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Comment Re:Huh. (Score 1) 545

I do the same job and I agree with everything you said. XP plus Server 2003 is practically bulletproof. If I'm willing to continue paying for XP I can't really see why Microsoft should have a problem with it. However if Microsoft would make make an true upgrade for XP, not a new OS model, I could be tempted. Just gives us the couple things that would be useful -- like an updated backup utility -- I wouldn't mind shelling out for that.

Comment I think something was recently fixed. (Score 1) 294

However for a very long time I wasn't able to reply to any threads in IE7 and had a hard time reading many of them. I actually figured it was an intentional exploit of some IE incompatiblity designed to annoy and exclude IE users. I just learned to switch to a different browser when I wanted to read slashdot.

Comment But it ain't technically gonna be public domain (Score 1) 233

While publishing it, and making it prior art would be nice, the only way for you to totally place it into the public domain would be for you to patent it yourself.

If you actually patent the invention, then by definition it isn't public domain. A better answer that fits the requirements of the original question is to file a patent application, abandon it, then let the USPTO publish your application. That will put it into public domain.

Comment Credit Card Ponzi Scheme (Score 2, Interesting) 388

I think it may even be simpler. I went to the site and, though I couldn't understand the language, it seemed as though you had to buy the iTMS certificate with a credit card! So all they have to do is use your card (or in the more elaborate scenario a previous idiot's card) to buy your gift certificate. And they buy whatever else they want with it.

Comment Re:What happened to the Torx screws? (Score 1) 476

Once upon a time, Apple used all Torx screws, and it was good. What is with these insanely tiny, fine, and easily stripped phillips screws on the newer machines?

They are just awful, and you still need a Torx driver if you want to replace the disk anyway.

Let's have a geek-off where brag about the Torx drivers are in our toolboxes! I got one that is so small it is invisible to the naked eye!

Comment Re:Of course they are making money (Score 1) 315

I don't think that's the case. I would guess any business large enough to have IT staff would buy site licenses direct from Microsoft and have their staff burn the images in house. Otherwise maintenance would become a monstrous problem, especially when you consider the difficulties of keeping MS OSs clean and protected from malware. . . .

But I don't know for sure. Still, I am pretty sure that very few businesses with a dozen computers or more are shopping for new ones at Staples, Office Depot, WalMart, or Dell's catalogs.

You'd be surprised. The average business only has about 16 employees, most actually have fewer. They don't have in-house IT. They buy from companies like Dell because they can also get the service plans to go with them. I guess there are more copies of Windows SBS out there than all the other versions combined. Those people still need the Business version.

Comment Re:Dell, STILL, has some 'splainin to do . . . (Score 1) 315

Why is this so hard to understand?

It's not hard to understand. Even the cost of OEM Vista Business is a lot cheaper than Dell is claiming. And that doesn't include subtracting the cost of the Home OEM license. You are still back to a less than $20 difference. This isn't a scheme for MS, as much as a scheme for the vendors.

Comment Re:Of course they are making money (Score 1) 315

I'd bet the majority of downgrades are actually business users who are just plugging a new computer into an existing XP/Server2003 infrastructure. So no extra money at all there. The difference between a XP-MCE license and a Vista-Home license is only around $10-$20. So the vendor really shouldn't be sticking it to the end-user for much loot. I'd guess Microsoft doesn't see much money out of it. But it is very convenient for the vendor to make it appear as if that is MS's fault.

Comment Dell, STILL, has some 'splainin to do . . . (Score 1) 315

Not quite correct. FTA:"...when Dell was accused of gouging customers by charging $150 to downgrade a new computer to XP. Dell countered that although it did charge $20 to install XP on the machine, as well as to cover the cost of the additional media, the bulk -- $120 of the $150 -- was the price of upgrading the PC from the standard Home Premium to the more expensive Business edition . . . Well, if you want XP you're SOL, that'll be $120 to 'upgrade' the Vista you want to 'downgrade'.

The cheapest OEM version of XP only cost 109.99 for us mere mortals (you know Dell gets it cheaper)and the difference between that and Home Vista Premium is only 16 bucks. So I don't think Dell is really telling the truth here.

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