103 posts • joined 3 Mar 2011
Re: It's not a feeder for Windows Phone
I'm a windows phone user...
...and so is my wife.
As someone else has said it's not 1 in 10 phone owners, but around 1 in 10 phone sales. That might translate to 1 in 30 or more in terms of what you might see out in the wild. As for android pretending to be windows phone, or should that be android pretending not to be windows phone pretending to be andoid, I think it's a massive mistake. Android seems to be going the way of demanding high-end hardware, and all the low end handsets I've seen are usually crap, lacking even enough storage to update all the built-in apps - looking at you Galaxy Ace. A dual-core Galaxy S2 runs crap on jellybean, and wasn't much better on ICS, and that is still higher spec than many mid to low end droids getting shipped.
I had no idea we worked in the same office. I believe the technical term is 'pc hijack'.
The only feature I'm looking forward to is the one that has not been mentioned in the article - context aware volume control. Changing the volume with an app open currently changes the volume of the text and call alert. I can't say I've missed anything else that was in Jellybean except maybe the quick access swipe down settings - they were pretty useful.
Re: TGF Nokia Maps
My wife has an over 2 year old Lumia 800 (wp7.8.something) and despite it's multiple updates it is still a quick and snappy on hardware that I would have (and probably did) laugh at, at the time. To open youtube on my ex Sammy Gal S2 takes around 30 seconds. Hell, even my ex, ex, SE Satio opens faster than that. Vista was a dog when it was released, and improved significantly according to most commentards with SP1 - so it is who exactly who has not been studying their history?
Re: TGF Nokia Maps
This is exactly the sort of thing that made me take the plunge and move to WP8 from Android. They were constantly changing the product; often removing features but making it slower (how?); and bringing no noticable benefit to the actual user experience.
I was worried about leaving the known but to be honest I've not looked back. Google need to knock their heads together and get back on track bringing out innovative products - not just dumbing down their existing ones.
Are these the same kind of ratings companies that were giving Greece a good credit rating just months before they defaulted on their debt, and the USA triple-A despite being just days away from defaulting during their mad few weeks of government stalemate?
All looks like 'finger in the air' type figures to me.
Re: |'m not quite sure I get it
If you're not worried about aesthetics then you wouldn't be worried about trying to cool three boards with convection and only a single fan - you would just put silent fans where needed.
The answer to your original question is heat-pipes which have been proven very effective especially in laptops and other space constrained systems.
Re: HP ProLiant N54L Synology DSM for £125
Before you buy a HP Microserver expecting a cash-back payment - check the offer is actually available, the seller is an approved HP reseller, and the seller is selling in country stock. Perhaps asking the seller to confirm all that by email may be useful should it come to a small-claims court trip.
I've got 3 N54Ls now. 2x ESXi spec from Serversplus and 1x Nas4free from CCLcomputers. Bought at different times on different cash-back offers. Nas4Free rather than FreeNas due to the performance hit if you try to use the latest version - especially with ZFS disks. Booting from USB (they really are silly cheap now) so all disks are available as dedicated storage. Now looking at integrating owncloud but that doesn't look as easy as setting up the initial Nas4free. Compared to buying a NAS it's a little more complicated, but that's only the initial setup - once built they're basically maintenance free.
Not sure if you've seen this one...
If I am reading correctly, it seems the warranty or support contract stupulation only applies to servers - and only to the system firmwares.
My personal experience with Dell's pro support is that the service is good with the only criticisim being (for servers) you must call the Dell support centre for the country of purchase. I don't have a lot of dealings with HP outside my microserver farm, so cannot comment on their support.
As for a professional who needs a Mac being unable to make do with a PC... why not? Unless the software is 100% Mac only and no Windows alternative is available why couldn't they use a PC? Sounds like the difference between 'want' and 'need' to me.
If you knew nothing of the hardware specs and compared my ex Galaxy SII with a Lumia 520 you would think the 520 was significantly higher spec. It's half the RAM and 80% the CPU speed, but compared to the SII on Jellybean it's a flying machine. I don't like the direction that Android is taking where you're getting to need a quad core 2Ghz only for the OS to work smoothly.
Re: Why Zombies
Spent another hour last night playing Left 4 Dead. Perhaps one of my favourite co-operative games I own. Yes they're zombies... but it's far from boring.
