538 posts • joined 27 Nov 2009
Daddy, what is XP?
We migrated in 2009 without any problems - although my previous employer still uses XP today; they are insolvent and can't afford any new paperclips, let alone new PCs or software.
I had one piece of hardware at home that required XP, that was an ISDN PABX, but that has been kicked out, now that I have swapped providers and the new line is100% VOIP and kicked out the ISDN, all the home machines are now on Windows 8.
I went the Psion root, 3, 3a and a 5.
Re: 10 years, 100,000 miles??
My 3GS is still going strong, my wife uses it, but she talks for maybe an hour a week on it.
Likewise, your example put less than a quarter of the strain on the iPhone that this user makes. An hour of listening to music over Bluetooth is nowhere near equivalent to 4 hours telelphoning with a BT headset every day.
Re: 10 years, 100,000 miles??
Somehow mistreated? No, they aren't mistreated, but they are used as phones, which the iPhone (and most Android phones) don't seem to like.
He talks for 3 - 4 hours a day on the phone, the battery and bluetooth don't seem to be able to cope with that sort of workload.
Re: 10 years, 100,000 miles??
We have one user here, he goes through his iPhones very quickly. He had 4 3GS', followed by a 4, which was swapped out 3 times in a year, then a 4s, which was swapped out twice, his 2nd 5 died, but the 5s was just about to be launched...
Biggest problems are Blutetooth packing in or the batteries dying within a couple of months.
Re: Well done El Reg
Yep, it is a bit of a jaunt from the middle of Germany to Vulture Central... Otherwise I'd pop by.
My first thought as well.
Re: Good luck to them
I would say the migration was a failure. If they had used the logistics modules and got warehousing and logistics specialists in to do the conversion, it would probably gone a lot smoother.
SAP has square pegs for square holes and round pegs for round holes. If some idiot decides to bash a square peg in a round hole, that isn't the tools fault... And yes, SAP has a lot of faults.
Re: Colour me dubious
Probably a lot of the systems are end of life on old hardware which can't be replaced any more - we still have to support one customer whose ERP system is still running on a DEC Alpha from the mid 90s!
Having worked on dozens of migration projects, moving data from the old systems to the new one isn't that big a problem, you write conversion scripts to take care of 95% of the data, it creates exception reports and a bunch of lusers sit there and punch the correct data into the system and key users take random samples of the data to ensure that it has been transferred properly.
It is a lot of work, but it can work out a lot cheaper than trying to keep legacy systems running - especially if all the developers have now retired or have moved on.
For all his hard work in pro-gay relations? Or for his work invading the Ukraine?
It will be an optional package for the standard image. It will be fully installed, but it won't be done by hand, it will be the equivalent of a slipstreamed package in the image.
They will use provisioning software to push the files to the right places and make the appropriate entries in the registry etc. But that one affect the Windows first-time set-up.
How do you think they get McAfee, MS Office trials, DVD software and all the other gunk pre-loaded onto the machines? They don't have somebody sitting there clicking buttons on each machine, the install is made once and the provisioning software notes the changes to the system and records these into a provisioning package that can be optionally installed on the machine.
Re: RE: service charge @TMH
The employee does it once, to create an additional install package for the standard image. That cost then needs to be divvied up between all the machines sold with Firefox pre-installed.
There is a cost to creating that package, but it isn't going to work out at 16 quid a machine, unless they are planning on selling only half a dozen machines in total.
As long as they are not charging for Firefox itself, I don't see that Mozilla has much of a comeback. Dell are charging for the service of installing the software.
That is how the open source model is supposed to work, the software is free, but "consultants" are free to charge for additional services around the product, such as installation support, training, general support etc.
If someone is mug enough to fork out 16 quid, fair dinkum to Dell.
That said, putting Firefox as an additional component in the image would probably cost Dell a few cents at most, over the volume of machines they would potentially deliver with Firefox installed.
Re: PCs are now workstations?
"Professionals don't want Fisher Price toy operating systems"
One of the main reasons I held out getting a tablet, until Windows tablets finally made the grade. I looked at Android and iOS, but they just didn't feel professional.
