245 posts • joined 28 Jan 2011
Re: Never before?
"When does Server 2003 support end? (Basically Server version of XP)"
14th July 2015.
See the bottom of this page:
"most sensible people don't trade in their old TV just because there in a newer one with better features - as long as the features their current TV has are all they require."
I've been quite happy with my analogue Sony* Trinitron, but at the moment it is under threat from an "upgrade" to a digital-only signal. I really don't watch TV often enough to warrant lashing out on a fancy new TV.
* bought before before Sony did their silly trick with rootkits on CDs, in case you wonder
Re: Yes I predict it will be exactly as terrible as Y2K!
'But the idea that a washing machine would think, "It's 1st January 1900, I haven't been invented yet, I'd better explode and set the place on fire" was pretty stupid though.'
Maybe, but my 2 year old video recorder refused to record anything by the timer once we got past 31st December 1999. Thereafter if I wanted to record something I had to be there and hit the "record now" button.
It wasn't a cheap model either.
They've left themselves wide open here
"The row over the amount of tax multinationals are paying has taken another turn after it emerged that Microsoft pays no UK tax on £1.7bn of online revenues."
Re: Too confusing for some - which London are we talking about
"I <heart> New York
Oh, you're from Lincolnshire too?"
There's a spot called New York in Nidderdale too.
"The Cyber Streetwise campaign aims to effect behavioural change"
So was it 7 days notice or no days notice?
The user quotes mention no notice or 24 hours, rather than 7 days.
Oh well, there's probably no greater motivation for researching alternatives than having your service cut off with no notice.
Re: Internet of American Things
"Since the Nest thermostat only works in USA and Canada residents of the Rest of the World can sleep easy."
"Use of the thermostat outside the United States and Canada is complicated by the software setting time and other functions based on the ZIP code."
When and if they eventually fix that, you will have to enter dates and times in US format,
And probably decide the interface language by your IP address.
What could possibly go wrong?
Re: Online help
and more recently OS X Server told me it couldn't offer any help because "You are not connected to the internet".
Quite apart from the fact that not everyone has a 100% reliable internet connection, how the hell are all those non-Geeks who just want to set up a home network going to cope when they mess up their networking / OS X Server throws a wobbly itself*?
* delete as applicable.
Re: Spot on.
"I'm also passworded out especially, the extra security password that some banks are tacking on to Debit and Credit card transactions...."
Then there's the dreaded Dual Authentication
Look it's simple.
The mobile phone signal near my computer can be a bit hit and miss so sometimes I have to go outside to get the SMS containing this vital piece of login information.
Please don't throw a "session expired" message at me when I've had to do that.
Telephone numbers too!
"It isn't difficult to strip out spaces!!"
It certainly isn't.
And it's really not at all difficult to insert spaces so that a phone number looks like it does in the phone book or printed on letterheads. Ditto for credit card numbers.
My latest online form filling adventure rejected my phone number because i simply copied and pasted it from elsewhere.
Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !
One lot of patch installs even stopped half way through (not at the beginning or end but halfway f@cking through) to ask me a question so leaving it untended isn't an option.
Yes, a new version of MSIE has been the culprit there on several occasions.
Re: Easy solution...
"Free delivery for 10 households in the same road. I say this, as every day in my little cul de sac *someone* has a delivery from Tesco.*
And woosh, back to my childhood when many folks didn't have their own cars and the butcher and greengrocer did their own deliveries.
I'll never forget the bill they sent me just before Christmas in 1997.
It went something like "This is OUR money. Don't you DARE spend it on Christmas festivities. WE WANT IT NOW!".
My reaction was to make a point of paying them as late as possible without getting cut off.
Re: Retail Win 8
Dunno if they still do this, but there used to be a version of Parallels* which came with a Windows licence bundled in.
* I might be thinking of VMware Fusion there, but the principle is the same: do a deal with MS and bundle Windows with your product so it's properly licenced.
"The scrapping of SBS was the start, Microsoft do not want Small Businesses."
On a much smaller scale, the same applies to Windows Home Server. Quite a nice product, even if they dropped drive extender support with WHS 2011. Nowadays they expect you to go buy Server 2012 Essentials. Yeah, right, I'll drop more on an OS than I did on the server...
Or do what I did. Add a bit to price of Essentials, and instead get a Mac mini and upgrade it to 16GB with third party RAM for less than $100. Add $20 for Mountain Lion Server if you want that capability and turn that WHS2011 box into a Linux server.
It's working nicely for me.
Re: Time to get nuclear on some behinds
<cite>So all rents change every tie the BoE changes interest rates?</cite>
Rents did change a couple of times in Switzerland when the local equivalent of the BoE rates changed. That was when renting through a large agency though, I have since rented direct with an owner and there has been no such adjustment.
