1762 posts • joined Monday 15th June 2009 08:00 GMT
Re: The Liberator - a bargain
I'd be more worried about a tanked up glaswegian than one of these one shot wonders.
a phone on contract normally comes with more junk than ones sim free and you might have difficulty installing "stock" firmware updates too. I have found ONE caveat to that. Ive always bought my phones from buymobilephones. Not *one* of those phones have been sim locked! Thats from an old omnia, omnia 2, xperia pro mini and an S2. Not saying that all their phones are like that but from my experience they have come without bloat and unlocked as standard (no physical branding either)!
However, its not available from buymobilephones yet so i'll hang on to see what they charge.
It all depends what you want out of your phone, it is a midrange phone not a top end one. £300 for an unlocked phone of this spec is pretty reasonable. some people simply look at the specs and WANT the higher end S4 class phones when in reality a rather long tooth S2 class will be just fine. I still have my "from launch" S2 and for the time being im not upgrading due to the cost. that being said if you have an older class phone this looks like a decent phone.
OH has a "from launch" xperia mini pro that she likes but was looking at swapping. She likes the sony interface and although I was prodding her down the S3 direction im guessing this will be the phone for her. At £300 most people will be better buying it on their credit card and facing interest rather than contract (once you factor in somthing like a virgin 30 day rolling sim with 1gb data etc). It has some decent options, she'll love the physical camera button and uSD card too.
seems decent spec for a midrange phone.
Re: Cable TV overlays?
nothing here that will make me buy one either. I only bought a (refurb) first gen XBOX to install the first incarnation of XBMC, I dont think the "bundled" games ever got opened.
to the poster a few blocks back, I didnt know you could sync PS NAVI remotes to a pc. I'll look into that (and if it works in linux for my more modern XBMC)
Re: How many will drive with them unplugged?
pin through the antenna to ground? That should drop the transmission range...
indeed. Grandad who may as well have been driving 40 years but only covers an average of 2000 miles per year has done less miles in his life than I covered in one year of driving. so 5 years as a delivery driver driving 100k per year *accident free* still costs me more in insurance.
Re: New unit
IIf so then "au pair per tank" can be a unit of work done.
Re: Two years baby
Ive never had to use KIES although the option is there for people who have no knowledge of phones, transferring, syncing etc. Im happy to copy from the phone directly. Touchwiz can be replaced by whatever you like, launcher pro, nova. No rooting necessary. There is a world of differnce from forking to building a complete OS. Odds are a fork would still be able to run apps in the same way.
Same can be said for the sony offerings or the htc offerings. All have their own systems, some people like them others do not. The beauty of android is that you can swap them if you like.
As for samsung forking, I think google would play ball. It works both ways. Google want as much data as they can slurp. Mobile internet traffic is on the increase and with samsung having pretty much the lions share of android do you think google would want to gamble people will simply switch to HTC or sony? Perhaps they would switch to their direct enemies instead.
No, I suspect google would certify the fork insofar as being able to bundle the google services (depending on how variant a change it really is, I cant imagine them sanctioning default BING for example).
Re: ...never seen them win or LOSE.
well if you swap loose for lose then watford have a 1 point bonanza record. Then again if he has never seen them win or loose then perhaps watford should think about relaxing the formation a bit? Perhaps a 4 2 3 1 as enjoyed by the rather flexible german teams.
Re: Enjoy the Iron Bar Hotel
too true, I wouldnt ruin a good steak with mac and cheese either.
hope the judge threw the book at them for that.
Re: Block by IMEI
The point is convenience. If it is convenient to steal and sell then it will happen. The more obstacles that are put in the way can only help. IMEI blocking is a start and will certainly slow the desirability. Not all criminals are tech savvy enough to do the required work of IMEI swapping adn then you need to see if it is worth their while to do so.
Re: With a court order
I imagine the thieves pass their wares along. Simply track the sim to the sim owner and go from there. I thought this was the whole point of IMEI numbers anyway?
like most things. Extended warranty from the point of sale is always more expensive than a third party. Same as breakdown cover, you can normally purchase insurance instead of repair cover and get better results and service.
Re: But what about the iPhone5 then?
factory is usually manned by people who have no idea about any of the parts or processes that they are doing. Simply put bit A on bit B and pass to the next person. Someone who is skilled in repairing electronics knows that screens are fragile and anti static is important - not merely a reason not to be sacked.
Re: What is a standard and what is a capability?
indeed. It will still have a use as PTP comms. Perhaps they will pump >1gb and have a healthy set of device patents at the same time.
adobe still offer CS2 for people to download and use with the posted key (if you purchased it of course!) It gets to something when that will do what most people require.
