Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Sep 2005 19:20 UTC
Windows Lots of news from the first few hours of the PDC. First off, in the first CTP of Vista, the sidebar has been revived. "The Sidebar will be populated with "gadgets" and will feature an open platform for developers to create their own mini-applications. Sidebar gadgets can be dragged onto the desktop, and interact with standard Windows applications." Also, "Microsoft Max lets you make lists of your photos and turn them into beautiful slide shows to share with your family and friends. Max is the codename for Microsoft's flagship application based on WinFX and Microsoft's new user experience." Images from the PDC here, and you can watch Bill Gates' keynote here. Also, MS released beta 2 of Monad.
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RE:Topic
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 19:28 UTC
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I gotta admit that some things in Vista looks neat. The sidebar isn't one of them.

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RE[2]:Topic
by ma_d on Tue 13th Sep 2005 23:21 UTC in reply to "RE:Topic"
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I love the sidebar idea.

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Plasma
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 19:33 UTC
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Without implying anything, I just noticed that the gadget-system seems quite similar to what KDE wants to do with Plasma ;)

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v RE: Plasma
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 19:43 UTC in reply to "Plasma"
RE[2]: Plasma
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 13th Sep 2005 19:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Plasma"
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Yeah, it looks like a wanna be rip-off of KDE's Plasma by some amateur. They still have a long way to go.

With the only difference that Vista/Longhorn is much older than plasma.

Better attempt at a troll, please.

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RE[3]: Plasma
by Tyr. on Tue 13th Sep 2005 20:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Plasma"
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Yeah, it looks like a wanna be rip-off of KDE's Plasma by some amateur. They still have a long way to go.

With the only difference that Vista/Longhorn is much older than plasma.

Better attempt at a troll, please.


Yeah, ofcourse Longhorn is much older than pretty much anything currently on the market because it took such a long time to get it out.
How old is Windows Gadgets though, I sure hadn't heard of it before today. Please provide appropriate dates/facts rather than just insults.

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RE[4]: Plasma
by Brad on Wed 14th Sep 2005 01:30 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Plasma"
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Something doesn't start to exist the day you hear of it. One could guess MS has been working on this for at least a year, if not many more. They have had the side bar thing in there since the very earliest days of longhorn. Clearly they are just unveiling more things over time.

Before today I hadn't heard of plasma, guess it was created today too.

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RE[5]: Plasma
by ma_d on Wed 14th Sep 2005 02:39 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Plasma"
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Or one could guess it's the product of two weeks of work because the last few years were laying out the needed libraries to support quick building of gadgets.
It's amazing how easy it is to build gadgets when you wrote the support library... And someone else does the artwork ;) .

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RE[3]: Plasma
by raver31 on Wed 14th Sep 2005 07:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Plasma"
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With the only difference that Vista/Longhorn is much older than plasma.

KDE and Plasma are available now for the general public

is vista/longhorn ?

it is a game Micorosoft has been playing for years, get something to market first and people think you invented it
get something loads of exposure with your name on it, and people will think you invented it.

BUT nowadays, they are seen to be playing catch-up with everything they do.
I cannot wait until Vista hits the stores, because by that time, my linux desktop will simply be astounding.

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v RE[4]: Plasma
by captain_knobjockey on Wed 14th Sep 2005 07:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Plasma"
RE[5]: Plasma
by Anonymous on Wed 14th Sep 2005 08:21 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Plasma"
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Oh man, that has to be the lamest attempt at trolling I've seen in...well...forever

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RE[4]: Plasma
by getaceres on Wed 14th Sep 2005 09:45 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Plasma"
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When Vista comes out your linux desktop won't be any better than it actually is.
KDE4 won't be out at least until October 2006 or even later. Xgl won't be ready for two or three years and GNOME won't do anything to make their desktop look better (only two versions remains to be out before Vista hist the market and in none of them there's a "redesign the desktop").
At the time Vista comes out, Linux will be behind because we don't have the base framework needed to do things like Vista and OSX do.

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RE[2]: Plasma
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 19:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Plasma"
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As much as Plasma is a Dashboard rip off. Care to try again?

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RE[3]: Plasma
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 23:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Plasma"
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> As much as Plasma is a Dashboard rip off.

As much as Dashboard is a Konfabulator rip off.

