73 posts • joined Tuesday 27th July 2010 15:29 GMT
Re: Choice implies that the user is expert enough to make an informed decision.
This for me hits the nail on the head. I'd probalbly have used the anagoly of Joe (L)user buying a car. There are lots of different options including engine size, number of doors, petrol, deisel, colur internal trim, model type but which do they buy? The one on the forecourt that takes their fancy.
The people posting are the Linux elite who have learned how to unstall different modules and who are complaining on window re-size options being on the wrong side. Given the installed base of desktop linux compared to Windows and Mac OS it's completely meaningless anyway :-)
I'm off to learn some more completely unintuitive command line switches and options for Linuk utilities
This is an Apple problem!
Apple are responsable for the product that gets shipped out of the door regardless of what 3rd party components or services they use to build the final product. As others have said it is a failure of Apple's QA department or the fact that QA were over ruled and the product was shipped. Either way it is an Apple fault.
Thecus? Recommended? Misguided Fool!
I was interested in the artical up untill I got to the bit where Thecus was recommended. I own a Thecus N2200Plus box and it is utterly crap. Most of the features don't work, the support from Thecus is appaling. The support forums are littered with peoples distrss stories and I have personal experience of loosing data when the Raid array just stopped working for no apperent reason.
Re: Video of RFID fraudsters in action.
The video is hardly convincing as the 'expert' passes the reader directly over the card almost if not touching it. There's no material or handbag between the card and the reader. The video just shows a hoodie walking about getting next to people and then showing off a roll of nice new £20 notes. How he manages to convert the 16 digit card number's he has allegedly swiped into cash is left to the imagination.
You need a reliable ISP service
If you don't have a reliable ISP service then there will be times when your cloud will be out of reach. I'm with Virgin Media on a fairly new estate laid out with cable. The service has moments were it is excellent, very slow, very very slow and not working at all. The service is not consistent whereas a local disk drive tends to give to give you the data as and when you need it.
I've got one...
...and I'm not keen on it but it is a business phone. From a corporate view point it is excellent and locked down to make sure it remains a business tool.
I like my iPhone as its a personal tool with quite a few 'fun' things loaded.
On the other hand my wife and daughter are Blackberry addicts as are their friends.
Whats the incentive to buy new kit?
As EvilGav 1 says there is no compelling reason to buy current hardware unless you need more memory. This is the only limiting factor in older PC's which can take SSD's and graphic card's. Older CPU's are more than adaquate for the majority of general tasks so why spend the money.
I don't think Windows 8 will be the incentive to buy a new PC either.
Needs a bigger screen
I have a Kindle and it is excellent for reading novels. It is the right size and the screen is the right technology. For reading comics or graphic novels you would need a bigger screen. I know as I have tried to read a graphic novel on the Kindle and it does not work.
It will be interesting to see what the target market will be for a colour book reader.
Web GUI is important
I should know, I have been struggling with the Thecus N2200Plus for about a year. From the look of it the N2200EVO uses the same GUI. On the N2200Plus half the icons don't work. Until the recent firmware update on some pages there were more data fields than screen space and no horizontal scrolling bar. The fixed this in the latest release by shrinking the fields so you can only some of the text.
The GUI also takes ages to load. There is a heart-stopping moment when you click on the RAID icon to view the raid array. You get a pop-up box saying 'Please Wait' and a about a minute later the display is refreshed with all the column heading but no RAID array information. After a while another pop-up box appears with 'Please Wait' and then the raid array information is finally revealed.
There's lots of other issues with the N2200Plus but I won't go into them here. Suffice it to say that it has just corrupted the file system for the third and last time. I'm hoping that Thecus tech support can recover the data again. Either way it is going to be replaced with the Synology DS212j.
After my experiences with the Thecus product I really don't rate them as a company. The documentation for the product contains errors, the product has lots of known bugs, firmware updates are infrequent and don't have release notes. The best one was releasing a beta firmware - v3.02.00.9 - to users who were experiencing a particular bug. The next official release after the beta was v3.02.00.8 with no way for beta users to downgrade.
However, I take my hat off to the european Thecus Tech support guys (2 of them I think). They have always been helpful and polite. Its just a shame it is such a crap product.
