* Posts by The New Turtle

119 posts • joined 26 Mar 2010

Long-suffering Virgin Media victims see no end to vid PURGATORY

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Re: Orange are the same

Yes they are. When that started off I thought it seemed pretty good, and the grey line at the bottom of the youtube screen showed that data was loading in OK, albeit slowly. This is just what I see with my Orange connection, and frequently get buffering issues with youtube. I had assumed it to be a YT problem because it doesn't usually happen with Vimeo, but that may not be the case.

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Reader input required: review our reviews

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Rants can be good

I quite appreciate some of the reviews where the reviewer has been frustrated by a device and shows it quite openly instead of providing a bland, fact laden description - the Kindle Fire HD being the latest example I've seen. This gives a glimpse of 'real world' usage instead of regurgitating Which? magazine. Having said that, some hard numbers and performance comparisons ARE essential too.

Overall I like reg reviews, and have certainly found them useful.

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Should Microsoft merge Office into Windows - or snap it off?

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95% of the increased data = junk

Glad I'm not the only one who thought this. Outside of facebook, twatter and instagram there are still people doing real work, creating documents and spreadsheets with value who need a proper 'office' environment. By all means create some kind of cut down integrated word processing arrangement for those with nothing to do, but leave the productive office suite alone.

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Volkswagen Beetle car review

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Go

These comments are funny, though a little sad. I wonder which of the Astra drivers reviewing cars from their desks have ever sat in the '98 version or will sit in (let alone drive) one of these.

I like the look of this one, and it's a car that I feel I could drive without embarrassment, where as the last one was so obviously a womans car. As for heritage, this one definitely has an early Porsche look to it, where as the older 'new' beetle was much more faithful to the later versions of the original beetle.

Thank goodness for cars that aren't all identical tin jelly moulds, painted silver and grey.

GO! seems most appropriate for a car review.

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Acer Iconia A110 8GB Android tablet review

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Go

Looks like good value at £130 (with some kind of cashback deal) from ebuyer today.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U410 14in Ultrabook review

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Getting better

At least they're only asking £650 instead of £950 for a machine of this spec. I'd still like to see a better res screen, so 1440 X 900 or 1440 X 1024 as alluded to above for that T43. This is a lot better than a budget £400 jobbie, even if they've saved money by using lower cost materials. By the time it reaches ebuyer I'd hope it will come come in sub £600. I could be seriously tempted for one as a replacement for this 4 YO Macbook.

Now that Apple's 13" Macbook will be about £1500 I suspect there will be more interest in the ultrabook market - if they can contain price growth and fit decent screens.

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iPad Mini vs Nexus 7: inch makes all the difference, says Apple CEO

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Coat

"“It is already extremely compelling for many customers to choose a tablet, in particular an iPad, over a PC,” he said. “When you look at the PC market, there is an enormous opportunity for Apple there.”"

No. But there could be compelling reasons why someone might choose a tablet format over a netbook, particularly if they write little and consume media in places where they would not naturally sit upright. An iPad (or other tablet) is not real competition for a PC because those devices have larger screens, better interfaces for control and input and may be connected to a greater range of peripherals.

Jacket pocket, because he should be looking for a clue.

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Apple unsheathes MacBook 13-incher

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This could be the best thing that ever happened to the presently stagnant ultrabook market, if only they can put professional screens into them instead of stupid consumer 1366X768 jobs.

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Russian Christians boosted by Pussy Riot law spank 'sinful' Apple logo

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I had always assumed the logo was deliberately chosen to resonate with the image of acquiring forbidden knowledge in Genesis. It would be something of a leap to view it as anti-Christian, although some will consider the use of religious symbology by anyone other than themselves 'blasphemy'.

As for those protesting about the use of a crucifix, you're coming off just like the very people you object to.

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Sony Vaio T13 Ultrabook review

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FAIL

Another one bites the dust.

Or at least it will with that screen res.

I don't understand why we are still seeing 'ultrabooks' with this screen size. It simply doesn't fit the target market, and is wasting good development money.

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Windows 8 early-bird users still love Windows 7 more - poll

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Coat

People seldom like to learn to use new interfaces/desktops when the old familiar way to work is available to them. Remember the pain of migrating from W98 to 2000, of 2000 to XP? Ditto different versions of office etc. If you're a windows user, try working with OSX & vice versa. Very quickly you want to switch back to the old and familiar- the system you've developed workarounds for that are instinctive instead or awkward.

This isn't like the good old/bad old days where each iteration of OS brought useful new features & functions, nor is it a desperate fix for an OS that's somewhat broken. So to me, if 25% of new users actually favour W8 over W7 I'd say that's a pretty good sign. Hope there aren't a huge pile of screw-ups under the covers, just waiting to crawl out as soon at it gets mass release.

