174 posts • joined Saturday 11th August 2007 12:49 GMT
And what the heck is T-Mo up to?!
Am still ticked off that T-Mobile's decided to sit back and not release Froyo on the Desire also until next month...NEXT MONTH!!! and the reasoning behind it? they are busy "branding" it. Cut the bloody crap and just give us what we bought, a usable phone which works our way and not the way of some moron corporate entity who doesn't give a rats arse about how we actually want to work.
For now I'm giving T-Mo a chance, but if they try anything remotely like Vodofone than the first thing I'm doing after being subjected to a fouled up spam filled update is rooting it. You have the choice T-Mo, give us users what we bought, or we remove all your crap!
Needs work really
My big issue with this is it's going outside it's initial plan to sort out tabs, and into actually replacing the bookmarks list and bookmarks bar now with a new interface. All well and good, but as he mentions, this actually all consumes memory and that's not good!
But, the grouping of tabs into stacks is a good enough idea, they just need on the main browser window to add a way to switch between stacks and it would be perfectly fine. The rest of the stuff can be binned as it's total over load of features looking for a purpose and in the consuming resources for little use.
Personally, only use I can see for now is to have a group saved with the bookmark bar's fave sites in it...oh no, I have that already in FF with urmm, the bookmark bar! Now with better navigation of groups maybe more use. But currently no thanks, not interested.
Good and bad really
Simple solution (ish) is that all the custom elements from HTC and Moto all go onto the Android Market as a download...personally I wouldn't want to lose Sense as it's a great addition over the stock Android experience, but can see how it's slowing down updates and keeping the platform unified. But HTC's Exchange app and other utilities are far superior to the ones on the default Android anyhow, so adding them to the Market wouldn't be a bad thing for everyone...if a little counter productive for the OEMs.
WTF as frankly I like both sides of it, can't win either way I guess.
Was bad enough during MS's Kinect launch thingymibob when they wheeled out those ESPN lot to introduce the addition of Sports now to Xbox that they went on a big, lets show the clip again, and lets thank Green on behalf of the US...BAH!
Great bit of innovation
Can see the Dance game being huge, not overly sure on Kinectimals but it might work with the small kids etc. But Forza looked fantastic, can see that being fantastic fun with this. The Star Wars game looks a bit meh, not sure on that. Metal Gear Rising looked great also though. Halo Reach looked ok, but kind of samey and nothing to outstanding other than the spacecraft battles...guess will see later on nearer release.
The new console is nice, but not worth an upgrade. But nice idea though should I ever need a new one if the current one decides to give up on me (it's lasted 3 years already and run's great so doubt it anytime soon).
Is nice to see MS push the boundries and do something utterly new and original and put all those billions spent on research to good use for once instead of sitting on it. The skeletal tracking is a great innovation, and can't wait to see what will occur with it once someones got it onto the PC (probably a few days after it's released since it's just a USB device).
My only concern really is how it'll all work out with limited space in the living room. What happens if you haven't a nice vacant 3m space in front of your telly? will it still work if your closer due to the sofa etc? will the movie control gestures still work if your lounging on the sofa? lot's of unknowns still. But can't wait to give one a try.
Why not Wi-fi from a neighbour?
By the sound of it, the rest of the local village has taken up all the space in the exchange, and BT being the cheapskates that they are, won't upgrade the exchange further to support that one extra customer (fair enough economically speaking). So realistically she needs alternative sources.
Satellite is crap, we used to use it before BT finally got off there asses and upgraded our exchanges locally. It ok for download speed, but latency is laughable and getting pings to Google of about 1.2secs is not good in the slightest. Great speed for large file downloads, but for simple browsing etc, utterly useless. And everytime it rained the thing got disconnected anyhow, and it never rains much in Britain does it?
With her neighbours connected though, it might just be worth her buying a pair of good external Wi-Fi masts and borrow a neighbours connection. Hell could then share the bill with them for the connection. Just make sure the badgers don't nibble on the masts though!
As others have said, would suspect 3G is the way to go. The coverage of the decent companies like T-Mobile and 3 are pretty good now and would be surprised that they haven't got something either there or on the way there soon anyhow...even out on a mountain side these days can pick up great signals in alot of places.
