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  • Windows 7 Classic Shell - Why was I not told of this earlier?

    ManipUni said:
    W3bbo said:
    *snip*

    If you go to the top level arrow and click it then it shows you additional jump options, the top of which being Desktop.

     

    Root Arrow showing Desktop

    Yeah this up arrow business is the equivalent of someone complaining about the 7 startmenu saying there is no dedicated "Search..." button to launch the search window...

  • If you weren't a developer, what would you be doing instead?

    Wanted to be a fighter pilot since I was a kid. Ended up going to uni for computer engineering.

  • Multiple microphones speech recognition

    Hi,

    I am currently trying to do speech recognition in a small-ish space. I am planning to include 2-3 microphones in different areas of this space in hope of getting better speech recognition.

    I was wondering if anyone had ideas or knows about ways to perform speech to text with C# and some library/hardware that will take input from 2 or more microphones. I just felt that if I had more microphones the person can move around the space and still be able to get good speech recog.

    I know microphone arrays are useful for this, but I am not very familiar with how the arrays work with software. Do I just get one audio stream that's a mix of all 3 microphones?

    Has anyone tried this with the SpeechLib that works with C#?

    Thanks,
    Aditya

  • Vista AV - What are you using?

    I don't even run anything on XP. I just have a router firewall and I dont watch shady pron Tongue Out

  • Scott Guthrie as speaker

    Sort of random, but just a thought that came into my mind when I watching the new Orcas videos.

    Scott Guthrie should really just do all the talking for MS. Compared to other people who give presentations, he seems a lot more likable as a person - Simple, humorous and doesn't seem like he's BSing.

    I don't know if people have said this before. Just a random thought. What do you guys think?

  • Cost analysis of upgrading to Windows Vista

    Another_Darren wrote:
    

    Then use Wine to run them, or even crossover office.



    Guild Wars and GRAW and a lot of other games don't run (or don't run well) on cedega, or crossover or any of those wine based things.

    Another_Darren wrote:
    
    The use flash, the flash v9 player is out on Linux just like every other OS.  In fact flash has better penetration then WPF/E will ever have unless MS finally port WPF/E to Linux.


    I meant the Flash editor version 8. You can't run that on linux. And as far as I know, Photoshop CS or CS2 don't run on linux even with crossover or cedega.

    Another_Darren wrote:
    
    You're right, but I think the example he was giving was a standard desktop with office package so in the business realm Linux might make sense to some business who can't afford to upgrade hardware for Vista. If they are going to get cut off by MS then they may not feel the need to catch up again.


    Businesses don't need Aero. Businesses will most likely want the security and network/users management that Vista seems to have improved. Also, we are not just talking about businesses on this post obviously (the thread starter never mentioned that).

    Another_Darren wrote:
    
    So upgrading Vista is cheap if you a) buy a new MB and b) become a student.  That's as lame as his cost analysis.


    Even if add in the cost for this new OS, which is actually a big upgrade over XP, you are still around 600 bucks (250 for Vista upgrade, 150 for mobo, rest for ram/video card). If you can't run Vista, you probably don't have a very recent computer. So what's the big deal in upgrading for the next few years?

    Another_Darren wrote:
    
    You are right about SP2, it the key reason most people are not bothering with Vista. XP SP2 is reasonably secure and stable is left alone so why do people need to even pay for Vista upgrade?  What reason do they need it for? Aero, they've survived for years without such eye candy, .NET 3 feature are available for XP, I don't see a real reason for a business to bother with Vista.


    Businesses won't bother with Vista for a while. My dad's workplace still uses Win2K on a lot of systems. The problem with your reasoning is that you are saying something quite different from corona_coder. He is talking about Vista. period. Not vista for business.

    - Aditya

  • Cost analysis of upgrading to Windows Vista

    corona_coder wrote:
    
    Upgrading to Linux:

    Cost of OS:  SUSE Linux Enterprise 10  - $50.00

    Cost of OpenOffice:  n/a

    Cost of Video card to support Compiz:  $79.00

    Cost of at least 256 mb of RAM: $49.00

    Cost of DVD-ROM (if needed): $51.99

    Cost of Anti-Virus/Firewall software:  n/a

    Total   $230.98

    Total savings switching to Linux: $1049.99


    What if I want to play Guild Wars? or Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter? or if I want to use Photoshop 7? or if I want to use Macromedia Flash 8?

