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  • ParkinT 2011-12-30 08:15
    Kudos to Tarmo for actually READING the EULA!
  • Leo 2011-12-30 09:12
    I preferred Wrath of Khan.
  • BPFH 2011-12-30 09:19
    I used to work for the company that makes the tax software that Sam was installing. There actually is a keystroke that will mark all the checkboxes, but they don't bother to tell the users what it is, so it's kind of pointless. (Sam: try Alt+M next time--I think that's what it was.)

    Now to forward this article to some friends who still work there...
  • lolwtf 2011-12-30 09:22
    I'm from ag. Nice place, but kinda niet gedef.
  • reverendryan 2011-12-30 09:26
    "I was greeted with this while installing a tax package the other day," notes Sam, "aAll of those are real checkboxes and there is no 'check all' or 'select all' button. I spent a lot of time clicking."

    Do you really need every tax form for every state? Maybe there's a reason for the lack of a "check all" button.

    Even if you were a tax accountant and got a new client from out-of-state, you could always bill them the time it takes to go back and install the new forms...
  • the beholder 2011-12-30 09:28
    lolwtf:
    I'm from ag. Nice place, but kinda niet gedef.
    It must be nice to live in ag. Probably much better than here on The Undiscovered Country.
  • BPFH 2011-12-30 09:35
    Do you really need every tax form for every state? Maybe there's a reason there's no "check all" button.


    ISTR that tax program uses a two-stage install process--first the licenses, then the program. Sam's screenshot is the installer for the program. IIRC by default the installer will automatically check the products you've got licenses for. (You can still install products you don't have licenses for, but then when you go to file you'll be paying a certain former employer of mine a per-return filing fee, which can add up quickly.)
  • Lorens Kockum 2011-12-30 09:38
    the beholder:
    It must be nice to live in ag. Probably much better than here on The Undiscovered Country.

    Keep telling yourself that, 'cause from the Undiscovered Country no traveller returns. (hint: Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III scene I, a few lines after "To be or not to be"). Or maybe Star Trek IV, of course.
  • Jon E. 2011-12-30 09:58
    my_comment is niet gedef
  • A. Cow Ard, the 3rd 2011-12-30 10:14
    ParkinT:
    Kudos to Tarmo for actually READING the EULA!

    FRIST??? WTF happened here?
  • operagost 2011-12-30 10:39
    Lorens Kockum:
    the beholder:
    It must be nice to live in ag. Probably much better than here on The Undiscovered Country.

    Keep telling yourself that, 'cause from the Undiscovered Country no traveller returns. (hint: Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III scene I, a few lines after "To be or not to be"). Or maybe Star Trek IV, of course.

    Meh. It's better in the original Klingon.
  • notromda 2011-12-30 10:45
    You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon.
  • pear 2011-12-30 10:49
    TRWTF is "flavoured vodka"...but that's the only time they use the non-American spelling.
  • Buho 2011-12-30 10:55
    As usual, the antivirus is as annoying as the viruses it claims to protect from.
  • Kuba 2011-12-30 11:10
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX. There's something to be said for simply playing a bunch of mpeg files in a loop, using the FB display driver on Linux. You can probably put the player as the only thing fired up by init, and it'll be very quick to boot as well. It's so much simpler than futzing around with Windows.
  • imgx64 2011-12-30 11:22
    Kuba:
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX. There's something to be said for simply playing a bunch of mpeg files in a loop, using the FB display driver on Linux. You can probably put the player as the only thing fired up by init, and it'll be very quick to boot as well. It's so much simpler than futzing around with Windows.


    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use Windows.” Now they have two problems.
  • Rick 2011-12-30 11:30
    ParkinT:
    Kudos to Tarmo for actually READING the EULA!
    Isn't that TRWTF? Someone actually read a EULA?
  • Looked it up 2011-12-30 11:37
    the beholder:
    lolwtf:
    I'm from ag. Nice place, but kinda niet gedef.
    It must be nice to live in ag. Probably much better than here on The Undiscovered Country.


    Believe me, I think Antigua and Barbuda are a much nicer alternative to The Undiscovered Country....
  • Matt Westwood 2011-12-30 11:41
    Looked it up:
    the beholder:
    lolwtf:
    I'm from ag. Nice place, but kinda niet gedef.
    It must be nice to live in ag. Probably much better than here on The Undiscovered Country.


