Feeds

* Posts by Matt_payne666

403 posts • joined 27 Aug 2009

Page:

Apple's new 'iPad Air 2' sliced open, revealing (possible) A8X core

Matt_payne666

Its quite useful when doing a quick visual audit of kit....

As are barcodes and serial numbers that aren't microscopic and printed in grey....

But then apple were never really into large scale deployment....

4
3

Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

Matt_payne666

Re: 80 inches in size

recently got a 70" 4k display and without font scaling I can still read the text...

it is silly, mind! and makes me grin when using it!

1
0

Apple is GOLDBRICKING IT: BEHOLD the iPad Glister-Slab

Matt_payne666

didn't you mean to type a 13" ipad to copy the size of the surface 3 tablet???

0
0

Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

Matt_payne666

Screen resolutions...

OK, so the iPhones will sell, no matter what, but If Samsung or HTC or Microsoft or almost anyone else released a brand new, flagship phone with less than 1920x1080 it would be lambasted as archaic, could have tried better or not as high a ppi ratio as an iPhone...

now that the 6 has some odd, low density display and the 6plus makes do with 1920x1080 its all good and more than anyone needs....

as for sapphire... Lenovo has a 5" smartphone with a sapphire glass display....

0
0

Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'

Matt_payne666

Bugger... I wondered why i couldn't sign in, its be nearly 8 weeks since Ive used my PS3, the missus is out and I have a whole night free to play...

Im not so bothered about online gaming, but none of the Playstation Plus titles run without phoning into the mothership... and that is pretty much all my collection!

crap, back to curry and wanking i suppose...

8
3

Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

Matt_payne666

Re: At the right price, I might consider it

At the right price, I might consider it

If the S3 can do a couple of road-warrior things well, I might be interested.

- Can output to external projector displays, say via some sort of mini HDMI,

Yes - maracast for wireless display and mini HDMI

- Runs outlook and office like the good lord intended. That is, indistinguishably from a laptop.

Yes - choose the matching version of office that's on your current PC and install it

- Has enough USB ports for road warriors: being able to charge everything I carry on the road from the surface without needing extra power blocks is a serious +1.

No - only one full size USB3 port,

- Battery life

Apparently is good! And if the RT & pro2 is anything to go by then it should be up there with your current laptop

- Secure screen cover to stop noisy people on the plane.

I'm sure someone will make a privacy filter screen protector once the machine is in the wild for a bit

Looks like most of your boxes are ticked!

1
0
Matt_payne666

Re: One inconvenient design flaw...

PhillW, yes, all the versions of keyboard disable the keys past a point, fold flat against the back or make for a surface for the stand,

As stated, the keyboards aren't perfect (and for the price they should be close to it!) but they are certainly not a gimmick

1
0
Matt_payne666

Having both a Surface RT and used a surface 2 i5, have to say I'm excited at the 3, the i5 was a lovely machine to use and surprised me, so having that performance and the super high res display will be great...

Price for the tablet is high, but not bankers considering the build, but the accessories are, if dell can sell a dock for £60 why does the Microsoft one have to cost 3 tomes the amount (with the uncertainty that it will work with any other generation of device) over £100 for the keyboard too, is twice what it needs to be...

6
1

Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

Matt_payne666

Its a pain that its almost impossible to get a 3x3 card - my current throughput is much better than N - (intel 7260 AC & UBNT managed points) having wasted capacity bothers me! and more speed is always needed! Currently saturating both wired and wireless links copying large files...

0
0

Wireless charging stretches the friendship by 45mm

Matt_payne666

So with that view, you have a wired TV remote and a wired kettle too??

Wireless charging wont solve world hunger, but it will charge your phone without the need to plug in - so no scratches on the phone case as you scrape the plug about in the dark, no damaged sockets or cables from repeated plugging and unplugging, no more cursing as you lift the phone from the tabe to find the cable is 2" too short and no more flying/falling pens or cups of tea as taught cable catapults said items through the air...

Wireless charging = useful addition

1
1

Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes

Matt_payne666

Re: "Leaks"

Yes, you did open your comments with open vs closed source, but then every example you used referred to a different operating system to the one in question.... it wasn't over my head, but more akin to having a discussion about the merits of orange juice vs mango... then using pomegranate for your arguments - there is plenty to ssay about oranges and mangos, why bring in a third party to muddy the waters.

