enterprise tick here, but I can't help wondering if the conclusion isn't a bit silly. Sure; when you look at the phone "as is" then he's right; on the phone the data being held by the apps is sandboxed.
But what's the problem? If you're using external storage such as SkyDrive or a SharePoint environment then there's nothing stopping applications to put their data on the same place. I'd say its a win-win situation here; data can be shared but only in a more restrictive manner. Because the primary data (which is apparently very important) sits on an external storage there is also no risk of said data suddenly becoming lost should the phone for some reason suddenly get out of the picture (stolen, lost, breaks down, etc.).
Granted; its not very redundant because commonly speaking the phone would always hold 2 locally stored copies (depending on how said data is being used of course). But then again...
OTOH; I also see a possible advantage. Its also possible to setup the phone so that it only accesses online data on a temporary basis: it copies the data to a temporary location, data can be edited and afterwards data is sent back to the online location and removed locally.
I fully see that this scenario probably won't benefit everyone and I fully agree that you're working around certain aspects of the phone. But really; doesn't this also /enhance/ security? As soon as said phone is reported lost you simply lock down access to these files thus resulting in a possible attacker being unable to access said data any longer.
So how is all that extra security bad for the enterprise?
Speaking of privacy... I'm surprised no one mentioned that all options which could affect your privacy are fully opt-in. From MS wanting to get data for research right to MS asking to get access to your browsing history, speech commands or picture searches. If you don't say "yes" then MS won't "snoop" on you.
Heck; they don't even bother asking about certain options; you just have to find them yourself in the settings. IMO that would also be an important qualification for a mass-used phone, especially since one of the competitors is fully opt-out where privacy is concerned.
Jeremy, next time consider using your account on El Reg so that we all know it's you :P
A bit hypocrite...
"The review of the treaty found that the text as it stands poses and "unacceptable" risk to the rights of EU citizens and requires highly intrusive monitoring of internet user's habits for the sake of protecting intellectual property."
Of course; handing the US government /everything/ they wish to know about EU citizens merely because said citizen wants to travel to the US is absolutely no problem at all. Worse: if a relative or family member of an EU citizen travels to the US then it might be essential to look into their records "just to be sure".
Don't get me wrong: its not that I disagree about ACTA but it seems to me as if they hold double standards where privacy is concerned.
Well, I see it happening. While your points about consumer & corporate worlds hold some truth you also ignore a key issue:
"A rather poor bloated and buggy set of office and internet and media applications."
What you call bloat is what I'd describe as key assets. While many people hardly touch the VBA IDE which sits behind most major Office programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) there are also plenty of people who do. And if you get into that area of Office you'll suddenly notice that the whole environment goes much deeper than you may have realized.
Its that part (amongst others) which many people ignore when they talk about Office. For many people & companies (myself included) Office is /much/ more than merely writing letters or setting up your household in a spreadsheet.
For me its being able to keep contact information within Outlook while also being able to access that information from Word (when writing letters such as bills, quotes, etc). Or how about being able to develop your own interfaces to connect your Office environment to other external resources? Right now I'm working on getting Office 2010 to extract / connect information from a Mantis bug tracking environment. Relatively easy because Mantis supports SOAP and since SOAP is commonly supported by Windows this support also finds its way into the Office environment.
As said; what some people consider bloat could actually be invaluable for others.
I think you missed a point already...
"Has Windows 8 got what it takes to deliver another twenty years of success for Microsoft or has the market now changed too much?"
If you would have read through previous Windows 8 articles on El Reg or even the Microsoft blogs which talk about Windows 8 then you would have noticed that one of the seemingly key problems where acceptance is concerned is caused by MS fully betting on their believe that the market /has/ changed considerably.
Personally I don't think it has changed that much, as such I think they'll run into problems with Windows 8. It most likely works just excellent on touch enabled environments, but I think the influence of the desktop environment is much heavier than MS anticipates.
More freedom or more restrictive?
