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  • Android 5.0 announced

    @androidi:

    At least on the desktop there were options, like ASIO or WASAPI. However in WinRT the only option is WASAPI, and then only its shared mode, not exclusive mode. The best round trip you can get in WinRT is about 140ms, which is a joke. This is even less than pre 5.0 Android. There is no workaround.

  • Why no Silverlight or Flash

    I hate when a browser is used as a front end for any complex application. It pretty much always ends up in click...lag...click...lag...click...lag...lag...lag. I think people forget that one can actually have a responsive UI because everyone is so used to everything being shoved into a browser these days.

    But if it has to be done, maybe a possible way out of the current mess is to create a low level IL-like language, which can be executed very efficiently by a browser. And also a base class library that needs to be implemented by the browser to do basic IO (file, mouse, keyboard, screen, audio etc). The whole thing should be sandboxed similar to how it is in Java or .Net.

    Then you have a clean and efficient foundation to build complex applications on that are platform and browser agnostic as long as the browser implements the relatively simple IL-like language (well, simple compared to everything a browser needs to implement today).

    Or something.

  • Android 5.0 announced

    , Bass wrote

    It also has support for low latency/real-time audio applications. BitFlipper? :)

    TBH, I gave up on MS pulling their head out so your dig isn't quite as effective as it would have been a few years ago.

    It still amazes me how MS had low latency audio nailed in previous OSes/frameworks/APIs, then just gave up caring one day, all the while wondering why there aren't any good audio related applications in the store.

    So this basically then leaves only MS platforms incapable of hosting quality audio applications.

  • Microsoft's answer to every problem...

    @vesuvius:

    One would think that if Office de-activates itself, there would be some sort of event logged for this. One would also think that it would be on record that the same computer has been activated on the same account multiple times and that these events would be readily available to anyone who bothers to look. One would then also hope that the tech support people would use this information to find the true cause of the issue. But I guess that is too much to ask for.

    As a dev who has spent a lot of time root causing and fixing bugs, uninstalling and re-installing seems unlikely to fix the problem. Instead the tech support person is copping out and letting me do all the work by uninstalling and reinstalling, and hoping that when I call back next time to report that it didn't fix the problem, I'll probably not be talking to him but to someone else, so his problem is solved.

    Also, do you consider having to factory reset your phone to be an acceptable workaround when losing WiFi after a WP update? I'm asking because it was that, combined with this Office 365 issue and its proposed "solution" that really ticked me off.

  • Microsoft's answer to every problem...

    @JoshRoss:

    I had Office 2007 installed previously, but I uninstalled that a few weeks ago. I've definitely had the problem multiple times with Office 365 since I uninstalled Office 2007.

    Do you think something might still be left behind from Office 2007? I checked Add/Remove programs and the only non-Office 365 items I could find are "Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime (x64)" and "Visual Studio Tools for the Office system 3.0 Runtime".

  • ipad air 2, you just have to hold it right

    , Ray7 wrote

    *snip*

    The edges only look sharp. They're polished smooth so you won't cut yourself. Still, you want to buy a case because iStuff shoots out of your hand like bars of wet soap.

    I guess there are two approaches to this... Build it to be so thin, purdy, bendy and fragile that you are required to put it into some sort of case (defeating the whole purpose), or build it so strong that you don't need a case to begin with.

    My Lumia 920 was the 1st phone I felt didn't require any case or screen protector. And today it still looks as if it just came out of the box.

    Maybe it is just me, but I prefer the second approach. I guess I'll find out soon as I plan to get an iPad Air 2 once they become available on Amazon (I gave up on SP3 being a good tablet due to mediocre app selection).

  • Microsoft's answer to every problem...

    @ZippyV: I have not touched this system to change hardware or drivers in a long time, so I don't think it could be that.

  • Microsoft's answer to every problem...

    And the support person was very helpful in guiding me through the process of entering "2739501" into Bing so that I can finally locate this.

  • Microsoft's answer to every problem...

    I'm subscribing to Office 365 and every few days it tells me to activate Office. So I enter my MS account info and it tells me that my computer has now been added to my account. Rinse and repeat every few days.

    So today I got tired of doing that over and over and called tech support. Their solution? Uninstall/re-install Office. So I said no thanks that is the wrong solution, and whether maybe they knew what the right solution was. Of course they didn't, so that was a waste of time.

    This is similar to when I was forced to factory reset my WP8 due to losing WiFi after updating to WP8.1

    Is this the answer to all MS problems these days? Doesn't anyone at MS know how to do real troubleshooting anymore?

  • Windows 10, first thoughts.

    And for those who missed it the first time, here is a fascinating look into a day in the life of a Windows UI engineer...

     

    It just...works on so many levels...