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[#] Tue Nov 27 2012 17:08:34 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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RESPECT TEH RIBBON!!!1

Heh. :) It's about time the world realized that an office suite is a commodity and should be treated like one. With the barriers to document format import finally coming down, it's easy to switch. Microsoft realizes this which is why they're trying to move everything to SaaS as fast as they can.

[#] Wed Nov 28 2012 04:51:05 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Google sorta has them beat, though. I don't know if you've tried to use Google's online word processor, but it isn't bad.

[#] Mon Jan 14 2013 01:18:48 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yeesh. Three whole days of migrating a company from its old Exchange world to a new one. With every release, Exchange gets more byzantine with lots of new ways it can break.

And it isn't just cheap talk when I say "I could write a better mail system in my spare time" -- because I actually have. :)

[#] Mon Jan 14 2013 23:07:36 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Mon Jan 14 2013 01:18:48 AM EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
Yeesh. Three whole days of migrating a company from its old Exchange world to a new one. With every release, Exchange gets more byzantine with lots of new ways it can break.

And it isn't just cheap talk when I say "I could write a better mail system in my spare time" -- because I actually have. :)

Yes, yes you have...

http://penguinpackets.com/~kelly/kblog/blog/01231866216

But then again, you did have a head start :-)



[#] Sun Jan 20 2013 06:05:37 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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combining theese two articles:

http://www.h-online.com/open/features/Of-netbooks-tablets-and-Linux-s-revenge-1783069.html

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/18/7_reasons_windows_rt_was_doa/

undermines my opinion, that while hunting down the netbook market (which according to the second with the last two Asus & Acer exiting ceised to exist) microsoft missed the next big things...

and I like the analysis that windowsRT and the keyboard tablet they do sort of is their vision of a netbook...  and... its the double price.

 



[#] Sun Jan 20 2013 22:31:24 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Bottom line: nobody wants Microsoft's mobile products. RT is a non-starter, and the Intel-based tablets with keyboard docks are really just laptops. So there's nothing new now: Microsoft is still chained to its Intel legacy, and the big new world of ARM is for Google and Apple.

[#] Tue Jan 22 2013 15:10:51 EST from fireball @ Uncensored

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I would actually likely be somewhat interested in the RT version of the surface if the OS didn't suck and it wasn't overpriced, the laptops version's battery life isn't good enough and it's in the wrong market.  The real issue I have with the surface is the default keyboard looks like it's terrible.  I've never touched one, but mentally it brings images of the keyboard on the ZX81, though I know there's no way it's nearly that bad.  I just don't expect it to be tollerable.



[#] Tue Jan 22 2013 17:04:20 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Tue Jan 22 2013 03:10:51 PM EST from fireball @ Uncensored

I would actually likely be somewhat interested in the RT version of the surface if the OS didn't suck and it wasn't overpriced, the laptops version's battery life isn't good enough and it's in the wrong market.  The real issue I have with the surface is the default keyboard looks like it's terrible.  I've never touched one, but mentally it brings images of the keyboard on the ZX81, though I know there's no way it's nearly that bad.  I just don't expect it to be tollerable.



Don't knock the ZX81 like that :-)



[#] Tue Jan 22 2013 18:54:20 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I have laid hands upon the Surface RT keyboard. It really is that awful.
To call them chiclet keys would actually be grotesquely generous. It's barely above a membrane keyboard.

[#] Wed Jan 23 2013 14:11:57 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Which version of the keyboard did you try, IG? My understanding is that they have a membrane keyboard in various colors, and then a black keyboard with built-in touchpad that's supposed to be a "normal" keyboard. Normal in that it's supposed to be similar to a standard laptop keyboard.

[#] Wed Jan 23 2013 15:39:08 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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For the $999 version, it should have just projected the keyboard :-)



[#] Wed Jan 23 2013 16:34:10 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The version I tried was the membrane keyboard.  However I am going to assume that the other one is garbage too, simply because it is a Microsoft product.

Actual conversation, cf. 1994 or so...

Spell: "Eeeeww!  Accck!"

IG: "What?"

Spell: "I touched a Microsoft product!"


And of course, there are other WinRT/Win8 devices on display in stores, mainly because Micro$oft is paying megabucks to the stores to display them.  Take, for example, this fine little display unit I stumbled across over the weekend:

That's the way it was when I came across it.  I didn't do anything to crash it.  And it was stuck on that screen; the promised restart never occurred.  



[#] Wed Jan 23 2013 16:55:09 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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(If you're on the text client and didn't see the photo, go to https://plus.google.com/u/0/107027477281187068618/posts/g8fRB49nrqp )

[#] Wed Jan 23 2013 16:56:27 EST from fireball @ Uncensored

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Tue Jan 22 2013 05:04:20 PM EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

Don't knock the ZX81 like that :-)

How many basic programs does it take before you just loath the ZX81 keyboard?  None, you'll be pissed by line 3.

Scissor switch (over membrane) keyboards tend to be... ok.  Membrane over membrane just looks terrible.  That said not all microsoft products are bad, their mice have served me quite well.  I also have a M$ branded backpack, which was cheap and happily holds my mac.



[#] Wed Jan 23 2013 21:28:25 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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(If you're on the text client and didn't see the photo, go to

Text client doesn't support https://

[#] Wed Jan 23 2013 22:43:54 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Anyone else notice that the message refers to the tablet as a "PC".



[#] Wed Jan 23 2013 23:51:54 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Wed Jan 23 2013 04:56:27 PM EST from fireball @ Uncensored

How many basic programs does it take before you just loath the ZX81 keyboard?  None, you'll be pissed by line 3.

Scissor switch (over membrane) keyboards tend to be... ok.  Membrane over membrane just looks terrible.  That said not all microsoft products are bad, their mice have served me quite well.  I also have a M$ branded backpack, which was cheap and happily holds my mac.

It was smooth sailing before that damn 16K ram pack.  Not even velcro stickers could save you from the fuzzy lines of death that ensued after trying to press the Shift-Function-AND keyword button and zap, a few hours worth of work gone as you did not want to save to tape for 5 - 7 minutes.  Those were the days.  Glad to see Microsoft is reviving the feeling minus the crashing (but I see IG has posed a nice BSOD with smiley face).



[#] Thu Jan 24 2013 04:32:05 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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http://www.h-online.com/news/item/Microsoft-study-Linux-migration-cost-Munich-EUR60-7-million-1789679.html

 

So, writing the macros for openoffice for local document processing is the biggest block if you want to run a city on opensource...



[#] Sun Jan 27 2013 23:17:09 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Anyone else notice that the message refers to the tablet as a "PC".

Word on the street is that Windoze 8 and Windoze RT sales are so bad, that Micro$oft is planning to completely relaunch Windoze 8 when the Intel version of the Slurface is released in February.

Oh, and Micro$oft is blaming OEM's for the poor takeup of their new OS. Never mind the fact that it turns your computer into something resembling the AOL home screen from 20 years ago; it's the hardware makers' fault that no one likes it.

[#] Thu Feb 07 2013 13:30:52 EST from asdfg @ Uncensored

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Looks like xbox 720 will require a constant always on internet connection to play any game even offline games. Darn, and I was kinda looking forward to the next Xbox.

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