Re: Don't believe the (CD) hype (HiRes)
Spot on. That's how I read it all years ago too. Back when hi-fi magazines were worth a read.
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Spot on. That's how I read it all years ago too. Back when hi-fi magazines were worth a read.
Not really. Speakers should be listed about 20th on any smartphone manufacturers list of importance.
Speakers in phones will be hamstrung whether you invest millions in micro speaker tech or not. You are just hitting a brick wall with acoustics and physics. The difference will just result in either poor or hmm...not bad, not great...but not bad.
Yeah I never get the fuss over smartphone speakers. They are all universally limited. It's like saying "I'll take that one!" if being forced to pick from a selection of steaming turds.
If it works well enough to give directions while driving and make you go "Awww!" over a baby sloth video that's good enough.
Some folks give far too much importance to trivial parts. It's like the Mk5 Ford Escort was designed round a sunroof as that was the thing most customers wanted back then. Look how that turned out!
The few folks I know with an Apple Watch just try desperately to justify their purchase by demonstrating how much useless and unnecessary info the watch tells them about their day. You can tell by the look in their eyes that even they are not 100% convinced by their purchase.
Well if we leave the EU lord knows what the powers that be will be able to do to us!
Scrap the courts system completely? Take away our vote? Who knows.
I see your point...but unfortunately, lots of young people there have access to guns...and some of those young people are a bit odd and highly strung.
It's a bit of a wider problem.
Look up University/College Shootings.
Do the campus Police's badges have "How's My Smile?" written on them?
If you want to clear an area of young people just switch off the wi-fi and data.
....about any computing other than iPhone and Tablet.
Yeah I'm getting Person of Interest Samaritan type vibes here.
Somewhere an attaché case with a couple of HDDs in it are being handed over.
No the search on Amazon is the worst ever. Go for lowest price means having to scroll though 20 pages of £1 upwards unrelated crap before getting to what you need. Better to go high to low and then you only have 5 pages to scroll through.
Selecting other search categories like size, price or brand can totally throw search results too.
It's the one area Amazon have totally neglected.
However, as said paying for stuff once you find it is so simple. Two clicks for me and done.
I had one of my old IT Trade suppliers call me up recently to ask why I had not bought anything from them for a while. I just told them that Amazon is usually within a £1 or so of them and offers cheaper delivery with two click purchase. Whereby they always require I login every time, have to confirm my address, type my credit card details in over and over and don't offer a free delivery option. I told them that even if Amazon is a few quid more expensive I'll still buy from them as it saves me 10 minutes. I'm a lazy sod!
Some people like brown sauce and some people like tomato sauce.
This is like HP saying "Hey to make it better for everyone we are dumping brown sauce and making it just like tomato sauce!"
This is just a move to reduce costs by letting someone else do 90% of the work.
Have these people no pride and honour?
No cos badgers are too sensible to call me at 8pm!
Good payers too.
At the end of the day it's the old hassle to reward ratio. Students just go too far up the top of the graph.
Student wants to pay £30 for 6 hours work.
Domestic/small business customer wants to pay £100 for 1.5 hours.
Not a tough decision.
They never do backups.
They call up at 8pm demanding it fixing there and then.
They don't like paying for work (that will be a wake up call for some later).
The machines when asked if in English arrive in Russian/Chinese/Thai etc.
The software on them is always pirate or blacklisted.
Just not worth the bother.
The little blade is all you need to do most cutting. Boxes, tape, cable ties, packing straps etc. Hardly ever use the big blade.
Screwdriver...well I work in IT. Its a Crosshead.
"To be fair, the old machine would still fetch well over £1000 on eBay."
Is that £900 for the 2TB worth of SSDs and £100 for the old MBP?
Indeed corporate IT buying has never been based in simple logic. I remember questioning why we paid £200 for 32MB of ram with 4 weeks wait when Crucial sold the same stuff for £75 with next day delivery.
I got told to 'shut up!"
Otherwise you sweat the assets for 5 years and then sell them out the back to a guy that takes them away. I then buy them off him for £60 a throw. Thanks very much the circle of life continues.