Used to be the same, as all the old ATI's I had tried were awful in the driver department. But after two exploding 8800's thought I would give them a try with a 4850...which ran cooler, faster and cost half the price. But the real surprise was the drivers. Utterly fantastic! Well written and utterly rock solid. Has taken me utterly by surprise after suffering for years with the crap nVidia's been shovelling.
Give to the mad dash bleeding edge charge is over, and for the graphics card makers to tweaks and customise these things. And no doubt an overclocked 5850 will be around £150 come the new year...and that's a much nicer option for me :) and the DirectCompute bonus with Win7, gotta love it!
What happens when the customer installs the Powerpack off the MS site? since that's an official pack from MS which urmm *cough* turns it into Server 2003 SBE but without the wizards, how will this effect a business since it's a large license change as opposed to it originally being used for "home" use which so far MS has pretty much ignored. Seems kind of a license minefield really,
Been using it for many months now, started out very rough, but the last few major revision changes have made it into a very sweet little AV product. Fast, secure, very few resources used, and very quiet. Even been using it now as a routine virus tool for removal off customer infected machines and it's finding things which AVG doesn't, or what AVG can't remove it will cleanly removal without hosing the system. Ok it has no bells or whistles, but for a nice little app which does just what it says on the tin, it's a winner and good on MS for it no matter what all the whiners say.
Will become more interesting though...
since as soon as Win7 gets out with its inbuilt file sharing tech (part of the new network stack which now has the ability to do P2P milarky around local machines for patchs and internet cache and the like...but then again such things are never mentioned on the Reg when discussing Win7 things) it'll really screw over the figures hehe.
Am I the only one who see's the solar charger and thinks, hang on, if its in your hands at the time, than its not going to see the sun, and the rest of the time it's going to be in the persons pocket...and while the sun may shine out of Jobs' rear pocket, can't see many other users having charging options in their jeans. So the use is to plonk it on a table in the sun for many hours, making it overly easy for the user to forget it, get it stolen or just wait for it to explode. It's all a fashion addon to make people feel greener, and utterly no practical use.
Whats bogus about it?
If someone throws a party, they get stuff to jazz it up...am missing the whole bogus part in this? or is this the Reg just looking for an excuse to whine that MS is giving stuff away and offering goodies for prizes?
is the reason this whole cloud for everything idea is utterly bloody stupid!
It simply can not be trusted, be it the companies holding all your data, or the fact anything goes wrong you are left in the lurch for hours, or having to trust a company like BT to actually reach it.
This whole cloud idea is like opening a cheapass bar in the middle of a minefield. The idea behind the cheapass booze isn't bad, the problem is just getting it reliably.
You said it right there....
Apple continues: "The iPhone user’s entire Contacts database is transferred to Google’s servers, and we have yet to obtain any assurances from Google that this data will only be used in appropriate ways."
You mean like upgrade the user to an Android phone? *rings Apple alarm bells* that sums it up, Apple would of lost control of its captive market, and with it the normal Apple method of screwing every last drop of cash from them.
Some may call it protectionism, meanwhile to Apple its just a user experience :P
Gavin, you seem to be missing the bit where most HP's (and probably Dells as well) ship "Office Ready" where they have the trial of Office installed on them, just awaiting the user to click buy etc. So yes, they do have Office on them, it's just that it's not yet a full version till it's bought.
Money grabbing bastards
Disabled so they can release a new line of Vaio's with it enabled. Ohh you want virtualisation? here you go, buy a new Vaio...we turned it off on your old one to force you into an upgrade :P
Every step makes life harder not easier
"Microsoft reminds businesses and consumers that if they buy a computer with software pre-loaded it should come with proper documentation and backup discs."
You mean like the way Office comes with bugger all than a empty DVD box with a bit of paper with a license number on it?
Come on MS, not giving users there own backup discs was a utter pain in the backside when the user themselves wanted to reinstall. And all it ended up doing was getting users running off to Wonky World etc and buying a copy of Office Home & Student on the cheap and using it for there business! The licensing system is a fecked up mess, and needs sorting out!
Trying to explain why that one man shop needs to pay £350 for Office when you have this Home one here for £100 is just insane, and does nothing but make the consumer utterly annoyed, and make the retailer look the bad guy...well until we pass them onto Open Office with a friendly install fee!
Anyhow, good on them for cleaning up some of the scumbag pirates out there :)
give the EC idiots a few more days, and they'll dream up yet another way to move the goal posts.