Re: PCs are now workstations?
I agree, with one caveat, I find, although I have a tablet and a smartphone, that I still put a lot of tasks off until I can sit in front of a proper screen.
A smartphone and tablet are great for doing simple tasks on the move, that have to be done immediately, but for more intense work, I'll wait until I get to a real PC with a decent sized screen and proper input devices.
With projected displays and better input methods on mobile devices, this might change over time, but if I need to type more than a line or two of text, if it can wait, it waits until I can sit at a proper keyboard, for example.
Re: Flattened oval?
Sort of passes to Apple, after the ridicule they got in the USA for using the Pad name for their tablet, the desktop rubbish bin called Mac Pro, now a squashed toilet roll...
Re: sounds like
Although the iOS for Autos sounds a bit of a sore thumb for the car makers. It only works with iPhone 5, 5s and 5c... No older iPhones and no smartphones from other manufacturers, from what I've heard.
That said, we have someone here still waiting for BMW to release a cradle for his iPhone 5s, he has had a 5 and a 5s, but still uses either a Galaxy SII or an iPhone 4 in the car...
Re: That has got to be embarrassing for Microsoft
Not wanting to appear a Microsoft appologist, they have extended the deadline from 2010 and users and companies have had over half a decades warning that they need to look for an alternative to XP. It isn't as if this date appeared out of nowhere at short notice (unlike Snow Leopard being put to sleep without even informing users).
Re: Not just an expert,
"I strenuously object?" Is that how it works? Hm? "Objection." "Overruled." "Oh, no, no, no. No, I STRENUOUSLY object." "Oh. Well, if you strenuously object then I should take some time to reconsider."
Hmm, that is the second time that quote has come to mind in 2 days, reading articles and comments on this site...
Re: The only reason this is news worthy...
I was listening to Security Now today, where that was being discussed and Steve Gibson was going on about what a mess the GnuTLS code is, having grown organically over time - he also said OpelSSL wasn't much better.
interestingly, Ballmer is set to overtake Gates as the largest MS shareholder this year as Bill divests a large wad of shares each year to finance his philanthropic activities.
Re: Really bad idea actually...
And what happens to all those call center jobs in the "real world", once the companies operating them realise they can get the call center run at a fraction of the price by outsourcing it to the prison?
Re: Really bad idea actually...
Another bright idea brought to use by the USA...
Anybody read Daniel Suarez Daemon?
Re: clean cut & paste
@AC you are correct, that was a poor example. Moving whole chapters is easy with the navigation pane. Moving chunks of formatted text around, which don't align to a chapter or section would still be a pain if it stripped out the formatting.
Office Online IS free! Only Office 365 requires payment, but you get much more for your money there.
Re: clean cut & paste
Try Ctrl+Shift+V in MS Office.
As to the most obvious and most common? Not for me. I find it useful when bringing text from outside sources into Office documents, but when moving things around within a document, I want them to retain their formatting - if I move 10 chapters of a book around, I don't want to spend the next hour or so reapplying all the sub heading, code snippets etc. styles!
Re: Bay Trail Goodness
I get between 10 and 11 hours normal use (around 8 - 9 YouTube hours) out of my Atom based Samsung ATIV SmartPC 500 tablet...
Interesting, the Galaxy Note I use uses the same Wacom stylus as my ATVI Windows tablet...
Re: A real shame.
Agreed. Maybe the town of Nancy should pay for his court costs (plus a bit in his pocket) to use the film for tourism advertising...
What really narks me is that adding "on a mobile device" to any existing invention seems to make it unique enough to repatent.
What does it matter, if the device is mobile or not? If I connect a peripheral to a desktop PC, a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone and it can communicate with said host, what makes it connecting to a tablet unique over a laptop or a desktop?
So many of the patents I see coming up are not only obvious, but were common practice when I started programming in the early 80s, only we had mainframes and micros at the time. One I read was for a menu list on a mobile device. How is that unique or obvious, how is having that same menu list taken from a 15" monitor and displaying it on a 4" display making "displaying a menu list" unique?!?!?!
