* Posts by Vince

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Everything at Apple Watch is awesome, insists Tim Cook

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Illusions of popularity?

Of course if you don't produce many, they can look really popular when there is a long wait time for them - it COULD be that they're selling like hotcakes, but I suspect (based on real world observation) that they're absolutely not.

Our local Apple Store has the watches in the middle of the place and it's notable that there are crowds constantly around the MacBooks and the iPhone, a bit less attention to the iPad and absolutely nobody near the watch - I walk past our Apple Store regularly and can't recall seeing anyone there at any point, and I suspect others will see the same.

It isn't a mass market device and I am not convinced it will be.

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Firmware freakout sends Epson Wi-Fi printers into reboot loop

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What have your examples got to do with Wi-Fi that a good old Ethernet cable doesn't do just as well?

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Re: Alternative Solution

I'm amazed you've owned an Epson printer long enough to notice any of the other issues. In my experience they suck pretty much from new.

Like the one we have - 15 months old, has done 100 pages, still on start cartridges - not dried up. Keeps throwing random errors.

Of the 100 pages, about 30-40 of those have been diagnostic pages with Epson support.

The result? Ah it's out of warranty, so you will need to pay more than the printer new to repair it, or buy another printer.

Sure, because about 70 pages from new is totally reasonable.

Never Buy Epson

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Brit telco EE's ads banned for 'misleading' 4G speed claims

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Re: Pretty good

Sure, it's also £75 a month which is a reasonable whack - obviously for your needs that might be fine and you might fancy that price but it is quite the premium for basic broadband services.

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Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December

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Re: Wheels within wheels.

Yeah, I imagine people will as I know many people with at least 3 subscriptions to services that partially overlap. Amazon offers much better value for money than the others though given the money gets you multiple services.

Netflix around £7 a month gets you video... and er... well that's it.

Amazon around £6.50 (paid annually) gets you video, audio, fast shipping on real items, discounted nappies (obviously only of use if you're a parent), audiobooks and a whole host of other stuff for similar money.

Meanwhile, in our house it's Netflix that's under threat of cancellation, not Amazon or Sky - Netflix has been in the house so long we've pretty much done with watching it now - if it was worth watching, we watched it. If it wasn't, we probably also watched it too. Amazon is constantly adding value and new things. Hell I had it before anything other than shipping existed.

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KCL staff offered emotional support, clergy chat to help get over data loss

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Always back up your data!... more than once.

Sure, we can do the "my backup is better than yours..."

So let's start... at home..

Servers are Replicated to Secondary Servers offsite - with hourly snapshots - handy for some basic recovery stuff.

Servers are backed up locally to Hard Discs (in an array or 3, every 15 minutes)

All data (documents, music files, photos, that kind of stuff) backed up to 2 different off-site services (one I control, one I don't directly control) - real time as it happens

Daily Image sync/updates and backups to another offsite location.

And yes that's at home. Because I'm paranoid. So multiple places, types and shapes of backup imaging and recovery options.

I don't want to be THAT guy at work who preaches about backups to everyone else - staff, customers and so on, and then be the one who has to admit they lost stuff. It also serves as a handy way to check how good or bad this stuff is in reality.

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

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Re: Given how stable Windows 10 1607 AU is of late...

Which is precisely why I am not using Windows 10. Constantly shifting goalposts when it doesn't help you get things done is not what I need.

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What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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Re: Santander must also not be hashing passwords

Just a shame that they're so lax on the phone. Having had them transfer several thousand pound between my accounts without any security info at all on the phone, and having had them add extra security of which the extra has never in 10 years been asked for, if you were going to do something to them, you'd just phone.

But the rest is true, they use 3 inputs from me plus a visual validation of picture and phrase I set online (edit: although it appears this isn't always the case depending on account type and vintage)

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

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Re: Interesting idea..

I'd second that - HP Elitebook, HP Probook both solid, but the Pavilion range is unreliable and regularly see those coming in for repairs/replacement.

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KCL out(r)age continues: Two weeks TITSUP, two weeks to go

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Re: On the bright side...

Nah, my experience is that people don't learn lessons and just assume lightning will never strike twice.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Mixed feelings here.

