280 posts • joined Thursday 21st August 2008 11:29 GMT
Re: A fine line between Vision and Arrogance
Well that's just it. Windows 'stole' the shortcuts, which is why Ctrl-W will still close documents (on the Mac it's Cmd-W for docs, Cmd-Q for apps).
Having the command key to either side of the spacebar means that every key on the keyboard is within easy reach. Just try pressing Alt-Y, or Alt-W.
It is (close to) moronic that copying and pasting involves the following sequence:
Unless you're an acrobat, I have to rearrange the position of my hand THREE times. On a Mac, it would be:
I can do all of those while keeping my thumb on the control key. And don't even get me started on the most useless key of all, the 'Context-Menu' key which does exactly....what? Thank God my IBM Model M doesn't have these newfangled aberrations....
It has been proven time and again that when people can get away with no longer thinking for themselves, they will forget about it. If I know I would never need to remember if I left the stove on, I will probably never check it again. Of course there will be problems whenever you are someplace where the stove doesn't automatically check itself, but the biggest problem is people will get even lazier.
Also, I find it interesting that you use the fishtank as an example, as with all the sensors that will soon be surrounding us, will it be us owning the fishtank, or living inside one?
SJ did have one thing right
When he said Microsoft have no taste. I still can't believe they expect people to buy their products when they have a proven track record of producing nothing but utter shit. And that has been going on for nearly thirty years.
The problem with Win 8 is that it is trying to bend the laws of the universe, and you just can't do that Jim. Stuffing a full PC into a machine the size of a thin paperback with enough oomph to run Office and Photoshop and any number of programs while having a battery that lasts for more than ten hours AND costs less than an iPad.... Even if they would have been able to make it, there would be no room for profit.
They were either tool lazy, or too incompetent. As SJ said, good design is about saying no. Three different runtimes for phones, tablets, and Xbox? No. Forcing a non-proven UI that no one wants onto your mainstream OS? No. Offering a low-cost(-ish) tablet whose USP is an office suite that isn't even ready for use on a touchscreen devices? No.
If they had covered those points (plus several other ones) then they would have stood a chance, but they don't care, they have never cared about quality because they never had to. Every time when they had to compete with a company that did put in some effort they either had to spend billions (Xbox), or lose (Kin, PlaysforSure, Zune, Windows Mobile, I could go on...).
Microsoft isn't going to go away, but they will never be able to enter the consumer market unless financed by their business unit. Here's hoping their new CEO will see that and start cutting off those parts that bring nothing but embarrassment.
For once, they speaketh the truth
I give credit to Nokia for naming this thing aptly:
2520 will be the year Windows RT will become popular.
Good thing they are biding their time...
All you need to know
"a nice idea, since switching from typing to swiping is inconvenient."
That right there is the best example of why Win 8 is such a horrible idea.
Also, the reason people use their tablets in the morning and evening might be because, oh I don't know, they actually have a job to do. Just because they're not online doesn't mean their tablets aren't being used. I use mine quite a lot for reading or games, and I have no need to be online for that.
Re: Another sign that we are officially in the future
There's a really good book that deals with this topic, it's called "Stung!". Basically, all marine eco-systems have been overfished to the point of extinction, jellyfish move in and expand, game over...
In twenty years time there won't be any fish left, so get used to it. What I find particularly interesting is that books advocating healthy living are STILL telling us we should eat more fish. Even though the oceans have been practically swept clean, and the fish that do get pulled in are chock-a-block with chemicals and medication.
Funny thing is, the Omega-3 in fish oil isn't even particularly good for us, a much better alternative is walnuts or Chia seed.
>> "A few thousand years ago," he said, "basically you were out of luck" if you didn't know someone who could answer your question.
What is surprising to me is that so many really stupid people seem to be working at Google. I'm reminded of what Roy told Moss about being good at science, but completely rubbish at everything else.
It would seem these people have no idea what the societal effects of these kinds of devices will be, or they just don't care.
A few thousand years ago, if someone couldn't answer your question, you would have to go look for it. In fact. this was the state of the world just a few decades ago. They were called libraries.
It's this simplified view of the world that scares me, because I know a lot of people who work for Google or similar companies, and they all talk like that.
Thank god for the ecological apocalypse happening in a few years, at least we won't have to worry about shite like this...
Re: shocked, but not surprised
That has only ever worked for Jesus and Jobs...
Re: I'm a MSFT Fan But.....
That being said, how many companies would have migrated to Windows 8 anyway? Many are still trying to get to 7, so in Ballmer's defence, going after the consumer space was not a a bad idea. If you can fault him for anything, it is not pushing through the single framework that would have united the three OSes.
