Monday, February 27, 2006

Do we really need six versions of the new Windows OS?

This BBC article tells that Microsoft is announcing that their new OS, Vista, will come in six flavors. I just want to go on record to say this is L-A-M-E LAME!

The six versions in question are:
  • Starter - for low income and developing countries
  • Home Basic - basic Internet and document use
  • Home Premium - more multimedia
  • Business
  • Enterprise - extra document security
  • Ultimate - all of the above

Their line of reasoning is that they don't want to put buyers in the situation of paying for features they do not intend to use, but this is just marketing. With the current availability of high quality free and open source software, even for the Windows platform, there is no way Microsoft can reasonably justify the tiered price for features model. Additionally, it is annoying for the consumer to have to think about which version is right for them. Inevitably, some will end up buying the Ultimate version only because there are a couple features from differing versions they wish to use, even though not all features are needed.

This simply tells me to stick with Windows XP for now. I have enough open source software running on my system that this upgrade is not necessary. The only thing I can see that would make me consider the upgrade is when the inevitable comes, and Microsoft ceases supporting service packs and hotfixes. Were it not for a few software packages, (Adobe CS, Dreamweaver, and Yahoo Music) I would make a permanent move to Kubuntu.

Friday, February 24, 2006

It's Beer!

Things to do: check out the places listed in the Strib's 10 best Twin Cities beer experiences.

IT Going to the Farm?

CBS News has an article out about a possible new trend for tech companies to farming out jobs to the farm instead of other countries. I'm not as irate over outsourcing as some. If we can't compete with other countries for the work, then we deserve to lose. This shows, though, that if companies choose to locate in areas that aren't as expensive as large cities, then they can be competitive and local.

My hope is that this could also speed up the adoption of broadband Internet access inrural areas. I'd love to live in a small town away from all the traffic, but still be able to take advantage of the communication possibilities that come with high speed Internet accesss.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

In a word - Icky.

A Bavarian town was flooded by liquid pig manure. How gross is that?

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Now this is a big bunny...

From CBBC Newsround
(HT: Alastair Roberts)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Have a website you really dislike?

Go visit Net Disaster and put in their URL. Then commence laughter.

Monday, February 13, 2006

From the wide world of DUH.

Wired news is telling us that people correctly interpret the tone of a post online 50% of the time.

To all of us who've been communicating on the Internet for more than 10 minutes: DUH!

Behold! It's Chuck Norris.

These have been floating around for a bit now, and it's something that will finally get me putting stuff up here again.

See the real Chuck Norris site.
The original page of Chuck "facts"
The pretender's Chuck "facts"
Link to a funny SNL video about Chuck