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[#] Mon Aug 18 2014 15:35:28 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It should be called "Bill Gates has not suffered a slow and agonizing death yet; please correct this ASAP."

[#] Mon Aug 18 2014 15:39:48 EDT from vince-q @ Cascade Lodge BBS

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How about.... Internet Fecesfinder

[#] Mon Aug 18 2014 15:55:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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No, that's the name for the Facebook app.

[#] Mon Aug 18 2014 16:12:50 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Just because Ignat hates facebook so much I might get an account.

okay no I wont.

Unless I because worldly famous and need one for a place holder. I would make one message, "facebook sucks, I
don't need you to like me and you need to lead people not follow them."

[#] Tue Aug 19 2014 15:07:48 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Gah... wrote my own netstat.exe utility for Windows such that it looks as much like the original as I could manage at the moment. It has a slight improvement, as the netstat -aob command actually shows multiple services to a svchost.exe instead of just the one that Microsoft's shows.

I did this only because the original one would crash under certain situations, and I figured I coudl probably write a version that wouldn't.

[#] Wed Aug 20 2014 02:29:13 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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oh, monkey steeve quits.

[#] Wed Aug 20 2014 08:17:02 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Oh, that's neat.

Maybe Microsoft really is changing. He was one of the principle assholes of the company.

[#] Wed Aug 20 2014 14:59:44 EDT from DemonStalker @ Dog Pound BBS II

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fleeb wrote:

Maybe Microsoft really is changing.

Yeah. And hell is freezing over.

[#] Wed Aug 20 2014 15:21:52 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Sure they are: they're becoming less and less relevant. There aren't really any mainstream applications that require a PC anymore. All that's left is niche stuff...

[#] Wed Aug 20 2014 15:29:21 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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This is true. I'm sure they're shitting in their pants as people mvoe away from them.

[#] Wed Aug 20 2014 15:36:53 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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A Mac running Office is too pricey though. That's their last remaining stronghold...

[#] Wed Aug 20 2014 16:14:54 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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A Chromebook running some of the basic office-related apps available to GMail users, though, can't be comforting to Microsoft.

[#] Wed Aug 20 2014 17:32:10 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Of course not. That's why Chromebook is the subject that makes them get all frothy at the moment. It is the PC-less "Network Computing" vision taken to its logical end -- an end that allows Microsoft to be a player, but not to monopolize and control the entire industry.

It's their own fault, really. They could have implemented this a decade ago and cleaned up, but instead they held on to their desktop monopoly as long as they could. It won't be long before Microsoft's market share in desktops is as meaningless to the industry as a whole as IBM's market share in mainframes.

[#] Mon Aug 25 2014 08:54:50 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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They might lose their monopoly on private desktops. I see more and more osx users at the university. Though, even in computational science, the majority is still on windows (even win8.x). Some surfaces or asus win8 rt tablets are around.

On the business desktop, windows will remain predominant. The single reason for this is, that even the fattest applications like CAD tools are at their core still the same as they were on windows2000 or even earlier. The whole structure still uses pathes that adher to the 8.3 filename length dogma. The main UI might look fancy and polished, but under the hood it uses obscure methods. One of these CAD tools uses multiuser database files which separate by tab indention and length of spaces for certain names.

[#] Mon Aug 25 2014 12:27:38 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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over at gemalto lync was the single most application which I couldn't substitute.

Chatting worked with pidgin, but screensharing or voice calls didn't  (the later due to missing encryption support)

There would have been a commercial client, which I was going to test once they supported screen sharing, but the problem was solved by itself. No more "security to be free" for me.

[#] Mon Aug 25 2014 14:53:23 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I have the exact same problem.  I can join the audio portion of a conference from my phone but video and screen sharing require a Windoze VM.   Very annoying.

[#] Sat Sep 13 2014 19:17:00 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The "leaked" (yeah, right) screen shots of Windoze 9 are here.

No surprises here.  Faced with the prospect of people abandoning the platform, Hitlersoft put the Start Menu back in, in more or less its original form, but with Windoze Phone crap attached to the right side of it.  I guess you can ignore that.

They also seem to have introduced a way to run "Modern/Metro" apps in floating windows that can be dragged around the screen.  Wow, it's almost as if they realized that people want desktops to act like desktops but they aren't willing to let go of your screen touching finger quite yet.

Whatever.  I'll stick with real operating systems.

[#] Tue Sep 16 2014 02:43:36 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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but, ain't that virtual -- dddd esktops?

welcome to 1990.

[#] Tue Sep 16 2014 08:16:09 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Oh and they brought the light blue back, as a reminiscence of Win7

[#] Tue Sep 16 2014 09:01:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well this sucks.   Both of my kids are into Minecraft.  The desktop version bores them but we all play the mobile version together; every running copy automatically becomes a server and you can share it out to everyone on the same network automatically, and presumably run it on the Internet as well (haven't tried it yet).

Now it's been announced that Microsoft is acquiring Mojang, the publisher of Minecraft, and that Notch and all of the other original developers are leaving.  The graphic appearing below displays my feelings on this new development:

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