143 posts • joined Tuesday 27th July 2010 14:08 GMT
Not so fast
Last time I had a VPS with Fasthosts, I was running CentOS and it was hosted on Hyper-V which appears to be what Fasthosts's infrastructure is based on.
Every couple of months it would stop responding and behave as though the drive was corrupt. I only lasted one year before moving to the rock solid EC2. Which is Linux based. Never had any problems at all since.
I predict part of the new system will involve cloud based gaming via Azure. (try THAT without being 'always online'...) Hence the 'infinity' moniker.
Re: This should be interesting
No actually it's the 'let's point out the hypocrisy' stance.
This should be interesting
If Apple did this, there would be an almighty shit storm on the Reg forums; in the interests of non-biased treating all companies equally by their behaviour, I wait with interest to see the criticism directed at Microsoft.
Except I suspect the apologists will be out in force.
So I'm guessing Windows Blue is going to be specially optimised for porn?
Not biased at all. Oh no.
Register editors - I am genuinely puzzled as to what exactly the point is of having such articles written by people who clearly cannot get past their bizarre hatred for a company that makes a particular product. This entire article is simply a 'lets bash Apple' diatribe with absolutely nothing of worth contained within.
More and more The Register seems to be devolving into an anti-Apple circle jerk. Please can we have some constructive articles.
"Anyway, Zuck's idea is quite different – and that's because his "newspaper" is being run by admen who hold the front page."
…So basically Facebook is the free newspaper you don't want and goes straight into the bin without being read but despite how many complaints you make it's still regularly rammed into your letterbox with the end hanging out to let burglars know you aren't home.
Dell have beaten them to it
Why is anyone going to wait to spend £1k on a Surface when you can get a Dell Latitude 10 right now for £400-£450..?
Had a 'pro' one delivered yesterday for testing - not sure about the aspect ratio which seems a little elongated when used in portrait but overall seems ok. I think this is the future for most enterprises instead of laptops, particularly when linked to Server 2012 RemoteApps.
"We can catch things that no one else can in the industry"
"We can catch things that no one else can in the industry."
Well that's certainly my experience - our PCs running McAfee catch things that users of other vendors don't seem to get. Whenever I submit a sample to virustotal.com McAfee consistently does not detect anything but 90% of the other vendors do.
Problem with the iPhone 5
...is the infrastructure that many long term iPhone users built up over the years.
I, like many others, have quite the collection of iPhone chargers in strategic places.
Sure, it's just the cables that need to be replaced as the chargers will still work with the new cable, but when cables cost £15 each (or if you prefer, you can get an adapter for £25) then this significantly adds to the cost. Up until now, I've been able to buy a new iPhone knowing that all my previous chargers and cables would work.
I'm not complaining about a change of connector; I think Lightning is a good evolution of the cable, particularly the bit where you can enter it any way up and it works, but it is a cost concern.
Let me get this straight. the Surface is locked down, someone has released an exploit, and people are moving to rubbish the quality of the exploit as it must be run each reboot, but not one single whine about the fact the Surface is locked down to signed apps...?
You can tell this isn't about an iPad can't you.
Re: Review neglects an important feature
"New Google Maps also seems to work much better than before offline."
If you read the release notes, the offline feature is something they have improved. They have done a great job.
"Apple tossed a boulder when they KICKED GOOGLE MAPS OUT OF THEIR STORE"
…but do you know why? The license expired. It was either pay *per lookup* or implement a new solution. They licensed TomTom's data to produce their own app, then got burned by the inaccuracies of TomTom data.
Google have clearly been dragging their heels to make their competitor look bad, and now they look like heroes for 'saving the iPhone', however as this is now a Google solution, Apple will not have to pay, and consumers get the benefits of two competing map systems.
"So this would make fanboi quite the hypocrites, would it not?"
You appear to be projecting a simulation of the imaginary iPhone users that you have concocted rather than actual ones.
The reality (as is backed by evidence) is that the average iPhone user just wants something that works properly. TomTom's data (which is used by Apple Maps) clearly has accuracy issues, and I can't think of anyone (including myself) that would not return to tried and tested Google Maps (although it would be fair to point out that Google Maps is not 100% accurate either, however it is clearly superior to Apple's maps solution) .
