166 posts • joined Tuesday 10th November 2009 12:29 GMT
Ignoring Android and iOS seems a little short sighted - I do wish they hadn't appealed against their anti-trust judgement all those years ago and Office and Windows were now separate companies.
People have been working on mobile versions of office tools since Symbian days and no one has really cracked it, but there are plenty of developers out there with fresh ideas. The clock is ticking.
Re: We don't hate tablets
You may be surprised at the ways people can utilize new technology for all sorts of purposes you haven't thought about. Why not conduct a trial with some keen users to see what they can accomplish?
The last group I worked for had removed the Windows image from their machines and installed Ubuntu just so they could do their work without being hampered by the AD policies.
Re: Spot On!
I am just imagining the horror of using Toad on a 10 inch screen. Let alone a Surface without a keyboard. Truly evil. You must hate the DBAs.
Back to pounds
It will be excellent if this lets me transfer Bitcoin back into pounds easilly. I tend to use localbitcoin if I have to at the moment, but I have never got used to the high transfer costs individual buyers impose.
On that slight tangent, I do find Apple's approach here quite interesting. They are obviously aware that a large number of their tablets are used by children and sometimes really quite young children, yet they show no signs of doing anything that would make it easier for parents to either limit the time it can be used for or the content that can be accessed. I doubt I am wrong in thinking that their strategy is to get you to buy your children their own iPad with its own ID.
Standard for 6 months?
I think I said this last time, but it won't be long before Android tablets and phones start coming out with micro USB 3 sockets. You can still shove an older cable into the over sized ugly hole, but most of the time you are going to want the new cable because it charges faster. I would sooner see a wider adoption of wireless chargers and a common wireless standard in the EU.
time for the pro
I have been a bit critical of the Mac Pro, but as time has passed I have come to accept some of the wisdom behind their decisions. Hopefully we will find out how hilarious the price of this will be this month.
Re: No USB3
I am confused by this. Both iMacs have four usb 3 ports.
Re: Too big
I am surrounded on all sides by people with dual and triple monitor. I am no doubt in the minority again, but I find the ergonomics of one big screen to be preferable to two medium or even two large monitors. I quite fancy one of those ultra wide monitors though.
Re: We'll see the usual pattern ...
I tend to agree that in tablets more so than phones, Apple has a very distinct lead in the sheer quantity and quality of tablet apps. If you only plan to do web browsing then sure there isn't that much difference, but in every other area the iPad is ahead. Want to download some high quality education apps without ads, then get an iPad, want to experiment with music creation, productivity software, innovative games, get an iPad. Almost every tablet app comes out first on the iPad and sometimes months ahead of Android such as the recent iPlayer download function or never such as the Sky Sports app. I play around with an Android tablet every now and again, but it doesn't offer anything unique except it is not usually being used by somebody else.
Re: Windows Phone - it's great really!
For the phone to be taken seriously in any business context it really ought to be able to connect to a VPN. It is supposedly coming in 2014, but it hardly inspires confidence.
I feel similarly that had Microsoft wanted a decent mobile operating system several years ago they could have bought WebOS and started porting like crazy, but that would have involved admitting the awful truth about your own company's product.
Re: ipad review?
At 2 thumbs down I am going to have to reply to my own post. OSX daily, hardly the most Apple hating publication, are recommending people don't install iOS7 on iPad 2 or iPad 3 and seriously think before installing it on any iPad, but I am sure they are just making it up too.
I wish some of these reviews would look at iOS7 on the iPad. By all accounts it suffers from some major problems, even the latest one, but it would be nice to see some independent verification of bugs and poor performance, ui features inconsistently applied on iPad 2 and 3, etc. The update crashed too frequently for me to find out yesterday, but now I think I will wait for 7.1.
Does Oracle care?
Maybe I am wrong, but I would have thought Oracle are extremely pleased by all these developments. They would have killed off MySQL a long time ago if they could have gotten away with it, but this splits the community and mitigates the risk that any large corporation is going to embed MySQL too deeply at the expense of their golden child.
Re: It sounds so nice
I honestly have never heard of TurboTax before, but I just checked and they have an iPad app, so nope I don't think I will need Windows for that either.
I am seriously tempted to take the noisy, ugly desktop down the recycling plant, but I would still like something with a keyboard. I just can't decide between a touchscreen and stick or an All in One Android.
A company formed out of MIT research uses resonant magnetic coupling to achieve this. They have some cool demo videos and some cheap kit you can buy for a great science lesson if you are a teacher.
Re: Razor thin margins - @AC
I have no evidence myself, but Storagezilla was talking about this on the podcast. Companies are buying up failed components cheaply and using software to try to paper over the flaws.
Razor thin margins
It is unquestionably a good device and I am very pleased that such a popular tablet will have wireless charging (first one since the Touchpad). Once you have a wireless dock, I think people will see what an incredibly useful feature it is and it will become the standard.
Like the recent Reg podcast contributors though, I have my concerns about the quality of the components. This device is being sold with a tiny profit margin. Everything inside and not visible I believe, will have been sourced using the cheapest components available. Don’t expect this thing to run and run without issues.
Re: The Nestle Kit-Kat Chocolate is far too sweet
The Europeans are snobs about a lot of things including chocolate. I would love to put Belgian chocolatiers in a blind taste test with their British and American compatriots. It would be the Judgement of Paris in 1976 all over again. it's not like they can even claim to grow the bloody stuff though this time.
Re: One thing I will expect
Under the Dome is also sponsored by Microsoft. The main kids love getting their Lumia's and Surface tablets out at strange moments. The other day the main boy was showing his girlfriend some photos on his tablet and attached the keyboard for absolutely no reason whatsoever.
I know there is a ton of Apple stuff in nearly every modern TV show, but it just always looks so forced when MS do it.
Re: You've all missed the point
As the Motorola acquisition showed, having patents is not the same thing as having a decent team of lawyers who can make money from them. Besides, I think all the big players are tired of these long running, money draining legal actions and have declared something of a ceasefire.
Re: Give Nokia WP
Absolutely. Microsoft seem under the delusion that the reason Windows devices don't sell has something to do with the hardware, hence the development of the Surface brand and now this. They also seem to be under the delusion that in order to catch up with Apple and Google they should slow down development and release updates less often. Nokia would have been more than capable of taking over the Windows Phone development and integrating into their devices as well as Apple does.
Jobs was fired or demoted at least because he was disruptive, disliked and the products he took sole control over were not selling particularly well compared to the PC. Apple may well have gone bankrupt if the board had chosen Jobs over Sculley. As it was Sculley delivered some decent products and strong growth.
Re: Lysaer s'Ilessid?
I was thinking more along the Hari Seldon line. He reappears every now and again in front of the Apple board in the form of a pre-recorded messages to help guide the righteous through the dark barbarism brought about by the rise of Android.
I am going to guess that they wouldn't have this policy if employees weren't nicking stuff in the first place.
Re: Totally predictable
You do of course realize that is the Grannies and Grandads that have all the money now. Everytime I visit my parents it seems like one of their similarly aged neighbors is driving a new car. Also, I am more than happy for Apple to help configure my monther in law's iPad and leave me alone.
Apple makes plenty of money on their iPad line. A new model here, a revision there and there will be plenty of people ready and willing to buy a new one.
I am more interested in non Apple tablets. With Google and Amazon selling at cost is there a market for anyone else to compete. I am not sure if Samsung Notes are classed as tablets now, but who would be willing to compete in this market for such paltry leftovers. I have no sympathy for Microsoft or its CEO, but I don't envy the job of selling in a market where two of the competitors are giving their products away in the hope of driving ad sales or digital content sales.
Companies will set up their TV service to work with this device?
I am not so sure TV companies will be helping Google take away their business any time soon. This project has been born from the relative failure of Google TV and their inability to sign up content partners.
Re: Nice but...
You have to remember Google make virtually nothing on these tablets. They are supposed to be gateway drugs into selling you adverts and services. Giving you an SD card or more storage may encourage you to put content on the device that was not downloaded from the Play store or streamed to you from one pf their partners.
I think you are right to say pi. I have always found having a full blown computer attached to the TV much more flexible than these types of devices. The use cases seem a little bit limited. You can presumably mirror a game to the big screen like airplay and see the adverts in all their glory, but I have yet to want to do that.
Re: And when the whole thing goes tits-up before they produce anything...
If they don't meet the target you would get the money back, but if they do, yet don't produce the phone then you are not entitled to anything. You are not paying for a phone, but are funding a project. Fine if you have spare cash I guess.
I like the idea, but it seems a lot of money for software that hasn't been written yet and nobody knows how it will work or if it solves an existing problem. Ever since Ubuntu Touch came out it seemed like Ubuntu for Android was going to be replaced, but here they both are. I am not sure if the Ubuntu desktop accessible from Ubuntu for Android will be different from the Ubuntu desktop accessible from Ubuntu Touch - seems like they could, but who knows.
There is no way he they are going to raise all that money in 30 days unless Mark funds it himself, so I am not sure what is going on here.
Sorry for being a cretin, but you can download Sim City and Civilisation from the app store if you wanted to.
More than ever I suspect this means the imminent death of RT. Why would the OS division want to keep 2 mobile operating systems going now? They will most likely concentrate on Windows Phone and Windows 8.
Re: also combines the mechanical stabilisation technology found in the Lumia 920
I think wait and see. It does have a smaller sensor and you are losing the flexibility of an SD/swapable battery. Very early reports would seem to suggest that pictures are more grainy than the 808, but I will wait for the reviews.
There was a time I would agree that MS were relatively safe on the desktop because of Office and Outlook and other business favorites, but every week I see a new cloud service launching that not only mirrors that functionality, but often improves upon it. I would happily subscribe to Office 365 on Linux if I had to, but other services are improving quickly and probably offer better collaboration options. You may also wish to look at creately.com too if you want an alternative to Visio and although I hesitate to offer Gmail as an alternative to Outlook, I would be surprised if Google weren't seriously thinking about adding more business friendly features.
What else is there to say
I don't think I can add anything new to this old argument. Whilst the content industry is stuck in the past they will continue to get bit on the bottom by the future. I would welcome an update by The Reg on the state of the UKs 3 strikes policy though.
I would point out in the interests of balanced commentary that when Amazon was demanding money to use its dubious '1-Click' patent, Apple just paid for a license.
It is reasonable to assume that Visa and MasterCard were asked by the relevant department of state to block payment. The companies involved have a long history of cooperating with the Government in these matters, see AllofMp3 and Wikileaks for examples.
Most of the Swedish vpns do not keep activity logs unlike the US vpns which makes them harder to monitor. If six strikes/three strikes anti copyright measures are to work they would need to ensure that vpns are not a viable workaround.
Mullvad will also accept cash through the post if you are comfortable doing that.
When AllofMP3 (cheap MP3s) lost all its payment processors they started selling software with free music downloads thrown in. There are ways around a ban, but it starts looking pretty suspect.
Re: Bitcoin on Mullvad
Buying and selling Bitcoins remains an issue which is why I would recommend localbitcoins in the UK for small volumes. Just like Ebay, follow the ratings, read the reviews and you shouldn't have any issues.
Bitcoin on Mullvad
For anyone who uses Mullvad (an excellent vpn) I can personally recommend the bitcoin payment option. During the recent price rise madness they calculated the bitcoin rate on a daily bass and deducted what they needed whilst extending my contract. At one point I had vpn services paid for throughout 2014. Sadly that fell back with the price drop.
Anyway, things are a bit more stable now in bitcoin world and prices are currently quite low on all the crap news. You can buy coins relatively safely and easily from localbitcoins.com.
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