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Bass Bass Knows the way the wind is flowing.
  • OVER 50 **​UNEXPECTED** CEO & CFO resignations in the last 3 weeks!

    There can only be one explanation



  • VS2010 RC

    I had no problems with Beta 2 other then blurred fonts. I don't think I have any reason to install this, especially with fact that people has completely hosed their system uninstalling some version(s) of VS 2010. I don't know where my Windows 7 reinstall disk is, so that wouldn't be very good. Smiley

  • KDE SC 4.4.0

    Erisan said:
    Bass said:

    Do you have tried GNOME Shell yet? How do you like it?

    Btw. are you a programmer?


    "We have started building KDE 4.4.0 for F11 and F12 updates" - mail

    I don't really like Gnome Shell all that much. Last time I tested it was a few months ago, I don't know if it changed all that much though. It is too much effort to switch applications, for one. And I think the HUD display thing is kind of ugly. And yes I am programmer, but I rarely work on open source stuff (unfortunately).

  • KDE SC 4.4.0

    Bryan Baldwin said:
    DCMonkey said:

    >I don't really get the direction they're going with gadgets. They make some sense for simple data display

    >and interaction, but do we really need web browsers, IM apps and file managers in gadget form?


    Maybe this in the next evolution in desktop ui? We already use cutdown versions of popular website on our mobiles. Couldn't browsers and other applications have zoom levels where one can see a cutdown view in a gadget that also allows the user to move in closer for more complex interactions? At the end of the day, what is the difference between a gadget and a discrete application? What are the virtues or shortcomings of either one?

    Plasma widgets support some kind of interactivity state similar to what you described. IE: tiny, panel, large, etc.


    As so far as Plasma is concerned, there is really little difference between a Plasma widget an a full blown KDE application. Plasma widgets can be (and usually are) written in C++ just like most of KDE is anyway, and can do such diverse things as talk to the OS to manage wifi connections.

  • KDE SC 4.4.0

    DCMonkey said:

    Some of those new window manager features look awfully familiar. I did like the arbitrary tabbed window grouping. I used a WM back in the day that did that. It only really works well when the windows you want to group should be the same size though.


    And I don't really get the direction they're going with gadgets. They make some sense for simple data display and interaction, but do we really need web browsers, IM apps and file managers in gadget form?

    Fluxbox/Compiz can do tabbed window grouping.


    The file manager widget is probably the best thing since sliced bread. No longer is your desktop limited to displaying /Desktop. You can put your Projects folder on your desktop, for example. Smiley Something sorely missing in Gnome, IMO.

  • KDE SC 4.4.0

    This might the KDE release that will finally make me switch from Gnome. We will see. Smiley

  • cheapest way to buy Windows 7 in Canada?

    There is about 10 different ways to get Windows 7 for free. I have two copies of Windows 7 Ultimate, one from the "hosting a launch party", and the other from going to some Microsoft event. Although I think I lost both by now.


    You can also get Windows 7 for free via MSDNAA, if you are a student. If you are a web developer or own a small business, there also programs to get it for free or close to free.

  • Lecture ideas


    Learn how to build your own robot, from concept to completion. Kind of geared toward hobbyists so not a lot of calculus. Obviously use Microsoft Robotics Studio and/or .NET Micro framework as part of the robotics building process.


    Machine Learning

    Learn about neural networks, hidden Markov models, and various other machine learning techniques. Could obviously be tied in to .NET in some way.


    Language and Automata Theory

    Learn about writing your own language grammar, automatas (eg. Turing machines). Can be tied to LINQ Expression Trees.


    Anyone else want to add anything?




  • Microsoft's creative destruction

    Ray7 said:

    Bass said:


    'The right answer'?


    I take it you mean you want people to agree with you, and if they don't, it's because they Microsoft lackies?


    Rubbish. This whole thread is full of people who see the problems at MS. If people don't agree with you, then it's because they found your argument unconvincing.  I think it's a sign of true fanboyism that you didn't even consider that.




    I take it you mean you want people to agree with you, and if they don't, it's because they Microsoft lackies?


    Yes. Channel 9 is the most Microsoft slanting site I've ever visited. I'm not saying that is really totally a bad thing, because for every site like C9 there is probably 10,000 sites that are horrendously Linux biased. But as a consequence I'm not going to pander to every pro-Microsoft opinion that gets thrown my way, especially opinions I view as ridiculous. Sorry if that is insulting to you.

  • Microsoft's creative destruction

    RLO said:
    magicalclick said:

    I will agree that there is alot the average computer user has no idea exists, and Media Center is a prime example.  I think all of that falls back to marketing.  MS does alot of online advertising but it has no rhyme or reason when it comes to placement.  An example I can think of is the advertising of Visual Studio 2010 beta on a sports forum.  I don't think an average football fan is interested in coding, yet there was an ad being directed at them.


    Since MS has started doing TV commercials again, you can see where the markets has improved.  Ads for 7 and Bing have been playing the last couple of months, and guess what?  The usage and sales have improved.  I wonder where the Zune HD tv ads are?  Oh, that's right they don't exist.


    ZDNET's John Carroll has his take on the innovation problem at MS as well.  It's a good read that goes a long way to shine more light on the subject.

    I never really liked Bing commercials. They are kind of obnoxiously trying to sell a problem that doesn't really exist. (Honestly I think Bing's website is far more "information overload" then Google's simple interface)


    Now take a look at Google's commercial and tell me who has better taste:



    Well this is Channel 9 (Microsoft site), so I am not going to expect the right answer. Smiley


    Windows 7 is obviously successful (as all version of Windows since 3.1 have been), but Bing is herromiging money at a rapid pace, and around hovering 3% global marketshare. http://gs.statcounter.com/#search_engine-ww-monthly-200901-201002 


    Anti-trust limits Microsoft's ability to compete with Google in the way they really like to (eg, ban Google from Windows). So I don't think they will really be successful here, they clearly have no idea what they are doing. 


    But there is no shame in sticking to what you are good at: operating systems and productivity software. I'm glad they are starting to give bigger dividends.