1519 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
...I'm really glad I got a 64GB Playbook for £129.
Okay I haven't got as many fart apps or Instacrap but its nicely made, has a fully featured browser and its either Apple or Android, so refreshing to sit back with my popcorn.
Re: The one thing I hate on intel vs AMD comparisons
And then they rant as though AMD was still selling K6-2 chips and that having a AMD CPU will cripple your system even though it will still deliver 60+ fps with a decent GPU.
Ask Joe Customer on the street and all they will ask is "which is cheaper and will it be faster than my 3GHz P4?"
Re: there is no bottleneck by DDR3 RAM above 1333 MHz
Indeed, look at any RAM review for the past 3 years plus and I'll show you a man who has wasted a couple of days of his life.
For RAM now the selection criteria is purely go with the cheapest and closest matching to the colour of your motherboard. Plug it in and run it at stock.
Not like the good old DDR days!
Re: Kill Windows?
Well I think the reason for Windows 8 is that MS have finally realised that not all of their OS need to be corporate driven. They know that corporations always skip one of two.
Windows 8 is a domestic release! There, I've said it.
MS knows that the corps were never going to go for 8 in any numbers. Thats why 8 is the way it is. Its there to cater for the fun home market and mobile space.
It isn't for Doris in Accounts.
Windows 9 or 10 will be back to a more conservative business orientated feel I bet.
I am seeing a definate plan/shift in the tech sales/tech reporting world
It seems to me that a lot of folks in tech sales and tech journalism are scared stiff that folks might realise that tech for the business world has flat-lined for some years now.
Most business users were sorted for day to day business work with a Windows XP machine with a dual core CPU and 2GB of ram.
That was it, game over, we can all move on. Nothing to see here. If those machines could be kept running they would do all the work necessary for another 10 years.
But if course if all the customers realised that, where would that leave all the tech evangelists, journos and sales people? Screwed basically. Out of a job as folks just ignored their cries of "look at this! You need this!!"
So what's the spin they have put on it?
Windows and the desktop is dead!
What you really mean is that Windows is pretty reliable, does pretty much all you need, its familiar, folks have it at home and the PC's are still more than powerful enough so why would you rush in to buy new kit?
It's not fun and shiny, its not new and exciting. No it isn't but it gets the job done and makes money. Has done for the past 20 years and in spite of all the BS they keep spouting, the next 20 as well.
So they are working as hard as they can to make folks think they need to turn their existing systems on their head to revitalise their careers and bottom lines. Essentially buying expensive mobile kit and infrastructure that really works for maybe 5% of any corporations workforce.
It's very easy to say all that Cloud/BYOD/Mobile crap when you job requires no further IT requirement than email and Twitter.
Re: For someone who lives in a big city
I bet all these very influential folks have never actually had to try to support BYOD at the sharp end either.
I see a lot of folks 'own devices' and I wouldn't touch a lot of them without antibac first let alone let them hook to any network/service of mine.
All bloody talk these people.
Re: For trolls, Freedeom of Speech doesn't come into it.
Well think for a moment (I wouldn't give it any longer than that) that had you found yourself in front of Hitler, chances are the situation wouldn't be looking good for you, so you may as well go out defiant.
For trolls, Freedeom of Speech doesn't come into it.
I've always lived by the rule of -
"If you don't have the guts to look a person in the eye and say it to their face, then you have no right to say it!"
Re: Regulators are usually really just masturbators
I can imagine if there was regulation it would cost me a fortune to comply and it would put me out of business.
Who would be left? The big store guys that don't get out of bed for less than £200 a job that they can't even fix. You know who.
I guess we'll see.
I often fix for free if its less than 5 minutes....
...as the customer is so pleased they usually come back.
I've always maintained I'd rather do 4 successful jobs for a customer at £50 each than one at £100 and never see them again. It's all about relationship management, I now get asked round my customers for dinner they trust me so much!
I've often been told by a customer when I charge say £60 for a fairly simple but time intensive job, "Oh wow the other guys wanted £300!!!"
The other guys? PC World.
I dont think they do a lot of testing on that sort of thing.
I think they assume that their products will always be placed on a revered velvet cushioned altar at home.
Off the top of my head -
Nanos that pulled scratches out of the air.
iPod Classics that had that gorgeous chrome back that looked like it had been in a fight with a angle grinder after 24 hours use.
Macbooks that went yellow......
I enjoyed his work!
Re: Jolly good...
I haven't done it for that particular laptop but have upped several others from single core/low spec duals.
A bit of arctic silver and a good clean of the fan and it works fine.
I just find what chipset the laptop has and then check the CPU list for it on the Intel website. Usually works okay.
Re: Jolly good...
Have you popped a new CPU in yet?
You can pick up some nice C2D mobile chips on Ebay now for good prices.
Worth a go.
I have to say those Retina screens while they sound great in theory, in practice they really aren't worth it on sub 27" screens.
