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My vote goes to the (Netgear) ReadyNAS range. I've got an old NV+ still going strong as my main file store, and a little (again, old) Duo running as a Time Machine target and little else. They've both caused me no problems.
They're not the fastest at rebuilding the RAID when a drive dies (or you want to increase the size) and they're not the fastest read/write, but for me, a home NAS raison d'etre is "no problems" for your storage needs.
And the newer ReadyNAS units will be much faster - at the time I got these ones, they were some of the fastest.
"A lot of what she is doing would have been achieved as a natural result of competition between carriers"
You mean the competition we've had in the mobile networks for decades? The competition which has so far given us such good service and low prices, and means that the operators aren't making gigantic profits rather than investing in their networks and technologies and keeping prices low and services innovative?
Just don't sell the iPhone.
Let Apple sell it through their stores, and you sell the phones you can live with the agreements on, if you're not already making a killing anyway. Which they all are. Evidenced by the fact that companies like Verizon can afford to make $23bn bets.
Re: Support when things go wrong.
I think that at the very least having to actually go look for the software and research it puts what is in effect a tiny barrier in place for someone for whom the installation of the software isn't likely to be a disaster, but it's a progressively higher barrier the less and less you know (and so therefore the more likely you are to run in to troubles, and by troubles, that can be something as simple as a yes/no question you don't know the answer to for example, or losing your contacts list or any number of other things).
I'm not a fan of obfuscating the world of modding or by extension things like linux to "only the select few" but when I think of some of the people I know with Android handsets I shudder to think what mess they could get in to very quickly and very easily if they stray from the well trodden paths.
Which is FINE - not everyone needs to hack their phone. Just saying, it's not for everyone.
Re: And I suppose...
They can, but if Amazon do cave in, it'll cause a lot of public fall-out, and get people asking whether AWS is a suitable service for them to be using, if Amazon will cave in to China for that web site, why wouldn't they also for my small business / medium sized business / blog / service / anything that doesn't meet the Chinese governments standards?
No reason, no. At least I didn't see one. Any advantages would be vastly outweighed (for me anyway) by not being able to connect to my outlook.com and iCloud emails and have it all together in one interface.
But you could install it and have a play - it's free after all.
As did the PS1
PS1 had an internal PSU too. I've owned most all the recent consoles; PS1, PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox360, Wii. The only issues I've had were Xbox360 RRoD issues, on two consoles (I'm on my third). The PS1/2/3, Xbox, and Wii all work fine still.
So, my point is (aside from that individual stories don't really help) that it seems that Sony have the knack of building reliable internal PSUs, so it doesn't seem like it's likely to be an issue.
Equally, I'm sure that Microsoft know how to build a console that doesn't "RRoD" itself nowadays, so it's not likely the XboxOne will be any less reliable than the latest Xbox360 iteration is (of which I have no experience).
... Centred Systems Second Copy: http://www.centered.com/
You set it up with a load of tasks to be run according to whatever schedule you like (daily, hourly, weekly, when an item changes in the folder, manual) etc and in whatever way you want - to do a replicative copy, or to simply add/update files and not remove deleted files on the backup etc etc.
In your case you'd probably set it to daily do an Exact Copy from the folders you want to back up to your external hard drive etc.
Moderately reliable, had few issues with recent versions (been using it for over 10 years).
Also - can I be cheeky and suggest that you consider JottaCloud too? Sign up from an invite (like mine: http://www.jottacloud.com/signup?referer=6D5E666793C785B3C86EA8D57572B7EA ) and you get 10GB for free, and get an extra 5GB from anyone else you sign up too. With Jotta, it's just like Dropbox and Google Drive, but it's based in Norway, not the USA, and also has a built in backup function if you want to use that as well as the "regular" sync folder like Dropbox and Google Drive.
It's a MacBook Air, running OSX, but has a detachable screen which is a large iPad running iOS when in standalone mode for when you want to take it in to meetings just to run your Keynote from.
Re: "It's just a ploy to encourage shopping from home."
