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Does the Windows Logo Mean Anything? 175

Posted by kdawson
from the certify-this dept.
Dan writes "The Windows Logo Program was supposed to be Microsoft's key to ensuring that all hardware devices work well with the Windows operating system. It worked in Windows XP, it would be expected to work just as well in Windows Vista. Unfortunately, there are obvious signs that the Windows Logo Program is no longer a trustworthy standard. Recently, even graphics cards are getting certified without working drivers. The article digs into the 321-page Microsoft Windows Logo Program 3.0 document to find out what the Windows logo is supposed to mean in Vista."
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Does the Windows Logo Mean Anything?

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  • by arth1 (260657) on Saturday April 07, 2007 @03:21PM (#18648797) Homepage Journal

    There's ad-related Javascript on that page for at least five different ad systems: "Rojackpot", "Google Syndication", "PriceGrabber", "Extreme-DM.com", and "AdSolution".

    "Rojakpot" (no c) is the old name of the site, not an ad system. Adrian's Rojakpot is a tech blog that has been around for ages, and only recently changed its name to Tech ARP (guess what ARP stands for).
        Yeah, the site is quite heavy on the ads, much like Sharky Extreme and other tech blogs run by individuals. I recommend Adblock Plus, if the ads bother you. Remember that the ads aren't pushed, it's your browser that requests them. The best way to avoid them is to not ask for them.

    Welcome to the Internet, have a nice day.

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 07, 2007 @04:36PM (#18649497)
    All it is, is a very expensive bribe to Microsoft that basically forces companies to pay a large fee to have their product "approved". I've gone through the approval process at my last 2 jobs about 4 times for different products -- and it is a total joke. The "test" (if you can even call it that) process is not efficient and is mostly just approved if you have the $$$ cash $$$ to pay up.

    This forces out smaller companies of many markets, since the majority of Windows home and even business users are ignorant to the actual process (with good reason of course, they don't know any better). If you're trying to market a product to Windows users, if they don't see that magic "compliant (approved, bought out, bribed, etc..)" logo on the product, it's a lost sale.

    The program is a total joke.
  • It's an incredibly useless metric, but you can look at driver sizes in MB on Nvidia's website, at least "compressed"

    Linux: ~12 MB
    NT4: ~13 MB
    XP: ~40 MB
    Vista: ~53 MB

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