A waste really. Just stick to a 1400x900.
Keep it up Reg, this is a laptop that some of us might find useful.
Re: I love Windows 8
Indeed it's not all that bad. I wasn't too keen at first and took great delight in handing my Windows 8 laptop to folks and just watching them flounder after I switched it on and told them to just open up Notepad.
20 mins later.....okay give it here I'll show you.
However, if you take the time (about 3 minutes) to show folks how its different, most of them take to it just fine. No real problems and these are average Joe users, not techies. So it seems in actual fact mum and dad will grasp it easer than their tech guru son will.
I've rolled out a couple of test Windows 8 machines with SSDs in them to a couple of people and the feedback has been really good. They love it. Just little Lenovo Q180 boxes with 2GHz dual core atoms.
As for me I'v got it running on a old Tecra M7 tablet laptop with a Samsung 830 SSD/2Ghz C2D in it and it flies. This is a XP tablet edition machine that Windows 8 detected and installed 98% of the drivers for on first install!! The last couple I had to get from Toshiba were the Vista drivers which also worked fine.
I've also installed it on my gaming rig and no problems. For a desktop I just uninstalled all the Metro apps I don't need (most of them) and pointed all the default apps to the desktop versions. Works a treat.
I think some people in the tech world just like making mountains out of molehills.
I'm not a tech genius by any stretch of the imagination but I've found working with Windows 8 really quite easy.
Re: $$Media Center$$
Still yet to come across one of my customers or friends that has ever used Media Centre. I haven't either.
I think MS was right to drop it from standard. Folks complain about the 'bloat' and when MS removes a largely redundant piece of it they complain.
I'm really shocked.
Forget a recently deceased dead TV personality, I am stunned at how many here have had their mothers of family molested by MS.
Well you'd think so from the sulky indignant stuff they write up.
Re: Confuse the system
I don't think ordering a fridgefreezer on Amazon was quite what Orwell had in mind.
Plus all the poundshops don't quite have the goods I want.
Re: Confuse the system
You could of course just pay the two quid or so.
Who actually goes into town or the big white goods stores/parks anymore?
We don't even go to Supermarkets any more. Much easier to stay at home and order it in. You don't have to deal with 'plebs' then.
Re: Incremental upgrades
Do you ever get the feeling on tech forums that when you make a joke you seem to be in the middle of a Aspergers convention?
I do a fair bit of data recovery for customers.
I'd say 7 times out of 10 the HDD inside is a Toshiba one.
Anecdotal I know...caveat emptor....
Re: It's an intersting position.
Yeah I think someone somewhere ran the numbers quick and came up with a 'The Producers' style solution to get the testing done PDQ and $10 million back in the bank.
Mission for free anyone?
I'm sure that if they really wanted to they could have kept it up there longer or got it higher.
But I guess if you can get $10 million onto the books over the next few months.....
I must say....
Mr Wynt and Mr Kidd puzzled and disturbed me as a 10 year old from a sheltered background. I felt there was something a bit different about them
I still find them a bit unsettling (not so much the fact they were a couple, I get that now) in their tone and mannerisms. That's what makes good villains.
Highly underrated in the Bond world.
I was quite excited (well looking back maybe vaguely interested) when I thought of having the power of a S3 in a smaller package.
Then it turns out its not really a mini SIII at all, more a mini SII.5
Re: Ahem...People tend to buy PCs less frequently than they do laptops/phones and tablets.
So you are saying that if EVERYONE carried their PC around like they do their phones then they wouldn't last as long.
That's just genius! Who would have thought it!?
Erm except they dont, do they. Hence my point.
Re: windows is a niche OS
Well that 1% need to have more kids if they ever want it to grow cos I can't give Linux away to my customers that have used Windows, even if it means they get a PC for £100 less.
Ahem...People tend to buy PCs less frequently than they do laptops/phones and tablets.
They last longer. More powerful. Not so prone to fickle obsolescence and the "must have the latest version (for some reason that I'm not quite sure of) phenomenon.
Plus you can usually install any OS on them over a 5-8 year period. Try doing that with a phone or a tablet.
The only problem I have with Windows 8 is......
...the terrible font support.
In some apps it looks wrong in desktop mode. I think they have screwed around with Cleartype to make it work better with some monitors pixel setups but not others. In some instances it looks like they just switched it off. I have tried 'tuning' it.
In Metro/Modern land they decided to make the whole area run by DirectX so if you have AA/AF and MSAA etc. enabled for games on the GPU then it transfers that to the fonts in Metro Apps making them look awful. Basically your screen looks like a poor colour photocopy.
Switch on all the bells and whistles your GPU can do then pop into Metro land and see what it looks like.
Re: Is it just a cunning plan...
Unlike the Apple herd that suckles so readily from a similar teat?
All these apps for news, sport, weather, video etc..........
Why not just use a web browser?
You know everything in one place. All these different apps for different things just seem a bit arse about face.
