Most MMOs rely on server-side stuff for generating the numbers - meaning the bulk of the work is displaying the results to the user, ie more in the way of GPU rather than CPU usage. WoW, for example, is very light on CPU usage but much heavier on the GPU (to the extent that on a 2600K going from a 460 GTX to a 670 GTX resulted in something like an 80% framerate boost in Pandaria.)
Bear in mind that the pace of performance growth has slowed markedly in the last decade in terms of day-to-day usage, with each new generation of Intel chips, for example, only adding around 10% performance each time. That means a 3-year-old PC's CPU isn't far behind the latest ones and it'll be more than adequate. Compare that to, for example, a P3-500 from early 1999, which was the fastest consumer CPU you could buy. 3 years later you had your choice of a 2533Mhz Pentium 4 (which cost around the same), or, if you jumped ship, a 1733MHz Athlon XP.
Things are advancing way more slowly than they used to, meaning PCs stay current / acceptable for longer and thus need replacing less often. And that, in turn, means less will be sold.
(NB, the one exception to this is high-end gaming - GPUs are still advancing a bit more quickly, but even there a decent 3-year-old GPU is still adequate for most things).
The last vestiges of Psion's flagship OS have now died. It's a real pity that they let their slimline, yet feature-complete EPOC 5 be taken over in effect by Nokia. Nokia inherited an OS with cut-n-paste, OLE-style object embedding, fully-draggable windows long before those things appeared elsewhere - and it could do all that (and surf the Web too) on a 36MHz ARM processor. They proceeded to gut the OS over the course of a decade and then ham-fistedly shovel layer upon layer of bloat onto it, effectively eliminating all the hard work that had been put into it in the first place.
msdos.exe, you mean.
The registry goes back to 95, and was part of an effort to block piracy by making 'installing' software a requirement
No, the registry goes back to 1992 and it was part of Windows 3.1 Windows 3.11, a year later, added a better registry editor by default.
And no, it was nothing to do with piracy. It only contained HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT originally and it was used for storing file association info amongst other things - just as HKCR does in current versions of Windows.
A quick Google search will provide all the info you need to know.
I live in the UK and choose to stay on GMT year round. There seems to be no point whatsoever in fooling yourself into thinking it's later than it really is.
People say it must be confusing, but it really isn't; I've managed just fine for the past 7 years. (Of course, it means work starts an hour earlier when everyone else is on BST, but then it finishes an hour earlier too, making things more of a rush in the morning but giving extra time in the evening.)
You could get 1600x1200 back in 98, providing you had enough VRAM on your graphics card. I have an old 17" Iiyama monitor from back then and it supported 1600x1200. (Technically due to the dot pitch being 0.25 it couldn't resolve the pixels, so it wasn't a viable resolution to use, more a "wonder if it works" type of thing).
I had an 8MB Matrox Millennium G200 back then and Windows 95 was perfectly capable of running at 1600x1200 with the correct drivers.You only needed two megs of VRAM to do that in 256 colours, or 6 megs to do it in 24-bit colour (32-bit colour wasn't an option at any resolution with the drivers I was using back then, 24-bit or "True" colour was as far as they went.)
Windows Mail is still around, you just have to install it rather than have it bundled with Windows. Download link is here:
Scottish tradition, you mean. The USA just knocked it up a few notches.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trick-or-treating (note the reference to Halloween in 1895)
A statement posted on Kotaku said "It has been decided that Liverpool Studio should be closed... by focusing our investment plans on other studios that are currently working on exciting new projects, we would be in a stronger position to offer the best possible content for our consumers.""
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Free to Play on Steam is no more than a slightly different way of offering a demo of a game. And, of course, not all games have normal demos!
Just sounds like they're making excuses to pull out of the PC market to me. I'm sure the likes of Steam won't shed a tear if they go.
The shell is still explorer.exe - it's just that upon first run it loads the Metro start screen (by default - it's turned off in Server 2012, which dumps you on the desktop instead). Explorer.exe has been tied up with twinui.dll, which is responsible for handling the Metro stuff.
Remember that from Windows 95 onwards the Start menu and taskbar have been provided by explorer.exe. Win8 is very much the same, regardless of what the marketing blumf about "not loading the desktop until you click on the tile" says.
...if you delete twinui.dll. That gets you straight into the desktop (and kills off Metro), but it's not terribly useful as you don't get any taskbar buttons!
Concorde, although a very expensive plane to maintain, was a crown jewel as far as British Airways was concerned. The seats were sold as "supersonic class", something above even first class. They've reused the chairs in the rather posh Concorde Room at Heathrow and access to that is generally restricted to those flying in First.
It's generally believed that the main reason the Concorde stopped flying is because Airbus, who provided parts for the planes, decided they weren't going to carry on manufacturing spare parts. Simple as that - nothing to do with costs to the operators, merely the fact that they couldn't keep a supply chain maintained.
Fun fact: BA rather meanly drained the fluids from their Concordes when they retired them, meaning it'd be nigh impossible to get them to fly again now. The sole Concorde left at Heathrow is now used as a magazine storage room!