Even if you hate Apple i hope this makes more people switch to a Mac. The other platforms need more share of the market so when Microsoft do make dog food like Windows 10 there is more viable choice and Microsoft might actually be forced to stop pumping out this crap. Its usually software compatibility that stops people leaving Windows, Linux and MacOS are great but if you cannot get the applications you absolutely need you are trapped in Microsoft Windows 10 hell. If the other OS's have more share, more applications will be developed for it and we all win.
150 posts • joined 10 Mar 2009
Safari on Mac and iOS has been doing this for a few years now. I prefer how Safari use to be and have separate URL and search boxes on the toolbar. I like to be able to glance and know where i am, yeah i'm technical so that info i want, but the normal people with inquisitive minds cannot ask questions about things they cannot see!
When we hire new tech's the amount who cannot do basic under the hood things with Windows is scary. I'm convinced its because i was brought up with DOS, Windows 3.1, NT4, Windows 95 where there were very few wizards and you had to learn how things worked and get dirty. Younger people have been brought up with Wizards and auto things masking everything so they have never been exposed to the inner workings or because its all hidden away never had the chance to play as much.
Its bad enough already with URLs, expose users to them even less? This will hurt in 10 years time....
Its for reasons like this i have Zen as my home ISP. Yes it would have been effected the same as the others BUT when raising faults they do not read scripts, are actually knowledgable and technical , and last time i had a nightmare with my line they even laughed a little and said we now have to open a case with open reach and now things can get difficult.
Re: IVP4, IVP6 Ehhh
IPv6 can be made easy to remember. If you get a /48 from your Business ISP (or /64 if we are talking residential) You would only have to remember the first 3 sections /48 ie 2001:db8:a0b:: . That is not too hard, not as nice as IPv4 but still not too bad. Then since we manage the rest of the address space(host part) just use all zeros until the last segment. So 2001:0db8:0a0b:0000:0000:0000:0000:0001
Once you get use the rules on shortening the IP's you can now express it as 2001:db8:a0b::0001
IPv6 did really baffle me but i was determined to get my head around it so spent a day just reading and reading until i got it. Biggest problem is waiting for the ISPs to support it so you can play properly.
Zen here too, i am willing to pay extra to have a knowledgable and technical person at the other end of the phone when i do have an issue, not a script monkey! I did leave Zen once when things were tight moneywise, but the tech support at Virgin made me run a mile. Router's WiFi status lights are off, power cycling wont make them come back on and i cannot see any SSID's being broadcast. Tech support say open web browser and type http://192.168.1.1 , i tell them I am not connected to any networks this will not work, support agent just try anyway it might work, me scream with rage and run back to Zen.
Re: "Reveal" UI elements?
On MacOS to make scroll bars show all the time go to System Preferences, General 'Show Scroll Bars Always'.
No idea if
A) Windows has that setting
B) If it does on Windows 10 is it in Control Panel or Settings?
But i do know Windows 10 is an inconsistent mess and i would love the Windows 2000 GUI again ....... but i cannot so i will go for what i think is the next best thing, MacOS.
This is why, even if you hate Apple you should wish for its MacOS usage share to grow (It has been growing slowly and is now used on 1 in 10 laptops/desktops)
Microsoft with its almost 90% desktop class OS usage share means it can do what ever it wants and its tough shit if we do not like it. If you could get all the applications you needed on another platform like Linux or MacOS you would just say i'm not taking this Windows 10 shit and go use something else, But because Linux has 2% usage share of desktop PCs/laptops hardly anybody develops for it outside of open source, and even on Mac there is still quite a few programs some people need to do their job that are not available.
Until somebody can claw the majority of the world off Microsoft Office and these legacy .net apps Windows will always dominate , unfortunately meaning we have to just put up with Microsoft shitty practices.
This is mainly aimed at business though, consumers seem to be happy with iOS and Android....
All i wanted 8 years ago was a Nokia running Android, always had Nokia's. So i ended up at the time making my worse ever mistake mobile wise and getting a Samsung Galaxy S2, worst mobile i have ever owned, unreliable, poor call quality, got red hot, would freeze, just utter junk. I got my first iPhone after that as i was getting annoyed with where Microsoft was going and got my first ever Mac and that left me really impressed.
If i wanted an Android handset now it would be a Nokia without question, but i'm too happy with the Apple world now.
My favourite stat is that if you use netmarketshare and filter it to just desktop class OS for January 2018 , MacOS has 9.95%, so 1 in 10 desktops/laptops web browsing are now a Mac, not bad considering Apple do not sell cheap end hardware.