(copyright infringement is bad in a civil way mmkay? so is stealing but that is a different argument/crime etc etc)
Guns arent rifled though. Rifles are rifled. (ex gpmg lugger so im no stranger to guns....)
What about an axe for zombie? You always need a decent axe.
not used em in years
When we did use fasthosts they were dire. Paid for our own box but got shunted onto some cruddy backbone because we were running "intensive scripts". Moved to 34sp and never looked back.
Re: Data recovery costs?
FOG is even free. And works brilliantly over PXE. Set the machines to network boot and each machine will even see if the server has told the PC it has a new image to roll out. Combine with a proper sysprep'd image complete with domain join, driverpack and the end user will go from switch on to fresh newly imaged PC within 20 minutes.
shocking waste of money.
not bothered about the content but I installed it to see how it ran. Worked just fine on my S2 once I found something I wanted to pollute my eyes with (cant go wrong with superbikes!).
Seemed to scroll ok and buffer just fine. Only niggle was the exit button gets obscured in landscape mode. That will probably be pretty dire on a tablet!
Re: Sadly, these will be from an alternative poster.
@ISYS although I didnt vote either way I guess you got downvoted because you are wrong. You missed crucial milestones in any of the OS's (some got better after a service pack, others we tripe all the way through), you missed 2000 - arguably the biggest jump of all the windows versions (the previous ones were veneers on the top of the previous release) 2000 was the pivotal burying of "DOS" and included a FAR easier to admin 2000 server along with an easier way to licence (arguable I know but it did help clarify a fair few issues). Dont forget sysprep, probably the single reason 2000 was rolled out over 98 so fast.
You include NT but fail to state which version and fail to mention the other server OS along the line i.e. vista might be shit on the desktop but was damn good as server 2008 and brought a lot to the table over 2003 (except search!). Whist windows 7 fixed many issues that vista brought along it could be argued that server 2008R2 was half hearted in many ways and forced upon people who had very good 2008 setups (yes KMS i'm looking at you).
Nice notion of good/bad/good/bad etc but it doesnt work.
Re: Alternating Succuess
your definition of good is far different from mine.
Win 3.0 was a nightmare to admin. Text files everywhere, 3.1 was better but not by much. Novell made it quite palatable though. Windows 95 was ok, much better when SP1 brought in dial up networking though. Nt4 was a horrific beast. Drivers were the main problems. windows 98 was a better alround solution, that and the fact norton ghost came out about the same time helped ENORMOUSLY on rollouts.
Windows 2000 was a godsend, I LOVED 2k. Server 2003 was an upgrade along with XP. The staple of many companies and it wont surprise me if quite a few companies still use server 2003 and XP as staple backbones. It still works as a combination - if not a bit long in the tooth.
Whilst vista was shit for many reasons, server 2008 (same core) was fantastic - there are probably quite a few companies still running 2k8 (rather than R2 based on W7). 2k8 also let you install client side extentions on XP making all the new shiney CSE work (well mostly) on older XP - you could bypass vista! R2 was ok but brought a few issues with it for some people, plus IIS 7.5 had a few issues too (the old 32/64 bit emulation). Server 2012 seems ok to me (win 8 core), the powershell improvements have been good).
Re: Microsoft's strategy is FAILING
No of course I didn't expect it to work. I knew it wasn't going to work; I was being facetious. The Linux brigade jump on any windows post with righteous fury. I tend to voice my opinion that Linux is not the be all and end all for everyone. I am aware of Linux in enterprise situations, however I do not have the manpower to implement, hence why paid Linux enterprise solutions exist. Guess what, they cost MORE than an M$ solution.
To implement a full replication of a domain based environment with Linux desktops and servers is a mammoth undertaking. To *migrate* from a windows network is nigh impossible short of doubling manpower and hardware whilst parallel tasking. I have at least looked into it. I've even begun moving quite a few systems over to Linux - all hosted on a 2012 hyperV box. Debian powers my apache, squid, dansguardian and now MySQL boxes. ClearOS replaced my TMG firewall but exchange remains. I am yet to find a solution to GPOs on Linux - essential for my school.
On the subject of viruses, my network has never had a virus either. WSUS keeps things updated on zero day and sophos enterprise endpoint for mail scanning and client AV - not exactly a powerhouse solution. GPOs lock down the rest (only admins have the ability to install anything, drivers, printers, apps, etc) so it can be done in windows too with a little forethought.
I do know what an OS is for. It forms the basis of productivity in IT. For me that is windows desktops - for the time being. In the future, who knows. simply slating windows isn't the answer, implementing the correct solution for YOU is.
because everyone else who has had a problem with an acer soon realises that their support it utter shite and buy any more.
