And here I thought...
That, this was about Kim Dot-Com...
1203 posts • joined 21 Aug 2007
That, this was about Kim Dot-Com...
Well why can't I use 98SE forever?!
The subscription is for Office 365. And a lot of other programs Microsoft will gladly provide for you.
Such as, but not limited to the following.....
Explorer (Both Internet & Windows)
Prepare to get bent over HARD!!
EULA != the law, consumer rights trump EULAs
What exactly does Consumer Law have to do with MicroSofts shady practices? Perhaps the Consumer, being forcibly bent over for the last time, will start to wise up and leave MicroSoft.
So while the EULA may not trump the Law, per-say I wish you nothing but the best of luck in fighting it. I gather MicroSofts Lawyers, are bigger then your Lawyers.
If you think it's going to lock up after 12 months and ask you for your credit card number like Cryptolocker then you're barking up the wrong tree. It's just not legally possible to do that, the Windows you've got now is yours and can't be taken off you.
Isn't amazing what a few lines of EULA can do? While on the face of it, as things currently stand. You are correct. But, the "Problem" is, that Windows X hasn't hit yet. And, NOBODY, besides their Marketing-Droids know what will happen. If anything this may be their way of holding up a moistened Finger up to see which way the Wind is blowing.
But, when has that (TIFKAM), ever stopped 'em from making poor decisions before? The simple fact of the matter is that MicroSoft has had a perpetual hard-on for Windows as a Service, for Years now. And its absolutely correct to be paranoid about that.
The Ultimate Question.... Will be if they can get away with it.... The Answer will of course be no! But, bless their little Hearts for trying anyway.
If I had actually wanted an OS as a Service.. I'd have gone with a Chrome Book. If this is all the Future has in store for us... Then thank Zarquon for Linux!
And here I thought M$ were through with Service Packs...
A better question... And One that MicroSoft should ask themselves sometime. Is how to you retain "Customers" on your new x:was Platform, and not cause a backwards rush on Windows 7?
And are the Pleb Classes ready to fork out Year on Year for this One privileg to do so, when other means exist. e.g. Phablets, and other such Linux or Apple based Products now exist. And for the most part of the Majority out their. Much better, possibly safer? if not more simply then is the case on Windows today?
What are Microsoft's "Plans" to address other Architecturers like ARM? Do they expect us to be driving huge Beige Boxes in the foreseeable future? 'Cause I don't!
And with that... Googles Chrome Books just gained a boatload of credibility. I'd love to say that I didn't see this Windows (as a Service)... happening, but that would be the understatement of the Century.
And with this... closes the PC Age of Windows...
Thankfully we still have Linux to keep us sane. That Year of the Linux might not be so far off now...
That was probably down to SLIC Code on OEM BIOSs. Otherwise I've never heard of it.
Have an up vote!.... Sadly this is all too true... Since I've recently changed providers from what used to be Arcor, now Vodafone, to 1&1. Which uses a 12 Digit Code that pings their Server for all the configuration Settings...
I have to say I don't like it. Since I'm paying for an ISDN Hookup.. But, having all my Phones routed over the VoIP. Worse yet this pre-configuration seems to lock me out of actually being able to activate said ISDN Numbers.
On the other hand, they are both faster, and cheaper (for now...), then Vodafone.
Cause changing the WPA2 Key is sooooo hard ain't it?
If anything I may be guilty of running the same 64 Character HEX String for the best part of 8 odd years now. But, that's cause I'm to lazy to change it.
On that note have these Hackers ever tried to break anything made by AVM (i.e Fritzbox)?
I'm not sure about the UK or other parts of the EU, but they're a pretty big deal here in Germany.
...And you not just wistleing Dixie!
Perhaps I should have been somewhat clearer to the UK Readers. What I was referring to was this thing called HD+ Where the likes of RTL, SAT.1 reside. Needless to say the fetted crap they sell will
make Ones Brains rot.
I've since picked up an Android Google TV Box, which also runs XBMC/Kodi. With this I'm sometimes able to watch the BBC though it. Like I was before they shrunk the Spot Beam on 28E.
I still watch the ARD/ZDF for the News. but that's about it.
