125 posts • joined Saturday 13th February 2010 10:05 GMT
Putting all aside and just counting the human cost...
Gaza War 2009, wiki (US based, using anything else would be biased, and Arabs can't count are too stupid to collect statics etc.)..
Israelis killed: 13 (4 by themselves)
Palestinians killed: 1,417
As a proportion of population, 1m Palestinians, 300m Americans, that's the equivalent of a 9/11 event that kills 450,000. A similar scaling was used by Fox news in it's 'Victims of terror' show that focused exclusively on Israeli victims and made a parallel that Israel is hit by the equivalent of a 9/11 event every so often, using the proportion of population killed as a measure.
One can add the previous four years of Palestinian home made rocket attacks, which killed less than 10 people, and add an indeterminate number of Palestinians, killed in targeted killings etc. which form a constant backdrop, and Israelis needing to avenge having these rockets fired at them.
Then argue about the number of children killed, the Palestinians lying about how many of the dead were armed, how many civilians, etc. ad nauseam. But, anyway anyone looks at it, that was 1417 human beings, very similar to most of us, two parents, maybe a sibling, maybe a partner, maybe some children too.
The only way to justify this is to reclassify them as sub-human, inhuman, violent, illiterate, etc. So we end up with a group of people who think that it's fine to murder that many people, because they are so evil (a certain R, Dawkins repeatedly declares their belief to be evil) , that they deserve to die in that sort of quantity, and so do their children. Clearly Professor Hawkins hasn't quite seen it this way.
But four years on, no one cares much, and most probably don't even remember, given a few more year, people will care even less, and fewer still will even remember. But those who suffered loss, will they forget so easily?
.. and if you're a minotriy...
I saw part of a news report where some French Policemen were going through a Paris Metro, they were asking people to show their ID cards, everyone they chose just happened to African or Asian. I don't think I'd like that, but others may like or even want it, especially people who see me as an inherent, and 'visible' threat. In fact I find it quite scary. The racial profile of those being stopped and searched most often by the Police here not withstanding.
UK employment law requires employers to check a persons immigration/work status, and almost by default I am asked to provide my passport, and many are surprised when a produce a P60 and my birth certificate instead, one even had to check if that was allowed.
Anyway in this day and age, Amazon, google, Microsoft, eBay and Apple all know where I live, what I buy, how often I buy it, even try to guess what I want to buy next etc. facebook is an exception, as I've never spent a penny there, I put a remote double landlocked country in as my place of birth and residence, as a joke obviously. My bank evens knows where I eat and where I buy my food, with the supermarket even knowing exactly what I bought to eat in the first place. My mobile phone provides instant tracking of where I am, so what's left? We still need ID cards?
... to claw back some of the market share it’s been hemorraghing...
.. they could try making laptops that at least survive the warranty period. I've had two of their £1k flagships, one had a dead network port, which they fixed, after it was returned twice, the second time they packaged it badly and damaged it physically (cracked edge of laptop). Out of warranty its screen hinges broke, which their spare parts department then spent a year trying, and failing to replace.
Next the Aspire 8920G, sound died within a year, and they didn't honour their worthless international travellers warranty. Within the following year, it's screen died too.
Love the 'free app a day', while it lasts...
Well I rarely say something is great, but I quite like Amazon's app store, works fine on my Sony Xperia T (as it does on the Motorola Atrix and Xperia S in the household). Some of the free apps can be naff, but the exquisite World of Goo was given free for example. The app store linked seamlessly to my current but old (1999!) Amazon account.
One gripe, no idea how it runs on a Kindle Fire etc. but it is painfully slow. It appears to 'multitask', but you can't be sure if it just buffered taps or is just very very slow. Happens on all out phones. Obviously one has to turn on the option to allow from installation from unknown sources, as you obviously can't get it on Play store (you can't buy a Lexus from a Mercedes garage either), but considering the mass of mall-ware already present on Play store, you have to have your wits about when buying anyway.
Last but not least, it's the only 'big' alternative to Google's Play store, and yes they locked me out, so I can only get paid for apps on Amazon, though purchases have been rare, as there will be at-least one good free paid for app a week. Obviously I can still get free apps on Play.
Google lock out? Long, boring story:-
Oh great a Fandriod ...
