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With Microsoft Office on Android, Has Linus Torvalds Won?

bigman2003 Does it matter? (365 comments)

The whole idea of 'winning' or 'losing' is misguided. The whole idea of marketshare being an indicator of quality is also misguided. I am an admitted Microsoftie. I'm on a Surface tablet right now. My Windows phone is sitting next to me. I've got an Xbox, subscription to Office 365, etc. I'm all in. The phone market has really taught me a lot. I used to carry an iPhone, but I was never really impressed with it. Eventually I switched to Windows and I was much happier (with my phone). A lot of people look at my phone as a lesser product. They'll send me links to articles predicting the demise of Windows Phone, or articles describing the horrible marketshare. But guess what? None of those articles...or the low marketshare...or the possible impending demise make me think less of my phone. Not at all. They have no impact on how I feel about the technology in my pocket. So the point is- I feel that others should do the same. Ignore the marketshare (unless you are an investor or developer) ignore the articles written by the hacks (Motley Fool is determined to bash Microsoft 30 times per day) and just use the technology in the way it was intended. Don't get emotionally invested in someone else's business. Microsoft put (a decidedly strange version of) Office on Android because they want the money. It has nothing to do with either satisfying, or challenging the fanboys. It has to do with money. That is what companies do. Apple had a horrible marketshare in the desktop OS market. It didn't mean they had an inferior product, just a less popular one. Getting emotional about this is silly.

about a year ago
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What Is Holding Back the Paperless Office?

bigman2003 Re:Simple, it can be cloned (511 comments)

My wife signs all kinds of documents for me.

I accept documents that are signed, but I've never met the person, and I probably won't. I don't have any sort of official signature to compare against. For all I know, someone else other than the 'human authorized' signed the document.

Physical signatures are not perfectly secure. The expectation that digital signatures must be perfectly secure is naive.

I think that society is looking for a 99.9% solution- knowing that there will always be a way to cheat the system. The amount of effort to make ANY system perfect is just not worth the trouble.

more than 4 years ago
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How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?

bigman2003 Re:Electric Shock (951 comments)

I disagree with your comments about the puppy picture. It is not an apology at all, it is a VERY effective means of communicating with your users.

I *do* use this method. I have pictures of cake, a cartoon alien, a dumpster, etc. throughout my systems with different pictures having very specific meanings (to me).

Every error gets emailed to the developers, and also logged, so there is a lot of 'professional' stuff going on behind the scenes.

But here is a scenario I've been in before...you are sitting in a meeting, and the conversation turns to your newest creation, when one of the people says, "I was using the system this morning, and I got an error." Which could be a show-stopper as far as an positive discussion is concerned.

But then they add, "It was a piece of chocolate cake." To which I respond, "Okay, thanks for letting me know about that- I'll get it fixed ASAP."

The conversation moves forward, because confidence was restored in the system. The user did not have to talk about, "I don't know what it said- some computer gobbley-gook," which I would respond with "I will look into it."

With the cake picture, the user tells me everything I need to know, in a very simple and easy to understand way.

more than 4 years ago
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YouTube To Kill IE6 Support On March 13

bigman2003 Re:I think I'll cut support too. (282 comments)

Well, that makes sense...since IE6, IE7 AND IE8 have more market share than Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome combined.

Not saying it is right, just saying it makes sense.

more than 4 years ago
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Should Gaming Worlds Join the Workplace?

bigman2003 Re:Geek Sociologists Replacing Jock Sociologists (68 comments)

Just a guess (being that this is Slashdot, it is a fairly educated guess) you spent high school playing computer games, NOT being the captain of the football team. (So did I, so I don't have any problem with it.)

But the point is...the recruiters are going to tell you ANYTHING to get you to join the military.

It's a sales job, and flattering you is part of the job. I wouldn't believe anything a recruiter says. In fact, if you had signed up, you'd know that the entire military jokes about it constantly. "What? Did you believe your recruiter?"

I'm not even disputing the information you are putting out, just pointing out that your source is notoriously bad.

more than 4 years ago
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Moving Away From the IT Field?

bigman2003 Re:half the jobs in IT are cleaning up (783 comments)

Not quite the same, but...

