112 posts • joined 29 Jul 2011
As consumers we should also be concerned about this. Buying direct for me has almost always been more expensive than going via a 3rd party and often buying through a 3rd party has other benefits such as ready unlocked phones. This is essentially a first step towards direct selling only and higher prices for punters. I say this because phones4u is such a large company itself.
Re: Pop goes Samsung's glossy image.
I would say you were lucky then Gill. My experience of Apple has been entirely opposite. I think it's really luck of the draw with all manufacturers
Of course they are seeing a sales and profit rise. They are doing 2 things, firstly operating on wafer thin margins to undercut rivals such as Dell and HP. Secondly they are giving the customer what they want, a no frills product that is the right price.
The value in this new lower priced one seems terrible when compared to is £150 more sibling. I mean for £150 you get a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 instead, Iris Pro graphics and a larger hard drive. I just cannot imagine why you would spend £900 on such a low spec on a non-portable machine? Who is this targeted at? I get low power CPUs in Laptops but in an iMac?
It does seem like very event I turn up to I get asked about PC problems and I often wonder if Plumbers or Electricians get the same sort of attention. These days I tell them to call me about it sometime which gets rid of at least 2/3rds of them. I am beyond caring if a few people feel I have been a bit short or rude to them, it might surprise them that although I enjoy my job when I get home a lot of the time I just want to forget about work and have fun.
And to those who wonder why I don't know how to do this particular strange thing in Word - I am a network engineer - I do a lot of typing but in Word it 'aint!
And do you say 'Ledswinger' its ok to make mistakes or thieve if you are rich but not if your poor? As that was the argument I made initially. At the end of the day anyone who cheats should be treated equally, rich or poor, MP or benefit claimant, it does not seem to be the case at the moment. This guy for example had to repay everything (housing benefit fraud which is essentially what this MP was doing).
I do often wonder if a benefit claimant had claimed incorrectly / played the system if they would get off as lightly as only having to pay a small amount back.
I have been on O2, Voda, and 3. O2 for me is the best compromise with ok 3g and good 2g. Vodafone had excellent 2g and no 3g and 3 had good 3g but it was not strong enough to get inside buildings which is a problem as I spend time on call. I can't personally comment on EE but who knows next time I might jump in.
If you are going to a bandwidth constrained place and are miles from anywhere then taking as much of what you need with you would be a good start. I know it sounds obvious but I remember my days of helping with peoples home computers when I had broadband and they were still on dial up.
You mention Windows 7 so I assume the licenses are already paid for and the specs of the current machines has been checked and are more than capable of Windows 7. Otherwise I'd mention checking this first and if required investing in upgrades or going to a more light weight OS. Also, Windows 7? I appreciate it is nicer than 8 however it has 3 years fewer support. To me an you this might be ok as we likely change our computers more often, but possibly just possibly here OS longevity should outweigh the benefits of sticking to Windows 7. Don't forget to get the drivers downloaded in advance.
before you go make an up to date Windows 7 image (including all current updates), instlal whatever you might want on it then shrink the size of the image and clonezilla the machine.
When you are there image that back to one computer install anything remaining then and sysprep it. Make an image from that,
Bung out the image from a clonezilla server machine and voilla.. Go round put in keys and activate and you are out of there other than the bits that just don't sysprep well like Kaspersky if you are using it.
But what do the updates actually do? Now I am an intrepid explorer and all of all things new, beta and shiny but I do normally like to read the release notes or some comments about why it is so amazing first.
Re: Expensive Downgrade
Beat me to it. Still, get two in a RAID 0 and you should be able to get Windows XP on there and probably even Notepad++!
Re: 2007 hardware obsolete?
My 2006 Core2Quad desktop is running Windows 8 just fine thanks. Care to elaborate why you think double the price hardware should be supported with OS releases for less time? The reason my MacMini and the OH MacBook are not supported now is because apple cheaped out and sold £expensive units with the GMA 950 chipset in. That is it.
Ah PC World / Currys. The company that tried to do the pushy sell routine on an 88 year old man (who I help with his PC) a windows 8 machine even though he was specifically asking for Windows 7. I cannot bear them! No experience with CP warehouse so can't comment there
Re: Article fails to mention service packs
MS would also probably benefit by saying they will extend windows 7 support another 3 years to 2023 as realistically if you are only thinking about moving off XP now by the time you finish you might only have 4-5 years of security support!
Although the BBC is not perfect by any means it is still massively better in value than Sky / Virgin and has far better content than Ad only channels like ITV and 4. So if people want to scrap the BBC a suitable replacement where you can listen to Ad free Radio and watch Ad free TV for £12.13 a month needs to be offered. This for me is vital on the radio as the Adverts are so terrible!
Also in the AC news cats take over the moon, dogs teach pigs to fly.
Or have I really missed Linux becoming an evil Ai controlled by Overlord Linus?
