334 posts • joined Wednesday 24th June 2009 16:51 GMT
Re: Rich rewards...... OH YEAH!!!
Give it a fucking rest Eadon. I can't be arsed to knock up a greasemonkey script just to blot out your repetitive, puerile and immature comments. Spammers have a more varied lexicon.
HAVING TO END IN UPPERCASE EVERYTIME (AND ICON MUST BE RED) AS I'M A FUCKING DICK
Re: 1366 x 768 screen ?????
"The <redacted> ribbon in Office takes up far too much real estate on the screen when it is 768 high."
Thankfully you can minimize the ribbon to just the title. When used that way it's quite efficient for the vertical height used.
Re: "[WP8] is well liked by its users."
Some of those are valid points and things that annoy me, although some have been resolved or at least are good enough to hardly warrant inclusion on a list.
Cellular data on Wifi...? Well don't all smartphones by their nature? Network operators only allow access to some resource (say payment of apps by your mobile bill) via their own infrastructure. Download of apps, syncing emails, browsing the web, streaming media etc. all happen over Wifi when connected.
Don't want cloud, don't use it. My mates have WP handsets and don't use Skydrive or Facebook. They don't have any accounts setup on their handset other than the mandatory Windows Live account. (Apple ID / Google account)
There is a file explorer. Not quite the whole system but all user data is accessible via USB share.
You can sideload applications if you want. Sideloading keys are on MS's website. We use them at my workplace for our in-house applications.
Well yeah, there's no syncing between Outlook client and the handset directly.... but wasn't that always a bit shit? Personally I think it makes more sense to have the handset sync with the mail server, and your desktop also sync's with the server. No dicking about with clients for various mail apps (If MS did one for Outlook would you then be complaining about Thunderbird not having a client). Bit of a non-issue as you can easily setup what you WANT regardless if there is a direct sync or not. In this day and age I would suggest more people keep their email on an email server centrally (e.g. Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo! etc.) and therefore clients that talk using IMAP or ActiveSync to the server is the most logical step.
If you want to know what data you've downloaded then try the Counters app from Nokia. There's dozens out there that will do what you want for free.
Well true - you can't uninstall the calendar or calculator - but other than rooting your Droid what handset can you uninstall SYSTEM applications from? You can remove any application outside of what MS have baked into the OS, so any crap from your network provider or 3rd party guff. Compared to Android it's a breath of fresh air.
I can download whatever I want. No idea what you mean.
I can send photo's over Bluetooth fine.
Rest of the points I agree with.
Re: "Thinner and lighter"
I'll tell her she has a dud then. It goes in both ways, but it's 50/50 if it'll charge or not. She did have problems with it when she first got it (wouldn't charge at all).
Re: "Thinner and lighter"
What does it add? To my knowledge it's a coil and a chip - not sure how much thickness or weight but the S4 is a lot lighter and thinner than the 920 so unless you have something to backup your claim of bulk I think its a little unfair to brush all qi charging as being terrible.
Personally I wouldn't pay £50 for a charger, but as Nokia gave me one free I am very happy with it. I'd pay say up to £10 - £15 for it. Yeah, it's a novelty. Then again my laptop users demaning Wifi even though they have 1Gig to the desktop is the same - just can't be arsed with cables.
Case in point: I lie in bed, decide it's sleep time and just place my phone on the bedside cabinet. It's charging.
My girlfiends iPhone 5 however requires her hanging half out of the bed, trying to find the cable, finally plugs it in only to find it's the wrong way round.
Yeah, it's not a problem. Have I even thought of it as being a problem? Nope. Am I glad I have it - you betcha. If only to have a smug smile on my face when my phone charges by placing it down and the miss's shiny shiny iPhone means she's scrabbling for the cables.
Why the hoohar?
Don't understand the fuss. 920 already does 4G very nicely thank you (which the article implies it doesn't). Only thing that's different is xeon flash rather than LED which I wish I had to be honest - and apparently it's slightly slimmer..... Not sure if that's engineering refinement or just a smaller battery.
Still both handsets are really rather nice.
