* Posts by Adam Jarvis

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

Adam Jarvis

Windows 10 CRS-7 Edition (RTM) got its view first preview yesterday (28/06/15) by all accounts.

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Video Killed the Radio Star, how things come full circle.

Apple Music kills Windows Phone. Radio 1's (now Apple) Zane Lowe, has pretty much sealed Windows Phone's fate, before its even begun and killed any Music/Video/Streaming revenue model MS might have had in mind.

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Microsoft says its latest, dodgy Windows 10 build is good for (almost) everyone

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Microsoft Marketing Car Crashes.

I'm sure the Microsoft Surface problems (N.B.Not Surface Pro) are due to some MS bright spark cost cutting at the last minute, making the switch to using the Atom x7 Baytrail, rather than a Core-M processor, not realising the knock on development consequences. Intel had probably prioritised driver development for the Core-M, their flagship low power processor, over the Atom x7.

MS Surface desperately needs a Core-M to be taken seriously as a device.

As usual, lots of marketing mistakes from Microsoft, ditching the Modern App of Skype, just as you're launching a new Windows 10 OS, whose main new feature is Universal Apps, Modern Apps (across a few more platforms) in all but name. Telling everyone they should use the Win32 Desktop version, says they couldn't get the Universal App finished in time or functionally complete, with the API set of Universal Apps.

In marketing terms, its all very messy. MS do seem determined to stick to the July Release, it can only end in tears. I'm not sure October 2015 is even realistic, now.

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BT: G.fast is fast and we want it FASTER

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Re: Stuff G.fast!

BT in the form of BT Openreach has done hardly any maintenance of its rural infrastructure themselves for years, its mostly been left to rack and ruin. There are plenty of telephone exchange buildings looking dilapidated/unpainted since built in the 1970s. The only time some manhole covers have been lifted in the last 30 years, is because of tax payer funded BDUK installs.

So called 'Fibre rollout', but it turns out that 0.5mm copper is been replaced by 0.9mm copper to 'just' so meet outer targets, to prevent having to install real FTTP to those hamlets.

Instead of G.fast, maybe we should drop a few test Fibre Optical cables between two or more villages in a roadside ditch or along a river embankment/edge and see how long it lasts?

Its only got to last between 2 and 5 years, enough time to prioritise the areas where the cables need to properly installed, from revenues gained. The ones getting damaged you target for install. Do you think vast arrays of g.fast technology won't require maintenance?

An Ad-hoc approach in Rural Wales for instance, is actually quite a good idea. Certain locations between towns, across farmland/hedgerows never see the light of day, by anyone. Public footpaths could be targeted, but there's always a chance a farmer could cut it, so its worth letting local farmers/local authorities know of the their existence.

Better than G.fast, by miles. G.fast is a non starter rurally.

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Re: Stuff G.fast!

AC, if you live more than 500m by cable from the nearest FTTC cab (thats about 250-300m as the crow flies), none of these headline grabbing G.fast plans will ever reach you, the maths (costs) just doesn't add up.

Its about time we started laying Fibre to you, by whatever means possible - doing the job once and doing it well - because its going to take a very long time to connect everyone to these sort of speeds.

G.fast is only good for the people already getting 50+Mbps on FTTC. In a NotSpot with FTTC?, you'll be in a NotSpot for G.fast.

It needs a vast rollout of FTTrNs + FTTC for this to be viable, a minimum of 8 FTTrN+1 FTTC, per 2km2, for partial coverage. 16 FTTrN+1 FTTC per 2km2 to get blanket coverage.

Rurally, 'Ad hoc' Fibre bright yellow cabling left loose down roadsides, could do a better job and much cheaper.

Over time, this could be placed into ducts, from subscription revenue, but would allow the network to be up and running quickly. Rurally, cabling is less likely to be subject to vandalism.

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G.fast is going to end up like supporting 5 versions of Windows -XP,Win7,Win8,Win8.1,Win10

This sounds like its going to be a practical nightmare to support, to get theoretical max 300Mbps throughputs, just to keep using their huge copper (there's a lot of aluminum too) assets.

