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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Interesting. I would have upgraded to 8.1 and by definition 8.1 update 1 except we have discovered it leaves remote app support broken, causing apps to just keep stealing focus all the time. The problem is a major ordeal.

I wouldn't mind except I am running server 2012 for our server side, so you'd think it would have been detected and fixed since we're not talking about ancient releases now are we?????

Fix that MS and we'll update!

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Lycamobile launches 'unlimited' 4G for £12 a month. Great. Now where can I get a signal?

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"Three’s definition of “unlimited” is 25GB, buried in the terms and conditions PDF. I guess that’s the “Display Department”."

Sorry? Where is this? The document I have on my OnePlan states "1000GB"

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Furious MyCloud users descend on WD website as borkage continues

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Re: The cloud...

"but it worries me that people may start to think of having access at all as being a feature of "The Cloud".

...there, fixed that for you.

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123-reg shrugs off customer complaints over stealth domain transfer charges

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Re: "Fees ... are equal to those charged by the registry"

A large number of providers charge, it is not at all uncommon to charge for transfers (in or out). It's pretty much always the case on .com/net/org and so on for other reasons, but it's not unusual - the lack of notification however is...

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Re: Domain registration *should be* loss-leading

Er, no they aren't (unless something changed and I missed it).

They were setup by the same people originally yes, but 123-reg/webfusion/host Europe were sold long ago and the owner did then setup heart afaik. Not sure there is any current connection.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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"What if Microsoft announced it's not ending support for Windows XP next Tuesday after all, and instead will offer perpetual updates"

I for one would be angry and cry. Windows XP is outdated, and just not fit for modern purpose. The effort to make most things work outweighs the benefit, many apps would be crippled by being restricted to 32-bit (more and more *need* 64-bit to function).

XP sucks, it has had its day, and needs to be put out to pasture now.

Do you think Apple should still be supporting the OS available on the Powerbook G4 too? No - why should Ms be supporting something on such ancient in technology terms hardware? It's so old, it hurts. Literally hurts.

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Samsung unveils fourth-generation Galaxy Tabs

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Depends how you define "better" I would imagine. If you think that having the highest spec translates into the best overall experience... which you clearly do "lolz" indeed.

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Partner firms: Microsoft kept Surface from you for YOUR OWN GOOD

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I tell you what not having Surface inventory in the channel is doing, it's making some of us have to resort to going to John Lewis if we need the odd unit, which is a pain in the ass, or, worse we're just not entertaining the requests to start with.

There is demand, but the distributors and resellers we deal with are not pushing it simply because they cannot get the device. As usual, and for reasons that make sense to absolutely nobody, Microsoft is strangling it's own product and wondering why everyone goes with the competition.

It isn't rocket science - I can't but what doesn't exist.

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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

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Re: mac book air screen

Aren't the manufacturers in the war for size that they self created?

None of my devices are "the smallest" ones because I work on functionality first. I'd rather a thicker phone with better battery life, or more capable of handing a bit of abuse.

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Live in the middle of nowhere? CONGRATS. Some of you can pay EE for 4G

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Great all we need now is for usage allowances and tariffs that are sensible.

£67.99 for 20GB a month. Won't be chucking out that Three contract quite yet then...

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

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Re: Linux? @El Andy

Actually you have an outdated understanding of windows.

You aren't running with "elevated" (eg root) rights in windows even logged in as an administrator out of the box (of course if you disable all the security you are of course then doing so, but I don't think that makes windows insecure, but you a total tool).

You often have to specifically choose to run with full elevation for more and more tasks - to make sure you absolutely totally and utterly mean to allow unfettered access.

If all the Linux evangelists and friends could stop pretending they "know" windows security when they haven't used windows in years, and certainly haven't deal with anything even vaguely recent (hint: unfettered access has been gone since XP was replaced and every version is more secure and more slickly implemented in this regard) we'd all be fine.

You can use Linux by all means, that doesn't bother me at all, but please stop complaining that MS spread FUD when you do the same thing. Windows is nothing like the Windows of XP, 2003 and before.

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Re: Linux?

majority? A large % sure, but I don't know that there is any meaningful statistics - several flawed conclusions including one recently published on el reg. Truth is, nobody really knows.

