How will they save money........?
.......By bringing it in-house, so avoiding paying the outsource company's profit margin upfront.
The REAL cost will come later when all these new civil servants come to collect their protected, inflated pensions.
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Northgate can hardly be described as a giant, they just happen to have a big foot in local government IT where their customers are usually too stupid to know when they are being screwed. I remember when (in a previous incarnation as MDIS) they paid one of their suppliers in MDIS shares. Very useful for papering the wall.
- An industry standard Micro-USB connector (which doesn't break easily)
- Allow user memory upgrades (MicroSD card)
- Replaceable battery
- Non-lock-in software (ie: NOT iTunes, etc)
And you MIGHT just get near a Samsung Galaxy.
Oh, I nearly forgot - make it a reasonable price as well.
"Windows 8" is actually NT 6.2
"Windows 7" was NT 6.1
"Vista" was NT 6.0 - which was radically different which is why it was so problematic and needed "Windows 7"(NT 6.1) as a major (and very successful) bug-fix.
NEVER buy version anything-dot-zero from Microsoft - we learn't that one years ago.
Add Start8 to get your Start button back and "Windows 8" could be useable with keyboard and mouse on a PC. The touch interface on a tablet or smartphone hopefully will develop over time.
..........$7.7bn for McCRAPAfee!!!! - I could have saved them the money in my role as IT Business Consultant and advised them not to pay more than a Fiver (and I am not talking Billions or Millions!).
And, yes agreed fellow commentards, AVG anti-virus IS the dog's b*****ks.
Took mine too.
It is nice to know that companies vital infrastructure support is being looked after so well. (Cough!)
Mind you, they were better than Siemens or IBM (not difficult, that). If they had spent the same amount of money on in-house staff, they would have had an amazing system, but when the management didn't know what they were doing, there is no hope!
Paul Allen, like Bill Gates is clearly a perceptive man. Shame Ballmer is such a W*nker.
The Bimodal / Bipolar / schizophrenic modes of NT 6.2 (Sorry Windows 8) would easily be sorted out if only Bill or Paul were in charge.
However, what an opportunity for 3rd parties to write new shells. The START8 utility is, well, (cough!) a very good start.
We were quite happy with VM cable until, following the broadband going a bit iffy, their engineer installed a SuperDUD, then it all went to Rat-Shit.
The SuperDUD is basically USELESS as a wireless router, but seems reasonably stable when switched to Modem-only mode. (Fortunately, I still had my old wireless Netgear router). VM have been struggling for WEEKS now to resolve, but have still not fixed it.
More details from numerous pissed-off customers at:
That one thread already runs to TWENTY-SIX pages (and is page is MUCH more than a screenful).
VM have got it VERY BADLY WRONG and should be compensating customers like O2 did for their outage.
I got £20 off my next bill after complaining, but that is not the point, VM should GET IT RIGHT!!
....that there can be so MANY stupid people in the world.
Just so they know:-
The SIM is incompatible.
The USB connector is incompatible with industry standards (and even the old iPhone).
You cannot replace the battery.
You cannot plug in a memory card.
It is VERY expensive.
You are being ripped off.
A Samsung Galaxy II or III will do the same (or more)
.......not if they have used Iomega devices in the past.
IOMEGA is near the top of my "DON'T BUY" list, along with Lexmark, IBM, Siemens, Belkin and the recently added Dell (because of their dreadful support). Over 45 years experience in the computer industry teaches you quite a lot.
Top of the "DO BUY" list - Samsung (recently added straight on the top).
Lexmark printers, including the ones badged and sold by Dell, are COMPLETE CRAP, so it is good to see the manufacturing going where it belongs - on the shit heap. Hope their designers look for jobs where they can cause fewer problems (start with road sweeping in Outer Mongolia.).
So yet another new incompatible SIM card and incompatible USB connector.
2 EXTREMELY GOOD reasons for NOT getting an iPhone (apart from the expense, non-replaceable batteries and fixed memory sizes). Everyone else can do it, but OH NO - not Apple.
