Don't blame MS for the lack of innovation in the hardware market since W7 was released. My i7 3770 is heading towards 3 years old yet is still more than enough for anything I do on the desktop and I have no compelling reason to upgrade the system as a whole in the near future either.
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I've used a Windows tablet (a Lenovo Miix 2) for a few months now and I think it's almost the opposite of an android tablet. With Android you get a pretty decent tablet experience and can do some traditional computing stuff but it doesn't work brilliantly at it because it's not really what it's designed for (I'm thinking of my experiences with my TransformerPad here). With a Windows 8.1 tablet you get a computer that sort of does the tablet experience well enough to get by with. There are silly things missing, like no live tile for toggling BT on/off and far too few apps or programmes properly designed for touch operation.
I'm more interested in the Toshiba Click Mini- 8.9 inch Windows tablet, with a keyboard dock (with built in battery). Combined battery life of 16 hours, out 1st quarter for £250. Hoping it looks as tasty as it has in the CES hands on in real life...
Re: If only..
I remember the head of future tech at a large energy company once telling me that Dairy Milk has a higher energy density than any battery technology either available or predicted to come to market.
It's now the biggest thing holding back tech developments IMHO :/
Re: Well it's not just the hassle and faff is it?
Found myself looking at virtual 5.1/7.1 headphones recently for a very similar reason. Any time I turn the surround sound up to a level that it actually works well, one of the kids comes downstairs and tells me to turn it down :/
Re: Pure H2O versus Flavoured drinks
I can still smell the bacon cooking when I listen to Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast :)
Cable speed is good
Recently got my free upgrade from 120Mbps to 150Mbps from Virgin Media. Click along to speedtest.net last night (9pm, so peak usage time) and it benched at 149.93Mbps. Must say I can't grumble on that aspect of the service. Since I don't watch movies or paid sports channels, they do what I want them to very well :)
I've often wondered who this bloke is. I see quite a lot of photos of him looked excited at a lectern with some quote next to him. Is he a sort of mobile version of Stephen Hawking?
Any one else remember when M&S was had a market value well below the book value of it's property portfolio? Sometimes the market does my nut.
When the locking mechanism broke on our Bosch it was a faff to replace it but the hinge itself was solid as anything. Our previous Bosch has issues with the brushes, which I was quite proud I replaced myself, but a month or so later the logic board went so we ended up replacing it.
Never mind the gadget crash...
...think about the havoc it will wreak on tech sites. Looking at half a dozen sites last night/this morning (Pocketlint, Trusted Reviews, Engadget, Tech Radar, Gizmondo etc), you can see that between the iPhone 6's and the Apple watch, they've got about 40 articles in total on Apples press conference. The iPhone 6 has a news story, a first impression story and several articles comparing it to existing phones, and then one about the bigger version. The iWatch has one about the press conference, a first impressions and then maybe a comparison with the Moto 360. Half of these are on multiple pages as well because it's all about the clicks for audience and ad revenue.
Imagine a world where every Apple launch can't generate your site half a dozen articles and thousands of clicks. Half of them will go out of business...
Wait, that name sounds familiar. Baz... Mr Bluesky on Lubbs??!
Main problem with Megablast was is wasn't very fast for a shoot em up. The Megadrive might have been in it's infancy but shooters like Thunderforce II, Forgotten Worlds and even HerzogZwei were so much faster.
Yes, it looked pretty but there was plenty of stuff about that looked a little bit less tasty but was a lot quicker, even on the C64. I bought Megablast (ST) of course, everyone did and it reviewed pretty well (lots of 90%+ marks) but it wasn't as good as all that.
If it was america that were extraditing him, no doubt it would be a year for every $1 of damage he caused...
not just about the audio fidelity
The Pono needs to be able to power a decent set of headphones too. My phone can't get a decent volume out of a pair of 545s and they're not even THAT expensive. On the other hand, my £40 pair of Pioneers sound much louder.
Re: The Tintinnabulations Of The Ad-Copy.
What you need then is over a grands worth as Astell & Kern AK120 ;-)
Did Paul Allen's Vulcan PC Flipstart ever make it to market? I had an OQO at the time but that looked impressive.
Sharp did the clamshell form factor with some of it's Zaurus range, and obviously the Sony Clie UX 500 is the ultimate form factor for this, it's a shame it's effectively dead because how cool would that be with linux running on it today?
I had one of those old fashioned jaw drop moments playing super mario 3d world recently. I had to blow on the gamepads microphone to make a propeller driven platform rise up. I was so impressed I called the wife and kids in to show them :)
I paid a HUGE premium for Logmein Ignition on Android- around 20-40 times the average price of an app- to avoid paying regular subscriptions. What are my choices? Use an app that will no longer be supported or get a temporary discount from the very sort of subscription I paid well over the odds to avoid in the first place?
Hope they go out of business as a result of this.
There are *so* many people out there with PCs that are two or three years old who have no compelling reason to upgrade. Intel CPUs haven't exactly come on in leaps and bounds in the last two years and in terms of GPUs, nothing at the mid range is notably better to encourage an entire system upgrade above a card (and in some instances a PSU as well).
Same with business. We had our last big round of hardware upgrades a couple of years ago when we finally dumped XP for W7. No compelling reason to do anything similar atm or in the near future.
going the way of boxee?