    Believe me, I think Antigua and Barbuda are a much nicer alternative to The Undiscovered Country....


    Depends what the weather's like.
  • Nagesh 2011-12-30 11:45
    I like update anti-virus message on big board.
  • OldCoder 2011-12-30 11:52
    pear:
    TRWTF is "flavoured vodka"...but that's the only time they use the non-American spelling.

    That's because it is probably Canadian Vodka, eh?
  • anon 2011-12-30 11:53
    imgx64:
    Kuba:
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX. There's something to be said for simply playing a bunch of mpeg files in a loop, using the FB display driver on Linux. You can probably put the player as the only thing fired up by init, and it'll be very quick to boot as well. It's so much simpler than futzing around with Windows.


    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use Windows.” Now they have two problems.


    Some people who use Windows and don't have any problems are curious about Linux as a possible alternative, so they think "I know, I'll ask someone who knows a lot about Linux to tell me what benefits it might offer." Now they're talking to a condescending asshole.
  • pjt33 2011-12-30 11:59
    Looking at the From address, I would hazard that Mike Ohlsen is TRWTF for not spotting that it was actually from a spammer who hadn't figured out how to use the software yet.
  • ajanata 2011-12-30 12:00
    The Real WTF is using avast! free in a commercial environment. Tarmo should go read the EULA for them.
  • imgx64 2011-12-30 12:34
    anon:
    imgx64:
    Kuba:
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX. There's something to be said for simply playing a bunch of mpeg files in a loop, using the FB display driver on Linux. You can probably put the player as the only thing fired up by init, and it'll be very quick to boot as well. It's so much simpler than futzing around with Windows.


    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use Windows.” Now they have two problems.


    Some people who use Windows and don't have any problems are curious about Linux as a possible alternative, so they think "I know, I'll ask someone who knows a lot about Linux to tell me what benefits it might offer." Now they're talking to a condescending asshole.


    That might be true, but it has nothing to do with this. For a billboard, you don't need a full operating system with all its problems (Using Ubuntu wouldn't be better than Windows, for instance). An embedded specialized device will probably save you from such embarrassment.

    So I guess I should've said:

    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use a desktop PC.” Now they have two problems.
  • Marke 2011-12-30 12:37
    tab+space should be a lot more efficient to select all the boxen
  • Anonymous 2011-12-30 12:38

    top answer, top answer, bottom answer, bottom answer, one on left, then on the right, followed by the left, and again on the right, then B, then A, then B, and finally A


    So... up up down down left right left right B A B A? I see what you did there.
  • PedanticCurmudgeon 2011-12-30 12:53
    imgx64:
    anon:
    imgx64:
    Kuba:
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX. There's something to be said for simply playing a bunch of mpeg files in a loop, using the FB display driver on Linux. You can probably put the player as the only thing fired up by init, and it'll be very quick to boot as well. It's so much simpler than futzing around with Windows.


    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use Windows.” Now they have two problems.


    Some people who use Windows and don't have any problems are curious about Linux as a possible alternative, so they think "I know, I'll ask someone who knows a lot about Linux to tell me what benefits it might offer." Now they're talking to a condescending asshole.


    That might be true, but it has nothing to do with this. For a billboard, you don't need a full operating system with all its problems (Using Ubuntu wouldn't be better than Windows, for instance). An embedded specialized device will probably save you from such embarrassment.

    So I guess I should've said:

    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use a desktop PC.” Now they have two problems.
    Some people, when arguing on the Internet, don't know when they're being called condescending assholes. They also have two problems.
  • imgx64 2011-12-30 13:01
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    imgx64:
    anon:
    imgx64:
    Kuba:
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX. There's something to be said for simply playing a bunch of mpeg files in a loop, using the FB display driver on Linux. You can probably put the player as the only thing fired up by init, and it'll be very quick to boot as well. It's so much simpler than futzing around with Windows.


    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use Windows.” Now they have two problems.


    Some people who use Windows and don't have any problems are curious about Linux as a possible alternative, so they think "I know, I'll ask someone who knows a lot about Linux to tell me what benefits it might offer." Now they're talking to a condescending asshole.


    That might be true, but it has nothing to do with this. For a billboard, you don't need a full operating system with all its problems (Using Ubuntu wouldn't be better than Windows, for instance). An embedded specialized device will probably save you from such embarrassment.

