* Posts by jason 7

2255 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Small wonder, little competition: Asus Chromebook Flip

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Re: Hmmm

I see customers with these sub £300 machines. All of them I've had in struggle. Really nasty.

To get them working smoothly you need to slap in a SSD minimum.

I would take a Chromebook over them every time. Quick start and snappy browsing etc.

A cheap Windows laptop needs a proper CPU and a SSD to really compete IMO.

Minimum spend for a new Windows laptop is still £400-£450 for me.

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Re: keep it

You can use SD card and USB with a Chromebook too.

This is the 21st century after all. Nothing to be fearful of.

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Re: Do I detect a trend?

Well amazingly my 11" Chromebook has replaced my tablet and my laptop.

Just a better tool for the on the go person who doesn't have to carry all their digital luggage around with them.

Connectivity isn't an issue I live in the developed world. For most folks now if a ordinary laptop doesn't have any connectivity it's pretty much left in the bag.

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Hmmm

If you are going old school with 1200x800 why not just go 1440x900?

Baffling these design decisions.

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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

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One modern trend to mention with Acer/Asus

Is that they are moving to solid undertrays.

So no easy HDD/SSD/Battery swaps. You have to unscrew the whole bottom tray then separate the top tray, keyboard and trackpad then clip it all back together etc. to do what was a 2 minute job on any other laptop.

Not fun and eases them out of my 'recommended' list.

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US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018

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Re: At the end of the day...

I would say history proves if you are in that position, you've lost already.

The tech ain't gonna save you.

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At the end of the day...

...how high tech do you have to be against guys using AK-47s and rusty Toyota trucks?

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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Re: 16 GB is pointless

Yeah I don't use games and don't keep anything I don't use on my phone.

I'm one of those that doesn't need to carry around my digital life on a phone. SD Cards are

messy in phones anyway.

16GB is plenty.

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Swiss watch: Cuckoo-clock cops threaten Win 10 whup-ass can pop

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Re: @jason 7

Trevor you can fight it all you like, they will win in the end.

Pick a better battle.

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Re: @jason 7

Oh no...the sky is falling down.

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I guess this is what MS gets...

...for being one of the very few who are up front about what they are doing. At least there are options to turn it all off if you bother to read.

Lord know what the others are collecting.

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Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

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Re: When most people are happy...

Meh...I have a Fire TV box so it won't cost me much to change in a year or two.

Smart TV functionality is a gimmick mostly anyway until an approved single standard is sorted.

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Re: The reason

But its not free, its part of the £1300 you paid for the £600 worth of laptop you bought.

That should pay for quite a few upgrades....but not for life. You have to buy another £1300 machine to get another 6-7 years worth.

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When most people are happy...

...to spend £400+ on a new phone every year, what's the problem with asking people to spend maybe £50 on hardware every couple of years to watch tv shows?

Really its a first world problem.

Let's get a little perspective here. No one is forcing you to watch and you can get most of those shows on DVD or blu-ray from your local lending library (remember that) for a quid or two.

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Embracing the life-changing qualities of USB power packs and battery extenders

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Re: Three year old Nexus 4

A lot of people install apps they don't use. If you check through the App Management you will see in the 'Running Apps' often several of those unused apps sitting in the background and also showing up in the Battery Logs.

Therefore, if they are running in the background,using battery and not being used, you delete them.

Plus also if you have 50 apps that you don't use then those 50 apps will have a constant stream of updates which will also be consuming battery, wi-fi, resources etc.

Cutting down unnecessary activity.

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Three year old Nexus 4

I can still go over two days if I don't use it like a Gameboy (I'm 44 so slim chance).

Just delete off all the crap you don't use.

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Citrix really needs to get its act together, and soon

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Just unplugged a Citrix system today.

No one in the office shed a tear.

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Intel's Compute Sticks stick it to Windows To Go, Chromecast

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Re: The masses are capricious...

Would be a nice feature if you could just block out any AC posts.

Is that a feature already?

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Indeed I reckon anyone here could run up 10000 upvotes in 6 months if they just picked the as you say "MS/Linux/OSX sucks" threads to post the appropriate tired old clichés.

We really need a posting filter to edit out any of the well worn clichés and replace them with -

"I'm either not that bright or just posting for easy/lazy upvotes!"