(a) The hardware looks great, really nice and puts the iMac on the back foot as the "standard" of integrated machine design. It's subjective yes, but I prefer the consistently thin than really thin at edges and really thick in the middle of imac.

(b) Windows 10... I really don't like 10, and if that device had 8.1 available, I'd be interested but obviously that'll never happen.

(c) Price - it's too expensive. You can't compare to the iMac as iMac has sod all of the hardware capability - eg touch, pen, the actually-makes-sense-for-some-uses dial, plus the iMac has older processor/memory/storage tech IIRC - when they announced it it sounded like $3000 got you i7, 32GB RAM, 2TB storage - at that price, great deal, really good. But actually it's more like $4200 - and you still have to pay for the dial (unless you pre-order right now).

(d) Graphics - the choice of graphics is a bad one - it's not a current/new variant so sadly that reduces the meaningful lifespan on a device of this type more than any other - real shame.

...but sadly Windows 10 really smacks (for my purposes/interests, I realise not everyone agrees) and pushed me to Apple for the first time in years. So far, can't say I'm upset or wanting to come back to Windows.

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Re: Load of bollocks

You won't officially find that supported. As of Sierra Bootcamp only supports Windows 10. Works if you already had older, but not supported new.

It *can* be done, sort of.

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It's time for Microsoft to revisit dated defaults

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Re: Urgent replication flag

Are you also incapable of scheduling a batch file, VBS script or Powershell then to automate it?

It might be easier in a GUI for you, but it's really not even the smallest issue to anyone with a clue.

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Re: Urgent replication flag

Yeah password changes and many other things are sent immediately and do not rely on the schedule. This has been the case for quite some time, as are account disable changes and so on.

There are ways to force an immediate replication if you need it, has been as long as I can remember, and there are many other inaccuracies (as usual) with your post.

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Re: Proper Windows installs

If Windows is still taking 20-40 minutes to install, your hardware choice is terrible. Get better hardware and it installs in no time.

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Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

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This change has sod all to do with the pound and everything to do with profiteering. Again.

I can assume pricing won't fall once the £ > $ value heads back to a better rate...

Of course not.

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The UK's 'Universal Credit mega cockup was the coalition's NPfIT' - Margaret Hodge

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re: BT

Let's not forget re the BT part that they also benefit from this many stage progression to real fibre.

Copper to Hybrid Coppier Fibre ... watch the cash roll in

Upgrades to even faster hybrid copper fibre.... more cash to do that

<any other interim schemes repeat>

Actual Fibre.... and more cash again

Profit!

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Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7

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Re: A lesson to be learnt

I think the Note brand is completely ruined. I think that might be the end for it.

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T-Mobile and AT&T halt all Galaxy Note 7 sales

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Re: Haven't Samsung suspended production?

Meanwhile Samsung's issues are getting all the press and Apple are laughing because nobody it talking about the increasing cases and class action cases being launched against Apple for defective iPhone 6 series devices, and various other Apple problems.

Must be good to be in Apple PR right now - you don't even have to try. Great work Samsung.

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Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

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Re: SD card storage and Android

"Probably the fact that Google, in their infinite wisdom, have decreed that being able to save to a device's external SD card (and thereby do useful work on it) is somehow a "security risk".

...the same google that doesn't have good security for android and still allows any old person to install any old crap on the Google Play Store. Thanks for helping us with that SD card risk though folks!

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Re: @RIBrsiq "I remember a time when tablets were supposed to kill the PC"

Trouble is that Google aren't going great guns with software - Android is a total mess, so them dabbling in hardware doesn't feel like it will end well.

The only people who did a good job of hardware/software combinations were Blackberry (pretty much extinct because they took too long to get BB10 out and by then the ship had sailed on apps) and Apple (who are doing a better job on quality of hardware than specification/features now) and the software is often questionable - lack of choice, option, control etc, but have the app support in spades.

Google makes a big deal about the Google Play Store being required as part of the certification process, yet can't be arsed to have the app store vetted for quality and malware-free content. Morons.

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Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

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Good to see at the end of the article you clarified that in fact this is nothing like Microsoft, because the user gets a choice.

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VESK coughs up £18k in ransomware attack

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I'm finding it hard to believe that they did have good backups frankly. If you did, why would you give a toss about paying the ransom?