BT are forgetting we need complex equipment on the premises that has to interact with what is likely to end up a support nightmare, the equivalent of supporting 5 Different Versions of Windows, along with 5 Different Versions of Macs. Attempting to update equipment, BT have no physical access to if an update fails to apply, then left communicating at the old protocol, producing unacceptable crosstalk.

You move home, your old VSDL router connected at the equivalent protocol of 'Win10', (my analogy) the new home uses a 'Win7' protocol Cabinet (hasn't yet had an update). The subscriber uses it anyway, manages to connect. This interferes with the neighbours connection, causing crosstalk, but crosstalk due to connecting using the wrong protocol for that cab. Or the cab uses the other ECI design, not a Huawei one, which isn't 'exactly' compatible, giving very low throughput rates.

BT is going to have to keep all their pre-installed managed Huawei/ECI VDSL Modems up to date, keep a complete inventory of models in use, which then allows BT a monopoly on the premises supplied equipment. We're back to the day's of using one telephone and one socket, circa 1970's supplied by BT.

Can't see BT supporting the vast array of VDSL routers over time, i.e. Netgear D6400, or a ASUS DSL-N66U. The newly released Netgear firmware supposedly doesn't even support g.fast yet.

I'm fine with all this if BT are paying but Taxpayer funded? NO WAY.

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What's broken in this week's build of Windows 10? Installing it, for one

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Re: The Windows10 (aka Windows 8.2) facade and DirectX12 lies...

It's almost like the person in charge of the first Windows 10 TP left at Christmas 2014, and someone heavily involved in Windows 8/8.1 got promoted, because most of the functionality in TP1's Start Menu has now transitioned back into a Metro / Modern Style Menu with little to no, functionality.

Stardock's Start10 (at its first attempt) was better than anything so far seen in Windows 10 Desktop, how does that figure?

F8 'safe mode' needs to a least have an option that it automatically re-enables itself for the next 10 reboots, if for any reason a Windows Update fails, Windows fails to boot.

I can't understand why they didn't use the basis of Windows RT/Windows 10 Mobile, but compiled on an Intel Processor, to produce a Live Bootable USB Version of Windows 10 Mini Desktop that runs as a desktop 'Live' OS, but just runs Modern Apps, i.e ditching the Win32 legacy. Sort of a full blown, WinPE of Windows 10.

Not as a replacement product for 'full fat' Windows 10, but as a supplement product, as a support OS, Recovery Tools, Basic IE / Edge use / Office 365 Use, in the same way you can use a Ubuntu Live Bootable USB Installer.

MS need to stop forcing things, and just give users the tools to let them choose, A 'live' cut down USB version of Windows 10, where you can use just Modern Apps, might actually be quite popular.

MS could have given the USB 'live' version of Windows 10 Desktop away for free, and charged for the full desktop upgrade inc Win32 legacy, much more sensible.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

Adam Jarvis

Why call the July release 'Windows 10'?

I'd say it needs a lot more time, best to go by the Telemetry data; Microsoft Feedback programme hasn't suddenly dropped to a few whispers, now has it - in terms of numbers.

I'm sure Microsoft would be shouting that from the rafters, if they had.

Like Windows 8 they had a date for release, and this (Windows 10) seems exactly the same methodology, get it out the door, patch later.

What seems daft is naming the July build 'Windows 10', because if its free/or with special discounts for 12 months there is absolutely no need to officially name it 'Windows 10' (the name that could stick/be associated to a bad first release) during the launch period.

Much better, giving it a much softer, but more robust (over time) launch. Calling it officially Windows 10 in Jul/Aug 2016, when discounts end, seems more sensible given its current build state.

Its different to Windows 8 in this regard as that was a charged upgrade from the start.

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Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving

Adam Jarvis

So will Apple apply a bit of taptic touch on Quebec?.

Given the bad press for Apple Watch 'hands free' in-car use, wondering if Apple have any means of closing a few factories, putting off a few store openings in the regiion of Quebec.

