2805 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
Tell you what, Ray
here's what you need to do:
1. use a decent screen resolution, worthy of the second octile of the 20th century. Not x768, not x1080. We don't all want wide screen TVs, some of us want a computer.
2. Either a minimum of 4 USB ports (all USB3, of course) or ship with a wireless mouse so we don't lose a USB all the time to a plug-in for a mouse. You could offer an optional wireless optical drive too, while you are at it. And 4 USB anyway.
3. Bluetooth. And Let us bung a SIM card in for connectivity if we want, too. My Dell mini-10 cost less than £200 and has bluetooth, sim slot, camera and microphone all built in. You could throw in a bluetooth earpiece too, that parks inside the case or wall-wart for storage and charging.
4. Use bog-standard memory and hard disk interfaces so we can upgrade when we want. It's our sodding computer. It doesn't have to be as thin as a sheet of cardboard. If it is, it will probably break. Oh, and a plug-in battery so I can change/upgrade it later when its knackered and the 'puter isn't.
5. SD card slot. Full-depth. So I can leave a card in all the time if I want. Better yet, two of them.
6. Firewire. Thunderbolt. HDMI. VGA adaptor cable in the box or as an option. Ethernet, or adaptor cable in the box.
7. Touchpad with buttons, not the-corners-are-the-buttons. Adjustable sensitivity for 'tapping', including OFF. (as in FRO?)
8. One of those wall-warts with plug adaptors based on a figure-8 mains adaptor, so we can swap them or use a longer cable if we want. Oh, and stick 1 or 2 USB headers on the wall-wart so I can also use it to charge some other stuff from the one socket in the hotel room.
9. Touch screen if you must but not as an excuse for charging a thousand quid. Meh.
10. As others have said, A CHOICE OF SODDING OPERATING SYSTEMS. Not one rammed down our throats like a randy Geordie lasses tongue on a saturday night, all fags and curry, leaving a nasty aftertaste.
the PR people need to go to the same place as all the lawyers.
The B ark ?
Re: Unfortunately for Microsoft...
Nor The Independent:
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...
Re: "Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'"
Tell you what, Honcho, ship 8.1 AND 7 and tell us which people buy.
The hunt for 'the god particle' is over. Now we are looking for 'merlin matter'?
Fix that for you
Re: Kids should NOT be allowed.
>At what age do Humans begin to make 'rational decisions'?
I can only give you my own experience:
about alchohol - 23
about sex - maybe 25
about tool purchasing - 45
about going into SPACE - I'm 62 & I wanna go NOW! - call it, oh, 106?
I fasted for a week for Christian Aid in 1974. Drunk water & black tea. It can be done. Kept working too, though I stopped driving after 3 days.
I might do it again some time.
Re: only made it to suffolk?
He said "third world" not "stone age"
No-one is getting /any/ money from me, /no matter what/ if it says 1366 x 768 on the box.
Re: "Microsoft has a diametrically different view about verticals than Google,"
>a tick box to specifically remove price comparison sites
Oh yes. And vacuous -strings-of-towns- ones. (http://www.britevents.com/whats-on/lincolnshire/guthram-gowt/?category=theatre etc.)
>In this analogy, the payday lender is the financial equivalent of a sex offender.
but that's true, although the sex offender may have some shreds of empathy with the victim.
We could have had a couple of funerals for that!
So we can stop feeling sorry for them for bumming out in Farcebuk?
tracks left by the Martian Tripods yet?
Nah. That'd be a million-to-one surely?
No pics of short chaps in cowls carrying bits away as scrap!
Re: Like for like
>Linux-hostility from teachers
They are a weird bunch, aren't they?
A couple of years ago someone on here recounted the tale of his kid's IT teacher saying "No-one uses keyboard shortcuts." I asked around, and the schools round here thought that too.
Re: @gcarter 12Apr13 21:42
>Also because it was practically impossible to get hold of a
> netbook with built in 3G, Bluetooth etc. etc.
My Dell mini-10 has both. Shame that Dell never took the product line forward. Cost me £189 with ubuntu, and the only thing wrong with it is the hideous x600 vertical resolution - which they kept a deadly secret when they sold it.
I sort of don't mind correcting google 'cos its free. TomTom, however....
Skegness got there first!
Havn't we seen this before? Sounds like Zoltar!
Oh? Streetview cars have human drivers?
....to rule them all?
55% is not a high enough proportion to indicate confidence.
Are you listening Uhuru Kenyatta? David Cameron? François Hollande? Angela Merkel?
(Tony Bliar, John Major...
Says 'large-scale architectural changes' coming
I read the subheadingas Says 'large-scale agricultural changes' coming and wasn't pariticulary startled, the way words get suborned in this business.
Re: definition of a fork...
How many tines does a pitchfork traditionally have?
It's not often that two of yer favourite authors die simultaneously.
Good man, Enjoy what's left, eh?
I'm missing something here. Ever since the 60s 'Nimble' has been a starch reduced bread. 'Proactive Wellness' would appear to be what they have been about all along.
Does Birmingham have a direct flight to London?
I do hope not. That would undermine HS2
this place is the back of beyond
...But the beer is fantastic!
Re: Good summary
Yes, I like Skylon. Good luck to the lads.
I enjoyed that. If only the UK had kept up our own programme...
Let me see
The PC makers is building what Microsoft and Intel tell them to build and no-one is buying like they used to.
Maybe they should stop letting two geriatric corporations take all their management decisions for them and start building their own product? Be innovative, creative, and differentiate their offerings from each other?
life is getting simple again
"Windows 8" == "not worth it" on an increasing sample size.
Re: Can't remember the last time I saw a corporate laptop
$MEGACORP supplies Fujitsu. I don't think those would sell at all outside the 'order 5000 doorstops for the troops' style of buying. A Medion would be better value for money, if it had the capital-asset-over-the-network chips, or the smartcard reader.
I got accused elseforum of being a luddite for suggesting that "not wearing google glass while driving" was a sensible precaution.
I don't fancy your chances much with this idea! But yet, mysteriously, no such charge has been raised...
Re: Umm, minor point
Yes, true. But propagation factor is defined as the ratio to c, the speed of light in vacuo.
PS: someone will now out-pedant both of us!
I distibctly remember the gubblement explaining that BT had to be privatised because only the private sector could fund all the future investment. the gupplemunt did not have that sort of cash, they said.
...I think it's a sensible precaution. We have no idea how badly it will affect driving, which is bad enough already. No-ome has neede one to drive a car for the last 115 years, so let's try and do without it, eh?
You will need to do a lot of miles per month for the fuel saving to swamp the £70 battery lease.
Hmm. Need to do a lot of miles per month in a vehicle with 70 mile range....
Re: There's nothing right about Expensive
I got burned on trying to return a defective HP phone, and will never buy again.
Ah. My humor gland has recently been damaged. Thank you.
"go like a privy door when the plague’s in town"
Mixed metaphor of the month?
Re: RMA policy
So go to trading standards. They are supposed to be the policemen.
If they've tried switching it off and back on?
Re: Often no discouragement from staff is required
I've used them at UK and Netherlands airports without much difficulty or much delay. The ones at Stanstead seemed never to find my face unless I crouched down by 5 inches, and the ones at Birmingham I have to stand closer than they suggest, but that apart it all seems to work.
I thought that. There will be a shedload going cheap.
I'll offer £50
for a dozen.
>they produced a Windows Phone but their heart wasn't in it.
Perhaps it was a little finger-wag to Google, too? Just to keep Android coming?
what's that noise?
It's chickens coming home to roost!
I had a quick look when all the hoopla started. Dear glod, what a collection of vacuous, hedonistic, WAGgish, TOWIE--inspired overpriced tat. I'd not pay 10% of the groupon price to have some witless girl cut me toenails or some hooray chinless drive me round snetterton. The idea that people pay the alleged full price for any of these foolish pursuits leaves me with my jaw on the ground.
Anyone attracted to that sort of selfish twodge deserves all the spam they get, I reckon.
I did give them an email address. It was someone I don't like.
Is there not enough dire rubbish creating pointless electronic smog?
- Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
- 14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
- Feature Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
- Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great