72 posts • joined Wednesday 30th November 2011 08:30 GMT
Re: Amen to that
Alan Sugar and Mr Commodore do too I'm sure.
Sure we would have got to this place sooner if MS had some competition over the years (or didn't squash them), I was the first to shout that Windows was a huge steaming pile of meadow muffin compared to Workbench on a HD with a decent FPU.
But we got there in the end. And that's why I'm in no need to replace my PC anytime soon.
Amen to that
I waited 20 minutes for my CPC 464 to load Mini Office
I meditated with my guru when loading Deluxe Paint on my A500
I overdosed on tea swapping all the disks in anticipation to try the beta of Windows 95
I had enough time to explain the concept of a swap file to a customer, while Windows 98 loaded on a PC with 16mb of RAM
I Xpee'd, I switched back to 2000, I XPee'd on SP2 and saw some chinks of light at the end of the tunnel
I Vista'd and the tunnel collapsed
and finally I Windows 7'd,
The journey was painful, but where I am now, it's good. Finally the OS can be "just an OS", it keeps out of the way, without drama, and I can concentrate on using my tools on top of it.
Let's hope they allow the OS to take more of a back seat in 8.1 by toning down the new Start menu for desktop users.
Our garden wall fell down
MS tried to create a Metro driven app store, locking vendors in to their own distribution system so that they could take a fat profit ala Apple.
It didn't work. You can have your start menu back.
I just bought a Windows 8 Phone
and I bloody love it.
Down vote me in 3...2......1........
Re: Profit without risk! Awesome!
And the upside for the consumer is that big publishers don't want to take a risk on games or inventions they don't think will sell. As consumers we show our support by funding, and we get the diversity back into the gaming market that is desperately lacking. Whether that be a multi million pound Wing Commander or Elite remake, or a $1000 chuckie egg remake.
Or even the Occulus Rift, who in their right mind would fund a VR headset....oh...looks like the market is there!
Re: A lesson to EA
Interesting read the Bob White plot thanks for pointing that out. Whatever happened to 9 it's best forgotten, maybe a fan remake will fix it some day.
A lesson to EA
Ultima was simply wonderful (Excluding 9 as release was forced too early). I have lots of great memories of Ultima 6 and 7 especially. If Garriot can capture the wonder of the old titles then he's on to a winner.
I hope EA look at the speed of his funding and realise what an absolute cock up they made of the series by ditching him. Without Lord British, Ultima is nothing.
Get funding people.
No climb down
Considering the interface is also in the excellent Server 2012 it would be crazy to go back on it now.
They will just replace the mouse cursor with a hand, like in Surgeon Simulator 2013 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2XkTIYhQC8)
Wizard needs food, badly
All the usual suspects, can't go too far wrong with that list.
I would stick with Outrun over ChaseHQ, I still play that today. And I would stick Robotron 2084 in not SmashTV.
This is my arcade cabinet, I built it when I ran out of space for a full sized cabinet :)
Re: He hopes the new Google glasses will allow once more for "natural" human interaction.
...and while you think they are making eye contact and listening to you, they are pulling turnips in farmville.
Any technology can be anti-social. The only solution is an agreement on social etiquette. Unless talking while using your tech becomes as anti-social as blowing smoke in someones face then it's not going to go away regardless of the platform or form you're using.
MJF appears on Windows Weekly and This week in tech pod casts.
She has never come across as knowing her onions technically. She just regurgitates press releases. I remember a recent one where she said she had never installed/reinstalled Windows!. And you expect us to value her opinion on Server 2012?
The watch as a computer form factor is useless. At best it will be a bluetooth remote for the Ipod or Iphone in your back pocket.
that is all
I've felt the pain of trying to get training out of a multi billion pound company, and having it denied. When your employer isn't willing to invest in you, it's time to face facts and take it into your own hands.
With a fairly modern PC, HyperV (or virtual box, VMWare etc), some patience and some good material there is nothing you can't achieve that you couldn't in a training room.
I find trainsignal and CBT nuggets video training is great combined with a book usually cracks it.
+1 from me for the ribbon hate fan club. I wonder if the same team were involved in the Windows 8 start screen.
Re: Very good indeed
The underlying OS should never have mattered in the first place. It should be invisible, and definitely not worthy of fanfare and launch parties. It should just do its job.
In 3 years time Apple will be a bit player once again. Boom, bust, and no messiah to save them.
Maybe Woz will give them the patent for his all in one remote.