Owning a (Windows) smartphone myself I have to agree that sometimes it can be very pleasant to sit / hang on the couch and use the phone instead of my PC to check up on some minor stuff (news sites, few forums) as well as e-mail. On top of that I also get the local weather in one blink at the start screen.
As such I agree that it seems you can do more freely your daily stuff.
However, I also see another trend starting and that's where companies which exploit these OS environments no longer seem to care about the "icing on the cake" and leave that entirely to be filled in by others. A trend I'm not too sure I like. Basically they provide us less software options for the same price.
For example; in Windows 7 I have a lot of small games; patience, mine sweeper, spider solitaire, etc. As said before: icing on the cake. In Windows 8 otoh it seems as if most has been ditched; if you want some of that stuff back you'll just need to use the marketplace to fill in the blanks, which you only can access after you registered of course. Blanks get filled in by 3rd parties, /not/ Microsoft. So MS can basically reduce costs on this part.
My old phone (Samsung Jet) provided some basic stuff; calculator, unit converter, picture viewer. My new smartphone provides some of these programs too but a lot more minimal (even though its actually more expensive than my old phone). Most of the solutions I had to grab myself from their marketplace. Some was setup by MS but a lot was 3rd party software.
As such I also foresee a trend where companies would encourage us to like and use these more minimal environments because it means that they can save a lot on software development by simply dumping a lot of its parts and letting 3rd parties fill in the blanks. Better yet: in case of Microsoft they demand 3rd parties /pay/ in order to gain the right to fill in these blanks (whether you're making a free app or a paid one; you still need to cough up for a developer subscription).
Sure; these changes are rather small now. I mean; who misses out on a few games (Win8) and who cares about having to download stuff from a marketplace (Windows phone / Android) because it also gives you more choice and diversity ?
Well; its all small now but what if they continue to enforce such market places on us? "You buy windows 7 and you have desktop programs (text editor, calculator, paint program, etc..). You buy windows 9 and you get nothing of the sort; only /after/ you register with Microsoft do you obtain the right to get some free programs from their market place".
And of course; the price of the OS will have remained the same.
And to all the AC's who claim that people simply can't stand change... That's not it; if it were the case you'd hear a lot more whining about XP going EOL and people being forced to use Win7. The changes between those two are also quite heavy, and also involve functionality. The main difference though is that Win7 also increases where functionality is concerned. AND that it allows you 'move back' again (to a certain extend).
I don't think people who complain about Win8 complain due to the change alone. They complain because a whole level of functionality has been removed and nothing has been setup in return. The examples are numerous...
Sure; we still have some form of Aero on the desktop app. But what good is that if you're constantly taken away from said desktop app the moment when you merely want to start another program ?
Having to work with programs full screen without being able to see /anything/ else going on is not functional. Not in these days where a PC can perform a dozen tasks at the same time. And don't get me started on being able to run 2 Metro programs side by side but only if your monitor supports the right resolutions. I could run programs side by side on a 640 x 480 screen running Windows 98 (which in fact was simply a GUI running on top of DOS). So why can't you do that now?
Its not Metro. Metro is a very good environment which can be very functional, I use it on a daily basis on my Windows phone and I actually /enjoy/ working with it there.
The problem is enforcing the wrong solution at the wrong place. If they would have given us a choice; /or/ Metro /or/ the classic start menu then most people would have been happy.
What really ticked me off was to learn that the 'original' Avatar movie ("The last airbender") was even worse than this Caramon contraption.
Oh; the reason why I say 'original' is because the Anime series "Avatar" was out way before that silly Pocahontas movie existed. As such I think their movie should have had the right to be called Avatar as well.
But now after having seen it myself I'm actually glad that it doesn't share a resembling name. The series is /so/ much better than that movie, its almost an outrage :(
I knew it, El Reg seeks world domination after all!
