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  • How Windows backup backs up files

    what is a segmented stream?

  • Ballmer tackling the brain drain.

    they should put Anders in charge of the company.

  • Explaining The Difference Between United Kingdom, Great Britain and England


    How did it work in world war I and II?  Was there a draft in England or did everyone just volunteer to fight in the war?   Did the Scots serve in the British military in those wars, were they in their own regiments?  As I understand it, Ireland did not fight against the Germans in WWII.

  • Explaining The Difference Between United Kingdom, Great Britain and England

    I don't understand the relationship between Scotland and England. England conquered Scotland? That can't be true because the Scots don't seem to be the type of people who take well to being conquered. They have separate parliaments, but Scotland does not have a prime minister? My guess would be that England has used its financial dominance to keep Scotland from declaring full independence, and the Scots don't mind because they see themselves as equal partners in the country.


  • More Android Goodness

    , magicalclick wrote

    ?? You mean Windows CE? Win CE 7 is out there, and WinPhone7 is build on top of Win CE 7.

    maybe I just don't know what I am talking about. Does CE run on everying that Android runs on? The standard issue cell phone - Is it able to run .net code using either the micro framework or CE?


  • More Android Goodness


    what I don't understand is why MSFT dropped windows mobile. I understand the need to enforce a common set of features so that the consumer who buys a windows phone gets what they expect. But why not have something with a different brand name, like mobile OS, which provides the .net framework on any mobile device? I want to be able to buy a cheap used cell phone on ebay and write c# / .net apps for the phone. MSFT does not have to provide the drivers for every phone. And neither does the manufacturer of what might be a defunct phone. Just publish the specs so that 3rd party providers could sell the drivers or whatever it is that would be needed to exploit specific features of specific phones.


  • use PC DVD drive in a TV with built in DVD

    I have a 5 YO TV with a built in DVD that does not work very well. Half the time it can't play a movie at all. When it does play the content on the DVD it will pause every now and then, presumably recovering from read errors. Generically speaking, can I replace the DVD in a TV with DVD drive for a PC?   I guess I should open the TV and have a look. How will a DVD player in a TV be cabled?  Will the TV have the functional equivalent of a motherboard, with an IDE or SATA cable from the DVD player to the "motherboard" of the TV?



  • Microsoft Falls Further Behind

    , spivonious wrote

    Business will hold on to computers for a little longer, but even now we are seeing a move back to a mainframe/dummy terminal architecture with virtualized desktops and thin clients. Soon all that will be on the average white-collar employee's desk is a screen, mouse, and keyboard.

    and what if the in house server was easy to install and config?  Why store your data and apps in a remote host, having to pay monthly fees to the hosting company, if you could run everything just as easily and at less expense on a local system?


  • Microsoft Falls Further Behind

    It is kind of like Android is to phones what MS-DOS was to the early PC. Android is an OS that runs on all phones ( guessing ).  A programmer codes a phone app to the Android OS. Why has Microsoft turned its back on an approach that made it dominant in the PC space?

    Will the .NET Micro Framework run on cell phones? Maybe micro framework is to be the replacement for windows mobile. 


  • Douglas Crockford's Newest Video (JavaScript)

    really neat videos. I have Crockford's book and the video and transcript do a better job of explaining Javascript than the book.

    Why the low opinion of Microsoft's contribution to programming? Maybe it is a dynamic vs static language thing, where Crockford thinks dynamic is far superior.  Interesting that Microsoft does not offer a javascript like dynamic language for writing .NET apps.