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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

Wibble
Windows

Re: Screen width

Oh the irony... Have you tried buying a 1920x1200 monitor? The idiot screen manufacturers want us to all use the 1920x1080 letterbox. A quick search of a coupld of hardware sites shows about 30 monitors using 1920 width, but of them only three use 1200 height.

Bloody fashionistas. Don't they ever do any real work?

Btw W8 (ohh, that's wait!) will be pretty crap on a projector running the standard XGA 1024x768.

Microsoft have eloped with the fairies.

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Windows 8: Sugar coating on Microsoft's hard-to-swallow tablet

Wibble
Windows

Re: It's utter balls, and not the doggy kind....

<winkey>R still works.

It's horrible on a non-tablet device. I'm really disappointed with Apple^H^H^H Microsoft for their belligerent attempt to fit a square peg in a round hole. Everything is not a tablet and tablets aren't the answer to all problems.

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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

Wibble
Holmes

First impressions after installing it today...

Downloaded it this afternoon as an ISO so I could install it in a VM on my Mac.

The installation was great. 10/10 for cleaning that up Microsoft. Well done.

It runs quite well, the main operating system's working in the way that all operating systems should, i.e. you don't notice them.

Now the problem. It's the User Interface. If you're not using a touch tablet, the gestures are completely inappropriate for a laptop/desktop machine. For instance the logon requires you to drag up a cover from the bottom. Sorry, it's naff on a desktop.

Where are the applications? There's a load of pre-loaded stuff in the start screen, most of which is inappropriate for work; games, music, etc. Apart from <winkey>R, I can't find any applications to run. Not notepad, nuffing. Microsoft have lost the Start menu and replaced it with... well, nothing I can see.

The applications are really weird too. I can't seem to work out how to get context menus up on things like the PDF viewer or IE. Just odd.

I know it's a first cut preview and accept they'll be changes. But this is not good at all. Someone with 30 odd years of experience of all sorts of Graphical User Interfaces and I'm left feeling like a total numptie. I've no idea how it works and I've never before been left feeling like this.

I'm particularly disappointed as I was really hoping that Microsoft would show Apple how it's done. Yes, honestly. Unfortunately, it's like Microsoft took the worst things of Lion and then raided the rejects bin. For a user with large screens, keyboard & mouse, the tablet interface is horrible. OSX Lion is not good when compared with previous versions (vis-a-vis Launch Control and Mission Control). Windows 8 just doesn't have that finesse and is very far from intuitive.

As a desktop operating system user interface it's a complete disaster. If Windows 8 gets released like this it will really flop in business.

Now, lets re-visit this posting in a few years to see what happens.

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Samsung Series 7 Chonos 15.6in Core i7 notebook

Wibble

Offset keyboard?

The offset keyboard is uncomfortable when using it on your lap as the lappie needs to be straight but your arms moved to the left whilst your head is twisted to the right.

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Wibble
Terminator

It's a LOW res screen

900 in the vertical is a low resolution screen. Don't care about the horizontal resolution; it's vertical that counts.

What is it with these damn laptop manufacturers that make them always whitter on about bloody telly resolutions? A laptop is for WORK not watching telly you numskulls. Even powerpoint needs a lower aspect ratio. Then there's that poxy ribbon...

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An NT-powered Windows Phone? Not so fast...

Wibble
Windows

New Nokia WinPhone review

That was hilarious too; couldn't even keep its charge for a day.

Just imagine what the battery life will be like with a general purpose kernel with context switched drivers and application multi-tasking. Maybe they want to bring back the old Motorola brick for the battery, it's so retro it'll probably sell as a fashion accessory.

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Apple FileVault cracked in under an hour by forensics biz

Wibble
Gimp

Proving the old adage...

Security. Ease of use. Low cost.

Pick any two.

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Mozilla releases Firefox 10, adds developer tools

Wibble
Windows

Finally, my Firefox memory problems are solved...

I've been really fed up with the constant demands for greater memory that Firefox has. So finally I've solved it; installed 16Gb of RAM in the laptop. Lightweight my arse.

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Wibble
Gimp

If only...

If Microsoft had their way there'd be one browser. Thankfully we have choice of several which are far better for the competition.

