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P.S. I'd mark it as spam as this guy just seems to post the same drivel all over the place, but I know some of our regulars are still tucked up in beddy-byes & I would hate for them to miss out on such a revelation.
Even though the records are all either destroyed or falsified; even though he has been excommunicated by Sauron of Redmond; portrayed as anathema incarnate by the minions of Microsoft's vast herd of flacks and paid-off pseudo-journalists working for t-shirts and fancy conference badges; and the outline of his thin body effaced from all monuments as if he were a disgraced Pharaoh:
Yea though Clippy has become a shibboleth for user-interface designers world-wide: those of us who treasure the memories of him popping up with that endearing wriggle in Excel, and other applications, can rejoice:
Clippy's lost daughter, Inori Aizawa, the hushed-up love-child of Clippy's now "disappeared" interlude in Japan with Sailor Moon, has been found in Singapore, freed from ensorcelled durance vile in the clutches of Lord Manga, and will soon embody the fighting spirit of Internet Explorer 11.
But, wait: let her brave young voice speak for herself: [^]:
"Hey everyone! My name is Inori and you can think of me as a personification of Internet Explorer.
When I was younger, I used to be a clumsy, slow and awkward girl.
However, just like the story of ugly duckling, people told me that I have really matured and changed over the years. I feel confident in my abilities now, and I'm eager to show you what I can do."
But: the same chthonic forces of intolerance disguised as political correctness reeking of ersatz empathy that murdered Clippy [^] ... the same heinous assassins who created the game that directly led to Clippy's death: [^] are still at large !
We need to rally to make sure Inori is protected, nurtured through her larval stage, and ... it's obvious, looking at her swollen saucer-eyes from years living in the absolute darkness of bewitchment: she needs medical, and very likely prolonged psychiatric, care.
Oh, yes, you may be saying: "What can I ... such a small cog among vast infernal wheels rotating with monstrous energies ... do that will make a difference, given the virtual omnipotence of the forces at play in the fields of silicon in the era of small form-factor devices where skeuomorphism and chrome are out, and rectangles and literality are in ?"
Perhaps Inori will tell us.
"What Turing gave us for the first time (and without Turing you just couldn't do any of this) is he gave us a way of thinking about and taking seriously and thinking in a disciplined way about phenomena that have, as I like to say, trillions of moving parts.
Until the late 20th century, nobody knew how to take seriously a machine with a trillion moving parts. It's just mind-boggling." Daniel C. Dennett
So, an 18 year old (well done MS marketing for ensuring they don't get tarred with the paedophillia brush) dressed as a schoolgirl (well, perhaps not quite so well done) with short skirt and plenty of up-skirt shots is the personification of internet explorer?
"It seems Microsoft has a hit on its hands -- at least, among creepy guys who carry photos of Sailor Moon in their wallets."
Inori is welcome to come to my house; I protect any who seek refuge under my roof with my life. But I will not allow her or anyone to bring into my domain that spawn of Satan, Internet Explorer, in any of its various incarnations.
And, just out of curiosity, does Inori swallow or spit? Inquiring minds want to know...
Still playing with it but kinda like everything so far. Feels like what 2012 should have been (or maybe I'm used to it already). BTW: don't you find it odd that they are actually naming the versions to the actual year that it comes out? That just never happens with Microsloth...
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur." Red Adair. Those who seek perfection will only find imperfection nils illegitimus carborundum
I think some have been released slightly in advance - so they are current for as much of the year as possible. I think it strange that 2013 is being released so late in the year - would have been better marketing surely to call it 2014?
I confess to liking VS but it certainly has enough issues to make me swear at it quite regularly - I'm hoping some of those go away in 2013.
The main issues I have are with responsiveness - when I flick between various source files looking at issues, I don't want to have to sit and twiddle my thumbs for even 1 second (let alone the 15 or 20 I have to on occasion) waiting for VS to parse some Xaml in a source file I mistakenly tabbed to!
The other issue is the (been there since day one I think) caching? issue - i.e. VS fails to build something, displaying various errors, then closing/opening VS you can build again fine. This has lost me serious hours in the past as I try to figure out what appears to be some strange bug in my software but turns out to be some strange bug in VS !