Seems the way of Big Biz of late, when things aren't to their liking, applying a bit of taptic touch (pressure) lovingly.

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Openreach to trial G.fast in Swansea

Adam Jarvis

Re: The sheer irony of BT, in choosing Swansea/Wales.

Totally unrepresentative of the rest of Wales though, G.fast is a technology that has no place in Wales, well what most of us know to be Wales, not some token City Centre Swansea location.

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The sheer irony of BT, in choosing Swansea/Wales.

The sheer irony of BT. If there is one place in the UK where G.fast will never be practical to do roll-out-en-masse, its Wales.

Lets get the truth out there straight away.

This is a BT 'trophy project' like VW building the Audi RX7, when 99% of what they sell are Polo's and Golf Match. If you're Welsh, live rurally - it will never be a rolled out, it just doesn't make economic sense.

The FTTC solution that's being chosen by BT for the UK, works well in Cities/Market Towns (in the town itself) but its not a good solution for (mostly rural) Wales or rural hamlets / sparsely populated housing.

Coverage en-masse - You need to 'carpet bomb' a new FTTC Roadside Cab every 2(km2) to cover the UK. Otherwise Not Spots are still Not Spots (in FTTC minimum speed terms). That's a lot of FTTC cabinets, to give you an upto 80Mbps (without any future proofing) to every part of the UK.

To improve each FTTC cabinet with G.fast 'en-masse' you then have to take each individual 2(km2) area and 'micro-carpet-bomb' with a minium of 8 further FTTrN distribution points, to give a maximum line length of 500m to each consumer node. Currently these aren't self-powered so each require an expensive connection to the mains grid. (A total of 8 FTTrNs+1 FTTC per 2(km2)).

Even then, you will have G.fast 'Not-spots' (or in this case, areas where speed is more like 'upto' FTTC speeds), as G.fast has a working range of upto 400m. Its unlikely that BT would ever have a maximum 'copper/aluminium' distance of 250m 'en-masse' to each consumer premises/node as the costs rise exponentially for G.fast (you'd need to add a 16 further FTTrN distribution points, 24 in total+1 FTTC per 2(km2)).

The best G.fast can theoretically hope to offer is 650Mbps at 50m, Only 10% of customers per existing FTTC cabinet, even after you add 8 further powered FTTrN points, per 2(km2) could achieve this.

There comes a point where it would be more cost effective to find an efficient method of connecting those premises with either Fibre Optic or something like Intel's Optical Thunderbolt technology, with consumer style connections either end, for ease of installation.

Maintenance cost will also become prohibitive, because there will be so much delicate 'maxed out' technology between the consumer and the 'exchange' (in the conventional sense). Fault finding will become very difficult, lengthy and more frequent.

Speeds, like VDSL/ADSL, are dependant on copper line quality/length, even more so. The land area of UK is 243,610 (km2). OK, not all of it populated, but generally most areas have a end node, there somewhere.

Thats over 100,000 FTTC cabinets are around £15,000 each, a lot more than the current 5600 exchanges, with a further 800,000 FTTrN distribution points just to achieve a further 10% of customer's (per FTTC) obtaining a connection of 'upto' 650Mbps at a distance of 50m from FTTrN.

Putting a piece of complex technology in between the premises and the telephone exchange in damp, windy, rural areas (Wales/telegraph poles in particular-FTTrN) isn't going to last either.

And this begs the question, if FTTP is inevitable for Wales, why isn't there a policy in place, that copper cable renewals in Wales are ALL FTTP from now on, where line lengths are more than 250m from an existing proposed/future Cabinet/FTTrN roll-out. Because upgrading these premises is going to take a long time, they have no solution in sight, so we may aswell start today, working from the outer reaches in, towards the exchange.

Conclusion - BT in their wisdom thought Swansea would be the best place to show off this G.fast Tech. BT are more or less, having private joke at the expense of the Welsh.

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

Adam Jarvis

Microsoft Dynamics / Microsoft Azure?

