251 posts • joined 2 Mar 2011
Re: Charm bar thing....
There will be piles of people that never see that start video.. Why? A technician sets up their login and desktop the first time. Or, they use someone other persons computer. I'm sure other scenarios can be thought of.
What is stupid is Microsoft has this huge tile based start menu with lots of space to put shit, and they didn't even think of linking the tutorial there so other people could find it easy.
Well in the US they buy up as much of the spectrum as they can, eat all the other operators, and jack prices up high. Just like broadband. There has been no race to the bottom, only a race to fleece the customer as much as possible.
Re: Piss off
Hook, who is MS trying to sell this too? Your flame points this out, even though you didn't expect it to. Right clicking and other 'hidden data' doesn't make it easy for new users who are looking for visual clues on what to do. Magic keycodes are only used by power users who know the codes in the first place, these power users are the ones that seem to be doing the most 'bitching' that Microsoft changed things for no good reason (and plenty of bad ones).
I do hate to say this, but... We need to take away the right mouse button from Microsoft for a while. Yes, Mac's sucked because they didn't have it, but MS is abusing the right click in places that it shouldn't. They have forgot that instead of letting the user blindly right click his way around, you need to give VISUAL INDICATORS. It's even weirder that MS is doing so much blind right clicking on the (metro) desktop when tablets don't have a right click.
And yes, this message was posted from Windows 8.
Re: Context switching
Your description is probably correct, but very long. I'll give a give an example of the terrible context switching that comes default on W8.
You are surfing the web and click to read a PDF file. It opens the 'metro' default PDF viewer which takes up the entire screen (no viewing the webpage and pdf unless you have multi-monitors). When you are done reading the pdf, what do you do now? There is no X. You can use the hot spot in the upper left to go back to the desktop, but the pdf doesn't close. Or you can ALT+F4 which closes the PDF viewer, but now you are at the metro interface not your original webpage so you have to take an extra step of going back to the desktop.
Metro, how work doesn't get done.
A few things.
W8 has a 'time-machine' like File History application built in. Point it at another drive and you can go back and see a change history of your files, and they're protected from your main drive crashing. That's one thing.. I guess.
I like W8 other than the stupidity of the UI related to Metro, charms, and hot corners. It's really sad they messed up a good operating system with it. That said, without the Metro controversy, W8 wouldn't be too much more then a W7SP2.
Re: Prettier interface? 1366 x 768
Badmonkey, I'm not sure about failing to install, but from what I've just read there are all kinds of issues with Metro not working correctly on the 5:4 ratio. Applications not coming up, screen locking at black.
This gives a little insight on why odd stuff like this may happen.
Re: Who moved my cheese?
It's not 'who moved my cheese?'
It's 'who moved my cheese from the cupboard to the bathroom?'
Microsoft took a perfectly good OS (windows 8) and stuck a stupid, poorly thought out metro interface on it. I swear it's designed to get you to run your mouse over as many tiles as possible. Why is 'all apps' hidden with a right click?
No, people aren't pissed that their cheese is moved, it's that it's moved to stupid, complicated, hidden places. The shutdown menu as you pointed out, Why? Is Start > Shutdown just too much.
Windows 8 is like two operating systems at one. Power users can use their keyboard to get stuff done quickly if they know the magic (I do, but hell, now it now just like using Linux). For the rest of the world that will never learn the shortcuts Windows is dolled up like a fancy whore that has fancy makeup and flashy bits you have to go thru to get to what you wanted to do in the first place.
Re: What no-one is saying is
XP and previous start menu sucked when it exploded over your screen. Vista and 7 did it right and reminded me more of the way Mac displayed programs. Win7s start menu works rather well and is anything but ungainly. If you want ungainly find the magic pixel and then have the damn thing take over your screen. Sometimes you want to look at your start menu and desktop, without having dual monitors. Oh, yes lets also 'hide' all your shit with a right click too. Oh and make it so you can't group the shit the way you want to. Oh, and lets make it so when you do get in Metro editing mode, a) you don't realize it, b) you get no hints on what your doing.
