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  • (relatively) cheap UMPC with 1024x600+ resolution. is there any?

    eagle wrote:

    Wow.  The new Origami interface is very attractive - anyone know what it's written in?  Is it WPF?

    Edit: Uh, how "relative" is "relatively cheap"?  I don't think $1500 really fits the bill.  Those prices have got to get below $1000 for the UMPC to become a viable second machine/multimedia device in the market.

  • Vista SP1 will neuter WGA

    This is great news overall, the kill-switch was incredibly draconian and it's nice to see MS listened to the criticism.

    Now, if they would only listen about a friggin' Family Pack.  For me, the ideal setup is a decent desktop ($1000+) plus a cheap laptop (~$700), which these days are quite decent for Vista and will run most apps well.

    The problem, especially in this day and age when multiple PC's exist in many households, is that the costs for insalling Vista on multiple machines is significant.  It's really ridiculous that MS doesn't offer a decent discount for multiple PC's.

    The best thing MS can do to discourage piracy is to allow far more affordable licenses to those of us with multiple machines. 

  • And this year's 'smug hypocrisy' award goes to  ....

    ScanIAm wrote:
    It's still douchebagaristic to leave the BSOD icon in the release.


    The thing is, it's not a BSOD - it's an exception error.  You got those in the Win9X series.  As another posted said, it's like showing Macs on a windows network with an OS9 bomb icon.

    Nothing wrong with competitors advertising their differences, but this is really stretching it, and it's very poorly timed considering we're talking about an 10-year old OS.

  • Leopard

    Ray6 wrote:
    
    The inclusion of Time Machine probably raises it a little beyond a service pack, but since every other OS has shipped with some kind of backup program since version 1.0, I can't really give them that.


    ...yet no other backup program has the user interface like TM.   If you provide a "feature" but make it so un-intuitive that people never use it, what good is it?

    TM's strength is not that it's "another backup", as it's clearly not if you actually see it in action.  Can't find a photo?  Hit the Time Machine icon, and whoosh - your current Finder/Iphoto window is still at the forefront, however there's a spanning tree of photo's that extend beyond into space, so you can scroll through dates without ever exiting the application and see instant previews before you restore.

    It's a HUGE usability leap for backups - Vista's backup doesn't compare in this regard.  Keep dismissing this stuff as "useless eye candy", and wonder why Apple's consumer marketshare in the US continues to grow each quarter.

    Now, Vista Business/Ultimate has shadow copy, which has the advantage of not requiring a second HD like TM, which is good.  However, it still requires you to interact with the file system, and for apps that don't feature obvious file names it's all but useless.  Vista's backup is relatively simply to operate for sure, the problem is again - the interface.  You're loading a seperate app that takes you away from the application you're trying to find data in.

    Regarding Vista giving you "more choice", the problem is not necessarily the confusing product matrix (which is definitely confusing, especially when you hear people tout features of "Vista", yet don't mention that feature only comes on select versions). It's the price to get the features you want.  Ultimate is extremely expensive when you consider that $500 desktops are one of the most popular PC segments right now for consumers. 

    So of course, get Home Premium.  Whoops - no full-image backup, because why would a consumer want to restore their PC to the state it was before their HD crash - or, heaven forfend - choose what folders/locations to back up specificlaly?

    No encryption - why would a home user want to protect their files?

    No Bitlocker (Ultimate or Enterprise, which isn't even available to consumers).

    No file versioning with shadow copy - as we know, consumers never accidentally overwrite files.

    No joining to a domain.  So I'm consulting for a small start up, and I'll just bring in the notebook with home premium to the office - uh, whoops.

    Look, even with the ridiculous number of versions, if Ultimate was say, $150-$170 - the NON OEM version, that would be fine.  But ~$320 for a version that has features that consumers will use - and hopefully with Leopard, will come to expect - is just idiotic.  Sure you can save and get the OEM version, but then you're breaking the EULA if you install it on another PC later, considering Windows 7 won't be out until 2010 chances are you'll replace your PC/motherboard before then and have to call MS.

    Hell, not to mention the massive hit your bank account will take if you want to say, install it on 3 PC's.  Apple?  $199 for *5*.  All features.

    Apple's done many, many things right with their rebirth recently, but MS has also held open the door for them. 