I am not and don't claim to be a developer so I cant say for certain that there is or is not a registry, its just information that I have picked up... as far as I am aware the registry is there purely for the the phone OS as a repository for its settings, read only for third partys and not for all and sundry to play with - which is where instabilities arise... Im sure if I wandered in and randomly edited the /etc folder I could bring a Linux system to its knees too....

"I haven't checked, but it's probably because barely anybody uses it and MS is keeping stuff quiet because they don't want the same bad wrap they get with Windows." - its true, there are less people beavering away, trying to force the closed code of Win Phone as opposed to the legions of nerds sifting through accessible lines of open source - that is because there is less in it for them... les money and less notoriety - which in turn makes the OS more secure - security through obscurity, one of the few perks of small market share

I am not trolling - you are the one that introduced your own phone to the discussion as the pinnacle of openness and security so I was just using that as my example - which seems to have hit a nerve somewhere....

2
1
Matt_payne666

Re: "Leaks"

ok then... so we are comparing two distintly separate operating systems here... desktop windows and windows phone? lets stay on target here... direct your ranting at the Phone OS

the registry in windows phone? I believe its there, but not used by third party software, applications hold their own configs - so its no different to all the config files that float around in Linux, except for the system all the data is stored in one place.

Security - you are again getting your OS's confused, Desktop windows has its share of vulnerabilities, but lets concentrate on the mobile OS's again

all the security issues that have been flagged up in windows phone? there are pages of android vulrabilities, compared to virtually no WinPhone ones...

I expect if you were to hand your phone and a windows 8 phone over to a bunch of people intent on creating mischief that your phone would be the one that would succumb to infiltration first...your open-ness and unlocked-ness is a perfect entry point to sideload software with full system level access...

4
3

Bitcoin on ATM? Pfft! We play DOOM on ours

Matt_payne666

Re: much of an achievement?

true, not much of a hack if you take an x86 based atm (with full windows XP hardware compatibility), pull it apart to reveal usb ports, hard drives, etc, reformat it and install software, then attatch a separate keyboard, etc...

now, break the preinstalled copy of windows, upload doom via magnetic stripe, while using the supplied keypad.... that would be worthy!

2
0

New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

Matt_payne666

Re: One...Two...Done.

A/C - the masses prefer the following win7 method

click 1 - to launch the start menu

click 2 - to select all programs

click 3 - to select the folder

click 4 - to select the app of your choice

just imagine all those wasted clicks over the years!

1
0
Matt_payne666

Re: Every other edition...

interesting... people here appear to be masochists! 16 downvotes for pointing out that you can be more efficient and save a few mouse clicks...

0
2
Matt_payne666

Everyone usage varies, but a couple of live tiles that I find useful are the calendar and email - instead of a small notification in the system tray, I can see the contents displayed there, in front of me, handy for my schedule changes, the management software for a dozen servers, if there is an issue with any of them, not only is there an email - but again there is a persistent alert... the more important have reptile stats...

Yes, I could group bunches of identical sized icons on the desktop, and open my management software, resize and drag it into position every time I restart my computer... but I like my desktop generally clear, the desktop I use as transient storage, so yes I could open another explorer window....

I am lucky with the way that I work, I am given the freedom and responsibility to manage my working patterns to the tasks in hand and yes, I do like a little non-productivity and I do weave that into my working day :)

As I said, everyones working practices and needs are different, the start screen just happens to be more flexible to accommodate the way that I work.

Tippis - search works just as well in windows 8, but requires one less keypress - halving finger resource in OSX! ;) and with Yosemite Launchpad will be made a much more prominent feature

1
1
Matt_payne666

It will be a sad day when they force that upon me and I hope its possible to keep that abomination of a start menu disabled... My start screen is setup just how I like it, with the screen divvied up into sections with a mix of shortcuts, internet favorites and different sized live tiles... When the computer is idling or I'm,using a different device that screen is up so I can see at a glance if I get email, if a monitored system,is havi g an issue, the weather, headlines and a little tile with my photos pinging round to remind me that life isn't all work.

