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Missed the Boat.
They had the Communicator 9000. But messed with S60 instead of a decent GUI for a Symbian Smart phone. by 2002 the 9210i had Flash too.
They had the N770 Linux tablet in 2005 but made tiny incremental changes to produce N800, Nokia N810 and Nokia N900. Never produced a large enough screen size or good enough GUI.
Nokia lost the plot years ago.
QT was a nice idea. But they bought Trolltech and killed it.
Nokia missed the boat because they went to the Train station by mistake and took a rickshaw..
You can't have it both ways.
Yes Nokia is still the market leader by volume. But their smart phone products are mostly just used as phones.
There is no doubt that even if Nokia Sales are increasing, the Dumb and Feature phones are under threat from China by price and their Smart phones are under threat from everyone.
Apple may not see much more market share. But Nokia has demonstrated that they can't do GUIs. that the best aspect of Symbian was designed by Psion. Symbian is still best choice for a basic feature phone. But with falling ROM. RAM and CPU costs, cheap Chinese Linux Feature phones may be "good enough".
I doubt Intel and Nokia can ever deliver a decent GUI experience on Meego. Meego is 5 years too late. That's why Nokia has missed the Boat.
Win Phone can't Scale up to Tablets and ARM Win8 is yet to be proven to be any use at all on a Tablet. MS has been trying to get GUI right for Tablet since 1993 Win3.11. They may have finally got Phone screen GUI on WinCE "OK"ish via Zune for WinPhone7. That's not a Table OS. They may be too late also. Getting WinPhone7 on Nokia may be too late. Has MS missed the Boat?
"Isn't this technology a spread-spectrum thing? Why can't they give the same block of spectrum to all the operators, and let their use of it be determined by the number of customers they have? "
CDMA-1, EVDO, FOMA, 3G/HSPA/UMTS/W-CDMA and CDMA2000 are all spread spectrum. There is no free lunch. Google Cell Breathing. On 3G each operator uses 3 x 5MHz + 5MHz separate channels, or it would be rubbish.
LTE is like DAB, WiMax, DTT , it doesn't use Spread Spectrum, but OFDM.
The off quoted 100Mbps is for ONE user only connected, in one sector, on a 20MHz + 20MHz channel with a perfect signal. Cell Edge is 0.6Mbps with only a SINGLE connection in Use.
To make a cellular network you need a minimum of THREE different channels, and 6 or 9 is much much better.
To get more capacity you need more channels or much smaller cells. Random isn't evenly distributed. So with smaller cells and more operators, it's more likely some have too many people and some have only 1 or 2.
various nearly accurate Wikipedia articles on all this too.
Words fail me.
LTE needs 120MHz + 120MHz to even think of being decent.
You need Shared RAN (wholesale). This makes the speed on poorest Mast sectors up to x5 better.
Tax profits. Not Roll out cost (Big Licences).
Tax Mobile use x8 more than Fixed Wireless.
"...it periodically and proactively checks tape cartridges in its libraries to ensure they can be read..."
Doesn't that wear out the tape?
Windows 8 will be out before 2014 XP EOL.
People are best to look for alternatives to Exchange and Sharepoint which are clunky, proprietary and need expensive Windows Servers. Servers is one thing Linux does do well.
So the netbook/Laptop/desktop choice is Windows 8 if you insist on being locked to MS Server apps. and Windows 8 or Ubuntu for XP replacement if your Server side is "open".
I see no compelling need to upgrade to Windows 7 unless you have vista.
The ISPs, Government s everywhere need to ignore these guys. Yes there is some significant downloading of Copyright Material. But the response needs to be appropriate and proportional and not penalise the innocent majority.
Wide Spread monitoring would add cost and drive the minority that do real piracy to use BluRay disks in post or encrypted vpns. It would catch very very few real pirates and substantially add to cost.
Rights holders need to pursue real commercial pirates and also make content available to buy, universally in all markets at same time and price.
A warrant should be needed to monitor someone's Internet connection, just like phone or mail.
When will the World and US in particular ditch Software and Business method patents.
I accept the idea of Copyright on implementation. But not Patents of this kind of stuff.
Photo of guilty "patent" holder included.
Also DVB-T and DVB-C
"H.264 is used in Video Cameras, Mobile phones (in hardware), Bluray and DVB-S2 (Digital Satellite). H.264 enjoys universal video support in professional video software too."
Almost all HD on cable TV. Soon SD on Cable too.
All recent DVB-T, not just DVB-T2 use MPEG4 H.264 L3 for SD and MPEG4 H.264 L4 for HD
Over 20 countries.
It's rapidly replacing MPEG2 for SD, not just HD.
All consumer video devices/ TVs will have (and many do have) Industry Standard H.264
If you want to replay that WebM as a file you may need to re-encode it to H.264 or inferior DivX, losing quality.
