* Posts by Happy Lemming

10 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Jul 2013

VMware giving away Workstation Pro, Fusion Pro free for personal use

Happy Lemming

Re: Great chance to get some free experience

If you develop your Killer App in a personal-use environment, and foresee a pile of coin, simply buy a commercial license.

Updates are plenty but fans are few in Windows 11 land

Happy Lemming

You really shouldn't be running such ancient hardware. Get in the MS spirit, landfill it, and buy some overpriced new system that probably won't accept Windows 12 next year.

I have noticed that my i7-3770K, on a no-longer-supported Intel motherboard, runs remarkably well with an RX480 video card that's barely seven years old. Of course, it's Windows 10, and it will probably stay that way long past the promised demise of the OS, with some careful firewalling.

Microsoft Publisher books its retirement party for 2026

Happy Lemming

Time to throw it in the bin, along with Windows 10 and those old 7 licenses. A pity. I once used it a lot, for brochures and how-to guides, but now it's just for making calendars.

Microsoft's Surface Pro 9 requires a tedious balancing act

Happy Lemming

Re: I guess the Author is missing the point of the Surface Pro

Perhaps it's a good idea to inform newcomers that the Surface Pro is a tablet, not a laptop, although in a pinch it can sort of mimic a laptop. I use mine almost exclusively in tablet mode, often in portrait orientation. The type-cover keyboard works for me since I don't write epics while traveling.

Windows 11 still not winning the OS popularity contest

Happy Lemming

A hint from the future

"This PC doesn't currently meet the minimum system requirements to run Windows 12." Oh no, not again.

HP pilots paper delivery service for Instant Ink subscribers

Happy Lemming

What kind of paper?

Paper by subscription? What kind of paper? I print on 20-lb, 24-lb, 32lb, various photo papers, brochure, and several card weights. All are available locally and most could be delivered to my door tomorrow. Good luck figuring out what I want next. But keep the instant ink coming - it's convenient and cheap, particularly when printing a lot of color.

Microsoft's problem child, Windows 11, is here. Will you run it? Can you run it? Do you even WANT to run it?

Happy Lemming

Just wait

Out of the dozen or so computers around here, there are three that probably qualify for Windows 11. That's one out of four, a fail by most definitions. So we will wait for Microsoft to smarten up and support older hardware.

No need to panic.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

Happy Lemming

"HP print quality is mediocre at best."

Using knockoff cartridges, are we?

Farewell to Borland C++: Embarcadero releases Delphi and C++ Builder 10

Happy Lemming

Re: We miss Borland..

Lazarus. Thank you for that - just installed, will play with it tonight. I fear my C++ will move to MS and their free Community Edition.

The Embarcadero products seem to have lost their way, at least for casual developers. Pity.

Microsoft lathers up Windows 8.0 Surface RT for quick price shave

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Kinda grows on you

I actually bought a Surface RT 32 GB through the educational discount, considering CDN $323 to be a reasonable price for a bundle with the Type cover. It's not a general-purpose computer, and does not pretend to be - I'd put it somewhere between my Kobo e-reader and a good netbook. I am still learning what it will and won't do. I like the display, the way it handles pdfs, and the few apps I've added (good for the Economist and CBC), and I will certainly use Word when traveling. I've streamed some HD video which looked good and did not stutter. Battery life is decent (6-8 hours) and the small charger is convenient; the whole kit is compact and lightweight. The Windows 8 interface is a matter of taste, as annoying on a Surface as it is on a desktop, but it does work although not intuitively.

Don't dismiss the Surface RT - it has its place. I quite like it.