Re: War of the Worlds
o/~ The chances it was going to be worse we're a million to one he said... But still, they /voted/ o/~
Ok, ok, it doesn't rhyme :P
Those dance films and such may not be too enjoyable; they do serve a worthy purpose. Namely keeping the $SO happy. My gf really enjoys movies with a little song and dance, though I usually quite dislike them.
Most movies in this list otoh result in a mutual dislike. That's an important detail IMO; because there is something such as "boy" and "girl" movies. And quite frankly; I think the majority of El Reg readers are boys :)
IMO they did one thing right.
Honestly; a Professional version should be enough for professional & power users. When looking at Windows7 and the difference between Ultimate & Professional then I honestly have no desire what so ever to touch Ultimate. Not even if I could get it for the same price; its overkill for the stuff I need to do.
Professional otoh does provide me with everything I want which isn't available in the regular Home editions.
So in that respect I think they're doing the right thing to cut back and push Professional forward.
Having said that... otoh.. Sad times ahead. Don't get me wrong; I think MS deserves what I suspect they'll get when they try to push Metro down our desktop throats.
What I find sad is that it takes away the attention from everything they did manage to accomplish. And there are some impressive feats in there (all IMO of course).
I take my Windows Phone, I point the camera onto this screen and see my typed message in Dutch (my native language). Almost instantaneous! That is IMO very impressive.
I put the stuff on record, I record a French or German spoken sentence and it then reads it out aloud, but in Dutch.
THAT is what I honestly consider sad. They have quite some potential available already, but they're not using it. All they seem obsessed with (IMO the author worded it quite well) is tablets and mobility.
Re: Small / Medium businesses
IMVHO that would be Windows 7.
If you want to go Office...
Then get yourself Office 2010 instead and ignore this competition. If you're interested in Office 365 then pick up on Microsoft's free trial. Whatever you do: look into it at your /own/ pace and not because you're hurled into it. That would be my 2 cents of advice.
I'm a die-hard Office 2010 user myself (at least I consider myself as such) but I honestly think that the prize you could win here will eventually be much more rewarding for MS than you. Think about it for a moment..
What you basically get is a chance to use their software with 25 people ('licenses') for one year. So far, so good. But lets say you setup your family and some friends with an Office 365 account and enjoy a whole year of Office (IMO not unthinkable because well, I honestly think Office has come a long way so far).
But now the year is over and you have a lot of people liking and maybe depending on their Office environment. Then what ?
Then you're looking at being tied into a subscription which can easily go as far as $8 per user per month. Sounds cheap enough, but lets say you want to keep your family and friends happily using office this can quickly go up to having to spend $96,- per /month/ (I took 12 people into account here).
Is that still worth it ?
Now, don't take my rant in the wrong way. If you're curious and looking forward to trying this stuff out for a year then you should ignore my post entirely and go right ahead. But /do/ keep in mind what the possible consequences can be when your year of free usage has ended.
As such I would suggest picking up a free demo or a fuller Office 2010 suite.
Makes you really wonder...
Why Sun has rejected Google's partnership, especially if you take into consideration that Sun needed the money. I can't help think that Google tried to setup a deal which would left Sun with a lot of uncertainties and can't help wonder if Sun knew up front that they shouldn't put too much trust in Google.
The reason I wonder is because Sun has always been a very lenient company who wasn't afraid to go out of their ways to provide a better product (whether such decisions were for the better of worse isn't really relevant here).
They got to start /somewhere/
I'm getting a little tired of people criticizing companies like this. They made some effort in the right direction and immediately people start squeaking how "its not good enough".
Those people I'd like to advice to stop looking at the 'now' but /also/ pay some attention to the past. Sometimes things can't simply go as fast as you might like, because with big(ger) companies such as Microsoft there is a whole lot of extra's involved. Bureaucracy being one of those and legacy to follow quickly after.
