* Posts by fiddley

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It's 2014 and you can still own a Windows box using a Word file or font

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That headline was really confusing. In the future can you use the correct spelling of 'Pwn'?

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LinkedIn: Obviously biz people DON'T use MS Exchange servers. REALLY?

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Er... Is this not the same thing as Outlook Social connector for LinkedIn? As comes in the box with Outlook 2013, and a downloadable add-on for Outlook 2007/2010? It's integrated with windows Phone OS out the box as well. Perhaps that's why they've not bothered?

What am I missing here?

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

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Never underestimate the bandwidth of an avian carrier with a couple of 128gb micro sd cards around its neck :)

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Deep, deep dive: Hyper-V

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"The system uptime is 21072953 seconds."

Latest EventID 6013 from the system log of one of my machines running on cluster 'shard' volumes. It would be more but I decided to change it to dynamic RAM all those months ago which necessitated a reboot.

(Don't panic, it's on a private network so patching isn't an issue!)

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Best Buy takes axe to touchy Windows 8 PCs - lops $100 off price

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Re: mmeier

Oh and to delete: long press/right click and choose 'forget this network'

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Re: mmeier

When you connect to a new WiFi network, it’s added to the list, and Windows will connect to that network while it’s in range. If you connect to another WiFi network while in range of the first network, Windows will prefer the second network over the first one.

From: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-8/manage-wireless-network-profiles

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Windows growth keeps Microsoft earnings relatively stable

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Re: Fix it

Yeah Microsoft, just take the fact that you just posted RECORD REVENUES as a lesson that NOBODY likes Metr...wait...what..?

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Titsup Windows Phone 8 orders user to cram 'boot disc' in mobe

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Re: True innovation - and laziness?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/coreforce/3562389946/

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Microsoft pats self on back over Windows 8 sales

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Re: Irrelevant

Ha! Good luck with your Mac rollout. With your centralised authentication and policy management etc. Unless it's for a negligable number of users, or each and every one is savvy enough not to get temselves in to trouble, it's a gargantuan task to get that all working as smoothly as AD & Group Policy et al.

It can be done but, cripes, that's a *lot* of difficult work just to be bone headed! You'll need a beer when you're done!

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Why did Comet fail? Hint: It wasn't just the credit insurers

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Bit of schadenfreude in this for me because back in about '99ish I was Comet shop floor staff but I was working down at the head office for a bit. I got caught by the regional sales manager in the corridor, he asked me what I thought of HQ. I said to him "You need to sort out some kind of eCommerce website because otherwise your sales are going to get eaten up by Amazon" Laugh? He damn nearl spat his coffee all over me before retorting "We don't see the internet as a big part of our business" before going about his business. So, I went away thinking I was stupid while him and the rest of them set Comet on a path to self destruction. Ha. Hope he got state mimimum redundancy.

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Man charged over alleged April Jones Facebook trolling

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I think we should have an "I'm Spartacus" moment over these stupid arrests. The guy has possibly suffered a grevious lack of judgement, so he gets arrested, charged (!) and life very seriously screwed over, all for a few peoples hurt feelings. Whatever happened to Sticks & Stones may break my bones...? Couldn't they have just given him a caution?

So who's going to repost the joke on facebook first? I'll do it straight after you. Promise.

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Huawei profits tumble as global economy falters

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Re: Pushing into the UK

Just got a small SAN appliance from them and it's blazing fast and blazing cheap - compared to the offerings from netapp et al.

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Why I love Microsoft’s vapourware tablet

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Angel

Re: Problem is marketing

Thanks for speakling on behalf of all us WP7 users. I must be the only one who thinks it's been too long for WP8 announcement and they should be much farther down the road with it. It's been 1.5 years and we're only now getting a sneak peak!! WTF!

What I can't get my head around is why Microsoft are such bastards that they are the only company to lock users of downlevel clients out of all the juicy new features because of hardware restrictions.

Wait, what... http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/06/ios6-feature-chart.png ... oh.