"syncing across devices is a one step process", Play store buying ban or not, it is not a "once step process", it just gets your Play store apps back and few other things, like contacts, no notes, not even Google Gmail notes, no game saves, no application data of any sort. Google won't cloud save them for you, you have to make sure that your app provider is cloud storing the data, or you back it up yourself locally. Maybe you don't care about note taking or rely on someone like Evernote (hacked a few weeks back) etc. Oh I'll mention SMS messages again, because Google won't cloud save those either, but apparently some don't care for them, fair enough you just the phone for gaming and not work or any form of productivity, oh but then you'll value your game saves, oh what's that you don't use it for work or gaming?
For the record, apart form SMS messages, Sony's PC companion actually does quite a good job of preserving app data.
The banning from Play store is only for PAID apps, I can still get free ones, was because I refused to send them a copy of my passport in response to e-mails form Google that looked like fraudulent phishing attempts, simply because I updated my expired credit card. Perhaps you send copies of your passport off to any who ask for one the web happily, especially to a company that illegally collected everyone's router wi-fi credentials using it's mapping cars. According to some who added their comments to my blog, sending them your passport, license etc. still might not get your ban lifted. Besides Amazon's App store gives a paid app free everyday, and many offered have been good commercially successful titles. Yes my Amazon, Apple, Steam, eBay, Paypal etc. accounts are all in good standing, no problem with any of them.
No it is not, it won't get back game saves, text messages, list goes one. If you use multiple app stores, I use Amazon as well as Play (they banned me from paying for apps, long story, http://furbian.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/my-google-walletplaycheckoutwhatever.html ), then you can spend a good amount of time working out which apps that you had purchased (even if free) were installed and which ones weren't. SMS backup and restore will do your texts, Sony's PC Companion was happily telling me it was backing up my texts, when all it did was store an empty XML template for one, buried in its so called multi-gb 'backup'. Oh then use iSyncr to sync your Music library.
Or you can root your phone and run one of the many backup programs, but root your phone and your providers firmware updates will refuse to install, so it's the backup, flash your own firmware, root new firmware, restore...
With my iPhone this was a ONE step process, sync with iTunes, ALL done. Android syncing is a total mess.
But I'll stick with my Xperia-T, got it a month old for half the price of an equivalent iPhone, larger screen and Swype.
Re: "Currently running the show is Android 4.1.2 though Sony is promising an upgrade to..."
Sony? Upgrade? Pot luck, we have three Xperia T's all unlocked, two were upgraded a month ago, the third, is well still waiting.
Sony did at-least communicate, and it appears unlike Apple, they are unable to release updates globally on the same day, or within the same month for that matter even for one model of phone, in just one country...
Wot no bigger screen...
.. sorry Apple, I'd love to come back to your 'world' but at those prices and still stuck at that small 4" screen, I'll stick with Android (Sony Xperia T) for quite some time to come.
Oh one of the many reasons why I want to return? Wife, son and I all have Xpeira T's, they've got jelly bean update some two weeks ago, and I haven't! Asked Sony and they said 'we do not release it to every handset all at once' so not quite the 'same day for all' as for iOS releases, maybe Samsung manage updates on a single phone model on the same day like Apple?
Re: Ahh the Oric
Thank you sir, I've just enjoyed a step back in time with a machine I owned briefly. Shame it never took off, as the graphics and sound were streets ahead of the Spectrum, but the Spectrum served me well.
How come no one has mentioned the pun that was used so often back then on its demise, "Alas poor Oric..", or does no one want dare mention it because it was such an awful and obvious pun?
Dumb region coding deson't help...
I was gifted a 3DS, proudly marketed as an official UAE product. Only problem being that getting it back home to the UK it turns out that despite the UAE being a PAL region, Nintendo have concocted their own idea of regions, and decided that the one I have will only work with games from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore (?!). Looking through the list of countries that you can set as your 'home' country, I found the US and many South American countries, so it's essentially an 'NTSC U/C' console. However some games are region coded, some are not, but there appears to be no way to tell. Googled plenty of forums, asked Nintendo etc. but no solutions other than sell and buy another.
