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[#] Mon Mar 03 2008 11:48:14 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Windows will always suck because Microsoft's business needs supersede building a better product.

[#] Fri Mar 14 2008 09:38:50 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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From the news wire...

"WASHINGTON (AP) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Chairman Bill Gates said Thursday
he expects the next decade to bring even greater technological leaps than
the past 10 years.

In a speech to the Northern Virginia Technology Council, Gates speculated
that some of the most important advances will come in the ways people
interact with computers: speech-recognition technology, tablets that will
recognize handwriting and touch-screen surfaces that will integrate a wide
variety of information."

What's funny is that Gates says that these things will materialize over the
next ten years ... but he's been saying this *for* at least ten years.

Gates still seems to have this fantasy of everyone having a Star Trek type
computer. Perhaps it'll happen someday -- if someone other than Microsoft
develops the technology :)

He seems to share Disney's style of having a vision of the future
that
remains completely static for decades, even when the present technology is
changing around it.

[#] Fri Mar 14 2008 12:50:39 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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In my best Nelson voice:
"Ha ha"

[#] Tue Mar 18 2008 00:08:21 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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Worst situation ever:

"Okay, as SOON as you see the Dell screen go away, start pressing F8!"

"Okay... hold on... Okay the dell scren just went away, do I press F8 now? Wait... now it's loading windows... I missed it didn't I?"

[#] Tue Mar 18 2008 13:24:50 EDT from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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Welcome.... to tech support Hell.

[#] Tue Mar 18 2008 13:44:42 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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I CAN'T PRINT

[#] Tue Mar 18 2008 14:06:12 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I CAN'T TYPE.

[#] Tue Mar 18 2008 14:06:17 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I CAN'T CALL TECH SUPPORT

[#] Tue Mar 18 2008 14:11:08 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Microsoft is, in fact, trying to get into the VoIP business.

"Microsoft VoIP. Because your phones should be as reliable as your Exchange server."

[#] Tue Mar 18 2008 14:12:07 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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heh, they should route the calls through exchange. that would be funny.

[#] Tue Mar 18 2008 17:12:57 EDT from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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I think that's the plan.

[#] Tue Mar 18 2008 17:34:43 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Probably not, aside from some inbox integration and things like that. From what I've heard, they have a lot of trouble keeping Exchange from collapsing as it is. That's why SharePoint exists. Those features were supposed to go into Exchange but the code base was just too fragile.

[#] Wed Mar 19 2008 08:33:45 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I haven't read anything that slanted in quite a while.

[#] Sat Mar 22 2008 18:48:56 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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http://www.aniboom.com/Player.aspx?v=123152

"The system is shit.  But at least the dawns are beautiful."

An animation about life inside a Windows operating system. 



[#] Sun Mar 23 2008 22:12:40 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Clever ... yet at the same time a sad painting of humanity's desperate desire to cling to a shit OS.

[#] Fri Mar 28 2008 14:05:49 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Subject: Microsoft Brand In Sharp Decline
Amy Bennett writes "A recent poll of about 12,000 US business
decision-makers by market researcher CoreBrand found that Microsoft's


You know what. The problem, if you want to call it that, is that there's no large branded company to take the place of microsoft.
There's no sun, or apple , or HP, or dell lvel company that can/is willing/has the ability to compete with MS.
So even if they fall quickly, they have a long way to fall, and nobody to step in and take over.

[#] Fri Mar 28 2008 15:22:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The article is about brand power, not market share. According to the article, Microsoft went from the #12 most powerful brand to #56 in just one year. Strictly inside the computer sector, they are currently #2 (behind IBM) and about to be overtaken by Toshiba.

Yes, Microsoft has a long way to fall. The point is that they are indeed falling. With any luck they will not be replaced by another monopolist, but rather by a level playing field.

[#] Fri Mar 28 2008 15:58:37 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I hope I'm never replaced by a level playing field.

[#] Sat Mar 29 2008 00:30:18 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Considering how many people in your line of work have been replaced by cheap foreign labor, a level playing field would probably be an improvement.

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