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YouTube bloggers told to slap 'advert' stickers on their vid posts

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I really miss Uniteds and Milk Chocolate Fruit Jaspers myself.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you

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Re: Mini - looks like the BMW definition is catching on...

Had you written that two years ago I would have agreed.

Oh well.

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Re: I might have a look at one of these...

Lollipop screwed my Nexus 4 too. Has killed the mobile data.

Went through all Jelly bean/KitKat updates without a hitch and Lollipop...whoops.

Maybe its part of Google's planned obsolescence plan for older Nexus phones? That or piss poor testing.

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Nice little phone.

Cant say I'm ever too worried by the looks of phones as (probably with most people) I stick it in a thick protective case the day I get it and it stays that way.

I'm always careful with my phones and they all look as good as the day I bought them when they get tossed into the junk drawer but I always feel the day I take it out without a case is the day it gets dropped down a flight of concrete stairs.

Checking out other reviews it seems to have a pretty good camera. Will wait a little while for more western customisations and see what else is there come Xmas when its "Treat yo self!" time.

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Feeling a physical present: Ten summer games and gadgets

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Nice to see...

in the AvP game they chose to use mostly the original Giger design rather than the bastardised anorexic later CGI designs.

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Re: Updated 10 machines so far.

Well in these situations the old phrase 'empty vessels' usually rings true.

You get a few ranting that it didn't work for them whilst the other 99% that it did perfectly fine, sit back and just shrug.

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Updated 10 machines so far.

A random selection of old and new, laptops and desktops.

All have updated and installed without a single hitch.

It's not difficult.

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

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Re: "Oh, and in really bad times, gold is useless as it cannot be eaten or worn."

I still think it's worth taking the time to get that shotgun certificate and stock up on the baked beans.

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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

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Re: this is what is wrong

I'd rather buy a high end 37" monitor and plug my Fire TV into it for the 'smart' side.

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I'm still rocking....

...a 540p LCD TV.

Actually works far better then you think. 1080p stuff looks so solid on it, especially games consoles. I've had a few people say "Lovely smooth HD picture!" To which I just smile.

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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One day they 'may' learn...

...that old phrase - Less is more.

The less you have on your computer the more secure it could be.

I'd also love to see the return of the 'custom install' feature too. It's so nice to be able to go through and untick 75% of the added junk I don't need.

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Labour Party website DDoS'd by ruly democratic mob

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Re: it may backfire?

I find the whole immigration thing bemusing and amusing.

The two sections of the public that appear to be the most anti-immigration are -

The retired.

The Underclass.

Now the retired are...retired so no worry about them with regards to "their takin' our jerbs!"

The underclass? Well is that single mother of five going to get up at 4am to pick cabbages for minimum wage or be able to clean offices from 5pm till 11pm?

Nope.

A classic case of political manipulation if ever there was one.

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Re: it may backfire?

But how long has he got before all those hard left labour voters have died out?

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Re: Re:Who has the power?

Worldwide corporations are pretty well designed to sustain a level of unrest in one country. Most can weather the public's outcry till apathy (which comes around quicker year by year) and normality return.

Especially if jobs are at stake.

By the way I'm not supporting the corporations here. It's just that they are the real power now. Politics is largely just a PR exercise. A side cost of doing business.

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Re: Can someone answer this question?

But if Corbyn 'goes after' the big corporations surely they will just slap him down and tell him not to be a naughty puppy.

Who has the power? Those who hold all the money of course...and can move it where they please.

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Can someone answer this question?

When Corbyn came to Norwich last week everyone was heralding him as the second coming. How he would deliver the sick and poor from starvation and cruelty. How he would pump money back into the welfare state and tell the rich/Tories to go away etc. etc.

But no one could answer the one question I had about it all.

Just where is this great economic boom (supposedly with a highly left wing leader) for Great Britain going to come from exactly to pay for it all?

It all goes very quiet at that point.

I don't think most people in the West have realised that lifestyles for 99% are going to be on a downward trend for the future. Things are not going to get better.

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Citrix warns that Windows 10's Edge browser borks Receiver

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Citrix...another word for...

...glacial!

Well that's the speed at which they fix anything.

As mentioned earlier it's not like Edge just popped out of nowhere last week.

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Re: For space retrieval hints.

