706 posts • joined Wednesday 25th July 2007 17:00 GMT
Virgin's big selling point should be that you don't have to waste money paying for a phone line to get broadband or TV (Sky require you to have a phone line for the first 12 months of a TV contract). Yet they insist on bundling in a phone line and charging you for it, of course you can choose to not have a phone line but then the cost of your broadband or TV package goes up by about the same amount.
Problem with the Walkman brand
The problem with the Walkman brand was that it had ceased to be recognised as such. A Walkman had long ago become a generic name for a personal portable cassette player with headphones. People aren't bothered about owning a phone with a built in Walkman; a phone with a built in iPod, now that's a different matter.
Are you sure you've upgraded to Mango? Some of this stuff you've listed is solved.
- screen lock activates on every screen timeout meaning you have to type a code every few minutes... In Mango you can choose separate times for screen timeout and phone lock
- signal indicator is pretty much absent for no reason... tap the top of the screen and the indicator appears
- no receipts for texts or other messages to confirm delivery... delivery reports are in Mango, I haven't tried them because the stupid O2 network doesn't support them but the options are there
- the pointless search button... Again, in Mango the search button has changed, it now links you in with the new bing functionality. Including the text translation stuff, QR code reader and the local scout which I actually used at the weekend to find a nice restaurant near my hotel in Brighton.
- multitasking... the most disappointing fail in Mango. If you want true battery draining multitasking, get an Android phone. If you want to be able to listen to music whilst you browse the web and pick up where you left off in an application, the Mango implementation is fine.
The problem will always be content.
I think Windows Media Centre is a beautiful interface for a PVR. Very easy to get around and makes good use of extra information that can be pulled down from the Internet.
Problem is I can only use it with Freeview or Freesat. If I want channels from Sky or Virgin I have to use a Sky box or a Virgin box. It doesn't matter that what I have can do everything those boxes do. Their encryption systems won't let me without some sort of hack.
Windows phone connector
It would be nice if this software was available for PC too. Or if Microsoft had included support for the new phones in an updated mobile device centre or active sync.
Having to use zune to update your phone is one thing too many Microsoft have copied from Apple.
Updates should happen OTA and they should be incremental.
You're missing the distinction. When Google first started one of the things I liked about it was that all the search terms were included by default. Then about a year ago Google decided that they knew what they were searching for better than you did. First it was fairly useful stuff like searching for plural and non plural search terms, searching for UK and US English spellings of words. Then they started including roots of words, you search for playing, you get results for play, and synonyms.
Now Google just drops words from your query if they make the results too limited. When I use + in my searches I'm not trying to find an exact phrase. I just want to see all the pages that contain every one of those words.
Tethering is in Mango but for some inexplicable reason it's only on the new phones, so my Mozart doesn't have it and neither does your Omnia but the two new HTC phones do and the Nokia phones will as well.
My Mozart is the first phone I've had for 10 years that doesn't support tethering. I haven't used it often but it's nice to know it's there if you need it.
You can't be tagged in a photo if you don't have a Facebook account...
Are you sure, it certainly used to be possible. You tagged the person and put their email address in and facebook sent them a please join up message.
Been available on RAID controllers for ages
All the new HP RAID controllers have this tech. They call it flash backed write cache.
I don't quite get the point of this for use on RAM chips though. Unless you're using a RAM disk you can't write files to RAM so the only benefit here is that you can suspend to RAM without any power usage but you can always use hibernate for that..
"VDI is essentially a solution to the problem "how can we sell more servers?""
I was thinking the same thing about VDI. I currently manage a network which is a mixture of desktop PCs and thin/zero clients connected to Citrix XenApp (what was metaframe) servers. When I first started with Citrix your limit was about 20-30 users per server, less if your users were doing anything clever.
Now I can get 100 users on a server without it really breaking sweat and the servers cost me less money than they used to.
Virtualising servers is condensing traditional server loads onto less hardware.
