158 posts • joined Monday 20th August 2007 16:37 GMT
Re: Windows Phone+ is a poor name
I think I've said this before, but what's wrong with "Windows LIVE Phone" using the LIVE interface?
(I like my Android Widgets, thank you very much, but will be putting Win7 on my Asus 1050HE)
I had a lot of use from my Asus 1050 Win XP machine.
My Asus TF101 with keyboard has much the same form-factor, but is much lighter.
I've installed a CM10 version of JB.
The TF101 goes everywhere with me and I mostly use it as a tablet for browsing and reading, but it easily converts into a productive document editing product. (word, excel & powerpoint compatible, plus Evernote & e-mail).
I would like to see maybe some convergence between Android and Chromebook. could be a winner.
Re: The sad thing about ID cards
The only possible reason for having id cards would be if UK joined the Schengen zone.
Would this mean an end to middle class business men being treated as criminals by uk border agency?
Neutral smiley as not sure...
how much more accurate..?
.. would this make gps location fixes?
If it could be made small enough to go in sat-nav/smartphone devices?
(big brother, 'cos he knows where you are..!)
he also found out...
... that because of the uneveness of the earth, he didn't need to move the island and his house was pretty much in the right place for the base station. Fabulous concept. (As an aside, the computer tech is really old fashioned)
Consistency would be appreciated
... so that Cymraeg is treated in the same way as Breton or Catalan (or Manx or Kernowek).
Welsh is most certainly spoken in the Americas - think Thomas Jefferson/Pennsylvania, USA and Patagonia, Argentina.
The biggest irony is, of course, that Amazon have a major distribution centre located just off the M4 in Swansea/Abertawe - and I'm pretty sure there was a 'development grant' for them to do this from the WAG.
an interesting selection
but primarily home machines.
I always quite like the ICL Series 39 here...
and the Trimetra (running VME, Unixware & WinNT in virtual partitions) here...
Why are the traditional carriers still around?
given the mountains of cash Apple, Microsoft and Google are sitting on, why are we still using O2, vodafone et. al?
I'm genuinely surprised that the big three have not bought out a carrier already, to run facetime/skype/google+ etc. and sniff all the data as it's transferred!
Big Brother - but beware the 'little sisters' too!
Agree about the Poundland "pair for a pound".
much better than the 10GBP Griffin I bought first!
I spent ages playing Tempest...
with the yellow 'claw' that you rotated around the lip of te tunnel, to stop the 'aliens' crawling out.
Quite abstract, but I spent valuable drinking tokens in college on this one!
happy days :-)
Retail Shops or Shop-Window 'Shops'
I always try to make my white and brown goods purchases through my nearest Euronics shop in the next Ward, after doing my research.
I would prefer to do some reading, then go somewhere to actually examine the hardware, have someone show me the software and maybe suggest alternatives, before heading straight for the 'you can take out a three year warranty for n x the cost of the item'. eg The Sony Shop, the Apple Store - but get the manufacturers to rent them and train the staff, but not expect anyone to actually buy the thing there.
Agree with some of the posters who have experienced being ignored by the 'sales' staff..!
Re: Next step
I've been calling V+, Sky+, Tivo etc PVR's (personal video recorders) or possibly DVR's (disc/digital video recorders).
So, "I recorded it on my PVR, but have yet to watch it" &
"Delete that long HD feature film, we're running out of space on the PVR"
of course the TV is on...
" which means that as a media player the stick is very much a video device unless one is happy to run the TV while listening to music"
How else does anyone playback audio or audio/video material these days?
PS3, Android Slabs & Slabettes, PVR's for playing back mp3, mp4, CD, DVD & Blu-Ray are all connected to the TV. How else is one going to listen to Freesat radio channels?
This looks like a useful product, if you don't already have an Android device that can just plug into the HDMI socket. Our xperias, transformer and Flyer already do and the the browsing and youtube is much better than from the PlayStation.
reminds me of the punchline of an old joke...
"Miss, Miss! Yoshi wants a f*rt but doesn't know the code number"
(... and I once did drop my HTC Wizard in the sink and it took 2 weeks to dry out properly...)
... their algorithms are embedded in Symantec Enterprise Vault search. Very efficient too . I remember the Lycos dog!
Re: Advertising budget
Samsung are most definitely NOT being quiet about their brilliance!
