It's obvious why this has happened now. As a subsidiary of Alphabet it was time for a new logo, brand, image, business cards and expensive lunch discussing the whale and joss-stick budget just so it's clear to people they're a new company and not just a paperwork/legal/tax re-jig of the same old monster
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Except he did do something stupid, he had keys with the ability to spin up servers in his source. It doesn't matter whether it's a public or private repo on github, he handed the security of his keys to an external party who has no liability if they are abused.
This is after the very public announcements and warnings from both GitHub and Amazon about storing keys in code.
If the keys are for his application to do something he should either be using temporary tokens, IAM roles, or a restricted IAM account and if necessary pulling the values in from a config file/runtime insertion not storing them in code.
Given how often sites are hacked these days and both companies specifically warn not to store keys in your source, not to mention that AWS provide alternative programmatic ways and examples to use their services, it doesn't really matter if you are using a public or private repo... there is no excuse other than sloppiness or ignorance for storing keys in the repository with the code.
One of the biggest problems with Edge for me is the removal of the Tracking Protection that was in IE and no plugin available to replace it.
Webpages explode in a mass of adverts and crap I'd forgotten how bad it was to not have an ad-blocker of some sort running. On my Win 10 work machine I've stopped using Edge because of the lack of ad-blocking. When I need IE it's IE 11 I use.
Re: I'm not buying this...
That sounds like the people who used to call me to discuss my expired mobile contract or who come to the door and their opening line is "Don't worry, I'm not trying to sell you anything"
Do they really expect people to believe they are just bored and fancy a chat to pass the time?
One sales drone wouldn't accept that by requiring me to pay line rental the "free internet and calls" that myself, my neighbours and others in this area were qualified to receive weren't actually free, because it required me to pay the company he was selling for some money. He insisted he wasn't trying to sell me anything because we were entitled to "free internet and calls"
It's all too common unfortunately with cloud systems. A scary amount of Cloud servers have any port used by a service open to the entire internet, assuming someone has even bothered to put specific ports and not just all ports.
Too much Kool-Aid and people without any background in Ops/Architect/Security believe they can do devops without an ops person because it's just a few clicks in a browser or a cli command to get a server running.
It's only going to get worse as the number of people with a cloud ops/architect/security experience decrease. Especially amongst dev driven teams and startups who believe ops/architects/security is a roadblock and they can do it themselves because they are 'devops' experts. Until they are shown all the issues and then suddenly it's the companies fault for not hiring an ops person for their 'devops' world.
Re: The thing to remember about Smart TVs...
But you will have to use them/be affected by them because AndroidTV/WebOS/FirefoxOS don't appear to be just overlays or an extra source anymore, it looks like they're running the whole thing. If they aren't then the Sony reviewed should let you watch TV regardless of whether the AndroidTV needs an update, which doesn't seem to be the case.
I realise I have requirements very different to normal buyers, which means I'll have to look at panels aimed at custom installers, the professional display market or pc monitors if they actually get priced sensibly at large sizes this time, because it will be the only way to get a quality panel without all the crap I don't want or need interfering with my normal use of the display.
Re: The thing to remember about Smart TVs...
Doesn't even need to be that to break it. Try when the TV Maker decides that TV range is too old and stops paying the license/royalty that allows them to have the app running on that model.
Yes, the TV Makers pay to have some of the apps/catchup services enabled on their tvs/online hubs.
Just no, no and more no.
Given that recent (2011 onwards) 'smart' tvs and devices: bluray/dvd players, have been losing their 'smart' apps already and the only solution is to buy a new device because the manufacturers, Hello Sony, Panasonic, Samsung + others, are no longer supporting them or willing to update the firmware, I can't think of a single sane reason to buy one of these.
Ignoring the ridiculous 'please wait while we update' before you can even see a picture situation, slapping the innards of a tablet at the heart of a TV is just a recipe for disaster. Even if the OS is updated from Google/FireFox, not the TV manufacturer, I can dream, what are the chances of the apps still working in 2-3 years on the version of the OS which will run on that hardware? Looking at the tablet market, I'd say not great.
