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Scott spivonious
  • Windows 8 is finally paying off for Microsoft!

    My first event-based programming experience was crafting custom characters in a DOS game called ZZT. Before that, I was making simple procedural programs in QBasic, and before that AppleBasic on the family's Apple II/c.

    The barrier to entry for programming has never been lower. I can open Notepad and start writing JavaScript. I can download VS Express and start making Windows apps. I can download Eclipse and start making Android apps.

    My first Windows programming was only after I bought Borland C++ at a store and read some books on how to use it and target Win32. When was the last time you bought software at a real store?

  • WP IE execute spams.

    @magicalclick: Visiting a store URL on the phone will send you into the store app instead. I don't have an 8.1 phone to confirm that on, but it's how it works on my 7.8 phone.

  • Windows 10 is mobilised

    HP has/had a Stream7 tablet. That would fall into the <8" screen size category, but it's running an Intel Atom SoC. Does it get Windows 10 Mobile, and if so, will it let the user install x86 apps?

  • Windows 10 is mobilised

    @bondsbw: I suspect that's their reasoning as well, but why not just call it "Windows 10"? It's the same OS, just compiled for ARM, or MS has been lying to us.

  • Stop the madness mark 2.

    Can someone post a source where they specifically say that the PC will restart on its own with no warning? I don't see any reason to move away from the current behavior of "Your PC will restart in two days" message. If no one is there to see the message, then why shouldn't it restart?

    The real solution to all of this would be to enable updates without restarting. If the file is in use, prompt the user with the application that is using the file and let them shut it down.

  • Too much gloom here lately, even for my taste ;-)

    Async/await is definitely easier to read than task continuations, and no it doesn't imply multithreading.

    I tend to use it if the API I'm using offers Tasks, like DB access. I can free up that ASP.NET thread to serve other requests while I'm waiting for the DB to return. I haven't tested it, but that has to be a better use of resources than the request thread simply waiting.

  • Windows 10 (metro?) is butt-ugly

    @wastingtimewithforums: I have no doubt that MS will use the user chosen color scheme for those windows, just like they do now in Windows 8.

    I really hope you're submitting your feedback to MS using the feedback tool. It is still a beta after all.

  • Continuum

    "New phone device". When are they announcing these? I am in need of a new phone but don't want to throw money away if something new is coming out in a couple of months.

    Continuum on the phone looks awesome. It's just like plugging in a second monitor, but to a PC that is smart enough to know how big it is.

  • Why can you do this with Java but not with C#?

    Isn't Roslyn supposed to allow stuff like this?

  • Stop the madness!

    Talk about making a mountain out of molehill.

    Do you honestly think Microsoft is going to reboot your machine without a prompt? Where do you get your ideas?

    Slow ring = current behavior but updates released as they are stable, not on a monthly schedule (good, I shouldn't have to wait until Tuesday to patch a vulnerability).

    Fast ring = access to beta builds (good, as a techie I like to play with the new stuff earlier than the general public).