201 posts • joined Wednesday 16th May 2007 17:36 GMT
Re: Taking Dell to court
Sounds a bit like my experience of Dell just after they moved production to Poland (I think it was there?) a few years back.
Spent £4,000 on a laptop. Should have been absolutely mindblocwing. Precision 4440 I think it was, quad Core i7 extreme, 16GB memory (maybe 32GB, I forget), GPS, light up keyboard (useful on call actually), batteries of never-ending-capacity, ridiculously high res screen etc etc.
The theory was that this would be my desktop replacement, does it all machine.
It arrived. It bluescreened.
I had the 4 hour warranty.
I had many many many visits.
Each time it was more broken than the last time. Reinstalled each time (new hard discs aplenty), but never properly so drivers were missing for all sorts, like USB 3, or the wireless usb, or whatever.
Many months of arguing the toss with Dell, resulted in "going to take you to court then" and pointed out I could almost certainly get the story in the press given the well documented and epic catalogue of failures.
Laptop went back, money (eventually) refunded, bought the HP Elitebook, I originally wanted (but wasn't released at the time), and never cared since. Said Elitebook still working like a champ and only recently have I moved to a desktop again but mostly because I want/need several monitors.
Since then I've refused to buy from Dell, and unless my customers absolutely insist, won't buy the junk they peddle for them either.
Re: I'm going
I think you mean just an alternative Fibre Broadband Provider.
Infinity is a brand name of BT's for the Retail Fibre service they offer.
FTTC (the fibre most people have that can get it) is a wholesale product many ISPs offer.
Please don't help BT in making everyone believe Infinity IS fibre and thus they're the only game in town, they've already nabbed the majority of the business.
Re: Windows, Windows,
Pretending you were seriously believing this for just a moment.
It's all nonsense. You do not have to reactivate Windows in this type of environment, assuming you installed the right version to start with. Poor quality trolling.
Re: reasons it has been so popular in small businesses
You mean when VERITAS made it... Yeah I remember those days...
Re: I don't get the this Landfill Android meme
"The implication is that these devices are pretty much worthless and should be consigned to landfill."
Because they often are exactly that. With cripplingly slow processors and a lack of memory, they fill up just installing basic and common apps, let alone anything fancy.
...and since people think "Android" means "always the same" in terms of capabilities, just like they think a Windows Laptop for £200 will be as good as the £1000 ones (admittedly sometimes true, but you know what I mean...) it's no wonder they're then fed up and blame Android for the device issues later...
Re: Backup Exec - DPM
and more importantly, DPM actually works. Practically flawlessly.
They stubbed toes, I broke my leg with Backup Exec.
Backup Exec. Ah yes, the product I dumped a few years ago because nothing works properly, it's unreliable, it often won't restore, the features are never well executed ("now you can do disk to disk to tape" they said... um yeah, but I'm basically backing up the server multiple times, whereas real DDT would do the backup once, then mirror the backup to another site etc).
That kind of madness pushed me over the edge, never mind its ridiculous error condition handling, the shockingly inept support, the never ending bengine has crashed faults, the jobs gone on hold forever for no reason conditions.
If they stubbed toes on that product, I sure as hell broke my leg. Twice.
Several years on and I spend less on backup software, I get a completely reliable environment I trust and I spend just a couple of hours a week on backup tasks, whereas Backup Exec made it a daily chore.
What is interesting is that Microsoft don't seem that bothered about Nokia either. At the last few events I've been to where Windows Phone was being showcased, the MS staff made it quite clear that the HTC 8X is the preferred model and the one they all sported, recommended and said they would get. I'd have expected them to heavily sway for Nokia by corporate instruction but it seems not.
Some have suggested MS are ultimately trying to kill Nokia to swoop in and get the patents. This may be true, but it seems a long winded way to do it.
Why they killed everything is beyond all credibility to everyone bar the boss. They should have released some Android stuff, even if it was just to bridge the gap - after all, it is established, accepted and would have been readily available to ship by comparison, giving them money coming in while they developed the other strategies.
