86 posts • joined Monday 4th January 2010 14:52 GMT
and what are you supposed to do with the keyboard once you've unplugged it
are you going to carry it around with you? then you're better off buying a laptop
are you going to leave it at home? buy an iPad instead
but which has the bigger installed base
most people here seem to be overlooking the simple fact that the reason not many people bought a laptop last year isn't because they don't want one any more; it's because they already have one
it's a pipe dream at the moment
Myself and my colleagues are fairly extensive users of word and excel and also the google equivalents. we only use the google ones when we're prepared to sacrifice just about everything to have an interactive document (usually something with very short lifespan like a to-do list or a discussion)
Even with google's proven ability to stun the market with web apps that were light years ahead of the competition (search, maps, gmail), google office apps haven't really closed the gap with proper office in the last 5 years and if google can't do it, nobody can (and yes I've used office online too).
If you're writing a proper document, you'll want to be sitting in front of a proper keyboard. that means you're already running windows, osx, or linux, and those already have perfectly acceptable office apps on. everything else is just playing around.
OMG - a way to get free MP3s online
I've been waiting for years for that to happen
MS must have anticipated this
Unless everyone at MS was very naïve and taken in by all the hype, I'm sure this must have been part of the plan all along. I suspect someone high up knew that the only way to get metro out there was to ignore all their existing customers and release windows 8 as a "dead end" while they decided on a more sustainable plan for the future.
Whether they actually have a sensible plan for future releases is anyone's guess. I can't personally see any future for touch screen laptops or for metro on the desktop.
Am I missing something here?
It only allows me to find stuff I've already found before?? Now I know my memory isn't that great, but most of my web surfing is to find things I _haven't_ found before
Missed the boat
If you're already on Windows 7 you're sitting pretty (relatively speaking) because you've got a nice stable platform with XP mode for some legacy apps, and you can safely ignore the abortion that is Windows 8. If you're planning a migration from XP now, you've got to decide whether to go with the already-superseded 7, the unusable 8, or hold on till the last minute and bank everything on the fact that 9 will be another good'un
Type A and B ports
Being an apple product, I imagine having both type of ports would be useful - simply plug both ends of a standard printer cable in at the same time and watch it disappear up its own arse.
Seriously though it's an interesting point whether a tablet is seen as a host or a device. Surtace has a USB A so it clearly thinks it's a computer you plug devices into; most other tablets have a mini or micro USB meaning they consider themselves devices that can be plugged into a host.
how about a modern computer?
I'd like to see a comparison of how long a typical PC (or even a phone) would take to break the code using the same inputs
too complex for us mere mortals to understand
All I need to know is, is it bigger than Wales?
most people have better things to do
The basic problem with media coverage of social networking is this: Social networking appeals to media types because that's the kind of thing they do all day - find out what's the latest news, looking at trends, and networking with people. So it tends to get a very positive presence in the media.
Like most people in the real world, my day job involves actually making something or achieving something. Just keeping in touch with what everyone else says or thinks isn't a productive use of my time, I have work to do.
(writing this in my 5 minute coffee break of course)
Let's just hope none of these spats ever affect any useful software
Then I'd be more worried
HD Graphics ?
What I don't understand is how they're going to make HD graphics work with windows apps on such a small screen. Displayed at the native resolution, existing apps will be unusably small but if they do the iPad retina trick of presenting it to apps as half the resolution (960x540), they'll be too big to fit on the screen
10 times better
You have to admit - that's exactly what they did to search, webmail, and maps
The emperor's new clothes
One thing I'd like to come out of this fiasco (but I doubt it will) is a bit more scepticism from the public about marketing BS. Analysts, newspapers and celebrities are all bought off by MS to say how wonderful everything is when they know themselves it's s**t.
Re: Buses, huh?
I think you'll find it's about the same size as Wales.
+1 me too
sorry - couldn't help myself
it's all about the requirements
Sure there is plenty of badly written code about in the wild, but let's not forget that the type of code you'll find in academia only has to meet nice clean invented requirements; not real world ones. A lot of the complexity of real-world code comes from meeting real world users' needs and from working round flaws in existing real-world code.