But of course we are not talking about the huge rate swings we saw in the UK in the 80s and early 90s.
Re: For a safer, faster, better experience online you should upgrade your browser.
What about the blind or partially sighted?
From 2009, UK government browser guidelines
Graceful degradation without scripting/ plug-ins and accessibility are required (paragraphs 41-42)
Of course the link there now gives a 404.
For a safer, faster, better experience online you should upgrade your browser.
Using Firefox 20.0
" But windows installs dwarf Linux on desktop so new logic applied"
Do pray tell, where can I get dwarf Linux?
Is it any good?
Re: @ M Gale
'A bad worker blames his tools'
You never saw my father's toolbox. It was full of rounded screwdrivers.
I swore to myself that when I grew up I would invest in good quality tools, and I did so.
Ask any craftsman or mechanic what tools they buy, how much they cost and how much time they take looking after them for your answer.
Re: But, but...
can't we just store all the data into The Cloud?
If it takes 88 days to transfer a petabyte from one tape medium to another, how long will it take to put it in the cloud?
Re: He's very good...
">> He's very good...
...at all that literature stuff.
But is he really? If his depth of knowledge of literature is on par with his technical knowledge then I have serious doubts."
Well I think a scholarship to Cambridge and graduating with upper second class honours demonstrates that he does know a thing or two on the subject (source: Wiki if that doesn't scare you)
Re: With Unity being pushed down the throat, who cares
@The lone lurker
"It's been a while since I played with Mint but is there not a version based on Debian?"
Yes, Linux Mint Debian is here
"Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is a semi-rolling distribution based on Debian Testing."
So it depends on whether you are happy using the Debian Testing stream. I had a brief try and I might have been unlucky with the timing but I had several things breaking due to that.
Re: Makes Torrent look good.
The “personalised and local experience” amounts to a message in cyber-speak that basically says "F#ck off!, we have you by the short and curlies".
I still get that sort of thing with languages. When I am doing international support I want my software in English please. I live in a German speaking part of the world but that doesn't mean I want the German version of a software product.
Re: good for the soul..
As well as Freelance I remember Presentations which came with the WordPerfect Office Suite.
My copy of WordPerfect Office was bundled with a PC and I think it was the NT variant mentioned here, because it although it came with a Win98 system I swiftly upgraded to NT4 and it ran fine there.
Re: 'mind-crippling' COBOL
"COBOL has many advantages in helping the programmer understand what they're actually doing."
Agreed. I also learned a lot about eliminating unnecessary I/O and ending up with a program which ran efficiently.
"COBOL writer's cramp" was a myth too once you got away from pencil and paper.
With a decent editor you could be very productive.
Re: 2013 blows almost as much as WinH8TE
"3 - I never understood why anyone would be dumb and lazy enough to buy the OEM/card version of Office 2010 which is only licensed to the computer it ships/installed on. ie: Office2013. There is *NO* discount savings buy about $10 or so. If it was 50%, maybe."
A couple of years ago I saw the downloadable version and the full retail DVD version on the shelves of a local shop at exactly the same price. Since my first job would have been to back up the downloaded version it would have actually cost me more (albeit not much, but that's not counting my time).
All your eggs in one basket isn't a good idea
A real world demonstration that having all your eggs in one (third party) basket is asking for trouble.
Re: Just had look at the "License"
"if you run windows in a VM under windows then you need two windows licences, one for the main "windows" and another for the copy running in the VM."
Not if you are running a non-WIndows host. I have Windows Home Server 2011, Windows 7 and Windows 8 running here in VMs hosted by Linux and OS X.
"Weirdly it wasn't preinstalled on the Mac I bought recently; I'm not sure if that's because it was refurbished (though iPhoto, GarageBand, etc, were there)."
As far as I am aware iWork doesn't come on new Macs either, but iWeb, iPhoto, Garageband etc do.
Re: Libre Office
"Can be easily downloaded for the Mac- no messing."
I've been using it on Mac, Linux and Windows systems for a good while now.
On the Mac I find iWork and Libre Office complementary. I use each for the purposes they are best for.
Re: IBM's arrogance was that they could make standards ..
I also recall printers and disk drives being "field upgradeable", and that was achieved by snipping a link to get increased speed and capacity respectively.
Re: Must be a blue blood blue fondling thing...
"Big Blue (IBM), supercomputer Blue Gene/Q Sequoia (IBM), The Blue Card (American Express), Blue Ray (Sony) and now Microsofts' "Blue". I seem to notice a lot of blue fondling by big wigs here. Are they trying to tell us something?"
