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Comment: Re:Microsoft cross platform problem. (Score 1) 442

by 4pins (#44332145) Attached to: Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One

There have been compatibilitiy problems irking consumers ever since Vista x86_64 hit the market.

What? I never ran Vista x64, but I did run Windows 7 and do run Windows 8 in 64-bit. The only compatibility problems I've ever seen are with 16-bit programs...

The early 64bit days on windows where rough. Why? Programs that thought they knew where their 32bit dependencies would always be. Microsoft recompiled Windows (with some real effort) for 64bit meaning things like the Windows directory went from being 32bit to 64bit. 32bit versions supplied for backwards compatibility were provided under a new parallel structure (with different names) known as WoW64 (Windows on Windows). If you built your software with the proper: relative paths, environment variable, and registry references things just worked. If you had hard-coded paths or chose the wrong references, your software broke.

Comment: Re:I'm glad (Score 1) 442

by 4pins (#44331807) Attached to: Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One

Except for out-of-the-box integration with Remote Workplace

Alright, Microsoft Remote Web Workplace provides a convenient web interface (through a proprietary IE plug-in) to connect to RDP through a proxy. As long as IT supports Android and iOS, they will provide a way to RDP using one of the available third party clients. So how is this the must have, separating SurfaceRT from the established players?

Comment: Re:What a relief. (Score 1) 614

by 4pins (#43665569) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

Do not throw out well engineered software, maintain it.

the problem is untangling the business logic and reproducing it without error

Hold the phone. I thought we were discussing upgrading. Too many of these comments assume an "upgrade" necessarily means replacing the old software with something completely different. I believe this is a bad assumption! The poster specifically mentions IE 6, which is only eleven years old. So we are well into the era of MVC programming where the code talking to IE6 is the View. Therefore in order to upgrade it for newer browsers, you should not be touching the business logic. I full recognize that you may have inherited a pile of spaghetti logic without any comments (as I did three years ago), in which case I wish you luck in your replacement endeavors (after getting some radical new requirements, I am just now getting close). I also realize that "updating for new browsers" could mean adding missing closing tags to replacing an ActiveX plug-in with AJAX components. However, in a great many cases we are working with the Controller's and Model's APIs and not touching the business logic (nor moving heaven and earth).

Businesses need to view both computers and software as a durable good. You maintain durable goods until they either catastrophically fail or are so outstripped by newer technology that a new one actually saves you money or makes you more money.

Comment: Re:See the thing is I have used it (Score 1) 413

by 4pins (#42860247) Attached to: Surface Pro Sold Out; Was It Just Understocked?

Technically it is a very good OS. It is fast and stable

First, these are some of my experiences with Windows 8, they may be atypical. Second, I'm running Office 2010 (one version old).

Fast

Windows 8 is initially very snappy, for reasons that I cannot diagnose (no high CPU usage or low amount of available memory), after I have run it for 24-48 hours it becomes slow and so I have taken to shutting it down every eventing (something I wasn't doing with Windows 7, but did do with every version of Windows prior).

Stable

These all run outside of metro, however this is suppose to be "Windows."

  • Word: Crashes, if I have more than one window open.
  • Outlook: Strange trouble switching between windows (often takes three clicks).
  • PowerPoint: Certain slides (some that I used previously) crash Windows 8.
  • SciTE (text editor): Syntax highlighting complete broken (just under Windows 8).

I've run all this by our head of IT and rather than try to fix any of it, he is trying to get us off of Windows. However at the same time we are deploying new SharePoint 2010 sites, so I do not think we are giving up on the brand.

Comment: Re:and how well will that work?? (Score 2) 228

by 4pins (#42484685) Attached to: US Military Signs Modernization Deal With Microsoft

I have been running Window 8 for nearly a month and I have found the start screen/metro impossible to ignore. The start screen keeps taking over and other metro interface components (most often the charms bar) keep popping up while I am working with classic applications. What am I missing? Is there a setting? Perhaps a script? I am already running a start menu replacement.

I know I said previously that running it this way was a mistake. However when many people are telling me to try something and many more are asking me about it, I feel it is only right to give it a real chance.

Comment: Re:Our Experience (Score 1) 269

by 4pins (#42136325) Attached to: NPD Group Analysts Say Windows 8 Sales Sluggish

It's clear over the next few years that Microsoft is aiming to design a single UI across all of it's platforms from Phone, to Desktops, to tablets, to TV.

Yes it is! That is why I find the many people saying, "I like Windows 8, I am just ignoring the new UI" crazy. Folks the legacy compatibility layer will not always be there! If you do not like/use the new UI (three of the four listed platforms only have the new UI), you do not like or really use Windows 8.

Comment: Re:Oh yeah?? (Score 1) 1052

by 4pins (#41326615) Attached to: Apple Announces iPhone 5

But but, Steve Jesus Jobs said "3.5 inch was the MOST PERFECT EVAAAR phone size"... and all you fanbois were falling over each other bashing Samsung and Android for large screen size. whatever happened to that????

First, Steve is no longer here to save us from ourselves.

Second, what is most interesting to me is how little it changed (still the same width).

Third, given the resulting aspect ratio this tweak seems to have been done for the benefit of media playback.

Fourth, all the apps still work and the black bars (which I am not thrilled about, I was hoping for a multitasking interface that was always up except when playing 16:9 content) are just like the ones I see on my HDTV.

The result is that I am much more comfortable with the resulting "new screen size" than I expected. However I still think it will be slightly less usable, just look at these arcs.

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