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White House may ditch BlackBerry, adopt LG or Samsung, ignore Apple

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Re: Perhaps one reason why they don't want an Apple phone.

IIRC you can't out of many Lumia's running Windows Phone or the Blackberry Z30 - granted there are variants in both case, but I suspect your thought is nonsense. Like most of the comments & the article itself.

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What do you mean there are no Surface Pros? HAND 'EM OVER, yell Microsoft resellers

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Yes, where are they?

Interesting because I've just fired off an e-mail (literally minutes before seeing this article) to our distributor asking when I will actually receive the Surface units we've ordered.

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Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

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Re: Whattaya gonna say?

Awesome so voice calls go back to sounding horrid and poor on 2G - one of the nicest things about 3G and HD Voice is much better and clearer call quality.

That'd "differentiate" them (well that and perhaps making usage allowances meaningful at those speeds)

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Tab for Xmas, Mr Consumer? Yes please. And Mr Busin... NOPE

Vince

Sounds like your employers are deploying common sense THIS time around:

1) Identifying purpose for said device and intended use case

2) Trialling said theory to see if it works in practice (clearly missed before)

3) Roll out if successful with trial issues resolved

...is more successful every time.

Bonus points for not just throwing things away but finding an appropriate onward journey for what is blatantly perfectly serviceable kit.

Mines the one with the Surface 2 Pro in the (large) pocket. Touch or not, having a keyboard makes all the difference (as does having the Operating System I happen to prefer, have every application for and so on). Equally the ability to run multiple apps in real multi-tasking. Not on an iPad.

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"This equates to a little over 4,900 Windows 8 tabs being sold via distribution"

I call **** - we're a tiny company, we've sold them to customers, I've bought one personally and they're appearing in various coffee shops (slowly, but surely) - and I hardly live in a major city.

I don't doubt that the ipad sales are significantly high and by an order of magnitude (given they're being used for just about anything in the most ridiculous scenarios to "justify" purchase - often when they're probably the least practical option for a task), but I also don't think the sales are *that* low.

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Hey 4G bods: We need to make 'phonecalls' with our 'voices', too

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Re: Personally...

You should move to 3 then. They've got excellent 3G coverage in Devon. And no 2G. Bliss.

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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Blackberry Queries...

"I have a whole bunch of applications I've bought on Google Play. Will those be available (and usable) on a Z30"

Not as such as Google Play isn't. If it's a free app, and you can get via Amazon App store it's dead simple, you can also use various other methods like Snap to get Android apps on. Other apps work generally well too. Some exceptions apply but generally it's pretty good.

"or will I have to repurchase them?"

Probably. Same as switching to Apple etc - although despite owning many smartphones, I have paid for very few so it's a non issue to me.

"What are the native apps like?"

Variable. As with any other platform. The good apps by good developers are good, and the ones written by clueless half-wits exactly the same... But if you actually mean are "good blackberry 10 apps any good" then absolutely yes. Fast, slick and functional.

"What is the battery life actually like?"

I have a Z10 which has a poorer battery than a Z30 - every software update makes it better (after a couple days for the caching, indexing to rebuild) - mine lasts all day and is heavily used.

"How badly does using Android versus native apps affect battery life?"

No idea - mostly because I haven't noticed enough of an issue to difference to register there is a difference. I suspect a tiny difference but insignificant - frankly most apps I want are native anyhow.

"Will Blackberry (the company) be around long enough to see the two year contract through?"

Yes

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Re: Yeah right Anonymous Coward

Motorola did this with the Motorola Atrix - Android smartphone when docked to the laptop kit became a Linux PC, and when connected with HDMI ran an on-board entertainment center.

It wasn't quite ready for prime time, but the concept was awesome - it's just a shame it didn't get more traction or be worked on until kit was quite fast enough.

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How NOT to evaluate hard disk reliability: Backblaze vs world+dog

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Irrespective of the "science" of the analysis, I fully agree that Hitachi drives are reliable, and fail rarely. I agree that WD are middle of the road and generally offer good reliability vs cost, and I also agree Seagate are overall terrible.