I have also noticed that a lot of new bits of kit have blue lights.
Is blue the "new green"?
Re: No improvement in quality
"However the Be checker claims that the BT database gives my line as being 2665 metres."
Ah, their database is always right you see.
Just like the way their database was right that I still had an old style telephone socket in my house back in the 1990s. Except of course I had the new style socket.
Dunno what happened in that instance but at a previous address I discovered that paperwork could get lost in the BT system and the database didn't get updated.
But you can run LibreOffice without Java
"My Mac was Java-free for years. I only installed it because Libre Office moans constantly (with annoying pop-ups) if it's not installed. I'd be very happy if Libre Office could remove it's dependency on Java."
I caught an indication a few months ago somewhere on the LIbriOffice site that they were working on removing the Java dependency.
The latest release didn't give me the nag messages about the lack of Java the first time i ran it, and where the previous release moaned when creating a new Text document, I haven't seen that in the latest release either.
I haven't had any problems actually running LO without Java, of course with the caveat that I don't use the database side of LO.
Re: @Thad Do you remember....
" used to work with/for a former Ashton Tate/Borland employee/refugee and he told me it was a pun on "1-2-3", by using Spanish... Uno, Dos, Tres... Quatro, but they used two "t"s in the name."
I always thought it was Italian, which does have two "t"s. Audi also made the Quattro spelling well known.
I really liked Ami Pro but for me the Windows version of 1-2-3 was the first spreadsheet I had ever used and it kind of sat there like a dumb thing without giving me any hints how to drive it. Fine for existing users, not so good for a novice IMHO.
In contrast Quattro Pro did give me hints how to drive it, especially with the way right click produced context sensitive menus, It remained my favourite spreadsheet for a decade.
The last version of 1-2-3 I worked with was in 1996 and someone somewhere had decided that table pivoting was a job to delegate to Approach. It was truly painful to watch an animated graphic displaying "connecting to database" (client server architecture being the latest buzz phrase then) and then see it fall over in a heap. After an hour struggling with that I slipped the data onto a floppy, took it home and did the job in 15 minutes flat on my home system using Quattro Pro.
"I'd love to see where that came from originally.. what's the oldest version of it that you've seen?"
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince was my inspiration, and I found others had beaten me to it.
Re: Ah the good old days gone by...
"16Mb RAM on your computer was something to be envied.
That was an unimaginable RAM size until when - late 1990s? Chips or SIMMs were reckoned in KB increments.
Got my first 64MB PC in 1997. With 2GB disk, decent monitor, CD drive, audio card, NT4, Office and a DAT drive it came to about £4K.
And it still didn't have a NIC :-)
Re: Ah the good old days gone by...
"A 2Gb hard disk was awesome."
I remember getting my first 2GB disk and wondering how on earth I was going to fill it. The first quarter got dedicated to a full backup of my laptop and the rest only lasted about 9 months
No you mention it I think I tried a demo version of the AltaVista local search software.
It looked good but I just didn't have enough data lying around at the time.
"I think that for the £25 the upgrade cost it was worth it."
Where I live £50 is more the mark.
"I think the ribbon interface for explorer is fantastic, who hidden files and file extensions are now both right there on the ribbon rather than buried on the second tab of a screen opened from a menu."
Er, no. In Windows 7 or Server 2008 you can get to the dialogue where you can tick both checkboxes at once. With Windows 8 you have to navigate through the ribbon for each one.
The jury is out at the moment. I installed the free Pokki to get a more Windows 7 interface back, but after a reboot it came back with TIFKAM. Not impressed by that.
Re: Oh, I love this!
"Better advice would be to close all browser sessions, launch a new one to do your banking and then close it when you are finished regardless of which browser you are using."
My bank advises exactly that.
Does anyone use them?
And I've still *never* seen anyone use one.
The competitor isn't the iPad but the MacBook Air
Comparing the Windows 8 Pro US prices, if you add $100 for the keyboard you are at exactly the same prices as the 11 inch MacBook Air.
90% of customers use Charms on the first day they get the product.
The other 10% haven't found where Charms is yet.
Re: "OS/2 also needed a couple of extra megabytes of RAM"
Note for the kidz: You could buy a second hand car for the cost of 8 megs of RAM in the early 90s. (Yes, I really did mean to type megs and not gigs.)
I can't remember what it cost for 8 megs for our work PCs, but I upgraded all 3 of them to 12 MB and both Windows 3.11 and Windows 95 ran sweetly in that.
It was some £350 for the upgrade from 4MB to 12MB on my 1995 Toshiba laptop.
At the same time a Vauxhall Cavalier in decent condition could be had for £500.
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