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soozyg
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soozyg,
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11/24/2014 | 4:47:44 PM
Re: Shouting versus whispering
Hi tjgkg! long time no speak!

I agree about the iPhone... however, I was strong-armed by my son into trading his LG for an iPhone 5s because, apparently, his middle school friends only use iPhones now, they won't even look at Androids. 
tjgkg
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tjgkg,
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11/24/2014 | 10:42:02 AM
Re: Shouting versus whispering
Hi Soozy! I am going to check the links out. The iPhone is a very nice device but it really is overrated and over priced.
kstaron
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10/29/2014 | 11:48:41 AM
Another reason
I think I may have another reason they skipped 9 and went to ten. They are distacing themselves from windows 8, that awkward system that kept trying hang out on all the cool mobile devices.

That and when you hear windows 10 and you're on 8 you think you must have missed an update and are truly expecting something better than what you have, not just a fix for what isn't working in the current version. Now as far as that goes, does Windows 10 make it better?
PaulS681
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10/18/2014 | 6:14:00 PM
Re: means nothing
@David, I agree it could mean something. There is something to be said for the "cool" factor.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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10/14/2014 | 1:40:12 PM
Re: Shouting versus whispering
This conversation reminds me of the iPhone spoofs on YouTube by "Let's Be Honest" about the various versions of iPhone. The IW isn't letting me post the URLs here but you can google them. Amusing.
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10/14/2014 | 9:41:09 AM
What's in a name?
I have a Windows Vista desktop PC - it works fine, despite my grumblings at the time I replaced my previous Desktop with it. I also have a lap-top with Windows 7 on it - and that too works fine, despite my grumblings at the time I replaced my previous lap-top with it. As far as I can discern, the OS's name has absolutely no bearing on its efficacy or likeability

 

What's in a name? You could call the OS 'Rasputin the mad monk' and some people would love it and some would hate it. All that really matters is whether it works or not - does it have the functionality you want ; does it work without glitches ; will it run your software without holding you to ransom ; is it innocuous and not demand a Doctorate in Astrophysics just to manage its basic config settings etc? These are the things that matter - not its name.

So, call it what you like - just make sure the damned thing works.

 

Boris.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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10/14/2014 | 7:29:59 AM
Re: means nothing
The naming convention is confusing for the average user but I'd bet that Windows for Power Users would sell better than Home Premium.  Honestly it would be nice if they'd just stop with all the different versions and follow Apple's lead, one for the desk and one for the datacenter.  Microsoft is having a hard time letting go of their licensing schema but the push to have Win 10 deliver across every platform makes me hopeful that they will streamline in the near future.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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10/13/2014 | 7:36:14 PM
Re: means nothing
@PaulS681- Generally I agree with you. But i wonder if you can get so out there that the ridicule and negative press you get so dooms you that the version name all of a sudden matters. 

For instance, if Microsoft had switched back to Windows 2015 or something it probably would have at worst been made fun of for constantly switching names. Or if they had gone with a name like Windows Mobile or something, it would have been reviewed on the face of it as a business move.

I would worry that Windows 10 gets so many of these sorts of top 10 lists that it might take away from the product. Personally, I'm a fan of Windows 8, so i wrote this with love. But not everyone does. 

I don't know. Maybe I'm reading too much into it. But so much about the success of products these days has to do with cool factor. 
David Wagner
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10/13/2014 | 7:31:37 PM
Re: means nothing
@SaneIT- Thanks for the compliment. It helps to have kids of the right age. :)

You raise a fun point about home, premium, etc. I would love to see Extreme or perhaps "Windows for Power Users" or something that made me feel awesome for having it. 
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10/13/2014 | 8:09:24 AM
Re: means nothing
yeah, there were some really funny ones

 

thanks @dave
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