The AI Kerfuffle – Windows Weekly 631

Jason Howell joins Mary Jo and Paul to discuss Microsoft earnings, big tech and antitrust, Windows 10 20H1, and much, much more.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: Eloquent JavaScript

Want to learn JavaScript for free? This 450-page book can be had for free.

App pick of the week: VirtualBox

I’ve used VirtualBox to install an incredible array of MS-DOS and Windows versions, plus different generations of Office, Visual Basic, Visual C++, and much more. Just great stuff and it’s absolutely free.

Enterprise pick of the week: Data-sharing agreements/licenses

Get ready for a whole bunch of new acronyms. Microsoft seeks to “do for data sharing what open source did for code”

Naming pick of the week: Office Online is no more

Everything’s just plain-old Office now. Sigh

Beer pick of the week: Transmitter Hx Raspberry Sour

This is a NYC beer pick for all of you vacationing/visiting our fair city. Transmitter is an amazing brewery which recently relocated to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. They make primarily farmhouse/saisons, which separates them from everyone else doing IPAs and pilsners. They also make some great sours like their Hx Raspberry one, which is a barrel-aged wonder.

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  • tdemerse

    25 July, 2019 - 4:05 pm

    <p>Smartscan suggests that the PDF download link for Eloquent JavaScript is unsafe. Anyone know what that's all about?</p>

  • Nonmoi

    26 July, 2019 - 5:28 pm

    <p>The most live title I use is for quick peek at weather forecast, stock quotes, and/or top news headline when I press WIN key to launch something else.</p><p><br></p><p>The problem of live tile as I see it is that it is not information rich enough for some applications (I can not see both major indices, top watch list quotes at the same time), while give no incentive to open the actual app when fits the use case perfectly (aka. weather app, in fact I switched from the Microsoft house-brand weather app to some 3rd party one, specifically because one of the update couple years back removed the live title quick peek option.)</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>I would be sad once the live tiles are completely gone, but I understand the reason behind its inability to gain traction for consumers, developers and platform vendors alike.</p>

  • Rob_Wade

    29 July, 2019 - 11:06 am

    <p>I use Live Tiles exclusively. I want NOTHING on the desktop except active apps, and I want NOTHING on the Task Bar. So, yes, Live Tiles make perfect sense to me. I run Start in full screen and I run all apps in full screen.</p>

  • Rob_Wade

    29 July, 2019 - 11:15 am

    <p> So, great, you're advocating going back to the stupid Windows 7 approach. Lovely. Backward. And ugly. Oh, and I have Cortana turned completely on with all devices. I WANT Cortana available anytime, anywhere, especially on a locked device. I should never, EVER have to touch a device to interface.</p>


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