I bought a couple of the originals...
...from the Reg about 8 years ago. Blue and a green.
I have to say both were pretty hopeless, especially the blue.
I wouldn't bother.
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...from the Reg about 8 years ago. Blue and a green.
I have to say both were pretty hopeless, especially the blue.
I wouldn't bother.
The Amazon FireTV does most of this for £80.
Have - Netflix/Prime/Plex/DLNA/Spotify/iPlayer/Pluto/YouTube etc. etc. all running perfectly smooth out of the box.
...always add on 4 months for delivery if at all.
Basically Kickstarter tends to show up those with great ideas and publicity skills but very little in the way of actual project management, customer service and delivery.
Take the ROCKI project, at least four updates a day during the funding stage then as soon as the funding finished ($250k) in November....silence. We finally started getting product in April. However, those that wanted the digital version are still waiting 18 months later. Support and customer service have been next to non-existent.
...If I could just download an ISO of all the updates each month. That way I could get 95% of them at any time without having to wait to download. That really gets a pain after 3-4 years of updates.
Now if he could just trim his AV suites down to the bare minimum of annoyance and user complexity it will be a win win.
Less is more.
Anglia TV (or what's left of it) is just up the road from me. It's been such a shame to see it all fall apart over the past 20 years.
Even their fabulous main office with the silver knight statue has been sold off.
I think it's just a small regional news office now.
...is one of those countries I'd only visit if they create Star Trek like transporters so I can just beam into the few ancient sites for an afternoon and then back to Blighty for tea.
Same goes for Egypt and a few others listed under "Interesting sites of nature or architecture but not worth the bother/risk otherwise"
Oh god you have to be careful if not you end up like The Inquirer relying on resident Apple lover Carly's click bait articles to generate any interest whatsoever.
Man it's sad to watch an old fave website go into decline. Time for someone to put The Inq down.
I have often changed or upgraded the following on laptops -
Not that difficult. If a customer brings in an older laptop for a clean up and I have a better part laying around that I can swap in two minutes I'll do it free of charge. It delights them and they pass my name on and come back as a return customer. A bit of old junk to me means a decent upgrade for them.
Please show yourself and give your side of the story?
We'd love to know.
Not to mention the cost of re-leading the roof of the old ancestral pile.
Well it's like the contract to refund people who bought a UK ID card their £30 back.
Worked out at (IIRC) £30000 per £30 refunded. Value for money I'm sure you agree.
I really admire how these private companies can totally ream the govt authorities. I really need to work out how to grow the balls to charge my customers £300000 to wipe off some adware from their £300 laptop...and get them to willingly pay it.
You'd think it was all a scam...
...little grey haired men chanting "It's only taxpayers money!"
I can fit two rear child seats in my i10 so...?
I think for blokes the coming of a child nowadays is just a big excuse to buy the biggest car they can.
Let's be honest here...
I've seen it at work. Literally an hour after the sperm hit the egg they are trading in their Civic's and ordering a Mercedes 4x4 or similar.
Why the need for such size of family cars?
I remember four of us going up to Scotland for two weeks holiday in a Triumph Herald. Mum, Dad, a 6 year old and a 3 year old. We managed fine. The only things extra than us in the main part of the car were a cassette player and a tin of travel sweets.
Ten years later we managed just fine in a two door 1.4L Volvo 340 for three weeks down to the Algarve.
I see my friends taking their single 1 year old out for the day and it's like the Rolling Stones going on tour.
I remember a time when Group 16 were rather special cars.
How things change.
Don't need it for Minecraft anymore. It now uses a more secure built in version.
MS bought Minecraft so they could eliminate one of the two biggest attack vectors in Windows? Hmmm.
...masses of rage quit statements.
But if the license fee payer has paid for it already...
I like your thinking there.
Then I would consider £150 a year fairly reasonable to access all that content.
All the Dr Who, Blackadder, classic drama etc. etc.
However, as they like to keep back all the good quality stuff from the past for DVD revenue it's not likely to happen.
The BBC doesn't take risks anymore. Scared of it's own shadow.
Most of Mr Attenborough's output the past 10 years has been for Sky.