Net effect? We only have the one game that came with it, Resort Wings. We loved the 3D, but the Russian Roulette of whether a game will work or not, and that they are expensive second hand (PS3 and Xbox 360 games are so much cheaper) meant that we bought no more.
.. and this company thinks I'll buy a Wii U, or anything else they'll produce?
Oh did I mention we have a Nintendo Wii, gather dust somewhere?
Not The Beatles and ruddy Monty Python again...
Apparently these feature in the current test. Well here's what REALLY gets to me, these are all ancient history for anyone who wasn't born in the early 60's. Now my dad tells me that Monty Python was quite good in it's time, well I don't find it that funny, I get it, but it's just so puerile, I mean the Spanish Inquisition with the Comfy Chair, that made people laugh? Why not questions on more contemporary comedy, Red Dwarf and Black Adder are perfectly acceptable. I do confess though to finding Faulty Towers funny though, some things to age well.
As for the Beatles, two of them left the UK for good, seems hypocritical to put them in a 'citizenship' test. Better candidates? How about New Order, (every one still in the UK), The Charlatans etc?
Or is the whole idea of the test to ensure that only those over 50, or who read history books should be eligible?
I find all these postings praising Intel boards for reliability a bit odd, many (many) moons ago, around the time of the 440BX chipset, Intel managed to mess up a chipset up so badly that it offered to buy and refund boards made by others, in my case it a Super-micro board that had the defective intel chipset.
I sent them the board, somewhere in Scotland, and never received a refund. Apparently they sub-contracted their repairs, and then fell out with and changed the repair company. After a year and a half of trying, I gave up, Intel having done me out of money in effect.
At some point, Intel also replaced my P90 processor. Yes, I had a buggy one, though it was such an obscure bug, I was living with the chip just fine, but took the opportunity to have it replaced for free.
As for who's reliable, my PC building goes back to the days of 80386 (I had a 286 machine before that, but it was not self built), and I've had virtually every brand (many more than once), Gigabyte, Asus, Jetway, Intel, Supermicro, MSI and others. I've had boards fail from each one of them, some after years, some after a few weeks (e.g. an Asus board's North Bridge heat-sink cooling fan packed in). Oh and yes, both AMD and Intel based boards too. Can't remember the last time I bought an Intel board, had forgotten that they even made them.
Currently we've got an MSI Ivybridge board, a Gigabyte Intel board, and an Asus AMD board. All running fine.
I find this whole idea of guessing what I want to eat quite intrusive. The 'tracking where I am thing', photographing our houses roads and streets, swiping wi-fi accounts etc. we've largely given away, this looks downright Orwellian. "What are you thinking? Let's try to work it out..."
The 'best routes' thing, I've spent most of my working life commuting between English cities where there were usually only two alternative routes and one could easily tell before setiing out which to use. Maybe this will work in the US and possibly London. Oh I now bike a few miles to my workplace, on a route impervious to congestion (for a bike).
As for the food thing, actually, I want to be surprised, and like to try different things. Sometimes I'm grateful that what I want is not available, it allows me to try an alternative.
Oh and underpinning this wonder that may change our lives this year, is a pathetic third rate payment system that I'm banned from using, unless I give them a copy of my passport as well (http://furbian.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/my-google-walletplaycheckoutwhatever.html ). I've since switched to the other great information leach Amazon's App Store, the lesser of the only two evils available for buying Android Apps.
Re: Xperia, Sony Xperia...
Xperia T, yes, I've got one. Had the 'S' before, and this was a lovely evolution, bigger screen, faster (odd, as it's the same processor), and feels great in the hand (clever design, bigger than its predecessor but 'feels' lighter and easier to hold) with it's rather odd arched back.
Oh had to turn all the Sony rubbish off for facebook etc. The Walkman maybe good, I had had quick look, but I already have PowerAmp, which syncs perfectly with my iTunes library through iSyncr, most importantly it syncs my play counts that Walkman doesn't appear to.
Camera fires up quickly, and work well too.
Power/on button on the side can be a slight pain, especially when trying to change the volume when it's in a pocket.
iPhone owners are all rich? Spare a thought for this poor lad..
"I was only 15 when I bought the phone and £440 represents many hours of paper round, birthday and Christmas money."
