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The Joy of SP3 May 9, 2008

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Windows.
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Last night, I decided to bring a PC online that had been an offline gaming system for a year or so. Naturally, I was quite excited to see XP SP3 available from Windows Update.

Much to my dismay, upon restarting, my machine went into continuous reboots. So I rolled back using System Restore.

Much to my surprise and pleasure, I noted that Microsoft had, apparently in response to several issues, like continuous rebooting, revised SP3.

Ah-HA! Victory is mine! I excitedly went back, redownloaded and reinstalled SP3.

And now?

Continuous rebooting. Again.

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Live OneCare Not Recommended on Vista February 7, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Apple, Computers, Humor, iTunes, Mac vs PC, Macintosh, Microsoft, Science & Technology, Stupidity, Technology, Vista, Windows.
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In an surprising turn of events, the Vista version of Microsoft’s own antivirus solution, “Live OneCare,” has failed to meet Virus Bulletin’s VB100 certification. This follows closely on the heels of Apple recommending that iTunes users not upgrade to Vista due to incompatibilities.

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Strangely, neither Apple nor Microsoft officials could be reached for comment. (This is most likely because it was nearly midnight when I wrote this, but also had to do with me not trying to reach anyone at those companies for a comment.) Reportedly though, laughter could be heard from near Cupertino. (more…)

Hasta La Vista… Baby? January 23, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Computers, Mac vs PC, Macintosh, OS X, Technology, Vista, Windows.
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One of the top stories today on WordPress is “Will Vista Be the Reason You Switch to a Mac?” Ignoring all the questions about the poll the article references, there is an interesting market dynamic approaching as existing PC owners consider changing their computing experience.

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I think it’s interesting that there are assumptions about Vista from the “I already know Windows” perspective. By all accounts, Vista dramatically changes the way you use Windows (as it should, if it’s going to fix some of the many fundamentally broken things about the preceding versions). (more…)

iPhone & PPC-6700: Part 2 January 19, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Communication, Computers, email, iPhone, Knowledge Workers, Mac vs PC, PPC-6700, Science & Technology, smartphone, Technology, Windows.
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Recently, I did a bit of a feature comparison between the recently announced iPhone (from Apple) and the PPC-6700 (my version from Sprint, but manufactured by Audiovox). The iPhone runs a version of OS-X and the 6700 runs Windows Mobile 5.0, so they are both running variations of the most popular desktop operating systems. They both have touch screens.

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However, that’s where the similarities end. Here, I’m going to recap some of the complaints that I’ve seen related to the iPhone, point out some things that are seriously wrong with the 6700, and then compare the lists. (more…)

Substance and Style: Strange Bedfellows? January 17, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Communication, Computers, Knowledge Workers, Language, Mac vs PC, Macintosh, Management, Science & Technology, Technical Writing, Technology, Windows, Writing.
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Oddly enough, those of us who are highly technology centered frequently forget that most of the rest of the world is not. As a result, the truly geeky among us probably don’t use HTML e-mail, use plain text instead of a fancy font when building a to-do list, and probably don’t worry a bit about how our PC looks. The rest of the world, however, seems to want technology to be visually appealing and esthetically pleasing.

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Mercedes is famous for describing its cars with the slogan: “Form follows function.” However, anyone who’s looked at any Mercedes for more than a moment would realize that these cars embody a certain style as well. Does this minimalist approach extend elsewhere? Is it ridiculous to expect style and substance to co-exist, or does the very presence of style suggest that there is no substance? (more…)