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Windows 8.1: My Opinion Elaborated ( TweakGuides 2013-Sep )

Well written critique on the suckiness of Microsoft Windows 8 and related. Drives home a lot of points we made here over the past 4,000 posts in this thread and two years overall in the blogosphere. Two thumbs up!

 

 

Kudos to Koroush! :thumbup :thumbup :thumbup Worth reading every bit of it. I've followed this guy's tweak guides (more like treatises in fact) for years, and learned a lot in the process.

 

 

This paragraph perfectly summarises the righteous indignation of power desktop users upon this Tiles joke for retards:

 

... I can't resist, as this bastardization of Windows makes me quite angry. Having used every version of Microsoft's operating systems since 1988 (MS-DOS 5.0), this is the first time I truly believe that Microsoft has lost its way. To put it bluntly, Windows 8.1 is a mish-mash of interfaces, and in some cases borderline deceptive options, mainly to serve Microsoft's dubious ambitions in the mobile device arena, rather than consumers and businesses. It will only serve to further confuse and alienate the average PC user, and hasten the PC's demise. I've used Windows 8 as my daily OS since the Preview back in June 2012, and I can honestly say it seems like one step forward, four steps back when compared to Windows 7 ...

 

 

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I am a customer at amazon from incept time. I may have been one of the very first customers they've ever had abroad. I never owned a Kindle up to now, and do not intend to acquire one ever. Of the books I've decided to buy since that technology exists, only a handful were Kindle only, and each and everyone of those few I desisted from buying precisely because they were Kindle only. Although I do use web mail, that's the only form of "cloud storage" I decided to accept as unavoidable. And I don't leave extensive collections of old e-mails there, I download what I think should be kept and delete all the rest regularly. I've drawn my personal line in the ground at Win 7. I don't use it for anything important at present, but I'm experimenting with it, with a view on the day (I do hope still very far away) neither 98SE nor XP SP3 will suffice for my daily chores. But that's that. Even if I made a concentrated effort, I still wouldn't be able to care less for Win 8+  and/or any kind of cloud tech than I do already.
 

I do remember when amazon.com removed (ironically) those books from customers' Kindles. That did serve (or should have served) as a general warning of the, umm, "possibilities" presented by this kind of technology!


Yet, it seems it either didn't serve as a warning at all, or if it did, people forget way too fast (it happened in 2009, after all). :ph34r:



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I do not care about icon designs, or resigns. When it comes to programming. All I care about if the **** thing could work on my 9x, and OS9 machines and still do the same **** job without invading my privacy. Not to burst anybodys bubble, Being gitty over the new Windows ( whatever it is called ) is a complete waste of time. I do not see the reason to deal with these newer OSes at all. ( Until I get to the workplace and that one program will not read my painstaken glory ). When I browse My documents, and etc folder my screen does not need to look like my Cable Box GUI. All I want to see is a list that is tight, readable and compact, so I can quickly browse through everything. I am not a five year old, clicking away at the music tones of the error Ding Ding Ding error sounds of 95. I am a big grown person who needs stuff to be done, Remember Bob ? I am sure somebody here remember the many variants of Bob. Bob was a fun thing, when computers were private, cool, and fun thing. But nowadays Newer OSes seems to be about collecting infromation on the end-user, creating a perminant record AKA a Criminal profile. Then using that information against people ( cough facebook, twitter, etc ). See what they are doing is making it easier for morons to use the touch screen ( AKA mouse interface all over ). interface. So that everybody can get addicting to touching. No more real keyboard, you know the type hackers, and real programmers were into. Everything is crap made for crap people. Remember the good days when you could zoom directly to a file, with a command, or quickly open and close windows, while taking a snap shot ASAP, and then jumping into your mail, in a blink of an eye. No more. Your going to have a whole new generation of slow minded computer users, who can't even think past the GUI.

 

Yup. :}

 

I also remember the days when everything was done at the DOS prompt. Back then I felt like I understood exactly what was going on, it was as if the machine were an extension of my body. Today, in some ways I am a spectator as to what's happening on my computer, although I've developed a decent grasp of events beneath the surface. By hiding the inner workings of the OS, automating functions and simplifying the interface, Metro (if and when it displaces the Desktop completely) is going to accelerate that process of turning the user from an active partner to an almost purely passive spectator who has no clue what's going on inside... and won't even have any way to learn.

 

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I am a customer at amazon from incept time. I may have been one of the very first customers they've ever had abroad. I never owned a Kindle up to now, and do not intend to acquire one ever. Of the books I've decided to buy since that technology exists, only a handful were Kindle only, and each and everyone of those few I desisted from buying precisely because they were Kindle only. Although I do use web mail, that's the only form of "cloud storage" I decided to accept as unavoidable. And I don't leave extensive collections of old e-mails there, I download what I think should be kept and delete all the rest regularly. I've drawn my personal line in the ground at Win 7. I don't use it for anything important at present, but I'm experimenting with it, with a view on the day (I do hope still very far away) neither 98SE nor XP SP3 will suffice for my daily chores. But that's that. Even if I made a concentrated effort, I still wouldn't be able to care less for Win 8+  and/or any kind of cloud tech than I do already.

 

Ditto on that last sentence! :thumbup

 

As you know, I have a special fondness for 98FE and Vista. But Win7 is acceptable, although I haven't yet made it my main (work) OS. Once I make the switch I'll probably install some kind of Vista theme (especially for the convex taskbar) and then wait and see what MSFT does with Windows 9 and beyond. If they stick to their present course, my next OS after that will be some flavor of Linux. Assuming that those folks haven't messed THAT up by then...

 

--JorgeA

 

P.S. I have what must be a first-generation Kobo e-reader. I got it because it was the only one of its kind I could find, that's easy both to set up and to connect without using wireless (an inherently insecure technology IMHO). But after my first purchase I would only ever put fiction on it -- books with references are a nightmare if you want to see what's in the notes. Nor do I have any idea how far into the book I am. More recent e-readers have better features, but seem to require wireless (like sitting in the Barnes & Noble store) to register and set up. No, thanks!


