A lot of the US education market did not replace their Macs this year, This year the State of Maine offered their school districts choices including Windows machines for the first time alongside the Apple option. Many school districts are feeling the pinch and opted only for the 7th and 8th grade freebies from the State and declined the replacement program for their 3 year old MacBooks that their 9-12th graders have. The tech people in our local school district are looking seriously at Chromebooks coupled with a school Google domain as the best cost effective option for future investment.
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♫ Get off My Cloud ♫
These things are truly awful, the whole My.... range is bedeviled with problems. I had a My Net Central for about 5 months, it died completely as far as the wireless and routing side of it was concerned and then had to be gutted to get at the hard drive that had required material on it. $199 for five months is not a good deal. Most of the remainder stores have been selling these off with massive discounts. If this thing is using any of the hardware that was in WDs previous boxes then I'd steer well clear of it!
Too much moolah for too little performance.
500 quid, they're pulling your leg shurely!
Re: Nostalgic fortysomething
Damn right, did my teething on an AIM65 development system.
BRASTRAP much more likable than the Apollo LES.
Re: Upgrade a 7 pro to 8 pro installation
I know that, but the trick here is that under 8.1 microsoft want you to tie your account on your PC to a microsoft account to use Skydrive. So if you have an account firstname.lastname@example.org and have skydrive associated with that account when you log onto windows 8.1 you have to log in as user dobbiesnutsack otherwise the skydrive app is not available. Any attempt to reinstall an older version results in immediate upgrading and back to where you were. So essentially if you don't tie your account to a microsoft account you don't get to use skydrive under 8.1.
Upgrade a 7 pro to 8 pro installation
I have a few PCs running W8, one of which is an upgrade from 7 pro to 8 pro and is my main development machine, tried the 8.1 upgrade, no dice. Seems I have to reinstall my original w7 installation and do the upgrade from there. WTF.
Another thing I've noticed is that Skydrive seems to need the user to sign in with a microsoft ID to use it, or am I missing something.
They're doing their job.
What is surprising is the surprise that people are expressing that these organizations which have been setup to spy and decode encrypted material are actually doing what they are paid to do. If I was in gummint I would be annoyed if they weren't. How afraid I, as a private individual, should be of this sort of thing, I really don't know.
Chrome is now being advertised on TV in the US.
The sparkling plonk of choice for thousands of students was originally called champagne cider, but this was before the protected status thing. Sunny Wednesday afternoons, cold Pomagne liberally laced with vodka, the flight of the frisbee, the hangover ahhh!
Re: dude, yer dating yourself.
Yeah but they want it done properly!
Re: Real racing 3
Well I did download it, and played it, for a couple of hours on my rooted nook hd+, and it is indeed very nice. Unlike others here I found the controls very easy, it does remind me a lot of Burnout Revenge on the PS2.
Real racing 3
780 MB download FFS!
Showing my age
Bennies, I thought was benzedrine, didn't phase me, I automatically assumed that the astronomers were speeding their arses off whilst collecting their data. I was surprised it came as part of their contract... a that is when the penny finally dropped.
Re: Fished in!
that's iDon'tgiveashit shurely.
Every 4 years there's a popularity contest
Every 5 years mate, our colonial cousins have 4 year terms.
as far as I can see, and I use a Chromecast, is that you can immediately get what you're looking at on your phone/tablet/PC onto your TV with a minimum of fuss. I have an HTPC connected to my living room TV and it can do much more than the Chromecast, I should hope so given its cost, but it can't compete with using a tablet to browse the content and then get it on the TV. The 12 foot interface on none of the HTPC software I use or have used can compete with the tablet interface, having said that I only use the Chromecast for casual viewing and Netflix, other stuff still goes through my HTPC. The other advantage is portability, 5 seconds to disconnect it and then another five seconds to plug it into another TV. Oh and the price is the killer advantage of course. An ideal situation would be an app that easily interfaces and controls my HTPC via my tablet, which exists for MediaPortal in aMPdroid, but also one which will feed the URL of desired content to the HTPC, which it doesn't, for now at least.
They've always been overpriced
Never understood how they managed to get any business over the years, overpriced not overly good gear.
I bought the Chromecast, it arrived yesterday in the mail. For $35 it is very good at what it does, which TBH is not an awful lot, but it is good at it! It is a piece of hardware screaming for someone to write a couple of decent apps for, local media streaming would be a start.
