Yes. I misunderstood your post.
I think you mistake me for an MS apologist. Believe me, I'm not.
The $4B comment was a dig at MS' shareholder-infuriating attempt to get into a market. If it wasn't for the sales of Windows and Office subsidizing it, the xbox would not exist.
Notice I said most, not all, console makers sell at a loss. Nintendo is the only console maker that consistently makes money off their consoles.
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Most console makers take losses on consoles. However, they don't take losses on accessories (controllers, etc). By 'encouraging' you to buy the accessories, this allows the console maker to make some of their money back because the money goes straight into their pocket, which doesn't happen with the games.
Given the $4B hit MS absorbed with xbox 1, I'm sure they want to put as many accessories out there as they can.
I was refering to the scoble blog post I linked to.
My next-gen console winner? Nintendo, cause they're the only company *making* a next-gen console. Sony and MS are only putting new siding on the house Nintendo built.
MS deserves some kudos for the online stuff they're doing, but other than that... meh. I stopped playing FPSs a long time ago.
The thing I like about C9 is that it's been a way to listen in on "what's going on in the cockpit" (lenn prior's vision statement of sorts).
If you want to talk to the devs about the infrastructure of xbox live, fine. If you want to talk to 'major nelson' about the cool stuff on the 360, fine.
I just get disappointed when it disintegrates into 'OMG! I was in a super-secret meeting and I can't tell you what I saw, but I can't WAIT to get my hands on an XBOX 360!!!!!!! w00t'
Also, when I've watched a video on a new VS feature, I don't see a bunch of guys sitting around a room going "awesome; bring it on; i want mine; i want mine NOW" (12:30)
Sorry, seems like hype to me.
I hope the xbox 630 does make 'several billion dollars in revenue', MS may actually make a profit this time around.
I didn't say in so many words that it was staged (although I see why you might have taken it that way).
You've been one of the guys to blur the line between personal and corporate presence (vis a vie blogging).
When I see things like this C9 video, in conjunction with things like this, the skeptic in me can't HELP but feel marketed, even though the latter is your personal blog.
I'm sure the MVPs *can't* say anything about the console right now, for the same reason Larry couldn't show the games.
These videos are interesting but I can't help but feel that they're a subtle way of hyping the new console.
It's critical that MS gets out of the gate fast and furiously with the 360, some would even say that MS is helping that along a bit.
The videos on C9 are interesting looks into the cockpit, but this just feels like marketing to me. meh
The registry is one of the most powerful innovations that Windows has brought to the PC. Without the registry, there is no sensical way to link software.
That's an interesting quote since with the birth of the dotnet fx and (config), we've more or less went back to ini files, just with angle brackets. : )
msft discourages using the registry as it dampens the deployment story
Frankie Fresh wrote:
I have a question I've been meaning to ask: NTFS will still be supported, right? We won't be forced into WinFS right away? And will I be able to convert FAT32/NTFS partitions over to WinFS?
I think you have the concept inverted. WinFS is a relational store that is backed (mostly) by a file system (NTFS). For example, a word doc doesn't get put into a database table along with its metadata. The doc resides on the file system (otherwise old APIs would break when looking for the file), the doc's metadata is what's persisted in the relational store.
WinFS sits on top of NTFS, not the other way around.
May 11, 2004 at 9:13 AMSkriker V1.0 wrote:
What would you say to developers who are using MySQL to convince them to move over to MSSQL?
Euan : That's easy! We got views and triggers!