Like it or not... most of the World may have left the age of analogue behind. But, yet very few actual HD Channels still exist. Here in Germany for example the few "Broadcasters" that can be arsed into upscaling their crap up to 1080i. Only do so for those willing to shell out ca~ 60€'s a Year, for that privilege. While 100% of the Population has to pay the TV Licence Fees here. Actually owning a TV or no. the only way One might access these licensed Channels in HD would be though a Sat Receiver over 19.2E. The Cable Companies are flat out refusing to carry them! So that's even less HD Content we currently even should have.
Its not really all that difficult to laugh this stuff off, as some kind of bad joke. Considering that SD is still allowed to exist. I don't believe that Blueray was ever quit the success that DVD was, and Netflix, and co. @4k... Assuming that Ones Internet could hold up! Probably will likely end up being even more niche then Blueray ever was.
Samsung, and co. need to get rid of the idea that TVs are like Phablets that we as Consumers are ready to change, every other Year or so. TVs have never worked like that, and I doubt that they'll ever will...
More like the FailBox 360...
I'm sure that the Japanese would have already beaten you to this...
With all the Water on the Earth. It seems unlikely that anyone ever drank Dinosaur Pee... Ever!
I wouldn't trust the "Cloud", further then I could spit a lightly fried Weasel in a Bun!
Let's not also forget that China would be on their side. A reheated conflict with North Korea would likely go down well with China IMHO. Giving them a chance to overrun Taiwan, and possibly parts of Japan as well. If, and when North Korea decides to blow it. It'll likely be the start of WWIII.
Actually the 51st state would / will likely be Porto Rico. As Washington D.C. will never gain such Statehood.
Shut up! They promised us all free Mariah Carey cassettes if we just shilled for them like the corporate MSM! Don't spoil this!
Gee in that case should we spare you, your poor taste in Music?
"What tablet computers have they been building for about fifteen years?"
Maxwell Smart voice "Wouldja believe Twenty three years, chief?" /Maxwell Smart voice
http://readwrite.com/2012/10/25/meet-microsofts-first-surface-tablet-from-21-years-ago (two year old article)
And they've tried (and failed) with every version since.
Those old Videos of Mr. Gates yapping his trap off like that, is a great demonstration of what is, and what has since gone wrong for MicroSoft after he left. Though why a Microphone should make noise... instead of say start Voice Recognition.... Is a mystery it me?
Watching these Videos I can understand the desire from MicroSoft Fans that he should return.
When XP was released people bitched how it was just a prettier version of Win2000.
Well to be pedantic about this... Then why not go all the way back to Square One, and cite Windows95 then?
Yes, O365 needs subscription but they still do offer Office 2013 and neither needs online connectivity.
I said MOST... Not all! Then what of Office 2016 then? Do you still think for even a Second that'll ever "hit"? 'cause I don't
To the "Power Users" out there... Its a non-issue when your Employer is flipping the Bill to keep the Lights on. Undoubtedly being such Highly skilled Employes you could even afford to run such a Machine in your own Homes. Sadly the Majority of us don't have such nice jobs, or can continue shelling out on ever increasing Electric Bills. Something has to give. And the NUC seems to fill that new need. As the fabled Desktop replacement. No it may not do your Jobs well. And, I doubt the Mustard Race will care much about it either. But all I need is a Terminal to the Web, a REAL Keyboard, and a decent Monitor. For the tasks that I do, do!
And in such instances, Things like Gimp, and Libre / Open Office are generally "Good enough".
The fact of the matter is its not the size of the Beige Box that matters anymore. Oh the fun times back in the 90's when my Box was Bigger then the next Guy's. lol!! Its about what you can do with it. And, the majority only bought these things to get on to this thing called the Interbuttz. And well you no longer have to plant your butt, at such a Terminal to do that anymore.
For me the "Next Evolution" of the Internet is IPTV / Streaming Video / VoIP ~ Skype... So why should I as a consumer prop up Wintel's Beige Boxes. When a small sub-100€ Black Box, with an ARM Chip inside do absolutely everything I ask of it. For a micro-fraction of the wasted energy it takes to run it. ca.~10w as opposed to say nearly 500w it now takes to run a "Decent" Machine? Not even taking into consideration of what the latest & greatest ATi/nVidia Card is going for these Days. For that alone I could kit out my entire extended Family with Generic Chinese Android TV Boxes.
What tablet computers have they been building for about fifteen years?