I'm not sure about iPad v Kindle
...unless of course you are talking about the Kindle Fire. The pre Fire Kindles have a much better screen for reading text than the iPad. I have been able to take the Kindle down to the beach and read, where as the glare from the glass screen on the iPad means you will be looking for some shade. The Kindle screens are very much easier on the eye for long stints of reading too. They don't do colour and are a limited function device which is why they are so cheap and the battery lasts so long.
Once you introduce colour and make it a general purpose machine the price goes up and the battery life goes down.
Based on a glowing review I purchased a Tecus N2200Plus and it has been an unmitigated disaster. They ported the GUI from the N2200 but the hardware architecture for the N2200Plus is completely different so lot's of things don't work. That includes user supplied modules too. Thecus can't even get iTunes working! Back in September they told the disgruntled customers that new firmware would be available "in weeks" to fix the issues. It's now January and still no sight of the promised firmware.
Based on this very poor experience I'm reluctant to part with more cash to buy a replacement which is unproven and has little community support. However, I am going to buy a replacement and one thing is for certain - it ain't going to be a Thecus!
I was thinking the very same thing. The PFY's of today have an attention span of bored goldfish. If they can't load a pirated game in less than 3 seconds then they are not going to be interested.
I can imagine the feedback "What do you mean, I have to program it?"
Now back in my day, I disassembled a ZX81 to solder on the connections for a joystick so I could actually fly the plane in the program I had just written. It also saved the system crashing when you pressed the keyboard to hard which caused the connection to the 16K ram pack to flex.
Ahhhh. Happy days.
Astroid, dwarf planet or moon?
The terms are purely arbitrary. A moon is simply a smaller body in orbit around a larger body. A planet is a bit of rock or gas which happens to be of a certain size and roughly spherical. A dwarf planet is just less so. Planets may have or have not undergone heating at some stage resulting in various elements separating out.
If the earths moon append to have its own orbit around the sun say between Earth and Mars would it be classed as a planet or dwarf planet? Its only slightly smaller than Mercury.
Mines the one with Sky at Night - the Rebellion in the pocket.
Nail on head - hit!
I think you are right on the button with your assessment Ralph 5. Apple have had a very long time to establish and dominate a market. Due to this the ordinary (non-IT) folk iPad is just a generic term for a tablet device. It's a bit like the term 'Hoover' in the UK. I bet an an awful lot of people refer to their Dyson as a Hoover.
The various Android offerings don't have the killer feature to make people want one other than price. Even then, the user experience and the quality of software will disappoint a large number of people who would rather have had an iPod if they had had the option. Google & Co. would be better off trying to be innovative and establish a completely new market with a product superior or radically different to what is currently on offer.
The comment from Arrrggghh-otron that "...the freedom to be able to publish an app without jumping through the hoops apple mandates is a good thing." needs some explaining. In what way is it good? It has resulted a numerous apps which are absolute shit and until recently they may have had malicious code embedded. The freedom to publish without any quality control is exactly what has produced the current Android app environment.
Falling - with style?
As he can't take off but has to be dropped, isn't that just falling with style?
(as Woody said about Buzz Lightyear)
Piece by piece
Good article Lewis. I've often wondered why the US continues with the idea of launching the entire Mars launcher/lander stack from Earth. Surely it would be feasible to assemble ready built components in Earth orbit and launch from there. The astronauts did a lot of work servicing the Hubble telescope and the USA, Europe, Russia and now the Chinese, have developed docking technology. In the case of the Europeans it was automated docking too.
Launching the ready built components into earth orbit and have the automatically dock would allow for a much bigger craft to be built and reduce the energy required for the eventual launch to Mars.
Mines the one with the Science Fiction magazine in the pocket...
Re: and yet...
I'm with you on this one. I can't see how its a great feat for freedom and openness when someone hacks a companies intellectual property and gives it away. The said company will have invested time, effort and money to deliver Siri to help distinguish the iPhone 4S from the other smart phones.
What has happened here is just theft, plain and simple. If they are so bleeding cleaver why can't they write their own version?
And before you start, I don't have an iPhone 4S.
This is a non-story
If you are using old kit (as I am) then you have to expect that there will come a day when your kit will not support one or more of the new features in the next software release or the software release at all. With my iPhone 3GS its Siri and with my MacBook Pro its Lion.
