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1713 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek

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Re: +1 for Opal Fruits

And put the proper thick nougat filling back in Mars Bars while you are at it! Not the old Milky Way filling!

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

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Re: @jason 7

No, I answered your question with a valid answer.

Be more specific next time perhaps.

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Erm on Amazon the mean price for a 120GB SSD is around £55 and you can buy a Crucial M500 240GB for £72.99 (hears rush of feet and mouse clicks). I bought a new 240GB SSD for £65 just a month ago from there on Prime.

You are still getting ripped off however you want to sugar coat it. But you carry on guzzling on the teat.

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Re: "should certainly bolster sales in time for the new school term"

The key is to make sure little Philippa stumps up for at least £300 of it out of their own pocket money.

They tend to last a little longer that way.

If they don't want to then a £300 Toshiba from PC World it is.

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and £200 for what's really a £20 upgrade to the 256GB SSD is rather steep.

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Creaky PC? SanDisk gives users a NAND with speedy '3-bitter' SSD

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Re: Differences?

That's it really. SSD reviews should be 90% about value add and "what makes this SSD special' and just 10% on performance.

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Differences?

Comparing SSDs is getting like ram comparisons. My heart sinks when I see another DDR3 ram group test on the net.

Give it another 18 months and they will all be within +/-2% of each other.

Bottom line, unless you have a very very specific need...they all work fine.

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Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away

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WTF?

It's.....

....the TINGLER!!!!!!!!!

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

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Re: Standards proliferation

That reminds me, I have a Tesco bag full of Mini A cables that need to go to landfill.

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

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Re: Maybe...

Well there are two types of IT people really.

You have those that live and die AS/400 etc. and never have to talk to another human being from their basement office. Let them carry on ug-ughing and grunting to themselves and doing their magic.

Then you have those that actually have to meet a human being and relate to them in some way. Support, relationship management etc.

It's not all about being able to BS your way to the top, sure there will be some that do that (how do most get to the top these days..it ain't through hard work) but being able to sit and look people in the eyes, show empathy, gain their trust and confidence can help enormously.

Takes all-sorts but being an IT guy that normal people can do business with means you'll always be busy. Plus these kind of skills don't just help in the workplace either...

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Maybe...

...learn some social skills first?

Not being funny there but I've found in IT, being able to properly communicate and deal with non IT people in a human to human manner really can set you apart from the rest.

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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

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Note to web designers.

Please remember it's not just about the browser you design in. The end product has to work and look right in every browser out there in general use.

I know most here won't fall into that noob trap but you'd be amazed at how many self-styled 'uber-web wizards' will make a website that looks marvellous in Chrome but falls over in Firefox or IE straight away.

My other half makes websites and I reckon for her its 25% building and designing and then 75% of the rest of the time getting it to work properly in at least 8 different/versions/types of browser.

Oh yes and developing in the latest and greatest platform that ends up being popular for all of two months (say Symphony etc.) and then you have stuff to support long term in a format no one wants or maintains.

"Yes I have a website I'd like you to take over and maintain...platform? Oh I think it's in Symphony..hello? Hello?"

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

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Re: It's now my permenant laptop

Exactly, why wouldn't users want a PC that doesn't require them or an IT guy digging under the hood every few weeks to keep it going?

Plus if you break your Chromebook, you just run out to the nearest PC shop, buy another, login and away you go.

It's about time. I guess a bit of the negativity towards them is from IT guys that feel threatened their long-term career is going the way of the farrier.

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Re: they can shift their focus from managing devices to managing something much more important —

And then back in the real world...they'll still be moaning they cant do anything and off for an early lunch.

Nature of the beast my good man.

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Re: Cheap Windows PCs with Bing

I've actually migrated and trained a lot of baby boomer/retired couples from XP to 8 this year and it's been fine.

No fuss or drama. Most people really don't care what they are running as long it it works reasonably fast and smoothly.

The biggest surprise for most of them was the fact the new machine cost around half of what they paid for the old one.

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Re: Dell blind loyalty to Redmond as usual

I am a big MS fan. I don't mind admitting it. But I like to keep an open mind and also from a wide range of personal experience not to mention the holes my customers find themselves in I believe strongly in the best solution for the situation.

And that's not always Windows. If a particular bit of kit fits the bill then that's what goes in, be it Windows, Linux or a Chromebook.

Two years ago I was a bit sniffy about Chromebooks, but I felt I had to actually use one to see how it worked and could fit in for customers. So I bought a Samsung (had to wait as they were hard to get), unpacked it and put it on my desk and thought I'd 'battle on' with it for a few days.

After 10 mins I was truly stunned at how simple and well it fitted into my situation.

Always pays to keep an open mind. You are not being fair to your customers or yourself if you won't try or look at something different. It makes your world very very small.

It's up to MS to come up with something similar that fits the bill.

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Re: There do seem to be a lot of Chromebook haters on here...

Probably have all their email on Outlook Express too. Dear God....