Re: Age restricted sales = ID card preparation
Couldn't agree more. After posting my drivers licence for a photo update as required by the DVLA I found myself - at aged 28 - that I was unable to purchase a 6-pack of beer to take to a BBQ.
I was wearing a suit, was paying with credit card and had my car keys in hand.
Apparently I needed a passport or no alcohol. Common sense has just left the building....
Re: It's worse than you think.
Have an upvote just for this:
"Really? You do *NOT* want to know how I really feel, because it involves Industrial grade Nail Guns, trees, & electrified-barbed-wire-wrapped-baseball-bats applied repeatedly to your genitals."
Re: Internet connection required
Now now Eadon - only one trolling post per thread.
'Good for delivering a presentation, but other than Office on surface RT, I've not seen any office software that floats my boat. Trouble is, the lack of everything else makes Surface RT a bit of a one trick pony.'
Although doesn't surface rt use the ARM compiled edition of Office 2013?
If so can't you use any Windows 8 x86 tablet and buy Office with it?
Couldn't agree more, mirrors my sentiments entirely.
As usual with Microsoft the marketing has been poor. Can't say the Lumia's are amazing, but they are very capable, solid and affordable handset.
WP is getting the few core apps, mainly games, that the other two giants have, and I'd love more customizable autocorrect but otherwise it's a pretty solid platform.
As mentioned FM radio is enabled in PR2.0 firmware which is due July time I believe.
WiFi on when locked was out in the latest release on WP8.
Not before time (on both bits!) in my opinion.
Although I am the owner of an 920 which I'm rather pleased with still.
Re: If Talk Talk say they are so good...
True, I'm 400m from an exchange that's unlikely to have FFTC anytime soon (again, bumpkin land) and my connection is superb. Steady 4Mbs on private torrent sites, no caps, good reliability and very reasonably priced.
Their 'Customer Service' is closer to a threat than a department name but that aside; technically it's awesome for £30 a month including line rental, uncapped 22Mbs ADSL2+, and some unlimited landline call thing. (I don't even have a phone plugged in). Those YouView things are free now too if Freeview is your thing.
Obviously their non-LLU stuff is standard residential BT Wholesale with shite contention on the rented backhaul. Thought of that with the the woeful call centres is utterly depressing.
Would never had believed it myself until I saw the torrent speeds my tech savvy uncle showed off one day... Switched from the then excellent but-has-no-LLU-presence Eclipse with a business product and amazing customer service to the infamous TalkTalk.
Cheaper, and whilst the best BT Wholesale reseller going, it's also faster. Incredible - but true!
Always used Oracle Forms and Reports as the backend of our ERP is 10g. Used JInitiator until 4 years ago as it never ran on Vista so naturally moved to full JRE and it's nothing short of bollocks.
Deploying SCCM 2012 in the next week or so and spent today putting the latest version in the application catalogue rather than deploy as part of the image. Anything to reduce our Java footprint. We're in the throws of moving to .Net for the client and middle layers and it can't come soon enough.
Of course our only Oracle DBA/Java dev left a year ago so moving from 6 u26 to 7 u14 will be fun...
Platform trolling aside, is it any wonder based on their portfolio of products based on Windows Phone compared to say Nokia or even HTC.
Not saying the platform is amazing, or that what Samsung is saying is untrue - but if I was buying a WP device (and I have done) then Samsung would be the last of the vendors to get a look in. No value added.
Re: Non-admin accounts, Software Restriction Policies, ....... LINUX!
Disagree with the AC, and agree with most of your post but
"Windows however sacrifices security and needs to be heavily locked down, often requiring third party software at extra cost"
Microsoft changed to a everything off by default stance' a few years ago. In 2012 you can even disable the GUI if/when you don't need it, and back on for occasional admin that's a shit in the CLI.
As Linux improves in accessibility and compatibility MS improves on security it seems. Best of both worlds on both platforms if you ask me.
If you need 3rd party tools to lock down Windows you don't - you need to fire your admin.
For those unaware, MS are not ALLOWED to bundle hence the big monopoly / browser thing a while back, and the N and K editions.
Windows does ship with a text editor, mp3 player / library, zip tool, movie player and terminal emulator.