IMO this is the same kind of bs we got when Sun started taking some very drastic steps to make Java fully open sourced. The first thing some people commented on? "Its not fully open sourced!", because what do you know... A small part of the JRE was indeed still closed. So because, say, 15 - 10% wasn't open sourced yet the whole project was basically "no good" according to those.
Welcome to the real world, where some companies decide to take one step at a time.
Item 5 is incorrect IMO
On two accounts. First; what if you need to charge several devices at the same time?
Second; although I agree that it is important to keep your luggage to a minimum I think its even /more/ important to keep your battery powered devices healthy. Your charger is more than a simple power adapter. For example; charging your phone using an adapter is likely to provide better results than if you charge it using an USB port because unlike an USB power a charger doesn't provide a mere endless stream; it checks the status of the battery and usually changes the charging characteristics based on that.
As such; I think you're much better of sticking with (several) charger(s) so that you can be sure that the charging is performed in the most optimal way.
Sun beat them to the punch
This isn't something just out of the box.
During the Sun era we had Java ME ('Mobile Edition') which allowed you to utilize Java on a smaller ('embedded') environment. To put it differently: you could write programs which would be targeted specifically for phones. It was fun (IMO) but also challenging since the environment offered but a part of what you could do with a full Java environment ('Java SE'). This has always been point of discussion.
However, what a lot of people don't seem to know is that Sun has also worked on a so called JavaPhone API (link). This would allow you direct (but controlled) access to specific options in the telephone environment itself (control over the telephone part, access to the messaging part, etc, etc).
To my knowledge it never went beyond version 1.0 but the layout was there. And it was also around that time (iirc that is) that rumor about a Java phone started. However, although the rumors never stopped it seems to me that Sun already realized that this wasn't a feasible project.
While the programming language maybe good that doesn't imply that it will be suitable to build a whole phone around it. And I think that's what Sun also realized. Even in the days where Java was much better known than it seems to be in these days.
So don't be too quick to brush this story away as fiction, but quite frankly I don't see it happening anymore. People don't go out to buy phone's merely because its 'Java'.
Like, its not as if you can't know up front how long your certificate will be valid....
Re: Stop with the Apps!
And what guarantee's do we have / get that the paid counterpart doesn't do exactly the same thing?
Or it didn't happen, as the saying goes.
Sorry for 2 posts quickly after another; but if the fellow geeks want to actually see the picture themselves they should check out this article (link) on the Daily Mail website.
C'mon El Reg, why didn't you post this important piece of evidence as well? ;-)
Isn't this configurable ?
I know you can usually turn the option off which stores location information in your pictures. However, I noticed that my Winphone has a second option: it can automatically remove said location info again as soon as you put a picture online (social media, skydrive, etc.).
As such this leaves me wondering if the other platforms don't have an option such as this ?
That's the first time...
I see El Reg use a, hmm, "attention seeking picture" in both the overview as the article itself.
Yet now I also know why they usually don't do this, could anyone explain the article to me again, I kinda lost my attention up there? ;-)
Re: Is it too soon to launch a preemptive strike?
But then we better nuke 'm from orbit, since it is the only way to be sure.
You do realize that the Windows Phones only consist of 1/6th (2 out of 12 million) of all the phones they sold in the past quarter?
Sure, they could have expected higher sale ratings, but then again; the OS is still quite new. And it seems to me that Nokia isn't betting on a single horse here given that the majority of phones sold weren't Window Phones.
Yet it seems that everyone is ignoring that part.
Actually you're wrong, though I can see where you're coming from because at one time I said the exact same thing ;-)
The multitask bit isn't to be found in the task switcher; but in the settings section. To be precise the: "background tasks" option in the apps section.
But to make it more obvious: My Omnia collects mail for 4 accounts every hour. I keep an application which live tile shows the actual temperature, this also gets automatically updated. Another app. keeps track of the stock market; during the times the market is open (local time) it updates every xx minutes (customizable).