5 most popular browsers hmm, you know Opera is very close to falling out of that list hehe. That would be just to much poetic justice though hehe.
What we know...
From all the bits of kit Apples been buying, and people they've been hiring:
Strange resolution "iphones" running at 1024x768 etc on various analytics for site data...ok maybe hackintosh's on Dell netbooks, but still odd.
Synaptics 8" touchpad with 4-finger control.
And a shedload of flash memory. Ok not so much a big surprise since its used massively as is...but could very easily be for a new project also.
Hiring of the MS Xbox folks for making a games product - maybe to aid iPhone gaming, but a bit late for that really.
And Jobs himself making the whole "we won't make a netbook" thing.
So the end result? we're looking at a 8" "iphone" style multi-touch device used for "netbook" style things, but also a Apple games machine, ebook reader and the like. The big unknowns though is pricing and market, but due to the success of the jesus phone, its highly likely that such a device will also be connected to the mobile phone networks (just guessing on this one), but such a move would be interesting as it would allow for it to be sold very cheap on a contract. £1000 bit of kit on a £199 price on contract? Yes I have just been connecting dots here, and adding the pricing ideas myself at the end...but no worse than everyone elses guesses although my own guesses do actually bring in bits from what we know Apples been buying up and doing.
Waste of time.
Am sorry but its not going to sell to any dSLR user as there is no decent lenses for it. The only market this things destined to sell to is those idiot users who think they can get a decent camera just because it has changable lenses and expect to pay £100 for it, and run away screaming from anything with the name Canon on it when they see the price tag.
Yep, UK download worked great
The UK download worked like a charm...even submitting that I was in the UK without a single whine about it.
As for MSE itself, it seems ok...very small, very fast, and very consumer friendly. Need to test it's secuity handling more, but so far its picking up a lot of the test things thrown at it. It has no bells or whistles when it comes to features, but then again does it need any? Definatly worth a good test.
Top speed of 62mph? urmm that'll have the Audi's and Peugeot's worried.
They might of well of just grabbed a electric milk float, filled the back with batteries and used that. Without the recharging stops it would win over all.
Opera's problems caused by Opera not MS!
This entire situation was caused by Opera's whining to the EC...and the EC being the bunch of self-righteous idiots they are, went off and sided with the European company.
Opera's problems though were never MS, but themselves. They continued to charge for a browser when everyone else’s browsers were free. That was there choice; it was not forced on them by MS. When after 6 years of charging they decided to finally let it go free, they have less than 1% market share. It was nothing but their own stupid decisions.
The big issue on this is once the EC gets away with it once, it will occur again. Where else would Opera like to go? iPhone users should get it on first boot shouldn't they? Apple will be next in sight once the precedents been set. However, what is next after that? Google under fire as it is better than the stupid EC funded anti-American search engine I cannot even name these days.
Personally, I do like how the beta for 7 handled things. Yes we have IE8 pre-installed, but what you do then is run off, download your chosen browser, then disable IE. Done and dusted. The EC is doing nothing for the consumer, which they claim they are, they are doing this for themselves once more, and yet again looking for a way to extract money from the US, and through money grabbing court cases try to inflate a European product over the place it should be.
I am not saying Opera is bad, just that no one caused the position that are in other than themselves, and whining to the EC about it quite frankly is wrong.
So the big question is...
Where the hell do we buy our OEM Win7 US licenses now? since no way in hell are we going to sell this European crap version.
The EC is nothing but a bunch of money grabbing wastes of space. Frankly this is going to do nothing but annoy people...but as others have said, why is this solely about MS? I want a Mac with no Quicktime, no Safari, and no iTunes as thats a captive market to Apples own stores...hell its even more captive than anything MS has done but nope, no one bats an eyelid.
doesn't offline IM messages already exist? its nothing but a fluffed up Googly offline IM app with documents shared...ok the documents part is very nifty, but the overall concept of replacing mail with it is a bit well...web based SMS :P
It will no doubt be hugely popular...but really does it actually do anything really ground breaking, sadly not really. Should be interesting to see how "open" Google will be with this, but as mentioned above, will they allow even the server side out so people can run there own versions? can but hope but guess time will tell.
