309 posts • joined Tuesday 12th August 2008 17:57 GMT
Re: thus proving
Maybe the only thing being proved is that if you're the kind of person who is prepared to spunk a thousand quid or so on a teeny little computer which is worth nothing near that, you're possibly also the kind of person who buys Macs...
it's the 'ultra' that's the problem for me
For ages I had a lovely little 11.6" Acer netbook-plus thingy, which I picked up for something in the region of £300. It wasn't massively powerful, or stupidly high resolution but seeing as the vast majority of what it got used for was light web browsing and heavy SSH - it was perfect for me. That died over the weekend and I was forced to buy a hefty great 15.6" machine because nobody makes super-netbooks which don't cost too many hundreds of pounds.
I don't care about slim, or power, or ssds, or resolution or any of the other apparently 'ultra' features - but I'd love a small(er) screened machine which is simply one or two steps up from an Atom.
Re: A shame
New to me. I'm an IT guy, not a finance one. I like these kind of pieces El Reg do from time to time, they shed light on a world which is usually as baffling to me as the internals of my servers are to my boss.
Re: perhaps controversially
"You've just labelled every "normal" user of a computer (ie, 90% of the population) as a blithering half-wit."
Interesting interpretation you made there. I've worked in user-level tech support and seen some of the ways people try to get control of their systems - yet I don't think they're stupid, they're just busy. Even the guy who called me out because his mouse wasn't working (it wasn't plugged in) - not stupid, just focussed on something else. He was busy brokering sales/purchases for the company I was working at - a task which, as far as I'm concerned, is high-level voodoo. For him, IT was something which either worked or you called someone to fix it - and how many things do you have like that in your life?
You don't have to understand every aspect of a tool to be a tool user, and not doing so doesn't make you stupid. I don't. I can change a theme on my desktop, I can write a script to do x y or z, but ask me to write assembler or lay out transistors on a cpu die and I'm as lost as nearly everybody else on the planet. We all use magic, because lots of technology is sufficiently advanced these days - and that's perfectly OK.
Re: I run a similar 'flat' theme on Gnome 3 and it's fine
Metro's search driven menu is actually very similar to Gnome Shell and Unity, so "hit start button, type, press enter" is pretty much the same operation for all three of them. Last time I used MacOS I ran quicksilver which was the same again. Fiddling around with the mouse just to launch stuff and find files isn't something I've done for quite some time. Obviously other people's milage varies, that's just me.
On desktops - I keep pressing ctrl-alt-downarrow (new virtual desktop shortcut in Gnome) in Win8 to get to a new, empty, desktop and it keeps turning the screen upside down. I can't believe that inverting the screen is such a common operation there's a shortcut key for it.
If Windows users don't like MS's shell, and particularly if they do like Gnome's one, I don't imagine it'll be long before Cairo is ported to Win8. http://cairoshell.github.com/
Re: perhaps controversially
My GTK/Shell theme is currently Elegant Brit, it's up on Gnome-look somewhere. It's not quite as polished as it could be, but the flatness does make a nice change from rounded corners and shiny FX, which I've been a bit bored of for a while now.
I've noticed techie types are often very protective of their UI. I wonder if it's because we're used to having so much control over our computers, and building up lots of muscle memory about how to do favourite tasks (if I had a pound for every time I've typed ":w" into not-vi...) and then when someone else changes it we feel like our personal space has been violated, and our precious efficiency has been ruined.
For the Normals, computers are just magic boxes. If one day you power it up and the magic looks and works a little differently - who cares? It's not like you can do anything about it anyway, you just hunt around for a vaguely familiar icon or two and click it until the internet or email or photo app or whatever is in front of you.
I really like it. It's clean and simple and fresh - all things which a pleasant alternatives to the overload of saccharine candy my eyes have been subjected to since compositing window managers arrived (which, in MS world wasn't that long ago).
I run a similar 'flat' theme on Gnome 3 and it's fine - I can tell which window is the foreground and so on, not a problem. Microsoft - maybe, just maybe - have UI testing labs which this style has done well in. Canonical's Unity interface, which you'd think was utterly despised if all you listened to was comments on the internet, scores really well with everyday non-techie users, I expect this is the same too.
Amazed Windows isn't more themeable though. The people who don't like it could change it.
Re: "Its spelt surely not shurely."
Indeed you are correct in that a lone bracket is a parenthesis. But, I put it to you, how can one close a single parenthesis?
If you had opined that the poster was "missing a parenthesis," then I would certainly have been the mistaken party in this debate, yet your claim that "you have forgotten to close your parenthesis" suggests you are talking about the twin-brackets which make up a singular unit of parentheses.
I ask you one more time, sir, for my overcoat.
Re: "Its spelt surely not shurely."
A fine effort, sir, but I fear your orthography is inaccurate - the word you were hunting for is 'parentheses.'
