Re: Replace EMUI with e.g. Nova Launcher
Mate 10 Pro works fine with other launchers.
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Back in 2007 we had major floods across the country in places like Hull etc. I worked for a very large insurance company on the IT relationship/project side.
The idea of having a mobile claims centre that could visit sites was often talked about and several groups had been given the task to sort it out but had just given up after 6 months of wanking around.
I walk into the office one morning and the Directors are all on a telelconf. I asked what was going on and they said that they were thinking of getting a 'Battle Bus' ready to handle the flood locations. "Ha they are dreaming! No poor sod will ever get that sorted!" said me. I think you can guess what happened next.
My director pops out of the meeting and tells me I have to sort it out ready to go for next Monday morning (it was Tuesday). All that had been sorted was they "had a bus".
Well I made up a list of all the stuff I though they would need (laptops/printers/scanners/3G cards/Phones/backup kit etc. etc.) then called round all the IT teams, calling in favours and begging for gear that was needed NOW (not 3-4 weeks delivery time).
I then organised additional support from our telephony and data suppliers, managed for a local branch office to be open over the weekend for staff to get acquainted. To have a local IT support guy on hand with the bus too to make sure it all worked.
So from a cold start at 10am Tuesday I had everything ready, checked off and agreed by 3pm Thursday afternoon. I even scrounged promotional toys and sweets for the kids. I think I had a phone stuck to my ear for two whole days.
I then called the local manager that was to supply the staff. I told him the bus was all ready and equipped and good to go for 9am Monday morning.
There was a long pause. "Oh...I didn't expect that IT would actually deliver anything!"
Yeah I couldn't blame him, our usual IT was pretty bad but I wasn't the regular IT having come from the claims/accounts/dogsbody side of the business before moving over to IT. So he had no staff lined up to man it. Well he got that organised, the bus went out on the Monday to Oxford or Hull and it was a huge success. It was out for several weeks helping folks with their problems. It got masses of good publicity and was praised for being the only insurance company to bother.
So yeah I felt pretty good about it. It was 90% pretty much all my own work and gumption.
You can imagine with such a great boost to the company I would have been in line for a promotion or a big performance bonus.
Nope. No bonus. No promotion. A few of the Directors did very well out of it I heard.
I got a £30 Thank You voucher. The rub was under the scheme the max was £250 but I wasn't worth that I guess. To this day I wish I had told them to stuff it up their arse. I left the company later that year. Oh well!
"Really? Well tell that to the genius bar who will try to convince you that your 4 year old mac is a vintage computer."
Oh yes I do very nicely out of folks that come to me for a new HDD in their Mac to replace the failed one, cos the 'genius' told them it was an antique at 4-5 years old and they needed to buy a new one.
"I've had the same broom for 20 years - I only had to change the head 17 times and the handle 14 times."
But you know...it's nice to have that option, rather than having to throw the whole broom away cos its all one piece or glued together.
But then millions of folks like myself have Windows PCs that are still trucking just fine after 10 years. I just upgraded a old M6400 to a quad core CPU which will keep it going running Windows 10 (it sold with Vista back in 2008). It already has a SSD etc. etc. etc.
Plenty of Macs fail pretty quick, check out Louis Rossmann on YouTube.
The machines will stay whatever.
The machines are a fantastic way to help rig elections by rationing them to areas that don't vote the way you want them to. Oh you good people can have 5 voting machines and all be done by 5pm. You folks in that district can have the one and you can get lucky if you get the chance to vote!
There is no excuse for not providing $50 worth of pencils and slips.
...there are more and more of us that just do not wish to pay more than £400 for a device that lasts 2-3 years maybe.
The gall of the likes of Google is thinking we are happy to spend £1000 on something to last a year to 18 months. I don't know of any other device where folks would consider that perfectly okay. Hence why I feel those that do this very thing are demented or just have more money than sense.
No BT were canny.
You get big Govt money to roll out a compromise solution.
You then get more Govt money to roll out yet another compromise solution.
You then get massive amounts of Govt money to rollout the solution they should have rolled out originally.
But you got three big bites of the cherry rather than one.
If nothing had been thrown at BT over the years they would still be happy to push ISDN to every home.
Well if a 'stealth plane' takes 20 years to become operational you don't think that radar technology hasn't also advanced in that time to take account of such things? I bet radar tech moves much faster.
The radar system just has to have an inkling of what to look for whether its a plane or a 'large seagull'
I've given up worrying about Android updates. Each version promises so much and then delivers pretty much the exact experience of the previous versions.
Meet the new OS same as the old OS.
As long as the 20 or so apps I use work, that's all matters.
As far as I am aware my phones has never been hit with anything. I only install the main apps (and no I don't use any Facebook stuff) and I restrict their feelers to only the functions I feel they should have.
Ahh yes the Company Boss that happily shows off the new Company Jaguar saloon he gave himself to drive the four miles to work and then got into a fainting fit when you tell him he needs to spend £600 to replace the 10 year old Vista heap that the business runs off mostly.
"Have you got something second hand or cheaper?"
And the other point I may mention to any proud self professed camera enthusiast is that -
It doesn't matter how good you are taking photos and how good your camera is...we really don't want to look at your 956 holiday photos from your latest trip to Asia or wherever.
We don't give a shit. Thank you.
Probably languishing in legal limbo in the estate of some failed deceased small time movie mogul wannabe.*
Such a shame.
*Edit - A google search says this -
"Director Jan De Bont's Blue Tulip Films, in collaboration with 20th Century Fox, bought the film rights to the adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat back in 2001."
...is the floating pen.
The effect was done with the then 'new' double sided sticky tape and a revolving sheet of clear plastic gel.
You can see the stewardess 'peel' it off.
Total cost maybe 6 shillings!
Today it would be done with CGI at a cost of $80,000 and three weeks work.
My other half had her 10 year old Gmail account have a brain fart last week.
It decided to download all her old emails again but this time marked all of them as SPAM.
The real shock was that 80% of it was deleted emails from the start of the account. Stuff that was sent to the Bin and emptied from the Bin.
Was all there fresh as the day it was supposedly deleted.
Google keeps it all.
"Let's see what tune you play when the UK wants a suspect from the US, and the US goes to great lengths to circumvent the intent and purpose of the treaty."
I doubt we'd even bother asking, as we would know what the response would be.
The 'Special Relationship' only works one way and and is more akin to spouse abuse than anything special.
All's fair in love and war and all that jazz.
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