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  1. You might be happy to learn that CCC is entirely optional I never install it. But this is true also in the othe other half of the world Every nvidia card I've bought in the last decade has been nothing but trouble: BSODs, games crashing, video decoding acceleration not working due to driver issues, tons of "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered" errors (i.e. Windows restarted it), millions of bad G86/G86 cards having been sold (thermal issues leading to failure), their drivers being so awful that it was causing 30% of all BSODs when Vista came out and now the pink screen of death with the last one I bought. So many problems and time wasted. I almost always get (when not using the motherboard integrated one), ATI ones, evidently my instinct has helped keeping me out of troubles for several years
  2. According to the documentation it should work (just like it would also work for my WMI example above): Not that I tested any of it (I'm too lazy to enable it on multiple drives just to test disabling it)
  3. I'm not surprised by any of it. And that was a straight compile as-is. It reminds me of the time where I wanted to get my Alfa AWUS036H wifi card working on Linux. First, you have to chose between between 2 drivers, either: -rtl8187, which mostly works (lacking some features still) but namely doesn't let you control power (making my Alfa card 100% pointless), or: -r8187, which lets you control power and do absolutely everything you want with it.... except connect to a WPA-protected AP (bah, not like you want internet, right?) To swap between the 2 broken drivers, you have to wget & untar the sources for the driver, wget 2 or 3 different patches (which of course vary depending on which kernel you're using, among other things), and apply them, rmmod the old driver, manually add several entries to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf, make/make install/make unload, modprobe, etc. While using half-working instructions from various forums -- while you have no internet on that box (better wget everything you may need and all dependencies first!) This finally allows you to use a command line utility (iwpriv, there's no GUI of course) to change a value which will then let you use iwconfig (again, no GUI) to manually change the power level... assuming you've already written some scripts to change the CRDA. Hours of fun in a terminal window for half-working wifi. Under Windows, the driver has one of those newfangled GUIs. And it has one of those slider controls to adjust the power and an "Apply" button next to it, and it just works. You can even connect to an AP that uses WPA or WPA2, so amazing! Installing the driver required clicking on next twice and then finish, or something like that. Getting Intel HD audio working over spdif was just about the same story: wget/untar/recompile source for alsa-driver, alsa-lib and alsa-utils (./configure, make, make install). Then edit a configuration file (alsa-base.conf) trying different values somewhat randomly, reboot, see if works and if not try another value and reboot, and possibly having to unmute the IEC958 output from alsa-mixer which is a clunky command-line audio mixer) whereas under Windows, there's a "use digital/spdif output" checkbox and that's all you need to do. Basic things like that always seem to require so much work. You eventually tire of it. Agreed. There's far too many distros out there, most of which are just about a straight copy of another distro but with perhaps a new desktop environment (gnome/kde/xfce...) and a new theme. Most of them have the same basic problems anyway. Or people who don't mind having to disassemble and reassemble their car rotated to turn corners That's the saving grace for a lot of Linux users. You don't need any specialized software for anything and don't play games? It'll work I guess. That's pretty basic usage as far as PDFs go. I commonly deal with PDFs that contain 3D content (that you can rotate on any axis and hide parts of) and layers, or running preflight checks on PDF/X files to send out for printing (and do some proofing with them), or to de-skew & OCR scanned documents (from our copier than scans in PDF format directly to a network share), making extensive use of the annotation tools on translated documents (commenting/pointing out errors), using the "edit object" tool to make some changes to PDFs (and even edit parts with Adobe Illustrator because Acrobat just can't do some changes by itself), using digital signatures in engineering documents passed around via email, and I even open them in Photoshop sometimes. That kind of stuff. If you got needs like that then Acrobat's the only game in town and that means Windows or Macs only. I understand that. Just "1GHz" by itself means nothing at all. They're completely different processor architectures (x86 vs ARM), with different numbers of cores, etc. Of course it's no i7 but it's not like a P3 either. 1GB isn't much at all for a desktop but it's not like you'll be doing a lot of heavy multitasking on a tablet (it's enough and it's also more than any other tablet as far as I know). Storage space wise you can't expect too much from a device that uses flash memory -- just look at flash-based MP3 players. You won't mind too many with more than 64GB -- probably none (unless you want a hard drive in it). I mean, it's enough for things like 1080p video chat or playing nice 3D games like Mass Effect or Dead Space on it. It's definitely not the same as a powerful desktop but other tablets are far worse.
