* Posts by jason 7

2684 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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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Re: Affordable?

As much as I'm an AMD fan I wouldn't touch an AMD laptop. Not the range and the specs are usually awful for the price. Sure the APUs are fine (avoid the E series CPUs at all costs) but the rest of the kit is poor usually.

You get the feeling that the OEMs begrudgingly push out AMD equipped laptops.

As for AMD desktops...well you have to roll your own on those.

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Re: Try this:-

Been looking at them for a while now. They will probably get my business next year when I replace my 6 year old Dell. That exact model.

Nice that you can order kit without parts to keep the cost down. I don't need an OS/RAM or SSD (got them already) so I can bump up the spec elsewhere.

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Why also 15" models?

Do people still like this size? 10 years ago 98% of laptops were this size and you paid £500 more for a smaller model (probably a Thinkpad).

But nowadays 15" laptops look and feel huge. 13" seems more the sweet spot for on the go laptop usage to me.

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Re: Mid year resolution?

Totally agree with you 110%.

How hard would it have been to throw in a few 1600x900 panels even? That should have been the minimum standard 5 years ago.

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The problem with buying the real budget stuff...

...is you end up with a laptop with a almost tablet spec CPU in it. That tied with a 5400RPM HDD and it makes a painful experience.

Well worth paying an extra £100 for a proper CPU.

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

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Why not just integrate EMET into Windows 10?

I don't get why they still leave this functionality out. Or is this part of EMET rebranded?

Well even if they did they would hide it and make sure it was all switched off by default.

Can't have Old man Withers in Armpit Arizona annoyed cos his obsolete 2002 shareware spam filter software no longer works.

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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Well the leader of that project left a few days after it came out...with a huge wad of cash in his back pocket.

Almost like he planned it!

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Apple's HomeKit: So, you know, it exists and all that. Oookay ...

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Re: Homekit

wow

Maybe my imagination just extends past gadget greed, rainbows and lollipops and can see the myriad of downsides, why the hells and snags with all this?

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Re: Homekit

Well take security and usability, current if someone wants to 'interact' with my home they have to have physical contact with it.

With these systems it means folks in China/Russia etc. will likely have the ability to 'interact' with it too.

I'll pass.

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Homekit

So I need this...why?

Make my home life more complicated with more 'shit that doesn't work'?

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The thing about Apple's 'one MORE thing'? It's a streaming music thing

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Re: Err - Offline Mode on Spotify

Have an upvote for both from me!

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Oh.

That is all.

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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Once again...

...someone didn't think it cool and maybe a 'bit negative' to put a 'CONS' heading up on the initial brainstorming session.

I have seen it happen!

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Remake, remodel: Toshiba Chromebook 2

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Re: Your wish is granted.

To be honest...that's more interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Your wish is granted.

or -

6) Oh look someone else saying "I installed linux on mine!" for the 75th time.

Yawn...yes we know!

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Re: Your wish is granted.

But from the sound of your initial post you are trying to make a saw work like a chisel.

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Re: Your wish is granted.

Erm have you thought about just using the ChromeOS it came with? You might have got some work done by now if you had.

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