* Posts by jason 7

2171 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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

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Why have there been no press pictures...

...of it in 'power user' mode with all the dongles attached?

Or is it as one 'apologist' said to me..."it's just a simple device!"

Really?

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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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You can have all the wonderful chips ever designed...

...but unless those chips are actually ever in products people can buy off the shelf...waste of time.

AMD keep on making nice laptop APUs but when you go to buy a laptop you'll see 57 Intel laptops covering all specs and prices. As for AMD you'll see some crappy cheapo E1 based laptop or some HP A10 monstrosity asking £800 with no SSD or HD screen.

OEMs don't want or need AMD anymore, maybe just the GPUs as a saving grace.

The retail industry has given up on them. But not surprising. Take Chromebooks, an AMD APU would be perfect in a Chromebook but AMD says they are not interested...or is that no one takes their calls anymore?

Shame.

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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Re: Dedicated boxes aside

Why does anyone want to watch broadcast TV?

Just wait a few months and watch it all in one go without adverts and no need to record it all.

Plus all the good stuff is moving away from broadcast anyway.

Dinosaur tech.

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Re: Dedicated boxes aside

So far on my FireTV I'm running -

Prime/Netflix/iplayer/DLNA/PLEX/Spotify/YouTube etc. etc. All standard FireTV fare. No rooting or hacking. As I said, should cover the average and above average user for most things.

So yes it can. Simple and stress free. Maybe you need to read some reviews or something?

Superb voice search too!

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Re: Dedicated boxes aside

Whilst that's a fun hobby a FireTV will do pretty much everything the average person needs and work straight out of the box.

Plus it looks a lot better too.

For the record I setup a Pi2/Kodi as a media centre for a customer a few weeks ago. I still don't know why he wanted it as he isn't technical at all. The FireTV or Roku would be far better.

I know folks come up with a legion of reasons not to use a dedicated box but at the end of the day just quit worrying and just watch some damn TV/movies on your £60+ purchase.

It's entertainment, not politics or something that's meant to be difficult/stressful.

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re: Huh?

@45RPM

Sucks to be a lemur I guess?

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Good luck displacing Windows 7, Microsoft, it's still growing

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Re: 2nd User Systems

Standard MS OEM HP/Dell licence sticker on the box that you would get if purchased in a shop.

Just run a Dell Windows 7 Pro DVD on the Dell machine and you are away. If not use a retail Pro DVD with the sticker key and telephone activate.

No Enterprise Volume licence to worry about. And quite frankly for a small business wanting just two or three machines I really don't care beyond that.

If the original licence stickers have been removed (some companies do) then you'll need the proper Reseller/Refurb licenses from the reseller.

However, you can pick up new PCs for £200 if you are that concerned. The days of a standard company PC costing £1000 a go are long gone.

I always say if you don't have money to invest in the tech that makes you money...you don't deserve to be in business. Give up!

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Re: Just thinking out loud

I've tried giving linux away for free to customers to reduce the cost of a system but they still want to pay £100 extra for Windows.

No matter how strapped for cash they are.

Free Linux is a really hard sell.(ha)

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Re: What about non-connected computers?

You can actually pick up 4 year old ex-corporate Dell/HP PCs with Win7 Pro, C2D, 4GB Ram and 320GB HDDs for around £60 a pop if you know where to look.

You don't need to pay £300 a go.

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

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Re: Yeah, what the F! BEEP!

But do the tunes you present in that video purely use the BEEP command?

That's the whole reason for the exercise, to try to fulfil the challenge using just the BEEP command.

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New EU security strategy: Sod cyber terrorism, BAN ENCRYPTION

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Re: Reduce terrorism...

And as I've mentioned before, no terrorist has ever taken away any of my freedoms.

Only democratically (hmm) elected politicians.

Somebody is doing someone else's work for them.

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MONSTROUS iPhone sales are CANNIBALIZING iPads, gabbles Apple CEO

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Re: Simple

It was fine, you just had to watch out for the print getting on your polyester trews.

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Yeah... I miss those times.

"What does this Turbo button do?"

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Re: Simple

How many people buy the iPhone outright compared to being able to spend £35 a month for two+ years?

There is a difference.

I don't know many that shell out £600 (whatever it is) for them. It's just a constant payment scheme.

Not much different to paying £1 a week for the catalogue sofa back in the 1970's.

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Re: Tablets in general

Or "We've got three!"

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@Dave126 - yes but while those £999 circa 1994 boxes had their faults that's how most of us got started and we are grateful to them.

Why?

