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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

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Re: If you got a computer you don't buy Windows 8.

In certain applications that support the pen and without OS support for Handwriting recognition etc.. As opposed to Windows (since XP) and the Samsung Version of Android for the Note series where it works everywhere, has an OS internal support for HWR and a ton of support software, some part of the basic system.

Oh and it needs a battery unlike the S/P2s WACOM pen.

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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Re: Just like the Terminator can analyse prospective Sarah Connors with a mere glance...

IIRC he had a name and a city not a picture. So he simply went down the "Sarah Connors" in the telephone book, knocked and asked "Are you Sarah Connor"...

Since that time I always answer "No" if asked "Are you Max Mustermann"

Oh and "He is Spartakus!" (Pointing to Kirk Douglas)

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Re: So much negativity.

IF it done right that an AR glass with the right add ons (And no - GG is NOT the right one) can be very useful for police work by taking away a lot of the grunt work. I doubt the stuff will fit in a glass, more likely a combination shoulder cam / head display (the shoulder cam IS in test in some police departments). But that could dramatically speed up taking testimony at a traffic accident, doing the base recordings / pictures etc.

AR in general, again if done right (No device dependency, no 3G needed) can be a nice add on. Why take my computer out of the case if I want to read while on the train? AR projection through a low power PAN in my field of view and maybe voice (or a simple BT "mouse") for minor navigation and be done. AR because I would like to see my surroundings when outside of my home (so VR is out).

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Nvidia slips love letter to open source driver devs

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Look closer

It's only the TEGRA chips they support not all of them

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This THREESOME is a HANDFUL: It’s the Asus Transformer Book Trio

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No stylus - no buy

Sorry ASUS, I generally like your gear and LOVED your EP121. But this is not good enough. You have the tech and licences to put a WACOM pen in there. Do it and this is a nice alternative to Surface/Pro2 and Tab11.

But as a touch only device it is relatively useless in the business environment compared to theses or stuff like the Thinkpad Yoga

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Language-mangling Germans fling open Handygate to selfie-snapping whistleblowers

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Re: "Handy" - WTF

Na try:

Tragbares Kurzdistanz Sende-Empfangs Modul für selbstvermittelndes, zellenbasierende Funktelefonnetz mit automatischer, Empfangsstärken-basierender Zellenwahl

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Re: "Handy" - WTF

Actualy Homo Sapiens Germanensis did not choose (or use) the word. Mobiltelefon is the term.

It is only Homo Egoboosterensis and Home Incrowdis that use "Hääändy". And there are debates wether those (together with Politicus and MBAensis) really belong to the Homo group, some scholars putting them in the Pan group.

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Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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Laws must be enforcable

And this, like the "no mobile while driving" is very hard to enforce, actually even harder. The object in question is small and difficult to see (and on the off-window side in continental european cars)

So this becomes another one of those "rarely enforced" laws that get people in the wrong mindset of "all traffic laws are useless / can be ignored easily" and the result is the 2.2m wide car on the 2m wide lane (restricted space due to repair work) because "No police so who cares..."

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Sony on the ropes after Moody's downgrade to junk

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Re: How the Mighty Have Fallen

Sony computers currently are more often than not a "well meant" instead of a "well done". Problems with the WLAN and the fan control, too small batteries to keep cost/weight down and similar minor but annoying problems. Sad since the base units are great and occasionally they show they CAN do great maschines (Duo 13 is an example)

Future will see if they get the problems fixed and how they handle "older" units IF the fix can be applied to those (WLAN and Fan may be)

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Microsoft loses cash on each Surface slab – but core biz strong as ever

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You can not buy what does not exist. Just ask Munich, the LiMux Group gets ugly if you mention "Citrix Licences" :)

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Re: old tactics that fail in 2014

MS does not have to "price competition out" - Just ask IBM

MS has the revenue stream to test the water for a few years and then continue selling what works and drop what does not. So expect Surface/ARM to die by 2015 and both XBox One and the S/P2 to gain at least a black zero on the hardware sales. With X/1 the business is licences/games and S/P2 is a shwocase/establishing a price base tablet pc device so black zeros are good enough

As for WP - they just have to keep selling them AND delivering updates/security patches like they currently do and Samsung will do their work for them by quitting support for even premium models after about 12 month. There already is a grumbling about that and many people do not see CM as a solution, even less when companies like MS and Apple offer longer support terms

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Re: Monopoly still pays....for now.

