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[#] 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.

[#] Fri Feb 08 2013 01:05:23 EST from fireball @ Uncensored

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Console rumors are crap, and hell, even many of the announcements turn out to be crap (Sony has a bad habit of claiming specs 2 years before release that they don't have on release day).  The specific rumor you're speaking of was also thrown around last (this?) generation, and it didn't happen then either.  Also, really, as next gen consoles aren't likely to change your current buying decisions much, just wait it out and see what happens.  

Just for some insight on what it takes to get your rumor published these days:

http://x-surface.tumblr.com/

 


[#] Fri Feb 08 2013 11:16:52 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Every line of code in SharePoint was personally written by Satan.

Just sayin'.

[#] Fri Feb 08 2013 11:39:56 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Fri Feb 08 2013 11:16:52 AM EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

Every line of code in SharePoint was personally written by Satan.

Just sayin'.

Or Hitler.  Wait, wrong room.  I was looking for an argument (that is actually the Quotamations room these days).



[#] Fri Feb 08 2013 17:55:27 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That was my first thought, but I figured we'd keep the Hitler talk in Godwin's Lounge. You're not incorrect, though.

Q: How do you tell when SharePoint was the wrong choice for a project?

A: If SharePoint was chosen at all, you made the wrong choice.

[#] Fri Feb 08 2013 19:21:07 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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 I was looking for an argument

No you weren't.

[#] Sat Feb 09 2013 11:51:26 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Fri Feb 08 2013 05:55:27 PM EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
That was my first thought, but I figured we'd keep the Hitler talk in Godwin's Lounge. You're not incorrect, though.

Q: How do you tell when SharePoint was the wrong choice for a project?

A: If SharePoint was chosen at all, you made the wrong choice.

Not if your other choice is the product named after a chinese flower that I can't actually name if I want to keep my job.....



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