    So I guess I should've said:

    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use a desktop PC.” Now they have two problems.
    Some people, when arguing on the Internet, don't know when they're being called condescending assholes. They also have two problems.


    Some people... Argh, forget it. I think we stretched that particular quote far too much. (for the uninformed: http://regex.info/blog/2006-09-15/247 )
  • anon 2011-12-30 13:05
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    imgx64:
    anon:
    imgx64:
    Kuba:
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX. There's something to be said for simply playing a bunch of mpeg files in a loop, using the FB display driver on Linux. You can probably put the player as the only thing fired up by init, and it'll be very quick to boot as well. It's so much simpler than futzing around with Windows.


    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use Windows.” Now they have two problems.


    Some people who use Windows and don't have any problems are curious about Linux as a possible alternative, so they think "I know, I'll ask someone who knows a lot about Linux to tell me what benefits it might offer." Now they're talking to a condescending asshole.


    That might be true, but it has nothing to do with this. For a billboard, you don't need a full operating system with all its problems (Using Ubuntu wouldn't be better than Windows, for instance). An embedded specialized device will probably save you from such embarrassment.

    So I guess I should've said:

    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use a desktop PC.” Now they have two problems.
    Some people, when arguing on the Internet, don't know when they're being called condescending assholes. They also have two problems.


    To be fair, as the person who called him a condescending asshole, I feel kind of bad about it now, as it seems he didn't really get the implication of the joke he had just made, and didn't actually mean that no one should use Windows for any purpose whatsoever. Also, for the record, I'm an avid Linux fan. I just get annoyed when people claim it's the be all and end of operating systems and anyone who uses Windows is a moron, a position taken by far too many Linux admins.
  • Kuba 2011-12-30 13:27
    anon:
    imgx64:
    Kuba:
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX. There's something to be said for simply playing a bunch of mpeg files in a loop, using the FB display driver on Linux. You can probably put the player as the only thing fired up by init, and it'll be very quick to boot as well. It's so much simpler than futzing around with Windows.


    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use Windows.” Now they have two problems.


    Some people who use Windows and don't have any problems are curious about Linux as a possible alternative, so they think "I know, I'll ask someone who knows a lot about Linux to tell me what benefits it might offer." Now they're talking to a condescending asshole.
    Hint: I do know about Windows Embedded. That is the only platform that can be sensibly applied to those embedded, self-contained setups. I run PLCs on it and I'm far from complaining. But it seems that all of the billboards/displays featured here probably don't run Embedded; they seem to run whatever came on the box they chose to use for the system. With all the crapware present and accounted for, it seems.

    I'm not condescending, just that using Windows, whether Embedded or not, introduces a lot of extra issues that have to be addressed. Licensing brouhaha is but one of them. And saying that you don't have any problems on platform X, whatever the platform, is just BS. Nothing is problem-free. Just that the set of problems I foresee on a Linux or QNX based solution is much smaller than I'd expect on Windows.
  • Kuba 2011-12-30 13:32
    anon:
    I just get annoyed when people claim it's the be all and end of operating systems and anyone who uses Windows is a moron, a position taken by far too many Linux admins.
    Well, judging by how competently windows seems to be deployed on ad display systems, the fine examples do point to a certain level of moronity. It doesn't mean it's a problem with Windows. I've seen a stuck Linux boot screen on one of the cable channels on WoW.
  • DaveK 2011-12-30 15:04
    Leo:
    I preferred Wrath of Khan.
    AAA-M-A-ZOOOOO-O-ON! *shakes fist at sky*

  • DaveK 2011-12-30 15:30
    pjt33:
    Looking at the From address, I would hazard that Mike Ohlsen is TRWTF for not spotting that it was actually from a spammer who hadn't figured out how to use the software yet.
    You don't suppose t2mr3.com is just a legitimate provider of outsourced mass mailing services to the NYCB banks? They appear to be part of the PGI / Xpedite / messageREACH conglomerate.

  • Eugene 2011-12-30 16:21
    Did Amazon hire Doc Emmett Brown to do its shipping?
  • da Doctah 2011-12-30 20:22
    Eugene:
    Did Amazon hire Doc Emmett Brown to do its shipping?


