I take perverse satisfaction..
..when I change the defaults on a machine from Edge to IE (or anything else) and choose "switch anyway" when it admonishes me to give Edge a try first.
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..when I change the defaults on a machine from Edge to IE (or anything else) and choose "switch anyway" when it admonishes me to give Edge a try first.
..as I started even earlier with a PET and an 8050 dual floppy drive. A drive which incidentally I still have, and which still seems to work as well as the day it was made. I will also say the drive is durable enough that I recall using it once as a step stool to reach something on a high shelf of a closet.
Aside from all that, 500K/side of a 5 1/4 floppy in 1980? And a drive intelligent enough to tell it to copy from one drive to another, shut off the computer and go make a sandwich while it finishes the job? Commodore was really ahead of everyone. (at least for a while)
You forgot the Black Friday tradition for idiots waiting for hours in the freezing drizzle outside of Wal-mart or similar at 5AM for the doors to open so the first 50 can grab a child's bicycle or Tickle Me Elmo for half price. There have actually been stores with a police presence outside to maintain order when the doors open.
Now grocery shopping is a different story on Black Friday. Everyone is eating leftovers after the US Thanksgiving holiday, no one wants to face the thought of buying/preparing more food, and all the idiots are Christmas shopping. So there is practically no one in the grocery stores. It's blissful.
"It's where you, you know, actually "talk" to people. It's a concept where people actually communicate with each other. And do it "live". Usually in person."
I thought when people gathered, after the first few minutes of conversation, they all pull out their phones to take their turns at games, check/update their social media, text someone else, etc..
"Android is just too alien for the majority of iOS users to get used to."
Conversely, long-time Android users forced to use iOS want to bang their heads against their desks. And not because they're listening to good heavy metal.
We've had a large number of middle and upper-management types get Surfaces and less than a year later return them for laptops for a multitude of varying reasons. So the used surfaces end up going to temps and interns. And in several cases the interns' managers have requested the interns get a better machine, as the used Surfaces are flaky and in some cases are struggling to run some of the applications used by the various departments. So what do they get? 4-5 year-old laptops that have been upgraded with extra RAM and an SSD. They are battleships in size and weight, but they have a proper keyboard, many USB ports, docks that work every time, and in most cases are a bit faster, probably due to a more efficient chipset, despite the clock and RAM speeds being a bit slower.
So we literally have reached a point where despite the Surface being light and having a nice display and touch screen, we can't seem to give them away to employees.
Expecting people to do all their work on an iPad is like handing a professional mechanic a crescent wrench and 2 screwdrivers and expecting them to get the job done. With only a 'cloud' file system, no easy USB, a plethora of mostly aggravating keyboards, and only a limited number of office and other apps compared to a PC, it's just not there yet. And let's not forget no easy AD authentication or access to things on a NAS unless your organization has everything accessible from a browser.
The hardware is certainly competent enough these days, there just isn't enough integration or flexibility yet. I hate tablet PCs like the Surface and its clones, but I'd choose one in a heartbeat over an iPad if I had to get some work done. Convertibles on the other hand, I think just haven't been discovered by enough people yet. (though the few we have at work spend most of their time acting as a laptop, as far as I've seen)
"the advertising would be tailored to their interests
My interest is in not seeing adverts. Tailor to that!"
Perhaps they will begin advertising ad blockers :P
"Wonder how they intend to inject ads into my Windows 10 email client (I use Thunderbird) when I've removed it and most of the other (cr)apps that come with Windows 10?"
They will probably begin injecting ads right into the email messages themselves if they can get away with it.
There are plenty of good freeware email clients out there. I have to use Outlook at work, but have never used any MS product for email personally. We're all bombarded with enough pointless, soul-killing advertising daily. And does anyone actually buy any of the services or products offered? Or is the revenue just from 'delivered' ads?
I suspect the only people that would use the 'free' MS email client are those that just don't know any better.
I once located some missing data that one of our company's lawyers said "..probably saved the company at least $100K in discovery time" My reward wasn't a bottle of wine but being chastised mildly for working on something that there was no ticket for..
..providers can do what they want. And they are ALL pretty much scum. But using Skype as a benchmark for anything is like trusting a junkie with your wallet.
what's next, 'slurping' up data about what we've been eating, and if "it floats" it's "you're eating too much meat/fast-food"
Some while ago I had an orange circle pop up on Skype admonishing me "Add a photo! It'll help people get to know you!" I can just imagine a MS-powered toilet telling me "You should eat more fiber!" or "Another night at the bar! Tsk Tsk"
Preparing to configure toilet... Ready for download. Something went wrong :( Refer to log below for details. All personal data has been wiped. Please try flushing the download cache and try again.
Most grocery stores have "Mart Carts" or similar electric (sit down) scooters for customers that have disabilities. These are more of a commercial grade device. They're meant to be continually used, recharged constantly, and have at least a few safety features such as a beeper that sounds when backing up, and the speed limited to a couple of MPH. They are also a bit more rugged and probably have some degree of weather resistance.
