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Microsoft Takes Another Stab At Tablets, Unveils Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro

bryanbrunton Microsoft and BestBuy are Thieves (381 comments)

Here is the most remarkable fact about Surface RT (Windows on Arm) in combination with the new Windows Store at BestBuy:

A significant amount of the floorspace of America's last remaining generic brick and mortar electronics vendor, is now devoted to a product that does not sell.

The Surface RT is product does not have a naturally won position in the market place. The product exists simply because Microsoft has the money, a long standing relationship with BestBuy, and the desperation to place the excess inventory in front of customers who do not want to buy it.

Microsoft and BestBuy are flogging a product (Windows on Arm) which is doomed. Everyone in the industry knows it is. I can only feel sorry for the unsuspecting customers who purchase Windows on Arm.

Microsoft and BestBuy are stealing money from people in a last gasp attempt at flogging a dead platform.

about a year ago

Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2: Now With New Kickstand!

bryanbrunton Finger Grease on a Laptop Screen? (294 comments)

This is a serious question of Surface users. My laptop screen must stay pristine.

How do Surface users, when toggling the device back to desktop mode, deal with the finger grease?

- Battery life
- Disk space
- Decent keyboard
- Screen size

These all take second place to the chore of dealing with a smudged up screen on a machine that would seek to function as a tablet and a laptop.

1 year,13 days

Elop Favored By Gamblers As Microsoft's Next Chief Executive

bryanbrunton The need someone who innovates less! (196 comments)

Let's face it, Microsoft has recently seen a huge amount of innovation.

  - a completely new UI for Windows
  - gambling a couple billion dollars on Windows RT
  - locking down the XBox with draconian DRM

These were HUGE gambles, Ballmer had HUGE stones. They were really betting the company on this dynamic new strategic path.

It just so happens that this is innovation that really fscking sucked. They need a CEO who recognizes that Microsoft cannot innovate. It is not something that the company does well.

1 year,21 days

Devs Flay Microsoft For Withholding Windows 8.1 RTM

bryanbrunton Re:Where is Microsoft's Edward Snowden? (413 comments)

It could have something to do with the fact that I care so little about random posts on tech news sites that I type as fast as I can and don't bother to proofread.

But no, such a logical deduction is beyond you.

1 year,21 days

Devs Flay Microsoft For Withholding Windows 8.1 RTM

bryanbrunton Where is Microsoft's Edward Snowden? (413 comments)

This post is a public plea for someone within Microsoft to come forward with documentation on the rationale behind the recent apparent loss of all reason and common sense by the company.

Please, please come forward now!

The actions of this company make no sense to us. We are bewildered by the illogically behavior of Microsoft's direction.

Everyone knows that to ruin the useability of Windows by the utter donkey skit that is the Metro Interface makes no sense. There must be some greater reason behind these mysterious decisions that Microsoft has recently under taken.

So give us an internal memo or two! There must have been voices of intelligence within Microsoft who argued against the self-destructive path that it has recently undertaken.

Let us know why Microsoft is committing public suicide.

1 year,22 days

Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop

bryanbrunton Re:Too little too late (496 comments)

Sorry, I got the email monitoring covered elsewhere. I got a web browser open, I got Outlook alerts in the lower right of the screen.

When I open the open the start menu to run some old program (the name of which I have probably forgotten because I installed in 2 year ago), I don't want to learn about my inbox, my facebook, the price of MSFT.

Combining these functional areas is brain damage.

1 year,25 days

Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop

bryanbrunton Re:Too little too late (496 comments)

No, no and no.

To all the Microsoft Shills who insist on listing 100 different windows key combinations to replicate what was available from the old start menu, or if you are going to advise me to start typing in program names to launch programs on my mouse operated graphical user interface:


1 year,25 days

Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop

bryanbrunton Re:Too little too late (496 comments)

No, the 'minimum effort' way to access programs is to put a Quick Launch Bar into the Windows task bar. One mouse flick, one click. I have 20 programs with icons there that I launch without the back-assward, 20th century methodology of typing in program names.

1 year,25 days

Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop

bryanbrunton Re:Too little too late (496 comments)

The old menu allows quick access to the majority of system functions. It did this with a minimum of clicks, mouse movement and extraneous information.

If I am working, I don't want to see weather information, stock quotes and baseball scores. Sure, you can remove those tiles from the start screen, but then that defeats the purpose of having that information available when I am not working.

I actually might enjoy the start screen when I am not working, but that goes back to the core malfunction of the start screen: it is mixing core functional areas:

(1) Program/System/Settings Launcher
(2) Information Provider

Why is so freaking difficult for the so-called User Interface experts at Microsoft to understand that this is a colossal fuck up to jam these two key functional areas onto the Start Screen?

1 year,25 days

Microsoft Needs a Catch-Up Artist

bryanbrunton Re:What if Ballmer and Gates had not been such dic (406 comments)

Web apps have not destroyed the need for a Windows operating system. Smart phones and tablets are not winning/selling because they have web apps. They are winning because they have a innovative touch interface designed for the hardware, and a huge amount of non-web app software. The browser is just another application which is installed on the phone/tablet, an application which usually takes back seat to a custom app.

