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What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Commented on: 29 weeks ago (February 9, 2014)

Most is this disaster can be pinned on the WinRT API and app framework. It is critically limited and designed for toy apps. The awful split between Metro and Desktop functionality is due to it (...

Rethinking the Home Server Commented on: 30 weeks ago (February 3, 2014)

Be careful with any backup media that's physically connected to a machine! I had a power supply failure that fried everything in my computer: two hard drives, graphics cards, etc. I imagine a...

"Threshold" to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015 Commented on: 33 weeks ago (January 12, 2014)

By the time MSFT is done "maturing and fixing" the Metro UI/WinRT, they will essentially have just a scalable UI. Metro apps will run in a window on the Desktop, just like Win32 apps. You will...

2013 PC Sales: Down But Not Out Commented on: 33 weeks ago (January 10, 2014)

It doesn't stop at Intel and Microsoft or the PC makers. Here's a tally of those negatively affected by the move away from traditional PCs:

1. Intel - they have to move to lower margin CPUs...

Further Changes Coming in Windows "Threshold" Commented on: 37 weeks ago (December 9, 2013)

WinRT is finally dead. Now:

1. Kill the Metro UX
2. Add a scalable UI to the Win32 API
3. Chop out obsolete/insecure Win32 functions
4. Backport the scalable Win32 UI...

Lumia 1520: Is That a Phablet in Your Pocket, Or ... Commented on: 40 weeks ago (November 20, 2013)

I wonder why Nokia started with this aircraft carrier-sized phone instead of more reasonable 5.0 and 5.5" models?

Windows Weekly 335: There's a Big But Commented on: 43 weeks ago (November 2, 2013)

Totally agree with your comments on the Windows section of BestBuy, Frys, etc. I especially liked the tire/fire burning in the corner! Many of the computers on display have a shovelware warning...

Microsoft's Plan to Sell Windows This Holiday Season Commented on: 43 weeks ago (October 31, 2013)

Wow, $405M. It's getting expensive to rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic these days.

Nokia Lumia 1520 – Visually Commented on: 44 weeks ago (October 22, 2013)

I think all the references to 2520 need to be replaced with 1520. Anyway, my experience with the 6.3" Samsung Mega were *very* negative: it was awkward in my hand, awkward in my pants pocket, and...

Why Microsoft Didn't Make a Bay Trail Surface Commented on: 44 weeks ago (October 21, 2013)

I don't know where people get the idea that WinRT is a "platform" or an OS. It's just an app framework sitting on top of the Win32/Desktop API, like .NET or MFC.

Microsoft will waste YEARS...

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