588 posts • joined 21 Mar 2009
It looks like a MacBook Air
But I expect it's made of plastic.
Two (more) words...
Most people would respond "What's an operating system?"
I suppose half of the respondents said that they wanted to be a fire engine when they grow up.
The thick of it?
Is this an omnishambles?
Re: From my weblogs...
It's for all mobile devices. It's a transactional health & lifestyle website and represents a good cross-section of society -- definitely not technical.
As I understand it, when it comes to tablets there's one massive player, Apple. The others aren't anywhere near as popular.
I've checked the figures I gave and the iOS figures are 50/50 iPad/iPhone (judging by the resolutions), e.g. around 30% each.
Android large screens are about 8.5% (spread across about 15 screen resolutions).
Is there something wrong with these results?
From my weblogs...
Just having a look at ye olde Google analytics for a busy "lifestyle" website, sorting by mobile device OS we have:
iOS = 67%
Android = 27%
Blackberry = 4.4%
Windows Phone = 0.7%
A bit like Windows 8; flopping in the noise.
Re: Proof that Windows 8 has flopped?
Hmm. Idiot: a person of low intelligence.
Attempting to use objective metrics to actually measure the usage of Windows 8 is a sign of low intelligence?
Windows 8 public release was 26th October, some 18 days of the sample period. It's been available as an enterprise version for about three months. It's also been available as an RC for 9 months...
I was expecting much higher numbers than that.
Still, the good news is IE6 is dying on its backside.
Proof that Windows 8 has flopped?
Looking at some web logs -- for a busy "lifestyle" website -- the statistics speak for themselves. In the last month 13 Oct to 12 Nov, the stats are:
IE10 (this is only available on Windows 8): 0.1%
The numbers are so low it places it in 40th place in the browser list, way behind IE6 in 23rd place with 0.32%!
It's an utter hateful experience
The sooner this pathetic skuomorphic trend is stopped the better. It's so early nineties.
Re: RDP client is free from MS
And it's a bit cack. Irritating that you can't pass over the winkey to the host. Having said that, I use it all the time as I've found it the best of the bunch; CoRD just doesn't hack it.
There are third-party Apple resellers who offer a pretty good support service. An iMac that went titsup in our office was fixed by calling the reseller who sent an engineer around within a couple of hours and fixed it on-site.
Personally I'd prefer to deal with a reseller. A bit more personal. Given that there's no Apple discounts available (re-firb & academic stores aside), there's no reasons for not using them in a business context.
What's the browser like?
Curious what the bundled browser's like. Given that websites are now all optimised for Webkit browsers in Android & iPhone, does the WinPhone's IE work or is it buggy?
Can you download a WinPhone emulator a-la Android & iPhone?
Just a web developer wondering if Microsoft have learned from their past mistakes.
Can we buy El Reg T-Shirts? Just the attire for a typical geek.
Get to it...
Low res screen
Ugh a stupid 768 high screen; it'll be like using a letterbox. That's fine on an 11" screen, but 14" should be at least 900 if not more.
I bet Microsoft are miffed at the Apple pricing!
Now we know how much an iPad Mini is, Apple appear to have pitched it to deliberately undermine the price of the Surface!
Christmas this year is going to be interesting. I bet Santa will be buying shed-loads more iPads than Surfeits.
Popcorn icon please:-)
Every dog has it's day...
That user interface will have it's outing soon. The plebs will have their hands on it and the plebs will speak.
I know my opinions about the UI, I'm really hoping that the rest of the world will concur; it's the GUI that keeps you guessing and rarely shows you what to do. Maybe they translated it to Guessable User Interface?
I'm waiting, with popcorn in hand...
I know what I think about the Metrofication of Windows. However, what I think is irrelevant as I'll have to use it to test websites, etc.
What I'm waiting for is the unwashed plebs to get hold of Windows 8 on their non-touch low-end £300 laptop from PC World. Even if they add touch, it'll be interesting.
Let the plebs speak!
Re: Size Matters!
Was it the sexual inyourendo that made you go blind?
How about adding a random number of miliseconds to each transaction settlement, say up to 1000. That'll sort out the gamblers from the genuine trades.
I still think that gambling tax aught to be added to stocks that are held less than, say, 7 days.
Article request for El Reg...
Could someone write a review of the best phone packages to get with an *unlocked* smart phone please.
I'd really like to see packages researched for 1 month rolling contracts and 12 month contracts, for all SIMs: SIM, SIM x 10^-6 and SIM x 10^-9
Re: Appeal to teenagers, dual screen, low spec machines
If WinRT on a tablet is fundamentally like iOS on an iPad, then it's not appropriate for work. Let me expand...
In my daily use with an iPad over the last two and a half years, including taking it as my only device on holiday, I've found it to be invaluable as a communications device. It's great for emails, simple browsing, consulting the calendar, etc.
However, due to it's single-task non-windowed model, it's completely useless at more complex work such as writing an email whilst browsing whilst quoting from a document whilst running a web app whilst checking on other emails, etc. You know, the normal day-to-day business things that people juggle around. Compare that with OSX/Windows where multi-tasking is standard.
The key challenge is that running "Windows" on a tablet, a-la those keyboard/mouseless devices from years ago was an utterly horrible user experience, not least because all the benefits of a iPod-style tablet is missing (zero on time, finger-optimised UI, long battery life, ultra light weight, etc.).
Re: Appeal to teenagers, dual screen, low spec machines
We'll have to wait & see whether the unwashed masses agree with you or not.
Re: Going back
Arse. Restored the iPhone to 5.1.1 then tried to recover from the backup... alas this is "incompatible with the old version of the software". I don't have a TM backup to hand, so I'll have to restore it to iOS 6(.6.6) and re-try this later.
Key to this is getting the "iPhone3,1_5.1.1_9B206_Restore.ipsw" file from Apple.
Apple's going off the boil IMHO.
Re: Going back
How can one 'backgrade'?
Like a prat I updated my iPhone 4 and now really regret it. How can one backgrade to the previous version?
Could it be a PR puff... get the market screaming about "ridiculous" prices, then announce a lower real price; everybody jumping for joy...
That's the way that Steve Jobs would have done it.
Re: can think of lots of things I would rather spend $99 on
A pot for Microsoft to piss in.
How much!!! They have got to be taking the piss.
For years Microsoft have pushed their broken standards into large organisations in their utterly misguided strategy to keep other browsers out of the enterprise at any cost. This resulted in Microsoft creating the "INcompatibility" mode in IE 7, 8 and 9. This mode continued to support their broken standards and myriad browser bugs. The IE works best culture is so embedded in many large organisations that they would not allow the applications to be tested on standards-compliant browsers as "we're only paying you to develop to our standard desktop build which you cannot install other browsers".
The unintended consequence is the massive cost of refactoring these applications. The developers have cleared off; the budgets are consumed; the cupboard is empty as far as further development is concerned.
Well now the magpies have come home to roost. Updates are upon us. The IT management's strategy which was based largely on thick-client thinking is exposed as being completely flawed. For some reason it's been quite OK to consider User Interface development to be fluffy bollocks, certainly when compared with "real" multi-layered stack development with exciting service bus architecture.
I told you so and you didn't listen. Ner ner ni ner ner.
I fecking hate Facebook and everything it stands for...
I don't and won't have a FB account and have no interest in finding out which proxy boy band shite is being pushed today.
I do hope that Apple haven't screwed with iTunes too much as it's already a pretty lousy application, particularly if you've a lot of music (none purchased from Apple). Itunes is utterly useless on the iPad, for instance sorting by genre.
Its such a pity there's no better music playing applications for the Mac, iPad and iPhone.
> I worked for a PR company that did Microsoft's work in Australia
== wrote shit for a living.
Has anyone sent you the ticket to the space ship yet? I think you're on the middle one with the marketeers, hairdressers and telephone sanitisers.
Re: Polluting software with buttons and icons?
What would the icon be for that word (singular)?
Or how do you group and sub-group icons, such as File > Open, or Edit > Paste Special > Plain Text?
The problem with your point is that an ICON does not portray a thousand words, it is a pictograms representing one word, not that dissimilar to Chinese characters. The challenge with the Ribbon or Start Menu is that they replace perfectly good words with pictures which have no standard definition, i.e. they are much harder to learn and impossible to read. Therefore one has to sit there scanning each one to try to glean their meaning.
I just feel like I'm wasting my breath arguing UI logic with these Microsoft imbeciles. They really are like arguing with the proverebial pigs; we both get dirty and the pig likes it. And the pig doesn't listen nor give a damn.
Re: I hate the way Microsoft deliberately confuses the market...
Just like iPhone & iPad applications are totally interchangeable. Not.
Re: What counts as a tablet?