Have they fixed the sound bug in BF4 yet? That felt like a game that was released to a deadline - regardless of how finished it was.
I've had significantly more enjoyment out of the free to play War Thunder, even if it is still officially in beta.
A 520 would probably be better for most people as a phone than any iphone or droid or other wphone.
Of course it might not be as good for everything else people expect a phone to do these days.
Reminds me of my dedicated Counterstrike keyboard I had about 15 years ago...
Ripped out every un-used key to avoid them annoying Win key instead of crouch moments. For only £185k I'm willing to dig out the prototype from the loft and start production.
Re: I ditched IE in 2000.
I use Chrome on a daily basis also, but recently I have added IE back to the task bar. Chrome just seems to be getting slower - perhaps that is just a perception?
Re: Social media should do this too!
You mean like my publicly available Facebook account where I do charity work, look after sick baby lambs, and go to church twice a week?
Too many patents seem to be registered in an effort to prevent others from developing a similar idea - even if the patent owner has no intention of developing the idea into a product. That is stifling development as a species rather than promoting it.
Difficult to get a clear view of what is happening with so many different time scales quoted. The Windows phone is since 2011, Android I think is since 2012 and with no dates shown I'm left to assume all Apple figures are for just 2013? For Blackberry's sake I hope that decline is over a couple of years else they might not even figure on next years report.
Re: ... hardly surprising that "lawyers get paid a lot of money".
"...I've now lost the will to do anything good and creative in my life..."
All you need now is the briefcase.
Agendas. That is all.
I look forward to the benchmark results to see how performance differs on the same hardware with Windows, Linux and SteamOS - I would hope their own fork would bring some benefits in FPS.
If the Steam Machine can being home theatre features and DLNA support then it has a better change against the big names.
p.s. anyone else having trouble with the reg forum recently? I can't click in the password box - had to click into email and tab through to password.
1366x768 is okay for a display that size and will help reduce the impact on the battery. If it can output to an external screen (which this can) I would hope that is at least able to display 1920x1080.
No mention of the PSU in the article - is it USB or does it have a dedicated charger? It's all well and good a full charge lasting 10 hours but how long does it take to get back to once the battery is flat?
Re: Thumbed down?
Welcome to the Microsoft haters group. 10s cold to desktop is pretty good. My PC can only dream of that.
I bet I can get more downvotes just by mentioning Windows RT does just about the same as ChromeOS only with SMB support.
Almost agreed entirely with you but... there is some cross-over between all types and the casual user. It is almost the norm for people to have some kind of consumption product for casual use. I don't think anyone in the IT department here does not have either an iPad, a Surface or a droid tablet for use at home. I look forward to someone here buying a Chromebook so I can take a look.
Re: cheap iMac clone?
Thanks for that link to the apple website. I don't think I could have found the apple website without that link. It looks exactly like a imac in that the screen is facing the user, and is rectangular. The stand is on the bottom of the product for use in regular gravity environments, and they have gone for a revolutionary twist on the 'all-in-one' concept by putting all the components inside the only part of the computer.
Seriously, get back to work behind your Genius bar!
Re: How do you manage these?
You could use a Chrome browser plugin for RDP or Citrix receiver depending on what your background infrastructure looks like.
Come up with that one all by yourself or was it originally written as "I'm sure they are handicapped regardless as it is a.Apple/Samsung/Oracle/Sun/Citrix/Cisco/<insert hated technology company name here> product."
Re: outlook.com has ads?
Seriously, I can't see the adverts! Damn you all to Hell I'm missing out!
Re: License Violation
Same applies to the RT devices that come with bundled Home & Student - you may be covered under an existing 365/app assurance licence you have.
Re: Does it run Mac OSX?
You missed the joke alert icon.
Atom processor so 'full' windows 8.1. If it really is useable with only an Atom and 2GB RAM then that's not bad going.
Missed the boat...
HP have been flogging N54L microservers with £100 off for the last year or so. You might be able to get some from the bay of E but no doubt people are trying to make a fast buck on their servers that they bought.
My home setup is:
ESXi hosts - 2x 8GB N54L booting ESXi 5.1 from internal USB - 1x 250GB SATA (came with the server)
iSCSI NAS - 1x 4GB N54L booting Nas4Free from internal USB - 4x 2TB SATA storage.
