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Tiered storage is nothing new
High-end storage systems have been employing it for years, what is new is the RAM or SSD tier 0 or 1, and the fact tapes or WORM discs are not so mandatory today. A few years ago you had fast spinning SCSI disks on tier 0, slower ATA disk on tier 1, and tapes or WORM discs on tier 2. Now you may have RAM at tier 0, SSD at tier 1, fast SAS/FC at tier 2, slower but larger SATA/FATA at tier 3, and maybe tape for backups. If you have links capable enough, you can consolidate some archival storage to a couple (for redundancy) remote sites - yours own, or rented (cloud) ones.
Actually, beside data security, the issue is the link. With LANs going toward 10Gb and 40Gb ethernet, and having larger and larger files to move, the link between you and the cloud could be too slow.
Re: Re Bollocks!
A compiler? Pfui, real coders write in hexadecimal codes, compilers are for code monkeys. And no GUI editors like notepad, edlin is all you need.
IT luddites are those sontied to the old days they can't really understand how to write modern applications. That's why they can't take advantage of parallel programming.
The PC market is just fragmenting - just it did before. Tablets are just another form factor.
Tablets are not going to replace PCs - unless they became PCs on their own - something alike the Surface Pro. What's happening really is the market is fragmenting once more. It happened before.
First, you had "the PC". The desktop type, sitting under a monitor. Then someone thought it could become a server - and then new form factors came in. First, the tower one, than the rackable one, then the blade one (and now the virtualize cloud ones...). The tower form factor appealed some desktop user too, so they can hide it under the desk, not on top of it. But meanwhile laptops appearead - and the very different laptop form factors appeared too, from the huge "self-propelled" workstations for heavy duties, to the sleek, light thin ones for those always on the run (or just wanting to show off...).
Now we have another form factor - the tablet. Sure, till now you see a difference because tablets were much less powerful than PCs, and can't run many of theirs tasks. As soon as tablets become more powerful, they become PCs. And user will want to use them as PCs. Adding input peripherals good for input intensive tasks, docking them to docking stations (maybe wireless ones...), using larger output devices for output-intensive tasks. OSes that ditched multitasking to save power, will reintroduce it because users will demand it, while CPUs and GPUs will become less power hungry, while batteries more powerful.
And eventually, bad developers will learn how to code multithreaded applications. It is true not everything can be run in parallel, but there is a lot of software that can benefit by parallel executions of many concurrent tasks. Look at how Lightroom, for example, take advantage of parallel execution.
If you're happy being able to select just among a few models from a single hardware vendor... anyway most large company won't accept to give expensive notebooks (or desktops) to every employee, and train them again using a different OS. Who would install an expensive Mac into a warehouse or industrial environemnt? Nor you can virtualize everything when some machines needs physical connection to some kind of hardware.
Same for phones - you may not want to buy expensive iPhones when they have to be used in some non-office environments especially - when cheaper (and more expendable) devices ae a better choice.
Also I guess Apple will never license its OSes to be used in some embedded devices.. sure, if your company is the type who can afford the price, integrates it with servers running different OSes, and doen0t need anything different from a "office" devices then Apple products can be a choice, but there aren't many of such companies among large ones.
Re: I *want* two phones - I do not want my company IT mess with my personal one
I really mean some kind of "virtualization" where there are really two environments - maybe two OS istances, fully separate, where one can't access the other. There's also the issue some users may not keep company data separate from the personal ones, more or less like some silly users forwarding all company emails to a personal account.
Also it would need two SIMs, because I do not want anybody in IT or whatever to be able to check who I am calling without a warrant - private numbers are private numbers and should not appear on a company bill. It's pretty useless we complain about NSA if we lend all of our data to someone else just because we can get a phone for free...
Because disabling the SIM and Phone IMEI is too hard for telcos?
It's funny how much telcos are fast on jumping on new technology when it increase their revenues, and so slow when it decreases it. A stolen SIM/phone can be easily blocked and generate no traffic at all - it would be just a brick for the thief. But because even thieves may generate revenues, telcos don't do it, they work with thieves to ensure you pay more. Each stolen phone bill should be charged by law to the telco CEO - and you would see no stolen phone would work anynore.
I *want* two phones - I do not want my company IT mess with my personal one
I Prefer to have two phones, because I do not want my company IT to mess with my personal one and have access to it. Until a single phone is able to keep two wholly separated environments, I'm not going to mix my personal data with company ones. Nor I want to go on holiday, for example, with a company phone.
