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When Windows Vista came out, a lot of people were actually very interested in a new version of Windows. After all, XP had been used for quite some time, had several quirks (security-wise), and so there was a lot of interest. Of course it quickly backfired, when users noticed all the quirks with Vista.
When Windows 7 came out, it really did influence PC sales. Users were enthusiastic about 7, it seemed that Microsoft finally "got it" and focused on providing a great experience both for home-users and business-users alike. It seemed that Windows 7 was designed according to users demands and wishes.
With Metro and Windows 8, it's the opposite. Even the enthusiasts say "It's not as bad as you think once you get used to it." What a horrible way of praising a new product - it's not as bad as you think.
Windows 8 has completely failed to attract end-consumes. Most end users find the interface useless and cumbersome. None of my non-techie friends would every buy a new computer to get Windows 8. And even my nerd-friends shy away from Windows 8.
So all in all: Tablets and smartphones eat aways desktop sales, but Windows 8 has rather accelerated this process than slowing it down.
1.) A mandatory warranty that all _sellers_ of goods have to give by law, which is valid for two years. This covers only problems that existed prior to the purchase. So for example, if some part breaks simple to being worn out, the _seller_ has no obligation to cover it. If a problem occurs within the first six month after purchase, it is assumed by law that the problem existed prior to the purchase. The burden of proof that the problem did not exist prior to the purchase is up to the _seller_. In practice, such proof is difficult, and thus _seller_ will usually handle the problem. After six month up to two years, the burden of proof is up to the buyer. Since again, this is almost impossible to do without an expensive expertise, this effectively limits this warranty up to six month. Note that this is an issue between the _seller_ and the _buyer_, even though if a defect occurs and the seller is not the manufacturer, say the seller is amazon, the seller when faced with a defective product will claim the same warranty to the manufacturer. Some might have other agreements with the manufacturer.
2.) Almost all manufacturers give on top a voluntary warranty to the customer of two years. This warranty is completely voluntary, and the customer has no real legal means to enforce it.
What happened here is that Apple is one of the very few manufacturers who only give voluntary warranty of one year. They (essentially the apple store) tried to sell additional warranties for up to three years (Apple Care), but without making it clear, that the buyer can anyway claim warranty against the seller of goods for up to two years (even though, this is hardly enforceable after six month, unless it is a problem so widespread that it would, say, lead to a class-action lawsuit in the US). The judges asked Apple to make this more explicit. Instead, Apple finally went ahead and introduced voluntary warranty conditions that are similar to any other manufacturer in Europe.
I am on contract with NTT Docomo. Officially the Magic is stuck here at 1.6. By flashing Cyanogenmod, I could get up to 2.2.1. Some at XDA have made 2.3.3. available, but it is slow and unstable. Updating has the risk of bricking the device. Very like, it will never see 4.0.
Considering the price, I did not even save any money.
The update experience on Android is simply a joke. My next smartphone will be anything but Android. Windows Phone 7, iOS, heck even Blackberry will give me less trouble.
I updated a non-US HTC Magic (both new radio and the T-Mobile US-Froyo-Image) and found the process far from trivial. And I do have a CS degree. Maybe I should've gone for history instead.
Steve Ballmer's FUD is insofar correct in that if you want to update your Android-phone after the maker and/or carrier abandoned you, you indeed almost need a CS degree to update it on yourself.
The update process is indeed quite well-done on WP7
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Intel’s i7-2700K is the giant chip maker’s fastest chip based on its own Sandy Bridge architecture, which began appearing in Intel processors in January. The chip clocks in at 3.5GHz—which can climb to 3.9GHz, when leveraging Intel’s Turbo Boost technology—and is meant to challenge AMD’s most powerful FX chips.
It costs about 100 USD more than the new FXs"
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