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Comment: Re:People use outlook? (Score 1) 292

by ulricr (#45525029) Attached to: Only 25% of Yahoo Staff "Eat Their Own Dog Food"
I'm always baffled when people complain that Outlook is slow. The corporate exchange server I am connected to is not even in the same country as I am. And outlook starts in about 7 seconds in a cool boot (ho often do you that, once a week?). That's still too long, but it's not 2 minutes. My mail is all on the server, no local .ost file. (probably the same for you too, since you switched to an (no longer developed afaik) imap client) But there are some crazy corporate spyware/management stuff that corporation install on our PCs that slow things down, and for sure "going rogue" and using another mail client that is not IT-managed works around that.

Comment: Re:Cinepaint (Score 2) 89

by ulricr (#44661849) Attached to: Autodesk To Follow Adobe's 'Rent Our Software' Business Model?
None of these has used cinepaint exclusivly. these productions used a hundred time more photoshop and roto tools than cinepaint. they also used Notepad, it doesn't mean that notepad is an awesome production tool. any crap gets used on production where there are hundreds of people and a dozen vfx companies involved. it's meaningless but the cinepaint people do love to hang on to the illusion. All of this only occured because of one programmer at Rhythm & Hues. Cinepaint was dump HARD quickly after.
XBox (Games)

Microsoft Unveils Xbox One 782

Posted by Soulskill
from the solid-color-rectangles-claim-another-victim dept.
Today at a press conference leading up to E3, Microsoft unveiled its next-gen games/entertainment console, the Xbox One. Their stated goal for the Xbox One is to have a single device provide "all of your entertainment." One of the big changes is increased support for voice and and gesture input. You can turn the console on by voice, and it will recognize you and automatically login. Swiping to the side with your hand will browse through menu pages, and saying "Watch TV" will bring up the TV app very quickly. The same with music, internet, and movies. The new console also supports multitasking — for example, while watching a movie, you can bring up your web browser in a side panel and surf the web at the same time. There is also a built-in TV listings app that responds to channel names — saying "Watch CBS" will switch to CBS without giving it an actual channel number. By this point, you're probably asking: does it play games? Yes. Hardware specs: 8-core CPU/GPU, 8GB RAM, a Blu-ray drive, a 500GB HDD, USB 3.0, and Wi-fi Direct. (They didn't provide the CPU frequency, instead saying it had 5 billion transistors.) The Kinect sensor got an upgrade: 2Gbps of data capture has finer skeletal visibility, can detect minor orientation changes in hands and fingers, and can even calculate your balance and weight distribution. The new controller looks slightly bigger, and is designed to play well with Kinect. They've also updated Smartglass, the remote control software that runs on mobile devices, but they didn't explain much about it. The new Xbox Live will have 300,000 servers powering it, up from 15,000 this year — though, of course, no details were provided about server specs. The console will have native game capture and editing tools — essentially, a game DVR. Saved games will be stored in the cloud, and they have new matchmaking capabilities that operate in the background. Update: 05/21 17:50 GMT by S : Halo is getting its own live-action TV show, for some reason. They'll be collaborating with Steven Spielberg. Microsoft is also partnering with the NFL for live broadcasts and interactive experiences, such as split-screen Skype chats and fantasy league updates. Xbox One will be out "later this year." No price information. it will not be backward-compatible with Xbox 360 games.
Windows

Windows Blue Is Officially Windows 8.1, Free For Existing Users 491

Posted by Soulskill
from the getting-rid-of-the-blues dept.
Several readers sent word that Microsoft has officially dubbed the upcoming revision to its flagship operating system "Windows 8.1," retiring the code-name "Windows Blue." They also said the update would be freely available to anybody with Windows 8. It will be available through the Windows Store. "Reller declined to provide an exact release date for Windows 8.1, but said that Microsoft is 'very sensitive to the timing of the holidays.' Ideally, Microsoft will be able to provide devices with Windows 8.1 pre-loaded in time for the holiday 2013 season, Reller said, but those who purchase a Windows 8 device later this year will be able to easily upgrade to 8.1."
Businesses

Can Older Software Developers Still Learn New Tricks? 365

Posted by samzenpus
from the old-school dept.
An anonymous reader writes "There's a persistent bias against older programmers in the software development industry, but do the claims against older developers' hold up? A new paper looks at reputation on StackOverflow, and finds that reputation grows as developers get older. Older developers know about a wider variety of technologies. All ages seem to be equally knowledgeable about most recent programming technologies. Two exceptions: older developers have the edge when it comes to iOS and Windows Phone."
Displays