No "local rate", it was "Lo-Call" rate - which happened IIRC to be about the same as a local call, back when calls were always metered.
Today, it is basically an expensive number - on mobile with a few notable exceptions, and a questionable number on a landline depending on the various providers and tariff combinations you have.
Sorry, you are admining a Server 2012 box and you had trouble shutting it down? Wow, that troubles me a lot.
Re: Microsoft's strategy is FAILING
"It turns out that this strategy has backfired badly. No one is buying Metro on phones, tablets, Surfaces, or, indeed, on Desktops, despite that people have no alternatives at retail, e.g. PC world etc."
Nobody except all the people I know who have then. Can't imagine I'm somehow in the minority of seeing people buying new kit. You can stick Windows 7 etc, it's Windows 8 here for 6 of my computers/tablets that run Windows.
Re: We told you it was shit
that you suggest it's cluttering the UI shows that you don't know or haven't tried the ribbon UI. The whole point is that it DOES NOT clutter the UI. It makes the UI relevant to the task in hand.
Back to MS Bashing school for you...
Dumb dumb dumb
So I guess that's the last of my money Adobe will get then. I don't buy every release of Creative Suite, but I do tend to update every 2-3 versions. I use the suite daily, but I don't use it all day, and I don't use it enough and certainly nothing you can't do in older versions to justify paying monthly for it.
So it looks like I'll be using CS 5 for as long as I can make it run (pretty much indefinitely then).
If you use it daily as a core tool, like a design house might I can see CC might be a better way to do it as you pay the same sort of money IF you keep up to date. For everyone else, it's an epic fail.
Re: They need to reduce their product portfolio.
So you think they should drop the One X - the Windows 8 Phone that Microsoft recommend over the Nokia (yes they do, every time I've seen them at any sort of trade fair etc). That'd be the one phone they have that's been selling reasonably well if quietly (mostly because Windows Phone is getting bad press unfairly as it's not as bad as you might think - and actually for many things I found it pretty slick - much like the Blackberry Z10).
They should drop all the budget crap they do that gives them a bad name.
Re: Argruably the desire was the 1st mainstream android...
Regardless of the "1st mainstream" or not moniker, the fact of the matter was that the HTC Desire was crap, and most of what HTC have put out is crap. The sense UI was last I used it utterly buggy - if it was stable that'd be another matter.
The Desire was unreliable, the Wildfire which was the bargain basement model was so badly underspecified everyone I know with one hated it, and generally wanted to use it as a football. Then they released equally poor revisions with "S" (Wildfire S, Desire S) and all the guff about Beats Audio and so on.
HTC only have themselves to blame - they were great as a manufacturer of phones for others when nobody knew they existed. They got too cocky too soon, and played the all models and all sizes game which has gotten them nowhere because they went too low, meaning people bought the low end rubbish, were utterly disappointed with them and then blamed either HTC, or Android or both. I suspect HTC did more to damage the reputation of Android than anything else has.
Re: So we know who the replacement for Anna Leach is
"A good journalist would also have mentioned at the same time that Apples profit margins are still significantly higher than their competitors. (Actually scratch the good part, its something just an average journalist would have done!)"
Sorry? You clearly don't come here often, nor do you read any form of journalism from what I can see. A "good" journo only uses the bits that make the story sensational and thus read by people, thus preserving the job they have. Fact and statistics... always used to suit the story's angle.
Re: "Freakishly Something". Dunno About Awesome Though...
"Erm, well yes. But if you already have a license to run Office in Windows, then that's not really an issue is it?"
It will be the second you have a problem and you need support only to find out
(a) the issue is caused by not running on the supported OS (good luck getting a patch)
(b) you need pss support, and the first thing they do shows it's not on windows and you get no help
That might suddenly become a very expensive decision made (and I'm still not sure what you saved) that cripples a business if it breaks one of the THOUSANDS of applications and systems that deeply integrate and use the rich functionality within Office. Office is way way way way way more capable and complex than the average user gets I fully accept, but there are some instances where it is absolutely integral and incredibly well used.
