39 posts • joined 17 Nov 2007
Having Fun Microsoft?
Microsoft appear to have forgotton about Nokia already, though their rebranding could have been implemented with a bit more thought.
When you have a brand transition, from Nokia Lumia -> Microsoft Lumia, the product is always key.
Microsoft really shouldn't have started changing their online brand presence (Nokia Lumia -> Microsoft Lumia) *before* they have a product available to purchase, with the new brand 'Microsoft Lumia' on the handsets.
In the interim, all the existing 'Nokia Lumia' stock is now instantly recognisable as been 'past its sell by date', including the new Nokia Lumia 735.
'Nokia Lumia', haven't Microsoft discontinued that Branding?, Nokia no longer make Mobile phones do they?, goes the customer... I'll wait for one of the new Microsoft Lumia devices, thanks all the same. Now show me the new iPhone 6/ Moto G 2014...
...hence it looks like we're due another Nokia Branded handset Firesale.
More Marketing woes for Microsoft. When will they learn.
In 12 months from now, looking back - the cut-off for previous support will be the Nokia->Microsoft Brand change.
Microsoft Lumia 735 running Windows, gets support.
Nokia Lumia 735 running Windows Phone doesn't.
Reason: Nokia who? Microsoft is going to want to remove the word Nokia on their support pages ASAP.
What does this mean?
Another Fire Sale of all Microsoft 'Nokia branded' devices, even the just launched 735.
Given Windows Phone 'WP - Work in Progress' is now in transition towards Windows 10, this is starting to feel like the disaster Microsoft had between their 'stepping stone' WP7 -> WP8 transition, where loyal WP7 users were left high and dry, with no upgrade path.
You really have got to be committed to stick with the Microsoft Marketing shambles, this time round. Let's not even mention now defunct current ARM powered devices such as the Windows Surface running Windows RT and Nokia Tablets running Windows RT, dead in the water, pretty much.
At his age, he must be a false Hipster. I wouldn't like to be in the vicinity of his knee-jerk reaction either, Man of Steel and all that. Still can't argue with his ethics, authenticity of which has never been in question.
Opposite the Balmoral
If you are going to charge £700 for a iPhone, best to situate the shop opposite the entrance to a Hotel that charges nearly the same for a nights stay. Passing trade and all that.
No reception? Its the 12'' thick Sandstone walls, on the buildings around here.
Windows 8.1 Update 1
The process of getting from (Windows Hate, Point None) Windows 8.0 -> Windows 8.1 Update 1 + all other downloadable updates is so convoluted, that I can't believe 7% have reached the 'holy grail', they must be new PC's.
Even Windows 8.1 itself is confused how it go there, and says 'Insert Media' when you try to do a System Refresh (but keep your files intact), well thats 'Rapid Release' for you, a complete fail.
Windows update will be as convoluted in Windows 10 no doubt, nothing new, just a rearrange of the deck chairs, by the looks of it.
Surface Pro 3 mSATA Prices
Microsoft's has joined Apple, with the Surface Pro 3, but even worse mark up an industrial standard mSATA Hard disk ridiculously, as you go up through the range. Trouble is, the is no way to get inside to change it.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 a support nightmare!
A good rant on HUKD about attempting to support Windows 8.1 Update 1...
(See Post 5)
You can also buy one of the said dead Surfaces for £50 less, if you please.
Apple to follow Moto's Lead
Apple could follow Motorola Moto G's lead and probably sell a new batch of iPhones with 4GB-8GB Ram and a Micro SD Card Slot to all the same customer's that already have a 16GB iPhone. And price it the same as a 16GB 5C iPhone, well if it gets desperate that is. They still have that optional extra to add to the bag of Apples.
The transition was so well executed no one noticed
Yep, like how MS pretty much killed off the Nokia & the Lumia 710, 800, 900 Series by launching them with a 'stepping stone OS', that anyone with any knowledge of Window NT Kernel, knew wouldn't get an upgrade to WP8, rumours spread and for 6 months between March 2012 and October 2012, pretty much killed sales of Nokia phones. A pretty seemless f.tuck up to me.