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LCD TV shipments slip for FIRST TIME EVER

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Meh

Re: It is possible to have TV that is 'good enough'

Have to say, I agree with grandparent post here. Nothing lasts nowadays as well as it used to. Unless you we're very unlucky washing machines would go for 15 years no fuss, tvs - not unusual to get 20 years out of one. Nowadays everything is built down to tolerances so fine, you are lucky to get 5 years. I mean, it just does not make sense for manufacturers to make things that last ages, they need to drive the price down as low as they can get it and you don't get that by over-engineering anything. You get exceptions, of course - Miele is one brand that springs to mind, but their washers for example start at around 4 or 5 times the price of your basic hoover, hotpoint or zanussi appliance. It's all about inbuilt-obsolesence, gets the customers coming back for more stuff more often. Oh, they might not choose your product next time, but you'll pick up as many ticked-off customers from your competitors as they pick up from you. There's a reason we're all CONSUMERS nowadays, and not CUSTOMERS anymore.

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Microsoft withdraws software silos from Germany in patent war

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Holmes

Re: Jurisdiction

Whilst US desicions are not enforcable in Germany, it would affect Motorola operations in America - if a US judge says Motorola should bot proceed in Germany, it would put them in contempt of the US court and affect operations over there. It works both ways and the German judge could do the same thing, then it's up to the recipient to decide which market is the more valuable.

I've seen this kind of thing before, and to be fair the judges are wise old creatures and they normally seem to come up with cross-border decisions which make each of the participants eat a little humble pie. I can only hope this will be the case here.

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Windows 8 for Kindle-like gear hinted by Microsoft bigwig

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Angel

Re: Great

Samuel, if you want to do the streaming and help your wife out, learn "how to use compooter" first. I find knowing how stuff works helps me a lot, so much so, I have none of these problems. I manage a smallish fleet of 200 Windows 7 laptops/desktops (heterogeneous hardware) as well as having a sweet media streaming network at home, and you know what, I can make it work flawlessly with almost no effort.

the secret is, take admin privs away from kids, wives, guests housemates etc. If you know your stuff you'll have it setup so installing anything is a once in a blue moon activity - all they wanna do is surf the web and watch funny cat videos. Next, don't go round installing EVERY PIECE OF SHIT THING CODEC BULLSHIT THING THAT HAPPENS TO LOOK INTERESTING.

Make sure your hardware is up to the job, are you using mixed pairs of EDO RAM in your 486SX which is running Windows 7 and streaming all your shit - GUESS WHAT - it's gonna give problems.

Learn to use the sysinternals tools - computer don't just get slow because they're bored - something's causing it, and you should be able to find out what.

Virtualise dude. Give stuff a good testing first - you'll find that 3rd party apps/pirated codecs/open source half finished media streamers/etc are APPALLING. That will solve almost all your problems right there. Sometimes, you might even have to shell out for a half decent piece of software. It's worth doing. Heck most of what I do is done using only tools that are built into windows, it's amazingly stable and covers 99% of use cases very well. Of course there's a learning curve, and it's not as much fun as installing every POS software you find, then bitching on an internet forum about how shitty Microsoft is.

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Microsoft reveals low-end WinPho limitations

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Re: "Microsoft encourages developers to be careful with their memory use "

Bwaahaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! How long has Vista been out for now... must be nearly SIX YEARS! No! Say that joke hasn't had me in stitches for SIX YEARS, because SIX YEARS is a really long time to not be able to get over something so monumentally funneeeeeeeee!!!!!!! I wager I will still be laughing in another SIX YEARS because the joke is so funny.

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Child abuse files stolen from council worker in PUB - £100k fine

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Meh

Re: Re: Just saying

I reckon a lot of employers are in breach of a lot of laws regarding welfare of staff, but they can get us to work for them anyway because we and they know another mug is ready and waiting to earn a crust.

"A-ha! Just do what you're legally obliged to do because you can't be sacked."

