816 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007
Re: $40 upgrade
Not only is Windows 8, in general, more secure than XP but it includes Microsoft security essentials so there is no real reason for home users to need a subscription to an AV product.
I'll add this one to the list of reasons why people shouldn't use dropbox for anything that they want to keep private.
I'm a big fan of dropbox, I find it useful to transfer files between computers, but I wouldn't dream of storing anything sensitive on there.
I'm glad to see that the employees are entirely convinced that the service is secure and are seemingly unaware of the security hole they are peddling.
Bluetooth mice and keyboards are a pain. They use far too much power and, in my experience, loose their pairing far too often. I have a really nice logitech bluetooth keyboard and I never use it because it always has to be left on charge and half the time when you load it up you need to pair it with the computer again which requires you to find another mouse or keyboard.
By contrast the wireless logitech keyboard and mouse I have are fantastic, they use 2.4GHz so the range is very similar to bluetooth. Pairing is hardware based so the keyboard and mouse are paired with the dongle, you can move the dongle to another computer and there's nothing to install or configure. The batteries last years (I've had the mouse over a year and battery life says good, the keyboard should be OK for 3 years).
The problem with the logitech system is that it takes up a USB port. What we need is better bluetooth profiles that allow keyboards and mice to operate in the same way with lower power usage and hardware based pairing.
Re: My tuppence...
There's no real need for a standardised dock connector. What we need is for someone to sort bluetooth out so that you can control a media player nicely. I'm talking being able to browse a library of Artists/songs/albums etc. With transfer of track information and album artwork during playback.
Then sort out wireless charging and you're sorted. Just stick your phone on top of your dock and some sort of NFC initiated pairing happens and you're docked.
Recently I've found myself using my phone to playback audio in the car more than my ipod. Problem is that choosing music is a pain on the phone whilst driving where as the ipod is controlled by the car stereo.
Re: 14 quid??
If your mac is old enough to have been relegated to the attic then I'm guessing it won't run this latest update.
I thought this was going to be an interesting article about how a school's sysadmin had built a new, easily expandable, storage system using off the shelf commodity parts. Or maybe an article about how the school has employed some new dedupe software that's really good at reducing the size of Justin Bieber videos. Instead it's just an overview of a Dell case study.
at £280 this is £130 more than the equivalent Samsung so the OCZ is almost twice the price for a little bit extra performance.
Re: Loving the iCloud tabs
I agree, sync is my favourite feature on firefox. Nice to see Apple have caught up with the other browser makers. Just need Microsoft to do something now and this functionality will be available for everyone.
Re: Does Google not know why people want local storage?
"You can't even connect to a file server on your local network (accessing SMB shares requires a rooted device)."
Is that a limitation of Jelly Bean or the Nexus 7?
My Motorola Xoom can access SMB shares fine.
All windows tablet PCs had screens that only respond to the stylus. This meant you could rest your hand on the screen whilst writing.
Re: Are there any of these in power socket form factors?
problem is that most UK backboxes are 25mm deep. That means there is no room for anything to be mounted inside. You'd have to pull out the existing backboxes and replace with 45mm ones including chasing out the brick/block behind. If you're going to that much trouble it's much easier just to fit cat5E externally around your house.
Re: copper wire
actually it turns out I've been generous, since the Virgin traffic shaping is always applied for 5 hours at a time you are guaranteed 10 hours of shaping over a 24 hour period if you are maxing out your connection. This means that it doesn't matter if you are on the M or L service you will still get 14 hours unshaped and 10 hours shaped so the maximum you can download over 24 hours is 72.5GB
"These restrictions were not applicable to all providers because some services, like those offered by Virgin [Media], were not delivered over a copper wire."
Really? What are they making coax out of these days?
Also their sums seem to be wrong
The 10Mb M Virgin service used flat out gives you 14.5 hours at full speed and 9.5 hours at 2.5Mb/s over a 24 hour period. I make that 74GB in 24 hours even the 10Mb L service only gets you an extra half an hour at full speed which takes the total to 76GB.
The Sky service at 7.5Mb/s average as described by Virgin would give you 79GB in 24 hours.
Also since very few people use their Internet at full whack 24 hours a day preferring instead to use it either in the evenings or afternoons I think that a fully working Sky broadband connection is going to be far better than a fully working Virgin connection.