Edited by JorgeA, 10 September 2013 - 10:43 PM.


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Correct me if I'm wrong (please!!), but this strikes me as improbable. Unless the laptop already had a keylogger installed, there's no way that even the NSA could reconstruct every (or any) keystroke the guy had input previously. And of course, if they did have a kelogger installed already, then there was no need to steal borrow confiscate his laptop, as they could simply record what he was doing.

 

What do you think?

 

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Naah, not only it is the usual FUD, but taking a "plain" full, complete forensic image of the disk would take - say - at the most 4 hours and even if the GI guys made a chipoff or similar physical extraction of RAM and ROM/EPROM (why? :w00t:).

 

Translation:

They simply wanted to harass the user and/or it was so low priority that it went at the end of the backlog, or rectius, the PC was ready after a few hours but was sent back only when it was asked for.

 

The green are facts, the red pure speculation:

They seized House's laptop and detained his computer for seven weeks, giving the government enough time to try to copy every file and keystroke House had made since declaring himself a Manning supporter.

 

 

The guy asked it back after seven weeks, and got it back the day after.

Seven weeks after the incident, House faxed a letter to immigration authorities asking that the devices be returned. They were sent to him the next day, via Federal Express.

 

 

As a side note:

House, an Alabama native, said he didn't ask for any money as part of his settlement agreement and said his primary concern was ensuring that a document containing the names of Manning Support Network donors didn't wind up in a permanent government file. The court order required the destruction of all his files, which House said satisfied him.

 

Yeah, sure, you can trust on their word that the CIA guys (or NSA or the military or whomever) have fully obeyed and destroyed each and every file and each and every copy they made of them. :yes:

If they do have a list of all Manning Support Network donors, surely it comes from some other source :whistle:

 

Now, if I had a PC of mine seized and then returned to me by the Feds (and if I was suspected to be involved in something like the Manning case) I would look for a keylogger placed in it while they had it in their possession, or - safer, wipe it and either destroy it or sell it on e-bay the very day after I got it back, but that's another story.

 

 

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Edited by jaclaz, 11 September 2013 - 02:46 AM.


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Personally Linux is not option to me. Linux is not cancer as Ballmer said, but it is annoying. Sure it include lot of options which is good, but  I like to configure everything via GUI. Linux is too much command line based, also many programs settings need to be configured via text editor instead of its own settings GUI like in Windows. Linux doesn't have system restore point like feature, doesn't have possibility to create new process via GUI. Also upgrading Linux is pain. I remember last time in Ubuntu:not xinit found, when trying to manually start X when it didn't start during upgrading. Linux doesn't have troubleshooting wizards. I will continue with Windows 7 until Windows 9 and then decide what to do. My dream OS would be one that is configurable but via GUI instead of command line. Also troubleshooting wizards could be improved to be more smart and recognise more problems. ipconfig/ all command could have it own GUI. Command line could be option to those who really want to use it, but should not be required those who don't want to use it, everything should be possible to configure and troubleshoot via GUI.

 

Also as Mac is locked down to Apple hardware and still has its flaws so it is not option.

 

As Prism it is bad use of technology. Technology could be used so many good things and yet it is used to things like this. Shame on US government and shame on companies involved.


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Yeah, sure, you can trust on their word that the CIA guys (or NSA or the military or whomever) have fully obeyed and destroyed each and every file and each and every copy they made of them. :yes:

If they do have a list of all Manning Support Network donors, surely it comes from some other source :whistle:

 

Now, if I had a PC of mine seized and then returned to me by the Feds (and if I was suspected to be involved in something like the Manning case) I would look for a keylogger placed in it while they had it in their possession, or - safer, wipe it and either destroy it or sell it on e-bay the very day after I got it back, but that's another story.

 

Oh jaclaz, you cynic -- why wouldn't you trust the authorities, our dedicated public servants, to keep their word? ;)

 

(Good advice BTW as to what to do with the laptop once it was recovered.)

 

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Personally Linux is not option to me. Linux is not cancer as Ballmer said, but it is annoying. Sure it include lot of options which is good, but  I like to configure everything via GUI. Linux is too much command line based, also many programs settings need to be configured via text editor instead of its own settings GUI like in Windows. Linux doesn't have system restore point like feature, doesn't have possibility to create new process via GUI. Also upgrading Linux is pain. I remember last time in Ubuntu:not xinit found, when trying to manually start X when it didn't start during upgrading. I will continue with Windows 7 until Windows 9 and then decide what to do. My dream OS would be one that is configurable but via GUI instead of command line.

 

Also as Mac is locked down to Apple hardware and still has its flaw.

 

As Prism it is bad use of technology. Technology could be used so many good things and yet it is used to things like this. Shame on US government and shame on companies involved.

 

Yeah, Linux has its own set of flaws and annoyances. Support for international characters is clunky at best -- there's nothing there to match the simplicity of typing ALT+130 to get é, for example. You can manually create macros to get the characters you need, but if you use a lot of different ones as I do then it becomes a long and tedious exercise. It's like having to wire your own car radio: just give me something that works out of the box, OK? Microsoft's Windows is much better in that regard, I will hand them that.

 

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Microsoft has screwed up three Office 2007-related Patch Tuesday updates:

 

http://answers.micro...m=1378907362347

 

http://www.infoworld...c-update-226594

 

Don't they test these things before sending them out??

 

At the end of his piece, Woody says exactly what I was thinking:

 

Does this make you feel warm and fuzzy about automatic app updates in Windows 8.1?

 

Yes, just imagine if and when everybody gets all their updates automatically. (Oh, and no doubt the NSA wouldn't mind lending a hand with that...)

 

--JorgeA

 



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Yeah, Linux has its own set of flaws and annoyances. Support for international characters is clunky at best -- there's nothing there to match the simplicity of typing ALT+130 to get é, for example. You can manually create macros to get the characters you need, but if you use a lot of different ones as I do then it becomes a long and tedious exercise. It's like having to wire your own car radio: just give me something that works out of the box, OK? Microsoft's Windows is much better in that regard, I will hand them that.

