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Testing Windows 8 Developer Preview Version

Windows 8 Developer Preview

Win8 Dev Logon Screen

Win8 Dev Logon Screen

I’ve finally decided to test the next Windows edition, probably to be called Windows 8, although things like that are never certain in Microsoft-land.

Virtual Box

Win8 Dev VirtualBox Installation

Win8 Dev VirtualBox Installation

I did a Virtual Box install, which is fairly straightforward.  There are many tutorials on-line now which show how to do this, so I won’t do a walk-through. I installed the 64-bit version which I downloaded from MSDN using my licence.  You can get the installs from the Microsoft Website here, which come in ISO format.  You can also find out more from the horse’s mouth here.

You can also set aside a partition on your hard-drive and install to that.  However, Virtual Box is the safe way to go should the partition install fail and corrupt your current installation somehow.

What I will say, is to use more memory allocation to the virtual installation than recommended elsewhere or as the default,  and to use as many virtual processors as your host machine has.….. My machine is an AMD 955BE, which is quad-core running at around 3GHz.  In other words, if you don’t want it to run like treacle, give it plenty processor and memory room;  at least the recommended values for Windows 7.  You can see all of this in the VirtualBox settings screenshot above.

Fast Install (added 24/11/11))

Windows 7 vs. Windows 8 time to upgrade

Windows 7 vs. Windows 8 time to upgrade

Microsoft, on their MSDN blog, have made a big thing about the rapid installation for Windows 8, particularly for the upgrade route.  See Improving the setup experience.  I can say now that the clean install into the VirtualBox environment was very fast….

Briefly:

  1. You make a virtual machine in Virtual Box
  2. You set it’s parameters – processors, memory size, footprint size, IDE/SATA storage etc
  3. You set the downloaded ISO image to boot from in the settings.
  4. You boot by “Starting” the virtual machine.
  5. You install Windows into the filespace that you’ve previously set aside for it – I gave it a dynamic sized 50Gb.
  6. After that, let windows do it’s thing.  It took 10 minutes or so.
  7. Let it reboot.
Win8 Dev Loggged On Screen

Win8 Dev Loggged On Screen

Following this, you get a green screen from which country specifics are added, a username and finally, you enter your Live.com identity, if you have one, and if you want to!

Appearance

It’s a big green screen.  I don’t have a touchscreen, but it’s obviously designed for one.  It has massive buttons to a host of online services like weather & stocks, plus a few to your computer’s functions.

Win8 Dev Logon Screen

Win8 Dev Logon Screen

If you log off, you get presented with an American Rockies vista of a lonely winding road.  Essentially, the entry into Windows 8 is like a smartphone.  But what’s it like beneath the surface?

Windows 7 Legacy, and Vista Too!

Win8 Dev Double Click Control Panel Screen

Win8 Dev Double Click Control Panel Screen

Obviously, this is a development preview release, and we can expect more of the same to come.

Win8 Dev Double Click Explorer Screen

Win8 Dev Double Click Explorer Screen

But most work has gone onto the main intro screen because beneath the surface, all the various apps and settings controls are the old (current) Windows 7 interface.

Bizarrely, some screens even have vestiges of the green Vista, notably the main screen itself.

Personally, I think it’s very, very dour.  I can’t believe that two years of effort has gone into doing something that Android does on a more than twice-annual cycle….

Win8 Dev Left Corner Hover Screen

Win8 Dev Left Corner Hover Screen

Accessing the menus is the most unintuitive thing I’ve seen for ages!  Following on from the impressive Windows 7, it’s truly not just a user let-down, but somewhat infuriating as well…….    Whereas previously I just typed into the run bar to do almost anything, now I can’t even find programs or files!   No doubt there’s a way – but after Win7, it’s not intuitive and not helpful either.

I hope that’s not the end of the run box, because that feature in Windows 7 is awesome.

Control Panel

Win8 Dev Double Click Control Panel Screen

Win8 Dev Double Click Control Panel Screen

I haven’t checked through many apps (except a few desktop ones like the weird child-like paint thing and the weather which won’t do anywhere except California) but this is the control panel.

Win8 Dev Control Panel More Settings Screen

Win8 Dev Control Panel More Settings Screen

You then drill-down to get the old Win7 control panel on “More Settings”.

Initial Investigation Ends

Well that’s it for now.   To say I’m un-impressed by the big green monstrous front doesn’t give my opinion justice.  There doesn’t appear to be an easy way out of the front-screen apps and to have an app made for a  3-inch screen sat on a 23 inch desktop monitor really demonstrates the infantile  apps for what they are.

Way back in the nineties Microsoft tried their in-house Microsoft Network (MSN) which was a disc install that gave you a black desktop that gave dial-up access to features giving almost the same as this big green toy-town monster.

Not happy.

Watch this space as I delve more….