As much as Konfabulator is a DesktopX rip off.

As much as the entire concept of a "widget" is really nothing more than any graphical calculator and note pad application from the earliest days of the UI taken to an illogical conclusion.

Mac zealots and their one-track minds and narrow knowledge of computing history are so very annoying.

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RE[4]: Plasma
by Anonymous on Wed 14th Sep 2005 20:02 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Plasma"
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"As much as Dashboard is a Konfabulator rip off.

As much as Konfabulator is a DesktopX rip off.

As much as the entire concept of a "widget" is really nothing more than any graphical calculator and note pad application from the earliest days of the UI taken to an illogical conclusion.

Mac zealots and their one-track minds and narrow knowledge of computing history are so very annoying."

You forgot Apple Desktop Accessories

Another 'PC Expert' and his vast knowledge of computing history, oh yeah Macs are not computers so its OK your ignorant.

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RE: Plasma
by butters on Tue 13th Sep 2005 19:51 UTC in reply to "Plasma"
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"Without implying anything, I just noticed that the gadget-system seems quite similar to what KDE wants to do with Plasma ;) "

No, it isn't. This "gadget" system is a lot more like the WindowMaker dock or the Fluxbox Slit than KDE Plasma. Plasma's design goal is to use the desktop as a high-level task management interface. It isn't about borderless mini-applications with non-HIG-compliant interfaces that you can drag around the screen. It's about making sense out of the categories of tasks for which users commonly use their computers.

More on topic: why have a dedicated sidebar area for the widgets if they can be positioned anywhere on the desktop? Are there any restrictions on what else you can do with the screen real estate owned by the sidebar?

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RE[2]: Plasma
by tiiim on Tue 13th Sep 2005 19:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Plasma"
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"More on topic: why have a dedicated sidebar area for the widgets if they can be positioned anywhere on the desktop? Are there any restrictions on what else you can do with the screen real estate owned by the sidebar?"

Good point! Well in previous version then called Longhorn the side bar was meant to be a good thing that allow quick access and useful stuff. But with the sidebar vanishing for a while have MS re-invented the sidebar again? if not then thats ok im sure it can be changed to something else. If not then you can turn off the side bar and you get the text bit of space for something interesting.

But do note within a few years 23-30 inch monitors etc will be standard etc so you wont miss that much screen space.

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RE[3]: Plasma (23-30 inch monitors...)
by Hands on Tue 13th Sep 2005 20:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Plasma"
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I'll refrain from commenting about why I'm skeptical about your claim that large monitors will be standard with regards to even desktop computers since more notebooks are being sold than desktops these days, and it should be fairly obvious to anyone that 23-30 inch monitors aren't going to be standard for notebooks any time soon. I agree that screen real estate is precious for the vast majority, and it will remain so even if some are able to upgrade monitors for their desktops.

The way that I could see some of this changing is if laptops had the option to wirelessly "dock" to a large high definition telivision as a monitor when not traveling. Until that becomes an option I think that concerns about screen real estate are valid especially for laptop owners.

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Windows gadgets
by Tyr. on Tue 13th Sep 2005 19:36 UTC
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Some things never change : Steve rips off company, Billy rips off Steve, open source project to reimplement at version 0.35.2.

Innovation in the IT business, don't you just love it.

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RE: Windows gadgets
by tiiim on Tue 13th Sep 2005 19:44 UTC in reply to "Windows gadgets"
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well i think we all need to get used to the fact that everybody rips off everybody.

But to choose between Bill and Steve i would rather go with Steve's Crew...

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RE[2]: Windows gadgets
by Varg Vikernes on Tue 13th Sep 2005 21:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Windows gadgets"
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He might sue you for that statement.

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RE: Windows gadgets
by Anonymous on Wed 14th Sep 2005 17:21 UTC in reply to "Windows gadgets"
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Don't forget that then some new company uses the open source project to help build another idea and the process starts over again.

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v re-gadgets
by GrapeGraphics on Tue 13th Sep 2005 19:48 UTC
RE: re-gadgets
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 19:59 UTC in reply to "re-gadgets"
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Please show where MS said they invented it.

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Max
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 19:51 UTC
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iPhoto: Long before Max...

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RE: Max
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 23:03 UTC in reply to "Max"
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> iPhoto: Long before Max...