I would imagine most people who get products like this would either be able to cope with installing FreeNas and using their own old PC + disks (saving a fair amount of money) or would buy a much cheaper external drive or single bay NAS. I personally would prefer a cheaper, FreeBSD using ZFS based solution with more RAM for the benefit of caching, but then I know what I am doing and don't need the FreeNAS babysitting.
So do I buy Dell who regularly ship me servers with faults and who have assigned me a rep I can't understand or HP who are not going to fix anything broken after the initial period. I have lost either way in my opinion. I hope Lenovo do what they did for ex IBM desktops to the servers very soon.
Interestingly in Panorama on North Korea (in the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology) you could clearly see them using XP. Hope they have got their Win 7 roll-out program going!
Just makes me wonder how many computers in NK actually run RedStar or whether its just for show. I think they could get some respect if they did release it to the world too. But I suspect that is unlikely
I wonder if they opened a barrel of bloodwine... as we all know Romulan Ale is illegal.
I cannot upvote you enough. When will the reg learn to stick to the facts. ;-)
Yea a Windows server would have broken ages ago. Damn Google and their Debian based reliability
Yes opensource projects work on OpenElecticity, OpenBandwidth, OpenHardware built with Open materials.
The only way to really shake up the fixed line market would be to err build out a competing fixed line network. Virgin certainly are not doing it so it would be good to see a new player going for it.
Re: Such a small dip in revenue
But from another point of view it might make sense. Look at Dell for example, they ignored their shrinking sales for so long they are now having to make huge, quick (read expensive) forced cuts which is good for nobody. Intel on the other hand are just making proportionally small cuts which can hopefully be done via people leaving normally (retirement, pissed off with the job) and at worst voluntary redundancies. Which would you prefer as an Employee? No it is not good news but it surely would be worse if they left it for 5 years and flooded the jobs markets with 100,000 people looking for what is likely quite specialised work.
I am not sure this is actually a good move supporting essentials , it might lull people into a false sense of security. If their aim is to get everyone onto Win 7 or above then they need to give as much encouragement as possible, how about another cheap upgrade deal? For those using Forefront they should already be aware of any increase risk to them so I can see why they would continue supporting that as they might loose an AV customer!
Cant wait for the ifixit teardown!
They were cost effective feature rich routers, a significant amount of Businesses who just needed basic internet connectivity and VPN features would have them. I might even have a couple lying around!
Currency no matter what it is fluctuates in value, just not the extreme bitcoin is currently. Its a young currency and I am sure in 10 years time if it hasn't died a death (if people deem it a fad) then it will be far more stable. Personally I am yet to be convinced by Crypto currency, but I am open to the concept once there is a genuinely convincing reason to use it over my lovely £.
Very interesting thoughts. Personally for me Google has been the big winner this year with Chromebooks and Tablets and its new budget Android phone the Moto G, no doubt they will see a good 2014 but I suspect Android phone sales will decline somewhat if MS keep pushing lower end phones. Microsoft whilst struggling with Laptops / Desktops has finally managed to make a small dent in the Mobile market and has the chance to just have Nokia making Windows phones and gain the benefits from having as much control as Apple whilst being more flexible in models offered. Apple has stood still, I think the next two years are critical for them. If they don't manage to make big waves with something they might give Microsoft an opportunity to catch up - or perhaps a new party. Samsung have had a good year but I get the feeling they don't know why.They still have a far less refined Android experience on their phones than HTC or Motorola (I have the Samsung Note 3) and I can't see them going anywhere amazing next year. They need to work on timely updates and not filling their phones full of rubbish. They also are threatened on the low end by superior phones such as the Nokia 620 and the Moto G. HTC I suspect will get better as people forget how rubbish their first HTC was, especially if they concentrate on fewer phones. Blackberry have not had a good year, Can't see a way forward for them at the moment but suspect someone will buy them. Perhaps Samsung or HP / Dell (two other companies with not so promising futures).
Just my thoughts! Perhaps I should be an Analyst
If they did not have quite so many different models it wouldn't be so hard. Apples model works for a reason, it also doesn't help there is little financial benefit for HTC to keep their old kit up to date wheras Apple do.
My Note 3 can use MicroUSB and MicroUSB 3.
I rather had wished they would just make a better designed version of the microUSB port rather than another oddly shaped hard to plug in in the dark adapter.
Re: Home Taping is Killing Music
Also reminds me of the Software piracy Video "don't copy that Floppy"!
"virtualisation can increase security" it can also present it's own security issues.
I don't desire any brand of PC in particular. I certainly can't imagine why you would desire a Dell or HP over anyone other PC manufacturer really considering the build quality issues they have both had in the past, from my experience anyway. I am not sure you can really have Apple in the list anyway as it is comparing a high end only product to something that can be at all extremes. I don't know, it leaves me a bit 'meh' as the kids say.