More interesting if you look at ALL operating systems used to access the web, Windows had 61% back in May 2016, in less than 2 years that has now dropped 1/3 to 39%. Windows is nose diving and mobile based OS's are now the first device people use. Just how low will Windows usage go?
iPhone sales are NOT down like the article says, the same quarter last year was 14 weeks, its 13 weeks this year and Apple sell way more than 1 million iPhones a week. But hey, nothing quite like lies in a headline to get clicks?
Also not surprised in a slight drop in Mac sales, the whole PC/Laptop market has been in decline for years now.
Failing? I'm on the verge of upgrading my launch day Apple Watch to a Series 3. I could live without one, but i would not choose to. Everyone has different needs, but the Apple Watch is useful for me and many others. I have to now really think who does NOT own an Apple Watch out of the people i know.
It very accurately monitors my calorie burn throughout the day, i use it to pay for things in shops, it filters the many notifications i get during the day, it makes using the underground in London easier and safer (no getting wallet out in congested areas) and is handy for taking calls in situations where using your phone would be akward, ie whilst cooking. I like being able to skip tracks without having to get my iPhone out of my pocket when walking and my next calendar appointment on the watch face is a handy reminder.
Add to this its watching my heart rate in the background now and will let me know if something irregular is happening, its a lot more useful than some will have you believe. O and it tells the time too!
Re: Not an Apple fan at all but...
Make the jump and give MacOS a fair chance, i use to like Windows until Windows 8, then i got my first ever Mac and i was never an Apple fan either, but i regret not doing it earlier now.
MacOS knows what it is trying to be , a desktop class OS. Once you fully get your head around MacOS and its trackpad gestures their is a good change you will wish you had got a Mac sooner.
Worst case you hate it after giving it a fair chance and lucky Mac's hold their value well and you sell it without losing too much money or if you love the hardware but not the OS bootcamp it and install Windows or Linux.
Whilst i can live without my Apple Watch i would not choose too. I got it on launch day and have worn it every day since.
I love using it for getting on the underground when i visit London (which is regularly) no getting my wallet out in busy areas, just 2 taps of the button on my wrist and i am through the gates.
It is keeping more active, i always aim to close my exercise rings.
I love using it to filter the many notifications i get on my phone throughout the day, and i occasionally do quick reply to texts on it or take calls if my phone is not right by me or my hands are full/messy.
I get that not everyone wants one, and i had not worn a watch for 15 years prior to getting the Apple Watch. At least try for for a reasonable amount of time and then decide if its of any help, i feels its one of those things you have have before you understand its value.
Does this come with a years worth of endless firmware upgrades to fix constant battery issues like previous Surface products?
I will stick to my Apple MacBook Air, Pro and Mac Mini, at least they run an OS that knows what its trying to be, a desktop class OS and they leave touch to iOS.
Its funny, as Apple said years ago you should make the hardware and the OS, Microsoft said you should just make the OS and let the OEM's make the hardware. Wonder why they have changed tune.
The old and new spec really highlights how much battery tech has come along. 3x longer standby. I know a lot complain they have to charge the modern smartphone everyday, but they forget its powering a massive high res colour screen, bluetooth, 4G , and god knows how many sensors. If the iPhone had been around when the 3310 had been we would be charging our phones 3 times a day with the battery tech of 3310 era.
I will never deal with these monkeys again. They technical support is about as far from technical as you can get.
My Router packed up , non of the WiFi lights would come on, it would not work off ethernet either. I phone support and tell them my router has stopped functioning and only the power light will come on nothing else. They then tell me to open my browser and type in http://ipofmyrouter , i say that wont work, my laptop is not connected to any WiFi or any network for that matter because the router is broken. They tell me to try anyway, absolute idiots!
I swiftly cancelled Virgin and went back to Zen who actually have technical people at the other end.
Re: That picture
Not quite copied them but close, at least on MacOS with Gate Keeper turned on like that, you can just right click an app and select open, then press the open again in the dialog box to run it to confirm you do trust this app and it will load. Which is the correct way to do it, i see a lot of bad guides on the internet telling people to just turn it off hence the run from anywhere option was removed in the latest MacOS and is missing in the screen shot to stop this bad practice.
On Windows 10 S, if its not from the App Store it just won't ever run. The only people i see Windows 10 S is any use for is those who use an iPad instead of a Windows PC, and even then there is a reason they got the iPad.
Re: Public wifi?
you are wrong, ive had cash fail ! I had a £10 note to pay for 2 pints and the pub refused to accept it because of the way it glowed under that UV fake note checker thing. So i had to switch to card and then go the bank after to get my £10 swapped.
I tend to use Apple Pay where possable as its faster than card or cash, then card, but keep a little bit of cash on me for when thats the most convenient or as a backup (we all in IT love backups dont we?)
