1808 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
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.
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......
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.
Re: Appel one..
The iPhone doesn't really have any cachet any more though. It's the most common phone around.
When everyone is the same no one is special.
If I see someone I know brandishing an iPhone proudly I just adopt Lili Von Shtupp's accents and say "Oh an iPhone...how ordinewy!"
You should see their little faces drop. Awww bless.
Let the market decide!
That is all.
Re: What happend to the company providing kit to do their dirty work with?
And most average joe's home hardware is any better?
I service normal computing folks gear for a living. I have to antibac it before touching most of it let alone have it connect up to a corporate network.
I have to say that laptops costing more than £400 are pretty rare. Not to mention most don't have a working copy of Office or legit software on them.
BYOD was thought up by an small elitist bunch of gadgeteers that didn't want to be part of the herd. However, as usual didn't bother to think how the rest, that really don't give a crap about their computer hardware and showing off how much disposable income they have would fare.
What happend to the company providing kit to do their dirty work with?
Why are we all wanting to let the company off their duty to provide the tools to do the work?
I would never use my kit for company use. They want me to do the work, they provide the kit.
If this carries on soon you'll find a electricity meter sitting beside your desk that you'll have to fill with your own 50p pieces.
Re: @Arctic Fox
Yes prolific with the same post over and over and over again......................
There is a time and a place to put your reasoned argument or counterpoint in a discussion where it can be effective. However, just saying the same thing every time just makes your argument less effective as people either think you are a crank or just blot you out as background noise. Maybe the person has some kind of mental issue. One that involves fixation on a single topic. Would explain a lot.
Yeah its odd. A version of Ubuntu I installed in 2010 was screaming at me that it was no longer supported just a few months ago. Had to install a new version which surprise surprise had a new UI to it!
But that's all okay I guess as it's linux.
One rule for one........
" hyping new versions for more money or ensuring old versions of Windows quickly run out of support"
But it you look more closely MS doesn't really do that. When does official full support for XP finish? Thats 12 years old already. Not exactly putting a gun to users heads is it?
Every version of Windows I've bought since XP has cost me less.
Re: IBM's arrogance was that they could make standards ..
Yeah its like digital cameras. The £70 one and the £400 have the same chips and sensors its just that the £70 one has the settings reduced in the firmware to make the £400 one look far better.
...a little bit of Token Ring's efficiency creeping into Ethernet.
Always feel with Ethernet I have a huge V8 Muscle car that's always stuck in first gear.
Damn you Microsoft! Die Dieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!
...oh...hang on, wrong topic, got carried away there!
I do apologise. As you were.
Has the words...LIABILITY
written all over it.
Hang on, do people think that the recognition factor/looks of a machine factor into improving performance/value for money?
What a funny world we live in.
Erm my other half makes responsive websites that automatically re-adjust. move content and resize depending on orientation and screen size. Took her about a day to learn that a few years ago and now puts it into all her sites.
But then again we've seen there are web designers and there are people who pretend to be web designers.
You get what you pay for.
Doesnt anyone do any bloody testing anymore?
Yes its tedious and boring but it stops you looking a twat later on!
Re: Installed ...
Ditto, Nexus 4.
Yeah that's the joy of having a proper mobile browser. Mates laugh at me when they say the Playbook has hardly any apps. Well when you have a proper browser you don't need that many.
Whist they are dicking around with some hokey third party app, I'm using the full meat and potatoes version on the web.
Reliance on specific apps for web services just reinforces the fact your web browser isn't a proper grown up one with all the features.
Once people get to know more about ChromeOS yes there will be a market for it.
I've had one for a week and already four of the people I've shown it to have bought one. These are ordinary folks and small business people that really do 90% of their computing in the web with a bit of word processing and the odd spreadsheet.
Normal folks just want something quick and simple to use. ChromeOS does just that. No real need for IT support either. That's the big worry for a lot of people here. If ChromeOS goes big a lot of people will be surplus to requirements.
Google just needs to start pushing it. It has a mighty marketing arm and so far I think it's just been doing an extended beta test.
The computing experience for the masses is about to arrive.