For the sake of a few quid, it's cheaper to leave it in windows where it belongs.
why would you need retentions, no need to leave.
"The network also claimed 900,000 net additions in users last year, while contract churn fell from 1.7 per cent in 2011 to 1.5 per cent in 2012. All of which is hard to imagine if you've ever hard to deal with its ironically named "retentions department". Ahem."
Although if you've used it's vastly superior network for data (which is all I care about) you'd have zero reason to call retentions - they retain customers like me by providing really really good 3G service. I've zero interest in 4G right now - coverage is patchy, the only provider out there sucks bad, and actually I find 12-15 meg download speeds and 2-4 meg up off my mobile perfectly decent.
Re: Now if only...
Whereas anyone who is providing good advice shows someone how to use the thing properly and all the noise and fuss over the change will go away. Handily this also means that said person won't struggle on the next Win8 system they come across which hasn't got this utility.
Which would be the majority of them...
Re: Seems the rabid bunch are out again
OK well that's cool, which is why we have choice.
Personally I'll take my extra £210 a year saved by going for the actually unlimited, always works, pretty reliable service from Sky, and go down the pub with it.
If you want "BT Infinity" you have to go to BT. Infinity is the brand name of BT's Retail offering, and not the name of the Fibre capability many ISPs can offer.
if you want "FTTC/FTTP" you have much more choice.
Re: @Peter 26 VPN
...or you could turn the accelerator off?
...when connected to them.
Just so we're clear then, BT are really worried about Sky?
Sky have a few temporary capacity issues in a few areas which they're working to improve, for the rest of us, for £7.50 or less in some cases, we get unlimited broadband without any shaping etc etc etc. And always did.
Re: Very good indeed
Beyond the interface changes (which aren't that big a deal in my view), it's just normal windows, but more solid, more robust and actually pretty damn good.
The only thing I don't like is the new IE, but I don't like the same new IE on Windows 7 either.
What trick is required precisely? I'd imagine nothing more complex than a Windows Update.
Y'know, the one that updates the preview version of Office RT to the release version.
"Windows RT devices are too expensive"
Maybe that's true. I thought £699 was OK for a Yoga 11, so I bought it.
"The software stinks - True again"
Really? I find plenty of good apps and it all just works for me.
"Active tiles - Arrrg. Flip, Flip, Flash Flash. All turned off except weather and news. Can't lock tiles in place, move one in a group and you never know what it's going to move."
I assume you're not very clueful then, you choose exactly where a tile goes, and it is entirely consistent with what happens. Hasn't caused me any pain yet. the Live tiles is one of the things I like the most - at home - where I have the usual mix of "social" stuff, and news etc etc. At work it's less useful, since 99% of my work uses normal apps. But it's nice having one way to find stuff.
"Desktop - Office, it's better then the Office apps for Android, but the one time I tried to do work on it excel kept crashing but the same file worked fine on my desktop with Office 7, and I ended up plugging in a mouse."
You have updated to the final release and not the beta right?
"First I had to add an entry in the HOSTS file (using notepad)"
Presumably because you've not setup your network and/or printer properly then.
"but I didn't have rights to edit it (even though you get an admin account by default) so I had to take ownership of the file, give my self rights."
Or you could have just run notepad with elevated rights, y'know like the system requires to get enhanced privileges. You made that hard work for yourself.
"Now a manual printer install, pick a "close enough" printer since I can't download a driver, and I'm done. But non of this is a touch interface, you need that keyboard with touch pad, or even a real mouse."
That's right, because you're doing stuff the wrong way.
"This OS is Frankenstein in a dress. VPN only supports basic stuff, can't connect to the SSL vpn at work, Cisco say that they don't have enough access to make their VPN work."
Well maybe you need a better vendor then. Because other people are making things work.
"3. Microsoft is competing with itself - I don't really see that as the problem. They should not have called it Windows (even more so for Phone). It's not Windows XBox 360, so why Windows Phone?"