I've had far more Seagate drives fail and especially the stupidly thin 3.5" ones (which were also unreliable when branded Maxtor, whom I believe Seagate acquired).

In *my* experience, in *our* facilities, plus those of customers, i'd say the analysis is spot on and I'd also agree "enterprise" drives don't fail less, they just perform better the rest of the time.

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PSST! New PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled are out there – and will be into 2015, at least

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Re: rapid cadence, MS lost the plot

"I doubt even MS can waste all the CPU cyles and IOPS with new versions of a client OS that hasn't done anything inovative in years"

Um... yeah sure. If you like. Because Windows 8/8.1 is so similar to XP in capability. Must have missed that because there are quite a few things XP can't do either at all, easily, well or fast.

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France demands that Google post badge of shame on its pages

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french balls

Seems not - the notice appears on my smartphone which is considerably less than 30in. However it seems the French have considerably than 30in balls as they're quite good at this stuff.

It hurts google more to have the notice than a pathetic 150k fine. It's not like they're now the second biggest valued by market cap is it. Oh wait...

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Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

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Re: iPhone 4, 3 years later: FUBAR

Really? My Blackberry Z10 has been dropped several times, and only now after many drops has it got any damage. Smashed screen? No. A hairline fracture on the main board that means when it's moved slightly it reboots. After 1 year, hundreds of hours of use and being dropped on concrete many many times.

an iPhone typically breaks on drop 1 because the design is just fragile to start with. Looks over durability. Helps sell new iPhones see...

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

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Re: Sorry, Audiophile and Sonos in the same sentence?

Bluetooth? For Audio. Is this a joke?

Are you in a car?

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Intel to shutter AppUp app store

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I noticed that some Lenovo kit came with that. Recenntly I made an attempt to run the app. It never managed to do anything except have a splash screen. So I have no idea what it contained, but I assume since it doesn't even load, it wasn't much good.

I don't think I'd ever heard of it until then and I have never ever heard of anyone using it.

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Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

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Fortunately I'm not having issues - I'm in a relatively remote area today and normally it's a bit hit and miss here for any network, but oddly my 3 service is going great guns today and giving me plenty of data and speed even with the faintest bit of signal.

So if you could all keep off the interwebs I'm doing good ta.

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

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Re: Lessons learned

and the other lesson learned:

"Setup a recurring reminder to pay every month" - it's YOUR responsibility to make the payment, regardless of whether/if you get a statement.

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What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

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Turn to 2G only, turn off data and wifi (making it quite dumb), and goal mostly achieved ... I reckon you could get 3-4 days from that. I get more than a day despite using it with lots of photo taking, updating and such. In reality it does tend to last me 2 days if I forget to charge it.

With the camera grip accessory, it lasts a good while longer too as a bonus...

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Vince

Nope - they're really not bad. If you're beyond the mindset of "must have an app" for everything (although actually pretty much everything worth having is there in my subjective view) and want a pretty decent phone, awesome camera and so on, it's a good choice.

I own one.

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Re: Dead Platform

Why can't you - in the native camera app, hold down your finger on said photo, choose "share" and then "Bluetooth".

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Re: Dead Platform

OK so the contact thing is true - just tried it on mine (hadn't ever noticed as I've never thought of doing it that way...)

Anyhow, whilst that is a silly thing they could fix, WP has many other features... like "show my caller ID to existing contacts only" - something I've not seen on any other device but find handy. Calling someone I know - send them ID, calling someone while on-call and don't want them to have my mobile number... done.

Horses and courses of course. Personally (and I own several phones, including a Blackberry Z10 (easily and hands down the best for heavy e-mail users, the touchscreen keyboard is incredibly good), and a Note 2 (easily the nicest to use for browsing). I love the Lumia 1020 camera, the incredible speed it runs at, and importantly the excellent battery life ... something Android in particular seems to struggle like hell with.

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BT-owned ISP Plusnet fails to plug security hole on its customer signup page

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What's even poorer is that they have an SSL certificate on www.plus.net so it's just laziness or a silly oversight.

Of course the sane approach is to have your signup on a distinct URL, (say signup.plus.net) that ONLY allows HTTPS connections (dealt with at server and firewall levels) so there's no chance of "accidentally" forgetting to set SSL mode.

