1810 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Well they do sell it cheaply to start with.
I bought a load of upgrades of Windows 8 Pro for about £20 each this time last year.
I still buy up copies for around £40 if you hunt places that haven't updated their stock records.
I think I paid about £20 for my copy of Snow Leopard from the Apple Store (for a Hackintosh), so that wasn't free.
I have founds voice recognition works much better...
...if you speak to it just like the voice it uses.
Use the slightly broken up cadence, middle england, speaking clock type voice and it works far better.
Okay you then tend to sound like Peter Serafinowicz doing a voice over but.....
The Start Button proper.....
....will appear ready for the next scheduled corporate refresh in a year or two.
MS knew 8 as it was would never be an 'enterprise/corporate' OS so took the opportunity to try some new approaches for the domestic market.
Re: Well For A Tech Site !!!!
Yep I tend to feel the same way.
Far too much unwarranted spleen really.
I saw a associate of mine that had a new desktop PC sitting on the table running 8.1.
Apparently a mate of his bought it to upgrade from his 10 year old XP PC. Apparently he spent just ten minutes using it and went "ahhh f*ck this!" and gave up. Just gave him the PC to take away. For some reason he was under the impression that after 10 years and three operating systems, nothing would have changed. No learning required at all.
The associate then said "well I agree with him! It's not like Windows 7! Can't shut it down, no start button, where is the desktop? (erm actually at the time it was sitting on the desktop so...anyway)"
I then took 30 seconds to show him where the Shutdown option was, the Start Button (just where the old one was) and how to boot straight to desktop.
So I now had it running like Windows 7 and the result? "Ahh well it's still crap!"
...is that 8.2 is another 3GB install that has to go over 8.1.
Why? Well I have Windows 8 Pro upgrades. So if I rebuild my Windows 8 machine then I have to install 8.1 and then another OS over the top to get 8.2.
Basically I'd like to be able to rebuild a machine in a couple of hours rather than 8 or 9.
I tried that too and it was horrible.
How do you get a job in recruitment instead, because it appears you do not require any intelligence at all.
Can't be that hard can it?
Re: The first hurdle....
Maybe just write the word 'Degree' on your CV, on it's own on a visible part of it.
Might get you through the first round.
"I didn't say I had a degree it just says the word 'Degree'!"
Re: Catch 22
How did that old Alice Cooper song go?
"Can't get a girl cos I aint got no car!"
"Can't get a car cos I aint got not Job!"
"Can't get a job cos I aint got no car!"
Ahh yes the 'Fast Trackers'.
We used to call then ACGD's.
Accelerated Career Graduate Dipsh*ts
"Hello! I'm your new boss. I'm 24 years old, left Uni 6 months ago with no work experience, never met a customer or worked in IT but I have a third rate degree in Philosophy! Pleased to meet you!"
Yayyyy we're saved!
Chip? Shoulder? Much? Damn right!
The first hurdle....
...is convincing Pam in the HR dept who is filtering all the applicants purely by "has a degree? Yes or No" to begin with.
Kind of makes it difficult for all of us IT guys that are 40+ that were told to 'get a job' at 18, have a wealth of real useful experience but no degree. We have the certs/experience/been round the block etc. but no degree.
Really great idea to make a degree the modern standard equivalent of "Maths and English O level".
Re: nice collection but a bit on the boring side
Well last week I picked up a mint condition Dell Precision T5400 Workstation.
Inside is -
2.8GHz Quad core Xeon with 12MB cache. (room for a second)
8GB DDR2 EEC Ram (room for 32GB)
I remember we used to use those for our engineers years ago. The main reason was due to them being about the only such device you could use outdoors which was quite important for such a device.
Back around 2006, we'd been using them for some time and I was organising getting in a refresh when one of the other IT guys who was managing a different fieldforce project stormed in and accused me of "adding another piece of kit to the portfolio of mobile kit!" Apparently he wanted to know why I was buying in these tablets when he had decided his guys were all getting Panasonic Toughbooks.
I simply said "Its not new tech as we've been using them for the past four years! Oh and I guess you tested the Toughbooks screen for outdoor use as well?...Cos these tablets are about the only device that works outdoors!"
He went quite pale and ran out of the office. I don't ever remember seeing any Toughbooks after that.
I have a pile of cream coloured envelopes.....
....sitting by my desk from my MPs.
You get a reply but nothing happens. The agenda continues.
Here's an idea.
A lot of people feel their vote is worthless and has zero power to change. So they don't vote. Spoiling your paper just sounds retarded and doesnt gain anything.
So at the next election why don't we try the following - Vote for anyone but the incumbent MP!
