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Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

Corborg

Wizard needs food

Why would you compare Gauntlet (1985) to Streets of Rage (1991)?

Anyhow, Gauntlet was great, I built my own mini version a few years back: http://minicade.blogspot.co.uk/

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Migrating to Windows Server 2012

Corborg

2012

I've installed close to 100 2012 servers replacing a lot of SBS 2003 and vanilla 2003 servers. If the start menu is a problem, Start8 works just as well on server as it does Windows 8 so that solves that problem.

Performance wise it's much more modular and less bloated than 2008, I find it quicker. I use powershell scripts with a CSV file of user details to quickly populate the AD for a new domain and cloudy Exchange most of the time.

And when it's all configured you can drop it down to core to stop people fiddling with it locally, and take it back to full fat GUI when you want to, something that wasn't possible in 2008. Overall I like it. But what do I know I only have hands on experience :p

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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

Corborg

Double up

Why don't they make it so you type a password in, but it reads your fingerprint as you're typing it in? Password and fingerprint aren't secure, but combined it's a little better.

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

Corborg

Re: Vociferous NOooooOOoooo

There was a whole movement of VR kit in the 90's. Virtuality in the arcades and I had a set of Revelators. These were just stereoscopic glasses rather than a headset and it made Colin Mcrae Rally and Flight Unlimited great to play, but the advent of low refresh rate LCD's killed future products like this. I don't like Facebook, but I'm glad the money is now behind the tech and we might actually get a modern, low cost headset at last. Hopefully success will breed competition, standardisation and a better experience for all.

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Microsoft waves goodbye to Small Business Server

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Go

Re: Typical, misguided Microsoft

....You can run SQL server on Foundation server 2012 locally.

To everyone who has not tried the product. Foundation Server 2012 is just like Server 2012 standard, but for up to 15 users. It has AD, IIS, RDS, Storage Spaces, Branche Cache, Direct Access and all that good stuff.

What it lacks compared to SBS is built in Exchange server, Sharepoint and those fluffy web interfaces for RDP'ing into your internal PC's.

This OS is not forcing you to use cloud services. It doesn't ask you to create any cloud accounts to use it.

Let the hysteria continue.

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Corborg

Re: Bye, Microsoft

Why? We are currently migrating our customers off of SBS to 2012 Foundation. You don't have to use the cloud services at all if you don't want to, and it's a far better OS than 2003/2008. Our customers haven't missed SBS one bit.

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It's not all bad

SBS 2003 was great. SBS 2008 was a bloated monster. SBS 2011 went some way in addressing it but was still bloated.

My experience of combining Server 2012 Foundation with a hosted Exchange service (not office 365) has been a good one. removing the complexities of Exchange server from the local site is good, and the state of our broadband in the UK is suitable for hosted email services in an SME. 2012 Foundation gives a good halfway house of locally hosted files and cloudy email.

In the longer term I'd hope that as broadband reaches 100mb + the "cloud" will no longer mean huge data centre, but our local cloud which we host in house. Whether or not that means pulling Exchange back in house without a dedicated IT tech, or keeping it hosted externally I'm not so sure.

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Put up your ... err ... hand for free vasectomy streamed online

Corborg

I hope they will be using....

...the Windows Snipping Tool.

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So, Windows 8.1 to give PC sales a shot in arm? BZZZZT, wrong answer

Corborg

Re: Classic Coke

My experience was the opposite. MS gave me more opportunity to make more profit off the back of their marketing and releases, and engineers were cheaper and quicker to train. We regularly reviewed Linux, and used it in a few areas like wifi setups on large theme parks, but on the whole MS products worked and ultimately allowed customers to run the tools they needed to do their jobs.

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Euro PC shipments plummet into bottomless pit of DOOOOM

Corborg

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.

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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.

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

Corborg

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.

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Samsung's new co-CEO: 'Windows isn't selling very well'

Corborg

I just bought a Windows 8 Phone

and I bloody love it.

Down vote me in 3...2......1........

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Multimillionaire Brit games dev wants your cash for Shroud of the Avatar

Corborg

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!

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Corborg

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.

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Corborg

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.

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Next Windows 8 version can ditch bits of Metro

Corborg

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)

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Twenty classic arcade games

Corborg

Re: What was that one called...?

Hah yes you're right. When I wasn't watching cartoon horses, I was in arcades shooting people.

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Corborg

Re: What was that one called...?

quickrdaw macgraw?

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Corborg
Pint

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 :)

http://minicade.blogspot.com

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Sergey Brin emasculated after HORROR smartphone disaster

Corborg

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.

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LIVE NOW: Never mind Windows 8, speak your brains on Server 2012

Corborg

MJF

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?

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Apple said to develop curved glass iWatch with Foxconn

Corborg

Terror Wrist

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.

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Curiosity photographs mysterious metal object on Martian rock

Corborg
Devil

UUUULLLLAAAAAAAAAAA!

that is all

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Why you need a home lab to keep your job

Corborg

Make lemonade

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.

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Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

Corborg

Chromosexual

+1 from me for the ribbon hate fan club. I wonder if the same team were involved in the Windows 8 start screen.

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So: 6,500 Win 8 laptops later, how are BT's field engineers coping?

Corborg

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.

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Apple confirms 128GB iPad. A hundred bucks for an extra 64GB

Corborg

Rotting Apple

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.

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Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

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Re: Can I just say "I miss File Manager"

Directory Opus for me please

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New tool jailbreaks Microsoft Surface slabs in 20 SECONDS

Corborg
Pirate

Aharrrrrrrrrr

... piracy.... Microsoft's most successful marketing strategy to date. I don't expect them to fill the gap soon.

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Making apps for touchscreen mobes? YAWN. Try a car instead

Corborg
Meh

I already have this

I have an app in my car that reads out the news headlines.

It's my FM Radio.

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'Not even Santa could save Microsoft's Windows 8'

Corborg
Meh

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)..

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

Corborg

Useful

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.

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Outlook 2013 spurns your old Word and Excel documents

Corborg

Damnit

I wish they would banish PST files once and for all I'm sick of them

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END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH: TalkTalk no longer worst ISP in UK

Corborg

Screaming.net

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.

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YES! It's the TARDIS PC!

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I still prefere

My own time machine: http://minicade.blogspot.co.uk/

Although it only does the 1980's

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GPU-stuffed monster cracks Windows passwords in minutes

Corborg

Shocking

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

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85% of Windows 8 users wield the desktop on day one

Corborg
Trollface

Sales figures

If you want sales figures, ask Start8 how many copies they have sold since Windows 8 launched!

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Microsoft Office 2013 heads for the cloud but fails to soar

Corborg
Facepalm

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

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Nokia Lumia 820 WinPho 8 review

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Meh

Sunnyvale

The screen shot shows it's in Sunnyvale. Bubbles must be doing well at the kittyland love centre if he can afford one of these phones now.

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The early days of PCs as seen through DEAD TREES

Corborg

Fond Memories

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.

Thanks Dad.

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Microsoft's Surface bait-and-switch won't make people buy Windows 8

Corborg

KISS

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.

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Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

Corborg
Trollface

Re: What a load of crap.

If he wants his full 32gb of storage then he can format the drive.

Simple.

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In the loop: how Halo defined a new decade of first-person shooters

Corborg

Re: Erm...

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

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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.

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