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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

Ryan Clark

Re: FFS

She managed to make the cheap chinese tablet we bought her last nearly two years. We got the hudl as the chinese tablet performance was really not fair on her any more. Whereas my son broke his first tablet within 3 months (broken screen) and his second (which he bought with his own money) did slightly better at 9months.

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Ryan Clark

FFS

Just got my daughter a Hudl two weeks ago for her birthday. Only cost £40 with some vouchers, but if I had known this was just around the corner I might have waited a fortnight.

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HOT BABES! Worried you won't get that JOB in IT? MENTION how hot you are

Ryan Clark

I think going into an interview and mentioning your own attractiveness is more likely to be the problem. People who think they are good looking and then complaining they didn't get a job because they are too good looking sound like classic narcarssists

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Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

Ryan Clark

Re: 2 billion US dollars?

Clippers were definitely not 3rd rate last season and look to have a similarly strong team this year.

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Apple 5S still best-selling smartphone 8 months after launch

Ryan Clark

In other anecdotal evidence, everyone I know is doing the opposite. Hardly know anyone with an iPhone any more. Most have got fed up with them and moved on.

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Whoa! NUDE! SELFIES! for! Marissa! Mayer's! Blink-gobbling! Yahoo!

Ryan Clark

MS have a windows phone app called Blink for taking photo bursts. I didn't realise you were supposed to be nude in them.

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WhatsApp no threat to BBM: Blackberry bod says pretender's buyout will HELP ailing firm

Ryan Clark

Re: .......

It is a shame then that two of the largest clients I work with (1,000+ users) are both ditching BlackBerry at the moment. Both going to windows phone too

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Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off

Ryan Clark

Re: A happy customer?

You are not the only person who is happy. Our cable TV with V+ and Tivo has been very good. I added broadband last summer and it has been much more reliable than my previous service (all faults were with the wires not with ISP which is why I got off ADSL). The superhub has worked fine with all devices we have and we see very good speed.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

Ryan Clark

If the BBC was a subscription service then they would be competing for subscribers and their revenue would depend on it. I wouldn't like how the content would change if that was what they had to do.

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

Ryan Clark

I recently re-invigorated our netbook with win8.1, It was running slower and slower on xp so I formatted and but 8.1 on. It now starts and runs much quicker. The screen size issue has so far not proved a problem and the main user (Mr 5) has been happy with it so far when he is not on his cheapo chinese tablet.

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Microsoft bags another glamorous Office 365 customer

Ryan Clark

Re: Ah, Notes.

Problem is that Notes appears to be exactly the same as then. Speaking as someone who is currently doing a Notes to Office365 migration, Notes looks exactly the same as I when I was last a user on it, which was over 10 years ago.

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Apple slams brakes on orders of (not so cheap) plasticky iPhone 5C

Ryan Clark

Re: No mention of increased production of the 5S then?

It is in the article

Foxconn said that as well as cutting orders for the 5C, Cupertino said it would need more of the 5S models for the fourth quarter.

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Third of Brits now regularly fondling their slabs, say beancounters

Ryan Clark

Re: We'll see the usual pattern ...

I bought some (very) cheap tablets for the kids at Christmas. My son managed to break the screen on his in 3 months. He got some money for his birthday so I bought him a new one, for less than the one I had bought a few months earlier. In those few months the cheapo Android tablets had moved on from the barely usable, but fine for the kids, to a pretty darn good device. I never see any need to spend the money that Apple want for their kit.

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Nokia drives cars into the clouds: Hear HERE, you're here, hear?

Ryan Clark

Last time I used HERE as a satnav it kept thinking that I was heading in the wrong direction down the motorway everytime I used the outside lane. Don't know if it was a problem with the accuracy of the GPS or the app, but I haven't had that before. Fortunately it re-calculates routes very quickly so it would recover once I moved away from the central reservation.

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Microsoft waves goodbye to Small Business Server

Ryan Clark

Public folders

"SharePoint is the mandated replacement for "public folders" in Exchange"

And yet public folders have now been brought to Office365.