For £1,800 if UHD is so important, just buy a 50" screen for <£1,000, a Humax YouView/FreeSat+ recorder, whatever streaming box suits FireTV, NowTV, Roku etc, spend the change on either more goodies, lots of beer or a holiday. I'm all for convergence, but only when it's possible to swap out or replace the broken and unsupported bits easily.
I guess I'm going to need to hoard even more cash and buy from the professional display panel market when the time comes to replace my screen.
Considering that the Raspberry Pi 2 and the Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c, both of which have Arm 7 based processors are listed as Windows 10 IOT dev boards, it shouldn't be that hard for MS to get Win 10 Desktop running on the Arm based hardware. The core OS is already being compiled against Arm.
Qualcomm also announced Win 10 Mobile will run on it's Snapdragon 210 reference designs for phones, which no doubt will also be Arm cores.
I suspect that the Windows 10 Desktop on Arm isn't a priority for MS and with Intel Atom tablets becoming so common they're targeting Win 10 IOT and Mobile at Arm, with Win 10 Desktop for Tablets and PCs. I doubt the RT machines will ever see Win 10 and MS would prefer they end up fading away, rather than porting the remaining parts of Win 10 Desktop to Arm at the moment.
"AMD CPUs and GPUs are only worthwhile in low end desktops and media centres"
I agree about the desktops, but for media centres no. Not unless you mean a Windows media centre. Or have AMD finally joined the modern world and managed to get their Linux drivers doing more than 2.0 PCM over HDMI? I don't know because they couldn't bother sorting it out for too many years, so I gave up with AMD GPU parts for Linux.
I tried to build a media centre with a fanless AMD fusion e-350 mini-itx board when it came out. That is when I found out the only audio coming out of HDMI to the receiver under Linux was 2.0 PCM. That is as much use as a frog on acid for building a low power media centre.
It's a shame because instead of the fanless mini-itx e350/fusion boards ending up in media centre systems, the Atom/Ion based systems cleaned house. Even Intel IGP processors can stream multi channel HD Audio via HDMI/Display Port.
Have AMD managed it yet? I'm not wasting money on a low powered, fanless (if they exist) AMD A/E/C-whatever chip to find out when I know an Intel Celeron based HP 260, Chromebox, NUC/Brix will just work.
After their bright spot in the past of getting the price/performance ratio right and 64 bit support on x86 early, especially with the Opterons. The HE multi-core Opterons with HyperTransport were ahead of the Xeons around at the time and in DC usage where performance per watt = $$$ they were important.
Unfortunately AMD seemed to stumble and then become a 'remember us' company, in a constant state of catch up, trying to use price as the main selling point, but not managing to keep the performance high enough to make the savings worth while. :(
"Experts predict problems of this type will become more commonplace as cars rely more and more heavily on digital technology" and the automotive industry continues not to see the value in securing and testing the digital systems rigorously enough.
God help us when the generation of 'Fail hard' programmers who believe deploy first, fix later are writing the software for car systems. "It passed the unit tests so we released it", "It did what? Oh we didn't have a test for that bit of code or situation"
Re: A programmable HUD maybe...
Maybe you need to chat to Volvo and ask them to add a HUD. They've used TFT's for a few years now instead of fixed instrument displays and allow different display configurations on the screen.
Probably find some health and safety issue prevents the machinegun/missile launcher option... someone might burn themselves on a hot gun barrel or some such excuse, if you leave the car in a car park too soon after firing...
I had one as a hire car not so long ago, and glancing at the HUD which displayed the speed was less distracting than at the instrument panel. It also integrated with the SatNav and would display up coming turns and distances discretely, mirroring what was displayed in the instrument cluster.
I've had a number of cars which display the turn arrow and distance in the instrument cluster and found them less distracting than having to look at the 'infortainment' touchscreen display.
As for dangerous distractions, the current trend of removing every switch, knob or dial from the interior and replacing them with a shiny touchscreen which turns into a mirror when sun shines on it is far more dangerous than the small discreet HUDs currently in use in cars IMHO. Needing to increase/decrease the AC temperature by prodding around on a touchscreen instead of just turning a dial while still looking ahead at the road is not a step forward in driving safety.