Astroturfing - Microsoft are the Astroturf Kings, Apple just get 'someone' like the Guardian on board, to promote their products. Either way their synergies are the same. Without the AppStore, Apple and Microsoft would have pretty bland products, 4 years from launch.
Microsoft still don't realise the 'Surface', is just the shop front, to its currently empty bland hypermarket store behind, people visit the shop front, but find nothing behind the facia. Apple on the other hand has a very pretty, though now similar shop front with a teaming shopping arcade sitting behind it, from boutique to hypermarkets, in terms of Apps/Media.
It's not about the hardware anymore, the competition have caught up on that front, it's all about providing the conduit to each of their paid worlds, and communicating that best they can.
Windows Explorer in Win 7 (file manager)
Using/Upgrading to Windows 8 file manager is reason enough not to stick with Windows 7's Windows Explorer (file manager). Windows Explorer (file manager) is by far the biggest weak point in sticking with Windows 7.
Not that it affects me much, most of my work is done in iOS and Mac OS X. Mac OS X/Linux are the only file managers I use now, though Mac OS X isn't exactly full proof when it comes to networks.
Xbox music App is crap because they have licensed iTunes for WP
Has the development been left behind for Xbox music App, because they have done a cross deal with Apple for iTunes, in exchange for Office.
Re: Complaints about complaints
The only company that I've found with worse customer service than Vodafone, is Santander. If you bank with one of their Subsidiaries, you may as we'll just give up now, rather than attempt a complaint. They really should use the title music from 'The Magic Roundabout' as their call on hold music.
It's not just voice, Data between 3G / LTE and back again, is iffy at best.
Using an iPad between Birmingham and Plymouth last week, the EE mobile broadband nearly always kicked out switching between 3G / LTE and vice versa, and for periods of several minutes, even where it was showing a full signal. In fairness, though there was pretty good coverage along most of the M5, but certainly could be improved. It doesn't just seem to be Voice.
Cunning Plan: Destroy the iPad's success by inflicting it with Microsoft Update!
I get it - so Microsoft have decided the only way to destroy the success of the iPad is to install the trojan horse called Microsoft Update. Inflict long hours of boredom on iPad users, while they are forced to wait for 72/83 updates to install, reboot, and then tell us its nearly there, almost ready, not long now, and other phrases that have been inherited from the Windows 8.1 Update. Clever MS! New management is working obviously.
A new Apple T&C clause needed?
Apple could add a new clause that says any video/photo taken with an iDevice that causes Apple 'financial hardship'/distress, they have final say/ownership, in terms if getting the content removed. A bit like what Microsoft has, in terms of reading the content of our emails, if it thinks you are taking part in subdefuge against Microsoft, using Microsoft products.
Still it would leave a long list of non-Apple devices that you could film tear downs of Apple products.
I bet someone at Apple has thought about it. Microsoft obviously realise the power and breath of the technology they are giving you, to realise at some point that Technology can also be then used to destroy the Company that brought it about. (Some would say, the sooner the better, after having sat through several hours of MS Software Updates)
iPads, you know you want to.
How about just sending them 7 Apple iPads, you know you want!
Remember that cuddly smile from Gran/Mom, the day you 'relented', and have had no complaints since (or workload sapping/home IT, time wasting, hair pulling family telephone support calls come to think of it)
It would save so much Windows Update grief (for both you and them). Let them stick with XP on those machines. You're doing them no favours moving to Win7, and they could use the iPads to learn how to do the upgrade to Linux themselves/Libre Office.
Hope you have more than 2 weeks there if you attempt a full update of each machine to Win7, let's hope they are the same hardware. Your eyes will glaze over from waiting for Win Update to fully update. Multiple reboots, install more updates, fail, need to reinstall more updates, reboot - plenty games of football in between, I presume.
