* Posts by jason 7

2921 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

OK - who just bought a biz PC? Oh wait, none of you did

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Re: Could it be because?

Spot on.

For 99% of business users a 2006 spec dual core PC with 2Gb of ram will do all the Office 2000/2003/2007/2010/2013 work you'd ever need.

Its not about folks not wanting desktops because they are crap. It's just that PC technology hit a plateau for many several years ago. It's been game over for desktop PC churn since dual cores came along.

Laptops only stay in there because they generally don't last as long as an old Dell desktop that never moves (if most business laptop owners were honest most of them don't move either).

However, tech pundits refuse to mention that because their job relies on getting people to buy flashy crap they don't need.

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Analysts slash Ultrabook sales estimate by over 50%

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All Ultrabooks seem to fail.

Every review for an ultrabook starts off pretty good, they look nice etc. then they fail due to one or two bizarre penny pinching corners cut, which on a £800+ machine just seems really stupid.

Such as -

Low res, cheap TN screen.

No USB3.0

Only 4GB of ram.

Intel only graphics.

Stupidly large 5400rpm HDD

Stupidly small SSD

Doesnt anyone in the Ultrabook design dept. sit down and think..."Is that really the best choice at that price?"

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HP Spectre XT 13in Ivy Bridge Ultrabook review

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Re: stopping reviewing these favourably

I have mentioned this to a few tech sites that chances are the target audience don't want laptops costing more than £600 with low res screens and integrated Intel graphics so should stop reviewing them.

Basically tell the manufacturer's "Sorry but this machine falls below the standards our readers would want!"

Yes it might mean less laptops for review but then they (the manufacturers) might start asking why

Maybe set a Reg Hardware minimum spec requirement for kit submitted for review?

Otherwise why bother publishing reviews that just get laughed at?

By all means do the odd "£300-£400 laptop round up for your Mum/kids" article come Xmas but for the rest of us we need a little bit more.

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Interesting article here about scaling for Windows 8 but it essentially holds true for Windows 7.

It doesn't work very well with high res but small screens.

http://techreport.com/review/23631/windows-8-ppi-scaling-on-the-zenbook-prime

1440x900 is about as high as you want to go at 13"

I would have expected a better GPU for that price too. At least something around the AMD 6450 level.

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Intel: Behold the TABLETS of our partners, proof of Win8's MIGHT

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Re: MS are ANTI choice.

Yep, ultra slow 8gb Ssd tech, single core atom cpus, 512mb of ram and too small screens do not make a slick computing experience.

Why not pay £50 more and get a proper laptop.

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Re: MS are ANTI choice.

Hmm downvotes. I guess the stark reality that given the choice of a free operating system like Linux and paying £100 for Windows, most of the general public would still choose Windows is too much of a bitter pill for some to swallow.

Guys I've tried pushing Linux, I mean a sale is a sale even if its just on the hardware but they really really don't want linux. Everybody loves a freebie, just not Linux.

Another case was a kids group that had been given ten old Dell PCs with the OS removed. They didn't want to shell out for Windows (even going through the charity deal) so I installed Ubuntu on them. They only needed access to Facebook/Internet and a little Open Office.

At the same time I also gave them two Windows XP machines as backup.

Guess which machines get used all the time? Clue - The Linux machines haven't been switched on in a long time.

The year of Linux....never gonna happen.

It's a shame but really it's like flogging a dead horse.

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Re: MS are ANTI choice.

Yes a little pause for thought for the Linux fans here.

I often get asked to get in or build pcs for customers. Sometimes they are a bit strapped for cash and so I will tell them they can have Ubuntu Linux or the like for free instead of windows. I give them a little demo to show it will do what they need.

I must have done this a dozen times or more. The result?

Not one took Linux. They all stumped up the extra for windows.

Linux - you really can't give it away.

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Re: Win8 Most undesirble Chrimbo Present competition winner 2012. win8FAIL

All of you are wrong.

From what I've seen of my customers who have bought their kids a tablet, it's usually -

Broken tablet screen by new years eve. No more tablets.

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Windows 8 and you – So, what's next?

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Re: This is how I see it.

Well it says a lot about the competition/alternatives if the general computing public are now only waking up to this allegedly amazing conclusion.

