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Comment: Re:The most intelligent OS I've ever seen (Score 4, Insightful) 293

by jeremiahstanley (#38241380) Attached to: The Strange Birth and Long Life of Unix

Yes, the camel surely looks elegant in the desert. But then again, fish don't climb trees.

Just because something works well in one area doesn't mean that it will function well outside of that area. This is why there will always be "other methods" for operating systems.

Comment: Re:Switching to a free Linux is not cheap (Score 1) 357

by jeremiahstanley (#36963290) Attached to: Are Bad Economic Times Good for Free Software?

I've never worked anywhere that actually "trained" users on anything but custom in house software. This means that no matter what it runs on they will need that training. Nobody gets "trained" to use office suites or email. Maybe you have one of those good jobs where they don't just show you the door when they decide to switch platforms and hire another hungry monkey; no employer of mine has offered anything to "retrain" myself other than just keeping my job.

Conversely, if you are the type of company that needs software assurance you will pay for it. However, if you are the type of shop that doesn't have insurance contracts you probably also won't have large shop pricing on Windows or anything else. This means that FOSS will save you quite a bit, this is why it is used as "network glue".

Here you go sir, this is your troll chow...

Comment: Re:microsoft is a bad omen for windows (Score 1) 303

by jeremiahstanley (#34345672) Attached to: New Windows Kernel Vulnerability Bypasses UAC

Google Apps for email, works miracles and it still allows you to use Outlook but also lets you use all the nifty free Mac apps. It has a calendar and automagically blocks spam. I've set this up for about 15 domains now, everybody loves it.

Active Directory however is one of the best features of Windows in the enterprise. Sure, their permissions make me go cross eyed but that's another story and has nothing to do with AD. It's really just LDAP with extensions anyway so you are complaining about the Microsoftisms that drive everybody nuts. It's a hard job to design a tool that works 90% for everybody in every use and not have some limitations from doing that.

As has been said previously: the flaw here is a PEBKAC issue. To save them from themselves we should be asking M$ to port Office to the Wii and a large majority of users can use that. The real issue that drives us all nuts with Windows is that it is a platform for 3rd party apps that work like shit. Almost all the M$ programs I've had to admin work awesome on their own, it's that accounting app that is 23 years old or some one-off utility database that sucks balls and forces us to reach around our heads to scratch our ear.

Comment: Something else.... (Score 1) 418

by jeremiahstanley (#34344388) Attached to: Have I Lost My Gaming Mojo?

I gave up on games after I started to feel the treadmill effect of doing the same thing over and over. I pulled out the instrument I gave up for a decade and started actively entertaining myself rather than passively. This led me to home recording and then onto music production.

I've never been happier since I stopped consuming and started creating.

Comment: Re:Good Enough (Score 1, Flamebait) 931

by jeremiahstanley (#33778332) Attached to: 66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP

Wow, and to think when I upgrade Mac OS X it only cost me $30 and already had that shit...

Vista cost something near $300, and 7 is around $200. For... larger icons... and fancy graphics. The problems with Windows for most consumers is the constant update treadmill. Most support calls I get from my family have to do with their anti-virus software that has it's own grinding death march of updates as well. MS Office is terrible for this even on the Mac, if the 2000 version for Windows had a citation manager I'd still be using that. Adobe does the same, yet their software is capable of running just fine for years w/o an update performed (in fact, it is more stable if you is the pirated versions).

Which makes me wonder: why does an office suite take a gig of RAM to run? Didn't we run old ones off of floppies? I mean, really, Google Docs does 99% of what Office does and it runs in a web browser.

Once you start USING a computer for something instead of having a digital hot-rod on your desk you grow weary of the upgrade grind. Nobody gets excited about a new washer/dryer like how people froth about new MS releases.


Microsoft's New Leaf On Interoperability 371

Posted by kdawson
from the step-carefully-kemo-sabe dept.
A large number of readers are submitting the news that Microsoft has made a major announcement about interoperating with others including specifically the FOSS world. The impetus is the ongoing EU antitrust case against Microsoft. The announcement comes in the context of the release of 30,000 pages of API documentation for Microsoft Vista, Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Office 2007, Exchange Server 2007 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 — and a listing of patents that apply to these technologies, and a pledge not to sue open source developers who use the APIs. InfoWorld summarizes by saying that Microsoft "promised greater transparency in its development and business practices." Fortune is blunter, saying "Microsoft declares truce in open source war." Here's Microsoft's FAQ on the open source interop initiative.

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