It's just kicking ball further into the grass, none of those machines will be much use with Office 2013, and non will be upgradeable to Win8.1 Update 1 (love the name, MS), as the processor is unlikely to support the OS (execute bit, XD).
Update available later today.
The 'Paid' (anagram) Permanent fix for Windows RT will be available on the 22nd October 2013. Surface RT was pretty much a paper weight to start with, before applying the update.
Taking my Windows 8 PC on holiday tomorrow. Will update then.
Heading on holiday tomorrow, I'll just set my phone to data roaming and download and set up Windows 8 .1 on my Laptop while sitting by the pool.
I've always wanted to be on the Front Page of the Daily Mail.
Re: Stay away - Windows Phone is a Burning Platform
Well I stated Windows Phone 7 was a 'stepping stone' product as it wouldn't be able to run the NT Kernel, which was then an obvious progression (to anyone that knows about these things), as Ballmer has been critical of Apple of its two separate OS's.
...And boy did I get slated by the MS shill brothers, stating MS would never kill the existing WP7 Platform ecosystem, WP7 Users would be offered a full upgrade. How wrong they were.
The only flames you'll see imminently are the one's aimed at you. (But if the 5C drops to £329, Windows Phone is well and truely dead in the water for Enterprise use, which means you're probably right)
You have to give it to Apple, the rollout of iOS 7 has been pretty impressive.
Microsoft need to be brave, and ditch Metro/Modern Interface, there is no love, and no love will be lost.
Very Brave would be licensing iOS Apps platform from Apple, running those in a virtual machine and having a native engine for new MS Apps.
Its 10 days of Sales of 5C against 3 days of Sales of 5S.
Trouble is, it isn't after three days of sales is it. Its after a total of 10 days of sales of the 5C* and 3 days of Sales of the 5S. As all those pre-ordered 5C in the first 7 days will have arrived on the Friday, on the first day of sales of the 5S. Clever, it makes it look like the 5C is popular when it obviously isn't.
*7 days of pre-orders + 3 days of actual sales of the 5C.
Lightning without Thunderbolt, it could never happen could it?
Apple might stuggle to dump Thunderbolt, given they have named their new connector Lightning. 'USB 3.1 and Lightning, is very, very frightning' doesn't have the same ring to it, somehow.
Re: Annoying problem
You have to grab the the Xbox Music Window at the top, in the middle and then drag it down to the bottom of the screen to close it, with a Metro App. Easier on a touch screen but a pain in butt with a mouse.
Switching between Windows Hate Point None and Hate Point One.
I currently have to actively switch between Windows 8.0 (Hate point none) and another identical PC running 8.1 Preview (Hate point one).
The addition of the new start button in 8.1 means the standard Task Bar Icons (IE etc) appear slightly offset to the right, compared to 8.0, and stupidly, you can't align them across versions. This is basic ergonomics Microsoft! You'd think MS would have done a Windows Update on Windows 8.0 to also align all standard icon positions across Versions, to take account on the new start button in 8.1
Windows 8, there is just too much to hate.
Windows 8.1 Blended Background...
Windows 8.1 'It's so intuitive'
On installing Windows 8.1. The first thing you'll will want to do is get rid of the jarring between the Classic Desktop and the Metro Start Screen, by enabling the 'blended' desktop background...
Simple Hey? Well, I challenge anyone to work out how to change to the new blended background without Googling the answer.
Wndows 8 / 8.1 has a lot in common with the Mini Metro produced by British Leyland in the 1980's, that went into production and was forced on the masses, but essentially was a heap of sh.it, yet it still sold in the millions.
Windows Hate. Point? None -> Windows Hate. Point? One.
So Windows 8.0 (Windows Hate. Point? None) has become Windows 8.1 (Windows Hate. Point? One).
Progress...from Microsoft then.
Apple meets BTOpenworld..