They have a great little roadshow in our St Davids shopping Arcade in Cardiff where you can try out a lot of their Slabs - SIII, Note, Tablet without being pressured to buy. The flat-panel advertising screens are heavily promoting Samsung, sony and nokia/windows handsets.
I quite like the HTC design and at least they have their own 'style', but, yes, their (lack of) advertising/promotion has let them down.
We went to their HTC roadshow about 18months ago and ended up getting a Flyer (ahead of the curve, so it seems). Perhaps they'll just go back to OEM'ing?
Xperia, Sony Xperia...
... for me.
My Xperia T is the only handset I've /really/ wanted for some time.
The revamped Walkman is great and integrates quite nicely with the Sony Media Go.
The Bravia screen is stunning and just the right size and the handset curve fits quite nicely in the hand.
I just put my micro-SD card (with my contacts & music) in and I was up and running within 5-10 mins.
I bought the media 'dock' and can say that the handset turns any HDMI connected Tv into a 'smart' TV. YouTube plays much crisper than the PS3 version.
Also, the Cybershot element works really, really well, but make sure you get the ICS update to correct the 'hunting' auto-focus problem.
I also saw a test 'Odin' in the wild last week - slightly larger than the 'T', which should also give the Samsungs a run for the money...
Basically, ICS & JellyBean work well, so it's really a case of which handset style, size and functionality you're after - and that fits your budget. We're lucky to have so much choice.
I think Sony might be the closest...
... if they used the PS3 media bar as the starting point.
I have a Panasonic Viera (unknown number and not smart) and use the freesat tuner to listen to the radio in the morning. Otherwise, I only select HDMI1 for Humax PVR - which only has the BBC iPlayer built in, but quite convenient or HDMI2 for the PS3 for all other streaming services - all in one place and HDMI3 form my samsung multi-region DVD hdmi out player or I can plug my Asus Slab for streaming services not available on the PS3.
I tend to use the Transformer for youtube.
I think Sony need to bite the bullet and put big-screen friendly Android on the PS3 and retain the media bar for selection.
how is the T not 'better'?
it has the right O/S with the latest version coming soon, it has a microSD slot, it's a Walkman, plugs straight into the TV, has a gorgeous screen and a super camera - and does not look like either a Samsung or an Apple product. Oh and has rfid, one of the latest dual-core processors and is LTE/4G.
But, can we please Please PLEASE have more dual-sim handsets..?
Re: Freeview radio - whats the point?
we have a DAB in the bedroom and the kitchen and a portable unit for the car, but in the lounge, we play back all media - audio & video through the TV - either from Freesat radio stations, the PS3 or the ICS Tablet(s) - some stations are only available on certain platforms.
eg we listen to Nation and Nation 80's via DAB, but internet stations like Gaydio (manchester) via the 'Droids.
did you mean..?
... 20% cheaper or 80% of the cost 159:199 is 80:100
As an aside, I had Sky digital 2 weeks after its launch and NTL Digital soon afterwards. What an improvement! gave a new lease of life to my Toshiba TV. RGB scart. Pictures as good as from my BSB receiver - also RGB scart. Mind you , I never had a squarial, only a square-ish dish, but it was very small compared to the Amstrad dustbin-lids of the same era.
didn't the changeover to full digital knock out these older boxes?
a shame but...
... The way people shop is different now.
I think I bought my Asus 1050 net book on TCR, but the shop next door!
Isn't it time the manufacturers let people use the kit and let the shop be a shop-window only, not necessarily a retail outlet? Dare I say it, the Apple model.
I'll vote for a Sony (Ericsson) handset anytime...
Over the years, in our household, we've had the 3g V800, the K850, W800, the C905 (just superb - best feature-phone/CyberShot handset) and most recently an O2 branded Xperia S - which received it's ICS upgrade fairly quickly (yes, I was surprised). I also think the Xperia 'bravia' screens are crisp and clear and must be the best on the market. I'm going for an Xperia T just as soon as I've flogged some more crap on e-bay. I love the fact that, for the ICS upgrade, Sony have brought back the Walkman branding. Also the google chrome bookmarking integration has proved more useful that I might have thought.
The Xperia S is a great way of ensmartening your TV via HDMI, too!
I agree with the previous posters - I would expect the top-of-the-range sellers to be updated fairly regularly. After 18months, it's just as well, then to CM it.
