Re: Seagate 3TB
You'll be wanting the WD Red PRO version if you want 7,200rpm
378 posts • joined 16 May 2007
You'll be wanting the WD Red PRO version if you want 7,200rpm
If you're using Green's I assume not in any sort of RAID installation, particularly half-baked RAID like Intel stuff, because if you do, expect them to have premature failure unless you first change the firmware to stop the auto-park. You'll get weird performance and they'll die because they have excessive parks.
Yes, that's not an analysis that amazes anyone I know. We don't put Seagate stuff into our servers for those very reasons. Our general experience is that HGST and WD are pretty much on a par - across makes and models - and as long as you know the tricks for using the cheaper models and avoiding sending them to premature death, life will be fine.
The rub is that they do mention it, that's the thing they call place holders. The thing they quote an MS rep on....
OneDrive (which I use mostly to sync photos from my Lumia) does generally work. And actually the "placeholder" feature is useful particularly on my laptop - because it has a smallish SSD and I have a few hundred GB of photos - especially when saving the raw 38 megapixel image files.
The only annoyance/bug/whatever is that it does take ages to fetch the full image when you request it - even if you're on a really meaty connection - so I assume it's an MS issue in the first place since everything else is zippy.
So now they'll launch W10 without it. So will I have everything forcibly downloaded, or just nothing at all including placeholders?
Microsoft giveth and taketh away...
The Web Server thing is really very simple. Hosting Providers have other forms of licensing agreement from Microsoft that allow them to licence the software making this a non-issue. There are also other options (and yes, it will depend on the scenario).
For example, Windows Server Web Edition exists for pure Web Hosting scenarios (at least "did" - it might be gone now and personally I don't care enough to check).
There are External Connector licenses that permit usage you describe in some scenarios.
There are of course 2 options if you're confused:
(a) Get a Microsoft Licensing Specialist to give you the correct options to stop your constant moaning.
(b) Use a product that does not require those licenses. I hear that Open Source is often a good place to start if you're more concerned with licensing than other costs which may or may not in any given scenario work our more or less cost effective than the other.
It is recommended that instead of moaning a lot you get proper advice.
"To be fair, NFC is pretty useless on pretty much every device other than the iPhone for ApplePay".
I use it every day to instantly connect my Sony Bluetooth receiver to my phone so it plays audio to my Hi-Fi.
I use it every day if I am reading a page on my Nexus 7 and want to start viewing same page on my Blackberry Passport (or vice versa).
I use it every day to switch my device profiles and configurations to suit where I am.
It doesn't sound "useless" to me.
You're not alone in liking the Windows Phone UI.
I really like the interface and find it slick and quick at things. it's very much like my Blackberry in terms of getting the chuff on with it. I own 3 phones, and my Android phone is least used these days.
The Blackberry is by far the most used because my world is messaging centric, and it really has got that nailed, and the Windows Phone is good for "leisure" type stuff - and photography (since I have the Lumia 1020). The android phone is good for... er, submitting my electric and gas readings...
I had 6 computers in exactly that setup this week - all because they're unable (unwilling maybe) to update the MS Access stuff they did in 2007 version...
For the record, I have a Yoga Pro 2 and it is indeed the best thing. But not since the Start Menu was reintroduced. I wish it stayed gone. I don't need it, I certainly don't miss it and I don't get it.
"Blackberry is still caught between a rock and hard place. Their devices have smaller screens due to the space the keyboard takes up, and even Apple has thrown in the towel and given people larger screens."
You've not been paying attention. I refer you to the Blackberry Z30, it has no "keyboard" and has a large screen. They also have a smaller Z10, also no keyboard.
Then they have the Passport (which I own, love and wouldn't swap) and the Classic which do have keyboards.
Some of us are quite happy with our Blackberry device, and don't feel like we're missing out - we just get stuff done.
What the hell is the picture necessary for anyhow?
The reg is now best read on the mobile site.
Given that this will just cause people to rush out and demand SSL Certificates, the net result will be plenty of pressure on the IPv4 space, because you know that's not an issue.
And once things are in SSL, it will give people a false impression of security.
What a totally retarded idea.
I hate this sort of stuff. Recently I happened to be at my sisters, and she (foolishly) had chosen Virgin Media because they offered the usual cheap starting deal and then ramp it up jobbie.
Anyhow... I had connected to her Wi-Fi simply because there was no mobile service at all, so last resorts and was checking something by PING. It was a few minutes before I realised that no matter what host I would ping, it would always respond, even when it didn't exist.
I immediately VPN'd back to work so I could actually get reliable answers.
This stuff is so broken it is unreal - responding to PING though is really pathetic.
I think you're missing the point.
If multiple people suddenly start receiving spam TO an address that was exclusively given to one place, then either that place has had a breach, OR that place gave the address to others and THEY have had a breach.
It's unlikely that multiple people would randomly start getting mail to otherwise wholly unconnected addresses which is spam when in each case, a unique address was given to the one common provider.
That couldn't sound further from a "fix" if it tried.
What if MS-A didn't like the change that MS-B was making and didn't want to include it, or felt it was worse than a feature they were adding?
It's easy to tell you - because in Open Source where this "public" exchange you talk of exists, you end up with a million forks and variants, or infighting, or someone ultimately ruling the product.
The real fix is simple - MS needs to go back to the QA side, and kick some ass. Of it has let them go, beg forgiveness. This is a worryingly new trend of every month a broken patch be giveth, and we've noticed it at $dayjob - but it isn't historically the case - overall problems had been pretty rare.
Something really seems to have gone a little wrong at MS recently when it comes to patches. It's been pretty rare overall considering the length of breath of what it does to have issues, but this is becoming a problem every month - patches released aren't ready for the big time.
It's not just the ones El Reg bothers to comment on either - we've had significant issues with several in the past 3-4 months with considerable effort involved in dealing with the mess it creates.
Did they fire the test and QA team!?
Netgear.... used to be good. No longer good.
ReadyNAS series unreliable piles of garbage. Can't tell you how many of those we've had in with various failures - our normal routine is to throw them away.
The switches are just about OK if you want unmanaged switches but they don't all deliver true gigabit for example.
The routers give poorer performance as a general rule in my experience for a given line - so you don't get the maximum potential from the dsl circuit.
And yes... then there are the virgin media super hub units which are of course netgear. Nuff said.
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...
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.
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.
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.
"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...
Yeah, but Windows 8 does have multiple taskbars for multiple monitors. Something I turn off immediately but my colleague loves. Do keep up...
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?
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.
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.
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.
Or you could not buy Apple products. That's the easiest fix.
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.
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 :-)
"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".
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