Did you say the same thng about Picassa, Picassa2, Photoshop Album, et. al., or do you think you're cool for making an overly simplistic and grammatically incorrect statement about a Microsoft product?

Oooh, Apple had the *brilliant* idea to make a user-friendly photo database in the era of digital cameras! THEY'RE GENIUSES! Never mind the fact that big media corporations and stock photography houses have had such technology indexing their in-house archives for longer than you can possibly imagine.

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RE[2]: Max
by Anonymous on Wed 14th Sep 2005 01:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Max"
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Oh man! What are you talking about???
It was a paraphrase of (not only Apple's) moto, "Long before Longhorn"...
Jesus... ;)

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RE[2]: Max
by Anonymous on Wed 14th Sep 2005 19:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Max"
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"Oooh, Apple had the *brilliant* idea to make a user-friendly photo database in the era of digital cameras! THEY'RE GENIUSES! Never mind the fact that big media corporations and stock photography houses have had such technology indexing their in-house archives for longer than you can possibly imagine."

Brilliant in the fact that it's easy to use, works as advertised and inexpensive. How does Cumulus compare to that?

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Max
by Hugo on Tue 13th Sep 2005 23:40 UTC in reply to "Max"
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Is "max" anything like MS Photo Story? Photo Story is actually very good and *free*

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Codename?
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 19:54 UTC
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Dashboard?

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RE: Codename?
by ma_d on Wed 14th Sep 2005 02:41 UTC in reply to "Codename?"
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Yes, let's do credit Apple with an idea it copied after it had been done for years by 3rd parties and on X11 desktops (to a much lesser extent).

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mini apps
by Imrcly on Tue 13th Sep 2005 19:58 UTC
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I think a "good" sidebar/dashboard would be nice I use alot of programs that I open and close periodicly all the time because I prefer order, a nice calculator and calender with maybe say an rss feed and intergrated instant messengers with dynamic contact lists that hide unless you mouse over

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Sidebar
by TaterSalad on Tue 13th Sep 2005 20:04 UTC
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I have no problems with a sidebar. I'm probably one of the few that think they can be useful with the right "gadgets" in them. I think Google's sidebar is pretty good, but I wish it was more configurable or had a widgets/gadgets system that I could pick my own and customize with.

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RE: Sidebar
by Roguelazer on Tue 13th Sep 2005 20:48 UTC in reply to "Sidebar"
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http://desktop.google.com/plugins?hl=en

They even throw in a free SDK. And, if you write a plug-in for google desktop/sidebar, you get a free T-shirt. ;)

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RE[2]: Sidebar
by TaterSalad on Wed 14th Sep 2005 01:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Sidebar"
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Oh wow, didn't know that part of the sidebar existed. I think I'll go download some plug-ins now.

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My theory on desktop widgets
by butters on Tue 13th Sep 2005 20:09 UTC
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They should work like this:

You activate the widget menu by clicking/hovering on a panel icon, hitting a screen corner, or pressing a hotkey (user preference). A strip slides out from any side of the screen (preference) containing icons and simple names for any available widgets. Mousing over an icon expands the widget and clicking makes it stay on top until you click the icon again. You can click on more icons to have more widgets expand simultaneously. It should be possible to configure particular widgets to be expanded by default upon activating the widget strip. All widgets should use a standardized subwidget set and comply with a few basic HIG conventions. Triggering the same activating event again causes it all to retract.

Advantages: Never have to hide open windows to use widgets. Can use widgets and regular applications simulaneously. Can have lots of available widgets without crowding the widget display.

This could also be used in conjuction with a system like Plasma, since it doesn't hijack the desktop.

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RE: My theory on desktop widgets
by Anonymous on Wed 14th Sep 2005 15:59 UTC in reply to "My theory on desktop widgets"
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<obligatory self-promotion>You mean kind of like this: http://openknowledgebase.info?
It's what I've been working on for a while, let me know what you think...</obligatory self-promotion>

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Oh yeah, preview before you submit...

I'd like some opinions on the ideas there. Admittedly, there isn't much content up there, but I think you'll get the general idea. I need to post some new screenshots...

