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One among my most loved capabilities of Windows eight

10 Apr

Somebody requirements to refer to the Mayan calendar, a Sumerian tablet, or maybe the Oracle of Algernon, since I am in fact around the very same side as Ed Bott on this week’s argument, “Windows 8: Can this OS be saved?” Nicely, other than for one thing: I don’t believe Home windows eight desires conserving. So to me, the debate’s premise is sort of moot. It will probably be exciting to determine the arguments on this a person, but severely, Windows eight does not require preserving. Keep off on reducing the lifeboats.

Each individual time Microsoft releases a brand new version of its functioning program, you can find somewhat of controversy and fighting that can take spot. And that i comprehend your really like for Windows XP or your attachment to Home windows 7, but it is time to embrace the future.

In my imagination, I visualize two nerds stepping into the argument about whether or not Windows eight is often saved and ending up inside a slap combat that eventually is damaged up by certainly one of their mothers. Situations such as this just make me hold my head in humiliation. But that’s the mother nature of IT folks. It truly is variety of like arguing Windows vs. Linux, or Personal computer vs. Mac.

Religion is belief-based. Technology is observation-based. Understand the real difference before using a aspect.

Now possessing explained that, I’ll convey to you that in my humble view, Home windows Vista and Home windows Me have been completely bogus and totally unwanted attempts. Sorry, I know which i claimed within a prior publish that I’d in no way pet dog Vista again, but it truly is these a fairly easy target which i cannot resist. The mere mention of it’s like Kryptonite to me. And i am good that also significantly publicity to Vista would sooner or later destroy me. I digress.

I have been to several retail suppliers and a person discounted keep around city, and i have witnessed Windows eight on many units. New laptops with touchscreens, desktops, netbooks, and, of course, the Area pill line.

I installed it over a laptop computer and have but to find out anything at all incorrect with it. Admittedly, I would enjoy it additional if I’d among the new touchscreen, models but there is certainly nothing completely wrong with Windows 8. And i have place it by means of its paces. I haven’t been awesome to Windows eight. I hated it at first, but I compelled myself to change using the moments and perform with it. The Windows 8 Metro-style interface is definitely the potential of computing.

The mouse will likely be a issue on the previous incredibly shortly within our post-PC period that among the list of debaters writes about so frequently. When you, and he, truly believe that that we’ve been now into your post-PC era, why the heck would you will need to save lots of Home windows eight?

Home windows eight is often a comprehensive working procedure which will run serious purposes. There is certainly no must apologize for it. It is really a good running technique – every little bit pretty much as good as Home windows XP, as well as in quite a few approaches, much better than Windows seven. One among my most loved capabilities of Windows eight is its spectacular boot time. Thirty seconds from electrical power on, I am opening applications. Home windows seven, conversely, can take numerous minutes to the exact same hardware.

Home windows eight does not need to have preserving anymore than Home windows ninety five did. Folks are afraid of something new, but in this case, they shouldn’t be. And neither should you. Windows 8 is often a superior operating system that justifies a highly regarded position in record along with other progressive know-how advances

You desired an operating method that might run over the components you have now because you you should not want to shell out the money to update. Carried out. You desired an functioning process that operates on a number of hardware to make sure that your consumer experience is similar on all equipment. Accomplished. You needed an operating technique that’s straightforward to use. Carried out. You preferred an Apple-like encounter with swipey icons and an app keep. Done. You wanted an functioning system that does not just take a long time to boot up – for this reason all the geeky tales of “going to obtain a cup of coffee when it boots”. Done.



Microsoft Launches Website Listing Patents

29 Mar

Transparency campaign aimed at thwarting patent trolls

-Website lists about 40,000 Microsoft patents world-wide

-Not all technology companies agree transparency needed

Microsoft Corp. ( MSFT ) on Thursday launched a website listing all the patents it holds in the U.S. and abroad, in a campaign for more patent transparency aimed at limiting patent warfare among tech companies.

The Redmond, Wash., software company unveiled a website called Patent Tracker that lists all Microsoft patents in a database available online or for download. More than 40,000 patents are listed on the website that are searchable by patent number, title, country of filing and whether the patent is held by Microsoft or one of its subsidiaries.

Microsoft pledged last month during an industry conference in Washington to make its patent catalog public. The move comes as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has considered drafting so-called “real party of interest” rules. The rules could make it more difficult for patent holders to conceal ownership and shuttle intellectual property between shell companies.

