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Microsoft To Shut Down TechNet Subscription Service

masdog Re:This is mostly outdated service (280 comments)

Do they really expect that to happen? Cloud is great, but there are a lot of legal, financial, and regulatory reasons for on-premise deployments. Does Microsoft really think that companies will just move into the cloud (especially one run by Microsoft)?

1 year,20 days

Microsoft To Shut Down TechNet Subscription Service

masdog Re: This is mostly outdated service (280 comments)

Microsoft wouldn't have to share any revenue with Google if they released an Android version. They would write their own marketplace and just require users to check the "Allow installs from other sources" (or whatever it is called) option.

1 year,20 days

Confirmed: CBS News Reporter's Computer Compromised

masdog Re:Better security might help (176 comments)

I'm not sure better security would help in this case. It's not like the government has compromised the major OS vendors/projects. In fact, I think there's no such agency dedicated to that task.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Tablets For Papers; Are We There Yet?

masdog IPads for sure... (180 comments)

The iPad has several good PDF reader apps, including some that do annotating. There are a few free PDF readers like BlueFire, but the best one that I've seen is a $5 one called Goodreader for iPad. With the advent of free online storage like DropBox, SkyDrive, or Box, you can put your PDFs online and just download them when you want to read them. I'm sure some of the better Android tablets will also do a pretty good job as a PDF reader, but I haven't gotten my hands on a Galaxy, XyBoard, or Nexus to play with them.

about a year and a half ago

How Do You Educate a Prodigy?

masdog Re:Why fit in? (659 comments)

2)Ham radio is not a good idea for socialization.

I disagree. If you live in an area with at least one active HAM Radio club, there are plenty of opportunities for socializing in meat-space. HAM Groups regularly meet (at least monthly) and they are often involved in community service by providing communications services to special events. It would be worth looking into, at least.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You View the Wall Street Protests?

masdog Re:The 1% are insulated (1799 comments)

Marie Antoinette was insulated too. How did that work out for her?

more than 2 years ago

B&N Yanks DC Titles After Exclusive Amazon Deal

masdog Re:Is that way their store is sparse? (125 comments)

I can only imagine that computer books are kind of a pain in the butt for bookstores. They get obsolete really fast these days; I'd probably want to reduce my inventory of them, too.

(Disclaimer: I haven't set foot in a Barnes & Noble in five-plus years. There just aren't any at the malls I go to.)

Plus this is a subject area where it makes sense to buy an ebook. Not only can you easily bring your reference library with you on a thumbdrive or an ebook reader, but some publishers (O'Reilly) give you very good discounts to upgrade to the latest version of the book.

more than 2 years ago

HP's Shift On PCs Could Boost Acer, Dell and Lenovo

masdog Re:Or Apple (156 comments)

Because HP says the fact people are increasingly ditching PC's for tablets (read: iPads) factored in their decision :

"The tablet effect is real, and sales of the TouchPad are not meeting our expectations," Apotheker says, explaining the movement of consumers from PCs to tablets as one of the problems with the PC division. So H-P is exploring options for its unit that "may include separation through spinoff or other transactions."

Basically they're saying iPads are where the money and future growth are and they failed to create even a beachhead in that market so they're getting out.

That seems like a very shortsighted move because HP only acquired Palm last year and has only had a competitor to the iPad on the market for a month and a half. To kill your largest division because your 1st generation tablet didn't make an immediate splash against a product from a company that has a cult-like following tells me that HP's management isn't willing to work to develop a product that they purchased just to enter this market, and they deserve to fail as a result.

Also, Dell and Lenovo may take HP's share of the corporate workstation market and Acer the low-to-mid range laptop but Apple will probably take a healthy bite out of the more profitable high end laptop share (what HP had left of it) and high end PC. The volume isn't really important, the fact that there isn't any money left in being top dog volume-wise is the whole reason they are getting out.

While there isn't a lot of profits left to squeeze out of that market, it is still the company's largest division, and it's not like they have a lot of options to make up that income. When IBM sold their PC division to Lenovo, they had the market for big iron locked up, a successful line of midrange computers, a line of servers, several lines of enterprise software products, and a large consulting division. HP has their printer division, their server and storage lines, their line of Itanium products, and their networking division. HP doesn't have enough in those other areas to make up for spinning out their PC division.