We have migrated a lot of businesses from single local servers onto Office365, the lack of hassle and predictable costs make a lot of sense for many.

For those quoting privacy issues, many small business are already using hosted email services so where is the difference?

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HTC profits PLUNGE 98%: Pins hopes on HTC One, 'Facebook mobe'

Ryan Clark

Recently had the choice on any windows phone I wanted and went with an 8x after having a Lumia 710 that was disappointing. Very happy I did. My wife and my brother both have HTC Androids (I was not involved in either purchase decision) that they are very happy with as well.

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BlackBerry: THE TRUTH about that 5.1 per cent UK market figure

Ryan Clark

Re: I know who I believe,

Did a migration for someone last week who had BB10, WinPho8 and Android phones. As well as win8 tablet and a mac book pro. Of the phones, windows was his favourite device although he did seem to use the note 2 more.

I was surprised last time I was on the train how many windows phones I saw. They does appear to be some traction there.

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Nokia: OK, Q1 has been weak, but there's 'underlying' profit

Ryan Clark

Re: a massive operations fuck-up caused by a shortage of components

When I was down on the smoke last month I saw a few windows phones, which surprised me as I thought I was about the only person with one. I have just changed from winpho7 to 8, but my new phone is not a Nokia. Echoing a post above I wish there was a winpho with a keyboard. I had an HTC 7pro when winpho first appeared and it was great. I don't get on so well with onscreen keyboards whereas I used to be able take my 7 pro as my only device when travelling to meetings as it was more than good enough for taking extended notes in meetings.

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Foot-long slab too big? Microsoft 'has a 7-incher' to stroke

Ryan Clark

Re: MS still chases Apple's tail lights - IN VAIN

A 59 year old former financial advisor and now IT contractor is the only person I know who has bought a surface for himself. No comb over though, completely bald

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Microsoft: Here's some cash, channel. PLEASE sell Office 365

Ryan Clark

Some very negative comments about Office365, but as someone who works for a company selling Office365 I can tell you there are lots of people who want it. I have done migrations from 2 users to 12,000 users over the last 12months.

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Apple's iOS 6 maps STILL muddle Mildura

Ryan Clark

Re: Big intake of breath

Paper maps are a peice of technology, just a different technology. Given the prevelence of electronic maps, cases like this get identified pretty quickly and hopefully resolved, whereas your paper map (if it has any) will always have errors and get progressively worse as it is out of date as soon as it rolls off the printer. OK major features are not going to change, but roads do, a lot.

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Apple shares take biggest one-day hammering in 4 years

Ryan Clark
WTF?

The threat from windows/nokia was cited as a threat? Really?

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Nokia uncloaks Lumia 620: A 'budget' $249 Windows 8 mobe

Ryan Clark

Why can't they get all features I want in one phone. This one lacks wireless charging as does the Samsung, the other Nokias lack SD expandability. I am actually getting to like my current Nokia 710 after initially missing my HD7 pro. I still want a phone with a keyboard though and no-one appears to be doing them for WP8 (I don't get a choice on OS)

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Nokia HERE iOS maps app review

Ryan Clark

Re: Lost me at pinch to zoom

This one?

"Place your fingers either side of a street to zoom in on it and you’ll find that as you zoom, the street moves off-screen, because the focus is on the centre point of the screen when you start zooming"

I don't know why you would not have the area you want to zoom on centre screen anyway. How are you going to put your fingers either side of an area if it is at the edge of the screen? Not sure I would ever notice it, I couldn't have told you how how Nokia Maps worked on my windows phone until I checked after reading this.

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Sony surges past 70 million PlayStation 3 sales

Ryan Clark

Our PS3 get used as a DVD/ blu-ray player most of the time. I bought a Wii first and if it was a DVD player I never would have bought the PS3, which has never been used for gaming but does get used for media streaming. I see Nintendo are going to repeat this mistage with the Wii U

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Samsung, not Nokia, fans' most favoured WinPho brand

Ryan Clark

The Samsung immediately attracts me as it is the only windows phone with a card slot. I would like something with a keyboard though like my departed HTC 7pro, I am not overly impressed with my current (and hopefully temporary) Lumia 710.