Re: Can I just say "I miss File Manager"
Directory Opus for me please
... piracy.... Microsoft's most successful marketing strategy to date. I don't expect them to fill the gap soon.
I already have this
I have an app in my car that reads out the news headlines.
It's my FM Radio.
How it should be
I never really got OS's launching to fanfare. A good OS should be slipping by unnoticed, doing its job. And that job is to protect us from the complexities of the machine, and allow us to run the tools we need on it.
In one way Windows 8 achieves this really well with its more streamlined and modular (alright not Linux modular yet but getting better) code base.
It then fails miserable with a slap in the face when you press the start button.
I hope all releases of Windows from now on are low key, iterative updates that try to be nothing more than it needs to be. No movie makers, social networking apps, UI rehashes or attempts to build a foundation for a walled garden (thanks for that Apple)..
Netbook for me is used when I go on holiday and don't want to take an expensive device with features I don't need. I use it to dump digi photos on to from the SLR and then pop it back in the hotel room safe. Maybe check the email once in a while. I'm sure it will be used in this way until it pops.
I wish they would banish PST files once and for all I'm sick of them
I can only talk from personal experience. I've been on talk talk for 2 years, I'm getting 14Mb down and 1Mb up over my old copper lines and have never had an outage. I am very close to the exchange though so I'm sure the service would be solid whoever I was with.
XP password cracked using a rack full of servers and 25gpu's.
I'll stick to a USB floppy drive and Konboot to circumvent any windows passwords undetected thanks
If you want sales figures, ask Start8 how many copies they have sold since Windows 8 launched!
Head in the cloud
I have a cloud. It's a NAS in my basement. It works for me, I can access it anywhere and I back it up.
The more companies try to force me into the subscription services the less likely I am to use them. It doesn't work for me, I know it does for some.
I'm waiting for the day we get over the remote cloud obsession. The next big thing will be for us all to have our own personal cloud hosted at home :p
RE Amiga Format, issue one, New Zealand Story demo on the cover disk. It was exciting to see it split from Amiga/ST Format into a mag of its own and it built up to become a wonderful publication for years to come.
Shame my dad threw out my entire and complete collection of Amiga Format magazines several years ago when I was away at uni.
I like MS's new take on things. They appear to be going back to get the basics right so they can build on that. Server 2012 is great, Windows 8 is great (with Start8!) Hyper-V is charging at ESX. I think they are back on track.
Re: What a load of crap.
If he wants his full 32gb of storage then he can format the drive.
Goldeneye had tanks, Terminator Future Shock (1995), Hunter had vehicle combat (Ok it was 3rd person but 3D) hey we can go all the way back to Midwinter in 1989 if you like.
I swear the work experience boy runs the gaming articles on el'reg
Halo, gaming devolved
The only thing Halo taught me was that I love my keyboard and mouse. Sure the game was well executed but it wasn't ground breaking. The Xbox simply introduced what PC gamers were enjoying to the console masses. in 2001/2002 I was busy playing BF1942.
Rainbow Six introduced a strategic element of planning, as well as playing multiple people at the same time.
You could have also lead up to R6 with Hired Guns.
The article lacks any depth and fails to join the dots.
Soldier of Fortune, for introducing comedy deaths based on where you shot them. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think this was the first.
I agree we have a large gap in the 80's and more credit should be given to those which helped form the genre. In no particular order:
3D Monster maze, Battlezone, Robocop 3D, Hostages, Novagens Mercenary series, Hunter (despite being 3rd person), Ultima Underworld (no UU, no System Shock!), Commander Keen (giving Romero his break before going on to form ID Software), Alone in the Dark (showing that 3D had advanced enough for true 3D characters to be used, and for atmosphere).
I'd much rather read about the changes in game design that made FPS's possible on the whole than jumping simply from one FPS to the next. Boring!
"Luggable" is the title of the genre omitted, and the one the Osborne falls into.
MS trying to make change for change sake and jump start the old business model of new OS = new hardware = happy vendors and lots of $$$
The fact is the mouse works. Granted I wouldn't go back to the RSI inducing brick of a mouse that came with my Amiga 500 (although Apple would probably sue the shape of it now) but a modern ergonomic mouse is just fine.
Just like the accelerator pedal on my car, the handle on my door, and eating with a knife and fork. If MS made cutlery they would want us all to be rubbing our faces into our plates.
Competition is good. But effectively blocking (the browser experience is not the same) Google Maps in favour of its own system is anti-competetive. Nobody wins. To quote a politician who will no doubt be working for Apple soon "know your place you fucking plebs".
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