It took how long? Yes must be terrible, how have most of us managed all these years?

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WTF?

This is how I see it.

MS knows full well that the enterprise/corps are going to skip 8. They have finally realised that its pointless making enterprise friendly OS versions every time when only one in three gets adopted to any degree.

Sop what has 'staid and boring' old MS gone and done? They have taken a risk. Wow, how crazy is that.

They have decided to come up with a new strategy to pull together all its devices and systems into one family.

I say well done. They are trying a new way with an OS that they know will be largely domestic. So you train the users at home so they are ready when it comes to business adopting Windows 10 (whatever).

They try something new and quite daring and they get shot down.

If it was Apple doing this it would be classed as the "most daring and spectacular strategy ever devised by mankind!" by the tame tech media.

Pretty predictable really.

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WTF is... NFC

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So I guess......

...had Apple decided to put NFC in the iPhone5 the tone of the article would have been -

"Oh my god why isn't everyone using NFC??!!

Instead as they didn't it's "well it's not worth bothering with then!"

Am I just that cynical of the tame tech press?

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GiffGaff: We've got no iPhones, but here's how to cut down your SIM

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Re: 3 doesn't seem to have a problem with large monthly traffic

What the hell are you guys doing with your phones to pull down that much data?

And over 3G too?? You must have you phones connected to the charger the whole time.

I make do with 500MB each month with capacity to spare.

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TalkTalk somehow retains most-complained-about-ISP title AGAIN

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Re: Destroyer of broadband connections

My dad had a similar experience. He was with some ISP that got merged into talkTalk over the years. Tiscali was it?

Well he started off with a 6MB connection and as TalkTalk took over and more companies got merged in the services got worse and worse. By last Xmas he was down to a intermittent 1Mb connection. It was truly useless.

We got in a new router etc. to no avail. We contacted TalkTalk and they just shrugged their shoulders. Nothing they could do.

So I told him to switch to BT. He was switched over a couple of weeks later, we plugged in the router and we had a rock solid 6.5Mb connection. It's been perfect ever since.

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Windows Store size doubles: Now 0.3% the size of Apple's

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Divide the total number of apps in any App Store...

....by 1000 to find the true number of useful apps.

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Made for each other: liquid nitrogen and 1,500 ping-pong balls

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Re: Amazing

I agree, courses that will put money on the table - Free of charge. Maybe charge a deposit fee repayable after staying resident in the UK for 3- 5 years after graduation.

Courses that are a waste of life - Charge the earth.

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Re: Amazing

All we have to do is tell the retards in the HR depts in the UK that 90% of jobs do not require a degree full stop.

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Neil Gaiman’s saucy pop wife agrees to pay her musicians in money

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Re: This appears to be a growing trend.

Nope always managed to get paid for every job I've done.

Just a little rule I've always applied.

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This appears to be a growing trend.

That a certain sector of the public thinks that everyone around them should offer, do everything and work for free but they themselves should somehow be able to make money and keep it all.

I feel therefore, all people from now on should have to work the first six months of their working life for free. Maybe even pay £100 a month for the privileged.

Just to see how that doesn't work for them so they won't ask others to do so in future.

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Apple's brilliant plan to fix iOS Maps: Get YOU to do it

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Oh and I forgot to include the descendants of the people who invented the sextant, the magnetic compass and cartography. I'm sure Apple will have a patent on those tucked away somewhere.

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I'm sure Apple could have paid for any costs out of the spare change down the back of the sofas outside the boardroom.

I smell turnaround and dump so litigation ahoy with other map providers.

I'm sure TomTom/Garmin/Google/Nokia will be receiving served documents very soon.

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Wow just imagine if MS had done this........

...it would be full hilarious derision all round on the Six O'clock news and Channel 4 news etc. etc.

Every tech pundit chipping in that Apple would have done a better job blah blah.

Just saying....

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HTC hawks fresh WinPho smartphones

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With regards to the colours...

...It wouldn't surprise me if this is a Microsoft suggestion for this generation of windows mobiles to help differentiate them from the others.

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Who queues for an iPhone 5? Protesters, hipsters and the jobless

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Re: MUMMY'S ALLOWANCE

So which company was losing £1000 a day having you queuing on their dime?