Yes, great solution until you end up in an arms race where minor infringments become disciplinary matters instead of informal chit chats until, eventually, you find yourself out of a job having no reference. There's no end of rules and bullshit they can make up if they don't want you there. It's best in most cases just to shut up and take the shafting, or find another job. Not all of us are prepared or so financed that we might drag it through the courts where a 50/50 result awaits at the outcome.

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Asus UX21E Zenbook 11.6in Ultrabook

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Here's another, ahem, perspective: http://www.sony.it/discussions/servlet/JiveServlet/download/435064-5234/sony-x505-vs-macbook-air.gif

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Google unleashes 'Solve for X' confabs to save the world

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Stop

YARLY.

Same results on several fully patched IE9 workstations Win 7 Pro / Ultimate on four unrelated networks. don't know what kind of trickery you're pulling: chromeframe, IE8, missing patches? Seen it reported elsewhere as well.

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FAIL

Caution:- Google are being childish

This site won't load in IE, or so it seems, but lo, press F12, go to Tools -> Change User Agent String - > Google Chrome. Return to page and press refresh, suddenly eveything works.

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Has Microsoft finally killed off Windows 8 Start button?

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Groundhog Day

Yawn. You lot come out the woodwork every time Microsoft moves a pixel to denounce it as the worst thing ever to befall mankind. Yet looking at the two screenshots in Sinfosky's linked blog post shows Windows 95 Start vs Win 7 Start and it's the vast increases over time in functionality, usability and usefulness mean the two, although clearly related, are two completely different species. It's Ardipithecus Ramidus Vs Homo Sapiens. Their design descisions have been spot on the vast majority of the time! Like most stubborn IT archaea, I bet you hate the ribbon as well?

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Five ways Microsoft can rescue Windows Phone

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The interface is blazingly efficient though - you can get to any app in four moves:

Starting at Homescreen

More -> 'A' -> 'First letter of app's name' -> Possible Swoosh (If it's not already displayed)

Thats ANY app. You can get to a max of 261 apps (I think) in 3 moves cos you won't need the swoosh. Nearly the same with contacts, but you sometimes need two swooshes...

iPhone in three moves is, I think, 68 possible apps - I stand ready to be corrected on that! Android is similar.

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Happy

agreed! DO NOT TOUCH THE INTERFACE. It's beautiful and classy, something you can't say about the other other two. Nerds never seem to get this, I certainly don't want IN YOUR FACE information overload otherwise I'd still have an android. I don't think any major changes are required, just a few siri-like gimmicks to show off, a couple of beautiful clean hardware designs like Apple churn out, and, crucially, a bit of mindshare. I suspect WP7 is a slow burner but will mushroom at some point. It's too good not to.

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DIY virtual machines: Rigging up at home

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RemoteFX

Anyone else running RemoteFX? How are you finding your performance? I've got well specced thin client hooked into a vdi instance of Win 7 Ultimate over gigabit and the RemoteFX performance sucks ass. The display drivers keep crashing and recovering and there's major lag on simple things like dragging a window. Launching Zune drags everything almost to a halt, and Silverlight webpages have a similar effect. This is on an otherwise clean install... Is this normal, or have I screwed something up? I did cut corners on the Hyper-V box processor, only an Athlon II x2 @ 3Ghz, but it's otherwise mostly idle.
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Microsoft announces ASP.NET zero-day vuln

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Also...

"PHP 5, Java, ASP.NET as well as V8 are fully vulnerable to this issue and PHP 4, Python and Ruby are partially vulnerable, depending on version or whether the server running the code is a 32-bit or 64-bit machine"

http://www.nruns.com/_downloads/advisory28122011.pdf

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Apple stores getting close to overload

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@AdamWill...

I would say that is an excellent top 1% answer to why performance based pay is good for back stabbing morons.

It's so freaking obvious too, why don't companies see it? Well, Apple seem to get it, but not many others do.

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Swiss insist file-sharers don't hurt copyright holders

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Oh Sorry I forgot...