If cities are going to rent scooters, there needs to be a similar type of unit for rent. Perhaps one that can detect when being ridden on a sidewalk and slow to a walking pace, one with more safety features, and perhaps with lighting and/or reflective portions to make them visible to motorists.
But I have to say to the people that were injured by tripping over these--WTF? And are we also going to sue skateboard, rollerblade, and bicycle manufacturers because people are idiots and meet mishap without bothering to wear any safety gear?
I've gotten a few of these. I suspect if there was any plausibility to this, most people would have a blackmail recording showing whatever porn side by side with a chin-up view of various facial contortions as the rocket clears the tower. (also known as your "Oh! Face") :-)
For me, I generally don't look at anything too interesting, but since I usually use a desktop at home with no microphone or camera, the show would be extra boring. Maybe porn with an anthology attached.
"Oh my God it's full of Smurves!"
I think Windows search on Win10 is crap, but weirdly I've found that if you type part of something into the search box, wait for it to populate with its worthless garbage, then delete a few characters and put them back again -slowly-, it will actually sometimes find what you're looking for, such as "User Account Control" settings.
Still for file searching, freeware Agent Ransack blows away anything from any version of Windows.
"The indexing process takes those file names and puts them into a structure that can be searched faster than linearly "
The problem is the search and/or harvesting algorithm doesn't seem to be the best. So either filling a database full of crap and running a search on it, or filling a db with good data and then using a crap search (or both) still isn't nearly as good and fast as a proper search, such as with Agent Ransack, which I'm quite pleased with on Windows.
" MS is a dimensional rift to the Plane of Stupidity."
Now you're just trying to top your black hole ejaculation comment. (love to see that taken out of context)
"Win10 sucks so hard it makes black holes look like they're ejaculating.
You deserve an upvote for that quip, for sure :)
Windows' handling of .zip files (and any other compressed and/or archive format, most not supported) has traditionally been slow and cumbersome. Now it appears to be escalated to potentially destructive, or at least confusing to work with. (and around)
I fail to understand why after literally decades MS has repeatedly failed to get this right when there are excellent freeware, even open-source apps that do a spectacular job and go light years beyond the functionality built into Windows.
"yep NEVER any QA issues in the world of Linux!"
Let's not forget that most Linux distros are FREEWARE for any purpose. While Windows costs individuals and companies a LOT of money. The quality gap has really narrowed between Linux and Windows. IMO most Linux distros are more stable, and have a lot less schizophrenic UI than Win10. They don't nag you idiotically, the menus make sense, and they don't collect telemetry. True, they don't have some of the Win10 features, but since said features often work rather erratically and spy on you unless you take pains to prevent it, I know what I'll keep using.
I'm not saying Linux is without flaws, but it's FREE, and very good. Try running Windows updates on a fairly up-to-date machine next to a freshly-imaged Linux machine getting updates and I'm still betting on the Linux machine finishing first and not needing a reboot.
"This testing has been successful for Bing, improving the team's ability to ship changes without harming overall software quality,"
--Don't you need some quality to begin with in order to harm it?
But joking aside, what is Microsoft's rush? There is no additional revenue in any way I can understand by rushing to update and add 'features' to software that people have already purchased, one way or another. And the slip in quality control is likely scaring businesses and causing IT departments to take a hard look at more stable platforms, such as Linux.
Really, MS has just confirmed what its users have suspected for years--that they test in production and the world is their beta testers. And like many IT folks, I have a love/hate relationship with Windows--it keeps me employed but makes my head pound with "What were they thinking??"
My question would be, why was it just the one PC acting up then? Didn't they put all the disks in teh safe? Or did the office only have one PC?
We bitch and complain because things could be better, so simply, with a modicum of care and effort from MS, yet every time patches or 'features' are released it's a new flavor of pain for IT departments and end users, and it just doesn't have to be that way.
Sometimes I wonder if the management at MS was offered a deal with the devil: "You will have the world's most used software and be rich beyond your wildest dreams, but your payment to me is to cause aggravation to all of mankind."
How hard would it have been for MS to offer CHOICES of which menu system the user wants? Classic Shell, a freeware, rock-solid app that is unfortunately no longer being supported did so, offering Win XP cascading menus, Win 7 menus, Win 8 (if you're a masochist), or the option to use Win 10's native menus, plus many configurable options. And the missing 'Quicklaunch' bar, while I can recreate it, was far more useful to have by default than "pinning" apps to the taskbar.
So instead of MS offering us a simple choice, or simply buying Classic Shell to include, most people are stuck with some upper manager or marketing schmuck's "vision" of what a menu system should look like and how it should function. Also, the Win 7 'glass' windows were elegant and pretty, but apparently deemed irrelevant. I realize that the goal was to unify parts of the 'experience' across platforms, but must we all be stuck with the ugly, flat look that is worse than the Fisher Price scheme of XP, and reminiscent of some of early Linux's worst desktop manager choices circa 20 years ago?
If research was done and this really is what users wanted, I now hate people more than ever before.
..Windows seems to use a dartboard to determine which default audio device to use, especially for Skype.