Re: Jason 7 - Confusing
No I'm in Norwich, Simon Wright is my MP.
You write to your MP, they then pass it on to the MP/minister/dept responsible and then you get a response back.
I have to say the responses you get back do appear to have had some thought. Not just canned replies.
I remember seeing a documentary on the TSR2 that had some retired Shop Steward grinning from ear to ear about how it all went down.
Basically management would tell the shop stewards that the next phase of work had to be completed in 30 days. The Steward said that 30 days was perfectly acceptable to do the job in but they would demand 90 days instead so the workers could do as little as possible. Apply that attitude throughout a whole project and you can see why it was canned and jobs were lost.
He however, sat there looking very smug and satisfied with himself. All just a big laugh!
Re: Petition, anyone?
I often wonder how effective and value for money all these BAe jobs are.
Say the average BAe worker earns £50000 a year. How much against that is the taxpayer subsidising that wage?
If those £50000 jobs are costing the taxpayer £2 million each to keep.............
Re: Why the love for all the US aircraft?
Plus you really don't need anything too cutting edge when your main adversary is roaming around on a donkey or in a toyota pickup truck.
The only likely 'toughish' foe we have on the horizon is Argentina. However, if conditions there go further downhill then the Presidents diversionary tactic of "oh look at the Falklands, not at how shitty things are at home!" wont really come to anything.
I wrote to my MP about all this.
Asking that it was about time that the relationship between the MOD and BAE was investigated by the serious fraud squad.
The reply from Peter Luff was most upset that I had raised the possibility of fraud and money wasting.
According to him 89% of BAe's programmes are on budget and 71% are on schedule.
Room for improvement I'd say.
My own MP when sending me the reply back mentioned that "you may be disappointed with it!"
Yes I think some people still feel internet connectivity is still like it was in 2002.
As for the Samsung's screen brightness, mine has a manufacture date of Jan 2013 and at full brightness its really is quite bright. In fact I have to turn it down a couple of notches. Maybe they have made some changes. The viewing angles still aren't that great but....it was £220!
Re: "..at $329.99 "
You are thinking old school here.
Just how often is the average small business or home worker not connected to the net when they are actually wanting to work.
Hardly ever. Maybe when I'm on holiday in the wilderness..but I'm on holiday. not working.
For most small businesses and self employed folks their data storage needs are tiny. A USB stick can handle all the data for some firms that have been going for 15+ years.
They don't tend to have 2TB of movies and music installed on their work machines. Being able to share their data and have it backed up is far more important. Plus with ChromeOS the need for a dedicated IT support is pretty much removed. I guess this is what most fear.
For a lot of individuals and small businesses its becoming very attractive.
Re: My Samsung Chromebook turned up last week!
Well I've run several Office docs on it with no issues and the Docs app appears to have all the core functionality I need. It's at least as functional as Office 2000 it seems.
So should suit 98% of people out there.
But...it does involve a little change (and it is little) in usage patterns and as we've found a few around here do have learning difficulties when it comes to change.
My Samsung Chromebook turned up last week!
Been out of stock for weeks!
Have to say its a great bit of kit. Great to use. Even works offline for the 2 minutes a week you might not be connected somehow.
Much better than a netbook, for me its far more usable (for the realistic, normal user) without the full linux bloat and an extra 168 pixels of depth. Would have preferred a 900 depth but it is only £220!
Worth a try.
Bought my ARM shares for £1!
Glass of port anyone? Chin chin!
Any laptops I get in get wiped with anti-bac wipes before I start work on them. Especially those from teenagers.
A good indicator of a persons house.
If I get a PC dropped off that looks like a vision of hell inside, then when I take it back I know their house will be a hellhole.
Never fails. Yes people live in conditions that look like those photos.
Since I've been a roving IT tech I've been quite amazed at how many people live in total shitholes. These aren't 'poor' people, these are folks living in large barn conversions that must have cost £400k+. The new BMW 530i is outside but inside, your skin crawls.
Have some self-respect people!
....can we have broadband only lines. I'm fed up paying for landline usage that I don't use.
Just bundle the whole thing together and switch off the voice calls.
Netbooks were fine.....
....and quite the novelty at first.