There must come a time when it is simply too expensive to support older hardware which is limited and may ot have the required hardware features to support the new release.
I'm happy to keep using both items until a new feature emerges that I just have to have. At that point I will upgrade and all will be well again.
I'm surprised at El Reg...
...for publishing this. The chap obviously has a bee in his bonnet about the UK's implementation of the UK directive. All countries enshrined the directive into national law and there are a few interpretations out there. Some are more stringent than other and some are just odd.
Looking through the reasons as explained in "Why 18 Articles are deficient" I can't see anything earth shattering. For example: Articles 2 and 7 – the absence of a definition of “consent” in the Data Protection Act, which the Commission considered was required by the Directive.
Yes, the Data Protection Act needs an overhaul to keep it current and relevant and probably more in line with the original intention of the EU directive. However, if you think that this will make the Government more accountable for DPA infringements then you are sadly mistaken. As for making companies more inclined to comply with the law then you are also mistaken. I can't see the Gov wanting to stump up the cash to give the ICO more resources.
Mind the exhaust!
Am I the only one that thinks the hot exhaust from rocket's and iron drives should not be pointed anywhere near what is in effect a very big a helium balloon>
If I remember rightly....
...there were quite a few personal music players available when the iPod came out. There were also lots of smart mobile phones when the iPhone came out. If/when the iTelly launches it will probably have one or more novel features that distinguish it from the competition. Should it be launched Apple obviously has seen a market opportunity to make some money.
I can't see standards approach taking hold in TV's. The manufacturers need to offer something to differentiate it from the rest other than price.
Pointless article really. Arguing against something that has not been announced.
Good Mum award?
I'm surprised on this. While I take my hat off to her for the work she has done on behalf of her son she does have a vested interest here. I'd prefer her to get a good Mum award and be used as a role model for the many mums we have here in the UK who only have a passing interest in their off-spring.
Surely the human rights award should go to those who campaign or work towards benefitting people who's rights have been infringed?
I have been following the McKinnon case and while there is little doubt he is guilty of the charges, I do think the US has overblown the seriousness of the charges. When you factor in the effect of the prolonged appeals process has had on McKinnon, I'm not sure that deporting him to the US is a balanced or fair result. Given his health issues it might have been better for him to have been tried in the UK and if found guilty, to have served his time here in the UK.
I was a Nokia fan
I struggled with the N95 and the N98 when I gave up and got an iPhone. The Nokia hardware was excellent but the software produced such a dreadful user experience that it was a no-brainer. I'm coming to the end of my contract in 6 months and will look closely at the Nokia W7 phones, comparing it with the iPhone 5. While I'm quite happy with the iPhone software the camera on the 3GS is poor and there is no flash. Battery life is not great either.
If the new Nokia phones with W7 cut the mustard then I'll probably switch back.
P.S. Is Angry Birds and Suduko available on W7? This could be a deciding factor :-)
to the author. This is the first objective piece I have read on the current state of the mobile phone/tablet development environment I have read in a long time.
One of the problems facing the industry must be the constant requirement to introduce something new. In the old days I used to be given a new Nokia every 12 months when I renewed my contract. The contracts have stretched first to 18 months and now I see 24 month contracts being offered. Will there come a point were a consumer will acquire a phone and keep it for 5 years? I would have thought that this would be of benefit to the telco's who would avoid the costs of subsidising new handsets.
Virgin bloody Media
Still can't access El Reg from any PC or Mac connected to Virgin Media's cable network. The question is do I wan't to waste several hours trying to convince them they have a problem that will not be solved by me rebooting the router and/or the PC?
Yes and no
I'm sure I read something that speculated that the characteristics of one of the stranger sub-atomic particles (neutrinos? tachyons?) could be explained if they were traveling backwards in time. This would explain why they interact so infrequently with ordinary matter.
Anyway, if a time traveller from the distant future were to travel back to the present it is very unlikely that we would be able to understand them. Unless of course they have the universal translator although I think even this would struggle to translate words or phrases which came into use in the future into equivalent present day terminology. For example what would be the the 16th century translation of the 20th century phrase 'integrated circuit'?