Gmail and Yahoo Mail were going to succeed if accessed via Internet Explorer or via Netscape.

In the battle to place the box under the desk, Microsoft still reigns supreme. And web apps have nothing to do with that market. The battle to place the phone in the pocket isn't being decided by which web browser is on the phone.

1 year,25 days

Microsoft Needs a Catch-Up Artist

bryanbrunton Re:Blame DoJ (406 comments)

Microsoft gained nothing by destroying Netscape and limiting adoption of Java. They lost hundreds of millions in legal fees, and then billions went out door to the EU. Microsoft was going to make their money. They had the desktop monopoly. Apple will never gain much desktop market share with their pricing structure. Java was a joke, a complete user interface travesty. They could have fired everyone on the IE team, and licensed Netscape, and it wouldn't have affected one bit the Office and Windows money train that was coming down the tracks.

It doesn't matter one iota which web browser a windows machine is using. Microsoft already got paid. Browsers are commodities. Ballmer and Gates were such paranoid dicks, and non-technologists, that they couldn't see that.

1 year,25 days

Microsoft Needs a Catch-Up Artist

bryanbrunton What if Ballmer and Gates had not been such dicks? (406 comments)

Purely as an exercise in alternate reality, it is interesting to wonder how the computing landscape would have been different, most certainly superior to state of affairs now, if Ballmer and Gates had not been such conniving, backstabbing dicks.

The company would almost certainly be an order of magnitude wealthier, more respected and better positioned in the marketplace, if those two guys hadn't felt it necessary to throw the company's weight around by executing the many well known monopolistic and consumer-unfriendly practices that they are so well known for.

If anything, the strategic failure of Microsoft as a company to set itself against so many others in the industry, is missing from the debate about the good and bad aspects of Steve Ballmer's legacy.

Microsoft was consumed with a truly psychotic fantasy of Netscape (a fucking web browser company) rising and dominating the computing landscape. That is just one example where the mendacity-wrought Ballmer and Gates, helped in no way the financial bottom line of MS by just being dicks, almost just because they couldn't help it.

It is fairly easy to posit that a good amount of the effort behind the rise of Linux was simply due to a common reaction against the back alley tactics deployed by Microsoft. And if Linux is not as developed as it was in 2008, does Google have something upon which to build Android? Something which can be released and developed under the GNU license? And that is just one potential hypothetical.

1 year,25 days

Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

bryanbrunton Re:He's right - Android is eating iOS's lunch (692 comments)

You have a folder named Music, you have subfolders named A, B, C, D, ...

How exactly does that not scale?

I have many, many gigabytes of songs.

about a year ago

Could Humanity Really Build 'Elysium'?

bryanbrunton No missile batteries or other defenses? (545 comments)

So obviously there were numerous plot holes in the movies, but the most egregious was the station's lack of defense systems.

So the super rich, who have enslaved the majority of humanity on hell earth, spend billions on a floating space station and they don't bother to defend the thing?

about a year ago

Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

bryanbrunton Re:Start Menu use case: How do you find old stuff? (740 comments)

This is probably a stupid question, is the list of applications on the tile screen and desktop screen inclusive of both tablet apps and desktop apps?

There is probably just one list of programs.

How does one know if a program is a tablet app or a desktop app?

about 2 years ago

Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

bryanbrunton Start Menu use case: How do you find old stuff? (740 comments)

So they took away the start menu: the simple list of programs you have installed.

So in Windows 8, how do you find the program you installed 6 months ago, but you forgot the program's name?

This use case, finding an old forgotten program, is the only thing I use the Start Menu for.

about 2 years ago

Grim Picture of Polar Ice-Sheet Loss

bryanbrunton Re:Let the Polar Cap Melt (412 comments)

Except that Russia is not good place to do business (at least for manufacturing):

Endemic levels of corruption (higher than even China), a for sale judiciary, a regime that is intent on scaring away foreign capital, workforce that unsuited for large scale Chinese style factory deployment, oligarchical control of existing infrastructure and government, nontransparent capital markets, the list goes on and on.

about 2 years ago

Hello, I'm a Mac. And I'm a $248 Win8 PC.

bryanbrunton Missing the Best Quote (642 comments)

"Live tiles turned start screen into “incessantly blinking, unruly environment that feels like dozens of carnival barkers yelling at you simultaneously."

"Give me the zen garden calm of Steve Jobs' "less is more" approach to interface design any day."

These are two best quotes from this article and the comments section.

about 2 years ago

How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025

bryanbrunton Mitt Romney (717 comments)

There will be no next Obama administration. Didn't you see that last presidential debate?

Obama is too stupid and lazy to be president.

Mitt knows that it isn't possible to "heal the planet", (insert Romney smirk here), or begin to slow the rise of the oceans.

So when Mittens is elected all of these silly MPG ratings will be rolled back once we achieve North American energy independence.

about 2 years ago

Lab-Made Eggs Produce Healthy Mice

bryanbrunton Re:And we move forward (81 comments)

Naturally, the robots would produce human colonists as sex slaves to serve their craven robotic needs.

about 2 years ago


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