* Posts by roblightbody

32 posts • joined 12 Dec 2011

One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Windows 8 + 8.1 = 16% vs XP's 11%

When you combine Windows 8 and 8.1 (which you should, as they're the same thing) Windows 8 is showing at 16%, well ahead of XP's 11%. What's interesting is how far ahead the 14 year old Microsoft OS is of OSX...

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

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My Nexus 5 is also noticeably quicker, and no problems whatsoever so far.

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Holy cow! Fasthosts outage blamed on DDoS hack attack AND Windows 2003 vuln

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Surprised that they didn't let me know my website was down

I'm one of those affected. I'm surprised they didn't email their customers to let them know they were having problems - I haven't had a single email from them.

I'm one of those stuck with a legacy website that I'm very glad Fasthosts continue to support, while I get it re-written. Its a not for profit site done in my spare time so its easier said than done.

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Windows XP market share FELL OFF A CLIFF in October

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Re: XP OS despite its age

Only because for some reason they've split 8 and 8.1 on the chart.

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Holmes

Why Split Windows 8 - misleading

Why has Windows 8 been split into two? If you combine 8 and 8.1 (why on earth wouldn't you when 8.1 is just a free windows update to Windows 8) the graph is quite different.

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Disaster roster: OMG, are YOU SAFE? I dunno. Check Facebook

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Wouldn't it have been better for them to find a way to help people who are NOT OK?

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

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Nexus 7 2012 gets Lollipop, gets faster!

Unlike iPhones and iPads, which seem to get slower each time they're updated until they have to be replaced, the 2012 Nexus 7 is about to get its second major Android update which will speed it up (as for the Nexus 4). I think this is fantastic support for devices which, after more than 2 years, other manufacturers have abandoned.

I'm a big fan of Google's Nexus line, but unfortunately the 6 is too big for me.

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Re: Urgh - I was really hoping they would pull an "Apple"

I switched from a Nexus 4 to a Nexus 5 - its a substantial upgrade in my opinion. The screen is dramatically better (crisper, brighter, larger) and the performance is significantly improved - 1 year after getting mine, and everything is still essentially instant to respond. Its a staggering phone for £299.

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Re: Nexus 6

At £299, the Nexus 5 has always been 'on discount'. I think it will stay at this price for a time yet, its still highly competitive.

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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Re: Vista user

Windows Vista was fine, I had no problems with it. BUT Windows 8 (on the same PC) is *significantly* faster, speaking from experience.

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Re: Why is Win 8 and Win 8.1 seperated?

Totally agree. Windows 8 (all versions) showing very good progress on both these data tables if you plot it correctly.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re: Nevermind Windows XP, did you see the Windows 7 vs Windows 8 numbers?

It tells you no such thing. It tells you that businesses move slowly, and rarely to the very latest version of an OS.

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Why split 8 and 8.1 in your table?

I think its misleading to split out 8.1 from 8 in your table. 8.1 is just the latest version of Windows 8 and anyone on 8 can and should update to it for free.

I've had no significant problems with Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8, and each has been better than what went before.

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Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

roblightbody

Happy with Plusnet

Hi,

I've been with plusnet for 12 years or more (from when they were Force9), and currently getting genuine 73mb downloads, and paying £22.50 a month, which I'm very happy with. I'm not aware of any reliability issues, and would forgive them if they've had one after so long without trouble. As long as they get it fixed before I get home from work!

- Rob

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Facebook ditches TOP SECRET email service. Did YOU know it had one?

roblightbody

Missing the big picture

I already have problems with people contacting me via my Facebook account (which I don't check often) instead of emailing me (which I constantly check). Its going to drive me to deleting my Facebook account altogether.

They've already managed to replace email for most people - this is the crucial part of the story for most people. Facebook, owned by an American corporation, is becoming the de-facto global communications platform and contacts directory. Its a terrifying proposition.

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Scottish NHS bosses say soz after 2-day IT ballsup scrubs 700 appointments

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Re: Please speak English (or Scots)...

Bad grammer happens all over the UK....

England cannot disown Scotland, as it does not own it. It could disassociate itself perhaps.

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'Safest car ever made' Tesla Model S EV crashes and burns. Car 'performed as designed'

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Couldn't agree more.

The register is read by Engineers. Engineers designed this car, and they appear to have done a superb job. Very disappointed at the Register Headline/tone until I got to the end and read the truth from Tesla.

If you'd wanted to make a humorous story out of this, it should have been about the idiots who say this car is unsafe.

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roblightbody

Look at the facts

Significant accident.

Driver unhurt.

Passenger compartment remained undamaged - there would have been ample time to get 4 or 5 people out safely.

Only the battery that was damaged caught fire.

No wonder Tesla gets Pugnacious when such nonsense is written about their cars. I would too.

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Time has already run out for smart watches

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Megaphone

Sony SmartWatch is fab

I have a Sony Smartwatch connected to my Galaxy S 3.

It works brilliantly. A discreet vibration on my wrist and I can see who's calling me, and accept or reject the call, I can read my texts, I can read the first few sentences of my Gmails, and i can view my missed calls - all without touching my phone in my pocket. There are loads of other apps available for it too, you can go mad. It tells the time too...