> That's the problem for developers = develop for w8's 400M devices
Wrong wrong wrong
Each platform is utterly different--tablet, desktop, phone, all completely different THAT is the problem for developers; be it the three different user interfaces, the different presentation metaphors or just plain operating system features, you will need to develop three different versions.
Stop spreading these MIcrosoft-sponsored lies.
I hate the way Microsoft deliberately confuses the market...
There are many different devices; NT based Windows 8, phone based windows phone, and tablet based Windows RT. Microsoft seems to think that calling them all Windows 8 means they're all the same.
They're not the same thing and never will be.
Lies, damn lies and Microsoft PR bullshit.
500Gb is pretty small
Ooh, look at my little one. Not only is it small on the outside, but it has little capacity either, barely enough for a time machine backup.
Re: I actually switched back to IE recently
Good for you.
Would you please be kind and go around and install IE10 on the 100 million other systems which aren't running Windows 8. What's that, you can't?
You obviously don't develop for a living as you wouldn't be using the non-existent development tools. Nor do you support thousands of desktops. Nor use all the myriad other add-ons which the other browsers support. And you're only running W8...
All of these are reasons why IE remains a festering turd of a browser.
It's not cool to bash IE...
We bash IE because it is a festering pile of proprietary bug-ridden crap.
I personally bash IE because I am sick of the amount of extra time it takes to build a website - the cost of which has to be borne by all. IE10, 11, 12 may be more reliable and better support standards, but what of the festering crap that remains? IE7 and IE8 wil last forever as you can't upgrade this on XP.
Those of us who work in the real world are thoroughly sick of Microsoft's shenanigans and don't forgive in a hurry and especially as we're still cleaning up the mess on a daily basis.
Mac OS9 --> OSX
Apple's jump from OS9 to OSX was a complete change of operating system, as big a jump as Windows was to NT.
On the other hand, Microsoft's upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 is incremental as far as the desktop is concerned. However they are releasing a completely new OS in the form of Windows RT which runs on a totally different platform, ARM, which they've never supported before, i.e. it's not an upgrade, it's something new.
Re: another Poorly researched poorly written Nokia / MS bashing article
You're entitled to your opinions.
I thought it was a great article by Andrew. It really did read as if he'd lived with the phones for a while and came up with some very interesting and valid conclusions. It's nice to see an article that stands out from the crowd.
Microsoft have a massive hill -- of their own making -- to climb. This is just the start of some very interesting times for all Smartphone producers.
There probably is an option to "turn that Metro shit off" but nobody can find it.
Wait & see?
A timely and convenient excuse to leave the party and see if it's worth coming back later. Especially after hearing rumours of $200 retail price for the Microsoft proof of concept surface.
How to make a small fortune from tablets... first start with a big one.
A full-sized slab is a lot more expensive to manufacture than a phone-sized device.
£50 sounds way way way way way way way too cheap; you couldn't even buy the components for that price (less VAT, retailer's profit, shipping costs....)
The benchmark is the iPad. Skimp on components and you're down in the low-quality end of the market, with all the crap Android fondle-slabs. Microsoft want to produce a "quality experience", that means it needs to be *better* than the iPad. That costs money -- exactly the point the author has made.
So unless Microsoft are going to subsidise each surface slab to the tune of £300 each -- which is unsustainable -- the basis of this 'rumour' is just PR FUD, or some fanboi who doesn't understand economics.
Re: PR FUD ALERT *** PR FUD ALERT *** PR FUD ALERT
s / buffing / boffins / g
Bloody iPad spel chekker
PR FUD ALERT *** PR FUD ALERT *** PR FUD ALERT
Press release... Microsoft have developed a magic fondle slab that their buffing have grown from a single pubic hair plucked from Ballmer's backside.
Quality costs money, yer cannae change the laws of physics captain!
One definitely cannot change the laws of economics; if Microsoft are really thinking about subsidising their demo slab, it'll cost them their company.
There's a lot less shite on Freeview than Freesat. And you don't need to nail a pleb dish to the side of one's dwelling.
For the first time ever I would have liked to have had access to all 24 BBC channels, but it's all over now and I haven't enough time to watch Freeview let alone 200+ channels of complete shite on Sky, not to mention paying Murdock hundreds and hundreds of quid for the displeasure.
The BBC should have been mentioned in the opening ceremony. One of the UK's greatest achievements.
BTW why "Team GB and Northern Ireland"? Why not Team UK?
Security air gap
CD / DVD drives are really useful for moving files across an air-gap network where USB drives are forbidden. They're also easy to shred once done.
Not that Apple give a damn.
- 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?
- Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great