And how many months did it take MS to come up with the design, test it, refine it and put it into production, so that it was available in high enough numbers for the launch? You can't do that all in a couple of months.
Re: Looks like
That should have read Threema has jumped from nowhere to 4th place in the paid apps chart...
people are leaving WhatsApp in droves, at least in Germany.
Threema has jumped from nowhere (around 10,000 downloads) to overtake Modern Combat 4 with over 500,000 downloads this morning.
I've spoken to several people and about half of them are looking at jumping, a third aren't worried, WhatsApp is easy and the rest don't use WhatsApp or Facebook, so don't give a hoot.
I sent my German step daughter an SMS this morning "Welcome to Facebook, resistence is futile", her answer was that she had already deleted WhatsApp and was looking for something else...
I'm waiting for ED-209 to be let loose in the Facebook boardroom.
Re: Atari Discovery Pack
Ah. Bombjack, I lost hours playing that!
Re: "It’s hard to comprehend...
Better than the Xander Zone! :-P
Re: Southsea Arcade
Yep, I played it in Southsea as well. Always a fun day out, coming from Fareham.
I had a copy on my Amiga, which ISTR wasn't too bad. But I never managed to get very far.
Time Pilot was my specialty, from college, I could make 10p last over an hour! I could clock it on a regular basis, although the plastic ball on top of the joystick was missing, so you usually ended up with bloody fingers after a long game, until the skin hardened into callouses.
Re: How is this even a debate?
So, on a lease car, that would be the lease company...
And what about the actual driver? Don't they get a say in the matter?
Re: Obviously, the driver owns the car
Public transport and paying in cash seems a lot safer...
Re: How much enthropy is there?
It also sounds like it won't stop the 1 password per site/service problem.
I still think SQRL from Steve Gibson has more potential...
Re: Voice based authentication
The problem is, I don't tend to have my 27" AiO with me, when I'm out with the dog for a walk...
Re: I'm just dipping my toe back into the smartphone water.
I still miss my Nokia 6210. That was the best phone I ever had. If I didn't have to have a company smartphone, I'd still have a 6210.
Re: Of course it's possible...
My thoughts exactly.
Re: Is this Tesco's fault?
No need for dongles, there are plenty of authentication apps for smartphones, or SMS or a phonecall with a spoken code...
There are lots of methods that don't include them having to have a dongle. They are all inconvinient, but the question is, does the inconvinience outweigh the loss your control over the account?
Self taught here...
Bring back CESIL! That is what the kids should be using! Well, I had to suffer it, so why shouldn't they! :-D
Same here, with my iMac, Apple stopped supporting it with Lion, no security updates for nearly a year... It is dog slow under OS X Lion as well. Put Windows and SUSE on it, works fine and I still get security updates...
Re: <scratches head>
"But if it's a fresh installation, how would they know what you should be interested in?"
Well, obviously, you'll be interested in the companies with the biggest wallet, giving Mozilla the biggest bribes...
Re: WTF is "tiles"?
This is the 9 "tiles" that appear when you open a new tab.
When you install a fresh copy of Firefox on a new machine, it has no history of the sites you've visited, so they fill those tiles with sponsored links instead. Once you start visiting real sites, those sponsored sites will start disappearing.
At that point AdBlock + isn't installed and it wouldn't help anyway, because these aren't "ads" in that sense of the word.
Apple III - main computer on Matt Helm TV series. I so wanted one...
Apple IIc - didn't Roy Scheider use one on a beach in the film 2010?
Lisa - I wanted one, I kept the Practical Computing year review magazine with it in for several years. There were lots of great PCs in that issue. It was a wonderful read, even after they were all superceded. To be honest, I prefer those simpler days to the computing to what we have now in many ways.
Newton - hand writing recognition worked well, as long as your name was Jerry Pournelle
Re: Does not sound "personal" to me at all
You have a right to information about yourself, held by those bodies. You do not have a right, under law, to personally identifiable information from others.
If you make a call and the person identifies themselves, that is fine, ditto if they give you a business card. However their employer cannot give you their names, generally. They have to obtain written permission from those persons in order to release their names in your FOI request. They have to obtain permission, before they can put them as a contact on their website, for example!
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