Win8 RT also has Office.
No where near as comprehensive, powerful or feature rich as Linux apps that are shipped in the box, but then again - where do you get these boxes? Because the end user sure as hell isn't installing an OS themselves are they?
MS can't bundle without being accused of abusing their market position.
So if they do then competitors complain to the regulators, if they don't people like you moan there's little shipped with Windows....
Can't really win this one can they? Unless you have a suggestion to keep both sides happy?
Re: Blue ?
If the goal is to remove all MS software due to some vendetta then fine.
Your point was cost of using Access. My point was that you're talking bullshit as there is a free runtime.
If you hate MS so much (as you clearly do) then no amount of cost or risk analysis is going to satisfy you - as the objective is to change vendor.
But FFS, please stop spreading the FUD and BS around. My thumbs will thank you when having to scroll past your constantly, repetitive, ill-informed, anti-MS bashing on my mobile.
Re: Blue ?
"A friend of mine ported Access DB scripts to LibreOffice Base, it wasn't a huge job, but he saved his company a fortune because they don't need to buy Access."
Um, what? Your friend never heard of the free Access runtime...? Sounds easier and much less time consuming, as well as less risky compared to rewritting to another dev platform. I would suggest cheaper (one copy of Access Vs. Man hours, training and possible bugs being introduced) Very odd choice.
I assume he is as knowledgeable as yourself on Microsoft software Eadon.
Re: MS is feeling BLUE. MS is on DEATH ROW.
Sounds like you need a real Windows Server engineer.
In 14 years of designing, building and supporting enterprise solutions built on WinTel using NT from 3.51 upwards I've never seen or even heard of those issues.
Need someone to build you a reliable benchmark tenplate of 2008 R2 or 2012 let me know. I'll even show you how to patch things properly and put HA in place for your web servers too. (What sort of shop complains about updates not doing IIS and starting it up again immediately, but you can afford the downtime of patching a server? Champagne taste but lemonade money?)
As a fellow Vulture reader I'll throw in a 10% discount on my day rate.
Found HP ProCurve switches to be very good value for money. The real ones, not the 3Com ones. The 29xx and 32xx are particularly good and have lifetime NBD warranty.
Used a pair of Dell 6648's a few years ago and suffered firmware issue, lost configs and piss poor support. Don't think they even supported Vlan priority's.
Use a 2900 as a basic L3 1gig router and have a 2910 or 2900 as top of rack with CX4 or fibre between them form a poor mans 10gig ring topology.
Anyone know about the speed of RSTP when using iSCSI and VMWare?
Hate to burst the bubble here, but the business options include include Lync, SharePoint and Exchange hosting.
Not just Office - add in server side and CAL costs and it looks more reasonable.
... 4Gb RAM, touch screen, USB3, 128Gb SSD, 3rd gen Core i5 and Win8 Pro comes in around £800 list price from Dell. Guessing the Surface will be around £899 and throws in a pen then the price is about right for an Ultrabook with touchscreen.
Not cheap, but not quite sky high.
Re: The NHS and electronic patient records...
So really, define a standard interface that EMIS supports off the bat, create a central broker / proxy and all queries hit this proxy, which then forwards / redirects to the appropriate GP's surgery EMIS DB.
Only central data is name, NHS no, postcode and location of the actual DB that houses the patients records. Maybe DOB too.
Auditing DB with every access attempt (who, where, when and what) - no bulk viewing and all read only. Single record can be viewed at a time, no browsing - access by name, postcode and DOB OR NHS no plus one other piece of data as above.
Cheap and easy. Get away with a couple of tables. DB replication, a load balancer and slap it into a datacentre with diverse network and power.
What's that...? About £25k, £3k a year overhead / support / hosting / connectivity etc. Done.
Oh, 5k consultancy fee for me too.
Obviously could happily sync the data from EMIS instead, or just have it all centralized but why reinvent the wheel?
Keeps the data where it is, the same people who can already get it have access, just a central way to get it.
Re: Why Would someone build a private cloud?