Or failing that, just run the whole of www.plus.net in SSL all the time, no harm at all.

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Surface Pro 2 dim screen of death snafu STILL happening after patch

Vince

Yep, I'm really upset that I have the benefit of a tablet, without the performance hit. That I'm getting more done in less time, and remaining wayyyy more up to date on my tasks because I have the flexibility to take it anywhere (the weight/size advantage over the laptop makes it stick-it-in-your-bag friendly) and so on.

An iPad or whatever might suit you, it certainly doesn't suit me.

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The poo has hit the fan big time data wise

Vince

Moral of the story:

A) Should have had proper off-site backups

B) Should have had better retention policies

C) Should have had at restore testing system (clearly they did not)

D) Should have fired whoever (person or company) poorly advised or didn't address the above

Case closed.

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Cocky Spotify drops time limits on free listening, skint music-lovers cheer

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Meanwhile those of us paying for Premium increasingly wonder what the value is anymore.

And those with the allegedly discontinued "unlimited" option are probably wondering what they pay for at all now...

Taking recommendations for an alternative...

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Nokia Lumia update spreads Black death

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Re: Motion Focus

That picture isn't actually what happens - the functionality and results in real life are very good - it's a terrible screenshot whoever supplied it.

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Re: Worked 1st time for me

My update worked first time on my 1020 - agree on app points bar battery - mine seems pretty good - even better when I'm using the camera grip since I get another 1000mah+ to use :-)

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Dell will AXE up to ONE IN THREE workers in its US & EMEA sales teams

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A third less account mis-management?

Does that mean I'll get a third less "new account managers" each month.

Because Dell still haven't got the clues that:

a) There aren't 20 identically named, identically addressed companies in the building, so we only need 1 account, so having setup numerous accounts (still don't know why), I still don't need multiple account managers.

b) I haven't ordered any of your junk in YEARS (although was recently told I was wrong...) so I'm also pretty sure I don't need *any* account managers as there is no account to manage.

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'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

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Re: Phablet calling

...what he said.

I* device users seem to have an obsession with telling you what device it is. It's a weird phenomenon but does seem to be the case in my experience.

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Symantec BACKS OUT of Backup Exec.cloud

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Clouds **** on you...

Given how dreadful the normal version is, I can only imagine just how poor the ".cloud" was.

Judging by the forums, the product I dumped years ago is still awful and the .cloud only has 20 threads anyhow so I think nobody used it anyway.

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Kerching! Nominet preps for cash AVALANCHE from shorter UK domain names

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Re: Nomin..ally paying attention to what people asked

(a) Users who just "google" it on smartphones and every other device they have. They don't type URLs, so it isn't needed and won't make it helpful or easier.

(b) you will need to maintain both, because some people will think .co.uk and others will expect .uk - if there was not a relevant link, why would Nominet have decided (against what was actually offered/discussed) to have this 5 year "reservation" based on ownership of co.uk (and not the "oldest registered variant" including the SLDs etc).

(c) I'll have to have both .co.uk and .uk because users won't really know the difference or which is valid, so rather than lose them, I'll have to support both. In many cases this also means having both variants available for e-mail and so on and so forth. Nominet's assertion that it'll only cost £2.50/year on multi-year terms ignores the other potential costs in having to add yet more duplication and so on elsewhere).

I would wager that the majority of .uk's sold will be to the same people who have the .co.uk variant now. And those that aren't registered will remain unregistered and unloved in both. Like they are now.

I'd also be prepared to wager that a huge % of .com names registered by a company are also registered by the same company in .co.uk if they do, or think they might do business here whever possible. Which means they'll also add .uk too - so that's 3 variants now and most of the time they don't go to different sites either, so it's completely pointless but necessary because consumers don't really know .com from .co.uk and if they even type the address (see (a)) they wont' know which to expect.

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Nomin..ally paying attention to what people asked

Sorry? Greater choice? We're reserving them if already registered in .co. or .org. so er, what? It just means now I'll need to maintain 2 domains in .uk at least for the foreseeable for each one I held before.

More cost, no gain.

Business demand? From who? I don't see anyone who has demanded anything - given most people don't even type web addresses and google things (we watch this every day when supporting customers) it could be .whateverbecausenobodyusesit for all intents and purposes. The only time people seem to use it is for e-mail.

It'll just cause more confusion - should I e-mail dave@somecompany.uk or dave@somecompany.co.uk or... what a joke.

I honestly have no idea why this is being done, and if you look at the consultation, it doesn't seem like many others do too.

How long before nominet becomes a "for profit" company -- it won't be long. It's doing all the things that would make it closer and closer to becoming an instant profit maker based on things accepted because "oh well they're not-for-profit" - it has a surplus all the time anyhow last I saw and ended up doing things like the nominet foundation to get shot of some of it.

I genuinely don't see any benefit. And Nominet might as well have not bothered with a consultation because they are just ignoring everyone.

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Sonos and I: How home media playback just gets SO FRUSTRATING

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Re: uses a smart phone ... as the remote control unit.

Dunno how the Sonos does it, but the Squeezebox stuff handles that - if my phone rings, it pauses the music and when we're done it plays again. You can even tell it not to play again if the call went on for more than 'x' time.

Long live my discontinued squeezebox.

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KRAKOOM! iPad Air EXPLODES in FIREBALL, terrified fanbois FLEE Apple store

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20% thinner, 100% more combustable.

Available in chargrilled black

That's "magical and revolutionary" is it?

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

Vince

In this office, we hate printers. Always.

Every support job that involves them makes us all cry and actively do anything to avoid it.

Printers, Printer Drivers, Printing. It sucks. Always.

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Finally! How to make Android USABLE: Install BlackBerry OS 10.2

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Not just Vodafone and EE, BB 10.2 out for phones on 3 5 too...

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Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

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Re: False flag (key)

Yes that's right. It's just that. Literally nothing else has happened.

Do shut up about the bloody Start Button/Menu. It's the least relevant part of Windows. It's just the bit people are making a lot of fuss about without any genuinely compelling reason.

How to launch app - Windows Vista:

hit windows key, type "Wor" and MS Word is there selected

Hit Enter.

How to launch app - Windows 7:

hit windows key, type "Word" and MS Word is there selected

Hit Enter.

How to launch app - Windows 8:

hit windows key, type "Word" and MS Word is there selected

Hit Enter.

How to launch app - Windows 8.1:

hit windows key, type "Word" and MS Word is there selected

Hit Enter.

That's assuming you've not already already pinned it to the taskbar. Etc Etc. And in most cases you can type even less depending on what you have installed. If you use the app all the time and you like the clicky clicky way of doing things, you can pin it, stick it near the beginning of start and so on.

Do get with the way the UI has worked for several releases now. I don't even really *see* the metro/tifkam/whatever screen at work because that's how everything is done.

At home I see it ALL the time because I don't really have any need for the desktop mode.

If my mum can use Windows 8, having NEVER used a computer before, and being the type to still call me and ask how to set her bedside alarm clock up, I can only assume the average person who reads this supposedly technically biased site is so utterly lacking in basic IT skills they have hired a friend to even comment about how they dislike Windows 8 so much.

Every single person I've given windows 8 to (and that's an awful lot of people) is coping just fine, regardless of skill. I spent 5 minutes showing them everything. It's called training. You may have done it as a child to learn how to use a loo. Same thing, not sure why it's so much of a crisis that once every few minutes a bit of learning is needed.

Basic outline of training needed:

"Here's how to shut it down" - admittedly added as everyone asked. Fair do.

"Here's how to start your programs" - only an issue for people I've not shown Vista upwards

"Here's what this key on the keyboard does" - only an issue for people I've not shown Vista upwards

"OK great, you're good to go, give me a shout if you have any issues..."

"Oh yeah, everything else you already do, please crack on"

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Re: Not for those with 2 drives....

Is that because you did it in an unsupported, eg you moved it literally? Or did you actually do it properly so Windows knows where to find the critical profiles path?

The #fail is on you.

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

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Really? Because it was seamlessly integrated into the power button on my Motorola Atrix some years back.

It's better than the apple setup because it is positioned so you can swipe and still hold easily with one hand.

Apple are at least a couple years behind.

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