Posts Tagged ‘ultra-thin’

Acer Founder Predicts Death of US PCs

January 19, 2010

Acer’s founder and former chairman, Stan Shih has made the fairly inflammatory comment than he firmly believes US-based PC makers could die out over the next twenty years.

According to the Inquirer, the former Acer chairman made the comments when discussing the current trend towards low-cost PCs, one that he feels north American PC manufacturers can’t hope to ignore. Indeed, Shih’s belief is that the demand for low-cost PCs will continue, and that anyone not serving that market will be left in a very difficult position indeed.

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Microsoft Pulls Win7 Download Option

November 11, 2009

Microsoft has pulled its Windows 7 download tool from the Microsoft online shop due to legal issues with the software.

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It’s ironic to see Microsoft in trouble because of copyright infringement so soon after the launch of Windows 7, which it has said aims to decrease the number of pirated copies of Windows in circulation. Word comes from Rafael Rivera’s Within Windows blog that there seemed to be seriously amiss with Microsoft’s Windows 7 Download Tool. Rivera said of the download tool,

“While poking through the UDF-related internals of the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, I had a weird feeling there was just wayyyyy too much code in there for such a simple tool. A simple search of some method names and properties, gleaned from Reflector’s output, revealed the source code was obviously lifted from the CodePles-hosted (yikes) GPLv2-licensed ImageMaster project. (The author of the code was not contacted by Microsoft.)”

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