2698 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Nothing sadder than a unread comic or a toy never played with.
Yeah...Mum and Dads house.
...when I was 6 (read the ultra gory Action comic before that, thanks Dad) but stopped around 1981. Then my brother started getting it again around 1985 and has every copy since plus all the spin offs and collections.
Yes, you guessed right. he doesn't have a girlfriend.
The Happening is insulting TV too. Really badly written especially with regards to police/FBI procedure and the female characters.
We gave up after 6 episodes.
...with a pint of real ale tucked the cup holder rather than a £6 bucket of cola.
The joys of an local independent cinema!
I'll still sneak in some Minstrels or Wine gums though.
I take it those 2.5" HDDs are enterprise SAS drives? That could be why they have lasted a bit better as they are built and tested to higher standards.
As I mentioned earlier I think that tolerances have been lowered over the past few years for most tiers of HDD. Warranties have also reduced...a coincidence?
Another factor is that 15 years ago a lot of us were always needing more storage so we were buying constantly. Now? Not so much - with 4TB+ being readily available. Again another case of sales down due to the tech being big or fast enough. So reduce the reliability to help build churn. Only works if they all do it though but in my experience that possibly seems to be the case.
I have to say the quality of HDDs has plummeted over the past 3-4 years.
When I started up in business 6 years ago it was quite rare to find a HDD with serious issues that wasn't at least 5 years old.
Now I see many 6 month to a year old HDDs with bad sectors and faults on them already. I have a stack that's built up over the past 2 years that's nearly two feet high and I'm just a one man band.
I reckon when the floods happened a few years ago the HDD companies lowered their quality controls/standards so they could ship more drives and didn't bother putting them back up after it settled down.
As for SSDs. I've bought around 30 so far in 3 years and had one fail.
I've found customers (especially business customers) that move over to Mac, usually come back within 18 months to Windows.
Just isn't the depth of local business IT support for Apple that there is for Windows. People need more than help with a phone they dropped in the toilet.
I had a customer wanting a new laptop a few weeks ago.
He demanded in no uncertain terms he didn't want 8 as it "was useless and impossible to use!"
So he heard.
So what did I do. I gave him a Windows 8.1 laptop with Classic Start installed.
Didn't tell him.
He loves it. I still don't think he's twigged yet.
Actually I talk with a lot of IT mates and most of us would love to move over to a MS phone as the hardware is good and the OS works fine. However, the lack of decent native Google support puts most of us off.
We all agree the idea of having a red/blue/yellow/green phone and great camera tech really appeals for some reason.
Yeah I'm self employed and my taking were down 30% this month on last months.
Was this "apocalyptic"?
I'm not one for hyperbole but this is a million times worse!"
Yeah I can read and also know how how to press either 'F2' or 'Del'.
Those that moan most about stuff really should just learn how to use it first.
Bingo! That's what I was going to ask. Is it switched on by default? I guess not.
MS has loads of security built into Windows but they always leave it switched off by default.
I'm amazed they haven't bothered to build EMET into Windows 10 yet.
I think MS are terrified to becoming branded security Nazis by the press if they happen to switch on security that could blow out some old guys bit of shareware from 2002.
Damned if they do...
Yeah used to love wandering around all the mega and independent record/CD shops back in the 90's during my lunchtime. But about 10 years ago it just got too depressing with so many closed down or the selection dwindling to pure top 40 pop.
The fact my local HMV decided to turn itself into a ersatz Apple Store for some reason was the final straw.
1. I mainly listen to classic rock and new rock/blues which Spotify gives in droves. Hunting out unlistened stuff I don't have on CD. I stopped buying CDs around 10 years ago so my collection isn't 'my life'.
2. I live in 2015/The first world so Not Spots..not often. Plus I mainly listen at home. I don't listen on the move.
3. I enjoy the music now, not the hardware.
4. I'm not a music snob it seems.
The CD collection gathers dust. The Meridian/Monitor Audio hi-fi given on perma loan to my dad and brother.
And what do you say to the folks that can't afford to spend £1200 on a laptop? Do we say "Sorry the world of internet and social media isn't for you!"?
I can afford such a device...but I still wouldn't spend that to look at the web, send email, buy stuff on Amazon, telling uninterested fake people about how 'amazing' but actually very dull our lives are and type up the odd invoice. Which in all honesty is pretty much what 95% of people do.
Is it really worth me spending £1200+ to do that? I don't think so.
