239 posts • joined Thursday 13th August 2009 14:01 GMT
Autodesk have been doing something similar for years
You buy the product, then pay a yearly sub to always be on the current release. You get a few more sweeteners like logged support cases and a plugin or two. It's a cost of business.
- Naah. They've got a lot there, lying around on the ground.
- Oh, not like these, sir. Look at this. Feel the quality of that. That's craftsmanship, sir.
- talks the talk
- walks the walk
Re: Just had an Asus Vivo delivered (#2 on the list)
Gosh Eadon you really are a tit aren't you?
This normal human is replacing a Samsung Q30 that has been worked to death for 4-5 years. This normal human has shopped long and hard for a suitable replacement. This normal human knows that simply saying that 'we needed to have Outlook' is not unambiguous these days. In fact full Outlook was the main deciding factor, bar none. Which is why I said it, because you know, it could confuse a stupid person.
Every review I've found backed up the 19 hour battery life, so perhaps you mistook some dried spittle on your screen for a decimal point?
Finally, I couldn't give a rat's arse if no-one else ever buys one. Your final paragraph requires me to be some sort of generic demographic representative in order to be even remotely accurate. Apple were actually in the running due to the aforementioned requirement for proper Outlook capability, but they weren't that beautiful and the screens were too small.
Just had an Asus Vivo delivered (#2 on the list)
Although we spent the best part of 2 months trying to find a decent UK stockist. Simply unavailable. Having full win8 AND an Atom processor appears to be a niche within a niche. Full win8 needed due to full desktop-Outlook requirement.
Win8 on dedicated hardware is a completely different experience. Now it all makes sense, I tell ya! Haven't had time to check the battery(s) life yet, but will definately be making use of the ability to charge the phone from the keyboard.
Cost lots, I grant you, but a beautiful piece of kit nonetheless.
This is getting ridiculous. My wife is keen to replace her Samsung NC10 netbook (10.1", 1200X600) with something that doesn't cost a grand but still gives her more than a 2" rectangle to type an email in. And it needs MS Office because she needs Outlook (proper desktop Outlook, not some portal). Ultrabooks are twice the price of netbooks and all seem to use those calculator keyboards.
Tablet & keyboard, then....simple,no?
The current Win tablets themselves are a mixed bag, but the ergonomic situation is appalling for anything other than simple messaging if you're not going to hold the screen in your hands and smear you fingers all over it. The range of BT keyboards seems OK but I would imagine most of them would bounce around on your lap cos they're so light. Even the 'docking' solutions are generally less than ideal.
Instead of lugging a laptop & PSU, we are now looking at a tablet, some form of BT keyboard and some form of computer stand. And either a touchpad or a mouse. How are you supposed to set that lot up on a train?
These are basic computing needs for business correspondence on the move. Is there some definition of 'progress' that I am unaware of? I fail to see how the Clamshell design is now regarded as obsolete. The only compromises we endured with the netbook were a puny screen and it was a bit gutless.
There are basically two types of people on the world....
....those that buy pens, and those that have them.
Re: no competition breeds lukewarm products
+1 for Lenovo here.
I bought a W700 with my very own beer tokens a few years ago and it's still going strong. 2 RAID0 HDDs, wacom tablet, hardware colour calibrator, anti-shock system, and plenty more besides. The only thing I didn't get was the 2nd screen.
I would struggle to find something more extraordinarily useful. I wish they hadn't stopped making them!
Re: Do you not count free health as a 'benefit'?
Not just an ungrateful prat, but a cowardly ungrateful prat!
If the OP has served our country at the sharp end (and paid N.I.!) then fair play to him/her. I for one would happily welcome them and provide them with directions to the nearest Tobacconist*
* - but no passport unless they get the Python reference.
When I bought my 'mobile' workstation 4 years ago...
....I could have gone for HP (as used by the US army),
... or Dell (yawn),
or Thinkpads: as used in space. FRICKIN SPACE!!
everything else was details, really.
(I chose a W700, which still pulls it's (considerable) weight and has a PROPER SCREEN @ 1920X1200. I wish they still made them.)
Re: answer to spam is a higher hurdle?
spam instead of "genuine" advertising? Personally, it's a distinction that i don't make.
What did George Orwell say? "Advertising is the sound of the stick rattling around in a bucket of pigswill"
You can always get a half decent latte in MacD's
And I'm pretty choosy about my coffee.
1.They train their staff
2.They calibrate their equipment
The dirty dishwater/burnt milk cocktail that the UK palettes seem to find acceptable? Never had one of those in macdonalds.
Re: "Protest the funerals"?
"the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but time and chance happen to all men"
Re: V1 strikes.