...music did not exist until big business was there to distribute it. And of course they are absolutely required in order to bring visual media to our eyes. If only there was some way that independent filmamakers could produce and distribute their movies directly to my telly tube, or your telly tube where the distribution has little to zero cost... mytube... yourtube... I'm sure somewhere in there there's some kind of business idea ;-)

Big distribution is dead, it's no longer required and it's using it's death thoes to try and litigate anything and everyone.

Well done Switzerland.

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WinPho sceptics cut Lumia 800 sales estimates in half

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Angel

Time for a quick climbdown...

Seems you did provide a link, it does read like you say, and I can see how you interpreted it like that. Doesn't change the fact that you can listen to music on the go. So I guess you really meant to say "Microsoft: Great Phones, Crap Documentation"

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WTF?

you've totally got your shit wrong dude. You CAN listen to music whilst doing other stuff. I don't know what you were reading because this has been in WP7 since day one. Might I be so bold as to suggest you've misunderstood? In any case I'd love to get a reference to the document you claim to have read.

Faffing around with SD cards is not an issue to 99% of people, as evidenced by iPhone.

It's WAY more convenient not having to deal with seperate silos of storage caused by having a memory card. You sync your data either by uploading it straight to skydrive directly from the phone itself - which is super easy. Or if you fancy keeping it local, then you hook up to zune and sync to your PC. There's even a Mac sync client, if that's your platform of choice.

I understand some people feel the need to carry with them more data than can ever be consumed in a lifetime, and if so, cool, go android, but if you're actually rational about these things, then WP7 is a decent choice.

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I deeply disagree with your evaluation of Windows phone, but at least you've actually had a go with one, unlike most of the naysayers here. I think it's ace, but it can't be all things to all men...

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Windows 8 aims to make security updates less painful

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FAIL

Do us all a favour, read a book before spreading FUD.

Jeebus H Christ people! The sharing is only done *BY DEFAULT* in a domain environment, where your administrators should looking after security for you. It can be easily disabled via group policy if you don't have confidence in your password policies.

If your NON DOMAIN installation has the C$ D$ etc shares, someone has done something twonky as this is not the behaviour out of the box. And if you are confident in your nerd ability, you are able to share the entire drive (any drive, including C) via the advanced sharing button.

Any behaviour outside of this has been caused by either an administrative policy (if it's a work PC you don't own), the OEM, yourself, someone else who has accessed your PC, or some third party software.

It really narks me when people blame their own ignorance on Microsoft/Google/Apple whoever the whipping boys happen to be.

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Just trolling: It's OK to poke fun at Christians, says ASA

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Pint

well...

See now, with religion, it's all a matter of degrees innit? Only kids believe in the beardy sky fairy, only nutjobs in the US believe in creationis^W Intelligent Design. But whatever your personal fantasy is, you all believe in some crazy fucked up shit.

For instance, pretty much all of you have to believe that the Bible (Koran/Veda/Whatever) is some kind of teaching from the big man, whether you think it's literal, allegorical or whatever. And from those teachings you pretty much take the bits you like and leave the bits you don't, so much so that, like snowflakes, no two of you fairy-story-believing crackpots has quite the same take on it. And yet, without exception, you all think that people who don't believe whatever one true path you happen to believe in are going to spend the afterlife in some excruciating pain. (unless you happen to have chosen to ignore that particular part of your teaching as well). All this stuff with not using condoms (Catholicism), or not turning on a light switch on Fridays (Judaism - Only incandescent though, fluorescent bulbs are, apparently, OK!!), or giving up a perfectly good Sunday to go and prey to a non-existent entity, when you could be doing some charity work or helping an elderly neighbour.

I mean it's all so scattergun and illogical, how can anyone say with a straight face that they lend any kind of credence to this big time major bullshit is beyond me. I mean the books are based on stories handed down by word of mouth during the late Iron age FFS!

And then you go and force feed it to children before they're old enough to think. That's practically child abuse.

There's so many things wrong with religion, and, as an Atheist, I can tell you you certainly don't need religion in your life to be a tolerant, good, well adjusted individual. (Yes, I'm tolerant, you'll never see me snub a Christian, or protest at a Mosque build, I'm just passionate about people not wasting their lives with this rubbish) At least Atheists aren't being good just because we're scared of what "god" might do to us, we're good because we mean it.