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New vicious UEFI bootkit vuln found for Windows 8

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Re: Don't worry about it....

Indeed, is that John Lennon's 'Imagine' I hear playing in the background.

Some IT folks really have the perceptive abilities of a 6 year old.

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Re: still vulnerable to the old attacks if the SecureBoot technology is not turned on by default

And while they are at it, turn on DEP/ASLR/SEHOP for everything too as default.

Oh and mandatory password for Admin accounts as default too.

Then that's most of it.

It's all there just MS always wimps out from turning all the security on.

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Windows 8: Never mind Office, it's for GAMING

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Re: Gaming is a very niche market.

So I guess if we looked at the top 10 best selling list of PC games over the past 5 years we would see a list of games with no numbers after them?

I bet 70% of them would have the number 3 or higher after them.

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Re: @Matt Asay

I've been using Windows 8 now on my desktop for a few months now.

I hardly use Metro and find that I keep forgetting I'm using 8. Works fine and if you check back I was one of the truly WTF???!!! folks when it first came out.

Too many emotionally stunted tech types getting their knickers in a twist.

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Re: Logic fail?

Well yes but MS has to get around to activating it all for everything rather than just IE.

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Re: Gaming is a very niche market.

Wow so you haven't locked down your kit so folks can install what they like? Isn't that basic Enterprise admin stuff?

Hope FAST (what/whomever) doesn't pop round for a quick audit.

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Re: Gaming is a very niche market.

Well I only have to look back over the past 20 years of PC gaming that I have been involved with to see the slow marginalisation of PC Gaming.

When I used to walk into the Game store in Norwich (formerly the Argos store) around 1993. Three quarters of the wall space was lined with lovely black cardboard boxes of PC games. The range was staggering. So many games were coming out it was hard to keep track. The consoles (Sega and the new Playstation) took up just one wall.

By the turn of the century it was about 50/50 PC and console. Still plenty new original titles appearing and a thriving ecosystem. Around this time we had a big leap in GPU tech which was really taking off and making games look better and better. Also the take up of internet was making LAN play more accessible. It was a fun time.

However, now when I walk into Game the PC games have been relegated to one small rack near the stock room door. The same usual franchise suspects cluttering up the racks Crotchety 4 this Call of Wotsit 5 that.

It really is sad to see. PC gaming seems to now revolve completely around the continual churn of around 10 core titles/franchises

Not healthy.

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Re: Can I play Master of Orion 2 on it?

I'll vote for that! Hate running MoO2 on a VM since 7 came along.

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Iirc, its a 3 core/cell (whatever) dual thread CPU while the PS3 is a 6 core/cell single thread CPU.

3x2 or 6x1.

Much of a muchness.

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Alternate Enterprise/Domestic Windows releases.

I have my suspicion that MS has finally realised that the Enterprise mainly only selects one OS every 5+ or so years.

So why bother tailoring every Windows release for Enterprise users when most of the features wont get used?

So maybe we could see a round of future Windows releases with differing customer targets.

Windows 8 is largely a consumer release with most Enterprise moving to and making do with Windows 7.

Then 9 or ten could be a more enterprise release ready for the corps to move over from 7 and so on.

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Ten backpacks for tech-heads

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And I have a 12 year old Targus CDB1 backpack.

One of the best items I have ever had. Been all over the world with me. Loads of space and pockets. Still holding up well. Have looked at other bags like in this review but they all look like they are designed for 11 year older or hipsters.

I wish I could find another new CDB1 for when mine eventually gives up the ghost. No chance.

Hohum.

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HP boss Whitman: 'We have to offer a smartphone'

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Would I buy another phone from HP?

Hmmm. I bought a Pre2 just two months before HP junked it all. Whilst it was a great phone and the OS makes iOS/Android look a bit retarded it was a tad annoying being just dumped.

Well sh*the happens in tech and you move on. But all I can say is that in order for me and many others to think about buying another HP phone it would have to come bundled with a free car or a sexy maid.

I just cannot see it happening.

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Ten digital radios to suit all budgets

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Erm.....

....you don't happen to work for the 'DAB at all costs lobby' do you?