The first time I saw VDI was in HP's product bulletin, they were advertising a system where you had a low power PC on your desktop driven by a workstation blade in the server room. So instead of a desktop PC you buy a cheap desktop PC and a server blade which means you also need a slot in a blade chassis. If that's not simply a way to sell more servers I don't know what is.
This is the thing, ask any body about a brand of drive and you will always get a group of people saying the won't touch them and they're the worst drives going.
I've had drives fail on me from all manufactures. Seagate, WD, IBM/Hitachi, Maxtor (In their day) and Samsung all make decent drives, some of which fail. Failing drives is the nature of having a lump of metal spinning at 7500 RPM. I think the only drives I've never had fail are Toshiba ones but I've dealt with far fewer of those over the years so I don't think they're any less likely to suffer an issue.
Once you start dealing with drives in hundreds rather than 2 or 3 you'll see that they are all very similar.
I own two SSDs one of them failed inside the first 3 months, the other one bought around the same time and the replacement for the first are fine.
Doesn't matter how big your drive is, if you want to keep your data you need to have it backed up. If you can't afford to be without your data whilst a broken drive is replaced/repaired you also need to be running RAID.
Stop messing with the interface
"...with a redesigned interface that allowed for touch control..."
What's wrong with the current interface, it works well for me. By all means tweak it, polish it, but don't make me learn where everything is again, and why does everything need touch control. People aren't going to be doing db administration or writing SQL queries on a tablet. SQL server is not Angry birds.
Looks poor, it doesn't even have front facing audio and USB. It's almost a cube so doesn't lend itself to mounting on the back of a monitor or under a desk. Headphones and microphone input are on the same connector.
I'm really liking the zero client concept, we're running the wyse xenith boxes. They boot and display a login prompt within a couple of seconds and use around 5W running.
There needs to be a standard measure for phone battery life. There is one for digital camera usage, generally you expect to get more pictures out of your battery than the standard measurement suggests but the important thing is that it's standard so it's possible to compare two different makes/models of camera.
As far as I can tell, the "standard" way to list smartphone battery life is to turn it on, possibly in flight mode, and then leave it to see how long the battery lasts.
I have smartphones on my desk that I use for testing. I'm amazed by how long they last when you don't use them. I can get over a week out of a battery that is gone in less than 24 hours of normal use.
I'm pretty happy with my Acer Revo running windows media centre. I have Freeview HD and satellite (DVB-S2), plenty of space for recordings and it can play all my media off of local drives, USB or network. It can also stream nicely from the Internet.
Total cost was more than most of the receivers here bar the technomate. Only feature it's missing is the transcode of AAC into DD5.1 on the freeview HD channels.
So the digital file, lets assume you're using apple lossless, is converted to Analogue by the ipod using whatever cheap D/A converter Apple were sourcing at the time. This is then passed over the dock connector into the dock where it is converted back to digital to be sent over a cable to your D/A converter to be converted back to analogue again.
I'm sure that helps improve the quality.
What exactly is in this dock apart from this pointless conversion that makes it worth £150? An ipod dock should simply be a passthru for the AV connections and a method of remote control.
Is this voice control thing new?
I just checked and my windows phone can find me a local greek restaurant.
Turns out voice control isn't all that. It's a great party trick to show off to your friends, but I didn't use it when I had an Ericsson T28 in 1999 and I still don't use it today.
Good for pubs
This ruling is great for pubs, unfortunately it doesn't help people at home much. A subscription to any EU based premier league football will set you back more than a sky subscription so isn't worth shopping around.
I don't think Sky will lose too much sleep over it. 1 pub is only equivalent to 10 homes in terms of revenue. Also most pubs I go to that have an alternative satellite system have it just so they can show the 3pm games and they also have a UK sky system for everything else.
bending the truth
"The cheapest Kindle on sale this morning sets you back $139, or $189 for the 3G model. The floor now drops to $79 and $149."
Is this a quote from Jeff?