In my coat pocket, looking for a reason to upgrade.

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HP Spectre XT 13in Ivy Bridge Ultrabook review

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FAIL

With a screen res of 1366X768 it's another junk consumer laptop in an expensive ali shell.

There's a reason ultrabooks simply won't sell, and the screen is pretty much it. Windows 7 can't cope with a 1080P 13" screen and no business user with any respect (target market) wants that stupid consumer-res 16X9 screen. As Dave said above, 1280X800 is better for real work. I could probably use this lappy since I normally use a 1920 X 1200 external monitor, but when I'm working away every last pixel on height helps.

When WILL they learn?

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iPhone 5: the fab slab to grab

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What a curious non-story. This is no substitute for another BOFH tale you know.

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD and HD+ hands-on review

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If the HD+ is rootable then that would be serious iPad competition.

For those who view KOBO as competition for Amazon, we have a Touch, and it is often painfully slow and with the latest software 'updates' inclined to freeze randomly. Compared side by side in a store, the basic kindle and the touch seem to perform similarly, but out in the real world (after adding books and being forcibly ugraded) there is no comparison.

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Guardian's Robin Hood plan: Steal from everyone to give to us

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FAIL

"the paper lost £54m last year - or £150,000 a day."

Well that's a good thing, because at least in a couple of years their business can shut down and stop pretending to contribute to society.

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HP unzips slim Windows 8 notebooks

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Strictly speaking it was product notification rather than review.

Wonder how much they will charge for the 1080p screen upgrade (wish they'd do 1440 X 900 as standard instead on a 13"/14" lappy).

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Dell sets out Win8 tablet, Ultrabook, all-in-one stall

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FAIL

"It features a 14in, 1366 x 768 display"

What's that smell? It is the scent of failure.

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Memo to openSUSE 12.2: More polish, less angst

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I'll have to have a look soon. KDE + speed sounds good to me.

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Apple: I love to hate, and hate to love thee

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Unhappy

Do they have fanboi detection built in before deciding to help you?

I bought a new Unibody Macbook end Dec 2008, and within a couple of months the mini-display port system for driving an external monitor failed. I took it to a genius bar and not only they would not accept there was a problem, but I was told that if they sent it away for 'testing' and nothing was found wrong then I would be charged. Despite paying £300 for an additional 2 years applecare. The problem was well known by the time I got there, the apple forums being full of others with similar problems.

It came back with a replacement Mobo.

Do they have some secret means of testing whether you're a fanboi before giving you this 'exemplary service' that some seem to get?

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Leaked Genius Bar manual shows Apple's smooth seductions

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This helps explain why, when I took a 3 month old semi-functional Macbook to the 'genius' he was completely unable to acknowledge that it didn't work properly or was faulty, but instead would only send it away for investigation (if I was willing to pay if there was nothing found to be wrong, even though it also had applecare). And yes, other companies will do this sort of thing too (ever had a telesales call?).

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Acer Aspire Timeline M3 Ultra review

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FAIL

"The high prices haven’t helped, of course, and there also seems to be some evidence that many people are turned off by the relatively small 13in screens"

That's completely face backwards. Likely customers of ultrabooks want a 13" screen with good vertical resolution - ideally 1440X900 until screen resolution management has been sorted out in Windows, and can cope with higher resolutions without munging text and icons. This device is exactly wrong, and convinces me that there is a mountain of old 1366X768 that they must use up before modernising their designs.

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

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"Software, film and music distribution on CDs and DVDs is waning in favour of downloading across the Internet"

Not yet outside of America. Maybe 5 years for blighty and a bit more for a lot of Europe, but certainly not yet.

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Scribe's mobe, MacBook pwned after hacker 'fast-talked Apple support'

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Meh

While it's no excuse to be smug, how can anyone who is familiar with computers possibly rely on the 'cloud' for backup.

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Sony Xperia Go waterproof Android phone review

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Looks like it has potential to replace my HTC Desire when that contract finishes in Dec IF the screen res is actually as good as portrayed.

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HP Envy 4-1010ea 14in Ultrabook review

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I was thinking this might be my Macbook replacement, right up until I saw the screen res.

That's a complete fail. Sorry, HP. It was excusable (though poor) to launch such a machine 12 months ago, but now that is completely unacceptable at this price point. Did you guys buy a job lot of 20 million lousy screens, because everyone seems to be fitting them laptops at almost every price point without thinking twice. I'd rather you didn't bother with the token SSD, just saving money by using an HDD that could be swapped out later than saddle an otherwise viable machine with a weakness that can't be upgraded.

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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I rather like it.

I like the plain colours, simple open text, the lack of fussy, mungy gradient fills that makes Office 2010 and W7 blur into a sea of vague pastel colors. I like the return to something a little more like windows classic and the feeling that the software is there to be used instead of trying to hide stuff.

