• Michael Pietroforte posted a new activity comment 1 day, 3 hours ago

    Funny, if I click the link to the article my desktop "turns black." Seems Windows Latest blocks all IPs in the Philippines and probably other Asian countries. I can only access the site through VPN. So many silly webmasters out there.

    Anyway, it will be interesting to see if Microsoft gets away with this.

  • Michael Pietroforte posted a new activity comment 1 day, 4 hours ago

    Paolo, I doubt that Microsoft will seriously evaluate if they will release the Windows 7 code. This is not just about the Windows XP installations. Many businesses which run now Windows 7 would stick with the OS and rely on updates from the community. And I bet that after a while more and more businesses would migrate from Windows 10 to the open source Windows.

  • Michael Pietroforte posted a new activity comment 1 day, 4 hours ago

    Leos, the open source community did create a valid competitor. It is called Linux and it rules the cloud despite all of Microsoft's efforts to transform Windows into a cloud OS. The thing with Windows on the desktop is that Microsoft still benefits from the Gates era when the founder created a monopoly. Such monopolies are very hard to break because you don't just compete with the OS but with an entire ecosystem. However, if there was an open source Windows that is embedded in the very same ecosystem, a Microsoft Windows would no longer stand a chance. Look what happened to Microsoft's web browser. Once they no longer could leverage the Windows monopoly because of the EU ruling, Internet Explorer was essentially dead. Microsoft now lacks the leadership and the engineers to seriously compete without leveraging their monopoly.

  • Michael Pietroforte posted a new activity comment 2 days, 5 hours ago

    Windows would no longer be a Microsoft project. I doubt that Microsoft‘s engineers could compete with the open source community.

    • To be honest I don’t know if this proposal will be evaluated seriously by Microsoft. For example there are still many Windows XP computers running in middle and large organizations.

      • Paolo, really? Last time I saw that was in a PLC machine, not in standard usage.

      • Paolo, I doubt that Microsoft will seriously evaluate if they will release the Windows 7 code. This is not just about the Windows XP installations. Many businesses which run now Windows 7 would stick with the OS and rely on updates from the community. And I bet that after a while more and more businesses would migrate from Windows 10 to the open source Windows.

    • Not sure Michael. If that would be so easy, why whould not the open community have already created a valid competitor?

      • correction, 1,85%

        Operating System Share by Version

      • Leos, the open source community did create a valid competitor. It is called Linux and it rules the cloud despite all of Microsoft’s efforts to transform Windows into a cloud OS. The thing with Windows on the desktop is that Microsoft still benefits from the Gates era when the founder created a monopoly. Such monopolies are very hard to break because you don’t just compete with the OS but with an entire ecosystem. However, if there was an open source Windows that is embedded in the very same ecosystem, a Microsoft Windows would no longer stand a chance. Look what happened to Microsoft’s web browser. Once they no longer could leverage the Windows monopoly because of the EU ruling, Internet Explorer was essentially dead. Microsoft now lacks the leadership and the engineers to seriously compete without leveraging their monopoly.

  • Michael Pietroforte posted a new activity comment 2 days, 19 hours ago

    If Microsoft does this, Windows 10 would be dead.

    • Maybe also further windows versions?

      • Windows would no longer be a Microsoft project. I doubt that Microsoft‘s engineers could compete with the open source community.

        • To be honest I don’t know if this proposal will be evaluated seriously by Microsoft. For example there are still many Windows XP computers running in middle and large organizations.

          • Paolo, really? Last time I saw that was in a PLC machine, not in standard usage.

          • Paolo, I doubt that Microsoft will seriously evaluate if they will release the Windows 7 code. This is not just about the Windows XP installations. Many businesses which run now Windows 7 would stick with the OS and rely on updates from the community. And I bet that after a while more and more businesses would migrate from Windows 10 to the open source Windows.

        • Not sure Michael. If that would be so easy, why whould not the open community have already created a valid competitor?

          • correction, 1,85%

            Operating System Share by Version

          • Leos, the open source community did create a valid competitor. It is called Linux and it rules the cloud despite all of Microsoft’s efforts to transform Windows into a cloud OS. The thing with Windows on the desktop is that Microsoft still benefits from the Gates era when the founder created a monopoly. Such monopolies are very hard to break because you don’t just compete with the OS but with an entire ecosystem. However, if there was an open source Windows that is embedded in the very same ecosystem, a Microsoft Windows would no longer stand a chance. Look what happened to Microsoft’s web browser. Once they no longer could leverage the Windows monopoly because of the EU ruling, Internet Explorer was essentially dead. Microsoft now lacks the leadership and the engineers to seriously compete without leveraging their monopoly.

  • I still remember when we first start cloning it was very unusual because everyone was working with unattended uninstallation. I think the tool we used was Ghost which was later bought by Symantec and we cloned Windows NT machines with it.

    Later, when Microsoft became aware of cloning tools they warned using them, telling everyone that unintended installations is a better technology. I guess the reason why they didn't want admins clone machines was the SID problem. We did it anyway because it was lot faster than installing Windows. We never had any problems with SIDs.

    Later, Microsoft introduced sysprep because more and more admins figured that cloning was the way to go. Nowadays, I wouldn't clone without sysprep. If problems come up, you always wonder if cloning caused it. Better follow the standard procedure if there is no significant advantage.

  • If you click Recent Posts, the tab configuration will be used on other article pages. If you click the Author tab the configuration is reset. If this doesn't happen, you probably have to delete your browser cache.