If you have listened to very old voice recordings you will have noticed that accents were very different and the grammar was slightly different to. The language keeps evolving which makes things difficult for time travellers to fit in. You would only need to get the time wrong by a couple of years to really stand out. Imagine some one turning up today with a Beatles hair cut and saying "Fab" and "Groovy" a lot....
Are they still making them?
I have an iPhone 3GS and actually quite enjoy it. It's not perfect by any means as the battery life is not great and the camera does not compare well with what you would find on a Nokia. However, the overall end user experience has been very good.
The question is - are they still making these or is it a ploy to flush out the older model to make way for the new 4GS / 5 ?
While I was tying this my iPhone 3GS just updated itself to 4.3.4. Seems to be working well.
My only gripe with Apple products is that I bought one of the first intel Core Duo MacBook Pro's. It appears it has a 32bit architecture and so will not be supported by Lion. Although it is coming up to being 7 years old it insists on working perfectly well for what I need it for.
No XP here. Move along please...
I have upgraded all the PC's here to Windows 7 and my parents two PC's too. Initially Windows 7 was needed to run a new application and to provide support for new hardware on one PC. Having become familiar with it I upgraded all the PC's as it is far more stable and easier to use than any previous version of Windows. It's not perfect by any means but it is a big improvement on what has gone before.
Anyone had experience of networked printers always going into the 'Use Printer offline" mode and refusing to print? Happens all the time here with Windows 7. Keeps me busy....
It's the network Captain!
I have worked with a lot of small to medium sized businesses who to varying levels have come to see their internet connection as somewhere between important to vital. As more and more services move to the cloud the network connectivity and availability becomes ever more vital. When things have gone wrong with the network - and they will - small companies have exactly zero leverage with the ISP.
It is not too bad when there is a clearly identifiable fault where for example there is a complete loss in connectivity. The ISP recognises there is a fault and gets around to fixing it. Where it gets very, very difficult is where there is an intermittent fault or a fault not easily identifiable as being with the ISP. In these cases I have seen ISP's disown the fault completely or provide the bare minimum effort to try and identify the problem.
For domestic users moving to the cloud is even more of a gamble. There's an intermittent fault with Virgin Media broadband connectivity at the moment where it looses connectivity for a few moments. It's a bit of a pain when your browsing the web but a page refresh is acceptable. However, even this occasional intermittent fault is completely unacceptable to my two teenage kids who loose connectivity to whatever on-line mayhem and violence they happen to be involved with at the time. As a customer I can report the fault but I certainly can't expect a quick remedy (but I can expect to be told to reboot the router every time I call).
All I'm saying is that as you move more services/data to the cloud the network connectivity is more and more vital. As a consumer or small business you have very little influence on the levels of service from your ISP. I might use the cloud but I will have a disaster recovery plan in place so that if I loose connectivity, I don't loose everything.
I have a 3GS on a 24 month contract...
My contract expires in March next year. When the time comes I will look at the various phones on offer and probably go with an iPhone 5. I have been very happy with the 3GS and the apps I use. Admittedly it has its drawbacks; battery life is poor, camera quality is poor. But on the whole it does what I want it to do and does it very well. Synchronisation with the PC (a Mac) is automatic and pain free and charges the phone at the same time.
It is this 'user experience' thing -which has been very good- which is likely to drive me to the iPhone 5.
Not after an iPaQ
I had an iPaq for quite sometime and the thing that really, really let it down was the awful software HP stuck on top of Windows Mobile. (yes I know Windows mobile was not that great either). It made some functions counter intuitive if not impossible. The documentation was not up to much either.
I'm going to give this a miss and see what the reviews are like.
What I want to know...
...is how many units of electricity (as measured by the domestic electricity meter) does it require to charge the battery from flat?
It might also be useful to know how many units are required to charge it 10%. Then you might have an idea on how much this thing is typically going to add to your electricity bill when you charge it overnight.
I'd like to get an idea of how much it costs to charge verse filling up the petrol version.
I think the end of the consumer hard disk drive is inevitable and has probably been accelerated by Apples iPad. However, people rushing to put all of their data on the Cloud is a worrying trend. The companies offering Cloud services to consumers make no significant promises on the security and availability of your data. People should read the Terms and Conditions of the Cloud suppliers. They will see that they are responsible for backing up their data. Just because it is "in the Cloud" does not mean it is going to be available tomorrow.