Old assed Laptops that had reversible Twist 'round Displays, and generally were shipped with XP. If you ever stopped to take pause as to WTF the XP Sniping Tool was and, why it was under the Tablet Tools Section. That you couldn't uninstall. Then now ya know.
I think you got it ass-ackwards pal... Think of your Voxhall as the MicroSoft OS, and Linux as, as high-end a Kit Car your prepared to invest in. Where you have the choice to fit in that old Dino Engine should you just have One laying 'round.
While that analogy might not fly so well with all those pre-made Distros. This is, or was more or less the general idea behind Linux.
Not ON PURPOSE!! Well you could have fooled me. But, I suppose this has to be the natural evolution of things for MicroSoft. I mean its One thing to bitch about (the), TIFKAM. But lets assume for just One Second that that, they'd just had been sane enough to ship Windows 8 out... Al-la Windows 7, by proxy Vista, again by proxy XP. Then everyone would have bitched about another useless re-imaging of XP again. And, no I'm not even trying to defend that POS that was otherwise known as Metro.
Now if you look at what they've done to Office, and essentially made it a Rent-ware by removing, or stopping all support for most Off-Line versions. After nearly as many Years as XP has been 'round without any real change sans the Take-it-or-leave-it Ribbon Interface. (Personally I say LEAVE IT). How exactly do you see this as "unintentional" on their part NOT to kill the PC? When now suddenly you can run Office 365 pretty much on anything that can touch it on the Wibbles?
Yes Coders will code, and CAD/CAM Artists will draw stuff on bulky Beige Boxes for Years to come. The Story I think isn't quite so much about that, as it is about MicroSoft's "Retail Presence" which is evaporating fast. My guess is its the XBone/Failbox360 that's got any real relevance left. Unfortunately for them though. That part of the Company is bleeding Red!
I don't think I ever quite appreciated just how much good faith MicroSoft has lost in the time between Vista, and 8. Which no doubt has no small part in all of this. But, the fact also remains that Electricity isn't getting any cheaper. And, you Nan would probably be better off switching to a NUC, or an ARM (Linux) based SoC Computer to do the bit of browsing, Fleabay'ing, and VoIP / Video Conferencing, that She'd may go though on any given Day. No this may not be "Your Life!". But, it is still very much the larger Non-Business reality of the mid-10's. And, again MicroSoft have missed the Boat. Only problem this time... The Boat was largely overbooked anyway. So nobody will likely miss 'em when they're gone.
Plus, the fact that you now have Office in the "Cloud" they [MicroSoft] do not actually have to be on that Boat as such. The question then becomes can Libre / Open Office step up to the task for most People. Enough so, so as not to miss the MicroSoft Office Version? I guess that's what we have yet to see.
But the "Beige Box", by any other Colour is dead, as far as I'm concerned.
Signed a Home Luser...
I guess I should google up that Mailing List sometime. I've been mostly following it off Sites like this, and XDA-Devleopers. And, I'm not sure that they had much to say about it lately. Which made me doubt its um future. Still though... I'm left to wonder why those Two haven't gotten together to announce some Intel x86 Phablet that can run Ubuntu. If anything... It might shift more Intel Chips Seeing as its a Linux purpose built Machine. ARM Compatibility (such as say Samsung's finer Phablets of late), wouldn't need to be an issue. As it is though... I'd avoid anything with an x86 in it for Android.
So whatever happened to to that Tablet Edition of Ubuntu? That was all the rage Two-odd Years ago now? I know I was, and practically still am, waiting for that to "hit". I'm just kinda left to wonder if Canonical are just in Chill Mode till Intel get their Numbers up. Or if they actually have plans to run on ARM.
In fact I kinda surprised that "Pairing" hasn't already happened.
An x86 Phablet that can run, an otherwise tweaked up Desktop Linux on a Phablet... Or to put it more simply. A Phablet that can run an x86 Linux OS (of sorts), along with all the other x86 Applications available. e.g. Libria / Open Office, WINE etc... etc... Comes with a S-Pen Clone type of Stylus, and I'd be over that in a second!
As it currently sits though... x86 Android Phablets, are just a plain mystery to me? When like 98% of everything else is compiled for ARM. But, such must be the Magic of Java I suppose. Opps I meant Delvik.
No, it should say "Show us your credit card, BITCH!"
No I think that's Farmville your thinking of, that or some other Facebook Game...
