87 posts • joined Friday 25th April 2008 10:32 GMT
Re: I had to Google how to find the Control Panel...
Although you are correct, having to resort to the search box to find basic functionality and underpinnings of the OS which have been there since the early 90s (and maybe even earlier) is a sure-fire way of accepting that the UI is a complete failure.
Me too. I will happily pay a few pounds for a decent game, and have done on many occasions. However, I want a one-off payment that will allow me to unlock and complete the game at a pace dictated by me. The "freemium" model is nothing short of a scam IMO and I will actively avoid any game that pushes it.
Re: Had enough of Microsoft.. start menu whingers
"At some some point in the evolution of their products all those vendors have to make a change & we consumers are obliged to accomodate those changes (by accepting or moving on)"
Rubbish. If Microsoft implement a crap interface and provide no way of working around it, I'm not forced to either accept it or move to a different OS (ie Linux). The third option is to shun that particular version of Windows, stick with one that works properly for what I use it for (Windows 7), then make damn sure that Microsoft is aware that I think Windows 8 is a mistake.
If everyone quietly accepts even when they disagree, MS will continue to steamroller over everyone. If enough people shun that version of Windows and complain, MS eventually are forced to react. They did it with Vista (by fixing it and calling it Windows 7), then they tried to do the same thing with Windows 8.1 (although not successfully - hence the continuing complains and the further planned concessions).
And to go back to the first point, nobody is demanding that MS get rid of Metro and force the Start Menu on everyone again. I'm fully aware that not everyone loves it. The only thing anyone is asking for is choice. MS used to provide this, Windows 8 is the first version that doesn't. That is the crux of the problem.
Re: are friends electric?
Sorry, I tried it, used it for a bit, and didn't like it. It has some nice features, but Metro was god-awful and the desktop just looked flat, lifeless and dull. Slapped Windows 7 back on and haven't looked back.
Windows 8 does have real promise, but there's just a few irritating "gotchas" that hold it back. With the option of a Start Menu, a few nicer themes and the option to turn off Metro on a desktop PC, it'd be great. However at the moment it's sadly lacking these options.
Re: Where's the matt screen?
In fact I've found it: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/blogs/2011/05/23/glossy-vs-matte-screens-why-the-pc-industrys-out-of-touch/
Scores seem to be 75% preference for matte, 13% for glossy and 13% for "undecided". I don't expect it to be completely impartial as a lot of those who responded will be matte screen fans that are annoyed by the abundance of glossy screens out there, but it seems to debunk the claim that a majority of users prefer glossy screens!
Re: The lack of upgrade option is slightly ironic
Agreed. I have a Lenovo X201 laptop from 2010. Core i5 with 2GB of RAM and an slow 160GB hard drive. It was definitely showing its age and ran rather sluggishly.
Now, it's got 6GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD and it boots in a flash and runs very fast and snappy. I've bought a good 2 or 3 years of extra life out of it and all for around £100. Plus it took less than 5 minutes to install both components. THAT is why I like a bit of basic upgradability in my laptops!
Re: Where's the matt screen?
PC Pro did a survey on that a year or two back and around 80% of people who responded claimed they preferred matte screens. Sure that means some that like glossy screens, but you'd be surprised how few do. Problem with matte is that you lose some of the "Look at the shiny shiny" effect from it, which is probably why Apple aren't doing one.
Personally, although I love the 16:10 aspect ratio, the lack of a matte option combined with being utterly unable to upgrade any part of it would be enough for me to say "No". I can understand lack of upgradability on a tablet or ultrabook, but on a proper laptop there's no excuse for it.
I generally agree. The biggest advantage of a high resolution snapper is the ability to incorporate better digital zoom. Set it to 8MP and you end up with about 2.5x zoom without loss of quality (as it effectively crops the 20MP image down to 8MP rather than down-sampling it. At 20MP though, all it does is fill your storage up quicker.
Re: yea google F*ck you
A single sign-on which *requires* you to provide your full name and various other personal details, just to leave a comment on a video. Gone are the days when an e-mail address and password were sufficient.
Excellent as always!
And nice to get two in quick succession as well!
Re: This is why...
I agree. I resisted the urge to move to Chrome a few years back and the latest Firefox versions are very good. In fact in recent reviews I've seen, the latest Firefox build has shown to be faster and more stable than Chrome. Oh how the tables have turned compared with how sluggish Firefox used to be a few years back!
