1731 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Imagine if we just had one brand of computer gear to use for everything.
God what a dull world it would be.
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!"
Re: Sony MiniDisc
Yeah minidisc compression was designed by audio engineers first.
MP3 was designed by mathematicians first.
Re: Blu Ray
I guess you didn't twig that I was being obtuse/sarcastic about the benefit of HD regarding pores.
I'm not that bothered anymore from having the best of the best. I can see BD looks better than DVD but DVD gives a perfectly good distortion free, solid SD image that to me is perfectly watchable. I watched SD stuff for the first 35+ years of my life. It's not a biggie.
I really don't care all that much about being able to see to the nth degree. You watch Prometheus on BD and I watch Prometheus on DVD we'll have both seen the same disappointing movie. It's just I will have paid less and wont be so annoyed.
I used to have a full Meridian Hi-Fi setup and sweated all the small stuff, such as stripping and cleaning it ever 4 months, having it perfectly level, filtered and isolated blah blah bollicky blah.
Then one day I realised I was wasting my time and realised that the tech and the gear was actually getting in the way of just enjoying the music or video.
I just changed entirely. I now just enjoy DVD played through my Xbox 360 or streamed via Lovefilm (I have a 16Mbps connection and it looks as good as DVD for me), my CD collection sits unused as I stream via Spotify (standard paid account) through my PC and its speakers.
It's so much more FUN. I feel really sorry for those that cant relax and just listen to a tune of a film unless all is perfection. I used to be one so I know what's going through their minds.
Enjoying movies and music isn't about the tech. If you think it is, then you are getting it all wrong.
Re: Blu Ray
Oh rentals still work. In my Lovefilm subscription I get as many single DVD rentals as I can watch.
It's just actually buying media to keep that seems rather old fashioned and expensive, to me anyway.
I guess at age 38 I realised I amassed 'a lot of crap I never used' and decided there were more important things in life, like beer and such.....
Never looked back.
The great format that never was. Was superb for in the car and at a time when MP3 players were few and far between limited to 64Mb, on the move.
I had a 6 disc MD changer in my Puma and loved it. The media was cheap, and hooked up by TOSLINK made great effortless copies of your CDs.
The biggest loss was it never got properly pushed as a PC data medium. There in 1993 we had a cheap reliable re-recordable data format that could handle 150MB of storage.
Most HDDs were only that size around then and affordable/usable CD burners didn't really exist for another 2-3 years and as for CD-RW........
Plus it looked really cool.
Re: Blu Ray
I don't really need to pay £15 for a BD to just see better pore definition on some actors face.
I and many others have woken up to the fact that many discs purchased since the dawn of DVD only get watched once, sometimes twice and thats it.
Waste of money really. With cinema now so expensive other options need to be explored.
Why buy a new release BD for £15 when you can rent it from the local library for £2? A netflix or Lovefilm subscription for £8 a month also reduces the need to buy physical media.
Buying discs just takes up space. Most of my DVD collection went to Oxfam.
Probably referring to the almost annual Duke Nukem like adage of "**** (insert year)..the year Linx goes mainstream!"
I and many others are still waiting.
You can tell xmas is close and enthusiasm is flagging.
This is the first of the 'Worst tech' articles you see a lot of this time of year.
Cut and paste from last year.
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??!!"
Re: Looks nice, but horrible to use
Blackberry Playbook - 411 +9 bonus points.
Re: All so establishment in old age...
Well that pension fund does need the odd top up now and then.
Age the great leveller.
Re: what's the best alternative
Kaspersky makes me laugh when it asks ordinary folks -
"ALERT Kaspersky has detected that EXPLORER.EXE is trying to run! Which totally arbitrary and made up security group would you like Kaspersky to assign it to so that it may run appropriately?"
I have dropped that from my suite of scanners for cleaning up HDDs.
For around a year now its been virtually useless at detecting anything. I really don't know why folks still recommend it. Even when it was vaguely useful it still wouldn't detect everything on first pass and needed another pass at least to get rid of the rest. Though mop ups with the likes of Combofix were still needed.
Oh you did run at least two passes with MBAM?
I smile when I read folks writing "Oh I just ran MBAM and that seemed to sort it!"
Like hell it has.
Strange that I'm seeing a lot of these reports slamming MSE...
....just as it's now incorporated as standard in Windows 8, removing the need to bother with the likes of AVG/McAfee/Norton/Kaspersky etc.
Is it a few folks are very worried they could be out of a job in a short while?
If you use MSE and are concerned then install EMET3.0 which is specifically designed to fight Zero day stuff.
I run it at max settings for all my machines and it works fine.
Re: Best ever?
Yeah when I saw the article I thought "oh have they changed the dull grey spreadsheet look then?"
Predictable if nothing else.
Collecting dust under the TV by February like most Wii's.
I think the scariest of them all.
One of the best ever bits of voice work there from an uncredited Robert Vaughan.
Truly menacing and vengeful.
"Clean the lenses!!"
Re: Lapland phone
Guess where all the legit "slightly scratched" iPhone5 bodies go........
So you make a dodgy £10 million and then have to pay a fine of £400000.
What's the catch here? Can they write that off against tax?
Seems like a winner to me.
Re: desktop camper
Yes I don't get the "you need multiple apps for weather/stocks/sport/news/travel" thing when my web browser pulls all the same info into one application.
T hats the only part of Windows 8 I don't really get. Seems odd for a PC.
Other than that, back in desktop land it's fine.
We'd like you to work in Afghanistan......
I've bought 4 copies so far. No issues.
More than I bought at release for any other OS.
Individual...as in owning an iPhone like everyone else?
