* Posts by jason 7

2201 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

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Re: So...

Well seems the world is divided.

I've never needed NFC, never used SD cards, QHD screens just eat battery and haven't used wireless charging since I retired my Palm Pre 2 three years ago.

Nice to have/non essentials for a good deal of us. For those that need them well there are plenty other (more expensive) options available.

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Re: But what about people who don't want huge great phones?

I too have a Nexus 4 and the size is perfect. However, when I saw a OnePlus One I was surprised at the dimensions. Whilst its a taller phone its not that much wider.

I think this will be the phone for me due to the price and at the end of the year it will be time to retire my Nexus 4. Especially since the Lollipop 5.1/5.1.1 updates bricked the mobile data on it.

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We put Windows 10 on a small fondleslab: STILL not ready, 3 days to go

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Re: Pester Power

I've sent a note out to all my customers telling them to wait till at least October before pressing the button. Also best they call me to do it for them.

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If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

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Re: Needs USB Type-C

And what would you have to plug it into for the next 18 months?

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Re: Suit'n'Tie Guy

No visible toes is a good idea.

Men in flip-flops or sandals is just the worst. Guys...you really don't have the feet for it. Just don't.

Disgusting.

Keep your bare feet for home and in private. No need to share your yellowy, fungus encrusted and cracked feet with the rest of the world.

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Even Microsoft thinks Outlook is bloated and slow

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Re: All relative

Lotus Notes and the over pixel sensitive copy/paste.

"easy does it...just want to copy those two lines...F**K its selected the whole 3 pages again!"

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The best way to use Outlook...

...is not to use it in the first place.

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I blame hipsters.

Seems software has to be constantly changing so a certain sector of the community doesn't get bored and move onto the next 'groovy' thing.

So often we've seen perfectly easy to use and functional software which appears to have reached its evolutionary zenith (no real harm in that) ...and then it changes for no apparent reason into something grotesque and counter intuitive.

It's times like those I would dearly love to see the initial design discussion meetings.

A: "It's fine as it is, we have 90% user satisfaction!"

B: "Yes but a lot of bearded guys in those ridiculous jeans 3" too short in the leg that we all laugh at behind their backs, are starting to moan about how boring it is on Twitter!"

A: "But it's just an email app FFS! It just has to do a simple job and do it quick and easy!"

B: "Well the vocal plimmy and pop up kitchen brigade are revolting so we have to change it!"

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Roll up, roll up, for the Meta35: The hybrid snapper's data dumpster

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I really miss....

...using film.

I really enjoy my old holiday snaps taken with my little Olympus Mju (mk1) and Kodak Ektar film (early 90's). Man that little camera took a beating but I loved it. Had a Mju II later on but it wasn't the same.

The blue skies I captured with that little combo on my USA west coast road trip in 93 were amazing.

All the digital stuff I take just gets dumped onto a NAS box. Big whoop.

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Neil Armstrong's MOON spacesuit: One small donation from you - one giant leap for Mankind

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Re: $500,000

Yeah lots or perishable plastic and rubber I bet that air pollution/UV (prolonged exposure) would have a great time degrading.

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Reg reader casts call centre spell with a SECRET WORD

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Its a game of poker.

I've used some tactics in the past to get through obstructions.

1. The social services worker who wouldn't organise help for a sick elderly gentleman in our apartment block because "he hasn't asked us personally!" I then asked for her name. She asked why and I replied - "It's because when the guys in the hazmat suits turn up in 6 weeks to scrape him up off the floor I want to know who to mention in the complaint!" Amazingly he had a daily nurse visit from the next day onwards.

2. The Dixons store manager who would avoid our calls re. a faulty washing machine. I called up the store and asked for the manager. "Oh he's not here!" said Tracey (whatever). "Oh that's a shame as I have some positive feedback for him!" Tracey perked up and said (I kid you not) "Oh we don't get a lot of that here! I'll go fetch him!" Manager was on the phone 10 seconds later...busted!

