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Why the Zune Software Eats It

by tonycoco / November 16, 2006 6:01 AM PST

Well, as a software developer and a man of many OS'es (Linux, Unix, MacOS, WindowsXP AND Vista (Beta)) I can say that the Zune software isn't as terrible as everyone has stated. Has anyone who doesn't have a crippled computer cluttered with so much spyware that the CIA looks inferior installed the Zune-ware? I have. It installed fine. (Except for when I put the disk in my Linux machine, man, they have got to get the bugs out of that... NOTE THE LAME JOKE.) The Zune-ware loads fast, runs fast, updated my library of songs with album art and everything in the ID3 tags correctly. I think, it's just as good as the iTunes interface (and faster)... Plus, this thing has a great potential for added software development! I bought a Xbox360 when it first launched and got the bennefit of literally hundreds of firmware updated features. I'm sure this team (the same team that was underneath the Xbox) will follow suit. PS. The interface is slick.

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RE: Zune Software + more quesitons
by 2143436756292931057199946 / November 16, 2006 9:49 PM PST

That's interesting. HHmm...

Well, as I posted in a previous thread, the Zune will/should be compatible with the 360 by wirelessly streaming video, music, and picture content to the 360. Essentially, I can see PS3 doing the same with its PSP.

Since you're a software developer, I'm actually in school for Computer Information Systems. (Is that the same degree for someone who wants to become a software developer?)

Also, my counselor is trying to push me to completing a Red Hat certificate b/c it's one of the few colleges that offers the course in the state. However, I thought I was told Red Hat isn't as great as it once was so it's not worth it. -- compared to a Cisco-CCNA?

Thanks,
Kevin

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by tonycoco / November 16, 2006 11:32 PM PST

Yeah, that is kinda the degree you would want. Only, that is more "tech" stuff, like Database management. Not as much development as maybe a Computer Science or Engineering degree would get you. Good luck on that part. I would also say that Red Hat is still a big industry leader, just not in the home anymore... more commercial I believe. Anyway, who uses that crap? If I'm not at work, I don't. And even at work, I use Ubuntu. It's free and they will even send you a cd copy of it for free! They send you a bootable "live" cd of the OS too, so they've got that going for ya, which is nice.

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