 

--JorgeA

 

You might like it or not, but usually there is CTRL+SHIFT+U and then keeping pressed the CTRL+SHIFT digit the Unicode 4 character ordinal of the character.

http://en.wikipedia....i/Unicode_input

 

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You need to know that USA government is not alone in this.

 

Do not give sovereign nations power to central governments. Big Central governments are bad and mostly corrupted.

 

This is result:

 

http://hpub.org/euro...ellite-network/

 

You need to know what happen when you give power to big central government. (US Government, European Parliament, European Council)


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NSA Affair: Germans Conduct Helicopter Flyover of US Consulate ( Der Spiegel 2013-09-09 )

Talk about unintended consequences. German aerial recon of the American embassy looking for exposed spy equipment on the building. This really highlights something that is a fuzzy gray area - Are embassies and consulates native land to the guest country or not? We're probably gonna see that issue settled once and for all in the next few years thanks to all the spy leaks. Hint for our German friends, you won't visually see the equipment that is listening to you, you will only see what is intentionally exposed. But they probably are fully aware of this and the action was a ( pretty good ) publicity stunt. :thumbup


NSA Violated Privacy Protections, Officials Say ( Wall Street Journal 2013-09-10 )
 

Since the breadth of the phone-records collection came to light through leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. officials have said that for all queries of the database, the NSA must show a "reasonable articulable suspicion" that the phone number being targeted is associated with a terrorist organization.

Between 2006 and 2009, however, of the 17,835 phone numbers checked against phone records, only 1,935 were based on that reasonable-suspicion standard, intelligence officials said.

 
Oopsie daisy. 'Sorry, we'll try harder next time'. Don't be fooled again, this is one of those distracting slabs of meat thrown our way to divert attention from the real capabilities which are pressing ahead like a tsunami plowing miles inland through Japanese villages.


Is Tor's Anonymous Internet Still Secure? ( Tom's Hardware 2013-09-10 )
 

Tor is a networking protocol originally sponsored by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Now an open-source project, the protocol is used in various pieces of software, including the Tor Project's free-to-download browser bundle, which anonymizes your data by sending it through a random selection of more than 3,000 servers, called relays.[/b]

 
Lots of background about Tor, SSL and WWW communications. Long story short - we're screwed. :yes:


'FLYING PIG' Soars Over Internet Privacy Protections ( Tom's Hardware 2013-09-10 )
 

FLYING PIG can bypass SSL through what is known as a man-in-the-middle attack. By interposing itself between the user and the user's intended destination during such an attack, GCHQ can redirect the user to a spoof site, usually almost indistinguishable from the genuine article.

For example, a man-in-the-middle attack on an online store can steal a user's credit card information by making it appear that the order has gone through as planned.

FLYING PIG, in particular, takes advantage of SSL's modus operandi, which requires a "handshake." SSL makes both the end user and the server provide security certificates before transmitting data. GCHQ can provide fake security certificates, rendering both a user and his or her system unaware that a third party has acquired the information.

 
It seems our UK friends own government are also leaving no stone unturned. The term "When Pigs Fly" which is typically used to denote a very unlikely eventuality has been cynically appropriated by James Bond, M and Q to describe how they can do anything they desire. The movies were not exaggerated, but understated! They're rubbing our noses in it now!


NSA Poisoned Internet Security from the Beginning ( Tom's Hardware 2013-09-06 )
 
( forgot about this one, and apologies if already mentioned here ). Excellent article, very long and quite detailed history of how it all happened as best as can be told. Most importantly, they seem to confirm some of our worst suspicions ...
 

However, the documents cited in The New York Times' article reveal that in 2006, the NSA intentionally inserted a back door into at least one of its encryption standards, one that was later adopted by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This government organization publishes peer-reviewed best practices for government agencies. Private industries are not required to adopt NIST standards, but many do so or did so because of the standards' quality.

A representative for the NIST could not confirm which 2006 standard The New York Times referenced in its piece, but that standard appears to govern the creation of random number generators and is called Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator, or Dual_EC_DRBG.

That means that any encryption using Dual_EC_DRBG could be circumvented by the NSA through the secret back door it inserted.

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Microsoft added Dual_EC_DRBGto Windows Vista later in 2007. An NIST certification list reveals that Dual_EC-DRBG has also been incorporated into products made by Cisco Systems, RSA Security, Juniper Networks, BlackBerry, McAfee, Samsung, Symantec and many other companies.

This wasn't an isolated incident. The NSA's Commercial Solutions Center, an outward-facing part of the organization that seeks out partnerships with outside developers, also has the task of working with those developers to insert vulnerabilities into their products. The NSA can then exploit these vulnerabilities to gain access to the communications transmitted through the products.

The NSA has other ways of penetrating online communications without cracking encryption keys. As earlier Snowden leaks imply, the NSA has partnerships with Verizon, Microsoft and Google that give the agency access to those companies' servers, thereby circumventing the need to crack their encryption.

 
Once again, perhaps we now know the real reason that Microsoft and her MicroZealot and MetroTard fanboys have been on such a Jihad to kill Windows XP. :yes:
 
Smart advice? Keep all WinXP and older computers from now on. Store them and stockpile them. Use the Vista/7+ computers only for the most innocent and least important tasks, nothing involving privacy obviously! Use the old ones whenever you want to at least try to remain private and anonymous ( there is more to it than just that of course! ). We've been at war with the governments and the tech companies and we didn't even know it.

... Let him who hath understanding reckon the Number Of The Beast ...


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Top Microsoft shareholders reportedly want Ford CEO to replace Ballmer ( NeoWin 2013-09-10 )
 
Alan Mulally ( Ford CEO ) and Mike Lawrie ( Computer Sciences CEO ) are rumored to be in the running to replace Ballmer. I saw this on CNBC yesterday. Naturally the fanboys are apoplectic ...
 

