* Posts by calonddraig

15 posts • joined 13 Aug 2011

Microsoft officially hangs up on old Skype phones, users fuming

calonddraig

SIP all the way

I use Skype for occasional video chats with customers, as it's still a defecto standard for that (especially with less tech savvy folk). But I'd never dream of using Skype for phone use. Sipgate does all I need, incredibly cheaply.

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Remix OS: China's take on an Android operating system – but for PCs

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While I'm happy to see Jide's Remix OS doing well, and undoubtedly PC compatibility is huge, I feel rather salty that their support of the ultra-tablet (Which was their first devide) was so short lived. It was released last year as a kickstarter campaign and has not recieved an update to Remix OS 2 (the one in this article). You can kludge that OS onto the ultratablet, but you have to wipe the device to do it. Can't be a**ed doing that as I bought it as a productivity device. Jide have a lot to learn about the 'real world' of productivity where devices need supporting for more than 8 months, and not everyone buys new devices yearly.

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$65m write-down, ARM chips ship: A 90-second guide to Planet AMD

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It's all about the servers

This is why it's essential that AMD gets back into the server chippery space - What client device people use is irrelevant (and it's trending more towards mobile every day) - the 'cloud' still needs massive numbers of cheap commodity servers. If AMD can make a viable ARM based server SoC (and all the hard work is in the interconnects/IO not the cores) that can run big clusters as well as Intel but cheaper, they’ve won a truly big prize. I’m no fan of market monopolies and Intel’s dominance – let’s not forget that a decade ago, Intel was resting on their laurels – on a truly appalling product (NetBurst and insanely hot running single core CPUs) and it was AMD that jumped off into dual core, and later quad core first. They also extended IA32/x86 for Intel while Intel were still fobbing off the world with Itanium.

Here’s to some competition and a fresh way of engineering products. I wish them well with their ARM based server SoCs.

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Mystery Sony big-screen ereader to sport E Ink bender

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A4

13 inches would more than fit an A4 sheet. I spend a lot of my time reading academia, most of which is distributed as A4 PDFs that just don't work on a kindle and are hard enough to read on a tablet. Unwieldy or not, if they're selling a 13 inch Ereader, I'm having it.

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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

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Re: The welsh lobby

By the same token, and based on percentages of speakers, the best thing the English could do is drop that impeding language called English, and all go and learn American, Simply isn't global any more, to be forced to learn a backward language when a new superset of it (American) exists.

Get used to it, other countries exist apart from England, and the dream of English imperialism is dead. Monoglot or bilingual, why should we let our language die because it might offend the English? Many English people can speak French, but do we suggest that they stop speaking English because they can speak something else? No. Let people speak what language they are comfortable speaking (or in this case reading!)

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Ubuntu tapped by China for national operating system

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Local Tin

I wonder if they'll be using this on bog standard PC hardware, or if those home-grown MIPS clones they brought out a few years back will get a new outing in locally designed boxen?

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Spanish startup to ship first Mozilla-phones

calonddraig

Apple will be salivating on lawsuits already...

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Apple may debut low-cost iPhone for emerging markets in 2013

calonddraig

*Snapdragon even!

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calonddraig

Since when did Samsung make Dnapdragon CPUs? That would be Qualcomm...

...Get your facts straight and don't try to keep the Apple and Samsung inextricably linked in articles - it gets tiring!

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How Intel's faith in x86 cost it the mobile market

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RISCy business for ARM

Intel could do a lot worse than buy up or licence the MIPS architecture. Direct competitor to (and architecturally similar to) ARM, and unlike ARM, has already made the jump to 64 bit some time ago...

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Kobo Mini 5in compact e-reader review

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Size is everything... bigger please.

Great, an even smaller eyestrain-inducing device. Most of my reading these days is academic papers and expert periodical literature - most of which comes in A4 sized PDFs. I would _love_ an ereader with at least a 10'' if not A4 sized screen that could display these natively without a lot of fiddling. And I would be happy to pay up to £200 for it. Why not a tablet? Two reasons, battery life and eyestrain from a glowing screen.

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RIM sets date for BlackBerry 10 reveal

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Thumb Up

Re: RIM and Nokia

I think RIM are in a much stronger position than Nokia, at least they didn't sell their soul to the devil and tie their products to another company and OS (I.E. Microsoft). If BB10 on phones can indeed run android apps, as has been claimed, and is seen, at least by the public, as being more secure than android, it will go far. It may well also become the much-hyped 3rd ecosystem ahead of WP8. As for clunkyness... I hope not - after the lengh of time it's been in development.

Strangely enough, I remember another company about 15 years ago which was commonly believed to be on the verge of total collapse. People even suggested that the only way forward was to licence clones to Dell. They turned their business around and are currently rather popular...

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Singapore gov think tank plots SSD takedown

calonddraig
Trollface

The thinnest storage for your ultrabook... use the A: drive.

Might be best if they pick a different name to market it under... A-Drive smacks too much of floppies for my liking.

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Free apps suck your power: researchers

calonddraig

"Among the 21 apps tested were browsers, photo uploaders, newspaper apps, mapping, Twitter, browsers"

..."You said Browsers twice..." Reply: "Well, I like 'em!"

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Google Chrome beta turns on native code machine

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WTF?

HTML5 anyone?

This sounds like an attempt to create a technology for writing 'apps for the web' rather than using the web it's self - no thanks. Let HTML5 mature and avoid this nonsense. This is simply an attempt to introduce native apps to the cromebooks in retrospect.

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