* Posts by jason 7

2841 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Business or pleasure? Crucial MX200 and BX100 1TB SSDs

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I bought a BX100 250GB for a customer.

My review?

Well in real life it works as well as any of the other 40+ SSDs I've bought over the past three years or so.

That's it really.

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: We know you, you know!

Yes when you look at the photos from back then I think a lot of people rioting just preferred it if their Dad just paid the tax instead of them having to pay something.

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Re: Paying for what you don't use

As a public service Street Lighting and sewage etc. still work much the same as they did 10, 30, 50 years ago. Plus there are no other alternatives that function in a better manner for what they provide.

The BBC however, is now just not very good. It's golden age is well in the past.

We have far more options in that area of 'service' than we did 10 years ago. Consumers are making choices and more or us choose to walk away.

It's not the only game in town anymore. To still be relevant it needs to start producing drama and shows the like of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Parks & Recreation, 30 Rock, Orange is the new Black, Bosch, Vikings etc. etc. etc.

It could even try making proper science documentaries again that don't involve that mop-haired muppet from d:ream having to go to the top of some mountain in Chile to film a 10 second shot explaining something that a info-graphic and a voice over would have done in a less distracting manner on Horizon 20 years ago.

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Re: We know you, you know!

Actually I quite liked the Poll Tax and to be honest I think it's a lot more fair than the current system.

Especially now that many younger people are having to live at home with mum and dad way past 18.

Poll tax spreads the burden.

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Why do all these people still think...

...the BBC produces top world quality TV?

It doesn't. Hasn't for several years now. The BBC's quality has plummeted dramatically over the past 10-15 years. All the great TV shows of the past 10 years...how many would be BBC output?

I'd put one in there...Luther. That's it. That's the only one that stands up to the output from the USA and even countries like Sweden and Italy.

Oh and I get to watch Luther on Netflix if I want. I love independent productions...

Wake up people, the BBC ain't what it used to be. It's pretty damn poor.

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I just don't watch...

...the BBC anymore.

I don't like Dr Who, I don't cooking or baking. I don't like X list celebs dancing like twats. I don't like Sherlock. I don't like Greg Wallace and I stopped watching Top Gear a few years ago when it because the same show every week (not that that's an issue anymore). I don't watch sport and the news isn't that good either. I've watched every episode of Family guy 18 times (thats not even a BBC show) and they are still 4 seasons behind on Parks & Recreation.

Chris Evans isn't funny, Jeremy Vine is annoying and Steve Wright should have been put down a long time ago.

So at 44 I just feel the BBC doesn't really have me as part of their demographic. So now Prime and Netflix have me as a full time customer. I don't bother with Sky by the way.

At £150.00 I'd rather drop the license fee and take up another streaming subscription.

Seriously thinking of cancelling the direct debit.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Re: Now, there's tech blog I'd actually read

Yeah like those photo blogs where you see a guy testing out a new £2000 lens and he drops it by accident.

Excellent. Their tears sustain me!

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Re: Thankfully not 40 years ago.

Yes when I see "Slide 1 of 45" I go into a coma.

If I see "Slide 1 of 7" then I might just hold out hope but I'll be fidgeting by slide 5.

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Re: Well, I could recommend a compact photo kit

A good 18-200mm zoom. Job done.

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All these folks worried about processing their photos while on holiday...

...in reality no one else cares or wants to see them. They really don't.

So just don't. Do like most normal people that have realised this. Take your photos while on holiday by all means. Download them to your NAS/External backup HDD 'Photos' folder and probably never look at them again.

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Mega bag carry-on w*nkers.

Am I the only one that wishes airlines actually started to enforce the size and weight of carry-on luggage?

Some of the bags (well I say bags...more like trunks) people man-handle into the cabin really take the piss.

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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Re: drop the keyboard...

Yep, thats the ultimate plan.

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Re: It's a MacBook appliance designed to die

Yes so do the prices listed reflect adding in at least 4 years of Apple Care for it?

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Re: Why have there been no press pictures...

Or is it more to do with Ives design arrogance painting himself into a corner?

Next years model will have to drop the keyboard.

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Why have there been no press pictures...

...of it in 'power user' mode with all the dongles attached?

Or is it as one 'apologist' said to me..."it's just a simple device!"

Really?

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JavaScript CPU cache snooper tells crooks EVERYTHING you do online

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Re: 80%

I was going to say, that's not what I see in the real world of computing. Most are lucky to have a dual core C2D.

I still go "ohh an i3/i5...very swish!" if I spot one. If on the rare occasion I spot an i7 I'm gob smacked.

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Phablet for the biz fleet with easy typing: Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

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Re: NOT suitable for enterprise.

