Re: And who got fired for taking all the wrong decisions?
Windows 11 will be based on 7 UI?. Nah. Linux, obviously.
254 posts • joined 15 Feb 2010
OK, I am guilty of almost every behaviour identified in previous posts, and possibly some quirky ones of my own. But I will make a case for keeping SOME old kit. For example, I have an old Minolta 35 mm film scanner, for which Windows support was dropped around Vista time. However, it is recognised by Mint 18 and still works perfectly well. It is probably far better built than most modern equivalents costing £00s to £000s. Why throw out anything that still works? Linux OS seems to have a remarkable ability to breathe new life into (some) old kit.
OK, so I am Scottish and traditionally tight fisted, but it is my money.
An IT salesperson asked me this week how I could possibly prefer Linux to Microsoft. I asked him if he had ever tried, or even looked at Linux, to which the answer was unsurprisingly, an emphatic NO! Why on earth should I? (Wrong religion, I guess)
It does not seem to matter how terminally broken Win 10 is, like a car with a written off engine, unthinking fans will continue to sing its praises. Even though it is not going anywhere. Corporate users, who cough up for MS's profits, are bound to see things differently.
Microsoft has announced that its customers will finally be able to remove more of the cruft that arrives with a Windows 10 installation. In 2019.
I'd rather be able to remove the entire OS - i.e. all of the cruft.
Or, preferably, not have to install any of it in the first place.
Microsoft have always been legendary for their ability to get it wrong, but someone has raised the bar dramatically this time. And still, they have cleared it with ease.
Contrast Linux. I have been a user for more than six years now, and have NEVER had an update bork the system. (I have done it myself, by buggering about in ignorance, but that's my fault.) Not only will it run on a wider selection of hardware, but it will also support a large number of older peripherals (printers, scanners) which still work perfectly well, but have long been abandoned by Windows.
The hobbyist system? Windows, obviously, because you can spend endless hours trying to get it to work. Trouble is, I thought you were supposed to enjoy your hobby.......
Quite so. I started using Linux seriously about six years ago, dual booting with Windows at first. I then found, after a couple of months, that I was preferentially booting into Linux almost all the time. I now run a Linux host with Win 7 in VirtualBox, which I sometimes use to open and convert old Corel Draw files.
But run Linux under a Win host? What on earth for? "You cannot be serious!"
Icon because Big Brother is NOT watching me.
Yes, people are now switching to Linux, but still in relatively small numbers. It is only AFTER you have made the switch, AND you have become comfortable with the new system, that you begin to appreciate just how very much better than MS Windows (Win 10 in particular, but that's not difficult) it really is. I have NEVER had a BSOD, or an update bork my system, in 6 years of daily use. I love the support it provides for my legacy film scanner. Updates are not forced on me, and take from a few seconds to two or three minutes, silently, in the background, with no need for repeated reboots etc. etc. etc. Modern printers and scanners are easily supported, and the major manufacturers all provide Linux drivers these days.
Linux may become dominant in time, but only after a large enough body of day to day users has become established for the word to spread. And M$ have lost their stranglehold on the supply chain, where they continue to push out a seriously unsatisfactory OS on new hardware that, more often than not, customers really do not need. Sad.
Remember the "Reveal Codes" feature? This allowed you to see exactly which text and formatting codes - features - were in use at any point in a document, and to edit or delete them if you wanted to. Never seen anything half as useful in any "modern" word processor. Dug me out of some horrible formatting holes in tables and forms, that did. I really miss it. WP 5.1 was pretty damn good really, even by today's standards. (I still have a copy, on 5 floppies....)
The system I am typing this on is a somewhat elderly - 4 years ish? - home build put together as follows :-
Intel i5-2500 @ 3.3 Ghz quad core chip
Nvidia GTX 550 Ti graphics card
1Tb Western Digital system disc (Spinning tin - have not gone SSD yet)
2Tb W.D. data hard drive (manual switch, not powered up on boot unless I think I will need to access it)
24 Gb RAM (I use CAD and play about with virtual machines)
all running Mint 18.3 Cinnamon 64 bit V3.6.7 on 4.15.0-29 generic kernel
In other words, absolutely nothing special at all. Hope this helps.
The only thing that will make MS sit up and take notice of it's (Windows) customers is that they start losing them. Losing money will do it.
That said, since they seem determined to move to being a "cloud and services" business, and have suddenly decided to "love" open source and Linux, could it just be that they have simply lost interest in Windows - not making enough money - and are preparing to abandon it?
OK. Let's fill it with the entire UK population, all presumed guilty in the first place, on the basis that all of us will commit some sort of offence sooner or later....... Stuffing a database full of false data only makes it harder to search for the good stuff. If you do not know whether any bit of data is true or false, can you really call it a "database" in the first place?
Scrap the ruddy thing.