Such a stupid idea. Why don't all 100,000 MS employees find these top share holders and hit them over the head with their Surface RT? Such a stupid dumb idea, a car guy running a software company.

Alan is probably one of those CEO's who pecks at his keyboard like a chicken and keeps mistakenly launching Notepad for Microsoft Word and has to call his secretary everytime to help him. Say what you will about Ballmer, but the guy is bright, he is actually brighter than Bill Gates at Math, Excel Guru and I am sure he is an excellent touch typist.

The only other person I could see matching up with that is like Steven Sinofsky, but since he's gone, then we just have to settle with Mr. Elop.

 
Elop was a suit at Microsoft for just a couple of years, and then at Nokia for about the same. He's no Softie, more like a carpetbagger if you ask me. Meanwhile, a more logical candidate is apparently not even being considered ...

CEO of Bill & Melinda Gates foundation to depart ( NeoWin 2013-09-10 )

Jeff Raikes who came to Microsoft the year after Ballmer and has been tight with Gates to this day is not even on the table. Quite the head-scratcher.


Official Windows Phone, Nokia Twitter accounts poke fun at new iPhones ( NeoWin 2013-09-10 )

Here is an official Nokia tweet that slams the Apple product announcement. This is one of the biggest role reversals imaginable. A decade ago Microsoft was the serious business company and Apple was the tie-dyed hippie outsider. Now we have Apple as the corporate benchmark and Microsoft's b*tch Nokia acting like the petulant child ...
 

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I'm no Apple fan but this hypocrisy really burns me up because of that "imitation" smear. Microsoft and her Windows 8 and Windows Phone retarded GUI's are ripping off every child's toy to be found by using the Microsoft Tiles Playskool interface, not to mention borrowing heavily from other legacy Windows, MCE, and Xbox features. There is nothing original from the mind of the MetroTard.

Now I'm gonna have to create a whole new set of images to tweet back at these children. ~sigh~

EDIT: formatting


Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot, 11 September 2013 - 06:56 PM.

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Another Channel9 saga!

 

http://channel9.msdn...f-phishing-mail

 

It's about the article posted earlier here on Tweakguides. The huge disagreement is about the 8.1 account screen.



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NSA Affair: Germans Conduct Helicopter Flyover of US Consulate ( Der Spiegel 2013-09-09 )

Talk about unintended consequences. German aerial recon of the American embassy looking for exposed spy equipment on the building. This really highlights something that is a fuzzy gray area - Are embassies and consulates native land to the guest country or not? We're probably gonna see that issue settled once and for all in the next few years thanks to all the spy leaks. Hint for our German friends, you won't visually see the equipment that is listening to you, you will only see what is intentionally exposed. But they probably are fully aware of this and the action was a ( pretty good ) publicity stunt. :thumbup

 

Hope this doesn't degenerate in angry mobs of teutonic internauts assaulting the embassy and taking everybody as hostages :wacko:  .

http://en.wikipedia...._hostage_crisis



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Before this day ends I wanted to be sure to mention the 12th anniversary of the tragedy of 2001-09-11 ...
 
Both hijacked flights that hit WTC pretty much passed over us, but we did not know it at the time. Then, we had just seen the aftermath of the first crash on the TV and a short time later we did hear the roar of one of the two F-15's out of Otis (*) over in Mass who flew over here in NY but were far too late for the first strike but managed to arrive almost in time for the second ( they actually launched after the first hit ). Somewhere south of us, closing in on NYC they broke Mach-1 but there was nothing for them to do really by that time but circle.

It was a tragic day, week and month in my area. The newspapers eventually counted and covered over a dozen locals caught in the buildings and the services seemed to occur all the time. Many people were affected around here and I have a few close connections, a mere two degrees of separation.
 
As bad as that tragedy was, and also the subsequent strikes and later events, nobody could possibly have suspected that the real triumph of Bin Laden would be the complete dismantling of the Internet and the liberty and privacy for billions of people around the world. Thanks a lot *sshole, I trust you are enjoying yourself rotting in hades.

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It should be mentioned that a certain operating system had just gone RTM ( for real, not the phony kind we have now ). CDROMs were being pressed with files dated 2001 August 18 to 23 ( depending on your version ). General release was a dodgy event in late October, while the fires were still burning at the WTC site and the body count was rising. This is something that the MetroTard fanatics never mention when talking about Windows XP having a "slow start". If such an event had accompanied the Windows 8 launch they would now all be using it as an excuse though.

If you read that bit in the earlier post about the NIST backdoor definitely placed into Vista, it is really starting to look the only perfectly "safe" OS is Windows XP RTM taken right off the original distribution disc. Unfortunately that version was not 48-bit LBA so it is unsafe with HDD's over 120 GB.

All in all, I have to admit that I was a bit too critical of those "conspiracy nuts" that have always maintained that anything developed post-9/11 is suspect. The passage of time, and a big assist from Snowden has proved them right, and me wrong. Mea Culpa.

Much more to come, I'm sure.

EDIT: formatting, (*) not sure now about Otis AFB

Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot, 13 September 2013 - 03:33 AM.

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Interesting story  :thumbup

 

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Windows 8.1 program kills the Start button because no one can ever be happy ( NeoWin 2013-09-12 )
 

In a post on the Neowin forums, Sergey of Winaero wrote how he isn't pleased with Microsoft's decision to bring back the Start button but not the Start menu in Windows 8.1. So how is Sergey going to solve the problem? By getting rid of the Start button entirely with a new program.

"After release of Windows 8.1 I found its Start button useless," he wrote. "Seriously, there are no issues for me if that button is not shown on the taskbar. Sure, I miss the old good Start menu."

In his new "StartIsGone" program for Windows 8.1, Sergey provides users with the option of removing the Start button, which he notes will give users additional space on the taskbar. The program can be downloaded from the Winaero website, with versions available for both 32- and 64-bit Windows 8.1 variants.

 
rotflmao.gif You gotta love it because the app will do precisely what the MetroTards claim they want done ( NO Start Button even if it is connected to Metro ) but is authored by someone they can only hate!
 
