563 posts • joined Saturday 21st March 2009 05:54 GMT
Re: It's not when they came out, it's when they stopped selling them.
> getting rid of the stupid 8 tab limitation on Safari
Use Atomic Web Browser - no tab limitations and includes AdBlock.
Just bend over and wait...
Re: VB Scripts - probably not
> VBA port
Why? One can live quite happily without VBA; just look at Office 2008
Re: Just outlaw "Software" and "Method" patents
And gene patents...
Re: Pull the other one - its got bells on it!
> *Whose* comments section?
Re: Users already have fingerprints
The challenge is to ensure the integrity of the biometric reader; that it can't be duped by a "rubber" finger, or that its output can't be compromised (not dissimilar to SSL).
It's one thing to extract a fingerprint off a glass; it's an entirely different challenge to create a "rubber" finger that will work on a biometric scanner.
And in any case, biometrics aren't just constrained to fingerprints; facial recognition, body measurements, iris scanning (albeit with challenges), etc.
Re: IE11 - The only browser built for touch?
Then WTF is this iPad browser then?
That Microsoft guy's just a swivel eyed loon in a gimp suit.
Apart from being annoying, these non-geographic numbers are excruciatingly expensive to call from mobile phones.
Must also make a shout out to www.saynoto0870.com
Re: Fail assumptions here
> I am guessing a fair few people have never had to design websites twice over in order to get them working.
So you've not heard of "Responsive Design" then? That's the latest let's have it three ways technique.
Still, the good news is that there's no Microsoft in the mobile world.
Re: Hopefully milestone based payments?
You mean Millstone based payments?
Was it the spel czecker?
> i dont reply to none, i mailbomb them 20,000 of the same "f you" to start off with
Maybe this is one of those 'merkin things we Europeans will never understand, like giving guns to everyone will reduce gun crime.
Someone sending you spam means you spam them back 20,000 times over... Nope, still doesn't make sense. Especially as you run the risk of being flagged as a spammer, hence you then get your outbound email blocked, or worse still your ISP gets blocked (mine will then fine me if I cause them to be blocked).
Doesn't look ver *work* oriented
Seems more play oriented than doing work.
Whilst it's nice to do some photo managing, it's hardly the raison d'etre of a computer -- unless you're a photo geek. Similarly all that search crap.
I couldn't imagine simply replacing one of the major operating systems for that load of fluff that is Ubuntu. Still, as someone's bound to point out, I don't have to as there's plenty of work related distros.
I honestly thought that about three years ago we could look forwards to Ubuntu seriously making inroads into the Windows dominated desktop, especially in corporates and business. There's no chance of this making the cut. And windows lives on...
The big issue preventing migration is that the existing applications are "done"; there is no more development being done with them. Whether this is right or wrong is moot; the fact is there won't be any more updating to the applications until they're completely replaced.
Business generally doesn't give a hoot about tech. They only care about budgets and planning.
Therefore IE-centric applications will continue for some considerable time yet.
(As evidenced by the number of companies/government departments running IE in "Compatibility" mode for all intranet applications.)
Re: Micosoft FOAD
They're doing their best to comply with your wish.
The patent trolling shows just how low they can stoop.
Re: What's the next stunning innovation?
I do hope those Redmond idiots haven't discovered skeuomorphism. That's just the sort of useless crap they'd foist on the world whilst falsely claiming its utility.
Re: Who cares anyway ?...
Trouble is that a tablet makes a really rubbish client for "work". Fine for lightweight editing, but horrible for anything more substantial. For that you need a keyboard and mouse...
I've had Pages for years on this iPad and would never use it to create 'real' documents of substance. The thought of using Word is just as repugnant.
It'll be nice to open a word document for review, but it'll never pass muster.
What's the next stunning innovation?
What radical innovations are they going to come up with in the next version of office? A different colour scheme? Change the ribbon to something even more useless? More shit to add to the shit nobody uses?
14 versions of a word processor and they still haven't got it right. Jeez.
Ad, ha, what is it good for...
With a tiny space available, there's no room for adverts. Even free crApps are bloody annoying.
Sure, on a desktop there's space for the blinking ads, and like spam there's sure to be some dullards who'll click on the shiny button.
Ads for mobiles have to be very different.
And then there's Adblock (e.g. Atomic Web Browser in the iPhone)
I cycle with my half-horsepower engine (I only have two legs) and breathe and fart just as much as any car driver. Car drivers don't follow me. They pass me. Or, when they're in traffic, I pass them. In fact any time a car is going less than 15 mile per hour, except when we're at traffic lights:-), I'll be passing them.
