If you don’t know, I’m a netbook guy. I go about my daily tasks all over the metro carrying my trusty Asus Eee with me, and when I find a nice (hopefully free) wifi hotspot, I sit down, grab a mug of hot coffee, and work away. But if I’m lazy to bring my netbook with me (admit it, even netbooks CAN get cumbersome at times), I have my trusty Nokia E63 always in my pocket, so if I need to make a quick Skype call, update Twitter, or check what my friends are up to in Facebook, it can suffice for my needs. [Read more…]
We all know that Windows 7 would be (finally) spell the death of the venerable Windows XP. You see, XP had a pretty good run, but I think it’s time to finally let it rest. Windows 7 is the future, baby!
But this is weird: if they want to phase out Windows XP so badly, why are we seeing Windows 7 Starter Edition prices go higher than XP? It doesn’t make sense at all.
Microsoft still hasn’t officially announced exactly how much it will charge for Windows 7 Starter Edition, and the price could be variable since it will be sold in large volumes to PC makers. Consumers won’t be able to walk into a store and pick up a copy. But Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer did suggest recently that the pricing scheme will go something like this: Windows XP, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home, and then Windows 7 Professional.
Microsoft has officially confirmed that it will stop supporting Windows XP beginning on the 30th of June. But a small oversight on the part of Microsoft would mean that you’ll still be able to buy the OS throug OEMs or original equipment manufacturers.
The loophole is actually the same reason retailers like newegg.com has been able to sell extremely discounted OEM copies of Windows Vista (up to 50 percent off) to consumers. What happens here is that even though Microsoft will stop selling Windows XP for retail on June 30, it will license it to PC OEMs. The said OEMs, on the other hand, are being asked to stop selling them to retail after the deadline set by Microsoft. The contentious issue happens after the deadline, when XP is officially done being sold to retail but with Microsoft relaxing its restriction allowing affordable (or cheap) nettops or netbooks to use XP, essentially allowing the system to be sold after all.
All the legal acrobatics to exploit something is just too comical sometimes.
After delaying the release of Windows XP Service Pack 3 because of a bug, Microsoft finally released it again thinking that they’ve ironed out all of its troubles. Apparently, SP3 related problems are still there and this time the result is far more troublesome.
According to some Windows XP users who upgraded to SP3, they have suffered an endless reboot cycle upon installing the update. The problem seems to confine itself to AMD based PCs, but some Intel users have also complained about the same problem.
There are some experts who say that SP3 is not the problem per se. But let’s see how fast Microsoft can solve this bug. As for me, I’ll wait a couple more months before I attempt to upgrade my OS with the SP3 update.