I will stick with my Samsung Galaxy SII which can probably do MORE (certainly MUCH CHEAPER!) than some useless and expensive bit of FANBOIS' kit.
Microsoft and many others made their fortunes out of standardisation. Apple will remain niche market (albeit a VERY LARGE niche) until they adopt industry standards.
O2 have a webpage which tells me my monthly usage "...to 23:59:59 on 16th" of each month even though my new monthly allowance STARTS at 00:00:00 on the 16th, but several MONTHS on from first reporting this problem they are unable to fix it. It took them AGES to even understand the problem, so at least Virgin are capable of recognising the problem and fixing it!
"scientists do not yet understand" - Says it all, so:
1) How do they actually PROVE what happens to CO2?
2) Does it make ANY difference WHATSOEVER?
3) Will it REALLY affect ANYONE or ANYTHING?
4) In reality, does anyone actually worry about it - if you do - GET A LIFE!!!!!
So true - I am trialling Windows 8 preview and felt that it does not do enough for existing desktop and laptops users (yes, there are still some of us around - several BILLION I believe), but has been designed for tablet and smartphone.
Tried installing Beta of the "NEW" Office 365 on Windows 8 only for the intsaller to tell me I need the FULL version of Windows 8 - Er,..... but that is not available yet - D'oH!
....FAKE "high capacity" MicroSD cards.
I recently bought an alledged 32Gb card from a company in Luton and it turned out to be a fake.
The scammers program them to appear to be 32GB, but as soon as you load them up, they mysteriously corrupt the data.
Fortunately after threatening them with Trading Standards, they refunded my purchase price.
I reported them anyway and it turns out TS have a "list" of their customers!! so they are obviously into scamming big time.
Recommendation is to only buy from reputable sellers like Amazon, MRMemory, eBuyer, etc. You may pay a bit more,but you get what you ordered.
The Oozalum bird when attacked
Flies round in ever-decreasing circles
Until it finally diappears up it's own rectal passage
From which place of safety it hurls abuse at it's assailants.
Oh! we're off to see the Wild West Show
The Elephant and the Kangarooooooo
Never mind the weather
As long as we're together
We're off to see the Wild West Show
The management of this particular bank deserve everything thrown at them.
I am sick of companies outsourcing to save money, then moaning that the Uk does not have the expertise to run their IT.
OF COURSE THE IT EXPERTISE IS DISAPPEARING - there is just so much IT staff can put up with before they go abroad or and start stacking shelves or bricklaying for a living.
Make outsourcing illegal and see UK IT expertise increasing again.
As someone who got TUPE'd OUT of Logica when they lost (yet another) contract on price, I have to agree that it will be good news if CGI dump all the useless management and keep the good guys (if there are any left!).
Logica has been circling the drain for a lot more than a couple of years and it's time they finally "disappeared down the plughole".
Good luck to any WORKERS who survive - maybe they might actually get a pay rise one day under the new management.
Not sure of CGI's logic in buying the company - perhaps they want to get their mitts on the offshore operation?
.....those "with higher levels of scientific and mathematical knowledge are more sceptical regarding the dangers of climate change than their more poorly educated fellow citizens."
But if you are a stupid politician, you will believe anything - including "global warming" which has long since been disproved to be caused (if it exists at all) by human beings.
Apple want to ensure their products are incompatible and difficult to access so they can lock users in to their products.
A micro-SIM + a tray must take up the same space as a 2FF standard SIM, so SIZE was not relevant to Apple with the iPhone 4
The 2FF form factor is quite small enough. - What about BATTERY size? - they need to work on that.
Easily removable click/stop SIM cards - GOOD idea.
Easily exchangeable memory cards - GOOD idea.
Easily exchangeable battery - GOOD idea.
Micro-SIM, Non-removable battery & non-exchangeable memory cards (a la iPhone 4) - BAD ideas.
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