My son received my old iPhone as a combined present for four events, his birthday, a religious holidays, completing the reading a large religious text, and a good school report (I let him off for the only score he had below the 80% target, 70% for French).
.. and if I tried pulled a stunt like that at my old employer when interviewing, I would been shown the door, and quite rightly so.
Well I'm not contributing to that revenue ...
Largely because I can't, unless I hand over a copy of my passport, to a company that's probably already leached my wi-fi details via their street view cars...
However I found an alternative, Amazon's app store for Android, that works quite well, I can buy things from it, and best of all, a free app every day, some bad, but many very good ones. For Music I'll stick to iTunes, it just works well for me.
Macro 32 Assembler?
I can beat that for sad, in the ate 90's there was (is) a company still using a VAX with 700+ live users on it. I had to look at some of that Macro 32 to fix problems in the bespoke language the system was written in..
Indeed, not forgetting the lousy reliability of their products, I've had a pair of Acer 'flagship' laptops die on me on a number of occasions. Really can't be bothered describing those experiences, but I do wonder how this phone will fare six months down the line.
As for cost, I bought a Sony Xperia T, and had it unlocked (not cheap at £25, but I got half back for posting a vid of unlocking it), for £265 on eBay, you can get one for around £320 quite easily, and they are obviously under most of Sony's 1 year warranty.
So new Acer, vs slightly used Sony, the latter wins.
Confidence in Windows 8?
With a vote of confidence for Windows 8 like that, one has to wonder...
Was his leaving line something like...
"Thanks for all the fish, and good luck Windows 8...."
Re: The Lack of Commodore kit...
Indeed. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, the Amiga was the best computer ever, when you compare it with what went before. It had a proper four channel sound synthesiser, could stick a good few colours on screen at a decent resolution (not counting the static 4096 colour HAM mode), and had hardware sprites and a 'blitter' to boot. I suspect younger readers will think the former is a fizzy drink and will have no idea what the latter is.
This was the only time I used a machine and was in awe of, I wanted one, but couldn't afford the £1000 odd the first Amiga 1000 cost. Even the Micro Live reviewer couldn't contain himself saying how stunning it was when reviewing it. The Atari ST I had shared the same sound-chip as the ZX Spectrum 128K (an 8-bit oldie, i.e. not very good) and no dedicated graphics hardware, the PC's as far as I can remember were still in the beeper (Soundblaster etc. came much later) and 16 colour EGA era.
Has there been such a big jump since? I doubt it.
Thanks for that insight, most interesting.
Lords of Midnight was just so refreshing and atmospheric, I remember the landscapes looking cold, and the guys on horses were just brilliant, Lord Blood and all. Amazing that it was at all achievable on a 48K Spectrum (with attribute clash), but it clearly was. He'll be missed.
But this just reminded me to delete that partition I set up to test it with, and get that 200GB back. I'm done with it for good, I hope!
So I don't care, what it looks like, I'm not buying it, nor is anyone I know. I quite easily avoided Vista, so I'll stay clear of this too. Well the latter is not quite true, they shipped it with my wife's laptop, and we poured curry all over it and it was all fine again, sorry, I meant installed Windows 7 and all was fine.
Good luck with that, I bought their 'flagship' Foxsat-HDR 500GB, hoping not to pay Sky+ £10 a month for scheduling.
It's slow as hell, the remote is awful (badly layout and often unresponsive), and worst of all, it messes up most scheduled recordings by cutting their ends off! Add padding and it often records 15 minutes of the previous programme and then doesn't quite get enough of the one you wanted recorded. Common problem apparently, that my Sky+ barely suffered from, i.e. maybe once in a number of years.
Firmware updates are few and far between, and haven't fixed any of the problems inherent with this device.
Oh and their tech support doesn't answer e-mails either.
Until there are more HD channels and there's some decent (any?) Sci-Fi on, I'm not interested in these offerings,
In contrast, oddly enough TalkTalk's diminutive Huawei Echo Life Router/Modem is not bad, good wi-fi range, and just works well, apart from the almost mandatory reset once a wee when it 'jams'.
Re: an excuse to post my PDA collection pictures again
I was going to have a go at naming then, and then I saw an Atari PDA (!?) and gave up!
Nice collection, thanks for sharing the photos.