Often easier and cheaper to buy new kit every few years than sanitise and check 2000+ 5 year old laptops and PCs, re-spec and rebuild them. Plus all covered by support contracts etc. etc.
You seen the state of company issued laptops after just one year let alone 5+?
"I am a Penguin, so my knowledge of Windows is thin and Macs even thinner. I keep seeing Windows PCs replaced because of software issues - the required software only runs on new versions of the OS, the new version of the OS will not work with old hardware. "
Yeah your knowledge is a little out of date. Maybe stick to your linux install on that Athlon XP 2600+ PC with 1GB of ram?
Windows has been getting better and better with old kit since Windows 7. Hence why people are not buying new machines. Windows (any version from 2009 onwards) should work just fine on any hardware since around Vista days. If you cant find a driver then Vista onwards drivers will work fine too. VMs will work fine for old software too in most cases.
Macs lasting longer than PCs is generally a myth. Usally perpetuated by those that want to help justify the £1400 outlay to the wife and family over the £600 box the kids wanted to play BF4 on. The biggest killer of any computer is usually human stupidity than component fails. And then again the components whether Mac or PC are still all made by FoxConn.
It's only the case and OS that's different at the the end of the day.
I remember the folks I used to give Mac gear jobs to (before they went under) had plenty of people queuing round the block with faulty Apple gear.
...with a simple custom install option like we had up and including Windows 98SE.
When you go to install a list of tick boxes appear with all the stuff that is not critical to the OS functioning and you get to untick all the stuff you don't want or need.
Windows 10 for me is becoming that huge Swiss Army knife display that has 258 different blades and tools in it and weighs 4KG when all I need is the little blade, bottle opener and screwdriver.
I work in supporting small business and domestic IT. I have yet to see a single Mac in any serious usage business wise.
Three of my customers decided to buy them for work even after I told them I didn't support them (pressure to buy them from their iPad using family). But all of them called me back within a year to 18 months to tell me they had gone back to Windows for work use.
No serious Mac support out there you see. What happens, Mac Store arrives and takes away 60% of the Mac support guys bread and butter work. Then Apple make the damn things harder and harder to take apart and repair and its not worth it financially. They give up. So if you are a Mac user the only support you can get is iTunes issues or if you've dropped it, from a 'Genius'.
"Even those who hated him should nominate him for sainthood for his role in helping hasten the fall of Flash"
To be honest looking back and the fact that it seems Flash will be with us for at least another 3-4 years, it might be he helped hastened it's demise by all of 3-4 months. His actions really didn't do much at all with hindsight.
All he did was made a few people uninstall it really.
Yes sorry Phishing. Gahhh
Had a 'unknown' number just call me with a lady saying she was from the Register on the line.
I could not get what the hell she was talking about. Something to do with wi-fi APIs? Anyway she wasn't putting it across very well so I told her that and hung up.
Indeed, yesterday I saw a 'homeless person' sitting in his begging patch on his iPhone 6s.
I guess those phones don't pay for themselves...
I have a collection of about 20 of them that I have been given in change over the years. They got better and better as time progressed. The early ones were quite crude in comparison. If you have more than 5 or 6 quid coins in your pocket there is a pretty good chance one might be a fake. They never got the edge quite right.
I mentioned to a friend I had better spend them before they are removed. He said "Oh it's illegal to spend counterfeit money and they aren't worth anything!"
I just looked at him as if to say "Really?!?" and said "Well in my experience they are valid and accepted anywhere!"
I have noticed a lot more shiny new 2015 pound coins in my change. I guess they are clearing all the stock into circulation before they are phased out.
I had to smile reading your amendments as I thought of most of those, especially the clean up bit, while writing it but decided to trim it down.
I didn't want to confuse the marketing numpties with too many hard real-life concepts.
I had a rare spot of posting on a LinkedIn article someone from marketing posted up saying about how great internet ads are and its the future blah blah blah. Myself and many others posted up quite politely and plainly why ads are mostly a bad thing and how bad it is but the marketing types just totally failed to grasp it. They were still saying "but...but why don't you want ads? We are offering so many extra benefits to readers and customers!"
They live in a totally other world from the rest of us. Eventually the rest of the world will block them out and they won't notice for ages.
