1135 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 11:27 GMT
It's all those 32oz sodas
The bubbles don't just go down.
Re: The Planet
Whilst I strongly believe you should behave in a responsible manner and not 'shit in your backyard', I too am annoyed with the constant aligning of planetary cycles and changes in terms of a human lifespan.
A human lifespan is just too small. It's like trying to work out the plot of a book from one sentence. Looking at data from say just 100 year is daft. You need to analyse over thousands to find any sense of scale or pattern (if there is one).
Re: No chance of a rational debate then?
So errr...which side are you on then?
You went off ranting and lost the plot a bit.
Hey I remember a time when we were told.....
...we'd all be dead from AIDS.
25 years later and thankfully I still don't know anyone personally that's died from it or has it.
Isn't hyperbole great?
They said 6 years ago we'd all be using Netbooks.
Re: The solution is simple
Oh I agree.
All this could have been avoided if they had simply put in a custom installer and given us the 'choice'.
Haven't had a custom Windows Install option since Windows 98SE.
Re: The solution is simple
No with this release they have ripped out the legacy code for it.
Quite a few articles on the web about it.
Nice of them isn't it?
Re: The solution is simple
You go try it and report back.
Oh how lovely my Metro Desktop looks...
littered with masses of ReadMe and Unistall tabs everywhere. Looks so classy.
I love the fact they have built in that slide puzzle thing, (you know the ones we had as kids where you slide the tiles to get them in order) for arranging the Tabs, just that those crafty buggers have worked it so it's impossible to get them in the order you want.
Was that intentional?
Dunno why you got downvoted there.
Because even if there is still intelligent life left on Earth even in a billion years time, it wont be Homo Sapiens.
I'm always amazed when folks say "oh I wonder what the world will be like for humans in a million years time?"
Kind of dusty and museum like I reckon!
Humans will inherit the stars? Utter Cobblers!
Maybe a few Creationists around with their heads in the sand downvoting?
Re: Where was the consultation?
I was told to get Norwich City council to look into anything I had to get a petition signed by a minimum of 150 residents.
I did that (got 200 just in case), handed it in and then was asked a few weeks later to attend the main monthly council chambers meeting (Mayor presiding etc. ) to state my case in front of them all.
I did so and then they just told me to f**k off basically.
I then walked out.
Re: Why didn't they do what they did with media centre?
Because they know that 98% will turn it off and never use it again.
That means their Metro app store will fail within a year as no one is looking or buying.
Also they know that 8 will be a largely domestic release so can get the Metro into the corporate arena via the domestics getting used to it at home ready for the next corporate cycle of 9 or 10.
Yes Dell's are not too bad at the moment.
The worst in no order of preference are -
A classic example...
.. of the reality gap and a small subset of the population having a different set of priorities.
"Broadband? Why do I need that I'm loaded!" "Don't we get ours through Fortnam's?"
Re: Windows 8 Preview
Who knows but I doubt it. Would love to be wrong however.
What is odd is looking at any IT forum its 98% against Metro and 2% for. You seem to see a couple of rabid Metro evangelists that seem to forget how folks have managed to get by with desktops for the past 20+ years and live in a tablet centric world.
Probably from the skinny jean brigade with a ring in their lower lip?
Then if you look on the MS tech forums it's almost the complete opposite. Some heavy editing going on there?
Just wish it had better content.
Been thinking of dropping the streaming service. There just isnt enough good current content to make it worthwhile.
If you look on the Zune Video service there are plenty of current 2011/2012 movies but Lovefilm you have just a mere smattering of 2010/11 releases. The rest is pretty much junk or stuff that Film4/ITV2 has shown to death over the past 5 years.
Very disappointing. Plus the bloody god awful current 360 UI is a pig to navigate it with.
Other than that the picture quality is fine usually.
The ones to avoid are the full 'Security Suites'
I've seen Norton totally lock down a whole network after it had a brain fart and 'untrusted' all the PCs with it installed on the network.