If it scales, performs and functions in the same manner as what the marketing types call a 'cloud' - but the whole stack is owned by your company then who cares?
...is worth a lot at entry level.
Took someone on who I felt was a better fit on the team in terms of personality, but other than tinkering at home he'd only ever worked as a shelf stacker. (He's 20 mind!)
I asked a few questions about current tech to gague his interest in it. If candidates know what a SAN is (just what it stands for, or what it's used for. Even "Storage" is a valid answer) then it suggest they at least try to keep up on development with enterprise tech. Someone who WANTS to learn is beter than someone who doesn't in my opinion.
A couple of years on a helldesk, hinting that you want to learn, do a self-taught A+ and Network+ and go in with the attitude that you're not experienced, but you're determined, want to learn and LOVE troubleshooting and customer service. That's what most people, IMHO would look for when getting a traniee / PFY in. If it's an entry level position a clean slate and desire to learn is the best I could ask for. The paperwork is just a useful deciding tool if stuck between a couple of candidates.
- PLAY! OSS is great, but I most companies don't want trainee staff around Linux boxes, and I'd wager there's less in use out in corporate world. Enjoy playing with every platform, but become a god on desktop Windows.
- A+ / Network+ are good, entry level bits of paper. But they show you know fundementals - nothing more. Self-study is cheap and will boost your credentials
- ESXi and Hyper-V are good freebie places to look at. Create a VM host and use the host to create test VM's for your learning machines!
- MS do free online virtual machines with training guides. They're actuall quite good. Imagine others provide something similar too.
- Enterprise versions of most software can be obtained via trial licences / eval copies from most big vendors.
- If you have a pro or ent version of Windows fire up gpedit.msc and play. I'd suggest in a VM if possible. Same with Windows firewall (advanced though).
- Keep ontop of industry news. El Reg, Neowin, The Inq and BBC Tech News are some of my favourites.
- Everyone needs platforms, web servers, databases, mail servers and directory services. Platforms are the starting point. Unless you want to be a DBA I suggest knowing different vendors, editions and maybe a play installing, but otherwise don't go in to deep. DBA is a job in itself and sits in IS rather than Infrastructure.
Most of all - enjoy it. Being enthuastic is your best bet. WIthout qualifications or experience behind you, you're going to need to sell yourself on your personality. I'd suggest going in as willing to learn and be shaped as possible, whilst showing your love for IT, customer service and desire to get into enterprise IT.
Re: Sounds familair
I didn't hear of the development embargo placed on developers when creating applications for Windows Phone. Care to share your source?
Or are you making an assumption that developers just won't target WP7.x as it's now legacy? Because I think your statement is a little untruthful otherwise.
And yes, apps that you have on WP7.x can be moved to WP8 via the Marketplace as long as you use the same Microsoft Account on both phones. (Assuming the application exists / works on both platforms of course)
Re: Just a thought
Yet Tesco next door to Game sell the same items for £10 less each. Appreciate the independent shops probably pay more for the goods in the first place but I would have thought Game would be well placed against a supermarket. I suspect Tesco's cost per employee is more (slightly better pay, better prospects for pay increases) than Game too.
Oh - and if it's due to retail coats (although amount of rent aside I don't see how it's any different to a UK based online merchant. Staff, building, admin etc.) then why are the games just as expensive on their website as they are in store?
Re: I've seen...
"I'd love to just slap in a couple of FC SAN's and be done with it. Uses our existing, Enterprise-Grade FC infrastructure. However for the budget I've got there's just no chance. For £50k I can add in a redundant link for our Ethernet topology, run RSTP and create a new VLAN with the highest priority."
That 50k includes the 2 SAN nodes, discs, support and the above topology changes. (Mainly civils in getting new fibre runs in place.)
Re: I've seen...
"I see a lot of people testing VMs with ISCSI. Why? (and I'm honestly wondering)"
Honestly - cost.
I work for a medium sized business and the last SAN install I did for our head office where we have around 80 VM's / 4 large hosts was an EMC Clarrion. All fibre channel, dedicated network, full mesh topology, no single point of failure (host, HBA, switches, cables, storage processors etc.). Beautiful.