    Yes, I know Apple has the power of lock-in, it's a lot easier for them since they know if you're using OSX, chances are you spent far more than the cost of the license on Mac hardware regardless.  But that argument starts to look weaker and weaker as the Mac has reached relative price parity (with equivalent features) of PC models, notebooks at least. 

    As well, homes with 2 or more PC's are very common these days, and MS has done little to capitalize on this trend.  Just when PC's are the cheapest are more ubiquitous than ever, and just when MS's reputation is probably as bad as it's ever been - they decide to fragment their OS offerings like never before, and release the most expensive version.  WTF?

  • Leopard

    W3bbo wrote:
    
    stevo_ wrote:
    Personally I'm really against the OS easily allowing a user to customize it.. Vista goes about as far as I can stand, plus perhaps some more with its 'hue' selector.. this I see as a style change rather than a theme change.. the theme of the OS is there for a reason...


    The Glass color changer in Vista is effectivly useless, it just changes the colours of the glass, nothing else; unlike in XP where each different Visual Style theme changed the system colors.

    It's also an example of poor interface design, as you have an option to "Open Classic Appearance properties for more colour options" - most people aren't going to know the difference between Aero and "Classic" when they get a Vista system with Aero enabled OOTB, and start changing colours here (in a completely different interface, mind you) and wonder why they're not replicated on their desktop.

    What it should do is detect if you're running Aero or Classic, and just display the properties which are relevant to that mode.

  • Leopard

    Rossj wrote:
    
    Can I just make a point whilst I am posting in this thread? I know I'll probably get moaned at, or accused of being a fanboy.

    One version.
    Fives Licences.
    $199

    If there is one thing I'd like to see Microsoft do ... it is that.

    * clap clap* Hear, hear!

    I hope every Leopard review drives this into the ground at the expense of MS.  The # of versions for Vista is ridiculous and confusing, and the laughable discount is just that - laughable.

    Mossberg in his speed tests basically measured start-up time, which is by far the worst in Vista over any OS I have used.  On a laptop, OSX boots up and is usable in about one-third to one-fourth the time.

  • Apple...what the...

    Richard.Hein wrote:
    Ughhh ... so utterly rediculous.  It's the PEACE Prize, not the climate prize or whatever the hell they should have made up if they wanted to have any integrity left after Arafat.  Whatever.

    They explained their reasoning, and it makes perfect sense.  Aside from ideology, one of the main reasons conflicts arise in the world is due to the allocation of meagre resources - global warming raises the stakes significantly.  You don't think the droughts in Darfur have something to do with the conflict for pete's sake?  This is the single most pressing issue modern civilization has ever faced, and he is being recognized for drawing attention to the problem.

    And the peace price wasn't awarded to just Arafat - it was awarded to Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin for the peace accord in 1994, which was a very big deal back then.

    I always find it ridiculous how many people can't spell that world also.

  • Vista, the college joke

    If there's one thing MS deserves credit for in Vista, it's security. It is the most secure commercial client OS ever made - PERIOD.  The # of vulnerabilities OSX has had plugged since 10.4 absolutely dwarfs Vistas meagre security-related patchs released so far.

    But in other areas, it's understandable why people aren't impressed.  Random CPU spikes (especially with TrustedInstaller.exe), way too much disk access, incredibly long boot times until the desktop becomes usable, little innovation in the GUI, etc.  It's a good OS, yes - some of the negative hype are people jumping on the bandwagon.  But it does have the feeling of lacking a coherent design strategy, simply too many cooks IMO.

  • New Browser from Unlikely Source

    mcampbell wrote:
    "As Seen on Bill O'Reilly &
    Fox & Friends"



    There's a ringing endorsement.  "As seen on two of the most retarded programs in US televison history!"

  • I want an interview with the Zune team!

    PaoloM wrote:
    
    Nitz Walsh wrote:
    Yeah, I'm really surprised at that as well - why can't you simply segregate the device, one portion as a removable HD and the other being your music that's not easily accesible (ala iPod)? 

    Most people don't have 80gb of music, but would like to store their music on a portion of the device and the leave the other half for toting around their data.

    Stupid, stupid.

    There's a hack to make that work, but of course it's not supported.

    Cool, thanks for the link.