• wdburt1



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    • The article does not address Windows 7 at all, does it?  Just pulling our chain?

    • in reply to: Is Firefox going into a tailspin? #131345

      The question would be where and how they make the money to pay themselves.

    • in reply to: Is Firefox going into a tailspin? #131344

      I don’t have strong feelings about browsers, so long as they are not overtly intrusive.  The whole subject seems a bit overrated, measured in speed and memory usage, when these are seldom an issue now.  Intrusiveness is different.  I won’t go with Google for that reason.  If Firefox had emphasized privacy, or at least the capability to easily customize for privacy (and not have it undermined by other stuff going on), I would have become a Firefox loyalist.  This thread is a signal to start looking around.

      And as Noel implied above, I don’t understand how any free browser developer makes money, unless it’s to shove ads in your face (the part you see) and/or sell data (the part you don’t).  So assurances of privacy need to be pretty strong.


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    • Thanks, after all these months of reading, for giving those of us among the unwashed a definition of “deprecated.”

      It’s been a long wait.



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    • in reply to: Microsoft Excel vs Google Sheets #129722

      Reading that Google Sheets is stored on their server: That killed it for me.

      Office software sellers have been looking for something new to sell for a long time.  The big thing for at least a decade has been collaboration, and in some environments it offers value.  But I wonder what has happened to the relationship between the spreadsheet software and the individual user, who very often must create alone and needs the software to help, not hinder, that quest.  Have the designers, having failed to come up with new ways to enhance solo creativity, bet everything on connectivity and crowd-sourcing?

      The discovery of Windows 3.1 and Lotus 1-2-3 in 1992 did more than provide me a tool; it lit up portions of my brain for the first time.  In grade school I had been tested and shown to be highly verbal but without much aptitude for numbers.  Windows and spreadsheets allowed me to test and demonstrate cause-and-effect relationships that previously I could only hint at.  They helped me launch a consulting career in the complex industry that I knew.

      What have the designers come up with lately to equal that?

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    • in reply to: Windows as a Service in a nutshell, explained #128874

      As someone whose life was spent in business, I reject the notion that ethics don’t apply.  To contend that is the definition of cynicism.

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    • Unintelligible to the regular user, which I suppose is an admission of ignorance in your world, but in actuality is a failure to communicate.  Unless of course this is a forum only for those who are full time participants in the industry.

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    • in reply to: Thurrott: We need a better plan for Windows #126604

      Microsoft could make money on a Win7+ version if they put as much effort into it as they have into the gimmicks and deception that they have employed to promote Win10.

      It ends up being a question of price and sales volume.  The market share maintained by Win7 suggests that the number of potential customers for Win7+ is quite large.  If the development costs relate to the scope of the changes vs. the existing software, they should be more modest for Win7+ than they would be for a new OS.

      The real problem here is Microsoft’s attempt to force its customers onto an advertising and subscription-based model.



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    • in reply to: Thurrott: We need a better plan for Windows #126402

      Windows 7: “Biggest problem MS has it is too good and there is little to no need to replace/upgrade it.”

      A well-run company would be able to do this.  Develop ways to extend the franchise and perhaps add set of features now and then, without poaching Windows 10.  Distinguish the two options in terms of whom they are marketed to and how they are priced.  The core concept would be to provide extended support for Win7 for a small price.  If people want to be entranced by gimmicks, let them migrate to Win10.  Fine.  It’s no reason to diss the existing customer base.  Find a way to make money on both.

      Some confuse Microsoft’s stock price with “well run.”  But the stock market has a very short horizon (fostered in part by policies that discourage long term investment).  It is not equivalent to the time horizon a long term investor in Nadella’s company would have.


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    • in reply to: Circling the tank #126243

      It’s the result of a failure to invent something new that is really useful.  Maybe it was inevitable.  Many have moved on to other devices, as we are constantly told.  I for one still use the desktop computer and so lament that its developers have moved on.

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    • in reply to: No, MS Paint is NOT disappearing from Windows 10 #126158

      Paint is a humble little example of when Microsoft was producing useful stuff, meeting real needs rather than “needs” created by promotion and hype.  It solved a problem for me when I realized that it could be used to covert a screen shot to just about any image format.

      And yes, I remember Outlook Express with a certain fondness, largely for its simplicity.

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    • It’s an old concept in the law–the contract that is so dense, incomprehensible, etc. that it is not expected to be read or complied with.  A close cousin to contracts that are so one-sided that no one seriously expects that that disfavored party would voluntarily agree with them.  Contracts inequitable on their face.

      It’s a form of compulsion, and judges have the discretion to throw out them out.

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    • in reply to: Big changes at the top for Microsoft #124410

      As a businessman and later a writer, I concluded that, most of the time, bad writing is the work of those who don’t think clearly.  This guy can’t write worth a d**n.

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    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 3: Get patched, but watch out for Outlook #123053

      Suggestion: Save the page for AKB2000003 in your bookmarks.

      Comment: So long as I can find AKB2000003, this non-expert member of Group B does not find the Security-only update process too difficult.

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    • Woody–

      A quick editorial comment.  This reader stumbled when he came to the word “expose” in the third paragraph.  It appears to suggest that Graham’s piece discredits Bontchev’s claim, when, if I understand it correctly, it supports it.

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