Re: Hmmm choices choices....
You did see the bit about 'scrap' as in scrap value of solid gold or 'spares' if gold plated?
I guess I need to be really really specific for some. Apologies.
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You did see the bit about 'scrap' as in scrap value of solid gold or 'spares' if gold plated?
I guess I need to be really really specific for some. Apologies.
I could have a Omega Seamaster Professional with change left over or a blinged up Apple Watch for possibly a bit more.
I wonder which will still be working three years later and may have actually increased in value while the other is worth just scrap or £20 for spares on Ebay.
"Even with only a handful of basic applications open, this Mini is already consuming just under 7GB of the installed eight."
I only get that kind of RAM use in Windows if I'm running two or three VMs etc.
Usual daily usage averages around 3.5GB of the 16GB I have.
I take it you haven't used one of the new breed of £200 Windows 8.1 laptops?
If you think having a laptop that runs (well grinds) at 100% on both its 1GHz cores for most of the time (reminiscent of using a laptop from 1999) as fine for 'pottering around' then fine.
I'd rather buy second hand or pay the extra £150 for a proper CPU.
I have a Pentium 1.3GHz dual core CULV laptop from 2009 that runs rings round these arthritic CPUs. Progress? Nope inventory clearing of crappy tablet CPUs that no one wants.
Plus are you saying the Average Joe really knows what that are getting for £200? I don't think so by the number of them I'm getting brought to me fresh out of the box. "It's too slow!!" It's like Windows 7 Netbooks all over again.
I have nothing against cheap tablets. I love the Hudl and still use a antique 1Ghz dual core Playbook. But then the CPU and OS was specifically designed for the device...
Full Windows 8 should not run on tablet level CPUs for a good/usable experience.
I agree. I'm baffled why people need to carry around so much digital baggage. I tried it once loading up devices with all the music and fave movies etc. and found I just didn't have the time to use them. That was on a 64GB tablet.
Not to mention all the 'oh that will be really handy' apps that I actually never used either, that just sat there mining my data and using up battery (possibly).
All gone now, just the essential stuff and 9GB free on my 16GB Nexus 4.
However, I admit different strokes and all that.
Interestingly I have modified an old Tecra M7 tablet laptop from 2005 (1440x900 screen) with -
6GB of Ram
2.2GHz dual core CPU
Windows 8.1 Pro
Cost of the upgrade was around £120 and my time and it works a treat.
Apparently Google thinks that selling the new Nexus line at full price will bring them to the attention of the general public. High Street retail friendly prices I guess.
Just as the High Street is rolling in it's death throws.
Hmmm way to go Google. Let's be honest the no.1 reason why most of us tech folks bought Nexus gear was the low price....followed a way down by the specs and open build.
Yes I'm a bit peeved as a long term Nexus buyer.
The big problem with the new £200 Windows laptops is the CPU they use.
The CPUs are basically tablet level in terms of performance and they struggle pushing Windows 8. I have had customers bring them to me asking if I can make them go faster. The only thing I can is put a SSD in them to help reduce the lag. But by then they may as well have paid £350 for a laptop with a proper CPU in it.
These machines are a big mistake. Avoid anything Windows based that sells for less than £350.
Under £350...buy a Chromebook. That will work just fine.
No I mean something along the lines of what they did with the story of DNA -
Life Story or The Race for the Double Helix.
With Jeff Goldblum and Tim Pigott-Smith.
...you know the historically and technically accurate one which covers in details Flowers/Turing et al working on cracking the codes and developing the wonderful machines?
Leave the emotional Oscar nomination stuff out and get to the technical details of how they did it.
Enigma ain't it and this new film, if it doesn't mention Flowers isn't it either.
I no longer install it on any machines I build or rollout. I go on the principle if someone needs it they will shout.
I've dumped a lot of stuff over the years Air/Shockwave etc. etc.
Flash is the last holdout.
Actually my 30GB Black Zune Mk1 bought new for £75 in 2007 is still working just fine. Still pondering slapping in a 60GB+ drive.
Ignore the MS connotation/baggage and take it as a PMP, it was a great device.
The issue is that ten to fifteen years ago the fact that if you wanted to record a record you had to pay to go into a recording studio.
That acted as a great filter to those that could not and should not and prevented many talentless people from ever being heard.
Now with a laptop and a few bits of software you can do what you like, where you like.
It's like writing a book. Publishers on the whole could tell a half decent read and put the rest in the recycling. Now anyone can get their dirge pushed onto Amazon etc.
Sometimes the digital revolution can go horribly wrong.
Yes I would say Netflix And Amazon Prime make up for 3-4 hours of viewing a night this time of year. Not to mention the stuff we watch separately (Lost Girl for her, Community for me).