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My analysis...
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 20:16 UTC
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I watched the keynote for as long as I could handle. It's very slow moving, a lot of marketing speak; I don't recommend it. Vista looks good. Their search solution looks more flexible than Spotlight. I think the new Explorer with all the new search features will be much copied. There's thumbnail previews when you mouse over minimised windows now; I'm not sure whether that would be useful or annoying.

The new sidebar is not the old sidebar; it doesn't seem to be the same platform for alerts/etc, it's just "gadgets" now. I think what must've happened is sidebar was dropped, and then this new sidebar was added as an "answer" to Dashboard. I don't think they're serious about it. Their answer to Expose looks ridiculous, it just stacks the windows at an angle, covering them up even more. I don't understand what they're trying to achieve with that.

It's a nice step forward, but there still aren't any must have end-user features beyond integrated search and the graphics enhancements (the theme might be of dubious value but the GPU-based scalable graphics are genuine step forward, IMO). We're getting closer to a locked feature set and I get the feeling we're not going to see much more than this.

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Max == Automator?
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 20:19 UTC
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Is Max going to become an Automator rip off???

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RE: Max == Automator?
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 13th Sep 2005 20:23 UTC in reply to "Max == Automator?"
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[i]Is Max going to become an Automator rip off???

Automator has nothing-- I repeat *nothing* to do with Max-- not even by a very, very long shot.

Max is like the slideshow functions of iPhoto, but then in a seperate application.

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RE[2]: Max == Automator?
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 20:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Max == Automator?"
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How sad...
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 20:21 UTC
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MS is trying to play catch up with Apple's OS X. By the time MS releases Vista. Apple with have moved on, to bigger and better things, Linux with have achieved parity, and MS will still be the same old and tired OS.

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RE: How sad...
by Anonymous on Wed 14th Sep 2005 16:09 UTC in reply to "How sad..."
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"MS is trying to play catch up with Apple's OS X. By the time MS releases Vista. Apple with have moved on, to bigger and better things, Linux with have achieved parity, and MS will still be the same old and tired OS."

The PC OEM's love Microsofts ass for coming up with something with insane hardware requirements. It generates sales.

It's going to be really tough to convince oem's to promote Linux etc., with Microsoft about ready to float their boat for the next 36 months.

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Sidebar is a good thing
by rain on Tue 13th Sep 2005 20:30 UTC
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I've been wanting a good sidebar ever since I started using IM's and MP3-players in the late mid 90's. Having small windows scattered around for such apps just didn't make sense to me.
I started making a sidebar called "Zenbar" for BeOS four years ago but got caught up with other things so I never finished it. I'm glad these things are starting to show up in major systems, since they are really useful in my opinion. At least as long as the implemtation is good. Let's see how it works out in the final release of Vista.

I have been sketching on a new little GUI-concept I have which will include a sidebar. If I ever make a working product out of it I will be pretty happy that Vista includes one since it will make it easier for users to grasp the idea of a sidebar.

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MS Max
by Tyr. on Tue 13th Sep 2005 20:39 UTC
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To be fair it looks like MS has taken a good look at what people (ab)use Powerpoint for and created something useful. Just a shame the net will be probably flooded with MsMax-files only readable to windows users.

Also, look at the prereqs :
- 1.0 gigahertz (GHz) processor.
- 256 megabytes (MB) of RAM.
- 200 MB of available hard disk space.

I remember when I started to create slideshows on my Amiga. Prereqs : 7mhz processor, 512kb RAM and 1kb diskspace for the AmigaDOS script. No cool transitions between photos though :-)

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% of MS articles on OSNews.com
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 20:53 UTC
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20 articles today, 7 are Microsoft.

that's 35% Microsoft.

I'm starting to think OSNews.com is playing favorites with MS related news. Is there any political motivation here?

Thom, how about giving the alternatives some press coverage?

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RE: % of MS articles on OSNews.com
by japail on Tue 13th Sep 2005 21:23 UTC in reply to "% of MS articles on OSNews.com"
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As opposed to all of the Apple coverage that's usually given?

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RE: % of MS articles on OSNews.com
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 23:09 UTC in reply to "% of MS articles on OSNews.com"
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> 20 articles today, 7 are Microsoft.
> that's 35% Microsoft.

The real question is "Did you figure that out with a Konfabulator calculator widget, Dashboard calculator widget, Plasma calculator widget, or Vista calculator gadget?" Your answer can brand you in a certain way for the rest of your life. Answer carefully.

