600 posts • joined 21 Mar 2009
... and the verdict of the User Interface jury is...
Just about every, no, lets restate that, every Sony telly I've used has a dire User Interface. Simple things like being able to change screen resolution at the click of ONE remote button is absent. Same with simple picture-in-menu channel choices.
So the picture's OK. Ermm, that's what one expects. Lots of inputs; again, it's expected. 3D, OK, I'll pass on that (as have most consumers thus far).
The optional extras are the User Interface and this is where Sony have been dire.
So unless that's improved -- and the remote control -- then why bother with a Sony?
Journos don't do science
It's pretty obvious why: they studied jernolizm cos they can't do science.
Re: I love a good rant on a Sunday morning.
His parents were prophetic in calling him Bob
Re: I use KeePass
Can you install that on your work computers?
Oh, you don't work in banking / government / large company where everything is locked down and you're not even allowed to install a non-Microsoft browser "cos of cequritey".
There's two types...
... of people who call their customers "users". One group are drugs pushers...
Re: Beautiful aesthetics ????
Reminded me of a Roberts kitchen Radio.
Cultural risk aversion
There's a genetic aversion to risk in government procurement which results in the "less risky" big boys getting all the work. Saving money appears well down the list when compared with the possibility -- real or imagined -- of a problem affecting a procurement career. That and the importance placed on process over results.
Get the kids to bake some lovely Rasberry Pi
Hmmm yum yum.
There should be no place for 'office' - at should be part of the English lesson; learning to write. Or drama; learning to present.
BTW what has Microsoft got to do with this?
Second (smaller) balloon burst?
Bit low-tech, but have a ikkle trigger balloon; when it go bang, launch. Would be lightweight - fill it with some hydrogen and it'll weigh nothing.
Re: curious which part is "offensive"
Re: Women are here
And how many are engineers? Management and project managements isn't IT per se.
It's saddening that there are so few female techs. Just attend any technical IT course for proof.
Re: That's because Apple aren't restricting their users to IE.
> I'll take IE any day [over other browsers]
I didn't see the sarcasm icon -- as you're surely taking the piss!
Now where's the turd icon for all postings related to Internet Exploder?
The possibilities are endless
I'm Brian and so's my wife...
Haven't they been fighting over that for millennia?
The thing I hate is those dickheads at ICANN have shagged my nice simple input sanitisation routines used whenever anyone inputs an email or DNS address. A one-line regex now will need to be replaced with a database lookup plus a shed load of maintenance.
Or a message saying "No poncy top-level domain names allowed here. Use a proper name like everyone else."
Re: International waters?
> HEY YOU LIMEY
Brilliant use of irony and sarcasm befitting of a posting to El Reg. I salute you sir!
Have a warm beer on me. Caution: it may contain alcohol and flavour.
Re: Hey Lewis, you missed something
Re: why Apple is cheaper
No Windows tax.
Just think with Office you'd have about 200 pixels to do any decent work after all the Ribbon and assorted border cruft is taken off of the meagre 768 height.
Vertical resolution matters more
Those damnable low resolution 1080 high -- sorry low -- screens are a royal pain in the butt to use. There's no earthly reason for fitting a low res screen in a high-end laptop.
I regularly turn my 24" 1920x1200 monitor sideways to make it 1200x1920 when coding.
It's those proxy shit-for-brains marketing gimps let out of the box again. I don't watch videos on a bloody work machine you utter kretins. I do write code and need to see as much screen area as possible. 1200 high is the minimum.
It's a LOW res screen
1080 high IS LOW RESOLUTION. It may be wide - I assume you're running two monitors - but high it ain't.
Where's the programs?
After reading this I thought I'd download it and spark it up in a VM on my Mac, just to see what you're all going on about. Fine; installed, updated, ran Firefox so connectivity's great.
But now I want to run some other programs. How? I can't see any "Programs" or "Applications" folder on the screen... It's like that damn Windows 8 - what's the bloody point of hiding all the sodding programs?
Let me start gently, then work up my experience as I get to know it better. I expect these user interfaces to be better than this. I want to be able to switch my NON-TECHNICAL family away from the scourge of Microsoft; they couldn't give a damn about the OS and I want something more reliable than Windows.
What a pain.
IT training courses
It's a sad indictment that all IT training courses I attend -- these are *public* courses -- there's a very small percentage of female attendees, frequently there are none.
There's more female project managers and administrators. Just very very few engineers.