You sound like the Pope defending his stance on contraception.

DAB in the UK was wrong from the start 20+ years ago. Why bother defending a service that's been dogged by incompetence from day one?

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Listen up, Nokia: Get Lumia show-offs in pubs or it's game over

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Re: No matter how many killer apps they have...

Like all those android phones that never got their OS updates (oh its coming next quarter)?

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I have to say....

...I really quite like the look of the 920.

I'm saving up for a new phone for Xmas so this will be on the short list to try out.

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The world's first Windows Phone 8 hands on – what's it like?

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Re: Disappointing

Indeed, I've always said I'd be really happy with a really good 3.2MP cam on a phone.

I'm still waiting.

The thing is someone like Apple will stick a 14MP cam in the iPhone and the tech world of lazy ass licker journos will go "Oh this is amazing, so great that Apple (or whomever) finally understands what the smartphone public need!"

They will gleefully take loads of 14MP pics with their new precious....then compress them, run them through Instagram instant pic crappifier filter and post them up on Twitter/Facebook for folks to look at on their 4" screen phones and 14" TN panel Laptops.

But will they see the irony?

Answers on a postcard.

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Dixons: We had a good summer, though southern Europe was a drag

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All those 64GB Playbooks...

...flying out the door.

Just a shame it was was for a quarter of their original price.

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Crucial v4 256GB budget SSD review

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Re: Too expensive and too slow

And as I have found bragging about benchmarked MBps in SSDs is largely worthless in day to day usage.

You just buy on best size for the best price. The specs really dont mean a whole lot.

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Re: 6Gb SATA drives

Next to none. Raw MBps speed means very little in day to day usage with SSDs.

Its all in the access times.

I've been running a Samsung 830 SATA III SSD in a old 2006 spec SATA I equipped laptop.

The old laptops controller only manages to push 115MBps when the SSD should be able to push nearly 4 times that. However, in actual use it still boots WIndows 8 in 12 seconds to the desktop and apps all open instantly.

I've tried all sorts of combos of SATA I/II/III controllers and SATA II/III SSD drives and the day to day usage pattern is pretty much the same across the board.

Don't worry about it. Just do it.

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Windows 8 tablets unwrapped in Berlin: Dell goes keyless for ARM

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Re: Been playing with 8 this morning

With an old SATA I laptop from 2006 and Windows 8 installed on a 64GB Samsung 830 is gets to desktop in 12 seconds.

With a modern disk controller I reckon it would be around 4-5 seconds.

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Re: Been playing with 8 this morning

Just stick your most used apps in the Taskbar like normal and change the default Metro Apps to the desktop versions and you rarely have to venture out of desktop world.

It's not that difficult.

I was pretty anti Windows8 at first but then I decided to just get on with it and nut up.

Once you actually stop whining, pull your bottom lip from over the top of your head and do a little configuration you find actually it works fine.

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Always amazed at the tech journos......

....pushing their tongues right up Apple's arse.

If they carry on and push everyone over to Apple they will have even less of a job and reason to justify their existence. Nothing to report on other than the once a year mega expensive refresh (read 'warmed over').

Plus it will be a very boring world indeed.

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Ten netbooks

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..or a 64GB BB Playbook for £129!

Does most of what these will be doing.

Might be sold out by now.

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Only 3% of UK's TV oglers want more sex

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Re: Re:whats the point?

As the great Dave Alan said when he swore on The Big Breakfast and Johnny Vaughan apologised to any children who may have been watching.

Alan, just pulled a puzzled face and simply said "Why? I learnt all those words from children!"

Vaughan to his credit said "That's a very good point actually!"

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Neil Armstrong dies aged 82

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One totally dedicated cool customer.

Everyone should be lucky enough to work alongside someone like that.

Unfortunately......

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Reagan slams webmail providers for liberal bias

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Why are they all worried about the public vote?

In the US the public vote is largely irrelevant.

The Electoral Colleges decide who is President most of the time.

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TalkTalk pitches cut-price mobes to own customers

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Not sure.

Its just that when I tried to move to T-Mobile and some other network they both said that they couldnt take 07777 numbers due to them being locked to the Vodafone network.

So had to find a Voda subsidiary.

Was a bit frustrating.

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