* Posts by jason 7

2933 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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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BT Broadband did a similar deal through Vodafone a few years ago.

Nothing new. I got a HTC Winmob smartphone for £5 a month.

Was great until I found out that 07777 numbers cant be transferred to a non Voda based network.

That narrowed down my options when I cancelled it but wanted to transfer the number.

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McIntyre: Climate policy crippled by pointless feel-good gestures

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So the gist of that first page is......

1. Doesn't matter what we do as long as China continues to exist and grow.

2. No one has the balls to tell China that it can't do the same as we have been doing for the past 70 years.

Okay.

I will stick to my three minute showers in the morning though.

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Apple lawyer: 'I promise I am not smoking crack'

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I just want my daily dose of Tech Site news......

...to get back to tech.

The past few years it just reads like Daily Corporate Lawyer News.

Boring.

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British boffin builds cool maser after argument with wife

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Re: 100 Million

When I hear such figures I always think of Kent Brockman reporting on the Kamp Krusty episode.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I've been to Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and I can say without hyperbole that this is a million times worse than all of them put together. "

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'$199' Surface tablets: So crazy it might work, or just crazy?

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Re: Original XBox Anyone?

The trouble is even though it may be more feature packed, you sit a Surface Tablet Next to a iPad3 in John Lewis and they are more or less the same price...

...which one will Joe Public most likely buy?

I doubt it will be the MS one. Chances are nine times out of ten they will walk away with the iPad. And at this point in time, rightly so really.

Now you price it say £100+ less than the iPad and you might get a few more sales.

If it doesn't shift units you may as well not bother. The only thing that dents the iPads hold is when an item goes for considerably less but with similar quality.

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'Rumours' like this are an easy way......

....for a corporation to gauge the launch price.

You throw out some prices and see how the hordes react to them.

Seems that at $199 success is guaranteed and people will bite.

The thing with tablets is that I don't see them as such a long term investment as say a laptop. If I buy a laptop I expect to get 4 years of use out of it before I think about buying or upgrading to a new one.

However, with a tablet and how fast that tech is moving I wouldn't expect to run it for 4 years. I'd be looking at every two years tops so a significantly lower price is needed for me to do that. I wouldn't invest the same as I would on a laptop.

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Re: Original XBox Anyone?

As I've mentioned elsewhere, the possible original price for Surface was probably higher but the Nexus 7 could well have made them knock it lower, much lower.

The Nexus has been a very large brick thrown in the pond.

It has to sell for a good margin below the iPad or...you'd just buy an iPad (well I wouldn't but Joe User would).

If they sell at $199 then it will sell like crazy and create a viable ecosystem that will garner them revenue from apps sales. This OS isn't a one shot deal for MS, there is revenue from the life of the device this time.

Personally I would think $299 is a more realistic price. If it's $400+ then it's dead in the water and guaranteed a place in every "Failed Tech" article for years to come.

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Apple's lone wolf approach to security will bite it in the rear

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Re: never understood why there isnt a lot more viruses for macs

You might want to check one of those helpful but somewhat condescending suggestions.

Just a thought.

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Time for MS to....

enable DEP and ASLR for all apps regardless and force a separate password protected admin account with standard user accounts.

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Toshiba pulls out of Windows RT tablet push

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Meh

More likely.....

...they just want to see how it goes before investing a fortune in manufacturing and tooling.

A six month wait could make all the difference.

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Windows 8: Download it, then speak YOUR brains

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Windows 8 is fine.....

...once you manage to get past 20 years of muscle memory.

I've never used the Win Key till now. Started off with a 512K Fat Mac in 1988 with a mouse and been a mostly mouse user ever since. I switched to PCs in 1993.

Hoykeys????

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Blinkbox to sell Game of Thrones series 2 by stream

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I'll wait for the boxset....

...from the local lending library. £4 for a two week rental.

Bargain and I don't feel like a freetard.

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Lone config file in Mac OS X SIGNALS DEATH OF THE DVD

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I only use DVDs...

...for backing up folks data when I recover it from a knackered HDD.

As long as its 20GB or less then they supply me a HDD.

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Dragons' Den badboy's Expansys back in the black ... just

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I used to like them....

