Sinofsky, The Creator Of That Other OS, Sees The Light

It’s amusing reading some of the trolls here expounding on the superiority of that other OS and deriding GNU/Linux or Android/Linux for whatever imaginary sins lie there.“My personal view is that there is no longer an ability to add more speed-bumps and even if there was it would not address the changing environment. The road is covered with bumps and cones, but it is still there. The modern enterprise PC and Server infrastructures have been infiltrated with tools, processes, and settings to reduce the risk in today’s environment. Unfortunately in the process they have become so complex and hard to manage that few can really know these systems. Those using these systems are rapidly moving to phones and tablets just to avoid the complexity, unpredictability, and performance challenges faced in even basic work.” Today I read Sinofsky’s comments on how that other OS evolved with feature-bloat and four-lane highways for malware. Yes, Sinofsky, who worked at M$ starting as a programmer and who rose to be president of that other OS. He was there and described the competing wishes of users, salesmen and malware-artists. I left the fold in the midst of all that, unhappy with the actual performance of the software and blissfully unaware of the waves of malware which followed.

He sees the end of the old ways and the arrival of newer software with less baggage on ARM and the cloud giving us all a fresh start. GNU/Linux gives a fresh start too. Yes, refreshing. Why can’t the trolls be as forthcoming?

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About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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9 Responses to Sinofsky, The Creator Of That Other OS, Sees The Light

  1. DrLoser says:


    Here is a brief analysis of “run rate,” maybe you can wrap your head around it.

    Note: Absolutely nothing to do whatsoever with a first derivative. Thus, your pseudo-mathematics is around about as specious as anything else you’ve come up with, recently. Which is quite admirable, in a way. Nothing wrong with consistency.

    Normal people, Dougie, and I hesitate to suggest that you are not normal, would use almost anything bar voltage in that analogy. But it’s nice to know that “v” is for Voltage, rather than Vendetta.

    In fact, normal people would describe this as “potential.” As in, “potential energy.” But, whatever.

    The “slope along such a line” is more generally defined as y/x, which you will note requires no differential analysis whatsoever.

    Arbitrarily redefining “y” as “v” … which no sensible person would do, but what the heck, we’re dealing with a meaningless “analogy” to classical electrical measurements here … would lead us with luck to a meaningful analogy, which is to say the rate of change of height with respect to horizontal distance. You will find, Dougie, that your cursory equation, viz:

    y = bx + c

    (which will give you a slope) is basically a degenerate form of

    y = ax^2 + bx + c

    There are, of course, further implications once one gets beyond the quadratic.

    However, a miserably simplistic equality between “slope” and the rate of change of the indeterminate quality (“y”) at a point defined by the determinate quality (“x”) is, at best, a delusion.

    I do hope I’ve sorted all that out for you.

  2. dougman says:


    Here is a brief electrical analogy, maybe you can wrap your head around it.

    If we were to walk along a straight line, say straight east from a town, then height (voltage) is a function of the east-west coordinate x.

    Using the usual mathematical definition of the slope, and writing V for the height in order to remind us of the electrical analogy, the slope along such a line is dV /dx (the rise over the run).


  3. DrLoser says:

    dv/dx = rate of change, rise over run…etc

    I can see those eighth-grade classes are finally penetrating that backward-facing baseball cap of yours, Dougie. Jolly good, my fine fellow!

    Just one question. What do you mean by “v” here?

    I’ll help you out — it looks vaguely like the differential for acceleration. Which isn’t actually the “rise over run, etc.”

    Back to the text-book salt-mine for you, me lad!

  4. dougman says:

    dv/dx = rate of change, rise over run…etc

  5. DrLoser says:

    I will resume my diet tomorrow. I will walk two hours today to work off my carbs…

    I’d be sinful and prorogue my diet until the New Year, Robert … or at least until you’ve gotten the best out of your Grandma’s turkey recipe. It’d be a shame not to enjoy it for a couple of days longer.

    Happy Christmas everyone.

    And Gmar chatimah tovah to you also, Robert!

  6. DrLoser says:

    The rate of change dv/dx in IT and other technologies is phenomenal.

    Happy Christmas, Dougie! I’m pleased to see that you are busy repairing your sad lack of educational achievement by calculating the …

    … well, it seems to be a differential of some sort. I’d assume that “v” is a velocity, as yet unspecified. And as Robert has recently popularised it, “x” is of course time as it is measured from the canonical Epoch of 1899.

    Which means that your dv/dx in “IT and other technologies” is … er … wait a minute, you don’t have the remotest clue what you’re talking about, do you, Dougie?

    Merry Christmas anyhow.

  7. Well, I’ve started the Christmas-turkey roasting. I followed my Grandma’s ancient recipe with variations: stuffing of chopped up and sauteed giblets, veggies and fruit and bread crumbs with poultry seasoning, a bit of butter and pepper. This year, instead of milk and egg I added egg and some canned mushroom soup. 325F for 20 minutes/pound. I made pumpkin pies yesterday from a pumpkin I grew as well as some buns. The kids have promised to bring some other goodies like ice-cream. I will resume my diet tomorrow. I will walk two hours today to work off my carbs…

    Happy Christmas everyone.

  8. dougman says:

    The rate of change dv/dx in IT and other technologies is phenomenal.

    Sit back and watch this:

  9. This should be a post but I’m away from Beast…

    “Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 10 in the second half of 2015, but Taiwan-based PC vendors doubt whether it can stimulate PC replacement demand because consumers will be able to make free online update to the new operating system, according to sources with Taiwan-based supply chain makers.”

    Put that under the title, “M$ Sinks OEMs”. Really. Wintel has died and I’m on my way to Heaven. If M$ isn’t selling licences up front to OEMs and deals directly with consumers the consumer will see the cost of M$’s stuff in the clear. What motivation do OEMs have to put M$’s OS on a PC? A rapidly shrinking market is not motivation. A sharp reduction in replacements is not motivation. Some consumers will see this as a bargain until they find out how M$ wants to be paid. Then GNU/Linux will finally have its day on retail shelves and in the hands of consumers who will have a strong, clear reason to switch. This should push everyone “over the top”. Expect radical changes in IT in 2015. I thought this event would be years away yet, but here it is, a great reason to go on living.

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