A couple of other such Network apps have done that.
Kaspersky just shouts at you all the time. "Explorer.exe. wants to run! Which arbitrary and totally made up security group do you want to run this in, you mere mortal untechnical user!"
McAfee just bends over and pulls its cheeks apart at the slightest hint.
I remember getting sales calls from a Bulldog rep. He kept sending me free versions of the suites to try on customers PCs and I'd get a cut of the renewal each year.
I didn't use them. In the end I told him in all honesty that I actually made a living uninstalling AV/Security suites like his and installing the simpler free versions such as MSE. I must point out I don't charge for MSE just the cleaning off of the virus/trojans and failed paid for AV.
Re: You talk sense
I always tell my customers getting a virus is like having a broken windscreen. You can go years without one and then have two in as many weeks.
If you are going to get hit you'll get hit. The only things I see from my customers are the daily written card detail seeking drive-bys. The old classic virus has long gone.
All of them have AV installed some paid some free but they all get by-passed (I would say McAfee more than most in my experience).
I agree that if you are a vaguely experienced user then running AV in order to prevent all types of infection is largely a waste of time. You may as well not bother as it's often quicker to format and rebuild your PC (or re-image it) than sit and scan the HDD in another PC and run it through three different scanners to clean up the worst of it.
I do however, rarely see a PC with no AV on it. I'd put it more at 1 in 20 say.
Would prefer to see a similar sized car...
...with new materials making it lighter (say 1200kg) and using a 1200cc twin turbo engine.
This is after all a daily commuter is it not? You just want to get from A to B in a modicum of comfort and safety for minimum travel cost.
Re: Doesn't help that drives are increasingly unreliable
I personally recommend against customers buying anything over 1TB. Over that and reliability comes down to crossing your fingers.
Yep picked up a 120GB SSD for £65 last week. Last years model but Windows now boots in 20 seconds.
Since the floods we've basically moved over to SSDs for system drive replacement and just use the couple of 1TB we had for data dumping.
The floods and price hikes was the push we needed to migrate. So less HDD sales from us going forward.
Re: buzzword needed
Really I'd love MS to come up with a good tablet based around Windows but jeez they are making it so painful.
Especially when the competition are making Android tablets for £150 or less that will cater for much of what a tablet is used for such as browsing and email with a little Angry Birds and video on the side.
How complex and expensive does such a device have to be? Not very, as each month goes by.
By Xmas MS will be up against 10" £99 IPS dual core tablets.
We need an Orion launch.
Just one Orion launch could get 20000+ tons of raw space building materials into orbit not to mention pre-built factories to utilise them.
It's the only way ahead I reckon.
Re: Size is not the issue
"Why am I bothering to even write this??!"
Similar thoughts went through my mind too.
Was the classic type 1701/Refit Enterprise really that large?
I don't think so.
The trouble with the younger guys...
...is they are all hyped up and ready to go...but for just two weeks.
Then they get bored and want to do something else so are looking for the next 'fun thing' rather than finishing the work or project from a month ago.
I worked in a 'Innovation dept' a few years ago. I was about 35 at the time and about the oldest in the dept. I think over a year the number of projects and products actually delivered numbered around 8. Those were mostly mine, the rest of the team never got anywhere with anything other than a few tech toys delivered to the exec that just widened the reality gap between staff and the top.
So yes you can have the young guns full of confidence and can do nature but when it comes to actually delivering stuff it doesn't hurt to have a few 'safe pairs of hands' around when it really counts.
As for all these "groovy" Metro apps....
...that the skinny jean brigade tell me I'll love....well why?
I don't get why I'd need to have seven separate full screen apps sitting away from my main desktop that I do my work in, when I can get all my news, stocks, email, weather, media etc. through my web browser?
Am I the only one not taking crazy pills?
Yes Metro Off Switch by.......
Then we can all get on with stuff as before.
This would never have happend if...
..MS had simply given us back the beloved feature - Custom Install.
