* Posts by Tim Anderson

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Microsoft pulls dust covers off Dataflex: Low-code data access from Teams

Tim Anderson (Written by Reg staff)

Thanks, the other piece which we need to spell out is the difference between Dataflex and Dataflex Pro which is obscure in the announcement posts. Will add an update.

OOP there it is: You'd think JavaScript's used more by devs than Java... but it's not – JetBrains survey

Tim Anderson (Written by Reg staff)

According to the analyst, about 40% of the respondents were not JetBrains customers so our of 19.5K that's about 7,800. The difficulty is that all these dev surveys have some sort of bias; it seemed to me that the company was being straight about this. StackOverflow is biased towards SO users; GitHub is GitHub users.

25 years of PHP: The personal web tools that ended up everywhere

Tim Anderson (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Newest prefixes and units to the rescue

Thanks and apologies, we'll correct it :-)

Tim

Tim Anderson (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Newest prefixes and units to the rescue

We're quoting from his talk which is in the embedded video, it's about 10 mins in I think.

Tim

Just cough into here, please: Cambridge-developed app slurps the sounds of COVID-19

Tim Anderson (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Rec-captcha

problem is, reCaptcha 3 doesn't work like that. You don't type an answer or click an image, instead it looks at the data around the interaction - including, I suspect, what is entered into a form - and uses AI to score the result. So it grabs a lot of data.

Rethinking VPN: Tailscale startup packages Wireguard with network security

Tim Anderson (Written by Reg staff)

The admin screenshot was supplied to us as part of a press kit.

Surge in home working highlights Microsoft licensing issue: If you are not on subscription, working remotely is a premium feature

Tim Anderson (Written by Reg staff)

Re: The most simple way is not mentioned here?

This is a good solution if you have a corporate laptop to give out. There's an issue if you have lots of staff usually on desktop PCs suddenly working from home, and haven't got kit to hand out, as VPN from home PC is not so good. From Android, iOS or Chromebook probably fine. But there are lots of ways to do this and this isn't meant to be telling anyone how to do it, more to highlight potential licensing snags.

25 years of Delphi and no Oracle in sight: Not a Visual Basic killer but hard to kill

Tim Anderson (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Progman Error

You are correct; and really we should have used windows 3.11 for the screen grabs (ran out of time), my only excuse is that in this instance Explorer is being used like Program Manager - this is what happens if an installer designed for Windows 3.x runs on Windows 95.

Tim

Windows 7 will not go gentle into that good night: Ageing OS refuses to shut down

Tim Anderson (Written by Reg staff)

That's true if the software on the OS does not change. If there is stuff like the Adobe service that automatically updates though, or you install new applications, that is when the problems occur.

Oi! You got a loicence for that Java, mate? More devs turn to OpenJDK to swerve Oracle fee

Tim Anderson (Written by Reg staff)

Re: TeamCity

TeamCity 5% in this survey, just below GitLab.

You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: A quirky investigation into why AI does not always work

Tim Anderson (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Artificial Neural Nets aren't all there is to AI.

Correct, yes.

Not LibreOffice too? Beloved open-source suite latest to fall victim to the curse of Catalina

Tim Anderson (Written by Reg staff)

Re: Really?

Different rules apply when it is installed before you upgrade to Catalina, result being it is trusted.

Devs getting stuck into Windows 10X on Surface Neo will have to tussle with UWP

Tim Anderson

Re: Some applications will run...

We're trying to get clarification on this and will report back.

Tim

Tim Anderson

Re: author conflates Win32 and 32 bit applications

Hopefully you are right (about being able to run 64-bit "win32" apps). I do see the terms still used especially when Windows on ARM (which exists today) is restricted to 32-bit "win32" only.

Tim

Tim Anderson

Re: Am I confused, or is the author?

Apologies, what I mean by native is that it runs on the Windows 10X OS without requiring a container that provides the full Win32 API.

Tim

Microsoft hikes cost of licensing its software on rival public clouds, introduces Azure 'Dedicated' Hosts

Tim Anderson

Or other open source software :-)

AWS goes live with Windows containers... but contain yourselves: It's going to be niche

Tim Anderson

Re: Is this new?

GA is new. Was previously a preview.

The Java release train is moving faster, but will developers be derailed?

Tim Anderson

Swing is not going away!

Swing is not going anywhere, not sure where that idea came from but it is not in the article.

