goodbye flip4mac

Microsoft, Software


The other day I quickly closed the window asking me to update my Flip4Mac Player installation. Early this morning I went to their website and discovered that the software now is pay-only, while in the past the basic player was free (as in beer) and there was a path of pay-a-fee upgrades available.

I’ll store my free DMG installation file, but I think I’ll remove it from my list of “to have” apps… The lack of the link is intentional :-(

You can’t please everybody, Microsoft. So stop trying. It’s time to double down on the people who actually use your products, not some mythical group of consumers who will never stop using their simpler Android and iOS devices just because you wish they would.

Paul Thurrott, What the Heck is Happening to Windows? →

What the Heck is Happening to Windows?


Download: Microsoft Releases Windows 8.1 Power User Guide for Business

Download: Microsoft Releases Windows 8.1 Power User Guide for Business

Download: Microsoft Releases Windows 8.1 Power User Guide for Business

Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 power user guide for business. This guide is more focused on a enterprise user and you can learn about the advanced features of Windows 8.1, such as updated File Explorer, Task Manager, Internet Explorer 11, Mobility Center, Windows To Go, Miracast support, and SkyDrive Pro.


the only way that Microsoft makes money (in the consumer market) is through users buying new computers and the associated licenses (this is why Bing’s failure was so critical; by failing to build profitable online services, Microsoft has no way of monetizing consumers over time). This means that people using Windows are in effect worthless to Microsoft; they need people to buy Windows, which usually means buying a new computer.

stratēcheryWindows 8 and the Cost of Complexity

… a nice read on the status of Microsoft’s PC health status.

Windows 8 and the Cost of Complexity


ReclaiMe – RAW file system recovery

Microsoft, Software

“RAW filesystem” issue typically occurs when the filesystem type information is missing or inconsistent between several system tables. Such an issue is often associated with external drives unplugged without “Safely removing” them first. The tables often get damaged during unsafe removal.

The “RAW filesystem” is generally recovered quite well. The typical scenario is to recover data from a device with a RAW filesystem, then format the device and copy the recovered data back to the device.

The most typical symptom of RAW filesystem is that Windows prompts “You need to format the disk before you can use it”

You can perform a RAW filesystem recovery using the free – as in beer – ReclaiMe file recovery software for the Microsoft Windows platform.

I’m performing a scan of such a damaged drive while writing this down. I’ll let you know how it goes!