3. British Gas fitted a new heating system and did a piss poor job. Corgi condemned it! Took them four goes to get it right. At the end of it I asked for compensation. The area manager said no. I told him "Okay then I'll go to every plumbing and home improvement website in the country and post up all the horrendous pictures of faulty/out of spec installations and the Corgi report for all to see. If I do, you'll be lucky if your company can fit a tap after a month!" He gave in at that point.

4. Had to get a cost centre for a IT project to upgrade a system that was critical to a major part of our business. It was a dull system that hardly anyone had heard of but would bring the business to a halt if not working. Anyway had a bunch of senior managers that didn't want to commit the funds and I was going round in the circles. So I sent out the following email to all of them -

"Guys, thanks for your support so far. Unfortunately, it appears that funds are not forth coming which is a shame. However, I would ask one last favour. I would like one of you to volunteer as a point of contact for the CEO when he gets all the complaints from customers that can't get their cars fixed?"

I had a cost centre code within 5 minutes of posting that email.

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Pray for AMD

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I would bet the console contracts are the only thing stopping the banks from calling it a day.

A lot of folks thought AMD were mad to go for those gigs but hooking yourself to three big players is a handy safety net giving you time to turn things around.

Shame they squandered that. Oh and gave us the most technologically dull generation of consoles so far.

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Re: I am sure I am not alone, but...

To be fair Intel really didn't have to do anything against AMD. Their products generally have just been better (other than that glorious 18 month period just over 10 years ago) and AMD have just never bothered marketing or selling themselves.

One company makes the effort with their products and the other one doesn't/never has.

Its like if there were just two car manufacturers in the world and they were Mercedes and Morris.

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Re: I am sure I am not alone, but...

That's because the OEMs just aren't interested in putting AMD chips in competitive (spec and pricewise) machines.

Not to mention you go into a store and find 50 Intel machines and maybe 2 AMD based ones. One will be cheap and nasty and the other overpriced for the spec.

I still say AMD didn't help themselves by never bothering to try to market themselves to the general public....or for that matter, the IT public.

A silly jingle can help.

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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I have a few of his albums.

In terms of sound quality none of them are anything to write home about.

If you want a stunning album to listen to then hunt out "A Meeting by the River" by Ry Cooder and V.M.Bhatt. Now that is an album that would benefit from a 24/96 presentation.

Young's stuff? Not so much.

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Re: Installed it on several 2007-2009 spec machines.

Never caused a problem installing 8/7/Vista on DirectX 11/10/9/8 capable kit so I don't see any reason for that to change.

Currently it works just fine.

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Installed it on several 2007-2009 spec machines.

And all have worked just fine.

2GHz AMD laptop CPUs, 2GB of ram etc. etc.

Drivers are not an issue either as to be honest you can get Windows 8/Windows 7/Vista 64bit drivers to work just fine.

If you find the odd rare bit of hardware that 10 doesn't recognise out of the box then a driver should be easy to find or you should ask an adult for help.

In fact just last week I installed it on a 2005 spec Toshiba tablet laptop. Installed 98% of the hardware first go. The Vista 64 bit driver got the audio working no problem.

Any vaguely competent IT person should be able to get the old Windows 7 infrastructure up to date if they so desire.

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Comcast: We're twice as fast as Google's 1Gbps Fiber (for x4 the price)

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And...

...we moan at BT...

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Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

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How much of Flash...

is original code compared to patches?

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Two Corsair SSDs destroyed thanks to faulty PSU from Maplin

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Never...

...spend less than £30 on a PSU.

A rule that has worked well for me over the years.

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Thinking of adding an SSD for SUPREME speed? Read this

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Re: Reliability

I've bought around 20 so far over the past 3-4 years. So far only one has failed. I was still able to get 85% of the data back from it before it was RMA.

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I always create partition/s that leave at least 2-3GB unused even if the drive keeps some for over provisioning.

