it is a good thing valve has a steam client for linux
...which will limit you to Valve for games. I'm not confident they are going to get the numbers (sales) to incentivize big publishers to follow and develop for Linux.
Sounds like some loophole method of getting out of your debts
GM did it in 2010 and appears to be ready to do it again soon.
At least they scaled back the window borders a tad, I thought the borders were unforgiveably large.
However, the window borders still look pretty gigantic compared to other platforms.
I forget exactly where to do it since I've gone back to Windows 7 -- but I believe if you change the font size (in windows appearance options) to normal (100%), the borders and buttons will follow to a normal size. The default out of box was 125% IIRC.
They don't care that linux users will move on to other distributions.
That's what they want. There are already plenty of neck-beard oriented distributions.
This one is for the masses who want to only (or can only) use GUI tools.
I only point this out because you identify the hypocrisy of Republicans when it applies to almost everyone holding a chair in DC.
The $9.99 monthly subscription will give acces to select games, not their entire catalog. So yes, they are definitely similar to Netflix, where your streaming options are limited to many documentarys (many of which are excellent) and older movies.
I actually purchased a few games through OnLive because I own a notebook -- the service works quite well. My gaming rig days are over, I'm not a DRM zealot and I will pay for convienence. And it is nice to just turn on a game without installing it (using my SSD space), waste some time, then turn it off and get back to work or family.
Your point regarding how impatient and dependent people get about online services is very valid.
However I stated the retailer should provide the extra membership. None of this is the fault of Microsoft (unless the product was purchased directly from them, which of course is not in this case).
So why should customers suffer for the retailers mistake?
Then the retailer should make it right. Perhaps provide an extra year of XBox Live for the inconvienence.
It's not like the accounts are blacklisted; the users cannot log into XBox Live until Microsoft releases the updated dashboard.
Windows Phone 7 is almost certainly better than Windows Mobile, but who cares? No one is going to develop for it. Balmer has been right all along, it really is about "Developers Developers Developers." Developers are not likely to start churning out apps for WP7 anytime soon. The pragmatic ones will wait and see if anyone buys a WP7 phone first, which they won't because there aren't any apps.
I recall many, many people claiming the same about Android; Apple had such a head start, there is no way Android would catch up or even gain traction.
Microsoft, on the other hand is in fact changing. IE9 beta has good promise, Windows 7 is better than its predecessors by leaps/bounds. And WP7 is a huge departure from Windows Mobile -- essentially copying and enhancing the iPhone model.