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4 posts • joined 19 Oct 2011

Windows 8: We kick the tyres on Redmond's new tablet wheels

Tony J Smith
FAIL

A foolish decision by Microsoft to force metro upon all users, desktop as well as tablet. It's one which will likely backfire in spectacular fashion upon them. I can see the taglines and twitter posts now: "You can't spell METRO without ME".

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Syrian secret police endorse male hair remover

Tony J Smith
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My own favourite set of amazon reviews has to be for this product:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005MR3IVO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=boingboing06-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B005MR3IVO

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Sony may break up with Samsung

Tony J Smith
Unhappy

@ Anonymous Coward

Unfortunately Sony's efforts in FED were an early casualty of the credit crunch when 'Field Emission Technologies' (FET), the FED joint venture that Sony was a major shareholder in, was closed down due to an inability to raise capital. Sony sold all it's patents and other FED assets to AU Optronics early last year.

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Gartner: Acer's glory days may be over

Tony J Smith

Bradley makes a good point about the problems of relying on anecdotal evidence about a brand. There was, however, a survey done a few years back that found Acer laptops to have a high failure compared with other brands. HP, unsurprisingly, came out worst.

The pdf came be found here:

http://www.squaretrade.com/htm/pdf/SquareTrade_laptop_reliability_1109.pdf

Electronista article summarising and discussing the results:

http://www.electronista.com/articles/09/11/17/reliability.study.has.apple.4th.place/

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