167 posts • joined 3 Mar 2011
Re: surely just pop the back off and change the battery for a new one.....
Because you just pop the front off...
For warthunder my left hand is doing at the same time...
....throttle control and roll, possibly at same time as rudder while adjusting flaps and dropping bombs or launching rockets. Taking the whole of the left hand up with a joystick wouldn't be an effieient use of a high-accuracy limb.
It's not so much the use of the WASD keys being crucial, but the ease of using all the keys surrounding them.
Re: K70 + RAT 5
Moved from an ancient Razer Diamondback to a RAT 5 a few months ago. I thought I was happy with my mouse until I used the RAT. It looks weird, but once adjusted fits my fairly smallish hands perfectly.
Next on the list is a new keyboard to replace my long-suffering Microsoft multi-media board. I was thinking a K70, so seeing a +1 for it here is comforting.
Re: No thanks
I remember the days (and I mean sometimes days) of searching for a decent mirror for the latest countre-strike patch. When Steam came along with 1.6 it was both a blessing and a curse. No more malware infested click-lottery downloader sites - but also forced updates which could screw up offline lan gaming
Mines the one with the Steyr AUG in the pocket - not a Bullpup!
Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?
Sharepoint, is a pain to use, that may though be our IT departments fault can't really say, still a pain and I'm missing a lot of key functionality that I do expect from it.
Someone hasn't used Jive then?
It's like someone showed an A level student Yammer and Sharepoint, and then got them to create it in Frontpage 97.
Re: Stupid buttons on the side of the mouse
You can probably set the extra buttons to do whatever you want, but that means installing the mouse software.
Mine's the one with the RAT5 in the pocket.
If you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide.
With the amount of hidden content I assume they have done a lot of wrong!
Re: Aviation geeks
You need to play more war thunder. Does wonders for your WWII aircraft identification.
TB-3M? Arm the rockets!
Re: I'd love one, but
As you say, though: Touch screen? Detachable keyboard? SSD?
To which I say: Bigger screen. More USB ports. More connectivity in general
So we have identified one is a tablet, and the other a laptop, and you can only compare them so much. After that they both have advantages that the other cannot perform so comparing is pointless unless you want to discuss which features are people willing to compromise to have the alternative.
Would you drop the ability to use touchscreen and function as a tablet for extra USB ports and a wider screen? YMMV.
For me, having SSD is a no-brainer on a PC/laptop/tablet. I'd rather have 1/4 the storage but 4 times the speed. Storing junk is what NAS devices are for.
Re: I'd love one, but
If they want to get some traction they need to drop the price on the RT versions. As much as I enjoy using ours, I wouldn't buy another at the current full price. £280 for the original and £360 for the 2nd gen are just too high co compete against the current market with the old/new iPads being £330/400 and every price point satisfied in the world of Droids.
When MS dropped the price about a year ago you could not find a Surface for sale anywhere. As soon as they went into stock they were sold. Ebay was flooded with people trying to make a quick buck on ones they have bought for cheap. If MS are serious about breaking into the market they need to take a short-term hit for long term success. That would be the price to pay for bringing a good product, but missing the boat by a good couple of years.
Re: Behold, the iPad Macbook Pro Retina
Balls. Missed one but it leaves scope for the next model...
The iPad Macbook Air Pro Retina
Behold, the iPad Macbook Pro Retina
...did I miss any?
Re: Just leave now...
Most people don't want to buy Microsoft. They don't trust Microsoft, and they sure as hell don't want Microsoft's broken UIs
In my experience, outside of the workd of Linux and Unix admins, most people are blisfully unaware of the OS on their PC, and just don't complain in the way you are suggesting. We must move in different circles?
More science needed.
Do they actually run slower or is it just once the new iShiny becomes available, people complain theirs is slow and they need a new one? I bet people don't complain when it's announced because they can't get one.
I imagine this is like when the number of iShinys dropped by management increase after the launch of the latest version, but not when it is announced.
Hasn't someone tried running a non-upgraded phone against a similar age/model running the latest firmware and compared the performance?
Re: Upgrades to software, other platforms.
Reminds me about when I complained about the interface on the Ricoh being confusing, and my boss happened to walk past and quipped.. "Are you sure a career in IT is for you?"
Toucé Mr Boss.
Re: New binary state?
Was that what was known as 'fuzzy logic'? I heard about that years ago, not heard the phrase since, but then my parents received a rice cooker as a gift from their Chinese student houseguests - and it has fuzzy logic.
