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.
WASHINGTON -- A longtime adviser to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence has resigned after the government learned he has worked since 2010 as a paid consultant for Huawei Technologies Ltd., the Chinese technology company the U.S. has condemned as an espionage threat, The Associated Press has learned. Theodore H. Moran, a respected expert on China´s international investment and professor at Georgetown University, had served since 2007 as adviser to the intelligence director´s advisory panel on foreign investment in the United States. Moran also was an adviser to the National Intelligence Council,
DEVELOPING: – An elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against North Korea has been deported from that country. North Korean state media said Saturday 85-year-old Merrill Newman was released because he had apologized for his alleged crimes during the Korean War and because of his age and medical condition. It was not clear if his confession was coerced. He was taken off a plane Oct. 26 by North Korean authorities while preparing to leave the country after a 10-day tour. Vice President Joe Biden is currently in South Korea on
At the "Fast Food Forward" protest on Thursday, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) demanded that Pres. Obama sign an executive order bypassing Congress and unilaterally raising the federal minimum wage. Rep. Ellison told the crowd that they should join him in demanding that Pres. Obama skip seeking Congressional approval and raise the minimum wage on his own - and that he sent the president a letter on Wednesday presenting his demand: "We in Congress will try to raise the minimum wage. We got opponents on the other side of the aisle who say that there shouldn´t be no minimum wage. So, we
Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan joined WSJ Live host Mary Kissel on Friday where they discussed the ongoing issues associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Noonan said she found the way in which this administration has handled this crisis has been among the “oddest” she’s seen. Noonan added that she would like to see “humility” from President Barack Obama rather than combativeness. Kissel began by asking about the “puzzle” of the president’s response to the crisis surrounding the ACA’s faltering website. “I look at the White House the past two months, I think the president and
Another leftist lets the mask slip. Jonathan Alter believes that violent criminals imprisoned for their crimes are political prisoners. He and Al Sharpton talked to themselves on MSNBC today. Sharpton asked Alter what America might learn from the example of Nelson Mandela. Reasonable answers to this question include but are not limited to: Don’t abuse political power to punish your enemies; don’t hold on to political power forever; choose your wife or husband a bit more carefully; don’t seek to divide when unity serves the nation better. Alter wants America to learn a different lesson. None of the above. Alter
As Congress gets ready to battle on immigration reform next year, it´s important to take a look at who will help enforce and shape any kind of immigration overhaul. Former Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General and radical open borders attorney Tom Perez was safely put into the position of Labor Secretary by President Obama and the Senate earlier this year, knowing the Department of Justice is safely locked down as pro-amnesty. Perez has a long history of advocating not for American workers, but for illegal alien workers and made sure the Department of Justice was stacked with pro-amnesty attorneys
Barack Obama delivered a statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela yesterday. During his speech he told about his first public speech on apartheid at Occidental College. “I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life. My very first political action, the first thing I ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics, was a protest against apartheid. I studied his words and his writings.” But, Barack Obama forgot to mention that his speech at Occidental was sponsored by Marxists and Weatherman terrorists. Barack Obama’s first public speech was at an Occidental College event
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The White House dismissed a report suggesting that President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius did not meet ahead of the botched rollout of Obamacare. Obama press secretary Jay Carney said the claim was based on a “ridiculously false premise.” “Kathleen Sebelius comes frequently and she meets frequently with the president,” he said. “She’s here a lot and meets with the president with regularity.” “It’s safe to say Secretary Sebelius spent a lot of time here,” he added, noting the administration’s focus on health care reform. The report from Politico Magazine noted that a Government Accountability Institute analysis of the president’s
There was a tale of two Christmases on TV last night. Over at NBC, Carrie Underwood led the cast of “Sound of Music Live!” in a joyous rendition of the Julie Andrews classic. While no one involved in the production is likely to win an Emmy anytime soon, the singing was flawless and it was a squeaky clean program that lived up to its “TV G” rating. Over at Fox it was another story. Glee’s “Previously Unaired Christmas” should have stayed true to its name and remained a lost script, considering it was complete with a bisexual Santa, transgender Virgin
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
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Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”
In February, the Bush family’s personal emails were hacked by Guccifer, a hacker who uncovered photographs of former President George H. W. Bush in a hospital bed and George W. Bush’s oil paintings in the process. It seems Guccifer has struck again, this time targeting former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Library. The hacker has reportedly uncovered doodles of Clinton drawing on what were, at the time, classified documents. Among the doodles is apparently a picture of a penis. The document uncovered is a briefing of the strategic measures the United States could take prior Clinton’s decision to intervene in
Denver - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage." The order says the cake-maker must "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay
Amid an array of “knock-out” attacks against a number of Jews in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, a city councilwoman pointed to the success of the Jewish community as triggering the aggression. Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo emphasized that while she “admire[s] the Jewish community immensely” for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently. “While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Cumbo, who was recently elected, wrote in a letter. Chief among the issues
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WASHINGTON – A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate to a five-year low of 7 percent in November, an encouraging sign for the economy. The Labor Department says employers added 203,000 jobs, nearly matching October´s revised gain of 200,000. The job gains helped lower the unemployment rate from 7.3 percent in October. The strengthening job market is likely to fuel speculation that the Federal Reserve may start to scale back its bond purchases when it meets later this month. The economy has now generated an average of 204,000 jobs from August through November. That´s up
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