164 posts • joined Tuesday 12th June 2012 08:24 GMT
Re: No, Liam, I won't be using a fondleslab as my primary computer.
+1 from me! I love my tablet for reading ebooks, surfing the web, watching a video or playing the odd game. All consumptive as you say. At work I'm got a windows 7 laptop docked to dual monitors and a full size keyboard and mouse. I'm a data architect and so regularly write code, compare data between multiple sources, produce data models, write documents etc etc. I can't imagine a more productive setup for me than the one I have now, at least until direct brain connections are on the market!
MS surface at number 4 in the tablet list? Interesting that no sign of google nexus in that chart, even though I know plenty of people with one and only one person with a surface!
Re: Sharepoint too.
That really is quite a spectacular failure. Sharepoint is the only thing I use IE for at work! It is pretty widespread these days too. I'm doing development on a Dynamics online setup right now but I imagine that us a much less common product in the wild.
I just upgraded to vodafone 4G and it is fantastic in London. I get 55Mbps in my local pub! I get 35 Mbps at my desk at work, whereas on 3G I barely managed 0.5 Mbps most of the time. Let's just hope this lasts once more people are upgraded...
I'll be interested to see how Three's 4G network copes under load. I read they have a fairly narrow slice of spectrum so speeds could be low once a lot of people sign up! However, if it performs well might be a destination for me when my contract next expires.
I think most retail banks are in a similar state, RBS are just unlucky in that their house of IT cards is the most wobbly!
Can't we just scrap DAB? IP stream digital radio over 3G, 4G etc. Leave FM alone as a backup, for older kit and for areas with poor mobile reception.
One of my customers was in the middle of moving from XP to W8 earlier in the year. Whereas personally I would rather stick with W7 as long as possible, it actually seemed to be going fairly smoothly.
Having said that, the organisation in question seemed to have hired an army of IT support contractors to floor walk wearing "ask me about Windows 8" t shirts (the lucky chaps and chapesses). When my own company moved to W7 all they needed to do was hand out a few flyers.
Re: So many Anonymous Cowards
Yeah I got an S4 recently, switched from an iPhone 4S. I really like it, but it doesn't seem much different to my friend's S3. He certainly sees no difference and no reason to upgrade. Most of the new features (e.g. eye scrolling) only work in Samsung's own apps and are patchy at best. I think this is now a trend in the smartphone market as it has been in the PC and laptop market. Incremental upgrades aren't going to spur the kind of sales growth we've seen to date...
I do wonder what the hell marketing people are on some times. Surely even a basic level of self awareness and thinking about what you are doing would stop hopeless campaigns like this getting off the ground?
All of these made perfect sense to me
Is it too late for me?
Upgrades on laptops
Most laptops are a pig to upgrade these days, especially ultrabooks. I think the dell I had a few years ago gave you easy access to put more RAM in but that was about it. I guess Apple do take it to extremes though!
Now please prevent them (and others) from using "unlimited" where services are subject to (somtimes hidden) fair usage limits, and have some kind of minimum acceptable percentage of an "up to" speed you should expect. Let's get some transparency in the market please!
It would never be my primary gaming system, I was thinking more of this scenario:
Re: unhelpful review
Not to mention all the tourists I see around london using iPads to take pictures of London Eye, Tower Bridge etc
My main use case for getting a surface 2 would be playing Windows games! No way in hell I'd use it for work, rather have an ultrabook or ideally a fullsize keyboard and dual monitors. As android and ios games gradually get better the use case for buying one of these is rapidly diminishing for me.. and at £719 it was never going to happen anyway!
I get those flyers up to twice a week, and according to their website my address isn't even covered!
How about a feature to disable those irritating "please fill in a survey on our site" pop-overs? Or is there a way to do that already?
Re: Mature technology
I have an iPhone 4S. If Apple released a 4S+ that was identical in every way with a battery that lasted two days and better reception I would seriously consider buying it. I don't think I can ask for much else now!
I've been considering swapping it for a Nexus 5 when my contract is up, but it won't let me do much new apart from types of application (e.g. emulators) not allowed in the walled garden. Therefore, think I'll leave it and go sim only!
Re: fixed this for you...
I was incredibly happy with my 38Mbps infinity connection, until recently. It was really reliable, very fast even in peak times. However, for the last couple of weeks it has slowed down to about 2Mbps in the evening. I knew it wouldn't last!
Am I misunderstanding?
The article says it curves *down* at the edges, implying a convex shape as you look at the screen. I would expect a concave shape as you look at the screen (edges curving up) would be much more comfortable to hold (e.g. Galaxy round). Am I being dense?
