1350 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 11:27 GMT
Re: Happy days
I figured something was wrong when I loaded up a Windows 3.1 version of Missile Command.
I had a version called Armageddon written for the 16k Spectrum that must have run in around 12k.
The Windows version looked and played very similar but ran in around 600k. Not quite sure what that extra 588k was doing really.
My first PC
...was an Opus from late 1993. Had a 486DX, 170MB HDD, 4MB of ram and a Cirrus Logic graphics card. Was also a VL bus machine too.
I remember having to adjust the config sys etc to get games to work. Got quite good at it too. Used to annoy me when games used high or low memory to work.
Then getting 3.1 to hook up to the internet in 1994. Had to install Trumpet Winsock, configure my static IP address (those were the days) and download Netscape V1.0 from a dial up bulletin board. Also plugged in and manually configured the IRQ for a 16650 serial port to get the best from my 19200 Multitech modem.
Was so excited when my first actual Internet page loaded in all its grey/Times New Roman glory.
That Opus machine kept going till around 1998. It did get a few upgrades like 8MB of ram, DX66 and a SoundBlaster 8bit card.
Re: What is the point?
Yeah I don't get the logic of taking crap pictures that no one really cares about (really, we don't) and making them even more crap with an app.
Am I the only one not taking crazy pills here?
It's usually been found too that those most publicly against such things are, in private, practitioners themselves.
Always been suspicious of those that publicly and viciously decry other sections of the public as 'deviants'.
Well it's a not a democracy either is it? Hasn't been for decades.
The powers that be have made both political sides the same in terms of nothing really changes no matter who is President. Whoever you vote for the government still gets in.
Look at the current President, other than the token Heathcare bill (to give the illusion of change) you'd could imagine that Bush was still in charge. Same old same old.
The politicians are not really in control. They haven't been in most western economies for a long time.
Re: Dear Land Of Liberty...
Yeah, we go to Canada now.
Food and beer is a lot better and when you talk to a Canadian you don't get to hear "Oh you are a Brit eh? Didn't we save your ass back in WW2?"
To which you want to reply "Yes you tedious twat you did help us out and we are eternally grateful and we paid you back every cent. Oh and thanks for reminding us every two minutes like a condescending parent . However, had you got involved when you should have done it may not have cost as much or taken as long!"
Canada immigration the last time we went, stopped us when we mentioned one destination to mention most concerned that there was no snow at that location. They didn't want us to be disappointed! Ahhh bless.
Re: wtf is socialism?
Yeah, I always find it amazing how US folks have been convinced/brainwashed that anything designed to protect/help or improve their consumer rights is 'Socialist'.
It's terrible how much the big mega corps/media have indoctrinated that.
I've always felt that an 80/20 mix of capitalism with socialism is a good thing. The current 99% capitalism model only benefits a very small minority.
KInd of makes all those job adverts....
...asking for PRINCE2 to be a load of cobblers.
Anyone ever actually applied PRINCE2 to a Govt IT Project? If so why did it fail and end up costing £130 million rather than the £20 million originally budgeted?
Oh and why were you and your team not fired/hung drawn & quartered/tar & feathered/shot at dawn?
Govt IT projects getting out of hand
The best example I remember was the refunding the folks who bought a National ID card.
Someone had the balls/bare faced cheek to say it would cost around £43000 a time to refund £32 to any person that wanted their money back.
Re: How about ...
Indeed, also giving all MPs and ministers a 1 day course on IT basics could avoid a lot of costs.
If they had half a clue as to what's possible and what's not possible plus some idea of the scope involved could save a lot of money.
The viability of a potential IT contract/project cannot be gauged by the quality of restaurants/gifts the potential contractor takes/gives you to.
Why do we still use the term Manager?
Because we all know its the complete opposite of what they can actually do.
How many of us have a proper 'Manager' these days? You know the ones that actually manage a team, make sure its on track, helps smooth out problems, develops careers, organise training etc. etc.
I guess we all now have the modern Manager. The type who only looks after no.1, is always in unnecessary meetings with Directors, rather than talking to his/her team. Always pushing their opinion or direction on a project, making the decisions on stuff they know jack about, doesn't even know your name...
What's worse is when you have a 'Chain of Managers". Ever had that to contend with? When you have the Team Manager, Senior Manager and Head of Dept in the same office. All with different opinions so you end up having to guess the correct decision that Dave then Mike then Tim would approve of without pissing any of them off.
That works really well.
Re: Security banned!
One thing to keep in mind however, is just how ultra secret are most corporate emails?
I don't anyone would have got anything useful from any of my company emails and likewise for all of my colleagues. All very humdrum stuff.
