He really looks like a tit in that photo in your story.
Sugababes should be seen and not heard.
Microsoft really cannot do marketing at all can they.
The Sugababes may be clumsily plodding along without any original members left in their line-up, but that hasn't stopped Microsoft from enlisting Heidi, Amelle and Jade (who they?) to big up Windows 7. As usual Microsoft has completely misjudged its audience with the company's latest marketing campaign. It's already been …
We've got the office bore, ambling round and round the gym droning, while everyone tries to ignore him.
We've got the shrill, gesticulating mother, pathetically failing to juggle work and family as the kids run round her screaming.
We've got the posh, selfish student, shouting in the library, thinking she's really cool and clever.
What exactly do your marketing people do all day, Microsoft? Try sending them out to meet some real people, instead of letting them sit around all day snorting coke and playing with their ponytails.
STOP TRYING TO BE TRENDY. YOU HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE. There's more chance of Ballmer giving birth, even though he hasn't got a womb.
Not to mention the CONSTANT mention of Windows 7 on Capital FM and their "Jingle Bell Ball". Yes, we get it, they are sponsoring it and you are required to shoe-horn it into every mention of the damn gig, but for Pete's sake... I bet they don't even have it *installed* in the Capital building, and if they do it's only for show / because it's subsidised.
The harder you push a product onto your customers, the further back they are pushed.
Insofar that I can judge, which isn't very far because the very first few times I heard these lovely ladies sing it physically made me queasy. I appear to have absolute hearing and they don't appear to be very musical at all. Consequently I hadn't noticed any changes in lineup what so ever. As a computing professional I am in the happy position that I do not have to work with redmondware, in fact can safely disclaim all knowledge of redmond's produce, and hence I haven't really taken notice of whether there was any improvement in their products lately either. The previous decades of experience had already taught me that in the areas I care about none was to be expected.
Paris because, well, perhaps she can sing just as well as these lovely and talented ladies.
..but clicking on 'be the first to comment' when you had the page open for a while used to take you to a page as if you were the first to comment on a story when in fact if you refreshed before clicking to comment you see that some have indeed been submitted - I considered that broken so it does work better now.
However Now that we have the 'Report' button for posts is there really a need for a delay in publishing the comments? i.e. Now it's called a forum could it not behave like a forum?
The bonus to being reactionary as oppossed to prevetative with inappropriate posts is that it would surely give the Ms Bee more time for her excellent and witty articles and comment replies..
There are some odd design decisions here (IMHO) :(
Firstly, the default width of my history sidebar means I can't tell from the labels which is a comments page and which is an article. This wouldn't be so bad but the former now leads to a 404 page (IIRC it was just the comment submit pages that did this before, which is understandable). Given the similarity between URLs for both it would be simple to have a "back to article" at least, no? This is going to be annoying when the browser crashes (it's IE and I'm at work so there's nothing I can do about it. In fact -grr- it's just done that and I'm typing this *again*. Dammit).
I agree that the "<n> comments" would be better as a choice of comments pages (@GP) if there are going to be several (ahh, is *that* what happened?!!). This would be useful when deciding whether to read comments from the first or just peek at the latest later on (etc). This would, of course, still suffer from moderator approvals between page-load and link-click making the tally wrong (@finbarr above), but I (for one) can live with that.
Lastly, I don't seem to be able to cut and paste - which is going to make quoting a royal PITA.
'Up voted' though and theres this web site i frequent that gives good IT advice and tips (especially the commenters there), they give good advice about security for web sites, web casts on IT support and such and could probably help with your rubbish voting buttons.
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...and Windows 7 was my idea...
You could just as easily say 'I'm an idiot'... It all fits. It has to be the most pathetic ad campaign yet...
and as for the Sugababes...Aspartame babes....would be closer seeing as NONE of the original members are in it, they are just a poor substitute for the real thing.
There is nothing intrinsically wrong with having a band with none of the original members left. It is a bit like Trigger's Broom, but both Dr. Feelgood and Nepalm Death continued to tour long after all the original members had left or, in one case, died.
And 'Overload' was ace.
The marketing stuff makes good sense.
