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[#] Thu Sep 18 2008 19:32:35 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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hmm, my copy of vista reboots really fast. but resumes from hibernate (suspend-to-disk) actually slower than it boots up, it seems.

on the laptop that is. my desktop is faster.

[#] Sat Sep 20 2008 13:35:15 EDT from flynnfx @ Uncensored

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Microsoft's Ad Response to the Mac 'I'm a PC' adverts: 

[#] Sun Sep 21 2008 18:45:15 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Wow.  That's....quite possibly one of the stupidest ads I've ever seen.

[#] Sun Sep 21 2008 22:23:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Anyone ready to go out and buy Vista yet?



I guess the commercials aren't working. To me it seems to draw even more attention to Apple's successful ad campaign.

[#] Mon Sep 22 2008 07:24:55 EDT from IO ERROR @ Uncensored

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That ad was quite possibly the dumbest thing I've seen all year.

[#] Mon Sep 22 2008 08:57:00 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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"I'm a PC, and I can't copy my fucking files on Vista."

[#] Mon Sep 22 2008 09:25:36 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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"Someone is trying to identify themselves as a PC. Cancel or allow?"

[#] Mon Sep 22 2008 11:28:22 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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"I'm a PC, I will just show you the files I think that are not a danger to you; even on the commandline. Please install custom Unix hacker tools to get the full picture"

[#] Mon Sep 22 2008 11:28:28 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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[#] Mon Sep 22 2008 11:32:38 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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"I'm a PC, and I don't know my ass from a hole in the ground."

[#] Mon Sep 22 2008 11:33:43 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Aw, hell, we could have a right fun room with this theme.

[#] Mon Sep 22 2008 12:25:28 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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"I'm a pc. Lower case. If you want a PC in upper case you have to buy the business version for $150 additional."

[#] Mon Sep 22 2008 16:57:28 EDT from IO ERROR @ Uncensored

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"I'm a PC. Resistance is futile. Your life as it has been is over. From this time forward you will service us."

[#] Mon Sep 22 2008 16:59:58 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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"I'm a PC; I have performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. If the problem persists, please contact the program vendor."

[#] Tue Sep 23 2008 10:28:01 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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"I'm a PC. I sing the blues. The blue-screen.

[#] Wed Sep 24 2008 14:40:47 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I'm a pc and I'm wondering why so many[5~[5~ messages from dothebart are blank. If they are pictures or something, can we have the message say <picture> or something for the text client?

[#] Wed Sep 24 2008 22:14:15 EDT from flynnfx @ Uncensored

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I'm just wondering :


Back, a long time ago, in a galaxy far fa- whoops, wrong room - ok, back when IBM was king (70& 80's), it was assumed they would be a powerhouse for a long time to

come. And now look where they are : I KNOW they're still a huge company (designed the microprocessors for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Gamecube) and have sales of

almost 100 billion last year, but they're not the monolith what they used to be - more behind the scenes.

I wonder, and without bashing, what will become of Microsoft in the future - Google become the next Microsoft? 

What do you think Microsoft will be like in 20 years? Or, if Google is king, who or what will replace them?

Just something to get the neurons firing - and I'd just to hear what everyone's opinion is. 

[#] Thu Sep 25 2008 08:15:06 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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A lot of people wonder the same thing. It probably depends upon who is in charge at the time.

For examples in both directions, look at what happened to various companies when Unix took over the workstation market. One one hand you have DEC, which in the timespan of just a few years went from "Unix is snake oil" to "We're one of the biggest Unix vendors in the industry." On the other hand, there's Apollo, who started out as top dog, fought Unix to the bitter end, and eventually withered away.

Paul Graham declared Microsoft dead about a year and a half ago [].
When faced with this reality, most Microsoft apologists point to the most recent quarter's revenue figures and point out what a powerhouse Microsoft still is. Perhaps, but that's not what he meant. While still dangerous, and still pulling cheap punches (for example, buying its way into getting the Office 2007 file formats declared an ISO standard), Microsoft no longer controls the end-to-end computing experience.

A decade ago, any new Microsoft product could achieve market dominance from a standing start in about a year, simply by virtue of being tied into Windows somehow. Those days are over. Microsoft still holds a commanding lead in desktop operating systems, but even those numbers are inflated -- every computer that has its preload thrown away is counted as a Windows sale, and then for corporate customers who then load a locally standardized image, Windows is counted *twice*. The methodologies used for tallying market share are flawed in other ways, too -- for example, because of the preload problem, most Linux installations are tallied as Windows. I believe that Linux's market share approaches or even meets Apple's. (Comments from the fanbois regarding this will be politely IGnored.)

But where's the end-to-end lock-in? Why hasn't Windows Media Player wiped everyone else off the map the way Internet Exploder destroyed Netscape? Why aren't we all running Silverlight? Why do Sony and Nintendo still have huge market share against the Xbox?

Microsoft is still way up on top, but the requirement of 100.0% market share is baked into their business model, which is now a big problem. It's clear at this stage that they will never be able to monopolize (or even lead) the server market as they had planned to, and even the desktop market is *slowly* slipping away from them. Meanwhile, end-user applications continue to move off the desktop, which is even worse because it changes the marketplace in the same way applications moving off the mainframe spelled the end of IBM's dominance.

So what about Google? Will they be the next top dog? We don't know yet. I personally don't care. Some people like to trash-talk whoever is on top at the moment. Not me. I hate Microsoft, specifically Microsoft. Windows is an abomination that no one should be forced to use (except perhaps the people responsible for designing it). If and when the Microsoft nightmare is over, I will happily live in a world where some other leader is on top. If it turns out to be Google then I'm ok with that because Google has no problem with people using Linux desktops.

[#] Thu Sep 25 2008 13:11:08 EDT from IO ERROR @ Uncensored

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The people responsible for designing Windows shouldn't be forced to use Windows. After all, they designed it and presumably like it that way!

[#] Thu Sep 25 2008 13:34:21 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm personally in favor of putting every last Microsoft employee (and most of their fanbois and apologists) on a big spacecraft and sending it hurtling into the sun.

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