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Re: [IP] carelink usb what is it?



I forgot to mention that when I purchased my first
"cheap" PC laptop it came pre installed with VISTA and
nothing worked.
I then purchased a refurbished laptop with Windows XP,
it works but not much better than Virtual PC.

Is this thread getting off topic?


--- Wyldceltic1 <email @ redacted> wrote:

> I guess, I just figure since all my printers,
> scanners (Of course with  
> their hardware drivers), cameras and so on work in
> either 'world' I  
> just don't understand why it is so hard for the USB
> and such to also  
> be carried over to Mac or another browser.  With all
> the grief folks  
> have had in IE 6-7 and now with VISTA, it just seems
> odd that even  
> another browser is a no-go.
> 
> Ah, sounds like you would appreciate this one:
> Q: "How many 'software engineers' does it take to
> change a lightbulb?'
> A: "None... that's a hardware issue"
> 
> On Apr 27, 2008, at 4:39 PM, Felix Kasza (lists)
> wrote:
> 
> > Hi Jenny,
> >
> >> Another solution; hire someone smart enough
> >> to write software that is multi platform.
> >
> > Doesn't work for hardware drivers. Those are of
> necessity tightly
> > ties to the OS they are written for and, somewhat
> less tightly, to
> > the computer's hardware. (The second restriction
> is not so much a
> > development effort, but it doubles and triples the
> testing
> > effort.)
> >
> > In the particular case of Carelink, the major
> reason why it needs
> > Windows is that Windows (rather, IE) let web-based
> apps break out
> > of the "sandbox": Normally, such apps are not
> allowed to do things
> > that could alter the computer's state in major
> ways; that includes
> > directly accessing hardware. One of IE's features
> is to allow just
> > that in certain cases. It brings risks, too, but
> for Carelink, it
> > means that you don't ever have to actually install
> software, yet
> > it can still talk to the radio
> transmitter/receiver for the pump.
> >
> > Anyway, the "multi-platform" part only works for
> apps, and even
> > there only for a fairly small segment of apps. :-(
> This is one of
> > the many reasons why I refuse to call programming
> "software
> > engineering" -- because engineering, a predictable
> application of
> > scientific principles, is far beyond current
> programming
> > techniques.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Felix.
> > .
> .
> 



 
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