Does No Mans Sky tick your boxes?
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I don't know why you are down voted for this. As an example when you perform anything in Server Manager such as promoting a server to be a domain controller the last step of the wizard shows you the script, you can copy and paste it in powershell, keep it as documentation or adapt it to run on many servers instead of using the gui every time. Hell you can run the server in core mode so there is no GUI and do everything on powershell if you really want to.
This so much. Never mind the blanket "you deserve it if you run windows" line. You deserve it if your server hosts so many poorly managed services that it takes this long to untangle them and upgrade. Just as you do if you have mismanaged a Linux box, and an OSX box and a car you haven't maintained, and a boiler you haven't serviced, and a kettle you haven't de-scaled and a..............
I've installed close to 100 2012 servers replacing a lot of SBS 2003 and vanilla 2003 servers. If the start menu is a problem, Start8 works just as well on server as it does Windows 8 so that solves that problem.
Performance wise it's much more modular and less bloated than 2008, I find it quicker. I use powershell scripts with a CSV file of user details to quickly populate the AD for a new domain and cloudy Exchange most of the time.
And when it's all configured you can drop it down to core to stop people fiddling with it locally, and take it back to full fat GUI when you want to, something that wasn't possible in 2008. Overall I like it. But what do I know I only have hands on experience :p
There was a whole movement of VR kit in the 90's. Virtuality in the arcades and I had a set of Revelators. These were just stereoscopic glasses rather than a headset and it made Colin Mcrae Rally and Flight Unlimited great to play, but the advent of low refresh rate LCD's killed future products like this. I don't like Facebook, but I'm glad the money is now behind the tech and we might actually get a modern, low cost headset at last. Hopefully success will breed competition, standardisation and a better experience for all.
....You can run SQL server on Foundation server 2012 locally.
To everyone who has not tried the product. Foundation Server 2012 is just like Server 2012 standard, but for up to 15 users. It has AD, IIS, RDS, Storage Spaces, Branche Cache, Direct Access and all that good stuff.
What it lacks compared to SBS is built in Exchange server, Sharepoint and those fluffy web interfaces for RDP'ing into your internal PC's.
This OS is not forcing you to use cloud services. It doesn't ask you to create any cloud accounts to use it.
Let the hysteria continue.
SBS 2003 was great. SBS 2008 was a bloated monster. SBS 2011 went some way in addressing it but was still bloated.
My experience of combining Server 2012 Foundation with a hosted Exchange service (not office 365) has been a good one. removing the complexities of Exchange server from the local site is good, and the state of our broadband in the UK is suitable for hosted email services in an SME. 2012 Foundation gives a good halfway house of locally hosted files and cloudy email.
In the longer term I'd hope that as broadband reaches 100mb + the "cloud" will no longer mean huge data centre, but our local cloud which we host in house. Whether or not that means pulling Exchange back in house without a dedicated IT tech, or keeping it hosted externally I'm not so sure.
My experience was the opposite. MS gave me more opportunity to make more profit off the back of their marketing and releases, and engineers were cheaper and quicker to train. We regularly reviewed Linux, and used it in a few areas like wifi setups on large theme parks, but on the whole MS products worked and ultimately allowed customers to run the tools they needed to do their jobs.
Alan Sugar and Mr Commodore do too I'm sure.
Sure we would have got to this place sooner if MS had some competition over the years (or didn't squash them), I was the first to shout that Windows was a huge steaming pile of meadow muffin compared to Workbench on a HD with a decent FPU.
But we got there in the end. And that's why I'm in no need to replace my PC anytime soon.
I waited 20 minutes for my CPC 464 to load Mini Office
I meditated with my guru when loading Deluxe Paint on my A500
I overdosed on tea swapping all the disks in anticipation to try the beta of Windows 95
I had enough time to explain the concept of a swap file to a customer, while Windows 98 loaded on a PC with 16mb of RAM
I Xpee'd, I switched back to 2000, I XPee'd on SP2 and saw some chinks of light at the end of the tunnel
I Vista'd and the tunnel collapsed
and finally I Windows 7'd,
The journey was painful, but where I am now, it's good. Finally the OS can be "just an OS", it keeps out of the way, without drama, and I can concentrate on using my tools on top of it.
Let's hope they allow the OS to take more of a back seat in 8.1 by toning down the new Start menu for desktop users.
And the upside for the consumer is that big publishers don't want to take a risk on games or inventions they don't think will sell. As consumers we show our support by funding, and we get the diversity back into the gaming market that is desperately lacking. Whether that be a multi million pound Wing Commander or Elite remake, or a $1000 chuckie egg remake.
Or even the Occulus Rift, who in their right mind would fund a VR headset....oh...looks like the market is there!
Ultima was simply wonderful (Excluding 9 as release was forced too early). I have lots of great memories of Ultima 6 and 7 especially. If Garriot can capture the wonder of the old titles then he's on to a winner.
I hope EA look at the speed of his funding and realise what an absolute cock up they made of the series by ditching him. Without Lord British, Ultima is nothing.
Get funding people.
All the usual suspects, can't go too far wrong with that list.
I would stick with Outrun over ChaseHQ, I still play that today. And I would stick Robotron 2084 in not SmashTV.
This is my arcade cabinet, I built it when I ran out of space for a full sized cabinet :)
...and while you think they are making eye contact and listening to you, they are pulling turnips in farmville.
Any technology can be anti-social. The only solution is an agreement on social etiquette. Unless talking while using your tech becomes as anti-social as blowing smoke in someones face then it's not going to go away regardless of the platform or form you're using.
MJF appears on Windows Weekly and This week in tech pod casts.
She has never come across as knowing her onions technically. She just regurgitates press releases. I remember a recent one where she said she had never installed/reinstalled Windows!. And you expect us to value her opinion on Server 2012?
I've felt the pain of trying to get training out of a multi billion pound company, and having it denied. When your employer isn't willing to invest in you, it's time to face facts and take it into your own hands.
With a fairly modern PC, HyperV (or virtual box, VMWare etc), some patience and some good material there is nothing you can't achieve that you couldn't in a training room.
I find trainsignal and CBT nuggets video training is great combined with a book usually cracks it.
I never really got OS's launching to fanfare. A good OS should be slipping by unnoticed, doing its job. And that job is to protect us from the complexities of the machine, and allow us to run the tools we need on it.
In one way Windows 8 achieves this really well with its more streamlined and modular (alright not Linux modular yet but getting better) code base.
It then fails miserable with a slap in the face when you press the start button.
I hope all releases of Windows from now on are low key, iterative updates that try to be nothing more than it needs to be. No movie makers, social networking apps, UI rehashes or attempts to build a foundation for a walled garden (thanks for that Apple)..
Netbook for me is used when I go on holiday and don't want to take an expensive device with features I don't need. I use it to dump digi photos on to from the SLR and then pop it back in the hotel room safe. Maybe check the email once in a while. I'm sure it will be used in this way until it pops.
I have a cloud. It's a NAS in my basement. It works for me, I can access it anywhere and I back it up.
The more companies try to force me into the subscription services the less likely I am to use them. It doesn't work for me, I know it does for some.
I'm waiting for the day we get over the remote cloud obsession. The next big thing will be for us all to have our own personal cloud hosted at home :p
RE Amiga Format, issue one, New Zealand Story demo on the cover disk. It was exciting to see it split from Amiga/ST Format into a mag of its own and it built up to become a wonderful publication for years to come.
Shame my dad threw out my entire and complete collection of Amiga Format magazines several years ago when I was away at uni.