* Posts by jason 7

2171 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Force Touch tweak: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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So now a power user is defined as...

he or she that needs more than one USB port at a time?

Interesting times.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: You Know Windows 10 Is Going To Be Good...

My Dell OEM is included. Got the icon yesterday.

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Re: Free*

Well going by recent developments with 8 Upgrades etc. it seems you can at least install 'fresh' but the new install gathers up all the 'old OS/software' into one big archive which you can delete later.

Works well and not like the old day when I would cringe at hearing from my Boss -

"Oh I upgraded that Win3.1 laptop with the Win95 upgrade floppies...seems a bit flakey but it might work..."

Uggghhhh.

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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Re: @Paul Shirley

Well I have a Dell with the bios update for 7 Pro and no license key (only for Vista) yet with Dell's Windows 7 Pro installed I got the "10 Upgrade" offer.

I would guess these machines (and in effect most OEM machines) wont be affected by any license loss.

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I can see the panic now!

I do part time IT support work for a group of IFAs that due to the systems they use, are still limited to running Windows 7 Pro (the version of Citrix they use doesn't work with 8 or higher) and their IT dept hasn't done anything the past two+ years to fix that. It's annoying as all the laptops have to be encrypted and obviously Windows 8/8.1 Pro has Bitlocker all built in, unlike 7.

Now that all their users will be getting "Hey upgrade to Windows 10!" messages I hope they have gone on full alert.

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Re: Windows 10?

I also remember all the hassle of 60Hz issues in gaming in the early days of XP. Can't remember what it was exactly but it caused a lot of confusion in the early days.

As mentioned Vista just got burnt through cheapskate OEM suppliers (it'll run just the same as XP with 512MB of ram won't it?) and lazy third party driver development.

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Will Apple reveal a $10-a-month Spotify rival next week? Yeah, yeah, probably

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Re: A Spotify rival that isn't as device/OS agnostic as Spotify?

I have to say I don't hear many people talking about iTunes. Most folks I know are fully into Spotify or other streaming services.

iTunes has largely been forgotten for many. Not the big I am it once was.

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Strap-on fiddle factor: We poke ten Apple Watch apps

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Fake Block?

tap tap tap...tap tap tap

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Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

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Re: Windows 10 won't give PC sales a fillip

And the real reason for this is that OEM builds of Windows are truly awful and a clean build of Windows is great.

I've had a couple of customers who run Windows machines and Apple Macbooks.

They bought the Windows desktops for work but just could get on with them due to the noisy buggy OEM builds. SO they moved 90% to the Mac.

I've since rebuilt their Windows 7/8 machines to clean properly configured Windows Installs with just the software they need on them.

The reaction?

"This is great! It...it just works how I want it. So smooth and fast! Why don't they make them all like this?"

So now they are happy using the Windows machine and one of them is so impressed he's decided to not buy a new Macbook.

The secret is Windows works great as a clean build. Most Mac users will have a clean Windows Install.

Microsoft's greatest enemies are the very OEMs that Windows gets installed on. It's time for MS to lay down the law of system builds or they start making more of their own Signature builds available.

I think I read somewhere that Windows 10 will have a clean restore option that will wipe all the bloat and just put Windows 10 back on. Maybe they should add this as a initial start option on first boot?

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Re: @Steve Davies 3 - Correct for me.

When anyone posts up an anonymous "MS Conspiracy against Linux with Secureboot" post I wish it would unhide their real ID so we can laugh them off the forum and never hear from them again.

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Tossed all your snaps into the new Google Photos? You read the terms, right? ... RIGHT?

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Switched it off.

Don't need it on my phone thanks.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Well ...that's why Dictatorships are so easy to do business with. Much more money in it and decisions get made faster.

Something to be said for it in this day and age...

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Carry On Computing: Ten stylish laptop bags for him

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Re: The Targus CDB1-001 - Best Laptop bag ever!

Ah well you see we used to buy a lot of Targus bags back in the day at our firm and bits would fall off them and break . So we used to contact them about the Lifetime guarantee.

Turns out its nothing of the sort. Targus just tells you to FO. You see they put the handy word 'limited' in front of the lifetime warranty part.