So, for a journey across town, I'll do 15 miles per hour average whilst the car drivers still sit in their traffic jams drinking fuel and belching smoke.
There's also the small issue of fitness. Cycling is the best form of exercise to get the circulation going. This, in theory at least, keeps me fitter than the driving community and out of hospital.
But the best thing is that I ride on the roads for free and don't pay any taxes nor mandatory insurance. You know what, I don't give a fuck. I see it as a tax on lazy bastards in their cages.
Re: IE10 also adds support for 30 new web standards that were not supported in IE9
IE9,IE8, IE7, IE6, IE5 (which they call quirks mode)...
How many IE developers does it take to change a lightbulb?
None, they just (attempt) to redefi e darkness as the standard.
From my web logs, IE10/w8 is running at 0.8% compared with Chrome's 34%. All the IE's bundled together only reach 24%.
This will have no effect on IE's decline as the only effect will be IE9 being replaced with IE10
Anyone with a choice doesn't choose IE
And in any case IE10 is still the *worst* modern browser, scoring a lowly 320 on the HTML5Test. As ever, IE is born to stagnate when compared with all other browsers.
Re: I have XP here so no use
They added 10Gb to WinSXS. Makes VMs massive
Re: 1080p _is_ low resolution
Personally I'd prefer a square screen, say 2000 x 2000 at high resolution. That way one can properly edit two documents side-by-side, or have a decent amount of code showing with a bunch of other windows beside it.
I utterly refuse to have any screens with a lower than 1200 vertical resolution.
My colleague has two 1920 x 1200 screens rotated vertically on his desk. That works very well.
I just don't see why we've ended up with the bloody marketing gimps giving us these damn letterboxes.
Moo. Mooooo. Mooooooooo.
Milk that cash cow....
Sod the future... they know it's rather limited, so milk milk milk whilst they can.
1080p _is_ low resolution
It's the vertical height that's the problem.
A laptop isn't a bloody telly; it's to do work on. Work requires a decent vertical resolution, unless you like looking through letterboxes.
Re: IE10 in corporate
> spel czeck
Every other browser has this...
Not the only problem
There's something about the phone and/or iOS which is far more unreliable than previous versions. Lots of forum based evidence of something happening.
I watch my phone dropping in and out of 3G when it's sitting on a desk. Four bars, drops to 1 bar, then no 3G, then "Searching", then 1 bar, then back to 4 bars and 3G. I've just changed provider (3's all-you-can-eat data plan) so don't know if it's the new provider or if it's the phone.
There's another issue widely reported where the phone drops the signal and doesn't pick it up until the phone's rebooted.
Re: *splutter* How much??
Oooh, you're so right. £1,249 for a 13" MacBook Pro with retina screen, 2.5GHz, 8Gb, 128Gb flash, when you could have:
- a plastic Sony Vaio with a slower 2GHz processor, a cack low res letterbox 1366x768 screen for a mere £1,513 (http://www.sony.co.uk/customise/vaio-t-series).
- A corporate drone laptop from Dell (Ultrabook XPS 13) with a letterbox screen complete with crapware demos for £1,230 + delivery
Yeah, Apple are *so* expensive.
Re: 57 Varieties
Mongrel code strikes again. So looking forwards to another night of server patching:-(
Oh this is a good one...
Wow, we get a ringside seat watching Oracle getting birch slapped by Apple for daring to wrest control of the desktop.
Oracle: we'd like you to put this programming language into your App Store. It'll mean loads more applications can be easily created for iOS devices, richer Internet applications, world peace, etc., etc.
I bought one of those for my MacBook Pro and found no appreciable difference in speed compared with a normal disc. Never bothered since.
It's amazing that hard discs haven't changed size for the last 18 months. The biggest 2.5" 9.5mm 7200RPM drive is still 750Gb. Need all that space for the VMs and prog rock.
Re: Subscription service?
"The real irony is that IBM used to sell software mainly by subscription and Microsoft showed the world that you could buy and not rent software. It's like Microsoft have regressed to IBM's 1970's play book."
Eeek... Microsoft stealing Big Blue's business strategy right down to stealing their name!
Re: Subscription service?
From a business perspective, subscription is the way to go. Any business person knows that little and often is way more profitable than one off.
But... Customers will only subscribe if they perceive a benefit, particularly price. All I can see is Microsoft strong-arming their punters^H^H^H customers into paying for sod all. Let's face it, the so-called improvements to the desktop and Office in the last decade are pretty minimal and mainly aesthetic. Business is quite happily running XP & Office 2003.