Nor if I leave the company I have to copy my data to another device, and hand them the one which had them before, even if I deleted them, nor I want some IT guy wipe my phone without my consent.
I by far prefer to buy my fully own phone. That's why I have a company Android, and a personal WP8 one.
Re: Exchange admin's point of view
You're talking about a company that is obssessed about control of its hardware and software... up to the point its server software has no real server hardware to run on... and yet you can't install it on other hardware....
VPN connectivity and other features was promised to be in the "Enterprise pack", which AFAIK is scheduled for early 2014 - it is true MS till now chased too much the consumer market and is late to deliver features Windows Mobile had.
OS X Server suitable for large corporations? LOL! On which hardware you make it run? Where's the enterprise grade hardware to run it on? Rackable server? Blade server? In which VM are you allowed to run it? VMWare? Hyper-V? Virtual Box? And I do not mean using some hack, I mean a fully-supported, fully-licensed way.
Re: Enough with the number of apps
When did she check a timer app last time? January 2012? I'd suggest her to look again :)
A WiFi analyzer can't be written because of lack of APIs, AFAIK. That's the comsumer-oriented approach, for the matter it can't also setup VPNs and lacks other professional features, unluckily the success of consumer-oriented smartphones put in second place those features aimed at professionals.
Never seen Windows Embedded, didn't you?
There's also Windows Embedded, and that's tell a lot about the knowledge about Windows of many MS haters - they still think Windows is 95 and NT 3.5. And when they see Linux is vulnerable as well, they go paranoid...
Re: Enough with the number of apps
What counts is the number of really useful apps. If you look at any store, you see a lot of apps doing more or less the same thing, and too many games. Apple Macs could survive in their niche because they had a few really useful apps in some domains. When enough good, useful applications are available, the sheer number of total applications is pretty a nonsense. You can't peruse all 190.000 applications, nor a million one.
Re: They should be forced to use
You can discuss this with Linux fanboys, once they setup DNS and NFS between two machines they think they became the supremo sysadmin. Very few of them have ever managed more then a dozen machines, and almost noone of them has every managed complex networks with thousands of machines and a complex logical topology.. Those who do, don't spend their time posting everywhere how good Linux is, have no time for that... too busy to cope with a design thet didn't change from the '70s when there was far less machines. After all Apple lacks tool exactly because it is builot upon another *nix incarnation, the *BSD one.
That's why company like BeyondTrust develop tools to allow *nix machines to join an AD domain and be administered from there.
Tux fanboys should really take the time to install a Windows Domain Controller and learn how much you can do from that, even without adding more sophisticated tool like System Manager or the like. Windows competitor years ago was Netware, which had the tools required to manage large networks. That's why Windows had to implement them.
Re: !Subtle under tones
"Firstly when is the last time you used a laptop without an internet connection? It is probably a very rare occurrence."
On my last hours-long flight, last week? It's a very rare occurrence if you don't travel only. And even when not flying, if you're in a foreign country with no free wifi access and crazy data roaming prices, you may want to keep your wireless data usage to a minimum.
Chromebooks are useful only for nerds who never leave their basement.
This will follow its parent destiny....
... a much hyped phone people bought happily and the ditched as soon as possible, as they realize it's going nowhere.
Ask yourself why there are bodies like ANSI, DIN, ISO, etc. Sometimes standardization is what you need - because if everybody started to "fork" screw and threads, for example, instead of standardizing it, it would have been a nightmare, not a "better world". It's not a "dictatorship", it's just a clever idea to ensure compatibility.
Freedom of speech has nothing to do with this, I really can't see why Linux companies can't sit down together and find standards instead of reinventing the wheel each time, with some differences just to feed their ego.
And because of freedom of choice, don't complain if people keep on using the "bad" Windows instead of the "superior" Linux - it's freedom, isn't it?
Re: Elephant graveyard
True. Just while mainframes market shrinks, Windows Server one grows.
What enemy? It's almost 20 years that Linux and Open Source should "kil" Windows, and it never happened. Linux is still crippled by too many distros, desktop managers, lack of *professional* desktop software, and in some cases, even hardware compatibility.
Office & the server software are huge revenue generators for Microsoft. It's mobile devices now creating troubles for Windows, not Linux or Open Office. MS has no need to embrace Linux - especially since its server OS greatly improved in the past five years.
Moreover, MS would never embrace something which is under GPL. Nor Apple did, why it chose a *BSD sofware? Because of the license.