Oh how I miss you from Windows 98SE. When I could craft out all the crap I never used.
How mature it felt to be trusted with choosing what I wanted on my PC. Now I have the choice of install what MS deems I must have or not install it at all.
Unfortunately Linux or OSX doesn't do it for me either. So I put up with it. Tough shit!
However, the main point is that MS isn't giving us the choice over Metro because it is desperate, oh so desperate to join the successful apps store bandwagon. So It's prepared to alienate a huge chunk of its currently happy user base by shameful plugging of its crappy apps platform.
How very tacky.
Re: To all the people saying Vista was Windows ME 2
As I have found through rebuilding many Vista Machines from scratch over the past three years, once you put on a clean build and SP2 + patches its fine.
No more disk thrashing, sluggish behaviour etc. Works just as well as 7 really. Customers call me back a couple of days after I've rebuilt them to ask what it is I did to make it work so fast.
The reason Vista was bad at launch was it wasn't quite ready (needed another 3 months of tweaking and the other companies to get their arse in gear and make some drivers) and all the crapware that Dell/HP/Acer/Toshiba etc. installed, wasn't really designed with Vista in mind.
Re: Too many distractions to really learn.
I know. Not very I guess. Spoilt for choice nowadays really.
Back in the early 80's the mystery of what computers could do was bolstered by our wondering imagination. I used to watch War Games as a kid and thought how exciting hooking up to other computers could be (Dad's telephone bill permitting). That's all gone now.
I bet 90% of these devices will be thrown in a drawer by the end of the summer. A bit of willy waving from the guy in the office that has to have all the new trendy gadgets (you know the one) and then you'll never hear about it again.
Too many distractions to really learn.
As per the review. How much of the review actually concentrated on what the Pi is really about?
When is someone going to issue out a pure BASIC or other language app that literally just boots into the command prompt. Nothing but a ring-bound paper manual and a blinking cursor.
That's why so many took to programming on the old 8bit machines because you switched it on and there was nothing there to do other than start coding on it.
How many of the 8bit guys would have got into coding if they could have just plugged in their Spectrum/BBC B and watched porn or played Quake on it all day?
Geez..easily pleased or what?
"But it's the cut scenes that take my breath away. Ah, so now I see where the money went."
That is NOT a good thing.
Cut scenes get watched once if they are lucky and never seen again. It's not what I pay for.
Amazed Game firms always piss so much cash and effort up the wall on them.
I can't remember the last time...
...I pressed the Red Button. I really can't.
I take it as "If you want to watch even more crap, press the red button!"
Re: Worthless/useless netbooks?
Must admit I have an older Acer netbook with Ubuntu 10.4 netbook edition on it. It works a treat for when we go on holiday to do email and look up hotels/restuartants.
That is the only time I use Linux though.
Re: My assumption.
Again another example where the Fraud Squad should be investigating the public sector.
I remember though working for a Private Sector firm (actually one of the largest financials in the UK) and questioned the IT dept why is was that we were paying £200 for a 32MB stick of ram from our 'preferred supplier' when you could order it from Crucial for £30 plus delivery especially with our supposed 'bulk buying power'?
I was abrupty told to "shut up!" which told me all I wanted to know. It's a fiddle.
Re: Anti-shake video...
I have tried the Steady Video feature using my 6450 in the work PC.
It does work fairly well for making some videos a little more watchable.
Sounds to me like...
...the GIMP is 85% of the way there and just needs a concerted push on a few aspects to make it a real contender.
It doesn't sound like the issues folks have with it are too different or particularly new.
Are Adobe paying the GIMP folks to keep it ...gimped?
Another nice looking machine.......
...that underneath the skin is a total dogs dinner.
Like buying a nice car but finding it has two steering wheels and no front left wheel.
Like always wait for Anandtech to do a proper review.
....not nice people to do business with.
The clever attendee.....
.....never goes to the conference in the first place.
You just head to the bar or go somewhere else instead once you've picked up your goody bag to prove to the boss you went.
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