The only thing that would make this move make sense is if HP is attempting to focus solely on the data center and gambling that VDI will be the future of the corporate desktop.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosted Gmail Alternatives?

masdog Re:Technet Plus and Exchange 2010 (554 comments)

I assumed that this was for non-production/personal use as he said he was a hobbyist, not a systems admin.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosted Gmail Alternatives?

masdog Technet Plus and Exchange 2010 (554 comments)

Have you thought about buying a Technet Plus subscription and installing Exchange 2010 plus Forefront Protection for Exchange?

more than 2 years ago

Does Google Pin Copyright Violations On the ASF?

masdog Re:Really? (136 comments)

What is so trollish about it? It seemed well reasoned, and it appears to link to evidence to support his claims. I have not, examined the evidence, though.

more than 3 years ago

OSI Refers Novell Patent Deal To Authorities

masdog Re:Wouldn't the Sherman AntiTrust Act apply in the (88 comments)

You're right. It is pure supposition that CPTN would be set up to hurt Google. However, three of the four companies that are behind CPTN are engaged in lawsuits with Google or Google partners over Android.

However, the certain competition I was referring to was Linux and other open-source software like Postgres that competes directly with their product offerings.

more than 3 years ago

OSI Refers Novell Patent Deal To Authorities

masdog Wouldn't the Sherman AntiTrust Act apply in the US (88 comments)

IANAL, but seeing as how the CPTN combines the patent portfolios four of the largest and most litigious technology firms and appears to exist to exclude certain competition from the market by using intellectual property, couldn't they be charged with a Section 1 violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act for operating as a cartel?

more than 3 years ago

Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

masdog Re:There are good reasons for some secrecy (1425 comments)

I'm not going to disagree. There are reasons to keep secrets, especially in war time. You don't want operational details or specs of new weapon systems leaking. But the reaction to the cable leak has been over the top. From what I have seen so far, it looks like a lot of the cables are idle chatter and rumors passed on through official channels. It's also nice to know that the Saudis are pushing for war with Iran, something that shouldn't have been kept secret as elements of our government keep pushing for another war in that region.

more than 3 years ago

Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

masdog Land of the Free Indeed (1425 comments)

Nothing says "land of the free, home of the brave" than a quitter comparing a journalistic outfit that leaks embarassing data that the US and others don't want to be revealed to a theocratic government that opposes most fundamental freedoms. And yet, her base will eat this up.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft's Adaptive Touchscreen Keyboard

masdog LCARS? (77 comments)

Please tell me that I'm not the only person who thought about LCARS from Star Trek when watching the video. I can see that sort of utility in an industrial environment where your input device changes based on the screen your viewing.

more than 3 years ago

FTC Introduces New Orders For Intel; No Bundling

masdog Re:Does this mean an AMD Dell is on the horizon? (155 comments)

AMD has a place in Dell's Enterprise line as well. The Optiplex 740 was an AMD only model that was available for 2+ years. It was replaced by the Optiplex 580 line. My former employer used this line exclusively for all desktop PCs because they couldn't justify the extra cost for running Office and connecting to Terminal Servers. Then again, they also refused to look at thin-clients because they couldn't lease them....

more than 3 years ago

OpenSolaris Governing Board Closing Shop?

masdog Re:Sad (234 comments)

Also, the "bad will" will not ensure that they have no future. Microsoft continues to do well in their core segments - Windows, Office, MS Exchange, Sharepoint, and SQL Server. Yeah, they've taken their lumps with Xbox, Kin, Windows Mobile, etc...but they are still sitting on a pile of cash and they are still making a profit.

What will eventually kill Microsoft is 1)a better Office Suite (sorry, OpenOffice isn't there yet), 2)Mass Adaption of Linux on the desktop, and 3)Open-Source replacements for Active Directory and Exchange.

If Microsoft were to drop their Home Entertainment, Mobile, and Internet divisions, they'd be cutting out a lot of cruft that is dragging the company down.

about 4 years ago



More on the San Franscisco Network Hijacking

masdog masdog writes  |  more than 5 years ago

masdog writes "It turns out that the San Francisco network hijacking isn't really a network hijacking. According to a source close to the situtation, the City's Fiberwan routers were set up with only one user — Terry Childs, and restricted to local authentication. To make matters worse, the City's IT leadership not only knew of the situtation, but accepted it. How this translates into four counts of computer tampering is anyone's guess when the City's unspoken policy allowed for the situation. That doesn't excuse a seasoned IT professional from training a backup."
Link to Original Source

masdog masdog writes  |  more than 7 years ago

masdog writes "I have a work vehicle that need a laptop mounted in it. Although I have done a few searches and come across a few companies that make laptop mounts, mainly Jotto Desk and RAM, I haven't been able to find anything on the quality of those products. My boss wants more information before he'll consider cutting a check, and I don't want to recommend a poor quality product.

Slashdot, what is a good car mount for a laptop?"


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