That way in theory every current MP would lose their seat, that would include safe seats, Cameron, Millipede etc. All gone. A total change at Westminster. Total chaos for all of them, total upset and a total show that the power to kick them out still rests with the 99%.
Sure we might still end up with a lab/Lib/Con/Co govt, but it would all be new faces and an extreme show of democracy. A campaign could even be setup to provide a more equal divide of the parties by advising voters the alternative to vote for in their ward to create a three way spilt or even a 4 way. Would be interesting to see how a govt would operate with 25% Tory, 25% Labour, 25% Lib and say 25% Independants.
Would be a more useful use of a vote I reckon.
....have all run the figures through their think-tanks etc.
They know that with increasing population and dwindling resources, if they want to keep what they have they have to clamp down hard on the rest of us so we don't dare get up and take it back.
So all this terrorist crud is really a smokescreen to enable them to deal with any 'troublemakers' in the future that might stir up the masses to realise what's going on. Stamp on any dissent. In the meantime they will continue syphoning off all we have and locking themselves away safe from harm.
The western Govts of the world are terrified of another 'Early 90's Eastern Europe' scenario happening. Whereby enough people wake up one morning and think "Hey, you know what? This isn't working for me anymore! It's time for a REAL change!"
If Russell Brand had kept going on about the politics I wonder how long it would have been till he was found 'accidentally on purpose' dead in a hotel room.
You know what.....
...I've never had the desire to buy a radio that has a brushed steel effect kitchen cupboard handle glued on top of it.
Other than how DAB ever got past the basic testing phases all those years ago, I'm still puzzled that this (what 25+ years now?) tech hasn't reached 'given away free with 4 litres of oil' status yet?
Don't worry he's another one of the regular Walter Mitty types around here.
This is the one that said all soldiers should be issued with 50 calibre Desert Eagles as the side-arm of choice.
Yet here we are discussing passing on a donkeys year old and vastly inferior (hardware/usability wise) net book that was designed to last a year tops...
Plus I'd rather try replacing parts in a corporate Lenovo than any crappy netbook.
Re: Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Yes but it didn't use option windows that were 350 pixels deep did it?
...throw it away and buy a second hand Thinkpad or the like.
Nothing puts people off computing whether it be Linux or windows than a crappy slow netbook experience. Any machine that requires you to have to move standard option menus up and down due to limited screen depth is an instant non-starter.
They filled a niche back in 2006-8 but their time since is passed.
I now in most cases refuse to support them. Luckily most of my customers who had them took the advice and dumped them for tablets or better laptops.
Slow netbook is...slow netbook.
Since I've had my Samsung a year the 13" Windows laptop I have gets very little use anymore.
Won't find Windows or OSX in my travel bag these days.
Normally I would agree but on a 11" screen 1366x768 actually works fine for general use.
However, a move to say 1440x900 as a minimum would be nice.
Maybe next year.
Had good results...
...with the new 500GB version of the Momentus, 'The Slim' . But that's in Windows installs. Worth the money for the simple boost it gives.
Currently running the full desktop size 1TB version in my work machine and it's working a treat.
I remember back in the early days of the 360....
...there were games that needed the TV to be set at PAL-60. I only had one such game (The Outfit??) but it caused issues. Haven't seen any of those since 2006.
The vibe I'm getting from both Sony and MS is that no one likes proper product testing. And certainly not testing it with anything more than 6 months old or isn't just laying around campus.
Re: Microsoft account needed for Facebook? ??
I have to admit this trend of having to have successive accounts to access material is getting very tiresome. I'm thinking of just abandoning several of them.
Re: Say What?
@drxym Yeah really the full reviews for the PS4 and One should come out in May 2014 which by then both systems should be pretty much as intended from day one.
Also why I never buy a new console for 6 months.
Re: Where did I hear this before ...
If you look at the fans in both machines they have taken very different directions.
The fan in the PS4 is a pretty standard almost laptop cooler type whereas the One has what looks like a 140mm fan in there.
Re: The blue light issues have undermined what was an otherwise solid PS4 release for Sony.
I think the issue here is that the previous generation suffered from numerous cock-ups and lapses of QC and attention.
You would have thought after all these years, this time around things would be monitored with a higher level of scrutiny and testing.
Re: This is why...
Thats where I am too.
I guess you can give up caring about that when 85% of your business/income is from the disposable world of phones.
Take it or leave it I guess.
Re: Still a problem for non-techies
Not really, fully aware of the need to protect 'important' data etc. from preying eyes.
I just like to tease the Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible Wannabes. You know who you are.