I work for part of a University that has a name that sounds like a telemarketing firm.

Frequently, one of my high level clients will call me in a panic and leave a message. I call back, but 50% of the time I get screened by a receptionist who just assumes I am trying to sell something.

If the client is a jerk, I don't even bother to explain. I'll wait until they call back and then tell them I got screened.

This happened to one client 5 or 6 times. Finally I explained to the secretary who I was, so the call would go through. The secretary said, "Oh, I know who you are...but she gave me a list of words to use to screen calls with. And your unit has two of those words in the name. Besides, it's fun to watch her get mad when she doesn't get the call."

I don't blame the secretary at all. But then again, you could only get away with that in the public sector.

more than 4 years ago
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Has the Glory Gone Out of Working In IT?

bigman2003 Re:Glory? (623 comments)

For a while, when people found out I am a 'computer programmer' their reaction would be, "Ooooohhhhhh." (Like it meant *something*)

Today when people ask what I do, I say, "computer programmer" quietly, almost apologetically...because I know that nobody really cares.

more than 4 years ago
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Ballmer Admits, "We Screwed Up Windows Mobile"

bigman2003 Re:Microsoft and Innovation (275 comments)

Somehow you are mistaking me for someone who used the word, 'Innovation.'

I didn't.

I said that their handwriting recognition was, 'Good.'

more than 4 years ago
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Ballmer Admits, "We Screwed Up Windows Mobile"

bigman2003 Re:Microsoft and Innovation (275 comments)

Whoops!

In my rush to beat you at being an insufferable jerk, I forgot to make a good point.

When I said that their tablets and pdas do have good handwriting recognition, I mean exactly that. I mean, it is good. I've used it, it works. It understands what I am trying to write.

I'm not sure why it needs to be relative to anything, but if you NEED a comparison, how about: "It is very good compared to not having handwriting recognition."

Kinda like how 'light' is good...I guess you could say relative to 'dark', but sometimes dark is good too. But I still stand behind the statement that 'light is good.'

more than 4 years ago
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Ballmer Admits, "We Screwed Up Windows Mobile"

bigman2003 Re:Microsoft and Innovation (275 comments)

Sorry you aren't very good at using the Internet.

But if you 'Google' the term, "handwriting recognition" you will find many other devices/products/software packages that allow for handwriting recognition that are NOT produced by Microsoft.

But if your contribution to the conversation starts and ends with, "Good relative to what?" then I am guessing that the whole purpose of looking up information is lost on you.

more than 4 years ago
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Ballmer Admits, "We Screwed Up Windows Mobile"

bigman2003 Re:Title (275 comments)

You say Windows Mobile Bluetooth stack is lobotomized.

I've been playing full-stereo music on my bluetooth headphones for quite a while on my Windows phone- but they've just added that feature to iPhones. Previously you needed to use a dongle.

So the Bluetooth stack is lobotomized in comparison to what?

more than 4 years ago
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Ballmer Admits, "We Screwed Up Windows Mobile"

bigman2003 Re:Microsoft and Innovation (275 comments)

Their tablets and pda's do have good handwriting recognition. Use one- they're good.

But for real input, handwriting recognition is eclipsed by having a keyboard, so it's not that big of a deal really.

more than 4 years ago
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FSF Attacks Windows 7's "Sins" In New Campaign

bigman2003 Re:FUD FUD FUD and more FUD (926 comments)

Wow...if you would "Rather do it in a slower way (pen, paper and a calculator)" then one of two things must be true:

1- the calculations you are doing are extremely simplistic.

2- you don't understand how a program like Excel can help.

If the reason is #1- great. Go for it.

I'm guessing though that the reason is the latter. You actually think a pen, paper and calculator are better.

It's like people who think that counting on their fingers is better. Or people who think typing with one finger is better.

Either way, you are not a very valuable asset.

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Ballmer Directing "House Party 7"

bigman2003 Re:You have to be pretty nerdy (359 comments)

These are not install parties.

Admittedly, an install party is totally lame.

These are just regular parties...with a Windows 7 computer sitting around.