Last time I heard rice and fuzzy in a since sentance was about a plate I forgot to wash up before going on holiday.
Re: Pure genius
You will also need a SCOM licence which I believe will hurt your pocket more than the Windows Server licence you might need to install it on.
Re: Pure genius
If you already have SCOM in place, it makes sence to add a management pack if 365 is a big component of your IT services. Beats having to get someone to browse to http://status.office365.com/ every 5 minutes (which you can do from any OS or browser).
Will I even notice?
FB messaging is possible direct from the people hub in WP8. I've never felt the need to see if there is a messaging app for FB in the store.
Actually removing the messaging part would clean up some annoying behaviour where you get an alert on the FB app that you have a message, then the message shows on your people hub also, meaning you have to aknowledge it in both places.
Five years ago I became lighter to the tune of 24% and it wasn't even anything remotely exotic. Beware heading into a showroom and thinking "oooh shiny... I can afford this!"
Now rolling in 3.3% despite it being a significantly better car. Faster, bigger, smoother, sexier.
So will this work for the little guys?
I know a couple of photographers who have had their photos used without consent on the websites of some newspapers. Can they strike for the papers to be DNS tombstoned, and how does it work with sites (and/or content) hosted or incorporated outside of Aus?
Re: Why am I not surprised by this?
The difference here is you are a honest person, and the customer is bringing their PC to you and entrusting you to not snoop around their files. The people in the NSA and such are already OK with snooping around peoples files without their knowledge - the lines of trust have already been blurred.
That's not obligitory, more of a serving suggestion.
Beer. Because it needs no serving suggestion.
Not quite a laptop... but the Surface pro is probably as close as you can get to the MS laptop. I've not used a Pro version yet, but I imagine it would be as you say - how other laptops feel AFTER you have uninstalled all the crapware!
"I still have no idea why a Galaxy is more use than an iPhone"
Perhaps your sequence was shortened?
Has anyone actually tried changing their details to display only their chosen nickname?
You have 3 boxes, First name, Surname, Nickname
Then a drop down for 'display name' with the options.
1. <first name> <surname>
2. <first name> "<nickname>" <surname>
3. <first name> <surname> (<nickname>)
I don't see any option for not splashing my real name all over short of using Hell + Cat as my first name and surname, and then selecting option 1.
Re: Accessing data , and Chromebooks
So Microsoft need an OS to run on cheap chromebook-spec hardware? To provide a device with the ability to create local content, but with an eye to using cloud services and storage? Is Windows 8.1 with Bing the new name for Windows RT?
I'm going to have to put a good word in for my not so local cinema. A really good independent showing a few blockbusters, but also a good amount of less well known and foreign films. Staff are knowledgable and happy, the place is spotless, and for less than the price of a sticky airplane seat you can cosy up on a leather sofa with a well stocked bar.
I cringe when I am 'invited' to go watch a movie at one of the modern cattle houses. It really is a excercise in restraint when subject to mental torture. Awful conditions, awful films.
Tyneside Cinema, I sault you!
Re: Contactless? No thanks!
The limit is due to it being a single factor authentication... and wireless even if only almost in contact with the reader. I would suggest adding PIN for taking out larger amounts, and I expect with the contactless being encrypted it is more secure than the mag strip. Reading elsewhere it seems 1st gen (over 5 years old now) contactless were not encrypted, or not to the same level as today.
I've not seen anything to say if the cash machines in the UK are magstrip or chip&pin once it disapears inside the machine. Perhaps it's time for an experiment?
Since the unencrypted magnetic stripe is the biggest vunerability, why aren't ATMs transitioning to being (or at least supporting) chip&pin or even contactless? Wouldn't that at least make it harder to skim people's details.
As one commentator on the Krebson page put it - you don't need to outrun the bear, you only need to run faster than the other campers.
So what are we meant to do?
Attempt to pull apart every ATM we use?
Given the number of different designs we encounter, it's hardly surprising we don't notice something unusual. How difficult would it be to have a single plain design, so any 'addition' would stand out like a sore thumb?
Perhaps having the pin entry on a touch screen, with the number positions randomised? Then there would be no 'false keypads' and no 'warmth spotting'.
Re: Be aware Surface firmware updates can be delivered later to your device....
Cheers for that tip, shall check it when I get home.
Re: I had a break in Dubai, last year
I was offered a job there and turned it down; and so did my wife.
Re: Windows 8 *PRO*
(Here we go again)
Yup, who wants to spend $300 on a tablet when you can get one for only $2600?
Re: Watch the lawsuites fly...
