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  • Windows 10 likely to be released early next fall [View news story]
    Windows 8 is a lot less bloated than Windows 7.

    Too bad Microsoft blew it on Windows 8 with its misguided decision to replace the desktop StartMenu w/ the Metro StartScreen in the only-one-app-at-a-time Tile world.

    I greatly prefer the Windows 8 experience. However, it takes a little savvy to recognize how to hop back and forth between the desktop world and the only-one-app-at-a-time Tile world (two clicks w/ little mouse movement in between). And a little savvy to recognize the app installs necessary to avoid having to work in the only-one-app-at-a-time Tile world (e.g. pre-installed Acrobat defaults).

    It's well worth it for those who can recognize how to do it. But I can see how the unintuitive navigation and environment maintenance would cause enormous unnecessary frustration for users who don't recognize what to do.

    My biggest issue with slowness lately has been my ongoing battle with unwanted adware. I don't claim to have mastered it, but I've gotten a lot better, and my Windows 8.1 machines are running much better than they were earlier this year. Once I found the free AdwCleaner adware removal tool (to remove unwanted browser plug-ins) and stopped trying to block adware calls from within IE (Internet Options - Security - Restricted Sites), then my user experience greatly improved. (I also use Chrome but you can't attempt to block sites/URLs from within Chrome, at least out-of-the-box.)

    So I agree. The barriers to entry to a decent (not perfect, but good-enough functioning) user experience are too high.
    Dec 11, 2014. 10:57 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Clean Energy Fuels: Natural Gas Conversion And A Stronger Network Will Lead To Growth [View article]
    OK, who's going to acknowledge the elephant in the room?

    The plunge in oil prices of the last ~month or so is a somewhat relevant factor that is not addressed in the article.
    Dec 11, 2014. 10:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Google Finally Made Microsoft Obsolete? [View article]
    "Compatible" does not mean "hassle-free". (I'm not familiar w/ LibreOffice, but I'd be willing to bet you wouldn't open a presentation to a managing director/etc in Office/LibreOffice which was created in LibreOffice/Office.)

    And hassles cost time which costs money.
    Aug 27, 2014. 04:18 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Google Finally Made Microsoft Obsolete? [View article]
    Bingo: Switching from Office to Google Apps is just not going to move the profitability needle in many information worker environments.

    Which one of the following is a distraction?

    Top Company Goals for the Present Year:
    1) Expand Sales by 25%
    2) Cut costs by 10% (headcount, big ticket items)
    3) Switch from Office to Google Apps
    (saving license costs equivalent of ~0.5 days pay per employee per year)

    Of course, being free is a big attraction to new startups that lack existing process dependencies/complexit... In firms with complex processes, it falls very low on the priority list.

    Aug 27, 2014. 03:37 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: A Nail In The Coffin For The Windows Phone [View article]
    Actually, I think sharing an external dvd drive amongst all household computers would make sense. How often nowadays do you use your cd/dvd drive.

    But this is a small redundant cost, and so "who cares" will be the market's take.
    Jul 9, 2014. 12:13 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Hong Kong outlook cut over rift with Beijing [View news story]
    I'm long a small amount of EWH, but I've always worried that China would someday assert a more heavy-handed control over Hong Kong.

    But then I thought, what could possibly motivate a dominion (Hong Kong) to stay productive and semi-independent better than that?

    I'm staying long rather than selling after the development/news.
    Jul 7, 2014. 09:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Premarket Gainers / Losers [View news story]
    NOK just went ex-Dividend on the ~50 cent combined regular and special dividend, so if the price is down 47 cents from yesterday (per SA), then holders are actually up ~3 cents in total.
    Jun 19, 2014. 10:43 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Plug Power Is A Great Opportunity On The Pullback [View article]
    Plus, fracking might wake Godzilla
    Jun 19, 2014. 01:56 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: I Am Tired Of The Scare Tactics From Correction Bobble-Head Pundits! [View article]
    Very true.

    Ironically, the Investment Class has fared rather well, however. (I'm a working class/investment class 'tweener.)
    Jun 10, 2014. 04:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chamber study predicts Obama's "war on coal" will kill jobs [View news story]
    Thank god for FOX.

    The Left would prefer to silence objections to their authoritarian aims. As is typical for the Statists. Your attempt to stigmatize FOX is a well-worn talking point.
    May 30, 2014. 12:15 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Chamber study predicts Obama's "war on coal" will kill jobs [View news story]
    It's ironic how the investment class has done rather well under the Obama administration while the labor participation rate has fallen from 65.7% at his inauguration to the present multi-decade low of 62.8% http://bit.ly/1kifxBE
    May 28, 2014. 10:54 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chamber study predicts Obama's "war on coal" will kill jobs [View news story]
    Philip Marlowe's attempt to shout you down is typical.
    May 28, 2014. 10:41 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • For-profit education names hit by Ackman rumor [View news story]
    University Endowments versus Selected Country GDPs

    http://bit.ly/1tpN6cp
    May 22, 2014. 03:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • White House mulls massive reduction in power emissions [View news story]
    That would be Mann-made Climate Change, Bill
    May 16, 2014. 02:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • White House mulls massive reduction in power emissions [View news story]
    "It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong."

    Richard Feynman

    But, of course, Global Cooling, no, make that Global Warming, no make that Climate Change, no make that Climate Invariance is different.

    It turns out that scientists can fall victim to tribalism just like any other humans. Especially when they stop being skeptical, which is integral to the scientific process.

    http://dailym.ai/RIetAG

    http://bit.ly/RIetAH
    May 16, 2014. 10:59 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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