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    Re: Happy New Year Screenshots

    Just the basics: 12.10, Unity and a background from Deviantart.
  2. Re: A little early to write off Microsoft, but interesting reading

    Hence the problem: Huawei is cleaning up on cheaper phones.



    Profits are down 79% quarter versus quarter. Far from healthy.
  3. Re: A little early to write off Microsoft, but interesting reading

    Huawei is offering prepaid Android phones in the US/UK for $99/99. But they're really killing HTC in Asia where HTC made the decision not to compete in the low-end market. Add to this Apple and...
  4. Re: A little early to write off Microsoft, but interesting reading

    Not really. Huwei is selling Androidish phones for half the price HTC is The small amount any licensing adds isn't going to make a difference one way or another.
  5. Re: A little early to write off Microsoft, but interesting reading

    Nope. HTC's problem is not licensing but the fact companies like Huwei are seriously undercutting it in price.
  6. Re: A little early to write off Microsoft, but interesting reading

    Doesn't matter how good the quality is, if they don't make money selling the things the company will stop selling them. Nokia was widely recognized as making the best built phones available, and now...
  7. Re: A little early to write off Microsoft, but interesting reading

    Samsung is the only other smartphone maker aside from Apple showing any serious profit. HTC's profits are in freefall.
  8. Re: A little early to write off Microsoft, but interesting reading

    Apple will survive. Samsung is the only other smartphone manufacturer making decent products. IBM and Oracle are safe in the corporate world.

    Dell and HP are caught in the race to the bottom which...
  9. Re: A little early to write off Microsoft, but interesting reading

    I think IBM got out of the consumer space because it's not their core competency. What they excel at is business to business, and their revenue is all structured for long-term deals, whether its...
  10. Re: A little early to write off Microsoft, but interesting reading

    So, one US company controls one quarter of the global mobile computing space? That's pretty impressive.

    The presentation I linked to shows both iOS and Android.
  11. Re: A little early to write off Microsoft, but interesting reading

    The XBox really only sold well in the US. In Europe the Wii sold twice as many units, and in Japan the Wii sold ten times as many and the PS3 sold about six times as many. Even in the US the Wii...
  12. Re: A little early to write off Microsoft, but interesting reading

    The problem isn't the amount of money they have, it's their corporate leadership and the fact the company is wedded to the Windows/Office revenue stream. If you break down Microsoft's financials...
  13. Re: A little early to write off Microsoft, but interesting reading

    To add to this, I think it might be a generational thing. I'm 42. I've usually owned desktops. At the moment I have two, and I don't need a laptop as my phone is fine for mu mobile needs. My brother...
  14. Re: A little early to write off Microsoft, but interesting reading

    I see no proof for your assertions. You would need to provide figures to convince me, and I don't think you will find them. For a simple reason, look at the steady ramp up of smartphone penetration...
  15. Re: A little early to write off Microsoft, but interesting reading

    Sales numbers pretty do much tell the whole story: most people don't need six cores and 16 GB of RAM.

    Now, I'm with you. I love my desktop. But I also am pretty sure I can see what's coming.
  16. Re: A little early to write off Microsoft, but interesting reading

    Desktops are already dying. Look at the sales breakdowns for the big computer makers and you'll see desktop are now accounting for less than 25% or total sales and falling. Additionally, Apple aside,...
  17. Re: Why doesn't someone do to Linux what Apple did for Unix?

    Well said. Thanks for that.

    And I agree. The vast majority of computer users don't want to know anything about the insides of their machines. They want it to start up and work with as few problems...
  18. Re: WINE for OS X?

    It might be technically feasible, but I don't know if there's enough call for it to make anyone take on the work. Obviously, there's much more Windows software out there than there is software for...
  19. Re: A little early to write off Microsoft, but interesting reading

    The article makes some valid points: Microsoft's problems are long-term and structural, and the very things which made it so successful--the ubiquity of Windows and Office--have now become problems,...
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    Re: Delectable December Screenshots

    Upgraded to 12.10. Much better in my (virtual) environment.
  21. Thread: Photoshop vs Gimp

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    Re: Photoshop vs Gimp

    Non-destructive filters.
    Smart objects.
    Layer sets.
    Metadata.

    The list goes on.
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    Re: Speedreading (and Comprehension)

    I'm on the other end of the spectrum. I can read 400 pages a day.
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    Re: Ubuntu To Soon Ship On 5% Of PCs

    Makes sense to me: people like the hardware but want to use the OS they're used to. I've seen some people doing that here. I'm pretty sure Apple's desktop presence in China, while growing, is pretty...
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    Re: Have you calibrated your monitor?

    I just use the manufacturer-supplied color profile for my monitor.
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    Re: Ubuntu To Soon Ship On 5% Of PCs

    Which is ironic, considering that people who buy a machine with Windows installed, only to wipe and install Linux, aren't counted either.
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