Boxee used to be a great alternative to XBMC. Then they went commercial, released the boxee box and things went downhill from there...
Interesting- didn't realise the saturn version was worth a punt as it's not featured on (m)any buying guides. May have to take to ebay :D
Oooh, that means over 100% mark up on the controllers then (closer to 200%)
Adric suffered the most- he bloody died. Mind you Peri suffered a lot- those costumes barely held her in.
It might be £12 for every person in the country but you've forgotten to offset the programme sponsorship and advertising revenue that screening the matches will generate.
Free 1st year subscription for new customers on BT broadband/landline contract of £xx a month makes it blinking obvious why they've paid so much; it's effectively a per new subscriber fee for all the customers they expect to pick up for other services isn't it?
What sort of actual HDD is in these? Red or Green?
*engage Arnold Rimmer mode* it's aliens
Lister: Your explanation for anything slightly peculiar is aliens, isn't it? You lose your keys, it's aliens. A picture falls off the wall, it's aliens. That time we used up a whole bog roll in a day, you thought that was aliens as well.
Rimmer: Well we didn't use it all, Lister. Who did?
Lister: Rimmer, ALIENS used our bog roll?
Rimmer: Just cause they're aliens doesn't mean to say they don't have to visit the little boys' room. Only they probably do something weird and alien-esque, like it comes out of the top of their heads or something.
Lister: Well I wouldn't like to be stuck behind one in a cinema.
Re: Interesting and then disappointing....
I replaced my netbook with a Asus TF300 Transformer. Since I mostly used my netbook for blogging and websurfing, so far android hasn't been too limiting. And of course there's the 18 odd hours of battery with the dock. You can pick them up for £225 if you shop around (or at least you could a month ago).
"absence of tax reforms"
AKA a Republican cash repatriation holiday. After all, it's happened before so corporate America are just waiting out a regime change in the good old US of A.
Apart from employers national insurance, google doesn't pay any of that tax they've laid claim to. PAYE and employees national insurance are suffered by the staff and VAT is an end user tax.
While the Register can't lay claim to inventing the backronym, you surely use it better than anyone else on the planet :)
Re: yeh anther excuse to post.....
Got a few of those. I also have a Sony Clie Peg SL10, a Sharp Zaurus SL-5500, a Psion Revo, and one of the first smartphones, a Handspring Treo 300 :D
A small British start up? Argonaut were 10 years old when Starfox came out. And Star Fox had been preceded 5 years earlier by Argonauts Starglider 2. Home computers were regularly doing 3D that dumped on consoles from a great height.
I loved Starfox when it came out, it was good fun, in an arcadey way we had to wait for Colony Wars or G-Police on the PS1 to beat. Revolutionary for consoles, not so much for gamers generally.
Re: To troll in and of itself.
Best example of traditional trolling I read recently was a reference to a bloke who joined Christian forums purely to put across the message that Herbie Fully Loaded was satanic. That's the kind of trolling I like.
I don't think you'll ever get more than 100Mbps out of a 500Mbps powerline adapter. Best I get in our house is 34Mbps-45Mbps, depending on what other white goods are running.
Since the store was added, the HD and HD+ are great tablets :(
I'm fairly impressed with their Ascend W1, which has a build quality belying it's extremely modest price point.
he's not short of a few bob
Back in the day my wife was looking for someone to open a museum exhibition and contacted Adam Hart Davies. She worked at a local authority funded museum and was doing an exhibition on how technology had changed since WW2. AHD wanted a 4 figure fee to open the exhibition, well beyond a regional museums budget so she asked the author Robert Rankin to do it instead at my suggestion. He was delighted to be asked and did it for the price of a room in a travel lodge overnight, and a couple of pints of similar from the stout yeoman of the bar. His speech was wicked too.
And yet most head to heads I've read seem to favour the HTC One over the S4.
I for one am safe regardless
We're over 100m above sea level in St Albans. All I need now is a boat, and some form of defence from the misplaced hoards...
Re: FAIL - no Credit Agreement with Apple
Verfied by Visa? I have to punch in 3 digits from my 8 digit password to confirm a lot of online purchases.
Twat is the word I've seen linked to him more than most on twitter today. Strangely apt.
With under half an hour of effort, you can install CM10 on a micro SD card and boot to that. Want to go back to the stock OS? Just take the micro SD card out. Battery life isn't brilliant with CM10 but it does make the Nook HD+ VERY flexible IMHO.
You'd think supplying the APU for the PS4 and the next Xbox would be a bit of a cash generator wouldn't you?
I'm confused. Both of these minority shareholders are advocating BORROWING money to pay out as dividend? Aside from that been a bit bonkers (and assuming Dell has the distributable profits to do it), what sane lender is going to pony up several billion dollars to just see the cash immediately vanish out of the company? It's hard enough getting a mortgage with a property as collateral at the moment. Yes, Dell probably has lots of unencumbered assets on it's books but given the way PC reselling is going at the moment, it'll probably need them.
Red Elf Shot the food!
Red Elf is about to die....
Re: 8Mbps down and 1.5Mbps up HSPA+ speeds
I've just speed tested my Three connection and I'm showing 14230kbps down and 2362kbps up. That's marginally faster up that I get on my 50meg Virgin Cable connection.
What's the battery like on a 4G mifi then?