Re: Still a problem for non-techies
So err...the question has to be asked of such folks that feel they have to keep all their stuff 'secret' -
What exactly are you up to that might make the NSA etc. even vaguely interested in what you do?
In reality I'm sure you are just as boring and irrelevant to the NSA etc. as the rest of us. Sorry but the NSA really isn't hanging on your every word.
Re: Have they updated Truecrypt.....
Ha ha yes indeed.
But seriously if the Truecrypt guys were 'serious' you would think they would have moved their product out of the currently 'obsolete and not fit for use' sector pretty darn quick.
Have they updated Truecrypt.....
....so you can actually use it with a PC or laptop manufactured in the past three years?
All this new BIOS tech doesnt play well with it otherwise.
Yes when they let Jacobi be The Master, I thought "Oh that's inspired!" and then they changed him almost straight away to Simm it was "oh that's predictable and disappointing!!"
Pointless arguing really.
After all once our green and pleasant land is covered head to foot in wind-turbines and solar panel farms, once we get the still inevitable brown outs and power shortages we'll be building nuclear reactors like there is no tomorrow.
So just sit back and relax.
....you know the next offer they get will be $50 million take it or leave it.
In such situations I always remember that scene in the 'Adolf Hitler Diaries' when Murdoch offers the German newspaper x million for the rights and they sit there smug asking for double, thinking they are in total control.
Murdoch (played by Barry Humphries) simply says nothing stands up and walks out. The Germans completely crumble.
Total control switch. Quite a powerful scene actually.
The Cybermen have turned up a lot since the re-launch.
Nothing to do I suppose, that the suits probably cost quite a lot to make?
I remember the first day of my Computer Studies O level myself and my mate Simon sat at the single 380Z instead of all the BBC B machines because it looked more...techy.
For that day we played around on it and had fun accessing the disks in the two drives. But the next time, we sat back at the BBC B and there we stayed for the next two years. I don't think the 380Z was touched after that.
Would have been September 85 I guess. I often wonder what happened to that old beauty.
Yup too many erorrs in that post really.
NT4.0 didnt even have a defrag in it, as at the time folks used to think NTFS didnt need it.
Re: who cares ?
Indeed, you can't give Linux away. I offer my less financially able customers Linux on their new PC advising them it's £100 cheaper and will do all the Ebay etc. they want.
But no they still stump up the extra £100. In the five years I have been in business not one has asked for Linux. Even the ones that know about it. They just want Windows.
One day MS will include EMET as standard in Windows.
However, until they are no longer worried about upsetting old man Withers and his old shareware email client from 1998 we can but dream.
Oh and if they do include it, might be a good idea to switch it on by default guys.
....all these dirt cheap Z10's?
Well you can add the boss 'that thinks we are all here to work for the good and greatness of the company!'
Rather then we just turn up begrudgingly because it pays for the mortgage and food.
There is the "Uesless So Promote Them Boss"
We had this a lot at our company.
If you had a useless clerical person, you couldn't sack them (also wasn't worth the effort) so the best way to get rid of them was to 'promote them out' to another department. "Congratulations! Bye Bye! Ding dong the witch is dead!"
However, this kept happening over and over so by the time I left, we had people that had zero social skills, couldn't count to ten, manage their way out of a paper bag etc. now at Head of or Director level.
The other problem was they thought they were gods as their rise had been so meteoric. Unfortunately, we were all in on the joke.
So if you've reached a high senior level, just think back how regular your promotions have been and whether any of your previous colleagues actually bother to keep in touch or walk the other way when they see you. If so then you may be one of them and everyone else knows.
Kind of where good employments rights can bite you hard.
Re: And for your next trick ...
How about....'The Triple Decker'?
That's when in your office you have your manager, his Head of... and the Director of... all sitting within 30 feet of one another.
Nothing like three different decisions/opinions/strategies to work around to help a project along.
I had one complain to my face.....
...that I was 'too low maintenance!"'
Re: Hang on
Indeed I often used to hear from my other half "Oh christ Adobe wants my user password to download and it wont take the last one again! Better setup yet another account!"
I think at last count she had 6 or more.
Even I have three (maybe) and I don't use any of their stuff. Don't ask me what the passwords are, but nothing amazing. The details in them are all bogus...mail @mail.com anyone?
So if Adobe says they have for example 50 million accounts that's possibly only 5 million actual users.
Re: I suppose...
I have always said if you get rid of Powerpoint in your business, you can get rid of 25% of your clerical workforce with zero productivity impact. In fact chances are productivity will rise.
Re: Ok, the SR-71 was cool looking and black...
Indeed, all the powerful lobbying and FUD by Boeing to getting Concorde kicked out didn't help much either.
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