Laptops whether Apple or not, are commodity items. Use em and abuse them. Thank god cheaper forms of computing exist other than Apple. Life would have been tough had we only had Macs to choose from all those years ago.
I don't have an issue with a sealed unit if it cost say £200-£400.
But once it gets over that I would like some control over being able to maintain it's lifespan for a reasonable cost.
But would you want Apple to replace the battery in one of these glued shut Macbooks?
Looks like quintuple heart bypass surgery to me.
Do they/can they replace the battery?
Also what folks tend to forget is that inside that £1200 Macbook....
Is exactly the same RAM/CPU/HDD/GPU etc. etc. as in the £500 Toshiba.
All made by Foxconn (not the last word in quality) or other OEMs.
Apple kit doesn't have magic hardware in it. Never has. They just have nice cases and better than usual screens.
I see 6+ year old Macs I see plenty 6+ year old Windows laptops.
Due to market share/numbers sold I bet there are more working 8 year old Windows laptops out there than 8 year old Macbooks.
One of the things Apple fans always harp on about is second hand resale value.
Well would anyone here buy a 3-4 year old one of these? I may if I could put a new battery in it it but...
To be honest it's not going to help those precious resale values. Not that that affects Apple...
Indeed, Apple gear reliability is no better or worse than any other firms.
A friend of mine used to run a Apple repair company and he had people queued round the block with failed Apple kit. No shortage of fails there. However, he had to give up about 18 months ago.
Why? Well due to the main gist of this article. It was either impossible for him to fix or taking five times longer than me (on standard PC kit) to replace something simple like a hard drive.
Even though I state on my website I don't deal with Apple gear (not worth it and Apple customers actually often expect you to fix their gear for free for some reason) I still get plenty calls asking me to fix Macbooks etc.
Apple gear isn't magic.
Sounds like someone didn't attend the training or read the handout.
We rolled out a webmail system to a company a few months ago. We tested all the functionality they required and then some. Created handouts that explained the stuff they would need.
Then had the boss on the phone a few days later saying "Eric (the resident IT knowitall big mouth who actually doesn't...) says it doesn't do this, do that etc. etc. ! We can't use this! Eric says we need to go to Outllook/Exchange..."
Me - "All in the hand outs! Take a look! You have read them I take it?" (like hell)
Boss - "Oh I hadn't...oh yes says here it can! Oh I see..haha yes! Okay well....I'll let Eric know."
Didn't all the Browsers using Sandboxes get theirs quickly kicked open at PWN2OWN a few weeks ago?
Then you find out....14 episodes!!!!!!
...cut back a bot on the detailing? Remember what Coco Chanel said!
MiniDisc Data...instead we got stuck with floppies and Zip Disks.
...several weeks ago. Haven't touched the TomTom since. So much better for me.
Shame that it will eventually get ruined.
Hey I agree with you. I don't really care for new OS revisions this quick as corporates tend to move to a new OS about every 6-7 years. I don't get why MS is suddenly doing a lot of work that their biggest customers won't give two hoots about. Technically about 4 out of every 5 OS will get missed.
The only thing I can think of is that they can test out a lot of new functionality domestically and get it tweaked just right before the corporates make their choice of the next big corporate OS. Just keep a rolling production line of OS refinement rather than huge specific OS build projects.
If one tanks...doesn't matter, a new one will be out in 8 months...
For me the OS is done, has been for the past 10 years and most things since have just been different styles of garnish.
But if it's going to be the way that a new OS appears every year then I'd rather pay little and often.
Subscription software doesn't necessarily need a internet connection to work. Usually the license/registration system just checks when it can to see if the subscription is coming up.
I think folks get confused between 'cloud' services and 'subscription software'.
I have Office 365 on subscription and I use that disconnected for long periods if I'm out and about.
Not as bad as you might think. I've yet to have any issues with the few bits of software I use that use this model.
Well I'm all for owning outright if its something I'm going to keep...for a long time.
If it's a constantly shifting service over several devices then to be honest I'll subscribe.
I have to say if the Windows OS revisions start coming every 18 months than I would prefer to switch to a subscription. Say four machines for a decent sum and I'll be happy.
Buying individual is fine if you are only upgrading every 5-6 years but when it gets quicker than that I just want that all taken care of so I don't have to deliberate.
I could work with say £120 a year for five licenses. Same as Office365. Works for small business too as everyone then sits on the same software.