What Monopoly? There is none and there has never been one. Macs are older than Windows, IBM had OS/2 for quite some time, Atari/Amiga/Acron offered good systems and there is always UNIX that actually was marketed as a client OS by SCO, SUN, Interactive... for some time. Same for Office Suits (StarOffice, AmiPro etc.) and other tools.

Ultimately all theses alternatives failed the ultimate testing tool - the end user! The companies dropped the ball, some (Atari and Commodore are good examples) multiple times by not having a good marketing and actually refusing to SELL products they had ready and customers demanded because "That is not our business segment" (Unix-equiped variants of their systems, ATX Transputer system etc)

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Simple:

Most companies use (customizable) 3rd party software that either exists only for the MS platform or requires MS software for various tasks. Sure, they software company will port to mySQL and OO - IF you pay them! And since what you want is not the mainstream solution but individual stuff - you pay A LOT of money. So the CTO stays with SQLServer and MS Office since that is the best short/mid term investment.

Add in stuff like certifications for certain software etc. and you get the picture.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Na, the year of DIY OS on the desktop will be the same year the german Pirat Party will provide the chancellor. After all both currently have a similar market share (and segment - Free/FOSSTards)

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Re: I want Windows 7 back because I prefer to be slow!!!

And the problem with that is?

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Since our customers had a limited "roll in" of Win8 units last year we have some experience with END USERS and Win8. And the typical end user has no problems with Win8. They get a Modern UI start screen with their 5-10 programs as icons and use that. Most find it faster/easier than the Menu and at least as useable as the "Icon on desktop/taskbar" setup from before. The applications are the same they had on Win7 so no change there.

Most users do not care about the OS, they care about the software packages they use. If those are present, easy to find and work - they have no problems. If they work on a light, mobile unit that takes less space than a notebook - mobile workers like it even more. And ticking off check boxes / filling forms with a good pen support works fine and fast.

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A bit more research would be nice

>Windows 8/8.1 does not appear to be being picked up by consumers or businesses. Microsoft lost a year >on Windows 8 as OEMs didn’t deliver PCs or tabs,

Let's see the not delivered systems from SONY (Vaio Duo11/12), Lenovo (Helix, TPT2, Thinkpad Yoga), Dell (Latitude 10), Samsung (Ativ 500t, Ativ700, Tab3).... and that is just the pen equiped tablet pc from 2012/2013. There are more touch only tablets and touch enabled notebooks around. Guess the OEM DID deliver quite a few units....

> while consumers stayed away from machines as businesses upgraded to Windows 7 instead.

And check how a company / admin that does know their jobs do a large scale upgrade. This is a LOT more effort than Auntie Mays surfstation and involves lengthy compliance checks. Add a quick look at typical client system replacement cycles (3-5 years), start with 1999/2000 (many big companies used that as a "new client" roll in) and you find many companies starting the replacement process well before Win8 was out.

Besides 13 percent market share, that is almost 10x the client market share of that funny DIY OS some people spend their free time with, isn't it. Or twice as must as that "pretty but costly" hardware/software combo with the half eaten fruit.

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Amazon workers in Delaware reject trade union membership

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Re: Typical....What makes Amazon great is what low skilled want to hinder.

Actually we no longer have ENOUGH of this low qualification jobs. EU (or the USA but EU first ;) ) should work hard to get them back!

Because there are quite a few people with an IQ that is straddeling the 100 and/or with other deficits that keep them out of white collar jobs AND the more demanding/better payed blue collar ones as well. Those we can either pay welfare (with all the problems) OR get a useful job.

A shirt made in the EU won't cost much more than one made in China. But ultimately the EU citizens would benefit from getting textile industrie back (say setting it up in Greece or Irland - it's low investment / light industrie, a good starter) and other industries should follow

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And nurses / (some) fire fighters / barbers(1) (All 3 year formal job training in germany) are those workers that CAN join a union OR blow the 1 percent of their income on booze and hookers. They will get the same amount of representation facing their employers.

A union not only needs to exist, it must be capabel and willing to DO something for them. The german union responsible for the non industrial workers (and that would include IT) isn't capabel of the first nor willing to do the latter. So why join?

