345 posts • joined Thursday 23rd June 2011 10:28 GMT
"Groping around on the back of an iMac"?
Just the once. After that it stays on until you sell it for 75% of cost 6 years later.
Not just me, then.
That's heartening, in a disheartening kind of way.
Really? Does anyone ever use that? For anything? It's just another annoying fucktard thing to have to keep cancelling, like the "firewall has blocked some of iTunes" dialog that never goes away no matter how many times you configure the firewall to allow it. I have no idea what these "features" are anyway, I've long ago stopped bothering with whatever the hell it thinks it is enabling.
Launchpad is quite popular with the wife n kids - I quite like it too, it *is easy to find applications especially with the search box - but why not just use the search box that's already there, top right? But I digress.
Messages is another pest - I HAVE my messages, they're HERE, ON MY PHONE where I EXPECTED them to be in the first place. Duh!
OSX's "user interface" is basically like stepping back to the 1980's - Windows 7 beats the pants off it hands down in every department. The core OS is very very good but the UI - yeurgh! And I'm a fanboi!
I love my iMac
But I would HATE to have to work on it - Apple really have no idea when it comes to building an OS that can be run entirely wothout a mouse.
There are dialogs in which you can flip between the buttons using tab, hit enter, and it does the default action (cancel) regardless of which button is highlighted.
Finder is an effing abomination. Ever tried to find the total bytes of a group of 750 files by highlighting them and choosing "properties"?
Drag and drop is hopeless. Right-button D&D? Hah!
It's a great consumer device for the home, has saved me 100's - maybe 1000's - hours in home support, it runs music, movies, web, phone management etc, and Time MAchine has (so far) been a godsend.
But not for work. No way.
Re: forced obsolescence, Apple douchebaggery
"a machine that you can keep up to date?"
I can't be arsed doing all that research for compatible stuff, buying the stuff, fitting and configuring the stuff, getting it all to boot and work together etc.
I'd much rather spend a ton of money upfront, use the computer as-is for as long I want, then one day get a new one. When you figure in what my time is worth and the fact that I'd happily pay to NOT do all that shit and just get on with my life, it works out way cheap.
It's all BS
You can't get an S4 - but where are the troll posts that followed the scarcity of Iphones upon launch?
It's all bollox I tell you.
Oh, why stifle the smirk??
There's nothing like a good knob gag.
Paris, because. .... well, really.....
Re: Muscle Memory
Gee, you're picky.
So, set things up how you like them and then leave them be. I very much doubt there will be a "randomise" function (unless it's Android's built-in one that seems to run on most phones once every month or so).
As for LED/LCDs: whatever. Picky.
If it's anything like the quality of the iOS app - flakey, prone to crashing, takes ages to update, varies what it shows you from one hour to the next, hides some stuff entirely apparently at random and so on - then "mixed reviews" must mena there was actually a good one in there somewhere.
Hard to believe, I know.
No no you're all wrong
These apps are GOOD, because they are Android they are "open" and "open" is GOOD. "Not open" is BAD. These are OPEN so it's ALL GOOD.
Android is the new Java
All we need is a small runtime, and, bingo!
Sophos free works very well....
...on my iMac.
Last respects have all been paid
So from now on if you can't say anything good about Thatcher, feel free to continue. But, only if.
Re: So in your worldview, anyone with a nice car is an arse
No - in my worldview, anyone with a German car is an arse. VW tend to be the exception that proves the rule (although this is a concept that doesn't actually exist as anything more thatn a concept) - but - BMW - AUDI - MERCEDES - you know what I'm talking about.
Just becuase my Zafira was *built* in Germany - well that doesn't count, obviously :)
Apple will have to play along
No. No, they won't. They are still the richest corp on the planet with the most sucessful products and they can do what the hell they like.
iPhone always looking like iPhone is exactly why I like them. I spend ZERO time configuring, tweaking, rooting, re-installing, rebooting, managing or otherwise doing ANYTHING with my phone apart from texting, emailing and making calls. Games? Got a few. Facebook? Got an app, it's enough already. Other apps? Loads, yeah, they all work fine thanks.
The day Apple do this will be a) a freezing day in hell, IMO and b) the day I try something else.
There IS no compelling reason for a smart watch.
Because any and all of its functionality is readily available to hand in your phone, as has been noted.
A watch is primarily a piece of JEWELLERY. Of course it tells the time in a convenient way, but it has a look and a feel and every time you look at it your perceptions about yourself are re-affirmed before you even read the time.
Microsoft watch = "I'm a total geek and I don't care about anything apart from gadgetry even if that makes me look like a dick, because there's no such thing as looking like a dick."
Swatch/Guess/Robot/Moron/Bench watch = "I'm a fashion victim who is happy to pay £100+ for a $2 watch that looks a bit like a [chronograph/timepiece/whatever]"
Tag/Rolex/Omega/Breitling etc watch = "I buy into the brand and wish to be identified with it in some way as a discerning consumer i.e. a tosser with more money than sense"
Seiko watch = "I appreciate true horological achievment and the fine balance between engineering excellence, master craftsmanship and value".
While smart watches continue to look like shit no-one will buy them. So Apple may just have a chance to get this one right, as that is something they do well.
