FLoC Blockers – Windows Weekly 720

Posted on April 15, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, Windows Weekly with 2 Comments

Leo, Mary Jo, and Paul discuss Microsoft’s $19.7 billion Nuance acquisition, Surface Laptop 4 and new peripherals, the state of Timeline, and more.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: Block Google FLoC

The entire industry seems to be finally waking up to the fact that Google’s new anti-tracking technology is really Google’s new tracking technology. Here’s how you can protect yourself.

App pick of the week: Parallels Desktop 16.5 for Mac

Bring Windows (on ARM) to your M1-based Mac.

Enterprise pick of the week: WVD finally gets a much-touted feature

MSIX App Attach is finally here. What is this and why might it matter

Codename of the week: Bari

Back in 2019, when leaks about Microsoft doing a new webcam first appeared, Brad found the codename for this peripheral was Bari. (It also went by the codename Aruba.) I’m sure there have been more than a few codenames for these since then, but Bari is the OG codename for Microsoft’s new webcam.

Beer pick of the week: Torch & Crown Bat Flip

Torch & Crown’s Bat Flip is an IPA (technically) but also labeled as a “Spring Ale.” Very citrusy with Citra and Nelson hops, but really smooth and not too hoppy tasting. It’s 5.4% and meant to mark the return of baseball.

 



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3 responses to “FLoC Blockers – Windows Weekly 720”

  1. justme

    I have to generally agree with Leo's assessment - Pop_OS! or Manjaro for your Linux distro. My personal preference is Pop. As a PC gamer, things I have struggled with in the past , even on Ubuntu, just seem to work with Pop. Pop is stable, quick, and seems to me much more polished than vanilla Ubuntu - which is largely down to the support System 76 gives it. Ubuntu derivatives have a broader base of support than Arch based systems (at least from what I have experienced), though Arch-based distros have certainly gained in popularity. I'm more familiar/comfortable with apt than I am pacman, and I like the fact that Pop has System 76 support (like Windows has Microsoft). I also appreciate the stability of a Ubuntu-derived distribution - though the enthusiast in me must give a nod to Manjaro. You wont go wrong choosing either one.

  2. nbplopes

    You know what? Apple will do Timeline right :)


    The way I see it the ability to go to one place where we can quickly locate something that we have done, to what and when is really useful.


    The problem of Timeline is that they mixed concerns. They mixed app switching along with an history of activities/tasks. These are totally separate concerns. It does not make app switching better and makes the second cumbersome. Furthermore it SLOOOOOWWWWW. Things aren’t immediate, at least a second or two for data to appear, where they should be really and there is no search? I mean really?


    Its just badly designed and implemented.


    You see, Task Switcher is totally unrelated to what people think of Tasks. Its a way for people quickly switch between the apps or tabs they are using in a particular moment, not a way for people to switch between THEIR tasks. They started with the wrong abstraction. This mistake is so junior.


    I just used it for 5 minutes and thrown it to the forgotten features buck.


    What is impressive is that the common justifications appeared. Oh, people don’t use it so ... oh I’m happy they removed redundant features.


    I bet that when Apple tacked the same problem domain as Timeline, probably in Spotlight, but done right, people will say ... “Oh MS has done it before” ... no they didn’t.


    Cheers.

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