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"Annual shipments for tablet devices will reach 81 million by 2015, as new players and handset manufacturers flood the market." - Juniper story last week.
Another yawny pontificate.
Plan A: make somethng really good that is unique - result sales explosion
Plan B: mee-too yourself a slot in existing maketplace - result sales trickle
Nothing wrong with plan B - if you are underpinning foundations or re-plastering cracked walls. To throw up a palace in a swamp you need plan A
What is going on?
Instead of inventing something new, the planet seems to be full of people micro-differentiating the same market into thinner and thinner slices.
Nice product, shame about the price etc etc etc.
What ever happened to wearable computers, to merging all your home devices into some sort of multiprocessor farm, to truly functional shirt pocket things (what now resembles the original palmVX?), to voice op, to natural language processing?
Why can't I look up an itinerary on google maps, have it magically and silently shunted into my phone without button presses, and then shunted out into my car GPS when I get in the car?
Innovate kids, that is what will make things sell. Not ever prettier versions of something I already have.
Hang on a minute
So we have all this glorious technology, and the objective is what?
To reduce suffering in the world?
To eliminate animal testing from drug trials?
To improve agricultural production, or to provide home automation for quadraplegics?
No. We want it to make very rich people fractionally richer!
I am so pleased about that.
Linux & tomtom
The tom tom linux implimentation seems simple: you can see the file system in usb connection, and the whole experience is straightforward and unremarkably simple. It plays music from an mp3 directory and displays graphics from a picture directory. What's not to like?
Unfortunately the 'home' application needed to manage maps runs only on windoze, and there seems no excuse for that. When you are running it, however, it does everything you want. Although moving maps from the internal memory to the SD card requires an act of faith. You have an option to copy maps to the PC and to delete them. The obvious 3rd step, to copy them back to the device, is there but not visible until the situation arises. So the 'home' application ergonomics could be better, but it actually does everything it needs to.
But the overall package is excellent, and I think they remain the market leader, although I am not happy about their lastest pricing either for hardware or for the more advanced subscription services. I think they have started milking the cow.
You provide a link to the manufacturer's coverage map, which is rather neat: the transmitters are shown on a mashup map, with neat colour coded concentric rings, and the colours map to a colour-coded range of products.
* The coverage areas round TV transmitters are not circular, but rather odd shaped, conditioned by beams and by the landscape
* The oneforall web page won't display on the rather short screen on my netbook. Oh, I get a scroll bar, but scrolling it does not change the bit of the page I can see.
Do those look like circles to you?
bully boy tactics
>I received a call from MS, they've noticed a discrepancy in our number of
>licences and they want to do an audit.
I should tell them to P*ss R*ght Orf.
If I go into the co-op and buy 3 pairs of shoes they don't accuse me of shoplifting 3 pairs of socks.
Tell them that for security reasons they have to be accompanied at all times by someone who will cost them £45 per hour.
Time to install a linux server and some samba goodness, I feel.
Migration training has been necessary for lots of MS re-issues, where they just changed stuff.
unfortunately I now work for $MEGACORP which thinks we should pay for our own migration training in our own time. Instead I just get slower and slower at my job.
And I run Debian at home, which has the side effect of ensuring I don't accidentally train myself for them.
I agree entirely about the parkable phone idea. It would be brilliantly small, only needing enough battery power for half an hour max.
I have another idea. I have a bluetooth earset that parks in its own battery recharging lump. A parkable bluetooth headset that would recharge from the larger battery would also be cool, and could be paired with the parkable phone too.
>I'm actually surprised his salary is so low,
I was thinking that. We appear to have heads of individual hospitals earning that.
>so why hasn't OSS triumphed?
The power of marketing?
The common 'plaint against M$ is its abuse of monopoly. The two local computer stores in my home town have both told me this week that they are 'not allowed' to sell me a computer without Windows,
But it is still the case that the fundamental weakness of FOSS is the absence of a huge marketing department.
I pay mail.com so I don't have to put up with adverts.
I'd give google a pound a month to search without ads.
I can't imagine a judge in England, or France for that matter, taking any longer over this that the time it takes to laugh.
People who live in a country where this can even be taken seriously long enough to start an action need to have a word with their politicians.
Ive got a sansa clip and a fuze, both heavily used. To the point where the batteries are worn out. I want another fuze, because you can set timers to record FM programmes off the radio. It's how I record the Carols from Kings while driving to get my mother-in-law for christmas.
Can't speak for anyone else
but the ones I have had (mostly HP) have been clunky, unreliable, and not much good as phones. My disliking of them is not prejudice it is expience.