We had a time when we bought a load of satchel style bags from them. The main buckles would break off after just a few months. Targus refused to replace any of them.

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The Targus CDB1-001 - Best Laptop bag ever!

http://www.itsvet.com/proizvod/targus-cdb1/carrybag/250/39

Had one since 1999 and just switched over to a new one (old but unused) I bought on Ebay two years ago. Pockets galore, enough space for a change of clothes and just works as a great all round bag. Mine went all over the world in the 15 years I used it.

I was so smitten with it I still haven't thrown my old one away (the main zip finally broke) as I had so many adventures with it. Sentimental? I guess so but it was a trusty travel and work companion for so many years.

I'll have to buy up another good example on Ebay soon just in case.

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Re: Heartbleed

People are inherently lazy.

I'm amazed if someone says they 'tested' something nowadays. Most likely a liar.

The shit I see out there from supposed 'professionals'.

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Re: with...

Yes it's like the Allies best weapon against the Nazis was Hitler himself.

Oh dear...I mentioned Hitler!

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Re: @ Zack Mollusc

Indeed, some folks have obviously led very sheltered lives with some of the stuff they get over emotional about.

Leads to a lack of perspective.

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So the long and the short of it is...

The world has moved on but this guy still thinks it's 1995?

Plus if you want to be taken slightly seriously then that look isn't helping him.

Mental illness is a terrible thing.

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Hi! You've reached TeslaCrypt ransomware customer support. How may we fleece you?

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Re: ransomware

Even most domestic setups have more than one PC and the average user data has crept up big time over the past few years. Maybe around 40-50GB on average. I am seeing more folks with 500GB+.

When you can get a cheap Zyxel NAS for around £75 and just plug that into the router and slap Cobian on the 3-4 desktops/laptops its job done.

I rarely see anyone using optical media for backups nowadays. I maybe buy one pack of 25 DVDs a year now. So damn slow. If a customer comes to me for data recovery and they have more than 20GB of data I ask them to bring in external USB storage as I'm not backing that up to DVD.

Forget optical in the workplace.

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Re: ransomware

"Of the people who actually do regular backups (sadly not a large percentage of PC users), I should think very few will have their backups permanently accessible to their PC - backups will typically be written to some form of removable media that is removed from the PC after creating the backup."

Unfortunately, not in my version of the real world.

Unless the backup destination is permanently connected and the backup process automated to happen at a certain time it doesn't happen.

People are lazy or just don't care enough to think about it. It's a big enough challenge to get them to realise how important a backup is in the first place let alone getting them to actually do it and do it regularly.

Had a few that go "Oh yes we have a backup!" I ask to see it and find it was last done 8 months ago and all the wrong data. Shambles.

And burning to 4.5GB optical media? All RAID1 NAS boxes or bigger nowadays. Might work for for light home use but most businesses have too many users and data for that to work.

It's a tough call.

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Re: ransomware

You haven't read how it works have you?

Once activated it searches not only for any local user data but for any attached storage over the network, cloud or USB and encrypts that too. Bang go your backups.

So basically once you've got over the hurdle of setting up an automated backup for the customer, cloud backup for offsite you also then need to setup and volunteer someone to do a manual backup and remember to unplug the storage. Sorry Miranda or Cheryl!

I'm sure you could come up with something more sophisticated but these are normal people with average aspirations and better things they want to do in life. Hence why I just use Cryptoprevent.

Vaccine rather than cure.

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Re: How

" If my plumbing or my car starts playing up I might have an idea but I don't have the skills or the tools to fix complicated problems, it's not my job so I hire a plumber or a mechanic to look at it. I trust someone with the skills in that area, that I don't know."

Brother! Where have you been!"

I say the exact same thing to my customers when they look at me all embarrassed about something that they really wouldn't be expected to have a clue about.

In fact I had to make a promise to my plumber to never ever touch the plumbing again after I had a go...

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Re: Cryptoprevent

Yeah I think the Reg did an interview with the guy a couple of years ago and he said he didn't realise till after the event but decided it was too late and stuck with it.

Bit like when I see 'therapist' (or analrapist ha) in a URL or email addy.

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Re: How

From what I've been able to find out 'after the event' it seems these mostly come in via email attachments marked 'Resume' or similar.