Re: Put my CV through but I have yet to hear.
You could say you're a Premium Gold ChairPoint 2013 Professional...
Re: Validity of Self-Declarations?
It depends on local rules. In Thailand for instance, you can quite easliy change your gender, in fact, there's an official third gender just for ladyboys.
For normal civilians living in a western quasi-democracy, it's actually not all that hard to officially change your gender. Following from that, you can choose to have your name altered to fit your new identity.
As for your other questions:
Ethnicity --> Michael Jackson
Height --> Platform shoes
Species --> Well, let's face it, most people on the internet don't seem to belong the same species...
Guilt --> Stop being a catholic should do it.
Re: This may backfire badly
Yes, but considering the kind of treatment (s)he's been getting, that might actually be an improvement. I don't think anyone living through that is going to come out as a normal person.
Having said that, it takes courage to do the things (s)he's done, certainly more than 99% of the posters on El Reg (sadly, probably, including myself...).
Yes, all three Windows Phone users are in tears...
Re: One improvement
Plus, you can buy the extra extended battery kit for when the sun's gone down called NIGHT SOIL.
Re: Google paying royalties?
Although both Apple and Microsoft use their patent portfolio as a tactical weapon, they have different goals.
Apple is selling millions of iDevices, so naturally, they'd want a competitor who...shall we say...has drawn some inspiration from them to be punished. That's what the patent war between Apple and Samsung is all about.
Microsoft has no turf to protect, so they are making lemonade. Maybe they couldn't sell a phone to a sixteen year old, but at least they can get their pound of flesh from the ones that can.
Re: 'more premium devices'
Really, your iPhone is rusting now? Apart from the outer layer oxidising, thereby protecting the deeper layers, aluminium doesn't "rust" in the classic sense... Furthermore, plastic tends to deteriorate and discolour over longer periods of time (depending on what type and quality of plastic being used).
Re: Too bad
Agreed. Microsoft needs to shift to a new paradigm. Problem is, their customer base is not so keen to follow. Unlike Apple or Google, MS has always prided itself for its backward compatibility.
The key to RT's failure is simple: Office. If they had introduced it with a fully-capable, or even a cut-down metro version of Office, and not bothered with this schizo bipolar UI, no one would have thought that it was a bad product. Overpriced, maybe, but not bad.
"The large screen won’t be winning many awards for its density, but it's perfectly adequate, and usable with gloves - which for most punters will matter more."
It's getting to be over 40 degrees outside, are you sure people in the market for buying a new phone are going to give two tosses about using it with gloves.
Could someone please tell me what all the fuzz is about? Ever since Jobs hinted that Apple was working on a watch, everyone and their mother have been trying to beat Apple to market.
Why do these people think that a watch would make sense? Apart from telling the time, what could you possibly use it for? It's too small to use for looking up stuff. The devices are too large and bulky and quite frankly look hideous.
And then there's the price. Why would I spend $200 to shave a few seconds off my day so I can find out what the weather's going to be like? I mean, didn't SPOT have those same kind of apps, and look where that went.
Re: Connectivity is a deal-breaker
You do realise the Air is not meant for that kind of work, right? I mean, how much data could you possibly shift with a 128 Gb SSD? It's meant to be light and portable, and within those parameters it is a highly successful device. Your complaint is like someone saying "my Porsche 911 won't seat eight people and it's shite for cross-country driving".
Re: Saw my first surface in the wild yesterday
Right. AutoCAD on a 10" screen. Are you 'avin a laugh? Office is hard enough to use on such a small screen.
I'm surprised no one actually mentions the level of quality of the audio product. There are several sites that now offer music in lossless, sometimes even in studio quality. Sure, they're a bit pricier than the mp3 version, but I do like to think that by buying a high-quality track I am both enhancing my enjoyment and supporting the artist. Is this something that only affects me?
Re: I think you meant Bypass
OK, I'm not an expert, but I'll try to (briefly) explain.
By default, Powershell is very restricted. It will not run scripts or anything, meaning you have to enter commands at the prompt (as the Bearded Gods intended).
Remoting is part of the Management Framework, so basically PS uses the built-in security mechanisms, not some separate tool.
By setting the execution-level to 'RemoteSigned' ,which you can only do as an Admin, you are only allowing scripts UP TO that level to run. AFAIK that means no double hops. Choosing 'Unrestricted' might be a QAD way to get your scripts to run, but best to use this only in a walled-off demo VM.
Hope this helps
Not a bad name for a band, the Objective Historians. I knew Bush was a retard while in office, but I guess the reason why we haven't heard much from him since he left is because of his deteriorated mental faculties. Maybe he and Clint Eastwood and Steve Ballmer should do a quartet.