I'm not sure if I missed the sarcasm in this post because you _can_ map a drive letter to your Onedrive, and Win8 _has_ Onedrive built in.
If not, then http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/34847-onedrive-map-onedrive-pc-windows-8-1-a.html
Re: 2Gb file?
Onedrive isn't a cloud backup service. It's meant to be a synchronised location for storing live files. If you need to backup huge zip archives, or VMs then look at any of the cloud backup services, or (crazy idea here) keep it local - because who wants to be waiting for 2GB or more to download when something local has gone horribly wrong...
I was looking for a ISIS Gigapipe bottom bracket for my bike. That will be my internet running slow for the next year.
Let me offer my sincere thanks on your comment. I had mistakenly believed my phone was able to make calls, send texts and emails, browse the web and waste hours of my life which I will not get back on daft games and watching cats on YouTube. I immediately threw it in the bin once I read your comment and will proceed directly to a phone store to buy an iOS or Droid since only these devices can do what I need.
Re: Microsoft FAIL
How is life under the bridge trying to catch billy goats?
I for one like this new edgy side of el reg.
Flightradar24 even has helicopters now. Say goodbye to another 30 minutes of your life!
"Do not give up, keep coming , we r winning, if diverted return by any route however circuitous ! United we stand! RT"
Well they would be the experts in circuitous routes!
Isn't that what Core is for?
The fun of migration is finding all the business critical systems that talk in a protocol that was in one OS, but replaced in another, then finding a way to hook them up again.
Re: yes of course
Can't say I'm on the edge of my chair over this touch-optimised Office, as the version that came with RT works fine for anything I've ever tried to do. Since the surface devices make up the majority of Win tabs, and they have touchpad/keyboard covers, it makes sense for Microsoft to work on a version for iOS and Android before Win8.1.
Still, unless they sort out their single-sign-on it will all be a moot point as I'll be going back to google!
What happens when...
You're docked and the phone rings?
I don't think I'm a target user here. I've dual-booted my PC before for gaming vs everything else, and found it a right PITA, plus docking the phone I guess means you're fixed to an individual model of phone? Perhaps if the offloading of work was done wirelessly this could be a viable platform - but we're a long way from there!
Very good points that equally apply against those who deride the RT tablets. I can't run War Thunder on the houses' SurfaceRT - but I equally can't make annoying facebook updates on a train with the gaming PC.
I'm still waiting to see a Chromebook come into the office, but will give it an open minded look over when it does. Are they very chromecast compatible?
No, that was killed off with Windows phone 7. I agree it was traumatic.
Re: how does this compare to phones from a few years ago?
Not sure why you got a downvote for that question - It's perfectly valid.
I also have a Galaxy SII which I replaced with a Lumia 1020. The main problem I was having with the GSII was the speed of the OS. Just moving from home screen to SMS messages took a few seconds, and it seemed to get slower with every update to the OS and Apps. Of course Jellybean was a long way from Gingerbread, and brought many great features but really demanded higher performing hardware. I would have said stay on Gingerbread to avoid the slow-down but you must stay up-to-date if you want to be able to install and update many apps.
So this brings onto your question. How does this perform against a GSII? Probably on par with the GSII when both were new. WinPhone seems to get away with much lower hardware and remain zippy. Comparing to the Fully patched GSII I think you would find the Lumia noticeably faster.
Best plan is to run the 'can I help you Sir' gauntlet and go and try them for yourself alongside your current fondleable, and ignore all the advice here - especially this one.
Re: Good luck with trying to get support for one...
There is so much wrong with your comment it's almost not worth commenting... almost.
My experience as a lowly home user is the Surface support is good. Our gen1 scratched, bashed up RT was replaced for new at 10 months old for a battery charging issue. Turn around was a few days but could have been much quicker if we had opted for the express service.
You compare the Surface 3 Pro with an iPad or Droid tablet? I don't believe an iPad can install OSx or come with an i7 processor and upto 512GB of FLASH storage (not SSD).
RAM =/= storage. Even on the RT versions you can add more local storage via SD card or USB stick or making use of cloud storage like dropbox/googledocs/onedrive.
After a year of ownership, the fully patched gen1 RT is still quick and perfectly usable. I have no reason to believe versions with faster hardware will run slower.
But don't let facts get in the way of a dig at Microsoft 'cause that's what all the cool kids do!
Re: Windows 8 is an unfocussed mess
Nobody in my house seems to have any problems using the PC or the tablet, and the Xbox 360 isn't too far removed from the 'tiles' type start menu.
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