When you can switch on the streaming box and you have hundreds of seasons of top US drama and comedy shows, you just keep going. Sat and watched three episodes of The Good Wife last night.
Terrestrial TV watching is now down to just CSI Vegas (coming to an end), CH4 News and maybe the odd music documentary on BBC4. Hardly worth the cost to be honest.
You appear to have a very different view to myself and my friends and family here in the UK.
The quality of UK TV has nosedived so much over the past 15 years it's unreal. The BBC and ITV now have just two or three premier shows that they make so much noise about it makes it look like there is so much more.
But really there isn't. Take Dr Who, Sherlock and Top Gear (to be honest the quality of all of them is suspect) away from the BBC and you are left with very little of depth and entertainment value. Plus the actual watchable output hours of those shows per year is tiny. Not to mention, where did all the good comedy go?
Now compare that with all the major US based drama/sci-fi/comedy shows over the past 5 years and you are swamped for choice.
Folks aren't subscribing to Prime and Netflix in their droves for Strictly Come Dancing.
It might. It's just that owning and driving a Caterham is all about the raw essence of driving. It's like taking up a Tiger Moth rather than a Jetstream.
The less clutter and electronics the better. You only need an engine that goes up to 80-90mph anyway because with a Caterham whatever speed you are actually doing over 40mph, it feels 30mph faster than it really is.
Simple engines in the Caterham are great too if you like home servicing. Garages love working on them for that reason as they don't need to mess around.
Keep it simple.
It's an odd one. I remember wanting to buy a Ford Puma when all the car importing stuff was going on with Carbusters etc. at the turn of the century.
The local Ford Dealer wanted £16000 for a Puma.
I went to Carbusters and they asked just £12000 for a UK 1.7 spec Puma.
Now that £12000 car had the Ford factory cut, the Ford dealer in Duisburg cut, the UK importers cut and also Carbusters take too plus VAT etc. and still came in £4000 cheaper.
...both had Caterhams.
My dad had a late 1980's Prisoner spec style racing green one. It was a gentleman racer with a uprated 1700CC Ford engine. Twin carbs and an exhaust that popped and crackled like crazy. You could hear that car coming into the village from about two miles away. He sold it about a year ago as it want getting the use it did.
My bother has a mid 90's standard spec Caterham with a 1600cc Ford engine. He still has it and uses it often in the summer.
They were the only two cars that the guys at the servicing garage in town would drive over specially to collect...funny that.
With Caterhams the general rule is simplest/basic is best. Big mega engines are a waste of time as the design is inherently flawed in its aerodynamics. Once you hit the 90-100mph range the power needed to go over that goes up exponentially.
I rolled out quite a few Windows 8/8.1 machines to baby boomers and a few XP hold-outs back in April May this year.
I have to say they went down pretty well with the users. I just spent 15-20 minutes with them going over the differences between XP and 8 and it was fine.
Whilst the initial design of 8 was flawed in some ways, the basic rule of "if you go in thinking you'll fail before you try", then getting to grips with it would be an uphill struggle. Those that I trained with few pre-conceptions got on just fine. "I don't know what all the fuss is about!" was a oft used phrase.
Making sure that devices have a certain level of replaceable parts/repair level rather than just being automatic landfill.
Hmm bit like testing a Ford Fiesta against a BMW M3 really.
Yeah I've said before that I was sniffy about them at first then nearly two years ago I bought one and have been smitten ever since. The robustness of a tablet with a decent keyboard attached.
I took mine of a three week holiday to Canada a few weeks ago. The gf enquired why I was taking it but was rather glad when something at work went tits up and she had to spend a couple of hours pinging emails back and forth which wouldn't have been that fun on her Nexus 7.
Plus I didn't take the charger with me and it lasted all holiday with an hour to spare.
Actually that res on a 11" screen isn't that bad. I do not abide it on anything larger however.
1600x900 should be the minimum on any laptop screen nowadays IMO.
Does anyone know of a 'mere mortal' IT user in the real world that has ever clicked 'No' to a UAC pop up rather than just click 'Yes' automatically?
Yep you would be surprised how many people when wanting to install say Skype and presented with the following links from 'whatever rogue search engine' they installed -
Will still click on the second one.
"But how do I know?" is what they ask me afterwards.
...the word 'encryption' when it comes to user files especially if teamed with 'by default'. It just adds another level of danger when it comes to failed HDDs and data recovery of folks data that doesn't require such levels of protection.
"So you did a back up?"
Of course not. Their tears will sustain me I guess. This also applies to basically re-installing the OS and data too. Just making the support folks job all the harder and economically not viable.