The one i dont like is these pay apps, they are slower than anything else we have.
Re: Stopped using
You are not the only one, just look at this graph
Windows usage has been on a serious nose dive and 50% drop almost in its usage in just 3 years is quite a scary nose dive.
Clearly a lot of people just don't use their desktop class devices as much anymore, i know i don't, my social media, banking , shopping or researching stuff for a trip is done on my phone or tablet mostly.
How much lower will Windows nose dive over the next few years?
Re: Menu changes?
I don't think Microsoft is stupid enough to remove the start menu again..... or are they?
Windows 8 and its start menu removal was what made me buy my first ever Mac after using Windows for 20 years. I think MS would have some extreamly annoyed customers if their Windows 10 was updated and once rebooted it has no start menu.
I don't get how a company as big and experienced in OS's as MS is making such a dogs breakfast of GUI's in their products. They do not seem to understand the difference between desktop and mobile class devices and their users needs. It's still a mess in Windows 10 and only looks good because anything looks good when you compare it to its predecessor Windows 8, guessing the GUI is a big reason almost half of all Windows installs are still Windows 7.
Re: Finally a sane article on Android security
You do know that Stage Fright was exploited by sending a specially crafted picture message? Did not need a dodgy app installed, the OS was vulnerable to it out the box.
I am surprised a tool to exploit this did not end up in the wild and made easily accessible. Would have been interesting if it had.
I wish they would just scrap IPv6 and come up with a better IPv4 replacement. I can memorise IPv4 addresses, IPv6? hell no. Its been almost 20 years, IPv4 is practically exhausted of addresses and still most don't use it, and even this article shows when you have a big tech company like Microsoft and they cannot get IPv6 implemented without endless problems what luck do we have.
Love or hate Apple, but one thing they got right with the iPhone is not letting the mobile operators mess with the software. When apple release an iOS update everyone gets it. I remember having a Nokia 6680 with this stupid Orange firmware instead of Nokia with this horrible Orange home screen and you could not remove it and was stuck with the horrid UI. You still on the android side have the networks messing with firmware adding bloat or being slow to approve updates.
The Dixon group are the very definition if incompetent. In the last 30 days i have had so much hassle with them i won't be actively doing business with them ever again if i can help it.
1) Order a TV on their website, shows as in stock at local Currys so i reserve and head on down. TV has been sold they have no stock!? But i reserved it!!!!! Somebody must have bought it on the shop floor as i clicked reserve the assistant tells me. So i just go home and get it from John Lewis instead.
2) Black Friday order 2 Tassimos in the Black Friday sale online for delivery. Only 1 turns up, ring up, they have no more stock to send me a second one and won't be getting anymore, i'm STILL waiting for a refund on the 2nd one. Why let me buy what they don't have stock of!
3) At work we needed 1 fridge, 3 microwaves and 4 kettles. Check local Currys for stock of the items. All in stock it said, so reserved them and went to collect. Nope, get there only the fridge is, they cannot find the rest so must not be in the stock room need to pick other items. WTF?!
So in short, Dixons stock control systems are pure utter crap and you should avoid this company if you can.
I think its just a case of the general rule, don't get a 1st Gen Apple product. I do like the look of the new Macbook Pro but, i don't like the massive price increase, i'm not ready for USB C yet, and removing the MacBooks best feature MagSafe is just bonkers.
Hopefully we will see a refresh next year with Kaby Lake, 32GB RAM option and by the maybe USB C might be around a bit more. Plus they might reduce the price a bit.
I'm glad Apple have kept the older Pro and Air around still so you can still get a Mac with USB A.
I don't need a new Macbook as my 2012 Air and 2013 Pro are still working as good as the day i got them, so i can go ages yet before i need to start parting with cash. I just know i don't want a Windows based device again, spent 20 years of my life with that OS before my eyes were opened and i tried OS X. I'm not spending my life babysitting badly made Microsoft OS's anymore.
Re: "ut I am over 40."
Few occasions? you mean everyday if you are me. I hardly ever A) Go in branch B) Use internet banking in a web browser or C) use a Cash machine.
Almost all my bankings is via my iPhone App. You may not, but the majority do and its the trend we are moving towards. Want to know why the PC market is shrinking every year? because people do what they would have done on a laptop 10 years ago on their smartphone today, its also why Phablets are so popular.
Last time i shopped on Amazon? App on my iPhone
Last time i went on Facebook? App on my iPhone
Thats not to see i don't ever use my Macbook, but my primary Internet device is my Smartphone and thats the norm now, so if you don't have the Apps, you are irrelevant.