Weren't we force fed those bloody annoying adverts that it was all down to the wonders of Microsoft Dynamics and MIcrosoft Azure / Cloud Computing? Seems that backend data is harder to visualise / connect to than they thought, Real time? Scaleable? Hmmm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl9cfv7MQCg

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Get another loan, fanbois, the new MacBook Pro and iMac are here

Adam Jarvis

Displayport 1.3?

Will the new Macbook Pro 15 connect to a future 5K Apple External Monitor?, i.e does it have Displayport 1.3 yet?

Those SSD upgrade prices are circa 2011. 512GB SSD's have a street price of £130-£150. 16GB of ram is a £160 upgrade on the 13'', making prices almost the same.

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BT boss in shock 'bigger is better' claim as £12.5bn EE bid heats up

Adam Jarvis

BT's EE plan.

BT's EE plan.

To fit every BT customer with a Home Hub 6 with a built in 4G EE Femtocell, so they can charge exhorbitant 4GB mobile rates / 'per MB' Data rates* gouging the customer, for data sent over the customer's own FTTC connection (charged twice), that has only been made possible because of vast amount of subsidies paid by the UK taxpayer (charged thrice). You couldn't make it up.

*upto £7.50 per MB for roaming rates/overseas customers.

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New Windows 10 Mobile build brings Universal Office Apps to phones

Adam Jarvis

Re: Are there any insiders with a working Lumia left to test Windows 10 Mobile.

I'm working with Windows 10 insider, think I don't know all the methods to install Updates.

...Great until you get the list of updates that you can't slipstream, such as this one:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2603229

How about Microsoft forget new features, and actually fix the existing elephant in the room 'Windows Update' - how about continually improving the 'Dumb' Windows Update experience, instead of keeping things time warped in 1995.

Selective Manual Windows Updates are a nightmare, either way.

You need to Re-Select 'Check Updates' after each install/reboot to actually get all selected updates to install successfully.

Each 'Check Updates' takes 25 minutes, somtimes 30.

So if you install a single Update, which you need to do, for the Nvidia driver (because there are often two in the list, need to select older first) to start with, you then need to reboot, and recheck Updates, and wait a further 25 minutes, its so dumb. Windows Update doesn't realise its just installed a single update, it rechecks everything, every file - taking forever.

You're best to install Important Updates first, then the optional ones.

A test run install shows you which updates fail, so you have to do a second install, deselecting these, imaging up the system (using Linux based tools), once the successful updates are done/installed.

Yep, you can do the other way, but you end up with an install log full of failed updates, which never looks good.

Out of the box, Windows Update is just a shit user experience, for manual updates. That's how hard it is to achieve a working Version of Windows 7 with an install log showing only 'successful' in terms of updates, no fails.

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Adam Jarvis

Re: Are there any insiders with a working Lumia left to test Windows 10 Mobile.

None of the time spent I'm talking about is actually downloading the 1.15GB of updates, 2hrs is purely to install 200 updates onto an SSD, (and actually I'm been generous there, numerous updates failed, KB3045171, a Windows installed NVidia driver update+3 others (.Net) but the latter installed after total of 8/9 reboots)

I'm not counting download time, as its a Fibre connection which means that is not an issue. Not sure how you'd cope on the average BT shitty copper ADSL.

If I'd chosen Windows 8.1 Update 1 is actually even more a pain, if you need to do a clean install back from Windows 8.0 Media, because you Licence Key is for 8.0 not 8.1.

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Are there any insiders with a working Lumia left to test Windows 10 Mobile.

After the last version threshold version of Windows 10, Windows Mobile 'Brick' - are there any Windows Insiders left to test it? That's one sure way to kill off the Nokia brand for good.

In the meantime as of Tues 12/05/2015 - Windows 7 SP1 Install CD, (Win7 - what everyone is actually using) has just reached the dizzy heights of 200 'post installation' Updates/Patches to download and install, total download 1115MB. Yet, Microsoft have decided in all their Wisdom, Windows Update is so fantastically implemented already (read:can of worms) it will remain 'as is' in the revolution that is Windows 10.

