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1755 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Cruel Microsoft will drive us into arms of iOS, Android, warn resellers

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CAPS LOCK UPPERCASE

Always makes your message seem much more authoritative and impressive.

I'd love to see if his CV is written in all CAPS too.

I was presenting my local small business network the other day and a chap had written his intro for me to read out all in caps. So I said "I'll read this as written folks!"

I read it out load and fast with no punctuation.

Much beer sprayed across tables. Well it does add impact. Maybe just not the right kind.

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Twenty classic arcade games

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Re: Has to be ... Star Wars!

Yeah playing Star wars at the Arcade in Hunstanton was great fun. Never got all that far but it was thrilling to play.

Loved gaming back then as your imagination was encouraged to fill in the gaps.

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Oh no Space Harrier?

My fave.

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Brit comic-book-guy-vs-gangsters film goes straight to Xbox Live

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Then we all saw the cost to watch it........

....and moved on.

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SpaceX Dragon eventually snared by ISS

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Getting glitches and then being able to correct them is excellent.

It shows many positive attributes to a design early in its life.

The fact that issues could be worked around and fixed shows a team that knows its kit and kit that even though not yet perfect can be made to adapt.

This is all excellent experience. Anyone who says otherwise doesn't really understand such technology or projects. No one gets it perfect, not even for manned missions as we have seen over the decades.

A few more launches and SpaceX Dragon will be a very capable piece of kit.

But if you think you can do better......

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SpaceX: 'We have control, it's just a glitch' Musk tells world+dog

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Re: major incident on 2 of their 3 journeys

Yeah NASA and Russia got through a lot of rockets before they got anything into orbit.

SpaceX ain't doing too badly.

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Canadian cyborg says Google Glass design is cracked

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Migraines ahoy!

Just saying.

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SimCity 2000

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When can we have a Master of Orion 2 retrospective?

Just saying.

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Re: Microwave power! Not entirely fiction

There was something quite wonderful about walking into my local Game store 1993-1995 and seeing three walls packed with those lovely made black cardboard PC game boxes (they really were lovely boxes) all vying for your attention and wallet. Sim City, Wing Commander, Doom, Ultima, Syndicate blah blah blah.....

Now its one rack of budget PC titles stuffed by the stockroom door in crappy DVD cases.

It's just not the same.

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So much noise on WinMob, but Microsoft's silent on lovely WinPhone

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I really wanted a Lumia 920.........

...until I saw the crazy price they wanted for it SIM free.

Way to get market penetration when the opposition have a quad core flagship phone for £280!

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Review: Sony Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook

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Re: Intel HD graphics

@JDX

what are we referring too here? I was just commenting that the vast majority of netbooks had crappy hardware specs which is hardly deniable.

Fully aware than Intel HD4000 is a leap on from those days but nothing to do with netbooks.

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Re: Intel HD graphics

Noo it was slow single core CPUs, slow 4200rpm HDDS and 600 pixel depth screens that killed them.

The Intel graphics was the least of the worries.

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LG acquires webOS from HP – but not for mobile kit

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Re: The best mobile OS in my view...

I must admit I have to agree. I've used all the mobile OSs around at the moment and WebOS is still the slickest and easiest to use. It just has a fluidity and understated slickness that the others just don't currently match.

A case of concentrating on the real OS fundamentals rather than the bells and whistles.

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4G in the UK? Why the smart money still says 'Meh'

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And all the reviewers laughed...

...when the Nexus 4 arrived with no 4G.

Google ain't daft. Neither am I to pay 4G tariffs.

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Hipsters have spoken: Microsoft is 'hip to be square'

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Re: consumers vs enterprise

Yes BYOD is strictly for the Pink shirt and cuff-link brigade.

You know who they are.

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SimCity Classic

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I had SimCity Gold Edition.

I bought it in 1993 much to my dad's disgust as he wanted his new DX33 game free.

I thought at the time it would be the only game I'd ever need. Bizarre because I'd been a gamer since 1983 and I knew full well that's never the case.

I have no idea where the disks went. Landfill probably.

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New blow for Microsoft Surface: Touch Chromebooks 'on sale in 2013'

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Re: Blow?

Ahhh that must be why I had to wait 4 weeks for one to come into stock after xmas.

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Higgs data shows alternate reality will SWALLOW UNIVERSE

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Re: *ploop!*

Yeah I'll leave it to Walter Bishop to sort out.

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Review: The ultimate Chromebook challenge

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Re: I cannot believe....

So you haven't actually used one then?

I have. It works!

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Re: OK, now how easy is it to wipe the Google cr@pola off?