That was 4 years ago. Our EMC is now dropping IO's like the government drops elections promises and we're pretty much out of capacity.
2 weeks ago I was told we have a budget of 40k for a SAN. Actually two SAN's if I want to keep the same level of redundancy / replication I have between the two server rooms. Tried getting at least 10Tb usable storage, on 15k RPM discs that's certified for VMWare, has 3 years mission critical support, replication, dedupe and works on fibre channel. For under 40k.... Impossible I tell you.
So I'm left with no choice. It's cheaper to bulk up the Ethernet core with some more redundancy, slap in another redundant path and buy a HP P4500 (two of in a cluster - virtual IP). This scares the crap out of me as our Ethernet does NOT have redundant paths, nor redundant switching. In fact a single cable cut or a single switch failure at top of rack level over our 6 racks in the two rooms would take the whole Ethernet core down. (I had 8k for 10 switches.... FFS!). Can whack in a replacement switch (have a couple kicking around) or replace a knackered uplink / fibre in a few minutes. That's okay for voice and data traffic as it's a few minutes downtime where servers and clients can't talk.
However if that happened with iSCSI then I presume my VM's would all shit themselves as they can't access their VMDK's anymore. BSOD's all around I'd presume...
I'd love to just slap in a couple of FC SAN's and be done with it. Uses our existing, Enterprise-Grade FC infrastructure. However for the budget I've got there's just no chance. For £50k I can add in a redundant link for our Ethernet topology, run RSTP and create a new VLAN with the highest priority.
Not what I would want, but best I can do with the resources given.
Guess if you are one of the few who import/export contacts from office 2003 or older you'll need to save as a CSV.
Not quite the end of the world really. Technically the article title is right, but bit sensationalist IMHO.
@ Prof Dexter
Couldn't agree more. Looking at replacing a lot of our core shortly as we're ditching our trusty FC fabic for a converged iSCSI ethernet network - and quite honestly it's a nightmare. Mainly a ProCurve and Juniper shop (although use Cisco 6500 too) but trying to get above 1Gig for anything other than the backbone is far too costly. I hate planning a new topology that's designed to last a good 5 years + and on day one going to have to use LACP / NIC teaming just to get the baseline performance required!
1-Gig would be great outside of inter-switch backbone links but just far to expensive still.
I manage 'all those updates' by using an OS that was released in the last decade.
Win 7 or Win 8 are fine for patching, no worse or better than Ubuntu or OSX. Try a more modern version.
And the Dell XPS range has similar aesthetics, specs and a price that's a nudge less too. Imagine HP do something similar too.
Re: (Insert El Reg tombstone)
My point is that as a systems adminstrator, I'm much more inclined to be pro-active in researching, testing and generally wanting to deploy devices that I can manage. My job is to prescribe the best technology to meet the business requirements set out - Surface, and Windows 8 in particular is a bless as it opens up a new avenue for me. I won't be given budget to make iOS and Android work due to the additional costs involved in training / support or additional software. Both for the technicans and for end-users.
Windows 8 has a good USP from that view IMHO.
As a consumer I was touting the advantages it has. You say people don't want compatibility with legacy Windows applications. Maybe you don't, maybe the people that already own an iPad don't - however I do. I have a Win7 desktop and an XBox360 at home. A Surface pro or an OEM product that's slightly cheaper means I can get a device around iPad money that I can use around the house knowing my Sonos, Logitech and productivity software will work fine. I want that. Maybe you don't - I do. I doubt I'm the only one. I'll like having my companies remote access software on it so I can get work emails without having to be tied to the desktop PC or lugging a full fat desktop around. I want a device between tablet and laptop, without the traditional "Ultrabook" price tag. Be nice to plug my camera into and view RAW files, but portable enough to take into the bath.
Microsoft are spending money on marketing Surface, even though it's only a reference, because a reference that's just in the OEM's realm is useless - consumers need to make a comparision, and they can't unless they know about it. I like seeing that there is another platform that works for touch in decent hardware with a different UI and has a different USP. (Android it's openness, iOS it's simplicity, WIndows it's compatibility).
