* Posts by David Strum

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Microsoft builds admin tool to spare Office 365 sellers' blushes

David Strum

Cheap company uses cheap designers

It's this push to make money out of people - instead of providing a service - that people can then pay for (if they want it enough or even like it)

Wake up Microsoft - you're doomed if you keep the cheap s/w designers and insist we pay for rubbish services. Vista, Surface - now their bread and butter Office; they're done!!!! Xbox to the rescue - bahhh!!!

Appalling! Let the MS tanker - sink! I hate this company!

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Microsoft Surface Pro launch: It's easy to sell out of sod all stock

David Strum
Linux

Oh the fat tanker is going round and round

Round and round it goes, where the buck stops – nobody knows. It stops at Ballmer’s CEO door. The MS boys are just not inspired to steer the ship where it’s meant to go. It hasn’t hit an iceberg yet, still in deep Blue waters. When it does hit something hard – like a solid x86 non-Microsoft Operating System, then you’ll see the captain jump ship: I’m sure Ballmer will have an escape route contingency company somewhere to sneek to.

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Microsoft 'touches 16k shop workers' to flog Windows 8 hard

David Strum
Linux

An IBM moment – me thinks.

This is a turning point in this corporate giant's fortunes; it’s become sloppy and slovenly – just like its CEO. It’s like a gambling man – in the process of losing all that fortune he has amassed. Our lively hoods as Technicians are tied to its apron strings - but it’s time to call Microsoft a failing company.

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

David Strum
Headmaster

Paten-Nazis!

Look, if these guys can patent air, they would do so! The US patent office has already given exclusive rights to US Biotech to own GMOs. If they have been successful selling us bottled water, they will sell us all sorts of things we take for granted as humanity’s intellectual property. They are the s**m of the earth – these people. Terrorist are evil, but these paten-Nazis are a different type of evil.

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Microsoft: Old Internet Explorer is terrible and 'we want to help'

David Strum
Flame

IE is stupid! But Im too lazy to learn Chrome

Why is Chrome and Opera taking centre stage? IE is a joke! I just can’t understand why, despite MS claims that its better than ever, it’s actually a pain. It crashes – without fail every time I fire it up the first time. I have to force it to shut down, only then will it start to work. I’m too lazy to learn Chrome – I just don’t think limiting XP to IE8 only - is a wise decision. MS YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED!

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

David Strum
Mushroom

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - OFF!

Yes, this may impact us “normal” users. I’ve multi-booted my main i7 PC – blah blah; when I turn off and go to bed, then I boot again in the morning – the bios is set to force subsequent boot-ups to Win 8 only. I have to restart Win 8 to get my BIOS boot up menu again; since I use that to multi-boot each OS drive. This is a presumption from Microsoft – they’re insisting we boot Win8! I DON’T LIKE IT MS!!

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Surface left on shelves as world+dog slurps up small slates

David Strum
Trollface

"Hi I’m a Mac, and this is my sister Paddy"

Blame the guy – pretending to be CEO of a highly advanced – sophisticated – awesomely cool – technology corporation. The Bald-guy needs to take a back seat; he’s been an utter frump for MS, ever since Vista wrecked the reputation of MS. I don’t think Apple will run those “Im a Mac, Im a PC” adds anymore – it would be in poor taste – like kicking a dead dog.

Hhhhuuuurr – makes me shiver if those adds were to show up again; “Hi I’m a Mac, and this is my sister Paddy, she’s cool; Hi I’m a PC, this is my Grandma – and she cleans surfaces by licking with her tongue. She sucks.”

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Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

David Strum
Linux

Microsoft lost the touch – not having touch and is very touchy.

We hear what you’re saying Reg. You don’t want to take sides in a tiff between Corporate Devas. It seems however, that reading between the lines, Microsoft is just plain angry at how its Win8 horse came in limping - in the race to catch peoples dwindling Christmas cash-blowout. But what’s an eye opener is its attitude, which in the days of Bill Gates, would have been unthinkable. It’s basically throwing its pictured-CEO weight around, like a spoilt brat, without the grace to ask OEMs nicely. Mind you, the PC makers aren’t exactly the public’s best friend; I mean fancy selling an OAP a Vista machine with only 1gig of Ram inside! They’re all out and out dodgy dealers: they’ve messed up, and they’ve only themselves to blame. But this shows how human Microsoft is – at the end of the financial year – very much like its pictured-heavy-weight CEO; a tubby tyrant whose lost touch.