Network - Cisco 3550 12G + Cisco 3500XL
This allows you to experience a lot of functionality used professionally since 50% of the VM setup is getting the networking correct. If you want Windows PCs/Servers on your VMs, you get 180 days evaluation if you install without a serial key. That is more than enough time to experiment with the various functionality. It is a shame you can't use the advanced VM functionality vmotion/DRS etc without a valid key.
Re: Or get this..
The denial of facts is strong on this site.
Perhaps you can identify what is a better match for a competitor for this touch screen chromebook?
Re: Or get this..
The Gen1 SurfaceRT is a handy little device and for under $200 is a steal for the US market. Possibly the most direct competition for the Chromebook as I believe the Chromebook also has offline document editing and a fully HTML5 compliant browser to either 1) make up for the lack of native apps or 2) make native apps not required.
1 or 2 depending on your point of view.
The on-screen keyboards (qwerty, handwriting, split keyboard) work fine, and the cover-keyboard wraps around the back with less effort than it takes to pull it off - them magnets are surprisingly strong.
Re: What's the target audience/use case?
@Paul S. Gazo
Are them extra couple of inches really as important as they make out?
Any of the 10+/-0.3" tablets on the market currently in my experience are okay for reading PDFs in booklet (2 page) format.
Re: Why I love the Surface
Thanks for the link, a few more toys to play with there. Voice control works ok on the Surface RT but might need a headset to overcome external noise. Don't think the gfx on the RT will quite be up to the HD video and Halo challenge though, will leave that to the Surface 2. Would like to try the play-to DLNA functionality but my Bravia is as old as the hills. Perhaps a DLNA HDMI dongle could help there?
I thought that was a lightning port, not firewire.
Re: Channelling Mythbusters
476190 termites. Sounds like a new El Reg CI unit in the making.
the looks you get...
... tracking down and sniffing around a few deployed 6430s only to find they were odour free.
So Samsung has outsold the following 5 manufacturers - but combined make only 62% of the market. Who makes the other 38% which is around 100,000 units?
My upgrade to 8.1 was free. As was the RT version of Office 2013.
I'm not sure where you heard of these upgrade and subscription costs.
Get back to work
Aren't there any customers waiting at your 'genius' bar?
You can compare the Surface (2) Pro tablets with the iPad just as soon as the iPad runs full Mac OSX
Re: Why downvoted?
Actually the article states "Microsoft has quickly backpedalled on its Windows 8.1 update, pulling it from the Windows Store after reports that it was bricking Surface tablets."
The title reads "MICROSOFT PULLS WIN 8.1 RT CODE WHICH UPGRADED SURFACE 'SLABS INTO BRICKS"
No "some" there. Try reading it again. Dare ya!
Since Microsoft have claimed it is only a minority of devices affected, then my confirmation that the update isn't bricking every Surface adds some validation to the discussion. My condolences to the 'other surface owner' who must have the bricked one.
If they claimed it wasn't happening, but in reality every owner's device was getting bricked, then people complaining here would show they were full of BS. A bit like your comment which isn't even about the article, is 100% irrelevant, is not news and adds nothing of value to the discussion.
8.1 upgraded the day of release and running on both my PC and my Surface RT.
No issues seen so far.
(Of course this will be downvoted - but would love to actually hear the reasons why they would downvote such a purely factual comment)
When Volvo announced their Diesel plug-in Hybrid I immediately saw the potential. Driving from and to work on the electric only makes financial sense – even more so if you are able to charge it while at work. When going touring at the weekend you have a 200bhp front wheel drive diesel engine, and can even boost it with an extra 80bhp push through the rear electric wheels.
I’m not so sure on this one though.
Re: Surface 2 v iPad 5
I wonder if it will include a full featured version of Safari so I won't need to download individual apps to use websites that run fine from my PC?
Thought as much.
Re: anecdotal evidence
What did she expect? iOS?
I still don't understand chromebook.
You need to be online as all the content is through the browser? But the thing costs as much as a cheap laptop and nearly as much as a Surface RT or a mid-spec Android tablet - and all these have offline capabilities.
Re: Surface RT - I have one
I also have a Surface RT, and I like it!
I wanted mutiple user support so Apple's offerings were out the window and the Android multi-user support was not mature enough. The browser being fairly fully featured does away with the need for apps to view youtube etc. I really like that the OS mimics the full Windows 8 allowing you to do most things you can on full windows (manage devices, map network drives). So far, no issues at all.
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