  4. There's a good reason why it doesn't work anymore: the system restore service doesn't exist on Win7 (setting a non-existent service to disabled accomplishes nothing). There's no straight replacement for it so you can't just disable a service anymore. The easiest thing to do now is to use the Disable-ComputerRestore in PowerShell e.g. Disable-ComputerRestore "C:\", "D:\" But you can still do it in VBScript using the relevant WMI classes if that's what you prefer, or even using WMI in PowerShell: ([wmiclass]"\\.\root\default:systemrestore").Disable("C:\")
  5. Nice list For me the main feature that's been removed is having a Metro-free experience. What's gone won't be back and you know it.
  6. IMHO, it's trying to make do without pretty much all the best tools. Outside of a web browser, torrent client, VLC and perhaps OOo (which is at best a partial replacement for MS Office) there's very little stuff I'd ever use. And there's basically no direct replacement for just about everything I use (essentially making the computer useless). Trying to get apps and games (if you ever want to play any) using WINE or VMs isn't my definition of fun, neither is wasting countless hours to get hardware to work (only to see an update break something else) and so on. I tired of wasting time on a desktop OS (yes, I've tried way too many distros) that gave me more problems than the number of useful applications it runs. Also, lots of Linux distros are moving to something very similar to Metro, with Unity and GNOME 3. Honestly, if it was as good as some people make it seem, do you think it would still have a 1% market share after 20 years of trying to give it away? It has the fastest CPU/GPU of every ARM-based tablet out there (faster than both the quad core Tegra 3 or Snapdragon S4), it's responsive, the OS and most apps are well designed (good usability and meant for touch usage), it has tons of apps, the current version is far more featured than any other tablet on the market, good battery life (not just on paper), good build quality, etc. They are definitely pricey but sadly you still won't find a better tablet at the same price point. Also: an update on the previous market share numbers. As of May 1st, Win8 has a 0.12% market share, a huge increase of 0.01% in one month! This makes the Consumer Preview 62 days old, and the Developer Preview (first released version) 231 days old. By that time the first Win7 beta (released Jan 9th 2009) was 2 months old, it was at 0.26%, and by the time it was 7.5 months old or so (first beta, like the DP is today -- so Sept 1st 2009 stats) it had 1.53% (about twelve times as much users). Either ways, it's not looking good for Win8.
  7. I don't really get your point, perhaps you should elaborate a bit. I see tons of things wrong with that distribution model but I don't see why you'd call it evil. There's a gigantic loss of time wasted by maintaining dozens of not hundreds of repositories with essentially all the same software in them, the gigantic amount of work required to push software updates "upstream" in all of them (often met with resistance and long delays), competing formats (e.g. deb and rpm) and "installers" that add very little (other than making distros work differently from one to another and wasting boatloads more time by repackaging the same apps over and over again), some repositories containing mature (several years old versions) while others contain loads of broken stuff (forget about testing or quality control), their organization isn't stellar, the content itself (the software) is lacking just about everything I'd want to use (making it a near useless OS for me), etc. So many things wrong, but evil? I don't get it. I wouldn't say so. If you asked me to describe how it works (generally speaking) I'd give you a whole 'nother story (more like a long-winded rant, really). I'm assuming you're using Ubuntu or one of its derivatives (dozens of them). This is what Ubuntu's site says about the matter: Yes, even journalists and editors at major magazines and websites seem to dislike it. There's TONS of negative feedback about Win8 at every level and most of it is negative. You'd have to be blind not to notice. It's like MS is going full speed ahead right into an iceberg. Everybody sees it but they won't budge. The outcome is obvious to everyone, including PC manufacturers. Edit: there are good comments on that article too: Edit2: MS caught lying with statistics about their market share (If you actually believed that, I've got a bridge to sell you): Slow Uptake of Windows 8 Preview Hints at Users' Lack of Interest. I for one, unless there are major changes (namely making Metro optional), won't even bother downloading the release preview.