Now let's Google 'Atari PDA'.
Re: Oh come on
It's even worse for us, I have a camera on my front door and inhabit the attic, I can SEE the ones who run off in the time it takes me to rush downstairs, or drop a card as I'm watching before I start the mad dash. Miss it and it's a mile down to the local sorting office that has LONG queues, and shuts at 12.45.
Thank goodness that this neighbour drop off scheme is about to start, but I fear that most of them are usually out to work, and as I do most of my work from home, I'll be the one with the extra interruptions for their mail. But I'm fortunate to have neighbours who even assign one of theirs to stay in our home when we're away on holiday, so I won't mind receiving their parcels.
Better the devil you know?
I've been with them for a few years, and have almost switched every time my contract renewal comes up.
Last time Orange were cheaper, I told them, they gave me discount to match Orange, I stayed.
About 2 years ago we had some connection problems, a few day a week for a few weeks. Then only a two hour break we noticed about half a year ago.
The Huawei HG532 router they gave us needs a weekly reset, so bearable. As I have a family, we tend to hit 120GB a month, so Plusnet didn't want us. BT offered the same deal, but wanted more money.
My biggest bugbear, one that has lead to rather argumentative exchanges with them is that I get a lot of nuisance (PPI etc.) calls, not only for me, but also for some other chap. I want to change my number, but they won't do it unless I file a Police report, or pay them monthly for extra call baring. I bought a £40 box for line blocking, which has helped, but I'd still rather change my phone number. So coming January, I'm probably switching to Orange just to be able to change my number.
... and then there was Populous: The Beginning...
This was an already great game perfected. Both were just amazing ground breakers, but the second one was spectacular with the followers suffering all sorts of torments, being swept up in the air by hurricanes, being set on fire, drowning etc. The best was the preacher type character, who would cause the opposing sides followers to sit down listen, and then swap sides.
Re: Forth Vs Machine Code
Indeed Sir, which is why I learnt Z80 Assembler...
... did part of my O-Level Computer Studies project in it....
... learnt 68000 Assembler on the back of that knowledge, but never quite wrote an Atari ST, or Commodore Amiga Program...
... which also meant that when I was working on a financial company's DEC-VAX system (early 2000's I kid you not) that had Macro 32 Assembler that needed fixing, I could...
... and I now (part time) tutor ARM Assembler at the University of ...
Oh The ACE? Bought a pair of books on Forth (Language Library's Fundamentals and Techniques, I can see them in my bookshelf!), but never bought one in the end. Shame, would have been an interesting experience. However I did use Forth, beats me what it was on.
Anyone remember 'Fifth' by some chap for the ZX Spectrum, was that related in anyway?
There's a 'queuing' paradox here.
I for one cannot understand why anyone would want to queue for anything, because I hate queuing, unless I have company. On occasions I have even left queues after running out of patience or buying something else with a shorter queue, when it comes to food that is, not phones. I buy on-line, so the only queues I face in my life are for food, or passport control, 'security' etc. at airports.
So these Apple fans are actually showing a great deal of patience, which I do consider admirable in an odd sort of way.
Re: It's all good
Britain's prison population is second only to Turkey's, so this is one way to take the Turkish crown from them. Not forgetting that they are fighting a Kurd insurgency, and insurgencies, like the one that used be over 'ere (Northern Ireland), tend to result in a lot of extra people in jail.
The punishment may not quite fit the 'crime'. You might want to seize dual tape decks while you're at it, a copy is a copy, no?
Oh and you'll need some extra legislation to get those pesky teenagers into jail too, they surely won't have '25k euros' lying around.
.. and people think I'm paranoid for not giving Google my passport...
Apparently some people think that I'm being unreasonable for not sending Google a photocopy of my passport, document which in the long term is far far worse than your credit card in the wrong hands.
Oddly enough, Amazon, Apple, Sony (PSN), Xbox Live are just some people I do have paid accounts with, and do not want a copy of my passport.
Re: Wrong Simile
.. and it's not as absurd as it sounds. the Lockerbie accused were tried in the Netherlands (Camp Zeist), by a Scottish court, and the media made a great deal about how that part of the country had become British, sorry Scottish (in case a referendum goes the SNP's way), soil for the duration of the trial.
