It's even slightly yellow in the middle.
I think one of the biggest issues is training and support.
People have been using windows for years and most who want to try linux are happy to do so. Problems arise when something breaks up and you and nobody else has no idea how to fix it (aside from some linux guru you might know who is already pissed off at dealing with so many linux issues that people have). You simply don't know what to do that well. Sure you can google but it just gets more and more frustrating since you are not actually solving the problems, more like applying solutions blindly.
This gets reflected when you suggest / do a install for an average user, if something breaks up they turn to you.
Do you really want to say that you have no idea what they should do or suggest them to do stuff inside terminal just to get their stuff working?
This is one of the reasons I don't even want to suggest macs. While I have used them and I know that the average user might be "better off" using them but I kinda feel responsibility after turning people for their purchase. If they need help, they are ducked. Unless they know some "mac-expert".
Back to Linux..
I've had so many instances where people wonder why they can't open file format X properly or save as "proprietary & more supported/familiar" file format Y. Sure you can do many hacks to get things to working but at the end of the day you realize that they are so much better off just using windows where
they can just buy an, say, webcam or a printer and not worry about the fact that will it work on their system or not.
Ugly truth is that windows supports almost everything on the PC market out there, even the average users can pop the DVD in and install the software, unlike where in linux you might need to start poking at some stuff since the support might exist but you have a rev B instead of rev A and won't work out of the box like that (just an example).
Linux does a lot of thigs, but some of those things are half-done. You might have 10 different ways to perform a task (different programs) but in the end you actually just want one that works. This is what Apple has kinda been doing as well. Everytime you start windows you can be sure that the programs are the same or just evolved versions of their former versions where with Linux distros they might change the distributed application between versions and you suddenly need to learn a totally new program.
Don't get me wrong, I would love to see Linux on the desktops someday but at the moment it's just too much of an hassle and is more like a hipster-OS when it comes to desktop computing.. Yes, I just said that. I currently do use debian on my server and loving it, I haven't really been using the GUI for a few years aside from occasional quick sessions.
That ab-tronic "slim down fat" electrical shock belt.. I will so wrap it around my head while I study and put the "superman mode" on when it's crunch-time !
Tradeoffs are understandable, everything is naturally expandable in the future once you get a solid framework to build on.
I foresee these exploding in popularity once you get these out and people realize how easily and cheaply they can build lowpower application-specific systems (A Beowulf cluster of these!), and possibly even desktop replacements in the future.
I know that I will get a few of these for myself at least
Good luck with the development!
I'm a huge fan of this little device, It's basically a glimpse on the future of computing.
Imagine atrix-like devices where you can just carry around a core system in your pocket, it scales down to the smaller screen and you can do all kinds of activities on it. Plug it in to an dock and get a full desktop. Imagine work computers like this.
Also once windows 8 comes out, I see ARM really taking off. A system like this is already pretty much what 80% of offices really need for everyday tasks. A few additional connectors are naturally needed (plus practicality).
Imagine $60 or even sub-$50 office computer cases (Or small computers that you can carry in the pocket) that eat under 10 watts of electricity and run a full windows desktop. (Yes I know that ARM and x86 apps aren't compatible, but they are porting office over).
This time computing gets personal again, it's probably your own phone that powers your work-desktop in the future.
Sorry for the "market speech", but I am just so excited myself.
ARM is the future, plus it runs quake3.
Yes, too late to correct that one. Always mixing up those two.
Currently on a 2year contract for 200/10 Mbit internet with 4.95e/month for the first year and 24.95e/month for the second. 29.95e/month after that.
No caps or that silly stuff. Oh, and I've topped 19.7Mb/s down and around 1Mb/s up with ideal conditions.
I think it has something to do with the story being easier to follow.
If it's about revealing an killer, you will likely acknowledge him/her as an major character in the movie/book instead of an forgettable minor character, thus you can follow all the occurances early on.
I also like spoilers in the sense that I can actually start observing on how/why it/things will end up like that later on. I might spot some other minor plot stuff that I would otherwise ignore. This is true to reality shows, when I know the winner I can just actually concentrate on the winner's (or could even be some other competitors) techniques and play-style instead of just trying to know all the competitors for the first few episodes.