  8. Being really desperate to sell tablets (their next failure). Will do If you don't mind OOo (not as "fully featured" as MS Office) then that might work for you. Linux has nothing that comes close to Acrobat for design or CAD purposes (advanced use of PDFs), but for most people that just need to view something it might be alright. What you need for that depends very much on which OS you're using. It has lots of players but its most popular player still seems to be VLC (I much, MUCH prefer MPC HC but that's not an option on Linux). As for media converter you got options again (but no avisynth, MeGUI, Adobe Media Encoder, etc so not really for me) Yes, that's the main way to install software. Repositories have pretty much everything available (assuming you enabled restricted/universe/multiverse) and it will keep everything you installed this way updated as well. Yes, you can download apps in other ways, like rpm or deb files, or downloading source code tarballs (which you tar -zxf, ./configure, make, make install -- once you have the necessary packages installed to compile/build). The main issue typically isn't how it's installed, it's what is (or rather isn't) available. Linux is an option for some, but it's just too hostile towards commercial software (and as such doesn't run most of what I use and need -- and most likely never will) and has just about no native games either which is a big point for many (hardware support isn't exactly stellar either). Also, a large part of people who buy macs buy it because it's a unix-like environment (much like Linux), but with a usable and polished GUI, but where the hardware just works (reliably, even after updates), which also has commercial software as an option (like MS Office, Photoshop, AutoCAD, Final Cut, etc) and which comes with some of the best hardware you can buy. That's why I'd much prefer that option, even if Macs are quite expensive.
  9. Yet another incredibly stupid move by MS. Not only Visual Studio 11 doesn't compile for XP which still has a market share over 50% and that the interface is a step backwards (I wouldn't even want of it as a free update!), but they're severely crippling their free "Express edition" (free) IDEs. They won't compile traditional desktop or command line applications anymore. Visual C++ Express which was already far too limited (no MFC? ouch) ceases to exist altogether. You want to create desktop/command line/WPF or silverlight apps in C# or VB? Then you have to buy the $500 Pro edition now for the same amount of basic functionality that was free in VS2010. The only thing the new versions (all two of them) do now is web development (express for web) and Metro (express for Metro Windows). That's it. They might as well have killed the entire "express" product line as far as I'm concerned because they all became completely worthless. MS just gave the finger (a GIGANTIC finger) to all hobbyist and open source developers. You used to make good quality software in C# (or VB)? Well, you're now a dinky phone app developer! They're also sending a strong message to the rest that desktop development is very much being pushed aside, and that Windows is quickly turning into a dumbed down smartphone-like appliance. The end result will be that people will move to other development tools and platforms. The useful editions of Visual Studio now cost between $499 for the Pro edition to $13299 for the Ultimate edition (which again supports less C++11 features than open source GCC does). Meanwhile, Apple's Xcode is $5 for the one and only edition (call it ultimate if you want), unless you're already registered as a developer in which case it's free. Does Microsoft really want to push everyone towards Apple? First, you make your desktop suck beyond belief (Metro). Then you kill your free development tools, and force people to pay hundreds or thousands times more for developer tools than what Apple does. And Xcode at $5 actually lets you develop mobile devices that actually sell too: 172M iOS devices sold last year alone, over 300M total. GCC, Clang, and TONS of other tools, compilers and IDEs for most languages being free doesn't help their cause either. It's as if Microsoft has a death wish. It really boils down to what do you want or need to run on your computer.
  10. I considered those as the "new file copy dialogs". So I meant stuff besides that. IMO that's the best feature of Win8 and almost the only one I'd ever use. That barely qualifies as a feature really... It's only worthwhile for power users which already know about the reg tweaks. Yes, but that's the kind of thing you only change once (if ever). Again, that's hardly what I'd call a feature (every version of Windows moves some settings around anyway). Which is very much inferior to process explorer's process tree IMO. Still better than what was there before. As MagicAndre1981 said, that was in Vista and it's still in Win7. Yes, the basic multimonitor changes I had already covered... But they're very much negated by all the other and far more important issues it created. If anything, multimonitor works worse overall than it did on Win7 without 3rd party utils, and it very badly loses to Win7 with some 3rd party utils. I can't say I care much for it. TL;DR: nothing really. I fully agree about the whole thing, including Win7's annoying and very much useless corner button. And yes, belgianguy's reply is a good read too.
