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* Posts by MikeHuk

22 posts • joined 15 Mar 2011

Microsoft to ship Windows 8.1 in 'late August'

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Re: Rodents, a dying species

Sorry but rodents are alive and well and will remain so for many years to come. I love mice, precision instruments which can do so much with only small movements of the hand. Touch is ok for tablets and phones, but fingers are so imprecise, how often have I pressed an icon on a tablet and nothing happens or get the wrong app! I even use a mouse and keyboard on my Android tablet for serious work.

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The Evil Empire has become the Stupid Empire

Oh dear, MS had the chance to correct the mess that is Windows 8 but as a PC desktop user there is little to attract me to update from Windows 7. If they had offered a PC version without Metro and improvements to the desktop mouse/keyboard side of things they could have had a winner. This attempt to provide an OS for all devices was flawed from the start. I have been looking elsewhere and have installed Linux Mint 15 and am very impressed.

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Microsoft partners seriously underwhelmed by Windows 8.1

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Re: Windows 7?

Microsoft had a winner with Win 7, if only they could produce an updated and improved Win 7 without Metro(Modern) and emphasis on mouse/keyboard rather than touch they could have had another winner. Win 8.1 is a lame attempt to improve a misconceived mess.

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PC makers REALLY need Windows 8.1 to walk on water - but guess what?

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It's not the Desktop that's dead it's Win 8 that's dead

As many have already said the market for PCs are reaching saturation point. I am another who has a 4 year old quad core PC running Win 7 and Linux mint which is lightning fast and is quite adequate for all my needs and I cannot see myself upgrading any time soon. Win 8 offers me little that I want, I don't need the TIKRAM and its app store(does anybody?), I have proper Windows PROGRAMS, I don't need touch as I have a much more efficient and precise system in a mouse and keyboard. Sure Win 8 boots faster but how many times do I boot in a day and I usually use hibernate anyway. When MS brought out Win 7, I upgraded as it offered me some new useful features but Win 8 and even 8.1 offers me little to make it attractive. Also I hate that checkerboard look on win 8/phone 8.

I do have an Android Tablet with touch and that is great but that for me is an entirely different platform for different use in addition to my PC not as a replacement.

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Minty fresh Linux: Olivia hits the virtual shelves

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Long time since I tried Linux but Mint 15 Is great

Installed it on Tuesday and am really impressed! Install an my Lenovo I5 Laptop was smooth as silk. and very smooth in use everything seems to be there. Connected to the web with Firefox and Thunderbird and was fairly easy to attach to my wifi Epson. Using it all the time now and haven't bothered going back to Windows 7.

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HTC woes prompts 'leave now' tweet from former staffer

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No micro SD slot or removable battery - No sale!

I had a one of the original HTC Desires and it was a good phone but was left stuck on Android 2.2 froyo, it left a nasty taste that HTC seamed to forget about it. Now they have moved to fixed battery and no micro SD they have ruled themselves out of the market as far as I am concerned. I now have a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which is superb and has removable battery and an up to 64GB micro SD slot and has already had Android updated since I bought it.

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Euro PC shipments plummet into bottomless pit of DOOOOM

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There has been a lot of talk around the computer industry that the desktop is dead because of lack lustre sales, from my personal point of view this is rubbish and a incorrect analysis of the actual situation.

The way I see it is that for the first time ever users can buy a fast, reliable computer at a reasonable price with a reliable operating system that works. Why would you need to upgrade or replace? Desktop computers have come of age!

In my own case I have owned 4 computers in the past and currently have a three year old quad core computer (Chillblast Sidewinder) that cost less than £1000 running Windows 7. For the first time I'm using a computer but loads programs virtually instantaneously, runs them without having to wait for a program to catch up, meaning that I can work or play the way I want all the time.

The two reasons that I am not thinking of upgrading or replacing my current computer is

1) For the first time I do not need more performance or reliability

2 ) As a mainly desktop user I can't see that Windows 8 is going to offer me much extra than I have now, If Windows 8 were a direct upgrade from Windows 7 with more relevant and new features to the desktop I would have bought it. I certainly don't want or need Metro.

Eventually I will replace or update if I encounter hardware problems or there is a new showstopper program that I need which won't run on my current configuration but this won't happen any time soon.

It has been said that tablets and smart phones are replacing desktops, from my perspective tablets and smart phones are in ADDITION to desktops and all have their place. I have a high-performance 10 inch Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean tablet (Toshiba AT 300) and a smart phone (Samsung Galaxy note 2 ) which are great when I am not home or in bed for browsing the Internet or simple games, but for all serious work I would much rather use the desktop. Mice and keyboards are precision implements, much easier than using an imprecise finger. For me touch screens are irrelevant for serious work, I have tried it and always revert back to my desktop (which I am using now).

Long live the desktop PC!

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Flat mobe battery? Just light a fire

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Simpler to buy a spare battery

I would never buy a phone that does not have a replaceable battery. A spare battery only costs a few quid. Job done!

