Sure, HTC makes nice, shiny devices, but their support for anything more than 1 year old absolutely sucks. Hopefully this behavior won't be repeated for their Nexus devices since it's Google who's driving software updates, not HTC.
Sinofsky happened, that's why. I'm sure there were people who raised red flags internally prior to Windows8's release, but Sinofsky was so hellbent on making MS a "devices & services" company that he ignored any feedback that didn't mesh with his vision.
Now he's gone, and MS has to undo his mess and spin it as innovation... So now we see MS shills writing things like this FTFA:
In order to do this, Microsoft is working on including in Threshold lots of new features specifically aimed at "desktop" users, meaning those who interact primarily with their Windows computing device from a desktop or laptop PC with mouse/keyboard and optional touch.
Note how "desktop" is in quotes as if this group is a fringe subset of its users instead of the 95% of its users who were completely alienated.
Prosecutor: "You laundered millions of dollars for violent drug cartels."
HSBC Bank: "Yup, sure did. Here's $2 billion. We're good now, right?"
Prosecutor: "You're free to go."
It's called Godwin's Law. It sucks, but it's inevitable in discussions like this. I gave up fighting it years ago.
I use both, and I find that
I attribute much of
Thank god, I thought I was the only one with this perspective. Talk about a first world problem: "Waah, I'm 30 and my toys don't behave the way I want them to behave!" Now go whine about this to your grandpa who fought for civil rights, your suffragette grandma, your war vet down the street, or basically anyone who's fought and sacrificed for a worthwhile cause, and prepare to get your ass kicked.
If you go the MS route, I'd suggest that he gets his feet wet in Microsoft's Small Basic rather than dive into C#:
Small Basic is a simple QBasic-inspired language that runs in the
it is normal scientific work to test simulators by feeding them with true data up to some date in the past and look if their simulation up to current date is accurate. i have not RTFA, but there is nothing odd in the (short) summary here to me...
Great point--I wish they had more details about the methodology. I wonder if they're backtesting against the same historical news data that they used to create the model. That would be a big mistake--the model would perform terrifically well against the same data used to create it, causing overconfidence.
I upgraded today on my Windows 7 work machine. The overall email experience is unchanged--I use it to access my work account on Rackspace email via IMAP, and the new version continues to work fine. But overall I'm underwhelmed to the point that I wish I hadn't upgraded.
At first the new Windows 7 theme struck me as a nice improvement with all its pretty glassy transparency up top, but a few hours of hard use it's just annoying... the menu bar is partially transparent now, so if there's clutter or a dark background under the Tbird window then the top-level menu items lose some contrast and become harder to read (for my crappy eyes, at least). The whole UI lost some of its snappiness, too--I'm not sure if it's the new theme's fault, but resizing the Thunderbird window isn't nearly as smooth as it used to be and the menus feel sluggish when I click on them.
But here's the part about the theme that's driving me batshit insane: Moving the Thunderbird window is broken (it's an advanced feature, I know, but hear me out). There's this big transparent glass area up top with all kinds of empty space that's just begging for you to click on it so you can drag the window around. But the click only registers if you hit it on the very top part of the window. Every other Windows program with a big transparent glass area (including Firefox) lets you click anywhere on the glass to move the window. But not Thunderbird. Most of that glass is a useless no-man's land. (This is so contrary to my deep Win7 usage reflexes that I thought that my mouse was broken for a while.)
The highly-touted improvements to the tab management doesn't do much for me either. Sure, it's neat that I can detach tabs and move them around now, but if I compose a new message then it has to be in a separate window. I can't dock the composition as a tab anywhere, so I have to mess around in the Windows taskbar or Alt-Tab to switch between the messages I'm composing. I'm not sure how this oversight slipped through the cracks.
Oh, and half of my extensions are incompatible after the upgrade. This should annoy much more than it does, but I've grown numb to it over the years.
Build a system that even a fool can use and only a fool will want to use it.