What is Google really doing? They don't care about open source except to exploit it. Android development is never open sourced till it's released.
They don't care about Privacy or Copyright. If MS is the Great Satan who is Google? Not the Saviour of Mankind.
Remember Direct X security issues?
Also, isn't for most people the Limitation the actual Internet connection speed or Server in the Cloud.
I use OpenOffice. But Frankly it's very slow and clunky compared to MS Office 2002/XP/2003 version.
You should see how well Word 2.0a runs on any modern PC. Or the fact that Win 3.1 boot time in DosBox is 2 seconds.
The bigger the Hype
The more people are let down.
If these Mobile Wireless Internet Services are realistically sold there isn't a problem. The problem is pretending it's Broadband. Unless nearly every street has LTE or Mobile WiMax, it won't be Broadband.
No-one can see you when you are on radio.
Not sure why BBC Radio Announcers had to wear a suit and possibly more formal.
industry changed massively and that shook Sinclair, Acorn ... others back down to nothing.
I have 1987 Acorn User with review of Acorn's ARM based Archimedes. Also later issue featuring RIscOS.
As many ARM licensed cores shipped per day as x86 from Intel in a Month, or more.
MS win2008 will run on ARM.
MS winCE/WinPhone/WinMobile/win7Phone runs on ARM. MS for some years now has only really supported ARM for WinCE/Phone family.
ARM also runs
That 8.5% is irrelevant. That includes non-Worrdpress hosted copies installed elsewhere.
The attack isn't against all wordpress installs, but only against Wordpress's own servers.
I remember all this before. The problem is not XP but the BIOS.
A million years ago we used to stick a tiddler drive that BIOS understood on Primary and NOT INSTALL on BIOS the 2nd LARGE drive at all. NT3.51 and NT4.0 Diskmanager could see them. It's supposed to deal with Exabytes...
Anyone tried this with the > 2 Tbyte drives?
There were various bios updates and various size limits. But none ever applied to Drives that BIOS didn't know about, but Disk Manager did.
480 x 272 lines is so nearly 5 years ago. Toy Sat navs have this. A new Model with nearly 5" and less than 800 x 480 is crazy.
A Satnav with built in TV is crazy. It's obsolete too with much of Europe (and even UK for HD) using MPEG4 for SD and HD.
Ireland's DTT is MPEG4 only and no simulcast of SD and HD.
This is a truly obsolete and daft product.
A real Designer
Sorry to hear he had a bad fall, long illness etc.
Something like that design deserves Copyright, Registered Design etc.
Great and original idea, and actually made.
Shows how stupid SW patents are. The most that software should have is Copyright.
One really good point.
If all the other WinMo Licencees run off to Android and MS *DOES* regard Nokia as unique and valuable sole HW partner then this could work.
Initially I thought this was the stupidest thing Nokia could do. But on reflection they are probably doomed in 5 years anyway if they didn't.
It's not true that WInCE was bad. It was a quite good "cut down" NT concept with little DOS/Win3.1/Win95 junk. The stupidity was trying to make it have the same Branding and especially GUI as Desktop Windows.
Zune was then the first decent GUI on Win CE for small graphical devices.
After the Communicator N9200 it seemed downhill for Nokia. They should have turned Maemo into Consumer Phone in 9 months. Instead they choked it and then nearly killed it merging with Intel's Moblin to give Meego. The QT debacle also was poor as the article points out. Another good idea strangled. They'd have done better simply outsourcing to Trolltech.
The open sourcing of Symbian was another great idea gone bad.
So the choice for Nokia was continue as is and asphyxiate or adopt the now "nearly good enough" WP7 and hope for W8 x86/ARM for Tablets.
It's probably too late. Unless there is a radical change in the way MS partnerships, maybe Nokia is doomed in 5 years as the Chinese eat the basic & Feature phone market and Android, RIM, HP and Apple eat the Smart phone/Tablet market.
MS too needs major change or the next version of Windows Phone could be the last.
The Real World More Difficult.
There is nothing new about this. Analogue phone lines do it for voice and 1Gbps Ethernet on CAT5e does it on each pair.
I'd say vanishingly impossible on RF. You need over 90dB of isolation. On a Cable the characteristics are 1000s of times more stable than RF in a room and the Transmit and Receive signal levels not that hugely different. On a Wireless Set, the Transmit can be +18dBm and receive at -85dBm.
Mobile phone networks mostly use separate channels for Transmit and Receive. The main application would be WiFi and it's not going to work in the real world. You would be doing fantastic to get 18dB isolation, which would make for VERY short range WiFi.
A router with USB hard drive running OpenWRT.
Some Commercial Router/WiFi/Media boxes can do this off the shelf too. At the minute the cost is closer to $290 though (including Hard Drive).
Also it can be done securely today with a hosted Server account from about $20. Solves issues of traffic and "always on". Customise the free mail server, add Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla and whatever plugins. Give your friends accounts. Say goodbye to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Google Docs.