I honestly don't know why it isn't more popular, and more people aren't talking about it.

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BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

roblightbody

What about outlying areas

When I'm at home in Glasgow city centre, I don't care about AM at all, and never listen to it (except Radio 5 in the car that is...).

But when out in the Scottish countryside, and up North, it is often the only reliable reception you can get. LW Radio 4 is often the *only* BBC radio station that can be received!

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UK iPad Mini FRENZY: Queues stretch SEVERAL FEET from till

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Don't you just love...

... the neatly stacked rows of crowd control barriers at the entrance?

Maybe people have finally realised, in a deep depression, that throwing your money at massively overpriced gadgetry using your credit card is not a sensible thing to do.

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Google upgrades Gmail interface, now less 'drafty'

roblightbody

New Window!

As Manolo says above, if you're halfway through writing an email on Gmail, and need to refer to something else in Gmail, you simply click the 'new window' button on your compose screen. Your new email becomes a separate window so you can find what you're looking for in Gmail. Its been like this for AGES and I use it daily. The author of this review obviously isn't a frequent gmail user!

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Microsoft's 'official' Windows 8 Survival Guide leaks

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Thumb Up

Superb article

Started reading this thinking it was serious, then ended up laughing out loud in the office (with a mouthful of coffee).

Brilliant stuff, keep it up ;)

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Apple: I love to hate, and hate to love thee

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Coat

At the price Apple charges, customer service MUST be superb

At the price Apple charges, customer service MUST be absolutely superb, and best in class. Its one of the few ways they can justify the extremely high price of their products.

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BBC gives itself a gold in 700Gbit-a-second Olympic vid sprint

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Massively supportive of the BBC and the license Fee

I'm massively supportive of the BBC and the license Fee and so is absolutely everybody I know. They are one of the very best things about Britain, that we often don't appreciate fully because we take it for granted. Try living abroad for a while, and suddenly you'll stop taking the BBC for granted.

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Google silences podcast app Listen, disbands Team tool

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Unhappy

I'll miss Listen

I'll really miss Listen and as others have indicated above, very much appreciated its simplicity.

I realised its shortfalls recently, however, when I purchased my 2nd Android device (Nexus 7 to add to my trusty SII) and that if I listened to a podcast on one device, the other device didn't know I had done... I'll be looking for something that can cope with this. Any recommendations?

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Acer bigwig sees gloomy future for Ultrabooks in Europe

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Want one, just not yet

I have a 4 year old laptop that cost £440, which still works absolutely perfectly (Windows 7). I deliberately chose one with a 12" screen (Samsung Q210), as I've always preferred small laptops. I'd love to replace it with an Ultrabook, however I simply don't need to yet. When I do, it will be at the lower end of the price spectrum, because with 'adequate' laptops now starting at £300, to spend more than double that, simply doesn't make sense to me, or to many people.

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170m people 'upgrade' to Google+, but how many stick around?

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Tried it and then gave up

I set it all up, and started using it enthusiastically, before a couple of months went by and I finally realised - only one other person I knew, was using it (and he didn't like it).

I strongly dislike what Facebook is doing to the internet (people stopping using the www and putting everything 'inside' facebook, and a facebook login becoming mandatory to do anything on the internet) but I do continue to use it, because it efficiently lets me keep up to date with all sorts of people, all in once place.

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Samsung reveals Advance-d Android ringer

roblightbody

A warmed over Galaxy S

This sounds extremely similar to my original Galaxy S, which since being upgraded to 2.3.3 has performed very well for me - the only difference I can see in fact, is the LED for the camera, and an extra processor core. With the same battery though, I'd worry that the battery life would be even worse than mine.

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Kodak heading to Chapter 11

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Big Brother

I had a Kodak Camera in 2005 that was absolutely superb. It was cheap, easy to use and also had manual features unheard of on its rivals, that encouraged me to become far more skilled than i had been. It took superb photos that took my enthusiasm further. The only snag was when I came to replace it a few years later, I couldn't find a suitable model - and bought a Fuji instead...

Inkjet photo-quality printers seem a perfect fit for their brand and traditions, have had good reviews, and break the mould by offering much lower cost per page than rivals have for years.

There will always be a small, specialist market in film photography - Kodak should have a small, specialist, independent part to deal with this.

It would be sad to see Kodak fail - the extremely strong brand alone is worth money. I think they just had too much excellent competition.

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Xbox 720 to double-up as a DVR

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With my £300 Media Center PC, with its £75 twin tuner Freeview HD card, connected to my xbox via media center i already have a truly brilliant dvr. I've never seen one yet that comes close to the slickness of the interface - even though its not been updated for years! I previously used a hard disk recorder and it was a lot of hassle. The fact that the PC is also useful for general purpose work, and the xbox is also useful for games and other things, is a bonus!

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Royal Mail double-dip billing bug enrages stocking-filling biz

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FAIL

Unbelievable

The Royal Mail's print your own postage site WAS brilliant - I've been using it almost daily for over a year. For me, someone who can't easily get to a post office, it was a huge benefit. I never had any particular problems with it, and found it reliable and quick to use.

For the past 2 weeks its been totally unusable. How could cap gemini get it so spectacularly wrong at such an important time of year? I can't wait to read a full post-mortem.

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