Well as standard my Nexus loses all my SMS messages if I do a reset. It doesn't back them up as standard.

Doesn't even do that greater job of backing up all my contacts even if I check to make sure they are in the list of contacts in Gmail. I always seem to lose around 10-15%.

Not the end of the world though. Just one of those things.

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Rip up your AMD obits: Gaming, VR, embedded chips to lift biz out of the red by 2016, allegedly

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Re: Wait and see

"Zen really is an impressive CPU/core...on paper. It might be more than competitive with Intel's mid-range when it is released."

FTFY

C'mon man, that post reads like all the hand wringing hopeful posts I read from AMD fans 24 hours before the NDAs finished at the Bulldozer release.

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Re: Faulure to understand

And the reality will be that Carrizo will get largely ignored by the OEMS and hardly get on the shelves and Zen will still come up 20% short performance wise to Intel.

We've been here before too many times.

If it wasn't for AMD having the PS4/One contract the banks would have called it in months ago.

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You can have all the wonderful chips ever designed...

...but unless those chips are actually ever in products people can buy off the shelf...waste of time.

AMD keep on making nice laptop APUs but when you go to buy a laptop you'll see 57 Intel laptops covering all specs and prices. As for AMD you'll see some crappy cheapo E1 based laptop or some HP A10 monstrosity asking £800 with no SSD or HD screen.

OEMs don't want or need AMD anymore, maybe just the GPUs as a saving grace.

The retail industry has given up on them. But not surprising. Take Chromebooks, an AMD APU would be perfect in a Chromebook but AMD says they are not interested...or is that no one takes their calls anymore?

Shame.

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Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

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Re: Integrated sat nav

I have to say last autumn I had a top of the range Volvo S80 as a hire car. It had all the gizmos except for the built in satnav (I guess because Hertz love to push their 'EverLost' system).

Now that was fine for me as I had a TomTom. But for the car with its 6" (?) dash screen...it didn't have a lot to do. It was virtually useless unless making a settings change (not often), just displaying the radio station or the reverse cam when parking.

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I don't get it.

I've tried several in-car satnav systems and they are all a nightmare. I tried the one in my mates Discovery and it took almost as long to navigate the satnav as it did to get to the destination.

Why do people pay £500-£1000 for such an poor option when a £80 TomTom or the free Nokia Here app will do a far better job?

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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Re: Dedicated boxes aside

Why does anyone want to watch broadcast TV?

Just wait a few months and watch it all in one go without adverts and no need to record it all.

Plus all the good stuff is moving away from broadcast anyway.

Dinosaur tech.

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Re: Dedicated boxes aside

So far on my FireTV I'm running -

Prime/Netflix/iplayer/DLNA/PLEX/Spotify/YouTube etc. etc. All standard FireTV fare. No rooting or hacking. As I said, should cover the average and above average user for most things.

So yes it can. Simple and stress free. Maybe you need to read some reviews or something?

Superb voice search too!

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Re: Dedicated boxes aside

Whilst that's a fun hobby a FireTV will do pretty much everything the average person needs and work straight out of the box.

Plus it looks a lot better too.

For the record I setup a Pi2/Kodi as a media centre for a customer a few weeks ago. I still don't know why he wanted it as he isn't technical at all. The FireTV or Roku would be far better.

I know folks come up with a legion of reasons not to use a dedicated box but at the end of the day just quit worrying and just watch some damn TV/movies on your £60+ purchase.

It's entertainment, not politics or something that's meant to be difficult/stressful.

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re: Huh?

@45RPM

Sucks to be a lemur I guess?

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Good luck displacing Windows 7, Microsoft, it's still growing

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Re: 2nd User Systems

Standard MS OEM HP/Dell licence sticker on the box that you would get if purchased in a shop.

Just run a Dell Windows 7 Pro DVD on the Dell machine and you are away. If not use a retail Pro DVD with the sticker key and telephone activate.

No Enterprise Volume licence to worry about. And quite frankly for a small business wanting just two or three machines I really don't care beyond that.

If the original licence stickers have been removed (some companies do) then you'll need the proper Reseller/Refurb licenses from the reseller.

However, you can pick up new PCs for £200 if you are that concerned. The days of a standard company PC costing £1000 a go are long gone.

I always say if you don't have money to invest in the tech that makes you money...you don't deserve to be in business. Give up!

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Re: Just thinking out loud

I've tried giving linux away for free to customers to reduce the cost of a system but they still want to pay £100 extra for Windows.

No matter how strapped for cash they are.

Free Linux is a really hard sell.(ha)

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Re: What about non-connected computers?

