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  1. All I said was "He's not biased in giving someone a hard time if he doesn't like something." As you can see he can bash on MS just as well as he can bash on Apple. He has and will continue to do both. The other article was a rant on Apple's marketing tactics (primarily), this one a diatribe on the state of Vista RC1. Simply put, I just thought the few people in here who actually like to know a thing or two about a computer could see that Paul's site can play both sides and is actually a decent place for info (mainly for Windows, as the name of the site would imply).
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    Software Piracy

    Throw in my thoughts here, not that they're all that much different than the others before me. Music and Movies I personally download the vast majority of these. I suggest everyone do the same. I want the RIAA and MPAA business model so trashed that the industry collapses and they have to face the reality of the 21st century. I do own over 1000 DVDs, all purchased legally (either new or used from a discount store). However, I do download pre-release movies because I'm a movie buff, and I'll probably buy it if it was at least half-way decent. Furthermore, being an audiophile, I've been invited to several private sites for the distribution of music content. Technically, this is piracy because the license on the music has not gone public-domain yet. However, the majority of the titles I'm downloading are out-of-print or otherwise un-attainable by ordinary means. So I think it's a bit short-sighted of the industry to make it illegal to get the content that was once available and is no longer available due to their poor estimation of demand. Shareware and Freeware As a general rule of thumb I support the authors of good shareware and freeware. I think their contributions to communities of enthusiasts (be it DVD users, or Home and Garden experts, or the next Emeril) are often overlooked and are stolen more often because of their easier (or non-existant) copy-protection schemes. This is a real shame, because these are the geniuses that can create free-form and without the support of an entire industry. Give them their due and let them take their projects to the next level. Here's the back-half of my "general rule of thumb." If an independant author has a software title that is in "somewhat functional" state. That is to say some features work and others don't, or there's a timed release at which this feature will be available, then this feature is available at the next release, then I feel the author shouldn't be asking $50 or more for the software. I understand his/her right to ask whatever he/she wants for the code, as it is a product born of their own creativity. Yet, to ask everyday people to contribute a figure that is close to average retail price for many software titles is unjustified. Deliver all the pieces first, then maybe you can command the larger figure. Industry Standard Apps These are your photoshop, CAD, professional Database, etc. The number one problem is the "student discount" programs. Generally, the student prices are not that great when compared to the discount for other programs. The companies should understand the benefit of getting students involved with their software at an early age (since they'll be used to the software, they'll be more apt to use it in their careers, and more apt to ask their managers to buy the software for their businesses). It's really simple, give the software at very cheap prices to students who can verify their status. As for people who want personal use licenses at discount rates. I can see the industry point of view. It's very difficult to get people to buy business class licenses when there is a personal use license available. It's also harder to monitor these people to ensure they're using the correct version for their tasks. I say, call a spade a spade and either pony up for the business license, or don't use it.
  3. Well here you go "guys who think he's an asshat". Here's his take on the "Dark side of Vista RC1". http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/winvista_rc1_worst.asp I think you'll now agree he's not biased in giving someone a hard time if he doesn't like something.
  4. As a person who has frequented the win supersite many times, I can say that I diagree with the negative vibe people give Thurrott. I mean, given the fact that his site is named Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows, we have an indication that he has a bias. However, over the years he's bashed Microsoft for their stupid plays as well. He doesn't back down from calling out Microsoft when they screw something up and he will consistantly stay on the subject until something is done about it. I ran through the story again before posting this comment. He gives Apple credit on many points. I agree that his diatribe was unwarranted, but it was indeed provoked by the over-hyping of many things at WWDC as "major updates" when in the Windows world they would be considered very minor indeed. And I think this is the heart of the issue. Thurrott misses the boat when he tries to understand the Mac community. It's a small community and every development is big for this user group. With the smaller set of large software companies available on the OSX platform, there will inherently be more hype and fanfare around any development. Just write it off to his misunderstanding, then cut the man some slack for his Windows bias (because surely we have enough of the other bias around here).
  5. Agreed, but lately I've been going the Handbrake route to get them in MP4 with h264/AAC. I've been comparing this format to DiVX. With DiVX it's pretty easy to get the DVD down to 700mb and still retain some semblance of quality. With h264/AAC, at 700mb the quality is not quite as good (in my humble opinion) which is shocking because that was the major thrust of the h264 movement. Howevever, I don't compress that far. My target size is 1.1GB (so I can back up 4 to a DVD). At 1.1 GB the quality of the h264 video is far superior to the DiVX.
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    WINS and Mac OS X