Or one of those never used S-video ports?
VGA ports are handy however for road warriors that have to hook up to often ancient boardroom projectors.
One of those annoying legacy hangovers.
Hmmm I thought WXGA applied to only 1280x res.
There we go.
At least we know you've seen the comments.
Also the report says WXGA but it isnt.
C'mon Register stop reviewing this kind of crap. You are not doing anyone any favours here.
I just think back to all those early NASA shots of rocket testing...........
In this case I think they can still break out the cigars.
Re: I would really like one
Yes strictly only barn conversions and large holiday homes need apply.
Re: Dont worry!
If the customer is desperate enough and the money is there its amazing what can be achieved.
These projects only take so long due to lawyers and people stringing the jobs out longer means...more money.
Its how BAe came to be so big. It doesn't really take 20 years to build an aircraft carrier or a fighter jet.
Re: Don't close the working ones
I have to say I hate driving past my local govt/council offices at 10pm to see most of the lights still on.
Why cant buildings have a central timer?
If staff are still in a place of work at 10pm that doesn't run shifts then something is wrong.
As soon as the first brown-outs happen and folks can't toast a panini, watch X-Factor or charge their iPads, the whole green argument and planning red-tape will be trampled underfoot and we'll have four+ new reactors built and online within 5 years.
Shame we cant do it a little more progressively but that's how it works nowadays. No one gives a damn until they are directly affected.
Re: Power outages have benefits, too
It's not so daft.
Some years ago I switched to just spending 3 minutes in the shower each morning rather than the usual "however long I felt like it".
Saved me just over £100 in water and gas over the year. Thats just for ONE person. Now apply that to a family of four and surely its worth a try?
Also as both myself and my wife work from home now, we decided to apply the old "only flush the loo during the day if we really have to" routine.
After a year of doing that we are now down to a Solo tariff for our water which is a further saving.
The tame tech press.
Yes the tech press really do need to get their priorities right.
Had modern computer tech back in the 80's just been down to Apple most of us would never have got to use a computer as an everyday item let alone own several of them for use at home and on the go.
It certainly wasn't Apple's efforts that gave most of them a career. Not that MS deserves a free pass but this current total reality disconnect that just because tech journos can do 99% of their (let's be honest) hardly that demanding job on just a phone and a tablet doesn't mean the rest of the working world should be able to as well.
Most people have to do boring but quite intensive jobs on their computers that tablets just don't cut it for.
And as for switching to Mac for doing those jobs on, well ask my other half that when she joined a web agency she caused gasps when she asked for a windows PC to do her job on rather than the 100% Mac environment they had. Anyway they gave her a £1200 PC (same as what they spent on Macs basically) and she loved it.
Unfortunately so did a lot of the Mac using staff. Why? Because hers was the only machine man enough to do a lot of the boring day to day tasks that the HR and accounts folks couldn't do on their Macs.
"Can I just run the payroll on your PC? My Mac just takes ages/crashes when I do it!"
But the tech journos say we should all be running such stuff on iPads!!??
Now extends to personal data as of the 2.1 update this week.
Remember folks, back buttons are so last decade.
Re: I'm perfectly satisfied
I know what you mean. After you use 'gestures' any other touch device feels rather old fashioned. I've tried a lot of them but the Playbook really does work the smoothest.
Having to use a back button?? Only able to run one app at a time??
Instagram...now if ever there was an app for muppets...
"Yeah the idea for the app is we let people make their crappy photos even more crappy!"
"Who wil fall for that???"
"Who do you think..Hipsters!"
Why is it......
...that companies think stereo/audio works best when the drivers are 11 inches apart?
You can never get past the 'bedside clock radio effect' with that sort of arrangement no matter how much money you throw at it.
Re: Ping Cliff Joseph
Re: Catch up
let me guess you wear white plimsoles, skinny jeans and the app you do most of your work in is...hmmm Instagram?
Re: Could it be because?
For 99% of business users a 2006 spec dual core PC with 2Gb of ram will do all the Office 2000/2003/2007/2010/2013 work you'd ever need.
Its not about folks not wanting desktops because they are crap. It's just that PC technology hit a plateau for many several years ago. It's been game over for desktop PC churn since dual cores came along.
Laptops only stay in there because they generally don't last as long as an old Dell desktop that never moves (if most business laptop owners were honest most of them don't move either).
However, tech pundits refuse to mention that because their job relies on getting people to buy flashy crap they don't need.
All Ultrabooks seem to fail.
Every review for an ultrabook starts off pretty good, they look nice etc. then they fail due to one or two bizarre penny pinching corners cut, which on a £800+ machine just seems really stupid.
Such as -
Low res, cheap TN screen.
Only 4GB of ram.
Intel only graphics.
Stupidly large 5400rpm HDD
Stupidly small SSD
Doesnt anyone in the Ultrabook design dept. sit down and think..."Is that really the best choice at that price?"
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