I think he meant that if you shopped from home you wouldn't need to be at the petrol pump.
Re: Quote.... It's just an iPad, FFS
@ cupid stunts:
"@ac 12:51 ' a much faster (64 bit) processor'
64 bit does not necessarily equal faster."
That's not what that sentence says.
Round brackets are used when there's non-essential information to include - so in this case, the poster is saying that the iPad Air has a "much faster processor, which is also 64-bit" rather than "the processor is much faster because it is 64-bit".
"That would be the motion processor that's turned out a bit dodgy?"
No, as I'm sure you know...! You're just trolling with this. It's not the copro (mopro?) in this case, it's a difference in calibration between one brand of sensor and another, and was resolved by 7.0.3 anyway.
I'm sure that won't stop the haters banging on about it for the next year though.
I've a couple of issues with this article.
Thanks, this was a generally comprehensive overview and interesting to see what look like some real improvements.
It's not so much a "Review" as stated - you surely can't accurately review something when you've not even had it long enough or used it long enough to have recharged it even once (quote: "Battery life is quoted at 10 hours and the recharge time taking 2 to 4 hours, though I have not had the unit long enough to test this") or it's not much of a review if the reviewer did have it long enough but didn't bother to investigate the claim. It's more of a "First look" surely?
Also, I'd really have appreciated a little more detail especially around the storage (quote) "Surface 2 starts at £359 for the base model ($449 in the US) with a 32GB flash drive, or £439 ($549) for 64GB" - what does that actually mean with these tablets? On an iPad (realistically, the main competition for these) that means (when you take in to account a "GB" < a real GB) that is what you actually get to use yourself, but what does it mean here - wasn't there a bit of a ruckus about this on other Windows devices where you actually got a lot less customer-usable storage?
Or maybe those of us who had the sense to hide in steel shelters will be battling the zombies that are all that remain of the human race ;-)
Re: Palm Pilot with BMW prices
@James Micallef - Nail, meet head.
Re: I have never taken my phone to another country
Lots of us do, so a combination of people like you who know better than to support this practice, and people like me who need this function out of a phone (as much as any of us *need* a mobile phone) I suspect that Samsung will be losing a lot of business.
I was about to replace my aging (work) iPhone 4 with a Galaxy S3, S3 Mini, or Nexus 4. Guess which one I'll be choosing now, despite none of them being directly affected by this.
Re: I for one welcome this new religion
I'd give more than one upvote if I could.
If this is a new religion, as El Reg seems to insist on pushing, then it's pretty much the least harmful of any religion ever. Even Buddhists sometimes set themselves on fire. Applosians (TM me) haven't been known to do that - they simply BELIEVE and let everyone else get on with their lives other than the occasional sly evangelising.
Re: What 4G data?
Very true, but here's a perfected revision:
I think in the UK this problem is remedied by the fact you can't get 4G data anyway - unless you're in the centre of a major city, on a certain carrier, and have vast quantities of disposable income to shell out on astronomical data charges. Watching re-runs of Top Gear in HD on my mobile phone sounds like no fun, at any cost.
Re: @ jai - contradicting opening paragraph
"iPhones are used by people who want to demonstrate how very much bleeding edge of fashion and technology and maybe cuisine they are, having a mobile/ cell phone that does not contain arsenic, mercury, brominated flame retardant or polyvinyl chloride. Also probably contains no peanuts, mustard or gluten."
...or maybe iPhone owners are or will be savvy enough to see through the marketing rubbish surrounding 4G and realise that it doesn't actually matter if they get it or not because any practical gains on a phone-cum-portable music player-cum-casulal gaming device are limited.
Re: I don't get it
"You can disable various features such as video in the privacy settings, and if you don't trust that for some reason, its not hard to point it at a wall or put a duster over it while wearing your tin foil hat..."
Actually, I don't think that this is a tin-foil hat type argument at this point in time.
