over here they say:
never trust statistics you didn't fake yourself.
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So are they as wonderful as everybody says?They crunch numbers like mad. There's nothing quite like seeing eight
I met a 20 year sun veteran heavy hitter, a few weeks ago who said he
got one and he was amazed.
And I figure if a sun engineer thinks its good, it's gotta be pretty
penguins when you start up. (Except seeing 12, 16, or 24 penguins next
year when the Gulftown chips hit the market.)
heh, they're trying to game the google search engine by having people spam their own blogs with MS tool rants and raves. It's going to be fun watching the two of them fight it out over the next few years
anyone else notice that the memory thermometer on Vista/W7 is just an abstraction? I'm not sure what it even corresponds to, probably it's roughly equivalent to your working set minus cache, or the active page list, or something... it's definitely a lot less than the commit charge on most occasions, so I think MS was trying to hide the fact that Vista consumes a ton more memory. And yet, what's really weird is, sometimes the memory thermometer displays a HIGHER value than commit charge... so it must be based on some weird page coloring thing.
So, it seems that Apple is hyping a new tablet, and Microsoft is counter-hyping some new tablet PC's with Windows 7 preinstalled.
It's been fun to watch the Tablet PC form factor fail to succeed over the last couple of years. It'll be even more fun to watch Apple succeed at it while Microsoft continues to fail.
Why does this happen?
I think Microsoft's fatal flaw in this space is that they continue to insist that tablets MUST BE PC's. A device that isn't a PC shouldn't behave like a PC. This is what I've been saying about netbooks for a while now. Don't think "small pc" -- think "large mobile device." Or perhaps "cloud access terminal" if you want to be all buzzwordy about it.
If a device isn't a PC, it shouldn't look or act like a PC.
'Power-thin client' might be a better word for a netbook-tablet.
Have you seen the latest OLPC designs? It looks like a flat piece of ... something ... with a ring in the upper-right corner of the device. It has no keyboard at all, preferring the touch-screen interface. Somehow, it is supposed to work without a backlit screen, although I think it can also back-light the screen (power-saving mode and all that, like the original laptops they made).
It really looks pretty cool, but I don't think they've finished making it yet. I suspect the design could change again (this design is a change from the folded-book design they originally had for the second version of the device).
That's pretty much what I was thinking. And it's supposed to cost under $100 this time (although, likely, they'll charge $200 in their buy-one-give-one program, if they decide to make them available to folks like you and me).
In windows, you cant make a file called "blah."
Nor "blah.." nor "blah..........."
They all come out as "blah"
Even if you put quotes around it, it just removes all trailing dots. command line and explorer, must be a kernel thing. Very Very bad.
which version of windows are you using? Some have different stupidity factors with the whole '.' thing.
if you do 'blah.' it thinks it's a system file because of the 'blank' extension so it hides the file from all view so only the OS can see it.
If it has >1 '.' at the end then it sees them as something to truncate because they're not useful to the kernel for identifiers seeing as a blank . at the end denotes system file
Some other special characters to watch out for on windows: ? & $ % and *. each have their own special meaning to the kernel/file system and each are usually blocked from use in the newer WindozeOS'
Ah yes, that reminds me of my favorite Microsoft error message:
"The operation failed to complete because of the following error: The operation completed successfully."
IG: that happens because the success message is listed as an error code. whoever coded the front-end of whatever program produced that error, didnt code a proper responce to that error code.
That's exactly what it is.
In Windows, one of the common error-codes is ERROR_SUCCESS, which evaluates to null. It's intended to indicate that there isn't an error, of course, but sometimes someone fails to check on that condition properly.
I know I may have posted this before, but I still really like my Toshiba M4 laptop. It's a "convertible," in that I can operate it as either a regular clam-shell style laptop computer, or I can flip the screen around and use it in "tablet" mode.
Which mode I use depends on what I'm doing. I find document work and coding much easier to do with a keybaord and mouse, so I'll stick with the clam-shell configuration. If I'm just reading a document or web page, or taking notes, though, I find tablet mode to much easier to use.