The ploy is often used by companies that buy patents with the intent of using them to sue manufacturers in the future. Microsoft is engaged in about 60 patent lawsuits with such secondary owners, say attorneys familiar with the company’s legal dealings.

Transparency will “help prevent gamesmanship by companies that seek to lie in wait and “hold up” companies rather than enable a well-functioning secondary market,” said Brad Smith, general counsel for Microsoft, in a blog post announcing the website. He concluded the post asking other companies to “join us in making available information about which patents they own.”

Clouding ownership of a patent makes it difficult for technology companies to identify competing technology and seek a license. Obscuring ownership also makes it easier for companies to spring a patent suit on an unsuspecting manufacturer, a practice that has earned the name “patent trolls” for companies that use the tactic.

Microsoft’s announcement to publish its patent catalogue is an attempt to lead its technology peers toward greater transparency, but not all agree.

“I can see where identifying ownership can be helpful–not the biggest issue we are facing in patent reform,” said Washington patent attorney David Long.

Representatives of several tech companies said patents are published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and available on commercial search services.

A spokesman for Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM) said the company wasn’t considering publishing its list of patents. A spokesman for Oracle Corp. (ORCL) said the same. Several other software and technology companies didn’t respond to requests for comment.

In January, David Kappos, U.S. undersecretary of commerce for IP, in remarks said more transparency was needed to get patents into the hands of companies that can invest in new products and create jobs.

Microsoft’s Patent Tracker is available at


21 Mar

The BlackBerry Z10 may be launching at the end of the week, but that hasn’t stopped the U.S. military from seeking alternative devices and potentially exiting as one of BlackBerry’s largest customers.

Electronista reports that as part of the mobile device testing program at the U.S. Department of Defense, 650,000 Apple devices will be ordered.

Based on the publication’s “well-placed sources,” once the government’s sequester is over, the DoD will be ordering 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod touches and approximately 210,000 iPhones, although specific models “were not shared.”

Most of these devices will find themselves “headed to the battlefield, afloat, and to associated support commands,” and approximately half will be used at the Pentagon. Almost half a million old BlackBerry models are currently in use within the department, but as there is no backwards compatibility with the BlackBerry 10, the iOS devices are intended to replace these models.

Since these BlackBerry devices would have to be replaced eventually anyway, perhaps it is the case that the Department of Defense is willing to move to an older and more tested OS to save money and time — especially as Electronista’s sources say that “some of the needs can’t wait,” — which would further push military officials to switch their preferred mobile devices. In addition, it has been suggested that the BlackBerry 10 was scrapped off the testing list as part of cutbacks, and therefore the BlackBerry 10 operating system couldn’t go through the necessary security checks.

Recently, reports that BlackBerry’s new BlackBerry 10 operating system failed to gain security clearance for U.K. government use were exposed as inaccurate, according to the government department responsible for issuing the certification.


The site is debuting three episodes of a series based on the subreddit “Explain Like I’m Five.”

19 Mar

Online community Reddit is experimenting with original web programming and is debuting three episodes of a new web series on Monday. The web series is called Explain Like I’m Five and is based on the subreddit on the website where queries to political or social issues are answered or discussed by the site’s users.

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Reddit general manager Erik Martin tells The Hollywood Reporter that the series, which is funded by YouTube, marks an experiment to encourage the site’s users to create web video rather than a larger foray by the company to get into original web programming.

“For us, it’s more about encouraging the Reddit community and bigger community of producers, filmmakers and animators out there to create content, video, web series, shows … based on Reddit content,” Martin says.

The “Explain Like I’m Five” subreddit, which the company says gets an estimated 4 million page-views monthly, was chosen because its discussion concept seemed fit for a video series.

The series features actors Michael Kayne and Langan Kingsley explaining broad topics to children in a classroom. The series covers diverse subject matter: “The Crisis in Syria,” “Existentialism and Friedrich Nietzsche” and “The Volatility of the Stock Market” are the titles of the three episodes.

The ELIF series is produced by Jared Neumark, the founder of Landline TV and former co-director of content at College Humor. Each clip ends with a message pointing viewers to DonorsChoose.org, a online charity that helps provide teachers with classroom resources.

While the series will only be three episodes, Reddit may produce more original programming in the future based on other subreddits, Martin notes. “We’re really curious what happens organically,” he says.