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Comment Re:Can we get rid of long sigs as well? (Score 1) 248

I welcome this trend, a few extra confirmation boxes would help.

Can we also get rid of excessively long sigs, embedded graphics, comic sans and outlook stationary too? Or at least made them more difficult to automate.

Personally I never quite understood why HTML e-mail was/is used. Plain old text is fine for what the majority of people need, and it should be the default IMHO. The number of times that the extra formatting was useful via HTML is very rare and no one generally knows how to really make any use of it (besides marketers).

Of course, for some deranged reason Outlook tends to render it in Courier, which makes it look ugly. I receive ASCII e-mail in Thunderbird and, both of which render it in pleasant looking sans serif typefaces.

I also always like the four-line signature 'guideline' from the Usenet days and try to follow it whenever possible.

HTML is amazingly useful in messages. Simple things such as including inline screenshots of an application under discussion, or ease of properly formatting lists.

For longer and more complex emails I may very well divide the email up into multiple segments using headers

Sure I could do all of that with ASCII art, but why the hell should I when HTML exists?

Comment Re:windows? what were you thinking? (Score 1) 138

The .NET framework actually has built-in support for running on non-Windows and non-x86/x64 systems: there are various internal enumerations which indicate running on Windows, Mac, or Linux systems and there are also flags for indicating Big and Little Endian CPUs. It was *designed* to be cross platform; it's just MIcrosoft themselves have never bothered to take advantage of this.

Look into .NET Micro Framework, it is a completely open source implementation of .NET (by Microsoft!) running on a wide variety of platforms.

Netduinos are the easiest way to get started with .NETMF.

(To be fair, .NETMF is more of a platform in of itself, a cool little mini-runtime of sorts, very awesome and fun to play around with)

Comment Kia Soul (Score 1) 238

As a happy owner of an original model Kia Soul, it took me all of about 1 tank of gas to realize the reported fuel numbers were off. 23MPH is about the best I can get, which is horrible for a car that weighs 2650lb and has a 144hp engine.

I have actually yet to figure out how in the world the gas mileage is that bad. (The "I am not sure which gear I should be in" automatic transmission may have something to do with it.)

That said, in every other respect the car is great. Practical beyond all belief and fun to drive. (I have one of the limited edition models that is a fair bit closer to the ground than is typical, so I don't end up upside down all the damn time!)

Comment Re:Maybe we'll get lucky (Score 1) 107

If you HONESTLY think they are gonna gut the ENTIRE UI before release day? here is a cookie to go with the koolaid you have been drinking. as for why show it to them?

Actually the Start tiles experience was redesigned due to customer feedback about the Developer Preview.

The concept is not going away, but the implementation is improving a lot before release.

Compare the design after feedback was taken into account to the earlier design

It was improved.

I know this may surprise you, but Microsoft relies on selling stuff to customers. As such, as a general rule (though not always, everyone messes up from time to time), they try to create products that customers want to buy. If they get feedback that something can be improved, and if it is possible to improve it given budget/time/etc, quite often it ends up being improved. Not always, but features have a cost to implement (both financial and in terms of human resources).

folks PUT UP with their cell phone, most don't sit there caressing the thing and they sure as hell don't want to spend their day in front of it!

Try talking to a younger demographic.

Also, if you are putting up with technology, try getting better technology.

In regards to the new start screen though, it is basically a simple evolution of the original Windows 95 flyout start menu that just now takes up the entire screen. It is a full screen start menu. Live Tiles are Desktop Icons that can display snippets of information, and that are easier to arrange in to meaningful groups.

Do either of those sound that bad to you? Does de-cluttering desktops (while still allowing users to put things on the desktop! Just making those things easier to organize!) really sound horrible? And why the hell not make the start menu full screen? It damn well should be, much better than the stupid small hit boxes that existed on the Win95 through WinXP start menus, and tons better than the seriously unusable start menu that debuted with Vista and continued on to 7.

Comment Re:99% of everything is crap, says everyone (Score 1) 336

Seriously dude. Tone down the anger some, and study history some more.

You might want to start off with the essay The Rise of "Worse is Better". It lays out a pretty consistent reasoning for why quick to release, flexible software wins the day. It doesn't have to have all the features that are possible, it doesn't have to be 100% stable. Software that is in users hands NOW and enables them to be productive is worth infinitely more than bug free (or even just "far less buggy") software that may be available some date in the future.

All large software projects have huge lists of bugs. Heck you can even take estimated metrics of Bugs/Line of Code. Even with really damn good coders, once you have millions of lines of code Bugs/LOC is going to bite you in the ass.

Managers and companies set schedules - not programmers.

This is true for everybody in a company. Their job and delivery schedule is based upon the needs of the company.

Marketing idiots says we need feature x because he has a hard-on and absolutely no basis to demand feature x.

Typically some large customer who is willing to pay large sums of money is requesting the feature. Those same large sums of money go to pay your salary. In some cases, especially for one off features, it may be the case that a large company will have a work stoppage if the feature isn't implemented. Or perhaps the software package is not nearly of as much use to them without that feature.

Your job is to make USABLE software. Software that isn't usable isn't worth anything to anyone.

Programmers do their best to create feature in y duration. Its buggy. This is known. The company releases it anyways.

If a company continues with that practice, eventually they will get a reputation for writing low quality software and they will find themselves in a poor financial situation.

In regards to how much Microsoft is to blame for this, have you taken a look at any other enterprise software vendors? Be it Java2 EE, SAS, or IBMs latest and greatest product, enterprise software development is an ugly picture no matter who is producing the tool chain.

(Actually J2EE can be done properly if you have the right people in charge, I am pretty sure SAS and LOTUS are always horrid horrid things to get close to however. :) )

Comment Re:The phone I've been wating for . . (Score 2) 252

Please tell me you are trolling?

but anyone who knows what they are doing and doesn't install random shady-looking garbage never has any trouble.

Yes, because all OEMs make their devices to the same quality bar! Why, ever single android device out there, from low end to the high end are top notch highly performant and bug free!


Just like any other open device ecosystem Android has issues with some device makers not even realizing what a quality bar is.

Comment Re:They forgot the most important feature of all.. (Score 1) 662

My computer has a reset switch. Depends on which model you buy. Or just build your own.

The mechanical off switches were horrible. They were a common source of failure for computers. Not too surprising, given how much current (voltage?) was supposed to run though them when they got flipped. They were heavy as heck for a reason.

Comment Re:Users will hate it. [depending] (Score 1) 348

If microsoft finally sacrifices the holy vestal virgin of legacy compatibility (Its major strongpoint in corporate environments by a long shot-- Look at the immense power of zombie IE6) for its ARM port, it will suffer the same fate as all the previous alternative architecture builds (PPC, SPARC, Itanium, et al.)-- That is to say, it will die on the vine because users will hate it with purple pasion.

Except that if this is a consumer orientated release, back compat is not nearly as important. Old games don't run, but old games don't run on ANY of the tablet platforms.

Having a usable and responsive UI, ease of use, and hitting a good price point are more important than back compat for a consumer device. Being able to run Office is another plus.

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