91 posts • joined Tuesday 2nd March 2010 17:48 GMT
BT is also guilty
They keep sending me junk email about how I am invited to their "Fibre Optic Event" as a "VIP". Unfortunately I still can't get bloody infinity in my area. Thanks BT!
The problem with all of these touch devices is that they are great for certain things, but incredibly clumsy and useless at other things. By other things I mean the type of work that 95% of people actually need to do on a daily basis. Call me a primitive caveman, but quite often even a mouse gets in the way and it's much faster to do things by keeping your hands on the keyboard and remembering short cuts, unless you're the type that can only type with one or two fingers at the same time and needs to hunt for the keys.
A touch screen on a computer does not bring anything revolutionary for the ordinary office worker, apart from having to clean the dirty smudges off at the end of each day. Some companies get this. Microsoft, on the other hand, noticed that people enjoy this touch-screen malarkey and have decided to herald it as the new era for their operating system.
It would be nice to see somebody attempt to create a new UI style that isn't just a copy of the Xerox GUI and which brings some real improvements to how we interact with computers in terms of productivity and ease of use. A touch screen interface does not make 95% of us more productive. It's easier for people that don't understand the difference between bits and bytes, but even they quickly realise that typing more than two sentences on a touch screen, or a tablet keyboard with shallow key depth, sucks monkey balls.
A desktop, or a laptop, does not require a touch interface.. It's an ergonomic nightmare, but companies have become enamoured by it. It all reminds me of the new Samsung TVs with the stupid voice and gesture recognition control. WTF is the point when you can still switch channels or change the volume quicker by pressing a button. That's not innovation. That's just moving sideways in order to release "new" products with "new" features in the absence of real innovation.
Re: Shameful Trolling
Ms Anna Leach can be accused of many things, but I think she would take exception to being called an Apple fanboy, since she certainly isn't that. She can't resist taking a dig at Apple with every opportunity.
Do they think people are stupid?
"Microsoft has tried to spin the change by claiming that Metro had only been a code name used by developers all along, and that it had never intended to use the term with the general public."
Why bullshit like this when it's all over the place and was mentioned externally to the public on countless occasions? Do they think people are stupid?
Seems like they still need to run a big copy and replace all over the place...
Re: Shameful Trolling
*Edit: I guess it depends on how you read AND whether you have "Must hate Apple" glasses on
Re: Shameful Trolling
I guess it depends on how you read whether you have "Must hate Apple" glasses on, but I really didn't see any of what you saw. No, I am not an apologist - I don't particularly care enough for Apple or any other computer manufacturer to get angry about trivial things like a humorous article.
Some of you need to step back from the monitor and chill out for 10 minutes, instead of bashing the keyboard in anger. If there is one site that does not particularly care for Apple in its reporting, it's the reg.
Re: oh dear
I think it's meant to be a humorous anecdote.
And the article is quite clear on all of that information.
'“I don’t see this will impact HTC’s success. It is a very consumer targeted brand and people are looking at Windows 8 as an enterprise solution so even if it’s excluded that’s not HTC’s target market,” said Chau.'
What is Chau smoking and where can I get it?
Even the fan boys say no thanks
John Dvorak's review on Market Watch is quite an amusing read, since he is a bit of self-confessed MS fan boy.
When the fan boys call your new product an unmitigated disaster, then you know you have a problem.
'The real problem is that it is both unusable and annoying. It makes your teeth itch as you keep asking, “Why are they doing this!?” '
'What is this departure based on? It’s based on the pipe dream that the unsuccessful user interface used by Windows Phone will turn into a success on the tablet — to such an extreme that people will also demand it on the desktop, so all the platforms can have the same look and feel.'
'The public and enterprise users are going to demand Windows 7 throughout 2013 and until Microsoft gives up on this soulless Metro interface and gets a new design team, fast'
That covers how I feel about it. I've tried using it myself and it's just cumbersome and annoying. The Metro UI looks like a web page. In fact, it reminds me of Active Desktop. Anyone remember that and IE 4? Good times.