The commnts are ... as expected ... a degenerating hatefest for the desktop and classic Windows but with a sense of foreboding of what the new management is going to do. Just in case they come to their senses and offer a classic Windows I suggest that all the parents of those MetroTards PLEASE make sure your firearms and prescription medication is locked up in a safe place in your home. :lol:
 
 
Microsoft to offer masters-level certification exams until late December ( NeoWin 2013-09-11 )
 
Another ~slight~ backtrack here, postponing the deadline two months. What is interesting is that we have another clear case of telemetry driven strategy. They say only 150 grads per year came of this program! Cane we now check the telemetry for Microsoft Tiles? Pretty please?
 
 
Windows 8.1 RTM's MSDN/TechNet release came after an intense internal struggle ( NeoWin 2013-09-12 )
 

Internally at Microsoft, the battle for when to release Windows 8.1 was apparently a highly sensitive subject. There were teams fighting to hold back the platform, mostly for political reasons from what we were told, and then there were groups pushing to get it out as soon as possible, comprised mostly of the developer channels at Microsoft.

[...]

Neowin was told that release of the platform was directly related to the feedback from the Microsoft community and our source wanted to make it clearly known that Microsoft does listen and this is the result of the outreach by developers.

 
Speaking of backtracking, even getting the so-called RTM into the hands of software developers was apparently considered controversial! However, this story is short on references and is by Brad Sams who is a fanboy himself, so we cannot be sure what is really going on here. It actually sounds a little like a publicity stunt pleading with developers to not hate them.

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Dell cleared for $25 billion buyout, will remain committed to PCs ( TechSpot 2013-09-12 )
 
Dell Goes Private As Shareholders Approve $25 Billion Deal ( Tom's Hardware 2013-09-12 )
 
Dell shareholders approve plan to take the company private with Microsoft's help ( NeoWin 2013-09-12 )
 
Dell Shareholders Approve $24.9 Billion Sale to Michael Dell and Silver Lake, What's Next? ( Maximum PC 2013-09-12 )
 
Apparently for $25 billion the company will be going private again. Lucky thing for Microsoft that they bought in for a reported $2 billion. You never know what a Dell Computer unencumbered by Wall Street Analysts might do to regain marketshare from Lenovo. They just might have dumped the Playskool Microsoft Tiles albatross hanging around their neck.
 
 
Dell shows 8-inch Venue tablet sporting Windows 8.1 ( CNet 2013-09-11 )
 
Dell announces Venue Tablet with Windows 8.1 ( NeoWin 2013-09-11 )
 

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Where did the Playskool Metro tiles go?

 
Hey look everybody, another new Windows 8 device that for some strange reason doesn't show Windows 8! I wonder why? Anyone else noticing this trend because I'm even seeing it in the weekly sales flyers in the newspaper.
 
 
Microsoft posts a behind-the-scenes look at recent Nokia Lumia 1020 TV ad ( NeoWin 2013-09-12 )
 
Speaking of hiding the Microsoft Tiles Playskool interface, I mentioned the Nokia ads a few posts back. Here is further proof of their sudden shyness. If Microsoft didn't make this video and have their logo tacked onto the end of this and on those TV ads you really would be forgiven for thinking this Lumia 1020 was an Android handset, which it should have been. Ah well, too late now.
 

 
 
Microsoft Store offers at least $200 gift card for old iPads ( NeoWin 2013-09-12 )
 

While the gift card can be used to buy anything Microsoft has in its store locations, the company clearly wants people to consider using the card to buy a Surface tablet. With the recent price cuts in both the Surface RT and Surface Pro versions, people who have been waiting to buy one of Microsoft's own tablets who already own an iPad just got another reason to take the plunge.

 
Don't you just love the smell of napalm desperation in the morning. :yes: This is quite an original new business model of buying marketshare. Literally they buy the competition devices and remove them from the public! Can't figure out how the financial math works though.
 
 
Microsoft: Activations for Windows 8 in August were the highest so far ( NeoWin 2013-09-12 )
 
Sorry, numbers or it didn't happen. :no:

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Microsoft wants feedback on what to add to Excel Web App ( NeoWin 2013-09-12 )
 

The end of the blog entry contains a link to an online survey which asks anyone which feature they would most like to add to Excel Web Apps and why. The feature can come from the above list or users can also choose to add their own suggestions. The blog did not state when we can expect to see any of the features on the list added to Excel Web App.
 

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Okay, I got a suggestion ... why don't you add some more ribbon height and toolbars to that God awful ugly thing. :lol:
 

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InFocus launches a 70-inch touchscreen Windows 8 PC; will set you back $8,999 ( NeoWin 2013-09-12 )
 

Like the 55-inch version, the 70-inch screen on the BigTouch supports up to five fingers at once with a resolution of 1920x1080. It has an Intel Core i5-2520m processor inside, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and seven USB ports. If you want one of these for your living room or office, be prepared to pay; InFocus is asking for $8,999 for the 70-inch BigTouch.

 
Joke of the day nomination. It's pretty much a giant laptop with touch capability. An LED TV at this size is less than $2000 and you can buy a good laptop for half that and mirror it to the TV, the only thing missing is the one hand touch capability which is not worth the extra $6000 you would save.
 
In the comments it is made clear that this is targeted at corporate boardrooms and naturally, education. Personally any administrator that dumps our tax dollars on this toy should be fired and then deported.
 
 
Xbox is in the news again ...
 
Microsoft acquires the "Xbone.com" domain, even if it doesn't like the term ( NeoWin 2013-09-12 )
 

Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, the head of Xbox Live programming at Microsoft, wrote a message board post on the NeoGAF forums a few days ago that expressed his opinion of the "Xbone" term:
 

I don't like it...it disrespects the teams that have put in thousands of hours (already) into the development of the product. Sure, it's cheeky but I don't care for it myself.

 
Too easy. :lol: I wonder if they also bought Xbox 180 too. :whistle:

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Diary of a Dot MetroTard ...