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END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH: TalkTalk no longer worst ISP in UK

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Re: @MikeHuk (Talktalk Salesman?) - Can't be that bad

I am in fact a retired NHS Nurse and have no connection with Talktalk. Only stating my personal experience.

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Can't be that bad

If only one in three thousand complain it must mean that a hell of a lot of people are satisfied. I joined Talktalk when they started and have always have had good service, particularly as they were the first to introduce really low cost broadband!

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Windows Phone 8: What Nokia and Microsoft MUST do

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Re: live tiles and pit to start

Android phones have been doing this from year one, on my HTC Desire I have all my most used apps pinned to my start screen as icons against my nice chosen background instead of those ugly tiles.

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No one watches TV, Nielsen, and you know it

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Killing the golden goose

The thing that really annoys me is that the licensing authority has allowed more advert breaks and increase length, when there were only one or two breaks in a program and the length of the break was limited to three minutes, the adverts didn't annoy. Today however I have a DVR which allows me to pause the TV and skip the adverts by giving me the pause deferred time. I wait 5 minutes then select live TV, so never see the adverts. The TV companies are killing the goose that laid golden eggs by annoying viewers so much that they avoid adverts altogether. As advertisers realise that adverts are having no effect on sales they will stop using TV advertising. I do watch some BBC programs (although the dumbing down of their schedule mean that there is less and less to watch) I find that the number of trailers is almost as bad as the adverts on commercial TV so I skip those as well.

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What kind of LOSER sits in front of a PC...

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Who needs dedicated Ebook readers?

Although I have been reading books electronically for many years I don't think I will ever buy a dedicated ebook reader . I have used Palms for years and now have an HTC Desire. Even though I am now 69 I find a smart phone is perfectly suited to reading books. Most books I read are royalty free which I mostly get from Memoware website or the Guttenberg Project.. I use a great little app called Ireader.on my Desire.

So you can keep your Kindles

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

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Oh no not another Vista!

You would think that Microsoft would have learnt the lesson from Vista. Listen to the users! Unless there is an option to switch off Metro I will not be upgrading from Win 7, personally I dislike the UI of the win phone system even though I am told it works quite well. Surely it would be sensible to have an install version for non-touch systems which would bypass Metro and have a Win 7 type desktop.

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TalkTalk, 3UK scratched off Ofcom's Xmas card list

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Talktalk is okay

I must be one of the 999 in the thousand that are happy with Talktalk. I joined Talktalk right at the beginning and have had no problems, in fact I recommend others because of the low price, reliability and good service.

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Android, BlackBerry phone owners favour Apple tablet

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Why would I need a tablet at all!

This survey does not seem to ask the question, "Do you intend buying a tablet".I am one of those who will not be buying a tablet!

I have a Windows 7 desktop, a Windows 7 laptop and an HTC Desire phone. I can't think what I would use a tablet for. My next purchase will be an UltraBook.

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iPlayer founder launches next big TV thing-Zeebox

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What rubbish!

I have recommendations from my Humax DVR and I hate it. I have yet to accept even one. I only wish that I could find a way to turn these recommendations off. I love choice! I prefer reading about a program before I decide to record it. There is so little to record what with all the repeats, gameshows, soaps and food programs. Long-lived choice

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Murdoch muscles BBC out of Formula One driving seat

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The Bastards!!!

How cab they do this? The BBC's F1 coverage of F1 has been superb - a jewel in their crown, particularly after the ITV F1 debacle. Well that's the end of F1 for me. Next year I won't be watching F1 anymore. I won't even consider Sky. It seems that the BBC is entering a terminal decline both in the direction and quality of programs. The BBC used to be renouned for the quality of it's programs worldwide but now it is becoming a mediocre also ran.

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TalkTalk drags arse in Ofcom ISP survey

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Never Had a Problem!

I know that Talktalk get lot of stick but I've never had a problem and I was with them from the start. I once had a problem with speed but after helpful advice from their technical people it's been okay ever since. Living in Gloucestershire I get around 7 mpbs which is fine for me. Once have the landline go down on me but Talktalk were able to fix it while I was reporting it on my mobile. Of course Ofcorn have not never asked for my opinion.

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Microsoft: IE9 not yet 'broadly' available

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It was actually 10 million

If you count the automatic updates for people who were beta testing Firefox 4 it was 10 million in 24 hours. Another point is that as far as market share is concerned I'm sure a lot of people download all the browsers as new releases are available. I have IE 9, FF 4, chrome 10 and Opera 11 but my browser of choice is Firefox 4. In practice I find very little difference in speed in any of them, they are all fast enough not to notice the difference.

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UK iPad 2 to cost under £400

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No Thanks!!!

No Flash, No USB port, No card socket, No sale

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Microsoft releases IE9 for chip happy Windows world

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Not for me!!

Just downloaded IE9 and am underwhelmed - The Register loads in 3.46 secs with IE9 1.25 secs with Firefox 4 RC1

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