" The departure of Steve Sinofsky so soon after the launch of Windows 8 was not a vote of confidence by the maker of the world’s largest operating system. But is it a sign of Microsoft‘s imminent collapse?
Last week, usability expert Jakob Nielsen wrote a devastating critique of Windows 8 on his Alertbox blog. He writes, “One of the worst aspects of Windows 8 for power users is that the product’s very name has become a misnomer. ‘Windows’ no longer supports multiple windows on the screen. When users can’t view several windows simultaneously, they must keep information from one window in short-term memory while they activate another window. This is problematic for two reasons. First, human short-term memory is notoriously weak, and second, the very task of having to manipulate a window—instead of simply glancing at one that’s already open—further taxes the user’s cognitive resources.”"
another random user writes: Taiwanese computer maker Acer has put back the launch of its Windows RT tablets following mixed reviews for Microsoft's own Surface device which is powered by the new operating system.
Acer said it was now unlikely to distribute the product before April.
Windows RT appears similar to the full Windows 8 system and is designed to run on ARM-based processors.
Unlike Windows 8, Microsoft only allows Windows RT to install third-party software from its own online store, and the apps can only run via the system's touch interface and not in the traditional desktop mode.
However, in return for this trade-off Windows RT computers are likely to offer longer battery life and cheaper prices.
coondoggie writes: NASA today gently reminded any future Moon explorers that any relics of its Apollo missions or other US lunar artifacts should be off limits and are considered historic sites. NASA issued the reminder in conjunction with the X Prize Foundation and its Google Lunar X Prize competition which will use NASA's Moon sites guidelines as it sifts through the 26 team currently developing systems and spacecraft to land on the Moon.
Damien1972 writes: A new paper in Current Biology suggests leeches can be used as a cheap way to track rare mammals. The research found that the presence of mammals can be determined by testing the victim's blood for DNA stored in the leech. The blood may survive a year-and-a-half.
perles writes: A week ago Google boosted the the Gmail storage capacity to 10GB. Today I noticed that some e-mails marked with stars have gone missing. After an unsuccessful search through all my folders I filed a complaint and got a bot answer telling me that would be impossible to successfully recover the messages, therefore they "won't be able to respond to future inquiries." If those e-mails were not important I would never noticed. Has anyone here noticed similar issues with your Gmail's account recently?