19 posts • joined Wednesday 19th December 2012 08:54 GMT
Pops likes it
Just picked up a new ASUS minitower for my dad to replace his old creaking XP box.
Nice machine on sale for $369. 6GB memory, 1TB disk, zippy AMD A8-6500. Came with Windows 8. Upgraded it to 8.1, set dad up with an outlook.com account which gives him online email synced with Windows 8's mail application (replaces old Outlook Express).
Automatically recognized his new Samsung laser printer no problem when plugged in first time. He likes the fact that printing works the same now in all Metro apps (from charms). Now does a nice print preview as well which is a nice touch.
After about an hour dad had it all figured out and thought it was pretty cool. Big smile on his face. He likes the metro UI with the bigger icons and the single-click requirement. Yes he actually liked it, and liked it using a mouse. All the basic apps included such as weather, news and stocks aren't too bad at all, especially for a non-power-user.
So based on my one-person conversion experience for a typical web-browsing and emailing use-case 8.1 seems to work quite well.
Re: Hey El Reg, here's a better source of some of those tasty Twitted comments
And of course the inevitable follow-up.... #Snarknado
I don't think the product managers realized what they were asking for when they demanded a bullet-proof design!
Well obviously for large computational loads
They are looking for improved floating-point performance.
I'll get my raincoat...
They are following Microsoft's lead again
Microsoft's newest tablets are shipping with office built in. For example the newest Dell Windows 8.1 Pro machine (Venue 8 Pro) comes with Office Home and Student pre-installed. For $299 and up that is a heck of a deal!
Apple is starting to feel the pinch more and more!
Had a good laugh - the googleads inserted item was for a movie:
They See Your Every Move
In theatres August 28
Gives new meaining to "A fork in the road".
WTF - Where's The Fork?
Looks like they removed it just in tine..
Well, obviously, it should be called....
Oh dear - is this the start of "design by committee"? Perhaps not but this doesn't bode well for the moment.
What an udderly fantastic idea!
Re: It's a pity
Wii U - there is a larger rechargable battery coming soon for the tablet. It has been shown in Japan.
So far to me the Wii U is the better product - no funky XBone DRM. I expect Sony to have similar restrictions now that MS has broken the ice on that front. Also no rental possibility for games? We use RedBox to try out new games and only buy ones we feel are worth it. And some games you can finish in less than a day! Latest Laura Croft title for example. Very bad $ value.
I suspect the Wii U will get a boost due to:
- no funky DRM issues
- supports rentals
- supports used game market
- less expensive than XBone
IMO the graphics on the Wii U are "good enough". As others have mentioned it's all about gameplay. There are some awesome titles on the Wii such as Xenoblade that are as good as anything on Xbox. Next-gen Xenoblade from Wii U likely to be shown at E3 soon.
I can see the usefulness of the device as an extension to an iPhone. Agree with M7S above.
Instead of people compulsively pulling out their phone and checking for messages/info they can just look to their watch. Something like the Blackberry message light, but on a remote device. This could be quite useful.
I don't see the point of this device as a stand-alone device.
Possible charging source could be a wireless charge from the iPhone itself (next generation) or some other device, possibly similar to the Nokia wireless charging setup.
But in the big picture I just don't see this making a huge difference to Apple's bottom-line. Won't have huge margins. Likely won't spur extra software sales. It will possibly help shore-up their eroding market share in the short term, but long term the me-too products will show up quickly, likely with better features and a lower price.
If this is Apple's next big thing then they are in serious trouble.
Re: Come on wintards get rebooting your servers!
We had an IBM AIX Power 5xx server fail on reboot after being moved between racks. One of the CPU boards had developed a fault and for some reason didn't execute the fail-over cleanly. Dead supposedly redundant server! The techie had never seen the problem before. S*it happens.
NEO - MPLSD micro-satellite network not mentioned??
Follow-up launches are in the planning stages for a new NEO-MPLSD micro-satellite network.
NEO-MPLSD? Near Earth Orbit MaPLe Syrup Defense network. Any stray space bodies will be apprehended by a kamikaze maple-syrup-bearing swarm. Power source? Canada's patented BBRC - Back Bacon Reaction Chamber.
In the odd chance that the back-bacon powered maple-syrup delivery system fails to adjust the offending NEO orbit, at least we can have a tasty treat while we fry.
"Climate scientists link global warming to extreme weather"
Now they are blaming extreme weather as one cause of global warming. What next??
Race to the bottom?
That's nice and all at $169. But at what margin/profit? 5 or 10 dollars???
If I was an HP shareholder I would be pissed. No way HP is going to make any decent money on this. Better off investing in savings bonds or short-term notes. Sigh.
Comedy gold my friend
Java is required to run the scanning tool.
Hee-hee, hohohoho, hahahahaha, whaaaa, hahahaaha hhhhoooooooo...
Elementary my dear
With treacle-down economics!
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