Microsoft Prepares for End of Windows With Midori
Posted 30 July 2008 - 08:06 PM
...I cant wait to perpetually pay, just, for my computer to keep working.
...I cant wait for (Microsofts long-planned) individual-user-pricing.
...I cant wait until my system is nothing more than a "Microsoft-Services" delivery-device.
...I cannot wait to hand-over, complete control of my property and livelihood... and literally being at the mercy of every communications-company, ISP, backbone-provider, software-provider, or government-agency... which stands between, me, and my ability to securely, privately, and inexpensively, manage my-own affairs.
And I, especially, cant wait until a repeatedly convicted illegal-monopoly holds all the cards, and can literally change my software (which I, absolutely depend upon) virtually, daily... or, can increase the prices I have to pay (at the slightest marketing-whim).
You know... there are already two phrases for this:
1- "Mainframe-Computing"... (which was, intentionally, abandoned for extremely-good reasons).
"Complete Lock-in" and control... (and, you know who is pushing this the hardest).
I dont have a problem with "remote server-applications" (as an additional, data-processing, option). What I DO have a problem with is what this... (Effectively, turning my computer into a DUMB-TERMINAL)... will actually mean to, my, personal- choice, control, privacy, and costs.
I think to understand what Microsoft is actually thinking... you should pay attention to the line,
"They're preparing for the day when people realize we don't need Windows anymore"...
I believe that, that day is actually bearing down on Microsoft (like a runaway freight-train)... and Microsofts (???...altruistic...???) answer..? Eliminate the true "personal Computer", and turn it back into a locked-down, locked-in, perpetual revenue-source (which, just-so happens, strips people of all of those annoying "consumer-rights", freedoms, and choices.
Just, my two-cents...
Posted 31 July 2008 - 06:14 AM
Posted 31 July 2008 - 07:55 AM
You say mainframe computing was intentionally abaondoned??
I guess that's why since about the year 2000 the installed mainframe capacity has grown by about 325%.
This growth is not just to handle the year 2000 installed base, but also includes a substantial number of users moving their larger database platform to the mainframe environment.
Posted 31 July 2008 - 06:17 PM
Posted 31 July 2008 - 06:53 PM
>> "You say mainframe computing was intentionally abaondoned (sic)??"
Sorry, that was something of an over-simplification. Sometimes I forget that not everyone is a serious-geek that actually started working with computers in the 70s, and avidly enjoys computer-history.
What I was referring to was the intentional adoption of the "micro-computer" (over the centralized, mainframe-terminal... the so-called, "high-priest" architecture, that existed before the "desktop computer"). This, evolution, was an intentional, and, yes, extremely sought-out goal, that led to the "micro-computer revolution" of the seventies and eighties. Microsoft, very much, rode on the back of that "revolution".
When I am referring to the "abandonment" of the "mainframe", I am actually, specifically, talking-about the purposeful liberation of processing-power, from external central-control, over computers/users. I am certainly not referring to organizations, internally, centralizing, and distributing their data/processing and communications (I.E. using centralized-servers).
However, I stand by my earlier objections to, so-called, "cloud computing" (when it refers to extracting most of the fundamental benefits of "Personal Computers", in favor of a tenuous, perpetual-payment, and loss of individual-control, model... that puts so much third-party control, and reliance, on external-factors (for maintaining basic computer-capabilities).
Posted 01 August 2008 - 07:04 AM
On your "over-simplification". I too have been in the business since the early 70's on IBM big iron and I'm still working on IBM big iron (of course it's now smaller than some of the mini-computers we had in the old days). I never really did anything with the open systems side, but we alway had them for many of our front end processes. However, when the PC came around in the early 80's I was all over that. I had Visicalc, Dbase II, Wordstar and my favorite was the Intel 8080 macro assembler. I found assembler the easiest language because it is my language of choice on the IBM mainframe. The biggest difference I've found in the micro computer vs the mainframe assembler instruction set is the micro seems to be missing the direct storage to storage instructions available on the mainframe (that may have changed on the new micro processors, I haven't written any assembler on a PC since 8086 processors). It didn't bother me at all to have that little 4" green screen on my Osborne I running CP/M doing the 5 1/4 floppy shuffle.
Posted 04 August 2008 - 06:07 AM
No one seems to consider the business impact when a Hyper or Virtual Server bits the big one and those 10-20 virtual servers that resided on that one physical box are down what it has just done to productivity in your business, or the amount of time and resources it's going to take to get it back up and the sad lack of diagonostic tools most management won't let you spend just in case the servers do crash and you need them to determine the cause.
A system so tightly integrated would also be a system so easily targeted for intrusion and MS has shown repeatedly that their OS environment has never been structured to protect applications or even itself from attach. Would you want your heart monitor, respirator, EKG, pharmacy, etc. hooked up to a system that is hackable from China/Iran/Iraq, etc.?? I think I'd pass on that myself, thanks MS.
Posted 04 August 2008 - 10:17 AM
Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:50 PM
Maybe for business it is good, control what workers can and cannot do with ‘dumb’ terminals connected all the time.
Posted 06 August 2008 - 04:55 AM
Of course they (or anyone) could hack almost any system, they just don't go after home users because it takes to long and there are less benefits. But once they have everything on a non-hardware-firewalled, primary server...
Posted 08 August 2008 - 03:33 PM
Not me.....I value my privacy way to much.
If MS does go to Cloud Coputing, I will go to Linux.
Posted 09 August 2008 - 01:00 AM
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