Take a corporation of 5000 staff and maybe only 50 of them would be given access to the type of information that could be truly sensitive or of value to competitors. So give them Blackberries.
Not much to be gleaned from masses of emails from Project managers chasing Incapable and Hopeless to get their shit together.
Indeed, in most mega-corps finding anyone that actually knew you a few weeks after you left in nigh on impossible.
In the last year I worked for a corporation I had 5 Managers/Directors. None of them knew my name. In fact when I turned up to hand in my laptop/Blackberry and ID card, no one knew I was even leaving, even though I'd been away on two months garden leave! Just goes to show if you think you are important, chances are you aren't (not that I thought I was, I may add).
They didn't even bother with doing the twice yearly appraisals for the last 3 years I was there. One of them asked me to write my own. I politely wrote back advising that "It's the only managerial responsibility you have towards me just twice a year so really it's the least you could do!"
I even asked a couple of years before I left if my then manager had my personnel file. I was advised "oh most of them got lost years ago!"
So getting a reference.....hahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Yep happens every time. All those standing and posturing with dropped bottom lips that they "wont be buying the next PS/Xbox/Star Wars boxset!" will all be there queued up in line on release day with their credit card at the ready.
Just let it go.
Actually its the riders that are the problem and not the speed or DoT
If ordinary folks can ride these and then find they can do 28mph with little to no effort ON A PAVEMENT like so many now seem to think they have a right to, then carnage ensues.
I wouldn't like to be hit by a bicycle doing 15mph on a pavement let alone one doing 28mph.
I saw someone tearing round Norwich on a Segway once, those things were quite fast in action and in the end they did get nicked when they knocked someone flying on a pavement. Caused some nasty injuries.
If you want to use such devices then get a licence, use only the roads or have an identifiable numberplate so we can give those details to the Police when you zoom off after knocking someone over.
It's not working...
Been using Windows 8 now for a couple of weeks or more and I still find myself auto/muscle memory going to bottom left to switch off the laptop and other such things.
Going to take a long time to get used to this after nearly 20 years of doing it one way.
I do love the fast booting etc. but have yet to find a vaguely useful Metro app.
No problems with dumping backwards compatibility.
I mean you have a PS3 already to play the old stuff on anyway.
The AMD stuff is good news too if true.
However, as for the rest...sounds a clusterf*ck to me.
Re: Right about the CD Player.... but wrong about the 'phones
Open up a lot of those high end CD players and what do you find? Pretty much a PC CD/DVD rom drive sans the case.
High end Hi-fi has always been £30 worth of electronics in a £50 box.
Re: false security theatre
I'm not sure what it would take to take control of an airliner nowadays.
Now the precedent has been set, everyone knows that if that situation happens you may as well "have a go" as the alternative of just sitting there isn't going to help either.
Interesting that plane hi-jackings were quite regular before 9/11. Not so much now.
Is it the 'extra security' or the fact that maybe passengers wouldn't be so compliant now? It would take more than a penknife/bolt cutters or a pair of nail clippers to stop most folks now.
Re: Apps Apps Apps
And how many of those do you actually use everyday for at least 5-10 mins?
I bet its not far off the 12 I said. Probably less.
I have around 50 apps on my Palm Pre2, but I only use around 8 of them. The rest are novelty or nice to have. Not essential however.
Re: What happens when...
Well its all part of the plan of the 1% to extract all the money from the rest of the world so they can enslave us all to make their luxury goods for just scraps.
When we are all poor the world over, production costs balance out everywhere.
Love the £400 laptop reviews.
They read like a car review.
"For your £14000 the Ford Focus doesn't have a carbon fibre chassis, paddle gearbox, ostrich leather seats, ceramic brakes or a 10 cylinder twin turbo engine!
Well that's disappointing! I was hoping for more.
One other thing....
...say a school gets 20 iPads a the start of term. How many will still be around/not broken by the end of term?
I bet the reason for pushing such expensive kit is all about raking in the inflated replacement costs over the school year.
I've seen PCs after they have been retired from High Schools. It's not pretty. If they were animals their pics would be in RSPCA cash appeals.
Strip all that crap out.
And put back BBC B machines with the 1985/87 O-level computer studies curriculum. Didn't do any of us any harm.
Get back to basics at school. The kids can get to grips with Office/Internet /Porn at home.
Re: Amazed at the frothing for the benchmarks in reviews.
There is more to life than running benchmarks.
Trust me, when you hit 40 you'll regret all that time wasted sitting at a keyboard. Especially if you are still living with mum.
Amazed at the frothing for the benchmarks in reviews.
