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Awesome stuff, I need one of those as well...
I've kept an iPhone 3G, Samsung Galaxy S3 and now an LG G4 in my trouser pocket regularly over the last 8 years and have never experienced a single issue with doing so. That's without counting the various Nokias and Sony Erricsons I've done the same with in pre-smartphone days.
I'm not going to start strapping pouches or man-bags onto myself just to compensate for one manufacturer's flimsy construction issues.
From my perspective, it's because Mozilla have lost their way. They've stopped listening to the users and keep making nonsensical development decisions without any real thought or consideration.
Australis was and still is a disaster. It was slated from the word go, the "Classic Theme Restorer" addon is one of the most popular on the Mozilla addon site, and the declining market share of Firefox accelerated after it was introduced. Mozilla's response wasn't to acknowledge concerns, or look at tweaking the most heavily criticised aspects, but just to ignore the complains and pretend they didn't exist. Mozilla were right, and anyone who complained was wrong.
The introduction of Pocket and Hello added pointless bloat to what was originally designed to be a simple, lean and fast browser, and hardly anyone used them as a result. Hello is now in the process of being removed, and Pocket has already been spun out into an addon (albeit one that is bundled still)
Numerous other customisations (once Firefox's USP) being steadily stripped out and binned. XUL and XPCOM are due to go (with addons becoming lightweight Chrome-like addons instead), heavyweight themes were binned, numerous other customisation options were removed. This didn't do much to improve Firefox's reputation for new users, but it did alienate plenty of Firefox's existing users and 3rd party developers.
Hence overall, Mozilla have added nothing to Firefox to make it stand out, and have instead spent all their time removing features, alienating their users, and trying to play catch-up to Chrome both in terms of looks and functionality such as multi-threading.
Hence, will it still be here in 5 years time? Not the way Mozilla are going about things it won't! It'll take a lot more than a wacky change of icon to reverse Mozilla's fortunes.
It is a sad day to see how much SGI have fallen - even if the current SGI is just Rackable with a new name. The real SGI died back in 2009. I still have 3 old SGI workstations at home for occasional pratting around on (an O2, Indigo2 and a Fuel), and for the mid 90s, their kit was legendary for what it could do, and how it looked. It was sad to see just how quickly they imploded once PCs began to eat into their core market.
Of course, the number of management mis-steppings were also huge. The early announcement to shift to Itanium (combined with cancelling future MIPS development) way before Itanium was even remotely ready to ship (and when nobody had any idea how it'd perform), and of course the even more disastrous decision to settle with NVidia and give NVidia free access to all SGI's graphics patents. All decisions which just accelerated their decline.
No, you're not the only one, although I have other reasons for resisting.
The data slurping (along with Microsoft's secrecy about it) is very much a concern.
The "forced updates" are also a big concern for me (and something that really puts me off).
But the biggest thing that puts me off Windows 10 has been Microsoft's awful attempts to ram it down everyone's throats using trickery, deceptive practices, and outright malware tactics.
It's a bit like meeting an excessively pushy salesman. Eventually you outright reject the product he's pushing our of sheer principle...
Yeah, pretty much. The only time that's not happened to me was when I handed in my own notice (due to a better job offer elsewhere). But for anyone I've worked with who's been let go, their access is immediately curtailed and they are removed from the premises. It's for their own good as much as that of the company's.
Happened to one of my managers a few years back shortly after a takeover (I was tasked with revoking his access whilst he went to the interview of no return). He took it fine afterwards and simply told me "It's a business decision, you can't take these things personally. You just have to accept them and move on".
One month later he had a much better job at another company anyway.
That screenshot is Windows 7, not Vista. I think it's a mistake in the article.
It's a pity. I remember fondly 10 years ago when Opteron was a very credible and in many ways superior alternative to Intel's old NetBurst Xeons.
The Windows 10 nagware typically states "your computer is compatible" in amongst the various green ticks and marketing waffle. Hence, MS need yet another kick up the backside for wrongly stating something is compatible and then borking it via an "update" which shouldn't have been applied in the first place.
Of course, Samsung also deserves some scorn for atrocious driver support as well...
"Intel should have started a complete redesign with sharp pencil and clean sheet of paper years ago"
You mean like Itanium was meant to be? Intel's track record with introducing new architectures is abysmal. i860 was also a flop. Intel just doesn't seem to be that good at anything other than pushing x86 on the desktop.