Browser . . . shell
Browsers are becoming the shell which users interact with their computers, so it's inevitable that they'll be the main attack vector.
No turning back
What's a degree in sports for?
I cannot think of any subject more pointless than "sport" at a degree level. A "sports degree" is a complete oxymoron.
OK, sport science, studying to become a medical type person maybe. But sports for the sake of it is utterly pointless.
What's the world coming to?
Can I do a degree in drinking beer?
Where's the pointing device?
A keyboard also requires a pointing device close to hand; a mouse, trackpad or nipple. It's just not acceptable to expect to point around the screen whilst, say, editing a document. One's hands are rested on the keyboard; the screen is up in the air; pointing at it is very difficult from this angle, and damn uncomfortable as well. That's why I'm using a mouse as I slide my hand from the keyboard to the mouse.
Alas iOS (and Android) doesn't support pointing devices so this is at best only a half-solution.
Ironically Windows 8 may fare better in this respect as it's more Windows than Tablet OS. Of course Windows 8 doesn't yet exist, nor will it ever run on an iPad.
Amazing they're still around!
Given that they've completely missed two markets which they were already operating in, it's amazing if they'll be in those and other markets for much longer.
It's a serious issue of poor strategic thinking from the board. It is astounding that they don't have any significant presence in the smartphone and tablet market. All they have is a version 0.8 tablet and a mess of a smartphone that is anything but cool.
Shocking that the board are still in place.
As things get more cloudy and web-based, there's a massive threat to their core OS business too.
Ouch, that must sting Microsoft
Wonder how Ballmer's feeling? Must be pretty lonely when you can't compete because you were asleep at the helm and sailed right past the opportunity. Wouldn't be surprised his shareholders revolted.
Still, we've a half-baked Windows 8 to look forward to. That'll really worry Apple.
Trust in me...
Should one trust Google with my information, or Dropbox, or anyone else?
That's not to say that Google can't be trusted. Or is it?
I'm sitting here posting this from my 17" MacBook Pro.
The guy's talking out of his arse. I suppose he's also supporting the tablet-style interfaces for everything. And single monitors.
Typical of an ANAList who doesn't do real work.
Re: Is it just me?
Wonder when the first Twatter or Arsebook firings will be done.
Let down by poor casting
I'd waited thirty years for it and felt quite let down. The plot and screenplay were OK, even the special effects -- I really liked the Vogons.
What really let it down was the really poor casting. Way too 'Merkin for a start. Ford Prefect was never right but Trillian was a complete disaster; they could have replaced the actress with a Barbie Doll for all the character she brought to the film. I'm not even sure that Arthur was that great, just not 'stiff' enough. Marvin wasn't quite right, not robotic enough, to be honest a little silly!
On a positive note, John Malcovich was excellent and Slartibartfast good.
Not the worst film given the intense competition from the typical plotless shite that Hollywood vomits out; Avatar, 2012, day after I wasted my money...
Do miss DNA though.
B or C, that is the question
If one's allowed to think logically, if we fit the ships out with a catapult then they can take both types of planes; the cheaper Carrier version and the more expensive VTOL B version. Not to mention all the other types of carrier landing planes and helicopters.
If they don't fit a catapult then they're condemned to forever using the more complex and under-performing VTOL B version. And helicopters.
A no brainer. We don't need no steenkiin katapult. Can I have my nice job at BaE now?
Re: Mac trackpads
Odd that as IMHO the trackpads are by far the best trackpads I've ever used. I absolutely don't miss the buttons; I know it'll click if I just press a little harder. I also appreciate the glass pad as it's more 'slippery' than the plastic or metal brethren and doesn't 'stain' or mark with continued use. Size also matters, being by far the largest trackpads around.
Maybe you need to adjust to its foibles a little, just as you'd need to adjust to an itty-bitty trackpad from any of the other manufacturers. You may find that you use your thumb in the same place as you'd expect a button; it works well like that.
So that's a LOW res screen you have. What's the point of working with a letterbox for a display?
1080 high is absolute pants for everything. You need at least 1200 high to be useful - heck the ribbon takes up half of the screen.
The jobs still exist, just done by suppliers
All that's happened is the jobs have been shifted from internal to external suppliers. It'll cost much more in the long run.
Ownership is key
Alas government IT is specified by one group: the government's agents called civil servants, but delivered by a completely separate group: the suppliers. Add to that mix a bunch of miscellaneous hangers on all pushing for "better value for money", a culture of complete risk aversion, and you end up with more time being spent on commercial aspects than doing the job.