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Acer slashes book worth of brands by £76m

David Strum
Alert

Death rattle for Acer

Acer’s just got such a bad quality rep, I don’t recommend them anymore. The support Web site is atrocious, it’s like Googling forever. A friend ended up returning a brand new i3 Laptop within 3 months, for an apparent overheating issue; so there you go. Bad rep, kills off bad company: law of user perception.

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Microsoft's ARM blunder: 7 reasons why Windows RT was DOA

David Strum
Childcatcher

Tanker is hasn’t run aground yet

The Big Elephant that no one wants to kick in the behind is that Ballmer fellow…

I’m just glad I missed the hype and used logic to resist the urge to go buy what seemed an essential new toy. I’ve got it installed on my PC, and it really REALLY looks out of place nestled next to XP and Win 7; like Vista is the missing link in my Multi-boot progression of OS’; but Win-8 just looks like a mutant.

I had a bad feeling about it right from the start; and sad to say, my instincts were right. But MS will now try to right the wrongs, that Corporate bullheadedness has inflicted on itself; I fear it’s too late. The Microsoft Tanker is hasn’t run aground yet, but its helplessly going round and round in circles in the high seas of Corporate competition.

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HP maintains seat atop wheezing, spavined PC market

David Strum
Headmaster

Re: Excuse me Reg - your talking cr4p

Why, what do you buy in a recession?

Err, food, fuel and things around the house that needs mending. I don’t buy a monthly or quarterly stock of iPhones or iPads. I don’t dash out in an emergency to pick up a small tin of Desktop goodness, just for the hell of keeping up the image of being Technology affluent. This talk of PC sales being down, is like the talk they have about Tesco and Asda sales being down; and "poor old Morrisons, just made it 4th place."

Honestly, I build PCs, and despite my yearning to splash out and have CityLink drop off the latest Motherboard with USB3 as standard, I realize I still have the choice of ignoring the hype and keeping my feet firmly grounded in the real costly-world. Economies should not be built on PCs, tablets and computers: and people should be allowed the dignity to think – computers are not the be all and end all – worth-while quarterly investment the market men seem to want us to believe. [Dell going private sounds like a reality check gone right for once]

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David Strum
Mushroom

Excuse me Reg - your talking cr4p

"it appears that people are buying tablets instead of replacing their PCs and"

Excuse me Reg, I know that without this push for ever new gadgets, you would have to layoff staff, and you may have lower your Webpage counts. But….! No, honestly, you can’t judge a market purely by the level of sales during a recession. All that tells you is the number of well off gadget addicts who have money or credit to burn. There’s still a whole army of PCs in people’s houses, and laptops being thrown about in kids bedrooms. The tablet thing is just hype! I just can seriously buy into one, just for the hell of believing media sites like you and market promo.

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Now Microsoft 'actively investigates' Surface slab jailbreak tool

David Strum
Holmes

Win 8 is really not that good! Has anyone else sensed it?

I’ve just installed Win8 on my great-not-so-rubbish-once-highend-PC-because-6-months-is-old, and it really looks out of place and rather retro. It looks and feels like XP when you remove all the eye-candy and set the graphics for max performance. It’s horrid! I can’t believe I liked it! Maybe it was because I initially installed it on a Laptop; an old Inspiron 6400 – whooo hoo; and I got the graphics working too! I prefer Win7 actually, it looks more inviting rather than the drab-austere feel to Win8. I think this OS is the lean twin of Vista. It's at the opposite end of its flabby-slug-like sibling, very fast, but inordinately drab. I’ve got a GTX 570 and expected a bit more eye-candy from this pallet-challenged Ballmer attempt at “The Latest.” Win 8 is really not that good! Has anyone else sensed it?

