516 posts • joined 31 Jul 2009
Windows Phone sales
On a certain website dedicated to WP users there's a comment, actually a quote overheard by a contributor, making the point that phone (and tablet) users who had already got used to Android (or Apple) machines weren't familiar or comfortably with using these new Windows phone thingies.
Which points up what happened. It seems pretty clear that the marketing types convinced Microsoft's managers that the way to move people on was to get to them through the desktop.
Dammit- you got there before me.
Re: Wire me up
Feed back how hard you're working to the beancounters more like.
..was that Bing was making a prediction.
Now, from time to time I use the facebook translation option, which uses Bing. To be fair, it seems to be improving a bit, but in general, what gibberish!
I shouldn't be shocked. But the idea that the world's biggest spy agencies buy in their spying tools does shock me. What next? M given the boot and 007 having to get his gadgets from Maplins? The CIA buying miniature cameras from the back of magazines?
Weekend and so...
...with poo impacting on the ventilation no one can be found to comment. How much do these guys get paid?
Re: Extension hiding should be BANNED.
I agree to that basic premise. I never saw the point of it in Windows, and always opt to show it. Sometimes you just need to know what kind of file you are looking at. But then it's only part of the same view of how users should work that puts files into virtual folders (my documents etc) and buries the real folders ( and so files) on the C: drive c:\documents and settings\username\etc. even if they have a perfectly good partition reserved for data
It's sort of trying to pretend that things are simpler than they really are by hiding any trace of complexity, but in a clumsy way.
The real filter seems to be easy to evade
The one where people see an email and think, "Hmm, looks dodgy". It's so badly designed, apparently.
Re: Air Force reverse engineer?
Someone has to get the planes back into the hanger.
Re: Yes most apps want to many permissions
It also says it wants photos/camera/pictures and so on. It's a bloody bus timetable FFS!
And they don't even have the excuse of needing to "monetize" the app. The app is there so that they can provide a paid product.
Re: > Apps are becoming central to our lives
Absolutely, most of the optional apps to download are just a load of bo****cks that no one really needs in the slightest.
I'd hazard a guess that Amorous C and Shipwreck are both partly right. A good old fashioned mix of sloppiness and greed.
Re: Shiny thing make everything all better says politician
Relationship between consumption and cost.
Hmm. Given the number of drivers who accelerate up to a red traffic light then brake hard and throw away the energy I'd say there's an issue here.
Re: Why not a smart reading device?
Hey, I like that. When can they start?
They're not doing it because they are "ECO" minded. They do know though that there is a problem (Global Warming) and that Something Must be Done, . And as often quoted from Yes Minister, "This is Something Therefore It Must Be Done".
Re: Smart meter vs dual-tariff (Off Peak) meter ?
The AC (above) who refered to Off-peak use in Australia;
"They do that by (at least here in Oz) charging 3-4 times the usual tariff rate for onpeak, compared to regular old skool meters, and a tiny fraction for overnight offpeak use."
has higlighted the problem, there and in the UK.
Once you switch to that system you have to be using vast amounts of night electricity to cover the high cost of the day time use. But generally we don't do many things that need to use electricity during the night. The things we do use electricity for are either day time activities, or 24 hour ones like the freezer. There aren't many things that can be switched.
To get people to choose a day/night time tarrif it has to be economic for them. Which means that normal daytime usage still has to be more or less normal price and night usage noticably cheaper. Then we can use washing machines, immersion heaters etc at night and save a few quid.
I assume though that this includes the vast number of "apps" in the Google/Android appstore that take permissions to monitor phone calls etc. that are not in the slightest bit needed for the app to function. Confident in the knowledge that few of the users will even look, let alone refuse to install these juicy "apps". Many of which seem just to be bait to get you to put their spyware on the phone.
I have tried many times to move away from Google. (My new phone is not an Android/Google phone).
But I usually come back to them. There are a few noticeable exceptions (Nokia's routing on the phone is really good). But I have to accept that Google gives me the information I need and other engines still give me the information they want me to have, like in the bad old days.
Re: Switzerland still has plenty of other industries...
(Also, luxury watches need to be serviced periodically which is extremely expensive (and labor intensive.)
So does my Seiko Kinetic at £70 each time should I ever bother to do it. It's cheaper to let it die a slow lingering demise.
Absolutely, and I add, no one ever got good headlines in the Mail by saying that things are going quite well really.
Re: Reducing theft of mobile devices
".... orders to tick specific boxes.."
One of the (many) issues around the failure to stop those 1400 kids being abused in Rotherham, that have been in our headlines all week, was that the agencies didn't want to record anything that would upset their figures. And that was for the most serious and horrible of crimes. So reporting someone nicking a phone isn't going to impress anyone if there are targets to be met.