Yes, Microsoft moved some crap around in W7 that was weird, but all interface is picked up pretty quick. The W7 interface doesn't interrupt the workflow you are used to with XP, other then UAC. Now take a default W8 install and stick at XP or W7 user behind it and see what happens. I've been using W8 for months now and it still surprises me with odd shit it does to this day.
Yes, you can use the desktop, but it doesn't work the same way as W7 and previous. Want to view your 'start menu' and desktop at the same time? Better have dual monitors. Funny for a 'touch screen' based operating system I find my self using the Win+R key or cmd prompt to run programs more then ever since Metro send you thru more mouse clicks and running across the screen with your mouse to get to what you need to. I did something where the tiles on the Metro screen wouldn't launch the applications when I clicked on them for a time, still trying to figure out what I hit, since I know some customer will call me in the future with the issue. It would have been nice for the OS to give me some clue as to what 'mode' it was in.
The interface is half baked. All the good features of W8 will be overshadowed by the craptacular interface that makes it harder to get your work done if you've had any experience with Windows before now.
Complicated license schemes are always good for the seller. Clear license terms are always better for the buyer. If the the buyer isn't confused about what he needs how will he overbuy the stuff he doesn't, and isn't ever going to use. You don't have to provide support for the software the customer pays for but doesn't use.
I agree, around the time the core2duo came out and many mainboards when to solid caps, the average desktop computer was fast enough for the average person. I'm running a 4 year old Duo that I've stuck the Win8 enterprise evaluation just so I'd know what the poor souls were talking about when they called me. It does everything I need at this time and don't have any need to replace it with something faster that I wouldn't use to full potential.
Automated dump and erase.
For many of my clients I'll set up a program like eraser to empty and secure erase the contents of the recycle bin and the free space on the hard drive.
Here's another interesting question, can a FOI request be made on specific versions of a file where it is known the operating system keeps file versioning running.
Re: Well done that man!
'Oh no, not again.'
Re: I was born with fuck all, and I'll die just as poor
Urinating through the mouth, is that what our politicians are doing on TV? Heh, lets give the chinese another grant and let them investigate how many forum users are defecating through their keyboards.
This story needs to be converted to a fable where two men in a boat get tangled in a fishing net and fall overboard. Each one tries to swim to a different shore because they believe it to be the closest. They both drown and their rotting remains are ate by Microsoft.
This fable should be told as a bed time story to children and CEO's to terrify them on not keeping their teams heading in the same strategic direction.
Re: Are we reaching the PC event horizon ?
Agreed. Most new PCs that I install these days are replacements for very aged machines, 6 years +. It seems once we got around the 2GHz mark that software demands for the average business user leveled out and that until you got in to power users and developers that people writing business plans and word documents simply don't need more computer at this time. The 'bad caps' point in history cycled out a lot of computers that would have lasted for years at the jobs they were entailed. A lot of these machines were replaced by faster computers with solid caps that will likely continue to run for years more.
My main desktop is a 2008 model. I've jammed bigger hard drives in it over time, and some more memory, but it does everything I need. I currently have a drive in it running Windows 8, and despite the abortion of an GUI, it runs perfectly fine. When something works perfectly fine for a business they don't tend to spend money for new ones.
Re: Choking on your own vomit...
Just installed the W8 Enterprise trial. The setup screen is like an LSD trip of bright colors. WTF man, they need to take way the all you can eat pills buffet from the designers.
Re: Ahem...People tend to buy PCs less frequently than they do laptops/phones and tablets.
For the most part I was stating that there is not magic in desktop PCs that make them tougher then laptops/etc, just that they see less abuse.