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R.I.P. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart

Strangely post on February 23rd, 2011
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R.I.P. Actor Nicholas Courtney

Actor Nicholas Courtney as The Brigadier

Actor Nicholas Courtney as The Brigadier

So farewell Brigadier!

Many a time you and your UNIT chums saved the world from horrible alien monsters.  It wasn’t always “The Doctor” and your calm panic and belief in the Doctor’s powers (despite himself) always pulled us through.  You acted with just the right amount of authority.   Saturday tea-times were never the same once you “retired” and Doctor Who was pulled from the schedules….

And as you said many times,

RIGHT!  Lets get on with it!

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Weird Pravda

Strangely post on November 4th, 2009
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What IS Going On?

USS Eisenhower

USS Eisenhower

I’ve just come across an old post of mine in which I referred, briefly, to the Russian Pravda website, presumably a modern-day version of it’s communist paper past.  I say presumably because, as I already said, it’s more like National Enquirer…!

On top of weird births and alien spaceships in the sky, it’s got macho-macho shots of big tanks, guns, aircraft and ships.  They even have a praiseworthy shot of the USS Eisenhower and jokey posts about bad parking!

Russian Fashion

Russian Fashion

Fashion

Fashion

There is mild porn dressed up as fashion (see right – a bit like the knicker’s pages in the old Littlewoods catalogue), and tales of giant Russian babies and massive sea monsters .

A post warning of the dangers of wearing g-strings is naturally another excuse for a crotch shot.

Big Ship

Big Ship

Here’s the world’s biggest cruise liner and a link to a very phallic rocket to finish off.

Conclusion = weird.

Big Rocket

Big Rocket

Other conclusion = everything we have is bigger than yours, except we like your big things as well if they’re butch enough.

Other, other conclusion = we can be just as sexy as The West and our women are really sexy, apart from the Western ones which we also like if they’re not wearing much…

It’s all so very weird once you get past the news front page – give it a go!  You’re left thinking what’s the point of it all…

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Drill Down Through bsadn.pantherssl.com

Pre-Script

Comments are now closed on this posting as Google Treasure Chest is dead.
However, the problem has not gone away – the menace continues.

For further information, all chat on this and subsequent scams is now here:
Google Revolution, Different Name, Same Scam!
and here:
More on Google Profits and Pacific Webworks/

Introduction

This is a follow up to my post the other day, google-treasure-chest-its-a-scam-and-a-half. In that post I mentioned that one of the image servers had left indexing open.  This is at The folders on my website, strangely perfect dot teevee, if I’ve done it right, cannot be viewed in the ‘explorer’ view.  It’s a simple switch in the .htaccess file and is used to stop people (easily) browsing your folder structure on the web server.

Fortunately for me, they haven’t done it, and because I now have links pointing back to that site, I thought I’d collate a list of websites and businesses that are visible there before they (probably) close this porthole.  The list is very revealing as it’s shows a commonality of source for the images used in the various scams mentioned by myself in the above post and all the other commenter’s and other sites’ work that I’ve linked back with.

It means that if you see a website here, it’s from the same scam source as GoogleMoneyTree in all it’s various incarnations.  However, and in a sentence cunningly designed to protect myself just like the GoogleTreasureChest one, I’d like to take the opportunity to say:

This list is posted to make people aware that any person or business on the list may be doing business practices similar to, but in no way necessarily connected to, those of the various operations of dubious merit mentioned in google-treasure-chest-its-a-scam-and-a-half and related comments.  To be removed from the list please use the contact form or phone 911 in the USA or 999 in the UK and say ‘Okay guv.  It’s a fair cop’,  leaving your name, address and bank account details containing customer monies to the person who answers the phone.

I’ve written it with very small font to keep in the true spirit of the Google Treasure Chest!

So here is the list of main folders with a few sub-ones included to show you the breadth of the scheme.