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Re: they can shift their focus from managing devices to managing something much more important —

This is what always makes me laugh. Nowadays if a Windows/Apple/Linux PC has no internet connection...it's pretty damn limited. You can bet most staff would be sitting around moaning they had nothing to do.

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Re: Cheap Windows PCs with Bing

No they don't have difficulty. All you do is spend 10-15 minutes with them explaining how the thing works and how it differs from their old machine. They'll get it.

It's called 'Training', a long forgotten practice I know but it's how you get folks to get the most out of what they are using.

Not difficult. Try it sometime.

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Re: WinRT

Yes, carrying masses of data around on a laptop/mobile device is a daft liability. Quite old fashioned really.

All the old bulk data I have is kept at home on a NAS. The day to day stuff I need/use stays in a Google Drive folder. About 1GB if you must know. I need to trim it down soon.

All my laptops have been slimmed down to mostly 64GB SSD drives. A couple have 120GBs in them but not required. My Chromebook has nothing stored on it locally. Doesn't need it as its 2014 and not 1998 anymore, connectivity/internet wise.

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Re: workers

Watch out for really cheap AMD equipped laptops. The bottom rung of Windows laptop buying has got quite tricky.

If you buy the cheapest AMD CPU laptop, chances are you will end up with a E1 spec CPU. I had one in to look at that was a 1GHz dual core. It was terrible. Took me back to the days of Windows 3.1 and seeing the egg timer on screen more then the cursor. To make it even half usable I had to rebuild it with a 120GB SSD. It still didn't perform well. For the sake of £50 extra it could have been a different story. Those E1 CPUs are sub Atom spec IMO and not designed to run Windows.

My Chromebook on the other hand is two years old and still as nippy as the day I bought it.

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Microsoft fixes all those shaky GoPro vids nobody wants to watch

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Re: Hours...

Plus I guess you'll be able to apply degrees of the algorithm which may require less number crunching. Basically turn it from jerky cam to slightly less jerky cam.

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Microsoft OneDrive tip-off leads to arrest over child abuse images

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This is Google/MS etc.

telling those creeps.."get your creepy filth off our systems!"

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Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

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Re: Parental controls

I just tend to put the OpenDNS Family DNS settings (not the standard Open DNS ones) into the router rather than the default ISP ones.

Done it for a few business routers at the manager request....helps productivity.

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Re: Seem to have missed Draytek off the list.

Hmm Draytek now seem to be steering into "trading off past glories" territory for me.

Too many burnt out wi-fi cards in them for my liking. YMMV of course.

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Cut price Android on steroids: OnePlus One – should we look gift horse in the gob?

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Re: Send to China for warranty repairs?

Haven't you got 8 others kicking around in your junk tech drawer?

If not have you a friend with a junk tech drawer?

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I don't think it's the batteries. It's the services.

My Nexus 4 gave me around a day and a half at best usage battery wise.

A few weeks ago I had a look at the services running and just switched off all the ones I felt had no need to be running.

Such as - Location Services (if I'm going fell walking maybe I'll turn it on), Google Play (I have all the stuff I need), Google+, Google this and that. I only kept the Android marked Google services going and the other crucial ones.

Now the phone works for me in exactly the same way but it can now go three and a half days on a charge. Just from switching off 4-5 services. This is a 18 month old phone.

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Re: Treacle OS

"Yes, the bulk of users are idiots."

Yep, transpose 90% of Windows users over to Linux or OSX overnight and watch the carnage continue as though nothing had happened.

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Re: Treacle OS

Not really. Just not being naive about anything that goes totally mainstream. When that happens so does compromise.

Linux could go mainstream for laptops/desktops...in ChromeOS/Chromebooks but I bet that's not the end result the Linux community was always hoping for.

Mainstream.

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Re: Treacle OS

Indeed and then everyone moves to Linux...what happens then?

Linux becomes bedevilled with the issues Windows has now.

That's the price you pay for going mainstream.

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

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Re: GADSLBI

And none of the kids spoke in 'Gangsta Stylee'.

Ahhh bliss.

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

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Hang on...

I get customers to cancel their ISP deals quite often when they just aren't working or not good value and not a single one has been charged to cancel and move elsewhere. I would know very quickly if they had.

"You just told us to do XYZ and its going to cost us £500!"

So what are all these other people doing? Is it what I call the "Non IT user conundrum?

This means that if a simple IT process has say three very basic steps then the non IT person will somehow add in 67 extra steps, one of which will involve swallowing it.

Like the installing a new mouse scenario.

Method 1. IT guy way - Unplug old mouse. Plug new mouse into same socket. OS detects and installs mouse.

Method 2. Non IT User way - Unplug old mouse. Plug new mouse into VGA/HDMI/Ethernet/any socket other then the one it's supposed to go in, try installing the Mac driver on a PC, thumping it, switch PC on and off, Call Mike round from next door to have a look (well he fixes motorbikes after all) Mike can't do it. Plug and unplug it 56 times. Call up support. Swear at support and hang up. Plug old mouse back into all the wrong sockets. Throw new mouse against the wall. Put a curse on PC World. Call local IT guy swearing that its crap and doesn't work. Local IT guy pops round applies method 1. Non IT person says "Well it didn't do that when I tried it 78 times!"

