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News IDC warns of PC market decline through 2018

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 5 Mar 2014.

  1. TheDarkSide

    TheDarkSide What's a Dremel?

    22 Feb 2011
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    Really? you think that's what MS and Adobe do? so you looked at their code and realized you could easily get the same result with a smaller footprint?
    don't repeat everything you read on the net.
  2. schmidtbag

    schmidtbag What's a Dremel?

    30 Jul 2010
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    No, I don't *think* that's what they do, I *know* that's what they do. It IS possible to get a smaller footprint and there are alternatives to their products that are real proof of that. Adobe is a little bit harder to judge, since there isn't really anybody that competes with them in terms of features (I am aware Adobe has other direct competitors that are also very good).

    But everything MS does is extremely bloated. As of right this minute, I'm writing a program that converts XLSX files into a separate programming language for databases. When saving something under Office 2010, the XML files are severely cluttered with unnecessary tags. If I re-save the file exact as-is under another program like Libreoffice or Gnumeric, the file size will shrink by several KB. That's a lot, when you consider it's COMPRESSED text and the spreadsheet is less than 1000 rows long.

    In another perspective, I run KDE on one of my Linux setups at home. That currently does more than the average fresh install of Windows 7 and still uses a fraction of the memory and disk space. Keep in mind KDE is the most bloated desktop environment in Linux. It isn't just linux, Mac is proportionally efficient too.

    What I don't get is how you think that what MS does CAN'T be done in a smaller footprint. Like I said, Adobe is a bit more difficult to judge.
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