It kinda gives an different angle on how to approach stuff, hard to explain.
This takes me back to my first linux distro that I tried (A redhat variant). Never got the bootloader to work properly then, but it was still exciting to try some windows alternatives for a change.
While I really like the idea I can already imagine getting million phone calls from relatives/various people on why they can't access various sites or the internet bank because of an outdated java (or something else). Sometimes even if you tell them that upgrades are necessary & good for the system they still think that all the nag screens are not normal and think that there is something wrong (go figure), plus most people are kind of helpless until you either go there and fix it yourself or spending some time on the phone and guiding step by step.
I already tried this with a few nightly builds and I had to manually enable java 3 times during one online bank session. Once it even forced me to enable it two times in the row. Sure I tend to keep it updated all the time but back then It wasn't up to date, having 3 nag screens when you are in a hurry is a bit frustrating..
I do hope there is a way to disable this (or tone it down), The idea itself is great though.
Got a catweasel MK4+ floppy controller, it advertises a pretty broad catalog of different floppy formats so I think I've got that side covered
Emulation takes care of the rest. Just image old medium and read them.
But really, the oldest stuff I ever run to is 3½ floppies these days. (Except c64/etc.. stuff)
Likely still the hardest for me is video, no matter what the year is it's still hard to get realtime video capture working at times. Simple stuff like VHS/cam to avi. Hardware is somewhat ok, software never wants to work like it should and computers rely on a dice in whenever to work properly.
I have seen expensive equipment with mac pro's, and scalers, even those have their share of problems.. Altough a lot less than cheaper solutions.
And to stay a bit on-topic, the oldest restore for me has been files from a old old drive (200mb I think). Floppies are something I deal with somewhat frequently as well, be it either reading old stuff or writing so it can be used on older systems.
Oh and I hate recovering stuff from old cd's, I hate optical medium so much. Those who have dealt with this probably knows what I mean.
I have this same idea in my head as with demos in demoscene. You can make a old system do a lot with animation but that is just animation.
The real impressive thing is when someone actually finds a way to rotate a filled cube smoothly on a old system Instead of showing just some precalc frames.
In old movies you had real miniature explosions/models and all kinds of stuff, you needed to think outside the box to get these kinds of effects look good. They even looked realistic (altough you could sometimes see trough those).
You kinda wanted to see what they could pull off.
These days I almost just see the pre-rendered background doing stuff, it's nowhere near as impressive as they can make it do anything. There are no limits really.
It's kinda same as watching an animation player on a demo that does awesome complex 3d. It might look freaking brilliant but again, you could just replace the animation frames to be anything else.
This is why I still think that many older movies have better effects than modern movies where you can just make that explosion 4x bigger with little to no effort at all.
I have a pathetic 200Mbps connection
One ISP in Finland is starting to roll 1000/100Mbps though, It will cost like close to 100e per month.
MSE first felt like a great solution, But I have increasingly heard lots of DPC* latency issues after installing windows 7 over XP.
The main culprit? Microsoft Security Essentials.
I already know a few cases where people have replaced it with f-secure and instantly got rid of it.
* This is a serious issue that will make your audio playback crack and pop, it might even take hours before this starts to happen so it's very hard to debug.
Believe me, we fought with this beast for like a month (updating all drivers and BIOS, even resintalling windows but no go).
Immediately after removing MSE the problems disappeared instantly (and installed a 3rd party scanner).
So if anyone else is experiencing these issues while reading this, Try removing MSE.
If they can fix this fatal issue then I am all for MSE as I hate intrusive scanners that almost feel like scareware/adware.
And to input on the topic: I think that MS should be able to do what the duck they want to with their OS. They are just providing a FREE way to fix/clean up their OS from stuff that abuse it's weakness, wait a minute... that sounds almost like windows updates. Yeah. I have always felt that there should be a integrated tool for this ever since the 9x days, virus scanners shouldn't be anything that you need to pay any extra for. But this is just my opinion.
I don't care for the year but this just looks so much cooler than photoshop, I just love that scanline distortion happening during frame drawing
I am a sucker for these kind of devices, just like the modeller that was used in making of the star wars 3d wireframe deathstar model.
Soviet hardware design style rules, everything looks like from a sci-fi movie.