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When they get it right Sony get it really right, when they get it wrong well you all know what happens.
As someone whose entire tube TV purchasing history has been Trinitron based (remember those lovely FD Trinitrons from the 1990s) you do tend to watch what they are up to.
Back in the 80s and early 90s Sony kit had this aura of quality, which to be honest was earned, look at the home video market, was there ever a video recorder as well engineered as the SL-C9? Their last PAL deck was a rather good one, brilliant picture and sound but was not as well engineered as the C9.
They have managed to turn technical successes into commercial failures. They tried too hard for the cheap market where to be honest they are crap. I still cannot work out how they managed to screw Minidisc.
The TV division may make losses but their TVs are still good, among the better ones, losing that would be rather sad. But people want cheap not quality, look what happened to Pioneer.
HiFi - best to completely give up the cheap crap and stick with upmarket portables, mid range Home Cinema, and esoteric HiFi.
Viao best gone, stylish but they are not a PC company.
Imaging, well this is a core market, they need to work on this.
Games, they need to deliver on these games they promised.
Phones, make proper use of their imaging and audio brands, and their styling and really go for it
It used to be that if you bought something from Sony, you knew it would be good, it would last, and it would look stylish, now it is buyer beware.
They have a long haul ahead of them, but I think they have the reserves to make it.
2 infections at customers this last fortnight. Both cases idiots clicking on attachments, and lack of knowleage on these nasties.
Yesterdays was full restore from backup and wipe offending PC clean.
We tell them, they still do it.
I think the security services need to borrow some people from Hereford to sort it out at source.
As I do not own any mobile games, basically not bothered, but I do own my own handheld games console.
Now that has in game purchases as well. One game one of my sons has as well and he spent money on a DLC gun.
But them some of these games are £20 - £30 and are made by biggish teams on big budgets. And yes I have been at work during breaks playing a handheld FPS.
Another non believer.
Clipper was a fantastic tool, a geat way of making DOS database applications, which were fast to use, fast to write, reliable and flexible.
As to clone, no, just the natural progression of XBase.
Clipper (or CA-Clipper) was XBase, tons of tools, some excellent replacable database drivers, and still many programs in use.
All those great addons, Blinker, Funky (sp), Novlib, Advantage XBase Server, things like this made for some pretty powerful applications.
We were using serial comms libraries, Netware task libraries, client server libraries, lots of links to C as well, with our own C code.
Clipper was the pinnacle of Xbase not just a clone
Antibiotics - £10 million there, phages research and crack down on stupid usage.
Water - spend some money on storage and piping it around.
Flight to Scotland - go by rail and use nuclear power stations to get zero carbon.
Paralysis - I think this is already not far away to be honest.
Dementia - I think post it notes were a good idea
Food - eat what is in season and encourage population shrinkage.
A bloody nightmare, phone, phone back or live chat.
But I NEED to email them, my seller ratings have been trashed by villiage idiots and I want to put a load of information and links in an email.
Used to sell about £200 a month, now at about £20 a month.
I need some advice from their customer services.
So it looks like I will have to post them a letter, I will of course put all the links in it for them to have to copy into a computer.
I offer a repair service on Ebay, it says repair service all over, including pictures and titles, big warning boxes, then I get bad feedback and bad ratings because I do not post them a working item as they are supposed to send theirs in for repair. Having to refund the VIs is also wrecking my seller ratings.
Been fine for 5 years, only last 6 months the village idiots have gone mad. So I need to work out with Ebay the issues, but they are basically uncontactable.
Google please hurry up and kill Ebay!
Things are looking better for Xbox since Phil Spencer took over, how does he have time for this and Location Location Location?
Anyway the price cut is not enough, for the same money you can buy the more powerful PS4.
The main issue with this new generation are the game prices, £10 more than last generation is rather a lot.
I am playing a waiting game on new games as having a new console doesn't stop the old ones working.
I bought cable which was thick and meaty, not expensive, and you know what, it sounded better than the thin stuff I took off.
Those speakers were too big for the thin wire I had lying around.
Directional cable - as above 1 to left 1 to right, 1 to centre and a few to back
Wiring wrong way round, erk just don't left to left right to right and do not cross them over.
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