I'm glad Sony have found their feet again in this arena. They have some nice designs and a variety of entry points. - something for all pockets. Will they re-brand the Vaio as Xperia, I wonder
I quite like DAB & FM
I have one of these Pure portables http://www.pure.com/products/product.asp?Product=vl-60799 when out-and-about. It's rechargeable and I certainly get a day's use out of it. Use it in the car via the phone socket and works along the M4 corridor from Bridgend to Newport but can't vouch for the Intercity to Paddington!
I rarely listen to AM stations and the bedroom radio is a Pure DAB and I have a small DAB in the kitchen. Nation Radio and Nation 80's are not on the FreeSat and a lot of the 80's / 90's stations are only available on DAB.
the two questions to ask are (a) is the BBC going to save much money by switching off some or all of their AM transmission but (b) is there anything sensible that can be done with the FM spectrum?
What annoys me most...
... is that you should still have to pay extra if you're in spain or germany, connected to telefonica or O2-de.
I have a 3rd party roaming card that also lets me roam with a Us cellphone no when in the US, so I'm not that bothered.
I do think the EU data allowance is still a bit mean, especially when using the same computers and a system (GSM) that's designed to allow free (physical) movement!!
It does sound like price-fixing rather than competitive pricing..
(sticking with O2 as I've managed to keep my unlimited data allowance)
Re: Does anyone remember....
It was a Philips.
The paper was like the zx81 printer!
Aren't the Alta Vista algorithms being used in Symantec Enterprise Vault search?
Re: Why don't they say the sad truth? It's all a farce
that's why you should use a third-party product to do your vaulting and indexing - it's independent of the mail/calendar system, but compatible with it.
Re: Personal folders
no. if it's on the corporate system, then it's fair game - and you should not be using the corporate system for 'personal' items anyway.
Why not use...
Symantec Enterprise Vault?
It's a brilliant product that manages and indexes your mail and file content.
Set up classes of expiry etc.
Warning - it does make eDiscovery very very easy!
The difficult bit is getting your organisation to actually MAKE a policy.
Just make sure that your vault LUNs are mirrored to your continuity site, make two tape backups and then forget them. We were getting 70% dedupe/single instance compression too.
... oh yes, we love our Flyer too! Suddenly that form-factor is flavour of the month and it seems to have been left behind.
Clearly an inspiration for the Galaxy Note range..!
It's a tricky decision to make..!
Having been early Panasonic users, we went Sony-Ericsson for 3G/video calling with the V800 many years ago. then, consolidating palm pilot & telephone, we went HTC Wizard, (O2 XDA S2) which was great. HTC did a lot of good work for SmartPhones in those early days.
Also, our HTC Desires have seen good service, both with Sense - which /was/ the face of Android at one time - and with CM 7. However, my partner now has the Xperia S, which is great and I'm waiting for my Xperia T, which is also great.
I like that fact that i can plug them directly into the HD tv for media playback and that sony have brought back the Walkman function!
Other posters are correct about the brand visibility of Samsung - I can't remember the time i saw a decent spread for HTC product. Both Samsun and Sony are helped by the fact that they are cross-platform manufacturers and designers. i've noticed a lot more Sony advertising too, but that may be because I'm liking the product range. I'm pleased that the Xperia T has an expansion slot for more memory. The Xperia S seems to be lasting the day with mixed browsing/media use.
HTC Flyer would have been nicer...
if the 3G version had had voice enabled by default.
Yes, I know that you can root it and enable voice, but we love our Flyer and it's little e-stylus .
These notepad devices are coming to be very popular and do seem to be meeting a demand.
More choice, I say.
(I'm still using Palm graffiti on my Asus transformer...)
i think Samsung could have saved themselves a LOT of bother by not putting the oval ON button right in the middle of he bottom border!
Re: I can't belive it's taking so long.
I think I had sky digital and NTL digital as soon as they were launched.
Remember BBC Choice and the lad of a presenter just lounging on a couch doing the announcements?
I think only three people were involved in that programme - the lad, the cameraman and me, the viewer!
Much better than the analogue signals, IMHO
Re: Two Ariels
Bruce Hocking & Jan Leeming reading the west country news.
"and now, on BBC Wales, Eisteddfodiau I have Loved and on BBC Network, the TV premier of Jaws"
As we had TV in the front room and the back room we had four ariels - west / wales front and west / wales back.
