Musings on Computing and Other Eclectic Topics

The New Microsoft Edge

The "New" Microsoft EdgeMicrosoft's new browser is both a big disappointment and a good move forward.

Running Red Alert 2 Today

Red Alert 2 remains my favorite PC game. Here's how I gave up my attempts to get it running in Windows 10 and retreated to safer waters.

Rapid PHP 2018

After a long gap of nearly three years, Blumentals releases the 2018 edition of its family of Web development tools, including Rapid PHP.

Expression Web 4 vs. Rapid PHP 2016

After six months of using Rapid PHP and Expression Web side-by-side, I have some further observations.

Terabyte Update

I haven't done a terabyte update in a very long time. Current trends make a quick look worth the time.

The Worst Passwords of 2017

For years, SplashData has published an annual list of worst passwords. This year the company has significantly upped the ante by increasing the list from 25 to 100 and in the process unveiled a new array of horrible surprises. Starwars, anyone?

The Windows Phone is Really Dead

death-of-windows-phone.pngA year after buying my Lumia 950, the final shoe has dropped. A Microsoft executive admitted (mostly) that Windows Mobile would not move forward. Support, yes; anything else, no.

It has been hard to parse Microsoft when it spoke about its own phones (it is less ambiguous about iPhones and Android). But proof abounds. Look no further than Microsoft's own site, where Microsoft commonly had links to all offers from the various wireless companies. No such links are present now. Turning to AT&T and Verizon's sites, no Windows phone is listed. Windows phone is dead.

My Lumia 950 phones are just one year old. It's too soon for me to switch; it will be at a year, probably two, before I need a new phone. All the nice things I've said about the Lumia 950 are still true. All the nasty things I've said about Microsoft and phones are still true.

I'm no friend of Google but there is probably an Android phone in my future. iPhones are too expensive.

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