If you'd be so kind as to pass me my overcoat, please.
Re: archery shoot-out??? surely its track and field stuff
what a load of nonsense
clearly the process should be based around some kind of dance-off.
Re: 2 screens
'cos I'm playing through Mass Effect 3 at the moment, several things occur to me.
A switchable inventory/map/mission objectives screen - a "heads down display" if you would. Much as it's saved my life many many time, the whole "pause when entering inventory/map" thing I find does detract a little from the gaming experience - put it on a different screen means you have to find cover before you can chug health packs/switch weapons/ammo/etc.
Comms/team orders/team-mate status/position screen. Be nice to be able to quickly glance down and see where your guys are and how they're doing.
That's all very well
But I don't see what Norwich City Football Club's newsletter has to do with it?
Re: As stated, probably yes.
Given the huge amount of Kindles given as Christmas presents just this year - reported widely as 1-in-40 - I'm guessing a fairly large chunk of that 29% is ereaders.
But I'm not entirely sure why tablets and ereaders are being put in the same stat. Apart from having a roughly similar form-factor, there's not much else to compare between the two. While web browsing is, theoretically, possible on an ereader, you'd have to be pretty desperate. Same goes for reading on a tablet.
It's a bit like saying "29% of UK Households now have a telephone AND a bookshelf."
" Of course, if user interface consistency is your highest priority then you probably aren't using Linux anyway."
I assume if that is your priority you're using a Mac, because Linux is far better at this than Windows.
Almost every piece of software on my Windows box styles it's window, menus, UI controls etc differently. Admittedly I don't use it for much, but the differences between Firefox, Chrome, Thunderbird, Traktor, iTunes, Live and various device-specific pieces of software (Sony Reader app, SEUS, the stupid bloatware graphics driver, the ridiculous trackpad controller, etc) are astonishing. There's a wider variety of weird chrome on show than a saturday afternoon at a scooter convention.
Most GTK apps look very similar, because they are all drawn using GTK toolkit so they can't help it. Menu layouts might be a bit variable, but it's getting better. KDE is even better than Gnome on the UI consistency front - almost MacOS good, I'd say, which is a pretty good achievement - because the situation used to be awful for both Desktops, back in the day.
What A/C above said. Although looking a bit more at the two products, Zombies Run (the one reviewed) seems to be a bit different. Perhaps less interactive, although more suited to running the same route repeatedly or for use indoors.
it's not that original. There's been an app with the exact same name - albeit a bit less fancy - on Android for a couple of years.
But hey, what is original any more. The 'droid app is genuinely good fun, so I'd imagine this one is too.
Re: mercedes are trialling LED headlights
Audi and Citroen (at least) already have LED running lights, and most manufacturers seem to use LED for brakes these days too.
If car-to-car comms were only used to say "Sorry, my bad, didn't see you" and "Thanks!" then I think it'd be a good idea. Not sure it would be limited to such polite messages though....
Re: ASA powerless
Really? When did we get into using this nonsense left/right liberal/conservative drivel over on this side of the pond?
It's pretty meaningless distinction in the US, even more so in this country. Do attempt to get a clue, please. (hint: clue available here - http://www.politicalcompass.org/analysis2)
Watch Carmack playing, and talking about, Wolf 3D here.
He sounds like such a stereotypical nerd. Massive, massive respect for the guy though. You know you've made it when you can start your own space programme just for fun.
Vignette is orders of magnitude better for manipulating (and taking) photos and weighs in at a hefty 175Kb.
I don't have my phone to hand to check, but I'm fairly sure it'll let you post to Twitter/FB/Flickr/etc, seeing as all my apps seem to do that by default.
I like Goop
But then I have enough friends posting on there to make it worth using. The S/N ratio compared to FB and Twitter is excellent.
I appreciate other people's milage may vary, just my experience.
Re: New plan
Like many of you, I work in IT
So I would assume that asking for my FB/email/whatevr login details was a test of my anti-social-engineering skills, to which I was supposed to reply "no, I don't give out passwords."
If I were interviewing, answering anything other than the above would get you removed from the list of potential candidates sharpish.
As a friend of mine put it..
"This is what infinity means: Somewhere, encoded in the unending, random-seeming digits of the decimal representation of pi, is a perfect cut-and-paste-worthy 1080p H.264 widescreen encoding of the video to Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up.'"
My local Game
Is actually rather good. Yes, they are a little more expensive than Amazon, but the guys (and they are just guys) who work there are friendly, well-informed and helpful. A few times I've been in and said "I like X, Y and Z, what should I play next?" and they're pulled a great game I've never heard of off the shelves. Sometimes going out the back and finding a freshly in-traded version they could sell me cheaper than the new one. That kind of thing I like.
Let's not get off track.