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Report: Tablets to outsell ALL PCs by 2016

David Strum
Headmaster

They may be old, but I like old

I know PCs are really looking old and tired; I got a super-gaming tower the other day given - that would have cost about £80 when new; I wanted to throw it in the bin! It just looked horribly big and archaic. But I simply think tablets won’t replace PCs or to be more accurate - Desktops; they may replace laptops though. So it as far as trends go, I think Desktops will morph into our HTPCs (we want the big screen experience still - not the weedy 10inch offering despite its HD credentials), whilst tablets and laptops will morph into a hybrid handheld form. I just can’t see me doing work whilst trying to balance a little slate with my hands. Tablets and Desktops are the same difference between reading a magazine and writing a letter: to me a tablet is too distracting. Unless stylus technology really improves, I prefer typing to touchscreen. But predictions like these are so insignificant, since if they fail to materialize, no one pulls the media men up for making such a stupid prediction.

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Hey Lenovo, want to kill Apple? Look to Samsung hitman for tips

David Strum
Headmaster

Android forever

Looks like the writing is on the wall for MS. Google seems to have gone back to basics; people prefer cheap to expensive, reliability to affordability, simplicity over gimmickry. It means we technicians could be out of a job – if things turn out as expected; Windows finally kicks the bucket and becomes just as ubiquitous as a screen saver, and future OSs just simply works without update hassle. I do wish MS starts to realise people are sick and tired having these Updates interrupting their computing time; really, this is what’s killing Windows off. Fix that, and honestly, Windows will live forever; like XP – which now hardly gets updates.

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'Not even Santa could save Microsoft's Windows 8'

David Strum
Unhappy

No, the vast majority of us are sick of buying new

It’s alright for a few gadget addicts, with plenty of cash to burn. But I suspect schools who have just shelled out a couple of grand on desktops, just can’t jump on the band waggon and throw them away for tablets. There is an uneasiness that starts to become obvious to us punters, that MS and the rest, are taking the mick; having a laugh at our expenses as they rip open our dwindling wallets.

I’m just sick of being told my PC is now 6 month old, time for a new one. Sick to death; sc****w you MS. I’m not playing or paying anymore.

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Dixons and Microsoft haggling over Surface RT Ts&Cs

David Strum
Trollface

HAA! HAA! To MS!

God doesn’t like us laughing at someone’s misfortune or deserved punishment; its different with organizations though: so – a big HAA! HAA! To MS!

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Slash A THIRD off Surface RT price or it's toast, Microsoft told

David Strum
Mushroom

Johan needs to go

Wow – didn’t know all this was the happening. I hope the Surface goes under and sink – I hope the worst for MS – so that Blamer gets a wake up call to incompetency. The guy is just bad news for MS – and this wont be the last time that Jonah will cause problems. The MS tanker will sink if he stays on board: I hope he stays on.

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Windows 8 fails to revive world CPU biz

David Strum
Meh

Microsoft = IBM

This is like hoping a new set of Alloy wheels will fix an old car that is past it best working life. Microsoft is turning into another IBM (of old).

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Office 2013 now on sale for business customers

David Strum
IT Angle

Another "fresh bottle of bubbly"

Oh MS, big, fat, bloaty-corporate super tanker, pal: isn’t it time you made something new and exciting? Why this constant rehash? Why must we pretend the old 2003, 2007 and 2010 are so old now, we must have the latest? A lot of my pals are sticking to 2003 and most are using hooky licences: that’s the reality. You can't keep opening a fresh bottle of bubbly to try and keep everyone from leaving your party.

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Antivirus biz's founder unmasked as noted Chinese hacker

David Strum
Mushroom

Bawoni Oremi Antivirus

I think Kaspersky is inherently a dodgy company name: I just don’t like the Russian hue to it. Its like calling a security product, Nigerian Internet Security suite. . . don’t like it. Bawoni Oremi Antivirus – ha!