The stationary PC market has peeked. The PC market isn't dead. There's a big difference. The fact that a years old PC is still 'fast enough' will Consumers demanding that PCs last longer then in the past will shrink the market further. This means different things to different people. To me this means I get to spend less money less often. To Dell this means they get to make less money less often and that they should really focus less on the desktop line and put more effort in to tablets.
Which is true with the corollary 'Microsoft's downfall will be with the data'. Once you learn how to store data in a manner that's not microsoft concentric you can then present the data in any number of ways. It doesn't matter if you're a Windows house with SQL server and MS everything, when your data can be opened with a web browser, an iOS app, or a Windows program, you and your customers have another degree of freedom.
Re: Why do people find it so hard to see ...
>Why does Microsoft and half the rest of the world think that they should be forcibly...
Microsoft is still drunk on monopoly power.
They have so long forced users, customers, OEMs, etc in to doing what they want, that is how they operate. They want to take their desktop monopoly and jam it in to the cell/tablet market where they are desperate to establish a foothold. If they can't capture a good part of the cell/tab market by force they are in trouble, they have shown no ability to capture the market by merit. Who knows, it might work out for them in the end since Apple doesn't strive to meet businesses needs.
Re: Ahem...People tend to buy PCs less frequently than they do laptops/phones and tablets.
>They last longer.
If you left your cellphone or laptop on a desk for its entire lifetime, I'm sure you would find that they last quite a long time. Conversely, if you tote your desktop everywhere, I'm pretty sure the failure rates go up (at least from personal experience when I used to do LAN gaming with friends and moved the gaming machine around commonly).
We're to the point where the average desktops processing power if far beyond what most people are going to use. This will reenforce the 'post-PC' world, who will make any money off desktops when they last 5 to 10 years of useful life.
>must have the latest version...
In cell phones, in America at least, you can blame the mostly 'free' cellphone with an extended contract. If people had to pay the real cost of them, they'd tend to use them for far longer periods of time. Also, cellphones and tables are 'social trendy' devices, your desktop locked in a room somewhere with a little crust on the keyboard isn't so much.
>install any OS on them over...
Most people will never do that. Most people will never jailbreak their phone either. Most PCs will run the OS they were installed with simply because most modern operating systems are supported for the life of the hardware. In tabs/cellphones manufactures have left a graveyard of unsupported devices as OS of the month or hardware of the day was rolled out, but the same thing was true for a lot of computer hardware over time. Given time, tables will standardize to a few manufactures and then people can develop operating systems for them (as long as the DRM is bypassable). Smartphones and tablets are still young markets.
Manufactures will just have to face that the PC market is a shrinking market. Capital markets don't like investing in shrinking markets so a lot of investment money will go to other technology instead. This is why Microsoft is so desperate to get in to another market. People aren't buying first PC's anymore, they are replacing ones that are dying or slow.
I'll still have a PC for a long time to come, but it's not my go to all the time electronic device it was at the start of the 21st century.
Re: 90 Days
90 days seems terribly short, apt to delete the emails from the start of a project that isn't finished yet. If the other client saved his records the company will look like a real ass in front of a judge who may make the assumption that the company deletes records (emails) so fast because they are 'Shady as Shit™'
Re: The really sick joke here...
Tyranny, coming in April.
“Society can and does execute its own mandates: and if it issues wrong mandates instead of right, or any mandates at all in things with it ought not to meddle, it practices a social tyranny more formidable than many kinds of political oppression, since, though not usually upheld by such extreme penalties, it leaves fewer means of escape, penetrating much more deeply into the details of life, and enslaving the soul itself.”
― John Stuart Mill
Re: Correction re: Internet Explorer
>Microsoft Corporation One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052-7329.
Microsoft's address says it all. One Microsoft way, no matter how little it makes sense. I think the saying goes Jack of all trades, master of none.
