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* Posts by gregthecanuck

20 posts • joined 19 Dec 2012

Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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It would be interesting to see some sort of geographical or national breakdown.

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

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Pops likes it

Just picked up a new ASUS minitower for my dad to replace his old creaking XP box.

Nice machine on sale for $369. 6GB memory, 1TB disk, zippy AMD A8-6500. Came with Windows 8. Upgraded it to 8.1, set dad up with an outlook.com account which gives him online email synced with Windows 8's mail application (replaces old Outlook Express).

Automatically recognized his new Samsung laser printer no problem when plugged in first time. He likes the fact that printing works the same now in all Metro apps (from charms). Now does a nice print preview as well which is a nice touch.

After about an hour dad had it all figured out and thought it was pretty cool. Big smile on his face. He likes the metro UI with the bigger icons and the single-click requirement. Yes he actually liked it, and liked it using a mouse. All the basic apps included such as weather, news and stocks aren't too bad at all, especially for a non-power-user.

So based on my one-person conversion experience for a typical web-browsing and emailing use-case 8.1 seems to work quite well.

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How d'ya make a JP Morgan banker cry? Ask him questions on Twitter

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Re: Hey El Reg, here's a better source of some of those tasty Twitted comments

And of course the inevitable follow-up.... #Snarknado

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Hero HTC phone takes a BULLET, saves shop worker's life mid-robbery

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Angel

Zing!

I don't think the product managers realized what they were asking for when they demanded a bullet-proof design!

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Is it barge? Is it a data center? Mystery FLOATING 'Google thing'

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Coat

Well obviously for large computational loads

They are looking for improved floating-point performance.

I'll get my raincoat...

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

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They are following Microsoft's lead again

Microsoft's newest tablets are shipping with office built in. For example the newest Dell Windows 8.1 Pro machine (Venue 8 Pro) comes with Office Home and Student pre-installed. For $299 and up that is a heck of a deal!

Apple is starting to feel the pinch more and more!

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Intel bakes super-snooper to stop industrial espionage

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Had a good laugh - the googleads inserted item was for a movie:

They See Your Every Move

CLOSED CIRCUIT

In theatres August 28

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Oz sawbones extract fork from old boy's todger: Gents, start your wincing

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Trollface

Gives new meaining to "A fork in the road".

WTF - Where's The Fork?

Looks like they removed it just in tine..

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Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

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Well, obviously, it should be called....

Nokia Drive

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Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

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Oh dear - is this the start of "design by committee"? Perhaps not but this doesn't bode well for the moment.

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ROBOT COW teaches Saudi kids where milk comes from

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Angel

What an udderly fantastic idea!

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

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Meh

Re: It's a pity

Wii U - there is a larger rechargable battery coming soon for the tablet. It has been shown in Japan.

So far to me the Wii U is the better product - no funky XBone DRM. I expect Sony to have similar restrictions now that MS has broken the ice on that front. Also no rental possibility for games? We use RedBox to try out new games and only buy ones we feel are worth it. And some games you can finish in less than a day! Latest Laura Croft title for example. Very bad $ value.

I suspect the Wii U will get a boost due to:

- no funky DRM issues

- supports rentals

- supports used game market

- less expensive than XBone

IMO the graphics on the Wii U are "good enough". As others have mentioned it's all about gameplay. There are some awesome titles on the Wii such as Xenoblade that are as good as anything on Xbox. Next-gen Xenoblade from Wii U likely to be shown at E3 soon.

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The iWatch is coming! The iWatch is coming!

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iphone accessory

I can see the usefulness of the device as an extension to an iPhone. Agree with M7S above.

Instead of people compulsively pulling out their phone and checking for messages/info they can just look to their watch. Something like the Blackberry message light, but on a remote device. This could be quite useful.

I don't see the point of this device as a stand-alone device.

Possible charging source could be a wireless charge from the iPhone itself (next generation) or some other device, possibly similar to the Nokia wireless charging setup.

But in the big picture I just don't see this making a huge difference to Apple's bottom-line. Won't have huge margins. Likely won't spur extra software sales. It will possibly help shore-up their eroding market share in the short term, but long term the me-too products will show up quickly, likely with better features and a lower price.

If this is Apple's next big thing then they are in serious trouble.

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Enjoy the weekend, sysadmins: Next Tues fixes 33 Microsoft bugs

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Re: Come on wintards get rebooting your servers!

We had an IBM AIX Power 5xx server fail on reboot after being moved between racks. One of the CPU boards had developed a fault and for some reason didn't execute the fail-over cleanly. Dead supposedly redundant server! The techie had never seen the problem before. S*it happens.

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India launch puts Canadian microsats into orbit

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NEO - MPLSD micro-satellite network not mentioned??

Follow-up launches are in the planning stages for a new NEO-MPLSD micro-satellite network.

NEO-MPLSD? Near Earth Orbit MaPLe Syrup Defense network. Any stray space bodies will be apprehended by a kamikaze maple-syrup-bearing swarm. Power source? Canada's patented BBRC - Back Bacon Reaction Chamber.

In the odd chance that the back-bacon powered maple-syrup delivery system fails to adjust the offending NEO orbit, at least we can have a tasty treat while we fry.

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Climate scientists link global warming to extreme weather

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Facepalm

Say what?

"Climate scientists link global warming to extreme weather"

Now they are blaming extreme weather as one cause of global warming. What next??

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Fondling again: HP slates new tablet for April

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FAIL

Race to the bottom?

That's nice and all at $169. But at what margin/profit? 5 or 10 dollars???

If I was an HP shareholder I would be pissed. No way HP is going to make any decent money on this. Better off investing in savings bonds or short-term notes. Sigh.

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UPnP scan shows 50 million network devices open to packet attack

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Comedy gold my friend

Java is required to run the scanning tool.

Hee-hee, hohohoho, hahahahaha, whaaaa, hahahaaha hhhhoooooooo...

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Canadians nab syrup rustlers after massive maple sap heist

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Holmes

Elementary my dear

With treacle-down economics!

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PayPal founder funds 'tornado-driven' power plant

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Joke

Round and round she goes

Seems to me they are simply putting a new spin on old ideas.

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