Or it didn't happen (sort of thing?).
[Sorry, bit obvious - long day!]
57 posts • joined 29 Aug 2009
Lots of input here so thanks - need to review and think as it were.
On spiceworks - one of the few I did get into looking at - its easy to setup, but for our user base a little confusing would be the best way to put it (think C-Level staff, manufacturing people and sales).
Access really isn't in our cards. Yes it could be done but our two Access people (myself included here) are busy supporting access on our shop floor system (works great - beyond great - but its a resource drain) hence the need to go with something a bit more out-of-the box.
PHP would be fine (I've done enough LAMP type systems to write a book) but again see previous paragraph.
Will investigate some of the rest above and report back once we have a solution.
Just ramping up to look for a new Helpdesk/Service desk with the current employer. They have and homegrown Access based application which... is difficult to use at the best of times. Normally I would go to Jira and build something but quite frankly I need something quicker.
Thoughts on what works best for a company of 100-200 users, of which ~50% are remote. My list of features is nothing a-typical:
* Email integration for submissions / updating users
* Web interface for Helldesk workers and/or submitting updating tickets by users
* Ideally fully customizable on queues (one for desktop, network, biz-apps, etc.)
* Supports subtasks if possible (but not a deal breaker)
* Good Management Reports (aka pretty graphs)
* Could usefully have KB type functionality too
* Needs to be self hosted due to some of our special contracts.
I throw this to the wide audience. I was looking at something like Zendesk but... suggestions would be appreciated.
Just installed it and tested in on a few bits...
- File shares to/from skydrive seem happy and relatively quick.
- Excel formatting works okay - don't have any with macros/pivot tables to hand
- Word document I tried it with (which has a nasty complex layout including some weird tables) came up cleanly - although I couldn't see an easy way to get to headers and footers.
- My really large and stupidly complex Powerpoint file opened right - played correctly and also was editable which is really what I was most in it for
Now for an ipad version so I can do it on something bigger than a 5" screen. If that works, Then I don't really need my work machine anymore running Windows as I can dump all the Microsoft files over to the iPad and use OtherOS to do the rest of the stuff.
(Conditional thumbs up since it this really does work in the long run I can dump all but 1 windows machine in the house!)
I would tend to disagree with @Sabroni...
Metro could be very interesting on a SmartTV... think of some of those TVs with a built in DVD player. Then take that 20" Sony Tablet, scale it up, add in the Kinect as standard with the rest of the Xbox hardware, and you could have a pretty reasonable 40"+ "gaming TV" all in one. Heck add in cable card too, 3 HDMI ports (1 for PS3, 1 for WiiU and 1 for the connection to a home amplifier system), and you wouldn't need too much more I would imagine... You would need to use either some form of hand movement to control the UI (not touch screen) but that's already out there. Or reinvent the remote much like the Wii one to be directional not static, but if you took the best bits of Metro, Wii, Kinnect and added in the Netflix, Google TV and other bits, you could end up with quite an all in one system. Mind you it would be a move away from the 1" thick TVs people have now to something about 4" thick I would think, but you could end up with something pretty decent that didn't need much 3rd party add in.
(Sorry for the disjointedness, typing under the influence of a cold)
So I have a phone and a tablet but I also have a music device (yeah yeah in this case they are all iDevices but I use the generic term in this case cuz I can).
Phone -> Makes phone calls and some apps, email, and mobile TV
Tablet -> Apps, web, and games. Sometimes video calls.
Music device -> music, supports the incar dash and has a much higher capacity than the phone. That way I have all my music in the car, and with the link up the car supports (Pioneer thingy) have playlists, album covers and the like
Now a 32Gb device like this Sony wouldnt work. I have 140Gb on the ipod. But a phone device would never come close. I could do USB into the Pioneer, but the biggest thumb drive I have isnt close (64Gb).
So yeas, despite the fact that it wouldnt work for **YOU** (or some others), there is a market segment out there that needs the devices. (Just like that long forgotten market segment that wants a phone that is well just a phone which is why you can still buy those strangely enough!).
"Except if you have a 401k or mutual funds"
Most mutual funds - unless explicitly called out in the prospectus - wont buy into or touch IPOs as they fall outside of the type of instrument they hold (e.g. Large Cap Dividend wouldnt have bought in). You did read the 401k prospectus right? You do understand what is in your 401k/IRA/Pension Fund? Thought not.
And this is where my issue in the valuation lies... PE Ration of 75ish at $32/share gives a percentage point rating of around 42c/PE point. Assume a year over year increase of 40% revenues moves that to $1.15ish - so lets be conservative and say $1. If it settles to a PE ratio of about $15 which is a little high compared to established companies that gives a price point of $15 based on aggressive forward looking estimates. So in a generours case (and yes Im rounding up all around) that points a price point of $20/share assuming that they can get the monitorization of the mobile users which even FB called out in the S1/S1(A).
Admittedly this is (and should be) a UK centric roundup - but I live and drive by my in-dash Pioneer AVIC Z130 + NDM110T combo (well its a Z110 with software updates as the Z110 has a slightly larger screen than the stock 130). Realtime RDS Traffic in the SF/SJ/Oak Bay Area is excellent, reroutes on traffic, learns routes etc. Plus of couse since its in-dash it has all the hook ups (iDevice, USB, BlueTooth) and the like. Etc. etc. (DVDs on rear screen, rear camera, PandoraLink, Netflix, AhaRadio, AvicFeeds for upload/download of routes and driving info).
So it would be interesting to see how one of these all-in-one units matches against a dedicated GPS Nav device (other than you cant take it out and take it with you).