Even though in reality it's likely to be more like 10 days or less, it still got my attention. This was one of the reasons I haven't bothered with a smart watch--who needs yet one more thing to remember to recharge daily or every few days? If it's reasonably rugged and water resistant, I might give it a go.
I remember people freaking out because they thought their cars wouldn't start on 1/1/00. As though cars (at least of that era) cared what date it was, with the exception of somehow knowing when they're 1 week out of warranty..
Based on our experiences with the hardware, that "Surface will die" seems to be an accurate prediction, whether or not MS discontinues them.
"There's still a mystery about why Microsoft let Windows 10 October update ship with the bug, because it was reported by testers of Insider releases in June and August."
Personally I would blame internal bureaucracy coupled with pressure to get the update out the door, and the somewhat arrogant attitude MS has had for its users for the last decade or so..
"MS-DOS 2.0 was a milestone for Microsoft, supporting the capacious 180 and 360 kilobyte floppy disks of the IBM XT and its clones."
Back in 1980, Commodore had 512K and 1MB floppy drives. (the 8050 and 8250 if I recall) It's a bit off-topic, but I still wonder what the world would be like if Commodore hadn't been so mis-managed. They were so far ahead of everyone for most of a decade..
"What happens when weather / terrain / power failure means that your electronic map dies?"
Agreed.. but have you ever tried to unfold, read, and re-stow a map outdoors on a windy and/or rainy day?
Octopi is a misnomer."
Octopi = 8.1415926
Both my ancient Samsung phone and my Asus tablet, which is about 4 years old, got updates about a year ago. Not as frequent as Apple, but not abandoned either. And lately it seems like the next iOS update is to fix bugs introduced in the last iOS update..
"Apple are still way better than Google in that department. Your Android might get one or two updates if you are lucky, and Google regularly discontinue products, even ones that people pay for."
In what way is this actually better? While nothing lasts forever, at least if you have an Android phone, you're not getting actively screwed by having to choose between either doing without a key feature or having your device run much slower. At least you can count on the features you had when you got the thing still working, even if no updates are being made after a certain point. If your Android device gets 'orphaned', at least you're not being "encouraged" to buy another phone by strong-arm tactics and then lied to about it.
"I'd blame lack of sex, here. And, before I'm being called sexist, that's not because she's a woman, it's been proved to be the same with males !"
I'd blame lack of self esteem, which of course leads to lack of sex, which leads to lower self esteem. Lather, rinse, repeat. That and using her personality as a form of birth control..
We have 5 people on a good day (actually 4.5 as one is about half useless) supporting 1,200 people and about 1,400 machines, as well as printers, cell phones, desk phones, and whatever else is hurled our way. Yet there is plenty of money for beautifying the lawn, constant remodeling of areas that were just remodeled the year before, acquisitions of smaller companies, as well as "feel good" stuff like employee activities and clubs. Which makes for an odd schizophrenic environment, kind of like being in hell but with nice lunches.
While I realize that image and growth are necessary for any company to remain relevant, IT is a foundation of any business these days, and I feel like we're building the Taj Mahal on gravel in a floodplain most days. We are stretched ridiculously thin.
Save yourself some money and just use Google Voice for a 2nd phone number. Actually save all your money, since it's a free service.
And save even more by not being one of the twats that has to have a new phone every year or so when they don't even understand all the features on their current one.
"JFYI: in firefox, set media.autoplay.enabled to false. So far, I have not encountered any auto-playing video after making this setting."
This is the trend over the last couple of decades. Everyone is dumbing down everything these days. Most newer laptops don't have indicators for hard disk activity. Win10's menus are very vague, and good luck figuring out how "Preparing to configure Windows" for an hour actually relates to what might be going on inside your computer.
Unfortunately when people think they're being somehow smart by dumbing everything down, you end up with even dumber people in the populace over time.
"It’s capable of retaining its stickiness in temperatures ranging from −269 to +400 Celsius"
I met a used car salesman that had a handshake like that..
..fruit flies would still manage to find their way into my house, and annoyingly fly in circles 3 inches from my face.
A couple of years ago we went through the Surface Pro fad, with a lot of our users going "Shiny! I want one!" As a result, we had dozens of these non-repairable turds. Many were subsequently returned as they were flaky and users learned their limitations.
One of our vice presidents had a ton of not backed up data on one that had died. After trying every little trick I knew to try and get it to power up, I was preparing to destroy it to extract the hard drive when the idea came up: "Why not beat it on the desk a few times to see what happens? What do we have to lose?" With the VP looking on, and cringing, I gave it 3 stout whacks on the desk, attracting the attention of our whole department. Sure enough, it powered right up and I began retrieving his data. It died near the end of the process and a few more whacks revived it again long enough to get the rest of the data off it.
It's useful to have Skype on my phone so I can get and respond to messages when away from my desk at work.
It works okay for the most part, but why oh why doesn't it time stamp the messages received? And sometimes I click on a message notification and the notification just disappears without the app opening, leaving me to launch it again and look for the message. And Outlook is just as randomly quirky and laggy as it is on my PC at times.
So it appears that MS has gone to great pains to ensure mobile users have the same experience as desktop users of their products. Too bad it's not a good one overall though.
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