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49 posts • joined 27 Sep 2012

Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

Steve78

They are protecting their IP. Apple have spent billions only for companies like Samsung to copy and rip it off. Apple (or any public company) are obligated to stakeholders to protect their IP.

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VCs drop cash on DropBox, bestow $10 BEELLLION valuation

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I am a longtime Dropbox premium user. I migrated all my data away from Dropbox onto SkyDrive for about 4 months as I purchased a 100GB SkyDrive account when I upgraded my (then) main PC to Windows 8.1 from 8.0. SkyDrive is forced down your throat and it does actually make sense to adopt it above offerings from rivals such as Google Drive & Dropbox due to the integration with all your Microsoft products - until you realise it doesn't fucking work properly! SkyDrive is so unintelligent when it comes to managing your data!

I own quite a few machines (Windows & Mac) and run various VM's (Windows/Linux) and Dropbox just worked beautifully. So lets talk about my SkyDrive woes. If I powered on a machine that hadn't been online for a while (lets say for more than 4 or 5 weeks), it would recognise data that I had deleted on other machines as "new" and instead of deleting it from the machine that had not been online for a while it would actually pull the 'old' data into my SkyDrive account and sync old deleted data across all my machines. This was infuriating and I took to Twitter to have a whinge (as you do). The Official SkyDrive Twitter account quickly followed me on Twitter and attempted to help me with my problems. I was then in touch with SkyDrive support and to cut a long story short, they couldn't resolve the problem. SkyDrive is too fucking dumb to recognise what is old and what is new which surely defeats the purpose of having it!

So I moved back to Dropbox and everything just works. Dropbox also has LAN sync which Google and Microsoft still fail to include with their services.

Sure, Dropbox may cost a bit more but it works and that's all I care about.

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Microsoft to ship Windows 8.1 in 'late August'

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No real issues with 8.1. It improves an already solid offering from MS.

I think a few people here need to get out of I.T and find another career because if you don't like Windows now, just wait until you see what's coming...

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Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

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Re: This is good, but not for MS

The freebies are still free. They are so free you no longer need a TechNet sub to access them:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/bb291020.aspx

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Prince of Persia: Baggy trousers and curvy swords

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The first time I played Prince of Persia was on my Sega Master System. I absolutely loved it and the game looked incredible compared to other games on the system.

I've played many PoP versions, reboots & sequels but the 8 bit Master System version remains my favourite.

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Windows 8.1: 'It's good for enterprises, too,' says Redmond

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Re: Yeah, right

Roaming profiles? Did we suddenly go back in time to 2004?

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Re: Great -but a shame Enterprises can't buy it.

Sounds like your crappy procurement procedures are to blame.

Everyone else just buys them direct from MS:

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msuk/en_GB/pdp/productID.277069200

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8.1 is a fine OS and a solid update.

Those cry babies who refuse to adapt to anything new can simply purchase Start8 (or a free alternative if they are too tight to spend $4.99) and shut up up moaning. Start8 gives people the native Windows 7 Start Menu and is fully customisable.

8.1 allows you to boot straight to the desktop (as Start8 does and has always done with Windows 8.0) so this will stop a lot of so-called professional IT Administrators from shedding further tears.

Windows 8 betters Windows 7 is every area. And as I said above, if you still want the look and feel of Windows 7 (which is essentially a tarted up Windows 95) then spend 2 mins of your time downloading a tool to give you the functionality you stick in the muds want.

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Stop the Microsoft, Skype wedding, screams enraged Cisco in court

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Hopefully the court will fine Cisco for wasting everyone's time.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

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Pile of pony!

The survey is bollocks. Almost no one uses Windows Store? Well maybe the users surveyed had this particular feature locked down, as you would expect in a corporate environment.

Any Admin worth his salt wouldn't allow his users to install all sorts of shit on their PC's, so why make an exception for Windows Store?

And most users treat Windows 8 like Windows 7? No shit! Nearly all tasks and applications run from within the desktop.

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Adobe's Creative Cloud fails at being a cloud

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Re: Not quite so...

The only 'credible' open source alternative to Photoshop that I can think of is GIMP.

Professionals want, need and require professional products, not terrible atrocities passing themselves off as free professional alternatives.