Who designed W7?
You did! You did!
Who chose the goil band?
You did! You did!
If anything goes wrong who is to blame?
You did! Stew-Pid!
So, you see, it really is very good marketing indeed.
What's more most people probably felt it was their idea before they met the product proper.
That is very, very neat and really quite subtle?
The only "idea" I had for Windows 7 was that they should fix the sodding image viewer. XP's viewer is great - it plays animated GIFs and you can zoom in on a picture and get a nice, interpolated view (handy for enlarging low res pr0n).
Vista broke it badly when they removed those two key features, and despite all of my feedback, they're still missing from Windows 7. :(
And to add insult to injury, XP's "Picture and Fax Viewer" is so deeply embedded in the OS that I can't get it to run under 7. :(
When I saw the headline "Microsoft enlists faceless girl band as face of Windows " and the by line "Leather-clad Sugababes shove OS through revolving door" I clicked the link expecting to see said girls prancing around waving the odd copy of Windows 7 in our face. In all, not a bad proposition.
What I got was a frankly scary photo of Alan Sugar.
Shocked? You could say that..
Is it me, or are most of the Windows 7 features that "were my idea" there already in Windows XP? Or even in NT? Such as only letting certain users (kids) log on at certain times. Or... um... using a wireless network or Bluetooth peripherals. Well, okay, maybe it took a service pack or two. And maybe the Windows 7 version is easier.
Windows image viewer... surely there are free third party products that do a good job?
Ballmer giving birth: A frankly terrifying prospect.
"Well 'e can't 'ave babies, 'e 'asn't got a womb! Wheres the foetus gonna gestate, you gonna keep it inna box?!?"
Thats because he doesnt need a womb, he just reproduces asexually, creating hordes of MiniBallmers, all who have tiny fits of chair-throwing rage, and will eventually take over the world!
Who's the bigger fool? Apple for starting the 'I'm a Mac' campaign or Microsoft for copying it?
Anyway. The ad that really annoys me most is the one with the student in the library saying how she wanted to run loads of apps at once without the computer crashing. It may be that 7 has some new tricks to stop drivers taking down the whole system (or were they in Vista?), but XP and 2000 hardly ever crashed on me, and that was even when I abused them by running my own crazy software.
But enough of all this. Windows 7, as a descendant of Windows NT, was Dave Cutler's idea, so there.
Oh yeah. It's so cool that at least the day you buy it Win 7 will start fast. Except that I can boot my Acer Aspire one in about 8 seconds with a only slightly optimized ArchLinux install. And when I say boot, I mean boot, not wake up from sleep. That was and hopefully always will be instantaneous, that's *kind of* the point of sleep.
Oh yeah. It's so cool you can set up more than one wallpaper to rotate on your desktop.
Except it's completely useless, very annoying after a while (I tried, although not on Windows 7), and it was possible before, and on probably any OS you can imagine.
On linux you can even set a movie to play as a "wallpaper" (yes, even more annoying), and I think you can do it on Windows too (not sure about OS X, but probably possible as well).
Parental Control: no comment, that's been there for years. And faster than some stupid "you can click there".
Homegroup : I admit that one is cool, for the average user, who has only Windows computers. I'm happy with http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=85751 though, which is just a generic HTTP server so it will work with pretty much anything you'd like.
Shake : just so amazingly stupid and unpractical. If you want to hide something, moreover on a laptop, you won't want to have to shake some stupid window. Ctrl+Alt+Right arrow or whatever shortcut you have for switching desktops works great on any normal OS.
Snap to : I agree that this is useful; however, multiple desktops still win for me in organizing, especially on small screens.
Photostich : good, but they are by far not the first ones to make such a thing; and the loading bar didn't seem to be advancing as fast as the movie.
Last ad : google earth with 3D buildings enabled does and did the job before.
In short, Microsoft just discouraged me to at least try Windows 7. Even if I do not hide that I am a big anti-fan of Microsoft and Windows, I had a pretty good opinion on Windows 7 before this, many people told me it's pretty good. Good job, Microsoft, another potential customer lost.
Rant over :)
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