  11. I've never bothered creating an updated (or unattended for that matter -- not doing enough installs for it to be worthwhile) Win7 DVD yet but this makes it seem like a piece of cake. If that's all of it then it should be extremely simple to automate the entire process. I guess the main part of the job is to always have an current list of updates but that could be automated as well using the Windows Update Agent. I'm not sure how reliable that is but worst case scenarios there's others who are already putting in the effort to maintain lists here...
  12. Nice article. My take on the same points: -Metro: full-screen garbage, a *gigantic* step backwards in every way -Start screen: another huge step backwards -New explorer: ribbons add very little, but the new file copy dialogs are nice (and perhaps its best new feature) -Task manager: heat maps are nice but process explorer still offers much more (much like ISO mounting vs Daemon Tools) -Multimonitor: some minor improvements but it's crippled by really screwing up basic stuff like hot corners and fullscreen-everything -Hot corners and charms: suck on VMs, suck on multimonitor setups, unintuitive on desktops, poor discoverability, high learning curve Honestly, I'm not quite sure what you're referring to here besides the few obvious things.
  13. ...and is often spot-on: That. Non-touch apps don't work right for touch input. And touch apps suck with mouse/keyboard interfaces. And in lots of cases, very large parts of the code would have to be replaced (as much as 90%). This is why Metro doesn't make any sense, except on tablets. But again, it's not like we're given the choice of having the right kind of UI, everything is now a smartphone according to MS. This. We'll wait it out for a while, but if Windows doesn't become Windows again then it just becomes a useless and irrelevant OS that I won't use on any device. As for the comments: +1 to that. Exactly. Almost all the software that makes using Windows worth it just doesn't and can't work with the Metro UI. It's just not suited to desktop computing. If MS pushes that aside then they greatly reduce the usefulness and relevance of Windows i.e. they're killing it. That's the same kind of stuff I've been saying all along, just with specific points and examples. It's far too limited, the apps are sandboxed (your access to anything is very limited), and yes, it's not exactly a mature development platform and things like the controls suck (and of course, everything is maximized now). That's why we don't plan on porting any of our software to Metro. Having to rewrite *huge* amounts of code at great expense, especially when most people believe Metro will be a complete flop, and that MS lately is quicker at killing or replacing their new developer tools? MFC (tech from 1992) still works today. But Winforms? Well, that's been replaced by WPF. Oh, wait, that's being replaced by WinRT. Silverlight? Forget that too, it's HTML5 now, and maybe WinRT. "Classic" ASP was replaced by ASP.NET, and that's being replaced by ASP.NET MVC. They seem to do this for all their recent stuff. They push hard for something then they just kill it off, and you end up having to re-learn how it works and by the time you're there they replace it again. So eventually you stop caring about the flavor-of-the-week stuff. So yeah. Why incur the expense of porting existing Win32 apps that work great and already costed quite a lot to develop, having to re-think how every part of interface should work using touch, re-training all programmers for WinRT, writing all the new code (maintaining 2 separate code bases) and doing a lot of restructuring work so you can reuse parts of the old code. That's assuming that what you need to do can even be done in that sandboxed environment (in our case it can't be for most of our apps). Just so we can have a smartphone-like app which will only run on ~1% of our users' computers (those with Win8), only to see them use it with their mouse anyway? Most likely they'd hate it and just run the good old version on the desktop instead. It's just *so* not happening. You can imagine that lots of other companies, if not nearly all of them (except those who make smartphone apps), will do the same.
  14. That's a nice classic They've got a lot of nice ones (Black Star, Heartwork, This Mortal Coil, etc). If you're gonna play that "classic-ish metal" game then: Coal Chamber - Sway.
  15. Several more options which I've used (untested on Win8, all tested on Win7) : -WMI Code Creator -PowerShell Scriptomatic or the classic Scriptomatic 2.0 -WMI Explorer -PowerShell WMI Explorer Then again just typing gwmi SomeClassNameHere or gwmi SomeClassNameHere | gm in PowerShell is often enough to get the infos you want without using a fancy tool (obviously no code generation there).