Forget the wolves, it's when Serana comes back without me noticing the reanimated corpse in tow and there is a sudden moan or bone click in the corridor from behind me.
I think a significant change with Skyrim, was it took the lessons learnt from Fallout 3 around interfaces and controls and applied them to the action RPG genre and made it more accessible. I know many people complained it was too simple, and compared to the traditional RPGs all the number counting was removed. I tried to like Morrowind, Dragon Age Origins and others, but Skyrim, Fallout3, the Mass Effect series and Deus Ex, soaked up hours in a way they never did. With Skyrim I never found myself fumbling to find the controls or remember which key/button did what, so could just enjoy the game and story, losing hours at a time.
With the anticipated release of Witcher 3 and wanting a new rpg, I got hold of 1 and 2 in the steam xmas sale, but the Witcher never drew me in the same way Skyrim does and 2 even remains unlaunched. While I will probably pick up Witcher 3 in a few months when it goes on sale, I stopped being a must have purchase after the earlier releases didn't draw me in.
I still have fond memories of Ultima Underworld and System Shock, and am probably more an action rpg fan than a traditional rpg.
Re: The American way
That annoys the hell out of me and makes me think they're trying to sell me something. I don't need to keep saying someones name when i'm talking or listening to them in person, because I'm looking at them, not gazing wildly around the room or trying to pretend to be their friend to sell them something.
I'll use their name if I need to get their attention, but not when talking to them.
If you really want to un-hinge someone you could maybe constantly use their name and stare over their left shoulder while you talk to them.
Is also the advantage of buying in some parts of Europe if you don't want Windows. Off the shelf branded pc hardware is often only available with FreeDos or comes with 2 skus one for FreeDos and one for Windows.
Unfortunately for us here in Blighty the reverse is true and trying to find a system without building it yourself or going the barebones route usually means it's coming with Windows.
:D I fail to see the connection between the device and your difficulty with your work colleague. I expect no matter what brand or type of computer he has it won't change your view of him.
It depends what you're comparing it to. How often have you seen things like a Dell XPS 13, Asus Zenbook UX, Yoga Pro or Thinkpad X1 Carbon?
Like Ultrabooks, the Surface is a niche product and I have no trouble believing it's selling well if you compare with the correct market segment, which to me is the Ultrabook market. If you compare it to all laptops and tablets then of course it doesn't appear to be doing well.
I saw my first Surface 3 last week being used by someone on the train. I didn't initially recognise it as a Surface because it was silver instead of black.
As part of a dev team I expect the most common reasons you haven't seen them are due to screen size, storage, keyboard and/or price premium. The main question anyone asks about my Surface is "how can you see what's on that screen?", and while they like it they couldn't justify one over a tabletop/desktop replacement laptop. They also wouldn't buy an Ultrabook for similar reasons.
Re: Am I the only one?
No, I was surprised to find out it was a real item and not a derogatory term relating to selfie takers.
I'm still not sure how having an expensive phone, waving around on a stick, whatever distance it is from you, with no real idea of what it's going to capture is very useful. It wouldn't seem to make it any safer than asking a stranger to take a photo, after all it can't be that hard to grab the phone end of a stick and walk off with it.
It started to think it'd be useful in combination with the adjustable LCD screen viewfinder on my S9500, but the centre of gravity with the weight of the camera would make it an expensive club rather than a useful camera aid...
I suspect you find Apple, like everyone else, are not allowed to collect data from minors and data protection puts that age at 13. For the same reasons Adobe would skip all registration on their flash/shockwave installer when you tick the I am under 13 box.
I expect as the applications are online and they'd get into much more trouble collecting data from minors. Yes there are ways to deal with it, such a require someone over 13 register and then create an application on behalf of the minor and giving consent as an appropriate adult for Apple to collect the data required about an under 13.
For 350 awards it's probably not worth the effort.
We've face similar issues over the past 10+ years when I've worked for companies selling online educational systems and user registration for products used by the under 13 age group. It becomes even trickier providing redemption codes/vouchers in print products for them to download additional resources and not being able to let them register in the online systems used for online sales
Or make dual sim phones widely available instead of keeping them restricted to either crappy phones or emerging markets.