I can't imagine MS is going to want to extend the date further. At the end of the day XP was the last desktop OS that with a Volume License key you didn't need to activate the product (so no potential nasties lurking in your dodgy copy because you could use a proper clean one). However, I would support a move by MS to release an XP service pack 4 which added some of these 'features' in along with some beefed up security even for a fee as it would make life easier for a lot of people!
Personally I dot around phones, Windows 5.5 on an iPAQ Messenger-> iPhone 3GS -> Galaxy S2 -> iPhone 5 -> Note 3 and I suspect others do too. Now the iPhone market is not really expanding as it is no longer the clear market leader there will naturally be some sway between it and Android but now Windows phone has hit maturity it seems and is offering devices that are both functional and cost effective (something that Android seems to lack other than the recently released Moto G) there has been sway towards that as well and I suspect it will continue to gain market share quite a bit over the next 18 months until it finds its share of the market. That is of course assuming no one comes along with something revolutionary which could happen. So in 2 years time I think we will see 3 primary Operating systems with Android and iOS slipping somewhat to Windows Phone.
I have to admit in house I much prefer supporting Windows phones / devices to either Android or iOS kit as it more nicely integrates. None of them cause me a major headache though and I would gladly sacrifice a few hours extra a year to have the choice
Re: Only Microsoft?
But there are other readers and some may run multiple DB types. I for one in the Gas industry manage databases on PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle and Microsoft SQLServer. It just depends what I am using it for. It also doesn't mean it is any less mission critical.
Question is for HP really what will happen with Dell now its going private. Dell recently have been in my experience (I have just bought servers and new desktops / Monitors for a new office fit) savagely undercutting HP, either HP has been keeping their prices high or Dell have been trimming it really low.
Re: SQL 2014
I was expecting at least something about NoSQL for some reason. That or hearing that Sybase was on its way back in to the game...
Re: Nomenclature for those who use
Absolutely 100% agree.
I think quite a lot of It is an issue of respect, I used to work for the NHS and consultants and Doctors thought that because you were in IT you were an idiot and something to be bullied as a lesser human being. Then you had the lower paid personnel who - although often less computer literate - were usually polite and well meaning. The key is to deal with the first group in a courteous and professional manner and if necessary raise a complaint afterwards. However you can only do that if you treat the later (and often frustrating group) of people in a friendly and helpful manner and not look down on them for not knowing how to right click.
True for the moment but soon when 3 start rolling 4G out it won't be expensive and as it might even give them decent indoor coverage it might even be worthwhile using them. So you would ideally want a 4G handset ready for it or at least I would. 3 are essentially the budget Operator so they need budget phones too.
Re: I would gladly pay for a truly Secure Mobile OS
Sign me up to that! Even if the had 1m subscribers paying £1 a month that would surely be enough.for timely updates and possibly andother £2 a month for non ad supported data slurping cloud like services, preferably not based ni the US however...
For £60 I think they have done a fab job. If they get that keyboard working and touch responsiveness down then for £60 it sounds perfect and something I'd be happy to take out on a night out.
But no one has hit the sweet spot yet and are just chasing the next flash bang whiz which most of us don't care about. There for me are a few glaring problems with mainstream phones that they could focus on:
1: The battery life
2: The robustness (my ip5 is terribly scratched even though its in a pocket all day!)
3: Signal strength - my N73 gets signal in places on the same network my iPhone doesnt. Why?
Boring I know but it is what I want
I'd have to adjust my eyes to be able to benefit from that kind of resolution! I am looking forward to seeing one in real life and compare it with the iPad to see if there is any visible difference as Res is not everything
If the price is right, and I am talking £200-£250 then it *might* work, until it is that kinda tempting price it won't. If its not an iPad then it just has to be cheaper until it is well established and has a decent market share which seems to be what they don't understand at the moment. People won't pay a premium for something that does not have the premium brand appeal, deal with it MS.
Re: Time to get the country working again
And we would probably all bag a cool £5m each.
Having briefly had to 'support' some software written by the really 'quality' big vendors in the past too I am pretty sure we would do a better job and be far more flexible. For a start please no java!
AMD just took a different path to the lower power goal than Intel, Intel are pursuing efficiencies in x86 instead (I am not saying this is bad or not just different). What will be interesting is can AMD get back into the DC Market with this or into Tablets and phones which are not seeing massively declining sales, that is yet to be seen. Being inside the PS4 and Xbox One is a lifeline but I don't believe its enough to be a future.
I wouldn't buy Dell or HP Laptops / Desktops because they don't seem to care about what the SME market actually wants. Lenovo on the other hand sells good quality, reliable, easy to repair bog standard units for a decent price. They might not be that sexy, but really, who spends time looking at their desktop? I am just waiting for them to take on IBMs low end servers and really start pushing them into the UK channel.
Lenovo are not perfect however, they could work on their support website and have better customer support. I would also appreciate the return of their 'standard' non-widescreen 19" monitors at a more reasonable price!
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