(1) German police officers are Beamte, they have the ultimate job security

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Re: Propaganda wins

If you get a good union than it will negotiate decend (not great, just decend) deals with the bosses most of the time. Every 10 years of so there'll be a few days of strike but with a well filled war chest that's no problem. In between the union provides legal counsel, sits on the workers counsil and most of the time you actually CAN get in contact with your functionary and he WILL make a best effort to help you (i.e your rating in a multi-stage pay scale). Been with the IG Chemie for quite some time, worked nicely.

On the other hand you can get a union like germans VERDI. They cost you 1 percent of your income and than they will do nothing for you unless you work for a big US company. There they will ACHIVE nothing for you but at least use you for publicity stunts. And Verdi functionaries wonder why they have lost almost 1/3 of their premium payers since the moloch was founded...

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Re: Unions are generally devices to give jobs to union leaders

Good unions are a good thing to have. Bad unions are a waste of time and money. Too powerful unions are the equivalent of the mob:

From the real life experience of a co-student with a certain car manufacturer and the IG Metal:

"If you want a students job here you must FIRST join the IGM". Those who refused never got in.

Generally IG-M is, like all IGs, a good union. In the case of that car manufacturer they had allowed to get too powerful since it was easier to give in during the years where german buyers where to stupid to realize the crap the company produced was unsafe at any speed.

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Samsung whips out 12.2-inch 'Professional' iPad killers

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Re: I want one

What the ARM version of the Surface family lacks is the key feature of the Note Pro and the Surface/Pro - an inductive digitizer (Wacom here, NTrig would work and is a tad cheaper). With that it would compete with the Note family or Androids. Without it is another overpriced touchy toy.

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Re: They're playing to the dummies in the market...

A good tablet pc is both a useable 12-13'' notebook AND a tablet. Add a BT keyboard/mouse and in no time you have a notebook even with variable distance between screen and keys. Dock can be nice to turn it into a full scale workstation. OTOH if I nedd a device for presentation and note taking - just the tablet part and a Wacom or NTrig stylus and go.

Granted, the software must be there from stable note taking and presentation to desktop style office suits. But if they are - a tablet pc replaces notebook and tablet

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Re: About time...

Multiscreens usability depends on what you use the unit for. Most of the time in "electronic legal pad" mode I view/edit a document "full screen" even on the 12 and 13'' Windows units here and use tabs to switch between documents and the taskbar to switch between programs. Multi-Windows come into use mostly if I use electronic post it and notification windows.

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Re: stuck in the mud.

The big irony is that Apple had a nice stylus based PDA with a, for the time, quite decent HWR (Newton) and likely could bring out an iPen device with better usability/quality and long-term updates than the Note series is.

As for the screen casting - well that is the Miracast standard so basically anyone could support that. Windows tablet pc of the current generation (at least the core-i) do so. I agree it is brilliant (I use the older WIDI standard a lot). Biggest benefit is that there are WIDI/Miracast receivers that act as a HDMI In device for even a non-smart TV or a monitor (or even a beamer). Just plug in the smallish box and go

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Re: Size of a piece of paper

HTML may or may not work. But at least for me most of the reading on the tablet pc is PDF and Word/Powerpoint stuff formated to DIN A4. And for that having a unit that can display it automatically at 100 percent is nice. I can zoom etc. but I do not have to.

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Re: Sounds like a fringe use case?

If the price is not to high Samsung could get away with providing the bear necessities of (tablet pc) life:

A HWR on par with Win7/Win8 that works in every part of the system

A MS-Journal compatible notepad application OR a free SNote for Win that understands the Android SNote format (The current one is Samsung only and there are problems)

A full featured OneNote client (The current Android one is not useful), Payware acceptable

A PDF reader with ALL capabilities found in Windows readers (Multi documents, annotation, fast and reliable rendering). Free since that's what I get on Win

A paint program similar to ArtRage4 (for money) or at least FreshPaint (free)

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IF SNote is finally stable for documents > 10pages AND you have a supported printer in case you need paper versions the 10 and 12'' NOTE units could be a nice replacement for a legal pad. 12'' more so than 10 from experience, the extra "real estate" is worth the weight.

Depending on what software is available under Android by now it might also be a useful Sketchpad (Assuming something like Artrage etc. exists by now) and useable for minor picture touch ups.

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Re: Sounds like a fringe use case?

Okay, I am a big guy used to lug 30kg around the countryside in a former job and still keeping quite fit (1). But even for the average IT "weakling" a unit in the 700-1100g range should be quite useable standing IF it has a stylus and a good handwriting recognition. That way the unit is cradled in the off-hand and written on with the other. And 12''-13'' units can be handled by most humans quite well while having the benefit of being close in size to DIN A4/US Legal, making for a natural reading.