Outstanding! It's been a good few episodes since I laughed out loud at a BOFH.
Ahh, a very welcome return of Dummy Mode after all this time. Cheers!
No, that's Windows Server 2008 R2 which is Windows 7 based. Plain 2008 is based on Vista and shares many of its UI issues as a result.
The irony of the whole situation is that overall, Windows 10 isn't a bad OS. Maybe not quite as good as Windows 7, but not too bad overall. However, I absolutely 100% will not be installing it onto any of my machines because MS have done everything in their power over the last 6 months to destroy every last morsel of trust they might have had.
MS are going on about "making the process easier", but I'm sorry, that's absolute BS. Instead, they've done the following
Hiding nagware behind cryptic update names.
Not making it possible conventionally to turn off installed nagware.
Re-enabling updates that users have intentionally uninstalled and blocked.
Re-publishing nagware against new KB names to also try to get around blocks.
Hide malware inside security updates and deploying it to corporate customers.
Download gigabytes of data onto users PCs over potentially metered connections without their approval.
This is before we get onto the murky mess that is Windows 10's data slurping and the fact that even when you turn the telemetry supposedly off it still phones home like ET on steroids.
Sorry MS, your actions here aren't "helping the user", and you bloody well know it. Face it, you stopped giving two craps about the customer a long time ago, and your behaviour blatantly shows this. With this kind of shocking attitude towards your customers, no way am I ever touching Windows 10.
In a majority of cases, 16:9 isn't about extra width, it's about reduced height. And saving money.
My 1920x1200 screen has exactly the same number of horizontal pixels as your 1920x1080 16:9 screen, but I have 120 pixels of extra height. So the "I can display two pages side by side and you can't" argument is hogwash.
Look at most laptop screens and you'll see that the top and bottom bezel is significantly thicker than the bezel at the sides. That's potentially useful screen estate replaced with fat bezels of plastic all in the name of cost saving.
To note, I'm not saying all laptops should ditch 16:9, and I'm happy for it to be an option - especially on cheaper machines. But at least give users the choice! When you see high-end laptops on sale for over £1,000, only for them to come with fat top and bottom screen bezels and a screen chosen for its cheapness, it doesn't exactly make me want to pull out my wallet.
Part of the issue as well is that when PC hardware is stagnating performance wise, you need to make sure you're offering some great kit that people want to buy in order to hook them in.
So, does any current HP laptop have anything other than a cramped and unpleasant 16:9 screen? No. How about decent touchpads? Nope, they're mostly horrid, buttonless and so huge width wise that it's impossible to type on them without having to switch the trackpad off - even on some of the EliteBooks. Slim screen bezels? Nope, they're all fat and chunky.
Current HP laptops look cheap and all have compromises. Combined with Windows 10 and lack of performance improvements, there's no reason to buy one.
I've said it before, slap a high-quality, high-res, matte 3:2 screen in, slim screen bezels, a good keyboard and a trackpad with physical buttons which isn't so huge it gets in the way most the time, and you might actually have a product worth buying.
Indeed, and it can't be easy being the co-pilot in such a situation either...
Unfortunately, they're almost all 16:9 panels, which is crap for work because there's just not enough height.
From a laptop point of view, I want to see more laptops with either 16:10 or 3:2 screens (the latter becoming more popular thanks to the latest Surfaces, plus the Google Pixel). Decent resolution and matte coating are a must.
I also want a good keyboard, and a decent trackpad with physical buttons, but which isn't so large that I have to disable it when typing.
So, kind of what I have in my 2010 ThinkPad, and which seems to be absent from pretty much all current laptops in other words...
'Customer answered door wearing an adult nappy*'
He was obviously expecting a load of crap coming his way...
The only issue with it is just how long it will take organisations to migrate their systems away from Java plugins. Where I work, I hate Java simply because we have numerous different systems running it, some need later versions of Java plugins, some run into issues with Java 8, meaning it's often a bit of a minefield trying to either configure later versions of Java to run these applications (usually successful with enough tweaks to security and the likes), or sometimes finding a middle-of-the-road version of Java which does work with everything (not ideal from a security point of view for obvious reasons)
I do worry that some organisations will cling to outdated versions of Java, rather than investing the necessary resources to upgrade these apps to dump their requirement for the Java plugin. If it can be done though, I'll be one of the first to rejoice!