Re: Is there anybody who approves of this?
Fair enough, I won't then. I've repaired an iPhone 3G before as they're fairly easy to disasemble (and replacing the screen on one myself was FAR cheaper than getting Apple to do it). Other than that, I'll stick with my Samsung phone which has a user-replaceable battery and an iFixit score of 9/10. At least I know if I drop it that replacing the screen is possible.
And even if I can't do it myself, the higher the iFixit score, the cheaper it's likely to be for a 3rd party repairer to do the job. Take an iPad Air to the guy on the market and I bet half of them will just refuse these days.
Re: The point is
"I can't replace the engine (myself) in my car either..."
Actually, you can if you remove the correct bolts then winch it out. That's because your engine is held in place with nuts/bolts and not with glue. Hence with the right spanners and time, you can remove and re-insert your engine as many times as you like without any damage at all. Just because you don't want to doesn't mean it's not possible.
With an iShiny though (or a Surface, or an HTC One for that matter), the risk of damaging it due to the copious amounts of glue means it's a very difficult task indeed.
Re: Is there anybody who approves of this?
Can I offer the suggestion that it's not the actual battery itself that the iFixit guy is complaining about, but the way that it's been fixed to the case with half a ton of glue? Perhaps half a ton of glue where a couple of screws or a couple of small blobs of glue would have been equally sufficient?
Here we go again...
Whilst I understand the need for patents, I'm really not sure about the idea of buying "ideas" and then using that to sue other companies.
"Is the system running slow today?"
I have genuinely lost count of how many times I've been asked that. Or the other classic "Is the system down?". No further info, no slightest hint as to what they're doing, just "the system".
I think next time someone asks me that, I'll also have to fire up Google Earth....
And yay for a new BOFH on a Friday morning!!!
Tablets may play a minor role, but try learning programming or even word processing, spreadsheets or databases on one. ICT is supposed to be about teaching production skills and tablets are (by and large) consumer devices. Either way, I don't think the time of the school PC is over just yet!
Flash for ads...
I'm still amazed that so many ads run via Flash wheny you consider that this effectively auto-blocks them from mobile phone/tablet browsers. Not that I'm complaining about the relatively ad-free experience I automatically get on my phone of course!
Reminds me of a few years ago when HP fired a bullet through one of their disk arrays. That one did actually survive (well obviously, or else they wouldn't have shown the footage). I'm intrigued to see how this one pans out!
Re: they really have nothing
Show me an Apple product with a design like that.
On the other hand, a Lenovo device with a 16:10 display! All they need to do now is buy a few more and pop them into some laptops. Then they'll have a product I'll actually want to buy...
Still a pigging mess
I live in hope that at some point, there'll be none of this "moderate restrictions" grey, blurry line crap. Instead, the ASA and broadband companies might start to actually report the truth. Have a service with no limits or throttling? use the term "unlimited". If you do apply throttling/limits, you don't call it "unlimited". It'd be simple, easy to follow and truthful.
Until that time however, we'll still be stuck in this crap situation where broadband companies are allowed to bluntly and blatantly lie about the services they offer whilst getting away with it scott free.
Re: Fondleslab Disc?
Agreed. I'd be much happier if Apple would just swallow their pride and slap a USB port onto the iPad for additional storage. That way you could carry around 1TB of videos if you really wanted, but wouldn't be stuck with the drive inside the casing.
Please explain why the Galaxy S4 copies the iPhone? It looks completely different, screen size is different, OS looks different, etc.
This "Samsung copies Apple" excuse is getting old. Maybe old Samsungs such as the SII did hold a striking resemblance to Apple products, but for the last two years or more, Samsung phones/tablets have been very different from both a looks and functionality point of view.
Did you read the article? Even Apple will have a tough job replacing a battery that's glued in place and also glued to delicate ribbon cables!
I've just upgraded the RAM in my laptop from 2GB to 6GB, and replaced the mechanical 160GB HDD with a 128GB SSD. Took all of 5 minutes and has revolutionised the performance of it. It also only cost me around £100 to do. Changing the battery is also a 30 second job if required.
Why? Because it's a Thinkpad, not a Macbook Pro. I could also do the same with laptops from Dell, Samsung, Fujitsu, HP, oh you get the point. With a Macbook in the future, I'm either stuck with crappy performance, or facing a £1,000 replacement. I don't expect to be able to replace everything, but a couple of the basics would be a start!