Tim

Windows 10: What is it good for? Microsoft pitches to devs ahead of Creators Update

Tim Anderson

Re: "UWP does solve long-standing Windows problem, safely & easily installing & removing apps"

Not really. What has changed is that when first conceived, a WinRT (basis of UWP) app was sandboxed so that the system prevented it from misbehaving. Now the policy is to open up the whole Windows API to UWP apps so that is no longer the case. Microsoft argues that since you can still install desktop apps, the security benefits of locked down WinRT apps are illusory. However UWP apps are still designed to be easily and cleanly installed and removed, which is the feature I am referencing here.

Tim

SELECT features FROM bumf... What's new in MS SQL Server 2016

Tim Anderson

Re: Umm...

Added prices now.

Tim

Mads Torgersen and Dustin Campbell on the future of C#

Tim Anderson

Re: Bullshit !!!

You need to look here https://github.com/dotnet/roslyn/issues/10365 where there is a lot of discussion and a fix (thanks to @drpizza on twitter for pointing this out)

Embrace, extend – and kill. Microsoft discontinues RoboVM

Tim Anderson

Re: Passive tense?

Fixed - many thanks :-)

Tim

Microsoft Office 365: You don't need 27 floppies, but there is desktop friction

Tim Anderson

Re: People need to be warned that Office 365 is not the same as Office 2016 ...

> No you don't. Just install it and it will remove / update the old version automatically.

Sorry, doesn't work in this case. I believe the problem is that the plan change meant a downgrade to a version of Office without Access and probably other differences. Anyway, the documented migration specifies that you must remove Office from Control Panel.

Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

Tim Anderson

Re: Excel Co Authoring or not?

No real-time co-authoring in Excel. Apologies for confusing wording, this refers to the feature in Word, PowerPoint, OneNote.

Tim

Windows 10 Mobile Build 10512 rolls out, but progress is sloooow

Tim Anderson

Re: It does what it says on the tin...

Yes it is a preview; but there is not much point in trying stuff out if you do not report honestly on the experience. I like Windows Phone / Mobile etc and would love for Microsoft to get this right and revive the platform somehow. At the same time it is fair to say that Microsoft's media player efforts have a long history of not working right - Windows Media Player has always been slow and prone to throwing up obscure errors - and this stuff is important to the user experience. Streaming your own stuff from OneDrive is a great feature but only if it works reliably.

Tim

Parallels Desktop 11 brings Windows 10 and Cortana to Mac

Tim Anderson

Re: Not an emulator

Thanks, oversight corrected.

Tim

MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

Tim Anderson

Re: idiotic attitudes all round

It's any shortcut, not just Metro apps

If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

Tim Anderson

Re: So close!

The back panel does come off and you can easily upgrade the SSD.

Tim

Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

Tim Anderson

Re: Sure of your interpretation?

The EULA specifically refers to "system and app updates".

Tim

Tim Anderson

Re: I went and saw if there was anything about WSUS and Windows 10

I hope you are right, but my guess is that WSUS will not let you off the hook here. Win10 is different from W7 and W8 since "Windows as a service" means that the OS is being incrementally upgraded. Now, how does MSFT make security patches for every possible variant of Win10 since first release? Likely answer is that it will not. It will make security patches for every variant over the last n months, where n in this case appears to be 8. So if you have WSUS and Win 10 Pro, and block all the feature updates, then after n months it won't be possible to apply security patches because the OS is in effect unsupported. Or maybe some security patches will work and others not.

If you want to avoid this, LTSB is the only official solution and that means Enterprise.

Tim

Testing Windows 10 on Surface 3: Perfect combo or buggy embuggerance?

Tim Anderson

Re: Write about your subject

Fair point, the rationale is that Surface was created to work properly with Windows 8 and I wanted to bring out that context.

Tim

New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking

Tim Anderson

Re: Control Panel

True :-) but it still seems to me that a search in the Start menu should find it.

Tim

A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

Tim Anderson

Check the FAQ: "True “console” apps aren’t really going to be supported for the IoT core OS, headless or not. You can still deploy and run a standard win32 console app here, it just won’t be connected to any on-device console. When running headless you should just get that black screen. When running headed the only supported UI is via the UWP UI stacks (XAML, HTML, DirectX)."

http://ms-iot.github.io/content/Faqs.htm

Tim

Tim Anderson

Should be HDMI, apologies for the typo!

