Hello all, So I am a college student learning c++ (planning to major in computer science). Just my luck, the computer science department using visual studio for their entry level classes, which I have been using with no issues for the last year via a VM; I can access the school computers and run VB from my macbook pro. I am now in more mid-upper level classes and we use Linux for the majority of our programs. So far I have been programming using the terminal ssh client, which I understand, but can be difficult to navigate at times, especially …
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News Story How Does Apple Avoid The Commodity Trap?
At a time when prices are being driven down across the spectrum of electronics, one company clearly has avoided this trap: Apple. While others struggle to squeeze profits from a market that is becoming increasingly commoditized (sub-$200 netbooks anyone?), Apple maintains its edge and its hefty profit margin. It got me wondering just how Apple continues to charge prices far above the rest of the market and not only get away with it, but thrive. [B]Design[/B] First of all, you have to start with quality. If you are going to charge a hefty amount for your products, you better make …
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Lots of strong opinions about Microsoft out there. There are people who stand behind it staunchly. In their eyes Microsoft can do no wrong and critics like me are simply buffoons who don't get it. Then there are people who hate Microsoft for everything it stands for. In their minds no matter what Microsoft offers, it's going to be bad. I admit I've been a harsh critic of Microsoft in this space, but only because I believe it has deserved it, not because of any vendetta. When it comes to Vista, for instance, I criticize it because I've found it …
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My infatuation about the new [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1968.html"]Macbook Air[/URL] is not ending just yet. In fact, the [URL="http://blogs.computerworld.com/the_new_macbook_pros_are_coming"]ComputerWorld blog[/URL] has news -- hopefully insider scoop -- about what I'm dreaming about. Author Seth Weintraub says that the reason for the Macbook Pro delay (that is, why they weren't announced last week at MacWorld) was part of an [URL="http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/15/intel-experiencing-worldwide-penryn-delays/"]Intel shortage of Penryn processors[/URL]. According to sources, these processors, which are extremely fast and aren't as hot as their predecessors, won't be available until February. Which gives you more time to dream and get pumped, because there are more goodies on the table. The …
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News Story MacBook Pros... Wherefore Art Thou?
So, MacWorld finally came and went. For months, I've anticipated this event. After Apple released [URL="http://www.apple.com/macosx/"]Leopard[/URL] in November, I had my eyes set on moving over to the Mac world. But without any guarantees that Apple would preinstall Leopard on existing laptops in their inventory and after hearing about numerous applications that weren't Leopard compatible, I told myself that I'd wait a little longer. And after today, I'm waiting even longer. The [URL="http://www.apple.com/macbookair/"]Macbook Air[/URL], an excellent addition to the Apple Macbook family, looks hot. Integrating iPhone/iPod Touch technology into the touchpad is just awesome. But did Apple forget about its …
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