25 posts • joined Tuesday 18th October 2011 08:19 GMT
Re: Love to get one of the USB sticks but.......
Here yah go dual core stick from Japan; better made than the Chinese variant, more useful and reliable.
Re: For that money . . .
I agree MS are targeting the wrong market segment with the wrong product. Kind of like the scene out of the film The Untouchables "bringing a knife to a gun fight".
The Surface should indeed be positioned against the MBA as that is the only way it will gain market share. Going head to head with iPad when already "years too late to the party" is just insane and will certainly see Balmer dethroned............... perhaps in more just one way...... ;-)
Re: Why renew anyway?
The trouble with this point of view is that "PC are not a necessity".
I suggest very strongly that PC's are "increasingly" a neccessity as evidenced by them being included in "baskets" when calculating the inflation rate.
They are included in these "baskets" as we are increasingly "reliant" on PC's to access banking, local government services, insurance provisions, pensions, online food shopping and communicating with loved ones.
Therefore is the PC a neccessity? if not now then very soon. As regards how that drives retail buyers behaviour; well if it starts to run slow, generate errors or fail then it will get replaced.
But that will not be driven by any balance sheet depreciation calculation or IT strategy for example.
What an intelligent approach;
I am not as technically proficient as you but nonetheless I have still bought by last two PC's from the Dell Outlet and variously over time increased the RAM or replaced the OS with Win7 Pro.
Currently I am looking to replace my desktop and have been looking once more at Outlet / Refurb type hardware rather than New.
Certainly after all the press and forum traffic I am body swerving the "train wreck" that is Win8.
What I find most confusing though is the Intell / AMD processor roadmap / specs. Now trying to focus on Intell i3 > i7 generation 2................. I think.
Re: @Pete 2
I agree with you..............
We had all the Bankers threatening to leave the UK financial services sector for more sympathetic countries when they got bashed and taxed for "significantly contributing" to the causing the banking crisis.
I ask you how many actually left? Few.........
Has it damaged the performance of the Financial Services sector in the UK? No!!
Are we feeling the pain? No!!
Should we have already prosecuted and jailed some of those Feckers? Absolutely
Such as action would once again re-establish the "moral hazard" or fine tune their "Moral Compass"
Finally corporations did leave the UK when we had through necessity apply higher corporation taxes to allow us to recover from the "banking led economic crisis". This was only right and proper as clearly based on other posts on this forum; Corporations have clearly profited massively in the good times. Now its payback.
That said now that Corporation and other taxes are coming down how many of those corporations are coming back to the UK.
In short the UK Government has to "grow a pair" and get tough rather than lube up and flash the sheriffs badge each time Corporates make threats.
Re: News Flash!!
The UK Govt keeps most of what it steals.....mmmmmmm not sure about that.
Apart of course from the Billions it pays to be part of that corrupt club called the EU and the Millions it contributes in Aid to countries that are growing bigger and faster than the UK, or that have such endemic corruption that the Aid doesn't actually benefit anyone other than the Tyrants and WarLords......
Re: No real surprise
Oh and dont forget the fact that even the "doorman" at HMRC towers seems to be empowered to cut Goldman Sachs a massive Tax rightoff without any approval from Govt or higher powers in HMRC.
Re: Sorry still the same universe.
Great and insightful comments as always.
I also believe that in the current economic climate "Corporations" just don't have the confidence or budget for big change; be that Big Data or migrating their Desktop Infrastructures to the next WinTel solution dispite buring bridges like licensing support being removed. They want incremental change that demonstrates value early, that they can therefore justify and that there already overstretched organisations can absorb.
I also believe this behaviour is linked to an article last week about "Corporations" historically being sold the entire "sweetie shop" by software sales guys resulting loads of "shelfware licenses decaying like rotting veg. The result being that "Corporations" and perhaps the IT Directors are more sceptical of Software Sales picthes and overtly aggressive sales guys predicting doom......
Finally I am not sure any IT Director has a 10 year strategy, they might at best have a 5 year horizon. However I bet if they put their 5 years plans on the desk and compared the last 15 years there would be some significant shocks in terms of Vision vs Reality.
Turd rolled in Glitter; I have not heard that one before. What a gem LOL.
I often use the phrases "polishing a turd" or "putting lipstick on a pig"
all very appropriate re: Symantec products as a retail user I have seen my home PC's all slow down or suffer random and lengthy auto update events.......... frustrating as hell.
