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[#] Mon Nov 25 2013 07:52:18 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Munich is famous enough that Microsoft would probably *give* them all new hardware just to score the public win.

[#] Mon Nov 25 2013 08:54:34 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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I'm dreaming of installing Linux only and Libre/Open Office on client sites. But even for $my_mom or other generic private people, the chances of calls with problems like "I can not install this app to create a photo book at our discounter" is stopping me. My clients mostly have some irreplaceable special niche software with poor coding so that wine will most definetly vomit while running. Oddly enough, even games are running fine under wine, but not the simplest bookkeeping software.

Then there is this psychological problems, the prejudices:

  • "Software that is free of charge does not have proper support"
  • "This is OpenOffice is Mickey Mouse Software, I must know since I am using MS Office 97 at home"
  • "Outlook is the best mail software, I must know since I am too stupid to create a mail signature in Thunderbird"

The Outlook case is rather curious, since I consider Thunderbolt as much of an abomination as Outlook is. But "free & unfriendly to use" is crappier than "farking expensive & unfriendly to use".



[#] Tue Nov 26 2013 00:22:25 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Just because they run Outhouse, does not mean they know how to make a signature.  I had to help a Lookout user just last week with that.



[#] Tue Nov 26 2013 05:56:01 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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[#] Tue Nov 26 2013 17:05:41 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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About time. Android is a much more sensible client operating system than any version of Windows. Micro$oft has had its heel upon the neck of the computing world for far too long.

[#] Fri Nov 29 2013 05:03:07 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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First outcome of this: intex haxm.

http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-hardware-accelerated-execution-manager

a vanderpool based solution to run intel android on your wintendo without a classical emulator; this is rather a vmware.



[#] Fri Nov 29 2013 05:22:45 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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http://www.digitimes.com/pda/a20131127PD207.html

reads like they're playing catchup at all expenses it takes.



[#] Fri Nov 29 2013 05:50:23 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Tue Nov 26 2013 00:22:25 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

Just because they run Outhouse, does not mean they know how to make a signature.  I had to help a Lookout user just last week with that.

So true. This one user claims that he is able to do it in Outlook. I have my doubts, though.



[#] Tue Dec 10 2013 17:04:45 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Today, I had to help a client with some email and printer troubles on a win8. The problems were just common windows problems, but the amount of fear, uncertainity and doubt this abominable insult of a malfuntioning (you can not by any standard call it "operational") system adds to any task you do with a computer is un-fucking-believable! Why do browsers open on a "classic" desktop instead of popping up fullscreened without windowborder?! Why is it totally contingent when to use a swipe-from-the-right-to-access-settings-menu or a right click? Why does the vertical scroll function of a notebook scroll horizontally on the tile/start view? Why is there no "print" button for emails when all your average mom does is printing stupid emails? (No, swipe-from-right-> selecting devices is not a vallid replacement for the "Print" button you find on a real OS) Why was there no builtin facebook app/support in win8 when my phone has that for 3 years now?!

I also blame MS for the following, since they are keen on demanding certain specs for their products:

Which demented sadist sells notebooks with a 1366*768 resolution?! And why is that legal?!

Why is it ok that hardware manufactures load their notebooks with bloatware just to use the builtin camera?!

And no, these are not grumpy old man problems since I am not able to adapt to new interfaces. I have been using "active corners" for certain actions for a while on linux and macosx, I am used to hiding docks/taskbars out of sight. The problem here is that it is counterintuitiv, clumsy and it hurts your eye all the time. It has no "Wow" effect, it has nothing that makes me want to use it at all. I could imagine a lot of ways how you could easily and productively use a tile concept, but MS has clearly shown how to absolutely fail.



[#] Tue Dec 10 2013 22:21:54 EST from Sig @ Uncensored

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I've tried to use 8, just playing around on other people's laptops, and have been utterly befuddled. I don't know how so many people could have thought that interface was a good idea.


[#] Wed Dec 11 2013 04:23:58 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Tue Dec 10 2013 22:21:54 EST from Sig @ Uncensored
 I don't know how so many people could have thought that interface was a good idea.

thats the point; there weren't ;-)

just some decision makers were in that opinion.

Imho winxp already was the first proof that a good UI design was nothing which microsoft would ever master...

It was their first aproach to get over those functional 90'ies design and try to be apple cool-ish.

what I realy liked about vista was, that they were trying to get that even more stylish and designish, so the whole applications got slow to react only to make it look nice..

and then...

something...

  REQUIRED ADMIN PRIVILEGES AND THE WHOLE SCREEN FLASHES DARK AND A BRIGHT POPUP IS MASHED IN YEA FACE!



[#] Wed Dec 11 2013 06:22:28 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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These decision makers must be some agents sent by RMS or iJobs, since nobody sane could fuck up their own company with so much energy.

And yes, this "screen going dark" is especially creepy on slow computers, I often almost shit my pants because I think "Ok, now the hard drive finally crashed".



[#] Wed Dec 11 2013 11:57:33 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I heard a rumor that 'doze >8.1 will have a real start menu (not just a button) as an option. Anyone heard anything about that?

[#] Wed Dec 11 2013 12:38:37 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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What I've heard is that it has a Start button, but that all it does is take you back to the tile view (much like using the Windows key on your keyboard).

What you probably want is "Start Menu 8" from http://http://www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php

[#] Wed Dec 11 2013 13:32:04 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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What *I* want is for the world to simply stop using Windoze altogether.

[#] Wed Dec 11 2013 15:35:01 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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I read some headline today, claiming that the next windows will have a startmenu again.

Allegedly, win8.1 has a startbutton, but that probably will take you back to start/tile view, as mentioned.

I also approve of a world without windows, makes it harder for the NSA to look into your homes... (ultra cheap joke, scnr)

On a side note: 1366x768 seems to be the current hot shit for "cheap" notebooks. With "cheap" reaching well into 600€ space, about 750$ I guess. I'd rather buy a mac, especially if it was for my mom or grandma. Or a 400$ tablet without any MS crap.



[#] Thu Dec 12 2013 07:06:20 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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What I want is for everyone to use a terminal or command prompt, remove the GUI.

[#] Thu Dec 12 2013 07:55:44 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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the_mgt: 1366x768 is colloquially called "720p" by the marketing scum who want to make it sound all cool and high-def.

zooer: the existence of "headless" Windoze Server seems to agree with you, but even Windoze experts seem to agree that PowerShell doesn't have the elegance and intuitive nature of a Unix shell.

And in other news, here's a great article about why Connectix Virtual PC ... err, I mean Microsoft Hyper-V ... will continue to be a non-starter in the virtualized data center: [ http://goo.gl/uFjm8K ]

[#] Thu Dec 12 2013 09:29:41 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Thu Dec 12 2013 07:55:44 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
the_mgt: 1366x768 is colloquially called "720p" by the marketing scum who want to make it sound all cool and high-def. 

Yes, just after writing my rant I thought the same: "If it can do 720p, it must be hip." I guess 720p was indeed hot, but that was about 10years ago... It might be ok on a 12" display, but they are selling 15" devices. My ultracheap 12" Lenovo S12 netbook had a higher resolution, almost 4 years ago!



[#] Thu Dec 12 2013 09:58:10 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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"I feel like a moron. Waiting outside a Microsoft Store..."
http://kaching.tumblr.com/post/69772254412/i-feel-like-a-moron-waiting-outside-a-microsoft

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