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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Re: 80 bhp?

I remember Fifth Gear did a extreme off road test of the Mk2 4x4 Panda against a top of the range Range Rover a few years ago.

They found it could do around 95% of what the mega bucks Range Rover could do. The main thing holding it back was it's wheelbase wasn't as long as the Range Rover.

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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

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Re: Toolbar install

Actually issue with the webpage updating. It's £30. Better!

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Re: Toolbar install

And if they were selling it for say £10-£15 a year I'd be there but £60? Hmmmmm.

Shame.

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Re: Toolbar install

Not so much. MS has recently said that MSE due to it being installed as standard on 8/8.1 and lots of other Windows boxes that in effect it has to be the 'baseline level' of security. That vendors of other products should be striving to produce software that gives higher levels of security.

Basically - MSE - It will cover the major nasty stuff out there but as its the most popular, its the level to beat. Nature of the beast. It's a good product but as it's so common it's going to be the one that sets the standard.

Amazing really that all it would take is someone to come up with a simple AV product that behaves to the user in a similar manner to MSE but with even higher protection and costs say £10 a year.

Instead they all offer over complex and troublesome suites that cost far more but actually offers less to the customer.

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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Re: The Reviewer is Great

Dunno why he didn't move the Taskbar to the left or right hand side if the keyboard got in the way. I always move the Taskbar to the side on widescreens as it gives me more vertical screen depth.

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Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro

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Re: Your kids no longer get an 'education' at school.

Ask a teacher, they'll tell you. They don't enjoy their jobs.

Teacher - "Oh that's an interesting result..shall we take a moment to discuss how this might have happened?

Kids - "Will it be in the exam?"

Teacher - "Well no but I thought it might be fun to investigate..."

Kids - "Nah...move on!"

Since the introduction of GCSE it's all gone downhill from there.

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Your kids no longer get an 'education' at school.

They purely learn how to memorise what's on the exam.

It's not about educating and producing socially aware human beings. It's all about getting the school's stats higher.

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Re: Depends on what it is for...

Even after the 4-5 years or so that Apple no longer supports it and you cant update it? And the compatible software gets smaller and smaller...

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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Re: Not being a professional techIe I wonder if you guys could help me with a question.

I did some work at a big chemical factory a while ago. During my safety training that was carried out by the on-site fire/emergency team (yep they had their own private fire station just in case) they told us that they had just been bought up by a venture capital group.

Apparently when the Venture Group's accountants went over the books they said -

"Hmm it seems since you've had your own on-site Fire/Emergency team, that you haven't had any major incidents or fires! So why exactly do we need you?"

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Re: Not being a professional techIe I wonder if you guys could help me with a question.

Humans are lazy.

Testing ...is a drag and it costs money.

Worry about it if and when it goes wrong.

"It worked last time so it should still work this time I guess!"

etc. etc.

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Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg

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Just close your accounts.

And move on.

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Need a US visa, passport? Prepare for misery: Database crash strands thousands

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C'mon we all know what the problem is.

I'm pretty sure it accounts for 95% of cock ups whether IT or Admin.

Basically the working population in the West doesn't give a crap about their jobs anymore.

They've all been kicked in the nuts or ovaries so many times by those at the top they don't don't give a sh*t.

If they see a major issue or bug on the horizon do they dutifully get up and report it? Nope, sod it, who cares, let it happen! Maybe our boss will get the sack and we'll get a new douchebag in his place. He/she might be less of a douche so it might work out okay!

To quote Office Space -

"It's not that I'm lazy....it's that I just don't care!"

If you are a Boss, think long and hard about what you have done to make staff 'want to take a bullet' for you or the company over the past few years. Yep...thats why they all keep coming in later and later with longer and longer faces.

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Re: How long....

In case people are wondering I was meaning in relation to HM Govt. can get ANYTHING through THEY really want in super quick time.

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How long....

...did it take to sort out Fox Hunting?

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Turing biopic with Cumberbatch, Knightley to premiere at London Film Festival

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Re: Anyone interested should read -

Quite right.

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Anyone interested should read -

ENIGMA The Battle For The Code by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

A lot of names and detail but explains that it was a massive effort from a lot of people not just the two or three players the movies concentrate on.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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Re: I think... Far East manufacture there you have it

I think I was told it costs around 50p to ship a TV from China to the UK. However it costs many time more to to get it the 150 miles from the Cargo port to the distribution warehouse.

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

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My faith in Shatner went up considerably...

...when a few years ago at a Intel Tech Conference or some such where he was a guest speaker.

He stood up and reeled off a load of current must have tech and finished the list with the phrase -

"And none of this s**t actually works!"

Or words of a similar nature.

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