Yes it's like the Allies best weapon against the Nazis was Hitler himself.
Oh dear...I mentioned Hitler!
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Yes it's like the Allies best weapon against the Nazis was Hitler himself.
Oh dear...I mentioned Hitler!
Indeed, some folks have obviously led very sheltered lives with some of the stuff they get over emotional about.
Leads to a lack of perspective.
The world has moved on but this guy still thinks it's 1995?
Plus if you want to be taken slightly seriously then that look isn't helping him.
Mental illness is a terrible thing.
Had one since 1999 and just switched over to a new one (old but unused) I bought on Ebay two years ago. Pockets galore, enough space for a change of clothes and just works as a great all round bag. Mine went all over the world in the 15 years I used it.
I was so smitten with it I still haven't thrown my old one away (the main zip finally broke) as I had so many adventures with it. Sentimental? I guess so but it was a trusty travel and work companion for so many years.
I'll have to buy up another good example on Ebay soon just in case.
Even most domestic setups have more than one PC and the average user data has crept up big time over the past few years. Maybe around 40-50GB on average. I am seeing more folks with 500GB+.
When you can get a cheap Zyxel NAS for around £75 and just plug that into the router and slap Cobian on the 3-4 desktops/laptops its job done.
I rarely see anyone using optical media for backups nowadays. I maybe buy one pack of 25 DVDs a year now. So damn slow. If a customer comes to me for data recovery and they have more than 20GB of data I ask them to bring in external USB storage as I'm not backing that up to DVD.
Forget optical in the workplace.
"Of the people who actually do regular backups (sadly not a large percentage of PC users), I should think very few will have their backups permanently accessible to their PC - backups will typically be written to some form of removable media that is removed from the PC after creating the backup."
Unfortunately, not in my version of the real world.
Unless the backup destination is permanently connected and the backup process automated to happen at a certain time it doesn't happen.
People are lazy or just don't care enough to think about it. It's a big enough challenge to get them to realise how important a backup is in the first place let alone getting them to actually do it and do it regularly.
Had a few that go "Oh yes we have a backup!" I ask to see it and find it was last done 8 months ago and all the wrong data. Shambles.
And burning to 4.5GB optical media? All RAID1 NAS boxes or bigger nowadays. Might work for for light home use but most businesses have too many users and data for that to work.
It's a tough call.
You haven't read how it works have you?
Once activated it searches not only for any local user data but for any attached storage over the network, cloud or USB and encrypts that too. Bang go your backups.
So basically once you've got over the hurdle of setting up an automated backup for the customer, cloud backup for offsite you also then need to setup and volunteer someone to do a manual backup and remember to unplug the storage. Sorry Miranda or Cheryl!
I'm sure you could come up with something more sophisticated but these are normal people with average aspirations and better things they want to do in life. Hence why I just use Cryptoprevent.
Vaccine rather than cure.
" If my plumbing or my car starts playing up I might have an idea but I don't have the skills or the tools to fix complicated problems, it's not my job so I hire a plumber or a mechanic to look at it. I trust someone with the skills in that area, that I don't know."
Brother! Where have you been!"
I say the exact same thing to my customers when they look at me all embarrassed about something that they really wouldn't be expected to have a clue about.
In fact I had to make a promise to my plumber to never ever touch the plumbing again after I had a go...
Yeah I think the Reg did an interview with the guy a couple of years ago and he said he didn't realise till after the event but decided it was too late and stuck with it.
Bit like when I see 'therapist' (or analrapist ha) in a URL or email addy.
From what I've been able to find out 'after the event' it seems these mostly come in via email attachments marked 'Resume' or similar.
The people I've seen hit all use outlook or an email client that hooks up to a email server (run/admin by the guy in his bedroom that manages their cheap hosting too) with little or no filtering. Quite common in small business circles.
Folks who run their email through the likes of Gmail etc. appear to get all that filtered out.
Works a treat. I've installed it on several machines for customers and its saved three of them so far from being wiped out.
Even the free version after 6 months without being updated meant one only lost about 15% of their data rather than everything. That was after they bothered to tell me after they noticed it happen two weeks before! I guess they hoped it would just 'go away'.
Worth buying a license or two for those in the firm that like to click on everything (you know the ones). Just check your spam filter due to the name...
Oh c'mon man something with that much functionality and weighing so little is classed as heavy?
Really? I remember just a few years ago I had laptops with power supplies that weighed more than that.
It's like reviewers that say "The phone weighs in at a 'hefty' 160 grams!" Really? That hefty to you?
Sometimes devices have to have some mass or they bend or need charging every 11 hours. Either most tech reviewers are really weak or they must be no older than 16.
It annoyed Intel to see MS with ARM...on a date together. So it ended up making the chips that MS wanted in the first place.
That RT cash write off was probably cheaper/quicker than negotiating with Intel.
So now we have a Surface that gets good reviews rather than mixed.
Oh and -
" but otherwise it’s an effort to carry"
Can we please see a pic of all tech reviewers who state that a mobile device is too heavy? I need to know if it's a human being writing this or a marmoset?
So you ripped off your content in the wrong format eh?
Oh well, beggars cant be choosers I guess.
I think you are just over-thinking it all chap.
Most people just get on using their SSD and if they feel the need, run a daily or weekly backup to a NAS, external USB HDD or Cloud.
SSD/HDD failure comes under the term of "Worry about when it happens!"
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.
"Those are the people the BBC cater for."
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.
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.
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.
...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.
...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.
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!
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.
A good 18-200mm zoom. Job done.
...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.
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.
Yep, thats the ultimate plan.
Yes so do the prices listed reflect adding in at least 4 years of Apple Care for it?
Or is it more to do with Ives design arrogance painting himself into a corner?
Next years model will have to drop the keyboard.
...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!"
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.
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.
"Zen really is an impressive CPU/core...on paper. It might be more than competitive with Intel's mid-range when it is released."
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.
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.
...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?
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
Sucks to be a lemur I guess?
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!
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)
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.
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.
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.
It was fine, you just had to watch out for the print getting on your polyester trews.
Yeah... I miss those times.
"What does this Turbo button do?"
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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