...for hunting out odd phones from around the world that you never saw here.

Like many here, haven't bothered buying from them in years.

Rather go Amazon etc.

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The Dragon 32 is 30

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Re: Was the UK that far ahead of US?

Oh and just out of curiosity, did anyone else feel Xmas 1984 was a bit of a let down after the joy of Xmas 1983?

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Re: Was the UK that far ahead of US?

The difference between the UK and USA markets was the price.

In the USA you had Apple II/IBMs being pushed for $1000+ and a few lesser machines.

In the UK you had a mass of machines being pushed in the £200-£400 bracket. Xmas 1983 was a major turning point for many UK kids including many of us here.

Plus there was a big educational push in the UK around that time on the BBC TV about what the 'microcomputer revolution' could do which helped kids leverage their parents into buying one.

By 1984 indeed most of my friends had a 48K Spectrum. The tape swapping was constant.

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Stick in a disc??!!

Hello Grandad!

Heheheee

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Windows 8 'bad' for desktop users - Gartner's one-word review

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I handed my Windows 8 laptop to my old Boss......

...yesterday.

Told him to switch it on and try to do some stuff and then shut it down.

This is a guy who has been working with computers for 30+ years.

Was like watching a new born foal on a ice rink.

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Re: I wonder.....

Well the current release that we have all seen of Windows 8 actually has all the Start Button code removed so a reg key wont work. Nothing short of a whole new UI upgrade will give that functionality back, hence why I wonder if there are 'two versions' in parallel development just in case.

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I wonder.....

.....if there are two development channels at MS for Windows 8.

1 is the current version of 8 we are seeing and that MS wants to push.

2 is a version of 8 that has the Start menu etc. still incorporated and could be pushed out a few months later as Windows 8 Sp1 should the press/market reaction be totally diabolical.

We shall see.

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Re: Another Vista?

Sorry the only part you got right there was piss poor driver support.

That wasn't really MS's fault, just lazy companies that had plenty of warning but had got lazy with XP being in the channel so long.

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What happens when Facebook follows MySpace?

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FAIL

And you totally missed the real point of my post.

Basically, what's important to preserve for you, means jack/garbage to everyone else.

So why bother if it only need to last as long as you do.

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Yeah everyone is worried about the contents of their trivial lives being available for thousands of years like the tombs of the Pharaohs.

On one audio forum I post on they often ask which brand of blank CD gives the longest archive life for playback.

I mentioned that they only have to last for their lifetime. They were perplexed as to why I wouldn't want them to last say 200 years+.

They only have to last your lifetime because as soon as you die, Grandad's dusty old collection of 5000 obscure jazz LP needledrops will be heading for a skip! Same goes for most of your prized possessions.

No one wants old people's crap anymore, just the money, the house and the jewellery if there is any.

Some found that hard to comprehend and others enlightening.

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FAIL

It's hilarious really.

Move on a thousand years and most likely historians will know far less about the first half of the 21st century than any other due to the loss of digital records and data.

By the 22nd century I bet there will be less actual usable archive material from the 21st Century then the 19th and 20th.

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Re: Why not just...

Do you know what...folks would only want to see maybe 5 of them if they are honest.

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Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

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Re: So what about these?

Exactly, not many on that list made in the past 5 years let alone 10.

The quality has nosedived. Those that are mentioned are so processed and reconstituted to appeal to the US market its not funny.

And Dr Who.....is total bumgravy. Emperors new clothes or what? You had Tennant running around shouting "Oh the human race is sooo marrrvellous!" and gurning like Les Dawson then you have Matt Smith doing his best Three Stooges impression, the joke being..there is only one of them. (I nicked that line from a well known comedy from an age when the BBC had good comedy).

Current BBC drama motto - Look depressed and shout so loud some spit comes out and folks will think it's quality.

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I can't really comment.....

...as I havent watched any British drama on BBC or ITV is some years.

The same goes for comedy.

What I have seen on advert previews does look like flashy angles and lighting and little else.

What do we watch? Well all the US imports and a lot of the Euro imports such as Spiral/Wallander etc.

British TV is now largely irrelevant.