I consult for many businesses that use tablets in their shops. The applications we use on the tablets are not the same as the desktop version. They've been steamlined for touch, designed to use on the warehouse floor or in autos, where they do a job more quickly then a laptop and less expensively then proprietary solutions. In the businesses that push it out correctly it's been a great time saver and the employees love them. When the tablet apps are designed as full feature replacements of the desktop version it generally fails. Too much time is spent on getting edge cases to work that aren't in the normal workflow.
Re: Shills & Trolls
-Nobody has to adopt on day 1. Change when you are ready.
Lots of people buy their computer from box stores. They tend to do dumb things like listen to the sales person about Windows 8 being the new 'hot sauce'. These peoples name is Default and their number is legion. They'll get the computer home and install some software they need for something and it won't work as expected. They'll call the support number for $stumpy_soft and talk to Mr Bob Engrish who has a script that when read will kinda work with windows 7 but is nonsensical because there is no longer a start menu in 8. After hours of frustration it's likely they'll call a local tech where they'll be charged more because that tech is still learning WTF happened in Windows 8.
Yes, it will eventually straighten itself out with time, just like with other version of Windows. Why should it be this way though? What is wrong with the Windows 7 desktop on a desktop? Change for change sake is foolish, change for good reasons has lots of resistance and can cause millions of man hours of unnecessary work if not done correctly. Changing 15 years of desktop habits because Microsoft wants me to buy their tablet too is a poor reason.
Things that probably need to change, and why.
Petrochemical fuels - global warming, wars over supply.
Nuclear power - nuclear waste, nuclear proliferation.
American politics - team America world police.
Windows start menu on a desktop- ???
Re: @Cam2A - Why it sucks.
Strip away the desktop/metro/wtf interface, and for the most part Windows 8 seems just fine. Windows 8 just works as long as you don't use the Metro interface on a desktop computer, but that's just the point, Windows home/pro users use the GUI to open apps and get their work done. Metro is a huge, confusing change to everyone that's learned to use windows from '95 on. It appears to change entire paradigm of how we interact with the (windows) computer.
I get it, menus aren't so great on touch devices, but don't treat my desktop like a fucking iPad. When my computer boots up and is ready to use I want just the few icons I normally use there. Pinning stuff to the start bar, I love it, the programs I used most are there. A few more on my desktop, along with a few data files that are works in progress. The rest is hidden away in the start menu where I may access it just a few times a year.
So, why the hell did Microsoft change their desktop to compete with a tablet operating system? Even with the power of the entrenched yet weakening grip of Microsoft on the desktop, this stands to push users and developers on to cloud (private or public) based apps that run from browsers. Browsers that don't have to be Internet Explorer or run on Windows. Do they feel so much of the future is at stake that the risk of W8 driving customers to other products is better then no decent showing in the tablet market?
Re: Won't last 100's of millions of years
Appears to be clear glass by the photos, which is the least likely to devitrify.
It sounds like this stuff is pretty damn stable. Unless it gets buried under immense pressure, or ground back in to sand, it's apt to be around for some time.
So what we're saying here is that Woz is the pretty artwork at the museum at the Fusion-IO gallery?
Re: Print a 3d printer, half the size?
That's before everyone seemed to realize that that nanotechnology doesn't follow standard forces and delves in to the exceedingly odd world of quantum mechanics. The technoutopianists ignorance made them think we were much closer to mass produced technology at the atomic level. That said, we have learned a great deal about making stuff smaller, and due to that we have the dense storage and processing capacities in our current products.
TL:DR, making stuff smaller is hard.
Becoming more common.
Was looking at a HP dv7t-7000 on HP's site, they offer a 32GB SSD accelerator for an addition $50. Not sure who's disk it is, but the technology has gone mainstream. On performance, from what I hear, it benefits small files greatly. Very large files are not kept on the SSD. In theory this is what you want, as streaming speed from a large file on a spinning disk is pretty good unless you have fragmentation problems.
Brian Marshall summed up his dystopian version of machine replacement in the short Manna.