Really, when you consider the size and scope of the newly revealed spying and intelligence gathering operations especially in the US, and add in that Microsoft is an American company (at best subject to the laws that enable that scheme and at worst an active participant in them) and about to place mandated (for the console to work) HD video cameras in many living rooms and bedrooms around the world, it's not a paranoid leap to get to a thought that those video cameras could be used by the US intelligence services in some way.
Especially when you consider that the recent revelations are probably just the tip of the iceberg and of projects started some time ago - other newer ones will already be running too.
Genuine question (though I am sure I will be downvoted because it may be interpreted as pro-Apple).
Do you really think that people still buy the iPhone because of the name, or manufacturer / "badge"?
When the original iPhone came out, I could agree. Maybe even the iPhone 3G as it was the first to really hit many countries. But now? 5 years and 5 models on? Does anyone buy it thinking it's the BMW of the phone world?
Or do they buy it because they have friends or family who have one and are happy, or it's easy to use, or it has a good app ecosystem (remembering most everyone doesn't care it's a walled garden if it has everything they want) etc.
Just so people don't accuse me of being a fanboi, you can say all of these things about the Galaxy S4 too.
I don't think it really has any USPs
Think the issue with BB phones in general is that they have lost their USPs.
BBM - matched by (eg) iMessage and all of those locked in systems are bettered by Viber, WhatsApp and so on. Heml.is Messenger may be a contender in the future too.
Enterprise Mail - you can do this on all platforms now.
Security - for most, you can get adequate security in the iPhone, leaving aside the argument that all phones and systems are inherently insecure when the government can access at will.
Physical keyboard - this is probably still the Q10's USP. But I think that few worry about it now. Many of us have large hands and fingers, and prefer a landscape keyboard or something like SwiftKey or Swype, and most everyone else is happy enough with the touchscreen keyboards when you factor in the advantage of extra screen real estate when it's not there.
Re: $35 + Cost of a tablet remote
@Andy Prough @A Known Coward - >"Isn't the big gotcha the requirement for a device, logically a small tablet, to act as a very expensive remote control?"
I think that's the whole point - we've all got so many smartphones and laptops and tablets laying around the house already... I think my family has about 12 such devices right now (hard to keep track). I've got 4 personally. Might as well give them some way to interact with the TV.
...but don't families that have 12 smartphones, tablets, and laptops already have a way of consuming that content on the TV (smart TV, Apple TV, WDLive, Roku, HDMI cable from the PC, or something)?
What's the point of the extra dongle? Small market I think. If they'd gone to $50 and included a remote and ability to stream even a limited subset of local files (but less limited than Apple TVs subset) then I think it'd have killed Apple TV pretty much in last place.
As it is, it just increases OS entrenchment - Android owners will buy this, iOS owners will buy Apple TV, and everyone will also *still* have to also buy a WD Live, Roku, Netgear EVA or something like that too.
Extra *teachers* rather than extra security/monitoring/police/whatever
_The school could spend the money getting class sizes down to a reasonable size where the teacher actually has a chance of spotting if someone is playing truant. It's old-fashioned, but it might just work_
That's ridiculously sensible.
Re: 150million over 134million is a huge increase... what stall ?
I'm not entirely sure Apple cares about their market share nearly as much as everyone else seems to.
I'm pretty much entirely sure that they don't care about their overall market share when you include feature phones and "actual" phones.
What Apple, I suspect, do care about is money. Are they making more money than they were before (selling more units and recouping dev costs etc), and do they think that that trend will continue.
I suspect that industry analysts, tech reporters, and commentards (not excluding or excusing myself here) care more than they do.
Agree with that.
Although the iPad is a consumption device first, you can use it for some productivity - it's great for email for example, and you can get by on Pages and Keynote in a real pinch for some reason.
But printing is a big miss. I know AirPrint is an option, but they should have figured something better out. No reason the iPad couldn't connect to a network printer which has OSX drivers; iOS is built on OSX after all.
File system access (network shares) would be good too. I know they don't want that, but between that and printing, I think they would be assured of at least medium term victory over MS at least. Android's the danger.