Me? I don't have a Windows/iOS or Android phone. Pre2, now that's individual.
Yes may I just add....
...I wasn't referring to personal phones.
I was referring to whatever kit the company issues as standard.
You take what you are given and get on with it.
So er..you would ragequit your job if they wouldn't let you use the phone of your choice?
What is it with this incredible false sense of self-entitlement most folks seem to think they have nowadays?
Re: If taxing companies is equivalent to taxing people, would it work the other way too?
Yes indeed, small government was probably a great idea when you had a population of just a few million and next to zero infrastructure to look after.
Now 200+ years later you have large populations, large amounts of infrastructure and a hell of a lot more geopolitical/social change that needs looking after.
Try doing that as a joined up picture with your small government.
Re: I run a company....
Ever heard of 'knowing what the enemy is thinking"?
Doesn't hurt to have folks under your wing that are fully trained in the latest techniques of your enemy.
Plus if you remove the best folks they have that cripples them even further.
Not much of a strategist are you? Failed the Army Officer exam then?
Re: I run a company....
I was chatting to a customer of mine who is a well regarded tax accountant. He was telling me that the large corporations literally hang outside the door of the HRMC after their latest batch of tax inspectors have qualified to then snap up the top ones as soon as they walk out.
Offering several times what HMRC pay its not hard really.
I run a company....
...and I have been paying tax for the time I have been running it.
And now this guy tells me I'm doing it all wrong.
Well I never.
Part of some lobby group perhaps?
So can you now cut or copy a couple of lines of an email without it then whizzing to the bottom of the text selecting it all?
Re: Let them pull out ...
Yep, similar thing happened when all the corporations pulled out of South Africa. Local firms just took over and boosted the SA economy even further.
The issue? Cost! Pricey! Expensive!
Getting a hint?
I was keen to get my hands on a Nokia Windows 8 phone. I thought as they might want to try to get somewhere in the market they might have priced them decently.
But no, top end prices and exclusivity deals to reduce your options.
Well that's a clever thing to do.
Looks like a Nexus 4 then........
Oh you mean all those innovations that just mean if it breaks there is a large chance it just goes into landfill?
A friend of mine who chose to repair Apple gear for a living has now given up. Not because Apple gear is more reliable, oh no, he had people queueing round the block with failed and broken Apple goodness. No shortage of punters.
He had to give up because every year they just get less repairable. Just wasn't worth his while or the techniques were getting too complicated to make it financially worth it for the customer.
£700 to fix a coffee spill anyone?
Hmm yes Retina screens that would be more useful on a 27"+ screen than a 13" one.
Retina screens that probably cost $20 more than a 1440x900 but can amazingly transform into $300 extra when it hits the shelves.
Cart before horse?
Re: 15 channels
You like Teletubbies then?
Send the kids out into the streets or garden to play instead. Helps their imagination or read them a story.
When I retune my PVR I then spend 10 minutes deleting about 70% of the channels.
Imagine the picture quality and signal they could deliver if they restricted Freeview to just 15 decent channels.
Isnt DAB also....
20+ year old tech?
In that case why hasn't it followed all other tech and now only costs £5 or is given away with 5 litres of oil?
It always has appeared to remain reassuringly expensive.
I see it was LOCAL radio.....
....they switched off, which I tend to feel that hardly anyone bothers to listen to.
Maybe the Beeb could save money by getting rid of local Beeb radio stations instead?
Radio Norfolk is terrible.
Re: Loved my Nokia 7110
I must say you pick up one of the Nokia phones from around that time (even the budget ones) and they feel amazing quality and robustness compared to the flimsy plastic/aluminium crap folks pay £500 for only to replace a year later.
Re: Compared to recent Quatermass remake?
I'm glad I'm not the only one who hated all the gurning!
Like all these IT Pros struggling to get to grips with Windows 8 then?
Even my old dad can use it......
Re: So can anyone suggest a realistic alternative....
Coding? Christ why would anyone do that? More exciting this to do.
So can anyone suggest a realistic alternative....
....with a straight face?
Okay so another pointless bandwagon chasing article then form another tech journo who like many in their arena doesn't need any tech more advanced than a tablet to do their oh so demanding job on?
Must be hard work having to think unoriginal crap up while sitting in Starbucks all day.
Time for the consumer to hit back.
I propose that in the month of February, no one buys any products from Apple or Samsung.
Not a single thing. Just to show how fed up we all are with this quite frankly staggeringly childish behaviour.
Should be time enough to organise.
Maybe a slight dent in their results might make them grow up. They don't appear to respond to anything else.
Re: Amazing how useless "Whaling Research" is
Yes, always amazed at the amounts of 'research' Japan still has to do by chopping up dead whales.
Plus when are they going to finally publish the results of this research so they can stop? Surely they have chopped enough up already?
Doesn't say a lot for Japanese scientists.
Or is there some other reason....hmmmmmmmmmmmm
Yeah I got one...just because.....
I love it. It goes everywhere with me now and I hardly use my laptops. Superb bit of kit for £129.
Wont fall apart after 6 months like the Acer too.
There does appear to be a lot of bandwagon chasing and herdrage from a lot of lazy tech writers regarding Windows 8 and its incarnations.
You read these articles and you think "how long have these guys actually used IT or worked in the IT space?".
A lot of what they have been whining about is usually pretty pointless or changeable with a couple of clicks.
As a former Pre 2 owner.....
...I would be averse to purchasing any phone from HP.
So it'an Acer.....
....so only going to last about 6 -8 months then?
Any other firm and I'd expect it to last at least till a day past warranty.
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