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Register SPB hacks mull chopping off feet

Ryan Clark

Yes please

and lose dpi when talking about resolution.

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Nokia pumps up Lumia browsing with Xpress

Ryan Clark

Re: Why aren't others doing this?

Having just moved from an HTC windows phone to a Nokia one, I would rather have the HTC collection. Only drive seems a worthwile addition.

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Even slimmer PS3 out next week

Ryan Clark

Is it quieter

I only really use our PS3 as a media player, the one downside is the very noisy constantly running fan. Does flash storage mean less heat and less fan?

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iPhone 5 wait drives record Samsung smartphone sales

Ryan Clark

Confused

I know quite a few people with iPhones, I don't know one who is waiting for the 5. Everyone I know who has a new phone has a droid one.

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Windows Phone 8: What Nokia and Microsoft MUST do

Ryan Clark

WP user

I have had an HTC WP for 18 months and I hate the search button too. I would also like a quick way to turn off sounds and vibrations (there might be something I am missing there though), and it needs much more storage capacity or ideally SD card expandability, but overall it is the best phone I have had.

This was a work phone and we are just about to change again, I hope there is a WP8 phone with a sliding keyboard as I have now and have had several phones in that format.

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Freeview EPG revamp set for September

Ryan Clark

Re: Good...

The most missed function from the old virgin service. I really wish I could still move the channels around on v+

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Can neighbours grab your sensitive package, asks Post Office

Ryan Clark
Facepalm

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I don't have a problem with my neighbours, but as I work at home and available to recieve packages the point is moot. I do have a problem with my postie putting stuff in one of the bins when he thinks no-one is home. Problem is the bin is not ours and is on our neighbours drive. They don't know anything is there and keep piling in the rubbish.

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Five ways Microsoft can rescue Windows Phone

Ryan Clark

"Where's the Windows Phone Communicator - with a clamshell or slide-out keyboard?" - I have an HD7 pro with slide out keyboard which works great thanks.

@dogger - It does truncate text, I noticed last week when looking through my "people" it truncated one name so neatly with the edge of the "whats new" screen, it looked like a different name which I didn't recognise as someone I knew.

The home screen is an awful waste of space as is the apps list. I don't like either of them.

I don't get if it is business device why have Facebook integration at all? I could do without that and why if you make an office hub and connections to Sharepoint available, why can't I save my files direct to Sharepoint? Only phone or skydrive. Just being able to open them is of limited use as I actually create files on the phone too.

From a general system perspective, as a technical user, I still think it is hamstrung in the same way as iOS is and I would much rather use my wife's Android phone for a some things.

Still it does a lot of things very well and is on par with Android and iOS but hardly anyone else appears to be using it. As MS gold partners, the company made a decision to give them a good try and they don't really disappoint.

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Lindy wireless extender and projection server

Ryan Clark
Thumb Down

I was hoping for that price that the projector was built in, that would be good.

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iPad typos are Apple's fault, not yours - new claim

Ryan Clark

"British schools don't teach typing any more. They stopped when typing pools disappeared – which was ironically just in time for the generation who most require the ability to be denied it – so the majority of computer users can't type properly at all"

First course we did in the computer lab at school was touch typing on our BBC model B machines. Probably the most useful thing I learnt at school, although I am still not what would be classed as a typist.

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Bah, humbug! Virgin Media censors Charles D**kens

Ryan Clark

I noticed that Hancock was censored on 5HD but not on normal channel5 (or maybe the other way around) on the EPG. I did wonder why

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Regulator reckons telly advert caps are just peachy

Ryan Clark

They do that in a lot of US sports. The NBA has TV timeouts in the 4th quarter. The NFL doesn't need any as it has about 1,000 breaks including one straight after every kick off or punt.

