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wottowwottow 1519 posts  |  Last Activity: Apr 25, 2015 2:29 PM Member since: Jul 2, 2006
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  • Google it.


    "One afternoon last fall, David Levine took the subway from his office in lower Manhattan to a meeting at Rockefeller Center in midtown. The 35-year-old CIO of the startup investment firm Artivest was working on a blog post with colleagues and with freelancers in Boston and Crete. Levine used a new app called Quip to type the post on his iPhone, his wireless connection waxing and waning as the F train clattered through the tunnels. Quip let the team make changes, add comments, and chat via text, all presented in a Facebook-style news feed. Whenever Levine’s connection returned, the app synchronized his contributions with everyone else’s, so they all were working on the same version.

    "Had they been working with a traditional word-processing program, the process would probably have been a drawn-out round-robin of e-mail messages, proliferating attachments, and manual collation of disparate contributions. Instead, “by the time I got out of the subway, the post was done,” Levine recalls, “and by the time I got out of the meeting, it was on the website.”


    From the Quip website: "Quip works on the desktop (PC and Mac), iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android. Wherever you are, whatever device you are using, you can use Quip."


    So much for Microsoft Office on iPad.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Apr 27, 2014 5:34 PM Flag

    But even if he'd had his PC, he could and probably would have used the same application, i.e. Quip. I.e. he wouldn't have had to switch devices.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Apr 27, 2014 6:14 PM Flag

    Brief summary of the content of the letter: Rah. Rah. Rah.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Apr 28, 2014 10:26 AM Flag

    The question answers itself. Nobody claims to have a browser that is 100% safe.

    And nearly all security vulnerabilities are due to defects in software, not hardware, so nobody in his right mind would offer such a guarantee.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Apr 28, 2014 10:46 AM Flag

    Same here, for now. But for the great majority of computer users, a smartphone is perfectly adequate for everything they ever want to do with a computer, provided there are well-designed applications. That is a statement about how those people use computers, not about smartphones.

    There is also a point to be made about "traditional" software. I personally never have a need for anything in Microsoft Office, because MS Office is designed for a market that hardly exists any more. Word is designed for a world where it is expected that everything will eventually be printed on paper 8.5 by 11 inches. Excel is designed for a world where all data takes a certain very regular form. PowerPoint is designed for a world where HTML 5 doesn't exist. But most of the data generated nowadays will never be printed at all, is largely hierarchical rather than tabular, and is readily dealt with in forms that nobody had thought of twenty years ago.

  • Google it.


    "Microsoft Has Already Lost the Mobile War

    "On March 27, 2014, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) finally made its Office software available to the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad platform. Free iPad versions of the Office suite may now be downloaded in three separate Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications. The free Office applications allow for the opening, viewing, sharing, and sorting of documents. Apple iPad users, however, must purchase an Office 365 subscription to create new documents and to execute what Microsoft has referred to as “robust editing” and “rich formatting.” For now, Office 365 Personal retails for $6.99 per month, and offers cloud computing between smartphone handsets alongside one personal computer and one tablet. Apple will take a 30 percent cut out of Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions sold through its App Store.

    "Office for Apple iPad may be interpreted as Microsoft’s admission of defeat within the mobile space. Office for iPad rendered the Microsoft Surface obsolete. The new strategy does parallel the passing of the torch between Steve Ballmer and new CEO SatyaNadella at Microsoft. Going forward, Microsoft may enhance shareholder value if it were to abandon recent forays into devices in order to strictly deliver software to the marketplace."

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Apr 28, 2014 1:05 PM Flag

    Huh? I thought Novell went bankrupt years ago.

    Your calendar must be running slow, it's now 2014.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Apr 28, 2014 1:15 PM Flag

    I couldn't use IE if I wanted to (and I don't) since I don't have a computer that runs Windows.

    Maybe Microsoft will bring out a version of IE for iPad and Android?

    Nah, never happen...

  • Google it.

    First reaction: probably not. Microsoft has never done well with "content", only with software (and not even with that recently, but that's another story).

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Apr 28, 2014 2:46 PM Flag

    An odd way to look at it. What made anyone ever think IE was "part of the Internet"?

    I suppose Microsoft encouraged such thinking years ago. The Windows icon for it was labelled only "Internet". What were users supposed to think that meant?