Rread the MS blog people
I'm a big reg fan but this is unresearched/sensationalism. MS are not dropping support for office 97 files in 2013; they're just removing a couple of old and rarely used import/export formats
Broadly agree but I think taking the piss with the pricing is the main reason the share price got so high in the first place. I wouldn't recommend going downmarket
what's wrong with it?
never heard of it before but just watched the video - pretty funky and nice electro beat. I would rate this as in the top 20% of current chart music - certainly better than all those x-factor ballads
Re: 'data' != valuable
thank you for talking some sense.
Of documents which business users actually use to go about their work, a large proportion of the most important are in Word (or written in Word and then published in PDF)
I've got one and it's kludgy
only when you actually use it for a while do you fully appreciate that trying to make something that's a laptop and a tablet at the same time is just never going to work
I think they've probably done as good a job in the execution as anyone could have done with the aims they set themselves, but the whole concept is pointless
The reason firefox users don't upgrade
Simple - firefox versions come out as often as chrome but it's as painful to upgrade as IE - the worst of both worlds
What sort of idiot would use a format that could only be read by a...
oh yeah... answered my own question there :-)
All these big companies have one corporate strategy - make as much money from your customers as possible. The technology (whether hardware, software or services) is just a side-effect of that.
They may have slightly different ideas about how to do it but most of them employ similarly talented people educated in the same universities coming up with the same ideas and all just trying to think of ways to lock users in and differentiate themselves from the competition.
If apple's or google's or microsoft's business model was naturally superior to the others, everyone would have adopted the same model; the plain fact is that there's just a big pile of luck involved, not some kind of mastermind visionary strategy that only Jobs or Zuckerberg could possibly have come up with
Re: Could work
some kind of micropayment/pay-as-you-go scheme has got to be the way to get us out of the current mess of advertising we're currently in, and reward people for producing quality content
who gives a s**t ?
Like most reg readers I detest and ignore/block all adverts regardless of the medium and how carefully they have been targeted at me. Advertising is basically trying to sell you something you don't want to buy which is scamming.
If this change makes advertising less effective, companies will have to rely less on advertising and start to think of sensible business models instead which is fine by me.
If this change means we need far more adverts to make people pay attention, that will just make more people hate adverts more and again will hasten the demise of adverts.
"Users could use an alternative browser for such sites after disabling Java on their main browser"
hmm, so this could be one case when IE is safer than other browsers :-O (assuming nobody uses IE as their main browser of course)
presumably he means windows 8 or it's successors
cos windows 9 for the PC has gotta be following as close behind 8 as 7 was hot-on-the-heels of vista
how about "Metro"?
or, more seriously, how about "Orange T-Mobile" or (my personal favourite) "Orange"
"...erodes the overall value of the social network"
hmm... and exactly what "value" is there in knowing when David Beckham has taken a dump?
What about paul's boutique?
Don't get me wrong, hello nasty was great, but they did make more than 2 albums. just sayin', is all :)
Re: Old news
Au contraire; this book is obviously being read by people who don't realise you can get real pr0n on the internet. maybe the same ones who watch beach volleyball http://tinyurl.com/cl8n3th
android syncs across devices?
hmm, I was just bemoaning the inability of my android phone to sync the calendar with my gmail account and wondering about switching to apple, thinking "well it's expensive but at least the basics would work seamlessly"
So maybe I'm better off sitting where I am and waiting for android to get better. What I really want for android though is an app that makes it work as a mobile phone - that's the thing Nokia always understood and I miss it like crazy.
Re: Object, schmobjects
AC has a good point here. After all, a windows installation takes up 10 times as much disk space as MacOS but does that make it 10 times better or just 10 times more inefficient?
beware the cheap brother printers
The last printer I bought was a cheap brother inkjet. I bought it because the printer and the inks were cheap but it periodically cleans itself when not used so it will use up a set of cartridges in 6 months if you leave it on standby even if you don't print a thing. If you don't print very much, the cost per page is v high.
You could unplug it from the mains when not using it but then it does a full deep clean when you power it back on, so if you do that every week you're no better off.
Re: What on earth are the MSFT board doing?
I'm pretty happy with my low-end Microsoft keyboard and mouse, and SQL server 2012 is no worse than 2008, so by Ballmer's standards they're successful. But I'm scraping the barrel a bit I guess.
100 million users??
are you seriously suggesting that only 98.6% of the world's population think twitter is a load of bullshit? That's hard to believe.
Re: Re: Back to basics
it's ok running bing on a beta platform, but dogfooding would involve an application that people actually use