Personally I don't have a problem with the lack of support in WP8 for my phone. I've got one of the original WP7 phones the HTC Mozart. I've had it long enough that I'm happy with the intended upgrade to 7.8. I'm far more accepting of this than I am of the lack of a promised upgrade to my Motorola Xoom, Motorola have promised ICS since the start of the year but it still hasn't arrived.
However I can see how the people that have just bought a Lumia 900 are going to be pretty annoyed that their flagship phone can't be upgraded to the latest OS version. We've got a fairly large deployment of HTC Radars at work and the staff really like them.
Microsoft need to go after the business market we need tighter management of the devices e.g. the ability to push out apps and OS updates remotely. It would be nice if the find my phone system reported the location back to work so we could see at a glance where all our phones are.
Looks OK to me
I had a quick play, doesn't look to be much of a change over 2010 other than the new GUI. My only problem with the new GUI IS THE USE OF THE CAPS IN THE MENU that's just wrong. People who are moaning about the lack of separation between buttons, take a close look at 2010 and you'll see that there are no buttons drawn there either until you hover over them.
I haven't used it on a big enough screen to see if the full screen file menu is an issue but first impressions are that it's one to skip if you already have 2010 but worth upgrading to if you are on an earlier version and need some of the features. Mostly this will be people running Outlook 2003 against Exchange 2010.
All ultrabooks have to have some sort of flash, either a full blown SSD or a flash cache. Manufacturers are milking the idea of a price differential.
750GB 7200rpm drive will cost me £75
128GB SSD will cost me £90
256GB SSD will cost me £150
With the 750GB drive the manufacturer has to also include a small amount of flash to act as a cache. This means that a 128GB drive costs about the same and the 256GB drive is only £60 more. SSDs aren't a high end option any more they are simply a choice between speed and storage space.
The Sony Vaio Z is a prime example of this, if you want 8GB of RAM you have to get the 256GB SSD (I'm guessing Sony's Windows install is so bloated that the extra page file used for 8GB RAM consumes all the remaining space on a 128GB drive). The 256GB drive is an extra £400 on top of the 128GB.
Re: Can't happen soon enough
but if you look at the other side some programs would never have been successful. I don't think I would have paid for every episode of the wire on the strength of the first episode. I would have deemed it a bit slow and boring and not bothered shelling out of any more episodes.
I'm confused by this article, it seems to suggest that the movies will be available at the same time as they are released on DVD (fair enough) and it also seems to suggest that a subscription to the service will get you the movies faster ?? Since the DVD release for a movie is now generally 6-12 weeks after the cinema release I can't see how Sky are going to get them any faster than this.
Anyway, wake me up when the service is HD (1080p) with 5.1 sound in a format understood by surround decoders. And when the service can offer me better highlights than the 3 on the nowtv splash page (green lantern, x-men first class and bridesmaids)
How does it all work?
This class action thing? I'm from the UK so this isn't for me but if I were an American do I get $25 flat amount or is it $5 for a laptop $10 for a small TV and $15 for a big TV. What if I've bought 10 laptops and so's my wife?
What about buisness if I bought 500 laptops can I get my $25 back for each of those?
really? In Manchester they sell them in the coop and Sainsbury's.
what is the money for?
It's not paticularly fast, not that light, not very thin, the design isn't new, screen is standard, hard disk is basic RAM is minimal. So it seems the only thing really good about this laptop is the build quality and yet it costs £999.
I can't believe people who buy these don't feal like mugs.
I remember when the reason macbook pros were expensive was because they were the best components squeezed into the smallest, lightest package.
Re: Please can you ask them ..
I did wonder that but I'm guessing that either these were machines sold with a different OS or they were sold with Windows home and the pirates (aaaarrr) were installing pro or ultimate on them before sale.
I know HP make models with linux or some form of DOS installed for certain markets.
The first digit is for dust, the second is for water, technically you would need IP68 for complete protection but IP57 is just as waterproof as IP67.
Interestingly level 7 only states that that water will not enter in quantaties sufficiant to damage the device. So it's fine for using in the rain and it will save the phone if you drop it in the bath but it's not really designed for taking the phone swimming.
Re: prints black when colour out?
my HP prints fine in black when the colour is out although it does explain that the quality won't be as good. This is because the printer uses colour ink to print monochrome images.
Re: Be wary of Epson printers
I think the error occurs after a certain number of pages printed. There is a piece of software you can get to reset the printer but for most people the only solution is to throw the printer and get a new one.
Getting rid of enterprise is a good thing. The standard license covers you for two processors and they've now removed the stupid limit on the amount of RAM so for a two socket physical machine, standard is all you need. If you have a four socket machine you just buy two standard licenses.
