84 posts • joined Wednesday 4th June 2008 16:17 GMT
R&D budget increased again
It looks very much like Apple have increased their R&D budget once more i.e. lets research companies that do what we want and develop ownership of said company.
Reduce or increase
" The browser does its best to get out of the way with a few enhancements that reduce the amount of screen space occupied by its interface."
Yet they switch to rounded rectangles which are less space efficient than the existing ones. I am all for change for improvements sake but I do think this improvement will actually be more of a hindrance due to the fact I often have massive amounts of tabs open.
Similar Problems here
Had to print out a document urgently the other day, so sent it to the wireless Lexmark, a few minutes later a message pops up saying "Cannot communicate with printer", no worries, just restart the printer, it is a common problem with this printer. Hmm still no printout, reinstalled the drivers, still nothing, gave up eventually after exhausting all options. Two days later after changing nothing, the document decides to start printing! I know printers can be a bit of a dark art but this takes the biscuit.
The wait is nearly over
Give it a few weeks for the initial rush to go down and I will be retiring my iPhone 4.
I used to have a client who were with E-On and they would get reminders saying their bill was late just ten days after the meter was read threatening extra charges if the debt wasn't paid promptly. These companies don't like you paying when it suits you and would rather shift you on to direct debit so they make life as difficult as possible for those who pay by other methods.
best forgotten for music
And how many artists resisted the move to selling MP3s because the quality was rubbish yet had an entire back catalogue available on tape? Even as a teen I despised the dead sound that came from even the best tape decks. Sure you get "metal" tapes which offered far better sound quality but they were expensive.
The only good thing about them was they made home computing more accessible, though somewhat noisier.
Am I just cynical?
So he buys Apple stock at a low value, says they have a major product launch coming up, then others buy the shares, value goes up, he cashes in.
£20 or £400
So all those people who still do not use smart phones and currently spend <£100 on a phone will all suddenly decide that a £400 handset is for them, somewhat unlikely. Especially as we see Apple's growth slowing already and Android still rising.
Maybe these people will continue to use the dumb phones they are happy with.
When I eventually upgrade my iPhone 4, I won't be sticking with iOS I don't think unless Apple suddenly comes up with something genuinely brilliant which is something they haven't done recently.
How can I watch it?
When we brought our new house, we knew we would get Satelite TV so we didn't bother fitting an aerial and I still see no point in doing so. How many others will go the same route I wonder and as existing aerials get blown down in storms, will they really get replaced? I know I could get freeview through one but for the one or two channels I can't get on freesat, it barely seems worthwhile.
So the potential audience for these channels is going to get smaller and smaller as less people have the capability to receive their broadcasts. Especially if the quality of their output is anything like I experienced when living in Oxford which for years had a local tv channel which I never watched.
Who'd have guessed
So guys pretending to be women online will wear skimpy clothing because lets face it that is who these people are.
Still using a 701
I have two of the original 701s and one of them is still in use as a fileserver on my home network. Most of the time it just sits there consuming very little power allowing the other machines in the house to drag files off the bank of external drives. It does an admiral job too.
Yes there are better options available but these cost nothing as a school I used to do work for gave me them along with a BBC Master which was about to be scrapped.
No surprise there
After trying Orange a while back and getting dreadful service, both technical and from customer support, we ended up getting released from our contract after about three months. The view I got was that the call centre in Asia really did not care about the customer.
Not bad but hard to see why
I have been using it for a while now and bits are quite nice and I would have no issues buying it if I needed another copy of Office. I don't however need another copy and I really struggle to see a big reason to upgrade, I guess most people are in the same boat regarding this and many will ask 'why?'
Wow a British goverment willing to stand up to their US counterparts. I hope we see future governments follow in their footsteps.
This is going to hurt OpenReach in a few years when people begin to realise that fttc is a dead end technology and for a reasonable sized family is only really just good enough for today's usage. As bandwidth requirements appear to increase massively OR will be forced to scrap all of those nice new cabs and install fibre to the home.
Even more ridiculous is that new estates are being built with no fibre provision whatsoever and because most of these are on the edge of towns, the ADSL speeds are very poor. Ours included. Took a massive effort for OR to admit that when they surveyed the area for fibre there was just a farm there.
How about "Alexander Lukashenko has changed the Belorussian constitution so that he can be president for life" - another question but less clear cut. Whilst hitting gays with sticks sticks is fairly clearly wrong, other questions are not so.
so if you disagree with their views, no fail the test and cannot get access to whichever site you want. A system that promotes tolerance through intolerance, fantastic just what we need.
bad for America
Surely this is bad for the entire US economy, if companies are not allowed to restrict resales of things produced in the US but they are for things from outside, that is just an incentive to produce more outside the US than already happens.
It Probably Will
Given the governments track record in securing data, giving it to a third party probably will make it more secure. Especially if that third party refuses to give the government access to the data.
If it ain't broke don't fix it.
There is a free alternative. Microsoft's Bing contains their maps, maybe not the best but far better than the stock one from Apple and most things are in the right place.
