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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

0xdeaddead all that article tells me is that they are (136 comments)

staying the corse with fewer people.

I'm sure that'll work out well, like the current corse is.

I'd be nice if MS had just fragmented out so we could get VC and .net on other platforms, along with Office. But as it stands now, all the kids are doing Ruby and anything else that isn't MS so the languages division (MSDN) folks are going down, and with Linux owning the 'cloud' space, now they screwed up consumer windows, so the tables and phones are taking over.

Looking back from 1999 it's amazing that MS could fuck it up so badly.


Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

0xdeaddead owncloud? (175 comments)

why not roll your own? a VPS is too cheap these days...

4 days ago

China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

0xdeaddead Re:China has an internet? (58 comments)

for normal people? 2003 or so.

But it's crony captalisim at it's best. First they allow access to a western site to get the feel of it, then they have uncle at the military have the site blocked. Then Jr creates a clone version of that site. The pirate site then gets popular since you can't access the real site, and well billion + people means millions of users which means nice watch, a couple of apartments and shark fin soup for uncle.

It's a joke.

about a week ago

China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

0xdeaddead Re:It's all about the input (58 comments)

Japanese has it's two alphabets + some chinese lettering, but Chinese.. is well.. Chinese. And there are different input methods that some people like best. And a bunch of people just steer clear because it's not intuitive.

The hard part is if you don't remember how something's written you have to fall back to speech to text, or dial a friend.

about a week ago

China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

0xdeaddead Re:Propaganda for Chinese cell manufacturers? (58 comments)

connivence and portability too.

Mobile networks are much more faster than the states, which leads itself to being more mobile friendly.

Everywhere you go there are tonnes of phone vendors, and very few PC vendors, I think the input and language barriers behind a PC are just too high for most people to deal with.

about a week ago

China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

0xdeaddead It's all about the input (58 comments)

and android phones support enough chinese input methods which makes them popular.

Ever use a computer with some kind of Chinese input? It's a nightmare.

about a week ago

The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

0xdeaddead Amiga 2000's are plagued with battery leakage (192 comments)

which is the primary reason why not to buy one. The zoro cards, especially ethernet can be hard to come by, so unless you get a loaded one... well it's pointless.

I've also had issues with bus noise by maxing out a 2000 with a bridge board, 2065, 68038 upgrade, and ram card. It really was incredibly unstable.

The 2000 has the same CPU as the 500, and 1000. It really was a pointless model. The 3000 and 3000T's are much nicer. And I should add the even a bare 3000 is far more stabler than a loaded 2000.

The other issue now is WinUAE is so good, it can run BSD, AMIX, along with all the software from the Amiga heyday. Considering how funky old machines can be, why even bother?

about a week ago

Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

0xdeaddead Re:Stupid Article (236 comments)

^^THIS. NeXTSTEP was portable at this point anyways, and the Intel port at this juncture was the most stable. Porting it to the PowerPC in hindsight was a complete waste of time.

Also it was IBM that screwed up 2Ghz G5's and couldn't (and wouldn't) deliver a G5 suitable for a laptop. Certainly nothing like a MacBook Air.

Even the PS4 and XBone use AMD x64's.

PowerPC is cooked.

about two weeks ago

Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

0xdeaddead Ha! (236 comments)

Is apple using PowerPC chips today? no.

All IBM did was derail the Motorola 88000 chip which was an evolutionary dead end anyways, but what it really did was kill the 68080 and beyond. The 68060 was more akin to the Pentium in design as the 68040 was to the Intel 80486. IBM stepped in and killed off Motorola chip fabrication, killing a bunch of 68000 based vendors including Commodore, Atari, NeXT and so on.

The fact that ARM has killed PowerPC in embedded space just speaks volumes to what a malaligned bone headed deal this was.

All IBM did was get other parties to help with fabbing newer POWER processors for the RS/6000 and to embed in new mainframes.

