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Bass Bass Knows the way the wind is flowing.
  • cheapest way to buy Windows 7 in Canada?

    There is about 10 different ways to get Windows 7 for free. I have two copies of Windows 7 Ultimate, one from the "hosting a launch party", and the other from going to some Microsoft event. Although I think I lost both by now.

     

    You can also get Windows 7 for free via MSDNAA, if you are a student. If you are a web developer or own a small business, there also programs to get it for free or close to free.

  • Lecture ideas

    Robotics

    Learn how to build your own robot, from concept to completion. Kind of geared toward hobbyists so not a lot of calculus. Obviously use Microsoft Robotics Studio and/or .NET Micro framework as part of the robotics building process.

     

    Machine Learning

    Learn about neural networks, hidden Markov models, and various other machine learning techniques. Could obviously be tied in to .NET in some way.

     

    Language and Automata Theory

    Learn about writing your own language grammar, automatas (eg. Turing machines). Can be tied to LINQ Expression Trees.

     

    Anyone else want to add anything?

     

     

     

  • Microsoft's creative destruction

    Ray7 said:

    Bass said:
    *snip*

     

    'The right answer'?

     

    I take it you mean you want people to agree with you, and if they don't, it's because they Microsoft lackies?

     

    Rubbish. This whole thread is full of people who see the problems at MS. If people don't agree with you, then it's because they found your argument unconvincing.  I think it's a sign of true fanboyism that you didn't even consider that.

     

     

     

    I take it you mean you want people to agree with you, and if they don't, it's because they Microsoft lackies?

     

    Yes. Channel 9 is the most Microsoft slanting site I've ever visited. I'm not saying that is really totally a bad thing, because for every site like C9 there is probably 10,000 sites that are horrendously Linux biased. But as a consequence I'm not going to pander to every pro-Microsoft opinion that gets thrown my way, especially opinions I view as ridiculous. Sorry if that is insulting to you.

  • Microsoft's creative destruction

    RLO said:
    magicalclick said:
    *snip*

    I will agree that there is alot the average computer user has no idea exists, and Media Center is a prime example.  I think all of that falls back to marketing.  MS does alot of online advertising but it has no rhyme or reason when it comes to placement.  An example I can think of is the advertising of Visual Studio 2010 beta on a sports forum.  I don't think an average football fan is interested in coding, yet there was an ad being directed at them.

     

    Since MS has started doing TV commercials again, you can see where the markets has improved.  Ads for 7 and Bing have been playing the last couple of months, and guess what?  The usage and sales have improved.  I wonder where the Zune HD tv ads are?  Oh, that's right they don't exist.

     

    ZDNET's John Carroll has his take on the innovation problem at MS as well.  It's a good read that goes a long way to shine more light on the subject.

    I never really liked Bing commercials. They are kind of obnoxiously trying to sell a problem that doesn't really exist. (Honestly I think Bing's website is far more "information overload" then Google's simple interface)

     

    Now take a look at Google's commercial and tell me who has better taste:

    http://channel9.msdn.com/forums/Coffeehouse/526691-Googles-first-TV-commerical-airs-during-Super-Bowl/

     

    Well this is Channel 9 (Microsoft site), so I am not going to expect the right answer. Smiley

     

    Windows 7 is obviously successful (as all version of Windows since 3.1 have been), but Bing is herromiging money at a rapid pace, and around hovering 3% global marketshare. http://gs.statcounter.com/#search_engine-ww-monthly-200901-201002 

     

    Anti-trust limits Microsoft's ability to compete with Google in the way they really like to (eg, ban Google from Windows). So I don't think they will really be successful here, they clearly have no idea what they are doing. 

     

    But there is no shame in sticking to what you are good at: operating systems and productivity software. I'm glad they are starting to give bigger dividends.

  • WinMob7 Rumours

    Erisan said:
    magicalclick said:
    *snip*

    N900 doesn't let you install any software from the Internet but only from the official repositories which Nokia provides. There's some other ways which allows you install any software you want.

    I guess it's OK if default applications let you do a multitasking but I think it's too restricted for the power users.

    Do you know if there are any US carriers selling the N900?

  • Google's first TV commerical airs during Super Bowl

    http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978036984&grpId=3659174697243100&nav=Groupspace

     

    Very chick flick. Though I admit it was pretty good. Smiley

  • Locus OS??

    The article is a bit light on details. Is this a real OS or concept video?

     

    And if this OS is not made by Microsoft, there is some serious brand hijacking going on.

  • WinMob7 Rumours

    brian.shapiro said:
    Ray7 said:
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    One of the largest markets for the iPhone is young people, and young people generally are techies, ie. tech savvy. They browse the internet or blogs, see an app they'd like, and see Apple is preventing them from installing it, and complain. The reason they stay with the iPhone is because there isn't a better alternative. A new WM was a chance at a better alternative. Otherwise, there's really no good reason to switch to WM.

     

    I think the tech industry needs to adapt to the fact that as time goes on more and more consumers will be more tech savvy, so treating consumers like children isn't going to cut it anymore.

     

    What you're saying sounds to me like 'I see no evidence the average consumer cares about DRM' because they buy music that has DRM.

    Yeah consumers have had 30+ years to become "tech savvy". I don't think it is going to happen any time soon, and I think you overrate the average "young people".

  • Our world may be a giant hologram

    Do any of you really exist?

  • Microsoft's creative destruction

    contextfree said:
    Bass said:
    *snip*

    I think LINQ and friends (Rx, WCF Data Services) are pretty innovative ...  (they are of course based on preexisting academic and research work, but so are all the "innovative" products from Apple and others.)

    LINQ is pretty innovative, I agree. It looks to be as a generalization and modernization of SQL, and embedding it in a way that is natural to use within existing logic. To me innovation is a new take on an old idea, it doesn't have to be completely original.