NPD research published some horrible news for Microsoft yesterday. Despite releasing an entirely new operating system on October 22 of this year, Windows PC sales shrank 21 percent between 10/21 and 11/17 versus the same period last year. Windows 8 tablet sales during that period were "almost nonexistent" – just 1 percent of all Windows 8 sales. “It hasn’t made the market any worse, but it hasn’t stimulated things either,” Stephen Baker, an analyst at NPD, told The New York Times. “It hasn’t provided the impetus to sales everybody hoped for.” No kidding. Yesterday, we reported other bad news:
Comments: Call me an old fuddy duddy, but I thought it looked terribly confusing.
Some Microsoft exec claimed that Windows 8 was so easy to use, his 4 year old could do it. Well, the opinion of the nerds on Slashdot was that that may be true, but it was not very easy for adults to do real work with it.
Windows 8 is a play toy operating system, no a business operating system. I do business on my PCs, NOT play games. A desktop PC is a critical business tool.
I specifically rushed out to buy a Win 7 machine to ensure that I did not have Win 8. My sister has Win 8 and truly hates it with a passion. She is a gamer, but also has real work needs and Win 8 makes it really difficult to do anything but play.
This is what happens when you do not have any idea what a real business does with computers. Idiots in charge.
Herd think at work. They have a good product in Windows 7, but too many soft execs have Apple envy, thus the half baked, kind of like Apple iPad, interface. The ONLY explanation of forcing this ´tile´ mess down consumers throats is soft decision makers with business degrees instead of UI design/usability experience. I knew this the instant I saw it, as apparently millions of others agree.
I do know that the ´executive´ that pushed this mess up channel will NOT be the one that is fired. Some paint monkeys will be fired as a group purge and Ballmore and other idiots will collect a bonus.
Over the weekend, walking between an apple store on one side of the street and a Microsoft store on the other, the apple store had 3 times as many customers in it as the MS store. Very telling, even with the huge amount of marketing bucks they have been spending.
You would think that Microsoft would have paid attention to the millions of users who held onto XP for years rather than upgrade(?) to Vista and Windows 7. The business community needs business machines, not toys. Wouldn´t it be grand to see an upgrade titled XP S? They did it to themselves trying to outdo Steve Jobs.
This whole mess I heard coming with Vista led me to finally move over to an Apple Mini which has been a balm to my PC frazzled self. I no longer have to putz with the daily antivirus updates and doing defrag almost daily to keep it from slowing to a crawl. Somehow I miss those days of struggle to permanently delete a stubborn virus. But not much, just for something to think about other than the current state of the Union.
Another thing that Vista did for/to me is get me familiar with Linux Ubuntu. My Netbook, and several laptops I´ve had my hands on, has been running that for years now. A great backup to Microsoft and Apple both. I love the graphic programs(Compiz) for cubed windows manipulation. I wish Apple had that. It will never happen with Windows.
I am also in the fuddy duddy category, but I am sick to death of replacing something that works adequately (and is paid for) with something that may or may not work, and needs constant repairs and security updates. Not too pleased with my old software not working since Vista either. I will be looking at macs in the future.
Two weeks ago, I tried a risky maneuver (abort a system restore) to save time and my beloved XP Pro system crashed. Next day, I bought a new Dell w/Windows 8. I´m having trouble and I haven´t really tried anything terribly involved.
Yesterday found me on the phone with a tech guy who promised to restore my old system for $45.00. Guess what I´m doing this evening?
I just bought 4 Windows 7 computers at clearance prices. I didn´t just buy them because they were incredibly good deals, but there are programs I use for my business that will not run on Windows 8. I´m better off buy cheap computers now than expensive software later.
I had been thinking of switching back to Windows after 8 years of Mac and my daughter started pestering me about getting a new computer before Windows 8 came out. Seems the word was out a long time ago that 8 was going to be a major fail. They need to get back to the drawing board asap or start offering 7 as a choice.
Same thing seems to be happening with the Play Station personal gaming system. I forget what it´s called, but it´s gotten awful reviews but that´s all I find in Target (wanted to get a PSP for my son for Christmas). Why do these companies replace something that works with something that sucks?
I was an otr driver and have a collection of probably 5 or 6 pc that didn´t survive long in a truck, got MacBook Air 18 months ago and wonder why it took me so long to change! One of the reasons was the "liberal mindset" of all the Apple corps and Steve Jobs. You can enjoy their products even if you don´t their philosphy!!
I train people how to do things online and most people do not even know that their browser is not their operating system. Every time they keep changing things huge amounts of normal users get completely lost and frustrated. It really a problem. I have about 6 computers with XP, Windows and I have to have one Mac for clients. Mac has it´s quirks too, but Microsoft needs to pay more attention to its real people users. I saw that new system and just laughed. No way. I am happy with Win7 since they brought back some common sense items and my XP computers still do some things better then the newer system.
Through the magic combination of Obamacare and the IRS, volunteer firefighters may be considered “employees,” and their volunteer fire departments may be forced to give them healthcare. Or pay penalties that would force them to shut down. The International Association of Fire Chiefs has asked the Internal Revenue Service, which has partial oversight of the law, to clarify if current IRS treatment of volunteer firefighters as employees means their hose companies or towns must offer health insurance coverage or pay a penalty if they don’t. The organization representing the fire chiefs has been working on the issue with the IRS
Pollak said that because of Mandela´s embrace of reconciliation, a South Africa many thought was going to "erupt into a racial civil war" transitioned from apartheid peacefully. He also said that Mandela later rejected the violent aspects of the African National Congress and the more socialist aspects of his past and ended up obeying the constitution. Pollak said Mandela even "subjected himself to the will of the courts" while he was in power to set an example that he was not above the constitution. And like George Washington, Mandela, Pollak noted, accepted the constraints put on him and stepped down
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I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
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