Based on this string, could be time to move on as well.
Re: Mandated? You must be kidding!
As a previous contributor said what happens to the built in tech when rust inevitably starts eating away at the car and water starts fusing the electrics?
Where will the inbuilt SatNag send you when adverts become the driving force behind the recommended route it suggests, yeah Google we have seen where you are going with this.........
What happens when a hacker or pissed off employee corrupts the SatNag and dumbed down drivers just follow the SatNag's directions slavishly off the eadge of the nearest cliff like Lemmings!!!!!!
As the lord god that is Clint Eastwood says "this is a cluster fluck" waiting to happen
Re: High End
Or like Mercedes you develop A, B and C classes to try and provide a feed for the more expensive models of the E and S class.
It is True Mercedes are never going to compete with the mass market provides of cars line Ford, Toyota and Nissan etc. But they will eat away at the size of that segment as many people are aspirational
But be in no doubt Mercedes and many of the other premium brand manufacturers investigate and deploy marketing strategies to attract new buyers for their products from other demographic groups.
Re: I'm no expert, but...
Market Leader in what..........................
If you look at pretty much all of Apples more portable devices iPhone, Pad and Pod they are all devices which increasingly drive Users to online content be that Music from ITunes or Apps from the Apps Store. Get it yet?
Apple if they are at all interested in being a Market Leader, I doubt it is in Mobes. More likely downloadable content. Apps Store brings in $10bn in revenue since it opened......... Thats market leading and I would suggest that iTunes is also a market leader in its segment. And of course Apple are doing quite well in the Mobes market also. Oh and before I forget they Leader the market in MP3 players having defined the market to start with.
I might recommend taking a wider perspective on what Apple is about; the many millionaires Apple has created amongst its staff and shareholders would also say its market leading in terms of shareholder value returned.
Re: If terrestrial bandwidth is so valuable...
Totally agree the poliforation of crap TV that came with Freeview/sat and the bandwidth reschuffle needs addressing. And to avoid doubt I not talking about empowering Broadcast Nazi's however here's the thing....
How much better off would we all be without the following for starters:
Ambulance chasing legal firms offering no cost personal injury claims support
PPI claims management firms
Commodities Brokers manipulating the prices of "life sustaining necessities" for huge personal profit at the cost of millions of lives around the world being lost
24/7 gambling sites
Impotent Governments seemingly powerless to control the behaviour of multi-nationals to ensure they pay their way in society.
Apologies Rant over.
Welcome Request - more of the same but perhaps a little more polish
Well done The Reg,
Data is everywhere and much of it is biased and confusing; please carve yourself a niche by providing a forum for enthusiastic technology users, many of which such as The Anonymous Coward contribute widely and generously from which I have personally benefitted. This is where data becomes actionable/useful "information"
Technology is all pervasive and will continue to be so, therefore if we are to benefit from this mega-trend we need to share our knowledge. This perhaps starts with The Reg and its many thought and comment provoking articles which I feel are in the main good.
I agree the literary content need brushing up (grammar, spellings etc), however as a low level "power user" I look forward to the morning emailer and frequently find many articles of interest.
You might also want to test and indeed share the "background and credibility" of the contributors of the articles as this could be where review objectivity or literary quality standards are dropping off.
Of greatest value to me are the comments that these articles spawn, as exampled by todays "comments regarding NAS storage"; an issue I have been trying to solve for about a year now as a prolific digital photographer in my limited spare time.
In summary, keep dong what you are doing; the tech focus is a sweet spot for me; the articles need a "polish" as perhaps the contributors do or The Reg needs to put a more robust editorial process in place.
But that aside; focus on retaining the most valuable asset "your Users" and those that contribute to the forum comments.
Re: burning bridges
I respect and appreciate the enthusiasm of America's however their self centred attitude when it comes to interacting with the rest of the world and their "shoot, aim, ready" attitude to global business remains one of the most frustrating aspects of working with and for American owned/based companies.
Re: Surely the blue shirt buyers will buy into it to.
But surely the blue shirts are incentivised to sell Apple products, so that will come first.
As regards then getting the blue shirts to update the maps that might take skills that they do not have' Apple may as well pay Apes with peanuts to get the job down. They would have a better shot at a quality outcome......
I foresee loads of people walking aimlessly in circles and bumping into each other as they focus on their smartphones trying to get some place....