But no commute time. That's has to count for something
Right, because Windows laptops get upgraded all the time... good luck trying to 'upgrade' your integrated graphics chip, or the soldered on wifi, or maybe the bluetooth chippery could do with a boost.
The definition of an idiot....
..is to keep doing the same thing, expecting a different result.
As much as you like to harp on about the quality of the camera, I believe for most people that is just one of the things that matter. Most will be perfectly happy to use the camera on the iPhone, which is already quite good.
Now, if Nokia instead were to introduce a hifi audio version, then I might be interested. Sort of like a HiFi Man or Colorfly with a nice interface. Especially if they were to copy the styling of the Colorfly C4 :-)
And only minutes later, the WSJ announces that Microsoft is no longer interested in a takeover of Nokia.
Does this mean that, as far as Microsoft is concerned, they would not intervene when Huawei decides to put in an offer? If so, they must realise that under new ownership, Nokia is unlikely to remain a WP exclusive customer. If Nokia falls (one way or another), what future does WP have? I mean, it's one thing having an OS that people seem to like, quite another to not have any hardware to run it on.
So if MS is OK with NOK going AWOL, I guess it's FO for WP?
I remember hearing how Bill Gates was always paranoid about some competitor coming out of left-field and destroying Microsoft, at least in the early days. I guess he never saw phones as a risk until it was too late.
Re: @ Butt Futter
Ahh.....no.... I find it too tiring already to post just under one name...
Re: Classic Coke
That attitude is the same for all tech companies. They all consider us utter nubbins who, only through herculean efforts on the part of the techies, can be made to use the wonderful stuff they have made.
The difference is, Microsoft has even less taste the most Android homescreen modders. Do you recall how enamoured they were with the introduction of Win7, harping on about how people would now be able to customise every part of the interface. Seems that plan didn't quite work for them.
Another year, another ill-founded direction.
Who though would want to step into Ballmer's shoes? AFAICT only stodgy business types are crazy about MS. Anyone with new and fresh ideas will most likely have started their own company, or is working for Face/oogle.
Just imagine what the state of music would be if Apple hadn't introduced the iPod. At that time, pretty much every mp3 player would do mp3 and wma. If Microsoft had cornered the market, we'd be looking at the same draconian DRM restrictions as they are now trying to foist on their game controllers. So kudos to Sony for sticking it to the (sweaty) Man.
Oh good grief. If they had continued with the old design, you would have said "Apple is dead, they don't innovate, blah blah blah". Now they have a fresh coat of paint which follow Ive's design philosophy which, need I remind you, predates the designs you referenced, and you whine that "they don't innovate, blah blah blah". Why don't you crawl back under your Android rock...
They must have figures that that market wasn't worth it for them. If it were, then they wouldn't have brought out this new Pro. I don't think there are enough 5k editors on the planet to make it worth Apple's while to develop a new system for them. If that means losing a few thousand people to Windows, then so be it.
OTOH, this might just force peripheral makers to come up with some TB devices.
Dear me, Trevor, no
Why is it that techies have such short memories. Surely the first law text ever recorded* is the one you should hold up as the single most important document ever written (granted, unlike the two other documents, this one is rather less portable).
* Code of Hammurabi
Quite frankly, I think Nokia is the one with the better plan here. I can actually see the Asha 501 take off, and not just in India. Make it cheap and cheery, and people who aren't standard nerd will actually want to buy one. Remember the original iMac? That was the first computer people wanted to display around the house, because it was colourful and fun.
Re: Actually, LibreOffice sucks too.
Firstly, real writers use a Mac.
Secondly, there are a few use case-specific apps out there, such as Ulysses, that offer key features for developing characters and scenes. Other apps can assist you when you want to write a screenplay.
For me, the most useful feature is the fullscreen-with-no-distractions mode.
If they were to sell a $200 tablet with a Metro-fied OneNote that can sync with my SharePoint server, that alone would be worth the price of admission, and I think for a lot of other companies as well.
They follow the same pattern: spend until the competitors run out of money or business, corner the market, become the dominant player, make money selling stuff that depends on the tech.
Microsoft is repositioning itself as a services company. It's not just Windows that's no longer needed. Most people seem to forget, that for Office there's not a lot of vertical space left for it to grow into (if you follow my drift). Apart from the ribbon, what exactly is the difference between Office 2003 and Office 2013? Not much, and for most people, a $10 iPad app will do just as well to write a letter. Yes, you would hardly do your research paper on an iPad, but think about what might become available two years down the line.