Oh the irony, Apple takes its design cues from BT 'Openworld'
Ebay Outlet, Ebay sold as spares and repairs.
I can see the logic in it, its better for their customers.
Customer returns something faulty, its easier to replace the item, or replace item with graded stock. They can also charge the 'no quibble' type insurance premium, as though its some added extra, when it actually the norm, because the company has no means of offering repair.
Comet or whoever then examine the item in terms of fault and quality, grade it - and either sell via the Ebay Outlet, or as Spares and Repairs on Ebay via a third party for someone to fix.
Also they can set up a Spares Company, with over inflated prices, and said fixer pays a small premium to Comet to repair the device and either relist it as a refurb, on Ebay.
Seems to be the new model, getting rid of 'in-house' repairs.
Lets guess the number of updates on 23rd Oct
I'm guessing 78 available updates on 23rd October 2009, by the time it is actually on general release, thats about 1 less than Windows XP SP2. You see progress has been made.
International Roaming Rip-off
(OFcom/Regulators take note): Vodafone pay no land rental, no infrastructure fees, equipment costs, ongoing electricity costs, setup costs, maintenance costs - then Vodafone can charge my flatmate from Spain around £1 a MB to roam on his international data plan and vice versa. Anyone connecting to this network should get reduced data rates to say the least.
SatNav feature pointless
If you have £800 to spend on a iphone, you certainly should have a car with either built in GPS or just a straight forward TomTom One which you leave in the car. (glove box etc).
Personally my girlfriend would just think I was a complete tosser if I took an iphone out and mounted on the dash board to use as a GPS. The Tomtom GPS add-on for in car navigation is really not a must have.
Any family car journey I've been on - the last place you want to put your iphone is on a mount on the windscreen, generally the owner is looking up facts to correct any sweeping statements about the current state of the economy / Gordon Brown, or usefully finding a good recommended restaurant via the web, for somewhere to stop and eat. Other than that - surely the kid in the back wouldn't let it be mounted on your dashboard - they would be playing some game on it.
If you getting a cheap phone (nokia 6300 etc) to pair with itouch - there are lots of better contracts than paying £35 a month, I'm sorry to justify the price by combining the two is total rubbish. This thing is overpriced and really not worth it. O2 you need to thing again on your pricing, yeh - and improve your 3G coverage before this thing becomes 'mainstream'
Server Voice Recognition Processing relayed back to the phone as commands
Looks like iphone is getting Voice Recognition with a twist. The Voice Analysis is to take place on a Server Farm translated into commands which are relayed back to the phone. Thats the only reason this server farm would cost this much.
This allows the iphone to have near perfect voice analysis.
ie. 'Add Jame May as a contact, this phone number is 0201112222' this is voice data is processed by the server, and sent back as a series of commands to the phone to add the contact (and probably added to your mobileme account too)
James May, telephone number etc. It then appears the iphone has very clever voice processing when processing is taking place on the server side.
Broadband BBC OnDemand
There should be a Worldwide licence fee/subscription to view the iplayer/BBC streams. Each licence would allow 1 HD Stream at any one time. The cost would be lower as it was per allow 1stream rather than per TV - More in line with Spotify.
All licences are then pooled. Any licence that is currently not in use - can be accessed for free, but with the prospect of being booted off the service if all free pooled licences are suddenly in use. A daily limit of 1 hour continuous streaming would be available, after which point your disconnected. You can reconnect for free if there are available licences in the pool.
This would be give the maximum coverage to the population but being fair regarding usage/generated fees. It would illiminate the need for TV licence checking in the long run.
Work with the ISPs / Government to improve Broadband infrastructure at the expense of investing in more TV transmitters. A basic broadband package would be the same cost as the basic licence fee. This would allow streaming of 2 HD Programmes 24-7, or 4 lower resolution programmes. The excess bandwidth (when not watching TV) could be used for internet access. Internet access while streaming 2 HD would be charged at a premium / taken from existing allowance - then charged fees on top. The government /BBC would fund this as a minimum broadband package. Unused bandwidith could be sold by the ISP to improve the overall package for Heavy Users.