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Ten Windows 8 Ultrabooks

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MacBook Air (11" or 13") absolutely batters this list of sorry looking machines. Yeah, they aren't cheap but you get what you pay for.

Obviously this site is full of Apple hating folk so they will immediately dismiss the Air.

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IBM selling x86 server business to Lenovo?

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Re: Storm clouds

The arse has fallen out of the physical server market due to Virtualization.

It doesn't make financial sense to spunk money on physical hardware. I'd wager IBM's storage business is reaping some of the rewards of this.

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British designer builds $15m iPhone for Hong Kong mogul

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An outrageous waste of cash. It's quite sickening that some people think this is a good idea.

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Sonic the Hedgehog

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Sonic Two's Day

Does anyone remember the day Sonic 2 was launched? I remember having an awful day at school as time was going SO slow. All I wanted to do was rush home and start playing Sonic 2 that my mum was picking up on her way home for me!

The day seemed to go on forever and when it came to 3.45 I literally ran home as all I wanted to do was play the game.

Good times.

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Windows XP support ends a year from … now!

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Re: Moved to Linux Mint Debian

Yeah, that might work just fine for you but it's a totally inappropriate solution in the corporate environment.

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Hate being stalked by Facebook? Why not try Google+ stalking

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Re: Argh!

What do you have to hide to go all that effort to remain "off the radar" so to speak?

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Microsoft's 'Gemini' project will be the Windows Blue of Office

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Re: Gemini should...

That menu system was bloody awful! The ribbon makes so much more sense with most things grouped together logically. Granted, it wasn't implemented perfectly in Office 2007 but it was much better in Office 2010 and tweaked and perfected in Office 2013.

Some of you people are so stuck in your ways. You need to change and move with the times and if you can't do this then you are working in the wrong industry.

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Not got 4G? There's a reason we aren't called 'Four', sniffs Three

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I'm a very happy 3 customer. 3G speeds are amazing and more than enough for mobile use. My average is 13 Mbps download & just over 2 MBps upload, which is excellent.

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Next from Microsoft: 'Blue', the Windows 8 they hope you don't hate

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Re: Lipstick on a pig...

I decided it won't be appearing on my 55,000+ workstations.

Regrettably, I also hate Server 2012. Maybe it's me that's the problem. Maybe I need to spend more time learning how to make 2012 work for me, but at the moment 2008 R2 remains my server platform of choice.

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Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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It's just too damn big!

I'm not sure I like this trend of monstrous sized phones. For me Apple has it absolutely spot on with the iPhone 5. I want something I can slip in my pocket and not even know it's there until I can feel a buzz from an event.

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Adobe thinks outside box, nixes retail Creative Suite packaging

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Re: Not for the first time Adobe dances to Apple's tune

Adobe are a business and they will do what's best for their bottom line. So many millions of users are tied in to their products that Adobe knows it can get away with offering subscription-only software. I personally don't see it as a big issue as long as the cost is reasonable. I also would rather subscribe to things annually rather than pay monthly instalments, I would hope that Adobe gives users the option.

I think the real reason is to cut out the resellers. Adobe wants to be the only 'go to' place for their software. To be honest, if I was running Adobe I'd be doing the same thing! Why give others a portion of your income when there's no real need to do so? The only major downside is that Adobe can then decide to charge what they want. Of course if it's too expensive then you don't buy it, no once forces people to spend their cash. Adobe will soon change their tune if sales significantly decline.

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Intel's Centrino notebook platform is 10 years old

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My first Centrino branded laptop was a ThinkPad T40p. One of the best laptops I ever had! It had a 1.6GHz Pentium-M processor, 60GB 7200RPM drive & a 1400x1050 SXGA+ screen that put it above nearly everything else. It also had a ATI Mobility FireGL 9000 graphics chip which was more than decent for 2003. It was still going strong 7 years after I bought it before I sold it to a mate. He still uses it to this day.

My modern day ThinkPad 420s is basically the same build quality with some subtle changes. These things are built to last.

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Microsoft exec selling his Surface tablet

Steve78

Who cares?

If he owns it, he's entitled to do what he wants. It's no one else's business but his.

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Microsoft about-face: Office 2013 license IS transferable now

Steve78

Re: Too late

What kind of bizarre licensing agreement do you have? My 55,000 users can upgrade or downgrade their Office/OS 'til their hearts content.