    "I apologize for the crudeness of this business model. I didn't have time to build it to scale or to paint it."
  • Meep 2011-12-31 10:13
    imgx64:
    Kuba:
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX. There's something to be said for simply playing a bunch of mpeg files in a loop, using the FB display driver on Linux. You can probably put the player as the only thing fired up by init, and it'll be very quick to boot as well. It's so much simpler than futzing around with Windows.


    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use Windows.” Now they have two problems.


    Nope. They think, "I'll buy this product." The idea that there's a choice of OS never occurs to them.

    And the same is true of the guys making the product, for whom the question is "Visual Basic.NET or C#"?
  • Meep 2011-12-31 10:19
    anon:
    PedanticCurmudgeon:
    imgx64:
    anon:
    imgx64:
    Kuba:
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX. There's something to be said for simply playing a bunch of mpeg files in a loop, using the FB display driver on Linux. You can probably put the player as the only thing fired up by init, and it'll be very quick to boot as well. It's so much simpler than futzing around with Windows.


    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use Windows.” Now they have two problems.


    Some people who use Windows and don't have any problems are curious about Linux as a possible alternative, so they think "I know, I'll ask someone who knows a lot about Linux to tell me what benefits it might offer." Now they're talking to a condescending asshole.


    That might be true, but it has nothing to do with this. For a billboard, you don't need a full operating system with all its problems (Using Ubuntu wouldn't be better than Windows, for instance). An embedded specialized device will probably save you from such embarrassment.

    So I guess I should've said:

    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use a desktop PC.” Now they have two problems.
    Some people, when arguing on the Internet, don't know when they're being called condescending assholes. They also have two problems.


    To be fair, as the person who called him a condescending asshole, I feel kind of bad about it now, as it seems he didn't really get the implication of the joke he had just made, and didn't actually mean that no one should use Windows for any purpose whatsoever. Also, for the record, I'm an avid Linux fan. I just get annoyed when people claim it's the be all and end of operating systems and anyone who uses Windows is a moron, a position taken by far too many Linux admins.


    Windows, for the huge raft of software available, still tends to spoon feed you one way of doing things. Linux admins have to be knowledgeable of many distros that, while similar, still present different characteristics to be considered, and force you to be more proactive to learn them.

    That spoon-feeding is intended to cater to less competent admins, and it does tend to prevent more competent admins from being more clever. So the Linux admins' arrogance is often justified.
  • Mike 2011-12-31 13:28
    From what I can see a lot of billboards are made with standard i386 pc board, with a standard operating system, bios, and video board. I've seen a bunch of linux kernel panics on some billboards.
    I think on those cases other solution could be used: I've seen in a subway two kind of solution deployed: some billboards are fitted with a small size PC running XP (i guess forom the blue screen), but the billboards with the ads are feed with an analog CATV system with some program taken from a dvd player.

    For the service billboard, I think putting an Arduino with an ethernet shiels and a led bar to inform the passengers of the train situation will was a avlid alternative to a Windows machine and a display.


  • tin 2011-12-31 17:47
    Kuba:
    I've seen a stuck Linux boot screen on one of the cable channels on WoW.


    Which points out the actual issue - the public side is connected to the primary VGA output and is active when the ads aren't ready.

    One simple solution (especially where a full desktop system is used) is to stick a 2nd video card in. Simple, easy and only costs an extra $50 or so... Which in comparison to the display cost is nothing.
  • Nagesh 2011-12-31 22:51
    tin:
    One simple solution (especially where a full desktop system is used) is to stick a 2nd video card in. Simple, easy and only costs an extra $50 or so... Which in comparison to the display cost is nothing.

    So by spending $50 extra, you can make the billboard go black while the controlling device boots?

    How is showing blackness instead of a boot screen going to bring in $50 more revenue?
  • Anonymouse 2012-01-01 04:35
    No comment on the "awesome savings" from 1016,- down to only 1090,-?

    (For the pedantic dickweeds amongst the audience: Yes. I know. It's an 8. It still looks like a 0, at least on first glance, because of the strike-through. That's the joke. Thanks for ruining it.)
  • int 2012-01-01 09:36
    pear:
    TRWTF is "flavoured vodka"...

    Flavored vodka is WTF too...
  • TheRider 2012-01-01 17:20
    A. Cow Ard, the 3rd:
    ParkinT:
    Kudos to Tarmo for actually READING the EULA!