Time is not on their side.
You all seem to be struggling with why we mere mortals don't want to see your ads on our screens.
It's a simple concept. Try and follow.
Imagine you are waiting for your post in the morning. Instead of post, a man pushes a pile of dog crap through your letterbox. Obviously you are annoyed and want to do something to stop this. So you take steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.
If you are still struggling, the dog crap is your ads!
From what I see of the web, 25% of the sites produce the real content and 75% just repost or link to it in some way. I'm quite happy for that 75% to die off tomorrow. Ohh all those useless blogs...
If you have good content they will pay. I've donated £25 last week to a couple of my fave sites that do a "Keep the site free of Ads" campaign every year. How many times would I have to visit to give them that through not clicking on ads and also having a frustrating time while doing it?
Ads are not the way forward. After all it wasn't what the net was solely intended for was it?
People got greedy, thought they were in control and they got burnt. Deal with it.
Yeah still amazed how many 'IT experts' still haven't picked up on this point. I always use Adblock Plus with the untick and I never see any ads either.
People only read what they want to see I guess.
Just how much money would a site make if a person did not use adblockers but visited the site and looked at ten pages, read ten articles and then left?
They didn't click on any ads, as only an idiot would do that. However, according to the ad folks they have played fair by not blocking. So that's all good with them.
No one can tell me the magical figures. I reckon its so small its not calculable to any great financial benefit.
Yeah, rebuild in order I reckon.
The more and more junk they add into these suites the worse it gets.
You just need a slick efficient AV only that sits in the background doing it's thing.
I thought they used them to pose with in Starbucks.
...just seem to have dropped off the face of the earth past couple of years.
Haven't seen much about them in the press in ages.
Yeah...but it works.
Other folks can carry on waiting for their updates and that Intel driver that they can't stop installing that crashes the screen.
Its moved on a bit since then. But most folks can get by just fine.
Once you've used one for a while you realise how bloated and over complicated the likes of Windows and OSX is.
I can do 90% of what Windows does with 90% less hassle and resources. Isn't that the future?
It's why I switched to Chromebooks and tell all my friends to do likewise.
...till it breaks. And then you find all the new systems MS has put in place to make it easier to 'fix' just get in the way, slow things down or just plain don't work.
You find the longer you try to fix it the more it pushes you to do a full OS reset which loses everything. So after 6 hours of hair pulling you go for the reset. Nothing else to lose, after all it couldn't find the system restore points you know are there.
Then it pops up a window saying the reset can't function either.
Back with Windows 7 a quick SafeBoot and 5 minutes of under the hood tinkering had you a working laptop again.
Plus I love it when a customer hands me their laptop I then have to ask for the unlock password...which is their email password. That's so handy. Why not just push the PIN or tell them not to use the email password?
pretty much the same article now two weeks running.
Seriously thats what I do for the really bad ones.
Take out the CPU/HDD/DVD/Ram and BIOS battery. Make sure power is drained and just blast the thing through with hot water. Ten mins and it will gleam.
I then put a industrial fan on it for an hour or so and then leave it for around 72 hours in a warm place.
Pop all the bits back in and bingo. A fresh machine that works fine. Most smokers encrusted machines are quite old so its worth the risk IMO.
Now you see I'd say never buy a Brother printer.
I'm sure someone else will say Lexmark...Canon...Oki...
If I decided to switch my 200 user company over to Linux....where do I get professional hands on service and support for users and infrastructure? I know half a dozen local companies that can do Windows till the cows come home.
Linux...not so much.
...is probably less than one ibuprofen tablet in the US system.
and meanwhile 99% of the world doesn't need Admin as the main user account...
I love it when the needs of the very few outweigh the needs of the many and non-legacy.
MS did away with Admin accounts as default accounts?
From the dozen or so I've cleaned up in the past, ransomeware is pretty easy to find and clean off. It doesn't really have to lock itself down or stealth itself to any great degree as once its started you are over a barrel. Has a different modus from most malware.
Oh I still have the book files, that's not a problem. Just that the update shouldn't have deleted them in the first place.
Just have to copy them back on again.
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