The main questions on the Samsung Note/Pro units are:

How long will they get updates/security fixes?

How stable is the note taking software?

How stable is the software in general?

How good is the HWR by now?

How are they priced compared to a x86 box?

Is the high screen resolution useful or just showmanship?

and most important:

Do you need to interface with a Windows based infrastructure / AD domain etc?

(1) Regularly balancing 1kg weights in one and 4.2kg weights using both hands while standing/kneeling helps as does weight-work and hiking

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Acer cozies up to Google with new 'droid PCs and fondleslab, Chromebook

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Re: 120 Euros Netbook works fine

If that's all you need than it is good enough. If not, it is a waste of money.

Quite a few people use notebooks as their ONLY privat device these days and the number goes up since the "benefits" of a desktop (expandability, upgrades, better GPU, more drives) are not important to these users. What is important is that they can do not only Internet but also the tax program, write and print the needed letters and play the occasional game.

And Android can not do all of this currently (Printer support is one example). So the tablet (if there is one) is an add on, not a replacement. And if there is a Windows fan in the family that shows how a 90€ SSD and a Windows update gets you a device that is available as fast as a tablet AND runs all the stuff you like - the tablet is a no purchase and the 2010+ notebook gets used some more years. Well most of the time, there where two tablets purchased in december 2013. Cousin got a S/P2 to replace an old Asus netbook that was too slow/lousy resolution and a friend got a R7-572 for doing graphics

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Re: Cups just fine, and WHO DOES PRINT these days ?

So the answer is - it still does not work. But nice try to dodge the question

An Android AIO WOULD BE the "big PC" for many buyers and that is used for printing out the stuff still needed in print like writing to the government departments.

CUPS on Android does not exist. So currently an Android device that needs to print needs another PC that runs Linux to do it OR a printer that supports the vendor specific printer app. THAT was the problem, THAT was the question

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Re: This sort of thing should have become standard by now

A7 equal/better than BT? In what kind of tests? Last time "ARM better than Atom" was announced it turned out to be an effekt of the JavaScript based benchmarks and the JS engines used.

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Re: Keyboard?

If you give them a "decend" set of chips - you have a Baytrail unit or better. That in turn does not need Android.

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Re: So ... hardware manufacturers are now openly telling Microsoft to get stuffed

Netbooks had quite a few problems:

Small and low res screens

A lousy mass storage interface due to the limits of the Atom CPU

Low maximum memory, again the Atom

Low powered and problematic graphics due to the Atoms on board graphics

Their "benefits" where light weight and longish endurance. Interesting for some users but not for the majority. For them "price" was the only selling feature

As soon as notebooks became more common, be they second hand units from end of leasing be it new boxes the days of the netbook where mostly doomed. 2-3h on battery are "good enough" for most users and a 12-14'' screen with a 1280x800 or better resolution beats the 1024x600 "vision slit" of the average netbook

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Re: Haswell Chromebooks with the Nexus 10 screen

The hardware is basically there (Sony Flip15)

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Re: This sort of thing should have become standard by now

"Experts" here complain about the Modern/Desktop switching in Win8. Now imagine the howling if they actually had to switch OS for different tasks....

There are reasons for ARM (cheap, low power) but those are getting more and more irrelevant with Baytrail units coming out that offer better performance for most jobs at similar endurance. So for ARM there only is cheap.

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Re: You wish

How is printing under Android these days? In 2013 the options where:

+ Have a printer the customers printer app supports(1)

+ Have a box with CUPS running (2)

+ Use a web/cloud based printing system(3)

Same for stuff like Scanners or TV-sticks.

(1) For totally unexplainable reasons the only Samsung printers supported where the costly (W)LAN models

(2) Worked 8 out of 10 times

(3) Assuming your router/ISP worked with that AND you where willing to let Auntie Google look at your data

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Re: I tried one of their all-in-one Android systems at a store today

Looking at the price - I can get an core-i based unit with similar screen size and touch for that money. And ARM has no real benefits in what is basically a home/entertainment system. Time running is not big enough for the lower power to have a meaningful effect on the power bill,. wakeup time for a Win8 unit is equally short (and cold boot time for Android at least as long as cold booting Win7/Win8) and the x86 unit has more useful software and hardware as well as easier pheriphery access.