    FRIST??? WTF happened here?
    Just to remind you: "Frist" is not a mandatory first post.
  • T Man 2012-01-02 09:10
    While I don't have experience with that particular tax software, I can nearly guarantee that the entire thing is a whole mish mash of bad coding practices and is impossible to maintain, with many, many weird error messages. You can tell just by looking at where it needs to be installed. It's probably hard coded.
  • The poop of DOOM 2012-01-02 09:26
    imgx64:
    anon:
    imgx64:
    Kuba:
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX. There's something to be said for simply playing a bunch of mpeg files in a loop, using the FB display driver on Linux. You can probably put the player as the only thing fired up by init, and it'll be very quick to boot as well. It's so much simpler than futzing around with Windows.


    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use Windows.” Now they have two problems.


    Some people who use Windows and don't have any problems are curious about Linux as a possible alternative, so they think "I know, I'll ask someone who knows a lot about Linux to tell me what benefits it might offer." Now they're talking to a condescending asshole.


    That might be true, but it has nothing to do with this. For a billboard, you don't need a full operating system with all its problems (Using Ubuntu wouldn't be better than Windows, for instance). An embedded specialized device will probably save you from such embarrassment.

    So I guess I should've said:

    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use a desktop PC.” Now they have two problems.

    Exactly! They should use a tablet for billboards!
  • Tud 2012-01-02 11:14
    imgx64:
    anon:
    imgx64:
    Kuba:
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX. There's something to be said for simply playing a bunch of mpeg files in a loop, using the FB display driver on Linux. You can probably put the player as the only thing fired up by init, and it'll be very quick to boot as well. It's so much simpler than futzing around with Windows.


    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use Windows.” Now they have two problems.


    Some people who use Windows and don't have any problems are curious about Linux as a possible alternative, so they think "I know, I'll ask someone who knows a lot about Linux to tell me what benefits it might offer." Now they're talking to a condescending asshole.


    That might be true, but it has nothing to do with this. For a billboard, you don't need a full operating system with all its problems (Using Ubuntu wouldn't be better than Windows, for instance). An embedded specialized device will probably save you from such embarrassment.

    So I guess I should've said:

    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use a desktop PC.” Now they have two problems.


    You are right. But how much do you estimate the cost of installing Windows 7 Home Basic on a computer is? And how much for installing Windows Embedded Standard 7 (including the working time)?
  • Orimugy 2012-01-02 18:26
    pear:
    TRWTF is "flavoured vodka"...but that's the only time they use the non-American spelling.
    Apparently (so TV told me, and TV doesn't lie) the Mongols in the court of Kublai Khan used to infuse vodka with juices from a roasted lamb.....Yummo!
  • Torvalds 2012-01-02 18:39
    anon:
    imgx64:
    Kuba:
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX. There's something to be said for simply playing a bunch of mpeg files in a loop, using the FB display driver on Linux. You can probably put the player as the only thing fired up by init, and it'll be very quick to boot as well. It's so much simpler than futzing around with Windows.


    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use Windows.” Now they have two problems.


    Some people who use Windows and don't have any problems are curious about Linux as a possible alternative, so they think "I know, I'll ask someone who knows a lot about Linux to tell me what benefits it might offer." Now they're talking to a condescending asshole.
    This, definitely this.

    I realise that all of you who use *nix at home are 500 times more intelligent than me, but I don't need it rubbed in my face. I want to know why I'm better off using Linux than windows, not how ymany nice little gadgets you've made because CodeBlocks truly shines in a Unix environment....

    Am i Really better off using Open Office for my documents and Spreadsheets? Really?
  • ASDGKA 2012-01-02 21:30
    Nagesh:
    I like update anti-virus message on big board.
    How goes cricket?
  • Fluminga 2012-01-02 21:46
    ASDGKA :
    Nagesh:
    I like update anti-virus message on big board.
    How goes cricket?
    At this rate, Tendulkar won't make his 100th 100 - not because he goes out, but because he runs out of partners....
  • Fluminga 2012-01-02 22:16
    Fluminga:
    ASDGKA :
    Nagesh:
    I like update anti-virus message on big board.
    How goes cricket?
    At this rate, Tendulkar won't make his 100th 100 - not because he goes out, but because he runs out of partners....
    Not that yankee care anyways, but Tendulkar is OUT!
  • Neil 2012-01-03 07:00
    pear:
    TRWTF is "flavoured vodka"...but that's the only time they use the non-American spelling.
    Or correct spelling, as I like to call it.

