Fred Seeks Political Asylum
May 5, 2013
Every farm boy and columnist learns early on what not to step in. Some subjects are too sensitive to write about unless you have a hidden bunker in Patagonia.
The two most explosive, oddly enough, are not race, feminism, or Israel. They are Star Trek, and the Macintosh computer.
No. It is a vile marketing platform aimed at illiterate adolescents with cell phones—malign, an affront to civilization, probably designed by misanthropic garden slugs.
Having paid for this monstrosity, I decided that there was nothing wrong with Microsoft Corp. that couldn’t be cured by blowing it up. If you think this extreme, try Windows 8.In high dudgeon, and all intermediate altitudes of dudgeon, I bethought me of Apple.
Extreme times call for extreme measures. Whatever crimes Cupertino might have committed, or not have committed, I was sure that it didn’t foist Windows 8 on the innocent.I had no particular feelings about the Mac, for or against.
Posted on January 13, 2013 by David
1. On deflation: deflation is indeed a good thing when it is the result of increases in market efficiency due to competition or technology. Two examples would be the massive deflation in Lasik eye surgery over the last 15 years, and the perpetual deflation in the computing and electronics markets. In my cattle marketing school, I make this point by telling the class that for Christmas 1984 I received a Commodore 64 computer.
It cost $380 at K-Mart, as I recall. Right this second, TigerDirect is advertising on their homepage an Acer 15.6″ laptop with a Quad-core, 4 gig, Windows 8 laptop for $399. Just stop and think about that, first in terms of the amount the dollar has inflated from 1984 to today, and then in terms of the difference in computing power and memory between the two machines. The “64″ in Commodore 64 is 64 KILOBYTES. That was the entire amount of RAM. I don’t think you can send an email today that is less than 64k.
Alarm bells must be ringing in Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters.
Microsoft is close to releasing Windows 8 and it’s shaping up to be another “Vista”. Only this time the repercussions could be much worse. The critics who have been using Windows 8 are extremely negative on the new look and feel of the operating system:
The biggest lawsuit in Microsoft’s history dominated the 90s, when the company battled accusations that it was stifling browser competition. Rival Netscape couldn’t survive, but the Windows giant was ultimately forced to strip Internet Explorer from its operating system in a landmark ruling.
That conflict may be brewing up again.
Windows 8 dropping the ability to play DVDs
Yahoo Y-Tech ^ | Fri, May 4, 2012 | Tecca
Posted on Sunday, May 06, 2012 6:10:12 PM by CedarDave
The upcoming Windows 8 operating system (which you can download and preview now) is dropping the ability to play DVD content.
Microsoft (MSFT) hasn’t spoken publicly about its reasons for including this capability in Windows 8 beyond a cryptic warning that it might be compelled to use it for legal or security reasons.
Microsoft declined to answer questions about the kill switch in Windows 8 other than to say it will only be able to remove or change applications downloaded through the new app store.
Any software loaded from a flash drive, DVD, or directly from the Web will remain outside Microsoft’s control. Still, the kill switch is a tool that could help Microsoft prevent mass malware infections.
“For most users, the ability to remotely remove apps is a good thing,” says Charlie Miller, a researcher with the security company Accuvant.
The history of kill switches on smartphones and e-readers suggests they’re double-edged swords for the companies that wield them.