Image allegedly of Windows Phone 8.1 shows multi-tile select, notification center ( NeoWin 2013-09-11 )

The subject of the article, multiple tile select, is irelevant. The discussion takes a tangent onto the missing notification center and hilarity ensues when Dot MetroTard comes by to advertise both his uber-fanboyism and selfish need to dictate what features others do or do not need.
 

Notification center still seems highly redundant. That's what Live Tiles are for.

 
Even his/her fellow NeoKids are scratching their heads and getting annoyed with the fanboy-in-chief ...
 

True, but sometimes you get notifications for apps that arent pinned. (at least i do)

What if you get notifications for an app that is not pinned or what if you have lots of apps pinned and you get a notification for an app that is at the very bottom? Surely having to scroll all the way down or having to hunt the app down is not good design.

Not everyone wants every single app that have pinned onto their homescreen. And even if they did, who wants to scroll all that way checking for tiles that have them, amongst the tiles that dont?

I am tired of people being blind fanboys. It's discussing. Stop being a slave to Microsoft

I'll give you a tip, if you ever go to his house don't drink the kool-aid.

Here's an idea, if they do release a notification center don't use it, just stick to live tiles and let people who want to use it use it. I want a place where all notifications can be found as i miss plenty on live tiles. I will still use live tiles and yes i like them but they do have shortcomings that will be solved with a notification center.

think of it like this, you don't have to use it

 
More insight from Dot ...
 

Huh? The apps I'm most concerned about are pinned to the top of my screen. The apps I don't care for aren't, and their notifications are turned off. Too many notifications, and you're suffering from information overload, plus extraneous data usage. I could guarantee that any one person here only has a *handful* of apps they truly care receiving notifications from.

Mine are the basics:
Social (People Hub/FB/Twitter)
News (Bing News)
Weather (Bing Weather/Weather Channel)
Messaging (Text Messages/Mail/Skype)

All these tiles easily fit on the first few rows of screen real estate.

 

Not if you do not want to pin all your apps to the start screen. Besides what is wrong with offering options to satisfy as many people as possible?

 
This goes on for a while until Dottie gives us some more brilliant insight ...
 

No, but why waste time on such a trivial feature, when the dev tems could be working on other killer features?

 
... and even more ...
 

The whole idea behind the live tiles was to eliminate the need for a notifications center. Apple/Google don't have interactive tiles, therefore have the need to display that information somewhere.

There is also no real way to implement one, since WP is already a highly gestured OS.

 
I guess Dottie must fancy him/herself as some kind of Playskool Microsoft Tiles aka "Modern" strategist or evangelist, and has somehow convinced himself that he knows all the actual decision making that went on behind the scenes in the Redmond Ivory Towers.

The commenters are apparently tiring of his shtick though. Even self-described MicroZealots ...
 

Look, I want you to understand that the world doesn't revolve around you. You have to realize that when most people is asking for a notification center, there is a genuine need. If live tiles where truly enough (which they aren't), no one would be complaining! Just because YOU don't need it, you shouldn't say that it is useless feature.

Second of all. I want to let you know that I am a HUGE Microsoft fan. I love Windows and I love Microsoft services. But even I look at things realistically and accept issues with both Microsoft products and services. I have NEVER, I mean NEVER, saw you being critical of anything by Microsoft (except maybe totally failed products like the Kin). I mean come on. I like MS, but I am NOT a slave to MS. I WILL NOT ignore things that MS lacks.

I am grateful for Microsoft, but I try to understand that REAL issues of MS products. For instance, I understand that Windows 8 is a mess (I might not mind it, but most does). I urge you to not be a slave to Microsoft.

 
Dot MetroTard is getting butthurt ...
 

I *really* don't appreciate being called a **** slave. I'm simply stating that Notification Center functionality has been included in the OS since day 1. Anything extra is simply redundant. I like Windows Phone because of the fact it's not a cluttered and overloaded OS like Android is.

 
Still they try to penetrate that thick noggin ...
 

The notification functionality in WP is EXTREMELY LACKING. If it wasn't, then why would MICROSOFT be making a notification center that DOESN'T SUCK?

Live tiles are fine if everything you like can be pinned to the top. That's a total of 8 medium-sized tiles. I need more than that. If I make things tiny then it's just a number indicator which is nowhere near the functionality of a notification center. You can't see a preview or dismiss the notification until you open the app. You can't access your notifications from anywhere in the OS. I have to return to the home screen. Then when I want to go back I'll be greeted with "Resuming..." for a while depending on the app. I can't quickly toggle settings. I can't dismiss notifications. I can't do quick actions. Live Tiles are great, but they're NOT mutually exclusive with a notification center. They're just NOT.

If you really don't like that extra functionality then here's a good idea: don't use the notification center. If they implement it as a silly tile then unpin it. If they implement it like Android and iOS (which is what they should do) then simply don't slide down from the top of your screen and you won't see it. You can continue to use lacking live tiles. Except when it is rolled out (and your phone FINALLY receives it after Microsoft certifies it, the OEM certifies it, and then your carrier holds it hostage for 2 months) you will end up using it because it's just better.

 
And some realize that resistance is truly futile with the MetroCommander-in-Chief ...
 

Ohhhh you actually believe live tiles are better than a notification center. Boy this is awkward...


Too bad Dottie. Even your fellow Microholics see you for what you are - an enabler of bad decision making and design regression.

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On the Security Front ...

Google accused of wiretapping in latest lawsuit ( NeoWin 2013-09-11 )
 

"Even if it is commonplace for members of the general public to connect to a neighbour's unencrypted WI-FI network, members of the general public do not typically mistakenly intercept, store, and decode data transmitted by other devices on the network".

 
The fanboys are of course attacking Google mercilessly even though they themselves swear allegiance to Microsoft who is the first and primary partner for the government spooks.

I don't like this ruling at all from a common sense point of view. This court is in effect twisting and expanding the concept of public airwaves to equal "private" whenever they arbitrarily think so.

