Linked by weildish on Tue 20th Jan 2009 02:13 UTC
In the News Those up top (the Presidential Inaugural Committee) chose to utilize Microsoft's Silverlight technology to stream the upcoming inaugural events for the new president of the United States. Though Microsoft certainly likes this idea, this leaves out thousands of people in the US and elsewhere who still cannot run Silverlight or an open source alternative on their systems from viewing the streamed video online. Update by Thom: Linux and PowerPC Mac fans rejoice, as they can watch the inauguration as well using Moonlight. Migel De Icaza wrote: "Microsoft worked late last night to get us access to the code that will be used during the inauguration so we could test it with Moonlight." Microsoft and the Moonlight team fixed this issue in one afternoon, so it might be a little rough.
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RE[5]: Soooo ....
by jabbotts on Tue 20th Jan 2009 13:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Soooo ...."
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If she was not a computer expert, she maybe should have gone to a store or asked a friend who knew more. "Say, I need a computer that can see the Internet, run Word and manage my school work."

There are real places where it is not the user's fault but this is not one of those cases. If someone buys a VM Beetle for hauling the family camping wagon or a Ford F150 for doing time trials against the ricers at the local quarter mile; yeah, that's the consumer's own fault.

I also have to wonder how this girl was all alone in this. She had no friends, family or local computer shop folk who could answer a question or two? She was taking IT related courses in college but none of the other students could help? What steps did she take previous to the purchase for research and after the purchase to solve her issues?

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