I only brought up the fact that there is a vast number of hardware and platforms out there to meet your needs. Your constant posts attacking a product that isn't even launched yet prompted me to ensure you are aware of the options my friend. (Using the advantage of you not being an AC!) ;)
More choice is only a good thing. I welcome any company, in particular a large one with big financial backing, to enter a market - worse case scenario is they add nothing and fall into obsecurity. Best case is innovation, lower costs and more options.
I just don't see what people are moaning about so passionatly.
Re: (Insert El Reg tombstone)
Actually Eadon, whilst I'm not the OP I'll step in and say I stand by the general point I think the OP was trying to get across - although I don't know why you hold more credit for a handle that requires no ID verification Vs. "Anonymous Coward"
Apple owns the premium side of the consumer mobile market.
Android owns the low end of the overall market
Both cross into mid-range, and neither are exclusive into a particular end of the market - it's just both are dominant in different ends.
From a business / enterprise point of view, neither are great options for me. I can't manage ether platforms very well even using expensive 3rd party tools. Best I can do is spend days learning scripting tools or bespoke tools for said platform that I can't transfer to the rest of my job.
In addition a large number of applications and tools used in our business, but also on the consumer side are not avaliable on current mobile platforms. E.g. full fat photoshop, Visio, our ERP application, various Java and .Net apps used that could be ported but at present are Windows only.
So ironically, Windows 8 has a USP (compared to iOS, Android and even WP7.x) being that it the applications i use on my desktop PC at home (well, a media and gaming rig on the TV), as well as the tools I use daily at work can be used on the go.
No extra management tools (Group Policy / System Centre), no 3rd party apps or hacks, can use the same games, XBox Live - just like another PC.
I'm in the market for a new device. I shouldn't use my work laptop at home for streaming personal media, use in the bath, playing flash games etc. and the media centre rig is great for power but hardly the most usable thing in the world. I like Android - my HTC Desire was a real gem, but for me it's USP was appealing to the geek in me - sometimes I want things to just work well. Sometimes I don't want to research online how to do something, or find out I need to root the phone to perform a task. Using the same platform as I use on my desktop, and what I use at work would be ideal. iOS is too restrictive for a tablet / ultrabook device for me.
Step in Windows 8 on decent hardware - I don't need much storage, but I do want an extension of my home network. The Infrastructure guy in me says that will fill the hole we have at work for tablets that I can deploy without more management headaches.
Something mid-to-high end, the same applications I use already work on it, from a corporate point of view I can manage it without any extra work. Best of all it works for touch really, really well. Cost is comparable to other devices at the mid-high end too.
Windows RT - yeah, unless the applications catch up really soon then I'd call that an EPIC FAIL. Microsoft Surface Pro.... hard for it to be a fail real. Microsoft aren't trying to carve out a market for their hardware like HP, Acer, Dell etc. It's getting an example of what can be done out there for the launch of the platform. Job done, they'll sell millions of the unit. OEM's can't make anything too shitty as people will have a benchmark. Windows 8 on a touch device is already sold - if you have a Windows infrastructure at home or at work and you're after a mid-high end touch device then why wouldn't you opt for Windows 8? Either you opt fo a Surface Pro or you find a Microsoft partner that have comparable hardware at a comparable price point - or better.
And if you don't like any of that then just get yourself any of a number of Android devices or if Apple floats your boat you still have a range of iPad's. Maybe even take a wildcard and go for a BB device if you are feeling brave! ;)
Hmmmm, how big are they? Sounds like OEM copy of server std, SQL express and full exchange 2010 standard would do it assuming the finance app isn't huge. The only expensive part is Exchange - why not Office365 or another hosted mail provider?
Re: This is down to...
Actually I was worried when the NHS sent me a DVD of my right knee MRI scan as they refered to it as a disc of images.... being sent in the post? Surely they should be password protected as it contains my medical details...?
I got the DVD 2 working days after I posted the cheque to the PACS people, and on that morning they called me on the number on file to advise of the password. Put in the DVD, ran the app on the root of the disc and entered in the password provided. Voila - images, slices, metadata, consultant reports etc. all in this non-standard app. If I want to share the contents I can press export and dump into PDF, JPG, and even a MHTML flat file.