On a side note when will MS enable DEP/SEHOP etc. etc. by default? You know, basically slip EMET into the OS as standard. I would have thought that would be a step in the right direction that should have happened at least 5+ years ago.
You'd almost think Eadon was back!
I lived in a similar area. Walking through the village and seeing shotguns and cartridges left on the back seats of cars overnight was a common occurrence.
They are not gardening tools or plumbing equipment.
A small minority inside another small minority.
I thought it was highway robbery.
Of course the end game is about cracking down on dissidents and political criticism. Being able to 'deal' with those that rock the boat.
However, the moron trolls, by not engaging brain and just typing what they think they can get away with has given those in power all the ammo they need to persuade the Daily Mail readers and lovers of herd rage that laws need to be tightened. Played right into their trap.
My whole point is, just because you can doesn't mean you should.
Bit too late now. A small minority have ruined it for the rest of us.
Exactly. People can act big and say terrible things to targeted people when hiding behind a keyboard and screen but you put that person in front of them and would they say it?
Would you also sit with a group of friends in the pub and say "Cor she really annoys me..I want to rape her so bad and slit her throat!"
I guess not also.
Big difference in criticising or calling someone an idiot or a fool, most folks can handle that kind of abuse but not the nasty threatening kind you should just keep in your sick head.
There are levels and limits.
...to say something to someone's face then you don't have the right to say it no matter what laws exist.
I just want a data line...why do I want voice tied to a physical location...so I can be told about a great new Government scheme...? I've even got my parents to finally call me on my mobile number, that hurdle has been crossed.
The pricing you mention doesn't really make sense nowadays. Needs to change.
I would argue there isn't that much of real quality left to watch on the BBC. The 'good stuff' on the BBC is all made with export in mind anyway but that's another story.
I currently pay for Amazon prime and Netflix. I can handle a couple more £6-7 a months subs BUT there will be a loser.
I'll drop the license fee. It's becoming irrelevant to me as 90% of my viewing is now subs based. I can do without the other 10%.
The license fee is one of those annoying archaic vestiges that bug me, like having to still pay for a 'voice line' and calls for ADSL when I don't use the voice/calls part.
I just need a data only line!
Sod the "you still need a license cos...".
Well it's probably likely isn't it...?
Looks like the Nexus 6 isnt following that price trend unfortunately.
End of an era! Sweet while it lasted.
Well the Nexus 4 got a big discount at the end so who knows.
I was hoping for a non-phablet 4.7-5" phone.
Such a shame. Will have to try to pick up a Nexus 5 if/when they go on discount.
Also often the main cause of infection isn't necessarily Windows. More often it's user ignorance and other software creating other vulnerabilities (Java etc.).
Bit like criticising a car for having doors after the owner willingly opened it and let a nutjob get in.
It's a pretty tough job making millions of lines of code water-tight and idiot proof.
Personally I would prefer my OS to have a full custom install option that lets me cherry pick the bits I really need and leave out the stuff I never use. IMO having stuff installed I never use is just another avenue for attack.
Erm in that case then most people do that when they plug a standard PC into the wall. I don't see why a NAS is an alarming oddity in this respect.
Just a little perspective really.
Why was your system crashing in the first place?
Was it the caching system or something else?
I think I'd rather use ECC ram with such a caching system anyway.
Well the Gf/wife might be a little more impressed as it would look a bit more value for money.
...I would have thought there would be some form of paper trail, contracts, etc. to prove this situation one way or another?
You don't just send a cheque out of the blue through the post with a post it note slapped on saying "This is for the Panzer IV!"
Or maybe you do if you are a billionaire?
By the way the FHC has a nice blog here - http://flyingheritage.tumblr.com/
Plenty of interesting facts and oddities about the aircraft they look after.
Must admit I've never known I've needed this feature after using Windows for over 20 years.
Never heard anyone else mention it either in all that time.
This is more likely MS looking around for anything they can throw in to make more 'value add'. I cant say I'm desperate for any particular features. I just install an OS and slap the stuff I need into it and I'm done.
I look forward to all the support calls from the baby boomer customers asking me why their desktop has swapped to an empty one. There could be a reason why MS never bothered with it.
....for BetFred, and all the other high street gambling chains as another shopping unit will be up for takeover soon.
Or back in 2001/2 pulling a 16MB Compact Flash card out of the new camera I had just bought from Jessops which shouldn't have been there!
I remember having to unzip the Doom folder to play it and then rezip it when I'd finished on my 120MB HDD.
I thought technology had reached its peak when I bought my first 64MB USB stick and cold finally start to think about leaving my parallel and serial link cables and Laplink V.1 floppy at home.