595 posts • joined 21 Mar 2009
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.
I will be buying them for all the directors, managers and other senior staff globally in my company.
Is your industry PR? Is your major account Microsoft?
Why then didn't Microsoft give them to you?
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.
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.
Moo. Mooooo. Mooooooooo.
Milk that cash cow....
Sod the future... they know it's rather limited, so milk milk milk whilst they can.
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.
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.
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
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.
Re: Small car please
> Plus if it "only" did the UK limit (+20-30) then it'd be open to accusations that it's slower than a Kia Picanto, which is a no-no for the people that would buy this kind of car!
OIC; having a powerful car like this means that you can overtake the Kia Picanto in the queue in front? Does it fly, or is it driven by Dave the salesman for whom queuing is optional...?
For someone who drives in the south of England countryside, there's sod all space to overtake on our crowded roads. And then get snarled up on the M25.
Small car please
Would be great to see the fuel economy using that tech on a small car with a sensible engine power. Call me grandad, but I can't see the point of 300+HP when you only ever use less than the first 100. And why does one need a car that does 155MPH - which is 55MPH more than an instant ban.
It's no good for you as it's all full of Shergar
With a bit of luck the money ended up being cycled around the UK economy, which, arguably, is more efficient than paying tax.
It's something to make AdBlock easier; *facebook*
Their market just isn't there...
An old-(business)-school SWOT test would show that there's very few Opportunities on the high street as the Tech has moved on. Alas the days of browsing in the crusty old record shop for some gem has well and truly gone. People download now and massive conglomerates (Amazon) or specialists deliver physical media.
People just don't buy albums any more. A store full of chart-bound shite just isn't interesting, especially as the price reflects the higher costs of providing the retail space.
Sad that the management team didn't embrace the web much earlier; in essence that's what did them in the end.
Re: Neatly attacks the corporate/government assets
Checking for the last two weeks (busy site), the top 5 browsers:
Chrome - 33%
Internet Explorer - 25%
Safari - 21%
Firefox - 13%
Android Browser - 7%
IE's 25% breaks down to
IE9 - 60%
IE8 - 28%
IE7 - 7%
IE10 - 2.6%
IE6 - 0.98%
Neatly attacks the corporate/government assets
Thankfully IE's usage is dying on its backside, my logs are showing it at 24% and falling each month.
The problem is that big corporates and governments still use IE because of their standard builds, based upon Win XP and glacial slow update cycles. These environments rarely allow modern browsers, so IE usage on these estates will be 100%. This is a gift for the bad guys who can exploit IE with impunity. Once Microsoft patches this hole, it just leaves the rest of the IE sieve to patch.
It's really a failure of the IT department governance. But they're driven by policy, which is developed by the organisation which is run by people who've no idea what IT is... Such a sad state of affairs.
Re: 2013: Microsofts' year of hell
Or anus horribilis
Re: Cloud Services
Mobile Me was good; iCloud not so good as they removed most of the good bits of MobileMe (gallery, cloud sharing, email collation).
What's odd is that I was quite content with paying for MobileMe and felt it was good value for money. Now I pay them nothing for iCloud.
Facebook's billion users?
Oh do pull the other one; it's got bells on it.
Facebook may have a billion accounts, but that's got sod all to do with the number of *active* users. Most, and I mean most, of these billion accounts will be test/fictitious/defunct accounts.
Re: So should I endorse back?
No. It's pointless.
Re: "thumbs up"
Seems to be this rampant 'Merkinisation of the world... Can't just have a nice time, has to be "the greatest", "the best", "utterly fantastic".
What sets El Reg apart from the LinkedIn / FaceBook tosh is the downvotes. And my alter-ego. I'm massively uncomfortable about my "Real Name" on LinkedIn, hence my CV says sod all about what I really do.
Re: Backup chaps, backup.
Anyone can backup. Only heroes recover
Microsoft are always glacially slow in implementing anything to do with standards on their festering turd of a browser.
At the moment IE10 scores 320 on html5test.org; just about all other proper browsers are now scoring 400 or much more. It'll be IE11 before they will increase that score, always behind all other browsers.
Alternative energy AND an alternative plan
Nice to see (at face value at least) a radically alternative strategy. Nice balance to the nay sayers.
Might need my coat for winter though
Can't we also heap blame on IE?
Sure, Flash is one challenge in HTML5 adoption, but the other, possibly bigger challenge is that festering turd Internet Explorer.
Just run the HTML5Test.com and see that most browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera) are all scoring close to or above 400 out of 500 points. Internet Explorer 9 scores a dismal 138 and IE10 scores a barely adequate 320.
Google Analytics webstats from a busy website, non-technical (health/lifestyle), transaction based (selling things). Period: 31st Oct to 30th Nov.
IE10 - 0.17%
In comparison, Opera gets 0.57%, Chrome 33.2%, Safari 18.18%, Firefox 15%, Android browser 6%.
I can't find any reference to IE10, Windows 8, or Windows phone in the mobile section (could be that Analytics doesn't recognise it?). The website gets 23% of its transactions from Mobile devices.
It would be fascinating to see El Reg's stats.
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