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Things that shouldn't have happened.

Last posted Dec 18, 2009 at 07:28AM EST. Added Dec 14, 2009 at 12:57PM EST
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1. Software that turns normal displays into touchscreensI don’t know how Microsoft did this. It seems like they would have needed cooperation from the hardware manufacturers. Nevertheless, it appears that the company has developed its own highly-secret software that can turn any standard LCD screen into a touchscreen. Now users will no longer have to a do a simple click-and-drag to resize photos. Instead they’ll be able to reach up to their screens with both hands and use a set of complicated multi-touch gestures to do the same thing, and it will only take 5-10 seconds longer. Upon further digging, I also discovered that all mouse and keyboard drivers appear to be in a time-bombed phase-out cycle.

Anything else, guys?

Guys. It’s a joke.
“HKEY_CLUELESS_USER”? “HKEY_CRAPPY_MACHINE”? Alternate Registry? It’s one big IT joke. This particular section focuses on how Microsoft insists on using the registry when they know that it’s one of the most powerful and least secure parts of any Windows system.
Software to turn regular LCDs into touch-capable displays? That’s a dead giveaway. Honestly guys, I’d expect more from you.
The last two are absolutely absurd.
Lastly, the article is clearly titled “Tech Sanity Check”, indicating that it is, in fact, a joke.

Well, of course it’s fake.
But over 9000 CNET users thought that it was real.
It appeared in one of their faqs, Anthony Barrette showed me.

But anyone who thinks this thing works thinks Africa is a country:

And thinking that Africa is a country is just plain strange.


Linspire, previously known as LindowsOS, was a commercial operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and later Ubuntu.[1] Linspire was published by Linspire, Inc. and focused on ease-of-use, targeting home PC users. The last stable release of Linspire was version 6.0, which was released in October 2007.[2]

On July 1, 2008, Linspire stockholders elected to change the company’s name to Digital Cornerstone,[3] and all assets were acquired by Xandros.[4]

On August 8, 2008, Andreas Typaldos, CEO of Xandros, announced that Linspire would be discontinued in favor of Xandros, Freespire would change its base code from Ubuntu to Debian, and the Linspire brand would cease to exist.[5]

Contents [hide]
1 History
2.1 Web software
3 Freespire
4 Contributions
5 Criticism
6 See also
7 References
8 External links

[edit] History
See also: Microsoft vs. Lindows
Based in San Diego, California, Lindows, Inc. was founded in August 2001 by Michael Robertson with the goal of developing a Linux-based operating system capable of running major Microsoft Windows applications. It based its Windows compatibility on the Wine API emulation layer. The company later abandoned this approach in favor of attempting to make Linux applications easy to download, install and use. To this end a program named “CNR” was developed: based on Debian’s Advanced Packaging Tool, it provides an easy-to-use graphical user interface and a slightly modified package system for an annual fee. The first public release of Lindows was version 1.0, released in late 2001.[6]

In 2002 Microsoft sued Lindows, Inc. claiming the name Lindows constituted an infringement of their Windows trademark. Microsoft’s claims were rejected by the court, which asserted that Microsoft had used the term windows to describe graphical user interfaces before the Windows product was ever released, and that the windowing technique had already been implemented by Xerox and Apple Computer many years before.[7] Microsoft sought a retrial and after this was postponed in February 2004,[8] offered to settle the case. As part of the licensing settlement, Microsoft paid an estimated $20 million, and Lindows, Inc. transferred the Lindows trademark to Microsoft and changed its name to Linspire, Inc.[9]

On 2005-06-15, Michael Robertson stepped down as CEO of Linspire, Inc. He continues as chairman and was replaced as CEO by Kevin Carmony.[10] Carmony resigned from Linspire on July 31, 2007.[11]

Linspire became a member of the Interop Vendor Alliance which was founded in 2006.[12][13][14][15]

On February 8, 2007 Linspire, Inc. and Canonical Ltd, the lead sponsor and developer of the Ubuntu operating system, announced plans for a new technology partnership, with Linspire aiming to “begin basing … [their] desktop Linux offerings on Ubuntu.”[16]

On 2007-06-13 Linspire and Microsoft announced an interoperability collaboration agreement with a focus on: document format compatibility, instant messaging, digital media, web search, and patent covenants for Linspire customers.[17] This agreement has been criticised, most notably by the Groklaw website[18] for being disingenuously short-lived and limited, and against the spirit of the GNU General Public License. Kevin Carmony, in one of the regular “Linspire Letters,” asserted that the agreement would "bring even more choices to desktop Linux users [and] … offer a “better” Linux experience."[19]

On July 10, 2007 Linspire released Linspire 6.0 based on Freespire 2.0.

Linspire bases their product code names on fish found around their headquarters: Linspire/LindowsOS 4.5 was code named Coho; Linspire Five-0 (5.0 and 5.1) and Freespire 1.0, Marlin; and Freespire 2.0 and Linspire 6.0, Skipjack.

Oh yeah, the thing where there is a cat in a room with radioactive material. In one universe, the cat is fine because the radioactive material is contained, but in a paralell universe, the cat is dead because the container broke.

Parallel universes: Infinite combinations in infinite possibilities.

Theory is inconsistent. That means there is a universe where someone had the power to destroy all matter. That would mean nothing existed. The only way the theory works is just our one linear universe, while we live our only dull, boring lives….

I don’t believe either parallel universe theory.

IMO, there are 5 universes. A physicist once examined an electron and it disappeared. After repeating the experiment, the physicist noticed that one out of every 4 electrons would return.

As for the synchronized parallel universe theory, it’s impossible because we live in an open universe.


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