Funny that you mentioned that I think I've only noticed it on the German Play Store, a few days ago, with the most current update. Not counting for a global rollout. But, I thought something was missing there.
Are any of these "Speakers" in Stereo? It seems that the mass bulk of 'em are all Mono.
Kinda like my problem with DAB / Web Radios. I'd likely be more interested had they had more then just the One Speaker on them.
But, given what happened to S0NY of late. Why would I... Or even should I trust my "Data" to the Cloud. Seems to me that someone confused the Words Inter with Intra when it came to setting up that Network. Really I can't for the life of me understand why, or how S0NY allowed that to even happen. Not only 'cause of the PSN Outtage back in '11. But, the fact that none of this Data should have left the Building in the first place.
I'm sure S0NY can afford their own Cloud, where they undoubtedly dump their Data. But, what does this bode for other outfits like Amazon, who apparently can't monitor their own Servers getting abused in much the same way.
If anything I'd be running even further away from the Cloud then I already was.
A picture of Cher pointing to illustrate an article on SharePoint? Really? Are you that desperate to include a 'relevant' picture? :/
Bootnote: An explanation for the image. It's Cher, pointing. You'll figure it out.
Seems relevant to me...
Jethro Tull's "Wicked Windows" or even the Tangent's "The Wiki Man" are far superior to this entire shortlist... Oh, also "Yours truly, 2095" by ELO...
MUH Bro! Now that is what I call Music!
How in all these Years, and as many Versions of Windows I've gone through. That I should have that Browser Choice given to me Once if ever.
Buying a VPN service is relatively cheap and the software is super easy to install and use, then you can enjoy Netflix from any country your VPN service has servers and Netflix operates. I don't think anyone needs to be tech savvy to do this and I'd argue if a person isn't capable of this, they probably shouldn't be using a computer.
I have a better idea... How about we drop this pretentious Geo-locking / blocking bullsh--!
Then there wouldn't be a need to shell out for these VPNs.
Not sure about MythTV but this little box doesn't come anywhere close to Windows Media Center, 4 tuners, CAD/CAM implementation decoding 4 channels of glorious Sky HD, which of course then also links through to ALL the online players via IE shortcuts within MCE. Let's also not forget the unlimited network sharing of a simple media file.
I'll gladly take the hit on a 450w PSU (and did!) for all that functionality... and in fact, all this functionality is about the ONLY thing I miss about living in the UK.
Anyone know how to get a Middle East OSN subscription in to MCE? :(
Such a shame it was a b*tch to setup the card emulation and decoding or, it might have become much more popular!
No clue abut the CAD/CAM stuff. That kind of stuff is to niche and perhaps to specialised for Linux.
But, if your just into simple crap like DVB-C / S / S2 or T. Then (Linux) VDR would be the way to go!
As you could run OSCam off your Linux Router (e.g. Fritzbox), and decode to every Device on the Network.
Given that your also asking about International TV. It seems to me that you should take some time to look into XBMC / Kodi. As its capable of tapping into hundreds of real-time Streams from the World Over.
Its how I'm keeping up with most of the Programs out ta the US these Days.
Its also great at keeping up with BBCs 1~4, now that the Satellite coverage has shrunk to a point where I'm no longer able to view it.
So I don't morn the loss of that HTPC at all...
BTW Windows Media Center really?!? ' Cause that's an even harder fail the MythTV. For strictly TV.
While I would have upvoted this not even a Six Months ago.
This fails on Two counts...
1) Its not Linux VDR.Which kicks the Analog / DVB-T ONLY MythTV in the Nutz. TBF though, my Stichk was in DVB-S2 though.
2) And, mor importantly here is the cost to run a hugh beast of a HTPC ca.~450W+. As opposed to something like the Review Unit that can do the same. Or, damn well near enough of the same Jobs as that HTPC with a micro-fraction of the Power consumed.
That's why I finally ditched the HTPC for One those China XBMC Boxes. A Fritzbox Wall Wart with a Built-in DVB-C Tunner to IP. Has both the Box, and my Phablets covers. And, I could care less if the run Day or Night now.
Per Week! fixed gthat for you...
If this really is the best that MicroSoft can come up with then goodnight.
There's almost no reason anymore to run a huge power hunters PC anymore. When Phablets can pretty much get the job done. There are some tasks that Pablets can't do. For that we have Intel NUCs and other smaller lower power ARM Devices that can run Linux.