Sounds like you are the lucky one.
Re: I had to Google to find out how to restart a Windows 2012 server from an RDC connection
to be fair, in NT4 it was shutdown /R so I can see how the ultra new command confused you.
Oh and to the smart alec a few posts up, good luck with ALT-shortcuts on 2012 core.
Re: Microsoft's strategy is FAILING
I installed UBUNTU on a desktop once. Then found my domain couldnt map any printers, redirected desktops, my docs, power profiles, internet settings and it wouldnt apply the corporate backgrounds, screensavers. None of the shortcuts for network apps appeared either. In fact, even though it took me 15 minutes to configure one machine, it took me another hour to set it up for the domain. Not sure what im going to do for all the other 30 or what will happen when different OU users logs in with other preferences/privs
The windows 7 machines all seemed to work just fine. Oddly enough, after creating a sysprep image on a VM and copying the driverpacks.net packages across with a single batch file (took 4 hours start to finish including research into using driverpacks and creating the initial sysprep) they now deploy and join the domain in under 30 minutes each!
I suppose people can USE THE OS AS A TOOL instead of simply shouting "WINDOWS IS CRAP" or "LINUX IS TOO COMPLICATED". Windows 8 is shit for some users though (our W7 start menu is very long, the W8 tiles are not pretty).
Re: Forget bringing back the start button...
YOUR DAD'S HOME!
Re: stuff that used to be buried in menus
the problem is (like most things) the ribbon, toolbar and menu wont suit everyone for everything. So why couldnt they leave the CHOICE in? It isnt hard to do - look at the plethora of various companies toting plugins to work around it.
It is the lack of choice when moving forwards that pisses people off the most. If you dont like ribbon then old fashioned menus will do. Need a prettier GUI? Ribbon is for you.
I wonder how many people on rolling software assurance cashed in at windows 7 because of the clusterfuck. so sure, they sold many copies but corporations wont be upgrading for a while...
£120 bottle of plonk? Dont get many of those in threshers up here.
Re: The government itself is guilty anyway
plus 0300 numbers are taken from any inclusive minutes packages you have on your phone which is a good thing for many people.
Re: Lens Flare
Im in my late 40s and thought the reboot was fucking awful. My kids dont remember the original series (but have seen the films), they grew up on TNG; they too hated the reboot.
There was enough canon to work around without resorting to timeline shifting nonsense.
Re: Renting vs buying...
indeed. We used mx2004 (great education prices) when that became old tooth we stopped teaching flash. Kompozer does a good enough job of web edit and code edit for what we teach. The price is right too.
Rental may work for some people but not for us.
So the op is supposed to 'what' when he goes to a client? Open cs beforehand and hibernate laptop? Pray client has net for him (with him accepting their audit of aup foe using their net or connecting his device to their network)
replacing 'needs net connection' with 'might need net connection' isnt much help to the op.
Cs4 was the last cs we bought for our suites. We stopped after that due to spiralling costs. We have been weani g people onto alternatives since then.
Not really much point. 2.4kg is laughable for a 'tablet' and the trackpad up there is begging to make you mash keys. Plus they are trying to tempt you by bundling the new star trek game. It looks like it has been designed by a committee.
Doesnt bode well.
Re: Perhaps this explains
indeed. clean shaven = mrs lets me near her. 10 day growth and i'd be kicked out of the bedroom :(
Re: David, you missed the point
oh, and CNC milling machines are NOT mad expensive. We paid £3000 for our denford (we needed to pick it up ourselves) you can get micromills even cheaper which would be big enough (we already use micromills mainly for balsa proofs and models).
Re: Be careful for what you ask for, you might get it!
At those ranges with that ammo i'd be better off with a wooden plank with a nail in it.
A thriving second hand market though. Their reliability is against them there.
Re: @Stephen Roper I don't have a problem with mp3
I spent 15 years in signals having my ears killed by PRC352s and PRC320s. 128k mp3s are just fine and dandy.
The kids moan though.
Problem is, people believe it.
Re: all the consumer laws and rubbish contracts
pray tell the uptopian society that welcomed your sane and logical diatribes?
no, unless you leased your phone through some weird deal.
Re: I would look into this
6 months at £30 a month is £180. 6 months on a virgin 30 day rolling sim is £12 or £72. £108 is nothing to be sniffed at. Obviously you might be on a £10 contract for all I know.
saying and publishing are two things. I assume the word "probably" was used when being said. It is the published figures that count. TMobile will try to dodge it of course but press it through ombudsman/arbitration and small claims and they will fold.
Especially as they now admit "in anticipation".
Its their own fault for being greedy and not waiting for the published figures.
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