I've taken to using Spotify as a "preview" service to road test new albums. If they pass the test (i.e. I still like them after 2-3 months) I go buy them on vinyl. Vinyl albums these days tend to come with a code to download high a high quality MP3 or even flac version.
Then I get high quality to listen to at home and on the move. However, really I find the quality on spotify downloads perfectly fine for listening to out and about, most listening done on the tube where you can't really appreciate sound quality! Not tried Deezer however, maybe I should do a trial to compare and contrast. Anyone used it?
Hmmm Vodafone can't even pipe decent speeds to their 3G network across much of the country. We'll see how 4G copes when more people sign up and coverage increases, but surely at this kind of speed backhaul would very quickly become the bottleneck?
Kids not programming? Here's why...
No QBasic and Gorillas.bas in modern versions of Windows. I remember hours of fun mucking about with it in the school's IT lab (I didn't get out much in those days).
Yeah, they don't really seem to know exactly what they are protesting about other than "The Man" in general. Russell Brand's recent political musings are a little sixth form in nature, albeit very eloquent. However, he does make a good point that the mainstream parties don't really strike a chord with millions of people in this country.
Maybe that is what is at the root of this type of protests, a generation that seem to be disenfranchised and want some kind of change, but they don't know exactly what?
Since the article doesn't mention it, what is call quality like? Also reception/signal strength?
I'm otherwise happy with my iPhone 4s but these two things are abysmal, and fundamental to being a phone! I frequently get dropped or distorted calls and I'm sick of it going from having a full 3G signal to GRPS or edge only. Having to regularly flick in and out airplane mode is a right pain.
Re: Hang on @BigAndos
Yeah I have taken this approach now, I have a handful of "throwaway" passwords for forums and banks etc all have their own unique passwords. Once bitten, twice shy and all that!
I do like Dominic's articles, the cynicism is strong with this one!
I've experienced a lot of different company cultures and sizes as a consultant, and it never ceases to amaze me all the problems and drama that can arise from a bunch of people turning up to a building to earn some money to buy food. The amount of personal stress a bad manager can cause just because they have a need to satisfy their ego is truly astonishing.
Re: Hang on
I think you're giving a lot of people too much credit... said adobe password and registered email may very well get you into many other accounts owned by the same person.
I've been guilty of that in the past, I had the same password on pretty much every site I registered on. Then, one site got hacked and I realised how silly I'd been and had to spend a whole evening frantically inventing unique passwords. I can't be the only silly person out there!
Dear lord, that bit at the end with the succession of print cartridge changes brought back some painful memories. When I was exchanging contracts to buy my flat, I had to print out a letter and sign it so I could deliver it off to my solicitor. I had to do it by the end of the day or the purchase would get delayed. "no problem!" thinks I, just a simple monochrome letter on one side of A4.
"Error - magenta tank is empty, please replace to continue printing". Damn printer has a separate black ink tank, which was full. Two of them no less! It very nearly went sailing out of the window...
Re: A very timely article...
It still seems to be remarkably difficult to transfer large amounts of data between organisations in a secure, reliable and easy to use manner! I'd be interested in an article you mention too, I still seem to rely on sneakernet a lot more than I'd like...
(Relevant XKCD http://xkcd.com/949/)
"glassholes" I like it! I can never see myself wanting something like this. As AC above says if they had Rayban styling or similar I *might* be tempted but I doubt it really. Then again, I said I would never want a tablet and now I'm glued to one. Ho hum.
I agree, why don't they just plan to retire dab in the long term and replace it with internet streaming? 3G (and eventually 4G) coverage is probably of a similar level to DAB coverage and we can bin a whole standard! Keep FM for areas with patchy mobile internet.
Only just read this. There goes my Monday afternoon, better book a meeting room!
Rail network would be good too
There are still large patches of every intercity line I've travelled one with no 3G, or even a signal at all. It would be a great boost to productivity if you always had a reliable 3G signal when on the train as it would enable reliable mobile working while travelling.
I know some train operatoring companies have wifi (e.g. East Coast) but this tends to be expensive and unreliable. I'd also rather not have to rely on the TOCs bothering to spend money on rolling it out either. First Great Western have fitted it to a whopping five trains then given up IIRC!
Damn right price is an issue!
£399 is a lot of cash for the 32GB ipad mini! I paid £240 for the 32GB nexus 7 this year which is basically a comparable device, albeit with a slightly smaller screen. I love my iPhone but I swear I'm in danger of turning into a Fandroid now.
One thing in Pinterest's favour is that it attracts a primarily female audience so might be appealing to certain advertisers. However, many of the audience are probably on facebook and hence being targeted already! Therefore, probably only a minor advantage so the valuation looks a bit suspect to me!