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Microsoft halves Surface RT production orders - report

David Strum
Meh

only the stupidly technology enamoured give a hoot

Is this the last gasp for the Redmond behemoth, or a life changing moment that will pave its future reinvention? Who knows? And who really cares? All people are wanting at the moment are cash to feed the necessities and their holidays. They don’t care how they get access to the Internet; so long as it’s secure and fast. Windows is not really that important in people’s minds, just what Windows can allow them to do - is what they care about. The geeks may salivate at the specifications – but the public in general, the ones who really count and who have the money, just want the darn thing to work. Honestly, people don’t care what they use, as long as it works! Microsoft tablet, Apple pad, Intel or AMD what’s it, only the stupidly technology enamoured give a hoot.

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What can save the Xmas PC market? Not Windows 8, say analysts

David Strum
Facepalm

all disappeared up your own dark fantasy holes!

I can’t believe the absolute disregard of this industry to the plight of people in the real world. It's like people in this industry, by spending so much time in virtual reality, have lost touch with actual reality. There is no bloody money to buy the stuff! We’ve got better things to spend our cash on - like: fuel, home maintenance and food. These items, computers and iPhones are luxuries. Of course we the golden-gooses can’t lay the eggs of success, for the likes of MS and Intel, because we’re all out of money! Why does that fact need top paid analyst to work out? Why have people in the computer industry become wedded to the idea that computers will overcome the limits of real world finances? You’ve all disappeared up your own dark fantasy holes!

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Oprah Winfrey too late to save Microsoft's Windows 8

David Strum
Mushroom

WE CANT AFFORD YOUR CR4PP!!!!!!!

Excuse me – gadget pushers! We’ve still got the latest thing you sold us a few months back – now you asking us to buy your latest wares again!!!!!!! WAKE UP – WE CANT AFFORD YOUR CR4PP!!!!!!! WE CANT KEEP PLAYING YOUR GAME! And El Reg should admit this reality – but can’t because its bread and butter for this online gadget-smut magazine!

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Microsoft plans midnight launch for Surface

David Strum
Linux

Take a deep breath - and cross your toes

Ballmer is bound to mess this up: the Windows Vs Mac adds starts to drift into mental focus. This will either be an utter failure of a launch – or a great success for Microsoft. What really matters to most of us MS punters is what happens afterwards. Ballmer is such an idiot – I just home the rest of the MS staff has allowed for it, and made compensation for any of his goofs!

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Microsoft to comply with Brussels over browser choice gaffe

David Strum
Mushroom

What a load of hassle

I just want to be on line - I dont care what I use!

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Nokia apologizes for faking Lumia 920 ad

David Strum
Thumb Up

WOW - I'd get me one

If this ever happens - it'll make film makers of us all! Great - smooth motion pictures!!!

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Windows 8 Storage Spaces: Can you trust it with your delicates?

David Strum
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I’m not an economic racist – honestly

I blame the coding and design team: its Indian based. Honestly those people are brought up in a Religious system that fosters illogical thinking. I honestly think – Microsoft is downright stupid for going cheap.

(I am from South East Asia - btw)

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Apple's patent insanity infects Silicon Valley

David Strum
Thumb Down

Honestly – everyone will just throw away their PCs?

So all that hardware and money pumped into PCs are all of a sudden gone in a puff of Trend-fever? I DON’T THINK SO REG! In times of austerity, people are not going to all rush out to buy small screened replacements for their big screen behemoths. We know it’s moving towards smarter gadgets, but the main problem with tablets is the small screen. It may be possible to connect it to your 52inch TV at home, but I seriously doubt people will just dump their PCs because Apple and Microsoft demand they do. The idea does not ring true from both the majority of low budget consumers and mainstream suppliers. It only makes sense to Apple and smart phone manufacturers, and they’d love us to go their way. But they are living in cloud cuckoo land if they expect to sell their wares at the prices they demand.

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Watch out, PC disk drive floggers: Cloud will rust up those spinners

David Strum
Facepalm

Oh come off it Reg – it won’t happen!

If you got over the limited bandwidth of your measly BT broad band line, we still have security issues. Has the thick-heads overlooked the fact the many people don’t want to entrust their data to an anonymous server “out-there!” Honestly, photos are fine, but putting all my eggs into someone else’s basket is not my idea of security. Who knows what the UN will instigate as it fights for control of the internet. Come on – is everyone asleep!