Lessons you remember
These are lessons those guys will remember, not the sat in a classroom going through dreary powerpoints or sat doing calculations. The lessons I remember from school are things like this. Magnesium + iodine, burning through an asbestos mat into the school long jump pit was one I really remember. Barely remember any of my computing lessons though even though that is my field.
Oh and I suspect this was a lesson given to school kids not university students, in order to encourage them to go to university.
Re: What an ugly outdated GUI !
Totally agree, the fact they are just dumb icons too, why? I have an iPhone 4 and after trying my wife's Nokia with Windows Phone 7.5, I really feel like my phone is second best despite being 3-4 times the price.
Just more reasons
to get rid of Apple next time I get a new phone (soon). When I brought in the iPhone was the best (just) now they are just milking the popularity. Innovation has dried up and the competition are racing ahead.
and it will sell
Lets face it, the iPhone 5 upgrade will be boring, we pretty much know that, a slightly bigger screen and ... well that is about it. As were the the 4 & 4S. And before the fanbois start, I am not a fandroid, I own an iPhone.
Face it though, handsets from other makers are far more exciting, including the new Nokias and they offer more features.
Despite that the iPhone 5 will sell like hot cakes because they are seen as being cool and the media hype tells consumers who don't know any better that the iPhones are the best. Which a couple of years ago they probably were.
Bye bye iPhone.
My wife has been using the 710 for a while and it is great, been looking forward to this coming out so I can get rid of that dated iPhone and its Jurassic user interface.
Message to Apple the world has moved on whilst you were so busy worrying about suing the competition.
I know one, he even agreed that WinPho was superior to iOS yet is waiting for iP5 because it is Apple. A fool and his money.
Re: I might be wrong, but....
Totally agree about the user interface being dated and restrictive. Apple are clearly struggling to develop new features for it (Siri was brought, not Apple's idea).
My wife just brought a Nokia Lumia 710 which cost about a third of the price and whilst Windows Phone is far from mature, it clearly shows that there is room for it to be a far better OS than iOS, which bugs me cause I have an Iphone 4.
Apple are clearly scared because they see iOS becoming another WP6*, the OS nobody loves then loosing their "cool" and let's face it without the iPhone/iPad nobody will be buying Apple products.
Or did I dream about having a smart phone before the iPhone came along, I guess I must have done because Apple invented it.
A few more bricks
Come on these garden walls aren't high enough already.
Funny, I can't remember having problems with bandwidth when streaming flac even 24bit.
Been done already
I have a feature to do that already, it is called a wife.
I think someone has been on the same stuff as Apple's lawyers!
So what about those with <2Mb/s connections, no TV at all for us. Even those with better connections will struggle to watch different channels. Unless of course you are one of the lucky ones on a fibre connection. How about download caps? Will ISPs be forced to lift those to cover streaming?
Actually I quite like the new look
Okay, I lied, sheesh that is ugly, haven't seen anything that ugly since... well, since Windows 8. Are MS actually trying to get people to use Apple?
How much of a fanboi must you be to pay for beta software which will be free in a couple of months.
Painted metal interior?
There is a reason most modern cars don't go down that route, cheap it maybe but it is noisy, just try the Aygo or one of its identicals by other makes. Another tiny impractical pseudo eco-box with real world economy way below its claims and rivaled by other much more practical cars.
Easy to reject a call - big deal
The difficulty rejecting calls from the lock screen has always bugged me as the screen only has the option to accept a call, if you press the power button once it silences it but does not reject it, if you press it twice, then it rejects it. How intuitive is that. So much better than pressing a hang up button like every other phone I have owned. And yes I do have an iPhone.
Back sometime last millenium I had an old Panasonic that could do pretty much everything that these changes give you. Except that phone would allow you to do a partial lock which meant you could make calls to people in your contacts list anytime but needed to enter a code to dial a new number - great for a phone for the kids.
This iOS6 seems to be more of a iOS5.1, what major things does it change? A new maps app, so exciting.
These coverage maps provided by the companies are a joke, Vodaphone tells me that I should get a strong 3G signal indoors. The reality is, I am lucky to get a weak 3G signal outside and any signal at all indoors.
Vodafone have even acknowledged this and provided one of their femto cells for free. That would be great except our broadband is so slow, if anyone is browsing the net, there isn't enough capacity for phone calls.
Horrendous support on iPhone
Try opening a .docx file on your iPhone with SkyDrive and the text ends up all over the place, really is unuseable for editing, even reading is best left for emergencies only as text ends up on top of other pieces of text and these are Microsoft's own files.
As a concept it is great but these things need sorting.
Great Bradwell Abbey gets the trial
Unfortunately BT still refuses to give those on our cabinet any fibre whatsoever leaving us with sub 2Mb/s speeds. Really is ridiculous that on the same exchange some can be getting 330Mbps whilst others get 1 on a good day with the wind in their favour.
Back to DOS then
I am sure there was a reason why we moved away from having direct hardware access in the past!
Oh yes, reliability, oh and security, oh and portability, oh and ... you get the picture.
- Xmas Round-up Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking
- Xmas Round-up Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear
- Review Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16
- Analysis Microsoft's licence riddles give Linux and pals a free ride to virtual domination
- NSFW Oz couple get jiggy in pharmacy in 'banned' condom ad