Well, Microsoft - thats also one sure way to kill the Microsoft brand for good. 15 minutes to install to desktop, 2hrs of Post install updates, and thats installing to a Crucial 256GB SSD, not a mechanical drive.

Given his World Health role, Bill must realise the pain and mental suffering he's inflicting on the World through Windows installs.

Both Linux Mint 17.1 and Ubuntu 15.04 are around 12 mins to install to fully updated Desktop, downloading updates during the install. The process and experience is so much nicer. Companies need to wake up, test the alternatives to Windows 10, you'll be surprised.

There was a time, when Windows was about saving companies time and money, what happened?

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Time to get your babble on: Microsoft opens Skype Translator Preview to all comers

Adam Jarvis

The BBC got exclusive access for W1A.

BBC W1A got exclusive access to MS, codename 'Syncopatico' which is (supposedly*) based on Sharepoint.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vgg1j

(Check out the on screen text translations).

All good. Yeh, no.- Cool.

(*Well it is, but it isn't.)

An added touch would have been Windows Update to appear just before the blank screen.

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Forced sale of Openreach division would put BT broadband investment at risk, says CEO

Adam Jarvis

Re: New Builds

For rural areas the BARN model is showing that the true FTTP model can be both cheaper to install per node and it will be crucially cheaper to maintain and upgrade over the longer term, fundamentally there is less technology open to the elements, to go wrong.

Above all, look at the speed benefits / 'future proofing' in comparision to FTTC. Do you even need a regulator anymore? That's what happens when you make 'independent' decisions where you don't have to think about preserving the Copper Asset values of your existing infrastructure.

BT's problem (quite rightly for BT) was that you can generally only borrow to invest, based on the value of their current 'Copper' Asset Infrastructure.

BT play that card everytime, Ofcom/Gov accept that card everytime, and that's why Notspots are still Notspots. For rural areas, BT's need sidelining, its not working, every decision BT make is based on the virtual 'copper elephant' in the room.

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Adam Jarvis

Re: New Builds

Having an 'artificial restriction - variable length/quality copper/aluminium lines' (think of it like a valve/tap) between the customer and BT's main infrastructure, allows BT to differentiate on pricing.

Ofcom like it, because differential products give them something to regulate. Having a program to force all new installation/local loop network upgrading to only use Fibre (FTTP) as the replacement, is not in eithers (BT or Ofcom) interest, only the customers, and what do they matter.

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Rural Britain Wake Up!

Rural Britain wake Up!

To keep using their copper infrastructure, BT choose FTTC, as the solution to Britain's broadband needs, because it suited BT/BTOpenreach not Britain, and it certainly doesn't suit Wales.

With a FTTC solution, you'd need to 'carpet bomb' a new FTTC Roadside Cab every 2(km2) to cover the UK. Otherwise Not Spots are still Not Spots. That's a lot of FTTC cabinets, to give you an upto 80Mbps (not that fast either) to every part of the UK. Yes, there is G-fast, no - its not a solution here.

Speed, like ADSL, is dependant on copper line quality/length. The land area of UK is 243,610 (km2). OK, not all of it populated, but generally most areas have a end node, there somewhere.

Thats over 100,000 FTTC cabinets are around £15,000 each, a lot more than the current 5600 exchanges.

Putting a piece of complex technology in between the premises and the telephone exchange in damp, windy, rural areas (Wales/telegraph poles in particular-FTTrN) isn't going to last either. (FTTrN also requires the same expensive Power requirements as a full size cab, at present)

Expensive FTTC Cabinets with 120/240 nodes were/are fundamentally the wrong type of infrastructure to use to deliver Broadband to small rural Hamlets, sparsely populated houses/areas. It works for the Cities/Market towns, but only to the main town itself.

A little known detail in the Superfast Cymru Project, is in order to meet longer line lengths (premises over 1km from the roadside cab) delivery thresholds, BTOpenreach are been subsidised, to rip out 0.5mm copper/aluminium lines.