The people I've seen hit all use outlook or an email client that hooks up to a email server (run/admin by the guy in his bedroom that manages their cheap hosting too) with little or no filtering. Quite common in small business circles.

Folks who run their email through the likes of Gmail etc. appear to get all that filtered out.

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Cryptoprevent

from foolishit.com.

Works a treat. I've installed it on several machines for customers and its saved three of them so far from being wiped out.

Even the free version after 6 months without being updated meant one only lost about 15% of their data rather than everything. That was after they bothered to tell me after they noticed it happen two weeks before! I guess they hoped it would just 'go away'.

https://www.foolishit.com/cryptoprevent-malware-prevention/

Worth buying a license or two for those in the firm that like to click on everything (you know the ones). Just check your spam filter due to the name...

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

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Re: RT was essential.

Oh c'mon man something with that much functionality and weighing so little is classed as heavy?

Really? I remember just a few years ago I had laptops with power supplies that weighed more than that.

It's like reviewers that say "The phone weighs in at a 'hefty' 160 grams!" Really? That hefty to you?

Sometimes devices have to have some mass or they bend or need charging every 11 hours. Either most tech reviewers are really weak or they must be no older than 16.

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RT was essential.

It annoyed Intel to see MS with ARM...on a date together. So it ended up making the chips that MS wanted in the first place.

That RT cash write off was probably cheaper/quicker than negotiating with Intel.

So now we have a Surface that gets good reviews rather than mixed.

Oh and -

" but otherwise it’s an effort to carry"

Can we please see a pic of all tech reviewers who state that a mobile device is too heavy? I need to know if it's a human being writing this or a marmoset?

Feeble!

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Roku 3: Probably the best streaming player on the market ... for now, at least

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Re: Roku Media Player

So you ripped off your content in the wrong format eh?

Oh well, beggars cant be choosers I guess.

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Business or pleasure? Crucial MX200 and BX100 1TB SSDs

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Re: What about reliability - failure rates versus warranty?

I think you are just over-thinking it all chap.

Most people just get on using their SSD and if they feel the need, run a daily or weekly backup to a NAS, external USB HDD or Cloud.

SSD/HDD failure comes under the term of "Worry about when it happens!"

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I bought a BX100 250GB for a customer.

My review?

Well in real life it works as well as any of the other 40+ SSDs I've bought over the past three years or so.

That's it really.

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: Paying for what you don't use

"Those are the people the BBC cater for."

Poor sods!

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Re: We know you, you know!

Yes when you look at the photos from back then I think a lot of people rioting just preferred it if their Dad just paid the tax instead of them having to pay something.

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Re: Paying for what you don't use

As a public service Street Lighting and sewage etc. still work much the same as they did 10, 30, 50 years ago. Plus there are no other alternatives that function in a better manner for what they provide.

The BBC however, is now just not very good. It's golden age is well in the past.

We have far more options in that area of 'service' than we did 10 years ago. Consumers are making choices and more or us choose to walk away.

It's not the only game in town anymore. To still be relevant it needs to start producing drama and shows the like of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Parks & Recreation, 30 Rock, Orange is the new Black, Bosch, Vikings etc. etc. etc.

It could even try making proper science documentaries again that don't involve that mop-haired muppet from d:ream having to go to the top of some mountain in Chile to film a 10 second shot explaining something that a info-graphic and a voice over would have done in a less distracting manner on Horizon 20 years ago.

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Re: We know you, you know!

Actually I quite liked the Poll Tax and to be honest I think it's a lot more fair than the current system.

Especially now that many younger people are having to live at home with mum and dad way past 18.

Poll tax spreads the burden.

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Why do all these people still think...

...the BBC produces top world quality TV?

It doesn't. Hasn't for several years now. The BBC's quality has plummeted dramatically over the past 10-15 years. All the great TV shows of the past 10 years...how many would be BBC output?

I'd put one in there...Luther. That's it. That's the only one that stands up to the output from the USA and even countries like Sweden and Italy.

Oh and I get to watch Luther on Netflix if I want. I love independent productions...

Wake up people, the BBC ain't what it used to be. It's pretty damn poor.

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I just don't watch...

...the BBC anymore.