Almost sad to see it go.
As an ex-employee who saw it going from someone competing to becoming a major powerful British IT company, to one that ended up shifting most of its business to India, it's still sad to see it being de-listed from the LSE. End of road. Alas poor Bogica as it was affectionately known at times. On reflection my career their had its ups and downs, but I have fond memories, and I always found the atmosphere to be 'proper' and above board, with only the occasional hiccup.
Here here! But...
There's one great thing about Ubisoft, rather ..
Stargate - Ubisoft - Circle
No I have nowt to do with him, but my kids and I just love those videos.
For the record, PC games worth buying (according to self centred me).. Dragon Age (all of 1, 1.5 and even 2), Starcraft 2 (Wings of Liberty), Skyrim. Can I even remember a Ubisoft game? Oh yes, Assassins Creed 1, that's it. If it was their franchise back then.
Re: ethereal transport
Nah, it alludes to a possible future escape attempt. It was meant to move him to a actual South American country, but instead it shunted him into another South American country's embassy... clearly the potion maker was a bit lazy and put some London tap water in, instead of some water from the North and South Atlantic oceans. He should use this assumption when updating the open dispute in eBay's resolution centre.
It's probably the refunds...
eBay probably got sick of bearing the transaction costs of refunds, I'd love to read the reasons for the requests if they exist and look like what I think they might look like, I demand a refund because:-
.. the hex on the barking dog next door didn't work, it still barks, louder if anything.
.. I used the spell to get an attractive man, and now I'm being stalked by a lesbian.
.. I did NOT win the lottery, this elixir of perfect number choosing did not work.
.. despite drinking the wisdom potion my IQ is still 90, I can provide transcripts of my before and after tests.
.. I immersed my dead hard drive in the water of Asmodeus as instructed, it made lots of pops and bangs, and even smoke came out when I plugged it it, so it appeared that it had worked like most magic does, but it still didn't show up when I plugged it into the USB port.
.. the potion of ethereal transport didn't work properly, I'm now stuck in the Argentinian Embassy instead.
Alas poor Royal Mail...
... we knew and loved you well.
However they are busy shooting themselves in the foot. Our local sorting office, one of the larger ones in the country, is about a mile down the road. They cut their hours from about 9 to 4 to 9 to 12. Every now again I have seen (we have a camera) a postie with a parcel (not out regular one who has letters and small items, he's excellent) throw a card in and not ring the bell, or ring it and dart off before someone reaches the door. Oh did I mention queuing at the sorting office, takes up to half an hour to get through the dozen or so people there?
Collect+, not bad, round the corner, next door to the Post Office, but longer, much longer, hours, however one big caveat, they have a wireless scanner, and it doesn't always work. So it's always hit or miss, scans and connect, hooray, if it doesn't, then get in the car and drive a mile and a half to the next closets one (in that radius there are five others), Failure rate to date is 50%.
No fan of Windows 8 etc. but...
A loss leader might be the only way to get a foothold in the market. Look at the Xbox 360, a grossly unreliable poorly made console rushed out to get a lead on the Sony PS3, they then spent billions fixing those that died (own experience, over 5 years still on first PS3, Xbox 360 is number 5 (6?)).
But it worked, you can get away with selling an unreliable consumer product, if you time and price it right, etc. Xbox live provides a steady income, that Sony have failed to match, though being first on the block is not necessarily the reason for why Sony's PSN doesn't make it as much (if any) money as Xbox live does.
If the hardware is reliable, I doubt one could mess up designing a tablet (hostility to Windows 8 UI not withstanding) in this day and age, then why not make a loss on the first iteration, and then price the second revision to make money, having got a foot (toe?) hold in the market?
Besides M$ have a huge amount of money to burn, selling these at a loss might still be cheaper than what they overpaid for Skype, and make more economic sense for example.
PC manufacturers, they won't be happy, and will be thoroughly shafted in the process, not sure that will help M$ in the long term.
Re: Delenda est Pupillam
So did I, but I can manage a little more.
Ego circumspectat : I look around.
.. and of-course, abuse, which appears mandatory when learning a new language...
Tu est furcifer : You are a scoundrel.
Tu est canis : You are a dog.
Don't use ...