Apple uses Intel and ARM processors.

about two weeks ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

0xdeaddead Re:No. (502 comments)

I almost feel embarassed to admit, but I recently installed DiskLED so I could enjoy some kind of blinking light for HD access.

although with SSD's or remote machines it doesn't help with simulating the disk noise.

about three weeks ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

0xdeaddead Ever since the industry went to PCI (502 comments)

Which meant that without some hackery ISA DMA channels are unavailable breaking all the existing sound blaster games in MS-DOS I haven't cared. Sure for a while there was some interesting TSR's that'd hook with emm386 to simulate the ISA DMA to a PCI sound card, but now that we live in the future, I can use something like PCem, and just emulate the entire PC.

Also, since that horrible time, even the cheapest Pentium II board had built in AC97 sound support. But I see that Creative Labs is trying to keep the Sound Blaster name relevant these days, and even partners with motherboard OEM's to embed the SB stuff onto boards. Even my MSI z87 has a SoundBlaster built in. Although it doesn't matter, I run it through an amp I found on the street, through some speakers I bought for $50 Hong Kong. It sounds 'good enough ' to me.

Unless it's 220, 5, 1 I really don't care.

about three weeks ago

Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

0xdeaddead Re:Recent allegations... (210 comments)

Is there a guide on putting the settings to the e3 like settings?
I set everything to high, and my pc isn't killing itself, but the game doesn't look that great either...

about three weeks ago

CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

0xdeaddead Re:x86_64 is just a fad (125 comments)

I bet those rabid VMS fans are wishing they went with the fad.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

0xdeaddead I'm always amazed MS blew the mapping race (174 comments)

when they had Microsoft TerraServer running on those sweet DEC Alpha's back in 1998. Instead of launching a new and exciting mapping service, they just settled for a minor showcase for SQL Server 7 with a database greater than 1TB.

Talk about a company with zero vision.

about three weeks ago

FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

0xdeaddead Re:Can I play Descent on it? (133 comments)

Well... it installs, it's DOS4G/W (I'd forgotten!) and it'll run with all drivers disabled (I didn't test otherwise) ... Setup the sound card as a sound blaster

  Complete the Sound Blaster 16 Configuration.
  IRQ 5
  8-bit DMA 1
  16-bit DMA 7
  MPU-401 I/O address
  Disable (MPU-401 MIDI device is not supported)

Once the game loads up the ship bounces around like crazy, and you get destroyed within seconds.. So, I'm guessing Descent doesn't handle fast machines, so while it 'works' it's not proper.. It'd probably better off in something like PCem, or just old fashioned DOSBox...

about a month ago

FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

0xdeaddead Re:Can I play Descent on it? (133 comments)

I'm installing it right now... I chose the "Microsoft Windows" profile, and selected "Windows 3.1"... You need to make sure that the CD-ROM has the highest boot priority in the BIOS... (hammer F2 on reboots), eventually you'll catch it...

the install is SLOW... no doubt about it.

I also installed it on QEMU, and yeah terribly slow.

With QEMU thought, I did get DOOM v1.1 with sound working, so that is nice!

about a month ago

FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

0xdeaddead Re:Best DOS game... (133 comments)

That would be QuakeWorld for MS-DOS. Too bad it was born out of a bored and rainy day, but yeah, no more B&W non-existant TCP/IP or trying to rely on Windows95, No this version includes it's own TCP/IP stack, and best of all it works.

QuakeWorld for MS-DOS, the way it should have been.

about a month ago


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0xdeaddead 0xdeaddead writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Super cool I just got it booting with qemu snapshot 2005-03-16_23 on windows xp.. its slow as hell.. but Im going to update the base & see how it is....



0xdeaddead 0xdeaddead writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Hey, what is the deal with Openstep on virtual software?! Nextstep 3.3 run on Virtual pc with no issues, you need a serial mouse for it on vmware (and vmware costs 4x the price of vpc, so guess which one I bought),but Openstep crashes on both. Qemu gets further, but it doesnt detect the mouse....

Dammit so close! but Im stuck with 2gig partitions under Nextstep.

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