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It seems to learn better what types of articles I actually end up reading. I have it pointing at a number of fairly broad categories (Programming, Web Design, etc.), and I find that many of the items it throws in "Top Stories" actually are stuff that I would have read, but might not have found otherwise. I never felt that way when I was trying out Flipboard. Maybe I just need to try it again and see if it's the same as I remember.
I used to be a happy windows phone 7 developer, developing them on VS 2010 on windows 7, which in my humble opinion was the most fun platform to develop for (although the least profitable).
I decided to upgrade to Windows 8, and after i paid the 40 dollars, I discovered you can't upgrade 32-bit windows 7 to 64-bit windows 8 . (Really Microsoft?! It's 2013 and I can't upgrade to 64-bit windows!)
Anyway, i swallowed it and moved on. I downloaded the installer for VS 2012 for Windows Phone 8 development, only to be greeted with this lovely message: This product can only be installed on Windows 8 64-bit!!!
So now I'm stuck with my 32-bit Windows, and I can't develop for Windows Phone 8, or Windows 8.
I wonder how the conversation went at Microsoft when they were discussing this requirement: "Let's not allow users to upgrade to 64-bit windows, while requiring VS 2012 to run on 64-bit windows!!!"
So if i get Windows 8 64-bit CD from a friend and do a clean install with my product key, it will work? As i understood from a couple of links, once i used my product key on 32-bit windows, i can't use it again on a 64-bit windows.
It would be great if I'm wrong though, I wanted to upgrade to 8 GB RAM.
I had the same problem and can confirm, that if you borrow a DVD and choose the 64-bit version for a clean install, then you can use your product key to activate it. It is explained somewhere in the EULA, that all keys are for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
Coincidentally my reasons to do this were the same as yours (WP8 development). Sadly my story still didn't have a happy ending, because it turned out my laptop wasn't fit to run HyperV (or whatever is required to run the new emulator), so I just gave up on it altogether.
My laptop has all of that (and the hardware it has actually greatly exceeds the requirements). I am actually running Windows Server 2012 in Hyper-V right now, to be used for testing websites and stuff.
DEV : "Well, we can upgrade from Windows 7 32-bit to Windows 8 64-bit, but it would replace all critical files and reorganize the registry and there's a possibility that users can no longer access their personal files".
PRODUCT MANAGER : "Well why aren't you fixing the installer to work flawlessly then?"
DEV : "Oh absolutely, but it'll take 60 days and 10 people working on it and introduce several complications in the installer. Did I also mention that it can slow down the install process that it'll remind them of Windows XP installation?"
PRODUCT MANAGER : "Not gonna work, let's keep the installer as fast as it is now and anyone jumping from a 32 bit machine will have to do a complete reinstall. If a person is savvy enough to decide that they want to upgrade to a 64-bit OS, they'll probably be savvy enough to backup their files and do a clean sweep. Gives them better control anyway."
Too long a reply huh? But this is the kind of dialogue that happens between my team ( the devs ) and the product team and our software is nowhere as complicated nor as big as the Windows OS. In most cases, we'll be seething with rage, but most often, the product managers get it right. It would have been cool to do that complete re-architecture, but in the end, it'll just lead to a lot of effort for very little paydirt.
Although I have no good things to say about the installers they write for SQL Server or Visual Studio, I have generally had no problems the OS installers.
Click refresh a few times on CP and click the BrainTree ad. Haven't implemented it yet, however, they have this thing called documentation on their website. I am still taken aback. I don't think I have ever seen such clear thorough documentation from a vendor! Now if it works as advertised, I'll be happy.
An ex-coworker of mine uses them and recommended them to me (word of mouth... what a wonderful way of spreading information). I don't yet have a use for them, so haven't given them a try yet.
I did, however, inspect my coworker's website and noticed he had a second form tag specifically for BrainTree. I guess that's the easy way support payments inline on your page (though it caused my coworker some style issues he never got fixed... just checked, and it appears to have worsened).
Wow. They obviously want people to use their services, and they make it easy to do so. I am amazed at the quality of the documentation! Simply wow. They obviously have gone above and beyond to be as helpful as possible. I commend them for that.
There are several like BrainTree (I can't remember the names right now, sorry) and one thing I was impressed by is how well written the documentation is for each one.
But then again, it needs to be well written and as painless as possible, because people who actually make things to sell don't often have the time to figure out how to actually use a computer. That's not a criticism, by the way. For example, I know several people involved in horse rescue farms around here, and they know squadoosh about computers, but they want to sell merchandise at horse fairs, and they need a simple "plug the card reader into your iPod or Android, swipe, enter the amount, and presto, you just made some money" solution.