  16. Nope. You'll just access it over the network just the same. It basically changes nothing to the big picture as far as "clients" are concerned. It's just something else you can use server-side, but I don't think it'll gain too much acceptance there anyway. It fails to implement long-awaited features like deduplication, you can't boot from it, and it removes a lot of existing features from NTFS which are actually very useful: It's not yet what most would call mature, a lot of backup solutions might not work quite right with it (or at all), it obviously doesn't work on Win8 non-server (except if you copy files and reg keys over from it), real-world performance or scalability is basically unknown at this point, etc. Maybe the next version or ReFS in Win 9 server will be better, but for now I'd much rather have ZFS or Btrfs. Then again I don't think too many companies will buy Win 8 Server (Win 2012). Hyper-V is somewhat improved (meh), but you're stuck with Metro (yes, on a server!)
  17. I never played that version. But it seems very much like Radio Shack's Pocket Repeat from the 80's: While Vista was pretty heavy, and good quality drivers were late, at least it offered a good amount of worthwhile stuff. Like better security, start menu search, sleep that finally "just works", etc. I mean, that wasn't so bad comparatively speaking. Win7 vs Win8 fares much, much worse. Win8 is very much lacking in terms of new features (only a couple minor "okay" new things, and zero must-haves) while doing away with large parts of what made it a good OS (like a sane user interface, for starters). It's about as bad as moving from XP down to Win 3.1. Thankfully Win7 is a fantastic OS and it'll remain viable for a number of years. Hopefully Win9 won't be such a disaster, otherwise we'll all move to something else like OS X and virtualize what we can't just replace or port. I'm certain it'll boost Apple's sales regardless.
  18. Of course. Next they will be saying "It's the best selling OS ever!", based on sales of most PCs which come with that OS as the only option (totally disregarding those who will upgrade it to Win7 later or those who make use of their "downgrade" rights at purchase time), bulk purchases of licenses by big chains still unsold and sitting on shelves of their stores, not accounting for the increase of desktops/laptops sold in that time frame, comparing sales over periods of different lengths, etc. That will be another useless fabricated statistic, just like they did with Vista. They're so predictable with their lies and half-truths. They might as well have written this book. Now, if you can show me that more PCs were actually sold with Win8 and isn't getting upgraded to Win7 shortly after, than there were PCs sold with Win7, while accounting for market growth and such factors then sure, that will actually mean something. Of course MS won't give us something like that as it would look really bad for them. Of course they'd never admit that it's not selling well. Fortunately for us, the online market share statistics mostly reflect real world usage of various OS'es (what's currently used -- not what it shipped with, or licenses old that aren't installed on a PC or whatever) and we do have access to that. Then again, MS is already lying about this which is pretty funny. The other metric we won't see is what percentage of the population actually likes it, but anyone who's been in any Win8-related article/blog post/forum thread or such can very quickly see that this number is very low comparatively. Thank you Meanwhile, everyone's making fun of their new "Windows RT" name and they already see it failing in the enterprise (duh!)
  19. If you look around, you'll even find pre-made scripts to do just this. That should serve as a good starting point.
  20. Hmm. Strange. It compiles fine as-is here (Win7 x64). I do have VS2010 installed but that shouldn't change a thing. It should compile fine, as-is with the compiler installed by the .NET framework. I'll probably try on a mostly clean VM later (might have to add a /reference param or something). Meanwhile, here's the compiled version: http://www.mediafire.com/?r4374hzpcsh5x60 (virus-free of course).
