296 posts • joined 15 Dec 2008
Yawn powerpoint diss
Should we blame the creators of the word-processor, typewriter and pen for inflicting hackneyed prose on the world?
There were a billion somnolence-inducing presentations from lecturns, recited from over-head projectors, and beamed from earlier presentation software before Microsoft purchased the pre-existing Presenter software.and renamed it PowerPoint.
Re: So they won't be diversifying...
They could call them iJobs
This would be the same Apple that allows Playboy for iPhone and yet won't allow apps like Grindr to display men in bathing suits ??
Re: Sonos legacy support...
Don't invite another SONOS user into your home and give them Wifi access - that may trigger a cascade of updates in your home system that make your handsets incompatible.
I bought my first SONOS equipment before I bought my first iPhone in 2008.
Interestingly, SONOS haven't upgraded the basic hardware to support higher capacity libraries or better indexing in that period, yet they seem to think that Apple the intervening 5-6 generations of Apple hardware are disposable.
With new media streaming functions coming from all quarters, disposing of SONOS gets easier and easier.
"it's too hard getting UK-QWERTY keyboards"
I lived in France for three years. QWERTY keyboards were easily found in computer stores, and computer sections of places like Carrefour.
Also delivery from the UK was so cheap that I generally bought computer gear direct from UK suppliers and had them delivered at minimal charge within 2 days. I also found it was cheaper and faster to buy many French products from John Lewis and have them delivered to France.
Re: République du Bisonoursland!
There is the large Francophone selection at amazon.ca
Re: I am disapointed with the lack of Windows Native App support.
Sonos keep updating the hardware and tinkering with the controller apps, but they have nothing to increase the fundamental capacity of the system to store metadata. Library size limitations and lack of support for multivalued tags are (in my not isolated view) the biggest daily drawbacks of the system.
For those saying that not many people have libraries that big:
1. the people who typically buy Sonos are more likely to have large, well-managed libraries
2. a household of people with varying tastes and libraries will hit those limits very quickly
It took me ten minutes to find the current queue with the new interface because the UI element for it is so small as to be nearly invisible.
Sonos also make it difficult to avoid updates because if one person on the network upgrades their controller app, it triggers updates in the system that mean everyone else has to follow suit. I had a house guest once who had their own Sonos system, and once they came on my network, an earlier update that I had resisted because of flaws was also forced onto the household.
There are much older threads on their forums with more than 150 posts I am sure, where the response is the usual "we're listening" mantra.
I can't think of a time that Ancestry has ever compensated subscribers for lost time due to their appalling lack of technical proficiency. They probably qualify 10 people logging in simultaneously as a DDoS.
The only battery I've ever had explode was a Panasonic, and yet they put firmware in their cameras to stop "dangerous" third party batteries from working.
Re: I really don't see...
I went through this weeks ago: turned off in it iMessage and deregistered the phone from Apple's servers. That didn't work - messages were simply lost, going neither to old iPhone or new Android phone. No error registered at sender's phone.
Having worked with a few ex-WordPerfect employees in my time, I can vouch for them HATING Novell and feeling like they were a pawn for Ray Noorda to play out his hatred for Gates. If he invested as much in employees and the product rather than litigation then things might be a bit different. However there were a lot of overpaid egos around at that time who resisted Microsoft's invitations to develop for the new platform: Noorda, Kahn, Manzi. Go back to the newspapers of the late 80s, early 90s and see where they were spending their money.
Re: Allowing for bezels
A4 paper may have margins, but the vast quantity of A4 formatted documents still need to be comfortably read without zooming. That includes not only text, but music, equations, diagrams.
So 12.6 is not, for me at least, an "effective" A4 implementation.
It's worth pointing out that large tablets have virtues other than portability. I have a number of uses for them which would mean they rarely left home or the office. Much like many large books I own.
I spent years "running around" with a 13+ inch M1300 tablet that weighed 3lb, and now run around with a Yoga 13 of approx same size.
I sometimes get the feeling that most reviewers don't have the strength to lift more than a skeptical eyebrow.
"does the world really need an Android tablet this big?"
Actually It could be bigger. A4 is 14.3", and I would be very happy with A3 (as an open A4 book), or a folding pair of A4 screens thus.
Those people using styluses for (pressure-sensitive) handwriting and drawing on Windows tablets can hardly wait. Oh yeah, they've had them for twelve years now used in Journal, OneNote and a plethora of mind-mapping, drawing and painting apps.
What are they all measuring?
Re: It's nice to see they're updating iOS 6.x also
But they're not making it available for iPhone 4, which is really to slow to run iOS7.x
Strictly speaking, all attachments are electromagnetic bonds even if two bits of wood glued together.
This is not an isolated example, but part of a pattern of incompetence in transitioning Federal government sites for years. Some have had multiple name changes in recent years, with a failure to update not only links between them, but also email addresses, and documents referencing all of them.
No one competent to complain to.
Doug Burgum ... you mean Atlassian is hiring people over 40 now?
More research money pissed into the wind
Re: Warn Admen?
Whereas most current Windows apps would still run on Windows XP, there is no going back with iOS. "Why change it" can be a virtue. Upgrading a free OS is hardly something Microsoft would envy.
Since iOS apps update frequently, and often put an OS version floor in, then you have a choice of staying with the old version of having to upgrade the entire machine. Many of those who do upgrade regret it, and unlike with Windows have no way of reverting.
+1 There are plenty of iPhone 4 (pre-Siri) models running, and going to iOS7 makes the hardware near unfunctional. You're just left with a lot of apps now looking totally mismatched with iOS6
If they made it iStan, then the US would probably invade it.
Re: I wish we all could be ...
What little "creative IT" exists in Australia is for niche vertical markets.
Where pools of talent have existed in particular areas, various governments have managed to dry up in short order. There's a large cargo-cult mentality operating in Australia whereby only foreign technology can be good or innovative*.
(* exceptions being know-nothing government folk who see some lame local implementation of 15 year old shareware and pronounce it as a Microsoft killer )
Re: Dont let Microsoft dominate it leads to
Many of the Microsoft folks from that era went on to Google, Amazon, Apple etc, who have each done what MS wasn't allowed to do.
Same people, different stock symbols.
This is from Amazon's Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post ?
Quite a lot of Australian government websites don't even have a front door.
Look at the tables outside DVD stores in London, Paris etc which are heaving with shonky product. Police walk straight past.
I tried to buy local product once, but I was tied up by a couple with pointy noses and sharp teeth.
Re: Apple PC buyers are more savvy
Aside from the small detail that almost all computers get upgraded, the only better specs that most Mac fainbois understand are minute changes to the frames of their black horn-rimmed geek goggles.
Will it come in a Blue Bottle of Death?
Actually Starbucks outlets in and around Seattle are generally pretty good.
As a rule of thumb, the further you get from there the worse, but Britain has made it especially awful.
Cupertino is already preparing a more aesthetically appropriate reality distortion field-effect inductive charging standard that will only work on their devices.
Wouldn't cider gold be more appropriate?
'cos I've got a combine harvester and you've got an iPhone 3
Local Hero to Universal Hero
Re: Currency conversion
Apple charges Australia more than the US for music regardless of where the exchange rate is. They change their rhetoric to suit whether it's < 1 or > 1.
Re: Who would want a 13" tablet?
"Books are 'single purpose devices'"
Really? You do know there are books you can read and books you can write in, and their form factor varies according to what is being read or written.
Re: Who would want a 13" tablet?
A proper A4 (or even A3) tablet is what's needed for sheet music, and large format graphical material like comic books where layout and dimensions are very important. The market for musicians alone is enormous.
There are markets for small books with small pieces of paper and markets for large books with large pieces of paper.
Unwieldy only if you have small hands. A proper A4 (or even A3) tablet is what's needed for sheet music, and large format graphical material like comic books where layout and dimensions are very important.
There's about 100 different iTunes stores and six or so Amazon stores, and quite a few Spotify country zones. They don't share all their catalogue. Access is restricted by credit-card address and/or IP address.
An artist may spread their music via Facebook, Twitter or use in TV soundtracks, but only make their music available on a handful of iTunes or Amazon stores, and so the rest of the world may be left with piracy as the only option for acquiring the content. So saying "it's on iTunes or not" is not a strict binary matter, even when you leave out the enormous pricing differentials between iTunes stores for delivering the same bits.
Despite musicians (or labels acting on their behalf) soliciting attention via social media, magazine reviews etc, they still don't make their content broadly available for purchase around the world. Even in Europe, it can be months to years (if ever) before an album is legally available for purchase between neighbouring countries.
As bricks and mortar stores disappear, there's no channel for CD purchases, and there's little difference between the catalogues of the online merchants because of the restrictions put on them by labels still operating in the last century.
The Oatmeal comic about trying to purchase Game of Thrones applies just as much to music purchases. For indie artists, the _only_ chance most people will get to sample their music is via Soundcloud, Youtube or Spotify, and then potential customers may find that they're not allowed to buy the music.
Re: First experiences
- or -
you have a keyboard that folds/slides away, so you can flip between laptop and tablet mode in seconds.
Which is what I've been doing very happily with various types of Windows tablets for a decade.
Re: First experiences
>On that score I would entirely agree - although I would have to point out that the OEMs have a certain responsibility there, hmm?
I don't disagree. They're as lazy as ever when it comes to retail presentation.
While I can walk into a computer store and see rows of devices showing the tile interface and not having a touch-screen, Window 8.x is going to deter buyers.
The changes in 8.1 make absolutely no difference to how this plays out for consumers.
And the difference between geek, nerd, dork and XKCD fan Venn Diagram?
About five years ago I had a phone interview with some dolt who turned out to be product manager for Picasa. I knew more about the product from casual use than he did and name a dozen glaring UI bugs that he wasn't aware of.
At about that point in the interview I became a body he needed to bury.
Forgive those of us who have lived in other European countries or places like Australia who cannot even see most of such artists listed on these services. On a few occasions I've contacted the artists directly and they've pulled the appropriate switches, but if you can only get through to a label then you're ignored.
- One HUNDRED FAMOUS LADIES exposed NUDE online
- Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search
- China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
- Twitter: La la la, we have not heard of any NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES
- GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine