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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Recruits More Shills for Vista 7 in China, Pays HK$7,777 Per Day

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Recruits More Shills for Vista 7 in China, Pays HK$7,777 Per Day
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 01:01:10 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Microsoft to pay Windows 7 promoter HK$7,777 a day

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| Microsoft Hong Kong is now recruiting Windows 7 promoters who will 
| be paid HK$7,777 (US$1,004) each for a day's work in late October 
| when the software giant launches its new OS.
| The vendor has created a group on Facebook to invite individuals 
| aged 15 or above, speaking fluent Cantonese and English, and 
| possessing basic computer knowledge to post their one-minute self-
| introduction videos on the Chinese-language page. As of 3:20pm 
| Monday, there are only four videos uploaded.


Microsoft to pay Windows 7 promoter HK$7,777 a day



Windows 7 review â from a Free Software activist

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| KDE, GNOME and Mac OS X handle this much better. On KDE and GNOME the screen
| darkens around a password entry dialog, and the dialog is modal, so the user
| cannot escape and must make a conscious decision.
| [...]
| Windows 7 is neither overly powerful, customizable or modern. It does avoid
| many of the problems of Windows Vista by introducing aggressive prefetching
| and changing the UI design so actions require less clicks, and this makes
| the system appear faster. This comes at the expense of chewing up a lot of
| RAM, so a gaming system should probably have 4 GB or more.


Choosing the Right Linux Netbook + Why You Should Avoid Windows 7

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| Linux distro:
| What's good about Linux is that you have plenty of flavors to choose
| from. The most widely used distros on netbooks are Xandros, SUSE,
| Linpus, and Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Each of them has different features so
| I recommend picking the one that you are comfortable with. Donât worry;
| Linux is as easy as using Windows these days.
| Why You Should Avoid Windows 7:
| With all the positive reviews that I've read about Windows 7, I still
| want you stay away from it if you are planning to buy a netbook. Why?
| Though it's a trimmed-down version of Vista, it is still a resource hog.
| Like, its minimum recommended RAM requirement is 1 GB.


Netbooks? Oh Yes, They Are Enterprise Grade

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| Think about it. The old, small Sony Vaios (like my old Sony Vaio
| Picturebook) were netbooks in every way but name. Sony sees itself as
| one of the pioneers of netbooks, but one that gets little or no credit
| for it. So out of spite they refuse to use the term to describe their
| netbooks.
| But whatever you call them, there are definitely netbooks out there that
| are enterprise ready.


Netbook OSes: Which will rule the enterprise?

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| Netbooks is a "category with legs," says Stephen O'Grady, an analyst
| with Seattle-based consultancy RedMonk, pointing to recent market
| activity as an indicator of the netbook's viability. Most obvious, he
| says, is Google's decision to build a separate Linux-based operating
| system -- Chrome OS -- specifically for netbooks. Meantime, Microsoft is
| grappling with "hard questions about its OS pricing relative to
| netbooks," and virtually every major hardware maker, apart from Apple
| Inc., has an offering in the category.


Windows 7 Starter Edition Is Too Wimpy for New Netbooks

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| Given Starter Editionâs lameness, youâd think that netbook vendors might shun
| it and install Windows 7 Home Premium instead. Not so. Samsung says its Go
| netbook will ship with SE, starting in November. Nokiaâs Win 7 plans are
| fuzzy at this point. And Dell recently told me that its netbooks will
| continue to offer a variety of OS options, including âUbuntu and
| Windows-based editions.â
| Somethingâs fishy here. Itâs not as if the entire genre of netbooks is too
| wimpy to run Windows 7 Home Premium. If that were the case, Microsoft would
| have announced recently that Win 7 SE users will be able to upgrade to Home
| Premium for $80. Rather, this is about Microsoftâs desire to cripple the
| netbook category and upsell consumers to Home Premium.
| Sadly, many buyers will shell out $400 or so for a reasonably-powered netbook
| with a 10-inch display, only to learn theyâve been saddled with a feeble
| version of Windows 7. A classic bait-and-switch? It sure looks that way. Itâs
| also a recipe for consumer ire. Nobody wants to pay a fairly significant sum
| for a consumer electronics device, only to learn they must pay an additional
| $80 for features they were expecting.

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