What you mean delete Linux and put Linux back on it?

Hmmmmmm?

On a side issue I find it funny that Linux could well get its time in the sun desktop wise through the Chromebook but it just wont be the vision of linux the fanbois always dreamed of.

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Re: ...but the Acer has Caps Lock and Search keys

Must admit I hadn't noticed it didn't have a Caps Lock key.

So I guess it's not that important. Folks will be moaning about the missing Scroll Lock key and the fact you can't buy twin-tub washing machines any more next.

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Re: Gonna be getting myself on of these.

Well in my travels I find that connectivity is generally pretty good and not 2001 like at all.

I must say you don't really need 20Mbps connections to get by on a Chromebook. 1-2Mbps works fine.

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Re: Gonna be getting myself on of these.

The thing is I feel a lot of folks think that internet connectivity is still as it was in 2001.

How often in any one day are you away from some form of internet connectivity when you actually WANT to do something?

Its really not that often. I have the broadband at home. I have my 3G tethering on my phone. I have access to BT hotspots and most public places worth their salt have wi-fi available, even trains. The only place you might struggle is on a plane. But the google docs still work offline. It caches all your recent stuff.

But FFS folks there are some occasions you can just switch off. Trust me the world can go on without you for a few hours.

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Re: @jason 7

I thangyorrr!

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Re: Ah....oh dear....

Mark, think you've got a little bit of denial going on there.

Chromebook offers a simpler far less fussy experience than Windows, Apple or Linux.

I was quite anti the idea but once you try it for a few weeks you realise a lot of people are farting around out there with gear that is way too high maintenance for what they need.

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Re: Ah....oh dear....

Well to be honest the Chromebook is for those that are just tired of -

"Fucking about!"

No need for AV.

Updates happen without you knowing it.

Take the Chromebook out of the box and within 10 seconds of switch on you are up and running.

If you mess it up you just reset it and log in again.

Hardly any settings to mess around with.

No need to learn CLI or other such dark arts.

Works just like Chrome..cos thats what you are used to.

No bizarre UI to get used to.

No worries about backups.

No need to call in the IT chappie/son to fix it.

Oh and it costs £200........

Lot of folks out there who are primed and ready for such an experience.

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Re: Netbook market

I had a couple of those Apple logo stickers that you used to get with iPods (dunno if you still get them).

I stuck one on my toilet seat.

Can often hear a chuckle from the toilet when guests come round.*

I call it the iPlop!

*Its a small flat so don't imagine I sit there with my ear to the door.

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Re: Netbook market

I always thought single core atoms, 4200rpm HDDs and 600 pixel depth screens killed Netbooks.

They always felt like parts bin specials to me. I see a lot of customers with them and not one has ever said "oh I adore my netbook!"

Usually it's "bloody thing, only good for taking on holiday and then it packed up half way through...."

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Re: Netbook market

Everyone I have shown my Chromebook to has gone "oh wow, this is sooo cool!"

Several of my tech buddies have said "this is the solution for my parents!"

Several in my small business network are interested in it too.

All Google has to do is really start pushing it. I think they also need to smarten up and simply the whole Google Apps/Docs thing. It's a bit fuzzy at the moment.

Oh and it runs linux. Just...(adopts ObiWan Kenobi voice and arm gesture)...not the Linux you are looking for!

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Re: Multiple accounts?

I currently have three Google accounts on my Samsung.

My main account. A Google Business Apps account and a junk account to let people play around with when I demo it.

All work independently.

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Facebook turns billion-dollar profit into tax refund

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Re: Naive & sentimental comment -

Well it seems the problem is that the Govt's own watchdogs just want to look the other way.

I think what has happened is that a lot of people have been 'gotten to' by the banks and the big corporations.

Take a look at the faces of the regulator lawyers in the US when grilled and asked some straight questions.

http://www.upworthy.com/elizabeth-warren-asks-the-most-obvious-question-ever-and-stumps-a-bunch-of-bank

You can almost see the look of "god don't let her ask about the brown envelopes!"

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'Bah, this Apple Shop is full of APPLES'

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Re: Daft name

Yeah I walked into an Alpaca Pete's shop in the US and they didn't sell a single Alpaca! Just loads of products made from them.

Who would have thought.....

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Re: Daft name

Been there 24 years apparently.

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I was there last summer with friends.

Nice little shop.

We all jokingly remarked that we were surprised that Apple hadn't squashed them from orbit in some legal challenge (which is kind of a shame that we all thought that as soon as we saw it) and wondered if anyone had been thick enough to call them for Apple support.

