* Posts by JW 1

34 posts • joined 22 Dec 2010

Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

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Re: The ONLY things going for it were

>>Am I mis-remembering, or was NT 3.51 quite a bit more stable than NT4 until SP3 came out?<<

If I remember right, NT4 was mostly 3.51 with a 'slicker' front end. SP's made it better of course.

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Re: The ONLY things going for it were

>>They had an issue and since I was handy they asked if I would have a look. I stopped looking when I started to develop an eye twitch.<<

I made a good deal of money during a year where people needed help with ME machines. I'd tell them, I'll wipe your machine and install 98SE but won't help with ME. Probably 20 people in the company I worked for took me up on that. You could buy a sound card and get 98SE media cheap.

Microsoft may have its groove back but it's binned 'Groove'

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Re: I'm one step ahead of Satya!

At first it sounded like you weren't paying for Spotify since you said "shuffle everything" but then mentioned price. I also do the four account thing which is awesome. But I can and do point Spotify to my local music. Also the only thing it wants me to shuffle play is if I just go to a specific artist and don't select an album.

Can't see Spotify as just 'usable' and they are making constant updates probably cause they know that people get soooo terrified of a big change.

Facebook's music plans mean you'll never leave Facebook

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Re: Checking FaceBook

>> Do teenage girls still use Facebook?

That's what I was thinking. Both my kids a 20 yr old boy and 16 yr old girl, both of whom have uninstalled or sworn off FB. Significantly due to privacy issues and that my son's account was broken into.

But, one of the beauties of Spotify is that it play music and does a fantastic job of it. It's very clever without being intrusive or scary.

And for $15 a month the whole family gets profiles and no commercials. If you don't think FB will jamb in commercials any chance it gets you're crazy.

FB, never done it never will.

IBM staff petition for right not to work on Trump's pet projects

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Citizens United

Pretty much says, along with former presidential candidate Romney, that a company is a person. Designed specifically so that companies could donate to candidates. So why wouldn't ethics apply? I mean I know they won't, but if it weren't for the voracity of shareholders, it might not.

Lenovo: If you value your server, block Microsoft's November security update

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Re: Go ahead @kryptylomese

Not tried this but Google says:


New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

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Re: Esc

Nice :wq

Microsoft releases major PowerShell update after long preview

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And History

For God's sake until PowerShell gives us persistent history by default it will make my blood boil.

Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

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Always this old canard

I'm by no means an Apple fan (don't own a single device) but Microsoft was busted due to an ILLEGAL monopoly. They coerced PC vendors to sell only Windows with ONLY IE on it. And, since Windows was at one time >90% of the PC market they controlled a monopoly on OS.

Apple, nor anyone else for that matter, has ever come close to that monopoly power. While Google may own a great deal of the search market they aren't forcing themselves on people. You can easily switch engines.

Just stop it with the why not Apple? Apple does not hold a monopoly on anything.

Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

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Re: Evidence.

>>In my opinion the Universe was created 5 minutes ago, including not only all the fossils but also us and our memories.<<

oooh, put's me in the mind of the great movie Dark City. May fire that up tonight as the world remakes itself. If you haven't seen it Roger Ebert rightly stated 'if the Matrix were perfect it would be Dark City'


Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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Re: I still shudder...

Forgot about that but soooo true. Yesterday a client had me getting files off an old Vista laptop prior to wipe/Win7 load. That file copy problem still existed in SP2. An 8gig wifi file transfer was supposedly going to take anywhere from 2 hours to 19 hours. Fortunately he had an old external hd but shocking how horrible that system was at the most basic of computer tasks.

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Re: looking for apps

Yeah, I'm late to the reply here but that comment is just wrong. I also have multiple notepads. I hit Win key and type "no" and all notepads are there with notepad ++ first since I use it most often.

Also, a quick look to make sure you've got the right think before you reflexively hit enter.is silly in almost anything computer related.

Maybe you don't have 8.1?

Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: I reckon that I have something...

Seriously, Dark City? That is actually a masterpiece so probably too deep for you. Ebert would get many film professionals and review it frame by frame for the extraordinary elements in it. Read his reviews and enlighten yourself.

Programming Office 365: Hands On with Microsoft's new APIs

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Re: Cloud first indeed

3 months ago I would have agreed with you. Then I was let go from a tanking 'enterprisey' company. When I took over the IT management we were out of capital. Capital expenses are killer to struggling or small companies. The latter I'm becoming very aware of while consulting. These guys just cannot lay out the $2-$3K we regularly did back in the enterprise when we had cash. But most of them in either circumstance can dole out the monthly charge.

In terms of MS raising prices, as long as there is competition, and there's plenty in this space, I bet they don't raise prices.

In terms of lock-in I've been using Office 365 for four years now and have moved three new companies to it (it's fantastic for new, and smaller companies) and because of the OneDrive integration with the desktop a move off there really wouldn't be that tough.

Just my experience though.


Apple, Google take on Main Street in BONKING-FOR-CASH struggle

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Re: Plenty of retailer incentives for MCX

Man, if I could pay by bonking my phone on the clerks head that's the only form of payment I'd use.

Microsoft's NEW OS now runs on HALF of ALL desktop PCs

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Lenovo smartshell

What is this smartshell. I can't find any reference to it.

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Re: Wot no Vista?