Really, what kind of lame-o would want to go to an install party? I mean, what group of people are nerdy enough to actually do that?

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Ballmer Directing "House Party 7"

bigman2003 Re:House parties for a hated company? (359 comments)

Okay, you probably don't want to host one of these parties. But I do.

You make it seem like hosting a party is a big, bad thing. Like dropping $250 on food is a big deal. That Microsoft is EVIL for thinking you might be a normal person who has friends, and who regularly invites those friends over to your house so you can get together and have some fun. With friends.

The ONLY thing Microsoft is asking you to do, is to have a machine running Windows 7 at your house. They will give you a copy of Windows 7. They will also give you some other things (napkins, balloons, etc.) that you can use if you want.

You can also win a new computer for yourself.

I don't consider that to be such a bad thing. I regularly have parties anyway. The only difference here is that Microsoft is giving me a copy of an operating system (which I can choose whether or not I want to use) and a few other things.

And if you have friends...real friends...it is easy to say, "Hey, come on over to my party...yes, it will have some strange decorations, but that is no big deal."

For my friends, it won't be much different than my burger building parties. Or my 'Throwdown' (cooking contest, not WWF) parties. Or my Rock Band parties. Or anything else.

It's just a fairly flimsy excuse to get together with friends.

If that seems evil to you, then I think we have vastly different opinions on life.

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Ballmer Directing "House Party 7"

bigman2003 Re:Hmm, an echo of the zune release? (359 comments)

I applied too.

I have people over for BBQs, dinners, Rock Band, etc. anyway. If they want to give me Windows 7, and want me to have a computer sitting out at a party- then no problem. Yes, I will even use the decorations they send me- why not?

This actually isn't a bad way to get people to see Windows 7. Heck, I even signed up for the Betty Crocker cookie party while I was at it. (Waitlist only) Sounds like fun to me.

That's the point. The whole thing sounds like fun. So I tell my friends; "Hey, this is the geekiest thing ever...but come over for a Windows 7 party. I'll be cooking and we'll have margaritas." Microsoft gets a little more exposure, I get Windows 7, my friends get some food and drink. We all win.

more than 4 years ago
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Is "Good Enough" the Future of Technology?

bigman2003 Re:What's the rush? (350 comments)

If you had experience with both phones, you would know how perfectly the inverse of your statement describes the article.

Windows Mobile does far more than the iPhone OS. Multitasking for instance.

But the iPhone is a success in spite of the fact....no, BECAUSE OF THE FACT that it doesn't have un-necessary features.

Windows Mobile is an extremely feature-rich operating system. Unfortunately, all those features and a crap interface don't hold a candle to a simple implementation of a not-very-smartphone.

It's a lot like a Wii vs. Xbox 360/PS3. The Wii can't hold a candle to the other two technically, but it has been far more successful.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft and Yahoo Reach Deal

bigman2003 Re:Will Bing get better? (301 comments)

I wish I would get paid- because I have a lot of positive things to say about Bing and other Microsoft products.

I don't look at them thinking, "Oh God, Microsoft is crap...." I actually use them and do comparisons with other products, then choose the one I like best.

As I mentioned, I use Chrome on all of my computers. I hate IE. But I do use Bing. And I *like* Windows Server/IIS and SQL Server.

MySQL, Apache, and Ubuntu are alternatives that I have tried, and disliked.

I've also tried some of Microsoft's other tools which I hated- things like Expression Studio...not even close to Dreamweaver. I'm not a fan of Office, but I think Xbox and even Zune are fantastic.

So if there is a program you know of, where I can get paid for spouting my opinion on Microsoft products, please let me know how to be involved.

more than 4 years ago

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Bad Business with Google

bigman2003 bigman2003 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bigman2003 writes "Google is the 'Do No Evil' company, but many of their business practices are consumer un-friendly. Here is a story about attempting to upgrade a Google Mini search appliance, but being told that Google will not sell the $3,000 upgrade and the only option is to pay $7,000 for a whole new system.

Are Google's days of being a 'good company' over? Is there such thing as a 'good company'? And better yet, does anyone have an idea of a Google Mini replacement without the ridiculous licensing?"

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