For 95% of computer users, if they have the same experience as me then they will be very, very satisfied. The default action of the NHS when you ask for a copy of data is to:
Process the request within 2 working days
Provide the data required AND associated reports (if you asked or not!)
Encrypt said data
Post media to details on the request form
Contact patient the following day in the morning with the password
95% of people can put in the disc, run the app and go
Should the patient want a standard / open output they can if they wish
And this is bad? Honestly, some people are never satisfied.... Put on a trial VM of Win7 on your linux box and spit your pics out in a nice JPEG (without the password, or medical metadata). Or ask the nice people at PACS if they can export the pics to you - although I'd imagine they'll make you sign a disclaimer acknowleding the risks of unencrypted data etc....
@ Lee Dowling
"I honestly can't guarantee that my Windows servers will be running tomorrow"
If your employeer would like an admin that can let me know.
Based in that statement alone I fear the problem are less technical and more perception and knowledge.
Re: I AM NOT AFRAID OF CHANGE
One of those "removed features" the caps lock key?
Could be in Nokia's interest
Nothing even slightly outstanding in terms of innovation, creativity or being "revolutionary". Compared to how good the Samsung Galaxy range are, the dated feel of iOS, WinPho8's different UI and the features Nokia have stated for the new Lumia's it could be turning point in making the phone market much more interesting. Customers won't be flocking too it as there's nothing luring them in, plus if you have any previous accessories now you have to pay for / carry an adaptor.
Personally I think the new MS UI on the XBox, Win8 and WinPhone works well for touch. Throw in the wireless charging, camera and screen (not that I care, but a bigger PPI than Apple's "retina" screens) I'm tempted to go for a Nokia Lumia.
Galaxy S III is a bit sexy too though...!
Nokia hardware, 4G, wireless charging, incredible camera, good screen. I personally like the WP platform, different from the rest and very user friendly.
Re: Lets not just blame java here
Um, it needs to be elevated. No admin rights, no infection.
Read the sources.
Re: The joys of capitalism
Hmmm - I'm not expert, and I know nothing of Facetime, but shirley the Facetime call is treated as data....? In which case why would you have a problem making a normal voice call over the same mast, regardless of how much data is being fed through it?
Stop talking shit.
"You take pictures, they are uploaded to Windows Live Skydrive."
My WP handset calls it 'SkyDrive'.
"Want to identify music? Use the Bing Music Search - no Shazaam here"
Yup, I press the magnifying glass icon and then the music note icon. I have never seen any branding called 'Bing Music Search'.
Oh - but just in case the built-in music search fails I DO have the Shazaam app installed too. You know, because I can.
"Want to play some music? Fire up the Zune player."
Not on my WP handset I don't. I touch 'Music & Videos'.
"Want to use an IM? Fire up Windows Live Messenger."
Nah, I don't have anyone on WLM. Does anyone even use that anymore? I use Facebook IM - which is integrated into the messaging application natively, along with Twitter, LinkedIn etc. Or you can not use any of them.
"Personally, I've not tried a WP."
"But then I don't need to."
"I've already made my choices about where I'm going to keep my contacts, my photos, my music, my files,..."
I'm pleased for you. My previous handset was a HTC Desire running stock ROM as well as a few custom ones such as Modoco. As such a lot of my contacts are on Facebook and GMail. Thankfully Windows Phone will connect to these address books and copy to the local device and continue to sync from the "cloud" service. The same as Android, and I presume iOS do. Microsoft don't have anything that Google and Facebook don't already have in terms of data. My files aren't kept on Skydrive as I don't want them too. Neither to my photo's. My contacts are kept in GMail including new contacts I create on the phone. Calendar is GMail too.*
*Actually my shit is stored on SkyDrive, although I still have most contacts on Google and Facebook still. But that's because I have made my choice. My choice is that Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple are all fuckers but the convenience of essentially having a backup copy of my data in case I lose or break my phone is worth the trade off. But that's MY choice. Your choice of making statements about a product you clearly know nothing about however is a poor one.
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