Re: Elephant graveyard
Almost nobody saw Linux coming - you have still an hard time to see Linux on a desktop or laptop unless you live in some really nerd environment. It's much easier to see a Mac running OSX (and often some Windows too..). After almost twenty years, there are still believers Linux will be the Next Great Thing on PCs. If Google was not the data-stealing machine it is needing a free OS (because investing in its own would have reduced revenues) for its data-stealing phones, Linux wouldn't be on phone as well.
Re: It has? Who? And how many?
Metro works very well on Windows Phone, and it works well enough on Surfaces and other Windows tablets. Metro is the wrong interface for PCs with large, multiple screens, and servers. I can't understand, for example, why they forced it also on Windows Server 2012.
The wrong idea is "one UI fits all". Tiles could have some places in a desktop PC too - think about a "lock screen" which allows you to see updates for the apps you need (of course, if you're in a safe place where those info couldn't be seen by the wrong person) or something alike, but not the way to navigate through applications. If Tiles in Windows 8 on PCs were just an optional feature, people would have welcome there.
Re: "Great bit of advertising"...
Bing Bar in Windows Updates? Where do you get updates from? I would check it...
Anyway Chrome tries to install with Flash, Avast, and many other downloads. Just last month my sister asked my why her web browser changed (she uses Firefox) - she updated the AV and got Chrome - like a virus.
No, it was a leaked email using the email password change vulnerability in Gmail...
MS is fighting a lost battle...
... most people lower their pants as soon as they see the word "free".
Re: Problem: Kickstand!
You need a keyboard, especially with the Pro, if you need to use applications designed to keep advantage of the keyboard. When in a meeting, I usually take notes using the digitizer, not the keyboard, it's much faster. Of course, the longer you need to type the faster it is if you have a keyboard, How many tablet users bought a keyboard too for type-intensive applications?
Anyway, give me a $500 notebook with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, high-res screnn, touch screen, digitizer, and removable keyboard, and lighter than 2lb, and I'll get one. Otherwise I will spend $1000+ for such a device - unless you can't afford it, price is not the only driver when you buy something. If spending a little more makes you more productive - and in turns it means more revenues - why should you save money and get less?
No, not the profits made in Ireland. The profits made selling goods in Italy through an Italian company. They are investigating if the "exchange" of profits for losses (Apple managed to have a credit with Italian tax office) is legal. Apple Italia is not an Irish company...
It's not possible it is not covered by warranty, especially in EU, unless you exposed it to some corrosive substance.
But maybe you name yourself 'Goebbels' because you're some kind of propagandist...
Re: we will get some
Give a look to data roaming costs... And you can't work while flying...
Re: How typical of you
The realm of complicated installs and inconsistent design is Linux.... not Windows.
Re: It doesn't just compete with Apple.
Well, any Windows machine would easily run OSX if it wasn't forbidden by the Apple obsession for total control of their stack. After all it was Apple that had to move to Intel hardware already running Windows...
Re: unhelpful review
Silly people's mother is always pregnant... never found anything more uncomfortable to take pictures than a tablet. It has all the disadvantages of old large format handheld cameras, and none of the advantages.
This is not a machine for gaming - it wasn't designed as such. You can attach an external monitor and a full sized keyboard to a Surface Pro (there's also a docking station available soon, if you need it).
I still prefer a desktop PC and external monitors when I'm at my desk - but a Surface is really small yet useful while on the road.
Re: we will get some
Terminal Services means you need to be always connected (beyond the cost of licenses), and need hardware powerful enough to support all concurrent users. If you need to work disconnected and on your local machine Terminal Server can't help you. And some apps may be a pain to use remotely.
I use one and it's not "extremely awkward" at all. It's top heavy, sure, and you need to be a little more careful, but it doesn't warm your legs like a laptop may do.
Re: Stop stating patently wrong facts as truth!
"Apple's first tablet computer was the Newton MessagePad "
The Apple's talent of knowing when to enter a market... LOL!
Re: Problem: Kickstand!
You should try to use one. The keyboard is an essential part of the Surface - and it's a pity MS didn't include it in the basic price. A Surface, especially the Pro, is designed to do more than just touching and swiping. Of course if you need Office and other Windows application, you need a keyboard, and maybe a mouse as well. The kickstand helps a lot to use the Surface on a table or in your lap. Sure, it's less comfortable than a laptop because the heavy part is on the "wrong" side, but that's something you have to pay to use it as a tablet as well. They could design an heavier keyboard with a stronger hinge to keep it upside - but it would make it also less portable.
Anyway many iPad/Android tablet users use covers that can keep their tablet upright at a given angle, to ease touching and typing. The Surface keyboard acts as a cover also, and the built in stand means you don't need anything else.