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Darth Vader is a pansy

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Re: "excuse me The Black Hole is an Awesome movie"

I'm sorry but Slim Pickens doing anything is extremely cool. He WAS a cowboy old-timer!

He could have just read the phone book and it would have been entertaining.

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Watching Olympics at work? How to avoid a £1k telly-tax fine

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Instead of worrying about the legal issues...

..why not just do some work like you are bloody paid to do?

I was amazed listening to the radio in the car the other day some person was babbling on R4 about how employers might cope with allowing staff time off to see the Olympics.

I thought that was already dealt with by actual annual holiday entitlement and minimum staffing levels.

Essentially -

"Sorry Bob but Dan and Julie already have those two weeks booked off, they got their request in early, so you can have the next two weeks, no problem. Sorry chap!"

Quite why it needs a whole new special holiday strategy I don't know.

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Microsoft 'didn't notice' it had removed Browser Choice for 17 months

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Still in the updates....

I still keep deleting it from the updates list when I build or configure a new machine.

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Dell Inspiron 17R SE 17in Ivy Bridge notebook review

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Re: 5400rpm drive?

Possibly but I've swapped many such drives for 7200rpm ones with no ill effect.

10p saved here..10 saved there....

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WTF?

5400rpm drive?

Where the hell do they keep finding these?

Is there some Eastern European warehouse somewhere that was discovered full of 2004 technology?

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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Re: I don't understand

It happens when you stop bringing staff up through the company to the higher management levels.

You bring in others from outside the company (to inject 'new ideas and dynamics') to the decision making roles and it all goes to crap.

The new guys go "Hey guys we are going to make them all red! It's going to be radical and new!"

The guys under them that came up through the company just sit and roll their eyes thinking "Oh jeez we did that 20 years ago and it didn't work!"

If you then put your hand up to say (with all due respect) that it won't work, you get branded 'negative' and thats your career put into the sinbin.

Anyone see 'Undercover Boss' last night about Paddy Power? Classic example of an Executive Board that had never even been in a Betting Office let alone worked in one trying to run such a business. Hopeless.

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MS Office?

Software for Girls!

Real men avoid spreadsheets and presentations.

Its a known fact that if you get rid of Powerpoint in a large organisation you can get rid of 25% of your office/project/managerial staff due to them having nothing to do. Makes the other 75% more productive by not having to look at them.

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Prince Charles whips out jumbo red ball for Blighty's code-breakers

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Re: What would Turing think?

Hmmm I want to vote you both up...tough call.

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Sigma SD1 Merill 46Mp DSLR

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Re: Only the Foveon concept isn't particularly good

I must admit it was a good point that someone mentioned earlier.

There they are these photography enthusiasts that spend £7000+ on a 30+ megapixel digital camera, the finest lenses, going to great lengths to capture that perfect shot, then spend hours tweaking it further in £1000 worth of Photoshop.

To then have to shrink it down, post it up on a website for us to all see via our crappy 6bit TN 1366x768 laptop screens or smartphones. Perfection!

Thanks for all the effort but a pic from a £200 point and shoot would have done most likely.

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BBC mulls seizing the wheel of Local TV

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Waste of time and money.

I live in Norwich and the local TV and BBC Radio Norfolk are terrible. We certainly don't need a Norwich TV channel.

I can just imagine loads of horrible cheap 'community' programs about the plight of local Pensioners/Unemployed/Youth/Drug Addicts/Market sellers etc. etc. Christ how dreary.

When I retune my Freeview box I always go through and delete about 40 channels I never watch. I guess this would be another.

Less is more.

I feel that maybe this kind of 'community' stuff could be better shown via some kind of regional part of iPlayer over the web.

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in

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Re: but still only just managed 30fps when running Far Cry 2

Wow what an article!

Total 100% tech market bumph with zero actual real world results.

You can write all the tech bumph you like about a product but unless you show what it does with real world apps and hardware it means jack. Look at all the AMD hype about Bulldozer for example. Looked like the second coming before launch day and the NDAs expired, then......

Flashy tech flowcharts mean nothing. If you are into GPU stuff we've seen plenty of Intel HD graphics reviews and it 99% of games it gets slaughtered. It's better than the last Intel GPU generation but its still 5 years behind AMD and Nvidia.

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