585 posts • joined 21 Mar 2009
Loadsa AC's in here...
Strange to see so many people posting AC, especially when extolling one particular viewpoint.
Nice to see Trevor feet-first in the mêlée!
It's good to see some people with experience of using Azure counterbalancing the AC's.
Are there a lot of people posting from Reading?
Must give him/her some credit for using capital letters and avoiding s2pid abbreviations.
Re: Drop in Ipad sales / saturated market?
My iPad 1 with 64GB runs pretty much all I need. I'd like to upgrade, but the later iPad versions don't offer anything substantially different from what I've got. Sure, they're lighter, faster, better screen, but nothing *trully* compelling.
If the next iPad has the fingerprint sensor, that might make it worth the upgrade, but it's still an awful lot of dosh for fundamentally incremental improvements.
Quite frankly, it's the same for the MacBook Pro. I've a three year old 17" one and the latest versions have no compelling update: the CPUs are a few percent faster and the screens are great, but counteract that with the smaller screen (17" vs 15"), they're massively more expensive, they've no built-in DVD reader, you can't upgrade the disc or memory...
Why update at all?
Office 2003 was the zenith of Office development. All releases since then add little and completely screw usability.
FFS table formatting is still broken; formatting images is painful; it still crashes.
Don't fall for Microsoft's money making scam. You know it's not worth it.
Must . . control . . the . . plebs . . .
Welcome to the free world where you're free to do anything "they" say you can do as long as you ask them first... (or let them spy on you).
Have you got something to hide????
Re: No matter how they approach ....
Just like fixing their bloody websites... Can you do a website for me (I develop them for a living). Yes, but it'll cost you. How much they say. Well, I don't know what you want, but lets say between 10 and 20 days, so somewhere between, lets say £2 to £5k but could be more. Eeek, that's not like the adverts for One and One on the telly.
Yep, please do.
I do get pissed off as they don't do that for their accountants, lawyers, surveyors and other professions, yet they do do this for us "IT" people. FFS we have to defend our reputation for being overpaid geeks...
Re: An Excuse!
I've been plagued by people asking me to sort out their computers for years. But thanks to the nice people in Redmond, that's all stopped now: I have no qualms in declining anything whatsoever to do with Windows 8. "Sorry, I know nothing about it and cannot use it"
I never thought that I'd see a reason for the world using Windows 8 until the nice Mr Dabbs pointed that out. Funny how unintended consequences have positive outcomes.
Re: "Wouldn't use them myself" <> scam
Also... They're a scam because they employ considerable passing off techniques; similar typography and design (much like grocery manufacturers to to market leaders).
If they're morally dubious and adding no value, then they're they're probably scammers.
This is now getting more mainstream coverage in the UK -- for instance Money Box on Radio 4. From what I see of this change to the market-leading web browser -- Chrome -- this is simply going to aid the scammers, so expect a lot more of the "I've been conned" stories in the future.
Re: Power savings
> Anyway, after reading that I'm not sure my PC will have a hard disk for much longer.
I updated my Mac last year with the M500. It was so fast it was like I had a new machine. I love the silence; the reliability, but most of all I love the speed.
Worth every penny. Can't recommend highly enough.
Now if they could hurry up and increase the SSD to 2TB as I want to add another couple of Prog Rock tracks to the file system;-)
@AC - windows stats
> 75% market share of servers, about 90% on desktops - growing rapidly on mobile phones - doesnt seem so in the near future.
That's utter utter bollocks. More servers run Linux than Windows - check out the stats. The desktop is a declining market and few companies would even think of rolling out that W8 turd.
WTF has TIFKAM got to do with anything? Apart from proving Microsoft's pig-headed bombastic approach to customer research.
Are you Scott Forstall? If you are, then well done for killing Microsoft in conjunction with your pal Monkey Boy. I always thought Microsoft's competition would bring it down, not internal politics...