Contracts are all about who's got the best negotiator. Government pays little, suppliers pay a lot. Figure out who gets the better contract negotiator.
The key is ownership. If you have a small internal group responsible for making their own dog food, you often end up with much cheaper results. Of course this then goes off the rails if you don't have people with the right skills.
Until smaller suppliers can get involved, it'll be the same old big dozen or so who keep delivering the same old same old...
Re: Hmm . .
Me too. When I challenged them about it they were completely unaware. Nor did their AV find anything untoward. Hotmail hacked?
Didn't they read the bit about...
... share prices can go down as well as up.
In Groupon's case, down is inevitable.
Why anyone would want to "invest" in Groupon in the first place beats me. Speculate maybe, but not invest. What's the number one rule of "speculation"... only speculate money that you can afford to loose and never borrow to speculate.
I still see Groupon's woes as simply a tax on stupid greedy people.
Re: Better still...
They're doomed I tell ye...
Re: Massively dodgy^H^H^H fickle
The types of customers that Groupon would likely bring would be mercenary bargain hunters with absolutely no loyalty. Unless you've huge surpluses, or something to sell with massive margins, or some form of loss leader (e.g. hotel stay where profits are made in the bar/restaurant), flogging something for a massive discount is doomed I tell ye, doomed.
The Groupon customers won't be back, nor will they be saying nice things except for the massive bargain they've just had, e.g. by implication how your normal prices are a rip off.
Doomed. I tell ye.
Caveat emptor all ye snake oil purchasers
What a surprise, the new company owners must be so pleased they've bought a company that's built upon worthless principles and could easily be copied. Call it a tax on fools with too much money, or is that greed?
Ballmer meet Mr Potato Head
Something like Toy Story, but Ballmer can't even do falling with style.
OnDigital's content was so wide of the mark, aimed straight at the mass-market blandness that ITV has always hit (OK, with a few drama exceptions). Add to that phootbawl, limited channel choice *and* their expectation that the punters would pay for it... No surprise OnDigital failed as the Murdock proposition was far more compelling.
I'm delighted with Freeview and the BBC's new channels. And Dave:-) I'm even more delighted that the phootbawl is only available on Sky where people of a certain kind can pay their tithe to Murdock ad-infinitum.
I'll just pay my bargain license fee, configure the 20 or so interesting Freeview channels (i.e. delete the spam/dross channels), record then watch a few programs a week, and get on with having a life.
Sums the whole soshial meeja nonsense up nicely
Re: Screen Size
Long may we have horses for courses...
I, on the other hand, really appreciate the larger screen of an iPad as I find it *much* easier to read and type on.
Long may we have choice.
One wonders what the market's going to be like once Microsoft pulls their finger out. In a couple of years we should have some real choice and real innovation as there'll be three major players.
Ooooh, what big pockets you've got
Sit down, what's that cracking sound? It's the sound of the new hinge in operation.
Big doesn't suit everyone. Actually big probably doesn't suit the majority.
I think therefore I can remember
Does 16GB of RAM float your boat? The MacBook Pros offer a <b>lot</b> more memory that is user-configurable than the soldered in 4GB of the Airs. Not to mention quad-core I-7 processors (soon to be upgraded).
They're quite different machines. The Air would work well for a PHB who wants to look kool. The Pro will be for people who do work.
Re: The sky is falling
Winkey+R is not hard but it is unintuitive.
That sums up the problem with W8. They've radically changed the user interface so that experience with previous versions doesn't work. They then compound this by removing all the visual clues one would expect. That is why the START button said start, menu bar showed at all times, and the little X closed things.
W8 appears to have replaced the familiar Windows interface with gestures and a telepathic interface.
Even Microsoft can't be this belligerent to release W8 in this half-arsed format.
I'm sure they've only released the preview under the misguided belief that any news is good news.
When i first saw the difference between the iPhone 3 and 4 screens, I thought they were revolutionary, particularly for reading text.
This feature alone is good enough to consider upgrading. I'm sure you could buy my old iPad 1 if you like.
iTunes is utter rubbish
Of all the features of the iPad, the one that scrapes the bottom of the barrel is iTunes. If you've got a lot of music and like albums, it's an awful interface and very unreliable. A real disappointment that it's not been updated.
Even more annoying that you can't get an equivalent application.
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