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Recently, Raymond posted an entry about backwards compatibility, and why it is such a big deal for large corporations — something that I read about on slashdot regularly (where Windows is criticised for bothering with it at all), I thought readers would be interested in exactly why Microsoft spends so much effort on backwards compatibility, and by inference, why it is an important topic for getting Linux adopted by big business."
From the blog:
By Monday at 8 AM, all desktop units would be Linux, as would be the server(s). No one had been told of the switch. This was not a democratic process and to get this done in such a short time, we had no time for the bickering that would surely take place upon the news that the system would be switched. This would be the first "Monday Morning Surprise". There would be at least 8 more in 8 different cities if this worked out."
Sony's PlayStation 3 game console, which went on sale in Japan over the weekend leading off a global launch, can't play some of the older games for the original PlayStation and the upgrade PlayStation 2, a company official said Tuesday.
while this is hardly surprising anymore, what really strikes me is this:
Fukuoka said the problems in playing the older games were not a glitch and had been expected. Sony announced the problem on its Japanese Web page November 11, the day when the PS3 went on sale to lines of eager fans at Japanese retailers.
So, they knew the PS3 could not play certain games, and kept it quiet until after they sold the first 80,000 units?"
If you would like to leave your message to be added to both the web site and the book of condolences there is still plenty of time, just visit the memorial website and leave your message."
Fujitsu Siemens is picking up that ball and introducing a PC for the babyboomers generation. The keys are bigger to help with slight trembling hands and it runs a restricted program set on a linux OS.
Now you can finally tell your parents: "I told you so!""
I still got "overage fees" because the inbound calls to my voicemail charged exactly one minute each.
So if I used a phone-dialer and called you 50,000 times (then hanging up immediately), I could probably still cost you a significant amount of money. 50,000 isn't unreasonable if it takes 40 seconds to go to voicemail and you don't think to call and have my number blocked. If you give up and hang up the phone, I could make 500,000 calls in a month. (Theoretically)
I'll bet the cell company would rebate the fees though if you complained about it.