* Posts by VirtualMark

5 posts • joined 8 Oct 2009

Apple applies to patent a SIM you can't remove

VirtualMark
FAIL

I'm really beginning to hate Apple..

Apply seem to be in the news every week lately, with court battles over patents. Some of these are stupid, like patenting gestures, or the 'i' prefix before a product name. Or the likeness of a touchscreen phone that uses ICONS. They suck, i hate them, they are stifling creativity and fair competition. And this latest move is another attempt for them to gain more power over their customers.

Its a shame really, as they do make some really nice gadgets. Its just that if i bought an iphone, i wouldn't really feel that i own that iphone. I read a few years back about apple releasing an update that 'bricked' peoples jailbroken iphones. They want to control everything we do, and i really don't agree with this. If i buy a gadget, that is now MINE to do what i want with.

I like having a seperate sim. If my battery is dead, i can borrow a friends phone, and use my sim. When i change my phone i just copy all numbers to the sim, then switch it. The sim is not bulky, there isn't a problem with weight that i can see. I also like having a removable battery, as i can always buy another one if it dies. Apple can go to hell, i won't be buying an iphone in the next few decades. Theres plenty of competition out there with andriod phones, which i think is a much better os(considering its free).

I can only pray that Apple start to hemorrhage money in the next few years. I want to see them and their draconian policies fail. Sadly it probably won't happen, as spending 5 times as much on a product with an apple logo on it seems to be considered 'cool'.

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Apple turns the flamethrower on Android

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patenting a gesture?

are they serious? what next, patenting a mouse click? apple suck big time. america also sucks big time, this patent system is extremely flawed. a patent should only be granted for a new piece of technology, not for a gesture!

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BT reveals faster broadband pricing

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BT sucks

Ooh wow, they're now offering speeds nearly as fast as Virgin were several months ago. One thing i don't like is that i'm paying £20 per month for an 8 meg service, surely it should be cheaper as its inferior. I also hate having to have a BT line, i'd love to have a decent wireless service. I've tried mobile broadband and the ping times are awful at the moment, plus the excessive data charges make the connection next to useless. So for now, i'm stuck with crappy old BT. But the minute a decent wireless system comes out, i'm off!

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Microsoft to ban 'unauthorised' Xbox 360 memory units

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this is beyond a joke

My opinion of microsoft is rapidly going downhill. I had the first xbox and the 360 but i think i may go sony with the next generation of consoles, mainly because i've seen the capabilities of the ps3 are way beyond the 360. You can transfer photos, videos, music from a usb drive to the internal hard drive, you can upgrade the hard drive, and you can watch blu rays! Plus playstations are actually reliable. i got screwed over when my first 360 rrod'd, as it was before microsoft offered the extended warranty. They didn't want to know and would only fix it if i paid.

I hate microsoft points. I'd like to be able to buy something from xbox live and actually get my change. The most recent update on xbox live lets my buy titles from a catalogue of old 360 games, at the bargain price of £19.99. I could go to game or gamestation and buy these for a fiver! Not to mention that i have to download a few gigs and store it on my measly 20gb hard drive. I haven't bought the 120gb hard drive as i think the price is a rip off. You can get 1tb for about 50quid these days, whos gonna pay £90 for 120gb, its taking the mickey!

And don't even get me started on vista.

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PC tune-up software: does it really work?

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Useless utilities.

Well it would seem that buying any of these utilities are pointless, as i've always thought. To shave a couple of percent off a couple things will make no difference to me, and the fact that they actually decrease performance in some areas really defeats the point in these utilities.

I wonder why reg hardware didn't do a test with games on high detail. Thats what i'd like to see, a state of the art game running at full settings, and see if these utilities make any difference at all. I can almost guarantee that a ram upgrade in this situation would make loads more difference than any tune up utility can offer.

I personally like to tweak my own system. I run a very minimal OS, and have disabled anything that i don't need. It frees up ram, and also makes the system more secure. I also know exactly what i have done, and can easily undo each of the changes. Some people will agree, some won't, but i like the way my system runs. The things i have changed are:

Disabled indexing service, i'm using a laptop and don't want the hard drive constantly thrashing.

Disabled any unneeded services. This will vary from system to system, depending on what you use your pc for. I've

Disabled any junk from starting at windows logon.

Disabled 8.3 name creation, i don't care aboud DOS, we're in 2009, i'd rather have the faster read/write times.

Disabled page file, i have 4gb of ram, easily enough to run any 32bit program, as they can only use a maximum of 2gb anyway.

Got rid of system restore, i have never needed to use it and don't want it taking up any cpu cycles.

Disabled superfetch, i shall decide what programs to load into my memory when i decide to load them, thanks very much microsoft.

Optimised system performance for background services, as i use my laptop for a lot of audio tasks.

I also schedule a defrag to run every week and make sure my drivers are up to date. I don't use any antivirus, mainly because i don't download garbage off limewire or anything. I'm careful what i run on my system. I don't run a firewall on my laptop either, as my router has a hardware firewall and theres little point in running two.

I've probably done various other tweaks, just can't remember them all at the moment.

One thing i have learned over the years, is that its probably better to save up my money and buy a completely new system when the old one feels slow. I don't even like going down the upgrade route anymore, as i did that to my old dell and it was still slow. Started with 512mb ram, 1.7ghz p4, 40gb hdd and geforce 3 graphics. Upgraded it to the max i could at the time, 120gb hdd, 2gb ram, geforce 7600 and 2.4ghz p4. At the end of that the cpu still wasn't powerful enough to run modern games, pentium 4's sucked. And it was an agp system, which is now obsolete. I bought a new dell laptop with 4gb ram, geforce 8 and core 2 duo t9300, and it annihilates my old dell in almost every area. Seems like the upgrades were a waste of money.

I do agree with what someone else posted, that if these utilities were used on a novice users pc, which is cluttered up with spyware and hundreds of system tray utilities and toolbars, then they may well make a lot of difference. But for an experienced tweaker like myself, i bet they'll make little to no difference.

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