Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Jan 2013 22:29 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "In this article, I show at the transistor and silicon level. I've discussed the mathematics of the 6502 overflow flag earlier and thought it would be interesting to look at the actual chip-level implementation. Even though the overflow flag is a slightly obscure feature, its circuit is simple enough that it can be explained at the silicon level."
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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by Laurence on Thu 17th Jan 2013 08:57 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

AIX isn't Linux (or was that a separate point you were making?)

I know what you mean though. I'm a Linux and UNIX administrator by trade, and these days I struggle to fix even basic Windows problems. Back in the days of XP (and every version of Windows that preceded it, both NT and DOS branches), I knew where everything was and how to fix many of even the most obscure of errors. But the last version of Windows I ran at home was Win2000 (I was only familiar with XP because of the similarities) and since then Vista, 7 and 8 have all changed everything around. Now I struggle even just finding networking control panels (in fact I don't understand how people prefer the new control panel layout as it's a nightmare if you know where you want to end up but not what hyperlinks you need to click to get there!)

Thankfully Windows does have some CLI tools which have been pretty static over the years. But there's a hell of a lot in Windows which doesn't have a CLI to and I end up having to guess to find the GUI on the rare occasions I am called up to fix a Windows PC (which, thankfully, is very rare these days)

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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Thu 17th Jan 2013 09:14 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

The point was <anything> outside <what some people know>. Embarrassingly they thought of AIX as some kind of operating system that does all the Windows thing, only different. Zo they assumed a GUI somewhere, a domain controller, the Administrator, drive letters.

Yes, Microsoft has this annoying habit of moving stuff/settings, almost to a point it could be called deliberate hiding.

The CLI is often helpful, but sometimes thing disappear, like the 'telnet' command that was present in Windows 2003, but is left out by default in Windows 2008 and needs to be added.

If management really knew how UNIX/Linux/Windows worked I'm pretty sure it would have a devastating effect on Windows server market share.

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RE[7]: Comment by MOS6510
by lucas_maximus on Thu 17th Jan 2013 20:53 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Windows works well because of things like group policy and it's integration with other products.

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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by Alfman on Thu 17th Jan 2013 15:04 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Laurence,

Yea, right? It used to be simple to direct users to the control panel and find something. Not long ago I was trying to find the control appet for a virtual CD rom, ridiculous... The wizards in place today have no hierarchy, you just dive in and start wading through wizards you don't want until you eventually get what you want. It's so incoherently organised and difficult to walk someone through over the phone.

Another change I find troubling are the missing icons in the icon tray, which can be extremely helpful in conveying information and controlling system daemons. We can turn it back on of course, but anyone who's ever given instructions to a technophobe over the phone knows what a PITA it is when windows may or may not have hidden some of the tray icons.

Worse yet, this leads to application vendors engineering around the missing tray icons in windows. Take a look at skype's solution, which makes the skype program unclosable in the application list. Click the "X", still there. Right click the running program and click "close", still there. This is infuriating application behaviour and yet I completely understand why they did it since they were compensating for poor windows behaviour. Users wouldn't be able to access a skype instance under hidden tray icons.


A far better solution to clean up the icon tray without crippling it IMHO would be to stop vendors from pre-loading all the unwanted bloatware responsible for polluting the icon tray in the first place.

/rant

Edited 2013-01-17 15:07 UTC

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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by lucas_maximus on Thu 17th Jan 2013 20:58 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Most of it is available via the search box once you are in the control panel.

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