As soon as your boss blocks it it ceases to be your responsibility. How can you be responsible for something out of your hands?
132 posts • joined 29 Jul 2011
It's the final countdown!
Re: Am I the only person...
You are not the only one. People seem to forget that despite it being far cheaper than Virgin or Sky you also don't have endless adverts and you get radio too. I'd support something that made people who stream only pay a bit in but really we do have great value. Netflix is the only real competition and as yet it isn't as good.
Bit of a shame they are not going to do a one year free upgrade for this too.
It actually surprises me MS are going to push another Server OS on us so soon. Makes choosing a 'standard' OS rather challenging. We have just stuck to the R2 releases as they have always sat 4 or more years from each other as we don't like to have too mixed environments. Also doesn't seem like it will have been very long for those on the non-R2 cycle since 2012 was released.
At least RT owners will get security updates and what not for 7/8 more years which is more than Playbook owners will be getting. It might not be that much comfort consderin the App store will still be terrible but it is something! If all you want is a web browser then it is almost certainly better than having an Android tablet too from a security standpoint.
Did the Tories and Labour team up for a DDOS? Or employ some hackers?
Or is it a publicity stunt to gain yet more media attention?
Seems to me that the only real solution is to have more consolidation between the different markets, perhaps Virgin, Sky, 3, O2 and Talktalk should start talking to each other about it. Virgin with its fixed line with 3 or O2 perhaps or Sky with its TV with O2 or 3, even talktalk with its landline bedding with 3. I have to say I don't think Talktalk taking Blinkbox from Tesco will really give it enough.
They are assuming people are using ie11 in businesses. I suspect a large amount are not!
Did someone look at the design of the theinquirer.net and go "We can go one better than that!" because that is how it feels - all red and white and too much spaaaaaaaaace I could fall in it. I could at the very least do with the white being a bit less white as I can feel the retina in my eyes slowly burning away. As for getting a design helper in? Good luck. Go back to the old reg look, possibly tart up the edges and go home happy.
Re: BT are the problem
"Why isn't another company stepping in to meet the demand? If there's demand and the chance of a profit, surely one company opting out of providing service just creates a gap that another will fill? Do Virgin operate in Edinburgh?"
Because Virgin do the same - extract more money from you by putting in proper Fibre. We had exactly this situation.
Re: No FTTC for us
We had this problem for ages until we just gave up and had Fibre installed. Your only real option is ADSL bonding if you just need download speeds or EFM if you want upload speeds too but you would cry at the speeds you will get compared to a FTTC connection! I am hoping that 4G will sort things out a bit.
Re: Linux v Windows updates
Sounds to me like you are comparing upgrading a server with no gui to a full GUI box, updates on Windows core I find quite quick as well. When I have used the Ubuntu graphical update tool it seems to take quite a bit of time.
Also you don't go via a browser anymore for Windows update you know...
It is all very well saying manufacturers should update the software but there is little motivation for them to do so as once the unit is sold there is no financial benefit for them to keep it up to date (unlike with Microsoft or apple who make money from app sales after). If Google want updates pushed they need to take over more of the patching. Something like saying if you bung on 4.2 we will push out security updates for that point release for x years.
Re: Shite troll of the month award!
Downvote for the OP and Alan Bourke
OP - It gets very old the Windows VS Linux debate and I run plenty of critical Business software on Windows
Alan Bourke - It gets very old the Windows VS Linux debate and I run plenty of critical Business software on Linux
Funniest thing for me was I had to watch an advert - to see the advert - marketing people well done, you indeed won here.
Just for a sec there I thought they were making a christmas related headline.
What they mean is "A shortage of people willing to work for the pittance that companies want to pay experienced IT workers".
Re: I have a plaster stuck over my webcam
I went for second fix - plastered over it
What use is 45 usb3 ports on this new one?! Is that for some crazy new expansion capability or just a typo :(
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