As fir a 'jarring' transition when you press the start button, its no more or less jarring than the launch pad in osx which is just a sea of tiny icons, or the android launcher, which again is just a jumble of identical sizes squares.

4
20
Matt_payne666

Re: Every other edition...

Sorry, but I fail to see how clicking the the bottom left corner of the screen and clicking command prompt or command prompt (admin) is any slower than clicking start, run and typing cmd

I suppose you could always press win&r and type cmd just like xp/vista/7...

4
17

iWatch 'due November'... Y'all know what time it is? Now you do

Matt_payne666

My watch costs near on 10 times what an iwatch is likely to cist and that requires charging less than every two days, more often if I use the chronograph a lot...

0
0

Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

Matt_payne666

Re: What, no whiny "Pity it runs Windows" comments?

although we have had one (ironically un-jolly) jollia user post a single line, un-related rant!

0
1
Matt_payne666

Re: Is this the review of a camera or a phone?

A nice first glimpse... a subjective feel of a product... how it feels in the hand and how it feels when using it... I look forward to the full review.

with glance enabled the display was always on when charging, but the win 8.1 wupdate the phone screen is now off when charging - If you are referring to the need for the machine to be on as opposed to just the display, that's a 'feature shared by lots of phones - even the iPhone.

The 930 is what I am hankering after as a replacement to my 920 (win8.1) but as the contract is up in October I will probably hold out for the McLaren

What I need Microsoft to do is release an nice easy way to migrate my current phone to the new hardware... yes my app list is saved and the majority of my data will be re-downloaded when I connect the new unit up, but non-skydrive synced apps, wall paper, tile positions and a myriad of little settings don't get restored... I wish a backup and restore like the iphones existed - I plug my new iPhone in, hit restore and the new phone is a carbon copy of my old one... no dicking around or swearing because the high score on some fiendishly tricky game has vanished....

0
0

Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

Matt_payne666

Re: Rugged?

waterproofness and shockproofness, for the people that make this sort of kit, These tend to be conservative claims... I've had a few toughbooks in the past, CF27, CF29 & CF30's I have run them submerged in water before with no issues and the little 27 has been thrown into the air as hard as I could manage (in the garden), other than the doors popping open... it was still useable... Getac tends to be overbuilt when compared to Panasonic...

As for buttons and sizing... when its freezing cold and you have mitts on, then you just use the stylus and poke the buttons with that... although I'm surprised the button faces aren't concave...

1
0

Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

Matt_payne666

I fail to see the issue...

Website decides to remove content it deems inappropriate...

Facebook reserves the right to do what it wants... if it decides, rightly or wrongly to display or take down content then it can...

If you are that offended by their decisions, then you are welcome to move to a different social networking site or create your own...

If the woman had paid for a service that specialises in hosting photos of babies bottoms, then maybe she would have some sort of compliant, but she is using a free site with an audience that may (rightly or wrongly) include viewers that would find these images inappropriate...

0
4

Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

Matt_payne666

All this wireless Bluetooth stuff is fine... but there is certainly a need for real audio equipment..

A nicely setup home AV system does not benift from being wireless less regs needed for burying cable in walls and under floors, once its setup its there... the current trendy stuff also has a distant lack of inputs... I've only ever really seen one or two, and currently 6 switched HDMI sockets are not enough on my big THX AV amp......

1
0

Tesla trademark spat threatens Musk's China dream

Matt_payne666

he is a troll, but i'd _possibly_ give him a small portion of benefit of doubt if all he tried was copying the name... after all, Tesla as a collection of letters isn't one of musks inventions....

but to go the whole hog and carbon copy the logo too is pushing his claims a little too far...

6
0

What a whopper, LG: Feast your eyes on this 77-inch bendy TV

Matt_payne666

Re: Just F**k off, set makers.

Well, I welcome the increase in resolution... Even my luddite girlfriend can appreciate the colour and picture quality... we hardly watch anything in SD, movies on Sky HD also look fuzzy compared to the full Blu-ray... we do have everything switched through a big AV amp so HD audio is a bonus... but that's beside the point...

I couldn't come close to affording one of these, but the technology (this is apparently a tech website) is cool.... I remember the first 10" or so OLED telly from Sony and the associated hurdles to build that so to see a monster like this, is something rather lovely!

