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Comment MenuChoice and HAM (1992) (Score 1) 34 34

System 7, introduced in 1991, had an Apple menu, which held shortcuts (called "aliases") to applications. Third-party extensions such as MenuChoice and HAM, released the following year, allowed aliases to be grouped into folders. (This is exactly the behavior that Microsoft would later implement in the "Programs" section of Windows 95's Start menu.) Apple later bought the rights to HAM and integrated it in System 7.5 (1995) under the name Apple Menu Options.

Comment Re:Windows 8 and metered Internet connections (Score 2) 285 285

Having to jump through hoops to try to trick the OS into not running updates when you dont want them to run is asinine.

I don't see how telling the operating system which connections are unsuitable for bulk downloads is "tricking" the operating system.

Comment Was there ever Windows 3.1 on CD? (Score 2) 285 285

you'll need [...] a PC emulator with a copy of Windows 3.1.

Just get Dos box

Exactly. Here's a guide to getting it working. But you still have to buy a genuine copy of Windows 3.1 and a USB floppy drive to read it into your DOSBox. I don't think Windows came on CD until Windows 95.

Comment Windows 10 is secured against hobbyist HW (Score 1) 285 285

Windows 10 is "secured" against use with hobbyist hardware. It requires new device drivers to not only be signed with an Authenticode certificate but more specifically to be signed with the more expensive EV certificate. (Source) The cost of obtaining an EV certificate and of setting up a corporation or LLC that qualifies for an EV certificate can make it cost-prohibitive for hardware hobbyists to produce low-volume peripherals that work with Windows 10.

Comment Windows 8 and metered Internet connections (Score 1) 285 285

to the update not being required to install right at this instant and they need the bandwidth for something else (hello 300mb "ms word 2010 help file" update) due to being in a low connectivity area.

Then you should let Windows know that a particular SSID is "a low connectivity area". See Microsoft's page about Windows 8 and metered connections. The page states that when only a metered connection is available, "Windows Update will only download priority updates."

I don't have Windows 8 or 10 in front of me as I type this, but the steps to mark a connection as metered in Android 5 are as follows: In Settings > Wireless & networks > Data usage, open the overflow menu and choose Network restrictions. It gives you a list of all the SSIDs you've seen, with a checkbox to mark each as metered. The notice at the bottom states: "Metered networks are treated like cellular when background data is restricted. Apps may warn before using these networks for large downloads."

Comment Can't skip a bit generation (Score 1) 285 285

Does Chip's Challenge still run?

64-bit Windows has never supported 16-bit executables, except for Windows 7 Pro that came with a coupon to download Windows XP into a VM. To run the Windows 3.1 game Chip's Challenge on 64-bit Windows 10, you'll need an emulator, whether it's an Atari Lynx emulator or a PC emulator with a copy of Windows 3.1.

Comment A cell phone costs hundreds more per year (Score 1) 365 365

many RPs don't trust random providers.

How does Stack Exchange, an RP, get away with trusting random OpenID 2.0 IDPs?

Google, Facebook, Yahoo and AOL

As far as I can tell, signing up for most of these requires a valid subscription to cellular telephone service, as Yahoo's sign-up form states: "Your mobile number is required." I've been told that the same is true of Facebook in some places. In your opinion, is it reasonable to require each server operator to maintain an ongoing subscription to a mobile phone plan with unlimited incoming SMS in addition to the domain, web hosting, wired Internet service, and VoIP that the server operator already has?

no, I can't tell you how to find out who your users are or what they use

That's what I was afraid of.

Comment Re:Or backtick (Score 1) 149 149

If you've got a game on your PC, why would you want to show it on a console?

Because the primary PC is connected to a comparatively small monitor, and a console is cheaper than a second PC for the living room. This is especially true if Microsoft chooses to also make the streaming app available for a (possibly used) Xbox 360.

Comment Compared to packing up the gaming PC (Score 1) 149 149

Are you saying that one player in a two player game is going to be on the PC and the other on the XBox?

No, I'm saying that both people are going to be in the same room, looking at the Xbox's monitor.

If this is split screen gaming you're talking about

Not all shared-screen gaming is split-screen. Bomberman, Smash TV, and Street Fighter aren't split. Rampart is split, but only to the extent that each player fires from his own territory on one side of the river to his opponent's territory on the other.

WTF would you want to play that on a gaming PC without two controllers (e.g., a DualShock or XBox controller paired with the PC).

You're right that two players would need two controllers. I'll assume this streaming solution also forwards XInput to allow use of the Xbox's controllers with the PC game.

Honestly, I don't get why you would want to stream the game either direction locally unless one set of controls was better

Perhaps streaming is easier to do in some households than packing up the gaming PC and moving it into the TV room.

Comment Re: Couch multiplayer (Score 1) 149 149

At this point, you'd want to either A. put your gaming PC in the living room or B. stream the game

My computer isn't even really considered a gaming computer yet even it has an HDMI jack on it so I can plug a 80" screen into it.

I'll take that as an A. ;-)

Why would we crowd around the desk?

A few years ago, I collected eight comments from other users who were unwilling to put a gaming PC in the living room. The market may changed substantially in the past few years since comments like those were posted; if so, what has spurred this change?

Comment Re:Sticking with a 1982 design (Score 1) 657 657

why are computer numeric keypads and phone keypads reversed from each other?

DTMF keypads have 1 on top because 9 was next to 0 on rotary dial telephones, in turn because 0 was encoded as ten pulses. Computer numeric keypads are descended from mechanical adding machines, which have higher numbers up top.

Another "standard" that bothers me: In the transition to digital video, they had the chance to do away with the PAL/NTSC dual-standard nonsense... but they still chose to support both 50 and 60 FPS video?!?

Mostly for movies (which may be 24 or 25 fps per country) and upscaled SD programs embedded in a high-definition stream. Also for the same reason as DVD and BD region coding, namely to continue to enforce decades-old territorial exclusive licenses that specify the "PAL region" (mostly defined as Europe, Australia, and New Zealand).

Machines that have broken down will work perfectly when the repairman arrives.