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1725 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Review: HP ENVY x2 Windows 8 convertible

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Not bad...but.....

...the price for the performance is a bit high. £100 cheaper might be better.

Plus not being able to charge the tablet part on its own? So you still have to lug around the base if you are going anywhere for a while.

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Sony PS3 extends lead over Microsoft's Xbox 360 by a cool million

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Re: Not in the UK I don't think.

I must say that my experience in the UK is the same.

I know at least 15+ friends that own a 360 and 2 that own a PS3.

Anecdotal I know.

However, a lot of folks forget just how large the population of Japan is. Ask a lot of people and they'll often go "oh I dunno, say 50 million!"

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Shock News!

One antique device sold marginally more than another antique device!

After all this time those figures are pretty pointless really. Time to bring on the next batch.

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'Not even Santa could save Microsoft's Windows 8'

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Re: wishful thinking

I see where you are coming from but even though I went through the joy that was the 8 bit period and had some fun in the 16bit (had a 512K Fat Mac) I look back at what was basically a period of toys. I didnt know many people that were trying to run their business off a C64 or Spectrum. A few tried on a BBC B but when you had the money to buy a BBC B.......you know what I mean.

We could have had a situation by the late 80's to early 90's where we had -

Apple churning out expensive Macs.

IBM still pushing PCs running DOS (would they have created a new front end? Would OS2 have occurred had Windows not existed?)

Amiga still pushing out their ever transforming line up. They never seemed to have a clear vision.

Atari?

The UK computer industry? I still think it would have imploded. A couple might have limped on a bit longer.

Sure things could have evolved differently, we'll never know but I still don't think Microsoft's influence was all bad. A lot of us here are having very nice careers because of them whether good or bad or we use it or not.

Would linux have become what it is without MS helping to get a load of PC kit into the hands of folks and enthusiasts? Or would linux been enough to fill the gap had MS never existed? Would there have been the need to 'create' linux had MS not existed?

Oh we could debate this down the pub for ages. A forum like this isn't good enough really.

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Re: wishful thinking

A lot of tech journos seem to forget its Microsoft that gave them a career.

It wasnt linux or Apple. Microsoft did more than anyone to push cheaper affordable computing into the mainstream so that now most western households have probably more than one computing device.

If it had been down to Apple it would still be £3000 for a simple computer. As for Linux....

I'm not saying that means a slavish devotion to MS. Not at all, criticism where it's due at all times. However, MS gave the journos an audience that is interested enough to want to read their articles.

If MS goes then I don't think it would be the great computing nirvana that many here think it would be.

Apple's prices would skyrocket, computing/internet advancements would be restricted and I bet they would then turn their cash reserves and lawyers on hunting down linux and picking that off one by one.

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Re: You're not the first, however

Same here. The Tiles appear then its hit enter and into Desktop for the next 7 hours.

Cant see what all the fuss is about really. Set your program defaults to the desktop ones and get on with it.

I have also mentioned to some about why have 10 different apps to do what I do in one browser application.

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Nuisance calls DOUBLE, Ofcom vows to hunt down offenders

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Re: Cant I just ask to opt out of receiving any calls from India?

Yes but if I want to opt out thats up to me.

I can always give those that need to call me a mobile number.

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Meh

Cant I just ask to opt out of receiving any calls from India?

Won't affect me at all.

I don't tend to deal with companies that offshore either. No loss.

A digital exchange would be able to do that surely?

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Bletchley Park boffins start trailblazer EDSAC computer rebuild

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Probably arrive before....

....my Nexus 4!

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Mozilla claims 25 per cent JavaScript speed boost with Firefox 18

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You know why this is......

...no one ever bothers to do any real testing anymore.

Why bother when version 19 will be out in a month promising it will be better.........

Rinse and repeat.

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Windows RT jailbreak smash: Run ANY app on Surface slabs

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Re: Children please.....

Well you can make excuses all you like but when you sit down and clear your mind of herd rage a lot of the changes are pretty minor in most cases. Really not worth all the spleen venting.

