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  • Norfolk Southern Feels The Pinch From Weaker Coal Demand [View article]
    Obama has in the past declared that he intended to put coal producers out of business. No Stateside use, and I'm thinking that he doesn't want coal exported either. In the remainder of his regime's tenure, does anyone really believe that coal production will be permitted to increase, and the rail transport picture will improve?
    Mar 5, 2013. 07:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Microsoft Is Severely Undervalued [View article]
    The author likes Win 8???? I guess he/she is just not understanding that Microsoft Office Enterprise and other Office Suites costing hundreds of dollars do not work well with Win 8. No indexing, and no email and drives search when using Win 8. Additionally, basic Win8, that came on ,my 3 computers will not work with a TV tuner and remote control. To get my TV tuner to work with 8, I have to upgrade to Win RT8, or 8 Pro, and that's not all. After upgrading 8 at additional expense, I still have to install Window's Media Center. Also, did you know that there is no BIOS to boot from if you want to install/ go back to Win 7?
    We owe kudos to Microsoft for spurring the development of, and within the realm of computer software and hardware, but that was yesterday, and today, it's a different story (in my view) and that is that Microsoft just gave up the high ground for operating systems, and has now opened the door for the likes of Google to step in. Can Microsoft's stock price go lower? I'm thinking yes...for sure.
    Dec 11, 2012. 03:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Windows 8 making a bad situation worse for the (non-Apple) PC industry? NPD believes U.S. retail sales of Windows gear is down 21% Y/Y since Oct. 26, the day Win. 8 launched. Notebooks -24% and desktops -9%. Also, thanks to inventory-clearing and perhaps also a cautious enterprise response, Win. 8 has only made up 58% of Windows device sales since launch time, compared with 83% for Windows 7 in its first 4 weeks. 6% of Win. 8 notebook sales involved touchscreens, and ASPs rose to $477 from $433 in the year-ago period. (40M licenses[View news story]
    I've got 2 new computers running Win 8, and my experience is as follows:
    I never read the instructions on anything anymore. If it's not intuitive for me to handle it, I wouldn't recommend it. I have been a Windows user starting out with their first edition...what was it~1.4???
    And, I'm 75.
    It took me about 7 total hours to be able to get past the Window 8 opening screen, and create the Win 7 look, that I was accustomed to for 3 years. Win 8's opening screen of course caters to the current touch screen fad, and I am not one of those. I have been able to create/set up my PC desk top and task bar to a near complete duplicate of my Win 7 settings. Setting up the second PC took less than an hour to set up to replicate Win 7. At first, I thought that Win 8 would be the demise of Microsoft, but now, after setting up two computers with 8, non of which are touchy types, I have no regrets. Win 7 or 8 is now much the same to me, except for the opening screen.
    I have observed that Win 8 closes and opens faster than 7, and that's about it.
    Nov 29, 2012. 02:11 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment