270 posts • joined 16 May 2007
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.
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)
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.
"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.
You should move to 3 then. They've got excellent 3G coverage in Devon. And no 2G. Bliss.
"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?"
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
Re: Sorry, Audiophile and Sonos in the same sentence?
Bluetooth? For Audio. Is this a joke?
Are you in a car?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Re: Dead Platform
Why can't you - in the native camera app, hold down your finger on said photo, choose "share" and then "Bluetooth".
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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.
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 :-)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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.
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.
20% thinner, 100% more combustable.
Available in chargrilled black
That's "magical and revolutionary" is it?
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.
Not just Vodafone and EE, BB 10.2 out for phones on 3 5 too...
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
How to launch app - Windows 7:
hit windows key, type "Word" and MS Word is there selected
How to launch app - Windows 8:
hit windows key, type "Word" and MS Word is there selected
How to launch app - Windows 8.1:
hit windows key, type "Word" and MS Word is there selected
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"
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.
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.
Re: Uploading 10TB
Annex M allows up to around 2.5 meg
432k is a BT imposed limit on some grades of service unless you had the max option when you got 832k
1.3 meg is the standard on adsl2+ as delivered by BT etc
Providers like plus net still cripple you to 432 unless you specifically ask and so on.
Annex M though is certainly not what you describe.
retirement, retirement, retirement!
Re: Yes Outlook used to be great
Are you referring to the change in the 2007 version to allow files bigger than 2GB? It's not like the old ones don't work?
Or are you referring to something else?
I get fantastic speeds on 3, and the one plan is good value for money when you consider I can tether, use as much as I want (for real) and get a very generous text and voice bundle too.
I'm in no rush to get 4G with poorer coverage, and even worse battery life than we all get now.
I'm so used to streaming my favourite Internet radio station, watching my Sky TV via sling player and such when out and about or working away the idea of going to another network with poor speeds and capped service makes me cry.
Personally I think Microsoft is toast if it keeps competing against it's own partners.
You know, the ones who are responsible for promoting and implementing what it does. If they think they can just "go direct" and just do Office 365 and ditch partners (and in the interim offering silly "incentives" which will ultimately cut them out), they'll find out that they will also lose out.
Those partners aren't gonna want to go out of business, so they'll be lining up alternative propositions and it's not difficult to make more compelling services than MS offer that appeal to the very people those partners have expert knowledge of.
Smells of fail over in that cloud.
Not hard to see why HP are losing if you sell it...
I'll tell you why HP are losing sales...
Because they've dropped quality. We used to sell a LOT of HP stuff, but then they started using custom power supplies, giving absolutely ZERO way to expand (not even a second SATA drive or 2nd memory slot) and other ridiculous changes.
Oh and reliability has fallen off a cliff too.
...and now we don't sell HP. Hero to Zero.
Re: Good move; but still too little, too late...
I don't know what "Windows Phone" you got running 7, but my humble Lumia 710, bought for the purpose of seeing what WinPhone is like, has had 7.5, and 7.8 and has another update pending as soon as I get around to it - more than one - in fact I reckon I've had 5-6 updates now.
My Galaxy note 2 meanwhile... 2 updates thus far, neither of which have added new features as far as I can see (there is an update with new stuff but my carrier hasn't bothered to approve it).
I do sort of like Windows Phone, although 7.8 and 8 have removed a couple of minor things I really liked (for example apps list was alphabetical with letters to start them off, tap a letter, get an alphabet, tap the letter you want and jump to it... neat if you have loads of apps and faster than the scrolling approach everyone else uses (and now WinPhone has joined in...)
A minor feature, not a dealbreaker, but the sort of UI tweaks that make something more compelling to me as it makes it faster to use and I like "just getting on with it" (or JFDI as we call it)
Re: Swings and roundabouts...
Yeah a few pence per CAL.
A few quid per processor
It's next to sod all for educational types.
Office 365 is very little cloud to be honest. I hate it, I don 't sell it and we regularly help people move away from it once they realize.
It is in a nutshell hosted exchange (plenty of choice already for that), a copy of office on loan as part of the sub (that yes you do install - although you can have a few installs - very generous of them), and access to Skydrive with "more storage than the free version").
There are other bells and whistles but frankly they aren't worth it or matter to most people.
It isn't what I define as "Cloud" in any great sense of the word.
Re: Microsoft FAIL
Already possible within the various MS products and licenses today.
"What happens with a fatal node crash, how do you migrate when you can't get at the VM image?"
You would of course have already enabled replication, so you can fire up the VM on another host - and if you were smart you'd have configured it to replicate with multiple replication points so you can quickly roll back if you needed to - obviously the circumstances and role of the system may influence this, and it does require a little intervention, but it's a perfectly acceptable trade off in many scenarios.
From Server 2012 R2 you'll also have triple replication capability - something I'm looking forward to.
Hyper-V is really very good when you consider it comes with the main OS - although I think it's a little unfair to suggest it's "free" simply because the cost of Server 2012 went up, and they removed the base 5 CALs from the package, so there is a cost, even if it's a bit more stealthy.
Fundamentally then it just means more companies adding another domain or 10 to the number they hold for brand protection and will make no significant difference.
I think the main question is why does Nominet, the supposedly not for profit setup seem to be desperate to increase its revenue despite having plenty of surplus year after year??
Re: It's Simple...
Presumably the "training" people weren't involved then? Of course, there's nothing different in Office 2013 to Office 95 either, well if you haven't given any training anyhow...
For typical daytime use, in most cases, the same few apps are used, so pin those to start screen and/or task bar. Problem solved. Spend all of 10 minutes showing people what has changed.
Result = more productive staff, less cost to administer your IT long term (no really, how many patches, hotfixes, updates, scripts and workarounds did you need to install on each XP machine?!?!)