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Re: I beg to differ

I think you misread what they were getting at.

They were saying the difference between a high end SATA SSD and a PCIe SSD is not that noticeable to the average Joe so not worth the expense.

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Trebles all round: The BBC's won this licence fee showdown

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But....

I and many others don't watch BBC stuff anymore!

The BBC is living on past faded glories...

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Re: Can anyone tell me...

So stuff always has to stay the same version after version after version.

You still wearing your school uniform after all these years?

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Re: Can anyone tell me...

Question.

So you find adapting to change slightly difficult and yet maybe, you work in IT?

How does that work?

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Re: Sorry but I think this review is RUBBISH

Same here. Has worked fine with next to no issues and as you say ...it's BETA.

But as I said earlier if you say its okay you don't generate 4+ pages of forum posts and all the clicks that come with it.

Shame that internet journalism has become all about the clicks.

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Re: Works fine...

Yeah I don't know why the reviews all hang on the Metro apps/Start side of things when

A. No one cares or uses them.

B. See A.

Then gloss over the fact that the usual desktop side is fine and all the software thats used there is still all the same old software we've always used.

Generates clicks I guess. You can't afford to have a neutral/pretty good review as it just doesn't generate traffic. So you have to title it "OMFG THE APOCALYPSE THAT IS WINDOWS 10!" and then spend 80% of the review bitching about a couple of 'apps' that no one uses anyway.

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Will people please note...

....there are no more service packs. Windows hasn't had what we would call a Service pack since 2010?

It will just be continuous features and updates as they come out.

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HD and SSD Prices not declining - why ?

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Paid £45 for a 120GB SSD in early February.

Just paid £40 for the same model SSD today.

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: Translation

Dell?

Hmm I find they are not too bad. The only Dell parts I've had issues with are their 19 in 1 card readers. For some reason they tamper with the standard Teac firmware making drivers for later OS usage difficult.

Though thinking back there was a issue with Nvidia drivers for the Dell M4400 laptop. It could take standard Nvidia drivers but only two specific releases.

That's about it.

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Re: You can use a clean copy, if it's W7 at least

I always keep a full Retail copy of any version of Windows handy. I buy them cheap at release date.

I've found a retail copy can be used to fresh install Windows using 99% of keys whether OEM or not to activate.

Hit and miss with OEM copies.

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Re: Translation

It seems pointless tampering on the OEMs part.

I get a lot of machines to rebuild and I like to get the latest drivers installed. Often I'll get the latest 2014 driver for their standard integrated Intel graphics and the installer will suddenly say "this is a custom version of the hardware and wont take this driver! See the OEM website for their driver!"

So I go to the say Samsung/Toshiba site and find that the latest driver for that machine is dated 2009 and its the one the machine was shipped with. Oh that's great!

OEMs are doing their best to screw themselves and not just the customer. They don't need to screw with standard off the shelf parts but they do.

Just leave it alone.

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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

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Re: Fake, but sometimes funny

More a fan of the Paul Ross and Sue Pollard pictures.

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I find amusing...

...is if you look at most bits of computer hardware you'll see 400+ 4-5 star reviews saying "Amazing! Did the job perfectly!" etc.

Then you have one or two indignant sounding 1 star reviews that say -

"Hurummph...it's pants! Didn't work with Mac!"

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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Re: @AC

@Buzzword

Different strokes...

I've really enjoyed using my 13" Dell for the past 6 years (now with 8GB of ram and 120GB SSD all upgraded easily later).

I find Macbooks quite boring and samey myself. Plus I'd never buy a machine I couldn't upgrade/fix myself. Plus I have seen a few disgruntled Macbook users on my travels.

So I know its not all rainbows and lollipops over in Macbook land.

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I buy in ex corporate kit.

I buy HP/DELL 2.5-3GHz C2D boxes with 4GB ram and 250-320GB HDDs with Windows 7 Pro and sell them on for £150.00.