I know I am in the minority here - but my 9yo daughter has her own iPad linked to my iTunes account. She knows to ask to download an app - even the already purchased ones - and double checks to purchase in-app credits. She is very good on this.
**However** I know she is in the minority.
That said though - on the iPad and other iDevices, there is a parental control setting to disable in-app purchases. Settings -> Restrictions -> In-App purchases. Its pass coded. Why wasnt that enabled?
Makes me think there should be a test to have a smart device of any sort (including TVs where you can now rent movies too). If you have a device with a supported restriction - for crying out loud learn to use the restrictions!
Well I'm just checkin it out. Release notes "on screen"
The Internet browser has been improved.
Some websites that could not be displayed, including interactive websites, are now supported, and page layouts are now displayed with better accuracy.
You can now set to obtain the correct date and time automatically when you sign in to Playstation(r) Network. If you do not need to set the correct time automatically, set [Settings] > [Date and Time Settings] > [Set time automatically] to [Off]
Seems like the release notes still call it Playstation(r) Network :) Someone forgot to fix that!
Will it blend?
I know a couple of people who have these - my biggest complaint though is you can't hear the thing when its coming. It really is that quiet. Other than that and its range, however, its actually not that bad of a "short commute" car. If you want to do something longer it isnt going to work. (And by short commute, I mean say San Francisco to Oakland. Even in the bay area it isnt good for much further than that and back.
Apple can run at or near cost on its iPads for a few reason:
- The end to end consumer experience. If you enable all the iCloud settings, everything seemlessly moves between devices. If you take a photo it appears on all iDevices and your laptop/mac. It goes the other way too (laptop->iDevice). Plus "cute" features like purchasing music/movies/TV/apps in one place moves it to all places. In households with more than 1 device this feature is seen as a big value add.
- It takes a cut of ~30% on all iTunes/App store sales. This is funneled back into making the initial cost of the device a lot more palletable to Apple. (Think about it - how many 99c/79p purchases do you make on the device? I can think Ive probably underpinned apple to an additional $75-$100 already).
With the Android model, there is no pushback to the tablet maker on app purchases. This means they have to be at a profit on each device. Only Amazon could hope to emulate the iPad model with tie-ins to purchases on the Amazon site. Any and all other apps payed for just go to google and the app developer.
And I certainly havent seen anything close to point 1 on the non-Apple tablets - although I'm happy to be corrected as people have been asking me for ideas too :)
>> "it's not the same as a full featured tablet but THAT IS NOT ITS INTENT"
Unfortunate then that Amazon are running adverts on the telly right now proclaiming that it is the intent of the product - a full featured tabled with tight integration to Amazon's online product offerings. As are the Nook people (not seen one in action so I cant judge). Good job you dont have any moles inside Amazon.
(Full disclosure - I do have a number "n" of ipad2 devices where n > 1 and n < 5 )
I too recall the possibility that neutrinos may have really small imaginary mass ("hi" or something like that). Not negative mass as mentioned above btw*.
So the question really is, and I am trying to visualize this right as its all quantum thingy, is the speed 'c' possible to be approached by an article with 'h'. And thus, if so, could a particle with equivilent imaginary mass thus exceed the speed of light by that same percentage. But then it would get hairy with particles that have even larger imaginary mass.***
*Which would lead to the interesting thought of a particle with negative mass actually working through a dimension backwards - would it be the time dimension?**
** And does Dark Matter have real positive, real negative, or imaginary mass or some form of mass that isnt actually described by those three planes/ummm number lines?
*** And yeah my QM was all done about 20 years ago so Ive forgotten most of what I learned back then - but I did get to do real MOSFET layouts and use SPICE (well p-spice) and stuff :)
Is NetFlix not pulling movies once they are streaming online. Its bloody annoying to get half way through something (say all the Eddie Izzard standup shows) to go back to something you are watching and find that between today and yesterday they've pulled the damn thing.
Also no mention of services like CinemaNow in the article? Its up there with NetFlix (mostly).
Noooooo.... its "I ***COULDN"T*** CARE LESS"... I could care less implies that if people want your friggin' data they can have it which I know is not what you meant.
I couldnt care less
I couldnt care less
I couldnt care less
(I feel like Bart Simpson on this one).
Oooooh that annoys me more than any other typo/grammer error!!! Okay, sorry Sarah, I'll go back to sleep now.
"Oh, and just to make it clear Twitter would respond to any request from any country as long as that request is made however that countries laws require"
I think you mean:
Oh, and just to make it clear Twitter would respond to any request from any country as long as **it has an office in that country the resquest is made in, in order to keep doing business there as it has no choice**.
I very much doubt that it would even bother to respond to a request from e.g. Australia as it has no presence there and would enjoy sticking too fingers up at the Aussies (much like we did over the Ashes ;) )
As has been said elsewhere though, the issue with going "android only" is that you have to rely on content and UI to differentiate yourself. If you come up with a new hardware feature (hey lets add a hand mixer to the phone - sorry thinking about the rather excellent toad-in-the-hole I made last night), you have to make sure that any additional chipsets etc you add to the device have drivers and UI components that fit into the linux architecture. I know this is the same to some degree if you have your own OS but often times you have your own inhouse phone OS folks who can probably throw something together. If you go andriod only you would, IMO, more likely just have an inhouse reference design and porting team which wouldnt necessarily have the same skill set.
I think part of the reason for some of the confusion here around phone OS strategy is that some of the phone companies forget that there is a segment out there that just wants a phone thats is, well a phone, and dont need camera, email, games, etc. Thats of course coming from the person who has an iPhone 4.
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