Re: "maliciously crafted applications can execute arbitrary code outside the sandbox"
Thankfully the 30 spam messages today containing zip files which contain a file ending in .exe don't seem to have any affect. That's the nice thing about Windows attracting all the ner-do-wells; targeting Mac just ain't worth it for them.
Re: J...j...j...jerky scrolling...
Killed my mouse gestures after the update. Had to do a second reboot which cleared it.
Struth, two reboots in one month...
Most business does what...?
Looking around this office, computers are being used for process: email, accounts, bespoke applications, word processing, spreadsheets, software development, etc.
Any fewel knows that none of these applications work at all well on tablets, at the very least because you need your desk free for other items.
Looks like HP are not only late to market, but late to the wrong market!
Re: The one Modern App
A new weather website could be developed at any moment and you could start using that any time.
However, you won't ever get an alternative metro-weather app -- it's too much effort for MS to update, and it's too specialised a market for an application developer when compared with developing an HTML5 website.
Re: Fir for IE6??
$> del IE.exe
There, fixed it for ya.
Hmm, maybe we can improve that...:
Expensive when 960GB is £350
For such an expensive case, it doesn't even match the colour nor style of my MacBook Pro!
Personally, I'd be more interested in a naked case so I could stuff in a Crucial 960GB at £350 and could finally use it for online backups of virtual machines (which are big).
Hopefully there'll be more like this to market soon.
Re: Backward compatibility ?
There's a big government programme to introduce "paperless working".
Thinking this through a bit, Office (et al) is only half of the problem. What about all the data stored in assorted databases across government? There's case working systems all over government, most (all?) are completely proprietary.
Goodness knows how you'll get at this data in 50 years. Heck, even 5 years hence.
Re: Open formats
Would make a much better T-shirt if it read:
Frankie Says ODF
Re: it all begins to sound
> What is the solution though? to admit defeat in tablet and ditch Metro or to tweak it further?
Simply stop trying to force the touch metaphor on to a *non* touch-oriented desktop. Touch, including Metro, has a place, but not on a sodding desktop. Everybody knows this but for some reason MS have resolutely refused to listen.
It's like Microsoft want to commit corporate suicide. What's the point in moving from XP if there's no suitable replacement and Windows 7 is considered as dead-end technology
Re: Block by default
Some JS is desirable, however the extreme cruft of a typical "modern" website is just excess and bloat.
Wouldn't it be nice to block certain types of pointless add-in JS such as UI style fiddlers (I know what a <select> looks like, I don't need you to style it and certainly not in 100KB), horrid scrolling galleries which suck CPU (and battery), and pointless animations.
It's astounding to think that the move to 5MB home pages is considered OK by some idiot designers. Oh, and before you add the "it's not that big when cached", you still have to download the bloat in order to cache it.
Re: Oh yeah?
> As a Chromebook owner, I know I've got a lightweight, cheap, awesome little web browsing device that will never be able to effectively edit a single office document or spreadsheet beyond the most basic, juvenile-looking level
Errm, therefore you're saying that for a *work* device, the Chromebook's not particularly effective, whereas a full-fat MacBook Pro with it's full suite of development and creative tools is effective.
How could Google eat their own dogfood when it doesn't meet their *needs*? It's like you're saying that Sony should be using PS4's for their company computing devices (or Microsoft using Xbox RT Slablets)...
Will it go to the .co.uk holder? Or .org.uk? Or...
Sounds like a bit of a fight may ensue...
Maybe it's Nominet's Christmas present to all the hard-up lawyers
Tin-foil hat time...
Anyone would think that Microsoft are sharing XP FUD as a strategy of driving more revenue from sales of later (broken in other ways?) operating systems...
What's an EXE?
Is that something for "windros"? So for users of Androids, iPads, Macs.... nothing to see... move on....
What does SNAFU mean? Is it the new code word for Windows?
Re: Why Windows is doomed.
Proof of bloat:
VM running Windows XP is between 3 and 5GB
VM running Windows 7 is between 10 and 15GB
VM running Windows 8 is between 14 and 20GB
Most of this is due to the laugh-a-minute WinSXS directory.