Same goes for virtualising, you buy one standard license for each two VMs running on a single box. Once you get to around 20 VMs on the same box it becomes cheaper to buy the datacenter version.
One thing that seems to be suggested is that for a two socket machine you now only need one datacenter license, whereas before you had to have two.
Re: YouView vs Windows Media Centre + TunerfreeMCE
Whilst I appreciate the effort that has gone into TFMCE it only really works for BBC content that can be streamed using wmv. I can't remember a time I've ever got it to successfully play a flash stream there's always a box you have to click on or a tick that needs placing in a box before it will open up full screen. I always end up grabbing the mouse and loading up a web browser. The other problem is that it never seems to be up to date.
Re: I'd dump my HomePlugs tomorrow...
+1 for outdoor cat5e. Personally I spent a little more and got some outdoor rated stuff but the regular stuff is probably fine.
I used to have some homeplug adapters, same ones BT give out but they couldn't cope with streaming 1080p and they use a lot of power for what they do.
Asking for trouble
If you have "All products" selected in Products and Classifications then you're asking for trouble.
It means that any software Microsoft decide people might like will start turning up on computers that you administer. That coupled with automatic approval is just a bad way to configure WSUS.
Other software Microsoft might decide to install for you if you're stupid enough to have All products ticked included the bing bar, bing desktop, Windows live photo gallery.
The thing to remember is that All Products means All current and future products.
The windows version of dropbox is using the standard windows autoplay functionality so if you've already told Windows what to do with your pictures dropbox won't try to upload them. However it did offer to upload a bluray for me the other day. It might have a job fitting that into the 2GB of free space.
I went through all the devices in my house I leave on and the only one that consumed a slightly significant amount of power was the DECT cordless phone base. It has a power supply that contains a transformer so that must be consuming a bit. I seem to remember it being as much as 20W for the whole thing which is a lot for a device I use at most once a week to speak to my mother.
Re: You've never rewired house lights have you
I seriously hope you never have either.
The light switch on the wall switches the mains voltage. The transformer(s) are connected after the switch. If your switches are switching the low voltage you would also need to provide a means of isolating the transformer.
The only time the switch doesn't directly switch the mains voltage is when the lights are controlled by some sort of automation system then the switches control the controller which controls the lights but this kind of setup isn't common in a domestic setting.
Where are the don't knows
Installed the software and it immediately set about updating everything it could.
Some stuff requires a manual update.
Then there's a list of all the other software on my computer all with green ticks informing me they are up to date. Except they aren't not all of them. So the software is useless because it can't be trusted.
Just look at Nortel, a company that not only had a decent turnover, they also had a very good product with a huge install base and yet they managed to nearly fail once and then finaly complete the failure recently.
but there is one thing wrong with IE9. It has no spell checker. That, for me, is why it gets no use at all outside the one application at work that still mandates it.
Re: Unwanted snail mail
So I went to Royal Mail and read up on their opt out service. You either write to them or email them and they send you a form to your home address. They do this, they say, for security reasons. Makes sense to me otherwise I could opt anyone out I liked.
So I sent them an email asking for my form to be posted out. About 30 minutes later I received my form by email I just need to print it off and post it back. So much for that "security" then.
Re: Less or Fewer?
The number of moans is fewer but I think that the moans per 1000 customers is less.
Re: Signal quality
If your satellite cuts out in bad weather then you need a bigger dish.
Mine is rock solid in all weather conditions but I do get interference when planes fly past on their way to land at Manchester.
A link to or a list of the new exchanges might be nice.
Re: at least until the battery wears out.
and there lies the problem. My credit card whether I use the mag stripe, the chip, or the NFC chip works all the time. I can go out for a weekend and long after my phone battery has died I can still pay for a taxi home.
If NFC payments can't replace a card then there's no point, and they can't replace a card.
There is a place for putting other things on your phone but not important stuff like money. Reward cards could go on phones, maybe cinema tickets. I'd worry about having a train ticket on my phone because of the battery issue. A day out in a city could easily drain your phone, plenty of Google maps usage, a few photos, listening to some music as you walk around and then there's no ride home because a dead phone is less useful than a piece of card.
problem is not the screen size
The problem is that none of the ultrabooks have a complete set of specs that justify the pricetag. The Asus is the only one with a decent resolution screen but it's let down by a poor touchpad and a screen with low contrast and limited viewing angles. All the rest have 768 pixels vertically which, on a laptop costing around £1000 is a joke.
