270 posts • joined Monday 15th December 2008 14:38 GMT
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's a pity that most of the US and UK indie labels rarely put their music on other country's iTunes/Spotify stores, thereby denying an opportunity for most of the world to buy music that they enthusiastically market globally via social media etc.
Re: "The Frenches on the other hand all drive badly"
" they don't even keep driving on the left side of the road!"
You've obviously never driven in France after lunch.
The French might make more from their cultural products if they exported them. If they didn't have such reluctance to put English subtitles on their DVDs (even where "official" subtitles already exist) they might recoup more money than their domestic/Quebecois audience limits them to.
Having the slowest release schedules for music etc in Europe can't be helping them either.
Even one of France's own ministers of culture has pointed out how irrelevant French culture is becoming globally because it's so inward facing.
Re: End of the Road
learn the difference between phase and faze?
Many form-factors please
There is no too small, too light or too heavy - it's all relative to the user. Children and small-framed adults have a completely different perspective on all these factors to me as a tall adult who finds that an smart phone easily disappears in a pocket.
Reminds me of a Chinese takeaway in Brentford that tried to charge me £1 to cover merchant card fees on a £10 transaction. Because their own 1000% margin on boiled rice wouldn't cover it.
The analyst is clueless if he thinks that access to the app store is a big issue for Surface Pro, which DOESN'T NEED special apps.
Re: They charge too much...
The Surface RT is more like $500. It's the Surface Pro that's over $1000.
Re: Samsung Win 8 slate
What are the RT machines like for talking to cameras and the like?
I just haven't found any useful scenario-based documents or videos for RT except for the "I like sliding coloured tiles around like an ADD crack-addict" scenario.
Can one purchase and download music from the net?
Re: Samsung Win 8 slate
I hadn't heard of these devices, but the reviews indicate that it's limited to 2GB RAM and the processor is rather limited.
I'd probably want the more costly Pro edition (4GB/i5/64GB) to compete with the Surface Pro and then the price differential starts disappearing.
Re: Ok, fine so far
"but on a 32GB iPad I have more free storage then on a 64GB Surface Pro and with Windows 8 I need much more storage for programs compared to apps on Android or iOS."
You've got that the wrong way around. Most files can't be shared between applications on iOS so you if you're working on a compound document or producing something for the web etc then you need one copy of the file per app.
A few doing solitary in every department store
The only Surface tablets I've seen in the flesh have all been sitting on glass cases inside department store tech departments. No label other than a 12pt price tag, no view of a box, no floor advertising, and no way of trying it even if you can locate someone with a key for cabinet.
It's several rungs of unwantedness below the shelves of ultrabooks and Windows 8 laptops that are all stuck on the login screen or which have had the desktop disabled, no internet access and the usual list of sales presentation problems that we've all seen for decades.
Re: paradigm shift
"The engine ended up as the JET engine in Access, which is why MS bought the thing in the first place."
It was Fox's Rushmore query optimization that got added to Jet, which already existed when the two companies merged in 1992. There was probably a lot of code merging after that while ODBC was being created.
Re: "The only issue..."
"The sad thing is that 20 years later Excel *STILL* can't cope with cells that contain dates or "
It's even sadder that that is trivial to address and you haven't worked out how in 20 years.
Security! Escort this cat off the forum.
Re: 3-2-1.... Eadon.
"using it as a feckin' database "
You obviously haven't encountered people using Word tables in multiple documents as a relational database.
People learn one tool and try to apply it everywhere. Get training? No, a computer science education should be in the help file shouldn't it???
"Lotus got complacent. They stopped innovating, or fiddled while Rome burned, or made stupid decisions. "
Not just complacent but the head of the company was IIRC the highest paid executive in corporate history while these stupid decisions were being made. The US$20M he was taking home as salary in the 80s would probably in one year be worth more than the max $200K pa that Bill Gates got as salary throughout his entire tenure. (I'm not counting stock options for either, just salary).
Not long after Ashton-Tate produced the enormous fail that was dbase IV, and Borland began funding Philippe Kahn to make vanity music discs. Not hard to see why I ended up skipping from Lotus 1-2-3 to dBase III to Paradox/Pascal and then on to Microsoft products. I loved each and every one of those other products until their managements started competing in a shark -jumping olympiad.
Re: Looked good...
I could use more than 4GB for photo and video processing, while I need to do while travelling. The iPad world just doesn't cut it in terms of file handling and storage
A Surface Pro is a touch enabled laptop. It is a PC.
Re: Windows 8 FAIL
@Eadon " Furthermore, MS are competing on an unlevel playing field, MS don't have to pay licence fees for their OS. And they can use API's for their own kit that they may make unavailable to OEMs. They can tweak Windows to give their own kit an unfair advantage, in terms of speed, features, training their own developers, etc."
I guess they're competing with Apple's similarly closed OS and API arrangements.
Re: Windows 8 FAIL
@Eadon: Ummm let me see Microsoft makes prototypes of tablets back in 2000 which the OEMs use. It puts out a tablet-enabled version of Windows XP in 2002 while Apple and Dell are triumphantly telling the world that no one wants tablets.
MSN Search is older than Google, and was rebranded as Bing. A fair chunk of Google's top brass are ex-Microsofties.
If you want to make these accusations please lay out the design trail between Microsoft, Apple and the OEMs. I'm sure the courts would be interested in your *cough* theories.
Re: Microsoft's conceited arrogance...
" This time Microsoft are so arrogant that they make not the slightest concession to people used to their "old" way of doing things."
While I agree with this to an extent, there reality is that a) for most of the PC era, the market for new users has exceeded the market of current users, and that is where the design specs are targetted; 2) PC users have shown themselves willing to dive into foreign mobile interfaces on iOS and Android, plus on home media centres.
The biggest markets for the old style interface are mostly in huge corporations where special install images are generally made to lay down a custom version of Windows and approved programs.
Re: Windows 8 FAIL
For many years Microsoft has had more hardware designers than most of its OEMs put together. I imagine that after the OEMs did such a bad job of designing early grey boxes, that Microsoft wanted to provide some thought leadership.
You're doing pretty well compared to me in a quite comparable environment in France, where up to 2.5MB is promised by Orange and less than 0.7 delivered. My upload speed is often less than 0.1. Horrible latency means that video streaming of even crappy quality YouTube or Skype is not possible. We got fibre-optic to the exchange recently but that made zero to negative difference downstream.
However from my window I can see my neighbours who have no option but very expensive satellite.
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