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Monday, April 15. 2013
Triple play: Because Satan Is a Yankees Fan
Paul LePage: Beretta, Colt and Magpul—Come to Maine
Senate Uses Doctors for Gun Control
Media Acknowledge Blowing Gosnell Story, Pledge Extensive Coverage
James Lovelock: A man for all seasons - The guru of Gaia is a maverick environmentalist who supports fracking and nuclear power. Does he believe the human race has a future?
The Left's Fantasy of Progress
Top Obamacare Adviser: Doctors Told to Focus on “Cost Value” and Volume… Not the Patient
Professor Yarbrough responds, re the Bowdoin expose
Jesus Never Said I Couldn’t Paint the Baby
The Decline of Obama - How to lose friends and influence.
Frank Bruni on politicians as love gluttons
Via Ricochet's The Price of Utopia:
Reminder: Obama supported infanticide
Huge gender gap persists in college degrees but gets no attention
Bernie Sanders: Warming is not a hoax
Capriles almost won in Venezuela
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Did Windows 8 kill PC sales?
Yes - unequivocally yes. I know three people, experienced laptop users, early adopters of the "smartphone", tech savy but not overly so that returned their new laptops because of Windows 8. One of them was given the laptop for work purposes and he just turned it back in and started using his own Windows 7 machine.
PCs are becoming more and more powerful. They can still do things that iPads can't. If your just an emailer and watch the occasional video or Skype friends, an iPad is fine. But eventually all that on-air bandwidth is going to add up and there will be gnashing of teeth when the system starts to fracture from data jams and the limited through-put capability starts to restrict usage. Your starting to see it with smart phones now in fact - bandwidth being throttled back on a per user basis.
My current machine is running Window 7, it is a high end graphics oriented machine with terabytes of storage and 8 gigabytes of memory, high speed quad core processor and 1 gig cache. The on-board sound card is the equal of, if not better than, a high end Sound Blaster add-on (Dolby, etc.) - my graphics card is the biggest, fastest Ninvidia makes with 2 gig cache and I got the whole thing for $1K. A high end iPad is going to cost you $600 plus. It runs my radio station, on-line Davis weather station in the background along with a satellite tracking program and I've never experienced a slow down in speed.
Tell me which is the better value and the more capable machine. The cycle will return to the PC and it will be sooner that you think.
Bernie Sanders: Warming is not a hoax
Bernie Sanders is a Communist and never met a tax he didn't like. He knows warming is a hoax, he just wants to tax the crap out of the people using fossil fuels and "redistribute" that money somewhere else. That's what he's all about - nothing more than that.
"Californians Sign Petition to Ban and Confiscate Firearms"
Once again, you invoke the beautiful (some might say 'harmonic') relationship between our two great native states, CT and CA. Even discounting the fact that both states start with the letter 'C' and are composed of 10 to 11 letters, a claim no other state can make, the similarities between the two states is simply remarkable.
When it comes to guns, as you noted a few days ago, CT is in the act of passing some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. It's kind of sweet that you'd then follow it up with how my own native state of CA is emulating them.
Yes, it's terrible how the liberals who control our two great native states are attacking the very core of what makes America great.
Don't air NRA-Sponsored NASCAR race, Connecticut senator asks Rupert Murdoch
As utterly disgraceful as that is, I'm sure some liberal in CA is currently proposing something just as bad.
For better or for worse, long live CT and CA! Sister states forever!
Just learned #NRA500 merchandise sold out 2 1/2 hours before race. Best sales ever. @txmotorspeedway #nascar
— Eddie Gossage (@eddiegossage) April 14, 2013
We shall see, but it seems many organizations are revealing their infestation with gun grabbers over this race. The fans have the money and are spending it. Yet, ESPN has banned their commentators from mentioning the race name except as contractually required. NASCAR itself has foolishly said they'll review the future sponsorship. Several drivers with apparent idiots for PR reps have had their PR people stop them from giving interviews where they'll have to have the race name in the background.
But there is a large overlap between NASCAR fans and gun owners. They both have and spend lots of money on their hobbies. They also are very aware that both are held in disdain by the so-called "elite". Oh, and most of all, they pay attention and remember betrayal.
Yah, but. CT can never produce a Henry Waxman, or a Barbara Boxer. CA rules. It's not called the Land of Fruits and Nuts for nothing.
Obama supported infanticide - I suspect that is more the reason the MSM is ignoring the Gosnell trial. Sure it reveals the horrors of late term abortion but that was, supposedly, already illegal. But it would be hard to speak of the murders and not note that Obama and many in the academy had not promoted leaving those babies that survived the abortion attempt to become independent lives to die instead of giving them the protection of the murder laws.
But Megan McArdle was also correct. Even the most superficial attention to the trial is so horrific as to cause physical aversion.
Gun manufacturers move to Maine? That is an awful lot of hostile territory to have to move your product through to get to the wider market. Sorry Maine, but you've been cut off from Free America. And there is every evidence that the States forming the barrier won't continue to observe the free transit of such goods through their territory.
I've been running XP for 9 years. I like it. However, because MS will be discontinuing support for xp and the fact I could get a hard copy of win 8 for 44 bucks, I took the plunge.
Hated it at first, but once I downloaded and installed the free classic start menu (it replaces the awful Metro interface and boots directly to the desktop), things got much better. It boots fast, looks good, is very stable, and the built in anti-virus works like a charm. I never thought I'd say this but I love it.
those start menus are third party apps? which one did you install?
It is a third party app. It is called classic shell and it is free. Here is the website: http://www.classicshell.net/
I'm not a computer noob (I built my desktop), but I'm no tech wizard either. I think win 8 gets a bad rap for a number of reasons - People don't like change, don't like MS, and don't like the Metro interface (I hate it). Would I upgrade from win 7? Probably not because I'm cheap. XP? Absolutely. I think 8 is much better than XP.
Or maybe people are turned off by Microsoft's incredibly lame TV ad for Windows 8. There are two huge companies who do not know how to hire a good advertising firm that can create appealing ads for their products, Microsoft is one and MacDonalds is the other. The latest Microsoft ad with the whirling dervishes spinning around on the large table has to be absolutely the worst, most pathetic ad I have ever seen (at least since the previous Microsoft ad). If the product is as putrid as the ad, I'd never go near Windows 8, even to demo the real thing.
Agreed. Their advertising is terrible and does no service to the product. I think it is intentional, driven by their arrogance and their fear and envy of the ipad, iphone, and apple's incredibly profitable app store. They are trying to weasel into the tablet and app market, but are only confusing people. I can't tell you how many reviews I've read or people I've spoken to who think you have to have a touch screen or touch pad to run win 8. They are badly losing the mobile chase to apple and android and if they aren't careful, they're going to lose the corporate and consumer desktop market to linux as the distros become increasingly refined and easy to use.
That being said, I have to say I truly like win 8 and I am impressed by its performance.
I got this one for my Father-n-law, and it made his Win8 experience better (and the numerous tech support calls to me subside.
Well, of course global warming is real--got no glaciers in Nort' Dakota, Minnesota, places like dat useta was jest covered! But I been approached by snake-oil salesmen before and it's all "Act Now; Limited Time Offer: Do It Now". Don't trust them snakes.
PCs sales figures are driven by business purchases. In today's economic environment, companies that are cutting costs and are satisfied with Windows 7 are probably willing to go along with their existing hardware and software, unless upgrades offer something they cannot do without. I'm a typical individual user. I'm running on a six y/o MacPro with two Xeon dual-core processors and have no thoughts of upgrading for at least 2-3 years. I've upgraded my current machine with larger hard drives and external storage (15 TB so far), an eSATA 2-port adapter card, a speedy graphics card, bigger and faster memory (16 GB), and Blu-ray drives. Why would I up-grade? I also run Windows 2000 (a great OS) on my Mac using VMWare Fusion. I thought seriously about upgrading to Windows 7 until I read the EULA for Win7 and realized it would hold me captive to every whim of Microsoft. One doesn't own a copy of Windows 7; Microsoft only leases it short-term from the time of one mandatory download to the next. At least I own my copy of Apple's OS X Snow Leopard. Unfortunately with its latest OS, Apple seems to be drifting toward the Microsoft licensing model. Well, there's always Linux for the intrepid....
The Real Reason No One's Buying PCs Anymore: They've Gotten Too Good.
I was content with XP and my 7 year old Dell, but decided last year that I should purchase a new computer to go along with the planned demise of XP. The new Dell is much quieter and runs much cooler- not to mention much more RAM. Windows 7 starts up a lot faster than XP. I followed DR. M's advice to slim Windows 7 down a bit. I find the file organization easier to follow with Window 7 than with XP.
I see no need to upgrade to Windows 8.