The old 3G model is $189 without ads, that's the same price as the new 3G touch without ads. With ads the old 3G model is $139, $10 cheaper than the new model.
My guess is they'll kill off the old model in favour of the touch screen model, I guess that's a good idea the keyboard doesn't get much use so it just takes up space.
Has anyone seen the new basic model in action? How do you find books on the store when there's no keyboard? I guess it's a case of: left, left, left, click (A), right right down down click (space) I'd stop being such a cheapskate and pay the extra $20 to get the touch screen.
Unsurprisingly there's no 3G on the fire, it's one thing giving away free 3G for an e-ink device but on a colour tablet with a proper web browser you're going to incur some serious charges. It'll be interesting to see how locked down the tablet is. If it's a fully functioning Android tablet with the only condition being you have to get all your apps through Amazon it might be worth it.
The $79 Dollar model is Advert supported, I think the £89 UK model will be Ad free so it's equivillant to the $109 Dollar version in the US.
$109, by my reckoning that works out as £84 when you add in the VAT so £5 extra from somewhere but not as much of a rip off as everyone has been saying.
I'm a big fan of Firefox but I've given up believing their claims of better performance or less memory. I like the feature set and I'm used to it so I keep it.
Firefox 7, 1 tab open (this one) firefox is using 120MB of RAM.
IE9, 1 tab open same page 62MB
So looks like still a way to go.
Java is a menace, if you have an application that mandates a particular version of Java then you can't update. Obviously this is just sloppy coding that ties an application to a version but it means that corporate desktops are wide open to this kind of attack.
Flash is very nearly as bad. The auto mechanism requires you to be an administrator on your computer. Keeping flash up to date using group policy requires you to constantly check version numbers.
Say what you like about Microsoft but WSUS is a fantastic tool for keeping all your Microsoft software patched across a large deployment of computers.
16:9 is a stupid ratio on a small screen unless you're only using it to watch films. And if all you're doing is watching films then you can buy a portable DVD player for much less money.
If 16:9 is good because it's better for films then maybe we should be using 1:2.35 screens on our laptops.
A 3:2 aspect screen would probably be a good ratio. The most important thing is that it's possible to buy screens with a sensible number of vertical pixels. Modern software can make use of high resolution screens. Windows has DPI settings so that the gui appears the correct size. Websites can be zoomed to make them readable but everything is nice and sharp.
My phone has a 3.7" screen with 800x480 resolution, I want that kind of DPI level on my laptop.
gas industry in this country measures in m³
if you have an old gas meter it will measure in cubic feet. If you look at your bill you will see this is converted to m³ before it is converted to kWh
I'd imagine it's only folks from the USA still using cubic feet.
Your scenario concerning abusive fiancées makes no sense. First off the fiancée has to find out the mac address, how are they going to do that? If they no it already then they already know where the person is because the only place they're going to find that information is from the AP.
Also it's trivial to change the mac address/SSID etc. of the router. Chances are if this person is trying to hide they've also changed their phone number, ISP, router etc.
I just can't see a problem with it, Microsoft and Apple are doing exactly the same thing.
It's not about getting BT to let you use their cable. The point is that they should be letting other companies use their ducting and poles. One of the major costs of installing any kind of cable system is digging up the roads. BT don't need to do this because they were gifted a network by the government.
Patch Tuesday is once a month to allow people to plan updates correctly. Once you're managing patches for more than 20 or so computers you can't afford to be testing and releasing updates every week.
Couple that with the fact that even most home users don't want to be continually bombarded with patches and please reboot messages.
If you're insane you can still download all the individual patches and install them manually, but if you're a normal individual you just use the windows update process. If you're a business then you use WSUS.
Microsoft update all software that they supply via the update mechanism. Linux distros update all the software they supply, no difference. Maybe Microsoft will launch an Apple style app store for windows. If they do this you'll start seeing updates for other 3rd party software.
that's not the point
The point is not that the Samsung tab looks like an ipad, yes it does, quite a lot. The point is that the design is obvious and Apple shouldn't have the right to stop other companies making similar designs.
If I was going to design a tablet I'd come up with something very similar. If I'd designed it 7 or 8 years ago it probably would have looked the same but with a brushed chrome finish rather than the shiny black because that would have looked modern. The design of the device is obvious, it's a screen with a bezel.
You can already plug a kindle into your Windows/Linux/Mac device and upload your files directly on to it. The only thing you can't do is buy books with DRM from a supplier other than Amazon.
"As for not charging people national rates when they dial the full national number - forgive my cynicism but HAH! That will work without anyone getting overcharged (I don't think!)"
This system is already in place and works, I live in Manchester dial code is 0161. I can dial 01204 (Bolton), 01457 (Glossop), 01565 (Kutsford) and a few others and they are counted as local calls.
If you dial same area without using the dialling code, the billing software assumes the dialling code. In the same way that from your mobile you can dial your numbers starting with +44 but you don't get charged for an international call.
surely the solution is to move a digit from the code to the local number.
Bournemouth is currently 01202, just remove the last 2, prefix all numbers in Bournemouth with a 2 and suddenly you have an extra 8000000 or so numbers. Forcing the dialling of the area code only seems to create 100000 extra numbers.
I don't see how this was the hospitals fault, they had a system in place to only allow the use of approved memory sticks. If the student was stupid enough to think that making a copy of that data was OK then I don't want that student to become a doctor.
£175 is a lot of money for this. You are comparing the price with dropbox which isn't really a backup service. Dropbox is a service for synchronising files between computers.
LiveDrive is £4.95 a month for unlimited storage.
Not so sure
The MEMS screens I've seen don't look as nice as e-ink and anybody who's ever used an e-ink based screen on a sunny beach will understand how much better the technology is than an LCD screen for this kind of application.
Not that targeted
"1. These are highly targetted emails, not your usual phishing spam. Somehow they are getting the email addresses for the students. As we're a student service provider we're also seeing them."
I've got a few of these emails and they're not to any address that has been near student finance. They go to an address I used with an online retailer once that now receives a lot of spam.
I use a new email address for each company I deal with so I can see where the spam comes from.
The only option I use on a menu bar in explorer is folder properties, I do everything else using shortcuts or right clicks.
The office ribbon bar is a huge issue because people are so used to the old way.
I can only see a ribbon bar being useful in explorer, however I would like a way to hide it so it's not using up my precious vertical pixels that hardware manufacturers seem intent on slowly removing.
XP Home has no RDP
XP Home has a terminal services service which is used when you share your desktop with a "helper" who is fixing your computer. However this isn't vulnerable to the attack here.
For the attack here to work you have to have enabled remote connections in system properties and you have to be using one of the stupid passwords in the list for your administrator account. You also have to either already have the work on your network or you have to have the RDP port open to the Internet.
should be there
Have a look for event ID 1149 also check the security log for event 4624
If you have network level authentication enabled then I don't think you are vulnerable to this worm. Also I doubt that a standard install of Vista or 7 is vulnerable because you can't log in as Administrator on those computers.
Google and Apple
Of course, the people who know a huge amount about the mobile network are Google and Apple. The location service automatically sends this data back to them so maybe they're the people to ask.
I don't get it
17" laptops should be like portable desktop computers. a 17" MBP should be the pinnacle of this kind of machine. So even though it doesn't look neat it should have 4 USB ports and a VGA port. DVI and HDMI adapters should be included. The optical drive should read and write bluray it should come with 8GB RAM as standard along with a 128GB SSD and a 1TB spinning disk.
Whilst I kind of applaud Apple for trying to stick it out with thunderbolt, they need to learn from past history. In many respects firewire is much better than USB, it was way better than USB 1 but the interface you find on everything is USB, firewire has its home with video and audio gear. From what I've seen USB3 is better than firewire 800 for harddrives and the cost of thunderbolt drives is always going to be high because the connection isn't going to be on anything but really high end computers.