Re: Tim Cook seems not to understand the market
Well, the problem there isn't the £1 a month difference your provider offered between its SIM only and Phone Included deals, it's that you didn't look at other options. You can get a SIM only unlimited data / text deal with 500 minutes of calls for £12 now, with no contract at all.
So that would be a difference of £14 a month, which is of course £336 over the two years of your contract. More than pays for the phone, plus you have the option of selling the phone on ebay in a few months or after a year or so and recouping a lot of the cost and buying a new one rather than being tied to the whims of your provider, who may decide to yank your unlimited data deal or reduce your minutes etc etc whenever they like.
Well, it may hasten the decline of the iPhone in Russia.
It may hasten the switch over from carrier supplied phones with subsidy to people buying their phones outright and not paying for it through the nose forever more in the form of a hiked up monthly charge.
Re: "Tenner says she was using a cheap knock-off charger."
I've purchased "cheap Chinese knock-offs" as well as "genuine" chargers, not specifically for Apple kit, but for other kit in the past.
While they may (or may not - I have no first-hand knowledge) be made in the same factories etc, the "knock-offs" were of substantially inferior quality - I've had them fall apart (bad gluing), connectors break, and the plastic shatter.
I don't bother to buy them any more; if the internal quality is as poor as the external, then they're not safe. I'm sure that 99.9999% of them are, but for a couple of pounds difference every 10 years or however often I need to actually buy a charger nowadays, no point...
...did Jony Ive actually design the individual icons?
Because that seems really unlikely.
He strikes me as a "higher level" designer. Someone who chooses the overall look and feel, not the guy who actually draws the icons himself. Surely they have a team of graphic designers to do that kind of thing? In the same way as it's unlikley Jony Ive drew the default wallpapers etc.
Re: Storm Troopers
+1 for Canada.
Fantastic country and people (except Quebec).
Re: It will be...
Miranda Hart? Could totally see her as the doctor.
Or even better, Sue Perkins. Just got that hint of androgyny, if she dresses right, to smooth the transition.
Re: Georgia Moffett
She is TV Sci-Fi Royalty (remember, her mum, Sandra Dickinson, is Trillian from Hitchhikers) so would get my vote if only she hadn't played the Doctors Daughter already.
"Of course talking on the phone isn't as rich an experience as talking face to face."
We have a mix of desk phones along with LifeSize ClearSea as a desktop video client with LifeSize video systems in meeting rooms. Works great - you can email for some things, call for others, and if you really want a proper conversation where you get full attention from someone, you use video.
But you don't need the phone to be smart at all really.
Because of course Google's not big brother.
Re: "Thinner and lighter"
"iPhone 5 however <...> only to find it's the wrong way round"
You mean on the *reversible* Lightning connector which doesn't have a "wrong" way round? Unless you count the wrong end of the cable and she's trying to connect the USB end to the phone.
I got a K800 and it's fine. The backlight comes on when you type and goes off a few seconds after. It also comes on when your hand is over the keyboard (proximity sensor) so the light comes on before you start typing.
The letters are quite clearly visible in daylight without the backlight on though. They look like a light silver colour on black; there are no visibility issues there.
The backlight is white.
Re: The Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball is OK
+1 on that. I've been using mine for years and love it.
I've just recently bought the K800 wireless illuminated keyboard and that's brilliant too. Uses the same receiver as the trackball as well, so no need for 2 USB ports to be used up.
Re: quality control?
"If Apple didn't keep an eye on the production and truly let 8 million rejects made, they deserve to eat most of the cost."
...but why? That would be like me being to blame for buying 10 Blackberrys to distribute to people at work, and one of them being faulty. I have a right to the expectation that what I buy will be as promised, just as Apple did here from the business that it buys the phones from and if not, to have them replaced with ones that are right.
I'm sure that there is a set acceptable failure rate in the contract, and Foxconn have obviously exceeded that, if this story is accurate, since it's all based on rumour.
1. Not every sensible / dull person can afford to buy the handset outright. Whether that should mean that they shouldn't be getting it or not is another debate.