Re: "No thank you, I've probably already switched supplier several hundred times today."
"Epic", according to my 9yr-old, is exactly 1.6x better than "awesome".
Re: I'm old enough
Couldn't agree more. The three day week - introduced in the United Kingdom by the Conservative Government 1970–1974 (Heath) to conserve electricity.
How I miss those heady days of miners and printworkers being coshed to the ground by baton-wielding police on horseback. Of every junction being overrun with "squeegees" and every park and underpass crammed with beggars and the homeless.
How I loved still having a job at a time of our highest ever unemployment, 15% interest rates and 21.7% inflation.
How I rejoiced at the American nuclear missile bases in our green-and-pleasant. How I applauded the sheilds of truth and swords of honour of those righteous members gallantly upholding all we revere as true - Parkinson, Clarke, Archer, Aitken, Major and Currie et al.
How I gagged as Gummer shoved BSE infected burgers down the throats of his own children.
Etc etc blah blah blah.
So, New Labour were little better, and things are even worse now, and things can always get worse, or better, YMMV. They all suck.
Re: "Risk Needs Analysis"
Well, you have to like licking penises.
Re: TalkTalk customer service - cruel and unusual punishment
Totally agree. I now have BT who, for all their faults (and these are few now that I'm on FTTC), are approx 10^28 times better than TalkTalk.
TalkTalk. Worst. ISP. Ever.
Re: pathetically dependent?
Nobody - almost nobody - buys an iPad to do WORK on. It's a toy, a gadget, a contraption, a device, a gimmick, a knicknack.
You want to do some work? Quit reading The Register and get on with it.
Re: Oh FFS..... What kind of ----tard
any android owner. You know - a regular cheapskate who wants everything to be free like music, films, apps etc etc, and won't stump up for an iPhone, which unjailbroken is the only secure smartphone platform.
Re: China is a problem
"what with all their invading of other countries, sabre rattling, dubious electoral process, capital punishment etc."
- why bring America into this?
Re: Tested a drivers skill...
Yes - you have to say "hang on a minute...", do the driving thing, then resume your conversation. Even a semi-evolved simian such as myself could manage that.
Re: Samsung Suck at Software
Yes. Yes they do. Always have.
Yes those are the assumptions but you know what? Carbon and water behave the same everywhere in the universe, that's why the laws of physics - and thus the emergent properties known as chemistry - are called "universal".
This means that the complex molecules (amino acids, hormones etc) etc required to enable complex organisms like us to evolve are still going to be reliant on the ability of carbon to link stuff up in an almost infinite variety of ways and water to dissolve just about anything and hold it in solution.
The organisms thus produced don't have to be human. There's foxes, dogs, cats, eagles, Piers Morgan, to name but a few.
I seem to have heard somewhere that apps can't be stored on expandable memory, which would mean that 1Gb onboard storage is going to look a bit short after 6 months even if none of it is taken up with your music/photos. Would this be right?
Also, carping about iCloud is a bit disingenuous since you can very easily use the dropbox and skydrive apps if you have stuff stored there. Which, I'm sure, every sensible person already does.
Useful review though, thanks. Just in time for the kids' birthdays.
The more I read about win8
the less I want to get involved, either as a developer or as a user. I have work to do, believe it or not, and there's no way I'm devoting any time to this dog's dinner. What a mess!
You lot are making O2 look positively idyllic
That's a first.
All of the above
(apart from littledick_von_wha'evah)
Y'all have fun.
The majority of their income from calls?
I think the majority of their income is from the contracts whereby you are charged for calls you never make - minutes that you never use. THAT is money for old rope.
"...as Microsoft begins to compete with Apple in the hardware market. Microsoft's new Surface..."
HaHa! In your dreams Redmond. In your dreams.
Is that the same Apple that charges £25-odd for a new OS, £6.99 for Pages which includes free updates virtually forever and the right to install it free on any device with your appleId?
Or some other Apple that exists in your head :)
Re: VMs (FFS)
And I have to be cognisant of all that just to write a friggin letter? "The hell I will."
Do Open and Libre Office both require Java? Because prominent on Neo's website is the interesting fact....
• New Cocoa code replaces Java
Re: Alternative view
Could be a rampant star-goat, of course.
You might have thought it had shrunk. I thought it shrank.
Re: hmm: Apple's decision to not offer iOS 6 for a two-year-old device
Is that the 2 year old device I have that's 3 years old and counting, that has just had iOS 6.1 successfully installed on it (iPhone 3Gs)? - *that* 2 year old device>>?
If you don't plug in a phone and never make any evening & weekend calls you will suddenly find that you are being billed for your "free evening and weekend calls" facility, due to not having made any.
Re: "You do the math."
Well I've done the math. $2300 in the first 2 days. $2600 in the first two weeks. $2600 in the next twenty years....
My iPad has a near-limitless storage solution
In the vanishingly rare case of our 16Gb iPad being full (of what, exactly?) we have this thing called a "computer" which we "synch" to - removing archive data for long-term storage and adding anything new that might be wanted when mobile.
It's Magical! (tm)
Re: E-Ink Screen
Unless they have a KOBO, which seems to have appalling battery life straight out of the box. Can get maybe 5 days (i.e. about 15 hours) out of mine. Or is that good?