  • Michael Pietroforte posted a new activity comment 6 days, 16 hours ago

    From Wikipedia:

    Windows is still the dominant desktop OS, but the dominance varies by region and it has gradually lost market share to other desktop operating systems (not just to mobile) with the slide very noticeable in the US, where macOS usage has more than tripled from 2009 to 2017, with Windows down to 72.76% and Chrome OS at 3.33%, plus traditional Linux at 1.46%

  • Michael Pietroforte posted a new activity comment 6 days, 17 hours ago

    Maybe Microsoft should give up building a web browser. Or perhaps they should give up software altogether and just focus on the cloud. Software making is really not Microsoft's forte. 😉

  • Michael Pietroforte posted a new activity comment 6 days, 17 hours ago

    The problem is many Windows shops are used to buy hardware independently of software. So they compare the Mac prices with prices of similar PC hardware. That's all they need to draw the wrong conclusion that Macs are more expensive. They don't understand that the most important difference is about the software. The main thing about a Mac (and about the iPhone) is the operating system and the apps. Another thing to consider is that Macs usually last much longer than PCs. My Macbook is now more than 5 years old and I use it 7 days a week, 10-12 hours. I upgraded the OS countless times (for free, of course) without any issues. The machines is as fast and reliable as on the first day. It is essentially a new computer. I feel sick when I think how much time I wasted with fixing all the issues when I was still working on Windows.

    As to the deployment, I think if a big company as IBM managed to do this, every company can.

  • Michael Pietroforte posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

    Really, only 7.44% market share? How times change. Let's see what will happen to Windows. 😉

  • Michael Pietroforte posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

    Windows 7 end of life will certainly help macOS, but I somehow doubt that we will see a mass migration. Most people just go for the cheapest solution even if they could afford the better option because they are unable to see the huge difference between Windows and macOS. And even those IT pros who see the difference will have a hard time convincing management. But let's see... 🙂

    • Mac OS can be a great alternative, not only for the technology but also for financial prospective , in fact as descrived in the article, there a strong savings in long term. But I agree this changement reuquires to convince users and management. And it is not really easy in many cases.

      • The problem is many Windows shops are used to buy hardware independently of software. So they compare the Mac prices with prices of similar PC hardware. That’s all they need to draw the wrong conclusion that Macs are more expensive. They don’t understand that the most important difference is about the software. The main thing about a Mac (and about the iPhone) is the operating system and the apps. Another thing to consider is that Macs usually last much longer than PCs. My Macbook is now more than 5 years old and I use it 7 days a week, 10-12 hours. I upgraded the OS countless times (for free, of course) without any issues. The machines is as fast and reliable as on the first day. It is essentially a new computer. I feel sick when I think how much time I wasted with fixing all the issues when I was still working on Windows.

        As to the deployment, I think if a big company as IBM managed to do this, every company can.

      • From Wikipedia:

        Windows is still the dominant desktop OS, but the dominance varies by region and it has gradually lost market share to other desktop operating systems (not just to mobile) with the slide very noticeable in the US, where macOS usage has more than tripled from 2009 to 2017, with Windows down to 72.76% and Chrome OS at 3.33%, plus traditional Linux at 1.46%

  • Additionally to Paolo's list these are perhaps useful:

    • Neowin
    • The Verge
    • Windows IT Pro
    • ZDNet Microsoft
    • Petri
    • AWS Blog
    • Data Center Knowledge
  • That's great! I think I fixed the issue with the threaded replies. It seems to be a bug in the forum plugin. Let's see if this works here.

  • Functions are important in any programming language. Without functions you won't get far with your scripting efforts. I suggest you first read this and then give it a try. If you then run into specific problems, you can ask here in the forum.

    As to Group-Object, it would be helpful, if you post the command you used.

  • Leos, it could be a browser caching issue. Try to clear the cache.

    Paolo, I don't really know the update frequency. The plugin site has to pull this information from different social media sites and I guess each site has different update frequencies.

     

  • This happens sometimes if the external site that counts the shares is down or slow. I guess it will work again soon.

  • Michael Pietroforte posted a new activity comment 1 week, 4 days ago

    The only really new thing in Windows 8/10 is this Modern app nonsense, the biggest blunder in IT history. The whole idea of turning a desktop OS into a tablet OS is flawed. No business needs this. If Microsoft wouldn’t force businesses nobody would upgrade.

  • Michael Pietroforte posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    I think they don't really have a choice. They know that Windows 7 is better anyway. Next thing is that they will pay people to upgrade. 😉

    • Not sure I get the point. Windows 7 was better so we let users use its key for free upgrade to worse Windows 10? 🙂 Personally I dont have any big issues with Windows 10, not any bigger than what I saw with 8, 7, Vista or XP 🙂

      • The only really new thing in Windows 8/10 is this Modern app nonsense, the biggest blunder in IT history. The whole idea of turning a desktop OS into a tablet OS is flawed. No business needs this. If Microsoft wouldn’t force businesses nobody would upgrade.

    • True, maybe they could ask to pay, however now you have to pay for extended support and strange but true at the same time forget that you can do a free update 🙂

      • Spoke with a distributor. They think its a sort of “bug”. Microsoft is silent. However, despite the fact Windows shows its activated, but you did not purchase the licence, there might be legal issues in case of audit…

        • In my opinion if the License is activated you don’t need to show nothing else. It is a similar situation when the update was officially allowed by Microsoft.

          • Yes but when it was allowed, in case of audit/trial situation, it could be easily checked on activation servers if the license was activated at that time. As a company, you always need an invoice that you purchased something. So in case you have a brand new PC, licence for Windows 7, but you run Windows 10, that would be clearly something not according to license agreements. Well, lets see what will happen. I kinda dont want to believe that this is something that Microsoft wants and does not say anything about it… 🙂

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