1
0

Star Wars: These are the 'unknown' actors we were looking for

Matt_payne666

Re: Or

Han... er... when babies are born early, they often come out black...................

1
0

F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

Matt_payne666

Its a new sport, Ive grown a little weary of F1 and might give this a look in... hopefully it will get enough coverage and publicity...

being young and with a one design restriction the racing should be interesting - totally new technology with totally new handling characteristics so it should make for close, unpredictable results...

0
0

Journal that published Facebook emoto-furtle study: Proper boffins get CONSENT

Matt_payne666

Isn't there something in the Facebook terms that state all data is theirs and they have the right to do what they want with it? Tailoring the news report to evoke an emotion is no different to what every news outlet does every day...

The ethics may be a little grey, but that is what you get when,you give up your life for free....

0
1

REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

Matt_payne666

Re: If I had £899 to spend on a computer

I second your comment about business support... a bunch of batteries expired in some apple laptops - I needed a ballpark figure to give to SMT, but apple wouldn't do that, they needed the machines all posted to them or taken an hours drive to be appraised...

In the 4 years I've had apple kit, more has been unavailable due to repair time than the windows stuff... and the units themselves really don't stand up to abuse - plastic and aluminium scratches and dents so much easier than that used on Dell, Lenovo and clevo kit

Back to the iMac in question... id rather a 23" Dell 9020 all in one with a decent i5 and SSD than that...

2
0
Matt_payne666

Re: All Macs have obsolescence built-in

No OSX Mavericks for our 3 year old white MacBooks though...

OK, so the architecture change is a valid reason to dump hardware support (and I wasn't bitter after buying a PowerBook G4 SD and getting the finger just over a year down the line)

but no such limitations on windows PC's - I've had windows7 running on a Pentium II

1
1

Microsoft gets the hang of funky devices: Xbox magic for enterprise

Matt_payne666

I'm a self confessed Microsoft fanboy, but even I find this article a bit like a Microsoft advert!

I will agree that one drive and windows 8.1 is a very handy setup... and like the author possess a Microsoft tablet, phone and PC... the only thing lacking from my post apple world is proper integration with my car stereo... Microsoft and Nokia had mirror cast or something a few years back, for just this purpose, but they seem to have shuttered it....

6
2

'Heartbleed-based BYOD hack' pwns insurance giant Aviva's iPhones

Matt_payne666

I wonder whos fault that was? Mobile iron, or Aviva for not patching fast enough, either or, id not like to be part of the IT team!

2
0

Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

Matt_payne666

Re: It'll replace my laptop ...

So... Basically... A surface 3 will be fine for you if it had a bit more Ram and another 2 cores... The ssd is way larger... And way faster than any 8gb model, the display has a comparable resolution... An external 2tb usb3 drive would match your storage need... And just load Linux... It's an ordinary PC... Oh... And the battery would more than likely last longer than yours...

Not a bad result for a general purpose device that is a similar size to an A4 pad...

3
2

Huawei Ascend P7: We review the PANORAMIC SELFIE smartphone

Matt_payne666

Re: As an iPhone owner

Winphone 8.1 has per app battery usage (both in use and background), per app data usage, per app storage usage.......

apple also borrowed the winphone 8 app switching screen from winphone...

0
1

Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

Matt_payne666

I like my health...

I like my pay by bonk card... more shops support it, just keep a beady eye out for logo on the terminal... a tap and im done... it saves just moments of typing in a pin, but more importantly it does save me from touching the filthy terminal keypad

tapping my phone? it was one of the features I was hoping for with my new phone... the hardware is there, (Lumina 920) the carrier supported wireless payments (Orange) but the software was only available for about two different handsets...

3
0
Matt_payne666

Re: Re. Sync per Bonk

exactly how the nokia phones pair with their Bluetooth speakers......

1
0

Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

Matt_payne666

£8k for a car with 42km on the clock? Now... that is very tempting... (and the cost these basic transport units should cost)

shame I can't claim any work expenses on an electric, or else I could run that and keep a quattroporte for the school run...

0
0

Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

Matt_payne666

Re: From reading the sample above linked by DioDesign

I'd hate to check the condition of the computers these judges own....... I'm guessing that they have reset their banking credentials, downloaded their parcel redirects and are currently waiting for the reimbursement of $Millions from some Nigerian bank account they have inherited...