Installed Visual Studio 2013 on a new Windows 2012 server install. This is now 55GB - and has never been fully used in anger. Whereas the Windows 2003 server running Visual Studio 2005 for the last five years has only grown to 22GB.
Conclusion: later versions of Windows are bloated.
@Pascal Monett: Re: Gates nailed if first time around
> I do fancy a Genghis Khan heading Microsoft though - as long as he directs his beheadings to his own personnel.
> What ? You don't want to put a proper Start Menu on Windows 8.2 ? <thwack!><thud><roll> Okay, anyone else opposed to that idea ? <silence> Good. Next point : porting DirectX to Linux as an open source project . . .
Thanks for the image. Made my day:-)
Just missing the "Now bring me the guy who came up with the Ribbon idea - and make sure he brings a silver platter"
3-2-1 back in the room...
Re: A fine line between Vision and Arrogance
You may know, but the User Interface doesn't expose this. There are principles of User Interface discoverability which TIFKAM drives a horse & cart through.
Which is the point: Microsoft seem to be like a little dog with a bone - we must get the tablet market back. But they're completely ignoring their massive user base which will couldn't care less about touch screens: those people who use a computer at work. TIFKAM on a large screen is ridiculous. Then reading "swipe up from the left" when I'll never have a large-scale touch screen is just ignorant.
Vision or arrogance? More like ignorance and infatuation.
Re: A fine line between Vision and Arrogance
> replace the rather weird start menu
Unfortunately with something that completely distracts one and looses one's context in the task at hand. The Start Menu may have been weird, but was functional. The start page with all it's irrelevant flashing nonsense is utterly unusable and is downright unproductive. IMHO.
> ALT+F4 to close a TIFKAM app
How the fuck am I supposed to know that? Worse still how on earth is *everyone* supposed to know that? You may as well have told me to run ps -ef 'poxy_app' | kill -123 What's wrong with a [X] in the upper right-hand corner? And why can't I run these damnable apps in windowed mode?
A fine line between Vision and Arrogance
Never quite understood whether the new user interfaces being foisted on us are because *we* (the punters) lack vision to understand it, or *they* are just being arrogant and treating us like cash cow cattle.
It does seem that Microsoft's corporate culture is stuck in the past; we won the browser wars (yes granddad, but you lost it all in the end).
Re: There's your problem right there.
You want geeks that can communicate... Might be a bit of a big ask!
Re: There's your problem right there.
And project management. Deployment. Solutions architecture. Enterprise architecture. Test design and development. Documentation. UI design. Network design & build. PC support. Team management. Systems analysis & design...
Coding is just a a little part of the grand scheme of things.
Re: I tire of all this (woe is middle-class, first-world me, apparently)
Munich seemed to have finally broken free of the Microsoft shackles and their world hasn't come to an end.
Re: Oops. I'm ten years behind
One wonders if they've even bothered to fix the problems in Office 2003 in all the builds though Office 2013.
What's the point of "upgrading" from one "just good enough" version to another "just good enough" version?
Massively parallel computing?
Surely giving us, say, 1024 CPU cores would increase performance quite a bit.
Kind of a One Dimensional issue?
Re: Older models
They're currently flogging iPad 4's for 20% off in the refurbished store. Makes them pretty good value.
Mouse problems fixed?
After upgrading to Mavericks, VMWare has problems with mouse clicks (double & triple clicking) and Firefox occasionally stops scrolling. That's not been fixed yet:-(
Should I upgrade from an iPad 1?
Should I suffer the slings and arrows and dig out an outrageous fortune to help Apple's balance sheet or not?
My 64Gb 3G iPad 1 still works. I can read, check emails, browse the web, read books, kill pigs... In fact pretty much everything that a later version will do. Sure, it'll be a bit faster and the screen will be better, but hey-ho, forking out the £659 quids (plus another case) seems a lot to get slightly better text rendering.