I don't have Sky, never will but I can get Amazon Prime and Netflix with far more quality content on there for the same monthly cost of the License Fee.
It's just entertainment at the end of the day and I don't want to pay for what I don't use or need.
99% of my viewing is now Prime or Netflix. The £150 for the License fee is just not value for money any more, especially as mentioned if you don't like cookery/Z list celebrities dancing or Gregg Wallace.
Sorry BBC but you aren't the only game in town now. It's not the 1990's and many of us have moved on.
We really don't need you anywhere near as much as you think.
As for the Poll Tax... I actually didn't mind it. When you look at it now and with modern family demographics of two to three generations living at home now... it makes more sense than Council tax.
Only issue I've had with Drayteks is wi-fi cards in them burning out.
Other than that, pretty good but only if you get a good deal on one.
I took a free one day intro course to CCNA that basically covered how to configure a Cisco router with Command Line.
Worth doing. Still have my notes somewhere.
I was waiting for the obligatory OpenWRT/DD-WRT post. Came in later than expected.
As predictable as the "Oh wow I'm so clever, I bought a Chromebook and slapped linux on it!" post in a Chromebook topic.
Damn glad I no longer have top lug 21" CRT monitors around. Amazing how office folks could not notice you holding one as they stood chatting in a narrow corridor or doorway.
I remember the 2006 Stuff show where they proudly showed off a 50" TV for £50000.
I was looking recently for a decent high end 32" LCD TV on Amazon and the pickings were pretty slim all the way up to 47". Seems if you want 50"+ you are well catered for. As I only sit 12' from my TV I don't really need anything quite that imposing.
I'm still rocking a 32" 540p TV (PerfectPAL). I have to say downscaling really works a treat. I shall miss this TV when it goes.
I greatly enjoyed your work.
I love it when you need to install the wi-fi in a laptop and the drivers page list 12 different drivers for four different wi-fi cards.
"Where's me screwdriver?"
Yep thats how it is. But it works when you are dealing with small numbers. People tend to feel a little more under scrutiny if there are just 4 laptop users in a company. You can't hide your recklessness with kit in the huge herd like in a corporation. Especially when you may just sit 5 feet from the boss.
I have to say though those cheap £450 laptops tend to keep on trucking. I've been a self employed IT guy for just over 6 years now and pretty much all the sub £500 kit I've bought for customers is still going strong. Some of it looks pretty tired and may have had a rebuild or two but still doing the job.
Always go for the one that has the no frills ABS plastic look.
It's not hidden that deep. Just search on the MS site for "Installation Media" and it takes you there.
Plus it's been covered several times by other tech sites.
Very handy if you have upgrade editions of 8 as it negates the need to install an OS three times to get up to date. The 8.1 install just accepts your upgrade license as a full one.
You joke...but it proves who is really in charge of things.
...whichever OS you choose, you cannot afford to be complacent.
We all need to accept that our fave OS could bite us at any time.
...if it just switched some of the security options in Windows on by default.
Will they at least get rid of Admin accounts as the default and integrate EMET into Windows as standard?
Other than that I feel Windows gets its rap purely to the size of it's user base.
If there is a flaw in Windows and 90% of the worlds users use it then they need to know and the worlds media responds in the usual fashion.
If there is a flaw in OSX then it gets onto a few news articles and is usually downplayed for some reason and then slips off the radar a day later.
If there is a flaw in Linux then its posted up on a few forums for those that need to know.
But at the end of the day if anyone here can write perfect secure code with 100% reliability then please step forward with your resume...
Appreciate that but the core of the machine is still...not great (its a bargain basement £260 laptop with a CPU slightly above an Atom CPU) and why couldn't it have come with a SSD and at least 8GB of ram to start with?
Cmon, it's not a great situation for AMD if that's the best they can manage.
As for the £700 AMD laptops, then look up HP/AMD on Ebuyer.
At least you can put the ram and SSHD in the laptop you buy next year.
My question is where are the 'desirable' AMD laptops with the good screens and tech already included that some of us here might actually buy?
Just ain't gonna happen.
Indeed they would but Intel will see that it never happens.
The biggest issue is that a lot of low power/tablet type CPUs have crept into the mainstream inventories for laptops and desktops.
