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Elmer elmer I'm on my very last life.
  • IE9 RTM first, last impressions & pointing of the obvious

    IE9 killed my computer.

    Ok, perhaps not, but I'm about to run a system restore to try and get my system back the way it was.

    I can barely read what I'm typing here, it's that god damned awful, I had no such problems with IE8.

    I don't know what they've done, but I can't work with this mess.

    For the record, I have ClearType disabled system-wide, as I can't live with it... but it seems that IE9 may be ignoring that setting... and it almost looks as if IE9 is substituting the specified page fonts with Sugoe UI... which, of course, is quite unredable with ClearType disabled.

  • Pwn2Own 2011

    Yes, it's that time of the year again.

    So what have we learnt so far ?

    This is obviously a competition to win money, and competitors are very selective in what they choose to attack and/or focus on...  but it still reveals exploits.

    Safari... 5 secs... oh dear... but of course creating the exploit was not easy.

    IE8 can also be broken, including escaping protected mode, but is apparently harder to do.

    Firefox, still to come at this point.

    So far nobody seems keen to take on Chrome... which may or may not mean anything.

  • Bloomberg: Microsoft pays Nokia…

    For me, the bigger issue is that this is currently rumour and conjecture, masquerading as news.

    It’s all “analyst interpretation” “sources say” “decline to be identified” etc etc.

    It may or may not be correct, but the facts are than nobody providing "details" is prepared to put their name to it, the people who are prepared to be identified won't provide details, and none of the main players have yet commented.

    In the meantime, people will read this and make investment decisions based on it.

  • How many times can microsoft be wrong about what the people want?

    , wkempf wrote

    Yes. PCs and DOS both were marketed at the hobbyist, not businesses. Businesses at the time were sold the "big iron", not the "toy" PC. The success of the PC lead to it's eventual use in businesses, but it didn't start out that way.

    The hobbyist were messing about with TRS-80's, Apple-ii etc...

    The PC was designed by IBM as a scientific and development tool for "big iron" as you put it, and IBM had a very specific market in mind for it when they gave the O/S business to MS... it was most certainly NOT aimed at the hobbyist market.

    However, as more general-purpose software was developed for it, IBM started pushing it as a business tool for more mundane tasks, and I recall IBM's "Charlie Chaplin" marketing campaign to sell it to the business market.

    Note, please, that I never once mentioned NT, because NT was the first OS by Microsoft that really did target business.

    I referred to NT simply because it is emblematic of the "business first" approach of MS, and that didn't just happen overnight.

    In fact, if you recall, by 1985 MS was already working with IBM on OS/2 (even before Windows-2.0) and IBM certainly had a business priority, which heavily influenced MS.

    DOS and Windows were not about the business market initially. I already covered DOS. Windows was considered even more of a toy, initially. There were a lot of "windowing systems" around at the time, but businesses had no use for them. The only thing the PC was being used for (if it was used at all) was word processing by the secretary and Lotus by the executives, neither of which required a windowing system. It wasn't until Windows 3.5 that the OS started to include features for businesses at all, and I'd still argue that it was mostly a consumer OS.

    I will radically disagree with you there. As an IT manager at the time, I clearly recall having to manage both terminal-based apps and the "newer" pc-based apps. By the mid 80's the PC's had started taking over the "front end" and we were implementing Netware to try and manage the problems that was creating with data storage.

    I'd argue very much that your definition is flawed with the "have much interest in", and you seem to as well since you follow it up with "something they simply desire", but in any event this is exactly what PCs were in the early days of DOS and Windows.

    I think you miss my point. The "consumer" market I was referring to, are the buyers who have absolutely no interest in how their pc works, and for who the power switch is as much as they want to deal with. They will buy a PC like they buy a new TV... based on bling factor and marketing. They just want to be able to plug it in, turn it on, and use it. Apple has targeted this market right from the days of the first Macintosh. Hobbyists and Geeks are an insignificant market compared to this.

    How old are you? Were you around in this era?

    HA! - Now that is a giggle... don't get me reminiscing about card readers and core memory.

  • Alien life exists, and we have proof

    If aliens can do me a better deal on a new TV than my local rip-off merchants, then I say, bring it on.

  • How many times can microsoft be wrong about what the people want?

    , wkempf wrote

    @elmer: That's flatly wrong. DOS was entirely about the consumer. Windows 1-3.5 were entirely about the consumer. That's what made Microsoft into the company they are.


    DOS was about the consumer? I guess that explains why IBM gave MS the gig ... being the big players in the consumer market that they are.

    DOS and Windows have always been about the Business market.  Windows-NT was designed by a team head-hunted from DEC... a more anti-consumer company you'd struggle to find (I know, I worked there).

    Consumers are NOT the tragic bunch of geeks who lined up for Win95 (or an iPhone for that matter) but are the people for whom a home computer, or smartphone, is not something they need or have much interest in, but is something they simply desire and buy with a disposable "fashion" attitude, like clothing. Apple have this market mentality nailed.


  • How many times can microsoft be wrong about what the people want?

    MS don't do "consumer" at all well... and never really have.


    However, they still do "business" well enough to keep their customer base happy.

  • Test shows Windows 7 is 5x slower than XP in UI and apps load slower than in Vista

    , BitFlipper wrote

    I didn't follow the link because this test sounds too stoopid to me (hey, let's create some more MS FUD)



    Micro$ucks Windoze-7 runs like a dog on my Pentium-III 650 with 512MB ram and 10GB hdd... I've tested at least once, so M$ programmers must all be idiots.


  • C# biggest awesome

    , IDWMaster wrote


    Don't be lazy with cleaning up after yourself! Even in C#. Just because it has a garbage collector, doesn't mean you can be that lazy.


    How about... don't be so quick to assume and lecture.


    I was talking about working in a managed environment, vs. unmanaged - hence the reference to it being more of a .net thing.

  • C# biggest awesome

    For me, although it's more a .net thing... the garbage collector... and the fact that I can get away with being so damned lazy about cleaning up after myself... LOL.