Now they can run ads on the back while you talk on the phone.
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I think I saw my first winphone 8 in the wild yesterday. A big square brick a, 900 I think. Guy was reading something with the text set to large and full justified so only three or four words per line, with BIG white spaces between.
Forget iPhones or Blackberry, I've seen more Nexus 4 phones on the subway then I've seen all windows 7/8 phones. I've seen more Samsung S3s today then I've seen winphones.
They will add more and more ads, until they have stuff wall to wall, and they will cut corners on making it look right until people can't stand them any more and they don't have any value so they have to add even more ads.
How long until they start changing dialogue too.
If you bought a Dell or HP and never added anything to it maybe.
Something like an ASUS motherboard BIOS would be FULL of problems for the first few versions, but even a Dell Optiplex 960 had a Display port that didn't work. With version 06 Bios it would work if you plugged in the monitor after Windows booted, it was not until version 08 of the bios that it would boot with a Display Port and VGA monitor plugged in.
That's only the secondary purpose, their main purpose is to make lots of money. They will sell you an expensive patented pill with loads of side effects where an aspirin would do.
Actually I think not paying any tax might be #2.
Not that that's an excuse for the people hacking them, it's just more people who want to make lots of money.
For broadcast, we need to get 1080 first. Right now what we get is so compressed on cable that you really can't tell the difference between an up sampled DVD and what they call HD. And there is the Hollywood crap "Ultraviolet" for more compressed to hell junk.
Are you really that stupid or are you just pretending?
If it's just the same people who bought XP Tablet, or Win7 Tablets then Surface will be a total fail. MS is NOT looking to sell to Engineers, they want to sell to all the people buying iThings. They want BYOD people to buy them.
They are selling them from booths in shopping malls. They are running lifestyle ads for them.
Do Engineers buy their specialized tablet computers from a booth at the mall?
"What problem? Tethering in Win8 runs the same as in Win7. Select network, enter passphrase and go"
No, Bluetooth tethering, no wifi...
First you go to settings.
Change PC settings
Select Devices, add device, pair your phone.
Now the stupid part. You have to go to the control panel, Devices and printers (not the other device screen, not the networking...).
Select the phone, Connect using, Access point.
There is lots of stuff like this, half in not-metro and half in the desktop. I expect it's the same half baked process with Windows 8 Pro.
My netbook running XP was easy, took about 30 seconds to figure out, things were where I expected them to be.
"netbook/notebook/ultrabook with extra capabilities".
Netbook??? or even notebook at that price? NO.
Ultrabook? well the price is right, but the only extra capability is you can use it as a tablet. You are not going to be doing much typing on it, at least with the pen it's usable with desktop apps. Add the keyboard and it's still useless in your lap as it's too top heavy, you need a table (I know I have an RT with keyboard*).
So the Surface Pro is a tablet that can function as a real computer in a pinch. Add the keyboard and you have a crappy Ultrabook. That might be a good combo for a few people, but it's not going to be mass market.
* The Surface RT was a gift. It spends most of it's time sitting on the table next to my chair at home in case I want to google something. When I go out I take my Nexus 7 with me, or if I need to type or use Office my Netbook. Both are easy to tether to my cell phone with bluetooth. I had to google to find out how to tether the Surface to my phone, why is it such a pain to do stuff in Windows 8?
I could see them counting the digital copy thing.
I've tried using them twice. Had trouble with the code both times, the one that I got to work looked like a VCD.
Most of the time they have expired when I get around to buying the disc anyway. I'll just rip my own copy thank you.
If they had included a "default to desktop with start menu" option (no some 3rd party fix) I might be intrested. But as it is I would not give them 50 cents for their Frankenstine in a dress Operating system.
I just had to RDP into a machine to fix something and I was about ready to shoot something.
It's mostly marketing fluff like 4G.
Just look at Bell Canada, they now sell smart phones (HSPA "4G") and "Super Phones" (LTE) and I expect them to claim 5G any second now.
There is no definition. Obvious at the extream ends, but just a big gray blob in the middle so they can draw the line where ever they want to get the 50%+ calm.
"The Music industry went for cheap - manufactured boy and girl bands. And people refused to pay for that product."
The Japanese record companies have it one better, they don't even need real girls, they have Hatsune Miku.
They compare the sales to a time when people were buying everything again on CD, and whine when the one time money train runs out of track. Try to do it again with DVD Audio but people don't bite.
And TV is doing the same with all the "reality TV" crap.
I don't have a problem with most of the small vendors I use, it's the ones that use that crap verified by Visa or the clone that Mastercard uses where you get sent to another site and enter another password to pretend it's more secure if you have to fart around to do anything, that pisses me off. Most often I go to another vendor to avoid it.
Being in Canada I can't even watch Hulu (but can receive 8 US TV stations over the air).
If you want to see a useless pile of crap just look at the Hollywood answer to online video, UltraViolet. It's almost as useless as DIVX players were. The so called Digital Copy that comes with DVDs or BluRay and expires 3 months after the movie is released.
Yes the ones that the operators used to sell from their own website / portal. There were very few of them, and they tended to look like something ported from a Vic-20. Or for one newer example I know of, 680 News Radio in Toronto is owned by Rogers. They had an iPhone app that would only work on the Rogers network (and you could not use wifi). It was crap, much better to just go to the website.
So again I say compared to what you find in iTunes or The Play store (or Amazon, F Droid...) the Operator apps are crap.
The Operators never gave anything away, they never had it in the first place. It was just something they dream about like people subscribing to TV on their phone.
If you could only get apps from your Operator it would tend to be an advantage for the big players as they could buy exclusives for a popular app. The smaller more competitive operators would have a hard time running a competitive app store. Developers would have to deal with all the different Operators.
It reminds me of the Popular Science/Mecanics stories (from the 1950s - now) about the flying cars that are about to go on sale, or even the Star Trek technical manual.
Just a bunch of general discriptions with no details at all.
It's like someone said, "I just read about new flexable displays shown at CES, come up with something we could build with one... you've got 10 minutes".
Guess they didn't hear about the flexable batteries...
They were calling it a stress test (years back it was an IQ test) in Toronto when I went in for something to do. They try and get you to self diagnose your weaknesses then sell you a course to fix it...
I was thrown out for quoting Mary Poppins. I said I was practically perfect in every way. They said I was not taking it seriously... what would give them that idea?
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