So, you have this lethal combination of getting 180 day curriculum into 90% or less of the days, on top of making sure the dumbest kids are able to scrape by in the tests.
Sorry, not every kid gets to be an astronaut... And for those parents whose kids eat glue? Well, they can rest assured their kid is getting the attention. The smarter children are sitting around bored, listening to the same equation for the 20th time.
If you want to give your kids the best chance to excel and grow, consider a private school or be ready to (gasp!) be an active parent and work with them in the afternoons.
Way back in 2007 I bought a Microsoft bluetooth keyboard and mouse to replace my Logitech that kept dropping connection and "sticky key"ing (connection drop, last key hit was repeated until I could reconnect). For some reason, the driver install would complete, but it wouldn't actually pick up the keyboard and mouse. Then I read it needed Windows installer 3.0 (I think?), but I had 2.something. Uninstall/reinstall a few times, nothing. So I call tech support and get an Indian listreader. Nice enough guy, but stuck to his script, and I uninstall/reinstall/reboot a few times. Then he asked a couple pointed questions and said he'd arrange to have an OS guy talk to me 'tomorrow', so we set up a time.
Tomorrow hit, I did get a call from the same guy, and he patched in one of the MS OS guys. The OS guy sounded like he was from the West coast. He runs me through a couple things, gets me to boot into restore mode and gives me this arcane command line to try to force remove or update of the Windows installer. No such luck. He then tells me "you know what I'm about to tell you, don't you?" "Yup, reinstall and patch up the OS" "Do you have a backup?" "All my files are on another partition" "I do that to!!". Turns out you need Windows installer to add, remove, or update windows installer. And if windows installer goes tango uniform, you're S.O.L. and J.W.F.
So yea, at least in this story they start with the lowest common denominator, but they were able to get the right level soon enough.
Im of the opinion that it takes all of about 8 hours to learn to do the majority of things you would want to do in powershell (partly because thats about how long it took me). You just have to take some time to sit down and learn it, and then make an effort to use it instead of GUI administration tools. It is far, far superior to old windows command prompt and vbs,
I think the same can be said about any *nix shell. Having used powershell a few times, it really just feels like a kludged attempt to bring CMD.exe to something closer to bash.... 20 years later.
Now the question becomes just because you can use it, does it mean you should? Last I checked, Windows still has a lot of protections from even the simplest modifications. I much prefer being able to see
Why don't they do a double-transplant? Just swap the heads?
Maybe a husband-and-wife combo.
Because then at least one of them would never leave the house.
Is anyone really surprised that CEOs don't show the slightest regard for the well-being of the lives they can impact the most?
I hope the Hulu people figure their shit out eventually since there's a handful of shows I would watch (like South Park) if they had a reasonable streaming service that didn't try to double dip with both ads and subscriptions.
I'm not even a fan of South Park (anymore) and even I know you can watch any episode any time here: here. Why bother with Hulu?
It's one of the lesser-known commands, even if it is hidden in the acronym.
Guard 1: "Shouldn't we clean up this cell for another inmate?"
Guard 2: "Nope. He had life +50, that corpse has another 5 years."
I don't know of any large companies that had a mass deployment of Vista, I only know my own personal experience was a jump straight from XP to 7, which happened after 7 had been out for nearly 2 or 3 years. Corporations (and small businesses) need stability, configurability, and to some extent user familiarity. Win 8 may be the most stable thing they've produced yet, but when you have to train 100k+ employees how to get to their email, you're talking a massive expense for little to not real productivity gain. If 10 maintains the AD mass-configuration, with the well-known look and feel, then they may have a corporate winner.
This is the same reason you don't see wide-spread Linux adoption in corporations. The look/feel is just too different for those folks used to clicking on the little blue 'E' for "internet". Combine that with all the "Microsoft certifications" that know "file->add" but not the nuts and bolts of how to actually add a user/group, and you're looking at retraining your entire workforce for a new OS. It seems they would rather pay $100 per seat for a new OS, than get a free OS and suffer $200 per seat in training, not to mention lost productivity.
If MS somehow does manage to screw the pooch with 10, we may see corporations either stick with 7 and weather the storm, or you might actually see some start to look for alternatives.
More robust competition at the local level will raise speeds and lower prices. And one day, one bright, glorious day, I can tell Comcast to take a hike.
You could do that now. Then get all cozy with QWest/CenturyLink, TWC, Cox, etc...