21 posts • joined 9 Oct 2009
Re: Will the Redbox application be removed from the PS3 and PS4 menus?
Too right! It was impossible to ignore, too. You got a mandatory giant icon in the menu if you didn't have Redbox Instant installed. You had to install the app just to get a normal-sized icon.
"0.4% is just the number logged with Sony as faulty - and likely in itself is understated. Thousands more will be returned to vendors, or not yet logged. And yet more will remain unopened until Christmas - likely this is a few percentage points of failures for such widespread complaints...Sony have real issues here."
Okay, I've read comments like this more than once now. The rate of manufacturing defects has nothing whatsoever to do with when the boxes are opened. Nobody is cherrypicking broken-but-unopened PS4s to save them for Christmas. For the people that do end up with a broken PS4 on Christmas, they will probably exchange their hardware at their retailer or Sony at the same rate they are today.
There may indeed be a bump if retailers' returns aren't counted in that 0.4% yet, but waiting until Christmas to open the box will not change the rate at which PS4s are returned. It may increase the absolute number of returns, but there will also be at the same time a corresponding increase in the number of working consoles that are not returned.
Re: Oh look.
Yes. The Google Toolbar for Enterprise was the least-worst option for adding spell-checking to text input fields in Internet Explorer. Group Policy is used to limit both the features and the number of installations to as few as necessary.
Re: Corporate Level Deployment
Adobe has been doing this for years. Download the installer package of your choice from Adobe.
Then deploy that and your mms.cfg file through your corporate distribution method of choice.
I use Active Directory Group Policies to update Flash and Reader. Reader is more involved, but you use the Adobe Customization Wizard to generate a transform file containing your custom settings.
We have a Compaq iPaq with a flat battery, and a Fujitsu Stylistic tablet.
Ooh, the Stylistic still boots! Now to figure out which iPad-craving manager is going to get this thing delivered to their desk on the first of next month...
Re: Re: "or risk a spell begins bars for contempt of court"
"...or turn over a plain-text version of the data held on they machine."
Have some more coffee!
Agreed! The cost per message was completely out-of-line with the actual costs of the service. The market was bearing it, however, until there were enough smartphones that other messaging services could perform the same function. What I hope happens is that the competition will bring the costs of SMS in line with the other messaging services.
It doesn't have to be free, but if carriers want to keep making money from SMS, they need to be able to compete with free services.
I didn't use SMS much until about a year-and-a-half ago. Then I had to choose between a $25/month extra charge for WAP browsing and unlimited text messages on a regular mobile phone, or $30/month extra for unlimited data and a smartphone.
It was kind of a no-brainer. I went with the smartphone and Google Voice. Google Voice requires a data connection, so it isn't as robust as SMS. However, I have good data coverage most everywhere I care to go, and I can still fall back to SMS if I really need to.
Google was already reading my mail, so letting them read my text messages wasn't that much of an extra worry.
Rats! I HAD a first-gen nano. It worked fine in my car powered from the dock adapter, but the battery degraded to the point where it could not power the player for even short runs. I replaced it with a 4G nano.
I took a shot at replacing the failed battery myself, which by then had puffed up like a tiny pillow in its foil wrapper. Surprisingly, after the replacement, the nano worked as well as new. I gave it away, though, since I already had a newer model.
Facebook has Lists, by which you may categorize your friends. It's actually had them for a while now, but it wasn't until Google+ did it better with Circles that Facebook improved the interface. However, Lists still give off a "Me, too!" vibe, even though they predate Circles.
VULTURE EATS CROW
That would have been my pick for the subhead, heh heh.
"it's usually lost after couple of wees after purchase."
It's like you think Apple users are pissing away their money or something.
I was hoping for an Impossible Mission throwback, myself.
"Ah, another visitor. Stay a while. Stay FOREVER!"
"Destroy him, my robots!"
"If you'd prefer an 8-bit processor and the old Commodore kernel, you're out of luck."
If you're talking about old Commodores, it's kernal, not kernel.
Re: Cupola, Windows in space?
I am not a rocket scientist, but here's my guess.
Pressure is one part of it. The pressure exerted by the deep ocean on a submersible is many times higher than the pressure exerted by the atmosphere inside the station. However, the ocean pressure is inward relative to the submersible but outward relative to the space station. I seem to recall the shuttle is pressurized to less than one ATM to reduce the stress on the hull, and I would not be surprised if the ISS did the same thing.
The other thing is debris. At orbital velocities, even something as small as a paint chip carries a lot of kinetic energy. A piece of metal hit by such a particle could deform on impact, cushioning the blow, maybe even springing back to shape if the hit was small enough. Glass would be more likely to chip or crack. I imagine that the cupola resembles those on tanks and other armored vehicles is entirely on purpose.
In the event that a pane is damaged, it seems like it would be more easily covered if you only have to patch over one port to keep your atmosphere contained rather than a whole dome, too.
Uninstalling old versions
"So you get the update but does not remove the older versions of the software.....
For what reason is that?"
Some applications are tied to a particular version of Java. For example, until recently Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager did not run well under a JRE newer than 1.6u7. Symantec has since fixed that problem, but I had to keep the older JRE around until then. I did, however, keep up with the newer versions while that was going on.
Adobe Reader 9 has the ability to uninstall previous versions going back to version 5 or 6. I don't recall if 8 does, though.
I use a combination of Adblock Plus and NoScript on Firefox. If I like a site enough, I'll tell ABP to allow ads on that site, but NoScript is still there to stop the annoying Flash-based ones. That still leaves animated GIF ads, but for years Mozilla's browsers have had the ESC key as a hotkey to stop animations, so it's not so bad.
Simon, you are my hero!
"Still can't find a way to actually download the 9.2 exe - web site has a 'download' here link - but it isn't a download - it runs the installer prgram which downloads and installs."
Adobe usually provides a Reader installer for enterprise deployment, which does not include AIR or Acrobat.com, but you have to hunt around for it. It looks like 9.2 package that is being distributed is the enterprise version. Get the .msi instead of the .exe here:
"I have 45 PCs to update - I want to put the installion exe on a shared drive - not navigate to the adobe download page and download 30Mb EVERY TIME!"
You have more PCs than where software distribution systems start to be very handy. If you're not using one, you certainly need one. If you use Active Directory, set up a Group Policy for Reader installation. Adobe provides a document with instructions. You could probably set a Group Policy up from this document the first time in less time than it would take you to install Reader on five or ten PCs, especially if they're downloading the whole thing each time.:
That's how I'm deploying Reader 9.2 to over 500 computers.
"And why does Adobes new patch cycle concide with MSs cycle."
So that beleaguered admins know when the patches come out, as opposed to the previous method, where I usually found out there was a new patch when I was looking for something else. Deploying Reader versions is easy for me, and I much prefer this method.
At least Adobe provides a Group Policy template so Reader can be deployed and managed company-wide with its potential for damage mitigated.
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