If a customer wants a cheap laptop or desktop I now have to check if that Celeron/Pentium/Athlon is a proper desktop part or just a re-badged ultra low power Atom type.
It's actually better value/simpler to buy second hand ex. corporate clearance in a lot of cases. You know what you are getting with a 3GHz C2D.
...you'll never buy a decent laptop with one of these in it.
AMD are all but frozen out of the laptop market. Take a look on any IT retail website and its slim greasy pickings for AMD based laptops.
Nothing classy or decent. Just bargain basement crud or buying an over priced, hamstrung 'protect Intel from monopoly' model from HP.
£700 for a AMD A8 laptop with 4GB of ram, a 1366x768 screen and a 500GB rust spinner? Oh yes please!
He said it wasn't working as nicely as his Macbook and so hadn't used it much since he bought it.
Well no sh*t! Machine was struggling to do anything in less than 3-4 minutes.
Just uninstalled twenty four pieces of bloatware off of it and ran a full adware scan etc. etc.
Now it's running nice and smoothly...as it should have done in the first place.
Thanks Advent! Well done!
It's just so idiotic. Imagine Ford selling you a new Mondeo and then just as you leave the forecourt they weld a 500KG anchor to the rear axle.
If you use the recovery partition then 99 times out 100 you get all the bloatware re-installed.
Nothing like having a laptop freshly installed with mouldy 3+ year old installs of Adobe Acrobat/Flash/Java/Skype/Wild Tangent Games/Oberon Media/OoVoo/Ebay links/Cyberlink DVD player/McAfee/Nero Express/Norton Backup/Power2Go/Bing Bar/Google Tool Bar etc. etc.
I would say 80% of the 1 star reviews say -
"Grrr wouldn't work with Mac!"
Or words to that effect. Usually quite short reviews either way.
This is why I'm surprised Microsoft hasn't tried harder to stop the spread of bloatware on OEMs machines. The practice isn't doing Windows/Microsoft any good.
It's like Ferrari producing a fine car and then the dealership slaps loads of cheap sun strips, fluffy dice, novelty horns, beaded seat covers and furry steering wheel covers on it.
The moans from customers are rarely about Windows itself, it's the issues caused by old bloatware they have never dared remove.
Unfortunately, the range available is rather small and uninspiring.
However, it's a start.
I'd like to see a video of Lenovo's CTO starting up one of their domestic laptops from out of the box and seeing how he enjoys the bloatware experience.
...are making their laptops and desktops look and behave like clown cars with all the useless junk they install on them.
Have any of them sat down with one of their consumer machines out of the box and thought -
"Oh yes, now this is a slick and pleasing computing experience!"
Not sure why you are getting all the downvotes. Bloatware/Adware on new laptops from the likes of Lenovo/Acer/Toshiba etc. is a major screwup in the Windows experience.
I get customers to bring their laptops straight to me unopened so I can delete the 30+ items of crap (not to mention the crappy McAfee AV trial that will lapse and leave the machine unprotected). The machines work really well after all that cruft is removed.
This bloatware trend creates a messy and pop up riddled experience that makes Windows look a mess. Doesnt reflect to great on Acer/Lenovo etc. I can tell you guys, your customers don't like it.
It is time that MS started pushing out more desktops and laptops with just Windows and a few essentials installed. The current US based signature thing isnt enough.
..to stop the bloke that nicked your laptop from taking a good look before someone slaps something over the top.
That's all that's needed in most cases.
However, as mentioned above, Truecrypt was largely obsolete for full HDD encryption. Still handy for containers though.
They can charge more for the laptops. After all a lot of my customers are happy to pay me £50 to remove the crapware and set the laptop up like a Mac would come out of the box.
Improves the user experience no end.
...I need a girl to help me tell the difference between all those colour hues.
Being a guy I only understand the basic colours.
Yes to get past the need for using a Outlook account you simply click the "Create new account" and then you see an option to login using a plain local account.
A little counter intuitive but going forward the more logins they get the better for them I guess. Plus it helps when customers moan they can't get into the Apps store.
I have tried 8/10 with a MS login and its pretty neat as soon as I logged into my first 10 VM it automatically looked like my Windows 8.1 machine even down to the desktop theme.