Yep, same with Pale Moon as well. That also blocks sites by default that use obsolete crypto algorithms.
It's very sad to see. I've always had a soft spot for AMD and have had numerous AMD CPUs over the years. My current CPU is an Intel Core i5, but I've stuck with AMD for the graphics card. I would very much like to replace both components within the next year or so with AMD ones if they can turn things around.
Let's be clear, Intel and Nvidia need some decent competition. Without AMD's work during the early to mid 2000s, Intel wouldn't have pulled their finger out so quickly and dumped the P4 for the infinitely better Core 2 Duo...
It depends where you shop. Just before Christmas, I had the pleasure of helping my German father-in-law buy and set up a new laptop to replace his ancient Vista machine. In Germany, there are loads of Lenovo, Asus laptops etc. available from major retailers which come with basic FreeDOS installed and no Windows license (and a substantially cheaper price as a result).
The big manufacturers offer Windows-free kit in countries like Germany, so why is it so difficult to get them here?
Or you run into other issues, such as with FlashBlock where the current download points you to a version released in November, because the later version released in early December to fix some issues has yet to be signed.
Thankfully, Pale Moon doesn't enforce the silly signing thing, so the later version works without hiccups. Interestingly, I find it strange that Mozilla are only just releasing 64bit Firefox into the wild, whereas Pale Moon, Waterfox and other such forks of Firefox have been happily available in 64bit mainstream versions for years....
A new BOFH (and a good one too)! Happy Friday :)
I'm personally not "anti-MS". I use Windows as my OS of choice and am generally happy with it. However, MS's attitude and behaviour here stinks to high heaven and I am amazed that there are people out there in any way sticking up for it. Maybe these people aren't MS employees, but with that level of devotion to the company, they certainly should consider applying.
>> You're all missing the point that you need a house, to provide the power socket, to plug the power supply into, thus raising the cost significantly. <<
And in order to program for it, you have to be alive, so there's all the running costs for your body (food, drink, clothing) to take into account. Add all that up and it gets even more pricey...
Whilst at a purely code level there may be some merits of dropping these, from an end-user point of view it makes no sense whatsoever.
Removing NPAPI will mean no Java, Silverlight or other plugins that require this, but won't remove the most crash-prone plugin out there (Flash). It won't affect home users too badly, but it will destroy any inroads Firefox has made into enterprise. Firefox is offered as an alternative browser where I work (a very large multinational company). However no NPAPI and hence no Java means no Oracle financial system, which will make the browser worthless here.
For XUL, although the code is difficult to maintain, powerful extensions have been one of Firefox's party pieces in recent times. Dropping this will cripple the extension market for Firefox, and I cannot possibly see how removing one of your biggest features/USPs can be considered a positive thing from an end-user point of view. If Firefox only supports the same extensions as Chrome, why use Firefox?
Firefox has been losing market share for some time, and I don't think stripping out features and cloning your main competitor's interface is the solution.
It's actually got a lot worse than that. A few years ago, Firefox was indeed slow and bloated, but more recently it has become a bit better. Well, that and Chrome has become slow and bloated too.
However, Mozilla's biggest problem is that they have absolutely no idea how to develop a browser to attract market share any more. During the last 18 months, they've been systematically destroying every unique selling point that Firefox had in their quest to make Firefox just like Chrome. Before long, Firefox will be completely irrelevant.
- Different user interface? Let's make it look just like Chrome.
- Lots of customisability? Let's remove a load of it so it's locked down like Chrome.
- Powerful extensions and plugins? Let's bin XUL and NPAPI (except for Flash) and just use tweaked Chrome extensions (which are far more restricted).
- Full theme support? Let's remove that as well.
Heck at one point, they were even considering removing FTP support as well based purely on the fact that Google were looking at it (Bugzilla bug #1174462).
Mozilla are hell bent on turning Firefox from a powerful, flexible and customisable browser into a pointless and irrelevant clone of Chrome, and it's very sad to see.
As for their tanking market share, I'm one of the people that ditched Firefox after the awful Australis makeover. I use Pale Moon now.
Me too. Samsung ditched the removable battery and the SD card slot, so I ditched my ageing Galax S3 and bought an LG G4. Been very happy with it too! And surprise, surprise, Samsung's market share falls as LG's rises.
Samsung: Never underestimate the power of genuinely useful unique selling points. Think twice before you drop them and replace them with gimmicky USPs like curved-edge screens.