Then you're not actually using it. Go try copying a bunch of small files. That was atrocious and if something that basic was so totally broken no 'marketing' could help it.

This is from experience. Tried copying a bunch of OpenOffice clipart from the wife's laptop. I let it run even though it reported that it would take hours to copy and it did.

Using a Linux machine, mere minutes.

Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

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Geeky board game, yes. What you're looking for is RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing). Since you spelled it wrong twice you lose some credibility especially after such a tediously long post. And yes tl:dr.

Microsoft reissues Windows 8.1 Update for enterprise customers

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Re: Well that's all well and good, but...

Having just gone through this as a test with a laptop's restore disks;

I had to install all pending updates then installing 8.1 from "The Store" the Update came with it. It wasn't a separate install.

Side note a fresh restore of a Win8 laptop had to install 180+ updates before it would even attempt to install 8.1 and that sucker is more than 3.5gb.

GIMP flees SourceForge over dodgy ads and installer

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Watch out with these and using Chrome

My son was downloading Himachi vpn client. I glanced and saw it's part of logmein and read up on it. Seemed harmless and a better way for him to share Mindcraft worlds with friends and not open a hole in the firewall. Anyway, even after repeated 'read what you're clicking' warnings from me, he clicked the big "download now" button. It installed some "Download helper" toolbar. And, here's the crazy Chrome part. Since he had done all this with Chrome the same damn tool was installed on his Android phone almost immediately.

That's going too far. What's a good open source phone?


Nothing to sniff at: Dell Ultrabooks REEK OF CAT PEE, scream users

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Re: Quick fix

Surely Ctrl+Shift+P

Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

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Re: @obligatory smug Linux geek (Hans 1)

Ha, what? I've upgraded Ubuntu machines from v7 all the way to 12.04 with nary a blink. In fact an upgrade fixed a broken command line only box. I just went from from 13.04 to 13.10 in about an 90 minutes.

Linux may not be a panacea but it's much better in terms of upgrades and package management.

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Re: 3.5Gb per PC/VM

Um, wouldn't that require millions to be using Windows 8?

BOOGIE BALLMER: Steve Dirty Dances at tearful Microsoft leaving do

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Re: "We love you, Steve!"

My sister-in-law works there and is bizarrely proud of a Steve Ballmer signed Windows 7 box. It's a mass produced stamped signature, but by god it's got Steve-o's name on it. They go voluntarily.

Ballmer's emotional farewell to Redmond: I LOVE THIS COMPANY

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Re: Office for Linux, or Office for Chrome - those would be big changes.

We run Office 365 here. The web apps in Firefox on Linux are actually very good. I can do all of the Office 365 management from Linux. Funny thing is that even on Windows the webapps and management all works better in Firefox than IE 9 or 10.

YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

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Get it straight MS = Convicted monopolist

Microsoft has to offer those things because they broke the law in many ways. You Tube is not a monopoly just because of its popularity.

And, as posted above, this is the height of hypocrisy coming from the corporation that screwed so many over the years with these exact same practices. They need to just suck it up and create the app in HTML5.

Microsoft to unveil new Xbox console on May 21

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Some additional rumors that appear to quash the 'always on' for gamine

No idea the reliability of the source.


How long will it take Facebook Home to hit 1bn downloads? 76 years

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Re: How many of Facebook's "one billion" are …

Sooo, wrong. A good parent will keep a young person off FB. The anonymous teasing, put-downs and outright bullying are to ever present. Seen it too many times. My only slightly chubby 11 year old hears it too much in person. I'm not opening her up to that pain on that horrible site.

Review: Kobo Arc Android tablet

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Re: Tapestries? Discoveries?

Pretty sure that's there due to his significant other's reading of the "Fifty Shades..." opus.

Windows 8? Nah: Win Phone 8 should give Apple the fear

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Who sells them, though?

We were recently shopping for new phones for the kids. Three Verizon stores (albeit in central Oregon) don't carry WinPhone of any sort. I asked why and they said with shrug "too many customer service issues". One guy said they just take up wall space from the items that sell.

This was admittedly a small sampling but Oregon's tech heavy but if they don't sell to the point where three stores don't even carry them. That's a problem.

Microsoft's MS-DOS is 30 today

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Network drivers is I think what he means

At least that's what I mean. Countless times I've had to install Windows and get cd or usb and download the nic driver on it. It's ridiculous since I've been booting up Linux for 10 years and connecting right to a network. Only today, with corporate wireless was Windows 7 ready to connect to the internet.

Facebook hurls insults, punctuation at growth slump report

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Bang-Bang. This nasty fella comes looking for the Children because the Queen can't stand children. They sneak away from Benny Hill's basement if you can imagine that.

Microsoft files monopoly complaint against Google

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@Ian But an 'Illegal" monopoly?

I don't believe there's actually anything wrong with being a monopoly if you don't do it illegally. If they don't coerce the action to use the product like Microsoft did to PC companies with regards to the OS and tying the browser into the OS, then it's not illegal. Not really Google's fault everyone uses their search engine other than quality returns.

I would wait to see if there's a technical or competitive reason Google prevents WP7 from accessing YouTube APIs.

Microsoft has shifted 1.5 million Windows phones

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You need zune to update?

Huge reason to go with Android - I don't need a computer to update my phone's system. Can't run iTunes or Zune on Linux and wouldn't even if I used Windows.

What a pile.



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