Isn't that like the pot and the kettle?
Re: Windows 8 Preview
Here is one of my favourites, directly from Microsoft.
The other notable stuff was on the windows mobile 7 preview page with praises from "users"
Unfortunately the site does not exist any more and I didn't think ahead to take a screen shot at the time to prove a point to some buffoon on the internet.
Re: ... and the verdict of the User Interface jury is...
I don't have a problem with the with this set's UI in terms of usability and navigation. Unfortunately it runs in quite a sluggish manner. Hopefully a software update sorts that out.
Re: Windows 8 Preview
I would take anything you see on MS sites with a pinch of salt. They have plenty of product pages where there are fake tweets and other social media goobledy gook where made-up people pretend to like these things and tell us how awesome their experience has been so far.
Re: Backlit - Edge or direct?
It plays most of my mkvs (lots of DVDs and BRs - movies and tv shows).
I didn't have a problem with DVD mkvs, but some BR mkvs it couldn't decode. I think it was ones where the movie format is VC-1, iirc.
Despite the lack of direct back lighting, the 2D picture quality and back light uniformity is very good. Dark scenes with a single light object look great without bleeding.
(this is the 46" model)
Does MS really expect us to all buy touch screens for our desktops and use Metro like that? You're supposed to sit about an arm's length away from your monitor so... well, um... I cannot reach the damn thing without stretching, leaning forward or bringing the monitor closer. All of those things are not good for me in one way or another.
Now, as a fun exercise, pretend you're going through the normal tasks that you would perform with a mouse during the day, but do it with your hand as if you're touching the screen and holding your arm out. Do it just for a couple of minutes. Tell me how awesome it is?
Never mind how great dirty smudges on monitors look.
Re: Not Chinese
Considering that there *is* *sum* many people from all over the world studying at universities in England and the US, it's no surprise that many of them speak English *good* and *deliciously*, *innit*.
Let's get real
There are 12 year old kids having children of their own so I don't think pornography is going to shock them too much. Nor does pornography have anything to do with that particular issue. You have the government to thank for making it attractive to have children and, in particular, if you're single. It's practically like winning the lottery.
If somebody really wants to "think of the children", then perhaps it's time to start looking where the actual problems are, instead of going after the easy pickings and low-hanging fruit?
Seriously. Why is it that the average person can't see through this bullshit? The UK has real economic and social issues and it's not going to get better. It won't be fixed by censoring pornography.
And in other news...
"Half of Americans Predict that Facebook is just a Fad"
At the end of the day, who cares?
Use the social things or don't use them. It's up to you.
So which market am I going to be able to compare on www.comparethemarket.xxx?
Re: More importantly
And an iMac is a not a Mac Pro. The HDDs in the Mac Pro are off the shelf and user replaceable. The iMac is the only one with custom firmware HDDs
Re: Visual Studio = simple?
Different courses for different horses.
Re: Errr... they bought Visio
My apologies. I meant MS Visual Studio. Unfortunately I was pretending to listen in a meeting and working in Visio at the time and proved that males are rubbish multi-taskers by typing Visio automatically.
Agreed. MS development is as simple as you can get, thanks to MS Visio, which is probably the best thing MS has ever made.
There has been an update to this... EA have now announced that this message was an error and they are investigating how it sneaked in. The app will continue to work apparently.
Perhaps the real error was the response from the user base/community?
Please amend headline
Main headline: "285 sleaze bag parasites identified as search engine spammers"
sub-headline: "Unhappy with anti-search engine spam algorithm and loss of income"
Woz sez one phone better than another phone. Then forgets which one was better and says something else, probably due to smoking plants.
Full attack not necessary
Soon China will be able to buy the US anyway. Maybe they can score a BOGOF deal and get Canada too.
Never mind the 1 billion. I am curious about this ... "a $50m round of venture funding"
Who the hell would fund this "business plan" in the first place. Say, guys, I have this bridge and a business plan for you to look at down in Devon.