The downside? Sure it's trying to be as incompatible with OSS as possible and may attempt to tie me into the cloud/social networks, but it actually looks vastly better than anything I've seen since Office 2003. And I'll happily use it alongside Libre Office.

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BOFH: The back-up backdown smackdown

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Happy

Back up to standard.

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Panasonic Eluga DL1 waterproof Android

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Pint

So near and yet so far

Looks nice - just needs 50% more battery and double the memory in order to compete - no-one would mind 2mm extra thickness.

Pint because beer proofing is the one USP.

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Orange San Diego Intel-based Android phone

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Useful review, thanks.

My HTC desire will get replaced at the end of the year. I'd like any new phone to not be too large, have great call quality, work well with GPS (to stop Endomondo glitching) not run out of memory all the time and have a decent screen for viewing data and contacts. This *sounds* like it will manage all those things much better than the current and many similarly priced phones out there. Maybe they just designed a phone for me and people like me?

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Dell extends XPS laptop line

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For the 14" model £1079 does not = $1100. It's still too expensive, and isn't competitive with Apple - these need to be £800 tops for the base version and no more than £900 with 256Gb SSD.

Looks like the ultrabook market isn't growing again this year unless someone can break the pricing trend.

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Apple 13in MacBook Pro to fall into line this autumn

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I have a 3 1/2 YO unibody Macbook, and would love to have bought a new 'ultrabook' type laptop, but for the silly prices and especially, lousy screen resolutions. I have absolutely no love for Apple, but this could be one thing that would actually convince me to consider one of their machines again.

I can't believe that the other PC makers have missed the boat so badly in this area of development. Is Apple really the only company that can innovate even a little?

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Apple adds gay and lesbian icons to iOS 6 messaging

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Facepalm

"Apple's next-generation mobile operating system, iOS 6, will include oh-so-cute 'n' cuddly gay and lesbian emoji couples for your texting and emailing enjoyment.

Not that there's anything wrong with that."

Why, if there's nothing wrong with that, do people seem to need to reiterate it?

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Ultrabooks: objects of desire but just too darn expensive

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Holmes

Probably the biggest single weakness with virtually all the true ultrabooks I've seen reviewed so far is inappropriate screen resolution - basically using cheap consumer panels at 1366X768. These machines would be bought by people in the business sector - like me - who want something small and light to travel and work with, and for whom a wide screen is a significant disadvantage. The (3 1/2 year old) Macbook I'm using right now runs 1280 X 800, which is better for viewing documents. Ideally one would have something like 1440 X 900 in a panel to fit a 13" size body shell in a 'premium' PC product.

Sherlock, because the makers don't seem to have a clue about this.

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Samsung snafu grounds blue Galaxy S III

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Happy

"Well done, Sammy. Designed for humans, inspired by nature… built for different dimensions. Oopsy daisy."

You know the phrase - to err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer (aided design).

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Google warns against ISPs hard on web filth

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Mushroom

This is interesting in the light of today's DM (supplied FOC as light entertainment in our communal coffee room) which is full of tits and bums in a way that exceeds the usual levels of hypocrisy.

I don't know what she saw on pornhub, but if the comparison was with a bit of 1980s playboy then it's hardly surprising she was shocked. While I'm hardly a connoisseur of net porn, what I have seen has convinced me that it's gone way beyond any normal, healthy expression of sexuality, while at the same time becoming (in the main) tediously formulaic. If it were not for the fact it took away personal liberty, I'd be in favour of net filtering, simply because it might release people who were unable to recognise the garbage they were consuming for what it is.

OK, flame away.

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Amazon Kindle Touch touches down early

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Coat

Well the Kobo touch seems to work very well, and for slightly less money than the non-touch kindle.

I understand from the conversation I had in Smiths that e-books should also be available from lending libraries, though how this works I haven't investigated yet. The main reason for us to buy something like this is to travel as light as possible, and 100g or so of Kobo is much more luggable than half a kilo of more of paperbacks.

Hunting through my jacket to find where I left it last.

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Instagram

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Flame

And they haven't enable tilt-shift in the Android version? Thank goodness for that! If ever there was an over-used effect, it's that one.

If you have to use a 'photo-community' app then at least select one with a site that permits uploading of decent images by real photographers using conventional cameras instead of low quality images artified/rescued with lousy effects. I quite like Lightbox, although I bet they don't have 30 million+ users yet.

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Soup up your home network

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I've just bought a couple of powerline plugs because we've got fed up with the Netgear DGN1000 router that keeps blocking data intermittently (even though the connection strength remains good). Loved the idea of that Solway wall socket with 4 port switch built in, but £108 plus VAT makes it a 'business only' purchase - I'd buy it at half that, but no more (if you're reading this, Solway).

