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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

hound3000 Version Number Likeness (644 comments)

Winamp took v2 and v3, added them together, went to v5.

In the original browser wars, Netscape was commonly pitted against the like major version number of Internet Explorer. Nowadays Firefox has adopted the fast-track approach of version numbering from Google Chrome.

With Windows 10, Microsoft is matching MacOS X, and it will create discussion of which is better as it always does when it releases. Then Microsoft will push quickly to Windows 11, and not plod around with 10.1, 10.2, 10.3. In three years time, look to see Mac OS start pushing it numbers faster in response. Both are positing a push away from the 'old desktop mentality.' The name has been a marketing ploy since Windows 95, why should we expect any difference now?

The version I'm usually the most interested in seeing is the one listed as the NT Kernel number displayed in the command prompt. //Even Linux had 3.11 for Workgroups.

about 4 months ago

Lucas Promises Star Wars on Blu-Ray in 2011

hound3000 Fan Cut of Star Wars (420 comments)

When do get the edition where all the shots are tagged, and the viewer is invited to re-cut the movie with the ability to add deleted scenes, delete added scenes, and generally try to prove what the fans have been saying since 1997, that they can cut together the ultimate version of Star Wars. They can release the version which gets the most votes on the next-next Star Wars release. I have seen more packaging for this series than any other, sooner or later, whoever holds the franchise rights will do this. George Lucas won't be running the show forever.

You don’t want to read the forums where Star Wars fans divide up into Sith vs. Jedi camps on allegations of vote-rigging the winning cut.

more than 4 years ago

Windows 7 To Skip Straight To a Release Candidate

hound3000 Re:7 to Vista is as SE to 98 (856 comments)

Windows 98 to 98SE, was available as a free CD to some OEM customers, or you could buy the upgrade for about $20.

Windows 98 / 98SE to Windows Me, had a special upgrade Blue box that was available for about $49 for a limited time (I saw it around for about a year)

I would not be surprised, if Microsoft offered a discount to Windows 7 for Windows Vista users. Such an upgrade might only be offered online, and not make the retail stores. An upgrade for $49 to upgrade whatever version of Vista, to the comparable Windows 7 version (Home, Business, Ultimate) would go far to get Vista users to buy in.

However, if you want to look at it from another angle, Windows 2000 was v5.0, Windows XP was v5.1, I do not recall any special upgrade deal being offered, but 2000 was not marketed to Home users. Windows Vista is v6.0, Windows 7 feels like v6.1. There is nothing special about what Microsoft is doing here other than it is ten years later.

The real story to me is that Microsoft released a new version practically every year with the old Win9x series, and that stopped with Windows XP. They miss the giant revenue stream from yearly upgrades, as would just about any corporation on earth.

more than 5 years ago

id, Raven Developers Discuss New Wolfenstein

hound3000 Re:Shroud mode sounds a lot like Spirit mode (162 comments)

A fantastic movie, topped only by it's sequel Day Watch.

It wouldn't surprise me at all that your health meter goes down in the shroud, or you could be trapped there in a timed level searching for a way out.

more than 6 years ago


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Computer Swap Meets

hound3000 hound3000 writes  |  more than 12 years ago The 'Computers Are Fun' thread over at Wil's Place got me started thinking. First of all, to make a journal entry, something I've never done on /. before, second of all, just how common are computer swap meets? I only know of a local couple which I'll go ahead and list here, but just in case I start traveling the country someday (doubtful) I'd like to know about others.

  • Oklahoma City - 4th Saturday Sale - This sale is a local knock-off of the 1st Saturday sale in Dallas and takes up one room. A good place to meet some local vendors.
  • Dallas - 1st Saturday Sale - Sale in downtown Dallas that has shrunk in size and greatness the last years, IMHO. In fact, the last time I went, we ended up going to the Dallas Fry's afterwards and got better deals. (This was in fact, the first time I ever when to Fry's) This roughly sums up my experience with local swap meets for computer parts, what others out there are there? The ones around here while fun, just aren't offering good deals anymore. And yes, this post almost mirrors the one I just made in that 'Computers Are Fun' thread.

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