Seeing the tech boys going "Wow this card crucifies the AMD card!" when it does say 156fps compared to the AMDs 150fps and sometimes it's the other way around.
Strange how people want to perceive things. I actually see each top range card release with growing disappointment as we no longer see the leaps we used to get say 10 years ago. Plus how much faster do you want to go once you get past 120FPS for those few with a 120Hz monitor?
Also how many of them are happy to splash $500 on a new card that does an extra 8fps over the $500 card they bought 6 months ago.
Some people need to stop scrounging off their parents, move out and get a life I reckon.
OKay I switched to getting Lovefilm via the 360.
I have the unlimited DVDs and Streaming option.
My feelings are as follows.
The choice of latest material is limited, very limited. Lots of crap on there and stuff that's been shown to death on Film4/ITV4 already.
It's a total nightmare to navigate using the 360 Dashboard as it currently works (or doesn't). Trying to find stuff takes ages and you really have to dig to find the odd nugget.
Picture quality and streaming are good. Once the movies start all the artefacts disappear in a second or so. I do have a 16Mbps service though. No stuttering or breakup, in fact its better than Freeview.
I am disappointed with the DVD side. I appears that I cant get any of my top picks for ages and then we walk into my local lending library down the road and they have all the top titles in ready to be rented for £2 that are in my pick list. Much to my other half's amusement, "Oh look they have this and that and that and that...aren't we still waiting for all of those from Lovefilm?"
Currently on a 3 months for price of 1 but to be honest the streaming isn't worth it in the present state and if the DVD side doesn't hurry up then its back to the library.
The streaming side should mirror the DVD side. It's galling to see all the current releases sitting in the Zune video library too. If they can do it.......
Re: just hobble the software?
My other half reviews books and often gets pre-release proofs to read. One publisher changed the name of one character in the book to that of the reviewer they sent it to to make sure they were traceable if the book got out to the wider audience.
Nice idea I thought.
There are reports and there are reports. Just make sure yours are actually required and read.
I sent the exact same weekly report to my boss that he demanded we all complete for 6 months till he moved on, after a few weeks I didn't even bother changing the date on it.
Gave me an extra hour to do some work each week.
I never knew if he twigged. I guess if he did there was nothing he could do about it really.
Re: True, but...
I remember sitting with a bunch of pink shirts that were talking 'money and lifestyle'. Going on and on about how much they earned and the stuff they bought with it.
As for me I'm happy with a modest lifestyle, a small home that costs pennies in mortgage, the small car is paid for and costs next to nothing, paid off my credit card etc. etc.
They then got round to disposable income. They then found out that even though I earned half as much, I had more than twice the disposable income any of them had.
They were really shocked, but not about asking how they could increase their disposable income by following my example, all they wanted to know was "why the hell aren't you driving a Porsche??"
If everyone just concentrated....
...on the visible stuff. Most companies would cease to function after a few weeks.
There needs to be those that sacrifice the BMW, free healthcare and share options in order to keep everyone else in a job (including those bell-ends).
No one recognises that though.
If the mindset mentioned in this article is the only way to get anywhere then that's wrong. Very very wrong. Needs to be tempered a little.
He who bullshits most.....
...or looks good in an expensive pink shirt and cufflinks.
Seen it all before, talk the talk, make yourself out the big 'I AM' then get the project, pretty much screw it up by pandering only to the Directors rather than the folks who need it, blame your staff and hope for a re-org to move you to another top project leaving the more capable people to clean up your mess. Rinse and repeat.
Oh and make sure you play regular golf with the boss and hang on his every word like a Mini-Me.
The most often phrase when we more able folks discussed those kinds of people (especially after they got yet another promotion) was "but what's he actually delivered?"
Oh and another thing...
...while we are at it.
Adobe are just simply not a nice company to deal with.
They just treat you like dirt. Overly complicated upgrade paths that stack the apps and cost against you. You can never get the combination you want for a reasonable price. If you start off with the full bundle and then find you only use two of the suite you are then locked into the suites. We found a few years ago we bought what we thought was the right upgrade (seemed reasonable/sensible) only to finds it didn't work. A call to Adobe just resulted in some bitchy woman at the other end telling us "tough titty!" even though we'd bought £300 of their product. Had to search out a unused copy of FlashMX (whatever) on Ebay for a further £75 to get it working. That then scuppered us for future upgrade paths etc. becuase we were now out of sync.
Then when you have finally stumped up the hundreds to buy the new version its really stressful to make sure it goes over the top okay, doesn't destroy your PC or previous settings, has a major 64bit bug etc. If it does, then you'll find sod all in the way of support and fixes.
