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35 posts • joined 20 Oct 2010

iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

simmondp

You've missed the apps factor

Critical mass on content (apps) is critical, which is why there are only two OS players in town, Android and IOS. Outside of the emerging markets, no one will buy a high end phone unless it runs all the apps they want. So in the west it's all Marketing, marketing and more marketing either to pay a huge premium for an apple badge, or to differentiate my Android from their android.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

simmondp

Sheep of the world, flock to your Apple store

Based on the iPhone 6 launch, it will be a 4:3 format service with 500 lines and only 4 channels available, but people will still be queueing around the block to but it.

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Apple promises iCloud security alerts, better 2FA after, er, NAKED Internet of Thingies flap

simmondp

Quick soluution

Just use the Google authenticator app......

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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

simmondp

Primacy & Agency

When will businesses (who want to leverage my information to make money) understand that the only person I want to be in control of my information is ME (Primacy) and that I want to be able to define who then has access to it (Agency).

See the original work out the Jericho Forum on Identity, and now being moved forward by the Global Identity Foundation (www.globalidentityfoundation.org)

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

simmondp

Chromebook competitor - not really

The chromebook advantage is not only about cost - my 11in laptop with 9hrs usable battery life, instant on, 7 seconds boot, automatic updating, no additional costs for Office, AV, etc.

Performance - fantastic, browser faster than my BIG windows desktop, just plays 1080p video without problem etc. etc.

Yes the cost is significantly less.

Looking forward to the next generation of 13in 1080 screens, still with 9hrs battery!

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

simmondp

Not Free Wi-Fi

Personal Data has value, thus any "Free" WI-Fi that asks for personal information is by definition NOT free and should be prosecuted under the trades descriptions act.

IMHO a good reason to support openwireless.org

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

simmondp

It's now my permenant laptop

An Acer C720 was my Christmas "experiment" - to see if I could live with this rather than my "full-fat" Windows 7 Toshiba. The answer is YES, including giving conference "powerpoint" presentations in off-line mode.

I only needed to buy an HDMI to VGA converter dongle for a couple of quid on e-bay.

Apart from that, the ability to just plug in my Android phone and get (configuration free) network connection means working on the road is now simple and instantaneous.

Add to that instant-on when I lift the lid, and a 7 second boot from cold, and a battery lifetime of 9 hours that means I really can do a whole day in London in meetings without needing to carry a charger brick with me.

Configuration free with no updates to manage.....

Close the lid, it sleeps, lift the lid it is ready to go; No more worrying of "will it resume"

The only thing missing is the ability to mount Windows file shares, but it looks like this will be here very soon.

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Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

simmondp

Seem to have missed Draytek off the list.

Not only that, the reason for many people to replace the standard box supplied by the ISP is additional flexibility required, my list of things I need a router to do includes;

* SIP

* VPN

* QoS

* VLAN Isolation

* Ability to configure "openwireless.org" and isolate from home traffic

* Ability to stream Linear IPTV

* USB Dongle for 4G Auto-failover

* (Nicety) Ability to directly support Fibre (FTTC)

Hence the use of a Draytek, however I would be interested how many more routers support configuration at this more advanced level.

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Daddy, what will you do in the new security wars?

simmondp

Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it

“I think we can take lessons from how physical security has been mounted historically: something as simple as a castle didn’t have just one wall. There were layers of walls and eventually a redoubt within which the most precious items were kept,” Woodward says.

And how many working, walled cities are there in the world right now? Look at the history, the merchants and the people were too contained by the walls and simply bypassed them, making them obsolete, so now they are simply tourist attractions.

Fast forward to today, and if you put (more) security in the way of businesses (friction) then they simply go BYoD, Cloud. Parallel IT etc.

The Jericho Forum outlined this over 10 years ago and also gave you better models to implement.

But those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it (or be out of a job).

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More chance you came a cropper on a UK road than bought a Chromebook this year

simmondp

Love my C720

Works just fine, boot 6.5 seconds from cold, instant on from standby and I can work a whole day without needing to carry a charger.

Can produce documents and have done conference presentations from it - no it's not full blown windows but then E-mail, Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Presentations are fine.