Much of this...
actually goes back it seems to the original Eee 701, and Asus discovering that over 75% of the linux versions it shipped were getting XP installed on them inside the first 3 months. One of the really stupid things about this was the reasoning behind it, the users were (a large majority of them anyhow) putting XP on them so they could install iTunes on the things (and yes, its a netbook, it shouldn't have it on it)...I dunno, theres a whole lovely glossy feeling of seeing Apple actually ending up being a reason to install Windows over Linux thats just bloody funny as hell hehe.
But whats to stop them...
selling the machine, and oddly retailing a copy of the OS along side the purchase? They are then simply a normal PC retailer selling hardware with no OS. And also just selling coincedently a Apple OS along side it. What the user does with the disc is utterly there business and nothing to do with the company is it :P
Just because the hardware could run the OS isn't the issue, after all so can a Dell and Apple isn't chasing Dell down for selling hardware which a user can install onto.
its just possible that Ingram perhaps could look on Belguim Ebay first perhaps?
Bad form on the emails though, would of expected a look out email but the kind being sent out is wholely over aggressive and not good in keeping your customers friendly when you run around accussing them all as has been done. Utterly daft way of handling it sadly.
Lets see, a tablet rumour, a big iphone rumour, a games console rumour, a ebook reader rumour...you know what it all adds up to? a ipsp table :P Sounds like Apple is after a hand held bigger jeses phone for playing games, surfing, and reading books on. Would sell also.
Nothing but a tax
It's nothing but a tax on small independants. Big chains are paying next to nothing, online places simply ignore it as are the supermarkets as mentioned in the story. It's a joke and one damaging the entire channel.
It's just the ancient old Logitech Mouseman with a skirt attached. Nothing new at all other than an insane pricetag. All been done before and found to be utterly unwanted by the user, and utterly going to be unpaid for by management.
Hate to say, I was almost considering one of the things (never know, still might if Apple don't do like these rumours and utterly screw the specs again).
Rubberising it is an interesting one. Seen loads of the things get dropped and shattered due to the excess shine on the things. But then again, the shine is what appeals to many in the magpie effect. Doesn't matter that you are sooner or later going to introduce it to the pavement, its shiny! Maybe they might do some kind of compremise with the edges rubberised or something, all guesses like everyone else but would be more fitting to keep a grip and keep Apple innovative shine.
The light up logo is nothing but typical Apple. No bloody use what so ever but showing off. Stupid. If they want to add a light stick it on the top edge and give it a lens and maybe we can use it as a torch!
As for the screen, its not going to be OLED, but a AMOLED...ok just a few differances but they are beautiful enough, glitzy enough, and big enough and cheap enough to be stuck in a phone. Samsungs been doing it for some time so no doubt Apple will claim to be innovative again and use one also.
The camera on the first two was bad enough...and way behind the times. If they move to 3.2MP its a complete joke. My three year old phone was 5MP with a crap lens on a par with Apples usual efforts. Current phones are going 8 or 12MP with a good lens, fast response and a good flash. I never really liked having a camera on a phone, these days just love it and its a feature I won't live without for those few great instant snaps.
Got to love the security...
"About 100 badge-holders had access to the area, which was also available to janitors, visitors, and employees passing through to access the bathroom."
So, its a lovely secure area but for the 100 people working there...and we also leave the doors wide open for even the public to go through for a piddle. Call of nature beats White House security...anyone would think they worked for the British Gov with this level of incompetance.
Yes and no.
It's kind of odd...yes its coming back with a lot of "doesn't know what you mean" pages...but then you put the exact same in again, and on the third of forth shot it suddenly gets what you mean and does something with it. Not sure if the "doesn't know what you mean" thing is actually a doesn't know, and is actually a "given to much time to looking, and giving up" answer...possibly due to everyone clobbering it for answers at the moment.
Is it a search engine like Google? no. Is it something I may throw a question at since Google comes up with nothing but crap filled directory pages? yes.
On another thought...
Since he said both partitions had been deleted, surely (if a bit expensive) someone like Ontrack or some other recovery lot maybe able to pull some of it back?
As for backup yeah, does seem odd, I'm paranoid enough over varied backups of my own personal stuff and thats not even a 100 users. Can't stop feeling sorry for the poor bugger though, and makes no sense sadly.
Wouldn't surprise me....
If they decide to come up with a deal on the entire Duke Nukem rights, and hand them all over to Take Two to get them off there backs, maybe with some cash along with it.