It's funny though. Microsoft is (still) a software company. Yet they are giving their core moneymaker away, in order to spur sales of hardware. I don't know what Steve Ballmer is smoking these days, but maybe he took the advice Jobs gave Gates about being a better person if only he'd have taken some LSD a bit too literal...
If the prices come down. I would love to have a TB NAS, but not for the prices they're currently charging. $50 for one cable? Are you flippin serious?
Re: Out of the box
Ok, I'll bite. I have been using Win8 for a couple of months now on my work laptop, state of the art HP EliteBook. Apart from the wi-fi crapping out requiring me to get-netadapter|restart-netadapter, it's not been so bad. It it rather good, as long as you judge it in the Windows tradition.
I use Start8. This means, for me I have a classical Windows environment. To me, the start screen doesn't offer any advantages. The programs I use the most are pinned, the ones I don't live in the start menu. I have no need for full-screen apps just to look up the weather or anything else. In fact, the only app I downloaded from the store is to read ePub books with.
So yes. People who say Win 8 sucks because fuck you, that's why, are obviously influenced by the bad rap it has been getting. OTOH if so many people are clamouring for a return to normalcy, why not cater to them? Honestly, I've never seen a company try so hard not to do what their customers want. At least it'll be all over for Microsoft in five years, as no one is likely to buy one of their tablets unless they were a fanboi before, and the money in the 'classic' computer market will be drying up...
Unless they've made some tweaks preventing such programs from running... Wouldn't surprise me, but I use Start8 as well, and without all the Notro cruft, it's actually surprisingly good. Well. You know, for Windows....
Risky? Surely not
Where's the risk in opening some research project to a small number of people, who have to pay over the odds just to get a prototype which, really quite soon after a mass-market version is released, will stop being useful because of the newer hardware. Why these people don't understand that they've just parted with $1500 in order to buy a 2014 paperweight is beyond me.
There's no risk involved on the part of Google however. If the project fails, well, they've collected their data and are moving on. I will give credit for trying something new, and in specific fields I can see this becoming quite big.
Re: Should work here too...
Filtering does work. As tech-savvy people, we know how to circumvent these measures, but for most ordinary people it's too hard. I remember a few years back, when my sister had finally discovered how to download music off of TPB. As soon as a technology becomes so easy that normal people can use it, that's when the government/big business wants to get involved. They just wouldn't care if a few hackers were to share some videos/albums.
Ben & Jerry 'Magic Mountain Oysters' flavoured ice-cream, I can't wait!
It's not as bad as all that
I have it on a mobile workstation from HP, and an old Dell D630. Considering the variety of hardware it's running on, I have to say, it's not half bad. Of course, it will always be Windows, and therefore will always be a bag of hurt (you do get the impression that no-one at Microsoft cares about quality).
It's faster than 7 on old hardware. Once you have StartisBack, then you can pretty much get Metro out of your face, frankly, it takes a bit longer to set the system to your preferences, but frankly, didn't we always do that with a new computer? It takes me a day to get all the settings right, so this adds maybe a couple of more minutes.
Frankly, if anything, Microsoft haven't done enough to keep up with the times.
That's a really nice looking phone. I might want to go out to the shops and actually have a look at this. As a 'just-for-work' phone, this might be just perfect. Frankly, the iPhone is overkill for what I use my phone for day-to-day, and for this price, I'm really intrigued.
Oh come on Reg. You can do better than this. You SHOULD do better than this. Simply posting verbatim what some idiot is saying online is hardly 'biting the hand of IT', rather more 'slavishly copying what everyone else is saying in order to gain clicks'.
And I thought what with Anna Leach gone, the reporting on Apple might be a bit more based in reality.
That and the fact BOFH hasn't appeared in a long while means I'm getting rather disappointed in your formerly venerable rag. If things should continue along their present course, I shall feel entirely justified in canceling my subscription.
I have an idea for a third party add-on
It would be similar to the iRing, except a bit bigger... and you wouldn't wear it on your finger. With every thrust you gain extra points with Angry Birds Solo, for BDSM freaks there's Cut the Rope, and imagine the fun you'll have 'poking' that girl's profile what you saw at that party last night or whatever.
I've just looked over the specs of the 109, it's 14.9 mm thick! I remember a time when phone manufacturers would pride themselves on making small and thin phones, but this!? It's nearly as thick as two iPhones.
OTOH, I love the way the blurb says 'pages will blast onto the screen'. Yeah, right. Who in their right mind would use this phone for browsing the interwebs? Furthermore, who would use a phone like this to connect to FB or any other social network?
If they could have made a small affordable good-looking phone with a battery that would last for a week, I would buy one as a stand-by unit in case my iPhone fails, but this is just not on.
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