* Posts by David Lawton

150 posts • joined 10 Mar 2009


They're BAAACK: Windows 10 nagware team loads trebuchet with annoying reminders to GTFO Windows 7

David Lawton

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.

The Apple Mac is 35 years old. Behold the beige box of the future

David Lawton

Re: Typical el Reg

In 2004 Apple was still running PowerPC not Intel so quite how you are getting High Sierra on a PowerPC Mac i do not know.

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

David Lawton

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....

Strewth! Aussie ISP gets eye-watering IPv4 bill, shifts to IPv6 addresses

David Lawton

I've been trying to get IPv6 turned on our Leased Line, but because we have ADSL backup they cannot provide it to us yet. But i'm not going to start deploying internally until i know what /48 i'm going to get from the ISP.

‘Elders of the Internet’ apologise for social media, recommend Trump filters to fix it

David Lawton

I'm all for more Pepe meme's

East Midlands network-sniffer wails: Openreach, fix my outage-ridden line

David Lawton

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.

Outage outrage: TSB app offers users a TITSUP* encore

David Lawton

What is amusing is before the LloydsTSB merger when TSB was its own bank, their IT systems were well ahead of others like Natwest, My online banking would update instantly where as my mate with Natwest would take a few days to update. How things have changed.

Microsoft vows to bridge phones to PCs, and this time it means it. Honest.

David Lawton

Hmm, sending and receiving SMS's from your computer, have Microsoft been at the photocopiers again? MacOS and iPhone have had this for half a decade and i love it.

OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

David Lawton

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.

Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

David Lawton

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 , 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.

Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design

David Lawton

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.

Apple turns hat around, sits backwards on chair, pitches iPad to schools

David Lawton

Re: Pencil....

Actually it was a stylus in the context of using it to operate a mobile phone, but hey you just keep telling your self lies.....

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

David Lawton

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....

You won't believe this: Nokia soars back into phone-flinger top 3

David Lawton

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.

No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

David Lawton

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?

Apple: iPhone sales are down (but they've never been more lucrative)

David Lawton

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.

Wave Tata, Capita: You've lost mega-contract to rival outsourcer

David Lawton

Re: And a few years down the line

All i can suggest is Tesco Bank? I don't see them going anywhere, you just go to the customer services desk to do things you would use a physical branch for like paying a cheque in.

SurfaceBook 2 battery drains even when plugged in

David Lawton

Microsoft seem to have real problems making premium end computers, was it last year or the year before with the Surface Pro where it was 12 months of endless problems like massive power drain in standby .

Microsoft scoops Search UI out from the gaping black maw of Cortana

David Lawton

Microsoft are at the photocopiers again! This is one of favorate MacOS features.

Apple succeeds in failing wearables

David Lawton

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!

First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

David Lawton

If you are not sold on Face ID just get an iPhone 8, thats what i did. Since i do things like use banking apps on my phone i kinda prefer iOS to Android, i don't mind the closed system in this instance, i value security more than being able to skin the GUI.

The age of six-monthly Windows Server updates starts … now!

David Lawton

We already have a few Linux Server boxes (Web Servers, Asterisk VoIP, DNS Servers) but mainly Windows. Think its time we start seriously moving more to Linux now unless we HAVE to run Windows because of Server Software requirements.

The update merry go round is making me sick.

UK.gov: Who wants £25m... *cheers*... to trial 5G? *crickets chirping*

David Lawton

I get 100GB monthly allowance, did not think that was a low amount? I was on 40GB allowance but they were just chucking data at me.

Microsoft Edge shock: Browser opts for Apple WebKit, Google Blink

David Lawton

I still install use Chome on my iPad Mini 1st Gen on iOS 9 because in safari it is painful and reloads pages a lot yet Chrome does not. Explain.......

Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

David Lawton

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.

Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

David Lawton

Re: £1,149

Thats what Steve Balmer said in 2007 and we know who had the last laugh...

Microsoft won't patch Edge browser content security bypass

David Lawton

Looks like Edge really will be the new Internet Explorer.

Microsoft extends free Windows 10 S to Win 10 Pro upgrade offer

David Lawton

What Windows 10 S achieves which is a more secure locked down environment would be better if it was a mode you could turn on once your PC was how you wanted it, a simple toggle switch.

Gather round, kids, and let's try to understand the science of 3D NAND

David Lawton

Re: Useful

Just press the 'Reader view' button in Safari and you get it in A4 Page reading format for saving :)

No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea

David Lawton

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.

Microsoft Surface laptop: Is this your MacBook Air replacement?

David Lawton

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.

Latest Windows 10 preview lets users link an Android to their PC

David Lawton

I see Microsoft have been at the photocopiers again. I've been doing this between my Mac, iPhone and iPad in all directions for a few years now. This is just a bad version of Apples continuity & handoff years later.

Nokia's retro revival 3310 goes on sale and disappears immediately

David Lawton

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.

Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

David Lawton

We know who will have the last laugh though. Whilst i still have an iPhone SE with a headphone jack, i got some bluetooth ones and i don't want to go back to wires!

Virgin Media scales back Project Lightning target in first quarter results

David Lawton

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.

S is for Sandbox: The logic behind Microsoft's new lockdown Windows gambit

David Lawton

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.

Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

David Lawton

Despite its age, i'd rather use that GUI day in day out than Windows 8.

Customer satisfaction is our highest priority… OK, maybe second-highest… or third...

David Lawton

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.

Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

David Lawton

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?

Dying for Windows 10 Creators Update? But wait, there's more!

David Lawton

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.

Google claims ‘massive’ Stagefright Android bug had 'sod all effect'

David Lawton

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.

Windows 10 networking bug derails Microsoft's own IPv6 rollout

David Lawton

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.

Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

David Lawton

I would say the Windows 10 GUI is unfit for business users.

Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

David Lawton

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.

Dixons warns of looming Brexit storm cloud amid bumper results

David Lawton

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.

BT's hiring! 500 more customer service folk to answer your angry calls

David Lawton

Very much so, i only want to be told the lies once, not 4 times because i cannot understand what they are saying.

90 per cent of the UK's NHS is STILL relying on Windows XP

David Lawton

Running Windows is very expensive.

Engineers say safety features got squished out of cramped Samsung Note 7

David Lawton

Well maybe if they had removed the headphone jack it would not be as tight for space.

Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

David Lawton

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.

British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows

David Lawton

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.


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