(Newport boy then later living in Talbot Green (jn34/M4) where you could also get west and wales.)
But you can't match the heady days in the 1990, from March to November when D-MAC programming from the BSB Marco-Polo satellites was available! Super quality and HD-MAC in the pipeline until the tragic merger in Nov/Dec 90, before the christmas push...
I only had four of the five BSB channels 'cos I didn't want the sport.
RIP Galaxy, Power Station, Movie Channel & Now...
Re: It is a popularity contest
with regards to product placement, I find it depends on the movie studio.
Columbia - Sony - all computers are VAIOs and all smart/cell phones are Sony.
Take a look at the recent james bond films.
Warner (used to be time/aol) it is usually Dell and a mixture of 'droid/blackberry and winMo phones - check out Smallville etc.
It's not a hard and fast 'rule' but it's always fun to look!
re: Onscreen Keyboards
I find my TF101 keyboard is fine. I have not seen any strange behaviour since the ICS unpgrade.
However, I prefer to use a stylus ( the poundland one - two for a pound!) seems to work the best.
I also use Swype, which has a half-width option, which makes for easier stylus use.
Also, the Palm Graffiti also works well, if I'm feeling nostalgic.
At least, with Android, you can pick and choose the onscreen keyboard you're happiest with.
I, for one, do not like using onscreen full sized qwerty. just feels wrong...
As an aside, I'm finding the HDMI output to big screen really useful via my Transformer and our Xperia-S. Quickly transforms your Tv into a smart-ish TV!
media playback at home
I think this is the main use of Slabs in in the house - and when away.
The advantage of many Android slabs is you can plug them into your TV with the HDMI cable.
We're doing this with our Xperia S and Asus Transformer. I'm thinking of getting another cheap tablet or plug in 'Droid just to convert the TV into a 'smart' screen.
Wireless streaming is OK as long as not too many devices are trying to do it at the same time at home!
I prefer the 10" transformer and my partner prefers his HTC Flyer. We both prefer the 16:9 ratio for both reading (portrait) and media (landscape). We both download eBooks from our Public Library (ePub & drm PDF formats, I think...)
I definitely think there's a role for the unbranded Chinese Slabs. Have one per room! I tend to watch my BBC programmes in the shower (taking slab to bedroom when drying off..!). It would help if Andoid handled multi-profiles. (incorporported in Khulfi?) I only know one of my friends with an iPad - and he's a Fanboi. The rest of us seem to be Fandroids.
we have the Xperia S on one contract - it is superb, but I opted for cash-up-front and bought a dual sim chinese handset off ebay. One for home/data & one for work/voice (or carry around a horrid little nokia).
As I'm using my Asus Transformer, the T9919+ shares it's 3g over the wifi and the combo works really well - especially as the chinese handset came with 2 batteries.
I'd like to get an advanced handset via a service provider, but it's quite hard / impossible to get a decent 'Droid with dual sim in UK.
Same chinese company (MTK ?) also doing a 5" screen with ICS - looks really smart too.
I agree too about the ridiculous wait to get ICS on the Xperia S - it's been 'due' since June
Good point about the screen ratio. I love 16:9 for most thinks, but I'm tempted to rotate my 2nd screen for Word documents into portrait mode.
I'm also a ribbon fan. Most people only use one or two features they know. I found it easy to scroll the ribbon with centre-mouse wheel.
I still know ^KD to save a file in WordStar
the perfect "night out" handset
Clearly, battery life won't be an issue. You won't be using it as a media player so the battery should last.
Ideal for Saturday nights out, some texting, Facebook and Google maps for restaurants.
Nice to see Panasonic back on the scene. My first three handsets were Panasonic. G520, gd93 & gd87.
This one looks ideal for outdoors professional types.
choice is good.
I love my Transformer tf101. My partner likes his HTC flyer. I view a lot of pdf's but he prefers e books. It also had a lot to do with how you read. I need reading glasses and a bigger screen, he takes off his glasses to read and likes the smaller form factor. I've also noticed a few 5" Samsungs out and about. We also like the Android interface and have never been locked into iTunes.
Re: You say that
Centre justified numbers in word and excel tables annoy me.
Right-justify, fixed decimal or use the decimal tab.
Nor product specific. They have not "picked up" how to do this week or correctly.