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Microsoft: It was never 'Metro,' it was always 'Modern UI'

David Strum
Angel

No Mercy and No Loyalty

They are damned if they don’t listen to user complaints – they are damned if they do listen and make changes…be it a token name change. Hmm - it seems the MS tanker is starting to zigzag, its only a matter of time before it hits rocks and sink. No mercy.

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Microsoft Surface slate: Acer, resellers predict a riot

David Strum
Mushroom

Like a man trying hard to escape his fate - he ends up helping bring it about.

Good – I hope MS makes a mess and the whole TEC ecosystem goes tits up. It’s only the end of the world in any case.

In trying to escape its inevitable decline, Microsoft may be helping to speed it up! Microsoft don’t want to become another IBM, so it hopes to compete with Apple, which is exactly what Apple wants - disaster will happen.

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Microsoft's Surface plan means the world belongs to Android now

David Strum
Windows

Who lays the Golden Eggs - not Jack Ballamer

Apple is laying the golden eggs. That’s something MS has been unable to do consistently for the last 10-years apart from the X-box. Lately its OS offering has been appallingly yolky – leaving the company with egg on its face. Let’s face it, MS is now just a follower of Apple and it will have to be ready to change gears again when the next i-dea surfaces.

"i smell the blood of an englishmarket" go Android! go!

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Microsoft rejects Google-Moto patent pact proposal

David Strum
Trollface

Cowboys Versus Aliens

Where there’s gold – them miners will come a callin' with thur guns and knives.

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Microsoft's uncloaks Phone 8 developer preview

David Strum
Flame

In with the new - out with the junk we paid so much for

You know – there might be something in this: my monster – leccy guzzling i7 rig – just sounds like an old steam engine as I’m writing this comment. Why can’t it be smaller, smarter and quieter?

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Major London problem hits BT broadband across southeast

David Strum
Mushroom

Good – I hope BT Blows up

I just don’t like BT's service. I think they are stingy with their download quota.

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Microsoft takes on tablets with keyboard-equipped Surface

David Strum
Coat

Curiosity and Necessity – rather than anything remotely like need or want

Ok – how much and where from.

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Microsoft's Surface proves software is dead

David Strum
Headmaster

Microsoft or Motherspider

In other words – the Mother Spider has worked itself to death, and now the little ones are eating her remains to continue the cycle. Microsoft has been a great driver in computer technology; but now that the idea of “Windowing” the computer screen is well established, the frontier has shifted to what is presented and by what hardware – not “what novel Operating System” does the presentation.

But I disagree that Software is Dead entirely: it’s more like the novelty of the Operating System has lost its prime appeal. Who really cares if it’s Windows 7, 8, 9 or 1000? as long as we get our pictures, videos and emails sent! But applications and games will still be selling – even if they are just 10p each.

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AMD and Intel extreme desktop CPU workout

David Strum
Big Brother

Upgrade! Upgrade! Upgrade! (pause for breath) Upgrade! Upgrade! Upgrade! Upgrade!

You writers keep spewing this garbage, year in year out; never getting sick of the constant dog-chasing-its-own-tail. What a load of – mindless – techno-mania-addiction! Upgrade – upgrade – upgrade!

(I’m looking forward to installing my Revo on a new Mobo – next year.)

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AMD and Nvidia extreme GPUs workout

David Strum
Mushroom

For a few Frames more.

Flippin – fan boy users – scum bags – riding on planetary meltdown – all for the sake of a few more FPS on Crysis. May you all die in a Day-after-Tomorrow scenario.

(I’ve got a GTX570 myself – still nice)

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OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB PCI-E SSD

David Strum
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Why

Good question, because this does not seem to have made my Windows 7 installation boot faster. Or maybe it was already fast. Its great for video editing though – or apps where you lob huge files around. For its price – it’s not worth it. But us geeks want the speed rush – it’s a rush alright – 5 mins or there abouts – it lasted.