It's like all my fave tech forums have been taken over by 14 year olds that have had their Steam accounts suspended or similar.

If only all this anger and outrage could be used against something that really warrants it, like child poverty.

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Re: Children please.....

I and the other half dozen I have rolled it out to havent struggled either.

Quite easy once you stop moaning and following the herd rage.

In fact I'm getting asked to supply other Windows 8 machines to those that see the ones I have put out there. They don't have a problem either.

I think most of the issue was in the minds of all the tech journalists. I guess just using a iPad to do your work on for the past three years shrinks and weakens the brain?

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Nvidia takes fight to Sony, Nintendo with Android handheld console

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Re: Well when you've been dumped by everyone else...

Consoles dear boy, consoles.

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Well when you've been dumped by everyone else...

...what do you do?

Only trouble for Nvidia is next to zero market and brand awareness with the general population who might buy this stuff.

"Nvidia? Who are they? Do they make cheap tablets or willy pills or something?"

Yes PC gamers I hate to break it to you but you are a very small (but vocal) minority.

We'll see this time next year.

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USB 3.0 speed to DOUBLE in 2013

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This isnt about making stuff faster.....

..it's all about market churn that's all.

Ohhh stir it up a bit! Look that one goes one louder!!!

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It takes all sorts to build a cloud

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Maybe in the early stages you set up a specialist team from all areas and then once its bedded in you send em back let them expand the knowledge and treat it as business as usual.

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Anti-virus products are rubbish, says Imperva

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Re: @DJ

@AC Re. recent AV tests and MSE

I've found it quite interesting that for quite some time MSE always tested really well and was always recommended.

However, now that it's been reconfigured into Windows 8 as Defender as standard (which basically means you dont have to buy Kaspersky/Norton/McAfee etc. etc. anymore). We are getting a raft of 'independent' reports stating its not very good.

Coincidence?

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Re: ...spend “is not proportional to its effectiveness”

@holymcr

You missed my point entirely.

What I'm saying is as an IT manager or someone responsible for the upkeep can you really relax and sit back and trust your important systems to either -

A. A proper support company with full organised 24 hour support (onsite/remote etc.) proper SLAs, disaster recovery policy and turn around times that you pay £X a year for.

or

B. Terry and Jeff (lovely blokes) who popped round one weekend (working somewhere else Mon to Fri) as a favour to install it all for a couple of pizzas and a six pack of cola.

Its got nothing do with the operating system or the kit. It's about peace of mind knowing that support is available when you need it and not away on a rugby weekend when you need them.

Please feel free to sign up to the Linux Goodwill database however.

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Re: ...spend “is not proportional to its effectiveness”

It appears to me that some folks seem to think you can successfully support essential systems by the will of the "Linux Goodwill Support Foundation" alone.

If that's the case can someone setup a database listing all these wonderful Linux experts that will offer the following to support such systems -

1. Will offer 24 hour phone support.

2. Will offer 24 hour remote support.

3. Offer full SLA terms to the customer at the customers discretion.

4. Will be on-site within 2 hours of call out.

5. Offer 24 hour on-site support.

6. Must have a smile on their face at all times.

7. Must do this for no charge to the customer whatsoever (tea and biscuits provided at customers discretion)

I'm sure such a database of individuals would turn the IT world upside down. Queueing round the block to get on it I bet.

I look forward to exploi...making use of their talents at zero cost to myself.

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Folks, give EMET3.0 a try.

It's designed to mitigate the unknowns by forcing all apps (or those that you choose) to run with DEP/ASLR and SEHOP. It acts as an extra defence along side your current AV.

Anything nasty or unknown just gets stopped dead in its tracks and you get informed as to why.

Been using it with MSE for several months now and I install it on all new machines I rollout with the 'All' apps profile (stored in the EMET file in Program Files) at maximum settings. I then add in any other .EXE files that may go near the web.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/srd/archive/2012/05/15/introducing-emet-v3.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29851

http://www.rationallyparanoid.com/articles/microsoft-emet-3.html

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Re: ...spend “is not proportional to its effectiveness”

@Eadon.

