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Microsoft Microsoft no longer thinks Linux poses a threat to its desktop Windows business. Directions on Microsoft's Wes Miller pointed out via Twitter how Microsoft has changed the boilerplate "Competition" section in its last two annual financial filings with the SEC.
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RE[5]: Successful
by WorknMan on Sat 13th Aug 2011 17:26 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Successful"
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

You have to experience it firsthand to understand, I think. This backwards counter, like a bad Hollywood bomb detonator, popping up silently behind the active windows so that you don't notice it right away, counting the minutes you have left with your work, second by second. The disabled "Later" button that's laughing at your stressed face as you attempt to finish what you are doing in time, and the enabled "Reboot now" button that's here just to make fun of you a little more. The magical moment, at the end of the 15 minutes, where all applications you were using get brutally killed without a warning or a chance to do something for your unsaved data, in one very rare example of instant responsiveness from this OS. Then, as you wonder if that mail you sent during the last minute was actually sent or not, the frustration of waiting as the machine sluggishly install part of its updates, sluggishly reboots, sluggishly installs some more updates, sometimes reboot again...


I'm not sure how you get it to reboot spontaneously, but mine just pops up and asks me to reboot or suspend. I can tell it to suspend for 4 hours, at which time it just pops back up again with the same dialog.
If you don't like that behavior, you can set Windows Update to not automatically install the updates. And if you don't have admin privileges, well... you always get stuck with somebody else's shitty defaults that way, no matter what OS you use ;)

And I agree with you 100% about Windows Explorer missing an 'up one level' button... somebody should be executed for taking that out. But hey, no self-respecting power user uses Explorer anyway, so... *shrug*

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RE[6]: Successful
by Neolander on Sat 13th Aug 2011 17:35 in reply to "RE[5]: Successful"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I'm not sure how you get it to reboot spontaneously, but mine just pops up and asks me to reboot or suspend. I can tell it to suspend for 4 hours, at which time it just pops back up again with the same dialog.

Yeah, I have my home computer set up to do that too, but on the work PC, I get this dialog instead : http://i41.servimg.com/u/f41/11/71/91/00/_10.png

If you don't like that behavior, you can set Windows Update to not automatically install the updates. And if you don't have admin privileges, well... you always get stuck with somebody else's shitty defaults that way, no matter what OS you use ;)

As mentioned in the beginning of the paragraph you quote, this problem indeed wouldn't exist if I had admin privileges on that machine ;)

The point was to show the sadistic genius that has been put in the defaults of Windows Update, which is to the best of my knowledge the sole desktop update system which forces reboots on you this way roughly once a month.

And I agree with you 100% about Windows Explorer missing an 'up one level' button... somebody should be executed for taking that out. But hey, no self-respecting power user uses Explorer anyway, so... *shrug*

Out of curiosity, what would you suggest as a replacement ?

Edited 2011-08-13 17:43 UTC

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RE[7]: Successful
by WorknMan on Sun 14th Aug 2011 09:45 in reply to "RE[6]: Successful"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Out of curiosity, what would you suggest as a replacement ?


Directory Opus. It's hella expensive, but also replaces several programs, and you won't find a better file manager on ANY OS. If that is a bit too much for you, just google 'windows explorer replacements'. There's only about 3 dozen of them ;)

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