OS is getting the API's added (not quite there) for mounting Windows Server File Shares - then we will see fuller corporate SOHO adoption.

Brought it as an experiment to see if it was usable when out and about - and it's been real success.

Only downside - Google Docs, import and export of Word, but then Libre Office on a PC also suffers, but then the blame should rest squarely with MS and their "open standard" docx format.

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Video review: Our sysadmins drink in the latest SIP phones

simmondp

Voicemail to e-mail

Really nice, 3CX Voice-mail will mail you a copy of the voice-mail left. However, it still (despite many requests and much grumbling on the bulletin board) support MP3, so it's a full-fat WAV file - not great over a poor (or mobile) e-mail link.

Other than that - probably the best SIP exchange for SOHO/SME. IMHO

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NSA plans to FREE YOUR DATA with range of cloud services, analytics

simmondp

Serious point

Notwithstanding the date....

£10000 for a backup contract vs £10 for a subject access request - no contest!

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FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

simmondp

View but no print

Well not that I could find, so rather pointless, view it but need to find a PC to print it out??

Good but no banana!

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John Lewis to respray with coat of Oracle ERP: Don't worry, we won't be 'wall to wall' Larry

simmondp

Let's not forget ICI

The failed ERP implementation at the Quest division which resulted in the share price diving resulting in dropping outside the FTST 100 for the first time in its history. First the Quest CEO and then the ICI CEO (yes CEO not CIO) fell on their swords to placate the city - and ultimately (many think) this led to demise / sale / break-up of ICI.

Oft quoted as #1 in all time IT failures!

http://www.information-age.com/industry/uk-industry/297461/sap-supply-chain-implementation-ravages-ici

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Reg HPC man relives 0-day rootkit GROUNDHOG DAY

simmondp

Two simple low cost solutions.

1. Buy from e-bay or similar a USB to SATA adaptor, then remove your hard disk and connect it to a second (clean) computer with this adaptor. Now run your scans and tests without any root kit being able to easily hide itself.

2. Put in your diary a reminder, every two weeks to run backup. Use the Microsoft "Backup" (Create System Image) - to snapshot your C: drive, along with a daily or real-time data backup program.

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'Please don't make me spend more time with my family...'

simmondp

Corrections

"Non-strategic business" (Areas we’ve failed in)

"Non-core business" (Areas we make no money from)

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VMware, Google, team up to target corporate Chrome OS adopters

simmondp

Chrome OS Corporate Fail

As an owner of a Chromebook (which I love) the biggest barrier to getting the Chrome OS into the corporate environment is an inability to mount Windows File Shares or Print to Printer Shares.

Fine is you want to go HTML for all your apps, but GoogleDrive and CloudPrint is not a prime-time solution for 99% of Corporates!

SoHo users in a greenfield environment maybe.......

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Want Google to erase your data? Just wait for it to kill off one of its apps

simmondp

Lets get real

The last 30 years of the PC revolution is littered with the need to upgrade or lose you Data.

The "standard" for desktop publishing was Xerox Ventura - I cant read or translate any of those files now.

How about DAT backup - loads of those tapes - little chance of reading them.

ARC compression - spend a day translating them to ZIP

I've lost count of obsolete programs and file formats I've either had to move from or that are unreadable.

Remember: in computing, if you can buy it - it's obsolete! (and plan accordingly).

In cloud: cloud is outsourcing - and any good business school will tell you the first rule of outsourcing is "understand your exit strategy".

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Acer C720 Chromebook with Haswell battery boosting goodness

simmondp

Got one for Christmas;

Positives;

* 6.5 second boot to log-on, instant sleep and restore with no worries about will it make it or not that you get with Windows.

* Instant browser, and gmail just works.

* Plugging in a USB to my Android phone and tethering just worked.

* (claimed) 9 hours on battery - the promise of a whole day on the move without a charger

* Size & weight

* Screen - good and resolution on this size screen more than adequate.

* Feed HD videos on the SD card - just works

Negatives;

* No Bluetooth tethering

* No SMB mounts to allow access to Windows file servers.

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Don't listen to Snowden ... Intel: We've switched on CPU crypto for Hadoop

simmondp

It's all about the key location......

