78 posts • joined Friday 29th July 2011 13:38 GMT
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: 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!
Is it bad that at under 30 (just) I don't know half of them...
Hm now should I deploy them whilst I am not on call...
I'd read the CV first to see if it is even worth watching the video. The video would probably help me not waste my time getting some of the candidates in to interview. We get a lot of people who I don't really like the look of the CV for one reason or another but their skills match, would give some of them a second chance to impress. All in all it could work out very well.
Or rather it will once it has gone through the proper change control process - for security!
I am still rocking my iPaq messenger 6915 as a backup phone / pda. Well built but let down by lack of 'g' wireless and being stuck on Windows Mobile 5. I did love the Mr T voice I had for it on the TomTom app
Re: price increases
You take the bike now - perhaps its a new fitness scheme in disguise!
If only we could give them a Tribble - they would probably do as good a job.
I appreciate you need technical skills to manage and implement a large system but is tying yourself to a few integrators really going to make it cost effective?
A bit of older school writing wouldn't go amiss either. the new episodes try too hard to be deep and meaningful, far too happy clappy for my tastes. Perhaps I am old? Perhaps I should be the new Doctor!
Re: Thank god hes out !!
@Jabberwolf for head of Windows division!
Took me a minute to read this correctly... this is 3.10.* not 3.1.* I must be on a slow day... I was thinking it was strange that even Debian 7 is on 3.2.* now!
Be a few years before we get that I imagine
Re: Debian is for more than a gee-whiz! desktop
Exactly, We use Debian extensively on servers at work and have never even installed a GUI. Here in fm the UK we seem to be in the minority however looking at job adverts they are all for MS Server outfits.
Couldn't agree more. Other than the essentials bundles they offer it is extremely pricey. We have been looking at Proxmox ('free' but support costs) as an alternative and it seems very reasonable as a fire and forget solution for some production machines and its easier to secure if you want it on the net. Still looking for a good alternative to VMwares discontinued LabManager though, VCloud Director is truly terrible to support.
Re: How much !
Ultrabook prices are coming down but until AMD get something worthwhile working at that TDP level with similar performance Intel can charge whatever they want and I am guessing the same applies here.
I was quite interested till I got to the price. I saw the Pi mentioned and though oh something for £50!
Its really refreshing to hear other people also appreciate working for an in-house team in a SME as much I do. My salary might not be as high as it could be elsewhere but its not terrible and I am quite happy with it, especially as I know if I am ill I wont be interrogated on return and Management don't require endless statistics to prove the necessity for a new Mouse. As with all things its swings and roundabouts and you have to decide what's best for you in the long run but for me at the moment as an IT youngling (only 6 years in the post grad IT Industry) its a great way to be able to get hands on with every aspect of IT from Debian to Windows from Cisco to Juniper which working in a large outsourced department would not let me do. Ok so I drifted off topic there but basically well done for smaller companies giving in house IT a chance. We certainly save ours money.
I left Sky for plusnet because Sky would not offer me a static IP. I never found Sky to be that bad though to be honest though other than that
Plusnet offer a static IP for a small one off charge, I think its about £10. I have to have one for work and was in the same situation.
Re: So were they for the scrap heap or not?
I am more worried that it sounds like they are not properly disposing of hard drives. The rest should be sent for recycling as you say and not a scarp heap.
if it exists!...
I wonder how the question was worded. For example, my Grandparents who are over 75 have a Laptop but no internet connection at home, however I know that when they visit us they do go online for brief sessions on Google to find out the latest butterfly facts or something similar. If these people are considered to have 'never been online' because their use is so occasional I expect the real 'never been online' figures are lower. People like this often ring relatives or friends to get them to Google things for them or go down the Library to get their Internet Fix.
I guess I just find it hard to find such a large number believable.
Re: "Windows Server is $750" - Word to the wise - a Linux server does the job better for $0
Poor advice? I don't see your point - does it matter what OS it is using in this case? its a nice little experiment! It also shows the very real ability to create very decent performance at a very reasonable price whether you would use it just in test or in Production or just do for a bit of fun. I like recycling our old kit into testing machines as it is rare they need anything more than new disks. I too would not personally use Windows for my shared storage but this chap obviously wanted too (probably because learning to do this in another OS would cost him more in the long run).
Slow speeds are not just limited to the more rural areas though. In a town of 25000 it took BT till last may to enable us for ADSL2+.
We were slightly more lucky though as 3 weeks later they enabled us for FTTC. From 2Mbps to 76Mbps in a month although we are in a 'Market 2 Area' so I guess had a bt more of a chance of getting it than People in a Market 1 Area..
Well I upgraded to Windows 8 as a test on my Desktop because its only £25 at the moment. I find the lack of a back button in the 'Modern UI' or whatever they call it now most annoying, this is probably because I am using a mouse not a touch screen. It also feels half done, the full control panel and all MS applets should have been migrated to the new interface rather than having half on the 'old' desktop and half on the new, its annoying and messy. The last thing I don't like is its close tie-in with Windows live, for one thing I dont like using the same password to login to my PC as I do for my email - but perhaps I am just paranoid. Will I go back? Well at the moment I dual boot but am trying hard to not use Win 7, as it takes my Win 7 installation an age to get going though this might be the motivation I need to stay with Windows 8 and keep 7 on for emergencies.
As for their celebrations? Have they realised its doing a Vista?
Even if they just say its free for non-commercial use that would give them a real boost in say 5 years time when all the kids currently in education have learnt how to use it. A bit like Microsoft do for schools with MS 360 now.
Loved DS9, its actually the only StarTrek TV series I can still watch without cringing constantly at how perfect the Federation are. I loved the other Treks too back in the day (except the Original *cue scathing attacks*) . Also much enjoyed B5, never really thought of them as that similar. Thought DS9 got better with age where B5 for me peaked and then was on life support for the last couple of series. Also love Blakes 7, the original Dr Whos, FireFly and more recently Battlestar and A Town called Eureka
Basically - Up the SciFi!!!
We need more of it.
Ok, so who can come up with the best new wikipedia page for "The Register" after this article
A so called 'online' magazine, known for supporting crime, drugs and probably has links to the Mafia. Also known for depriving organisations of financial assistance
Re: There's even a youtube video about it
Reminds me of an experience I had when when Woolworths was closing. A woman was yelling at this poor employee that the 70% off (or something huge anyway) christmas lights she had bought had a single broken bulb. For goodness sake these people are about to loose their jobs and you are worried about a bulb! Get a grip!
Re: Real Computer Economics
"I purchase a new Mac on average about once every 5 years"
That's a normal time frame for a PC too. Ironically my girlfriends 3 year old MacBook which cost more than twice my Laptop cant upgrade to the latest version of OS X and same with my 4 year old Mac Mini.
"Friends with PCs rarely go half that time"
Unless they are buying the bottom of the range kit they are probably wasting money then. I am using a 6 year old Pentium D based desktop right now with no issues
"Initial cost is more for a Mac but upkeep and depreciation is less."
I think you are right actually, Must have been a pretty early one.
In a small town in Norfolk we are actually in quite a good situation with Broadband surprisingly. Especially if you compare the 60Mb/s I get to the 3Mb/s that my friends in Vienna, Austria get. So perhaps we are not the worst off.
What about 'mamma' - the mother of all search engines :-D That was the default one we used at school on Netscape Navigator.