1362 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 11:27 GMT
Well the one main benefit of....
....going to DDR2 then 3 and now 4 has just meant that messing around buying Turbo Nutter Mega Ram sticks with 'super low timings' has become largely a waste of time and money.
Just buy the good standard Crucial/Corsair/Kingston stuff and get on with your life.
If you have to buy fancy then just choose which heat spreaders look best with your motherboard.
Re: Not a good advert really.
Some folks have funny ideas how current virus attacks work.
Basically no AV works to stop the daily written drive-bys that leave the AV companies 24 hours behind. I guess you could install EMET and turn DEP on for everything but thats a lot of work in the enterprise. Not too hard for the individual though.
The sites that get hacked to insert these attacks are usually those that are browsed by folks in their late 40's+ so cruise/holiday websites and financial investments. Not the kind of sites passed by too often in work possibly. But frequented by those all to keen to hand over their credit card details when something goes wrong.
Anyway if the fact that I get mostly infected PCs that have McAfee installed on it isn't exactly a great recommendation for it is it? Domestic or otherwise. One can assume that either McAfee is the most popular AV in which case it still isn't doing its job all that well, or it isn't that popular but is still not up to the task.
Crap software is still crap software whichever way you look at it. Next most useless appears to be Kaspersky followed by Avast then Norton.
Re: Hmmmm tough call.
But why would I want to spend more than £200 for the usage I mentioned above?
You see a lot of people hardly use 20% of the functionality so why spend more for just looking up the odd thing now and then?
Hmmmm tough call.
Okay so for sitting on the coffee table and spending most of its operational time looking up stuff to confirm arguments/facts over stuff watched on TV or to look up where we saw 'that actor' before on IMDB we have the choice of -
A Windows 8 Tablet at £600+
A dual core IPS Android tablet for £200.
Been running EMET on my machines....
....for a while now.
Is it any good? Dunno, haven't had a virus in over 15 years on the dozens of PCs and laptops I've owned.
So maybe it is.
Not a good advert really.
I would say of all the laptops and PCs I get in for virus cleaning 60% of them have McAfee running on them.
Does it really take a dozen McAfee services running in memory to protect my PC when MSSE does it with one?
Yes MS needs to start making the hardware too!
As a PC support guy, most of the time the issue isnt with the hardware or the OS its the crap that Dell/HP/Acer/Asus/McAfee etc. etc. has installed on it.
The crapware is a crime against humanity. I have yet to come across a customer that has ever used the HP/Acer/Asus Oberon Media games crap but its all on there. Constantly bugging users with requests for this and that.
It's not MS that's screwing up Windows its the twats selling the machines with Windows on it.
It's like buying a new Audi and the dealer has installed (for your convenience) a go faster stripe, fake dump valve and underside neons to it that you didn't ask for.
I would love to be able to buy a MS specced and approved laptop with just the OS and maybe a couple of fully tested and approved apps on it.
Maybe this will drop the hint to the manufacturers to get their house in order.
The one important thing they never teach you at school.
I wish on the first day of starting Secondary School the headmaster/mistress would call all the new kids in and tell them this -
"If you want to join chess club, the football team, drama, computer club or take any subject you like but your friends tell you "its not cool and not to do it!" Well just consider this. You are not actually at school for very long and chances are once you leave school you will never see 99% of your friends here today, ever again. Just consider that if it's something you want to do. What they say means nothing. It's up to you."
Never got a laptop to last more than 4 years?
What the hell were you doing to them?
I've been a laptop user since 1998, had around a dozen in that time (I have several on the go) and never ever had one fail on me. A few of them are still working with friends and family.
Look after your kit and it will look after you.
Has anyone ever enjoyed using that? Everyone I have ever known always starts of really smug (I don't know why) when they switch to it and from that moment on it just leads to ever increasingly bizarre behaviour (running downstairs at 2am to switch the washing machine on) and recriminations (when they didn't as it had to be done at the crippling day rate).
They all end up nervous wrecks on Economy 7.
Re: Quick question...
Yes it will. As mentioned above I bought the 120GB Sandisk Ultra drive for my SATA2 laptop.
The WD Black 320GB HDD gave me 85MBps throughput. The new Sandisk bumped that to around 270MBps.
Windows 7 now boots in 20-25 seconds. Apps fire up virtually instantly. So yes makes the laptop a lot smoother and snappier. A good upgrade for £65.
The benefit of buying the SATA2 Sandisk for an older laptop is that you know you are not hamstringing the performance so no back of the mind niggles of missing 500MBps performance.
Dont ignore the older drives.
If you just want a cheap but roomy enough upgrade for an older laptop then the older SATA2 Sandisk Ultra 120GB that are going for around £65 are worth a look.
Still three times faster then the HDD you have in there at the mo. Made quite a difference to my old laptop.
It's all about selling Apps.
Nothing more nothing less.
A last ditch attempt by MS to get into a market it's missed by miles. It doesn't care if you like Metro or not it just wants to make sure you cant hide from it in the hope you give in and buy apps...and more apps.
Sh*t or bust basically.
Found a Heavyweight legend yesterday.
Opened up a customers old Compaq off the shelf PC and took off the HSF expecting the usual Athlon64 3500+ or Sempron in it to find to my surprise a FX57.
That CPU retailed for around $1031 in 2005!
Anyone give me £5? £5 anyone? The gentleman at the back...? £4 then......
Re: But is extreme what is needed?
Indeed, AMD (and Intel if it's honest) has realised that the CPU power race ended the minute dual core CPUS came out. At that point 90% of the worlds PCs users were sorted for life with regards to doing their day to day computing.
The fact Intel pushes out these £800 fastest CPUs is great and all but how many do they actually sell? Especially to the domestic market. Only a very small percentage of the worlds PC users actually read the tech reports on CPUs.
They are really nothing than a marketing tool and internet buzz creating. I've never seen one of these chips in the wild.
So AMD is wise to just concentrate of getting hold of Joe Average with a nice average CPU for a lower than average price.
Just waiting for the herd of ....
...socially awkward PC enthusiasts that class themselves as 'Hardcore' because they have the £800 to spend on a CPU (guess why folks) that they only use for running pointless benchmarks on all day and nothing else. To say that "OMFG the AMD is so lame and the IPC of the INTEL is just so much better cos in X benchmark it does this and in Y benchmark it does that...."
FFS quit with the benchmarks and lowering the timings on your Extreme Dragon Hell For Leather Quad Turbonutter ram to get that FPS score from 146FPS to 146.6FPS.
You are wasting your life! Go outside and find a girlfriend or some real friends at least.
It doesn't impress normal people with normal lives.
Are we seeing the end result of that age old practice.....
...of if you cant sack someone then promote them up and out of the way?
So basically you have a group of total nitwits that cant manage their way out of a paper bag but get 'moved on' over and over getting a false impression of their own value and ability.
Saw it a lot at my old firm. If you were good you stayed where they wanted you but if you were crap you got promoted as it was the only way to get rid of them. By the time I left several of them had reached Director level, wanted the respect that went with it but because we all knew their history, little was given.
Company nose dives as a result.
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.
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