How does this make them money?
I'm curious as to what Blackberry's monetisation plan is for BBM now it is decoupled from the handsets (and associated enterprise products etc. I believe it is a free download and doesn't have advertising is that right? Seems a lot like the Pinterest article I read earlier, and time for an underpants gnome reference:
1) Spend money on developing service for other operating systems
2) Get big user community
3) Spend money maintaining services
Re: No upgrades... ever
I decided to abandon Mac OS and grudgingly return to the Windows fold when I got frustrated at not being able to upgrade my iMac. However, I was pleased that a four year old iMac with broken DVD drive still got me £400 on ebay which made a decent contribution to my PC build!
I'd love a Surface Pro 2, if only it cost a sensible amount of money. It is just for personal use so being able to play Windows games was the main thing tempting me down that route. However, due to the absurd prices I bought a 32GB Nexus 7 for £240.
Many Android games are pretty ropey, but there are some excellent quality ones like Real Racing 3 so it isn't too bad for gaming. As a general e-reader, web surfing device and media player I think you'd struggle to beat it for the price. I hook it up to my iPhone's personal hotspot via Bluetooth so I don't miss having a 3G iPad with separate data plan.
Come on MS, running full blown windows apps IS a strong selling point for many but not enough to make me shell out three times as much cash for the cheapest Surface Pro 2!
Our company only just managed to upgrade us to IE9. They've effectively given up and support IE9 for internal web apps, and let us install Google Chrome for anything else!
Yeah my old clock was actually slightly brighter than the street lamp outside the window, even on the lowest setting! I almost ended up buying an eye mask!
I got one recently made by Pure that actually dims or brightens automatically according to the room's light level. Sweet, blessed relief.
WinRT a platform too far?
If Microsoft focused on rapid releases for Windows phone it might have a chance of catching up or even, gasp, overtaking Android and iOS in terms of usability. That may then start to build up the app ecosystem.
WinRT seems to just be DOA. WinRT is like an awkward middle child between Windows Phone and Windows 8.1. Android runs across both phones and tablets. iOS runs across phones and tablets, with a separate OS for desktops and laptops. Wouldn't it make more sense for MS to do the following?
1.Ditch WinRT and have Windows Phone as the default OS for both phones and tablets. Call it "Windows Mobile" or something. I guess this may require changing the hardware architecture for the cheaper tablets.
2. Offer the surface pro with Windows 8.1 as a clearly differentiated top end device, and of course continue promoting 8.1 on both laptops and desktops.
Suddenly, you now have one less ecosystem to support and can refocus all effort currently split across WinRT and Windows Phone into improving your core mobile offering across both form factors.
I wouldn't mind a Surface 2 Pro if it was, say, half the price at most. If they expected me to sit through a Pitbull performance though, that would be a dealbreaker!
Re: What did I just read?
Yeah, some of these columns are very entertaining but this one was bit of a rambling mess. I think there is a point in there somewhere about whether having media in a physical format is somehow "better" than not. In my opinion it is better to own something physical, but space issues in my flat means I'm considering shipping all my CD's off to Music Magpie! There, I think I made the article's point in two sentences.
I agree with you, now that smartphones are reaching a plateau in terms of features why not focus on making them cheaper? As well as being easier to buy, not so much of an issue if you lose it or break it. Also, perhaps there is scope to incorporate more recycled or recyclable material too.
I love how the comments section for any article related to either Apple or Android immediately degenerates into a fandroid vs fanboi flame war. I have an iPhone and a nexus 7. I like both of them, they are both well engineered and easy to use pieces of kit. Am I allowed to make comments on these articles?
Amazing... all this expertise and effort being thrown at solving the problem of, as the headline says, storing old photos on Facebook! All so we can upload an unlimited amount of junk and FB can keep selling access to us to advertisers? Couldn't we divert some of these engineering minds to something slightly more useful like, I don't know, renewable energy?
No icon as I can't find one for "prematurely miserable old git"
Consoles become commodity hardware?
I've always been frustrated with the grass is always greener problem when choosing a console. Two generations, I bought an Xbox. Then I decided the PS2 had better games so bought one of those. Then I bought a Wii! I'm better at not wasting all my money these days so I've resolved the problem by not buying consoles anymore.
If Steam play this right and get the major studios on board then consoles may become commodity hardware. That would remove the dilemma for indecisive types like me. Nintendo, for example, would be well advised to refocus on developing games rather than hardware given disappointing Wii U sales. Sure it is a massive leap from where we are today, but I for one would be very excited about a well supported hardware neutral console gaming platform.