Re: And meanwhile in the real world
"The not very bright
The very impulsive
Grandiose narcissists who think they are cleverer and more important than anybody else
Psychopaths who think everybody else is a stupid sheep who only exists to be exploited.
You will readily work out that most of these people are poor at evaluating risk."
Just add an expensive education at, preferably, Eton....
Anyone remember "The Producers"?
Just a thought.
I'm with tristram Shandy. Just got a 635 ( i.e. has 4 G).
It just works.
It does the job well. It's clear and logical to use.
It's a decent price.
I can share my PC Outlook and mobile phone calendars seemlessly again, which I've missed since Google killed the outlook sync app.
And so far all the apps I need are there and work well.
BUT, Google Earth isn't available for Winphone. (Not that I need it to be honest).
So a search for it will find dozens of spurious "apps" that are crap feeders of one knd or another. Even searching for "Google" in the Winphone app store will find lots of fake apps with icons that are straight copies of Google's. And so on.
(But yes they shouldn't have tried to make proper grown up Windows look like the little phone Windows. Just saying it makes it clear how ludicrous the idea was.)
While I prefer my own theory when it comes to cutlery firu's would explain another cosmological mystery. Any rope, hosepipe or electrical lead wrapped up neatly and placed in a suitable dark place for more than two weeks will become a tangled mess that no amount of delierate human action could have achieved. Clearly mini wormholes are the only possible explanation for this.
Re: Sock gnomes
Actually, behind the 2D surface universe lies a significant black hole which, though unobservable, channels all the teaspoons from all school staff rooms to a distant and spoon laden part of the universe.
Families and domestic/SoHo etc
VM ntlworld emails are likely to be small users, not technically very aware and relying on the email that the ISP supplies. After all Email is Email to most ordinary users and all that matters is that they have a nice name to use.
Commetards on El reg will have multiple adresses, mail servers, disposable accounts and all that stuff. But not the gen pub.
And even many of the commentardists may still use an ISP account for family and friends email, or ordering from Amazon etc.
I think you're confusing FB and Twittering a bit.
FB has always been where people post personal "news" items to other people they consider to vaugely be sort of er friends(ish), i.e. granny has got a new kitten.
Unlike Twitbook, where they post tiny details about their own sad and boring lives to anyone dumb enough to be bothered to read it.
FB is ok as long as you don't somehow expect anything significant: Sadly there are people who do think it is a source of real news. And they are often the ones who fall for clickbait links.
Always worth a cup. Boiled in one of those long handled jugs. Needs to froth up, subside and bring to boil a second time. Then drink straight away. Sweetened if you want.
Appropos of which.
A few years back I went into a local grocers' and asked for Turkish coffee. The (Greek) owner was affronted and said "Only Greek coffee here". So I bought "Greek coffee".
When I looked on the packet it said "Made in Turkey".
Re: Going to call myself an expert here, and...
"Traditionally people seem to go for almost black coffee beans or "rich" roasts, but in my opinion the best roasts are the lighter ones with good beans,..."
A lot of people who ask for/drink "strong" coffee confuse the strength, as in concentration of good beany stuff that has plenty of actual flavour, with the roast, as in bitter and dark but not tasting of much because all the volatile oils have been roasted off.
It's strong because it tastes strongly of burnt beans, not coffee goodness.
Krups grinder, Prestige filter machine....
.... the one with lots of shiny, and the clock and timer that I don't use and probably no one else does either.
Beans (House blend - the named stuff costs a fortune) from Martyn's in Muswell Hill - kept in freezer until needed.
Re: Instant vs Brewed
Bu then, the tea is usually worse.
Usually a glass of hot water with a polite query as to whether you'd like a tea bag to go with it.
Re: Moka Pot
From that very site ( thanks for the link).
"The Moka produces a rich, authentic espresso..."
So," Moka" pot as in Hoover/Biro etc.
Never heard it called that. Do you mean ( it looks like) the aluminium thing, in two halves that screw together- water in the bottom and finely ground coffee in the top? Then pop on the gas ring till the water isn't in the bottom anymore.
I always called it an Essprsso. In fact that's what was on the box/label anytme I've bought one.
Since I'm the only one in the family that uses it I use the small size, which just about balances on the hob, if I'm careful.
For everyday, really good freshly roasted beans kept in freezer (none of your supermarket c***p). A decent grinder and a filter machine.
Thought he was quoting........
Re: Get a life, Simon.
********DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS*******
Re: Stupid request for advice
Even USB 2 is OK, if it's backing up in the background. And you do need to check they are actually working. My USB external drive wasn't, at first. It was OK sometimes, but lost connection randomly. A firmware update later and it's doing a fine job
A second HDD with or as a backup partition is also pretty good.
But both are vulnerable to anything really catastrophic.
Cloud backup is pretty much ideal for fallback home backups if you also have either or both of the local ones. (And aren't too worried about your stuff being "out there".)
I've been managing mine with Cobian backup (free). but Cobian has recently sold his source code - so who knows what will happen next.
Didn't Dilbert do just that a year or so back. Cue men in dark glasses.
Re: I refuse to do backups - on principle
Outlook files - keep them *backed up* to the server.
Even a batch file can do that.
Work locally, backup remotely.
Re: What timing!
" I was texted asking for driver cd's, DHCP config etc. "
So chivo243 has the responsibility for getting stuff working again, (even on his hols) but not the authority to make sure that the system for getting stuff working again is..... working.
Re: Flaming external usb drives
Or indeed mirror the seriously important and totally f*****d data file that has all the organisation's most important records.*
Whatever happened to grandfather/father/son backups that I was taught to use?
*Stuff happens. That's why we have backups.
Re: Over complicating the issue
You may well be right.
Certainly they don't seem to have a more elegant solution than my own quick and dirty one (Disabled the autostart from HKLM:RUN and copied the path to the startmenu startup folder FWIW). I used CCleaner to disable their start-up.
I'd sort of expect them to issue a registry patch, or tell me which registry change I should make.
More worrying, since competitor products (Dropbox/Onedrive/Googledrive etc) can manage this, I'd expect them to take the issue seriously - rather than duck out of resolving it.
But then, the other example of the mobile phone company answering the wrong question is equally worrying. Just as I wasn't the first person to raise that log-in issue so I'd lay a very large bet that I'm not the first person to consider getting a new mobiule phone and contract a week or two before the old one expires if the deal is good enough, and so want to know if we can delay transferring the number until it becomes available when the old contract expires. So they should recognise the question and know the answer.
And it's in their interest to tell me if I can ( or indeed can't) if they want my business.
Re: Over complicating the issue
Interesting. The issue that triggered this topic still hasn't been answered correctly by the company after I've rephrased the email four times now, ( On top of the one that I quoted when I first contacted them).
All I'd wanted was to stop box sync autostarting when my wife used her log-in to the shared home computer. She doesn't use Box. We each have our own log-ins to the PC.
And while I'm waiting I have sorted out a quick and dirty solution to the problem anyway. Not brilliant. But it's a perfectly easy and viable solution.*
Possibly they seem to be stuck in the original assumption that I am asking how two users can each have their own log-ins to Box on the same PC log-in. I did make it very clear that's not what I meant..
The last email contained the words.......
", but there's no way to provision sync to just simply limit who can log-in and those who can't.....".
I'm not sure what that means, but I'm sure that it has not connection with wanting Box to not autostart for my wife when she uses the computer in her own log-in.
*Disabled the autostart from HKLM:RUN and copied the path to the startmenu startup folder FWIW
Do support staff read emails? Or are they just parsed by a computer?
Not for the first time, today I received a support email that answered exactly the opposite question to what I'd asked. What made this unusual is that my email had been a quote from another user who had previously asked the same question in a forum (box.com) and been told by the admins to log it as a support ticket.
I (we) wanted to to know how to stop the software doing from something annoying.
The reply was further details about how to make the software do what we wanted it to stop doing.
A day or two before I'd emailed a mobile phone company to ask if I bought a phone from them could I delay transferring an old number to the new phone until a week or two after I'd received the phone, (i.e. when I got the PAC code after the old contract ended). The reply told me that I could transfer my number to a new phone as long as I did it within 30 days of ending the old contract and getting the PAC code. Nothing about waiting a couple of weeks after I'd bought the phone. Again just the opposite of what I'd asked. It took three attempts to get the answer.
It's as if the replies just picked out some key words and chose an answer off the shelf. Not actually reading the sentences that made up the message.
So what does happen?
The model still seems to be "Charge through the nose when it's new."
Which is a pretty good disinscentive to upgrading.
I'm not seeing any of these nasties.There is a rectangular advert on the page on the few occasions when I need or choose to look at the programme. But it's not intrusive.
I switched one machine to AVG after it stopped auto-updating Avast ( I couldn't work out why).
But I have no toolbars/popups/adverts and wonder where they are.
Where it is a pain is at boot time. It does delay things. Maybe I'll give Essentials a whirl.
Or one of the others suggested here.
If Avast starts annoying us I'll switch more machines, maybe even to AVG.
No. In the case of spam the victims* aren't the ones who respond. It's all the innocent parties with clogged inboxes.
The people who reply are just feeding the pigeons.
*Exception made for actual scams, which suck victims in. But they are only a subset of Spam.
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