Could it also be Hibernation/Page File reservation?

I also switch Hibernation off and if 4GB ram I set Pagefile to 2GB and if I have 8GB I set it to 512MB.

That can free up a lot of space.

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Re: Footprint

I did some Windows 10 testing a few months ago with some old laptops that I fitted with some £20 40GB Intel SSDs. The fully updated and clean installs came in at around 12GB.

The Windows 10 installs I've done since release have been in the region of 12-14GB.

I really don't know how people get a 25GB+ clean install.

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John McAfee cuffed by Tennessee cops, faces drug-driving, gun rap

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I guess his doctor...

...was behind on his 'sales targets' for the makers of Xanax and other such drugs.

Yes US doctors have 'sales targets' for pushing drugs for big pharma.

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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However...

...the best solution would be to not have a huge sign over your lair saying "Getting up to evil stuff with computers here!" in the first place.

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Run the HDDs in a small 'clean room'...

...with just a perspex cover over the opened drives with exposed platters.

The knock at the door means you walk in with a hammer and chisel and go to town on the platters within seconds.

However, being found standing next to a load of destroyed sparking smouldering HDDs would make you look like a guilty puppy sitting next to a pile of poo.

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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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"...already a problem"

And quite how is that definition going to change over the next few years.

Terrorist -> Political Activist -> Rights Campaigner -> Political Blogger -> Satire Writer -> Journalist -> Comedian -> Non-compliant Citizen -> Anyone else that doesn't like the way it is.

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

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Re: Obvious really.

Well the only reason for the Plea system is to get as many people into prison. Because the corporation running the prison gives kickbacks to the courts or the Warden is best pals/cousin of the Judge. The more prisoners, the more money they get.

Prisoners make money!

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Re: So if they came across it, mounted and readable

Yeah the simplest answer is he simply gave them the password once he made the guilty plea.

A deal was done. I would assume it's much cheaper and simpler to put the fear of whatever into some IT bod than it is to break a encrypted data vault.

Path of least resistance.

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: There are others available

I install ClassicShell on PCs that customers have said they didn't want Windows 8/8.1 PCs.

"Ahhh this is lovely, so glad you didn't get me a Windows 8 PC!"

Yes that's right! They can't tell the difference.

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Yahoo! website! ads! spaff! CryptoWall! ransomware! AGAIN!

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Re: False alarms ?

This is it, no point white-listing fave sites as safe ads today may well be infected ads tomorrow.

Just isn't worth the risk. Blanket ban on all sites is the only way forward.

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I joined a discussion on LinkedIn...

...a couple of months ago about "How Ad marketing on the Web is so fabulous!"

Myself and a few other IT/Non marketing bods on there then went on to destroy the marketing folks with tales of dread and disaster and why we all used AdBlock and never saw their ads in the first place. Why web ads are poison and a security risk, never clicked on them etc. etc.

The Ad folks were totally bemused and just kept saying "but why wouldn't you all want to see our massive, intrusive flash laden adverts on the web?"

There is a disconnect...

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Cryptoprevent

Worth installing for those that just wander anywhere and insist on using leaky email setups.

www.foolishit.com

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W3C's bright idea turned your battery into a SNITCH for websites

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It's getting like food to be honest.

The more food scares of "Sugar/Beer/Bread/Butter/Veg Spread/Ready Meals/Wine/Cake/Fast Food are bad...then good...then bad!"

Means I just turn off all the more.

I'm getting to the point of IT security whereby I'll worry about something if I know it's happening. Otherwise...just sod off!

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It's enough to get your back up: Eight dual-bay SOHO NAS boxes

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I've rolled out a lot of dual disk NAS

To small local businesses. Using RAID1 and a further USB3.0 external daily backup. We then have data copied onto 3-4 different HDDs. Encryption is handy for some of the companies dealing in financials.

The beauty of a pre-made NAS is that I can install it and set it up in 10-15 minutes which means less messing about for me and they are usually set and forget for the most part. FreeNAS etc. just seems a bit too targeted at the tinkerer/enthusiast crowd. Don't have time for that.

I've manged to rescue several small firms that just needed simple file sharing and backup storage from ridiculously over complex and expensive Xeon/SAS/Server 2008 solutions from other local IT firms, not to mention got them out of over the top monthly support contracts.

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