I don't like Dr Who, I don't cooking or baking. I don't like X list celebs dancing like twats. I don't like Sherlock. I don't like Greg Wallace and I stopped watching Top Gear a few years ago when it because the same show every week (not that that's an issue anymore). I don't watch sport and the news isn't that good either. I've watched every episode of Family guy 18 times (thats not even a BBC show) and they are still 4 seasons behind on Parks & Recreation.

Chris Evans isn't funny, Jeremy Vine is annoying and Steve Wright should have been put down a long time ago.

So at 44 I just feel the BBC doesn't really have me as part of their demographic. So now Prime and Netflix have me as a full time customer. I don't bother with Sky by the way.

At £150.00 I'd rather drop the license fee and take up another streaming subscription.

Seriously thinking of cancelling the direct debit.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Re: Now, there's tech blog I'd actually read

Yeah like those photo blogs where you see a guy testing out a new £2000 lens and he drops it by accident.

Excellent. Their tears sustain me!

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Re: Thankfully not 40 years ago.

Yes when I see "Slide 1 of 45" I go into a coma.

If I see "Slide 1 of 7" then I might just hold out hope but I'll be fidgeting by slide 5.

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Re: Well, I could recommend a compact photo kit

A good 18-200mm zoom. Job done.

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All these folks worried about processing their photos while on holiday...

...in reality no one else cares or wants to see them. They really don't.

So just don't. Do like most normal people that have realised this. Take your photos while on holiday by all means. Download them to your NAS/External backup HDD 'Photos' folder and probably never look at them again.

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Mega bag carry-on w*nkers.

Am I the only one that wishes airlines actually started to enforce the size and weight of carry-on luggage?

Some of the bags (well I say bags...more like trunks) people man-handle into the cabin really take the piss.

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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Re: drop the keyboard...

Yep, thats the ultimate plan.

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Re: It's a MacBook appliance designed to die

Yes so do the prices listed reflect adding in at least 4 years of Apple Care for it?

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Re: Why have there been no press pictures...

Or is it more to do with Ives design arrogance painting himself into a corner?

Next years model will have to drop the keyboard.

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JavaScript CPU cache snooper tells crooks EVERYTHING you do online

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Re: 80%

I was going to say, that's not what I see in the real world of computing. Most are lucky to have a dual core C2D.

I still go "ohh an i3/i5...very swish!" if I spot one. If on the rare occasion I spot an i7 I'm gob smacked.

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Phablet for the biz fleet with easy typing: Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

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Re: NOT suitable for enterprise.

Well as standard my Nexus loses all my SMS messages if I do a reset. It doesn't back them up as standard.

Doesn't even do that greater job of backing up all my contacts even if I check to make sure they are in the list of contacts in Gmail. I always seem to lose around 10-15%.

Not the end of the world though. Just one of those things.

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Rip up your AMD obits: Gaming, VR, embedded chips to lift biz out of the red by 2016, allegedly

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Re: Wait and see

"Zen really is an impressive CPU/core...on paper. It might be more than competitive with Intel's mid-range when it is released."

FTFY

C'mon man, that post reads like all the hand wringing hopeful posts I read from AMD fans 24 hours before the NDAs finished at the Bulldozer release.

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Re: Faulure to understand

And the reality will be that Carrizo will get largely ignored by the OEMS and hardly get on the shelves and Zen will still come up 20% short performance wise to Intel.

We've been here before too many times.

If it wasn't for AMD having the PS4/One contract the banks would have called it in months ago.

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Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

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Re: Integrated sat nav

I have to say last autumn I had a top of the range Volvo S80 as a hire car. It had all the gizmos except for the built in satnav (I guess because Hertz love to push their 'EverLost' system).

Now that was fine for me as I had a TomTom. But for the car with its 6" (?) dash screen...it didn't have a lot to do. It was virtually useless unless making a settings change (not often), just displaying the radio station or the reverse cam when parking.

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I don't get it.

I've tried several in-car satnav systems and they are all a nightmare. I tried the one in my mates Discovery and it took almost as long to navigate the satnav as it did to get to the destination.

Why do people pay £500-£1000 for such an poor option when a £80 TomTom or the free Nokia Here app will do a far better job?

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