Re: screen went blotchy, bad hard drive, bad NVIDIA Geoforce graphics card
You said the third party repairer warped the case. Do you think that a slightly more accessible design would have prevented this? When you have to pry half a ton of glue apart with a heat-gun, the chances of damaging it go up a LOT. In the future, all third party repairers will simply refuse to touch your Apple products.
I can just about understand this type of construction for ultrabooks and tablets. When it's a full-blown laptop though that's being sealed together with glue, there is simply NO EXCUSE.
I'm another person who loves the design of the Macbook Pro (16:10 screens!!), but won't buy one until Apple can start building them properly. I replaced the RAM and HDD in my Mac Mini to extend its life, I expect to be able to do the same if I buy a Macbook Pro.
Re: @AC Agree with Woz
You realise you can get 64GB MicroSD cards at not ridiculous prices? I've got one in my Galaxy SIII. Just two of those and you've got the 128GB storage expansion that he's asking for. And I'm pretty sure I could manage a way of tracking the contents on the two of them. Maybe A-M on one and N-Z on the other perhaps? Or is that too complicated for you?
Re: £150 on amazon for a 256GB
That was a good 12 years ago! Do you honestly think that Hitachi could continue to produce seriously failure prone hard drives for over TEN YEARS without massive ramifications? Yes, certain models of Deathstars had issues, but the worst of these were ironed out by the 120GXP range, which is when they were still under IBM ownership. By the time Hitachi bought the business and the 120GXP and 180GXP drives were retired, the issue was pretty much history.
Ever since then, Hitachi drives have been no worse than Seagate or Western Digital drives.
Re: Thanks El Reg
It's important for so many reasons. Earlier iPhones were fairly easy to repair and as a result, old/dead ones were still worth something to the 3rd party repairers. I got £30 for my dead iPhone 3G because the digitiser was still intact and could be easily removed from the device (no glue at all) and fitted as a replacement on another dropped iPhone. If the board goes in your Surface, it's worth nothing as it's such a faf to try and get any usable components out of the thing.
No matter what the device, there's no excuse for glue and close to 100 screws.
Re: Battery Life
Sorry, but not true. Lithium Ion batteries don't suffer from the memory effect of NiCads and (to a lesser degree) NiMH batteries. What they do suffer from though is shortage of life and possible failure if completely and utterly discharged.
Of course, leaving one constantly plugged in and charging won't do it any good either, but letting a Lithium Ion battery run right down is not a good idea.
Re: trackball. Trackball again, and once more.
Up-voted for the 16:10 screens. At my previous job I was in charge of IT purchasing so quickly sorted a couple of nice 16:10 screens for my desk - much better than horrible 16:9 ones. I did also try to buy these for users too mind you where I could! At my current place, that's not possible, so I've gone for 3 19" 4:3 screens instead. Not quite as good, but still nice enough! One guy opposite went the whole hog and brought in two 27" screens from home for himself.
My favourite desk gadget is a USB coffee warmer that actually works! I've seen so many that are crap, yet the one I have does a great job of preventing my coffee from cooling down to "yuck" temperatures - handy if I get called away from my desk for a bit, and it was only a tenner from IWOOT.
I largely agree with you, but you're a bit out with your volume agreements. My previous employer had an OVS agreement and had 250 employees. And believe me, an OVS agreement is useful when it comes to rolling out new versions of Office etc. without having to purchase, install and activate hundreds of individual copies!
Other than that, I agree. And the problem (largely) IMO is the cost of the OS. When you're making and selling a device for a few hundred pounds, the difference between a free OS (Android) and a £100 OS is quite sizeable.
Re: Won't be sad
Hang on, a key supplier rips us off and only stocks outdated kit and I'm not allowed to have a dig at RM for it?
The fact that I was leant on considerably to buy them from RM (our preferred supplier, after all, we were an educational establishment and they specialised in education!). It took a lot of discussions with RM (no, we definitely don't ship those), discussions with other suppliers (yep, here's some shiny Core 2 Duo systems that are cheaper and much faster than your RM systems), followed by lots of wrangling with my boss who was reluctant to change suppliers. Either way, it was a lot more work than it would have been if RM had simply bothered to update the specs of their systems. Still, I was happy with the eventual outcome (and RM lost a willing customer at the same time).
As for the warranties, £80 for a one year extension per PC is a complete rip-off. Especially worsened by the fact that they wouldn't group the PCs together and give us a group-warranty coverage. £2,000 for one year of warranty for a small lab of PCs is daylight robbery. Even for 3 years it's be quite steep. We told RM where to go and our new supplier (Stone) shipped us better systems with a free 5-year on-site warranty. Much better! If you rip off your customers, eventually some of them will move elsewhere.
RM PCs were expensive for what they were, had dated specs, and outrageously expensive warranties.
Won't be sad
My two main beefs with RM came firstly after the Core 2 Duo came out. For several months, they persisted in only shipping Pentium 4 based systems. Basically, you had the Core 2 Duo, Athlon 64 and Pentium 4 and the only ones you could get from RM were the worst of the bunch. Thankfully, I was able to persuade my boss where I worked to buy some much better Core 2 Duo systems from elsewhere for a lab we were fitting out.
My second beef came when the warranty on a lab of 24 RM PCs expired. They sent us an extension offer for ONE year at a price of around £2,000. They even seemed unfazed when I pointed out that I could buy 4-5 complete replacement systems for that price. Of course the tradegy was that they were quoting such extortionate prices because other schools/unis were coughing up.
So yes, I won't be sad to see the back of RM PCs.
Re: Still not enough
How is the desktop in W8 a vast improvement over W7? Seriously, I'm genuinly interested. I personally find Windows 8's desktop themes to be dreary, flat and lifeless, I do like the new task manager, but am not impressed with the "ribbonised" Windows Explorer. Hence overall, I actually prefer the feel of Windows 7's desktop overall.
Dear oh dear!
I'm trying to decide if you just read the headline and not the article, or if you don't understand the basic concept that re-incarnation requires the first life to have ended before the second one begins.
Never mind, I don't care. I'm too busy chuckling!
So long as devices are built properly to pull a decent amount of current (not the base spec's 500mA) then I don't see a problem with it. It's already nice being able to charge both my phones and my satnav from one cable. Being able to use one adaptor to charge almost anything will certainly help to tidy up the mess of different adaptors under my desk!
Re: Still not enough
And I'm happy for people like yourself to use the Start Screen, I truly am. I don't necessarily want Microsoft to drop it altogether, I just want them to give users a choice - that's all anyone is asking. Microsoft always used to do this - until Windows 8 came along. As I've said before in other threads, users shouldn't have to install a pile of third party tools to get Windows to work in a way that suits them - especially when what suits them was the first choice interface in the previous version.
I want a version of Windows where I can enable a Start Menu and some nicer looking desktop windows (I hate W8's dreary collection of "themes"). Until Microsoft can offer me a version that I can easily tweak to work how I want without 3rd party tools and hacked DLLs, I'll continue to avoid it and will stick to a version (ie 7) that suits the way I work.
Re: Still not enough
And when people rely too much on the desktop, it quickly turns into a humongous mess of randomly placed icons stretching far and wide. It's useful for a couple of dozen shortcuts, but that's not how most people use it.
The same problem applies with the start screen. It quickly becomes a sea of mess and requires a chunk of effort to re-arrange and organise. Personally, I prefer the Start Menu as I can pin a dozen of my most frequently used programs there, most the others I've used recently appear below (yes, I always expand the size of my Start Menu to make it more useful), and if it's not in either list, typing the first few characters usually brings it up. And if I don't want to do that, things in it are nicely sorted by company/program automatically for me in a hirarchial way.
I find it easier and simpler to use and often find the Start Screen overspilling into a huge mess in comparison. And when you go to the Apps part of the Start Screen, you just get EVERYTHING. It's like putting all your documents into one gigantic folder and is not pleasant to use IMO.
Re: You can put lipstick on a pig....
From someone who's used Windows Phone 7.8 (admittedly not 8, but does have similar icon views) and who owns an S3 as a personal phone, I find the WP7.8 interface looks bland (lots of single same-colour squares with no wallpaper, just a few live/different tiles to spice it up) and the fact that it's one huge stream of icons makes it more difficult (IMO) to organise the apps and find them. On my S3, I'm used to the main home screen being key apps and a calendar widget, then screens to the right being for entertainment stuff and screens to the left being for more serious apps. On WP7.8, that distinction isn't there as much and I found the screen more fiddly to arrange. I won't discuss other workings as I'm trying to just focus on the main interface here, but that's my opinion of it. I didn't hate the interface, but I preferred Android to it.
Re: El Reg is getting worse....
The problem with the 5C is that it looks like a brightly coloured toy. Not good for a corporate COO or something who pulls out a bright green phone! I work for a huge international company and the 5C has been completely shunned so far. Not least because the 5S looks like a more serious phone (in grey) and is only a bit more expensive. For cheaper phones, the 4S along with Blackberrys are still the favoured option here, although I doubt the latter will last much longer.
Re: Is it just me
So, you develop a device, add a few features into it which you feel improve its efficiency in real world usage, then the EU decide to test the devices in a silly way which bypasses your efficiency improvements (ooh I dunno, testing vacuums in a dust-free environment for example). Of course you'd complain!
Just the same was as if they tried to test the efficiency of cars by doing 30 laps flat out around Silverstone, all the hybrid manufacturers would (rightly) complain that it's not a true test of actual real-world usage (unless you're Michael Schumacher and happen to live next to the Nürburgring).
Unless of course you can see a single real-world aspect to firing up a vacuum cleaner in a dust free area?
Re: I am both nervous and excited.
Oddly enough, one of the things I like the best about PC gaming is that I DON'T have to reboot my PC all the time. I boot it up, do a bit of work, browse the web, listen to music, play a game, alt-tab to Firefox to check the football results, alt-tab back to the game, eventually save and quit, maybe fire up another game for a quick blast, quit, then browse the web for another 15 minutes before going to bed.
If I've got to reboot back and forth between two different OSs to play different games, we'll have moved a huge step backwards.
Re: I stopped reading when...
A Solid State Drive Drive??
Regrettably, 16:10 displays are extinct on laptops outside the Macbook pro. It's annoying as I find 16:9 to be a horrible aspect ratio for working (all width, no height), but there you are. The reason is simply that 16:10 displays are more expensive to produce and none of the manufacturers (apart from Apple) seem to think they're worth it, even on a high-end laptop.
A pity. If a company like Lenovo could make a nice, 16:10 laptop with a 1920x1200 matte screen, 256GB SSD and decent keyboard/trackpad (with buttons), I'd buy one now - even for £1,000+.
Re: I use both extensively
Out of interest, what does she hate about it? I love my S3 and find it to be very simple. I have a main home screen with my most common apps on it and a calendar widget, a couple of screens to the right with my games on them and a couple to the left with business/work/serious apps.
Swipe down and I can easily turn phone features on and off and get to notifications. And from here (or the menu button on the home screen) I can quickly get at "Settings" which is quite tidily laid out as well. I hardly ever have to go into the full "apps" screen as a result.
All it takes is 3 minutes to delete the unused bumpf from the home screens and then a bit of care in future when I add apps/games to ensure the icons are in the correct place - something you also have to do with iOS if you install lots as well incidentally.
Your wife isn't one of those people with 200 un-sorted icons on her PC desktop is she by any chance?
But it's just a cheapened iPhone 5!
The iPhone 5C is just an iPhone 5 in a cheaper plastic case (and a slightly different battery). All the fanboys that queue up for a new phone will almost certainly already have iPhone 5s, so of course they're not buying a cheaper version of what they all have. They'll all be wanting the 5S. The 5C is not aimed at the queue-for-several-days fanatic, so I'm not surprised that few people in the queue want one.
And here lies the problem. If you like the defaults than MS has chosen for Windows 8, then you're happy and can't see what the problem is. HOWEVER, if you do not like MS's defaults, you're more screwed than you've been with any version of Windows for decades. THAT is the problem. In almost all previous Windows, you could switch off newer design elements, you could turn the start menu into classic mode, you could go back to the theme from Windows 2000/98, you could shrink the Windows 7 task bar and show full names to make it immitate Vista/XP's task bar. Everything was tweakable.
Windows 8 destroyed that ethic. Don't like the new start screen? Tough. Want Aero (or even some slightly more rounded buttons)? Tough. Want to pull back the menus in Windows Explorer? Tough. None of these can be changed back without having to install a plethora of third party tools. If you don't like MS's choices with Windows 8, you're stuck. And that is the problem with it.
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