  • Reply to

    XP Support

    by iamadizzy1 Apr 27, 2014 7:28 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Apr 28, 2014 3:53 PM Flag

    Sounds like you wrote the programs yourself. If so, you should be able to re-compile them from source, using a current compiler, which should by default compile them for a modern processor and a modern OS.

    But if the programs are that old, perhaps it is time to investigate whether there is a better approach -- for example use or extend a more modern application. But it sounds like you're quite willing to go farther afield, switching to a completely different OS. To that I would say, bravo, more power to you.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Apr 28, 2014 4:04 PM Flag

    LOL I was beginning to wonder whether the wallybot had been quietly decommissioned. That would be the most graceful way to go -- just stop posting, and watch to see if anyone notices your absence. That's been done before.

  • Reply to

    The Android–iOS Mobile Duopoly

    by wottowwottow Apr 28, 2014 12:38 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Apr 29, 2014 9:37 AM Flag

    Thanks for that. Right, wd960 seems an inferior version of the wallybot, and as hardly ever merits a response of any kind.

  • Reply to

    The Android–iOS Mobile Duopoly

    by wottowwottow Apr 28, 2014 12:38 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Apr 29, 2014 9:40 AM Flag

    Sure, but at what cost in stock repurchases? How many billions?

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Apr 29, 2014 10:03 AM Flag

    If your horses have fled, the problem is that you didn't lock the barn door.

  • Google it.


    "NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Since taking over as Microsoft (MSFT_) CEO on Feb. 4 Satya Nadella has booked a 12% rise in the stock price, worth about $37 billion to shareholders, and won huge praise for a first quarter where sales and earnings were down from a year earlier.

    "If Steve Ballmer had turned in those numbers the corporate knives would be out. But Nadella is trim and can rock a black T-shirt and pants like no one since Steve Jobs.

    "So analysts forgive. They want something new from Microsoft. Satya Nadella is new. But a new face, and a trimmer look, will only go so far. What analysts really want are better numbers. And right now it's hard to see where those will come from. "


    The article links to a current video ad for a Windows smartphone, the burden of which is as old as the Brylcreem ads of the 1950's ("A llttle dab'll do ya.") and doubtless much older, i.e. using our product will make women want to run their fingers through your hair.

    The title of the ad is unfortunately all too true -- if you use a Windows Phone, you will be "Not Like Everybody Else".

  • Reply to

    Microsoft Reality Distortion Field Set to Crack

    by wottowwottow Apr 29, 2014 10:36 AM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Apr 29, 2014 1:07 PM Flag

    That last little bit of twaddle from the wallybot is a good example of why I usually don't bother to respond to it at all. I don't need to lower myself that way. I don't know who would think that helps Microsoft.

  • Google it.

    The news from Nokia isn't getting any better. The purchase by Microsoft isn't making any more sense.


    "NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It looks as if Nokia (NOK_) sold its smartphone business to Microsoft (MSFT_) at the right time. The Finnish company's first-quarter numbers included dismal results for its now former cellular phone business.

    "In Nokia's last earnings report as an independent cellular phone manufacturer, the company announced phone sales had dropped 30%. The decline was seen in both its low-end Asha featurephones as well as its Lumia smartphone models. Nokia explained the Asha decline as the industry's heated race "for the bottom" while its higher-end Windows phones had to compete with Apple (AAPL_) iPhones and the myriad of models running Google's (GOOG_) Android operating system."

  • Reply to

    Microsoft Reality Distortion Field Set to Crack

    by wottowwottow Apr 29, 2014 10:36 AM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Apr 29, 2014 2:05 PM Flag

    Thanks for the encouragement :) I do intend to keep it up.

    It's a continuing mystery, who thinks the wallybot is helping Microsoft. The style reminds me of some posts from very early days. It was pitiful even then. Whoever it was said he was retired, so if that's him and it's an actual person, by now he's at least 15 years into retirement, and nobody needs to think he's helping, which would explain why he's still here. Sad way to spend one's "golden years".

  • Reply to

    ¿Recuperación o “rebote del gato muerto”?

    by hawcreekl2 Apr 29, 2014 2:52 PM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Apr 29, 2014 2:59 PM Flag

    Dead cat bounce.

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