Other than that like you, you look out for the pre-release offers and buy it in cheap . I got the Pro upgrades for £20 a go (bought 4) and was until recently buying Windows 8 Pro retail upgrades for £40 each instead of the usual £140.00.
If they dont go subs the only worry I have is that they bring out a 10.1 version which is a royal pain when most machines recovery partitions have 10 on them....just adds more time and effort.
And even someone clueless about tech can think, "hey, there's an encryption app, must be something juicy on here. Maybe I can ask a friendly geek to crack it".
Oh yes in some daring Mission Impossible style switcheroo so the target doesn't notice. Or a race against time to crack the code and get the data before they come back asking where their phone is!
Really? Really?? Come off it.
...does it stop your mum or girlfriend from easily looking at stuff on your phone?
If so then job done. Just need to be a little clearer for those that might think it NSA/determined geek proof.
I also use the built in Disk Cleaner to root out some more, turn down the System restore If you need it) to around 1% and switch off hibernation. That can free up another 3-4GB usually.
Had a laptop brought in to me that had 64GB of System restore points! It was set to 50% for some reason.
Yeah...but it's a 2008 Netbook!
Some of us in 2015 have modern computers with adequate storage space.
Don't blame us with our 11GB installs.
I did a fresh install of 10 a few weeks ago that clocked in at 11GB.
I don't see an issue honestly.
Dunno why folks are so against my "Can't be arsed anymore!" theory.
If you look at the timeline there were frequent updates to TC pretty much up till the point UEFI equipped systems started to emerge which TC couldn't support. Then after that it just trailed off for the next 18 month to two years and then the Snowden stuff broke out.
A few months after Snowden we get the whole "TC isn't secure anymore!" alert.
To me it looks like making TC work with the newer hardware was maybe just too big a job and the folks had maybe decided to move onto other (paid) work. Hence the long time slacking off of apparent development.
The only slight conspiracy bit might have been a sponsored effort by someone to put some doubt in the product. If folks are looking to encrypt their laptops all of a sudden and you have a commercial product you'd want to eliminate the best free alternative. Especially one that hadn't been updated for some time. Easy enough to do.
No real need for the NSA to be involved really. I'm sure Symantic etc. have had an upturn in their enterprise encryption products.
Sometimes the simplest theory is the one.
Well it was largely obsolete with regards to full disk encryption on modern hardware.
Only so much effort any person is prepared to do for nothing.
Probably nothing more sinister than "F**k this! Can't be arsed anymore!"
Sorry bit drunk as been out to the pub and it's my birthday tomorrow...what the hell am I doing here???
...by all means take nude pics of yourself...just keep your face out of it.
Some plausible deniability.
...it all sounds so confusing.
My findings exactly. It's mostly fear mongering.
I rolled out a lot of Windows 8/8.1 machines last year and didn't have issues with any of them. I just installed Classic Start and spent 15 mins or so with the customer just showing them what was new (as you would expect from leaping from XP to 8+).
Thumbs up all round. Some folks just make things sound far more difficult than they really are. But their voices do tend to carry a long way.
I've been following its progress for nearly 25 years and it's just constantly disappointed.
Any other tech or service that came out the same time would have been dumped at least 15+ years ago.
Who keeps this crap going?
We've just got too much perfectly usable kit already?
Looking around my living room now I can see at least 9 desktops/laptops/tablets/phones. That's not counting the others hidden in cupboards and under the bed. The oldest items are maybe from 2008 but still do the job perfectly.
Saturation point was reached a long time ago.
I don't see that.
MS has woken up that it's not about which architecture you are on, it's purely about getting your software on as many different machines and devices as possible.
So where is MS today? I think they are now a good few years ahead really. All these folks talking about out dated, clunky code etc. etc. but then here we are with £60 tablets running full Windows in a perfectly usable fashion. A Windows that's the same broad experience and connectivity across desktop, laptop, tablet and phone.
That doesn't happen by accident.
I think you'll see most sub £500 laptops coming fitted with these same CPUs as standard.
Already the case in the £300 and below sector.
RT did it's job. It got Intel to make the chips MS wanted all along.
Sometimes you have to make a move on a different girl to get what you want.
...terrorists have never taken away any of my rights or freedoms. Only my government.
...at the election...vote for anyone but the incumbent.
Doesn't matter what govt we end up with, just as long as we vote ALL the current lot out and show them who really is in charge.
That will remind them who they actually work for.