Given all that I guess all they have left is to squeeze what's left ofit of their users. 'Cause everyone else will have jumped Ship by the time Windows 7 hits its EoL, in ca 2019.
I fail to see how MicroSoft can ever get back on their 90s/00s track ever again.
Does this Dude live in an Office Block of Flats or something?!
700 Appartments seems like rather alot to me...
Heroes on the Half-Wing...
Just anoter in what appears to be a never ending line of Nails in MicroSoft's Casket.
I can't wait to come back here in a few Years Time, to read about how Oracle, Novell or even *gasp* Google, are seeing the "potential" of an emerging Bussness Market that's opening up FAST!!
As MicroSoft slips ever further into its own obsurity. But, hey the X720 might actually get to become a thing!
Team ARM... Or in the unlikely event that x86 should gain the traction, ( don't think it will though.), Intel. It will come down to which side the Developers, and OEMs take. And, Intel much like MicroSoft were again late to that party....
I think adblock should concentrate less on how it can fail to do what they seem to suggest they do, and more on working out why, on my mobile at least, its use prevents some apps from working. Surely it is possible to fool an app into "thinking" it's had its ad ?
Unfortunatly you faild to mention what for a Mobe you had used....
So let me offer you a small piece of advice if your on Android...
PROTIP: Forget about ABP, and rather install AdAway. I've been useing it for yonks now, thoght the rate of Updates has declined from neghr nightlys to ~ca. every other day. It does its job very well! Works just fine in both the AOSP Borwser, as well as in Chrome. And in App Advertising WILL be a thing of the past!
As to where to find ('cause you'll have to sideload) it (Durr)... Go ask Uncle Google... Oddly enough (On my Machine at least!), it really was the first "Hit" it returned.
Unless Microsoft can pull a rabit out of its hat with Win10, I expect it'll take them another 13 years to kill win7 too.
Perhaps... Perhaps, not... If Windows 10 likely is a Dog, then I'll just jump that sinking Ship like the Rat I'am, and move on to something Minty Fresh. Which is where I should be.. Just to lazy to backup my W764 HDD to nuke it, for Mint Linux right now.
But, my best take on it is that Windows 10 (or is that WinX?!), will be an OS looking for a home. As I'll probably be ditching this crappy PC for something more IoT inspired. Something with enough ommph to run a Web Browser, and perhaps LibreOffice. on an Octi-Core ARM Processer that only eats a micro-fraction of what this Beige Box is currently doing now.
Games?? I've heard of 'em... Thats what we have the PS4, and XBOne(ers) for....
Not something the average Jo is going to know about but easy to fix for the slightly more knowledgeable user or with any number of anti-malware apps.
On the face of it... I'd might agree with you... But, I find in my case, most of these "Dolts" of which you speak of... (In my little Family Circle), usually eventually come ruining to me to do a Setup, or eventually even a Custom ROM Update. When the finally figure out that Manufacturer "X" is no longer interested in supporting said "Device" any longer.
It was more or less how I was formally introduced to cheapo ChinaPhones with MediaTek SoC Devices. Which TBH, are great on the face of it... As long as you don't try to install CM on them that is.
I'm fairly sure that most Families have at least One of me in their Family too... Thankfully they only turn up every few Years (or so), with something mildly interesting. But, those MediaTek Devices have given, me a somewhat deeper respect for the larger Players, and why their Phablets are not only better, in every possible way. But why they end up costing more too...
All the more reason to root out these chepo Chinaphones and remove the utter cruft inside them.
Case in point a Google TV Box I recently purchased, had Quick Office in the /system/app Folder. Normally uninstallable.... Why the heck Beelink, the Guy who _reportedly_ made the MXIII thought I needed this. When the Box, never even came with so much as a Bluetooth Controller... Well I'll guess I'll never know...
Thankfully the Box came "pre-rooted"... Which consequently sucks! As no One has since thought to port a working ClockWork Mod Recovery for it!... It was easy to remove this, and the few bits of Chinese Spyware "Quick Search.apk" amongst some other cruft outta the Box. Thus giving me a ~ca. 50MB boost.
Cue thousands of confused American fans unable to find their favorite teams' websites.
Simples *.americanfootball ... Or .handegg - (So tempted to end it with a ".com") lol