I recall when satellite TV became an issue because some people could decode the scrambled signals beamed on their house. Rather than side with the creative and technologically savvy public, some small fraction of who were able to descramble Sat TV, they crazily sided with the companies, in effect removing any responsibility from them to protect their own signal with better encryption or not beaming it onto non-subscribers in the first place. This later happened with cable signals as well, also piped into your house. The onus was on the non-subscribers to NOT listen in. This precedent was widened by Hollywood who convinced and entire industry to add DRM chips to every consumer electronic DVD player and convinced governments to pass laws to make it illegal to even try. That is multiple levels down the rabbit hole of fascism if you ask me because the companies are being propped up by government and have no incentive to develop better hardware. They don't have to when the government waves a magic wand to protect your product. Never mind the fact that they also literally stepped into your home to tell you what you cannot do in there. Government in the bedroom.

Now this idi0tic Court comes along and drags us into another deeper rabbit hole. This time the signals traveling through the air and landing on your house ( or Google's van ) don't even need to be scrambled to be illegal to listen to. The logical next step would be to make eavesdropping, hearing someone talking on the street, illegal next. You can't rule it out, trust me.

This is not a defense of Google BTW. It is a defense of private property actually. If you talk or transmit signals that make it into my house you can expect me to listen. That is NOT wiretapping. That Court is a bunch of dopes.
 
 
Encryption: What It Is, and How It Works for You ( Tom's Hardware 2013-09-11 )
 
Behind the Padlock: How Secure Web Connections Work ( Tom's Hardware 2013-09-12 )
 
A couple of articles with basic overviews of what Encryption and web security is. Good for beginners and even novices to get started on understanding what is now happening.
 
 
Google and others band together for greater NSA transparency ( NeoWin 2013-09-11 )
 
Naturally even this offends a MicroTard ...
 

Why is Neowin posting pro-Google garbage like this? As if joining a "White House panel" is going to do anything meaningful.

 
:lol: Maybe a better question would be why does NeoWin owner Stephen Parker still pander to Microsoft who damaged NeoWin badly exactly one decade ago ...... that's a better question. :yes: It is still hard to imagine how Microsoft has successfully raised such a crop of Apple-like fanboys in the past 6 or 7 years. They are even worse than the stereotype of those Apple fanatics. They exhibit knee-jerk hatred of Apple and Google and they ( for the most part ) are not even employees or stockholders. It is truly a Jonestown-like cult of koolaid drinking MicroChildren.
 
 
Report reveals NSA director Keith Alexander replicated a war room after Star Trek's Starship Enterprise ( NeoWin 2013-09-11 )
 

"During a tour of the facility, Alexander allegedly showed his colleagues the Information Dominance Centre, custom built by a Hollywood set designer to replicate the iconic sci-fi setting. The area reportedly came complete with chrome panels, computer stations, a huge TV monitor on the forward wall, and even doors that made a "whoosh" sound when they open and closed.

His colleagues, made up of high ranking lawmakers and important officials, were allegedly impressed by the scene and took turns sitting in the captains chair, while Alexander passionately "showed off his data tools on the big screen".

Everybody wanted to sit in the chair at least once to pretend he was Jean-Luc Picard, says a retired officer in charge of VIP visits."

 

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One of the NSA's meeting rooms could have looked like this.

 
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Well isn't this just the icing on the cake. The head of No Such Agency fancies himself as a starship captain. Never mind the fact that Picard, for all his fictional quirks, at least represented the highest possible integrity imaginable. This idjit here must hope some of that rubs off on his own image. Unfortunately, it does the opposite IMHO. It makes him look like a little fool that plays in a sandbox of taxpayer dollars with no oversight and no integrity because it is not a job requirement.

How absurd to imagine this little twerp sitting in a chair like that, commanding his taxpayer funded peons to bring up the personal data of a target on the screen, probably tossing in the requisite "Make It So!" just to make their hard day of spying ever more enjoyable. It's even worse to imagine those creeps like Pelosi and Boehner doing the same thing, having a hearty chuckle on the dime of the taxpayers.

It would be just great to elect some actual reformers and have them immediately after swearing in conduct a raid tour of all these facilities and let us see what we have purchased with our cash. I imagine they all have very comfy facilities with nice chairs and amenities and that is the crux of the problem. Give them wooden chairs and no creature comforts equivalent to Navy ship quartering and they would be less inclined to spend all day spending our money. Fricking disgusting!

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More on the Security Front ...
 
 
UK Intelligence Recruiting Code-breakers with Treasure Hunt ( Tom's Hardware 2013-09-12 )
 
What can you say except that spying is a growth industry, even in a 5-year long recession. Hurray.
 
 
NSA Leaks 2013 - A Timeline of NSA Revelations ( Tom's Hardware 2013-09-12 )
 
An excellent table of contents to the early summer spy leaks. And this particular link still deserves special mention ...
How a Virtual Private Network Can Boost Your Security ( Tom's Hardware 2013-09-12 )
 
Continuing their series of security articles, this one provides an overview to VPN use. The true privacy value of a VPN remains a bit cloudy after all the related revelations but the concept of better than nothing still holds true IMHO.
 
 
How Online Services Can Help Preserve Your Anonymity ( Tom's Hardware 2013-09-12 )
 
Another novice level overview of WWW privacy issues. Definitely nothing new to most folks on MSFN or even Tom's Hardware but worth spreading to friends and family if only to help wake them up from their blissful stupor.
 
 
Motion tracking cameras coming to Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo laptops in 2014 ( TechSpot 2013-09-12 )

Intel has built a tiny USB motion tracking camera module that can fit inside the bezel of a laptop's screen: a considerably better solution than the expensive external cameras required previously.

 
Oh great, nothing could go wrong here. :no:

EDIT: spacing grrrr!

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News from the Competition ...

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review ( TechSpot 2013-09-12 )

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Pretty sharp looking Android tablet IMHO, I mean the GUI crispness and clarity. Perhaps there are a handful of non-blind non-retarded designers still around after all. No wonder Dell was hiding the Playskool interface on their tablet above. :lol:

Oh, and it's a phone too, a so-called phablet. Very handy I think.
 
