#ed bott

Ed Bott:

If this were a political race, a 50 percent overall approval rating would be a solid base from which to start.

Okay.

Sure, you can use some convoluted guesstimations based on Amazon rating gobbledygook to deduce that people “like” Windows 8 somewhere in between Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Or you could just look at sales. And not just bullshit “sales” to OEM partners. Actual sales.

I still like my “shitshow” prediction from last year. This is all playing out exactly as I imagined it would. And I believe that will continue, even after Windows “Blue”.

The problem is twofold. 1) Windows 8 is mainly a turd — further turdified by shitty products like the Surface. 2) The PC industry as a whole is dying and Microsoft has no competent horse in the next-gen game.  

So let’s revisit this Windows 8 satisfactory nonsense towards the end of the year when we can see some sales data — at least as a shadow of Microsoft’s financial performance, shall we?

In my testing, the $999 128 GB model had 89.7 GB of free space after a clean install, up significantly from the 83 GB that was incorrectly confirmed by last week’s statement.

Ed Bott, on his Apple malware blog where he occasionally discusses Microsoft products.

6.7 extra gigabytes after a consumer-friendly clean install! Run, don’t walk to those Microsoft Stores you can’t find, people.

Apple malware blogger Ed Bott took some time off from his important beat today to comment on my previous post about the major Windows 8 service pack released prior to Windows 8 itself even being released. Bott:

Yes, heaven forbid that a major computing company should release an operating system and then release major updates in response to user feedback and telemetry from hardware partners.

Wait. What’s that, you say?

Why, yes, the golden master of OS X Mountain Lion, version 10.8 was released on July 9, and Apple released a major update, 10.8.1, on August 23, only 45 days later, to address a long list of issues.

What Bott fails to mention is that OS X Mountain Lion was actually released — as in to the public — as in shipped — on July 25. In other words, a month after its release, Apple patched some issues. And yes, this is normal for all software makers, obviously. What Apple did not do is patch the “finished” software prior to its release, which is what Microsoft is doing here.

Look, it’s great that Microsoft is trying to fix things before launch. As I said, I just don’t see it as a great sign that Microsoft felt the need to push major fixes after they declared RTM and before they actually shipped the software. That combined with the fact that a not insignificant amount of people testing these builds of Windows 8 are suggesting that it’s half-baked strikes me as problematic.

Maybe I’m wrong and everything will be just fine. Or maybe Windows 8 will sweep the nation just as strongly as the Apple malware epidemic clearly is.

Anyone else find it a little odd that “Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report” now covers Apple way more than anything else? Including, you know, Microsoft. A cynic may think there were pageviews in writing about Apple or something…

Look at his last 7 posts — 6 of them are about Apple. In the past three weeks, he’s written exactly one post about Microsoft — and it was more about Android.

But it’s not like Microsoft has had any huge news recently. How many posts about Windows 8? 0.

In the latest installment of the Apple Malware Report, Bott notes that the malware authors quickly bypassed Apple’s new signatures. Oh no! Then he has to quickly update when Apple updates those signatures in a matter of hours — but not before he can complain that Apple auto-updater runs only at startup or every 24 hours. Ha.

When the next bit of malware is out there in the wild for 35 seconds, I know I’m going to turn to The Apple Malware Report to read all about it.

Nice Claim Chowder recall by Gruber. Not only has Apple replaced the POS (piece of shit) POS (point of sale) solution by Microsoft, with Square, there’s now an opportunity for everyone to. 

Also funny that Ed Bott (the person who wrote the original BS) is using Gruber’s linkback to flame him. Fascinating that Bott’s “Microsoft Report” has turned into a Mac security blog. That can’t be for traffic purposes, right? Right…

He makes the argument that Google’s Blogger outage negates their big push for moving to the cloud made this week at I/O. In other words, more FUD.

First of all, using Blogger as the example is stupid. Blogging without the cloud? What a genius idea. 

Second, his “question” is what if this had happened to Google Docs? Well, offline Gmail, Docs, and Calendar are exactly what Google has been using internally for months and stated at I/O that they would ship this summer. 

Microsoft and its extensions are clearly scared shitless of the concept of Chrome OS. That’s not to say Chromebooks will be a slam dunk hit — we’ll see. But the concept of simple, cheap, fast machines that don’t run Windows and keep everything synced in the cloud is a very compelling one. 

I still see this as a big part of the Microsoft “squeeze”. Chromebooks and iPads pressure Windows from below. Macs pressure from above.