    CAPTCHA: illum - I'll, um, eventually think of something funny to say about the captcha
  • Jay 2012-01-03 13:14
    Kuba:
    I've seen a stuck Linux boot screen on one of the cable channels on WoW.


    Wow, that sounds way more entertaining than most of the programming I get on my cable. And educational, too!
  • Jay 2012-01-03 13:23
    When Shakespeare referred to "the undiscovered country", he was talking about Hell. Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1 -- Hamlet explains that he is afraid to take revenge for the murder of his father because of "the dread of something after death, the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns". It seems a little funny to ask people if they are from Hell. Just who are their customers, anyway?
  • Anthony 2012-01-03 16:32
    Having installed that Tax software before, I can tell you that you shouldn't be checking on all the boxes anyways.

    Each of those boxes requires an additional license cost, and since the previous step of the installer already polled your license info from the developer's servers, that form is already pre-populated with the licenses you have.

    Only large accounting firms would need all the options turned on, and they would probably have multiple install images setup anyways with the limited licenses each individual regional office or team would need.
  • · 2012-01-04 07:51
    Torvalds:
    Am i Really better off using Open Office for my documents and Spreadsheets? Really?
    Probably, if only for the ability to update it without having the entire UI changed around - and paying $120 or more for the privilege (price taken from MS Office 2010 home&student). (Apple's iWork, while less flexible, works better and cost $80.) I'd suggest trying LibreOffice nowadays, though, because Oracle made a political SNAFU. It's essentially the same but a little better.

    Did I mention that for these particular documents, the only reason you're forced into updates normally is that MS wills it so (generating revenue by breaking compatibility)? It's slowly changing from just the competition.

    Another argument is because you can both bring along the same software when you change out computer brands or OS, and share it with your friends. Sure, there are people who think nothing of copying software without permission, but do you really prefer earning the enmity of those who (indirectly) control your computer?
  • Eternal Density 2012-01-04 20:44
    A. Cow Ard, the 3rd:

    FRIST??? WTF happened here?
    Wind to your computer!
  • gstein 2012-01-04 20:50
    imgx64:
    Kuba:
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX. There's something to be said for simply playing a bunch of mpeg files in a loop, using the FB display driver on Linux. You can probably put the player as the only thing fired up by init, and it'll be very quick to boot as well. It's so much simpler than futzing around with Windows.


    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use Windows.” Now they have two problems.

    I work in a non-tech industry, and i often find it easier to use windows for displays just so other people can update it more easily.
  • DGel 2012-01-05 05:42
    TRWTF is claiming that 'category_name is niet gedef' is dutch :p

    the last word got cut off, it should have read 'category_name is niet gedefinieerd'. Splitting hairs here, I know.
  • Peter 2012-01-05 21:47
    In the RSS feed for this article, the pictures link to URLs like "http://thedailywtf.com/#Pic3". Doesn't work.
  • Luiz Felipe 2012-01-07 06:39
    Kuba:
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX. There's something to be said for simply playing a bunch of mpeg files in a loop, using the FB display driver on Linux. You can probably put the player as the only thing fired up by init, and it'll be very quick to boot as well. It's so much simpler than futzing around with Windows.


    TRWTF is that people use Windows XP instead of Linux, there must be something wrong with Linux after all.
    People are salvaging XP machines and using it on panels i think. Linux is what used to be put in salvaged things, now its all lost.
  • Luiz Felipe 2012-01-07 06:41
    imgx64:
    Kuba:
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX. There's something to be said for simply playing a bunch of mpeg files in a loop, using the FB display driver on Linux. You can probably put the player as the only thing fired up by init, and it'll be very quick to boot as well. It's so much simpler than futzing around with Windows.


    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I'll use Windows.” Now they have two problems.


    But that Bugcheck A (IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL) is almosty hardware fail.
    If Linux was used, then we will have some red screen.

  • method1 2012-01-08 16:35
    Kuba:
    I think TRWTF is that people use Windows for ad displays instead of, say, Linux or QNX.

    I know. Until I saw all the pix of failed windows ad displays, I'd assumed they probably used some proprietary minimal embedded system, just enough to run the ads, or maybe an ultra minimal Linux install. Crazy.