And so forth... Do you really believe all of that were possible without multitasking? ;-)
The main issue which I see is that its fully build on top of an Open Source OS. While this has its obvious advantages (and I don't mean "free as in beer") it also comes with disadvantages. For example; 20 people working on a project could use 20 different coding styles thus making it harder to grok the exact inner working of the software component.
But the most risk is the liability aspect itself I think. The well known "What if". What if something does go wrong and the government and military deem Boeing responsible? It doesn't matter here if we're talking Android, iOS, Symbian or even WP7... Obviously RIM has somehow managed to protect themselves from such claims (or evade them?). But can a new player on the market do the same?
Facebook is limiting...
I don't have any personal accounts on social media because I simply don't trust them. However I do maintain two business accounts on both Twitter and Facebook. And quite frankly developments like these don't surprise me at all.
IMO Facebook is only in it for the money without much else. For example; my Facebook account is only good to (try to) attract followers as well as pay up for their advertising service. I can't, for example, follow people or other companies myself. Or comment on certain events and such.
Twitter? Now that's a whole different story. My company account is just like a regular account, I can maintain a profile, follow other people or companies and even actively comment thus also drawing some attention back to myself again.
With that in mind it comes as no surprise to me that Facebook is losing its edge.
The article leaves me with one question...
Did someone recently discover and watched V or something ?
Now, while his theory seems plausible to me (if DNA has landed here then in theory a big meteor strike could have left our planet also) he assumes that the dna strands actually survived in space as well as found a planet which met all the right characteristics to develop.
However, during that incident we were already well on our way in the evolution process. These "earth-founded lizard aliens" would have to start all over from scratch. Thus even the idea that these strands may - at this time - have evolved into a space traveling society seems a bit far fetched to me.
Nokia 'put people first'...
Which ironically enough is also the supporting slogan which MS is using heavily with their Window Phones.
Quite frankly I think this will blow over. Sure; its a nasty bug and one which shouldn't even have been there. But if you play your cards right, which I think Nokia is doing here, then you can even turn a possible major setback into a marketing strategy.
I don't like the design of the Lumia myself (prefer Samsung) but this is a recommendable action!
Kinect isn't the important bit here...
A visual programming language which is fully aimed at, you guessed it, multimedia aspects. However, its still a full fledged programming environment, just "not the way you're used to". See also:
Being a Max developer myself I question the relevance of the Kinect part. After all; it seems the Max program is doing all the work, and with that in mind I think he could have swapped the Kinect for any kind of camera. As long as it can captures motion then this motion can relatively easy be 'translated' into midi.
Luckily BBS software still exists...
And with that I'm not referring to visiting a BBS to download software and such, I'm of course referring to the whole 'echomail' (comparable to UseNet) and 'netmail' (e-mail) structures.
A mere mail client such as timEd (or the better known GoldEd) is enough to actually read & write messages, then you need a mailer & tosser (I used 'Portal of Power' and 'FMail' in the days) which can package up ('toss') and send (the mailer part) all your stuff across a regular phone line. Of course a modem would come in handy too.
Sure; its not real time, but its the one thing a government won't be able to block on a whim. Well, they could but usually they won't; people are granted phone access. And should worse come to worst; in "our" days we could fit a /whole/ lot of mail material (echomail & netmail alike) onto a single 1.44" floppy. Now try to imagine what you can achieve with a common memory stick ?
Worst case: you smuggle the whole thing across a border or, if international calls are possible, setup a so called "FidoNet <-> Internet relay". That will make sure that 'netmail' gets converted to regular e-mail and echomail... well, you do the math :-)
So while things might look totally hopeless for some youngsters there are actually still plenty of options left for electronic communication. Even mass-communication if you want to.
The main downside, obviously, is the latency. This won't be real time, but if you setup a good infrastructure then who cares if an e-mail takes more than a week to get answered?
(that was the time it took for my very first netmail ("e-mail") to be answered which I send using FidoNet to a friend of mine)
No flame, but reactions like yours are IMO proof as to why Linux will never make it.