Toony Cloudy Loony
Why does Store.E Cloud make me think of Wile E. Coyote first thing? It makes me think of some spectacular device that ends in a spectacular failure.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wile_E._Coyote_and_Road_Runner in case you were deprived as a child.
Re: This article is pish
Yes, some developers are shit, they are the ones writing the platform that gets owned weekly but seemingly updated a few times a year. I don't have a problem with most java apps, though there are still some pretty crappy dinosaurs hulking around. It's the write once, exploit anywhere that's pissed off every sysadmin out there.
See the article titled "Oracle knew about critical Java flaws since April" on this very site.
Re: Why on Mars didn't they...
--The team estimate it would have traveled about 400m
m != km
It landed within sight of the drop zone.
--So you're telling me that every single weather station in every state in the US is miscalibrated?
Miscalibrated for the use in question. They are most definitely taking the temperature of the environment around them, but until recently it was not realized how important that the change of the landscape around them would be when making calculations in the future.
Change the thermometer to a new type and the result changes.
Change the time you take readings and the end result changes.
Change the makeup of the box that holds the thermometer and the result changes.
Change the vegetation around the station and the result changes.
Put houses around the station and the result changes.
Put air conditioners around the station and the result changes.
Put highways, tarmac, and parking lots around the station and the result changes.
Shutdown a large number of rural stations and leave the urban stations and it skews averaged results.
The high temps of the dust bowl occurred when there was almost no large urban areas and no AGW.
That's what this paper is addressing. Not the current temperature outside.
The US South and Mid West also have some terrible climate swings over longer times that have dramatic effects on crops and populations.
Re: A few facts and clarifications...
Everything you say is correct. A point of clarification about the serial number though...
I was told by an ATF agent you should serialize and document the date of creation of all weapons created for personal use for a few reasons.
1. If you get stopped by the cops with a unserialized (*modern) weapon it will be taken and you'll be thrown in jail while they are it sorting out. Most of the time unnumbered weapons are stolen and defaced and very few cops are taught the laws on manufactured weapons for personal use.
2. Documenting the date of creation shows that when you created the weapon you were acting in accordance with all state and federal laws at the time.
3. Serializing your weapons at the time of manufacture helps to show that you were making them for personal use and not for manufacture. If the ATF thinks you were manufacturing weapons for sale illegally, they will raid you with stormtroopers and make your life hell. Serial numbers give some means of accountability. When a numbered weapon breaks, document its destruction too.
4. If your weapon is ever stolen, with a serial number there is a much higher chance you'll get it back. If you go to the police and tell them you had an AR-15 with the # A101 stolen, they'll never look in to the fact that you manufactured it yourself. If you say it had no #, first it will be hard to identify your weapon if it is recovered, and if it is you'll most likely end up at #3 of this list.
*many old firearms do not have serial numbers due to the fact it was not required by law at the time.
Re: Letter to the editor: Sensationalism is one thing; outright lying is another
Thank you for posting that.
There are large communities of people in the US that manufacture their own firearms. Most commonly built was the AK-47 style rifle. Other then the barrel and trunnion an AK pretty simple. The receiver, the part that makes it a firearm is just a flat piece of metal thats folded and tack welded in a few spots. As you can see from this...
The AR was always more of a problem to build because it required a machining a lower receiver, which most people weren't going to let them run your mill to make, and even if you did, you probably wouldn't have enough experience to do it right.
Most machinists will not help you run the tools, since they would be considered the manufacture and liable for making the weapon. If you build it yourself it's considered for personal use. What's interesting now is instead of machine shops it's computer labs that can do it now. Interesting to see where this will go.
A question I have is can you embed reinforcing materials in a 3d print? A wound cable or Kevlar string embedded length wise would help reduce the risks of cracks forming and a catastrophic failure occurring while firing the weapon.
*Also engrave or stamp the receiver with a serial number of some type and document when it was created. If the weapon is ever stolen you'll need the information to give to the police, and the ATF would be very unhappy at you if you released an unmarked weapon in to the wild.