I think we're all beginning to lose sight of the real issue here, which is: what are we going to call ourselves? I say it's time to start the Campaign for Lessening Impact To us Of Rocks In Space.
I'll get some t-shirts printed up, someone go down to the ammunition stores, get the nuclear warheads and then strap one to Bruce Willis's head, he can nut the smegger to oblivion.
Re: Re: Re: Not going to use this mess
I have a feeling that Metro is very much like Unity and Gnome Shell - power users don't like it, but it tests very well with ordinary users. There are a lot more of those ordinary users than us - they're the people the UI designers are designing for, and rightly so. You can say what you like about MS, Canonical, Gnome et al but they know the importance of testing, and they know which part of their market needs the extra help of a change in UI. My Mum, for example, loves Unity - she says things like "I didn't even know I had this thing installed" and "it's like it knows what I'm looking for" and so on.
Personally I like huge controls/icons/etc. Makes my computer easier to use. I can click to the pixel too, but if I don't have to, there's a lower cognitive overhead to finding a control. Fitt's law applies to me just as much as anyone else. I love Gnome Shell - but it took me a couple of months to get used to it, but now it's so slick and easy I wouldn't want to go back.
[ caveat here is that my copy of Win8 hasn't finished downloading yet, so I can only speak for my experiences of Unity/Shell ]
One thing I'm wondering
Is whether I can run this live off a DVD/USB, or am I to clear a partition for an actual install? Be nice if MS caught up with Linux on the liveboot front at least.
It's unlikely Windows of any flavour is ever going to be my OS of choice, but I'm always excited to see (and try) a new UI. Something new is always worth a look, that's what I say.
Re: Re: Scanning stuff in shops
It's not just see-before-you-buy-online. Occasionally I see things on offer in shops and I want to check some reviews of them before purchase. Most recently, a fancy VAX cleaner at less than half-price - one quick scan later, and a read of the unanimously dreadful reviews it had - no purchase, money saved on a crappy product.
On the other hand, I recently spotted a PS3 game in Sainsbury's which looked suspiciously cheap. Quick scan confirmed it was a tenner less than Game/Amazon/etc, into the trolley, bosh. Sale achieved!
Re: but how much of an area.....
I may be wrong here, but I think it's 4.7 centiWales.
Credit certainly due to http://www.simonkelk.co.uk/sizeofwales.html
normally I'm not a fan of photo apps..
..because most of them tend to be exercises in polishing turds (or at least hiding shitty photography behind 'vintage' FX), but I rather like the look of this. It's based on the various timeslice Lomo cameras from a few years back, which I had one of and it was rather fun.
I have no iPhone though. Anyone know if there's a 'droid equivalent?
That said, a posthumous knighthood as recognition of his incredible contributions to computing, maths, pwning Nazi comms and so on might not be a bad thing. If a dead golfer (Henry Cotton) can get knighted, then surely Turing is worthy.
The thing you like is Gnome. I really can't get on with Unity, KDE or XFCE, although I appreciate other people like them. I put most of my friends on one of the three main *buntus and they all seem fine.
But I like Gnome. I even like Shell. I also like tinkering. So I went back to Debian a while ago. It's nice to have options.
A completely plastic shoe?
That'll never catch on.
Oh wait. http://www.crocs.com/
This is good
Because it means web agencies/devs with a clue can say "well, of course we can do [stupid flashy thing X] on your webpage, but it does risk you being sued by the RNIB like BMI did."
I've lost count of the number of times I've gently pointed out to a client that the inane animated nonsense their four-year-old daughter thought would be good on their corporate web page was shutting out users with access issues. To no effect whatsoever, most times.
A precedent for actual legal action is an effective hammer to use on even the most rabid marketing types.
try some of this lovely mushroom tea
then read it again. all will become clear.
perhaps they are making a subtle point
That determined and knowledgeable people can still get the information. Just as determined and knowledgeable people will still be able to access copyright-infringing content after SOPA/PIPA.
way back in the day, when I worked in retail
I worked in Richer Sounds. It was drilled hard into us to never, ever bullshit a customer about anything ever. Either they spot you at the time, then you don't get a sale; or they find out later on and are annoyed - either way that customer isn't coming back and will probably tell their friends not to either.
We were told that if you don't know something, politely say so, then find the hell out and get back to them sharpish. Offer the customer a cup of tea while they wait.
It's not rocket science. But it is probably why Richers are still making money and Dixons aren't.
Can't imagine I'm going to be first with this
If I still went mountaineering/hillwalking
One of these would get stuffed into a waterproof bag and go straight onto my basic gear pile.
Those Energizer Ultimate batteries are pretty awesome - I got just over four years of daily use out of my super-bright torch before it needed fresh ones. Also they weigh about half what normal AAs do. For some applications - where weight, longevity or both matter - their rather generous price tag is definitely worth paying.
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