Allow one sim to be assigned to the personal partition and another to the business.
I have to wonder if the main fear about making good dual sim phones widely available is the loss of revenue by the networks when we keep our home country sim and drop in a payg local country sim beside it. It removes any chance of them reaming us on roaming data and call charges.
Until the tech co becomes the telco?
While it's obvious the US telcos like the movie industry are doing everything they can to keep their old monopoly and cash cows in place against the tech giants...
Google is an interesting one, especially if they keep rolling fibre provision out. Which side do you think they will be on once it becomes a major fiber provider? Right now it's in their interest to fight the Telco, but once they join the Telco ranks and can see a money grab from charging tiers to non-google content... Who's side will they be on then?
That criteria of users isn't just isolated to Linux reboots after kernel updates.
For some absurd reason it seems people would rather believe garbage posted and then resposted on blogs as gospel than actually thinking, going to the reference docs or product source. After all the number 1 link in a google search, which returns a link to the top of the blog posting pyramid 1/2 baked article by someone with an axe to grind is obviously more accurate than reference documents or provable results.
A very bad side effect of blogging is people with no clue but verbal diarrhea can become the accepted reality for best practice by people who the repost without questioning or understanding the drivel they are supporting
It doesn't sound like Google are that interested in making huge strides and considering how much they outsource the consumer tech rather than build it themselves...
With their pockets and resources if they were seriously interested I expect they'd throw a higher level of resources at it. A team of 4 is just a token 'me to' surely?
Re: Why the vents?
I guess it's either for looks purposes because the designer said it was 'some made up garbage reason to look cool' or its to prevent the CPU throttling kicking in. I've no idea whether the Atom throttling would kick in before the case got hot enough to notice in something like the Hannspree.
For most use cases it probably wouldn't be noticed if the CPU throttled.
The biggest advantage and reason why the extra $10-$50 price is worth it is the use of an Intel Atom and not yet another Arm processor, which means you can really choose the OS to use.
It will have driver support for all the necessary things in a low power cpu environment. Good luck getting Linux hardware drivers for the Rockchip processor with full hardware support. It's still the achillies heel of Arm SOC systems, the poor manufacturer support with drivers. The Samsung Chromebook with the Samung Arm chip is still a closed shop for drivers, like most Arm based systems.
The Intel stick looks the best bet for a low power device at the moment. It is likely to be missing protected audio path in Windows for HD Audio streaming the same as the Z3735x based tablets/stbs, this shouldn't be a problem under Linux.
So for a low power all in one Steam/XBMC/MythTV/<streaming service of your choice> device/PC with full HD picture, Audio HD bitstreaming and X86 application support or a Chrome OS device with messy Linux install, partial/difficult driver support and cross-compiling or zero support for less popular applications...
Suddenly it doesn't look more expensive. I keep looking for a nice Arm based platform for the desktop, but the sticking point is still the hardware drivers, usually for audio and video. :(
Until 4K TVs become common place it seems sensible prices for high resolution monitor and laptop screens are going to be slow coming, with mainstream stuck at 1080p :(
Display Panels seem to be one of the few things not succumbing to the price drops with improvements at the same rate as the rest of the PC components. It's crazy that phones and tablets are getting the higher resolution displays, but the panel manufactures are in the business of making money and will concentrate where the demand is.
With phones and tablets being replaced every couple of years while PC displays probably last even longer than TVs it's easy to see where the money can be made. I've only ever bought 3 LCD displays
for home use, a 4:3 (1280*1024) Sun many years ago, a 16:10 HP which swivels landscape/portrait and a 42" 1080p Hitachi Panel for use instead of an LCD TV. All are over 5 years old. With multiple inputs on the Sun and HP and an AV receiver feeding the Hitachi I never needed more than that. All still work and none are regularly used anymore as between laptops, tablets and a projector they no longer fit with device usage at home.
Re: Problems with Asus monitor
If you're using HDMI it is probably going to be a handshake issue of some sort. If it's an ATI/Nvidia video card do/did you have the propriety drivers installed?
As for the cause, take your pick. It could be the video/audio drivers, the monitor, the cable, the video card, incompatibility between the hdmi transceivers, hdmi timing issues or any combination of them. I have a PC which won't display anything over HDMI when it goes through my AV Receiver. The screen comes out of no signal mode, recognises there is a signal and the PC recognises there is a screen attached in the display properties, but nothing ever displays on the screen. Plugged directly into the display it works fine. Everything else I have works without problems via the AV Receiver.
HDMI is great when it works, but can be a nightmare to diagnose when it decides not to.
It once took a couple of hours to track down an XBMC issue I had after an upgrade when playback became all jerky and kept freezing with the newer XBMC version. They had changed the audio engine which required a setting in the Windows audio driver changing. Installing the previous XMBC version everything worked fine, upgrading playback went nuts and kept freezing all because of 1 setting in the HDMI audio drivers.
Someone actually noticed a switch was added? What gave it away, the sudden increase in productivity and decrease in complaining about network access?
I remember adding a wifi cable router to a network so a team I was in could actually do their jobs. Static IPs were required to let us through the firewall on a policy with less restrictions so we could connect to remote servers and do the work we were paid for. As the team expanded the 3 month + wait for IT to sort things out became a running joke. Another member of the team managed to get a spare high end desktop whitelisted so that became a LAN accessed team workstation as well.
If the software auditing the internal network ever raised a flag about an unknown device nobody ever acted on it. Every corporate I've worked in has had their internal network locked down so far I can't do the job they hire me for unless I use mobile internet or the buildings guest wifi. Unfortunately waiting for IT to sort it out would mean I'd have reached my contract end before I had access :(
Which is what it looks like he's used.
I don't know if he does it for the Nirvana video, but following the stairway to heaven video link to youtube he has a link in the video description which gives credit someone who created a video of how to put together the Arduino project.
Re: I also get the folks who break for no readily apparent reason
Right, it's not like any cars from say 2009/2010 had an issue with sudden acceleration.... or others randomly applying the electronic handbrake at speed for example... No Audi needed or involved in those 2 incidents.
What's more worrying is when the manufacturer tried to initially deny, then blamed on foot mats, then mechanical issues before going into out of court settlements when the 'drive-by-wire' system came into question.
Current cars already have software/mechanical issues the manufactures dispute exist, you think it's going to get better as the software gets more complicated and they can't blame the driver because the driver had no control?
Re: MVNO to NO
Another interesting one is what will happen to GiffGaff? Is it a direct subsidiary of O2 and also part of the sale, or will it be retained by Telefonica and excluded from the sale?
My mistake, Orange used to be LLU, they were in my exchange, but it turns out they finally threw the towel in and gave up with LLU a few years ago, around the time when Orange and T-Mobile merged.
Many existing EE/Orange customers likely be signed up to an internet, phone rental and call package, with mobile and potentially TV with EE. If BT want to get rid of the EE branding they will need to convince those customers to stay and switch to a BT contract.
Maybe inertia will win and they'll stay, or it'll be the push to get them to see what the competition has on offer rather than continuing without question.
Maybe, although I think it's reasonable to say many home EE customers will also be EE (ex Orange internet) Broadband customers, which in most cases will be LLU, and already enjoying the benefits of reduced prices/extra mobile data, TV and whatever other delights that brings.
EE is more than just a mobile network. What happens to line subscription, TV package, streaming services and the pricing when BT have finished?
Is that also part of what BT are buying or are they just getting the mobile network?
I expect BT will suffer client losses from EE the same way Sky did when they took over O2 Broadband. The majority of clients won't be leaving because of poor EE service, they would leave anyway, it will be due to how they expect their service to end up once BT get their hands on them.
It's clear BT want into QuadPlay, so Mobile will end up cost effective only when signing for all the other BT services as well. They'll keep the current EE packages and contracts as long as legally required then I bet all those contracts will be retired and everyone needs to sign up to the new BT packages contracts.
No doubt if you don't want BT internet, TV, sport, phone line and call package as well it's not going to be anywhere near as cost effective unless BT start a run to the bottom on pricing to try and get customers.
Maybe they should look at Sky's loss rate in the O2 buy out and then increase those numbers, mobile users often jump around networks, unlike broadband users.