You can actually pick up 4 year old ex-corporate Dell/HP PCs with Win7 Pro, C2D, 4GB Ram and 320GB HDDs for around £60 a pop if you know where to look.

You don't need to pay £300 a go.

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

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Re: Yeah, what the F! BEEP!

But do the tunes you present in that video purely use the BEEP command?

That's the whole reason for the exercise, to try to fulfil the challenge using just the BEEP command.

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New EU security strategy: Sod cyber terrorism, BAN ENCRYPTION

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Re: Reduce terrorism...

And as I've mentioned before, no terrorist has ever taken away any of my freedoms.

Only democratically (hmm) elected politicians.

Somebody is doing someone else's work for them.

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MONSTROUS iPhone sales are CANNIBALIZING iPads, gabbles Apple CEO

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Re: Simple

It was fine, you just had to watch out for the print getting on your polyester trews.

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Yeah... I miss those times.

"What does this Turbo button do?"

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Re: Simple

How many people buy the iPhone outright compared to being able to spend £35 a month for two+ years?

There is a difference.

I don't know many that shell out £600 (whatever it is) for them. It's just a constant payment scheme.

Not much different to paying £1 a week for the catalogue sofa back in the 1970's.

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Re: Tablets in general

Or "We've got three!"

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@Dave126 - yes but while those £999 circa 1994 boxes had their faults that's how most of us got started and we are grateful to them.

Why?

Well at the time the Apple boxes were very beige and boxy too (in fact I'd say lumpy) but cost £2999. Plus they were almost dead in the water...

http://www.everymac.com/systems/by_year/macs-released-in-1994.html

We didn't have to worry about bra and knickers not matching as the concept didn't exist then. Ask the wife, it's one of those life's hurdles.

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Apparently the Stainless Steel case version...

...scratches like crazy.

I've had stainless steel watches that went years without a single scratch.

The aluminium case sports version is tougher. Seems the Sports version is the best combination of case and screen materials. Well let's rephrase that, it's the best of a bad bunch.

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Re: Objectively gorgeous??

Agree on the odd design aspects of some of the Omegas there. Though they are interesting.

Plus they will still be worth more than scrap in two years time.

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Re: Your cringeworthy article implies

Not like it would be difficult to sell on.

Does the reviewer even still own it?

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Re: I'll...

Looks like it should go round his ankle...

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Re: The box epitomises why I don't Apple

But give it 6 months and it will be -

Look at me!!!

Oh you've got one too!!

And you!!

And you!!

And you!!

Bugger!

So much for 'be different!'

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I'll...

...pass!

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – blisteringly big banter, brawls and brio

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Re: Can i bring my 5 year-old?

Although the cursing is a big in joke...

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Re: Background

I would say Iron Man 3 is the most disappointing one of the entire current Marvel crop. Mainly because its so messy, over long and the director thought he was being cool.

Yes...even Iron Man 2 is better than 3.

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Re: Blacklist

The Happening is insulting TV too. Really badly written especially with regards to police/FBI procedure and the female characters.

We gave up after 6 episodes.

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Seeing it tomorrow...

...with a pint of real ale tucked the cup holder rather than a £6 bucket of cola.

The joys of an local independent cinema!

I'll still sneak in some Minstrels or Wine gums though.

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DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

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Re: hehehe

Nothing sadder than a unread comic or a toy never played with.

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Re: Started reading it from Prog 13...

Yeah...Mum and Dads house.

Parasite!

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Disk drive shipment numbers set to spin down

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I take it those 2.5" HDDs are enterprise SAS drives? That could be why they have lasted a bit better as they are built and tested to higher standards.

As I mentioned earlier I think that tolerances have been lowered over the past few years for most tiers of HDD. Warranties have also reduced...a coincidence?

Another factor is that 15 years ago a lot of us were always needing more storage so we were buying constantly. Now? Not so much - with 4TB+ being readily available. Again another case of sales down due to the tech being big or fast enough. So reduce the reliability to help build churn. Only works if they all do it though but in my experience that possibly seems to be the case.

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Re: Don't forget the third reason...

I have to say the quality of HDDs has plummeted over the past 3-4 years.

When I started up in business 6 years ago it was quite rare to find a HDD with serious issues that wasn't at least 5 years old.

Now I see many 6 month to a year old HDDs with bad sectors and faults on them already. I have a stack that's built up over the past 2 years that's nearly two feet high and I'm just a one man band.

I reckon when the floods happened a few years ago the HDD companies lowered their quality controls/standards so they could ship more drives and didn't bother putting them back up after it settled down.

As for SSDs. I've bought around 30 so far in 3 years and had one fail.

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