Re: My plumber has an iPhone
"Mainstream usage came with Android, or perhaps Symbian shortly before that in the late 2000s. "
It would be more accurate to say that Apple made the smart phone desirable to the masses, but before the iPhone they were MOST DEFINITELY a geek only 'tool'. Thinking about my HTC TyTn here which I used to use with a bluetooth RS232 interface for switch programming. It was also great as a girl-repellant.
Blackberry sold business users on always on mobile-email.
Cut to a post-iPhone world, and suddenly everything looks like an iPhone as that's what sells. Android and Samsung et al brought cheap alternatives to the masses, but it was Apple who sold them on the concept by making something people actually wanted to use.
No ethernet port, no sale.
Re: Pathetic strop by apple
Are you a lawyer?
Tell you what - why doesn't the equities researcher stick to equities researching and leave the computer hardware design to the companies that actually make computers and who have actively tested these ideas and found them lacking.
...of course he could just be trying to get some attention by jumping on the 'let's bash Apple' bandwagon - does he have a book out or something..?
If it means we can get rid of the stupid 'leather bound' and 'torn paper' OSX and iPad visual metaphors, then it's not all bad. I use a calendar on a computer so I don't have to use a paper one. Making the computer one look like a paper one is just stupid and patronising. I appreciate some people might like it, but in that case let us turn it off. I know there are hacks for Calendar on OSX, but I want a supported method of not feeing patronised.
"Apple does reluctantly fit GPS in its devices which have cellular data connections, "
Can you explain how you know that Apple 'reluctantly' fits GPS into its cellular devices?
Perhaps you were in a meeting back in the day with Steve Jobs et al and witnessed something we didn't?
Or are you, as I suspect, bullshitting for dramatic effect?
Re: Price- eek!
Oh just shut up. Seriously - do you hang out in Apple stores just to tell them what you aren't going to buy?
"See that? I'm not buying that. In fact I'm going to go and buy an S3! NER! See that? I'm not buying that EITHER! Take THAT Apple! Oh that that! That too. And I'm not having one of THOSE - no way. Ha ha - tossers."
Amazon are aware of this which is why they charge you by the 'EC2 Compute Unit'. Seriously - what are they supposed to do? Ensure that *every* box uses the same CPU? Throw all the old boxes away and replace the entire cloud every time they need to upgrade one box? Intentionally cripple CPUs in case someone gets a little extra..?
"Amazon EC2 uses a variety of measures to provide each instance with a consistent and predictable amount of CPU capacity. In order to make it easy for developers to compare CPU capacity between different instance types, we have defined an Amazon EC2 Compute Unit. The amount of CPU that is allocated to a particular instance is expressed in terms of these EC2 Compute Units. We use several benchmarks and tests to manage the consistency and predictability of the performance of an EC2 Compute Unit. One EC2 Compute Unit provides the equivalent CPU capacity of a 1.0-1.2 GHz 2007 Opteron or 2007 Xeon processor. This is also the equivalent to an early-2006 1.7 GHz Xeon processor referenced in our original documentation. Over time, we may add or substitute measures that go into the definition of an EC2 Compute Unit, if we find metrics that will give you a clearer picture of compute capacity."
Optical stabilisation you say? It's amazing what you can do with a camera crew in a van that follows you around - I'm amazed Nokia can afford to send a free camera crew with every handset...
It's really rather simple. Who is the ISP for the house of commons? Anyone work there?
Get them to ban everything, problem solved.
Re: Break down by OD
Do you think most Andoid users have the slightest idea of what an OS *is* let alone what version they are running?
Re: Customer satisfaction......
Ask an iPhone user what phone to buy, they will tell you why they like the iPhone and recommend it.
Ask an android user what to buy, they spend the time telling you why you shouldn't buy an iPhone.
And that is most definitely telling.
...and I suppose the camera doesn't take photos but merely 'improves upon' whatever it's pointed at when the button is pressed.
Re: The real loser here
"So why can't apple innovate their way to increasing their market share rather than the lawyers do it for them?"
Um.. how about Samsung do something innovative rather than copying others..?
