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  • Key Microsoft FAT patent struck down due to prior art..

    , Bass wrote


    That's an interesting claim. Can you point me to some of these smartphone patents Microsoft apparently owns - especially ones that Android violates?


  • IE11 ​Compatibili​ty View

    You know, I applaud MS for aggressively following web standards and all these days, but then I find that the IE11 being pushed out to my peeps' Windows 7 desktops:

    1. No longer has the little blue compatibility view button in the address bar

    2. Doesn't remember the compatibility view list from IE10

    3. Requires you to now infer the need for Compatibility View for a site and enable it thru a 4 step process.

    4. deletes this list if you clear browser history

    It'd be nice if we lived in a world where Compatibility View was so rarely needed. But we don't. So now I have to explain this arcana to my users, or consider rolling back to IE10.



  • Microsoft Ribbon

    I assume we're talking about the Windows Ribbon Framework. The Page size button in my Word 2010 appears to be a DropDownGallery. I believe you can add/remove items  Galleries at runtime. How you do this, I don't know as the documentation and the design of the control itself seem to be from the usual bizzarro world of other complex Win32 controls.

  • New Tech vs Old Tech

    We have a custom DOS app written in Clipper, running in Windows XP Mode VMs on Windows 7 64-bit. There's a chance we might finally replace it next year.

  • GUI Feedback

    Flatten. Go with a white background. Get rid of the faux-3d on the textboxes and use a simple outline. Style the combo boxes similarly. Get rid of the outline on the group boxes altogether and use different typography (size, color) on the group headers and spacing to denote related controls.

  • So when is your XBox One's 500 GB disk full?

    Teardown update: We tossed the One's hard drive into one of the tech writers' secondary hard drive bays. We found five NTFS partitions:

    • Temp Content: 44 GB capacity, 27.1GB available (in an Xbox that we never turned on).
    • User Content: 391.9 GB capacity, none used.
    • System Support: 42.9 GB capacity, 34.1 GB available.
    • System Update: 12.8 GB capacity, 11.8 GB available.
    • System Update 2: 7.52 GB capacity, 7.47 GB available.

    -- http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Xbox+One+Teardown/19718

  • Database

    , TheJoe wrote


    I thought SQLite could be user in a muti-user environment.

    Multiprocess defintely. They discourage multiuser over a network but it looks like they've toned down a bit from previous warnings.

  • Database

    Yeah, but it still brings some of the end user maintenance baggage of the full SQL Server.

  • Database

    BDE over DBF files

    No, not really.

    I use Access quite a bit for data munging.

    I wish there were more options for the sweet spot between big-boy multiuser databases like Oracle and MS-SQL and single-user database-as-a-file-format engines like sqllite.


  • So when is your XBox One's 500 GB disk full?

    Now I'm confused. The original article and review that it referenced doesn't mention the XBox One auto uninstalling games to make room for new ones. That looks to still be a manual process. It looks like just automatically downloads settings and saved games from the cloud when you reinstall those games.