Both my grandmothers were within 100 yards of oblivion on several occasions during the Blitz (One in Tottenham had 4 bombs land within one street of hers on 4 seperate raids, the other in Kennington where she heard the V1 engine cut out whilst sitting on the outside toilet with my infant Father in her lap).
Thanks to the prevailing winds on those occasions, I am sitting here writing this.
Re: "...and a maps app that sucks the scabs off a zombie’s nutsack."
I couldn't disagree with you more. I found it stomach-turning and unfunny and unnecessary.
Maybe i'm just getting old, maybe it was the Nachos Grande I was eating at the time.
@ Kubla Cant
If you can't be bothered then you really ask for everything you get. How tricky is it to keep a receipt? Also you're not doing yourself any favours buying armfuls at the supermarket. Boxes of bulbs are doubtless treated as gently as boxes of beans. The supermarket has no interest in the quality of the bulbs because it will happily refund/exchange almost anything and return it to the supplier. They must love people like you! Keep up the moaning, they would say.
Just to add a bit of balance...
...to all these shed-dwelling corruptors of capitalism who are stealing the bread from the land-fill owner's children's mouths...
PC sales were up by one this April thanks to my good self. Built to a Quality, rather than a price (an advantage of being self-employed is you can be your own finance department). Yes, thankyou, I WILL take all the Ghz and Gb that you can stuff into one little box.
I should declare that whilst I'm very enthusiastic about my PC, it's not for Gaming (well, not primarily....)
I'm a-feared of the future
This article perfectly illustrates why I still have a BT iPlayer digital set-top box (and a Philips 26" CRT)
The iPlayer is quick and has a great EPG. It is prone to locking on to one channel occasionally (although I must say not lately - switchover?) but to be honest it takes a while to notice. It also contains a 56k modem (woo!) and comes with a keyboard.
This article is long overdue.
Re: I don't get NAS boxes...
I bought a Synology DS-413J for £275. It arrived, I stuffed 4 disks in and turned it on (hybrid RAID FTW!). A fair bit of whirring and clicking later, it's all working. Job done.
It sits quietly in the corner and acts as a printer server and media server for all the devices in the house. It runs on 30W.
My gas-guzzling PC with the 6 fans and 1000W PSU doesn't need to be on 24/7.
Easy to like.
For someone who makes effective use of italicisation, you talk a lot of crap.
Never mind Battlefield 3, I want more FPS from AutoCAD
Autocad is double precision and single-threaded. Will these cards help?
Re - didn't Apple kick off the whole iNoun thing in the first place?
My still-functioning BT iPlayer would beg to differ.
In use since 1998, if memory serves.
RE: Never heard of them. What kind of moron buys a laptop for gaming anyway?
I'm guessing you don't get out much. Folks who do, and like gaming, buy a 'gaming laptop'.
I am reminded of the following definition from the Viz Profanisaurus:
- wanker (noun): a fellow road user
Kev O'Neill off the leash!
I loved the bit where all the senile old super heroes decide to fly off the roof and instead hit the ground like heroic lemmings.
It's the windows operating system
not Sonic the fucking Hedgehog. I will animate my own pixels, thankyoueversomuch
Samsonite pro-dlx 142
Bought this at least 5 years ago and still looks almost new. It did cost $200 but I can travel with my gargantuan 17" Lenovo W700 and it's 1kg power brick.
Re: Windows 8 Is Crap
Not forgetting odd-numbered World Wars.
Or motorways, come to think of it
Or even TESTICLES
Re: Misunderstanding technology direction
Doesn't work that way with Autocad. Autocad doesn't distribute, therefore I'm needing one core per seat, as fast and responsive as can be delivered, with several hundred/thousand pounds worth of graphic card to show it all off. Thin client is JNGE.
The pretty-picture and sample files look good and in all probabilty work quite well in a 'cloudy' format. Just don't try loading up any real working files and then expect not to cry.
Re: Nice i guess but
It also means I can go sit next to the Med for a few more weeks a year than if I just downed tools for a fortnight.
Gosh its a real problem keeping the blazing sun away from the screen. Where's the smug icon?
20% is within building tolerance
If performance translates to productivity, price premiums lose their sting.
The ability to play Portal with all bells & whistles is a total fringe benefit.
Stuff the battery life - fingers crossed for a decent screen size
From the photos, they look like 16:10 format. Anything less than 17"@1900X1200 is not good enough on it's own for pro use. The extra 20% vertical pixels make a world of difference. Plugging in a secondary monitor as a minimum requirement just defeats the purpose.
And might I say, it's about time too!
I wish Lenovo were still in this market. I'd love to update my 3yr old W700. Still, 3Ghz+8gb ram+raid 0 remains quite useful on the move, and nothing looks better to walk into a meeting with it, if only for the 'gosh thats a big one' double-entendre opportunities.