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David Strum
Windows

Re: This is the future

"the price of PCIe SSDs will come down and they will scale vertically - very soon a 20TB PCIe SSD will be available for £300." That’s a very optimistic comment – totally detached from reality – honestly – you’re not paying for the technology – you’re paying for the cutting edge slice of Techno-mania. In any case, SSDs may come down in price – but there will always be something that’s “better.” They want us to keep chasing "Puff" the Techno-dragon; and we will never get to the point when we have all that we want: I was happy with my i7 for a few months – they Sandybridge came out: pointless.

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David Strum
Boffin

Re: No space in my PC

That’s a thing that got me – with the small connection strip it has – I thought it was going into one of those PCI x1 slots – not a PCI-E Gfx-card slot. It’s a bit of a stop gap solution really; bit too late once you’ve bought it.

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David Strum
IT Angle

Re: Dont use more than one in a system

Why would you want to RAID with this thing? Unless your doing a Mirror for security, its more designed for speed – and should not be used as you would old hard drives. It’ll be like wanting peddles on a brand-new motorbike.

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David Strum
Terminator

Amazing, but only buy if you’re going to need it – not out of fanboy curiosity

I got one! I got one! Err – what now? Win7 still loads similar to my RAID array; maybe I’m just spoilt. I basically wanted to eliminate the HD bottle-neck when video editing. The figures are amazing – on average 750 MB/s and peaking at 1000 MB/s – that’s very impressive. There is just one thing you need to bare in mind with Revo Drives, and I suspect most other SSDs, they don’t take kindly to BSOD episodes. They can be bricked by them; you need to take care and not treat it like a normal SATA or IDE Hard Drive.

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Windows 8: Not even Microsoft thinks businesses will use it

David Strum
Windows

Monkey see, Monkey do!

Ever seen a monkey in a field full of goodies, it keeps grabbing and chasing, never holding on to what it has. Microsoft is likewise chasing the Apple Mobile market and any other “new-thing” that it missed for that matter, ignoring what it already has which is quite a lot. But let us, friends and fellow Windows users and certified Professionals, allow the money to chase after its imagined treasures. Microsoft has at least recognised its days are numbered, and is desperate enough to gamble with its user base loyalty.

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David Strum
Windows

Monkey see, Monkey do!

Ever seen a monkey in a field full of goodies, it keeps grabbing and chasing, never holding on to what it has. Microsoft is like wise chasing the Apple Mobile market (and any other “new-thing” that it missed for that matter) ignoring what it already has which is quite a lot. But let us, friends and fellow Windows users and certified Professionals, allow the money to chase after its imagined treasures. Microsoft has at least recognised its days are numbered, and is desperate enough to gamble with its user base loyalty.

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Windows 8: We kick the tyres on Redmond's new tablet wheels

David Strum
Thumb Down

Ages of Empire - ?

Well, like any Empire, there comes a slow take off which gathers momentum, a plateau, then the inevitable decline. Windows 3.1 through to Windows 98, was the start of the Microsoft climb to greatness: NT sowing the seeds of future success. It sort of spluttered with Windows ME, then came back triumphantly with indomitable XP. We’re now in the zenith with Windows 7. Anything after this will only confirm Microsoft inexorable fall into ruin as the hangers on rewrite Bill’s success story, to read “Micro-soft – a small software company, that had it all.”

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SpaceX joy as Space Station robo-arm grabs Dragon's tail

David Strum
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I’m not cheering – I don’t think mountain climbing is a cleaver pastime too.

One day, these guys up there, will come back down and won’t recognise the earth they took off from. Whoever controls space – controls the world. I do wish they stop their non-sense-dream-of-Star-Trek coming to reality; all it is – is an exercise in frontier control and vying for space resources. It’s a costly practice that’s so far-removed from whats happening in our daily lives, and yet we’re supposed to cheer these madmen on!

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Vatican in pact with Microsoft to initiate world's youths into Office

David Strum
Gimp

Microsoft has sinned

I can tell Microsoft is really no longer a wonder-wall as it was when Bill was at the helm. This is a desperate move: born out of necessity to get those sales figures up. Microsoft is has grown up and has lost its Nerdy-innocence. Microsoft has sinned.

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