My heart sinks whenever I hear "I think we need to upgrade Adobe ********!"
It shouldn't be that way should it? Adobe is the only company I really detest dealing with and find stressful.
Still waiting for fixes for CS3/4/5 etc.
Adobe are hopeless at fixing stuff for what is stupidly expensive software.
You just expect better service for your money.
You jump to a new version and god knows what howlers you'll find with no hope of them being fixed.
Can I suggest a relevant real world test for cheap tablets?
Can you test how fast it is to query a movie or actor on IMDB compared to a iPad or Transformer from sitting on the coffee table to getting the info?
Then if its within a second or so then most of us know we can get buy with spending £180 instead of £500.
Re: The saving
If folks are that hard up then they shouldn't be considering buying a tablet.
More like food and paying the heating maybe?
That's why we are all in this crappy situation. People cant get their priorities right.
Re: usual incompetence from a government organisation, BAU then
My other half worked as a civilian for the Police a few years ago. She was given the job of a Project Co-Ordinator. Basically monitoring the many projects going on.
She would turn up to see the usual middle aged fat bloke running said project for progress and they would be very surprised to see her. The following conversation would ensue -
Her: Hello I've just come to see you re. Project XYZ
Him: Err why? The results and report aren't due till November!
Her: Yes but it's my job to keep an eye on things and report progress.
Him: (rolls eyes) Listen luv, it's not needed. It's a government project isn't it. All we do is write up a report telling them what they want to hear and it's all done!
Her: Right so you haven't really done much the past 12 months then?
Him: Well no, like I said it's a government project, whether it happens or not doesn't matter does it? After all it's only taxpayers money!"
This happened time after time. The phrase "it's only taxpayers money!" was almost their catchphrase. She left after a few weeks. A combination of the above and her creepy boss feeling the need to touch female staff.
Re: To be fair
There was a line in Mystery Men that made me and my mate spray cola out our noses in the cinema.
Simply Wes Studi saying "You dress like a male prostitute!"
For some reason it just came across so hilarious. That gives it a pass in my opinion.
My personal nomination....
...is Batman & Robin.
However, I do remember sitting in the cinema watching Unbreakable.
I broke the cardinal rule of speaking during a screening which I had never done before and now only reserve for telling noisy teenagers to "shut up or f*** off!". About 70% of the way through I just felt compelled to say out loud - "Is anything actually meant to happen in this film?"
The audience burst out laughing and a few clapped. Dirge!
I haven't watched an Eddie Murphy movie in years.
Yeah I remember this support call I got about 10 years ago from a user that had been using windows PCs for a few years.
User: I cant do such and such.
Me: Okay click on the start button.
User: What do you mean start button?
Me: The start button that appears on the desktop bottom left.
User: No, I don't see anything like that.
Me: Well you are on the desktop with the icon so bottom left should be the start button.
User: No I don't have a start button.
Me: (voice now up two octaves and 20dB) There must be a start button its a standard feature on XP/NT (whatever we were using then).
Me: (thinking they are taking the piss) Okay so you have the only windows PC without a Start button? How did you access your programs?
This goes on for another minute or two and by now my throat is as tight as a gnats chuff and I want to kill this person and their whole family.
User: I just know there isn't a start button, and don't get ratty with me!
Me: Sorry but I'm finding it hard to believe you don't have or cant see the Start button!
User: (slight pause) Oh you mean this thing called Start down in the bottom left corner? Oh yes I have one of those!
Me: (sound of gunshot)
Yep that was a true support call and that was when we had V-I-S-U-A-L C-L-U-E-S on the screen. Have 20 or so of those a day and you age quickly.
Re: Like all those Toslink cables you see listed..
I've been trying to tell the folks on the Computer Audiophile website for years that the $300 USB cable they bought still only has $3 worth of bits at best, 50c at worst. I doubt they take 10 hours to put together.
They never listen.
I'm seeing this as more and more cunning rather than outright stupid.
Still a bit stupid though.
MS knows that most corps are going to skip 8 and go with 7. It's the nature of things, it's the cycle.
So they are getting Metro user training in via the back door of domestic usage.
7 got some of this via staff upgrading their home PCs and laptops with Vista and 7 long before the companies pensioned off the old 2004 XP boxes.
The real gamble is whether the domestic market just sticks with what they have got or...buy Macs instead.
As a lot of them have iPads and iPhones already and Windows Tablets wont be around till Xmas. It's not a large stretch of the imagination.
A week eh? I'd go with that.
I guess you would class yourself as an experienced or advanced user? That's fair enough.
How long will Michelle in Accounts take? Times that by 5000 and you see the issue.
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