A lot of people care about productivity. Just they are not the ones who write reviews for the general press, or gadget sites, and those address a consumer market where, yes, device are adult toys.
It's more or less like reviewing servers or storage, they are all about productivity, and there's little interesting for toy-consumers, but a lot of interesting things for power users needing something to fulfill their productive tasks. The difference is that a consumer just spend money - the "produced" will spend money to make more from that. That's, after all, one definition of "productivity".
Because you can use an Android without a Google account?
Or an Apple without an Apple one?
Anyway you *can* use a Surface without a MS account (especially if you join it to a domain), just features needing it won't be available. Skydrive, Store, ecc. of course won't work. But it wasn't MS to start this crazy. It was Google and Apple.
Disclaimer: I'm writing this on a Surface 2 Pro (8GB/256GB)
I've been using a Surface 2 Pro since its launch day, and I didn't find this review good enough - it looks more like a "first impression" by someone used to something else.
I bought a Surface Pro exactly because I was looking for a small PC which could also work like a tablet, and run almost any Windows software. Is it thick? Yes, a bit - but beyond style, does it really matter if it is a little thicker? It's heavy? Yes, a bit, but still a reasonable weight. After all my Canon DOS 5D MKIII and its L lenses are big and heavy too. And powerful. And the camera and Surface plays well together, because I can connect the camera thanks to the USB port, and run both Canon software and Lightroom for on the field checks and first editing. And I have no problem to carry both in my Lowepro bag for the whole day.
They Touch Cover is not really the keyboard you're going to get if you need to type a lot. The Touch Cover 2 works well - I have no problem to type as fast as on a standard one, its backlighting is really useful, and it turns on as you move your hands over the keyboard. It's slim enough it doesn't add much to the thickness and weight. The touchpad could have been better, though, although it also supports gestures too.
The screen is very good, and thanks to Windows full support I can also color-balance it with standard tools. It is true the 16:9 format is not always the best one, and I would have preferred a more "squared" one. Applications should be designed to work well with this, as many Bing applications (news, sport, finance, weather, etc.) do.
Touch is very responsive, the on-screen keyboards never lags while writing. The Surface has not a "stylus" it has a pressure-sensitive digitizer, and it adds a lot in terms of usability. I can take hand notes as easily as I could do on paper.
What is missing is mobile connectivity - you can buy a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot or use your phone, but that's less practical. Microsoft should have added it in both models. The cameras have low resolutions, but they're enough for Skype calls or the like, and to get an image of a document or the like. After all, I'm using it to drive a full-frame DSLR often, thereby I really don't care about the built in cameras. After all taking photos with a tablet makes you really look a nerd.
SDXC support let you add a lot of storage for less critical files, and because the standard allows for 2TB cards, there is plenty of space for some time. High capacity cards are still expensive, though.
That author didn't understand how "Metro" apps work on Windows 8. Sliding from right brings in a standard menu where apps can add their own entries (and be part of the standard ones), usually settings/search/share ones, while system wide entries are also accessible in the lower pane (that's where PC settings are).
Sliding from left allows for switching to other applications. Sliding from top closes the current application, and sliding from the bottom brings in applications contextual commands.
It is also not true IE works in "vertical" and not "horizontal". Of course most sites are design for vertical scrolling, and horizontal swipes are meant for page back/forward actions. But click the "book" icon to the right of the URL, and IE will change the current page into a "reading layout" mode which works with horizontal scrolling.
Metro applications availability is a sore point - there are few (most are games), and only a handful are really useful. The built in applications are good enough to be used, but there is a lot of space for improvements. It's a pity MS made development with third party tools an issue, because coming late it would have been better to open it to as many as developers as possible.
I found very little issues using standard Windows application, mostly because the Arc mouse was not yet available in Italy, and the USB port is on the left side, making my old laptop mouse uncomfortable to use.
The small screen size coupled to the 1920x1080 resolution requires a decent sight, yet the screen is clear and very easy to read. No problem to use Word, Excel and PowerPoint while on the road, or connecting via SSH to perform some remote administration. Performing presentations via a network projector works very well, and with a Surface you can also move easily in the room.
I don't play games - but FSX, but I have a dedicated PC with all the needed hardware for it. The built in stand is good, and allows for easy use both on desk and on legs while travelling. I used it on trains, on planes, and waiting both, and typing was comfortable enough, although being heavy on the other side compared to a laptop requires to be a little more careful.
Sure Windows 8.1 still suffers from some "split brain" issues, and some settings are too scattered around, and you may need a little time to get at them quickly.
