Betteridge’s law of headlines in full effect. Alex Hern asks if it’s time to swap a Mercedes for a Lada. How surprising that, given Alex has the money to get a Mercedes, he doesn’t bother with the Lada in the end. He could have saved a lot of time by reading this total horror story […]
I’m no fan of Windows. But, because some software I have to use (to control laboratory instruments) can only run under Windows, I’m forced to use and maintain machines running Windows 7. It’s not so bad. Seems relatively stable. Doesn’t need too much work. Terrible at many things, ugly, lacking features, yes. But tolerable. But […]
A blizzard of crapware engulfs a Windows PC.
Ben Thompson on the new Cubed Podcast, discussing why web apps took off on PCs, even though they are crap. Because they don’t need to be installed, and they are simplified, they tend to work instantly, and reliably. “People were scared to install apps on the desktop.” They should be. I don’t perhaps have a […]
Sad day that Nokia has given up on phones. Although this deal “makes sense” in that it allows Microsoft to “make phones” and therefore compete with Apple and Google, it doesn’t make Nokia handsets any more desirable. They were only available with Windows anyway. Microsoft’s hardware record is mixed at best, and they haven’t any […]
The exit of Ballmer is probably long overdue, and may come too late. Mary Jo Foley got a 15 minute interview with Steve Ballmer and has posted the transcript. Most sites have concentrated on Vista as his biggest regret. There is quite some competition for that title. Foley asked Ballmer to name what gave him […]
Windows 8 will apparently interact with standardized chips in the host machine to control software installations. This backdoor could be used for any purpose, including NSA access. Die Zeit got the scoop that this feature is considered a deal-breaker by the German government. Got to love them for being just about the only ones prepared […]