Quoting a bit more:
" Chromebooks are approaching a 50 percent share of the US education market, according to Google’s Sundar Pichai. They’re cheap, practical, shareable, and easily manageable. That’s bad news for Microsoft, as generations of students growing up with Chromebooks won’t necessarily want Windows, especially because so many services today are creating feature-rich websites for PC use, rather than standalone programs.
"Speaking of assaulting Microsoft bastions, business use of Chromebooks exploded this year....
Never discussed is whose software was hacked to get to Sony.
Microsoft demonstrated long ago how little confidence it had in its own ability to make a secure system by farming out all or nearly all of its public-facing web sites to Akamai using Linux.
Longish but well worth reading. I mostly agree, but woul argue with a couple of points.
Internet is here to stay. Don't confuse the system itself with current conventions for accessing or providning it.
I still use email when I have something to say that's worth more than a few words. Instant messaging is handy for the small stuff.
Hours spent in careful thought are indeed productive for me. Your style may differ. The great value of a system like Linux is that I can customize it without limitation and without asking anyone's permission.
For the good of the computing industry and all its customers, Microsoft needs to go out of business, and I do believe it's headed that way, but alas I doubt it will happen as soon as 2015.
It's very satisfying to me, to see the way Microsoft is retreating and being forgotten. I was serious when I said today's teens and twenty-somethings will be saying, "Micro who?"
"The good news, for those of us not likely to be ditching the desktop or laptop any time soon, is that 2014 saw the Linux desktop hit a level of polish and sophistication that quite frankly, well, surpasses what's available from Windows 8 or OS X Yosemite.
"Naturally that's a very subjective statement, but go download Ubuntu 8.04 (the gateway drug, if you will, for many of today's desktop Linux users) and install it alongside Mint 17.1. Suffice to say that these are great days to be a Linux user.
"Perhaps it's fitting that just as it would appear that the days of the desktop PC as the device of choice for the home are numbered, desktop Linux finally surpasses its closed-source competitors. Bug number one is closed and no one cares, it would seem. Maybe this is the way it was destined to be all along - the only people around for the just-out-of-reach "Year of the Linux Desktop" will be those of us who've been having our personal year of the Linux desktop for decades, if not more."
"Can you i magine Microsoft under the tutelage of someone other than Bill Gates throughout its large-scale growth in the 1980s and '90s? It was almost the case, and billionaire (and one-time presidential candidate) Ross Perot was the one who whiffed. Perot negotiated with a 23-year old Gates in 1979 to purchase Microsoft for a price in the $50 million-range, which Perot found to be too high. Instead, he passed on the opportunity, and Microsoft would go on to change the modern world as we know it with modern computing.
" "I should've just said, 'Now Bill, you set the price, and I'll take it,'" Perot said in an interview with The Seattle Times from 1992. "I should've just said, 'Bill, whatever you think is fair.'"
"It's safe to say that Gates definitely got his money's worth by holding out.
I think it's safe to say Microsoft would have been a different company under Perot. Probably less profitable for its primary stockholders, but far more ethical.
At least they were recognizable as aircraft. Once I saw two glowing spheres appear suddenly in the night sky over New Jersey, vicinity of Atlantic City, one green, one orange.
Announcement on the air later claimed they were missiles detonated in the upper atmosphere as an experiment. Just what they were testing wasn't made clear.
Seen anyone wearing one?
Meanwhile I bought a Gear 2, a smartwatch by Samsung, to go with my Galaxy 5 phone. As far as I can tell from the blurbs, the functionality of Band is a small subset of what Gear does -- pedometer (plus daily and weekly logging, conversion of step count to miles, estimated caloric expenditure etc etc) heart rate monitor etc; weather report and multiday forecast; email; news; calender and task reminders; voicmail; others to be added later as applications are introduced. Oh, and it's also a phone, incoming and outgoing.
"Adobe is bringing ‘the king’ of all photo editing software, Photoshop, to Linux-based Chrome OS. Chrome OS powered devices such as Chromebooks and Chromeboxes already have a decent line-up of ‘applications’ that can work offline and eliminate the need of a traditional desktop computer.
"I have been using my Samsung Chromebook extensively, but there are a few things that keep it from becoming my primary desktop and those being professional grade image and video editing software. I use Apple’s MacBook Pro Retina to access Adobe’s Photoshop, Lightroom and Premier to deal with images and videos for my professional work.
"That may change soon as Adobe has opened its doors to Chrome OS. Google and Adobe have partnered to bring Adobe’s solutions to Chrome OS devices.
"Stephen Konig, Product Manager at Google says, “Today, in partnership with Adobe, we’re welcoming Creative Cloud onto Chromebooks, initially with a streaming version of Photoshop. This will be available first to U.S.-based Adobe education customers with a paid Creative Cloud membership—so the Photoshop you know and love is now on Chrome OS. No muss, no fuss.”
"It’s actually a streaming version of Photoshop which runs directly from cloud, which means you do need access to the internet in order to use it, (which may change in future)."
For those for whom GIMP hasn't been good enough, mainly because they were already deep into Photoshop, this will be long-awaited great news.
I googled it.
Quoting the author:
"In March 2012, I publicly called it quits with Android.
"This raised a bit of a stir, that coming from such a long history of being an open-source advocate I would forsake a platform I had spent so much time using and was so philosophically aligned with.
"Of course, as memory serves, I joined Microsoft later that year.
"To the causal observer (translation: Mouth-breathing fanboy), it would seem my newfound gripes with Android would have something to do with my newfound employment.
"Nothing could be further from the truth."
Yeah, right. And if you believe that, I have this wonderful bridge for sale....
He's besotted with the Microsoft Kool-Ade, he's even adopted a favored phrase of typical softie shills, i.e. "mouth-breathing fanboy".
"Gear VR Innovator Edition Pre-Registration Open
"The Gear VR Innovator Edition for Note 4 is available for pre-registration starting today from Samsung, with delivery in the United States slated for early December. There will be two versions available: for $249, you’ll receive the headset bundled with a Bluetooth gamepad; for $199, you’ll receive the headset standalone.
"The Innovator Edition, much like the Oculus Rift Development Kit, provides developers and enthusiasts everything they need to build and experiment with the platform before the hardware and software are ready for consumers. There are numerous made-for-VR apps that will ship for Gear VR over the next few months."
Horsepucky. HP does not own Debian. However, the YouTube series of videos is quite interesting in that it gives a sense of how long and how deeply HP has been involved with support of Debian. The tension between HP and Microsoft now makes more sense.
Incidentally, such corporate support of Linux is not unique, by any means. Something like 75% (IIRC) of support for Linux development comes from various corporations in the industry. One of them is Microsoft.
Yeah, and three years into development of Vista, Microsoft had to throw all its work overboard and start over from scratch -- telling the world loud and clear that Microsoft had no idea how to manage an OS development process. That was about 2003, as I recall.
Not important, one might say. But one more instance of the foot-in-mouth syndrome afflicting most softie shills. The company seriously needs to get out of its own way.