Re: This is VERY good and important
Except it doesn't do that yet... it uses a native client plugin to run android apps in a Chrome browser... Lets hope it doesn't turn into ActiveX all over again.
Phone only App? No, Tablet app on the other hand, there is one that would be very handy in this house. The Roco Z21 controller.
This could save me having to find another android tablet to replace my Nexus 7. It's never been the same since Lollipop, but there are only a couple of Android/iOS only apps I need.
If they work well in Chrome on the Linx Windows Tablet then it's just saved the cost and headache of trying to find a suitable Android tablet that isn't cheap tat. My Linx tablet keeps a rock solid wifi connection unlike my Nexus which keeps losing it's wifi connection and therefore DCC command station connection. Reliable wifi is a very useful feature when my Son is play with his trains.
If it works too well the advancing army of low cost Windows tablets may start to eat into the low cost Android tablet market.
Re: Excellent work!
Yes, I woke to that in my inbox today :)
Made me chuckle, although based on the current IOT hysteria I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a clone appearing on KickStarter ;)
I also wonder if anyone tried the new Bing Palm Search
I hope they succeed, but lets be realistic... that means going after some large well established cash cows, who people have already tried to break and with the amount of money involved they will fight and probably already have their backup plans in place to ensure the current cash cow status quo...
the movie studios, the sports leagues, the music companies, the list goes on and on. Also better add the BBC and BBC worldwide to the list as they operate restricted licenses on their own content for their own financial gain, it's not just Sky.
The BBC licensing of the Hitch-Hikers Radio Plays to Audible was a joke. In the UK it was only possible to get series 3 to 5, while in the US the entire series was available.
My biggest barrier to buying from anywhere online is the "you must register" just to find out the shipping costs. At that point, unless there are no alternate suppliers it's a case of sale lost. You do not need me to register or my full personal details just to calculate shipping costs, especially when shipping from UK to UK
In terms of buying from Europe when the price is right I do. Usually tech/electronic items although I still haven't worked out how the prices can differ so much. I bought 2 mobiles from Amazon de which saved £50 each including delivery and both ended up shipping from the UK distribution centre the same day, but was euro stock with euro power plugs inside.
I found the Netherlands usually much more expensive overall on most items, which is a shame because they seem to stock good, but not mainstream media streamers like they're candy.
France often has cheaper lego than Germany and the UK and the last items I bought for my son for his railway were both simple to find and cheaper from Germany, which isn't surprising as they were made by a Germany company.
As for payment, euro, dollar and global currency cards resolve any gouging on currency exchange.
The only items I've had trouble buying outside the UK have always been a result of manufacturer restrictions on supply outside the country of sale or the market place seller on Amazon not offering the required destination. With fulfilled by Amazon the destinations are grouped into tiers and they didn't ship enough to the higher priced tiers to make it worth their while paying Amazon to ship to those countries.
The most surprising purchase I had through Amazon was buying from Amazon UK and still getting free delivery to the Netherlands and it turning up in a few days.
As for her comments about broadcaster and media rights providers.... well Sky make it obvious why.... it's plain and simple price gouging which goes all the way up the chain to the media rights holders. Sky operate in multiple European countries and charge different rates for packages. After Sky lost in court with the cross border sales, Sky UK were already in the process of fixing it by moving to a satellite with directional spot beams only covering the UK to prevent non-uk based subscribers from catching the signals they previously broadcast in a footprint covering a huge chunk of western Europe. There needed to be a new satellite to increase capacity, but by choosing to switch to directional spot beams (which I expect cost more) than the wider fixed footprint transmitters they fixed their cross-border sales issue by making it impossible to receive the signal.
Somehow I can't see her chasing the broadcasters and media companies and ultimately they have alternative ways to prevent cross-border sales, both globally and in Europe. The risk of losing so much money will mean they will find a way to keep that in place.
At first quick glance I thought it was a 3D rendering of someone's idea for their latest water cooled gaming rig... which would explain a lot about why it was felt their was an issue with how funds were being managed...
I think it's long overdue beer time...