  21. At least WinME didn't force a stupid UI meant for an entirely different kind of device on you (it looked and worked very much like Win98 and Win95). Nor did it try to force dinky phone-like "apps" on us to replace traditional software. Win8 is making everything useful about Windows "legacy", only to force an ill-suited touchscreen interface on mouse/keyboard users which is a gigantic setback in usability and which will just confuse everybody. It'll take some time for most users to adjust to this tacky interface and its gaudy icons, gestures, hot corners and screen edges (removing buttons), hidden elements (less visual cues), reduced discoverability, scrolling up/down with the mouse that actually scrolls sideways, everything running maximized (and with no chrome), the desktop being just another application, multitasking being very much neutered, the disjointed combo of metro and desktop environments, etc. Also, customizability has been thrown out of the window, they're forcing MS cloud services on users, ARM devices throw 20 years of backwards compatibility out the window (and they also introduce locked bootloaders), the app store that can remotely deactivate apps you paid for, the existing Metro apps are of incredibly bad quality and are very much feature-light (most are also useless without an internet connection), etc. At best it just gets in your way, it's an obstacle to getting work done and it slows you down. They've reinvented the wheel by making it square. It creates countless major problems rather than solving any, just so they have a laughable chance at selling a few mediocre tablets (I'm sure it'll sell as good as the Zune or Windows Phone). But hey, explorer now has a ribbon, and task manager has heat maps! TL;DR: It's far, FAR worse than WinME.
  22. If even himself isn't really liking it despite trying to the best he can... it's not looking good. I wonder how they fabricated their numbers to backup that statement. The consumer preview is almost 2 months old, yet its market share of desktop OS'es is 0.11% according to hitslink.com (or 0.08% according to w3counter) The first Win7 beta was released in early January 2009. 2 months later (March 2009) its market share was more than double at 0.26% That's if you don't count the developer preview which is from last September (the first available version in both cases). That's 7 months to reach 0.11% then, while Win7 had 1.19% at that point which is ten times more. (or 0.08% and 1.75% respectively if you go by w3counter's numbers) I'm not worried that they set criterias for the statistics so it says whatever they want it to say e.g. downloads of the ISO image based on an arbitrary date or other nonsense, like % of Win8 users visiting the Win8 blog which should be unrealistically high. It also doesn't say just how much of these are still using the developer preview with Metro disabled. And it doesn't say much (if anything at all) about how many will actually stick with it. I've tried both the DP and CP and I certainly won't be running it, be it at home or work, on any type of device. The other thing they're not talking about is consumer approval (not that they'd be honest about this either). Everybody just loved Win7 from day one, whereas everybody just seems to very much dislike Win8 -- specifically everything to do with Metro. And you're not given any options to disable the nonsense either. In the end it doesn't matter. It'll be one huge and embarrassing fiasco for Microsoft that will likely make Vista seem like a minor failure in retrospect. Yes, Vista was slow on under-powered hardware but otherwise it was mostly okay. Win8 is a total nightmare on all desktops regardless of hardware. I willingly bought Vista, and I wouldn't install Win8 even as a free upgrade.
  23. I'm not aware of one, but it would be very quick and easy to write one in C#, relying on LINQ to do 99% of the work for us. A couple lines to iterate through folder names passed as an arg, one line to get all files inside it (including subfolders), one LINQ query to group the data by extension (returning extension and count i.e. extract what you want) then you only have to write it to the console. It would take about 10 statements for the whole thing. Edit: bored. Here's the whole thing (a simple 5 minute console app) written in C#: using System; using System.IO; using System.Linq; namespace DirExtCount { class Program { static void Main(string[] args) { foreach (var arg in args) if (Directory.Exists(arg)) ProcessDirectory(arg); } static void ProcessDirectory(string dirName) { var dir = new DirectoryInfo(dirName); var fileList = dir.GetFiles("*.*", SearchOption.AllDirectories); //this is where the LINQ magic happens var qry = from file in fileList group file by file.Extension.ToLower() into grp orderby grp.Count() descending select new { Extension = grp.Key, Count = grp.Count() }; Console.WriteLine("Extension Count for directory: " + sDir); foreach (var res in qry) Console.WriteLine("You have {0} {1} files", res.Count, res.Extension); } } } Save as whateveryouwannacallit.cs then compile using: "C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\csc.exe" whateveryouwannacallit.cs To use it, pass one or more directory names as arguments when you run it e.g. whateveryouactuallycalledit.exe c:\users\yourusernamehere\downloads And if you wanted it to actually list the extension counts of multiple folders combined together instead of separately, that'd only be a couple more lines. Even making it a full GUI app would be really quick (fire a BackgroundWorker thread to do the heavy work, then databind the results to a simple ListView or similar)
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