* Posts by Adam Jarvis

57 posts • joined 17 Nov 2007

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What's that THUD sound? It's your Lumia's best feature after unflashing Windows 10

Adam Jarvis

There never was meant to be an upgrade path from Nokia

Microsoft need to step back a bit and look at what chaos and damage they are causing to the Windows Brand. Microsoft should just admit it, there was never meant to be an upgrade path to Windows 10 for Nokia Devices.

Rearranging the deck chairs might seem a good idea, but throwing them around the room, wasn't meant to be part of the solution. (Microsoft keep using the same unloved Metro deckchairs too, and no one's willing to put their head into no-mans land, and say - 'failure')

Microsoft - Stop rushing, work methodically, get Previews out - fine, but each new added feature needs to be complete and working, not a bag of tangled wool. iOS isn't going anywhere new for a while, but iOS does make updates look like child's play compared to f'in Windows Update.

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

Adam Jarvis

Katy Perry has already ditched her Gold Apple Watch by the looks of it.

The Daily Mail showed a tweet of KP wearing her gold Apple Watch, last week. This week she was pictured without it at Coachella. You can only do some much PR - when you're Partying.

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Wanna run Windows 10 Preview on your Lumia? Of course you do. Now 33 mobes supported

Adam Jarvis

New OS v Supporting old Nokia Lumias

Windows Phone 7 was a 'stepping stone' OS, Windows Phone 8/8.1 is all but another stepping stone OS, with built-in face saving.

While its commendable Microsoft are throwing TPs/Betas at (Nokia) Lumia Hardware, its starting to look like dev time on upgradeabilty of existing hardware, will be an the expense of getting Windows 10 for mobiles on brand new hardware, finished and out by October 2015.

Given how difficult its proving in terms of backwards compatibility, you'd be forgiven for thinking Microsoft and Nokia never had any upgrade strategy in place for Windows Phone 8.1 to a subsequent OS, but have decided you can pi.ss off your loyal customers once, but not twice, but is it worth it if you then miss the next wave of tech innovation? 2016 here we come...

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

Adam Jarvis

Rumour has it - Samsung are discriminating against the Welsh! (Just like O2)

So have O2 and Samsung have teamed up and decided to discriminate against the Welsh?

Given most of Wales has no signal, a very weak signal and pretty much non-existent 4G, you could be forgiven for thinking that both companies have an Anti-Welsh agenda.

Lets get 2G coverage removed from Ofcom coverage maps, and show the bare naked 3G/4G coverage map Lady for what it is. In Rural areas on O2 Data is nearly all 2G and useless.

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Operation Redstone: Microsoft preps double Windows update in 2016

Adam Jarvis

You Missed out Windows 8.1 Update 1

There is another you missed..

Windows 8.1 Update 1, (Windows 8.2) which at the time added the right click arrangement of tiles and Shutdown icon to the full screen Metro, and was another mammoth, forever install.

It was the point Windows Update was permanently named F'in Windows Update, aswell.

If you weren't already confused, it certainly got confusing when you tried a system restore/'refresh', and it said 'Insert Media'. At which point, you thought - there is no Media for Windows 8.1 Update 1?

Of course you can always add 'mixes' to spice the confusion process up - Windows Media Player add-on Upgrade (for Pro only), Basic. Home Premium,Professional,Enterprise and of course 32bit and 64bit variants.

F'in Windows Update needs serious work.

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Microsoft update mayhem delays German basketball game, costs team dear

Adam Jarvis

No change: Windows Update still as bad in Windows 10 Technical Preview

Running Windows 10 Technical Preview, and Windows Update is as bad as ever.

Rule 1. Don't switch from Fast to Slow Releases.

Rule 2. Stay on Slow.

10041 has just spent the last two days attemping to install 10049, and downloading 9GB of data in the process, yet has failed everytime, luckily I'm not using 02's Giffnaff at 20p per MB.

The new start menu is 10041 is back to the Windows 8.1 'modern' like crapness too. It was looking promising, now its looking like a Microsoft Power struggle of teams - Modern v Classic. In the meantime, the technical side of Windows Update is the same clunky shit as ever.

Its as though, someone high up in MS Dev was sidelined / left at Christmas, and everything since is downhill, towards 'modern'.

Microsoft really need to start using the Fedora / Red Hat Model, (Experimental - Cutting Edge / Mainstream - Conservative). Messing with the MS Crown Jewels like this is making them look like a laughing stock, compared with say - iOS / Yosemite releases. (and they aren't great of late).

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Microsoft's Windows 10 build list snowballs for Lumia mobes

Adam Jarvis

Since when did the old Nokia Lumias suddenly get named just Lumia.

Copy and Paste of a Microsoft Press release, doesn't even name the old Nokia products 'Nokia Lumia' properly.

