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Comment Re:No one makes anyone buy anything. (Score 1) 247

Well a lot of people buying stuff are clueless.

Or to quote H. L. Mencken "No one in this world, so far as I knowâ"and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help meâ"has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people."

So in great many of those cases those tricks will work - unfortunately. I say unfortunately because it encourages being sleazy, not out of any special fondness of idiots.

Comment Telmac TMC-600 (Score 1) 857

The joys of computing in 1982
9kb of memory...
Basic interpreter...
Expansion buss that allowed connecting things... ...All in an ugly shade on brown!!

That thing really got me hooked in a way that has lasted since.

I still remember things like typing in an example program and not getting it to work at first and then the "oh" moment when I understood that I had typed in a O instead of a zero in all places the whole fairly long program and the feeling of accomplishment that I got from being able to solve it by putting in a "O=0" in the beginning. It is not the most elegant of solutions of course, but saved me from editing the whole program as the editor was kind of crappy...

Comment Re:There's only one solution... (Score 1) 266

In many simple situations, yes.

But there are plenty of cases where you are operating on such a large scale that using programming resources to optimize performance is a a good tradeoff. As example: in one customer case a 1% total increase in efficiency maps to 5000+ euro/month in the costs they pay to host the solution, on a yearly bases that buys quite many programmer days of optimization.

Comment Re:Well, no shit! (Score 1) 328

Apple has lost their way specially in laptops.

Back in the day when Air came out it was really nice, having better specs than other light computers and yet not outrageously expensive. I know of several people who did not want a mac who bought them and often put windows on them. I nearly bought one too but in the end wanted a few more ports so bought an otherwise worse competitor. At the same time they had the Pro line that had the ports and higher end specs, again in a fairly nice package with only modest premium price.

Now I look at their light offering and it is behind in specs and much higher price and they do not have a proper replacement for the pro machines with something in the same niche as the old pro series.

At the same time their competitors have come out with a lot of options that compete with both the weight and features and often surpass them on almost all fronts.

Now with the Windows 10 thing Apple would have a great time to increase their market share if it was not for the bad options in hardware.

Comment Re:Are they counting in the cost of windows update (Score 3, Interesting) 503

I quickly browsed 100 tickets for win 10 in the software category and 43 had a windows update noted as cause or probable cause for the problem. It is of course fully unscientific, but if it is the same for the full range of tickets then that is almost 1.5 problems on average with windows update/computer/year.

(all titles below are approximate translations to English)

Several mentions of things like:
"Computer goes into loop on start after it had restarted itself for windows update" at least 4 of these
"Program X stops working" with a further comment that it had happened after windows update or version update. at least 5 of these with 2 being local file database corruption in some older program.
"Windows update never ends" At at least 3 of these
"Program X no longer works after new windows release" at least 3 of these.
"Printer settings lost after windows 10 version upgrade" at least 6 of these. All of these in the fall update.

(I say at least as I started counting when I noticed the same type of issue reoccur and it was a fairly quick scan so might have missed some of the same)

and the most fun one:
"Windows 10 constantly restarts the computer for updates every 10 minutes even if you tell it not to" :)

Comment Re:Are they counting in the cost of windows update (Score 1) 503

There is no analysis done, just raw data from our ticket system. I took the category that translates to about "software problems" that is used for all problems that are found to come from system and or/installed programs(as opposed to hardware problems) and selected "windows 7" and "windows 10" as operating system respectively and 2016 as the period.

Also the average fix time in terms of man hours spent is higher on win 10 problems, but that might be at least partly due to the technicians not being as familiar with windows 10 as windows 7 so I would not make any claim on how hard they are compared to each other on that front, just on the raw number of separate problems.

The thing definitely does not differentiate between things like Windows problems, Software incompatible with windows 10 and so on. But in the end all those are real costs in terms of time spent on the problem regardless of the cause. The windows 10 systems cause a LOT more problems that need fixing.

In time the windows 10 problems will likely lessen as more software companies fix incompatibilities with windows 10 system changes and historically Microsoft tends to get their operating systems stable within a few years of introduction so the relative situation will be interesting to see in a year and two years, but for now the situation with win 10 is bad...

Comment Are they counting in the cost of windows updates? (Score 5, Interesting) 503

When counting the cost are they counting in all the breakage that windows updates have caused for win 10?

That is a huge number for most people.

I co-own a small IT services company and one part of the business is basic IT support. In that we have just over 500 customer computers under management and during 2016 the on average 147 windows 10 computers have had an average of 3.4 problem tickets each. The on average 304 windows 7 computers have had an average 0.8 problem tickets each. That is a factor of more than 4!! (The numbers do not contain planned maintenance, new software installation/version upgrade, hardware installation or similar events, just the "something is broken fix it!" classified things.)

Comment Re:"My" (Score 1) 25

Well, you are kind of US/English centric.

You have to remember that Monty is from the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland. "My" does not mean what you think in Swedish or Finnish (It is not a real word in either).

In fact the name probably comes from the moomin "Little My" (Lilla My in Swedish). As The moomin are a series of very popular children's books from Tove Jansson, a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist.

Comment Fully: Not yet. Mostly: It is here today (Score 1) 260

I co-own a small IT company with 7 people and the amount of paper we print out and receive has really diminished in the last 10 years.

We really do not print anything in terms of internal things as a lot of our work is at a customer location and involves several people over time so having things online and available to everyone at need has been a great help. Having it on paper would mean outdated versions and so on.

Of the about 60-70 invoices we send out monthly only one is on paper at their request.

In an average month we receive about 3-5 paper invoices, the rest are electronic.

Customer documentation and such are mostly electronic. We do have most of the contracts made on paper, though more and more of them are electronic.

Almost all of our communication with the government (taxes, import reports and such) are in electronic form. Only the municipality insists on sending the property tax on paper and the pension cover company sends the yearly report on paper. I do not think we receive anything else official routinely on paper, though there could be something I forget.

During this whole year so far I have printed out less than 30 pages(couple of contracts) and looked at less than that in total at papers from others in the company/directed at the company.

I must say that I definitely do not miss paper, all the folders full where you had to find something and the paper you were looking for was "always" miss-filed...

Comment Re:Good, then we can scrap that stupid f-35 (Score 2) 325

It is the same thing regardless of whose money you spend.

First you define what you want to accomplish and then you select the way to get that that costs least amount of money from now onward.

Of course things like when you want the thing to be ready and such play a role too.

You should never consider what has been spent on something up to this point except as part of the future cost, as often use of existing equipment from spent money means a lower future cost, but not always by any means.

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