No you can't.

You cannot leave the setup and running of a proper system that is required for any official or educational purpose to the hands of a 'Linux Enthusiast for free'.

Will that person or persons then want to tie into a service contract? Have SLAs (will they want to be called out at 6am to help fix an issue before exams start at 9am?). Offer phone support etc. etc.

People like that can be a great help for when you get started, everyone loves setting up folks new kit. But when it goes wrong or stuff needs sorting, folks giving their time for free, usually find they are 'busy elsewhere' when you need them.

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Drobo B1200i: The heavy-duty array even your mum could use

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Avoid OCZ for RMA

I recently had some ram fail that cost me £85 (inc VAT) so I got in touch with OCZ to raise an RMA.

Now I know that OCZ no longer make ram but they came back saying they would give a market value cash payment.

They offered me £14!

I asked them to show me where I could get similar ram for £14 and they pointed me to a website showing ram for £14 but less VAT and P&P. So basically £25 ram.

They wrote back saying they don't take into consideration VAT and P&P in valuations (how handy for them).

Anyway I pushed my point harder and in the end they gave in and gave me what I asked for (just the full cost of a standard 4GB DDR3 kit).

But I have to say I have done RMAs with many other companies (Corsair/BFG etc.) and none of them tried to palm me off with next to nothing like OCZ did. They all provided a like for like or similar if no longer available.

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Osborne stumps up £20m of your cash for wiggly wonder stuff graphene

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Oh god history is littered with examples of that from 1945 onwards between the US and the UK.

We come up with world changing stuff and then sell it lock stock and patent to the US for pennies.

A very special relationship indeed.

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The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

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Re: And this is the problem,

Same here. I don't use the Metro side much, but it has novelty value.

However, the desktop still works just as fine for me as it did in 3.1/95/98SE/NT/2000/XP/Vista and 7.

I haven't had any issues at all. Neither has anyone else that I've rolled it out to.

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Do users have enough power?

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Oh no not the IT Magpies...

...the ones that feel entitled to every new bit of kit whether they needed it or not and sod the poor buggers that actually do need it.

I so despise them. I used to love doing 'gadget sweeps', mopping up such people and re distributing their unused gear to the needy. Their tears sustained me.

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Re: When a business workforce is spending more time fighting the systems than using them...

In our corporation, we just kept tight control on the admin password and changed it reasonably often.

Kept most users with their standard user accounts locked down.

The other thing is keep the staff busy enough so they don't have time to dick about.

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Re: When a business workforce is spending more time fighting the systems than using them...

Brother! Where have you been all my life????

I agree 100% with what you say. I made a similar if smaller comment along the lines above earlier.

Way too many senior IT managers think they are the ones running the company and that attitude filters down to their IT staff which it turn just makes a 'them & us' situation.

I remember telling several grey haired IT Managers they very same things as you mentioned about getting to understand the business, knowing how they work and becoming the trusted partner when I was going for job interviews for IT Relationship Manager positions.

I think I scared the life out of them, hence I didn't get the jobs. I guess the last thing they wanted was someone trying to work WITH the business rather than against it.

But it just makes life so much easier.

"Instead of arguing, lets just work it out and then we can all go down the pub for a pint?!"

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Re: Whatever.

What has always annoyed me is that too many corporate/company IT depts. feel that the business that it supports is actually there to support and work for the IT dept.

They forget it's the business that makes the money. IT is just one of many enablers.

If you work in IT then often you are 'just there to serve'. Make sure the business has what it needs to meet current and future challenges (not what it wants, big difference) and you are golden.

Oh and speak to the customer, sit with the staff and take the time to learn how they actually work. Helps to avoid all those costly assumptions. Sitting in your IT bunker isn't helping. Dangerous talk but it works.

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PGP, TrueCrypt-encrypted files CRACKED by £300 tool

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I always say.....

...encryption is just there to stop the guy who nicked/found your laptop on the train, taking a look at what's there before he wipes it and sticks something else on it or hands it in to the relevant parties.