    No, I don't want to use GIMP. It sucks. I don't care if you can make stuff with it. I can't. I like photoshop. I wan't photoshop.

    No, I don't want to use SVG or w/e. I wan't flash. I like flash. I wan't flash.

    I don't want to sound like an idiot. But some people don't seem to get this idea. I want to use what I want to use. I don't really care if there is some open source software that tries to emulate photoshop or application X. Windows lets me run those applications. That's why I run Windows. I like how it works. I don't care if I have to pay a couple of hundred dollars more (if you have to buy retail). I will use the OS for 4-5 years (like I did XP) and I know I will like it. People don't make choices about what they use solely from an economic standpoint. Otherwise, everyone would be eating at McDonalds and driving Geos.

    P.S. All you need to run aero is a new intel mother board. Will run you about 150 bucks? I can get vista for free as a student. Vista runs fine on 1 gig of ram. And I haven't had to use anti-virus packages in years. Ever since SP2 and getting a router, I have had no problems.

  • Bill Gates on Apple's lying ads

    corona_coder wrote:
    I know about the month of apple bugs.  But it has been proven that it only takes 20 minutes to exploit a Windows machine.  Im willing to put 20 dollars on the line that says a Windows Vi$ta comp can be hacked in less than 10 minutes.  Put up a Windows Vista machine, post it on Slashdot that the comp is available and Microsoft encourages the exploitation of the machine and also promise not to sue or prosecute the people that hack the machine.


    This is the sort of double standard bull that people pull all the time. When they talk about Mac's they say "Oh, I have a good router firewall, and I am running on a non-admin user..etc.etc." and then proceed to say "So can windows do the same. I dare you to turn off all your firewalls, open all your ports and login as administrator and then tell everyone your ip address and still stay un-hacked for more than 20 minutes".

    What's the point of that dare? Of course your system is going to be hacked if you leave it in the most insecure state possible. I just run a router firewall (I didn't really configure it either, I just don't open random ports). Have no Anti-Virus and have had no problems. And yes, I am running on a full admin user.

    It's a matter of knowledge on the user's part. I am not saying granpa is at fault. We are. We KNOW how to secure our systems. And it's fairly trivial to setup. But instead of educating users we go around spreading FUD like this (or like FSF did on vista launch). If we spent like 10% of the time they put into make up FUD, and just making a few pages that explain how to protect your PC (something simple like get SP2) and spread that around on Digg, and other sites, things would be a lot better.

    People who run executables from emails, we can't really do much about. This would affect any OS.

    I feel like I am repeating what any sensible person has said in response to crap like this, but it's sad that I have to.

    - Aditya

  • Is the PC Dying?

    kettch wrote:
    MACs? I use them every day. In fact billions of people rely on MACs to go about their business. Even Microsoft has tens of thousands of MACs.

    Sorry, I don't mean to seem rude or anything, it's just that I saw MAC in all caps and thought Media Access Control, and it just struck me as funny.

    I only know one person who bought a Mac, and I think she did it accidently because she let the dimwit at the computer store choose a high comission item for her. She ended up taking it back after she found out that she would need to buy new copies of all her PC software, and that some of the software had no Mac equivalent.


    I'd check your numbers.

    I know about 4 people who own macs. I know about 100+ who use PCs (both linux and windows). This is about what the market is really. Apple owns about 4%. That's where its going to sit for a while.


    For the comments about Zune vs. Ipod. Listen to Twit.tv.

  • We got a wii!

    staceyw wrote:
    My crazy wife got up at 5 this AM and managed to get my son a Wii at BestBuy.  Number 38 out of 40.  I never thought she would make get it in 100 years.  He is playing it now.  Good for her. 


    You are a lucky man and your son is a lucky boy Smiley