As Radio Transmitters become due for replacement they are superceeded by Broadband.
Certain areas are then switched off - Cities - and transmitters are used to repair more rural areas, until full Broadband TV is achieved.
Any refinements / comments on this welcome (or even errors in my implementation)
Note I currently only have Broadband - don't have a TV. (Built in tuner etc) I have physically removed the aerial wire from my house (because of all the hassle from tv licencing) I live in a valley. I do occasionally watch iplayer - (last-yellowstone series) /channel4 (grand designs) catch up. ITV catchup (Moving wallpaper). I avoid any live streams- ie. News 24/channels etc (to comply). I regularly buy DVD's instead. Any good BBC Series I just get on DVD. I also rent latest Movies (Postal rental) & a regular cinema goer. I read / head for long walks/chats(I'm near the coast) after work. I love cooking so spend more time on this instead of watch TV. I
really haven't time to watch TV as well, but understand why others might think I should pay to watch iplayer.
Personally I recommend it - get of of the bloody box (life is so much better)
BBC & the Worldwide TV Licence
A Worldwide licence fee for people outside the uk is all but in the bag, along with the ability to buy a complete series of existing shows, the latter maybe available as a licence fee top-up, to give you access outside the broadcast range i.e a form of ongoing subscription.
Broadband should be the main form of transmission to the home, in the future being able to lock out non licence fee payers via the ISP. The 'freebies' non licence fee holders being able to watch a non-live subset of clips/full programmes with educational rather than entertainment value.
Fibre upgrades to homes could be partly funded through the licence fee - a guaranteed bandwidth, having the ability to receive two live channels to each household. Under ultilized bandwidth could be sold back to ISP's for additional capacity. The existing TV/Digital broadcasting spectrum could also be sold to help fund the move to fibre.
The additional viewing figure feedback information would be very useful in setting Jonathan Ross's Salary.
Microsoft:Racism? Linking the colour black to negative connotations of piracy?
I can see MS ending up in hot water of this, to link a black background to negative aspects such a piracy gives the impression that well anything black has a negative connotation associated with it, ie. a subtle form of racism.
I know you have blacklists and whitelists regarding email, but nothing as 'graphic' as actually a black background representing that fact that you are pertaking in 'illegal' activities.
Once you change your licence key does your screen change to a nice shade of pastel pink?
and everything is fine and dandy in your little 'white' world. Now as I remember Office 2002 had a problem where if you searched for clip art 'monkey' it bought back the image of a black family - correct me if I wrong.
Clunes - if you reading, or your friend is...
If you live next to Martin Clunes can you go and knock on his door and say that you know that the BBC has probably offered you a heap load of cash, but for once can you turn it down, it won't do your career any good and stepping into Rossiter's shoes is like stepping into Ronnie Barker's in Porridge, or trying to be Bernard Cribbins in the Railway children, perfection comes in few forms and for once face facts - your not upto it.
I keeping trying these netbooks but keep coming back to my M100
The best all rounder pc laptop ever made and I know it will sound like a sales plug but hey they don't make them any more is an (well upgraded) Toshiba Portege M100, preferably the 1.3/1.4Ghz with the Centrino Ultra low voltage (ULV) Processor. It has a real screen 12.1'' 1024x768 (4x3 Aspect Ratio), built in DVD-RW which I added Sony NEC Optiarc AD-7633A slot loading drive (NEC provide the software to change to cable select/Master/Slave), an Hitachi 5k160 (160GB) Hard disk and 2GB of PC2700 Ram.
Its damn robust - (metal alloy casing) I've pulled it off my desk at least twice, still working fine.