Well at the time the Apple boxes were very beige and boxy too (in fact I'd say lumpy) but cost £2999. Plus they were almost dead in the water...

http://www.everymac.com/systems/by_year/macs-released-in-1994.html

We didn't have to worry about bra and knickers not matching as the concept didn't exist then. Ask the wife, it's one of those life's hurdles.

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Apparently the Stainless Steel case version...

...scratches like crazy.

I've had stainless steel watches that went years without a single scratch.

The aluminium case sports version is tougher. Seems the Sports version is the best combination of case and screen materials. Well let's rephrase that, it's the best of a bad bunch.

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Re: Objectively gorgeous??

Agree on the odd design aspects of some of the Omegas there. Though they are interesting.

Plus they will still be worth more than scrap in two years time.

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Re: Your cringeworthy article implies

Not like it would be difficult to sell on.

Does the reviewer even still own it?

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Re: I'll...

Looks like it should go round his ankle...

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Re: The box epitomises why I don't Apple

But give it 6 months and it will be -

Look at me!!!

Oh you've got one too!!

And you!!

And you!!

And you!!

Bugger!

So much for 'be different!'

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I'll...

...pass!

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – blisteringly big banter, brawls and brio

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Re: Can i bring my 5 year-old?

Although the cursing is a big in joke...

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Re: Background

I would say Iron Man 3 is the most disappointing one of the entire current Marvel crop. Mainly because its so messy, over long and the director thought he was being cool.

Yes...even Iron Man 2 is better than 3.

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Re: Blacklist

The Happening is insulting TV too. Really badly written especially with regards to police/FBI procedure and the female characters.

We gave up after 6 episodes.

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Seeing it tomorrow...

...with a pint of real ale tucked the cup holder rather than a £6 bucket of cola.

The joys of an local independent cinema!

I'll still sneak in some Minstrels or Wine gums though.

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DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

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Re: hehehe

Nothing sadder than a unread comic or a toy never played with.

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Re: Started reading it from Prog 13...

Yeah...Mum and Dads house.

Parasite!

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Started reading it from Prog 13...

...when I was 6 (read the ultra gory Action comic before that, thanks Dad) but stopped around 1981. Then my brother started getting it again around 1985 and has every copy since plus all the spin offs and collections.

Yes, you guessed right. he doesn't have a girlfriend.

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Disk drive shipment numbers set to spin down

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I take it those 2.5" HDDs are enterprise SAS drives? That could be why they have lasted a bit better as they are built and tested to higher standards.

As I mentioned earlier I think that tolerances have been lowered over the past few years for most tiers of HDD. Warranties have also reduced...a coincidence?

Another factor is that 15 years ago a lot of us were always needing more storage so we were buying constantly. Now? Not so much - with 4TB+ being readily available. Again another case of sales down due to the tech being big or fast enough. So reduce the reliability to help build churn. Only works if they all do it though but in my experience that possibly seems to be the case.

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Re: Don't forget the third reason...

I have to say the quality of HDDs has plummeted over the past 3-4 years.

When I started up in business 6 years ago it was quite rare to find a HDD with serious issues that wasn't at least 5 years old.

Now I see many 6 month to a year old HDDs with bad sectors and faults on them already. I have a stack that's built up over the past 2 years that's nearly two feet high and I'm just a one man band.

I reckon when the floods happened a few years ago the HDD companies lowered their quality controls/standards so they could ship more drives and didn't bother putting them back up after it settled down.

As for SSDs. I've bought around 30 so far in 3 years and had one fail.

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Re: You did what?

I've found customers (especially business customers) that move over to Mac, usually come back within 18 months to Windows.

Just isn't the depth of local business IT support for Apple that there is for Windows. People need more than help with a phone they dropped in the toilet.

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I had a customer wanting a new laptop a few weeks ago.

He demanded in no uncertain terms he didn't want 8 as it "was useless and impossible to use!"

So he heard.

So what did I do. I gave him a Windows 8.1 laptop with Classic Start installed.

Didn't tell him.

He loves it. I still don't think he's twigged yet.

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Actually I talk with a lot of IT mates and most of us would love to move over to a MS phone as the hardware is good and the OS works fine. However, the lack of decent native Google support puts most of us off.

We all agree the idea of having a red/blue/yellow/green phone and great camera tech really appeals for some reason.

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Yeah I'm self employed and my taking were down 30% this month on last months.

Was this "apocalyptic"?

I'm not one for hyperbole but this is a million times worse!"

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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Re: @Jason7 - You know very well...

Yeah I can read and also know how how to press either 'F2' or 'Del'.

Those that moan most about stuff really should just learn how to use it first.

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Bingo! That's what I was going to ask. Is it switched on by default? I guess not.

MS has loads of security built into Windows but they always leave it switched off by default.