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Novatech pushes affordable Ultrabook

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Meh

Meh.

Or £700 for the 'business' version i5 128Gb/4Gb with W7 professional installed. Not quite a bargain after all, but not *quite* as expensive as the name brands.

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£580 for an i5 ultrabook? That seems a bit more like it, even if it's not all shiny. Wonder what the build quality is like? It would be nice if they offered an option for a decent res screen though.

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Judge orders O2 to name suspected smut burglars

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Facepalm

"The mere fact that the copyright works are pornographic films is no reason to refuse the grant of relief, since there is no suggestion that they are obscene "

While I understand 'obscene' to be a legal term, the irony of this statement should not be missed.

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More 'retina' display piccies spied within Mac OS X

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It seems likely that the majority of laptop/ultrabook manufacturers are about to get wrong-footed over display resolutions. Much as I dislike Apple, they seem to be almost the only company around right now with any idea of how hardware might be developed in the user's favour.

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BOFH: Dawn raid on Fort BOFH

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Unhappy

Palm with flat battery (that forgot everything it every stored) anyone? There's usually so power supplies with strange voltages and/or US specific plugs, a PCMCIA modem, half a dozen floppy disks and some kind of drive module that was meant to be swapped out in a laptop so they could read floppies AND play CDs.

I'm not an IT professional, but I recognise everything there from the last round of being made redundant. That memory makes me express my discontent, and no amount of VP of R&D squishing helps.

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Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N 13.3in Ultrabook

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It does seem a tad expensive for what you get.

Nice that it doesn't need you to cart a bunch of connectors about though - that will sell it to a lot of people who don't want to carry to take a bag full of 'accessories' when working in different places. "But it's a laptop" I hear you say. Well, yes it is, but many people use laptops as readily transportable computers that you can just plug into the nearest screen and keyboard, only using the built in screen as a last resort.

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Nokia Asha 201 Qwerty phone

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Now if they could do the same phone for £65 with quad band, 3G and WiFi plus USB charging that would be a winner. I'll happily give up my Android phone in another year for something with this mix of capabilities and a 2 week standby battery life.

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Fujifilm Finepix X10 compact camera

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Coat

Great sounding camera

Clearly not a snap-shooter camera, but a tool for someone who doesn't want to use an SLR.

However. If only they'd put a bigger sensor in it would seem so much more worthwhile. Yes it would have been even bulkier, but I doubt that will affect target market much.

What I wish is that somebody would cotton on that the sort of person who buys a camera at this level doesn't need a zillion modes, heavy in-camera processing (they'll already have a favourite package) and all the rest. Instead that they'd make a camera in which image quality was paramount, with a small number of modes (the classic 4) to make handling effortless, logically places dials and buttons (like this seems to have) fast & sharp 5X optical zoom and an excellent anti-shake system.

I might wait around until this becomes 'last years model' to try to get one at 1/2 price. Jacket because I'm putting my wallet back again.

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Samsung joins Ultrabook race

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Interesting range of comments. In '97 I built my first home PC and lashed out 400 quid on a (then larger than average) 17" monitor running 1024 X 768. However I'd agree that now 768 vertical isn't anything like enough - even this Macbook is doing 1280 X 800 and it's over 3 years old. 16X9 simply isn't appropriate for anything other than entertainment, and how many will be buying an ultrabook at a grand + just to watch movies on a small screen?

But maybe a part of the problem with these devices is that they're simply being mis-marketed. They don't look like ultrabooks, being neither astonishingly slim, nor elegant, and much more like ordinary slimline laptops. If they're priced accordingly then that won't be so bad.

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Samsung Series 9 900X3A laptop

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Looks nice enough, low-ish screen res and poor battery life won't help though. It's funny though how people complain about low numbers of ports when that is pretty much what everyone expects this kind of device to have, and is more or less the point. If they wanted something with lots of connectivity and all the bulk it brings then they'd buy a conventional laptop.

Clone? No.

I'd much prefer the Asus that was reviewed just before Christmas (and it's gone on my list of machines to look at when I can finally get shot of this Macbook).

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Asus Zenbook UX31E

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Seems the 256Gb SSD version is available: http://www.portagadgets.com/uk/ASUS-Zenbook-UX31-Ultrabook.html

Found through google shopping.

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Chrome passes Firefox in global browser share

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The real issue, it seems to me, is that Chrome (or Chromium in my case) is simply very much quicker at loading web pages that FF, and feels even a little quicker than Opera. And that is probably the main reason for migration.

In my case I run FF as my main browser and Opera for certain sites because it seems to handle them quicker. However I've recently done a reinstall of Sabayon linux, and that came with Chromium as the default browser. It really did seem very quick, but I just can't bring myself to put up with that horrible Safari-like interface.

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