But where are the keys held? If you hold the keys good - if they hold the keys then the encryption is about as much good as a chocolate teapot. (Patriot Act request for Data AND Keys and you know will nothing about it).

If you hold the keys then at least a legal request needs to come to you asking for the keys, and then you can make a decision about what to do (comply or fight) - and if you comply then at least you know that the spooks have which bits of your data.

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ENISA wants mobes to wander freely between carriers in emergencies

simmondp

This could solve both coverage and reliability issues. If every-time there is no signal from your provider your phone is allowed to roam and ** your provider ** picks up the ** full cost ** of you having to roam to another provider, then market forces will quickly ensure coverage in those black-spots and also ensure a reliable network.

Or is this too simple?

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

simmondp

+1 for Carbonite, similar solution here, with just over 1TB hosted at Carbonite, 20 years of home video and 40 years of photos.

Had to do a full restore when two disks in my RAID failed (large power glitch) and got everything back!

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Ready to bin your USB cables yet? Wireless USB hops on WiGig bandwagon

simmondp

Product looking for a Problem - More

Ditto to previous, plus am I going to have to put batteries, or charge all those USB keys and other USB devices that get their 5V power down the cable?

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

simmondp

Bluetooth worse!

Worse is the bluetooth problems with 4.3 on a Nexus, paining with cars / headsets is buggy and the bulletin boards awash with issues about bluetooth keyboard.

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Can DirectAccess take over the world?

simmondp
FAIL

Same old same old

So if I read this correctly, connect anything to anything - as long as it users Microsoft Active Directory and other Microsoft components - so ubiquitous computing (not) Microsoft style.....

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Polar drilling effort hits snag: Boffins' search for life put on ice

simmondp

Polar Drill runs out of steam?

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Bah humbug! Google cancels Christmas

simmondp

Could explain why the Wise Men did not show up until January.

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Slideshow: A History of the Smartphone in 20 Handsets

simmondp

Motorola Accompli 008

Motorola Accompli 008 - a product before it time, only really sold in Asia, not available in Europe or USA.

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New iPod nano and touch: Lightning strikes again

simmondp
Happy

Nano with bluetooth

One of the biggest addition to the 7th Gen Nano seems to be Bluetooth which should mean linking to BT Car enabled systems and BT headphones.

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

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Thumb Up

Re: Irfanview

FastStone Image Viewer - Not only a great viewer, with slide show, and dual-screen support, but edit, copy and scanner support.

Absolutely essential freeware IMHO.

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Americans resort to padlocking their dumb meters

simmondp
Meh

Actually some good arguments

Actually reading the letter they propose sending to US utility companies, 80% of it make good rational sense - unfortunately it's the other 20% that defeats their argument and makes them seem like loons.

http://stopsmartmeters.org/sample-letter-to-utility/

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Vogel's RingO iPad mounting system

simmondp
Alert

Accident Hazard

In an accident, that rather protruding bit of plastic /metal looks nicely placed to punch a nice hole in your forehead?

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Splashtop Remote Desktop

simmondp
Alert

and its how secure?

So lets get clear, you rate this as 90%, but this is an app that will tunnel through your home firewall and let you connect to your computers inside your home. And yet there is no mention of "security" anywhere in this article.

More scarily, there in no mention of how secure this app is on the the iStore web page, or even the developers own web page.

Going into the support forum it seem there is little / no security by default.

And you still want to install this app??

Leads me to question how you can do a serious review of a product, and not ask the obvious questions, and how it should ever get a 90% rating [Ahh I forgot, features, features and more features], and we wonder why the bad guys have it so easy.......

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DRM-free music dream haunts Apple's app-store lock-in

simmondp

Nothing new here

It's a trick obviously learnt from the record companies. Buy it on vinal, but now I want in on cassette for my car, now I need a CD version, and now in MP3. Yes you can rip it (albeit it's always been a legal grey area) but if it's cheap enough most people will simply pay for the convenience of getting it in the correct format.

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Boxee box to come to Blighty

simmondp
Unhappy

Rip-off UK pricing

Amazon USA $199.99 Amazon (and others) UK pricing £199.99

Us folks in the UK are getting ripped off.

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