Yes, some replies are natural language replies... but a lot are the sort of guff you would expect Siri, Cortana or some clever internet chat page to come up with...

Here is hoping that Eugene was an early beta version....

4
1

NASA beams vid from space via laser

Matt_payne666

Aiming laser pointer at the end of a human hair for 30 seconds??? That's quite accurate...

Doing the sums in my head, that means its possible to manicure a bikini-line from space! Now that Id watch..........

2
0

The Strippers, Unicorn Computers and Martian Watches of Computex

Matt_payne666

Re: Doomed?

I'm another wireless charging convert... my 920 had a free charging pad when I bought it and it lives on the bedside table... I go to bed, plonk the phone down and in the morning its charged... no more messing about, sliding a pug along the bottom of my phone trying to find the charging hole... and no more picking up the phone, only to realise the charging lead is 2" too short, no more rooting about between the bed and table to locate a lead that's slipped down out of sight...

And when the phone is in its waterproof case, I can still charge it without having to unbuckle the thing...

When I go on holiday I just bring a micro USB cable with me - like any non-wireless charging phone.

My next phone - I WANT it to have wireless charging, its not a deal breaker, but if there were two identical phones, one with and one without, then Id choose the one with... no question

Your analogy with a cordless kettle is a little off... but it is also quite good... how many people choose to buy traditional corded kettles? Other than cheapskate hotels, I have yet to see a kettle lead actually used in a kettle...

0
0

First iOS, now Android to get fondleslab Office ahead of Windows

Matt_payne666

Re: yes of course

the version of office supplied on my Surface RT works more than well enough for me (below average office user) and for all intents and purposes is identical to Office on my real windows PC - I have a type cover (as do all the other (few) surface users I have encountered) so I can see the logic in releasing android and iOS versions first...

Touch optimised is nice, but (for me) the full versions are more familiar and more featureful - my point, full one note is used in preference to touch one note for all but the most rudimental of noting tasks, muscle memory and familiarity are a boon to my shot to bits old brain

4
0

Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid

Matt_payne666

3d phone? Pah, I'd be a lot more interested in a 2d phone....

4
0

Please be seated at your FOUR-LEGGED PC

Matt_payne666

Re: Pegs...

now this has got my mind working....

Gut an old pin ball table.... install PC, enjoy watching the ball bounce about off capacitors, heatsinks and hard drives....

1
0
Matt_payne666

Another tech website stated these things were north of $1000! Granted, they are ready made... but I'm sure I could knock something up from an antique table and some tempered glass for that money.... with my carpentry skills it wouldn't be pretty, but then that isn't pretty either......

3
0

My my, Intel, that's one speedy NVMe flash card you have there

Matt_payne666

How do these things fail? Backups are all good and that, but a bit of warning would be nice before total meltdown...

PCI-e, I guess 2 in software mirroring is the cheapest way to get some resilience with 1TB

The price is bothersome... its in the 'only just out of reach level'.......

3
0

YOSEMITE GLAM: Apple unveils gussied up OS X

Matt_payne666

Re: Interested by iCloud Drive

I take it back! that is some surprisingly aggressive pricing...

0
0
Matt_payne666

Re: Interested by iCloud Drive

icloud?have you seen the cost of storage? last time looked, it maxxed out at about 50GB and was nearly 3 times more expensive than onedrive (which has been fully integrated in an OS for some time)

0
1

You've got two weeks to beat off Cryptolocker, GameoverZeus nasties

Matt_payne666

So yes, some nasty bits of software... but short of unplugging modems... its a case of sitting back and hoping??

there is no helping the average click happy end user....

0
0

Could a 'Zunewatch' be Microsoft's next hardware foray?

Matt_payne666

Re: Are MS trying to intentionally fail?

Wearables will happen... so people are getting their first gen kit out there so when it does pick up, they already have some market presence...

all smart watches will suffer a similar battery issue... Qi charging might help - just drop your Lumia and Watch on the may by your bedside and its all good for the morning...

and as for watches with a 2 day battery? I have to wind my watch EVERY day - and this thing costs an order of magnitude more than any smart watch is likely to cost...

1
0

Page: