218 posts • joined Friday 31st July 2009 12:17 GMT
Re: What's te problem?
I've used every version of Windows since 3.
This is the first I've hated.
Because it simply doesn't play nice on a desktop.
Things you don't want will happen when you incautiously move a mouse, or things you do want can't be made to work without digging around.
OK It's Friday, but......
Talks are taking place though RM does not want to work with another education supplier that could potentially use hardware resell to sell software and services too, say our sources.
At the same time, sources suggested RM was approached by contacted by systems builders that were interested in sounding out the possibility of taking over contract manufacturing.
A mixture of typo' errors and gibberish.
This is hardly news.
If departments aren't controlled on how they spend their budgets they will inevitably go out and do what they think will either a) get the job done quickly or b) look cool. - Or both.
Since IT departments are so often seen as the people who say "no!" the staff in other departments will do their best to bypass them, until it all goes horribly wrong.
Face it. As far as other staff are concerned you are there to make things better when they've gone wrong, not to stop them doing what they want.
You wanted to be a wizard didn't you? So keep the wands waving.
Re: Similar Problems here
Yup, been there, done that.
Crap firmware and lousy drivers.
Even worse is the install trap. HP seem terrible for this.
A file in the existing driver will refuse to be deleted by the reinstall programme.
The reinstall will instead try to overwrite this file with the one that is actually exactly the same. (Even the same version number).
So it will fail, and STOP installing.
Re: Wouldn't be so bad
..... if the f.ing mug punters didn't respond and hand them the spondoolicks.
Will they never learn?????????????????
Re: Many people fall into this trap
Absolutely, by turning the screw tighter on yourself it gets turned tighter for everyone. Which makes the bosses happier.
And ironically, there's no actual correlation between working longer/harder and being more effective. On the contrary, the culture of the hard slog tends to mean that the people who are good at (any) job can be bypassed by the sloggers who just put in lots of ineffective hours.
Re: The real reason why you couldnt do it today
More to the point, there'd be more people in HR and accounts than there were doing the decoding: And they'd be the ones with the really good computers while the decoders would be using a bunch of old XP machines and an abacus.
Re: No war
" I havent seen much of a terrorist problem lately...."
That's like saying we don't need our "beware of the dog" sign anymore because no one has been bitten here recently..
Or to put it another way;
A chap was on holiday at the coast. One morning he's wandering along the edge of a steep cliff.
He happens to get talking to a local and says that he's surprised there isn't a fence there.
"There used to be", said the local. "But no one ever fell off so we got rid of it".
Seems to have vanished again
I downloaded it from the Play Store when it reappeared, so did my teenage daughter. I've activated it too.
When my wife went to download it last night ( Weds), there it was....Gone.
Searching for BBM on Play Store just gives the usual piggy back spam downloads.
Have they Rim/Blackberry pulled it again?
Surely a spoof.
"Soylent Green is people!"
Google's Play Store "apps" routinely request all sorts of permissions, which most of the users probably never look at.
For starters, see how many require full access to the users phone call information, despite having nothing whatever to do with contacts or calls.
What security is there when users are effectively being encouraged to leave the key under the Welcome mat.
Just think of all those used car dealers that have the cars parked in the street and pretend to be selling only the one vehicle.
It's not exactly hard to pretend to be an individual seller.
Re: Canada has it.
"What i can't understand is why all of the stolen/second hand phones on Craigslist are selling nearly retail prices."
For a start, the people who buy dodgy phones, like the people who bid to buy second hand stuff on Ebay, don't neccessarily know what the things are worth.
I've watched bids on something I've wanted on Ebay reach a point where you could buy a new item for almost the same amount. We've even sold a few bits like that. Crazy. And annoying if you're a buyer who just wanted to buy a cheap secondhand something-or-other because you don't need/want a new one.
Second, some of those buyers may want a phone that can't be traced too easily - but without the risk of lifting it themselves.
The article was really rather short on analysis.
What is significant is the combination of long term changes in how people view and short term variations in buying patterns.
For the latter, whether people are delaying, or no longer need to upgrade ( having got rid of the CRT as The Mole has noted). And maybe aren't watching as a family so much, so want indpendant viewing on a personal device.
For the former, whether they are choosing to spend money on the new novelty devices and watch You Tube, so aren't itching to get a new TV and anyway have already spent the cash on the shiny.
Let's think of the kids
Some parents just don't even seem to consider what it's going to be like carrying such a monika for the rest of their child's life. The conclusion to be drawn is that they don't see the kid as having any existance beyond their own.
Back in 198? we were introduced to new word processor that was meant to be the future. Every format had to be entered with *code before and after, a bit like using html. And the only people who could actually use it were full time admins. Even they had to keep a list of codes to hand.
WORD for MSDos was a delight by comparison. And so was every version for Windows until after 2003.
By 2007 Microsoft seems to have reached this strange place where it expects users to adapt our behaviour to how they think we *ought* to be using the software. Instead of the other way round. Hence the ribbon, and I guess Windows 8.
Re: My environment, not ours, MINE.
The irony is that the ribboned WORD (2010 in my case) is much less adapable to the user's pattern of working than older versionsof WORD..
The old menu items could be modified, moved or just plain got rid of with a couple of clicks.
The ribbon can no longer just be changed, instead it requires a whole new menu tab to be created with the bits you want to keep, (in effect to duplicate) so that the built in one can be hidden.
There are things I am not going to use if Ilive to a 100.
They are just clutter that gets in the way when I'm looking for things I do use.
I'm sure that goes for most users.
But to get them out of the way, or indeed to put the things I use regularly where I want them to be is no longer practical.
Some posts back there was an untitled comment from someone who couldn't filter talk from background noise. I have that issue, I'm not on the spectrum, ( except in the sense that everyone is) but I do have a hearing perception problem "cocktail party sydrome". Probably mild compared to some comments I've read when I was searching for the references below.
ASD types often are disturbed by noise. And as I understand it ASD personlities will tend to home in on a sound. But that wasn't what he was describing.
CocktailPparty Syndrome simply means not being able to discriminate foreground sounds from background.
(In fact there are several things called this - probably because cocktail parties were popular at the time.)
I went to have my hearing checked some years ago. My hearing also checked out as normal, but I was told about this then- I still have the problem. It can be a real pain in the a***
Here are some references I dug up. Most relevant mentions on the web tend to be selling a treatment of some sort- but that's the internet for you. :-(
Re: Nice read
Baron-Cohen ( no the other one, I think they're brothers) would argue that we are all to some extent on the spectrum.
Re: Nice to see them catch up with the girls
Phil. Too true. And more. At high school (in Manchester) I got asked was I a protestant or a Catholic.
When I said I was Jewish ( and I didn't even know the difference between Catholics or Protestants at that age) I got asked whether I was Catholic Jewish or. Protestant Jewish.
So it ain't just an old Northern Ireland gag: It's also an old Northern Engand fact.
Re: Nice to see them catch up with the girls
Yes, you got there before me.
My daughters ( a Guides Young Leader and Patrol Leader respectively) thought the fuss about the Scouts was laughable.
They dropped the God bit ages ago.
Re: It's management that needs to read this
Considerable aspects of the article cover anyone in the workplace. We all have our own range of personalities and abilities that we bring to the shopfloor.
Multi-tasking is currently "in", probably on the back of "women can multi-task". But most workplace tasks are more efficiently performed by giving them focus. (Irrespective of gender). And switching to and from incomplete tasks wastes time tuning-in for everyone, not just ASD personalities.
Undercurrents and office manipulation ( read "politics") harm everyone who is not playing in the game and adds nothing to the success of the organisation.
Or to put it another way. An ASD friendly employer is a task-focussed employer. And in many jobs a staff member with ASD can be used to considerable advantage. It depends on the role.
What the workplace doesn't need is the sort of management that sees staff as interchangeable units.
Single reset key!!!!!?????
Blimey, most people I know struggle with just having the stupid cAPS LOCK NEXT TO THE A KEY.
Toolittle, too late, too basic, too expensive
BB phones got left behind in the development race; didn't have anything new and attractive but were still expensive.
Maybe they thought there was customer loyalty.
Maybe there was, but if only a few do that peel off that was in the article, the crumble starts.
And start it did.
Re: Does anyone want to believe (online reviews)
"So are reviews on Google Play".
Like all the recommendations for fake BBM!!!!
For ANY standard to become adopted generally it has to be cheap enough for ordinary users, not high level pro users. If it isn't adopted generally there will never be enough devices that require it.
And for USB 3.1 that means lots of devices that require those speeds for general uses- which may never happen.
How many ordinary small office/home users even need to use USB 3.0?
Re: Was it a wool jumper?
"brown suit and turquoise jumper,"
Damn, I was going to point this out, but............
Outraging public decency indeed.
I stopped trying to use any kind of IM years ago because there there were so many different ones among the people I knew. It seemed like everybody had a different one and few of us could find anybody else to message.
At one time the whole family had BBM and for a while that was a bit useful.
Re: Something for the kiddies
BBM - Very limited for work use, in my experience. Just about good for the "Where are you?"/"Stuck in traffic" type function.
But brilliant for keeping in touch with the teenage kids at the weekend, Asking what else we need while I'm at Tesco,. That sort of stuff.
And I'll do an upvote just for hating the sill word "app", which is just an excuse to push small trivial bits of software that wouldn't have seen the light of day as "programmes".
"Oh, and how do I get to type a whimsically slanted bang?"
Probably why they did it!
Come to think of it....
Now I think about it, didn't a number of USA citizens cancel their trips to Australia a few years back when there were bombing in Vienna. So I guess a Brazilian confusing NSA/NASA isn't too far fetched anyway.
"It's hard to believe anyone would confuse the NSA spy agency with NASA,".
I think they might have, judging by the barmy message.
Re: You Sure?
Since every UK supermarket now seems to have product comparisons that say 15p cheaper than Tesco/Morrisons/....
I guess it's OK here.
Re: Yes and No
BUT: Most of these calls are not support calls.
They may be customer service complaints, product inquiries, or fault lines etc.
Charging to phone and complain, long queues with messages that say how busy they are at the moment ( instead of putting more staff on at busy times), menu systems that lead to blind alleys, email replies that don't actually refer to the matter you queried, and my favourite which is making you go through technical hoops that they and you know won't change anything. Or just ignoring the email/letter.
All of these are ploys.
Some bean counter somewhere has presumably worked out the cost of managing complaints and compared it to the cost of not bothering or pissing customers off. Then decided we aren't worth bothering about.
Re: Use the 'international' number
You are right mbf99.
British Airwaysare so cynical that it beggars belief.
. They actually have software that detects that you are in the UK and tells you to phone back on their premium rate number. They might as well say "We're going to mug you".
Re: France isn't too bad
Except, if I need to talk to you about your poor service, or even discuss my purchase with you, I've already paid so charging me to speak to you about it is plain robbery. Just in France apparently they only start robbing you when you start speaking.
Tried to use them once. Like A K I've sort of blanked the whole horrible proccess. All i can bring to mind now is that I still seethe when I hear the name, but it revolved around failing to deliver and not answering lots of emails I think.
Listening to users.
Maybe it's just a personal impression, but I'm increasingly starting to feel that the big IT companies all think that they know what the customers want better than we do ourselves - and that they can lead us to a bold new future.
So Yahoo's groups can follow MS' Windows and Office on the trail of increased fussy complexity and unusability. Photobucket has gone the same way, from a clean user interface to one so cluttered the link to the actual pictures gets lost.
In fact here's the quote;
"Posing as military agents, the two accepted over a million dollars (one British victim sent in $59,000) before funneling it to the scam's organizers for around 10 per cent of the take."
10% of turnover. So more than just dupes..
Actually 10% of all the money they helped steal is rather a lot.
Dress is a form of communication, just as much as facial expression, body stance etc. And far more blatant too. You control how you dress.
If you dress like a middle-manager, but are a hands-on techie, you are telling the people around you that you want to see yourself as management: Not one of the workers.
Which may get you on the fast track managers route. But is not going to impress anyone who actually wants some tech work done.
And wearing glam heels, designer clothes etc. isn't giving the message that you see yourself as one of the technicians. In other words, It's less about dressing like a technician's stereotype, more about not dressing as if you don't want to be seen as a technician.
And it's the same in most jobs. There are young teachers who act and dress from day one like they are preparing for headship.
And I'm sure the same goes for every "Frontline" occupation.
Re: Rebel! Don't bother to set the clocks!
After all, come start/end of BST* and you'll only have to change all the b****y things again, anyway.
*Other time zones are available
re: I'm calling shenanigans
When the Virgin "Superhub" was having all its firmware issues, not too long ago, I often had to reboot it to get it to remember what was connected.
Cue wails and screams from teenage daughter, because she had to be offline/couldn't get online for five whole minutes.
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