I find the Surface a surprisingly good device, and very good for what I need to do with a device like such. If Microsoft can improve the software quickly, it has a very interesting device. Not for everybody, sure, because of price and maybe weight, but a powerful one that can shine when what you need is exactly power and versatility.
Re: Pairing a device is too complex...
Just don't walk around wearing it. I can easily get out it of a pocket and answer. And it is clever driving while holding a phone with one hand?
But why people think it is cool walking around with big stereo headset? I find it really silly. But I've seen people thinking Bluetooth headset should work automatically out of the box. Because reading instruction is not cool, they can't pair them, and if they could, they don't know what commands they can use.
Well I see many people with expensive cars and phones that can't pair them...
"Nuclear power makes sense, weapons no. Similarly, space exploitation makes sense (comms, etc.), but exploration?"
Someone should have said that to Colombo, de Gama, Magellan, Cook, etc. etc.
How much a Bollywood star earn? How much an Indian cricket player earn? How many poor will throw away some of their money to watch them, actually transferring money from the poors to the rich ones?
The same is true here in Europe - what is better, spend 100M for a soccer player, or spend that money in science and engineering? Why spending money in science and engineering is bad, throwing them away in sports is good? Kicking a ball along a grass field is better than exploring the space? At least science and engineering really fuel the economy - soccer what fuels? Clubs and prostitutes?
Pairing a device is too complex...
Frankly, I found much more funny people walking with large stereo headphones connected to a smartphone...
I use a bluetooth headset every day while driving or even when I have to talk on the phone hands free, and maybe away from the phone. Instead fighting with headset cables, it's far more comfortable - and now there are models that can connect to two phones at once (useful if you have a company phone and a personal one - which I do because I do not want to have my personal data on a company-controlled phone).
Frankly I never understood why Bluetooth headset didn't become much more common - I guess the issue is most people buying a phone - smart or not - can't really use it. Pairing a device is beyond their skills. And after all you have to show off your phone... keeping it in a pocket while speaking using the headset won't do it.
MS should open development to more tools
One of the reason there are few Windows 8 RT applications (Windows Phone has far more) is MS "fenced" the developemt too much. Many third party development tools used for Windows development can't target RT because APIs are not available but to MS or going through MS development tools. Unlike other platforms, since the beginning Windows benefitted by many applications written using non-MS tools.
Especially now they have to suatain a platform which came late and badly needs applications to take off.
Can't understand why IT became something for "hopeless" people...
IT is taught in prisons... IT is taught to soldiers (16 weeks to become a software engineer? C'mon!).
When IT became something for "hopeless" people? Why don't they teach them how to cook, for example? Or became lawyers/accountant? Or how to run a bank? The latter is far easier... if something goes wrong, the government bails you out with taxpayers money....
Re: Oh dear
I was speaking about "home PCs", not the business model which were very expensive even then. Most CP/M machines, and Apples ones, were too expensive for home use.
"Many systems from the mid-70s used CP/M"
Yes, and that was the only common denominator. Everything else was often "proprietary", even if they were build around the same CPU. Sure, an "add on card" to run CP/M on an Apple... cool way, put a computer inside another to run another OS. "Interoperability" was at source code level, not binary level. While all DOS/Windows machines could run the same executables, and board and peripherals were (and are) compatible among different models and brands thanks to the use of common standards.
"Linux, and Unix before it, can run on almost any CPU"
Sure, but if the CPU and the hardware around costs 10k+, how many could afford it? If MS had not licensed DOS to clone manufacturers, there would have never been the low-cost PC clones, and the spreading of Linux thanks to them as well. Linux would be maybe just another OS used in universities only.
Without PCs, Intel would have not maybe become the powerhouse it is now.
"MS-DOS was forever stuck on 8086/8088 CPUs (or 8086 mode on others) because it could only run in real mode."
False. DOS extenders made DOS applications run in protected mode on 286 and 386, and access more then 640k. Maybe you weren't even born there, or maybe you were just playing with PCs and not coding.
"Windows RT that make ARM CPUs widely available."
No, but it wasn't nor iOS nor Android. Smartphones and other mobile devices used them - including Windows CE - well before both.
It was Intel that removed Virtual 86 mode from x64 processor running in long mode. There was little MS could do to support DOS in Windows without it, but with emulation. But why spend time to support really outdated applications and cripple the system with folder redirection and lower security?
It was time to cut some ties with the past and look forward. Why no one complained when Apple removed PowerPC apps support from OSX?
And what graphical applications are you still running today but games??
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