Re: We have customers
Dos apps are pretty easy, especially if they're not networked using VirtualBox or something along those lines. A lot of the DOS programs still work because the job behind them is the same as it was 20 years ago. Now if it ever does change something totally new will need to be used since who ever wrote it is long gone.
IE6 is a pig because it 'infected' your entire damn operating system.
From the sound of it (and what I've seen of software like that), is that the camera can take a snap every $x amount of time, or be set to record when it detects motion. Since he had a remote control in to it, whenever the machine was connected later he could then scalp the images from it.
Also, most bathrooms are pretty small. If the person in question didn't face it toward the wall then it could likely see them. Remember these... err.. idiots didn't think it was recording them all the time so it's quite possible they didn't think to face it away.
And yes, he's a dirty pervert that broke the trust of people that had him do work on their systems, I'm pretty sure they Geek Squad would hire him.
Re: the organisation will take care to protect individuals' personal details
Because the original organization with the data didn't take care to protect individuals details.
No, I would not like my internet history posted to the internet, I don't think many people would. One would hope that by clearing your history and blocking the worst to the tracking cookies and images that you can somewhat protect your history on the internet. Unfortunately our ISPs are government mandated to hoover up this info and keep it till god knows when.
Now you have two choices, you can be mad at Anonymous for being the jackholes they always are, or you can be mad at your government for wanting every little scrap of info about us logged and kept so they can review it as they see fit instead of telling the ISPs to keep out of our business and to provide a connection.
X28 missed us mostly
The X28 Flare could have been a serious event but it was mostly facing away from earth. It is thought a large flare is most dangerous when it is a series of flares. The first earth directed flare opens a magnetic or plasma channel to earth which allows the second major flare to reach earth far more quickly then without a preceding event. All it should take is reading about the Carrington Event to get a person slightly worried that our modern society could have some issues.
Not very many people I know are interested in the Ultrabooks. Most of them have a tablet or smart phone as their true portable, and then have a larger laptop that's a luggable desktop replacement.
Re: Well, that's OK then
-- I'm sure they will not be the last
They'll just stop putting out security updates for the non-cloud options so the only 'real' choice you have is to give up your base.
Do you get downgrade rights with this Win8 offer? 'upgrade' WinXP to Win8, then downgrade it to Win 7 for $40. Beats $130 for an OEM copy.
Re: Netflix outage site takes hours to notice cloud is missing.
I hate replying to myself, but..
Is it a bad idea to have your system that warns everyone the cloud is down, on the cloud?
Netflix outage site takes hours to notice cloud is missing.
I tried to watch Netflix on my Wii the night after this occurred and it locked up at a loading tiles screen. For hours their twitter feed showed that everything was ok. I went to sleep a while after that so I don't know how much longer it took them to notice they lost an entire datacenter somewhere out there in the cloud.
In this story to start Armageddon the Terminator only has to turn off his cooling fans and wait for his memory core to go thermonuclear.
Re: Infected Routers!
I think this virus in particular would try to log in to your gateway address with a set of common passwords, like admin/admin. If it could login and detect how to change the dns on the router, it would.
"Two weeks till a few computers at 58 fortune 500 companies can't resolve domain names."
Sounds pretty lame when you say it the way it is. Hopefully the computer not being able to get online will cause someone to fix the virus infested plauge spreader, maybe clean up some other more active infections too.
Re: XPS 17?
Hopefully soon, and hopefully they offer less options then currently, or they quit changing the available features on what is called the XPS17.
I've ordered around 10 XPS 17s for customers of mine in the past 2 months with 4 orders cancelled because they could not be sold in the configuration approved by the website (of which I had to place another order), some of the cancellations have come almost a week after the initial order. Even day to day the pricing and available options seem to change. $100 off on the touchscreen option, to the next day no touchscreen option to the next day the choice of a 1080 over 900 screen size. The amount of volatility in the ordering process is insane.