Adblocking is NOT stealing. Unsolicited advertising hogging my bandwidth IS. The adslingers are soaking up bandwidth I have paid for, without my consent, meaning that I cannot use it for the purposes for which I paid for it. Taking someone else's goods without their consent satisfies every definition of theft that I have ever seen.
There are fundamental issues of data security and privacy here. If the Court finds against Microsoft - and it looks very likely that they will - the US government will feel free to trawl through any data they like, provided that :-
a) It is "owned" by Microsoft, for which read produced or transmitted using any MS licensed product, or has passed through MS's hands from other sources, and / or,
b) Is held on any cloud service operated by any US provider, and / or,
c) Is "secured" by any cryptographic method provided by a US company.
I admit I'm not a fan of Microsoft, but no company should be held to ransom in this way. How on earth can they be expected to sell SAAS and claim to provide customer privacy and security under these circumstances? I think I'd be selling my MS shares pretty smartly.
I also download to my local device, and then back up to an external HD. This is unreadable until it is powered up. My family know where it is, and how to read it if necessary. Then I delete everything on the provider's server. Nothing is stored in the cloudscape, ever. Job done!
EXCEPT THAT..... What do I actually know about what happens when I delete emails on the server? Deleting files on most systems merely deletes the address, not the data. And that is easily enough recovered. And what about backups? I'd like to think (hope?) that my provider backs up my data until I tell it to stop doing so, but how thorough is that deletion process?
What with software revisions, corporate takeovers and defunct companies, there are probably hundreds of copies of all my old emails lying around somewhere. Somewhere........
While I am sure there is (probably won't ever be) no incontrovertible evidence to support this claim, it is equally clear that software performance and systems compatibility are a smokescreen for something else. And Occams Razor suggests that brown paper probably comes into the picture somewhere.
This is indeed fatal to your "credit" score. If you never borrow money, there is no way lenders can ever make a profit from you - you are a bad credit proposition. If on the other hand you regularly borrow money, only pay back the minimum every month, but always clear the debt at the end of the day, your score will be almost 100%. Lenders will make a fortune from you, and you are the perfect credit proposition.
A careful and prudent money manager is a dead loss to a lender. Sad but true.
Interesting to see a finding of vicarious liability here, with the employer being held accountable for the (mis)behaviour of an employee. I'm surprised to see that this is a first, and I can see lots of opportunities to extend this to other areas such as downright incompetence etc. Lawyers will be rubbing their hands; Megacorp (fill in your preference here) will be worried.
But 100,000 employees? Where are they all hiding when I go shopping?
Upgrade your hardware..... Exactly what we were told to do years ago when MS Vista failed to support a large format A0 design office printer. I don't know what these cost today, but back then they cost about £3000.
Then we discovered that Ubuntu/CUPS did support the printer, so we updated our software instead, and have not looked back since.
Never mind "innovation", the "business model" and the "theft" of worthless content, tracking net users without their consent is utterly unacceptable. Advertisers will of course claim "implied consent", but consent that is not informed, and knowingly and freely given, after sober consideration, is NOT consent. (Think Weinstein-)
And talking of theft, what about my bandwidth? I pay for this, and advertisers consume large chunks of it without my consent, while slowing down everything else I am trying to do. So I adblock.
I can only plead for the strongest possible implementation of this legislation.
MS were a genuinely great company, back then. They were once THE software company, but no longer seem to care much about that. And Win 10 has certainly not taken off as they had hoped. They have tried being a hardware company - phones, surface, - but have pulled back from that, while losing buckets of money. Now they are going to be a cloud business, and have promised that they will make that work properly. Soon....
Why am I not convinced?
I still use XP to run some old Win games, and I love it. It is fast, stable and easy to manage. However, it runs in VirtualBox on a Linux host and it NEVER, never, ever connects to the big bad world outside. I set it up as XP SP1 and then leave it alone, so no need for "security updates" etc.
"Data that is vital to the operation of Windows" and "when you let Microsoft know the capabilities of your device, what is installed, and whether Windows is operating correctly."
NO it is not necessary. Not when you do NOT USE Windows in the first place. This may be a clue to my present state of security and contentment .....
This is surely a fundamental point in the argument. I can't buy a bare desktop off the shelf, but it really does not matter as I can - and have done - easily build one myself.
It is much harder to find a bare laptop. And as laptops or similar portables are what most users want these days, the practice of selling machines pre-loaded really does restrict consumer choice. Since the court's decision seems to have been based on a presumption of free consumer choice, which in practice does not exist, I suspect that it could be challenged.
That said, there are a few suppliers out there who will build a laptop for you. The bits must be available from somewhere. Argument for someone to step up and offer to supply DIY laptop kits? Such a machine might not be as slick as a MS Surface, but it would be maintainable, repairable (not glued together for keeps), open to component changes and upgrades, and a damn sight cheaper. It could even run Windows if you really wanted it to
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