 
Google Introduces Haswell Chromebooks ( Tom's Hardware 2013-09-12 )
 
Intel and Google Collaborate on Next Generation Chromebooks Powered by Haswell ( Maximum PC 2013-09-12 )
 
More Intel powered non-Windows computers. It wasn't too long ago that these were all ARM if I recall correctly. It seems Intel is getting comfortable outside the Microverse which spells trouble for Microsoft because this end of the market, Netbooks, was formerly dominated by Vista and Windows 7. Then Microsoft went and turned the world upside down. Now they are reaping the rewards - Google's Chrome OS on Intel nextgen silicon. Only Microsoft could have facilitated this one. Two thumbs up boys!
 
 
Retro phone - the "Brick" straight outta time - gives up to six months standby ( NeoWin 2013-09-12 )
 

"The specs are truly retro, operating on the 2G spectrum the phone has a tiny 1.8-inch TFT screen with a resolution of just 128x160p. However, the killer feature is the battery; the Brick can last up to three months on standby on a single full charge, with 28 hours of talk time. This is, admittedly, the "Power" edition of the phone, which runs on a 2000mAh battery and can also be used to charge a second mobile device via a micro-USB port. The standard edition has a 1000mAh battery, which provides "only" one month of standby and 14 hours of talk time; however, you can pick up the XXL battery for either edition which gives you up to six months of standby time.

Another less retro feature is the microSD slot that allows playback of MP3, AAC, AMR and WAV audio files.

Finally, it isn't expensive either, the Brick - which becomes available in the UK from 10 October - costs £50 (60) ($79 USD) with the Power edition costing £80 (95) ($126 USD). They will also become available globally from November via the web, coming to physical stores later."

 

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Shucks, I was hoping to use the term RetroPhone for MetroPhone but they went and stole it.

This is a pretty good copy of 1990's SatPhones, late-1980's portables or 1960's-1970's walkie talkies. It does make you wonder though. When you make a handset that large there is a *lot* of room inside and it appears they have put it to good use with a huge battery. I've long thought that they should stop making smartphones thinner each year, and instead make the components smaller and cram more inside the same physical package ( and yes, the same goes for computer motherboards! ).

I would be perfectly happy if my phone was the thickness of a portable camera ( but with a 5" or 6" screen ) as long as that depth was put to great use. Large or multiple batteries, large storage cards, a larger retracting camera lenses. Come to think of it, a portable camera is already almost the perfect size.
 
 
Way too much Apple news to cover so here are just some quick impressions ...
 
Editorial: iPhone's 64-bit architecture is pure marketing fluff ( NeoWin 2013-09-11 )
 
The hypocrisy is uber-thick with MicroZealots and MetroTards. So Apple's next phone CPU called the A7 uses 64 bit architecture. What a wonderful illustration of the shoe on the other foot. It was only 5 or so years ago that the big push in the Windows universe was to get everyone on 64-bit hardware and software, a self-serving cynical marketing ploy if ever there was one.
 
But here we are, hearing all the same arguments made to debunk the earlier hype, but this time it comes from the 'Tards that previously we were arguing with. The difference of course is that Apple released the chip and now they are in full fledged role reversal. Hilarity ensues.
 
UPDATE: now their other mortal enemy, Samsung, has also jumped onboard! Wait until this one gets picked up at NeoWin ...
 
Samsung: our next-gen smartphones will have 64-bit chips, too ( TechSpot 2013-09-12 )
 
woohoo :lol:

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More news from the Competition ...
 
 
Apple Stock Falls 6 Percent Following iPhone Event - New iPhones, same 4-inch display ( Maximum PC 2013-09-11 )
 
The article is kind of irrelevant to me, I just wanted to show some quick pictures of the products ...

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I don't know about anybody else but they are seriously reaching into Playskool territory with those pastel colors. The iOS 7 wallpaper selection makes each set of icons look worse than ever and they are seriously deluding themselves into thinking that there are any visual improvements on this interface. We'll see soon enough. And that "gold"? Well, I'll get to that.
 
One pretty sensible comment there ... "Since the NSA has a backdoor to your phone, it'll now have your fingerprint, even if you've never been arrested or anything." ... all recent spy revelations considered I think this is a good point. Yes, that security article a few days ago implies that Apple phones have been one product that gives the spooks some trouble. But can we really trust that information? I doubt it. So having said that, why would we voluntarily place our fingerprints into that giant international digital vacuum cleaner they are operating. It is entirely possible that they are actually waiting and hoping for millions of new iPhones to blend into the system and then later launch a wholesale collection of fingerprints. I can't really think of a reason to doubt this anymore.
 

 
Apple's iPhone gets approved for China Mobile's 700 million subscribers ( TechSpot 2013-09-11 )
 

At yesterday's Apple event, many expected the company to announce the first details regarding a partnership with China Mobile, the world's largest mobile provider. Reports are now saying that Apple is indeed in talks with the Chinese mobile provider regarding selling the company's devices to the carrier's 700 million untapped customers.

 
If that news is true, given all these "less" expensive colored iPhones they are gonna sell a huge buttload of them over there. Great news for Apple of course but not necessarily for everyone else since it means a huge percentage of the actual world population will be getting addicted to still expensive phones that only exist because of hidden subsidies in the plans. That subsidy scam has to be beaten down, not given new life. This is worse news for WP naturally, but so is everything really.
 
At the link is one of many photos of the new colors ( included in my graphic below ). It seems to me that Jony Ive and his crack team of AppleTards are nipping at the heels of the Microsoft MetroTard design school. They supposedly have a "gold" phone now, hmmm, that doesn't look like gold to me though. So I made them a helpful infographic ...
 

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iPad 5 body fully detailed in dozens of leaked high-res images ( NeoWin 2013-09-11 )
 
The picture at the link of the possible iPad 5 ( included in the following graphic ) just looks butt ugly to my eyes. This is all I really got to say about it ...
 

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