Was sad to see 3D Realms go down, but then the whole DNF saga has been nothing but pathetic. The seemingly finished version from 2002 ish looked great, ok maybe then graphically a touch behind but still looked good enough. But no, more rewrites later and nothing :(
Got one...loathe the bloody thing!
Got one of these bloody things the other day, and am in half a mind of swapping it back for my old G600 if not for two things. The camera is brillient, and the texting is oddly very smooth. I originally hated the keypad as it's a gel like thing, but it is actually very responsive and very fast to text on.
The browsing is utter crap though. And the widgets thing is a nice idea, but the way you can't lock them to the desktop and a minor finger slide means you've scattered them all over the place is an immense pain in the backside...why oh why can't you simple save the positions?!
As for the AC above on the dictionary...can you hell as like, and its very annoying you can't :(
If you don't want browsing, and just want something thats very good for texting, calling, and using the camera then it's brillient. The fake call thing is great! mwhaha phone yourself to get out of anything mode, gotta love it!!! Everything else, pretty much forget it, although it does have a really nice "I can club someone to death with this like a thinkpad" feel of build quality to it.
Would save Sony a shedload of cash also as it seems a much simpler construction than the overly complex PS3 at the moment....and lets face it, Sony need to save the cash at the moment....thats if it is real that is.
Shouldn't ever happen
No HDD used by the gov should ever get to ebay, or anyone else. Is it really that hard to make sure every drive removed from anything even remotely gov related gets a drill through it once its done with. Hell, I do that with my old drives and theres nothing on them other than general email crap that the gov now has copies of and will no doubt lose at some point.
It's simple, once used, DESTROYED afterwards.
eSATA will stay
Been seeing more and more laptops appearing with eSATA on them recently. Mostly the HP's mind you, but then again why not? if your using SATA anyhow, whats an extra connection to add an extra feature to the spec sheet.
It is quiet sad there is such a huge lack of support from hardware vendors, but then again USB1 was as bad. Was almost 5 years before people started bothering with it much. But that is the thing, while eSATA currently maybe still in its infancy, its more about what is to come from it down the line. As SATA continues to advance for drives, so will eSATA due to its easy use. USB will continue as its so familiar to everyone for most things and is so cheap to impliment.
The big question is Firewire due to its relatively huge licensing charges which is why the majority of machines still lack it and its only added as a feature on the more premium products. Firewire should be wonderful for all kinds of kit, yet until its prices are lowered to support such an implementation and compete against USB it is just a premium addition and is the most likely to disappear. It won't due to it being a premium item, yet it won't become anywhere near as mass market as USB, or eSATA can become, until its excessive licensing is changed and more products adopt it.
Always loved Molyneux' work. The humour is always a fantastic underlying feature that makes it so much better than the cold cash cows of companies like EA. I still crease myself laughing at the impersonators in Fable2, but by far is the Gordon Brown impersonator doing the "it's not my fault, its the state of the economy" line. The work Lionhead did with Fable2 was fantastic, the handling of aging, and continuation of morality from the first Fable. But one of my personal favourite things which seemed amazing was how organic the dungeons can caves were, everyone different and not the usual of cut and past the same old textures from other places. Everywhere feeling totally handcrafted and unique really added to the realism of the world and surprising considering they managed to cram it all onto one DVD on the 360. The way in which you actually feel emotion in the games also is utterly amazing and such a rarity in games these days. He quiet simply is a legend.
Shame there’s not more game designers like him. It’s a fantastic change from the utter crap produced by Rockstar and EA.
This isn't a feature, its just that they've added a timer to you sending your mail. What happens when they decide that you want to "undo" a message you sent the night before, we'll see them delay all mail for a day before sending. If anything this all sounds like a way to ask users to be in a bandwidth shaping scheme for gmail.
Re: Gold Farmers
I think thats actually the exact opposite. By giving China it's own server, part of the idea was to get them off the western servers and on their own to try and reduce gold farming, as well as increase the gold farming for the companies involved. A few of the MMOGs seem to do it, Blizzard, Turbine, etc all are on the attempts to keep the gold farmers home. Isn't working totally, but even a slight help is better than nothing. And if you get licensing fee's, all the better for the companies.
Just imagine it without local servers, a shedload of extra players from China showing up on the western servers.