All required frequent rebooting, and two of them had to be coldstarted and the contact/applications reloaded every week or so.
I just can't be doing with it, and won't be bothering with the new ones.
Oh, perhaps the bluetooth will work in the new ones, but they put it in the old ones and swore blind it worked. Maybe the syncing with outlook won't strip the + sign off all the international numbers, but the last 4 did that and I'm not going to risk my own money on that sort of pedigree. And in any case, I don't want to sync to Outlook. ever again.
The last HP, a 617 that I bought from expansys was appalling. I once turned it off for a flight from Korea to the UK, and found half a dozen 'welcome to the ussr' messages on it when i turned it on. The only way to turn it off was to take the battery out. I sent the bloody thing back.
My wife bought me the 6301 having been told that, being windows, it could be kept up to date. No software updates for it were ever issued, no matter how badly broken the included software was. That was the one that worked as a PDA, but the phone app would silently crash with no obvious sign that it wasn't working until you tried to make a call.
Four times bitten, now shy. I will NOT be bothering them again.
Host powered? or power brick?
There is no mention of how the thing is powered in the article.
I went to look at the press release, which says it comes formatted NTFS, but makes no mention of the power brick. It does say "all in one" so perhaps there isn't one. The box shot on engadget allows you to read the 'whats in the box' bit, and there is no mention of a power adaptor there.
So perhaps its host powered? Is that right?
As a token ring veteran from the 1970s, it was the first thing that came to my mind. But does each core have a separate ring adaptor, or does it handle the ring directly?
Just how far ahead of its time was the transputer?
every icon tells a story
White Doctor's coats. That's yer answer
"Amateur dramatics is like naturism. The keenest participants are the ones you aren't interested in watching"
I'll get me,,,, no 'ang on, that's not allowed, is it?
"open to new members"
Old arguement, see 1980s.
I had this conversation when $DEFUNCTCORP tried to sell off its vaxes and SGI stations. I'd told them when we bought it that the software wasn't an asset, but they had put it in the asset register & the liquidators kept refusing offers for the hardware because the system was on the books at a much higher price.
Long, long arguments, but since they stopped paying me after 12 days I stopped trying to explain.
Go gpl! it's the only answer.
will this do for a title?
"Anybody who starts saying "facebook me" deserves a good slap."
Well, given that we have *facepalm* and *headdesk* to imply low-impact percussive events, presumably *facebook* carries similar implications, only involving a 2nd party giving someone a thwack with e.g. a telephone directory.
And a good idea too.
Snake oil, Jam tomorrow, come to our grand re-opening, New-improved etc.
"Wikileaks will soon post biggest military leak ever"
Do I detect a self-publicist in a state of fugue?
I am reminded of children in the playground "I know something you don't, nah nah".
But I don't want either of them
I really don't like this monolithic approach. It seems a bit like world domination to me.
I look at either of these, and the density of what I'm being asked to absorb just makes my brain shut down. Why would I want a disc burner that edits video? It's like going to buy a car and being offered something that has helicopter blades and a JCB digging arm on the back. Your first thought will be 'it won't fly well, and you can't do much digging with that blade whizzing round".
I use programmes that do one thing well, like Brasero or CDBurnerXP. If I want to edit MP3 tags, I use Kid3-qt. If I want to edit audio use audacity. To rip CDs I use Rythmbox or EAC
I can't believe that any of these huge bundles of software are really very good at everything they try to do. And I worry that they devote so much time to bit-twiddling graphical apps that they forget to pay attention to the basic task of burning discs.
>doesn't any machine running Windows deceive humans on a daily basis?
but not ALL humans
Video-on-demand was BT's pipedream back when Martlesham was still a research lab. AIUI the rf component of adsl had it's origin in Video-over-copper ideas.
What they need to look at is one of their oldest ideas - street level caching. If 5 people in the street want to watch the same football match it makes no sense to transfer it over the whole route 5 times. Once to the street cab & 5 times to the subscribers. Or another old chestnut - video on near demand. People ask for content, which is distributed with fixed start times e.g. 2 minutes apart. They get an hourglass till the next start time.
I, for one
Have turned off autorun on all my windoze machines, often by installing Suse on top of them.
But my $MEGACORP flaptop has some sort of "fixed image" corporate tool. You turn off autorun, or change the default printer away from 'Microsoft XPS Document Writer' and within a few minutes it has changed back the way they like it. At which point I go 'ho hum' and let them get on with it.
Does anyone know what 'm2nl.bat' (which is not a bat file) does? $MEGACORP seems to not mind it infecting my memory sticks.
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