79 posts • joined Thursday 11th December 2008 10:01 GMT
@ForthIsNotDead ... speed it up. A 1980's BBC micro is at the command prompt within 8 seconds. I know Windows has graphics etc, but there must be loads of room for improvement. Make it more secure, less susceptible to viruses, reduce bloat etc.
But that would go against the monopolist's way.
'under the bonnet' ... slow
Customers bring their new laptops to me to remove the manufactures crud. I have a new Acer Aspire here now with an i5 and 4GB memory and it is slow. 8 minutes to remove Wild Tangent games. There is also all the 'Bing' crud to remove now. The start button is still there it is just spread all over the desktop. Before I installed the usual apps like LibreOffice, I looked at the winsxs folder ... 7GB.
The bloat and slowness would be my main complaints if I had to use it.
Balmer is doing well here, he gets to sell the same stuff twice like he did with Vista and Seven.
@Sandpit different product / market
@Mike Tyler Looking at my Farnell bill £66 for two inc VAT and delivery
@Anonymous Coward 15 the i/o is NOT 5V tolerant
Glossy screen no ethernet port.
@El Andy Your analogies are wrong.
There is no cost for Android.
The Ferrari one is just stupid. May be a Ferrari that only takes Esso petrol.
If bing were in google's position
Imagine if bing was successful, the monopolist domination would be complete.
Win 8 has a load of 'bing' default apps, IE 9 is by default littered with bing.
Re: Wah Wah Wah
Why are the M$ shills always anonymous?
If as MacGyver says is true, then M$ tax one has paid is lost (assuming laptops).
unfair tax also
Have a large family with couch potatos, it is great value for money. For a single person who rarely watches, it is poor value for money.
@ ac 10:01 yes .. remember the £18M Ross affair and the proposed cuts for the great Radio 6, but we are not forced to pay it. @vimes ... unlikely.
I don't have a TV or licence, but am feeling a little guilty as I am sat here listening to the BBc's most expensive radio transmission!
Similar position to Tom 7
Used to get a little under 2Mb now ~1Mb due to sodden ground, higher water table, etc. 2Mb is not bad for 6 miles though, I'm ~6km from the exchange. You may be on a new pair, but have a thougth for the poor sods that have your old pair! The people with the best wires are the ones that complain the most.
Re: Plenty of hardware available.
Nothing should ever be said against your beloved corporation.
road tax for bikes
Most cyclists own a car therefore pay road tax and are doing less damage than no cycling car owners.
@bodhi It is not 'petty' when rootkit removal costs the customer.
It is not 'petty' when something is bought in good faith with one paticular feature in mind.
Not a corporation to trust now.
Will nominet get more dosh if / when Scotland gets independence.
foo.sco ... etc
Or may be Ukraine could get .uk.
Does any genuine person know what the few ACs mean by most calls don't touch the BT network? Is it something to do with BT wholesale not being BT or something?
Have a good weekend all.
I blame the BT monopoly for most of these problems. I call my brother in NL he knows who is calling. My brother calls me all I get is "International". I pay additional for caller id, he does not.
If hardware / firmware can be destroyed by software then that hardware is not fit for purpose.
Khaptain, you got downvoted because you do not understand the difference between firmware and software. Your comparison between this and chipping a BMW is laughable.
The free in this instance obviously relates to freedom as the MS tax has already been paid.
The ACs got alot of bites from this thread. If any of them are serious, I hope they are not in technical jobs.
Wonder how long before the Chernobyl/CIH/Sammy strikes?
The extra storage will be required for the ever expanding side-by-side folder
Dell's penguin boxes are already underpowered, overpriced ... hence include the MS tax.
Are we all free to use this term? .. or may be FaceTwatting is better.
@ Anonymous Coward 12:26 I just did a google search on your name .. I'm afraid your social on-line presence is massive!
I got an Odroid-x and the hidden Fedex charges put it to > £120.
X86 is still cheaper, look at atom boards, AMD's low power stuff and old PCs, if you forget about power usage.
hidden from addd remove programs
What got me about the pinball was why was it hidden from add/remove programs in XP?
Because of this I always removed it (edit sysoc.inf) from customers computers, thinking it was some sort of MS spyware.
.. and Gates had the nerve to call Linux 'Pacman'
May be a way around using Apple's patent would be to throw your phone on an inductive cooker to charge.
Instead of 20 years for a patent, 5 years would be more fair.
Why do all the comentards say stupid USPTO, I would have thought they would more likely be corrupt than stupid. They are patent lawyers with qualifications I presume. I don't know .. I'm not a yank.
@JDX I value my time. In order to get any laptop the way youwant it will take time. It is quicker to re-install Windows than remove the crud.
As with any Dell you still pay the M$ tax regardless, in this case without getting an M$ OS.
Re: Anyone want to argue that he earns every penny?
Of course he is. Who works harder him or a 1000 consultant doctors a year?
He makes all those pads, cleans the bogs .. the rest of the Apple team are useless.
Re: No-one buys an OS? AC 12:16
Eadon is not AC you are.
Dell do sell linux pc's they are hard to find, lower spec and more expensive than the Win equivilant
just google the microsoft tax.
Your four year old blog quote for the failure of linux is probably similar to Win8's apparent failure .. people don't like change.
The lawyers are the winners, and we all pay.
Android users don't get their $5 back and the 235 patents are still not revealed.
But I hope Google beat the vile monopolist.
Does Win 8 still have winsxs?
Also do the mobile versions also use this win sxs "technology"?
I've only seen one Win8 pc, and that was an Acer laptop. It was broken, waiting to be returned, .. something about UEFI security not seeing a proper boot device.
duckduckgo use bing as their webcrawler.
I f you think Google are bad, imagine the monopolist in control!
No SD to avoid some of the M$ tax?
Live by the sword die by the sword .. fsck M$.
This is why the monopolies want software patents.
The winners as usual , the laywers.
Thanks for the notice.
Celebrities on bank notes may devalue them.
So Win8RT just another name for Win CE
I don't understand this, one can get a great laptop for for these prices.
I only use MS where I have to, so would never want one. But is hard to justify the costs of *pads generally.
I also consider FreeRTOS a full blown OS.
Would this site be free without adverts? The tracking is only done by software, not people following what you are doing. Anybody explain the problem with this? Having said that, my CPU goes to 80% with the full page ads here.
Apple et al may not have made the the rules but they certainly lobby for them
Read up on the history of Microsoft and thier anti-trust.
Microsoft is a monopoly.
If they decide to make a computer, like Apple, i.e. only thier operating system can run on it and only thier app store can be used, I would have no problem with that. But this is not the current situation.
Software patents don't help either.
Have you ever built a PC?
The hardware .. plenty of competition specifications go up and prices down.
The OS .. no competition, specifications are stagnent and price goes up.
Monopolies never give good service, but Americans seem to like them.