2. Sometimes it works out better for you to have everything rolled in to one monthly amount, for example, if you run your own company mobile, and claim back the cost each month - less accounts department anguish.
Re: The welsh lobby
@hplash: "A BBC programme that wasn't London-centric. That must have been a shock, alright."
Indeed. It's always amused me that even shows such as the BBC News show which is about the worldwide perspective on things happening in the UK is called "Dateline London" and not something like "World View" or "Global Correspondents Report" or something; they have to get London in to the title despite it being really nothing to do with London.
And yes, I know that the international dateline runs through London.
"Apple did not wish to comment"
Does that mean that you actually got a response of "no comment" from them, or, that they just didn't respond at all (as normal)?
Because "no comment" would surely be infinitely more comment than you usually get??
"expectation that because you paid £40 in 2007 you should get eternal server access for your money is ludicrous"
Nobody is suggesting that, as you well know, you're just attacking a straw man.
The issue is one of choice, as always.
For you, you prefer online, multiplayer games - MMORPGs, FPSs, and so on, and those games as you say have a limited shelf life. For you, perhaps, a monthly subscription with access to all games currently running on the servers would be a good deal - never buying a game at all, but having access to all while the publisher believes that they are worth hosting, and never having to have a disc which you hate so much.
Others may have no interest in the online components of games, may prefer their kids didn't connect online, they have poor (or expensive) network connectivity, or play games for which an online component is of no extra value. For these people, buying a physical copy of the game, and being able to use it as is makes more sense, and there should be no reason why they shouldn't have that option.
CoD, Halo, Far Cry, and Borderlands players are not the only people in the world who matter.
Re: Bad retention department?
Similar experiences here when I tried to leave. Took a lot of wrangling and hassle, and eventually I told them that I was just going to cancel the direct debit and instruct my bank that I have not authorised a new DD. They then tried to use the "well, we won't give you your PAC code then" type argument and fortunately, I was just using the SIM in my tablet and didn't care about the number so could tell them that. Eventually, after 4 calls, and 2 managers, and around 70 minutes of my time, they agreed to cancel.
And then they didn't... Repeat saga.
Complete pain in the arse. I'll avoid them in the future because of that experience even if I move and their signal is better. I know all mobile phone companies are bad at customer service (though I don't know why) but 3 were worse than the rest, in my experience.
Re: why would you need retentions, no need to leave.
"if you've used it's vastly superior network for data (which is all I care about) you'd have zero reason to call retentions - they retain customers like me by providing really really good 3G service"
YMMV. Mine certainly did, and ended up leaving 3 for GiffGaff (who use/basically are O2) and I get much better throughput and reliability now. Only used for data (the SIMs in an iPad). 3's retentions department were awful. But like I say, it's horses for courses as always with mobile providers - what works well for one person is useless to another.
Re: No microSD AGAIN
Surely a "Full HD" screen means HD video, which means a lot of data. Between apps, music, photos and a few video files of between 1-4GB a pop, 32GB or 64GB actually doesn't go as far as you'd think. Unless you want to be changing the videos on it every couple of days, and you know what it is you fancy watching before you fancy it, then the option of a bit of extra memory would be good.
Re: Icon says it all
Completely agree on the Xenon flash - it would certainly raise up any phone on my possible purchases list if it had a decent sensor and a proper flash.
There's also no reason why it couldn't cope well with redeye etc - there's no reason for it to be mounted next to the sensor - smartphones are all 10cm+ long, so the flash could be mounted at the opposite end to the sensor.
I don't like the idea of a separate flash unit though - the whole point behind having good cameras on smartphones is to enable you to capture those moments when you weren't expecting something; when you don't have your proper camera with you for example. At those times you probably don't want to be bumbling through your pocket, switching on your FlashPod (TM), waiting for it to link to your phone by BlueTooth, firing up the third party camera app that uses it, before finally being ready to capture that moment that passed 30 seconds before.
Re: West Consipracy
You were late. Better start watching your back...
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