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Is Vista a Trap? 559

Posted by Zonk
from the please-keep-ackbar-quotes-to-a-minimum dept.
logube writes "BBC has up an article about the trap of installing Vista in your existing desktop. Written by Tim Weber, a self-confessed 'sucker for technology,' this article is a good introduction to the pain and extra money required to get going with the newest version of Windows. See how you can spend an extra 130 british pounds, and still have no working webcam! Says Weber, 'It took me one day to get online. The detail is tedious and highly technical: reinstalling drivers and router firmware didn't work, but after many trial and error tweaks to Vista's TCP/IP settings, I had internet access. Once online, Creative's website told me that my sound card was a write-off. No Vista support would be forthcoming.'"
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft wanted to hide behind "Get the Facts

Submitted by Hawaiian Rules
Hawaiian Rules (930159) writes "InformationWeek has a blub on how Kevin Johnson — the man who now leads Microsoft's Windows — wanted to hide Microsoft's name from a TCO report that it commissioned for its controversial "Get the Facts" campaign.

From the story: "I don't like it to be public on the doc that we sponsored it because I don't think the outcome is as favorable as we had hoped. I just don't like competitors using it as ammo against us. It is easier if it doesn't mention that we sponsored it.""
Programming

+ - Bjarne Stroustrup on C++ and why software sucks

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prostoalex
prostoalex writes "MIT Technology Review interviews Bjarne Stroustrup on C++ and why modern software is so bad. Some memorable quotes on why software is bad: "People reward developers who deliver software that is cheap, buggy, and first. That's because people want fancy new gadgets now." On problems developers might have with C++: "Often, when people have trouble with C++, the real problem is that they don't have appropriate libraries — or that they can't find the libraries that are available." On some developers frequently complaining about C++: "There are just two kinds of languages: the ones everybody complains about and the ones nobody uses.""

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