H.264 quality not that great?
Really? That's why almost every broadcaster uses H.264 L4 for HD and all newer Digital TV systems use H.264 L3 for SD?
I can't tell
Is this is really clever or complete suicide for Nokia?
Android would be no good as everyone is doing it.
Their problem is that Meego isn't ready, probably "wrong" because it's part Intel and They messed up the GUI aspects of symbian.
Also Phones are becoming "lego" kits. Samsung, Texas, Qualcomm, Marvell lego. Not actually clever Apple, HTC , Motorola or Nokia hardware.
Last Hurrahs of DEC
64bit NT on the Alpha. Long before AMD 64 or XP.
Their version of ARM that was acquired by Intel and became xscale family now mostly sold by Intel to Marvell, the main ARM phone competitor to Texas, Samsung and Qualcomm
Wolfpack that became NT Clustering.
In the end, too much proprietary legacy stuff, inability to focus quickly on shifts in Technology (VMS vs UNIX, PC vs Alpha.
Could have been there at the start of PCs and UNIX for the Masses, before IBM and Compaq.
But IBM doesn't do PCs any longer.
Windows has reached a crises point unless becomes leaner, cheaper, faster and better on x86 and ARM on win8, it's going to lose relevance.
Really the sale to Compaq was the old horse going to the Knacker's yard. Very sad.
Obviously being telepathic lack of 3G, or indeed any cellular service wasn't an issue.
I wonder would I enjoy it as much now as then or simply think it silly?
Badly thought out "glizty" product let down by lack of compatibility and MHEG5
Most places won't have good enough signal.
Waste of money.
Please not PLT!
Cat5e cable is faster, no interference and easy to run like a phone flex around the room edge and under doors.
Why bother mentioning Power line ethernet?
WiFi will work too for iPlayer. It's not as if iPlayer is HD.
"This issue was with all the meta-data and links to the photos from other people. If you have some mystica, magical way to backup that lot as well, I'm sure we'd all like to hear it."
Run your own hosted site. Not perfect but better than Flickr or MS Sidekick if you do it right.
I have a daily cron job that exports the SQL server. I backup that file. I can loose at worst the last day's Metadata. If it was a busy site you maight do hourly SQL replication also.
The uploaded files are separately backed up. If I had money and really paranoid I'd have a mirror with a different provider in a different country. And clever stuff with DNS.
The reason is
That £10 voice costs them 50 times less than £5 data.
Voice is about 12kbps symmetrical and in a perfect scenario what the pay out for out going calls termination charges is nearly balanced for what they receive in incoming call termination charges.
Many voice calls are on their own network.
Almost all Internet data is I/O on their network to others. All of that they pay for in both directions per MByte, not time.
So maybe 50:1 to 200:1 difference in profit for same Voice and Data Revenue
People want > 1Mbps for Data.
A Cell phone mast sector can only support maybe 3 to 5 people simultaneously streaming YouTube. So capacity/Congestion is a huge issue for data versus voice.
Also if people using it instead of Fixed Broadband, instead of a complementary "on the go" Mobile solution, their data sessions are very much longer than typical phone calls.
Another problem also is that for equal SMS and Data revenue, the profits are maybe 1000:1 as SMS costs them nearly nothing. Especially on their own network.
No Unallocated but plenty unused
"In reality, the exhaustion of IPv4 has long been predicted but has remained a distant prospect until recently thanks to the use of Network Address Translation (NAT) technology, which meant banks of corporate PCs all sat behind small ranges of IP addresses. Many units of internet real estate are still sparsely used, with only around 14 per cent actually been utilised, according to a study by the University of Southern California, published on Tuesday."
In reality we may not need IP6 for 10 years.
Existing IP4 won't stop working.
How does someone with ONLY IP6 address IP4?
They need to rethink IP6 interworking and security.
Even NT 3.51 had a not very good Virtual keyboard. I tested the NT 4.0 one with a wacom tablet.
I'd imagine Win7 has one.
I'd rather have netbook with either a slide up screen that covers keyboard, or one where keyboard swivels underneath. The keyboard/tablets with swivel in middle + hinge are fiddly, wobbly and fragile.
By time you add weight of decent screen and batteries, the keyboard isn't much extra weight.
The snag is you will get it anyway
(Man or Woman with so called 3D glasses)
But eventually ALL TVs will be 3D (stereoscopic) as it costs 40cents
cost of IR LED sender to sync the glasses
They will only charge extra for glasses, About €50
You won't be able to buy a TV without 3D,
People buying them now getting ripped off €500+ extra for the 40 cent gizmo + Glasses at €80 to €120.
Of course at the minute the 3D HD is two 960x1080i images side by side in a 1920x1080i frame. That's why it's inferior to HD and works with any 100Hz HDTV with a small bit of software and IR LED to sync glasses.
Very sad for privacy.
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