What are BT spending vast amounts of time of effort replacing them with on this Superfast 'Fibre' project? Some Future proofing technology? FTTP? No..Copper in nearly all cases.

BT are upgrading existing 0.5mm copper, replacing with 0.9mm copper lines, to be more precise.

Future proofing things for at least er...3-5 years, until the next massive handout. Not Spots remain Not spots, or spots that 'just' meet the current artificial 'superfast' target. It wasn't long ago, that a minimum of 2Mbps was the target.

The devil is in the detail. Its hardly upgrading, its infrastucture planning designed to 'just' meet the contract targets, not Britain's future needs. This is what happens when BT own the local loop.

Please Sir, can I have some more...(subsidy handouts) forever more.

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Microsoft HoloLens or Hollow Lens? El Reg stares down cyber-specs' code

Adam Jarvis

Tech (wear) where there is no one right answer.

We're getting to a point, where Tech is getting difficult to nail down what is the best solution, its become very subjective.

You can guarantee that the second gen of Apple Watch will break previous features that users grew to enjoy, but 'advancement' means, they get dropped, replaced by something else. Each advancement, is not always pluses (pros) anymore, negatives (cons) are showing up in subsequent versions, more often than not.

Its getting difficult to pin down the one 'right' best solution and its probably because you can survive without this type of tech. Just because its mega complicated to achieve, doesn't mean it necessarily adds that much to the way things have been done up to now.

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

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If it does suck, it can't do much harm

If it does suck, it can hardly do any harm it only runs on Windows 10. Are Windows 8.1 Users getting it? Do they care?

I opened the 'theguardian.com' realised it was slow and clunky, compared to both Firefox and Chrome on my Windows 10 build 10061 machine. Closed it, not looked at it since.

Hated everything about IE (especially the fact I'm constantly been nagged by the latest IE11 Update that fails to install, repeatedly)

I hate Windows Update more, Windows Update even in 10, is the exactly same shit its been for eternity.

Windows 10's lipstick is starting to smudge. There is free, and there is unfinished, the rest of us have to pay for this shit. When will Enterprises come to their senses and ditch this crap for good, nearly everything is done in browser nowadays (or in the near future).

Another 10 Years of Licensing of Windows 10? - no thanks.

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Loose lips slip when Windows 10 ships: 'End of July' says AMD CEO

Adam Jarvis

Who thought a Synaptics Touchpad update could prove so evil?

Hours upon hours later, it turns out to be an evil Synaptics Touchpad driver 19.03 that killed Windows 10 build 10041. Actually no, it turns out Microsoft Recover support tools actually killed it and stupidly going down that road, with their abysmal support tools.

If I'd just plugged in a mouse into the laptop, on build 10041 none of this shit would have happened. How can a common touchpad driver be allowed to cause so much mayhem on a release build?.

I've used Linux to support Microsoft products since the 90's, and for once I stupidly decided (against my better judgement) to run MS recovery, be nice if it at least recovered booksmarks/download history from popular browsers. Too much to ask MS?

If it wasn't for Linux providing the sticking plaster every time for MS Products, Windows would have been thrown on the scrap heap long ago.

If you run into problems testing Windows 10, plug in a regular mouse, into your laptop before doing anything else and try booting again.

Or take it as given, Microsoft managed to not even test build 10041 with a touchpad driver before releasing? Says it all really. Almost seems like a planned sabotage by someone at MS.

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The Fate of F8

My Windows 10 Install has finally died. Got to 10041, or between 10041 and the next one.

It was getting more and ropey as each sucessive build/update was applied, then failed, then reapplied. It really didn't help things attempting with switch between Fast and Slow builds. That's the easiest way to break the install, really don't do it.

Finally it would boot into Windows, freeze and die with a BSOD. I wish I'd read your comment earlier, spent hours backing up across a fast network (mega slow, even with A Samsung SSD) then attempting a 'refresh'. So called 'refresh' is about a useless as a chocolate teapot, as said, if Windows 10 has failed, it still will fail after a refresh.

