* Posts by jason 7

2203 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Intel inside: Six of the best affordable PC laptops

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Re: Affordable?

"You have failed to read the spec correctly."

No I haven't.

I can tell sh*t from Shinola that's all.

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Re: Why also 15" models?

"Accountants..."

But then they have to use Excel on a 1366x768 screen...

Robbing Peter...

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Re: Affordable?

As much as I'm an AMD fan I wouldn't touch an AMD laptop. Not the range and the specs are usually awful for the price. Sure the APUs are fine (avoid the E series CPUs at all costs) but the rest of the kit is poor usually.

You get the feeling that the OEMs begrudgingly push out AMD equipped laptops.

As for AMD desktops...well you have to roll your own on those.

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Re: Try this:-

Been looking at them for a while now. They will probably get my business next year when I replace my 6 year old Dell. That exact model.

Nice that you can order kit without parts to keep the cost down. I don't need an OS/RAM or SSD (got them already) so I can bump up the spec elsewhere.

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Why also 15" models?

Do people still like this size? 10 years ago 98% of laptops were this size and you paid £500 more for a smaller model (probably a Thinkpad).

But nowadays 15" laptops look and feel huge. 13" seems more the sweet spot for on the go laptop usage to me.

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Re: Mid year resolution?

Totally agree with you 110%.

How hard would it have been to throw in a few 1600x900 panels even? That should have been the minimum standard 5 years ago.

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The problem with buying the real budget stuff...

...is you end up with a laptop with a almost tablet spec CPU in it. That tied with a 5400RPM HDD and it makes a painful experience.

Well worth paying an extra £100 for a proper CPU.

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

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Why not just integrate EMET into Windows 10?

I don't get why they still leave this functionality out. Or is this part of EMET rebranded?

Well even if they did they would hide it and make sure it was all switched off by default.

Can't have Old man Withers in Armpit Arizona annoyed cos his obsolete 2002 shareware spam filter software no longer works.

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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Well the leader of that project left a few days after it came out...with a huge wad of cash in his back pocket.

Almost like he planned it!

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Apple's HomeKit: So, you know, it exists and all that. Oookay ...

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Re: Homekit

wow

Maybe my imagination just extends past gadget greed, rainbows and lollipops and can see the myriad of downsides, why the hells and snags with all this?

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jason 7
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Re: Homekit

Well take security and usability, current if someone wants to 'interact' with my home they have to have physical contact with it.

With these systems it means folks in China/Russia etc. will likely have the ability to 'interact' with it too.

I'll pass.

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jason 7
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Homekit

So I need this...why?

Make my home life more complicated with more 'shit that doesn't work'?

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The thing about Apple's 'one MORE thing'? It's a streaming music thing

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Re: Err - Offline Mode on Spotify

Have an upvote for both from me!

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Oh.

That is all.

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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Once again...

...someone didn't think it cool and maybe a 'bit negative' to put a 'CONS' heading up on the initial brainstorming session.

I have seen it happen!

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Remake, remodel: Toshiba Chromebook 2

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Re: Your wish is granted.

To be honest...that's more interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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jason 7
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Re: Your wish is granted.

or -

6) Oh look someone else saying "I installed linux on mine!" for the 75th time.

Yawn...yes we know!

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Re: Your wish is granted.

But from the sound of your initial post you are trying to make a saw work like a chisel.

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Re: Your wish is granted.

Erm have you thought about just using the ChromeOS it came with? You might have got some work done by now if you had.

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Re: Small

I say to folks they are to replace a tablet when you find that stabbing a screen with your finger to type doesn't cut it. I know a few folks that have dumped tablets for Chromebooks.

So the smaller size works, plus they don't have as much hardware in them as a standard laptop so you can reduce the size again.

My fave Chromebook size is 11".

I think the smaller screen thing has been BS/laziness all along. Might have taken Google to push OEMs to deliver smaller screens at a lower price.

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Re: That keyboard layout ...

And amazingly they can do it for a tenth of the price.

Fancy that.

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FBI: Apple and Google are helping ISIS by offering strong crypto

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Re: Interestingly...

Kind of like knowing that 9/11 was going to happen but just sitting on the info.

The gamble being that if it went to plan, your dwindling post Cold War budget would increase 1000 times afterwards and your monthly meeting with the Secretary of State would become a daily briefing with President and a new office down the corridor.

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They don't want to look for terrorists.

They are under orders from the 1% and the corporations to look out for future political dissent at home so they can avoid what happened in Eastern Europe in the early 90's.

They need to watch out for and deal with anyone that might get enough people to say "You know what? This isn't fair and it's not working for me anymore!"

Things are not going to get better, they've run the numbers and they need to take steps to keep us all under control when it starts getting really bad.

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Re: NI

I remember watching 9/11 on the TV and saying to myself "Welcome to the real world USA!"

I was under the impression they would handle it like everyone else (as mentioned above) and just soldier on regardless.

I was wrong.

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One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

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Re: Never happy!

"you're going to know that a £1 Amazon basics cable isn't the best thing to use"

Oh I dunno, I've been really impressed with the quality of the Amazon Basics stuff. Puts a lot of the premium stuff to shame.

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What an eyeful: Apple's cut price 27in iMac with Retina Display

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Re: Can it handle...

I take it that it can't.

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jason 7
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Yes but can you slap a Windows 7/8/10 DVD in a current Macbook Pro and install it as the only OS on the machine?

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jason 7
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I'm surprised MS with its "Let's get our software on as many devices as possible" mantra hasn't planned to bring out a version of Windows 10 that will install straight on a Mac with no need for OSX to be installed.

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jason 7
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Can it handle...

....editing 4K video streams?

One would think this might be why people would buy it?

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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The issue is...

....from what I see of run of the mill customers.

Is that all new stuff should look and work exactly the same as all the previous old stuff.

However, this ONLY applies to Windows and NOTHING else in the entire world apparently.

Now in the real world IMO Windows 8 only differed from previous windows UIs by say 25% (no Start and the Start Screen mainly) but that was enough to send everyone into frothing anger.

Stuff changes in 11+ years I had to keep telling people. Are all the buttons and switches in your new car or TV in the same place as the previous one? Nope, but did you rage quit with it at the dealers just as you opened the car door? "F*ck this Climate system crap! I'm off to Audi!"

However, most people, when they realised that things change over time, were a bit more accepting.

"Well I suppose you are right!"

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

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Re: Difficult to justify the upgrade expense

The cases are nice but getting a bit tired and samey.

Maybe time for some new colours or textures? This isn't 2010 anymore.

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Re: Where's capitalism when you need it?

Why would you?

A clean install of Windows is as good as a clean 'out of the box' install of OSX and also works with a lot more software. Its the OEMs and their junkware that screw Windows up.

Hackintoshes are mostly novelty hobby machines but for a lot of users, Windows on a Mac is essential.

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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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