The IT literate people will probably continue to use home based storage for their music, video, photo's etc. for the foreseeable future. The rest will push everything into the Cloud and scream very loudly when the service goes tits-up.
Can I have my coat please as I need to see how my backups are going?
Re: I wonder why...
I have an iPhone 3GS and it bluetooths seamlessly with my Sony bluetooth headphones and my Vodafone handsfree ear piece. Why do you think it is locked to other Apple devices?
With regards to the Sim card I have only ever had to mess about with them when the kids have broken their phone(s) and we needed to press and old spare into service. Most of the people I know who spend long times on the continent buy a pre-paid local phone. Perhaps I should get out more as I don't know anyone who regularly changes Sim cards.
I expect that changing the Sim format is unlikely to have any effect on the vast majority of users.
Made up article
Come on Lester you can do better than this. Just because NASA have an old picture of the solar system which includes Pluto does not mean they are waving two fingers at the IAU. A brief search of the site reveals no campaigns to get Pluto restored as a planet.
The article at http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/what-is-pluto-58.html is rather interesting. Perhaps you should have read it first?
Get rid of the competition?
I used to use Microsoft's Messenger quite a bit to keep in touch with family members. The video, speech and text capabilities were adequate for what I used it for. For business, except for the early days, it has been almost exclusively Skype. Especially since my main day-to-day system became a Mac. The Mac clients for Messenger and the open source clones could not hack video. Like a lot of the people commenting, I have never used the pay for service.
At the moment I have two messenger clients -Skype & Messenger- and I suppose in the future I will only need the one. That might be deemed good news :-)
I know - I'll get my coat.
No IPv6 here
I just had a look at my Virgin Media supplied cable router. It does not support IPv6. Looking at the logs there are 21 devices with DHCP served IPv4 addresses and a further 6 devices with static IPv4 addresses. At a guess I'd say about 75% of the devices are capable of IPv6 while the rest just aren't.
Before I start to look at IPv6 I will need a new router. Given the horror stories coming out about the new Virgin Media routers, I don't want to go down that route just yet. So there won't be any IPv6 here for quite some time.
Am I a "fanboiz" too?
I find the article pathetic. It degrades anyone who has bought any Apple device just for buying Apple. With regards to the "overpriced, overhyped shit" comment, I have a MacBook Pro which I bought in early 2006 and I use every day. In fact I'm typing this comment on it.
I'm unlikely to replace it until next year and even then it will only be replaced if the performance due to memory limitations (max 2GB memory) becomes a significant issue. 5 years -and counting- of daily use. Thats not bad for a piece of "overpriced, overhyped shit".
Before anyone starts, the Mac shares desk space with a Windows 7 PC. Both platforms have their merits. Just because you own one does not make you a fanboiz.
Needs better camouflage
Yes it does look a bit like Thunderbird 2 but they weren't trying to camouflage the Thunderbirds. Whoever painted this one was obviously given the wrong brief of where it was heading to.
I'm also wondering what effect a few bullet holes would have on the lifting capability.
Re: It would be better...
While I agree with your argument regarding the pricing encouraging piracy, I have not seen instances were the kindle book price is higher than the physical book price.
Admittedly, I have only had my Kindle a couple of months and have only bought 4 books, and 5 magazines. The books were priced below the equivalent price of the paper book while I think the magazines were of a comparable price. Of course I don't have to pay for postage so I'm probably a few quid better off anyway.
Like you I was bought my Kindle as a present and I also have a lot of books. For reading novels the Kindle (other e-book readers are available) is excellent. As you say "It is convenient, easy to use and easy to read." I don't have to keep finding ways to get rid of books that I have read but don't have the space to store.
I strongly believe that devices such as the Kindle will be the major format in years to come but they do need to get the pricing and distribution model correct to stop piracy killing the market.
Wrong end of the stick
I have a Kindle and several Apple devices. The Kindle is by far the best device for reading text. It is the quality and readability of the screen that decides which device is used as it's the users experience that counts. The fact that I can read the books on multiple devices is a nice to have but not a compelling feature as I use the Kindle for about 95% of the time to read the documents.
I think if tablet makers can use an e-ink type of colour screen then they will displace dedicated e-book readers but until that time, e-book readers will continue to be around.