If it were so simple when why wasn't this set into /etc/apt/sources.list right from the getgo (right after installing the OS) ?
I'm pretty sure they had a very good reason to use "squeeze" instead of something else.
Re: Migrate before ...
Of course, the moment no security patches come out for XP its only a matter of time because your PC can get overrun. If that happens then there's only so much you can do.
Re: Bah, humbug!
You could consider getting a version of Windows 7 Professional instead of the 'freely' shipped Home Premium. Its not /that/ expensive and it provides support for a full fledged Windows XP professional.
In short: when using 7 Professional you can pick up "XP Mode" from Microsoft. This is basically a version of their "Windows Virtual PC" software which ships with an ISO image containing the install media for XP professional.
As such it basically allows you to run a full fledged XP 'within' Windows 7. Heck; it even goes as far as allowing you to run individual programs which then run on the virtual XP (which gets started in the background) while being available on your desktop like any other regular program (the main thing noticeable is the XP look). Some people I know even use this so that they can continue to use Outlook Express, because they despise the new "Live mail".
Maybe this could be an alternative?
Re: Upgrade now before you have to get Windows 8!
That is exactly the thing I'm telling my customers. Consider an upgrade to Windows 7 within the next year because you may regret it if you don't. One of them has already taken the advice (not because of me, but because he had an upgrade planned for some time now) and moved to 7 and Office 2010 and so far he's happy.
Take an example to 13 years of XP!
I mean; like them or not if you will, but you got to admit that by supporting an operating system for nearly 13 years Microsoft has performed no easy feat. Sure; one reason for all this is because XP has become one of the most popular Window versions so far (though I think 7 is getting there as well).
But even so; to me this is solid proof that there are lots and lots of people who don't like or want to see their desktop, browser, or whole OS in general change on a whim. And I think its this reason why many people will still continue to use Windows over other alternatives.
Computer enthusiasts should keep in mind that not everyone enjoys toying or playing with their computer itself (or its OS). Many simply want to turn it on and do the things they want or need to do; NOW. They dislike being greeted with: "There is a new version of program X, please wait while I perform the update!", only to end up having to wait 5 minutes while all they wanted to do was to do something then and there.
Its this reason alone why I think that the current available Linux distribution's don't have what it takes to be used on the desktop. Sure; when it comes to desktop /functionality/ then there is no doubt what so ever that Linux can cope, don't get me wrong here. The problem is: how long is it going to last?
A real life example: someone who wanted to try something radically different and I installed Debian Linux with KDE and some gizmo's for him. So far, so good. He continued to use it and manually performed some program updates every once in a while. Which at one time rendered his desktop useless, but I don't think you can hold that against Linux because in comparison; Windows has had its shares of issues too.
The real problem came when the next version got out and support for this one ended. At one time I got a call from him; he wanted to install another MP3 player (having heard much good stories about vlc) only to discover that he couldn't install anything anymore because the repository had stopped working.
Luckily for him I knew about "archive.debian.org", though I have hinted that he really should consider upgrading his Debian version. But that is something he doesn't like to hear after having used Linux for only 1 year. As such, don't expect him to become a believer anytime soon, even though he's totally happy with the KDE desktop as is.
I think that as soon as Linux somehow manages to break this cycle and provides longer support then it might indeed be a worthy alternative. Note; and with longer support I don't mean simply continue to supply updates while the process of upgrading from one supported version to the other (Ubuntu LTS for example) starts to become totally impossible without a clean re-install.
But until then.. I think Microsoft is doing a recommendable job by not only coming up with new ideas and setups when it comes to Windows. They also stand by those versions, for a very, VERY long time.
Too bad that a majority of people take it all for granted without realizing the work and effort that goes into this.
No, no no... All wrong.
What you do is sue the hell out of your local police squad because the malware has pointed you to them. While this probably won't fix your PC it might get you rich (though I wouldn't bet on it).
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