Right on Sir, right on!
I opened an account when it came out, visit it twice a year, have left four tweets.
I just don't get it. Though I must confess to a near daily facebook visit, with even a post every now and again.
Oh another even more damning confession, I write Rails applications, and give Twitter as a popular and
successful example of one at times. Naughty me.
Oh not again...
So I've had e-mails telling me to change my password from...
But not from Sony after their grand hack, but I changed it anyway on my ancient PSN account.
I have a trial WoW account, so maybe I can expect and e-mail from them too, or I'll do it myself.
With these on-line services, many of which even keep your credit card details, (Google Play want to keep a copy of my passport too because I updated an expired credit card), leaking credentials like a sieve, this is becoming tiresome.
The future, a digital economy where the gates are left open every so often for a quick mass account grab by some thieves.
I hate micro SIMS, and now this!
That's it, I hate them. I bought a stapler like cutter to do the job, but it's still annoying. My Sony Xperia-S has one, for no good reason, there's empty space galore to it's left. Yes I had an Iphone 4, that's what made me having to keep a SIM adaptor and an iPhone ejection pin in my wallet.
Why do I need to switch SIMs? Because every time I travel abroad, I obtain a local SIM to avoid paying for roaming. So yes call me cheap if you like for saving money being my main reason for hating micro/nano and probably eventually, pico SIMS.
Irony. The phones become larger, and the SIM size shrinks, fantastic.
Even Worse than Apple.
I can't even begin to imagine what happens when your phone dies (I had three Motorola Atrix's and I am not on my second Sony Xperia S).. do Google Play sort this out for you? I don't think so...
Or do you contact each software developer, giving them your new IMEI number?
Our whole family shares an Apple Account (for iPads), and the only limitation appears to be the maximum number of PC's we can sync with, i.e. 5. Having Apps locked to your phone alone is obviously more restrictive. Being restricted to an account, and all phones registered to that account, would be bearable.
Oh I do miss Apple at times...
My ragtag experience since my Android switch has been as follows...
Motorola Atrix, Gingerbread released on its US phones, 'reaches' UK phones some 6 months later. My son has it now, waiting for ICS.... Turns out the unique selling point for their new phones is that they are on ICS...
Wife's HTC Sensation XE, came with ICS, which obviously meant that everyone else could see the improvements they weren't getting any-time soon.
Yes that included me on my Sony Xperia S, my first one had Gingerbread and the yellowed-out screen problem, they sent me a replacement after waiting a few weeks for spare parts that were 'delayed'. Even though ICS was now available for it in Europe, the replacement was still on Gingerbread. Eventually I saw my IMEI number turn up on their update website, but my 'phone is up to date' claimed the phone, the website, and the PC update software.
So I downloaded a European copy of ICS for it and promptly flashed the phone with a config file! Fortunately it was not bricked, flashed it properly and it worked. Only annoying thing being that a so called full 'backup' program didn't quite work as it should have so I lost some save games.
Then there's the sole iPhone user in the house, who will just plug in, backup, update and restore when the iOS version is released. Or just do it over wif-fi. Bliss.
Green ..... with envy perhaps?
I remember a quiz in Personal Computing Weekly, I think, it was along lines of ..
What is a Dragon Users favorite colour:-
I still remember my mates having with it's black on green editing screen. Being a Z80 Spectrum guy, I was really impressed with the 6809E having TWO accumulators, it was like wow, hats off to my mate, his machine's has two, A and B. Sad, geeky childhood, but I'm the better for it.
Probably not too little, but definitly too late.
Samsung introduced, and then made larger the 'plus' sized phone a desirable item, which has sold very well, and made others follow suite (mine's the Sony Xperia S 4.3" screen by the way). I personally know a number of iPhone users who were so disappointed with the 4S not having a larger screen, they jumped over to Android phones (various brands mainly Motorola and HTC), because of their screen size and price, despite having had iPhones for years. I don't see them switching back any time soon.
Personally I can't imagine how anyone could use a Galaxy S3 easily on the move, never mind a Galaxy Tab, but I've met people who are quite happy with their purchase, even two chaps who use a Tab as a phone.
Then again the iPhone '5' maybe revolutionary and not evolutionary, and may turns heads.
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