David Attenborough has yet another good take on the whole thing:

"My response is that when Creationists talk about God creating every individual species as a separate act, they always instance hummingbirds, or orchids, sunflowers and beautiful things. But I tend to think instead of a parasitic worm that is boring through the eye of a boy sitting on the bank of a river in West Africa, [a worm] that's going to make him blind. And [I ask them], 'Are you telling me that the God you believe in, who you also say is an all-merciful God, who cares for each one of us individually, are you saying that God created this worm that can live in no other way than in an innocent child's eyeball? Because that doesn't seem to me to coincide with a God who's full of mercy".

Sorry for the rant but religion is so full of crap, I can't help myself.

A beer for everyone, non-alcoholic if your particular storybook doesn't allow.

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Another new Russian nuclear powerplant comes online

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Wait, what...

what the hell is a gigawatt?

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Nokia Lumia 800

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Facepalm

So if you say, need someone in the T's, then you've gotta scroll through most of the alphabet before selecting?? With WP7, it's two taps, done. Although I agree with OP, search is miles better for either platform if you have zillions of contacts.

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Holmes

QUIZ!

A quick tap at the top of the screen becomes a major inconvenience when you check your signal:

a) every now and then

b) in certain necessary circumstances

c) every time I make a phone call

d) way more often than can possibly be necessary

rewsna tcerroc eht si (d

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You're looking at it wrong... ;)

Your data stays where it is, it's more of a sync than an import.

Too posh for hotmail and got all your contacts on Gmail? No problem, sync the account and when you throw the phone away your contacts are all still on G-mail where they started. no lock-in here! When you add a new contact to G-mail, (hotmail, facebook, whatever) it automagically syncs itself to the phone.

Works both ways too, you get the choice of where to store any contacts when you add them via the device.

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Darth Vader mounts defence of doomed empire

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Our Business Model is *Broken*...

...let's ADVERTISE more, much more, let's get the biggest most expensive ADVERTISING slot there is. That will save us.

Morons.

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Urban legend nips iiNet 'subliminal' campaign

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Facepalm

"Above all I detest the "double win" where you create a supposedly 'edgy' ad expressly to get banned so you can pick up a bit more brand kudos from the ensuing debate about whether or not it should have been banned"

Well done on contributing to the debate and furthering the advertiser's cause :-)

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Samsung welcomes WinPho 7.5 with Omnia W

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Isn't that exactly the same as the old Omnia 7? Not even a boost for the camera!

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Microsoft: Mango arrives in two weeks

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Do it!

Check my history, I've consistenly posted good things about the OS. It is waaaaayyyy better than android PROVIDED you're not a tinkerer! You can't really do much outside of make phonecalls, browse the web, facebook, apps, kindle etc. It's really neat the way it combines all your calendars and contacts, I've over 400 (Outlook, Hotmail & Facebook) and it's easy to get to whoever really quick. You won't need to worry about memory management or battery life. Car analogy: I think Android is a bit like owning a 1962 beetle which needs a lot of love and attention. Beautiful thing, but sometimes you just want to nip around in your BMW 5 series which just works. iPhone is more like a Ford mustang - loved by all who own them, but you can tell none of them have ever experienced a proper European car :) Zune desktop is lovely, still suprised it came out of Redmond! And the best bit is - it's not an iPhone! No-one else has one, so people are curious when they see one so you can show off a bit to them = "I'm popular, hurrah!".

Honestly, try and give one a go if you can, maybe your phone shop will do a no quibble exhange within a week or something?

I'm going to be down modded to hell for this post, it seems you lot really don't like WP7! Should've posted it on cnet, where it seems Microsoft are the Messiah! Still I love this place for your.. ahem... strong opinions, so fire away guys :-)

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Microsoft exec departs after tweet about Nokia phone

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@Tommy

Look, I've already told you once!