I'm afraid this kind of practice is pretty typical at a number of retailers. Back in my student days, I had a Saturday job working at JD Sports and they also did bag/person searches upon leaving the building. Thankfully the searches were pretty quick as most sports kit isn't small and easy to hide, but it's just something you had to get used to.
As for not working there, as a student or someone else at the beginning of their career, beggars can't always be choosers, and most people do not work in such jobs as a long-term career option - at least not without working up the hierarchy until you reach a stage where the searches aren't required any more.
For me, it's not necessarily the OS that is the main concern funnily enough, as I can always replace it if necessary.
I'm not giving up my trusty old Thinkpad mainly because neither Lenovo, HP nor Dell will sell me a laptop these days without a crap 16:9 screen, a keyboard designed for shininess instead of typing performance, and a trackpad which takes up so much of the palm wrest that I could land a plane on it.
Sorry MS, as well as all the deserved flak you're getting for your criminal attempts to squeeze Windows 10 onto my hardware, you should also direct some of that flak towards your hardware partners for saturating the market with shoddy, cheap and uninspiring products. Why would I want to replace my laptop if it means downgrading several of the components?
Spot on. I work for a major multinational company which has been promoting Chrome and Firefox use. But recently things have been swinging back to IE because an awful lot of Oracle financial system pages etc. rely on Java, and Java no longer works with Chrome. With Firefox dropping Java support as well, we'll soon be back to IE only.
Don't get me wrong, navigating away from browser plugins is ultimately a good idea. But canning them now isn't going to do anything but cost more market share within business. And let's not forget that the buggiest and most crash-prone plugin out there (Flash) will be allowed a reprieve from this!
I'm genuinely interested in this. Mostly for the chance to FINALLY get a PC-based laptop that doesn't have a pathetic 16:9 display. The 3:2 screen in this one looks very nice and far less cramped. Tack on a bit of proper graphics grunt as well, plus the ability to use the top half as a tablet if necessary, and I'll have to keep a close eye on this.
Lenovo, Dell, HP That's: Apple, Microsoft and Google all now making laptops without nasty 16:9 panels. Your move!
Tell that to my East-German wife, who happens to speak English fluently, along with most of her family...
Sammy the snake had to admit that his Photoshop skills still needed some refinement.
Lisa suddenly realised that the dark side of the web and Silk Road were not what she was expecting.
I have mixed opinions about Vaios. On one hand, the hardware was indeed nice, and the chassis were very desirable and good looking.
On the downside, Sony's support was appalling, software support was dreadful, and they were one of the worst offenders of installing bloatware. I've had brand new Vaios where the XP Start Menu was comfortably overflowing into two columns straight out of the box there was that much junk installed. And some of the bits didn't even come with installers.
Therefore, from a support point of view, I don't miss them one bit. I tend to prefer ThinkPads as you get the solid hardware without all the crap.
I would have gone for Marzipan, but that's just nuts!
I wear a normal watch. It takes me barely a second to flick my wrist around to see the time. Far, far easier than rummaging around in my pocket for my phone, pulling it out, waking it up etc. etc.
I think a smart watch might be pushing it a bit though...
A few examples for you:
1) I'm away from the house and roaming via a data connection on my phone (especially if abroad). I don't want my laptop to suddenly download hundreds of MBs of updates and cost me a fortune in data costs.
2) I'm in the middle of playing a game. I don't want Windows to start stuttering away whilst it's busy installing a pile of updates at the same time. In fact replace "playing a game" with any sort of PC behaviour you don't want interrupted.
3) Important work: I'm working on some major work, and Windows updates have (from time to time) caused problems (BSODs, reboot loops etc). I probably want to postpone those updates until a less critical time.
These are just a few of the examples as to why I use the "Notify, but let me choose" option in Windows 7. I get to choose when the updates are downloaded and installed in order to prevent any problems for me. By all means leave "Auto" as the default, but if a user wants to change this, they often have a good reason for doing so and MS blocking it is not helpful in the slightest.
To be fair, most people running a 32bit OS are doing so for legacy/compatibility reasons, not for CPU compatibility issues. With the exception of the earlier Atom CPUs, pretty much all PC CPUs have been 64bit for around 10 years or more.
I'd say if you still have 32bit only systems, they'll either be absolutely ancient, or will be very slow and early Atom based systems (still a number of years old). Unless compatibility with old software or peripherals is required, they should be replaced promptly regardless of whether Windows 10 is adopted.
