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  • Top 10 things Microsoft could do to improve the Zune (and their public image)

    RandyRants wrote:
    hahaha

    Sorry, but all ten just scream "I'm cheap - gimmie free stuff to make me happy"

    Not only that but each and every item on this list also applies to the iPod - except for the mass device support and I believe that's available via registry hack for the Zune - and that seems to have been plenty successful.

    Oh and backing up the licenses... I believe that's already available since the Zune software is based of WMP11 - check the Options dialog.

    FWIW, I'm not trying to be mean or mocking but honestly: everything on the list sounds more like a "gimmie free stuff" than anything else - and that's fine, but I don't see how it improves the Zune as a product...


    What? So wireless synching and WMP11 integration are already available at a price, but he just wants it for free? Of course not. And if you don't see how making the onboard WiFi actually useful rather than a feature nobody uses is 'improving the product', well, then consider me baffled.

  • Cursor flaw throws doubt on Vista security

    SecretSoftware wrote:
    
    No, we are debating future ways to prevent such exploits as well as unknown exploits that might surface in the future.

    We know that the security model in vista failed the people who dont use IE7.

    We reached 2 solutions:

    1) MS should rewrite all legacy code in Vista and ship it as sp1 + other fixes

    2) MS should impelment a Process Firewall Rules Feature, so that only authorized code can run in your system.

    3)...still open to debate.


    No, you reached those solutions.

  • Zune in europe?

    What, like, produced in a day? Is that doable?

  • Zune in europe?

    Handing out exclusive tracks would be pretty expensive, I think. Just producing these tracks just for this promotional activity has to cost a huge amount of money. The label will want to cash in, there'll be piracy concerns, etcetera. Huge hassle, probably too expensive to cash in on. Then again, I'm not in the music industry.

    But yeah, it's a pretty good idea. If you want to be taken seriously as a company in the music industry, make sure you're represented at festivals. It's a no brainer.

    Heck, a couple of years ago a major coffee company over here (and this is, like, a huge European coffee mogul) was seeing their sales decline among youth. In a remarkable move, they started sponsoring a large festival (Lowlands) and setting up coffee stands. Coffee. At a festival. It's, like, heart of the summer, people are hot, sweaty, dusty, and when you come out of a crowd, the first thing you want is a soda or a beer, not a hot steaming cup of coffee. But, guess what? Huge success. The coffee stands were selling their stuff like crazy. They also had a coffee service where they hung coupons on your tent at night which you could redeem for a free cup of coffee which doubled as a hangover cure in the morning, and that was really popular too.

    Result? Coffee sales and brand awareness among youth shot up for them in the following years.

    Now, if a company with a product so out of place at a music festival can use it to boost their sales, shouldn't a company with a product that actually makes sense at a music festival be able to do the same?

  • Win XP: No service pack 3

    I guess Paul Thurrot needed a few more hits for his site now that the Vista launch buzz died down. I guess posting photogalleries with 20 pictures of the Xbox 360 Elite's packaging doesn't quite have the same attraction.

  • Cursor flaw throws doubt on Vista security

    SecretSoftware wrote:
    
    Bas wrote: 
    SecretSoftware wrote: 
    Bas wrote: 
    SecretSoftware wrote: 
    AndyC wrote: 
    SecretSoftware wrote: 
    How would one reply otherwise? Most of the concerns were to do with implementation details!

    By doing something other than just hand waving?

    It's easy to just say "Here is a solution" lf you aren't prepared to back up the idea with anything but "someone else can solve the hard bits"- for example:

    "I know how to cure world hunger - All are have to do is feed everyone. Please do this by next weekend. Cheers."

    See the problem?
    Well, I am being put in a situation where I am condemned if I provided a spec, and condemned if I did not.


    You gave the idea, and people were able to point out to you several reasons why it is a bad idea and not going to work. And they didn't even need a spec for it. And yes, you can determine if an idea is going to work or not without seeing how it's going to be implemented.



    SecretSoftware wrote: 

    LOL!. That is a good one.

    I am saying that the "TEMPLATES" or "PRESETS" can be maintained by MS. These are for common programs. But you the USER has to set the rules for 3rd party application or the 3rd party devs would tell you the rules and you can set them. Flexiblity!

    IF you have a better solution I will listen.


    How will you know that it's a better solution if you're not going to listen to it in the first place? You have to be listening already before you can determine wether it is 'better' or not.


    I am all ears, Tell me your solution. Go technical.


    Alright, get ready:

    1. Re-enable UAC.

    That's it. For reasons not to use the Rules/templates, see this thread and that other thread.


    Well, that did not save you from the ANI exploit did it? I have UAC enabled. The Exploit works like UAC was never there.


    Oh, now you're talking about the ANI exploit again. I thought you wanted a technical solution for your Rules/"UAC pops up too much" problem.
    Anyway, I thought you had UAC turned off because it popped up several times a minute due to your secret driver installing software?

    But okay, the ANI exploit. Here's the solution. It's technical, so get ready:

    1. Re-enable UAC.
    2. Install the patch.

    That's it. You're safe from the ANI exploit.

  • Zune in europe?

    ZippyV wrote:
    
    Bas wrote: 
    ZippyV wrote: Just buy a normal mp3 player.
    Are you one of those people who replies "Just install firefox" when somebody reports an issue with IE?


    Nope, but I don't see any reason to buy a Zune.


    That's great for you, but he obviously does see a reason, hence his question.

  • Cursor flaw throws doubt on Vista security

    SecretSoftware wrote:
    

    I am all ears, Tell me your solution. Go technical.


    That's actually not at all what I was saying in my post, but I don't blame you for not reading it. But okay, my solution. Here it is:

    1. Re-enable UAC.

    That's it. For reasons not to use the Rules/templates, see this thread and that other thread.

  • Who can spot the problem in the Dell ​advertiseme​nt?

    It's portrayed accurately in the pic, but those Dell keyboards are just wrong by nature.

  • Cursor flaw throws doubt on Vista security

    SecretSoftware wrote:
    
    AndyC wrote: 
    SecretSoftware wrote: 
    How would one reply otherwise? Most of the concerns were to do with implementation details!

    By doing something other than just hand waving?

    It's easy to just say "Here is a solution" lf you aren't prepared to back up the idea with anything but "someone else can solve the hard bits"- for example:

    "I know how to cure world hunger - All are have to do is feed everyone. Please do this by next weekend. Cheers."

    See the problem?
    Well, I am being put in a situation where I am condemned if I provided a spec, and condemned if I did not.


    You gave the idea, and people were able to point out to you several reasons why it is a bad idea and not going to work. And they didn't even need a spec for it. And yes, you can determine if an idea is going to work or not without seeing how it's going to be implemented.



    SecretSoftware wrote:
    

    LOL!. That is a good one.

    I am saying that the "TEMPLATES" or "PRESETS" can be maintained by MS. These are for common programs. But you the USER has to set the rules for 3rd party application or the 3rd party devs would tell you the rules and you can set them. Flexiblity!

    IF you have a better solution I will listen.


    How will you know that it's a better solution if you're not going to listen to it in the first place? You have to be listening already before you can determine wether it is 'better' or not.