Re: Apple TV
The second hand pricing on the ATV2 probably has a lot to do with the Jailbreak status on the ATV3 and will probably stay high.
ATV2 = Untethered Jailbreak
ATV3 = No JailBreak
At the time of release the ATV2/3 were a lot of nicely packaged hardware for little money. With things like the FireTV allowing side-loading without needing to root, Roku, Chromecast and the 1001 Android boxes/sticks available I expect there is little reason to try and JailBreak the ATV 3, other than to say it's been done.
Alternative better hardware is available for similar or lower prices.
This year add the Atom based boxes/sticks which run Windows and/or Android at the same or lower cost. There is little gain from continuing to try hacking the ATV3 or 4 when it arrives, with simpler cheaper alternatives available.
@Banbury, now do the same thing using house number and postcode only.
If I had an active land line and telephone number the Zen checker would have been fine.
Zen stated because I had no phone number I needed to call their sales team, I've just looked again and the site has change. I can't even find the link for 'I don't know/have a phone number', so with Zen it's only possible to find out what they can supply online if you already have an active phone line.
What they don't support is checking if you can get fibre without a telephone number, unlike all their competitors. Openreach have an address checker (house number + postcode) as well as a phone number checker which all the other ISPs I was looking at had integrated for people who don't have an active land line or even any landline to check with.
Everyone else I looked at, including the big brands, not just the technically focused providers, was able to indicate expected line speeds and during checkout identified there was already an inactive phone line into the house so could quote me the correct setup costs.
I think you'll find it's a Zen thing.
I've had to find a fixed line internet provider. Unfortunately when I tried the Zen online checker I got a message saying I needed to phone them because I didn't have a phone number. Hadn't had a land line for 2+ years.
Zen were the only ISP out of the ones I was looking at who didn't seem to be linked up with the Address Checker. Everyone else let me enter postcode and house number because I didn't have a phone number.
That ruled Zen out for me, why do I need waste my time and money phoning up some sales bod to find out something all your competitors can do online?
Re: heaping pile of Bolshevik BS
the govt would need what....?
... time for a new keyboard... this one doesn't seem keen on the coffee
Re: It's good to have choice
Or don't bother with the keyboard/mouse and just remote desktop to it from your Linux machine :)
Should be able to run a larger/custom desktop resolution, if the 1280x800 doesn't fit the app so well.
No, the issue is it's a 32bit uefi implementation not 64bit. That is the only thing preventing the Linux distribution images booting. The same as installing Win 8/8.1 Pro requires the 32 bit version, not the 64bit because it won't boot.
I don't know if it was MS/Intel or both who came up with the uefi restriction, because they're 64 bit cores with VT support, it's just not possible to boot a 64 bit bootloader on them with the bios provided.
There are instructions somewhere online about how to download "pick-your-distro" and make a bootable usb stick with a 32bit bootloader. I think there is a working fedora based download someone made. Need a USB hub so a keyboard can be plugged in as well.
Last I looked there was an issue with some of the drivers, touchscreen as mentioned was the main one I think. Also without a USB hub don't expect the Linux install to get far as you need the keyboard/mouse(depending on distro) as well as your usb boot image.
In terms of alternative versions, they actually seem to be Schenker Element tablets, without the price premium or top end versions. On the EduGeek forums it's been discussed and verified that Linx are willing to supply with Win 8.1 Pro instead of Win 8.1 with Bing to education establishments via some resellers. This also puts the range more in line with the Schenker Elements tablets than other generic Win 8.1 tablet brands.
To install 8.1 Pro by hand you want the drivers from the Schenker site, but unless you make it a WimBoot install much more of the 32Gb storage is taken after install.
And which side of the router would the PC executing an email attachment or malicious download be on?
It wouldn't be the first time a lan side vulnerability was exploited by an internet source. Given how many routers Asus sell and how unlikely most will be updated thinking your safe because it's lan side only sounds naive.
Then again those most likely to run email attachments or unprotected pcs won't do anything about firmware updates or understand firewall rules. This could get messy...
I know a team who also have that belief and work the same way... only they try telling the business it's called Agile there-by screwing any chances of real agile methods being adopted by the company :(