Its biggest 'marketing failure' was the mouse pointer rather than pad, but I find the pointer quicker (less movement of the hands if your touch typng)
Note they did a 1.2Ghz version, but this only had 802.11a rather than 54Mb/s 802.11g on the 1.3/1.4 Models.
People still comment on what a smart little laptop it is - it also has sd card slot, bluetooth, proper wheel volume control, external wireless switch, infra-red, usb 2.0, ext vga, Network, built in modem (sadly not a broadband modem), PCMCIA/PC Card slot.
It never gets hot, and the fan is whisper quiet and very rarely on. XP works a treat on it.
Wanted to add the Asus eeePC's has none of the usual Bloatware/slow loading associated with Cheap Windows PCs, and Asus should be commended for this.
You switch it on it loads the desktop and your away, wireless is just a case of entering the Pre shared key if its a secure network. No installing patches, removing programs that you didn't need or want, 10mins trying to force over your IE7 Live search to Google, (yes I am really sure?), having to register software before I can use it, or activate it over the phone, because the network firewall refuses, then to find the internal phone system won't let me dial a number in Ireland. What there is to miss from 450CDN 'Normal' pcs!
I'm starting to feel paraniod - are negative reviews (across several sites) being posted by MS Employees? Surely MS isn't scared of the sweet little Asus eeePC? Maybe they are just wondering if people will actually pay for a Windows XP Version when the Linux does its job pretty much perfectly, without effort - those sales figures could be embarrasing. This is more a knock at all the hours setting up Windows, with the 81Patches out the box, and the patches on patches, but the Asus does just work out of the box, with everything you need, so it is pretty easy to knock Windows.
Really it doesn't need XP (its not a drug - you can live without it). Maybe this little Asus has come from clever angle with Asus/Linux combi and hit MS where it hurts, Windows Mobile dead in the water? and to be fair the Apple iphone too. Afterall there were no questions raised about SSD drives when Toshiba launches the R500? (using Windows Vista)
Get yourself a Nokia 6300 PAYG and an Asus eeePC, save on the iphone contract, and the £35 wil buy your wife flowers every month for 18months. (And if its your husband - well get him a decent haircut, for a start)
Asus EEE Black or White? and MoGo Bluetooth. Mousepad 'tap'
The black Asus eeePC is matt black (not galaxy black) and is much nicer than any of the press photos show. It is not two tone but completely matt black. The white is a glossier 'sheen' white that shows finger prints more. There is not really much between the two, if your an Apple Fan you will probably prefer white, if corporate is your colour, black. I actually prefer the black but mainly because I didn't expect it to be so nice. Both are rock solid in terms of build quality.
Had a couple of glitches with the file manager over the network to a Buffalo Linkstation, and video in skype doesn't work out of the box - installed the Skype 2.0 Beta for Linux (as easy as a windows install), and enabled the camera in the bios - to get it to work, it worked really well.
For Bluetooth: the minature 4mm 'Plug and leave' MoGo Bluetooth Adapter looks like the Asus eeePC's perfect partner.
Spoke to Newton Peripherals, they think it is a great oportunity and they would like to provide support out the box on Asus, and possibily in different colours to match Asus's pink,green,blue.
If anyone has a contact at Asus or from Asus is reading this; might be worth getting in touch with Newton Peripherals to make this happen.
Currently it supports Windows/Macs according to the blurb but they are very keen to provide Asus/Linux support. I haven't tried a larger bluetooth adapter with the Asus yet, might be it just need the bluetooth software support/might already be built in.
This is the equivalent of the BMW Mini in terms of build quality, design, how it 'drives', usability - all the talk of bigger displays, more internal storage, bigger keyboards - it all has power trade offs. Its like asking to turn it into a 5 Series, you lose what you had, which is a well made, solid all round little workhorse at a price point, that makes it a little gem. Put £200 in perspective - it costs £50 to fill up your car, and thats if you drive a Mini.
Last Point: A little known fact, the mouse pad does allow you to 'tap', so the button isn't really needed half as much as the reviewer states.
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