The new Sony vaio Z is close to what ultrabooks should be (I know it's not technically an ultrabook) I almost bought one before I discovered that the if you want 8GB of RAM (should be standard in a machine of this cost) you have to get the 256GB SSD which costs an extra £400 over the 128GB model this at a time when you can buy a 256GB Samsung 830 for £150. The RAM is soldered onto the board so upgrading yourself isn't an option.
There is a market for these machines but the people that are prepared to pay £1000 for a laptop want one that is worth £1000 rather than a £500 laptop in a thin case.
the objective lenses on the DEV-3 seem very close together. I would have thought that to get a decent stereoscopic effect, especially at distances that would prescribe the use of binoculars, would require the lenses to be further apart. That being one of the reasons why binoculars have the objective lenses wider apart than the eyepieces.
The refurbished replacement is a trick Apple pull too. Thing is that you don't have to accept a refurbishment, you have the right to repair, refund or replacement and the replacement must be new.
a story about DRM
so last week I was in a cottage with a few mates, we had a laptop with a bluray drive and a projector and a new bluray disc.
The bluray disc wouldn't play in the laptop because the bluray software refused to play it. However the bluray box included a second disc entitled digital download. Problem 1, disc requires an Internet connection authorise the computer so you can watch the file which is on the disc that you have that came in the box with the film that you paid for. So we set up some tethering on a phone and allowed the laptop to connect to the Internet, authorisation failed.
We played with this for a few minutes, in the end the way we got to watch the movie was by downloading makeMKV and ripping a copy of the disc, circumventing the copy protection, onto the harddrive of the laptop.
This is what's wrong with DRM, it's easier to bypass than it is to follow.
Is this data allowed to be used in this way? By that I mean displayed in an ad supported or paid for app.
Fair enough the data should be there for anyone to do what they like with but should that include using it to make money?
"By the time it hits shelves, ..."
"...Google's next Android platform 'Jelly Bean' should also be available"
is there somewhere I can place a bet on whether on not my Motorola xoom will have been updated to ICS before JB is released?
Google need to get a grip on this, there's no point releasing new software versions with new features if most devices are unable to use them. Phones are still being released with 2.3 on them.
My Xoom is a perfect example of how stupid the situation is, if I was in the US I could have ICS but because I'm in the UK so I want a UK English dictionary on my device I'm still waiting.
People will get tired of this, they'll see the Apple users who receive updates as they come out. Apple are still updating their 3 year old 3GS
Re: It's been done.
this different in a lot of ways. my electric toothbrush charger uses around 1W of power whether or not it's charging (it's actually slightly more when not charging). The battery on the toothbrush takes over 12 hours to fully charge. Part of the charger fits around the toothbrush.
The wireless power we're talking about here could (in the future) be built in to your coffee/bedside table, your desk, your car dashboard. Placing your phone on or near any of these surfaces would activate the charging circuit charging up your phone without you needing to worry about where you put the cable.
Of course, until it is built in to existing surfaces it's actually worse than just plugging in a cable since the charging unit takes up more space. If that wasn't the case then desktop chargers would be popular.
so much missing info
5GHz channel support
graph of all the collected data
how well does the router support moving clients between 2.4 and 5GHz as required by signal strength?
for routers with USB ports what filesystems do they support? What kind of speed do you get accessing the disk?
alternate firmware support, the buffalo comes with dd-wrt but do any of these other boxes support it?
These things aside though, this is quite a good round up, I think the screenshots of the UIs tell you a lot about the products. Interesting that the reviewer didn't like the TP-link interface when it's not far removed from most of the others.
Of course the real issue here is that 5GHz just isn't worth it for most people. My 2.4GHz N router happily gets to the 10-15Mbps my broadband provides, despite me being able to see 15 other routers in my local area. It runs dd-wrt and cost £30. When I need something more reliable or faster than 2.4GHz wifi I use a cable.
lax security policies
Whilst linkedin were at least hashing passwords there are countless sites out there not performing this simple task.
Those sites are easy to spot, they're the ones that have limitations on their passwords. I just signed up to a t-mobile.co.uk account to manage my dongle the password must be less than 15 characters and contain no special characters. The only reason for this is that the field they are storing the string in doesn't allow more than 15 characters or special characters.
if communication is over cellular then there will be a use for that tin foil hat.
Alternatively I like to keep my meter and consumer unit securely locked in a nice metal cabinet, you know, for security.
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