    Gogo Armo. On it today! If you use the DNS server on Windows2003, then you can run with WINS resolution for "windows 2000" domains. Just use the manage tab and add role, DNS server and you should be on your way to getting it working. We have DNS on Windows 2003 with WINS resolution for the 2 NT4 boxen that will not die (insert IT admin deathwish here).
  7. Right or you could run a DHCP and DNS server on your win box, but that'd be silly.
  8. I think it's really a matter of pricing. At what price will Intel sell them to Apple? If it is close enough to current pricing, then I think you'll see it. Elsewise, I think you'll see Apple hold off for a more significant upgrade.
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    Intel Mac mini Revision 2

    I don't want to see Apple tackle this project right at the moment. Although I'm sure they could do it better and "more polished" than the Windows equivalent, there's still a few bits that have to be worked out on this platform before it will become really useable by the "mainstream" and the resources and effort it would take Apple to iron out those problems could be used better by Apple at this point in time. I will say, however, that I have confidence that Apple knows this segment and will address the need at some point in the future. They've filed several similar patents like this one from '04, this one from earlier this year, and several others in between (these just caught my eye at the time and I remembered what to type into Google to get my results). Anyone remember the Newton? For those of you that don't look here.
  10. I gotta admit I kinda like the idea, but I'd never actually buy a t-shirt. First of all, I'm already nerdy enough. One (maybe two) conversations with me and it becomes very clear, I don't need an advertisment of this status on my person. Second, I don't wear t-shirts as a general rule.
  11. Yeah, they kicked that in this morning. Here's one quote. Later Thursday, representatives in the U.S. said that senior program manager Steve Riley was mistaken. "The information he provided to that audience was incorrect," a representative told CNET News.com. "Playback is possible with Windows Vista in 32-bit." and another with pretty much what Chrysaor reports. "It is up to the ISVs providing playback solutions to determine whether the intended playback environment, including environments with a 32-bit CPU, meets the performance requirements to allow high-definition playback while supporting the guidelines set forth by the content owners," And I did mention that the reasoning was because of implementing DRM schemes, which would imply protected content, would it not? The only other common sources of HD content are captured video from your own HD camera, and HD OTA recording through a capture card. I point that out because one of the major things many were looking forward to in Vista is support for QAM and CableCard HD Tuner support in the media center. ATI has been sitting on their CableCard ready tuner for quite a while because of concessions to the industry to not release until Vista is released (because of the stronger DRM schemes and support for HDCP output to monitors, supposedly). Now they're saying the ISV will have to make the call on support for 32 bit chips. Well... Technically its the Media Center Edition of the OS that's controlling the HD Tuner, so wouldn't that be up to MS?
  12. So far as I can tell (from that and one other interview) this is a "done deal".
  13. Hmm. Interesting question. I haven't even thought about it, but I have one very similar. It's got 2x2.4 GHZ Xeon (800mhz fsb) on a Tyan 2668 board (i7505 chipset). 2GB of RAM and a crappy PCI 32 meg video card (it does have an AGP slot, but in the rackmount case it was impossible to find the right riser to get the AGP and PCI turned the right direction). I hadn't even thought of running OSX86 on it. Might have to look into that myself.
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    Azureus 2.5 released

    Linketh me with with said torrent forthwith, posthaste, and in God's name directly man! Or, whenever you get a chance if you don't mind.
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    Good Bye

    Here's to JaS! Though I don't know you, I know what you've done, and for that I thank you. I'd wish you good luck in the future, but people like yourself have a tendency to create their own future so here's to you! Don't be a stranger, though, stick around. You never know... you might actually .... miss us or something. p.s. You could always change your name on the forum and become a n00b like me, then you'd get to avoid everybody you don't want to talk to, yet you could fill in your friends about your new name. p.s.s If everybody else is still reading at this point, don't give away my secret tip, that's for JaS only
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