I can't believe you are trying to blame Apple for someone copying them.
Re: Nationalistic bias
Maybe they will get the same South Korean court with a Korean judge that just found Samsung had infringed an Apple patent and banned the S2 from sale in South Korea?
Re: The land of the free!!
So basically your argument is you remembered a silly lawsuit which wasn't even true, so therefore this trial is also silly?
"In the original Star Trek series Kirk was seen the using a PADD, a touch screen portable computer device. Fast forward 40 years and Apple release the 'innovative' iPad, a touch screen portable computer device. There isn't anything on the iPad or iPhone that was innovative, all of it had been seen before, the only thing it did was put it all together in a nice wrapper."
Yeah that's obviously a total rip off. The only thing that's in danger of being compared to is an etch-a-sketch.
Re: too easily shocked
Actually there was no App Store at the beginning - I was highly critical of Apple when Jobs stated there would not be any third party apps and no SDK, and that anything would have to use HTML5 running in Safari. I avoided the iPhone due to this and lack of 3G, and predicted a U-turn on the app front. (I do recall having a massive argument with some idiot on Digg (remember that?) back in the day - this was back in the days when the know-nothing mentally defective Apple fanboys really were in abundance (something which tarnished Apple's image no end) - I was right of course - and Apple did a U-turn and released the App Store, and they proceeded to make billions from it.)
One other thing the iPhone did which is worth noting was making a phone that ACTUALLY WORKED with WiFi - ever try setting up Windows Mobile with WiFi? Should a regular member of the public really need to consult with an expert for this simple thing?
"Sony seem to have learned the lesson of their rootkit PR disaster. Their MP3 players are DRM free -- and drag and drop, so infinitely preferable to iPods."
Are you from the past? iTunes (and by extension the iPod) has been DRM free since 2009.
Re: too easily shocked
...did you not use phones before the iPhone or something?
The closest thing there was was the HTC TyTN in 2006 (which Samsung copied to make the F700) which had a horrible touch screen (non-capacitive) and a slide-out keyboard which made the thing really thick and weighty and running the extremely clunky Windows Mobile with Microsoft's ActiveSync. (I still have one in a drawer). It was certainly a chick-repellant. In this market, Blackberry cleaned up by providing more svelte devices with push email as they realised that the killer app was instant messaging and practically cornered that market - a classic case of function over form. Blackberry supplied their own servers which integrated with Exchange Server (reportedly horrible to set up and maintain - I never had the pleasure) just to provide this service.
Let's get this straight - using something like a TyTN screamed 'NEEEERRRRDDDDD' and was NOT 'cool' or trendy at all. Apple released the iPhone and suddenly there was a smart phone that normal people wanted to actually use, because it worked, it was easy to use and it looked cool.
If you want proof of success simply look at the share price of RIM and Apple. Apple make more from the iPhone than Microsoft would cost to buy
It doesn't matter how much you or anyone else tries to rubbish the iPhone, these are facts. It DID change how the world looks at phones.
Currently trying Win 8 Enterprise in VMWare View.
I predict in the near future a GPO template release for 'Enterprise Customers' that:
* Disables ME(tro)
* Returns the Start Menu
...either that or 'Windows 8 Desktop' becomes a thing, or we just see Windows 9.
I'm sure it's great on a tablet, but in the Real World we have to run this stuff on desktops and it's just not going to happen really.
Re: @Steve Todd
Spoken like a true Marvin.
Re: Is this an honest-to-goodness...
Depends on who you talk to. Any sensible person would see it for what it is, however the typical anti-apple-whiner will no doubt claim that Apple has now patented 'thin things'. I predict that this will happen within this very thread.
...oh and don't forget the 'rounded corners'.
Instead of renting Ninite Pro most Windows shops are going to simply use SCCM (which they should already own anyway) and write their own installer scripts.
In the Real World can you also believe one is expected to obtain redistribution licenses for things like Flash and Adobe Reader to be legal?
I see Ninite being utilized by SMEs managed by coders who think they can sysaadmin because they know to put all users into the local administrators group to get their code working...
Why license something when you can just release a look-a-like knock off? It's just 'squares on a screen' after all, right?