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Re: So ... hardware manufacturers are now openly telling Microsoft to get stuffed

Ah, that's the reason Acer has just started to sell the upgraded R7-572 series of Win8 convertibles. 15', NTrig Digitizer and quite a few other gadgets. Acer has been doing more than one OS for quite some time now, nothing new.

Now if someone can tell me why I should shell out 1100& for an ARM AIO when the same price will buy a similar sized and far more useful x86 based unit, I might be able to understand the market.

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Mars One's certain-death space jolly shortlists 1,000 wannabe explorers

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Re: :::Horse::>Cart

You are wrong. Construction of Capricorn 1 has already started...

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Re: Surely most of these are Trolls

@Mag07

The vast majority of explorers did their exploration for a easily understood reason - MONEY and/or POWER. They had an idea that there are riches to be found by blazing a way to India or to that valley where the natives where hunting those beautiful beaver pelts or...

Exploration "just because" is a very recent thing. And even today many still look out for good press coverage, sponsors and a well paid tour of the talk shows.

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Microsoft shops ditch XP for New Year as Windows market share expands

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Re: Are those Surface sales real 8.1 sales?

Who buys a S/P2 when he can not use the rather costly Wacom digitizer? And the Wacom Penabled drivers for Linux are "Alpha" and for MacOS there are none. If I want a Haswell tablet there are cheaper options. So yes, most S/P2 are likely used under Win8.x

Given that the units are out on Amazon MS and the MS webshop as well as the pricing - they are clearly aimed at the non corporate user as well. If you want to see pricing for a purely business tablet - look at Fujitsu, there 10ince ATOM starts at a price close to that of a 256GB S/P2. And with the "typical candidates" for "big corporates" (Dell, Lenovo, Fujitsu, Sony) offering their own units (with more options/better maintainability) I do not expect the S/P2 in our customers IT departments. Rather the Thinkpad Yoga or the Duo13. S/P2 in "commercial" use is for users like the real estate agent that I support on occasions or the insurance agent

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Re: IME...

Your experience may be limited / in a specialist sector.

Our customers spanning three types of business have all switched to Win7 (with a few specialist Win8 units, few as in 100-500 among a few thousand PC) for the clients. Same for at least one of the "big IT companies" around here.

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If one reads the articles comment about Surface it is quite clear that the reference is to Surface/Pro (since Lenovo etc. do not offer RT based units) and that is basically an Ultrabook+Wacom. So no need to get all software from MS.

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If you're still waiting for Firefox on Windows 8, don't hold your breath

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Re: My advice to Mozilla

IIRC the 8.1 version can boot directly to desktop (did not try since I actually LIKE Modern), CTRL-ALT-DEL to get the switch user works on /Pro and the login is "close enough".

As for the rest I'd have to ask the admins wether my box is a "hand crafted" setup or simply works with the Win7 settings and/or check with our customers sysops who integrated the TPT2 and Lat10s last year. Since those guys where not burning / needling puppets in my liking my guess is it wasn't all that complex.

Now that guy recommending the iThingy, he's still showing occasionat twitches, strange movements and an uneasiness near needles....

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Re: What *other* apps are not available on Windows 8?

Well, if the users want a Modern version of FF (the desktop version works/crashes just fine) then I guess the USERS should pay for it.

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Re: What *other* apps are not available on Windows 8?

Short hint:

MS does not care for a Modern enabled Firefox. They do not care for Firefox AT ALL

They HAVE a Modern enabled browser that works just fine on Win8. One that they control. It's called IE.

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Journalism on the "Remember the Maine" level of quality

The correct headline should be something along the lines of

Mozilla delays Firefox for Modern UI

because on the Win 8.x DESKTOP Firefox works as it did on Win7 or that funny DIY OS some people use.

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Striking Amazonians warn: Don't rely on us for Christmas pressies

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Re: Speed test started

With Christmas done:

All packages arrived well in time and as advertised. Same for the family members. Verdi's propaganda is taking more and more of a "Germany, April 1945" tone with lies, mis-use of fixed terms and all.

Looks like 2014 will be the "year Verdi dies" and makes room for multiple specific unions. Good!

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Re: Speed test started

Status: 6 Packages ordered (Prime and normal delivery)

2 have arrived (Prime/books)

2 are in the hands of DHL and will be here by Thursday at 14:00

2 are "in processing" but DHL already lists them as "we have been noticed"

At least from my PoV: AMAZON WINS!

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