If you have data that requires a greater level than that then speak to someone else or change your data policies on remote equipment.

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Windows Vista woes killed MS Pinball

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Re: After Windows 8, was Vista's bad reputation REALLY deserved?

Hmmmm it all depends really.

My experience of Vista from day one was as follows -

Installed on a dual core machine with 2GB of ram with a clean bloatware free build it ran just fine. I never had any problems with the two Vista machines I ran (with OEM copies of Vista 64bit) and in fact the best version IMO was Home Basic as it did all you wanted with less stuff thrown in.

However, if it was installed by Dell/Toshiba/Fujitsu/Asus/Acer/HP etc. etc. with the general lack of attention they give, the dodgy pre-release drivers and masses of bloatware that was designed to work with XP then you got into trouble. That and the low ram and single cores they were pushing out at the time.

I get these old Vista machines in from time to time to service and they are truly awful disk thrashing machines. But I back up the user data and then install a clean fresh build of Vista with all the service packs and latest drivers and it runs as sweet as a nut. Basically as good as 7 does.

Customers are amazed when I hand them back.

The problems with Vista were it needed another couple of months polishing from MS.

The Hardware manufacturers needed to have developed proper drivers (32 and 64bit) for it. They had plenty of warning but had got lazy over XP lasting so long before Vista.

The PC/Laptop sellers skimped on the specs and loaded up the wrong bloatware (if there is such a thing as right bloatware).

A clean fresh install of Vista works fine.

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Re: win 95

I don't remember seeing it installed on many machines.

I never played it either.

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Re: Good job no-ones using Win 8 then!

I'll add another fave oft used witticism -

"(insert any year here)...the year Linux goes mainstream!"

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Valve hauls down The War Z, offers refunds

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Is this linked to World War Z?

As the movie of the same name (after the book) has had to have about 75% of it re-shot. Not good.

Looks like its a cursed franchise.

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'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch

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Well just gone thorugh all the fonts on my web designer GF's machine.

The update was installed on the 12th. She loves her fonts does this girl.

All of them work fine. No issues using them in Word or Photoshop.

Works fine for us ...so the problem must be you!

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Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

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Re: Difficulty vs annoyance

Once again a classic example of someone making things stubbornly difficult.

Having items in the taskbar is no less difficult than having to go to the start menu, in fact more useful. I have zero difficulty handling many items in the taskbar. Are people suddenly getting tunnel vision or something?

As for metro, I dont use it. All I am saying is, for most 7 users the Start button isnt needed or used as much and with a bit of tweaking Windows 8 in desktop mode works pretty much the same as 7.

Just not worth all the pant wetting I'm seeing here over and over.

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Re: Difficulty vs annoyance

I'm with you on this. Never have I witnessed so much moaning pathetic bullsh*t in my life as folks who just wont pull their bottom lips from over their heads.

The reality is the Start button is largely redundant since the Win7 taskbar change. If you have an HD capable screen you can add 20+ applications to it which covers most folks. Shortcuts on the desktop or just using the winkey does the rest.

Change the default apps to all desktop ones and you rarely need to venture into metro land. You can delete most of the metro apps anyway.

You can add Control Panel to the taskbar from a winkey search. Not difficult.

Takes about five minutes to adjust it if you dont want to fully go 'metro'.

But any time anyone not sulking tries to point all these simple steps out to supposedly clever tech types....oh dear...heresy. Lalalalaaaa they just aint listening.

And folks tell people to switch to linux without sensing any irony.

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Re: !!!

The Start Button really is a red herring.

Folks moaned (and are still moaning) about it and I did too at first.

Then I thought about it and realised that the number of times I actually used the Start Button to actually drill down through the levels of software I had installed was very little.

100% of the software I use everyday is added to the taskbar. The other applications I use quite often are shortcut icons on the desktop.

To me the Start button was just used for restarting and shutting down. It had pretty much become redundant.