Then after a while the usually crappy trackpad and 600 pixel depth screen just really got on your nerves.
I'm no longer a fan of netbooks. My heart sinks if I go to see a customer and there is one sitting on the dining room table.
My own Acer netbook with its 8 cell mega battery sits collecting dust in the corner. Every time I do bother to switch it on the version of linux has totally changed.
However, my new Samsung Chromebook turned up today so that will be interesting. Gives me a few more vertical pixels after all.
Re: Downvoted, eh?
Indeed, I have long said that Climate Change is the wrong poster boy for the green/eco movement. It's too divisive, just causes arguments and in fighting which distracts from the real problem at hand.
A lot of pollution is visible and there for all to see. If we worked to spotlighting this and cleaning up our doorsteps then chances are we'll take care of the other pollutants that may be having further effects on our environment.
I'm sure the big corporations love pumping money into both sides of the climate change debate as it keeps the environmentalists distracted while they go on dumping.
Time to get back to environmental basics with actual visible proof than piles and piles of weather data and graphs,
Re: gimme a portrait slider
Well the fact that using my lovely Pre 2 was like being the last one left at a really bad party (tumbleweed) was enough to make me move to a Nexus 4.
I haven't regretted it.
I still have a Playbook to keep me in the swiping mentality.
Amounts of apps in a store is misleading.
To find the actual number of even vaguely worthwhile apps you take the total number and divide it by 1000.
So the Macbook Pro won eh?
Shame no one is buying them anymore really.
20% down year on year........
Re: @Chad H. Win 8 is a grower
So you don't use the Taskbar that on a standard 1920x1080p panel will accommodate around 25 applications?
Maybe another dozen on the desktop for lesser used applications? So thats nearly 40 applications in easy fast reach. You don't have to go crazy, but its not like the days of 3.1 when icons ate up the ram and performance.
Much quicker than drilling down through folder after folder of applications in the Start Menu.
You know things move on and change.
How hard do you find it to buy spats and antimacassars these days?;-)
Re: @Chad H. Win 8 is a grower
No, all we are saying is if you don't like Metro then you don't have to use it.
There is no gun to your head. When you actually get round to trying it properly you'll find that quite quickly.
Re: Win 8 is a grower
Erm just set your application defaults to the desktop ones. Have you not done that before? I've got three or four items of software open on my Windows 8 desktop right now. Still haven't seen Metro since 9.03am this morning.
I rolled out a Windows 8 laptop to a 75 year old lady yesterday. She took to it just fine. In fact she was really pleased with it. I skyped her today to check up and she's still there, happy and getting on with it.
At no time did she jump up and down screaming that it was terrible, pissed her pants, threw shit around the room and shouted "Windows 8 lover FAGGGG!!" in my face.
Re: Win 8 is a grower
I know it's crazy isn't it.
Just hitting Enter after start up shifts me into Desktop and that's where I stay for the rest of the day. Metro/Modern never appears till I switch it back on again the next day. Metro time per day? About 1 second.
And we keep saying, like concerned parents with puzzled looks on our faces as though talking to a distressed 5 year old, "but you don't have to use Metro!"
Yet the haters just still keep going "but I have to use Metro!" or "You cant avoid Metro!" or "Metro is unusable!"
You do really have to wonder at whether they have actually used the damn thing or their claimed level of IT proficiency.
Never has so much hate and anger been wasted on something so trivial and almost non-existent.
DPA issues is something that really appears to have been brushed under the carpet by all concerned in the 'cloud arena'.
Not that long ago I was hunting round for cloud storage that was contained in the UK. The couple of companies that fitted the bill were totally clueless about it when I called them.
Needs a major investigation and kick up the arse to clarify.
Re: There are these things called...
Not exactly the most elegant or robust solution though.
16k ram packs spring to mind.
So what are the steps for the average user to take......
....to mitigate this in the simplest and least crippling way?
I've had good results running Samsung 830 SSDs with older SATA2 kit.
The Sandisk drives work fine too.
No idea with Macs though.
Re: no rating?
To be honest ratings are pretty useless.
I'd rather just have an honest user experience review and that's it.
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