"5. Windows RT is too closed - They want to be Apple. Worse, the desktop is there, but you can't add anything."
...and the benefit of the "closed" system is less junk and less stuff to break and such. Apple don't *just* do it to make money.
"6. Hardware OEMs haven't bought in. They know it's mostly dead."
*looks at Lenovo* etc etc
"7. Microsoft's marketing sucks - They are trying to be Apple again. But people know what an iPod is already... Window RT? WTF is that?"
...and at last we agree. Microsoft's marketing is really crap. As is/was Nokia's. For example, the Nokia N97 (which was an awful phone, but I digress) had an advert that never really told you what the benefit was. Apple went "oi mush you can do THIS" and people went and bought it. People often think it's the ONLY device that can do this (actually it's often the worst/last device, but the marketing still wins them).
"Charging - No USB charging. You can only charge with the Brick, and a second brick will cost you $40. Every other tablet I've used supported USB charging (might be slow but it worked). And it seems to suck quite a bit of power in standby too."
I can't speak for the Surface, but I would imagine it would take so long to meaningfully charge a device of this class it wasn't included because it is stupid.
"Video Out - It's standard micro HDMI (good) but they don't tell you and try to sell you a $40 adaptor when a $5 cable works fine."
you've never shopped at a PC world have you... :-)
blah blah, blah...
As someone who actually *has* a Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11, running Windows RT I can't disagree more with the premise that RT is DOA.
Everything I care about bar 1 app is there, and the remaining one has a web interface that works in IE anyhow.
I get the benefit of Win8's interface on my laptop, desktop and my yoga. The same apps, sync'd settings. And with the yoga, I get amazing battery life so I can actually use it all day without an issue.
YMMV of course, but it's really a bit unfair to say it is DOA.
Failure / Supposition / Baseless waa waa here.
It's really getting a little dull all the "Windows 8 is a failure" nonsense - based on nothing of any meaningful substance.
Yes, it's different. That's right. Different. Because what worked in 2002 isn't working in modern IT. But if you stopped moaning for 5 seconds about the mildly different "start screen" part, there's little different in terms of "doing what you did before" - but there is a boatload of "can do more than you did before" stuff.
As someone who is ACTUALLY using Windows 8, in all its forms (eg Windows 8 RT on my Ideapad Yoga, Windows 8 Enterprise at work, and Win 8 Pro with media Pack at home), and with both touch and non-touch devices, I can't say I've had any real problems at all.
If anything life is easier now - my home PC and ideapad now share settings - so I setup my e-mail on one, and voila, both have it setup, my stuff is sync'd and shared quite nicely, even down to colour schemes. For work, I can use all the latest everything (and do, including Office 2013), but my old apps (even my preferred e-mail client that is really really really long in the tooth) work just like they did before.
So I've lost nothing, but gained a lot, and we're finding lots of customers adopting Windows 8 too (especially at home). I suspect Surface Pro will be popular in business, cause like, y'know, it's a tablet which is all the rage, but actually more like a laptop too, runs all the stuff you already have, want to run and know, but gives you the flexibility of tablet style use with the power of a normal laptop, and the ability to use it like one of those too. I can think of a zillion different use cases. For me, the yoga makes more sense - one device, multiple use options (tablet for sitting reading browsing, laptop for doing work, e-mail, intensive input stuff), and nothing is removable - plus I like the long battery life and lightweight etc of the RT Yoga.
I reckon with the right hardware options for your intended use, Windows 8 is ace.
Re: yet more pseduo-news with a ridiculous headline
Maybe you got an imposter/third party wheel then.
My Windows 8 "wheel" goes faster than the Windows 7 one, works better with my touchscreens than the Windows 7 one, offers great new features and tweaks that make my life less hassle when it comes to using a computer.
If you don't like the new app system (metro style etc etc) you barely ever need use it - everything else pretty much works like before, except faster.
On my ideapad yoga, Windows RT + metro stuff works really well and is perfectly suited to my usage on that device, on my work laptop, which hasn't got touch, I barely ever leave the desktop itself since most apps are normal windows apps, and on my home PC, I mostly use metro, and "venture" into the traditional desktop when I need to run some older app.
It's really not that big a deal.
Blame the engineer, ignore the cause.
So the problem is...
(a) Netflix have poor business continuity planning and rely on a single supplier (AWS) for its systems.
Cause: Poor management decisions/understanding
(b) AWS have poor processes that allow a single point of failure
Cause: Poor management decisions/understanding
(c) Netflix believed the "cloud" of Amazon would be redundant against anything and assumed they had covered the issues in (a)
Cause: Poor management decisions/understanding
The real issue isn't the engineer that "made an error" but the AWS system that can fail despite supposedly being uber-geo-redundant and so on, and the Netflix management who decided to put the eggs in one basket.
As I understand it, Netflix have local content caches with various ISPs so I assume the issue was the database/account side and not the underlying content availability - so it would be a *relatively* less expensive task to put a better system in place (I'm not pretending it is trivial, but it's obviously "less tricky" when you haven't got to replicate what I assume is a huge amount of content which would be costly to store/stream en masse
A better fix would have been to have multiple providers and the ability to have the Netflix client(s)/website(s) detect/choose/forced etc.
Of course this would require more expenditure and at £5.99 (or it seems a penny more if you subscribed more recently) it's unlikely there's enough margin I guess.
How about that it uses "Labels" as "mailboxes/folders" and not IMAP keywords, the duplication issues?
How about that it doesn't respond to many standard flags?
The non standard handling of deleted folders, sent items, the broken drafts.
It goes on and on.
Re: Microsoft 10 years ago and now
Let's correct your stupidity.
1) Yes, "command line" in the sense of "DOS" or "command prompt" options in later windows releases (not the same thing), is outdated, and is crap. We'll get to why shortly...
2) That's right, they came up with Powershell. A more modern way of doing CLI based interaction - which supports many many more features than the based-on-DOS legacy of Command Prompt. Personally the ability to nest a whole set of tasks with ease and then run them over and over with ease or tweak them for the next task makes a lot of sense if you have to do the same old tasks over and over.
It's [Powershell] clearly a piece of expletive if you're clueless or lack any basic IT skillsets and can only cope with the wizards doing it all for you, as if often the case with "IT" people who aren't really properly skilled administrators (sadly the vast majority in small business IT are of this ilk), often becoming "admin" because you knew a bit more than the last person and did know something basic once and then oversold your capability. In that category generally also fall all the chimps who have no idea why a £20 switch is not the same as one costing many hundreds in suitable scenarios. However, if you adminster large systems, Powershell is a very good thing, and light years away from the command prompt or nothing options of the past. Having the same basic scripting environment to tweak windows, exchange, hyper-v, dpm, and so on is absolutely a good thing [examples picked because I work with them daily]
Your assessment that all Powershell has done is "made the the wheel square" shows how little you understand it.
3) Your next rant is also pretty broken. ACL's are in no way "broken" - and again if you know about the extended options and/or have adequate clue, you can configure a perfectly secured series of ACLs that can take advantage of the trusts, groups, policies and such making it powerful. Yes complicated potentially, but sometimes a complex scenario may be a legitimate requirement for all kinds of reasons. But it's not complex if you know what you're doing and document properly. If you just set "everyone" on everything because it's "too hard/you hate it refusing access/etc/etc/etc then I guess "security" is broken. Users ran "XP" as root because of the legacy of versions of Windows before it fundamentally where there was limited security consideration (no different to many other older non-network systems), and because developers are often lazy, or the business they work for lazy or cannot see why they should spend money writing apps to properly utilise security rules, so as a result don't work if the OS refuses to let them just write files any old place any time without question. I STILL see apps today that don't work in non-admin contexts. You're blaming the people who make the operating system, for a problem which was really down to developers. It has sadly taken a long time to educate developers and so on to do it properly. A well written application, that follows the guidelines doesn't have an issue, runs without admin rights (unless it needs such rights when it requests it).
UAC is really there as a Microsoft effort to try and help improve security because a reasonably high number of apps STILL "need" admin rights because they're STILL poorly written (and/or not updated and/or the person using the app won't get/buy/obtain an upgrade etc etc), and thus UAC attempts to boost security. I admit is is not a pretty solution and has it's own flaws, but the alternatives were worse.
Microsoft have always been "too generous" in my view in allowing old stuff to run and providing layers of compatibility that the clueless then deem "bloat" and so on - and which has sadly contributed to security issues themselves, but they've made a lot of progress. It's really about time people stopped assessing Windows XP and Server 2000/2003 (or even NT 4) as the baseline, and looked at what's happening now (you know with that 10-20 years of progress).
Re: Paid online subscription
I suspect the "banking regulators" won't say much if you gave the authorisation for a recurring subscription (which you did). Given that a CCA outlives the physical card and expiry dates are irrelevant to this, they'll not care.
I believe the rules on this have/are about to change, but the existing agreement would have allowed this.
Re: I guess thats why my 360 is gather dust then....
I'm pretty sure that BBC iPlayer works without Gold (the others do need Gold, but it's all of £29 a year if you buy the sub from Amazon etc last I renewed, so that's um 7-8p a day.
Big deal. Pretty sure I waste far more than that per year on things like beer, which I literally **** away...
Re: Three Thoughts
"I don't think anyone would go out and buy an xbox purely to watch films/tv on"
Wrong. I have 1 that was bought for this purpose alone, and another (original 360 design) that I bought in 2006, used for about a year, didn't really use much until it got on-demand, and now it's used daily.
Both are Gold Subscribed, and both are basically used only for the tv/film stuff.
Someone in our office also bought an Xbox 360, has Gold, uses it with Netflix, and does not have a single game.
"close to empty" - "close to a lie"
"Windows RT Store is close to empty"
Not true. It's certainly not anywhere near as populated as iOS or Android/Google Play I will grant you. However, there are 2 other considerations. Firstly, many things simply do not need an app and the platform being a "PC style" experience means many things are already achievable without any extras already. Secondly, there are plenty of useful and worthwhile apps - and the majority (admittedly not everything - yet) of things I want are there. I'm sure it will improve, but to simply write it off as "close to empty" is pretty misleading.
I've certainly got everything essential going just fine on my Ideapad Yoga 11 ta.
Sorry, what's wrong with the Atrix out of interest?
I have one here, seems pretty good still to me. I have all the accessories too.
Re: Said it before and I'll say it again
Actually quite a lot of us want a device which is a tablet and a laptop style device.
Surface Pro is a good option (cause it runs the real stuff I do my real work on) - RT could work but price point is wrong, and then there are devices like the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga, which is where my money is going, just as soon as they let me buy it.
I don't want an iPad, and I know plenty more who don't, but we do want something different to a laptop and better than a tablet where tablet is defined as an "ipad".
Re: I for one
Maybe you don't have a reason, but I can think of some:
Windows To Go - this can be a very useful tool in theory (in theory as I've not yet tried this)
Hyper-V - can be useful for all kinds of sysadmin/developer scenarios, and actually for Sales bods too demoing systems.
Any purpose where performance matters - Windows 8 is miles faster at all kinds of tasks.
I could go on.
The reality is that there's a lot of noise about the UI changes, but underneath that are lots of very good reasons - if your particular scenario demands it. But that's no different to before - some people think XP is good enough. I don't agree. However to say "you can't think of one reason" means you've not thought about it for more than er, one second.
No not everyone "needs" quad core, but better to have it available if you do - and if you knew anything about how this stuff works, you'd also realise that more cores can improve battery life in some scenarios too.
I'm quite happy with my "nobody needs a phone bigger than ours until we make ours bigger" Samsung Galaxy Note 2 thanks.
Re: Happy Bunny
Of course I don't need to do that with the Samsung products I have, since I already have all of the latest tech in the device to statr with.YMMV of course, but I prefer the approach of putting it in to start with, rather than artificially holding back until the next release...
Loving 2012. More please!
As someone who is actively and actually using Server 2012, I think I can probably give a real world experiences view.
First off, the interface changes are getting overblown by people resistant to change if you ask me. Yes, 2012 isn't perfect on this front, but actually once you get past the admittedly mindless metro front screen bit, the rest is pretty good. They're finally getting shot of many of the legacies of old versions and putting together more sane management interfaces. The more I use it, the more I'm really starting to hate having to go back to 2008/2003. Progress is needed and once you spend a bit of time using 2012 you just get used to it and it no longer irritates you. Apart from "Log Off" being "Sign Out" and not where you'd expect it anymore (which really is a minor grumble).
By far the biggest win on 2012 is Hyper V - it's really, really, really good. Miles better than the prior release and in our particular scenario will give us the features we want and could really benefit from without the cost and sub-par VMware world having to become part of my world. I used to really like VMware but it's just not doing it anymore - of course different people may have different views but in practical terms, for us, Hyper V has come of age.
Storage Spaces is really handy too - particularly in the SME space (it's pretty similar in basic terms to the much loved and now gone feature of "Home Server" for many purposes), but as it stands we've no real use for it internally - but give it a few weeks, I'm sure we'll end up with some scenario.
There are so many small/trivial little changes that all make a big difference when put together - if you're a clued up admin who actually admins Windows regularly (and not a very competent Linux admin that has to look after some windows but hates it and blah blah) you might actually want to spend a bit of time on 2012 before moaning, and then realise it's going to make your life easier.
Re: For 4g those speed suck....
Yeah I have a Samsung Note 2 on the Three One Plan and speeds beyond 10meg are normal, even though 3 say high speed isn't out yet, they're underselling themselves.
And it isn't Wifi on my device, never turned it on yet, no need with 3s service.
Re: 3 for good data? Really?
Obviously where you are makes a difference, but being in London is going to mean huge demand for data and thus lower average speeds.
But I can honestly say 3 offer by far and away the best service I've used (and I use them all). The speeds are genuinely brilliant - 10 meg is the norm.
Re: Also sitting this one out
Can you not tell the iPhone to connect to 3G only.
On my Galaxy Note 2, I have WDCMA only - no attempts to fall back to 2G/GSM and thanks to the excellent speeds on 3, I've never even turned on WiFi on the device.
I can't imagine Apple will be bothered. One because the screens in the mini are 7.9 as opposed to the 8.9 you quote, and secondly because Apple purchasing types would wait and queue indefinitely for the latest Apple bling thing.
Apple enjoy the almost unique advantage of being the most wanted by many right now, so they'll get away with it.
Re: The Price of FOSS...
I'm almost willing to see how you'd get along converting our MS Word stuff to any other option - because actually some of the really clever and lesser seen stuff isn't available period on the alternatives.
And if you write some custom software to achieve it, then I now have to pay to maintain that in future, so it's just like the alternative. It's really a lot more difficult than that in any large or complex installation.
Re: I don't need no bloody DDoS, I've got a SecureKey which ...
Actually the Barclays solution is better because:
(a) You can have multiple "PinSentry" devices - so you haven't got to carry it around.
(b) There is an app to act as a pinsentry
(c) You can also get "basic access" (at least on Premier you can), which lets you do basic stuff without the need for PINsentry at all.
(the latter being what I use and hasn't caused me to lose my money through the oh-so-terrible fraud risk yet).
Re: check my account daily
Yeah that's nice - you can see the balance of your "current" account. You can't see your Credit Cards. Or many other HSBC account types. Or see detailed transactions. That's er, useless.
Re: I don't need no bloody DDoS, I've got a SecureKey which ...
Of course you could also configure your setup properly, so that a single session to a particular place is routed through the same link for its duration so this issue doesn't occur.
 Given that this type of connection load balancing isn't exactly "proper", the "fix" is "proper" in the same sense.
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