Hmm, that's an awful lot of Meh.
... luddite phone home
And stop the damn software phoning home every time it's used.
Adobe's reaped what they've sown. There isn't a number small enough that would represent how much sympathy I have for them. Oh yes, it's not a number... zero.
And how, prey, does one deal with car reception, not least because so few cars have DAB radios - and that's ignoring the real challenge of poorer reception.
It ain't worf it...
Having been a member of LinkedIn for years and a moderator of a busyish forum, I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that it's just not worth a carrot. It is infested with spammers and self-publicists and recruitment agencies trying to slurp your contacts.
The forums are pointless, mainly as it's related to your "real" persona, so one has to be really careful with everything said on pain of career repercussions later. Unlike here where one can say anything:-)
To be honest, I'm really wondering what would happen if I said sod it and killed the account. Sod all I should imagine.
> I see nothing ridiculous about it. Most PC workers are not glued to the keyboard/mouse - certainly not the keyboard.
Oh perrlleease... If you're sitting coding, writing documents, planning projects, analysing data... you know, work, you're spending the day with your hands rested on the desk, fingers on the keyboard and using a mouse to move the various windows around the screen and focus on the *accuracy* you need to point at elements of a high-res screen.
Sod your idea of a mouse free interface; you'd end up with arms like Popeye and aching shoulders by elevensies. It's bad enough trying to raise your arms to point at the screen without the additional issue of *accuracy*. Then there's the issue of "resetting" your hands back to the keyboard: with a mouse, one moves one's hand to exactly the same place on the desk and use your fingers to manipulate the mouse, therefore one gets "muscle memory" to return your fingers to the keyboard.
OTOH, if you're flinging birds at pigs then there's no doubt a touch screen is better, 'cos Angry Birds is crap on my 27" Mac screen. But I suppose Angry Birds is designed for touch.
Oh, as in lift my hand off the desk or laptop it's resting on, move away from the mouse or touch pad, lean forwards and poke the screen with my fingernail ('cos the screen's at the wrong angle)? That's such an odd thing to do on a laptop; fine on a tablet, ridiculous on a desktop.
This touch-centric trend is just a fashion. Thankfully Apple have moved through the "one interface fits all" trials and have two optimised interfaces; one mouse-centric, the other touch centric.
Microsoft, on the other hand, are yet to learn that touch-centric operations on a desktop/laptop is sub-optimal to put it mildly. But hey, Microsoft aren't interested in listening to their customers as, apparently, Microsoft knows best.
No upgrades... ever
They get rather expensive to purchase when one cannot upgrade anything in them; the memory's soldered to the motherboard and the "disc" is proprietary. Over the life of, say, three years, it's not uncommon to replace at least the "disc" with something larger/faster. Not in this case.
Very nice, but all the costs are up-front. A fully-specced 15" is £2800. Ouch.
iPads are expensive?
Like laptops, when you compare like-with-like, the iPads come out pretty well. Arstechnica have a tablet comparison chart which is very interesting:
In the laptop arena, there's a ton of cheapo plastic grot on sale which are just plain awful when compared with high-end MacBooks. Same for tablets; even my old iPad 1 works better than many cheapo plastic grot tablets which inhabit the low-end of the market. Incredibly, that iPad 1 is probably still worth more second-hand than one can buy a new low-end tablet.
My point is that when you compare like-with-like -- retina display, computing power and speed, build quality, user experience -- there's not much which can hold a candle to an iPad, especially the new retina iPad Mini.
BTW have you ever used a tablet with a plastic screen? It's horrible!
They could add a second iPad as a keyboard
Therefore it has an integrated battery and networking.
Might be a bit over-engineered though:-)
Interesting that the UK doesn't feature
Better not tell Tony Cameron and associates lest they'll want to "improve things":-)
> In the UK and Germany, it is over 10% and in Germany it is only about 4% behind the iPhone.
- Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
- 14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
- Feature Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great
- Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro