360 posts • joined 16 May 2007
Re: Windows Mess
I assume that's a relative statement... but no idea what against.
The fact of the matter is that all of the OSes are really a bit of a mess. Mind you, it's all a bit sodding complicated these days too.
Win Server at the very least seems anything but a mess if you're actually having to run infrastructure with it - it's far less of a mess than the Linux variants in our experience. YMMV of course...
Sort of funny - BT clam Sky are trying to buy customers. From the Telco that gives £100 Sansbury's vouchers routinely...
But what BT are best at is the lock in - you must have our phone line they say (OK, everyone has joined that bandwagon of the big players), but hey take our broadband to get BT Sport and so on... all nicely tied in.
Of course Sky can be just as bad, but for either to claim they have the upper ground is a lie in itself.
Still, that's nothing compared to Virgin and its never ending "deals" that also require a phone line rental to achieve said price, even though they haven't even got the technical excuse of "needing" that line...
Gits the lot of them...
Re: Won't upgrade
I won't be upgrading from my note 2, because it does all I want from that device.
For email and messaging it's pants, which is what my BlackBerry is for, especially since I swapped to the passport and have blend.
For photos, the Lumia 1020 does the job and is excellent.
There's nothing different enough in any newer android stuff that is sufficiently interesting that I would change, just bells and whistles that don't improve my productivity, which is actually why I own a smartphone.
I hate myself already, but briefcase had one really really really useful purpose.
Specifically when dealing with MS Access - it was a dead simple way to create useful replica functionality that actually worked - and I know of clients who still cry for it... they really miss it.
Yeah because Dropbox does not have any of those flaws. Oh wait... yeah it also can't cope if you access/modify a file in 2 places (and does the same thing as OneDrive) - actually most things do this.
They're all much the same.
Re: 4G is faster than 3G
As a three customer the coverage is excellent, perhaps you're still comparing based on a few years ago... speeds might not always be absolutely fastest but they give you the best allowances by far so you can use the network and smartphones etc freely unlike the rest.
Re: Subscription to the Reg...
Yeah I would. I'd pay the same amount I think the articles lately are worth.
Mines the one without any loose change in the pocket.
"Why are Microsoft even trying. I have only ever seen 1 real person with a Windows phone..."
Can't have been looking very hard. I'd say there are increasing numbers of them around the place.
The Nexus 7 (2013 version) is the perfect device for me. For our office, it's now deployed for engineers to use for tracking jobs (everyone has one mounted to a desk - the price makes it a simple fix to a relatively straightforward need).
At home, there is one pretty much in every room - used as the remote/control/home automation controller - again, great price and spec and device and decent enough that it'll last as various things change over time.
£200+ - no deal on any front, and I don't want it any larger thanks.
"The report goes on to suggest that the plus-size "iPad Pro" would also use the Touch ID fingerprint reader introduced in the latest iPad models and the Apple Lightning connector interface"
Really? Wow, I'm glad someone figured that out. I don't even like Apple and it was obvious surely that if a new "maxipad" is coming (and it is let's face it, still speculation) the 2 most obvious things you'd expect would the new-standard connector and the new-standard fingerprint sensor.
Bootcamp his mac with windows and give him real office?
Or just stop using a Mac.
Neither will earn me upvotes, but that's the easiest fix if it's causing so much hassle.
O2. That's the network that is banging on about 4G contracts but STILL hasn't managed to provide 3G service with any degree of reliability in a ridiculously large number of places. Like my office. 2 minutes walk from the very city centre, 5 minutes from the O2 store and still nothing but 2G.
No deal. O2 suck.
"you need shared storage" ... not on Hyper-V
"There are good reasons for not supporting migration in some cases - doing so means you need shared storage, which typically means decreased performance (unless you put in extremely expensive storage equipment to handle the same number of IOPS as fast local disks)."
Yeah, unless you're using something like say Microsoft Hyper-V where shared storage is not required, one of the things I like most precisely because I don't need another really expensive storage system that's always the cause of downtime and hassle.
Nice references to Office Space on the screenshot.
We are putting new coversheeets on all the TPS reports y'know...
Re: Sounds familiar
Yeah, but Windows 8 does have multiple taskbars for multiple monitors. Something I turn off immediately but my colleague loves. Do keep up...
Re: "We're no good, but we're the least shitiest."
Because invariably you then need a Virgin phone line to get anything near the advertised price (except that is never includes the £15.99 line rental).
At least BT have a reason for the phone line to deliver the broadband, Virgin are literally using it to make them seem competitive and giving themselves a healthy profit to boot.
People do moan about the quality. Maybe you couldn't hear them as you were receiving the moans in half-rate?
It's a simple thing to fix...
What's wrong with the surface is actually quite simple...
1) Price. It is too high. Especially since the major point is that you can have a keyboard cover, except that costs another £100 odd. It's excessive and unreasonable. The net result is no deal over and over.
2) Availability. It's only available from a small number of places, hardly anywhere in reality. It's difficult to get in the channel and thus those of us who actively want to sell them and have people who actively want them often find they just can't get them. Why on earth MS have gone for the sales routes they've picked is anyone's guess.
3) Marketing. I don't think Microsoft could be much worse at marketing if they tried. They've got the money, it's just bad decision making. As usual.
They're insane. Completely insane.
Not being "discounted" - just some vendors have smaller margins - Expansys are always expensive, and often non-UK stock, as well as being generally poor at CS.
Re: Smash and grab
Actually I believe you'll find Carphone Warehouse doesn't offer anything to customers wanting 3. They don't offer all networks, 3 dropped them ages back.
Clocks are ticking.
Oh god. Not the start menu back again. I hope I can choose to keep the modern interface.
I'm not on-board with your XP comment, but I do agree that we have in many ways reached a point where increasing numbers of people that would upgrade phones constantly no longer feel the need to do so.
I'm in that category. Next month I'll have kept a phone for 2 years. I can't recall when that last happened. The same goes for my other 2 mobiles - I see zero reason to change any of them... at all.
Actually I think you'll find it was Kudos to Three, who were the first to pull out. Which is presumably why Three offers significantly better value. And why I enjoy truly unlimited t'interwebs and not pathetic allowances of the Vodafone offerings.
Re: They are making profits of over £100m...
In reality, it's probably more than that. If the £100m is a net profit, then the real profit (or more specifically money the networks could save) is more since the net would include the huge overheads they'd have.
Only the foolish would believe networks wouldn't dispose of the "partners" once they've achieved critical mass.
The website was showing the message at least as early as 8am today. Do keep up el reg.
Re: They've already started to go up in price
Or you could not buy Apple products. That's the easiest fix.
Re: Fab phones
Note 2 owner here. First phone I had kept for more than a few months. Still see no reason to change. Nothing sufficiently worthwhile outside gimmick land.
Equally my Blackberry Z10 meets every need as my business communicator so I'll shortly be retaining that without any further upgrade.
Meanwhile I doubt there would be a better camera available on a phone than the Lumia 1020 which really does take some fantastic shots.
...so I think it's really a case of "peak smartphone". I doubt the bitten fruit co will change that next week. It'll be another minor upgrade mostly based around software you could get if they wanted you to (actually, most of it they do anyhow IIRC). Same with tablets. There's just not much left to offer right now, but everyone is addicted to this rapid replacement way of doing things..
I'm still using my Squeezebox Setup in preference to Sonos. Work's a treat.
Re: No, not quite
Glad you clarified that, because I was about to do the same. I never saw any purpose for the bridge to be honest. Might be because CAT5e is everywhere in my world :-)
A rule for you, doesn't apply to us...
"Apple and our customers place a high value on simple, refined, creative, well thought-through interfaces. They take more work but are worth it. Apple sets a high bar. If your user interface is complex or less than very good, it may be rejected."
Seriously? I assume the more recent iOS updates weren't subject to that "high bar" because word is the user interface is "less than very good" and certainly has many failings under "refined" and "well thought-through".
Re: Tea in the US South
Yes, the "Tea Maker by Sage" ... see my other comment. Own it, love it.
Tea tastes rank most of the time because people over-brew it, either too high a temperature, too low a temperature or for too long (the latter being most common).
This thing has pre-sets for all the usual stuff, but I can tell you, my Irish Breakfast tea tastes perfect with 5m of brew time at just shy of 100, while the Nagiri Bop tastes better brewed longer. Meanwhile a bit of Whittard's Afternoon blend is best for 4 minutes, but Tinners needs just 3.
The reason most people think tea is rank because they have nasty tea bags brewed for the wrong time, at the wrong temperature, or worse, they experience those sodding vending machines.
In our household, even the most resistant party who thought £200 of tea maker was ridiculous now moans if they get given anything else.
Mines the one with the magnetic lowering basket in the pocket
What you should have reviewed is the Sage Tea Maker - £170 now (was £199).
If you're having the perfect brew, it should be from loose leaf, and this thing makes the best tea imaginable. Perfectly brewed every time.
Is it expensive... of course. Does it make excellent tea.... yes.
I also own the smart Toaster (perfect, evenly cooked toast, bagels or whatever, and it really does get it right), and the smart microwave ... no longer is it "how long" but "what is it" - and it sorts the rest. Importantly includes: "Popcorn" and "Reheat Pizza" (how many slices?) functionality. The IT person's friend.
Re: One as bad as another
Given that it's been in the terms as long as I can remember, it seems reasonable enough to me. You broke the terms. you got away with it for ages.
It's OK, they're introducing a 50p charge for queue jumping to get the half-baked customer service now anyhow. I suspect for £1 you can have them respond on soclal media too.
Maybe the reason the reason we don't do it is because nobody lets us?
I'd *love* to have Blend for my Blackberry Z10. I love my Blackberry Z10, it is by far and away the smartest messaging and communications device (that's what my phone is for after all) out there. It does facebook and twitter too if you want to waste your entire life doing that.
It does most of the other rubbish everyone wants too - some not so I admit, but I couldn't care less because I value being able to reliably communicate and do my job over some ability to potentially check the latest bill I got from $randomvendor via an otherwise featureless app. Especially when said vendor has a web site that works just fine on my phones browser.
The same integrated any device approach Apple are developing is the only thing I actually like about what apple are doing - I still wouldn't buy the products they churn out though. I'm actually amazed Microsoft haven't long since done this - they could have integrated all of this in minutes across it's devices and platforms, but as usual they're too busy napping.
So once again the real cost is met by the taxpayer. And if the fines they all get are too great, more taxes for us.
If instead it became "loss of jobs" and "criminal charges", I bet these problems would disappear.
Until then, it'll just keep costing us all money, and losing data.
Re: I'm not surprised they are increasing their prices
Actually I think you'll find the plusnet deal is...
£15.95 for the phone line
£2.50 for 12 months
....still cheaper than virgin, but somehow even worse than Virgin.
You have to love Virgin Media (NOT).
We're the only operator you can have broadband without a phone line.
Sure, but you're also the only operator who doesn't need It for any technical reason that charges more not to have a phone line you literally don't need making the pricing basically the same.
Re: Is MS staffed by muppets ?
Indeed - I'm actually quite impressed with Barclays approach to mobile technology - it's not perfect, but they're certainly one of the first out of the gate it seems.
Glad I had already moved to them from the utterly laughable Santander.
I own a Surface 2 Pro
I also own a Lenovo Yoga Pro 2
The Surface Pro 2 is better for consumption, light work and it's good having full windows and all my actual real world needed apps if I have to do the odd bit of work.
The Yoga Pro 2 is the device I use whenever I have "work" to do
The reason? Actually it's because the keyboard is solid, built in and fixed (well that and screen res of the Yoga Pro 2 being insanely high and thus good for me), whereas where I do most of my out and about work I'll be sitting on a sofa or something - and there's just no way to have a surface steady and usable in that way with the keyboard.
Touch is all well and good, but for most of my purposes anything other than a keyboard would suck.
If there was a solid (doesn't even have to double as a cover) option for Surface, mine would be used more - I'd basically have a touch screen laptop. Or my Yoga Pro 2....
Surface does fit in an awkward scenario and the keyboard is both the biggest strength and the biggest weakness.
Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?
"Quite. And even if there really isn't anything suitable, paying someone to write software, or tweak existing software would be far cheaper than paying for MS licenses, and the hardware upgrades the monster would require."
Really? How did you calculate that?
It's cheaper to build something from scratch to support many different devices and whatnot, and then support it over a reasonable lifetime than to just pay someone who has already been there, done that?
I think what Microsoft are actually saying (with what seems like a very clear strategy to me if you spend 30 seconds looking at it) is that they believe in Cloud and Traditional On-Premises - using the best choice for each thing. I don't see anything wrong with that at all.
Blah Blah Blah. Do you know how rare it really is that this happens?
Do you know how many billions of hardware/software combinations windows works with?
Do you have any idea just how many builds/systems/setups MS already tests against?
Do you have any idea just how many bits of software do things they're not supposed to and are often responsible for this kind of issue (might not be in this case, haven't looked, but i'm talking about the issue in general).
It's actually quite impressive how rarely things go wrong considering the scale.
Now compare to say, Apple... they break systems on the hardware they supply which is much more rigid and controlled than in the Windows world... if you're going to call someone out, perhaps ask why the vendor with the most controlled environment out there has issues.
Linux updates of various types don't always go smoothly either.
However, that's the price we pay for the incredibly diverse tasks, roles and services, hardware software, firmware and so on we can all choose and run.
I don't think it's Windows 7. We've bought ~80 odd and they've ALL been running Windows 8. Because there is no good reason not to use 8.
Surely before you pay yourself those sorts of salaries & bonuses to start with, you have to actually be making plenty of profit? Otherwise what you're really doing is strangling your own business (and your creditors).
Why is this even still legal?
Re: Please refrain from NAT66
Just a quick point:
"2) The router advertisement daemon never to fail"
Is different to "the $150 NAT based load balancer failing how?
I see no change in risk from that bit.
Re: Thought this was the problem that started a couple of weeks ago
"Mind you, seeing a friends O2 giving G and E often when I have 3G, H+ etc. tends to suggest that they really do have better actual coverage."
...No that sounds exactly like o2. They're not big on that Internet thing. They certainly don't do data. However, EE might give you the basic 3G (or "better") network, but it's not good so arguably no worse than o2 - at least they don't even pretend to have invested in the network.
Where's the fault exactly? I see no fault...
Sorry, but what exactly is wrong?
Everything the article describes & comments suggest sound like "business as usual" with EE. I believe if something is in a certain way the majority of the time (4 letters starts with p, ends with s and has an is in the middle, poor) it's no longer a failure, but "standard operation".
EE data is as pathetic as the customer "service" team that tried to make me believe my handset fault (which happened under warranty) was someone else's issue other than the EE store. Or as pathetic as being unable to get your roaming agreement charges correct in any month, ever, instead issuing invoices for £5K upwards when the bill should have been £60-£80
...or any of another zillion bad experiences with them.
It's very simple.
For 2G coverage, basic voice/text, o2 all the way (but really, forget data)
For that Internet thing, there's only 3.
For expensive and limited allowances and 3G in big areas, and 4G in a couple of them, Vodafone.
For not much of anything, go with nothing anywhere
Um, certainly my IE has been doing this for a few weeks or so at least now - at least on my Windows 8.1 computers...
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