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Re: Windows Starter Edition Screenshots

In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy Schestowitz
on Mon, 06 Mar 2006 19:21:32 +0000
> __/ [ The Ghost In The Machine ] on Monday 06 March 2006 19:00 \__
>> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy Schestowitz
>> <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>  wrote
>> on Sun, 05 Mar 2006 11:09:14 +0000
>> <duegvu$2g8t$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
>>> http://www.illusionfxp.com/5/3/0/8/starter/
>>> Self-explanatory
>> Erm...the wallpapers are nice enough (Tiger, Taj, and mountain) but
>> where's the rest of it?
> This afternoon, soon after I had linked to it from the blog (
> http://schestowitz.com/Weblog/archives/2006/03/06/monoculture-survival/ ), I
> realised that the shots disappeared. The owner took them off, for whatever
> reason (probably bandwidth).
>> A bit of digging later did cough up
>> http://www.prntscrn.net/img.php?img=2007-Starter-Edition_1.jpg
>> which shows off that nice "oooh, only 3 at a time!" mentality, and
>> http://www.prntscrn.net/img.php?img=2007-Starter-Edition_3.jpg
>> which makes one wonder what Windows is checking for.
>> (To be fair, Linux runs DLLs as programs routinely as well,
>> if far less obviously; 'ldd' requires this to function
>> properly AIUI.  However, that's only for a very specific
>> purpose, as opposed to Microsoft's DLL-as-a-service (DCOM)
>> mentality, from what little I understand of the latter.)
>> http://www.prntscrn.net/img.php?img=2007-Starter-Edition_6.jpg
>> shows some gadget addons -- why a recycle bin counts as a gadget is a
>> bit weird-looking.
> I guess the artwork justifies its presence as its own entity.

Nice, pretty transparent wastepaper bucket.

> Definitely not a /gadget/ that would suit anyone's rear pocket,
> right next to a clock.
>> http://www.prntscrn.net/img.php?img=2007-Starter-Edition_8.jpg
>> "Stan, welcome to your computer".  (But it's still our baby?)
> I thought they had given up on the "_My_ computer", "_My_ Network Places"
> entirely...

Apparently the did.  They now call it "Your computer",
"Your network places", etc.

Yeah, there's a significant change -- not.

>> http://www.prntscrn.net/img.php?img=2007-Starter-Edition_11.jpg
>> "Sign in to your Digital Locker".  Erm, how do you know
>> it's Stan's Digital Locker?  Maybe it's Fred's Digital
>> Locker down the hall...??
>> http://www.prntscrn.net/img.php?img=2007-Starter-Edition_14.jpg
>> "Copy details to Clipboard"?  Ye gods, the idiocy.
>> Mind you, part of this is historical, and I'd have to
>> find it now, but a long long time ago, during the age
>> of Athena widgets (the Ugliest But Most Useful Widgets
>> Known To Mankind(tm)), it was strongly suggested that
>> one be able to copy text from a button widget, making
>> this sort of "clickielink" unnecessary.  Of course,
>> nowadays anything underlined is probably understood to be
>> a hypertext something or other, but a button would have
>> made more sense here from a GUI linguistics standpoint.
>> (If one can call GUI design linguistics, but there *is*
>> a de facto communication going on.)
> Well, a nice Easter Egg in Windows is the fact that you can CTRL+C prompts
> and error messages. There are many opportunities and reasons for the use of
> this 'feature' (as opposed to bug).

Hm...clear as mud from the GUI, but I'll have to remember that.

>> http://www.prntscrn.net/img.php?img=2007-Starter-Edition_15.jpg
>> "You're ready to start".  Come again?  The chopped-off
>> Start button at the lower right is a nice touch.
> Blame the screenhooter. The rest of the windows is cropped too
> (see top-right corner)
>> http://www.prntscrn.net/img.php?img=2007-Starter-Edition_16.jpg
>> "You cannot use Starter with this computer because the
>> AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+ component
>> is not supported".  And you only figured this out *now*,
>> you silly OS?
> Not so fast, Johnny boy! First, the user puts the crippled
> Start Edition on the hard drive. The user will then proceed
> to on-line payment, which warrants an upgrade, maybe even
> redemption. Then, if still unlucky, the next-door neighboor
> may voluntarily 'fix' all the troubles. (S)he may have a

Or a son who likes to write viruses.

>> http://www.prntscrn.net/img.php?img=2007-Starter-Edition_17.jpg
>> "There are no more endpoints available from the endpoint mapper."
>> Nice.  Is there documentation on what an endpoint is that
>> the user can understand?  (If they're using SOAP, it's a
>> somewhat understandable message.  If they're not...well...)
>> No doubt Linux has its quirks, but even Marilyn Monroe had that blemish.
> To be perfectly honest with you, the last time I installed SuSE
> and Ubuntu there were no quirks.

Well, it may depend on what one defines as such.
I just installed Gentoo's mod_jk as an add-on
to Apache, and the only real problem (a very
minor one) was that I had to put in a -D JK in
/etc/conf.d/apache2 , and set up the rewrites/redirects in
/etc/apache2/conf/modules.d/88_mod_jk.conf -- all easily
figured out by a little poking around in the filesystem,
since 88_mod_jk.conf in particular was provided.
jk-workers.properties also has to be put somewhere.

Otherwise, it was trivial.  I'd call that a quirk or two
-- a harmless one, in this case.  However, were I not
knowledgable about the <If JK> construct, I probably would
have figured it out eventually from the copious amount of
documentation available at Apache's website.

And it's a one-time thing; it doesn't redo itself every
reboot or some such.

> Linux is striding more quickly than I could ever
> imagine. The last time I attempted an XP installation,
> much of the hardware was not detected and we had to
> chase drivers. Many drivers are still missing and, to
> make matters worse, the screen resolution still stands
> at 800x600. A virus penetrated the machine before we had
> the change to patch up and protect.

Presumably one of the drivers is the video driver.
Without it, the best one can hope for is the VGA 800x600,
if I'm not totally mistaken.

> Best wishes,
> Roy

#191, ewill3@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
It's still legal to go .sigless.

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