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  • Win Phone 8.1 beef.

    , Typhoon87 wrote

    For example there is no way in Xbox music on windows 8.1 to point the software to a network share where my music is on my Windows Home Server 2011 unless you hack it with a symbolic link in the default music folder. I mean what year is this? 

    This works fine for me. You need to add the network location to the Windows "Music" library. If you can't do that without hacking up a symbolic link, then there's something wrong with the Windows Search component on your WHS box (Windows Search must be running on the server and indexing the share in question in order to add that share to a client side Windows "Library").


  • Free - increased usage by 1.2 percent

    , Sven Groot wrote

    Basically, making public transit free doesn't help if your traffic situation is so bad that people already use it anyway, or if your public transit is so bad that they won't use it anyway.

    Indeed. In the city that I live in, the bus system's first pickup was around 6:30 am and the last drop off was around 6:30 pm. The city officials were outright confused as to why no one used them, apparently not clued into the fact that a bus system is only useful if people can get to work on time or catch a bus after they leave work. It took them years to figure this out, but then again I live in west central Florida where most people are a bit slow mentally. They have a fairly useful schedule now, except they still haven't clued into the fact that people are still not going to use it if they have to walk 3/4s of the way to work to catch one. We have buses but no bus stops.


  • XP mode support

    , AndyC wrote

    XP mode was a standalone download for precisely this reason, it's subject to a separate EULA agreement and was always very clearly stated to be subject to the same End of Life dates as Windows XP and not Windows 7. This has never changed.

    This was not stated at all on the XP Mode related pages until around April of last year, well after we started deployment. Is there somewhere else where it was clearly stated?

  • XP mode support

    ^^^^ Last I checked, my company paid for XP Mode when we licensed the Enterprise version of Windows 7 because Microsoft said that was the way forward for applications that couldn't be upgraded. We're deploying it for three applications that absolutely still need to be used. XP Mode was part of the bill of goods we were sold when we bought 7. People who want support for "XP Mode" aren't asking for Microsoft to continue to support an over 10 year old operating system, they're asking for Microsoft to continue to support part of an operating system that is still being deployed and is under support. 

    IMO, you can't have it both ways. Companies paid more for Windows 7 licenses for this feature.


  • Names that should not have been

    , ScanIAm wrote

    ExpertsExchange.com has always made me laugh.

    It's less funny since their domain is actually experts-exchange.com.

  • Amazon AWS

    All I know is that the streaming video portion of my Amazon Prime account has next to nothing as far as selection, and every thing I try to buy for some reason just happens to "not qualify" for Prime free shipping. So they're getting at least $70/year out of me for doing nothing.



  • Believe in better ...

    Why does Microsoft change the names of their products and services so often?

  • is it IE or GMail that is forcing me to use Chrome?

    , Hometoy wrote

    Why not just have multiple Users set in chrome.  It makes it easy to have multiple windows open, one for each account, at the same time and I haven't had a problem with it conflicting or crashing yet.

    Go to Settings >> Users >> Add new user

    Then you'll get an icon in the corner and click on that will allow you to select which account to have a window open for.

    Or you can have your account set up for multiple accounts and easily switch between them.  I like the multiple users option because it keeps things slightly cleaner but multiple accounts work well too.

    Manage multiple users on Chrome

    Sign in to multiple accounts at once


    I didn't know you could do this, that's cool. Thanks.

  • Microsoft on the threshold of deleting 'appalling' Windows 8 software

    , bondsbw wrote

    @BitFlipper:  Again I ask:


    And when did Microsoft say the desktop was going away?  I personally hope it does because I personally am tired of it, but Microsoft isn't me.  Microsoft has stated time and time again that they are committed to the desktop.

    Thing is, the new "paradigm" of Windows seems, like everything Microsoft puts out, to be a work in progress. Not finished products. If they have any sort of vision, they need to realize some of it before releasing things that are half baked and wondering why people have problems with it. Because now, when people talk about how the desktop "will go away one day but has a lot of life left in it" -- and when people say things like "I personally hope it does" -- in light of what I'm seeing as products, I'm basically translating these statements in my head as "I hope Microsoft continues down this path because I'm personally tired of being able to have at least 4 applications on my screen and I'm tired of being able to write a program, compile it, and then run it without having a Windows store/Intune/SCCM infrastructure."


  • Windows 8 Threshold rumors

    , Bass wrote


    Well going back to DBVS's example. Let's say I want to manage software policy on a iPad using Active Directory, how do I do that? I don't have that much expirence with that, but I do have a little bit with making AD and GNU/Linux work nicely together. Authentication is possible, but support for GPOs certainly isn't seemless or built in. So why bother with that when you know, I could use a FOSS tool like Puppet or what not to manage machines in a more crossplatform manner?

    The the point is, managing using Microsoft tools is a seamless experience for Windows and other Microsoft software, but not so much for non-Microsoft stuff. Once you have a mixed environment, management using MSFT tools starts breaking down. If you want stuff that works well with non-Microsoft platforms, you have to look elsewhere. This also includes like MS Office too (which doesn't run natively on GNU/Linux). If you want true compatibility, you need to use something LibreOffice on both Windows AND GNU/Linux, and forsake MS Office entirely.


    There have been businesses making money integrating heterogeneous environments since the beginning and there's an entire industry built around implementing middleware to make disparate systems talk to each other, whether it's configuration management, single sign on, policy enforcement, or roles based security.

    The difference I typically see in this type of argument is that I like to buy and implement tested and supported** implementations instead of cobbling them together from various open source projects, making my infrastructure dependent upon the love life or health of a guy who wrote a script where he "got this to work" on his network. If the * hits the fan with a big single sign on integration piece between AD and about 50 applications, I want the vendor in the house, not a stupid wiki (read: wiki = users write the documentation!) that hasn't been updated since version X minus 10.

    **That's not to say that Microsoft supports their products well from an IT standpoint -- as far as Microsoft goes, 'support' nowadays basically amounts to a user forum filled with people who troubleshoot by dartboard, occasionally sprinkled in with some product MVPs who don't know anything about the product, and "support" moderators who ignore the posts they reply to and paste links to irrelevant knowledge base articles, e.g. "SQL crashes when I try to do a transaction log backup" , the response is a knowledge base article on how to create a backup. 

    Edit to add: but to your point -- the idea that it's difficult to integrate a Microsoft platform with non Microsoft platforms is really a bit far from the truth -- there's an entire industry that has been solving that problem since Windows 3.x. The integration problem you imagine is simply not the case. One need only to buy some software.