Did Steve Jobs Pick the Wrong Tablet Size? 433

Posted by Soulskill
from the nobody's-perfect dept.
An anonymous reader writes "During the 2010 Christmas shopping season, Steve Jobs famously dissed the 7-inch tablets being rolled out by competitors, including Samsung's Galaxy, as being 'tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with the [9.7-inch diagonal] iPad,' adding that 'the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA — dead on arrival.' A year later Jobs was dead, and the iPad Mini, with a 7.9-inch diagonal screen, was rolled out under his successor Tim Cook in October, 2012. Looking at industry-wide tablet sales numbers for January 2013, which show that the iPad Mini surprisingly outsold its larger sibling by a substantial margin (as did 7-inch Android tablets from competitors), Motley Fool's Evan Niu thinks that the 7.9-inch form factor was the correct size all along, contrary to Jobs' pronouncements (which, of course, was partly marketing bluster — but he chose the larger size in the first place). Of course the Mini is cheaper, but not by much — $329 vs. $399 for the larger iPad, for the baseline model with WiFi only and 16GB storage. Had Apple introduced the iPad with the smaller size to begin with, Niu argues, competitors would have faced a much more difficult task grabbing market share. While the Mini is currently available only with 'Super VGA' resolution (1024x768), rumors are afloat that Minis with the Retina display (2048x1536) are close to production."

+ - Canon's Mixed Reality headset aims to change the way consumers shop->

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "With products like Google’s Glass, the Oculus Rift, and even certain features found on the Nintendo 3DS, augmented, mixed, and virtual reality are starting to make some headway in the consumer space. Canon, best known for its cameras, is looking to break into the mixed reality scene with its new head-mounted display.

The core of the setup is the Canon HMD (head-mounted display) which works in conjunction with various sensors — optical and magnetic, as well as visual markers — to help create the mixed reality environment. The HMD employs two cameras located in front of each eye that captures video and shoots it off to an off-board, tethered computer. The computer then combines the real-world visuals with computer-generated visuals, and beams that back to two monitors placed in front of the eyes within the HMD. The unit combines with a development platform, dubbed the MR Platform, which allows companies to create mixed reality images to display on the HMD."

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Microsoft

+ - Nikon Agrees to Pay Microsoft "Android Tax" on Smart Cameras-> 3

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walterbyrd
walterbyrd writes "Remember Nikon Corp.'s (TYO:7731) Android-powered smart cameras like the Coolpix S800c? Well it appears that adding Google Inc.'s free operating system isn't going to be quite so free — Microsoft Corp. has successfully shaken down the Japanese camera maker for a licensing fee."
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Unix

+ - Minix 3.2.1 Released->

Submitted by kthreadd
kthreadd (1558445) writes "Minix, originally designed as an example for teaching operating system theory which was both inspiration and cause for the creation of Linux has just been released as version 3.2.1. Major new features include full support for shared libraries and improved support for USB devices such as keyboards, mice and mass storage devices. The system has received many performance improvements and several userland tools have been imported from NetBSD."
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Google

+ - Will Apple Get Over Its 'Laptop Haphephobia'?

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Ridiculed as a very uncool Microsoft thing by Apple CEOs Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, the idea of touchscreens on laptops and desktops got a major boost this week from cool kid Google, who essentially called BS on 'Gorilla Arm Syndrome' FUD with the introduction of its high-end Pixel Chromebook. So, with Google Pixel validating Microsoft's touch strategy, will Apple be forced to get over its 'laptop haphephobia' and join the c'mon-c'mon-c'mon-c'mon-now-touch-me laptop club? Hey, 'vertical touch' could yet become a 50-year-old 'overnight' success!"
Cloud

+ - Microsoft Azure total outage for secured storage-> 2

Submitted by rtfa-troll
rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "There has been worldwide (all locations) total outage of storage in Microsoft's Azure cloud. Apparently "Microsoft unwittingly let an online security certificate expire Friday, triggering a worldwide outage in an online service that stores data for a wide range of business customers." according to the San Francisco Chronicle (also Yahoo and the Register). Perhaps too much time has been spent sucking up to storage vendros and not enough looking after the customers? This comes directly after a week long outage of one of Microsoft's SQL server components in Azure. This is not the first time that we have discussed major outages on Azure and probably won't be the last. It's certainly also not the first time that we have discussed Microsoft cloud systems making user's data unavailable."
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