I'm amazed they haven't bothered to build EMET into Windows 10 yet.

I think MS are terrified to becoming branded security Nazis by the press if they happen to switch on security that could blow out some old guys bit of shareware from 2002.

Damned if they do...

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Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

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Re: Can't be bothered will all that s*it anymore.

Yeah used to love wandering around all the mega and independent record/CD shops back in the 90's during my lunchtime. But about 10 years ago it just got too depressing with so many closed down or the selection dwindling to pure top 40 pop.

The fact my local HMV decided to turn itself into a ersatz Apple Store for some reason was the final straw.

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Re: Can't be bothered will all that s*it anymore.

1. I mainly listen to classic rock and new rock/blues which Spotify gives in droves. Hunting out unlistened stuff I don't have on CD. I stopped buying CDs around 10 years ago so my collection isn't 'my life'.

2. I live in 2015/The first world so Not Spots..not often. Plus I mainly listen at home. I don't listen on the move.

3. I enjoy the music now, not the hardware.

4. I'm not a music snob it seems.

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Can't be bothered will all that s*it anymore.

Spotify Premium.

The CD collection gathers dust. The Meridian/Monitor Audio hi-fi given on perma loan to my dad and brother.

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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And what do you say to the folks that can't afford to spend £1200 on a laptop? Do we say "Sorry the world of internet and social media isn't for you!"?

I can afford such a device...but I still wouldn't spend that to look at the web, send email, buy stuff on Amazon, telling uninterested fake people about how 'amazing' but actually very dull our lives are and type up the odd invoice. Which in all honesty is pretty much what 95% of people do.

Is it really worth me spending £1200+ to do that? I don't think so.

Laptops whether Apple or not, are commodity items. Use em and abuse them. Thank god cheaper forms of computing exist other than Apple. Life would have been tough had we only had Macs to choose from all those years ago.

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Re: The hacker spirit...

I don't have an issue with a sealed unit if it cost say £200-£400.

But once it gets over that I would like some control over being able to maintain it's lifespan for a reasonable cost.

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Re: Objection!

But would you want Apple to replace the battery in one of these glued shut Macbooks?

Looks like quintuple heart bypass surgery to me.

Do they/can they replace the battery?

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Re: Objection!

Also what folks tend to forget is that inside that £1200 Macbook....

Is exactly the same RAM/CPU/HDD/GPU etc. etc. as in the £500 Toshiba.

All made by Foxconn (not the last word in quality) or other OEMs.

Apple kit doesn't have magic hardware in it. Never has. They just have nice cases and better than usual screens.

I see 6+ year old Macs I see plenty 6+ year old Windows laptops.

Due to market share/numbers sold I bet there are more working 8 year old Windows laptops out there than 8 year old Macbooks.

Perspective.

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Re: The hacker spirit...

One of the things Apple fans always harp on about is second hand resale value.

Well would anyone here buy a 3-4 year old one of these? I may if I could put a new battery in it it but...

To be honest it's not going to help those precious resale values. Not that that affects Apple...

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Re: Objection!

Indeed, Apple gear reliability is no better or worse than any other firms.

A friend of mine used to run a Apple repair company and he had people queued round the block with failed Apple kit. No shortage of fails there. However, he had to give up about 18 months ago.

Why? Well due to the main gist of this article. It was either impossible for him to fix or taking five times longer than me (on standard PC kit) to replace something simple like a hard drive.

Even though I state on my website I don't deal with Apple gear (not worth it and Apple customers actually often expect you to fix their gear for free for some reason) I still get plenty calls asking me to fix Macbooks etc.

Apple gear isn't magic.

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

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Re: grrr

Sounds like someone didn't attend the training or read the handout.

We rolled out a webmail system to a company a few months ago. We tested all the functionality they required and then some. Created handouts that explained the stuff they would need.

Then had the boss on the phone a few days later saying "Eric (the resident IT knowitall big mouth who actually doesn't...) says it doesn't do this, do that etc. etc. ! We can't use this! Eric says we need to go to Outllook/Exchange..."

Me - "All in the hand outs! Take a look! You have read them I take it?" (like hell)

Boss - "Oh I hadn't...oh yes says here it can! Oh I see..haha yes! Okay well....I'll let Eric know."

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Re: Although plugin vendors are dancing to Google's tune

Didn't all the Browsers using Sandboxes get theirs quickly kicked open at PWN2OWN a few weeks ago?

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Woeful groans over Game of Thrones' spill on piracy sites

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Re: Deliberate leak

Then you find out....14 episodes!!!!!!

Mind blown!

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

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Could we just...

...cut back a bot on the detailing? Remember what Coco Chanel said!

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