The real irony is that IBM used to sell software mainly by subscription and Microsoft showed the world that you could buy and not rent software. It's like Microsoft have regressed to IBM's 1970's play book.
With this much competition, Microsoft's mediocrity is their biggest challenge. And their conceited arrogance to assume people will accept a subscription lock-in.
I read it as he was implying that Microsoft had fucked up an already shite browser during a subsequent 'improvement'/update.
My problem is that IE6 on XP hasn't had an 'improvement', well, since SP3.
Quite frankly it's a dreadful state of affairs.
Re: very dubious figures
What's a "Surface"?
I've heard of an iPad. I've used an iPhone. I've seen Android. But I ain't never seen me one of them thar Surface thingies.
Where the feck does this bunch of PR shills find 10,000 "normal" people who've heard of a Surface, let alone have any desire to use one.
I bet the "interview" went something like this:
Q: Would you use a Surface if your company gave you one?
A: What's that?
Q: It's just like an iPad
A: If my company gave me one, yes.
Re: Apple, it's your move
Why would Apple want to create a mongrel Surface lookalike? Something that's neither a fully portable device for lightweight content consumption (think planes, trains & automobiles); too heavy for holding book-style; too short a battery life; expensive compared with the tablet competition (iPad & Android); nor is it a fully-functional laptop like any laptop (cough and the thing will fall to pieces off your lap); nor is it a desktop-style replacement....
In short, it's a bit of a mess.
Apple needn't -- and certainly won't -- do anything. This mongrel Surface won't be around for long.
Re: A nice lady rang me up the other day...
>"Yes sir, we think you'll be able to get 3.6Mb/s..."
I dream of getting anything faster than 1Mb/s.
Living in the heart of Sussex and sod all bandwidth:-(
Re: Re-inventing the wheel again ?
And before Expression Web there was FrontPage. That sucked too.
Your . . . calculations . . . are . . . wrong . . . Office is free...!
We bought Office 2003 ten years ago and have absolutely no intention of ***grading to a later version which offers nothing new. Buggering about with the user interface doesn't constitute a new feature.
As Paul Allen said years ago, the biggest competitor to Office is previous versions of Office.
Anyone who accepts this MS BS deserves every minute of their impending rogering.
***grading: which one is it? It's surely not an UPgrade, that implies some benefit on my part. Maybe it's a DOWNgrade (that poxy ribbon qualifies). Maybe it's a SIDEgrade, but that's just inventing a new word, a bit like Microsoft inventing a new benefit for them, licensing & delivery, and calling it a benefit for the punter. Maybe it's an MEHgrade.
Existing vs "new" "users"**
> ...the market for new users has exceeded the market of current users
Really? Just where are these "new" "users"** hiding? Anyone in work will be using Windows (tips nod to minority of Mac & Linix people) and by definition these will have used Windows, i.e. they're not new. Similarly for the computing at home crowd; most of them already have their computer systems and again, most of these will be Windows machines.
Apart from unborn babies or undiscovered tribes in the Amazon, where do these Windows virgins come from?
What's odd is that apparently the user interface had to be completely redesigned for these mythical people.
** Only two groups of people call their customers users: the IT industry and drugs pushers.
Bastard Telecom are the problem
BT have a monopoly and aren't afraid to use it. They drag their heels like a recalcitrant teenager demanding that their customers show them there's a market...
Of course it's the Government who allow the damn monopoly in the first place, but still fail to do anything substantial about directing it.
We're lucky we have any broadband as I'm sure BT would be more than happy to lease us lines and leave us with time-paid dial-up.
Come the revolution... A pox on their houses
Microsoft's conceited arrogance...
Microsoft seem to become more arrogant as time passes. When Microsoft produced Windows XP in 2001, they shipped it with two interfaces; Fisher-Price and Windows 2000. Looking at it now, there's hardly any difference, but obviously enough to concern Microsoft about alienating their user community.
Now wind forwards eleven years... Microsoft produce a radically different UI that will take most people a *lot* of getting used to -- and that's ignoring the valid argument that it's an inappropriate 'touch' UI foisted on a Keyboard/Mouse/Window interface.
This time Microsoft are so arrogant that they make not the slightest concession to people used to their "old" way of doing things. They produce a radically new operating system, Windows RT, which requires a leap of faith that you'll be able to get applications, and charge MORE than the market leading iPad.
Microsoft only have themselves to blame for this self-made mess.
It beggars belief that Microsoft can't see what's happening.
Good luck Microsoft...
It'll be interesting to see if their vision becomes a reality; merging the fondle tablet and keyboad/mouse desktop genres. Time will tell weather it flops or flies.