Heh, I've heard that one before. The thing is, if a product gets a bad reputation, sometimes the only option is to fix it and re-release it with a new name so that people think it's a brand new product and approach it with a fresh/open mind. Never count against MS doing that if they feel that Windows 10 is not taking off as they'd hoped.
After all, fixed/updated Vista was called Windows 7 (with only a .1 increment in the NT version number), Windows 8.2 was shelved, expanded and renamed to Windows 10, etc.
Well put. Going for high resolution audio is pointless as long as the music industry continues to insist upon destroying the quality of music during mastering. A high resolution recording that has been smashed to bits during mastering will sound far, far worse than a CD quality recording that has been mastered to sound good instead of loud.
The first thing the industry should do is ditch this stupid practice (so many online streaming services auto-level the volume anyway - making the whole thing pointless). Once they done that and are mixing/mastering music with the intention of achieving maximum sound quality, then maybe high-def audio formats may be something that can sell.
Until then, they're just effectively trying to sell high-resolution photos of a turd. Doesn't matter how sharp and detailed they are, the result is still a turd at the end of the day
Dell are an interesting one. The screens on all their laptops are pretty dreadful, but a number of the business oriented ones do have fairly decent keyboards and trackpads. My work machine is a Latitude E6430. Nice keyboard, very good trackpad (with buttons - although the later driver stupidly reverses the scroll direction until you tweak the registry), and decent build quality too. The only thing that really lets is down is the awful 1366x768 screen with a bezel that's so fat you could park a car at each side of it. They'll happily take 16GB of RAM, which is nice.
Meanwhile, the missus has a Samsung Series 9. Lovely build quality, fairly nice 1600x900 matte screen, but the keyboard is only average and the touchpad is too big and it's annoying to use due to the lack of buttons. Soldered 4GB of RAM too which is a pity.
I just find it disappointing that laptop manufacturers keep on pumping out poor quality kit all the time, then wondering why it's not selling that well. I can honestly say over the last few years that I've not seen a single laptop out there that manages to combine a good screen with a decent keyboard, good trackpad and decent build quality. To my mind, these are the basics. It's also the reason why I've not bought one.
Am I the only one who looks at these and sees a pile of cheap looking laptops with nasty low-res glossy screens and who then thinks "No wonder people aren't buying new laptops"?
I really don't see why the laptop manufacturers find it so difficult. Cut the crap screens (especially the appalling 1366x768 resolution) and provide some with nice resolution matte displays. Also, stop using 16:9 on everything and add a bit of variety. Plenty of cheap tablets provide 16:10 or 3:2 screens, as do some Macbooks, Surface Pro 3, Google Pixel etc. So why are they not an option in any proper laptops?
Secondly quit with the whole "bigger is better" for trackpads. My wife leaves the trackpad on her laptop almost permanently disabled because it's so big it interferes with typing too much. The touchpad on that HP Envy is just ridiculous. There's no palm rests left any more! Oh, and put the proper buttons back. They may not look as sleek, but they improve usability tenfold.
Lastly, do a bit of work into making a good keyboard as well. One with some real travel to the keys and good tactile feedback. Even Lenovo (usually famed for their keyboards) are failing here by adding multimedia buttons in place of function keys and generally diluting aspects of it as well.
Fact is, modern laptops have crap screens, generally disappointing keyboards, stupid trackpads and mostly feel cheap and unpleasant. Is it any wonder that I'm therefore keeping hold of my upgraded 2010 Thinkpad X201? 16:10 matte screen, excellent keyboard, decent trackpad and solid build quality. Try building a genuinely good laptop and you might be surprised how many people may actually want to buy it...
"I could care less how it looks."
So you do care then?
Mr Palm, meet Mr Forehead...
The removable battery and SD card slot are some of the main reasons why former Samsung users like myself are jumping to the G4. Unlike the Galaxy S6, this was designed for usability, not just for looking shiny.
It's all about making it sound fancy. That's why people were all taken in by posh sounding names such as "FullHD" - usually not realising that such screens sometimes had *less* pixels than the 1920x1200 screens they were replacing. And don't get me started on standard "HD" screens. If ever there was a way of marketing 1366x768 as a good resolution...
Not weird at all, I prefer them as well. Although they are usually a bit more expensive these days, so that might be why there aren't any in the list.