Looks like we are doing Apples Product Pricing strategy for them, competition around the £200 price point give or take 15%, iPod Touch at £170 for entry level and the current iPad 3 at £399 entry level. Ergo price the mini at £200 > 250 for entry level.
I would hope they price the Mini at a point that takes the fight to the competition rather than ignore the competition and bank on the iLemming factor......... mmmmm starting to sound like an iLemming myself perhaps.
Personally I agree with AC in that the 7inch form is too small, too compromised and therefore appeals to a niche that wants an eReader perhaps. They will not pay a premium when there are such good devices already established out there such as the Kindle, Sony etc and new devices coming from Barnes and Noble etc
I guess we will find out in the next week or so and look forward to yet more launch day queue's and availability issues ensuring shipping misses the important holiday season.
Happy days are here again..............
and yet still no Micro Sims for Apple devices
Left Virgin after over 5 years as they are not able to deliver micro sims or Apple phones.
Joined Voda who seem to have poorer network coverage and call connection rates, but now carry just one device.
You pays your money and makes your choice....
One cooked breakfast coming up
Sounds like a 6 inch distance between source devices is just perfect to arrange an egg, some bacon and a sausage or two on some tin foil and watch it cook whilst the phone charges; whilst wearing a tin foil helmet myself of course.................
Sounds like the convergence of ultrabricks and Mobes are fast taking on the shape and form of Homer's car from the Simpsons..........
Reminds me of last weeks Chocolate Teapot debate
Lets talk about that Elephant in the room
If I brought this TV home my wife would divorce me on the basis that whilst we could install it in the lounge there would be little room for us to sit in the same lounge and watch it.
I guess based on that size though it could be marketed as an "immersive" televisual experience in a domestic setting........
In reality this panel can only find a home in commercial settings or celebrity mansions with huge TV rooms. However it showcases Sharp's technology, but I doubt it will sell in large numbers.
One final thought though, its not the most attractive panel out there, I still think the latest high end Samsung's are more appealing in asthetic terms and the Panny's in performance terms.
Re: Justice served!!
I totally agree, this serves no useful purpose at all and the public will not benefit.
The Apple advertsing campaign should have been picked up by the Aussie versions of Trading Standards or Advertising Standards Agency in which case the public would not have been mislead and the case and fiens would not be necessary.
But no the Government bodies wait for the public to cry foul and then they step in.
One things for damn sure; the public who have been mislead and bought products that have been "misrepresented" by Apple will not see anything of the AUD€2.25m by way of compensation.
As you assert, just another stealth tax or government sponsored highway robbery.
Great day for global trade relations and stimulating economies to grow in this depressed economic climate. Lets have three cheers !!!!
Damn that is expensive even by Canon's standards
If this is a replacement for the 20d, where does that leave the 30d, 40d, 50d and 60d all of which have been around for a good while now.
At this price point this cannot be a regular DSLR and therefore really only appeals to Astrologers, anyone looking for a regular Canon DSLR will go for a regular 60d or one of the 1000 range, and certainly not this.
Best of luck with this niche market turkey Canon..........
I am surprised that TiVo made the grade. Having upgraded to TiVo in the last 6 months I have been disappointed by the image quality.
Channel 5, some of the HD channels particularly and some of the US channels all suffer with poor image quality. I think 5 USA (CSI Miami ) last night for example are all hugely pixelated which is very disappointing.
I could not honestly agree that at £50+ per month this is a worthwhile subscription service.
So fibre optic from VM, presented by TiVo and played through a high end Panny plasma panel I certainly expect much much more for my investment and ultimately my viewing pleasure.
Anyone else having similar issues?
Yet more Worthless and Baseless rumours
I heard exactly the same from a chinese guy in my local take away restaurant or was it a laundry, actually was he even chinese. In fact I am sure the iPad3 will appear and disappear from a bar near Cupertino in the next few weeks.
These unsubstantiated reports are worthless drivel that serve no useful purpose other than Market Analyst self promotion. Therefore disregard them.
As eloquently stated above Apple will do what it has always done, when its ready and I look forward to the real news rather than the spin-doctory these guys are pushing.
I have placed my order for the iPhone 4s, as my first personal smartphone and I look forward to receiving that in the coming week. The iPad I am still unconvinced as to what I would usefully use it for, so I am not a dyed in the wool "Appleite".
However I remain a huge fan of good design, smart user interfaces and genuinely useful products.
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