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Most bosses monitor or block social-network use at work

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Mushroom

Hmmm...

Thanks for that. Was going to, umm, troll some other threads but couldn't resist coming back to that baseless ad-hom. I can't really see any justification in there other that 'I'm a misery and that how everyone should be.' More devoid of content than... I don't know... the rest of jason 7's skull?

Just so you know, I've been walking this mortal coil a lot (A LOT) longer than you reckon, boy. I so very hope we're in the same sector and I get to meet you during one of our next few acquisitions.

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So what you're saying is...

Facebook and slacking at work cost me money, so I block them and then throw that very same money at them later in the way of bonuses instead. At the same time my staff have the morale of a turkey at Christmas, and my recruiting costs are sky high due to staff turnover.

Yeah, nice one bud.

This possibly explains your experience with the 'Great British workforce' you mentioned above. Me, I think it's better to keep good staff long term and not have to worry about where I can get replacements from, or the problem of lower productivity whilst the new slaves get themselves bedded in. Over and above all that, the 'cost' of not blocking access is so miniscule, that our staff seem to get bonuses *anyway*.

I've had this conversation many, many times, with people who, IMHO just don't get it. I think we're simply on paths that are diametrically opposed, and never the twain shall meet. I've never yet convinced anyone pre-conditioned to your way of thinking that it actually is better this way. Similarly vice versa.

I happen to think you're on the wrong path, as do you, I, but that's what the makes the world go round, right? I guess it all comes out in the wash and we'll find out sooner or later who's right. As with most things, it's probably somewhere in the middle. Best of luck for your venture.

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Happy

I would...

...but IT have blocked it ;-)

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fiddley
WTF?

You, sir

are a dinosaur. TBH, I'm glad the world is filled with people like you, because it makes it so much easier to sweep up your disaffected staff, bring them in to a culture where they are respected and have them turn over literally millions of pounds worth of business for us. Recession people say - What recession we're saying - seems like we're doing something right. We're on track for record profits, 4th consecutive year.

But, do keep up the good work, Cap'n. Minimum Wage & Maximum Boredom, that's obviously the way to retain a high caliber person on the staff roster.

Bet you're a blast at parties.

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fiddley
Pint

Get a clue, managers!

All you luddites screaming for website blocks are utterly deluded. You obviously think that website blocks will increase worker productivity as though they suddenly become some kind of automaton capable of 8hrs solid thoughtfulness and concerted effort. 8hr minus breaks that is (But only the statutory ones!)

Apart from anything, you're just deflecting the slacking off to other areas - People will take their full lunch entitlement, and their sick day 'entitlement'. They'll arrive at 9 and leave at 5, they'll have extra long coffee breaks, even extra toilet breaks. I've seen people where their freedom is so curtailed, they resort to moving the box around an empty spreadsheet with the arrow keys, so adamantly did their minds demand some kind of non-work related stimulation.

I for one am grateful my employer allows me the freedom to have downtime when needed and repay that trust with 'free' weekend maintenance work and pulling a late one where necessary, not to mention the extra study I put in so I can provide outstanding work at all other times.

You lot may well be running successful businesses, or be an efficient middle manager but you could be doing so much better if you treated your staff as human beings.

Dudes, it's no longer acceptable to have an office like a Dickensian schoolroom, and your best staff know this - but you won't keep them for long.

A beer for all your long suffering staff.

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A sysadmin's top ten tales of woe

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Aircon fail

2006, London Summer heatwave stressed our Aircon too much and the lot failed. What did the PHB do, order repair or replacement? Nah, sent us to somerfield for some Turkey sized tinfoil to line the windows of the server room and "keep the heat out". Cue 45 degree temps and a dead exchange server the next day. Ha! served him right, needless to say we didn't rush with the restore!

Last time I went past the building, the foil was still in the windows :)

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MIRACULOUS new AIRSHIP set to fly by 2013

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FAIL

Ermmm...

...and for a body of unchanged volume with increased density and a downward acceleration of 1g you will be able to measure an increase in w_____.

Fill the blank. :)

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