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  • a reason to use Chrome

    from IE I cannot save an MP3 to a USB drive.  Clicking the MP3 link in the IE browser opens media player. Which plays the MP3 but has no facility for saving the file being played to disk. So I open the same web page in Chrome, click the MP3 link and the chrome player plays the MP3. And that player has a "save page as" option which saves the MP3 to the file system.

    ( I do not mind being shown I am wrong on this. I did ask on the Microsoft community forums and was told media player cannot save to disk. )

    Why would media player be locked down like this?  Are there ways to code extensions to media player? Would be useful to add a file menu or have a history facility that stores everything you have played, add bookmarks to locations in the files,

     

     

  • zero day

    , Jason818 wrote

    Aren't all suspense/mystery novels supposed to end with ether a knife or gun fight?

    Suspense thrillers that are blurbed by Bill Gates?  I don't think so.

     

  • zero day

     

    , cheong wrote

    Unless you know all the binaries of the system, ...

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    Wouldn't the book's hero have a copy of all Microsoft binaries. Which he then compares against the binaries on the infected PC. The differences are the viruses, right?

     

  • zero day

    Anyone else read Mark Russinovich's book?  By suspending all disbelief it was halfway fun to read. But I can't say I understood after reading it how a computer virus could cause such havoc. And it was pretty disappointing how little the author explained the actual workings of the viruses.

    Why so difficult to identify what part of the OS a virus has infected? Sure, the virus can mask itself so that standard tools on the PC cannot see it. But what about tools which examine data stored on the PC without relying on any OS or BIOS routine?  Or attach the hard drive of a PC to another PC and examine it there.

    Is it possible to know the OS installed and all of its patches?  That is compare the OS code of an infected PC against what that code would be if only MSFT patches had been installed on the system. All the differences would be viruses installed on the system. From there you can compute some signatures or checksums that would tell you if other systems are infected in the same way?

    Yes, a virus will be mostly encrypted. But there still has to be hacked parts of the OS code that could be detected by a byte level comparison against an uninfected system, no?

    In the book I thought it odd that the hero was stumped by viruses on the PC he was called in to work on. And he actually saves the day by being shot at and eventually fighting one of the villains. Better to be matching wits with the virus writer with a culminating scene that has a lot of jargon laden dialogue between the two.

     

     

     

  • WTF, I have to buy the start menu back?

    , DeathBy​VisualStudio wrote

    *snip*

    Heat maps, Fitts laws, usage data, and copying Apple's attitude.

    Fortunately they've seem to add "listening to their customers" to that list as of late.

    Is the thinking that it confuses the user? Too many buttons to choose from?

     

  • WTF, I have to buy the start menu back?

    What was the reasoning behind getting rid of the start menu to begin with?  I understand I can find apps using search, but that is a keyboard route. Shouldn't there be a way to find apps using the mouse only?  Some sort of a tree that organizes all of the apps on the PC. with the user clicking on expandable nodes until they drill down to the app they are looking for?

     

  • New CEO Intro

    , Ian2 wrote

    In any event if all phones ran the same O/S and were 'equal' then people would still pay twice as much for an Apple phone (ergo all phone clients will never be 'equal').

    Did I misunderstand?

    Doesn't the iphone use the apple cloud more for its apps then the web?  Kind of where Apple products distinguish themselves in the market because they are the only ones that work with the Apple cloud. ( more a question than a statement ). I was reading in the WSJ that Apple wants to be a Netflix. Where I guess iPhones would the be only phones that would access the Apple Netflix like service.

    But the Microsoft cloud platform would have to be open to succeed. And if Microsoft provide its own Netflix like video on demand service it would have to be open to all mobile devices.

     

  • New CEO Intro

    @Ian2: how does windows phone distinguish itself as a client to the "cloud platform"?  If the cloud platform is open then all phone clients are equal. Meaning there is no point in having a phone with a different OS than the vast majority of other phones. I think windows phone is history.

     

  • New CEO Intro

    , davewill wrote

    *snip*

    For developers it seems this is the area to watch.

    that and Bill talking about extending the OS to the cloud.  I would like to read what such an OS would entail.  What does a client app need from a cloud OS that the web does not already provide? In some ways an OS is a barrier to entry in that you have to learn how to use it first.  Where as the web you already know how to use.

     

  • New CEO Intro

    , felix9 wrote

    ScottGu is, for now, the "interim" Cloud & Enterprise Executive Vice President at Microsoft

    http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-appoints-scott-guthrie-new-cloud-and-enterprise-chief-7000025973/

    "... Nadella had quite a few direct reports, in addition to Guthrie, who was the Corporate Vice President of Azure Program Management, as a result of various reorgs. Among them were: Bill Laing, who was the Corporate Vice President (CVP) of Development for Windows and System Center; Brad Anderson, CVP of Program Management; Jason Zander CVP of Development for Windows Azure; Quentin Clark, CVP of Program Management for Microsoft's former Data Platform Group; Dave Campbell, who became the CTO of Microsoft's former Server & Tools division; and Jason Wilcox, the Corporate Vice President in charge of Test. ..."

    Are all of these direct reports white males?  Kind of a serious question, has Satya not been an agent of diversity within Microsoft?