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RE: % of MS articles on OSNews.com
by Anonymous on Wed 14th Sep 2005 14:59 UTC in reply to "% of MS articles on OSNews.com"
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The reason why there is currently a lot of MS articles, is because of the PDC. They are releasing a lot of information about new products and previews at the PDC.

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Yoda must speak!
by Guppetto on Tue 13th Sep 2005 21:02 UTC
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Stuck in a bind they are, is what Yoda would say. Linux is cheaper, OS X is pecieved as being superior, so M$ is finding it hard to win on any front. Sure, everyone is copying everyone else on the widget front, but why is it that Microsoft doesn't innovate any more. You'd think that if you had the security of knowing that every new PC sold will have your OS on it like it or, you'd willing to say, here is a new idea and right or wrong we felt we had to go in this direction. It's not like people are going to go all Firestone on M$ if some of ther ideas flop. Apple keeps saying we did it first and Linux keeps saying I'll do it cheaper, but what is Microsoft saying?

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RE: Yoda must speak!
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 21:06 UTC in reply to "Yoda must speak!"
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Microsoft is saying, and always has said... "We'll wait for the other guy to innovate. Then we'll take those ideas and claim to be the innovators"

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RE: Yoda must speak!
by Tyr. on Tue 13th Sep 2005 21:25 UTC in reply to "Yoda must speak!"
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It's not like people are going to go all Firestone on M$ if some of ther ideas flop. Apple keeps saying we did it first and Linux keeps saying I'll do it cheaper, but what is Microsoft saying?

What they should be able to say is : you've used our products for 10 or more years, you know us, just trust us to deliver. Ironically, with the reputation they've built with their customers over the years, that's the one thing they can't say (without a media backlash and pr disaster)

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v is Linux Desktop dead ?
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 21:04 UTC
RE: is Linux Desktop dead ?
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 21:19 UTC in reply to "is Linux Desktop dead ?"
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(obvious troll, but I'll bite for a quick oneliner)

Why would the good (and improving) Gnome desktop be affected by the bad (and rapidly and horribly degrading) windows desktop?

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RE[2]: is Linux Desktop dead ?
by Varg Vikernes on Tue 13th Sep 2005 21:54 UTC in reply to "RE: is Linux Desktop dead ?"
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Because, and this might shock you, in a modern OS you can actually copy/paste between different applications.

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RE[3]: is Linux Desktop dead ?
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 22:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: is Linux Desktop dead ?"
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Well, this is possible in windows 3.x, os/2 2.x 3.x 4.x , and on mac and in kde as well as in gnome.. and a dozen other DE's ...

Linux Desktop is very much alive and evolving in regard to functionality. The Windows desktop gets a lot more eyecandy but the xp desktop doesn't have more functionality then the win98 desktop.

There are so many things it's technically possible to implement - it's just not been implemented in windows yet. Not even after almost 25 years of development...

Gnome is very much alive as well as KDE, FDE, EDE and so on.. there's a lot of life. And Vista is going to make sure the Linux Desktop will stay alive.

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Max? Here boy!
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 21:17 UTC
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Come here Max!
Thats a good doggie.

Thats a big doggie, looking at the sysreqs.

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"New" clock?!?
by Buck on Tue 13th Sep 2005 21:33 UTC
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That clock is as OLD as Windows NT 4 itself. Maybe even older. Oh dear.

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Lame...
by Anonymous on Tue 13th Sep 2005 21:41 UTC
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... more useless eyecandy and poor reimplementations of wellknown ideas (under the disguise that MS invented all themselfs, though they've never invented anything).

When can I drag'n'drop templates from templates folder to standard folder? When can I create templates by dragging an object to the templates folder?

Where is the theme folder, and when can I swithch theme and colors by dragging a theme on top of a window? When can I individualize the look'n'feel of each app, each window?

When can I change the icon for any given file? When can I use jpg-images as background (without having to activate the darn IE-desktop)?

This was possible 13 years ago in OS/2. Windows still can't. Baaah... no news in this one!

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Same old comments
by sappyvcv on Tue 13th Sep 2005 22:44 UTC
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Microsoft makes minor changes: "See? They don't even change anything"
Microsoft makes major changes: "Where is the familiararity? The consistency?? They're confusing users!"

