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Comment: Re:Trolling? (Score 1) 270

by JohnFen (#46728879) Attached to: The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

Microsoft *thought* the desktop should lean toward touch. They seem to have revised their opinion on that.

Or so they claim. I haven't seen much real evidence of that, though. Win 8.1.1 threw a couple of small bones in that direction, but those changes were pretty weak sauce. Perhaps Win 9 will show something more substantial.

Comment: Re:I don't understand the anger (Score 1) 641

by JohnFen (#46699581) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

there are legions of old infected machines that are a nuisance to everyone, making botnets and spamnets and other malware infection injectors.

Yes, and there are also legions of new infected machines doing the same thing. Yet I don't see the same kind of anger about people using those operating systems.

Comment: Re:Sort It. (Score 1) 142

by JohnFen (#46634809) Attached to: The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

I sort like this frequently (I use a real mailreader, not gmail). My use case is that I find it useful to bunch together all of the emails from a certain person or with a certain subject, in chronological order. It often makes it much easier to find the exact email I'm looking for.

I know that I just said that my use case is that I find it useful. But, really, that's plenty enough justification.

Comment: Re:Sort It. (Score 1) 142

by JohnFen (#46634771) Attached to: The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

(most mailreaders couldn't handle conversation threading then, and tagging is much more useful than folders)

Literally every mailreader I've used in the many years before gmail existed did conversation threading just as gmail does. What they didn't tend to do is enable it by default, which is just as reasonable as enabling it by default (some people don't like mail threading, so either way you go with the default you're going to force some people to change a setting.)

Tagging was not a common feature, but it wasn't totally unheard of. Neither of those things are exampels of gmail being innovative.

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