I have asked many others this, to seriously think about how often with Windows 7 they actually drill down through the listings to find stuff. All of them pretty much went "hmmmm....ermmm....actually hardly at all!"

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The best smartphones for Christmas

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Ordered a Nexus 16GB today.

6-8 weeks is fine with me. Will have cleared off the xmas crap off the credit card by then and its something to look forward to in the new year.

I will miss the superior swipe gestures and multi-tasking of my Pre2 though. Back buttons are a bit retarded.

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Sinclair ZX Spectrum FAILS latest radio noise rules SHOCK

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Meh

Then look at it another way, we have all these new regulations and now have electrical appliances and TVs that generally only last the warranty period of a year and then fail.

Whats the average life of a modern LCD TV? 2-3 years? I remember a time when a TV would last 15+ years.

RoHS has just meant brittle inferior solder that cracks at the first sign of heat/stress and then it's landfill bound. Now that's eco friendly.

They giveth with one hand...

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Is that a MK2 board.....

...pictured in the article? I think it is.

May be worth trying a MK3 board. Just for giggles.......

http://www.nvg.ntnu.no/sinclair/computers/zxspectrum/spec48versions.htm

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Windows Phone 8 must be Microsoft's priority one, two AND three

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Re: Is that question rhetorical?

Unusable? You call yourself an IT guy.

Quit being hysterical. Have a cup of tea. Switch the pc back on and try again.

Open the control panel, switch the default apps to the desktop ones, use the taskbar and it works the same as windows 7.

Windows 8 certainly has done one thing, shown which IT folks can adapt and be a little more grown up about changes to IT.

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I was keen to buy a 920 or 820.

I thought as MS would be keen to try to shift as many of them as possible we might see a respectable price for them. I was looking to spend around £300.

It's not unheard of for firms that need to build their market share to cut the price.

But they then released them at silly premium price (like they did for RT etc.) and my interest faded.

I'll be getting a Nexus 4 after xmas it seems.

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Instagram starts filtering out hipster pics on Twitter

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Re: "make photo look worse"

I agree. I have asked many times what exactly is the point of Instagram and its USP of 'make your crappy pics crappier'.

Never got an answer.

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Google puts Nexus 4 back on sale, sells out pronto

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Got 16 GB of fixed storage on my phone. Got all my apps, email etc. in it. Some pictures and video clips.

Lets see...13.5GB free.

Oh I so wish I had more.

Seriously, I cent understand the need to carry my whole 'digital lifestyle' around with me.

I bet those that scream they need 64GB+ only ever have around 10GB in constant churn the rest sits there unread from the day it was installed.

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Tech titans lose our loyalty: Are fanbois a dying breed?

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Indeed.

Imagine if we just had one brand of computer gear to use for everything.

God what a dull world it would be.

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Well it had one point that most tech journos are forgetting.

That one solution does not fit all. Fair point.

I have seen too many articles written recently by tech journos whose job is mainly creating large blocks of text to send to someone to throw up on a website somewhere claiming the end of desktops, laptops and basically any IT device weighing more then a kilo.

Well yes when you job revolves around a task that is no more difficult that tapping two fingers on a 10" slab of glass, it may seem that way. However, some others have proper work to do.

"Well I can do all my job on a tablet sitting in Starbucks, I don't see why everyone else shouldn't be able to as well!"

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Ten technology FAILS

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Re: Sony MiniDisc

Yeah minidisc compression was designed by audio engineers first.

MP3 was designed by mathematicians first.

Go figure.

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Microsoft braces for Surface RT feedback storm

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I agree. I often see such posts from supposedly IT literate folks getting themselves into a real muddle.

I sit there using the same kit thinking.."well it's all working okay for me!"

I often wonder how their day goes with other things they own.

"Damn you washing machine!! Why cant you make toast instead of just soggy bread??!!"

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Re: Looks nice, but horrible to use

Blackberry Playbook - 411 +9 bonus points.

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Motörheadphönes Motörizer rock 'phones review

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Re: All so establishment in old age...

Well that pension fund does need the odd top up now and then.

Age the great leveller.

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