Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jan 2010 16:26 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft presented the results for its second quarter of the 2010 fiscal year yesterday, which ended on December 29 2009. As it turns out, thanks to sales of Windows 7, Microsoft experienced a record quarter, which is especially welcome after the previous two lacklustre ones. It sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses during this record quarter.
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Stagnation
by StaubSaugerNZ on Fri 29th Jan 2010 23:46 UTC
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2007-07-13

It is interesting that Microsoft's overall balance sheet has not been that flash in recent years and they've resorted to ditching staff. They've been making fantastic profits but also sold off investments to prop up their share price. It is interesting their share price has not been moving much - which means sharper financial minds than ours decided to invest elsewhere.

Microsoft is not going away, just as IBM is huge and isn't either. It's just that there will not be another "Golden Age" for MS as there was in the 90's when they were growing and were dominating the developer thought-space. Being a Windows-only user in this day and age (of Google's web, and Apple's devices) seems slightly quaint.

Edit: Apologies for the flood of posts. I never have to waste time virus scanning, defragging or re-installing from scratch to maintain stability or performance. So I'm a bit bored with my other reliable virus-free desktops. Perhaps I should go and use my Windows desktops a bit more to liven things up.

Edited 2010-01-29 23:49 UTC

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RE: Stagnation
by smashIt on Sat 30th Jan 2010 00:09 in reply to "Stagnation"
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2005-07-06

I never have to waste time virus scanning, defragging or re-installing from scratch to maintain stability or performance.



i have an info for you:
every fs fragmentates over time
the question is only: do you handle defragmentation as a planned task like in ntfs or as a background task like in reiser

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RE[2]: Stagnation
by StaubSaugerNZ on Sat 30th Jan 2010 00:17 in reply to "RE: Stagnation"
StaubSaugerNZ Member since:
2007-07-13

"I never have to waste time virus scanning, defragging or re-installing from scratch to maintain stability or performance.



i have an info for you:
every fs fragmentates over time
the question is only: do you handle defragmentation as a planned task like in ntfs or as a background task like in reiser
"

Firstly, the word is "fragments" not "fragmentates". Yes, every filesystem fragments over time. For some it affects performance badly, for others, not enough that you have to worry about it (except if you are squeezing every last drop out of a high performance systems, or your desktop runs lousy without it).

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RE: Stagnation
by BallmerKnowsBest on Sat 30th Jan 2010 01:55 in reply to "Stagnation"
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2008-06-02

Apologies for the flood of posts. I never have to waste time virus scanning, defragging or re-installing from scratch to maintain stability or performance. So I'm a bit bored with my other reliable virus-free desktops. Perhaps I should go and use my Windows desktops a bit more to liven things up.


Yes, as a non-Windows user I'm sure you have much more productive ways to use your time. Like fighting with NDIS wrapper because Linux is too insignificant for wireless hardware makers to support. Or sitting idle while waiting for a replacement Mac motherboard because you can't just go buy a new one at Staples, unlike every other computer around.

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RE[2]: Stagnation
by StaubSaugerNZ on Sat 30th Jan 2010 02:07 in reply to "RE: Stagnation"
StaubSaugerNZ Member since:
2007-07-13

"Apologies for the flood of posts. I never have to waste time virus scanning, defragging or re-installing from scratch to maintain stability or performance. So I'm a bit bored with my other reliable virus-free desktops. Perhaps I should go and use my Windows desktops a bit more to liven things up.


Yes, as a non-Windows user I'm sure you have much more productive ways to use your time. Like fighting with NDIS wrapper because Linux is too insignificant for wireless hardware makers to support. Or sitting idle while waiting for a replacement Mac motherboard because you can't just go buy a new one at Staples, unlike every other computer around.
"

In my country (near Antartica) you can get Macs everywhere (although we have no iStores). So you are rather wrong.

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RE[2]: Stagnation
by fukudasan on Sat 30th Jan 2010 03:18 in reply to "RE: Stagnation"
fukudasan Member since:
2006-06-04

Yes, as a non-Windows user I'm sure you have much more productive ways to use your time. Like fighting with NDIS wrapper because Linux is too insignificant for wireless hardware makers to support. Or sitting idle while waiting for a replacement Mac motherboard because you can't just go buy a new one at Staples, unlike every other computer around.

I really don't want to get caught up in these silly arguments, but . . . NDISwrapper? When I bought my laptop a couple of years ago it had the wifi gubbins installed under XP (I deliberately chose not to buy Vista) and it took me a full month to get the thing working with my (also brand new) wifi router. This a RaLink wifi card with native (for XP) RaLink software.

In contrast, Mandriva 2007 came out about the same time, I installed it in the ext3 partition previously occupied by MDV 2006, and guess what? Worked first time, "out of the box". Never had any trouble with it at all. Now it has MDV 2010 with KDE 4.3.x and KDE is also working fine (although some of you may recall how long and loudly I used to complain about it).

Perhaps some distros don't work so well with wifi but Mandriva cannot be accused of not working on the problem. Clearly not all distros are created equal - but that knowledge does not appear to prevent unfair or illogical comparisons.

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