Bit more serious
than "inevitable pinhole burns, All down the front of my favourite satin shirt".
"Jazz cigarette" indeed!
I read that Google are releasing the SDK for it so there will be apps appearing, if someone gives it local media support i.e. accessing local network content, then this will be a winner. It has already sold out in all the major suppliers in the US.
Just ordered one
Best Buy seem to be the last store in the US to have stock, either that or they are lying (not beyond the realms of possibility). I'll be interested to see the effect of this on the other TV boxes, roku, Apple TV, etc., not making any statements myself until I get a chance to plug it in and try it.
"If there are lots of other tablets selling, I don't know what they're being used for."
Obviously not browsing, duh!
You think it might be games and/or reading.
Re: Where is the fourth estate?
The media sold out to commercial concern over a decade ago. It took 3 weeks for the Occupy Wall Street demos to make it onto mainstream News Channels in the US.
Money must be tight in the euro trough, perhaps trying to drum up some fine revenue.
Hmmm, iPhone + Bank cards = weekend of penniless misery
Scotland Ya Bass!
Police.uk my erse!
It is very clearly a microsoft product, Microsoft blue, annoying tiling, It even tells you in the address bar.
Probably says more about the average user's powers of deduction than anything else.
My subscription for this year became active on the 30th of June. Bar Stewards.
or alternatively ABP, never see ads on FB again. Ironic, actually not more like totally predictable, that the advertisers can decide where their ads appear and the users can't decide where the advertisers ads appear
Just ordered the HD+, I don't think they'll drop the price any further. If I'm wrong I'll buy another one. They really are very good android tablets especially for $149.
" If they pull out (and they will, if they lose enough money), the league (and the clubs in it) probably won't survive."
I don't see a down side there, Sky losing money and football bankrupt, sounds good to me. Next target Horse Racing, not cos I'm a animal rights bod, it's just effing boring.
Pint to enjoy in a pub without the football backdrop.
Indeed, at 6'4" the only place I can stand vertically is in the centre of the carriage. I swear there's a couple of 90 degree turns as well, at least it feels that way.
Re: Too cheap
If you understood the size of the Glasgow circle line you would get it. There are 15 stations on about 6.5 miles of track on a single line, the London system has 11 lines, 250 miles of track and 270 stations.
The man is a
Twonk, a complete and utter twonk.
Not a gamer
Looking at this from the outside, it seems a truly gigantic waste of time and money to invest in all that R&D to end up with a finished product that, because of a couple of 'features', drives your potential and loyal customers into your competitors hands.
Re: I'd buy an all-in-one with Linux!
I'd say they are pretty much legacy now. My laptop's DVD writer was removed 2 years ago and replaced with a very capacious secondary HD. Haven't missed the DVD since. I have two machines with DVD writers and I think I've burned about half a dozen DVDs in the last year, all for other people.
As to the all in ones, for me they're a definite nono. I've had to deal with other people's all in ones when they've gone phut, and almost always it results in the purchase of a complete new system. For this sort of money I would be hoping to get a bit more in terms of oomph and long term peace of mind.
Re: Robert Carlyle
As the Begbie persona, glassing the Daleks and kicking the Cybermen in the stanes, well perhaps the ball bearings.
Has to be Billie Piper
Purely on the basis of Alex Kingston and Billie Piper getting jiggy with it will bust the ratings!
Re: Looks just like the stuff on my lawn
Indeed if enough people populated their lawns with moss we could put the whole lawncare industry out of business. Moss doesn't need mowing ( major plus in my eyes) and doesn't seem to mind anything barring a drought.
Future beer being enjoyed as I peruse my beautifully self maintained mosslawn.
Or an rf one. My HTPC was built aeons ago and has a metric shitload of storage, consequently to big and noisy to reside in the living room. It sits in the basement 10 feet below the TV and is HDMied to the TV with an rf remote (Firefly) for control. Works for me.
Your Gorilla is malnourished he used to be 800lb.
No tape involved!
MS needs to stress
That this machine is not an iPad competitor but a whole other kettle of fish. Given the reactions here and elsewhere to the price I would say they have failed in this respect.
Mandy Rice Davies
and her quote springs to mind.
Re: Except that it isn't though really is it?
Indeed there is and I have one, it's a phone cost me $50 up front, annual usage 1500 minutes, annual phone bill $99. All the other stuff I use my tablet for :)
LIke Billy Connolly my inner welder is screaming "£580 for a fucking phone!"