Customers love them. If someone needs one with a little more grunt you can buy a E8400 CPU for around £7 or a C2Quad for not much more.

These are machines from 2009/10.

Manufacturers need to stop thinking that business users need to pay £400+ for a desktop.

£250 is as much as most business users need to spend on desktops.

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Re: @AC

@Buzzword

But after three years you'll still have spent around £700 (after you sell the old macbook) and I'll have spent just £500 on my Dell laptop which will still be working as I've never had a laptop break on me.

The resale argument doesn't really work if going on total cost of ownership.

Plus I didn't probably have to pay for Apple Care either as I can fix/replace/upgrade a lot of my Dell.

Plus what's the resale going to be on Macs when they all become non repairable/non upgradable?

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Samsung spins up its latest rusty rotators for release

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Re: what's wrong with 3.5" drives

Are they really 3-4x bigger physically?

Dunno about that. The platters are not that much bigger in a 3.5".

1.5x maybe?

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Now if only...

...they could get that 4TB on a single platter...

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Feature-rich work in progress: Windows Mobile 10 build 10136

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Re: Appily

Yeah looking at my 'apps' usage on my phone and it revolves around about 10 main apps.

The rest are fluff.

In fact I stripped out as many apps as I could about a year ago. If I hadn't used it for more than 6 weeks it went.

Down to two and a half screens of apps on my Nexus 4. If I could get rid of 70% of the Google Play ones it would be even better.

Battery life now goes two days plus too!

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

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But but...but...

...this isn't mentioned on the BBC website...so it can't be true!

Most odd for them to not mention something Apple related...

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The NHS pays up to NINE TIMES over trade price for commodity kit

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Not just NHS

I remember back in the day at a multi-national I worked at we were paying £300 for a £30 32MB SIMM and having to wait 4 weeks for delivery when Crucial could deliver next day.

I questioned this with one of the IT Contracts/Procurement team. He went red in the face and I was told to "Shut up and don't mention it again!"

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Intel inside: Six of the best affordable PC laptops

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Re: Ugh AMD laptops?

For £10 less - http://www.ebuyer.com/660252-lenovo-thinkpad-s440-touch-laptop-20ay00bfuk

i5 CPU

8GB DDR3 1600

1600*900 14" Touch screen

256GB SSD

Backlit Keyboard

AC Wi-fi

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Re: Ugh AMD laptops?

Indeed, I was looking on Ebuyer a few months ago for AMD laptops. The best one I could find then was a HP with 4GB of ram, a 5400RPM HDD and a 1366x768 screen.

Yours for nearly £1000.

Laugh? I nearly shat!

The best A10 one on there now is a 4GB/500GB HDD/1366x768 13" model for £815.00.

There seems to be no middle ground/ultrabook quality level with AMD. Cheap junk or overpriced junk is all you get.

I wish it were different. I doubt we'll be seeing much change with the new AMD mobile chips either.

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Re: Ermm summat wrong with UK pricing

I put a layer of clear sticky back plastic on any laptop trackpad I buy. Also on the palm rest.

Works a treat. Keeps the wear down and doesn't reduce sensitivity on the trackpad.

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Re: Affordable?

Reasonable spec?

Have you tried using one out of the box...like a normal user?

Painful! I get them brought to me fresh out of the box by people that bought them saying "Its really slow!" wanting me to make them usable.

Well there is a cost to that...

£199 + 4GB more ram + 120 GB SSD - cost for someone to fit/transfer all that = cost of a decent laptop in the first place. Plus it will still have the same crappy E1 CPU in it...

New Laptop - Don't spend less than £400.00.

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Re: Is it me or is it 2008?

Retina is just upscaled 1440x900x2 when you actually look deeper.

Nothing revolutionary there.

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Re: Affordable?

"You have failed to read the spec correctly."

No I haven't.

I can tell sh*t from Shinola that's all.

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Re: Why also 15" models?

"Accountants..."

But then they have to use Excel on a 1366x768 screen...

Robbing Peter...

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