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Windows 11: Déjà vu all over again?

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For long-time Microsoft watchers, there might have been a moment of déjà vu last month as the Redmond, Wash. developer announced its upcoming Windows 11 operating system.

The moment? When they read this line in the company’s official Windows 11 FAQ: “If you’re currently shopping for a new PC look for ‘Free upgrade to Windows 11’ on the fact tag.”

A decade and a half ago, Microsoft used something similar to market the PCs that were supposed to run its then-impending Windows Vista, with stickers at retail and labels online stating which machines were “Vista Capable.”

That 2006 campaign was a disaster for Microsoft. A lawsuit charged Microsoft with deceiving consumers with the Vista Capable program, which led to the release of embarrassing internal emails in which executives blasted the campaign and expressed frank opinions about the OS itself.

The company created the Vista Capable program to maintain PC sales momentum, notably during the holiday season of 2006, as the January 2007 launch of Vista neared. As revealed in court documents, Microsoft had bent to pressure from Intel, which needed to unload inventory, by lowering system requirements to include a bottom-level Intel graphics chipset.

Internally, some at Microsoft balked at the change in system requirements, calling Vista Capable PCs “junk” and telling personal tales of spending thousands on a system that, in the end, couldn’t run Vista or couldn’t deal with Vista’s advanced features, including the new Aero UI (user interface).

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Here’s A Calculator To Calculate The Carbon Footprint of Any Ethereum Wallet Or Smart Contract | Hacker Noon

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Despite the common narrative that using a blockchain damages the environment, we can already use these networks to erase the footprint of every transaction

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One Of The Largest Large Format Cameras You Will Ever Have Seen

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When fate lands a very high quality lens in front of you, what do you do with it? If you are [Tim Hamilton], the solution is obvious. Use it in a huge large-format camera.

The lens came from a newspaper magnifier made redundant by digitalisation and used as a paperweight. It’s an extremely high quality piece of optical equipment so seeing it wasted in this way was a source of distress. So after characterising it an enormous scaled-up box and bellows was constructed, and set upon a suitably substantial wheeled tripod.

Instead of a huge piece of film or some unobtainable giant electronic sensor, the image is projected onto a large screen at the rear of the camera. A modern digital camera is mounted inside the box just beneath the lens and photographs the screen, resulting in the feel of the largest of large format cameras with the convenience of a digital format. The resulting images have a special quality to them that recalls pictures from the past, and definitely makes the camera a special if slightly inconvenient device.

This may be one of the larger cameras we’ve featured, but it’s not the first that uses a similar technique.


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Apple Music, iTunes Store, App Store hit by outages | AppleInsider

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A number of Apple Music, App Store, and iTunes users are encountering issues with the online services, problems Apple is aware of and is trying to rectify.

Posts to social media including Twitter indicate there are issues with three major Apple services, including iTunes, Apple Music, and the App Store. Tweets have been posted saying that there are problems listening to music and downloading apps.

Checks of DownDetector by iMore indicate issues with all three services started on Saturday afternoon at around 1 pm eastern time. It also appears the three services went down at around the same time, though it is unclear how many people are actually affected.

Apple’s System Status page advises there are ongoing outages for both the iTunes Store and the App Store, with both said to be “slow or unavailable,” and that “some users are affected.” Apple Music is not currently flagged by Apple as enduring an outage at the time of publication.

Both services were also affected by an earlier outage that caused slow and spotty access from Thursday until Friday, which may be connected to the current situation.

AppleInsider will update this post if changes occur.


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