F8 Safe boot is now hidden away, and it no longer 'safe boots', when all else has failed - like it did in the past-great. Progress. Also, no way to switch off fast boot in the safe menu? Just takes you round in circles to get to this menu now, a real pain. And so difficult to break out of this process to use an bootable USB key.

Windows 10 is the most amatuerish pre-release I've ever used from MS, there is no way this will be ready for 1st August, October 2015 for that matter. Shame Amazon have used the name Kindle, because in terms of Kindle, it seem to be the easiest of Windows builds to break.

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

Adam Jarvis

Re: Why do I get a bad feeling about this...

Nehalems (i3,i5,i7) support VT-d, (the point of the article), without VT-d hardware support - Device Guard doesn't work, older processors below Nehalems don't have it.

In terms of Authentec Drivers, they were removed, when Apple removed the Authentec Website (without notice either). HP have switched software, so I very much doubt they will be writing new drivers for Windows 10, for older hardware. Past experience also says it won't happen.

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Adam Jarvis

Re: Why do I get a bad feeling about this...

Because you're running a Core 2 Duo and not a Intel nehalem processor (i3,i5,i7) series or newer?

Given past history, the final release could cut off anything below a nehalem.

(Is there a hidden context to the free consumer upgrade, in that you need nehalem onwards)

It would save an awful lot of free upgrades for MS, and keep HP, Dell and Lenovo Happy.

Do MS really want to support anything below, given all the proprietary driver issues - Authentec Fingerprint Readers as a good example of no longer getting support (now owned by Apple).

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What's broken in this week's Windows 10 build? Try the Start Menu, for one

Adam Jarvis

Windows 10 has lost its fizz,

I was quite impressed (unusual for me) with the first TP build when it was released, thought Microsoft had a new sort of fighting spirit to the Company, after Ballmer went, but seems disillusionment has set in.

Its looks to have become a power struggle between Metro/New v Classic/Old teams, the results of which is more broken builds. Stardock's Start10 is better than anything so far in any of the Windows 10 builds, in terms of a new menu.

Windows 10 seems to be a tangled web of obsolete code, patches, security patches, re-patches, dependancies. Change this, and this breaks. Even the idea of skipping a release might be good marketing, but when you look back in 5-8 years trying to support this shit, its another poinless quirk you need to remember, that there was no 9.

Is it even possible to install a final version of Windows 7 or 8 from scratch without having a failed Update within the install log?

Microsoft, it would be worth going back and seeing if you can - I don't think its possible.

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Windows 10 MURDERED your Lumia? Microsoft says it may have a fix

Adam Jarvis

We need a new graphic for Windows 10

A new 'stickman' graphic for Windows 10...

Take the 1 in '10' turn it anticlockwise 90 degrees, attach to the zero.

Lift..and push this wheelbarrow of sh..it to your nearest landfill site.

MS still think they will get this out before October 2015?

I think they have amnesia/head in the sand to the fact Windows 7, Android Lolipop and iOS/Yosemite, Linux Mint and Ubuntu exist as alternatives.

Windows Update is a bag of nails, MS sort that, people might upgrade then to a MIcrosoft Product.

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EMEA PC market circling rim, headed for U-bend plunge

Adam Jarvis

Windows 10 Shipping this year?

It must be Microsoft and its Press & Marketing, that still believe Windows 10 will ship this year.

Windows 10 still needs serious work, Microsoft would be better releasing the current build (ish) as Windows 8.2 (Windows 8.1 Update 2) , its that bad.

MS really don't want to destroy the Windows Branding twice in a row.

MS can't even decide on the Recycle Bin Icon at this late stage, and they think its going to get released in the Summer? Seriously shoddy at the moment. Running Build 10049.

It the U-Bend inverted, Windows 10 peaked at its first technical preview, downhill ever since. A Windows 7 Service Pack 2, with Windows 10 File Explorer, could be a winner though.

Universal Apps on the desktop? I have an iPad for apps, too much app investment to jump ship.

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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 LUCK, 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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