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Games for Windows Marketplace Merging With Xbox.com

ooh456 Re:Microsoft and Games (45 comments)

My point still stands. MS paid Epic and was the official publisher of Gears. No one bought PC Gears because it came out a year later with no marketing or improvements. MS was for a while, trying to kill its own PC gaming lead in order to support XBOX sales. Want to play Gears? Want to play Halo? Get an XBOX. Otherwise stfu. The verdict: MS PC gaming strategy is run by a bunch of XBOX marketing choads.

more than 3 years ago
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Games for Windows Marketplace Merging With Xbox.com

ooh456 Microsoft and Games (45 comments)

Gaming is the only clear advantage that Windows still holds over OS X and Linux. That's why it's so surprising that MS has been trying so hard to kill its own PC gaming lead. What do they really expect to happen after that? I still love Windows gaming and I love XBOX, but for all other uses I will go for my Mac or Linux computers. How do I mean MS is trying to kill gaming on Windows? Easy. MS doesn't even release it's own games on Windows anymore! No recent Halo games on PC. What? No Gear of War 2 on PC. Why? Add to this lack of any serious innovation in Direct X besides prettier water in every release. Then MS allows themselves to be curb-stomped by Steam. IMO Windows Live always felt like more of a bug than a feature. It just crashed and annoyed more than it worked.I guess they are really giving up now. It's other companies that are really keeping PC gaming alive now. MS you really blew it you losers.

more than 3 years ago
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Corporate Mac Sales Surge 66%

ooh456 This can only be a good thing for users (494 comments)

I think what is happening is that people are suddenly demanding Macs at work. They use them at home and can't stand using their PC at work any more. I live in Sweden. As I look around I see way more Macs than PCs. At my wife's company it's the same. Could it be that Mac has already won the enterprise in some countries? People I talk to refuse to use Windows because of domain controllers, active directory, painful software installation, cheap hardware in PCs, and poor performance in mission critical applications. Not many users given a choice would choose a PC over a Mac. Bottom line: it's prettier and it works better.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Finally Certifies an Open Source Web App

ooh456 Congratulations SilverStripe? (87 comments)

This is surprising news for me as I have been a SilverStripe developer for a couple years now at my primary job. In case anyone is wondering, SilverStripe is a wonderful little enterprise class CMS. Miles ahead in my opinion of the usual suspects in this area ( Drupal, Joomla, WordPress). The real story here is why a small BSD licensed CMS written on the LAMP stack wants to be certified by Microsoft! I guess they want the publicity. But seriously, If you are a php developer looking for a good Object Oriented CMS written is PHP5, you should really take a couple days and check it out. You might really like it. It's not perfect by any stretch, a tad over-engineered, but did I mention it's miles ahead of everything else which calls itself a php5 CMS? Miles.

about 4 years ago
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What 'IT' Stuff Should We Teach Ninth-Graders?

ooh456 Re:Programming is essential (462 comments)

Really? A score of 5 for a post recommending teaching teaching kids Basic and Pascal? How about teaching them something useful like PHP or JavasScript? Something they can actually use to make something cool. I see kids learning Basic and Pascal as a definite path to them doing something other than IT as a career.

more than 4 years ago
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Will Ballmer Be Replaced As Microsoft CEO?

ooh456 Re:To be replaced by...? (342 comments)

They should replace Ballmer with the guy who's running the Taliban in Afghanistan. I hear they're doing well lately.

more than 4 years ago
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An Early Look At What's Coming In PHP V6

ooh456 Re:So... (307 comments)

This is a good point. The problem is that programming is like gardening. You can't expect a garden you plant one year to be as beautiful the next year without a little work. You need to weed, prune, replant, and fertilize it.

In programming we need to patch and refactor. It's all for the best really. The way to sell refactoring to a customer is to tell them that sooner or later, without it, they are heading for a meltdown. It's not because the program was bad when you wrote it, it's just that entropy is the way of the universe.

No application, especially a web app, can withstand time without maintenance.

Also no web programmer can survive on new projects alone. Eventually maintenance and upgrades come into the picture.

If your clients don't understand that, then you need new clients more than your current clients need you. And you can quote me on that. I've been building web apps for 12 years. None on the sites I built 12 years would still be relevant or working today without upgrades.

more than 5 years ago
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An Early Look At What's Coming In PHP V6

ooh456 Re:Finally (307 comments)

I think it comes down to... I know language x... so I will do everything I need to do in language x, even if there are better choices available. The mantra of software engineers used to be 'Right tool for the job'. I think it applies here.

more than 5 years ago
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Designer Accused of Copying His Own Work By Stock Art Website

ooh456 Re:hit them back (380 comments)

Wow is all I can say to that comment.

more than 5 years ago
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Shouldn't Every Developer Understand English?

ooh456 Learning English for IT / Computers (1077 comments)

I agree that English should be the language for IT.

But how do you expect students to learn it?

In case anyone is reading this article and interested, there is free elearning program I built at

http://www.english4it.com/

more than 5 years ago
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Programming Jobs Abroad For a US Citizen?

ooh456 Re:Maybe Sweden? (836 comments)

I am an American web programmer living in Stockholm Sweden for over 3 years. I love it here. I speak only English at work. If you are competent in any major programming language it will be easy to get papers and a job here.

Your lack of work experience may be the only thing holding you back. Employers of course are practical and want real-world experience as well as a college degree. Get a job in the States for a year or so and then nothing will stop you from jumping the pond.

more than 6 years ago

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