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Comment People are buying it because it's good. (Score 1) 740

I must sound like an MS shill in this thread, but it annoys me to see so much hate for what I think is their best OS in years. The consistent interface across ALL ms products, from office live, office 2013 desktop, skydrive etc, is pretty impressive IMO. The UI changes to various products and services should be understood in that context. If you want something to complain about, target the office 2013 color schemes. White-on-white, or grey-on-grey. It's terrible. And no, you can't change it, even via registry hacks (I would love to be proved wrong on this though). Win8 installed to a bootable desktop in 10 minutes, on my 3 year old laptop. It's a much better OS than Vista and 7, and unless you're allergic to change I can't see why you'd want to stick with previous versions.

Comment Re:That bad? (Score 1, Interesting) 740

RE: Start menu Do you know you can type the name of the program, or area of the settings you're after? Geeks should love this, since it's much easier to operate with the keyboard than previous versions of windows. Searching by typing a few letters vs hunting through menus is easier, period. Win-Q for Apps Win-W for settings > metro I'm not a huge fan, so I don't use metro apps. I have played around with a few from the app store, and the potential for great software is there. IF you don't like metro, don't use it. Personally I think windows 8 is fantastic. Yes some things have changed, get with the program. The huge performance improvements and streamlining of the OS make up for any discomfort. Like someone else has said, it's a shame the underlying improvements are lost in all noise from people whinging about some GUI changes.

Submission + - iOS5 - Siri as 'Sculley Era Apple' (

juliangamble writes: Can Apple survive without Steve Jobs? John Gruber hints that things are already headed in a different direction.

Noted Blogger John Gruber writes, "Siri feels like old-school Apple. Newton-esque, at least in spirit. Sculley-era Apple was obsessed with this sort of thing.

Comment Are there any ultra-portable monitors around ? (Score 1) 262

Maybe a silly question, but are there any monitors around similar in size to a (17"+) laptop monitor, that could be lugged around and used as a 2nd monitor ? I imagine most people who want 2 monitors on a laptop are happy to settle for 'reasonably portable'.

I always have a look at the dual screen laptops that come up, but I'd be just as happy to plug in an extra screen if it solved the same problem.


Submission + - China waves ban hammer at IBM (

superapecommando writes: "A Chinese official appeared to take aim at IBM as he warned recently against "Smarter Planet" projects, or the use of technology like networks of sensors in cities to gather and analyse data.
IBM has used the "Smarter Planet" slogan for wide-ranging projects including a green city lab in northeastern China. The concept, along with others like "reindustrialization" and "low-carbon economy" also put forth by developed countries, could constrain China, Li Yizhong, China's Minister of Industry and Information Technology, said in a speech summarised on the ministry website."

Hmmm... not that I'm really IBM's greatest fan, but this just seems like some sabre rattling from a Party official. Anyone really believe Big Blue is a tool of US imperialism?

Comment Re:Perish (reasons why flash is not supported) (Score 1) 329

OP is totally correct with this.

I went to newgrounds yesterday with my Nokia n97 (on wifi) to try and play vector TD. The site is way too heavy for my phone to handle, and I gave up after 10 minutes of click, wait, wait, chug chug.

I think that flash games on the mobile could definitely work, but in most cases it's going to require a change to the games, as they're just not made to work with low-end hardware and touch


Submission + - Android is forbidden in iPhone App Store (

donberryman writes: Apple has told a software developer that its application cannot be included in the iPhone App Store if it mentions Google Android. They just wanted to mention that the app was a finalist in Google’s Android Developer’s Challenge. See

Submission + - Cdn Digital Music Sales Beat US For 4 Consec Years (

An anonymous reader writes: Nielsen Soundscan has just released the Canadian music sales figures for 2009. Notwithstanding the regular claims that the Canadian digital music market cannot develop without copyright reform, the Canadian market grew faster than the U.S. market for the fourth consecutive year. In fact, while the RIAA paints Canada as a piracy haven, it ranks ahead of France, Britain, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Russia, and South Africa.

Submission + - Blizzard temporarily bans WoW's top guild ( 1

RogueyWon writes: "MMO Champion is reporting that Blizzard have temporarily banned the world's top World of Warcraft guild, for what appears to be the accidental exploitation of a bug that Blizzard themselves have introduced into the final encounter of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. Details are somewhat sparse, and those that are available have mostly come from the guild involved, but it appears that a bug in the fight meant that normal tactics caused some of the boss's mechanics to fail to trigger, resulting in the boss being easier to defeat than intended. Blizzard's draconian response seems likely to raise eyebrows, given that their own testing cycle clearly shares at least part of the blame."

Submission + - Did you try out the gnome shell? ( 2

gnalle writes: 1) Yes, and it works just fine 2) Yes, but it doesn't work fine 3) No, but I ought to 4) No I don't us Linux 5) Other (BTW: I pressed submit poll to get to this form, so I pressume I can use this form to submit polls. You probably have a bad link)

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