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Airbus brews Scandium smackdown for carbon Dreamliner

Ryan Clark

Bikes

It would interesting to know who your bike manufacturer is, as most to of the line expensive bike frames are carbon. All the frames that the professionals are riding these days are all carbon tubes. Alu frames are very much last century. Weight and design options are great for bikes in carbon (no need to use straight, round tubes) which mean the manufacturers can have a product differentiator. Obviously stresses on bike frames are bit less than an airliner.

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Updating to Windows Phone 7.5

Ryan Clark

Mine worked without issue although the 2nd update to actually go to mango takes quite a while. Having to plug into a computer to use zune for so many tasks is really annoying all the time, not just when upgrading.

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45% of Android users to upgrade to rival phone OSes

Ryan Clark

I have a windows phone (work supplied) and the wife has a desire s. Both HTC. I would stick with Android.

windows phone is more than acceptable, but has the same limitations that an iphone has, which would stop me buying either given the choice. Very impressed with the droid on HTC.

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WinPho 7.5 captured in action

Ryan Clark

unlocking

My winpho7 does that all the time, don't think it will improve on Android.

Watching that video, I couldn't see anything different from nodo, there seems to be a lot of excitement about mango but I can't work out what it gives that I actually want.

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Microsoft pushes Windows Phone Mango out to Japan

Ryan Clark

title

I have a winpho7 device (not through choice) and I am reasonably happy with it. None of updates in Mango seem like they will solve the issues I do have. Zune is rubbish and I still don't see why I have to use my PC to do tasks that I should be able to do direct from the phone.

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Microsoft BPOS biz-cloud hit by another outage

Ryan Clark

Really?

We didn't have any problems yesterday and as the administrator for my companies BPOS, if there is an issue I usually get calls. Can't think when we last had a problem with email, OCO was off for a few hours a couple of weeks back but the system seems pretty reliable to me.

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Motorola Milestone 3 no longer bound for Blighty

Ryan Clark
WTF?

Me too

I waited until there was a winpho7 phone with a keyboard before getting my new work phone (had to be winpho7). On my 3rd phone with a folding/ sliding keyboard now.

Never understood why you want to lose half the screen while typing to an onscreen keboard or halve the screen size by having a blackberry style phone.

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Microsoft warns on support scams

Ryan Clark
WTF?

loads

Had loads of these calls in the last few months. Played a long with a few but getting very bored with them now. The "virus" on my machine was demonstrated by showing he knew what the CLISID for zfsendtotarget is .

BT most unhelpful in investigating whether they came from a single number and getting them stopped (wanted me to buy a premium service)

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Nintendo: no DVD, BD playback for Wii U

Ryan Clark
Unhappy

Disappointed

I only bought a PS3 as it was a relatively cheap blu-ray player, I do use it for media streaming now, but had my original Wii played DVD's when my DVD player died I would never have bought the PS3 (which has never been used for gaming) as I didn't really, and still don't, need blu-ray but if I was buying a new player I thought it best to get it.

Thought they might get it right this time.

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Psychology graduates remain poor for life, study shows

Ryan Clark
Meh

Not necessarily

I did a psychology degree, but like most of my peers the degree bears no relation to our current career. I did something that I wanted to do at uni and had 3 great years while there. Having the degree opened doors afterwards, the subject was largely irrelevant.

@AC - don't assume psychology students are stupid. I did OK at A level with 5, including Maths, Physics and Chemistry and went to my first choice uni. which required min of BBC.

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Virgin Media TV Powered by TiVo

Ryan Clark
Unhappy

cost?

More than happy with v+ but would like more disk space with more and more HD channels coming on line. Don't see any particular advantage in the TiVo other than disk space and I don't want to increase the monthly payment again (already xl with 2nd box)

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HTC Desire S Android smartphone

Ryan Clark
Gates Halo

double tap not apple only

my win phone does double tap zoom so it is not apple only.

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