Still on the other hand, I think I might try and get on the VESK supplier list, reckon I could sell them the same stuff twice with ease.

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Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark

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I wonder how they count scenarios where person buys Windows 10 Pro machine, uses downgrade rights to stick 8.1 or for whatever crazy reason 7 on.

Do they still count it as a 10 sale... and 10 usage... I bet they do.

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Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

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Haven't they turned DAB off yet?

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The Great British domain name rip-off: Overcharged .uk customers help pay for cheaper .vodka

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Well colour me surprised.

Nominet members (who are being increasingly squeezed into insignificance with the slow erosion of any way for voices to be heard) have been objecting to all of this for some time. It is quite clear that Nominet intends to be a normal commercial outfit, and we can look forward to pricing becoming ridiculous just as soon as they can get themselves out of the current non-profit regime.

It's also pretty obvious as the reserves held by Nominet are excessive for operations purely as the .uk operator and were for a long time - and it is was obvious to anyone who has been around for more than 5 minutes what is going on.

The reputation of Nominet is poor, so it will come as no surprise that the ethics and behaviour are similarly poor.

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Plusnet outage leaves customers unable to stream Netflix. Horrors!

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Re: After about 13 years, I'm leaving PN

FWIW - A&A offer a 1Tb a month download service for reasonable money if you are prepared to pay for a premium service, it's no longer many hundreds a month for that sort of usage.

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Electrical box fault blamed for GS2 data centre outage

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Re: I don't understand

Some datacentre's forbid you installing your own UPS equipment. Yep, really.

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Fanbois iVaporate: Smallest Apple iPhone queues ever

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Re: Trading up?

Although the odds are you could be on a SIM Only deal which is significantly less than £30, so actually your savings are incorrectly calculated.

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Re: Maybe some people already own nice headphones or earphones...

Sigh.

So the reason this floppy drive thing isn't relevant is because that was a dying standard. The disks couldn't hold enough data, were painfully slow and so on.

The headphone jack, apart from needing some space is ubiquitous, easy, cheap and importantly doesn't require licensing from Apple to create accessories. It would have of course taken "courage" to make that no longer require a license and make it a free option so everyone could move to a different connector and standard without paying Apple for the right.

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Re: Fanboys who only dream of innovation

What you mean the iPhone Shuffle?

Sounds reasonable, I can hear Ive now "We believe in a truly screenless future. By removing the screen that everyone smashed anyway, we've been able to make the thinnest phone EVER"

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"Sold out"

...well if you make a stupidly low number, but have something stupidly popular that isn't tricky.

"Breaking Records"

...for? Given no sales data is being released.

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Google: There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and IPv6

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Re: Try getting IPv6 from any major ISP's.

Just a few corrections:

a) Sky is mostly IPv6 enabled

b) BT Retail is rolling it out, but it is not standard or ubiquitous yet.

c) Not every UK network - EE are almost there, Three no, nothing on vodafone seen.

Of course you might be confusing link local addresses and so on - Sky routers were for example giving out LAN side IPv6 for a long time before public internet routable.

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Gmail suffers worldwide wobbly Wednesday

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Re: Short duration email outage not normally mission critical

E-Mail might be *intended* as a high latency option, but in reality, if customers see any form of delay (even seconds) in receiving e-mails then I assure you it's considered the end of the world and no amount of saying it's not a real time system will satisfy the mob.

By a country mile if we have any form of e-mail issue, we get to hear about it REALLY fast.

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Childcare app bods wipe users' data – then discover backups had been borked for a year

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Re: So much for Due Dilligence...

"What person smart enough to make backups in the first place fails to check to make sure the backups are useable? You make a backup & then immediately verify that the backup can be restored to recover the data."

...in our experience. Most people.

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Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

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"MS users are pretty much permanently on the lookout for alternatives to either fix things MS has borked, return functionality MS has removed in the name of "improvement" (especially in matters UI) or add functionality that MS cannot be bothered with"

I had no idea you'd been spying on my typical day. Although as I am still (and staying!) on Win 8, I guess you could actually spy on me with a webcam since it won't be randomly broken.

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And the torrent of bad updates continues. Automatic updates though are totally a good thing people... trust us... said Microsoft whilst simultaneously firing the quality assurance team.

Don't worry though, when the fix comes it will have taken ages to ensure the patch meets the highest standards...

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Google broke its own cloud by doing two updates at once

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Re: Change management 101

Microsoft?

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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I see articles like this now and just sigh.

Microsoft do not seem to test anything anymore, or think of anything outside a little Redmond bubble. I mean sure they've always had moments, like most software vendors, but it has become relentless.

Bug after bug, issue after issue.

Things that did work being removed for no good reason (looking at you Outlook 2016 half-removal of functionality for Exchange 2007 systems). Not really removed initially as it worked, but then broken completely intentionally a bit later.

Undercutting partners with inferior services (I'm looking at your Office 350), then trying to force partners to sell the solution customers actively want out of.

Nightmare.

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Three posts lacklustre results, angrily mutters over O2 merger rejection

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Re: You've not been looking at their "new tariffs" have you?

1) I don't think £36 for unlimited (as in truly) is that big a cost.

2) You pay list price? Mug!

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My problem with three is that they're too cheap.

The service is great, the approach to data is fine in my view, but they do make it a bit too cheap - especially on SIM only, so the ARPU is going to be pretty low.

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Microsoft takes five months to replace broken patch

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Re: This is why Windows is no longer viable.

"I think you raise some good points, but your dire predictions are not yet supported by either reality or common sense. If you propose viable and attractive alternatives to Windows, your opinions would have greater value."

Actually the reality is that Windows 10 is breaking things on a regular basis. Source: Our Helpdesk, call volumes.

Windows prior to 10 (exc Enterprise) have control to prevent these issues where businesses can balance risk vs updates. No more.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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No No No No No.

That is enough said.

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Heart Internet goes TITSUP again

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"Heart describes itself as "The UK's best web hosting backed by free 24 x 7 support"."

Self-Described and baseless claim (how is that validated precisely?)

Oh...

And they didn't say "best e-mail hosting" - just web hosting... so maybe they're the UK's worst e-mail hosting provider backed by free 24 x 7 support - although I imagine others will have views on who qualifies for the "worst" accolade.

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Glassdoor spaffs users' email addresses in bcc fail

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Re: Questions

I believe one (of many) reasons is that you need to be running Exchange 2013 as I don't think that feature arrived before then, so I guess most places can't that run in-house Exchange.

EDIT: Nope - actually turns out they rocked up in Exchange 2010 so for Exchange organisations I imagine more are on 2010 than 2013, so probably could use it.

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BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

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@Pen-y-gors Re: Some sympathy -but not a lot

"Having recently had a 5-day outage at the bods who do some of my hosting (how often do both drives in a RAID setup fail at the same time?"

When they're from the same batch, same make, same model, same usage pattern (RAID-1 would suggest exactly that by design)...

...quite often actually. One of the (many) reasons we mix drive models/batches/makes in RAID arrays

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MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

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Re: Nationalization not needed.

I imagine that that FTTC you have in that rural location was paid for by a BDUK fund and thus not really by BT. They're just getting the lions share of the retail business because way too many people still think that you have to have BT as the provider. STILL.

However where there is competition BT find the money down the back of the sofa and pay for it direct.

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You mean like the sort of imbalance when BT Group own EE and Openreach and thus the cost to EE of those expensive fibre links to various base stations became cost + paper pushing only as they're only moving the rest of those costs on a balance sheet and not with real money.

Yeah, if only that sort of thing had been thought of when waving that deal through by the CMA.

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Microsoft silently kills dev backdoor that boots Linux on locked-down Windows RT slabs

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Re: Who in Their Right Mind.... @Avatar

Actually I quite liked Win RT - it worked perfectly well on my Yoga 11 - and my other half and I used it often. Unfortunately the hardware bit the dust - the storage chips blew and so that was that.

Had that not happened, early 2013 through to 2018 with "supported" status doesn't seem too bad really given the current throwaway hardware world we live in

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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Re: Just a new type of

Could have waited until this year and indeed at least as recently as last week though my friend. Same offer being provided, and the storage allowances have remained as they were until now, so your free year would only just be starting. Which would be more smug.

The smuggest people don't use Office 365 to start with.

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