I, like you Grease Monkey, am fed up with Firefox's shenanigans. The problem with having only one version is there's nothing to differentiate a "real" update (that's a Major one in old money) with a "pseudo" update (wot we called a minor upgrade last year).

As a developer I'm particularly pissed off -- that's way more than mildly miffed -- at the constant issues with the addins. I absolutely have to have certain addins working; without them there's no point in using Firefox. Therefore I need to differentiate between a viable upgrade and, well, bollocks.

I particularly hate being used as some marketing gimp by Mozilla.

For me, there's no other browser which comes anywhere near Firefox for web development. I couldn't imagine what work would be like without Firebug, the Web Developer Toolbar, Life of Request, and the minor tools (which to be honest are available on Chrome) such as Measure It and Colorzilla. I morn for the excellent HTML Tidy which got hammered in one of the architectural changes.

If Firebug and the full Web Dev Toolbar were available on another browser (and not that MS shite which is Windwos VII only), I'd be out of here like a shot.

Gimp icon as I know my place.

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Wibble
Childcatcher

Choice

At least we have choice in our browsers. Interesting that Safari's not mentioned:-)

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Ultrabooks will devour notebook biz by 2016 - report

Wibble

Nope ^ 2

> "Yes, I assume all laptops will morph into a tablet or ultrabook form factor at some point."

Including all the larger screen laptops; the higher-resolution laptops; the high-performance laptops; the large storage laptops.... Nah, I doubt it.

The low end might morph into smaller, lighter, lower powered, lower resolution clones. But not *all* laptops by a very long shot.

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Wibble

The premium price is for a premium product

Compare like for like and Apple's products are very competitive and very often cheaper than their rivals. At this point I could go off to Sony and find an equivalent to the MacBook Air, but I'll pass as there won't be one made from a single piece of metal nor have I ever found Sony to beat Apple on price on a like-for-like basis.

And Sony laptops feel like cheap tat in comparison.

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Wibble
Gimp

Apple must be bricking themselves...

Suddenly all manufacturers are going to be making lovely quality metal ultrabooks with high performance...

What's that Skippy: you think they'll all be pig ugly plastic pieces of cheapo crap running Windos?

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Sony SVR-HDT1000 Freeview+ HD DVR

Wibble

80%?

For that kind of price it should include a whole load more features. There was me thinking about £100-£150. The EPG doesn't look that good either.

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Windows Phone to overtake iOS in 2015

Wibble
Windows

And obviously...

you're assuming that iOS will remain static. And WinPhOS hits its targets.

Interesting that the report assumes that WinPhOS' main rival is iOS and not Android. Seems odd as WinPhOS will end up being given away as MS chuck money at it; therefore taking market share from Android.

Yep, that'll be the case. WInPhOS will be given away, so takes market share. Should we flog this to Microsoft as a strategy?

On another graph, profit, iOS is shown as 80% with all the rest left in the noise.

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Yahoo! cofounder! Jerry! Yang! quits!

Wibble

In the beginning there was Yahoo (note without the !), around 1995. This was good, but Google was better.

Why go back to Yahoo! when it's full of advertising crap. Google was a paragon of peace in comparison. Even! Yahoo! written! in! a! sentence! gets! on! one's! tit!

Adios!

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Microsoft raises 'state of the art' son of NTFS

Wibble
Windows

Cairo?

Is this the file system to be "released in the Cairo** timescale"?

** Cairo, for younger readers, is the codename for Windows 2000. Microsoft pulled loads of features from Cairo including the file system.

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Microsoft celebrates the death of IE6

Wibble

IE9 is NOT a good browser

Try running the ACID3 tests (acid3.acidtests.org). You won't ever get 100% because it doesn't support all the standards that ALL other browsers support. For example background gradients, animations, etc.

And it's full of bugs - e.g. Peekaboo's back.

There's a difference between just "using" it and developing with/for it.

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Wibble
Stop

And IE8

IE9's not that good either when compared with proper browsers -- that's pretty much any other browser.

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Microsoft copies Google with silent browser updates

Wibble
Gimp

@Dan 55

Alas IE8/9 running in IE7 mode only emulates some of the endless bugs and features.

The only guaranteed way of ensuring IE7 compatibility is using IE7 on both XP and Vista (yes, I have come across some bugs that only occur on IE7/Vista and not IE7/XP).

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Wibble
Windows

Test [virtual] machines

Lets hope the myriad machines we use for testing these God-forsaken IE browsers aren't updated silently. There are some people who *need* to use older IE versions!

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Is Bill Gates mulling a return to Microsoft throne?

Wibble
Windows

Dent xiao Gates?

The image springs to mind of the ageing Chinese leader Deng Xaioping smiling and clapping to an audience of thousands. Ok, anything to see the back of Monkey Boy, but it's a truly damming enditement of Microsoft's current state that this could even be considered.

Hobson's Choice; they've only themselves to blame.

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Windows 8 fondleslabs: Microsoft tip-toes through PC-makers' disaster

Wibble
Headmaster

No innovation required

At least Microsoft will be on home ground here; just copy Apple et al and let their size and marketing budget do the rest. Or at least that's probably what Monkey Boy is thinking.

Anything that avoids taking the lead in innovation.

Seems like Microsoft's biggest challenge is their so-called executive leaders.

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Infographic: The road to desktop virtualisation

Wibble
Windows

That's the Twitter generation for you

A bit like the economic disaster we all knew was coming, the current trend for twittering passing as communication will also end in tears.

Damn, why did this reply add up to 140 charact

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Facebook 'shrinks' six degrees of separation theory

Wibble
Gimp

Be my friend...

Be my friend, my special friend, be my friend, like me, ooh please be my friend

For goodness sake, just grow up

The one good thing about El Reg is you can UnLike someone. What is it with the 'Mercans where they only have a 'like'.

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LightSquared pulls out all the stops to get FCC approval

Wibble

£ = M c^2

Where M = mess

It's nice to see some natural justice in progress. Let's hope lightspeed's backers loose their shirts.

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Windows XP and iPod: A tale of two birthdays

Wibble
Windows

Hacking XML is *sooo* easy

So lets get this right; to customise the Ribbon(TM) in an Office application, you need to hack XML, or download and install a tool that's aimed at developers.

Hate to say this, but if you can't see everything wrong with that, you should stick to back-end programming and never go be let anywhere near a poor suffering user.

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Wibble
Facepalm

Ribbon; for the love of everything logical, why???

My personal experience with the ribbon is it's a waste of space, doesn't do what you want, requires considerably more effort to find something, is *not* customisable, and generally a barrier to productivity.

Seriously.

The 'heritage' interfaces had a minimal toolbar which was customisable enabling one to easily add commonly used features or even custom macros. They also have a context-sensitive menu on the right-click. The best thing is the multi-level menu which hides away, includes icons for those who don't read, and by its very nature encourages a clear hierarchy of functionality. Oh, and works with modern wide-screen formats which are very low resolution in the vertical.

The ribbon, in contrast, is a homogeneous mass of iconic pictures of fixed size and contrast which seriously slows people down when hunting for the right icon to click. The icons aren't particularly well organised and there's no clear separation of function. Not to mention including all the complete rubbish one never uses (e.g. table styles, etc., etc.).

The great thing about Office 2011 is you can turn the damn ribbon off and get back to some productivity. Praise be for Jobs insisting that all applications have a menu.

This will be a huge barrier to many in "up"grading to Windows 8++ and is a great reason to stick with XP; you know, the OS that "just works" (and doesn't have a whopping great WinSXS directory to clutter up your VM discs).

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Mozilla delivers Binged-up Firefox browser

Wibble
Thumb Down

Goodbye Firefox, we're leaving you today...

Firefox is great, but for some reason the current planners are determined to commit hari kari by constantly tinkering with things that aren't broken, but as a result break the bits that work well -- the addins.

Every little update looses more people.

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Apple shouldn't bother with TV...

Wibble
Holmes

Someone's going to sort out the 'lounge computer'

The integration of video, audio, TV, games, computing, intarwebs, applications, and a whole host of other things must eventually happen. It's like it's 2007 all over again -- you remember those dark days before the iPhone changed the mobile space forever.

The existing systems are OK, but definitely not great - in a similar way as smartphones were pre-iPhone. Currently you need lots of different systems each with different look & feel and functionality, not to mention loads of remote controls.

Someone's going to end up owning this space and Apple's pretty well positioned to be the one.

Not sure I want an Apple telly though. I'd rather something of the size of a Mini-Mac with tuners, discs, cd/dvd/bluray player, networking, peripherals, etc.

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Can the iPad save newspapers?

Wibble
Holmes

Things I've learned 1: you gets whats yer pays for

I subscribed to the Grauniad on my Kindle but find that I prefer reading it on my iPad. As all content on my Kindle is synced to my iPad against my account it costs no extra, so I've continued with my subscriptions.

I never buy newspapers but have really enjoyed reading the content on my electronic devices. More importantly I've now learned that the point about paying for content is that the quality is massively better. A tenner a month for the newspapers is about right IMHO. Any more and I'd probably not bother.

I'm puzzled as to why £10/month isn't enough as surely the production and distribution costs of news paper is astronomic when compared with digital distribution.

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Groupon IPO seeks $11.4bn valuation

Wibble
WTF?

What is the world coming to?

My first -- and last -- visit to Groupon was as a result of this article.

I despair that they think they're valued at this amount. Endless tat in no particular order; demands for one's email address... A business plan in search of idiots.

I obviously don't get it.

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Pick the right tools for your Office 2010 migration

Wibble

What's that Skippy...?

> Microsoft reports the take-up of Office 2010 is the fastest for a software product in the company’s history.

What's that Skippy? You can smell bullshit?

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iPhone 4S pre-orders obliterate sales records

Wibble
Holmes

What do Microsoft & Nokia think?

One would expect that Microsoft and Nokia dream of selling this number of phones in total, not just in one day!

Maybe in a couple or three years they'll catch up. Or maybe not.

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What's not in the iPhone 4S ... and why

Wibble
Holmes

Lewis didn't write this...

One hopes that Lewis read this article - it has some substance and basis in fact not supposition.

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Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

Wibble
Unhappy

Sour grapes?

Or trolltastic?

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Pandemonium as Microsoft AV nukes Chrome browser

Wibble

Bluster

How could Microsoft possibly bash Chrome? They have created the absolute worst browsers ever thrown together in the known universe!

Oh, they're still looking for a clue.

OK, here's one. Write your operating systems in a way that doesn't need AV software.

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Ultrabooks vs tablets: tablet demise greatly exaggerated

Wibble
Holmes

Tablets != Laptops

How many times must this be said: tablet devices - fondleslabs - are not the same as Laptop computers. This blindingly obvious fact is still completely missed by many PC manufacturers.

A tablet device does not run Windows. It's very much the sort of device that Apple have produced; a stand-alone device with few if any peripherals.

Interestingly Apple seem to have pitched the price and product absolutely right. All the others need to beat this. Given that they can't improve the product -- such is the standard that Apple have set -- then they must improve the price. As Apple have years of experience of building high-tech high-volume consumer devices, the iPod, the PC manufacturers are indeed batting on a sticky wicket.

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Ten years on from Nimda: Worm author still at large

Wibble
Holmes

On the plus side...

Whilst the numerous worms did some damage, they did have the effect of teaching Microsoft about security. Prior to that time, security was very much an add-on optional extra.

Following the outbreak ISTR Gartner came off the fence and recommended that nobody implement IIS. This stung MIcrosoft so badly that they pulled Longhorn (which was probably going to be called XP Server) and had a root & branch code review, sending all their developers on security courses.

Ten years on, servers and workstations are far more secure by default. Security onfiguration is turned on it's head where you have to have knowledge to turn it off, not as it used to be where you need to be an expert to turn it on.

So maybe the authors of Nimda were being cruel to be kind?

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Microsoft: No Windows 8 ARM support for x86 apps

Wibble

That's what Apple did with their applications when creating a 'universal' binary.

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Wibble
Childcatcher

Tablet != desktop

Oh, of course... You mean that there's no difference between a tablet-centric app and a desktop application for use with a mouse, keyboard, large screen and unlimited CPU power.

Not to mention fat fingers and handheld UI optimisation.

Do you really hate your customers - or 'users' as you would refer to them?

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Wibble
Holmes

Two disparate operating systems

Windows 8 - two operating systems that share the same name. Sure, there'll be some code sharing, but the kernels will be quite different to support the fundamentally different requirements of a tablet (diet Windows) and the full-fat bloat of the desktop.

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Dyson spouts hot air

Wibble
Meh

British Apple?

Dyson are great innovators and inventors but they're let down by poor engineering and manufacturing design. Various examples spring to mind that can be summed up as plasticky tat.

And the hand-driers are deafeningly loud and high pitched. Goodness knows how noisy these heaters would be.

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LOHAN eyes hardcore partner's impressive girth

Wibble
Holmes

Build your own cool box?

Put the ignition system into a tube or box, then wrap that in dry ice (-78C). Allow to cool. Take outside and play:-)

BTW, what's the price of one of these rocket motors?

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Microsoft delivers 'copy Apple' Windows 8 message

Wibble
Holmes

Tablets != desktops...

Microsoft have tried running the Windows interface on tablets and IT DID NOT WORK. Not even with a pen interface to allow pixel accuracy mouse pointer resolution.

Apple proved that tablets are more smartphone like than desktop like and built a dedicated iOS to run it. Apple are also proving, with Lion, that desktops are not tablets -- some of their changes are completely maddening when tablet techniques are implemented on a desktop (e.g. Launch Control, Mission Control, intrusive animated page scrolling, daft full-screen operation, cheesy application changes in Mail and iCal...).

You need two interfaces. One interface for tablet mode when you've fat fingers, no keyboard and portrait layout. You need another interface for the desktop when you have fixed widescreen layout, mouse, no touch capabilities, a decent keyboard and possibly multiple monitors.

Microsoft are stating the bleeding obvious; APPLICATIONS BUILT FOR ONE PLATFORM WON'T WORK ON THE OTHER. Or at the very least they'll be very sub-optimal as user interfaces and even to the level operating system support with CPU capacity as battery life matters when in tablet mode.

Therefore just cut the cord: Windows applications simply don't exist in the tablet space, so it's a clean slate for them to start with.

Tablets represent a long-term structural change in the personal computing space. Microsoft, with their excellent development environment (there's simply no comparing iOS' Objective C with Microsoft's Dot Net) are in a very strong position if they can only get their act together.

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Ford unwraps Evos cloud-connected concept car

Wibble
Unhappy

Concepts are destroyed by the MBAs...

Ford concept cars, in common with all manufacturers, are great and really show great design and innovation.

Then they get strangled by the bone-headed MBA-trained "managers". Hence they end up with a set of revolting bland products that all share some pointless worldwide family relationship. Think how there's little difference between the Ka, Fiesta and Focus.

The old Ka was quirky. Marmite yes, but definitely unique. The new one is so bland it's not even worth describing (I can't even picture it in my mind such is its banal design).

They did it years ago with that utterly hideous Merkin-inspired fat-arsed bug-eyed Scorpio that flopped in Europe.

If only designers could give a damn about managing, or at least play the greasy pole game.

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Windows 8 ribbon entangles Microsoft

Wibble
Unhappy

Can we have two interfaces?

Why not ship it with two interfaces: numpty and classic.

Of course this will be too easy.

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iPad sales shove Apple to top of mobile computing tree

Wibble
Megaphone

Your mother was a hamster...

Whilst I mock you from this iPad I'm using on my boat (it's a horrid, rainy day...).

You just don't get it. The point is it is a lightweight, simple device that is excellent for consumption: instant on, long battery life and CHEAP software such as the excellent chart plotter and tide timetables. My laptop is such a pain to use in that case; heavy, large, no built-in 3G.

Oik.

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Can you handle LOHAN's substantial globes?

Wibble
Holmes

Long dangly; launch a couple of degrees off vertical

Long dangly distance between payload & rocket - say 100M. Launch the rocket a few degrees off vertical to miss the balloon, say 80 degrees.

You'll need to launch off of vertical anyway as you need to move to orbit (OK, you're not going to orbit, but think big:-)

As the payload is pretty light, could use fairly lightweight line. Could have a stiff launch pole to ensure it goes in a straight line when you light the blue touch paper.

Simplicity.

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Apple iCloud pricing revealed

Wibble
Unhappy

And the demise of Gallery

The Gallery was also quite useful; nicely integrated between the devices (Mac, iPad & iPhone). Will need to find another service to stash the files.

Odd that the things worth paying for -- find my iDevice and calendar synchronisation -- are now free. Seems like they've turned things upside down.

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