We concluded "Well we are talking about Apple users here!"

Oh how we laughed that crazy hot summers day in Wroxham.......

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Any storm in a port

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Re: I'm sure I can beat 37 out of 37

Ditto.

One day someone really clever will design a plug for computing that actually works. Currently every one of them has some form of flaw.

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Inside Microsoft's Surface Pro: A fiendishly difficult journey

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WTF?

Thinking of writing to my MEPs.

I find it hard to equate a corporations Green credentials when it now makes impossible to fix/upgrade products using lots of rare metals that is designed to last one week past warranty.

Any device like this should be mandatory for the user to be able to replace the battery and the storage device as a minimum.

With dwindling resources of metals like silver it's crazy that this kit is now classed as purely chuck to landfill and replace.

With a few user replaceable parts there is no reason for laptops and tablets to be able to function for 5+ years.

Sod obsessives and their aesthetic needs, we live in a world that needs to start thinking about making stuff last longer not shorter.

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Recipe for a bad day: 'State-backed hackers are attacking your PC'

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Re: Linux is a strong solution

I'm counting the days till we get the following post from him saying -

"NEITHER! THEY ARE BOTH FAIL! Everyone knows that Linux is a far better solution than Coke or Pepsi!"

Then we can call in the guys with the white coats.

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Cache 'n' carry: What's the best config for your SSD?

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Re: Backup needed

Sleep mode and SSDs are a tricky mix. I tend to switch off most of those options when using SSDs.

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Re: No need for any cache - just go pure SSD

No your point was just totally over the top. Try a little less testosterone in your posts maybe?

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Re: No need for any cache - just go pure SSD

"And a 512GB SSD would be enough for what exactly ?

Booting the OS maybe and just that blah blah blah."

My goodness you build some shitty computers! I wouldnt ask you to run my IT dept!

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Re: Missing - hybrid drive?

Yes its all in the access times really. Once you get over 150MBps with near instant access times then application opening etc. becomes moot.

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Re: Sandisk Extreme

Ebuyer have them for £85.

I have bought half a dozen of the Sandisks (Ultras and Extremes) all of them have worked fine.

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So the lesson here is....

...just buy the Sandisk Extreme? That it?

Well It's what I've done already.

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Chrome OS code suggests Chromebook Pixel could be real

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Re: Android.

No you have to see the funny side.

Yes linux may finally get the desktop/laptop exposure it's always wanted. However, it just wont be the crappy distro/KDE/Gnome/CLI clusterf*ck version of it that the linux fans always dreamed about.

Now thats worth £220 of my money to make that happen and I did.

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Yep everyone I've shown my Chromebook to really likes it. Several on order or purchased.

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Microsoft Surface Pro launch: It's easy to sell out of sod all stock

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Re: Nexus 4...

No you just hold back until the press starts getting negative.

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Re: Nexus 4...

Hmmm yes cos the folks at Google are just too smart to not realise selling a top of the range smartphone for half the price wouldn't have been a sure fire hit.

They didn't underestimate demand at all. They had already had dry runs of this marketing technique with the Nexus 7 etc. You want to tell me that Google makes those mistakes over and over?

Make it scarce and buzz gets around and more folks want one. Being scarce isn't necessarily a bad thing, it doesn't reflect badly directly on the product. Folks hear about so many people wanting it and they want in too.

You as a company look a bit of a twat but you just pull the "we didn't realise this product was going to be so danged popular defence!" Then once the buzz settles you release the 4 million in backstock into the channel.

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In an alternative universe......

....Ms rolled out 5 million Surface Pros and got slagged off for only selling 1.5 million of them in the first week leaving retailers with masses of unsold stock after 7 days on sale.

No win situation......

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BYOD is a PITA: Employee devices cost firms £61 a month

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Re: What happend to the company providing kit to do their dirty work with?

Yeah but that might work for the gadgeteers that know how to configure a pagefile etc. but what about the rest of the staff that dont have a clue about how to setup a laptop properly?

Again BYOD only works for the tech smartarses and gadget showoffs.

Office Willy waving of the next generation. It's just another way to create a pecking order.

As an aside the IBM Thinkpads and Dell lattitudes our corp issued us with worked fine. Maybe some firms just need to find better build teams.

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Dead Steve Jobs 'made Tim Cook sue Samsung' from beyond the grave

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The problem Apple has now.....

...is that they have painted themselves into a corner design wise.

If they design anything with the slightest hint of any other manufacturers previous design then they are in for even more legal battles.

So they either just keep reconstituting their current design or they come up with something totally un-phone like.

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