8 posts • joined 3 Oct 2007
You are right.
Except that the DL165 would be the only one in its cheapest form to be considered for the pennypincher title. If you only need the most basic rack server, HP has the Intel-based DL120, which is half the price of DL165. When the article talks about ~$1000 servers, talking about blades or datacenter oriented SL's is a little far fetched.
+ in the end it's just an Acer with their legendary support services.
What really stinks here is the "verdict" despite the shortcomings you mentioned:
"Acer’s done a good job with the Ethos"
USB3 is lacking in PC hardware as well, apart from the top end products. I couldn't care less about USB3 until Intel finalizes their silicon and brings faster and more mature products than the NEC chips in use today. The USB3 devices are in their infancy as well. I don't dispute the fact that USB2 is a bottleneck for external storage.
However, Apple has made several poor decisions on the hardware front:
- Blu-ray is still not an option for these machines (because Apple knows what's best for consumers, right?)
- Displayport is fine, but why, oh why the Mini version? It's not like this computer didn't have space for a regular one.
- Only 4 USB ports. Double that would be the standard in a PC.
- Firewire 800 - a dying breed even in Apple's eyes. Many (H)DV cameras are supplied with only USB these days.
This is all just politics. And politicians are inefficient as everyone knows. FIFA is a secretive and corrupt organization where votes are commonly bought from the minnow countries. And when the Hawkeye or whatever technology is finally let in, you can be sure that it will feature technology that is owned by people who are in good terms with the football governors.
And IFAB is inefficient due to design. It constitutes of 8 members: 4 from FIFA, and 1 each from N.Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England. And apart from England the three other members are small fish even in Europe. Not that England isn't clinging to decade old accolades either...
If IFAB contained members that actually can play football, there would be pragmatic Germans and Dutch in there for example that wouldn't pass laws like the current offside law which is universally disliked.
Not that FIFA is alone - IIHF (Ice Hockey) has committee members from Mexico for example...
Vinyl vs. CD
Of course you can - everyone including the deaf can hear the hisses and crackles on vinyl.
BR Audio - why bother? DVD-A and SACD have already failed miserably.
TheReg and 60%?
What does that mean anyway - better than average? HARDLY.
I could award a Belkin product a 60% verdict if it was driverless and cannot be configured - ie. cables, usb hubs and...that's it really.
The Reg author should follow through this case and report in six months whether Belkin really provided a new firmware and whether it fixed all/any of the shortcomings.
Six months - because after that the developers are concentrating on a new ripoff already and the support for this product will be condemned to worthless FAQs and such on their website.
@Kevin Reader, re: HP's old drivers
Lad, you remember things VERY WRONG there!
HP and IBM are the paragons in supporting drivers for truly obsolete stuff. Even drivers for pre-merger Compaq 386 products are still available there with complete set of Wintendo 3.11 or NT3.5 drivers, thus proving you wrong.
3Com on the other hand... Not developing 64-bit drivers for their Fast Ethernet products was the last drop for me. (I lost my faith way back when they released a laughable set of Bluetooth products that never got working drivers)
Like Vince, I hope that HP makes a complete hash of 3Com merger and the brand and equipment with it goes the way of dodo.
Not just WLAN - all wireless was terrible
802.11 cards may have been good hardware but the software just didn't work, and you couldn't get it to work even with XP's own manager, nor did they include WPA - but they gladly kept selling this crap even when WPA was published.
Yet even worse than that was the Bluetooth adapters. Terrible software - designed in-house - that was PITA to use and connections with other BT hardware was really limited to serial profiles only.
The ethernet hardware was spot on until the turn of millennium, then it disappeared from my radar - terrible management with no vision, what else could explain the fall?
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