What's interesting in all this, is the difficulty Microsoft are having in attempting to upgrade the current Windows Phone userbase. Its as though, there was never any future forward planning regarding Windows 10, as regard to the hardware.

Anyone would think their original plan was to cut off existing Nokia users, to force users to ditch and switch to a new Microsoft Lumia. Trouble is, given the backlash of the fiasco of the Windows Phone 7 - Windows Phone 8 'non upgrade' and the rumours they were about to do the same - they are (admittedly) are trying their best to make these older 'non upgradeable' phones - somewhat upgradeable.

Will this result in 'useable' Windows 10 experience for older Nokia phones? My guess is no.

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Voda UK CEO says one thing about not-spots, Minister of Fun says another

Adam Jarvis

Its about time 2G was dropped from coverage maps / statistics.

Ofcom should force all operators to only describe coverage in 3G and 4G terms. 2G coverage is all but irrelevant and useless and used by operators to make data coverage look better than it actually is.

O2 2G data coverage checker in Wales (for instance) masks the sheer lack of any 3G/4G outside of Cardiff and Swansea. The trouble with Ofcom / Gov is that they are complicit with operators in trying to make it appear their joint polices - so called 'competition' aren't the failure they really are.

I'd like to see Government temporary/permanent 'not-spot' masks, and each call / piece of 3G data fed through these, results in a fine for the said operator, for failing to build infrastructure to cover that area. If operators have customers in those areas they should be operating a full 3G/4G service, equally to all its customers.

If not, 'fine revenue' should be used to build one. The UK need coverage, not just population coverage. The operators can then decide to either pay the ongoing fines or build a mast (subject to planning).

I recently took the train from Bristol Temple Meads to Birmingham, and pretty much the only time I could use mobile data on EE (ipad) was the last 15 minutes into Birmingham, to say the signal was intermittant is an understatement. Yes, it was ocasionally there on route, but for a matter of 30 secs or so, while the mast came into and went out of view - useless.

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Future imperfect: A UK broadband retrospective

Adam Jarvis

Councils

Councils have become like a hermit that sits in their house all day obsessed on counting how little money they have, losing all sense of vision and only grunt back/block you when you ask them to do anything, however rational your request.

They only rise from the pit to suggest issuing fines to solve a problem (which of course doesn't) to which your greeted by a toothless smile.

Yes, we need a minimum connection speed for all new developments, (even as part of building regs) just don't expect it anytime soon.

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SpaceX six days from historic rocket landing attempt

Adam Jarvis

In world where news is mostly Celebs..

If only we had a few more Elon Musks and a few less Kim Kardashians

with job titles of Television Personality...and a few less Nigel Farages too.

If you compare Elon Musk's goals in life to Nigel Farage, you realise what a narrow minded, border obsessed, border racist twerp Farage is, you don't solve engineering problems like this by looking at someones ethnic origin, and sticking up a fence.

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

Adam Jarvis

Rebecca Brooks

Yet Rebecca Brooks manages to escape prosecution. She must have been on o2.

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Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer

Adam Jarvis

Re: Windows 10

You can hardly call a generic tweet (in response to a customer enquiry) from the Lumia twitter marketing team, official!

I suppose thats the best we can expect from Microsoft, not convinced, MS need to far more pro-active in terms of recognising marketing pitfalls they are making, for WP to survive.

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Adam Jarvis

Windows 10

Its not looking good for Windows Phone.

Microsoft are going to struggle to get Operators/Carriers on board to offer customised updates to Windows 10 on Nokia mobile devices, that incorporate the new combined Windows Phone/Windows RT OS.

That sort of support and investment only happens by operators when they have sold a few million of a mid/high end device, with good margins. Disinterested Operators have sold a small bucket full, equivalent of a flee market sale, in terms of the overall mobile market, of mostly low end Nokia Window Phone and margins are tight.

Microsoft need to start confirming which devices will support Windows 10, through their own measures, which are getting ditched, in the case of Windows RT. Otherwise a sales vacuum will ensue, this Christmas.

With the 4G Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini now £119 PAYASYOUGO at Three, Samsung/Android is coming in for the kill. Microsoft Lumia 535 are now having to compete with Samsung, when it was once cheap Chinese Androids.

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

Adam Jarvis

Glossy screens

I assume he stipulates Glossy screens for his desk, to help with the reflections.

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

Adam Jarvis

To get a true sense of the commuter's journey...

Surely to get a true sense of the commuter's journey, they need a few suitcases on the tables, next to the monitors and to be standing in the aisle the whole journey. Have the exorbitant fare deducted from their wages each time they travel, add in a bit of BO, smelly shoes, babies nappies and a general piss smell from the nearby toilet, plus a stale sandwich for lunch, along with a very weak cup of tea.

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Farewell Nokia: First ever 'Microsoft Lumia' set for Tuesday reveal

Adam Jarvis

Silly Me..