List

Accuquote
AdwordProfits
AtHome
CableHater
CareerAdvantage
CashBiz
CostaRicaCashIn
CPC
Creatives
CreditReport
CreditSecurity
DeanGraziosi
DermitageEyeKit
DermitageWrinkle
DirectTV
DishNetwork
DisneyMovieClub
DoctorRepro
DollarsForGold
DRRealEstate
EarnGoogleCash
EarnGoogleProfits
EasyFund
EasyGoogle
EasyGoogleCash
EasyInternetWealth
EasyiWealth
ebayInstitute
EbaySuccessSystem
EducationDirect
eLifePolicy
EliteAuto
FamilyHealth
FinancialCrisisGrant
FirstUniversalPlatinum
ForExchange
ForexProfit
FreeEbayPayday
FundingKit
FundKit
GAD
GoogleTreasureChest
GoogleFiles
GoogleGoldMine
GoogleLive
GoogleLiveMaster
GoogleMoneyPro
GoogleStartupKit
GoogleUniversity
GrantFiles
GrantsNetwork
GreenTeaExtreme
HomeGuard
HomeSecurity
HoodiaPhen
HoodiaPhenHosted
idWatchDogs (I kid ye not!!)
IncentiveStreetScion
IncomeTreasureChest
InfusionMediaOffers
InstantEbayStartup
InstantGoogle
InterimLand
InternetMoneyTree
InvestorsGuide
JohnAlexander
LibertyMed
LifeLock
LivingChristian
LoanModQuick
MonsterKeyword
MyoMed
NitroEnergy
ObamaGrants  (ha ha  – nice one!!!)
OneStopGrants
OnLingo
OnlingoIncentive
PaidMarketing
PestControl  (yes really!!)
Phenterthin
PhoneSales
PMEmail
PowerSellerz
PromiseWarranty
ProtectAmerica
RealEstateExposed
RobertAllen
RoyalCarribean
SecurityFirst   (yes really again!!!)
SecuritySolutions
SmartAuto
StoresOnline
ThousandDollar
ThousandProfits
TriClear
UltimateGreenTea

This is the bulk that I’ve found.  Obviously if you are decent company or person and believe in the axiom that “a man is judged by the friends he keeps” – I should pull your files out pronto.

Each folder usually contain lots of sub-businesses and extra images and sub-campaigns, either planned or defunct.  That I can’t tell.  However, most of this stuff is clearly related and in the old days I’d class them as fairground amusements.  That is, it’s almost wholly a bunch of card sharps and snake oil sellers – but under the modern guise of slimming aids, other dubious medicaments, and get-rich-quick schemes.

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Copenhagen Congress on Climate Change

In this stark summary from a meeting of 2.5k scientists from across the globe, we find that not only is anthropomorphic climate change real, not only is it getting worse, but also, within the error margins for the ‘hockey stick‘ predictions of only a few years back, recent measurements put the actual effects at the top of the predicted range!

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Copenhagen, Denmark: Following a successful International Scientific Congress Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges & Decisions

Many years ago I read a book (actually in a few volumes) by the late climatologist from East Anglia, H.H.Lamb called Climate Present Past and Future (ISBN 0-06-473881-7).  It’s extremely hard to get hold of now, but I recall that nearly everything Professor Lamb wrote is now coming true.

Many of the scientific concepts he wrote about are being used in the so-called ‘climate debate’ between various vested interests.  Check out the apologists for freedom at The Heartland Institute (you can’t make it up, can you?) or Climate Change Fraud (who change their hyperlinks regularly to avoid comebacks).  Several lone souls tackle these monsters of misleading fact-providers, such as Greenfyre’s and the Ecogeek.

The amount of cloud cover and water vapour is always a good red herring for the deniers.  As Prof. Lamb pointed out 30 years ago and is perfectly obvious to any observer, clouds are both insulators and reflectors of heat.  It just depends where they are, if it’s night or day, and where you, the observer are!  For instance:

  • cold day, -> clouds move in and night falls = cold night as cold trapped at ground level
  • cold day, -> no clouds at night = even colder night as heat radiates out to space
  • cold night, -> cloudy day = cold day as cold trapped under clouds and sun’s heat is reflected back to space
  • cold night, -> sunny day = warm day as sun warms earth’s surface

These temps are all relative, of course.  But throw in a bit of dirt into the clouds or let dirt fall on snow (another good reflector and insulator) and the picture changes because dark clouds and snow absorb more heat.  What is clear is that cloud and snow cover, like continuous volcanic eruptions, and like CO2 and CH4, are critical positive feedback agents.  Like trying to slowly push a light switch to stop in the middle, eventually all the slow forcing you do makes it flip to it’s other stable state.

Any worldary wobbling that the deniers use is also a red herring.  The wobble cycles tie in with ice-ages as Professor Lamb pointed out.  We’ve at least 20k years until the next one.  Bothered?  No.  Thought not.

The fact is that there are many scenarios for cloud behaviour and it’s influence – the climate change deniers just tend to use one (like the wobbles) as the basis of their arguments.  But even back in 1977, Professor Lamb’s models basically predicted the climate forcing we are witnessing now although at the time, a swing in the other direction looked possible.

But now we do know!

A recent exploration to the Arctic has been forced back because there’s no safe ice to walk on!  Coral is dying.  Floral and faunal species are being made extinct at an E.L.E. rate.  Make no mistake, it’s our fault and if we don’t pay now we or our children will pay in the future.  We need land and food to live on, not equities and price to earnings ratios.  A week of reduced fuel supplies in the UK and Europe and the continuing travails of African economic migrants revealed a tiny window on our probable future as billions, globally, seek somewhere to live and breed.  A few street riots will be the least of everyone’s worries.

I just wish that the OCO spacecraft had made it

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