I don't care how many times I have to say it, Microsoft can't win.

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v RE: Same old comments
by Tom K on Wed 14th Sep 2005 02:25 UTC in reply to "Same old comments"
RE: Same old comments
by ma_d on Wed 14th Sep 2005 02:42 UTC in reply to "Same old comments"
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In all fairness. Everyone says that about everything. It's called a differing range of opinion from different people.
It's when the same person does it and won't admit to having changed his views on things that you've got a problem.

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ha
by speel on Wed 14th Sep 2005 01:31 UTC
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wow people actually showed up? damn ...

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16:9 monitors
by Anonymous on Wed 14th Sep 2005 03:36 UTC
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>>>I'll refrain from commenting about why I'm skeptical about your claim that large monitors will be standard with regards to even desktop computers since more notebooks are being sold than desktops these days, and it should be fairly obvious to anyone that 23-30 inch monitors aren't going to be standard for notebooks any time soon. I agree that screen real estate is precious for the vast majority, and it will remain so even if some are able to upgrade monitors for their desktops.

It's more about the shape of the computer monitor that will determine the UI, rather than the absolute size of them. Co-incidentally, we have today both the news about the UI of Windows Vista and Office 12. Both of them are going to maximize the use of the wide screen format.

People used to complain about XP's fat start menu (when they had 800x600 monitors). This too will pass.

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RE: 16:9 monitors
by ma_d on Wed 14th Sep 2005 04:05 UTC in reply to "16:9 monitors"
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I complain about it on 1600x1200. It's got the bottom left hand pixel, it's size is irrelevant. It should have an advanced option to make it half the size, or even make it tinier...

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A puzzled and negative reaction
by Anonymous on Wed 14th Sep 2005 08:35 UTC
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Must be getting old. But it seems as if there is a trend

-- OS Gui design increasingly involves stuff that gets in the way of applications. Give me a blank screen like Fluxbox or Windowmaker any day.

-- WP design increasingly involves stuff that gets in the way of actually writing anything - more and more space being taken up by page layour elements. Lyx looks better and better with every Word or OO release.

Is this something to do with Marketing's desire to target the systems at new users? Thereby making something that drives experienced users crazy after 10 minutes? The thing I really want the OS to do is get out of the way of the applications, and the thing I want the application menus and toolbars to do is get out of the way of my writing!

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All this hype...
by Anonymous on Wed 14th Sep 2005 11:41 UTC
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makes me tired. Please, Vista ISN'T looking good, it looks somehow interesting experimental graphical eye candies, but sorry - it is nor functional, nor looks that it will be fast on my Athlon XP 1800+, and I can see all these features will be switched off.

Linux trolls - you know why I use Linux? Why lot of people using Linux? Because it simply works. yeah, it lacks features, but what it can do, it do it VERY well. And that's the main point. It is software for job to do - not to entertain you in visual appeal.

Windows still tends to be visually bloated, even in Windows XP version. Most cleaner and best interface was for Windows 2000. I still wonder why Microsoft have chosen this way (visual mess) to deal with GUI.

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RE: All this hype...
by orestes on Wed 14th Sep 2005 17:10 UTC in reply to "All this hype..."
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Vista Beta 1 is *faster* than XP on the Athlon XP 1600+/512MB RAM box that I installed it on.

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RE[2]: All this hype...
by sappyvcv on Wed 14th Sep 2005 17:30 UTC in reply to "RE: All this hype..."
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Liar! No it's not! You work for Microsoft!

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I know this is off topic a bit...
by Anonymous on Wed 14th Sep 2005 22:14 UTC
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...but what was with all the insane clapping and music at the start of the keynote video?

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RE[5]: Plasma
by Anonymous on Wed 14th Sep 2005 23:43 UTC
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Another 'PC Expert' and his vast knowledge of computing history, oh yeah Macs are not computers so its OK your ignorant.

You nut. He was proving a point by saying that, if one was to say the Sidebar was ripping Plasma off, it would be as stupid as saying that Dashboard is ripping Konfabulator off. You didn't contradict what he said, you just strengthened it (and then insulted him).

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Another Option
by Anonymous on Thu 15th Sep 2005 11:48 UTC
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I didn't see this mentioned, so I'm including it as another option.

http://www.desktopsidebar.com/

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