How many users to you actually support?? I can't imagine they will be happy about having to run with new software platforms & having to learn a new OS.

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Microsoft Surface Pro will land in UK in WEEKS*

Steve78

I'm sure they'll show their gratitude with either outsourcing your job or just giving you your P45.

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Vodafone cash supply choked as Europe tightens pursestrings

Steve78

With 3 offering the best value contracts & SIM only deals (especially with unlimited data), I'd be hard pushed to recommend Vodafone over 3 at the present time.

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Oh, Sony, you big tease: Mystery PlayStation reveal date set

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Re: Will buy when

So basically prettier versions of the same old franchises that many of us are bored to tears with? *sobs*

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Microsoft Office 2013 vs. Office 365: Is either right for you?

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Re: @Steve78

Don't know & don't really care if it's allowed or not. For years I've always sold personal MS software as soon as a new version is released. Never fail to get a great price for my 'old' software...

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Re: @Steve78

Regarding the ones I sold, I am talking about my personal ones at home (2 x Office 2010 - 3 license home user)

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Re: What about Addins?

If you use 365 everything is installed locally

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Re: Office 365, a warning from a user...

What a poor post. Can you elaborate or explain just what compatibility issues there are? (I haven't found any).

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Steve78

Re: LibreOffice user here

The current version of LibreOffice is rubbish. If you want to get proper work done then you use Office. I personally think Office 2010/2013 & Sharepoint is fantastic. It's true that 2013 is only an incremental update to the excellent 2010 suite, but the best just got better IMO (been using it since it was available on TechNet).

Everyone seems to bang on about the cost, but at work our licenses will allow all of my 55,000 users to upgrade from 2010 to 2013 so it's certainly not costing any more money. The only cost will be the local divisional Admin's time if they choose to upgrade to 2013.

And in my home I'll definitely be subscribing. I have 5 machines at home, just sold my two Home & Student versions (3 licenses each) of Office 2010 for a combined cost of about £110 which more than covers the cost of a 1 years subscription. And when it comes to renew this time next year £79.99 is hardly a big deal.

I just hope MS pull their finger out with the Mac version. Whilst I don't have any issues with the performance of Office 2011, I have major complaints about the horrendous UI.

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Microsoft tries to sell home Office users on subscription pricing

Steve78

Re: Cloud storage? Not for me, or my company

SkyDrive is an optional location for your docs, not mandatory. If a user chooses to save to the cloud instead of local/company file server, then that's up to them/their problem.

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Re: Trial Version

Cancelling your trial is your responsibility. If people forget then that's their problem.

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Pretty good deal

I think it's a pretty good deal. £79.99 per year gives me the full suite of applications for all the computes in my house (2 Mac's, 3 PC's). 365 is always updated so I will always have the most current and latest version for however long I subscribe for.

Yeah, I could use the free alternatives, but they are shit.

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Apple releases iOS 6.1, adds LTE carriers, tweaks security

Steve78

Re: So I take it...

Google Maps for iOS works brilliantly though.

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Sharp set for 30 BILLION YEN cash injection

Steve78

They do, screen for iOS devices. Apple have already helped finance the means to produce them.

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in Retina display review

Steve78

Re: Cold boot times??

It might just look like any other MacBook in the photos, but the 13" rMBP looks absolutely stunning in the flesh.

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Re: Backwards

Lack of optical drive is certainly not a negative point. It allows vendors to cram in extra batteries which is far, far, far more useful than something I'd only use 1-2 times a year.

If it is something you require then you can still buy the regular 13" MBP.

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Steve78

Yes, I understand where you are coming from. I have a 2011 MacBook Air and a 2010 Vaio Z and my thinking was to replace both of these with a 13" rMBP. However, the 13"rMBP doesn't meet my requirements/expectations so I am happy to wait. Two grand is a lot of money. But I know what I want and I know Apple will deliver it, with Intel's assistance. I'll just have to wait.

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I had been waiting for 4 months for Apple to release this laptop (15" is just too damn big). I got use one in an Apple store and it's quite simply the best looking notebook I've ever seen. It's also perfectly engineered. Then I thought about the price. The base model comes with just 128GB of storage, I'd need to up it to 256GB to cover my needs for the next 2 years, so I was getting close to the two grand mark. Two grand for a machine with HD 4000 integrated graphics driving that display? Unbelievably I was still tempted. Then I read a few reviews. It seems that it will be fine for the next 12 months but we all know how fast technology moves. HD 4000 is going to really struggle beyonf 2013.