Tim

Old, forgotten, lonely? SQL Server 2016 will sling you into Azure

Tim Anderson

Re: Haha!

I think the idea is that your active data is always local so that perf is maintained. Microsoft also says "As core transactional tables grow in size, you may need to archive historical data to lower cost and to maintain fast performance" so I guess shunting stale data to the cloud could help with that.

Tim

JetBrains releases CLion - new cross-platform IDE for C/C++ users

Tim Anderson

Re: Promotional feature?

Nope, I wrote it because new commercial C++ IDEs are uncommon, plus the JetBrains tools are pretty good IME.

Tim

Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre

Tim Anderson

An url that works

More info on this is now available here:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/cloud-platform-system/

Tim

Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

Tim Anderson

Re: Hungarian notation

There was, but couldn't fit it in. Just for you though: "there was a style of identifying variables known as Hungarian notation that I imitated and perhaps propagated more than was desirable (laughs)." Almost a confession :-)

Bigger, fiddly to manage: The second coming of Windows Server 2012

Tim Anderson

Re: "Most" enterprises "want" hybrid cloud??

Another way of putting this is that enterprises are not busy closing their datacentres. So to the extent that they have any interest in public cloud, it is hybrid.

Tim

Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

Tim Anderson

Re: Right click admin options

OK, so you are beating me up because you can right-click the bottom left corner in Win 8.0 too for the admin menu (or press Win-X).

True, but the reason I mention it is that I most often right-click the Start button in Win 8.1 for the "Shut down or sign out" option which was added - it is not in Win 8.0.

The right-click menu is also more discoverable in Win 8.1, which does not matter once you have discovered it, but that discoverability is improved is also important.

There is another thing you should know about this review. After discussion we agreed not to repeat everything that we had already said about Windows 8.1 Preview, which was reviewed here last month:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/12/windows_eight_one_review/

Hence the focus on some of the business features. We should have included a link to the earlier piece though, so apologies for that.

Tim

Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

Tim Anderson

Re: Have you got the right date?

The date was for the Unix version but I couldn't find that one easily, so made do with Windows.

Tim

Visual Studio 2012: 50 Shades of Grey by Microsoft

Tim Anderson

Re: "Microsoft’s all-encompassing IDE loser"

It's a typo for "closer".

Tim

Tim Anderson

Re: Opening Sentence

It's meant to be "closer".

Tim

Petaflops beater: Nvidia chief talks exascale

Tim Anderson

@ArmanX I believe Nvidia is thinking along these lines - a GPU with some cores based on the ARM CPU rather than simpler GPU cores. That's what Tesla CTO Steve Scott told me anyway.

Tim

Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 - what's in it for you?

Tim Anderson

Office Web Apps not in the box

Just to clarify - while Office Web Apps works on SharePoint 2010, included in SBS 2011, it is not in the box - it is a "free" download if you have an Office volume licensing agreement.

Tim

Microsoft trips on Visual Studio Lightswitch

Tim Anderson

re Promo Alert

"Some two years in the making, it aims to simplify the building of business"

... the clue is in the word "aims". I'll add that I'm not sure any tool which generates 4500+ lines of code gloop can be described as creating a best-practice design; but it may still be better than tools like VB which positively encourage bad design.

I still think it is an interesting effort. One of the points not brought out in the article is that LightSwitch does model-driven development under the covers; it is even conceivable that some future iteration might target different platforms - HTML 5 for example - from the same model.

Whether it will survive long enough to get there is an open question though.

Tim

Windows 95 to Windows 7: How Microsoft lost its vision

Tim Anderson

Preemptive multitasking

@Geoff

Yes, Win 95 had pre-emptive multitasking, for 32-bit apps:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/117567

"In Windows 95, all 32-bit applications are scheduled preemptively. Preemptive multitasking allows Windows 95 to switch between 32-bit applications whether those applications are prepared to lose control of the CPU or not. No cooperation between the application and the operating system is required for 32-bit multitasking."

Tim

Microsoft's Office Web Apps - a long way from here

Tim Anderson

Printing

@Greg

Well, PDF is in effect the print engine. Since Silverlight doesn't print (yet) and browser printing is not precise enough I doubt Microsoft had much choice. The fact that it uses Adobe technology wasn't mentioned in the press briefing :-)

Tim

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