Silly me, I thought the first picture next to #morelumia? showed a projected graph of Nokia Lumia sales against time, in red, upto 11.11.2014 and beyond. #lumiafiresale more appropriate.

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Lumia 830: Microsoft hopes to seduce with slim 'affordable' model

Adam Jarvis

I finally met someone with a Windows Phone

Here Maps for Android has killed any reason to own/'like' a Windows Phone, Nokia are getting the knives in early, taking the 'flagship' app elsewhere. He won't like it for long.

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Microsoft discovers long-lost phone division down back of sofa

Adam Jarvis

Amazon, now Microsoft...

Amazon is writing off $170m on unsold inventory of its Fire Phone,

Next in line will be Microsoft, writing down stock of unsold 'Nokia Lumia' Branded Phones...

Microsoft has ditched the 'Nokia Lumia' Branding, in favour of 'Microsoft Lumia' Branding. Microsoft appear to have forgotton about Nokia already.

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 support/upgrade path, in effect - it leaves a 6-9 month vacuum before the release of Windows 10.

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.

hence...

Yet another Firesale (and write down of stock) of all Microsoft 'Nokia branded' devices, even the just launched 735.

Customers have reason to be worried. In terms of support, whatever Micosoft say now, Microsoft have past precedence, they can't be trusted on future support. In 12+ months from now, looking back - the obvious cut-off point for support will be the Nokia->Microsoft Brand change.

i.e.

Microsoft Lumia 735 running Windows, gets support.

Nokia Lumia 735 running Windows Phone doesn't.

Bear in mind much support is also dependent on the carrier, who will also see the Brand Change, as an easy cut off point for 'Nokia Lumia' branded devices.

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Nokia STORMS back into profit, FREE from phones and Windows

Adam Jarvis

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.

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Nokia France leak: Windows Phone DUMPED in Microsoft Lumia revamp

Adam Jarvis

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.

i.e.

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.

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Rupert Murdoch outs self as iPhone 6 fanboi

Adam Jarvis

False Hipster

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.

Oh wait...

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New Scottish Apple Store appears, then VANISHES off map app

Adam Jarvis

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.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

Adam Jarvis

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.

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

Adam Jarvis

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.

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Surface Mini fondleslab farewelled

Adam Jarvis

Windows 8.1 Update 1 a support nightmare!

A good rant on HUKD about attempting to support Windows 8.1 Update 1...

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/microsoft-surface-2-4g-50-off-489-microsoft-store-1943977#post-comment-nojs

(See Post 5)

You can also buy one of the said dead Surfaces for £50 less, if you please.

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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

Adam Jarvis

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.

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LEAKED: Redmond not allowed to sell 'Nokia' smartphones after 2015

Adam Jarvis

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.

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MAC MEN: Apple hiring 1,000 people for internal ad operation

Adam Jarvis

Astroturfing

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.

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Charity: Ta for the free Win 8.1, Microsoft – we'll use it to install Win 7

Adam Jarvis

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.

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Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update

Adam Jarvis

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.

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Vodafone to spend £100m on 150 new Brit phone shops

Adam Jarvis

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.

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Soz, BT: All EE's 4G goodies still won't give you 'seamless voice'

Adam Jarvis

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.

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Microsoft's ALREADY telling of bugs in Fondle-Office for iPad

Adam Jarvis

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.

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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

Adam Jarvis

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)

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

Adam Jarvis
IT Angle

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).

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Now swallow: Microsoft hands out cure for Surface RT tabs killed by Win 8.1

Adam Jarvis

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.

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Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

Adam Jarvis

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.

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Redmond expands fanboi trade-in program to include iPhones

Adam Jarvis

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.

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

Adam Jarvis

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.

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USB 3.1 demo shows new spec well on its way towards 1.2GB/sec goal

Adam Jarvis

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.

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Microsoft: YES Windows 8.1 is finished, but NO you can't have it

Adam Jarvis

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.

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Adam Jarvis

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.

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Microsoft to ship Windows 8.1 in 'late August'

Adam Jarvis

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.

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

Adam Jarvis
Linux

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.

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Apple unveils hints of Monday's new-product announcements

Adam Jarvis
Facepalm

Apple meets BTOpenworld..

Oh the irony, Apple takes its design cues from BT 'Openworld'

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Comet sheds 450 jobs in biz survival struggle

Adam Jarvis

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.

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Microsoft releases Windows 7 to MSDN, TechNet today

Adam Jarvis
Gates Halo

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.

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Vodafone offers customers chance to pay for own infrastructure

Adam Jarvis
Pint

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.

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iPhone 3G S in the UK: what you need to know

Adam Jarvis
Thumb Down

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'

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Apple counts $1bn for mystery data center

Adam Jarvis
Jobs Halo

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.

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