This notebook will be a far more viable purchase once Haswell arrives. With up to twice the performance of HD 4000 it will be more than sufficient for most users needs and will make the 13" rMBP a much more sensible purchase. I guess I'll have to wait until June when Haswell arrives. Having said that, if they revamp the MacBook Air and equip it with a Retina display then they will be very little need to opt for the Pro unless you really need a standard voltage CPU and a few extra ports.

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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

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I love Windows 8

I have been using the RTM version since day 1 and it took me a few days to adjust to all the Windows 8 features. But I can honestly say that I love it.

I was never particularly worried about the old fashioned Start Menu disappearing and it soon becomes apparent that it was a very smart move to remove it. The new UI is brilliant and I cannot understand why people insist on installing Windows 8 and then ruining it by installing a third part Start Menu app.

The Start Menu concept was good in the late 90’s, it was still usable in the early 2000’s but clearly Microsoft worked out that there is a far better way to do things and they’ve implemented it very well.

The live tiles are genius and there can’t be a user on the planet that doesn’t find them useful! Really, what negatives to the tiles are there?

The changes to things like Explorer make Windows 8 quite a significant update. All these changes to Explorer alone make Windows 8 a no brainer for me.

After spending time using Windows 8, I do find going back to my work machine (Windows 7) a pain in the arse.

I don’t think Windows 8 is perfect, but since when has there ever been a perfect flawless OS?

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Windows 8 pricing details announced as preorders begin

Steve78

I love Windows 8

Can't really fault it to be honest. I was a critic of the public release preview but I installed the RTM version and haven't looked back. It has some quirks and annoyances like all OS's have, but it I soon learned to love the new UI. So far, Windows 8 is proving to be an excellent OS.

However, I do see Windows 8 as a 'stop gap'. I think with Windows 9 (or whatever they call it) will be the true vision of what Microsoft see as a modern OS. As good as Windows 8 is, there's too many paths back to old methods of doing things (Control Panel, Computer Management etc). I realise the desktop needs to remain for many years to come due to millions of programs people and businesses rely on, but I do hate having to click/touch multiple times to get simple things done. Hopefully the next version of Windows will deliver Microsoft's vision and then some.

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Steve78

Just buy a Technet subscription...

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Apple MacBook Air 13in review

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Re: Foul!

I used to say less than complimentary things about the iPhone, Mac's & MacBook's. I didn't even own an iPhone until I got sick of HTC's offerings and took the plunge with the iPhone for in 2010. I was one of those Android users who used to enjoy the light-hearted banter about mocking Apple and it's users but then I realised just how damn good and superior the iPhone 4 was compared to everything else on the market.

Since 'moving' to iOS devices, I've thoroughly enjoyed the iPhone 4S and I can't describe in words just how good I think the iPhone 5 is. Yeah, Maps is crap but it will get better and I'm damn sure Google will have their own Maps app out before too long.

I'm not sure what the point of my post is, I just think that instead of bashing Apple all the time, a lot of people need to give them enormous credit for the hardware they produce. In my opinion, the iPhone 5 doesn't have an equal and Apple are so far ahead of their rival Notebook manufacturers it's embarrassing for the entire industry. It's like no one else is trying.

And for the record, I am not an Apple fanboy, I'm primarily a Windows guy who appreciates owning and using other stuff.

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Steve78

Re: Expensive flash and no ports .....

Cost is not the most important factor. You pay a slight premium for the MacBook Air but as soon as you start using the machine you know it was money well spent.

For me, the best feature about any Mac has always been the touchpad. No windows based laptop has ever had a good touchpad. Samsung have got close to having a decent one in some of their premium models, but that’s the exception.

Going back to your daft cost argument, if you pick up a base MBA and intend to use it for 3 years, then that's barely £350 per year. It's an investment even the most hard-up students don't even flinch at when purchasing the machine. Plus if you want to use OS X, then you don't even look at the PC alternatives, your decision is between the MBA or the MBP.

As for spending money on a 1366x768 machine in 2012, I'm not sure what to say. I don't know whether to laugh or sympathise.

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