* Posts by fishman

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Hearts, minds and balls: Microsoft's Windows 8 Surface gamble

fishman

Running Windows software

If running windows (x86) software on a tablet was such a big thing, why didn't windows 7 tablets do better?

If ultrabooks aren't selling nearly as well as expected, how well will ultrabook-priced tablets sell>

Unlocked iPhone 5 on sale in US, cheaper than UK - but not cheap

fishman

Re: Some comparison...

Supposed to. However, few ever pay the sales tax.

What can save the Xmas PC market? Not Windows 8, say analysts

fishman

Ugly

I walked into the computer department at a store last week. They had a bunch of PCs and laptops all running Windows 8 with the TIFKAM screen showing. To me at least it isn't as attractive as the traditional desktop with some attractive background picture.

Wang's 'surging growth' to help tablets overcome notebooks in 2013

fishman

Surface?

I noticed that Windows RT tablets went unmentioned.

Oprah Winfrey too late to save Microsoft's Windows 8

fishman

Microsoft Math

You are going to see new PCs coming out with Win7 on them and having a free upgrade to Win8. And Microsoft will count them as Windows 8 sales.

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

fishman

Huh?

"and Linux, since the open source OS runs primarily on Wintel machines stripped of their shipping OS - laptop processors. "

Sorry, but Linux runs primarily on ARM. Or maybe you haven't heard of Android?

Design guru: Windows 8 is 'a monster' and 'a tortured soul'

fishman
Joke

Re: .....

Everyone is missing the important point. The live tiles use more CPU power. Mor CPU power means more electricity consumed. More electricity consumed means more carbon emissions. More carbon emissions means higher temperatures. That means:

Windows 8 will turn the earth into a burning cinder.

Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

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They all cheered the T-Rex

When it ate the lawyer in the movie Jurassic Park.

Microsoft mulls 'Xbox Surface' slate for games

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Might piss off some companies

Unless Microsoft almost gives away WinRT for 7" tablets, there will not be any competition with the 7" android tablets - the OS costs too much at that price point. If Microsoft makes a 7" tablet, they could compete with the 7" android tablets, but would piss off the other hardware manufacturers.

Snake-fondling blonde nude punts Polish coffins

fishman

Re: Elvens Afety

Our boa is about as big as that young Burm (full grown female Burms get as long as 18 feet), and it isn't dangerous to circle the neck like that. But too much bigger, and it would be a problem.

Nokia primes Lumias for Windows Phone 8 push

fishman

Re: Meh - 2010 specs - no thanks.

<<Windows Phone 8 has 120,000 apps available and 46/50 of the most popular apps on iOS/Android>>

Of course, those are WP7 apps that are at the single fixed WP7 screen resolution, and not taking advantage of the newer phones higher resolution screen.

Surface tablets snapped up on pre-order, but no camping in the street

fishman

Nokia did it, too.

When the Nokia WP7 phones were first sold in the US, there was one color of one model that sold out - and it was repeatedly mentioned for months that the Nokia WP7 phones were so popular that they were selling out.

Brazilians strip Google News bare: News barons decide to pull out

fishman

Re: This just doesn't seem well thought through

Not only do I visit the sites, but I often see other news articles at those sites that I'll read, too.

Google hails hacks to WinPho 8 spoiler event

fishman

$100 Nexus?

I don't think so for this Christmas. I'll guess:

Nexus 7 8GB $150

Nexus 7 16GB $200

Nexus 7 32GB $250

Nexus 10 16GB $300

Panasonic gets second chance with £4.7 BEEELION bailout

fishman

Re: Actually better than Samsung

I've got a plasma Panasonic TV - according to Consumer Reports, a better picture and more reliable than Samsung.

A lesser-known new feature in iOS 6: It's tracking you everywhere

fishman

Re: Amazon

I bought some stuff on Amazon years ago for my kids when they were little. I still get suggestions for similar things, but they are both in college now.....

Microsoft Surface ad targets preppy, Glee-watching youngsters

fishman

Re: Widescreen

<<Doh, the iPAd is a standard 4:3 screen whilst everything else out there is wide 16:9.>>

The Google Nexus 7 is 16:10.

Microsoft sets date for Windows Phone 8 unveiling

fishman

Service pack #2

Usually Microsoft's latest OS takes a couple of service packs before they get it right. With WP8, it's such a dramatic change internally I expect that there are going to be quite a few teething problems.

Of course, someone will point out how much testing it has gotten, but Vista was heavily tested, too.

Bone-bothering boffins pull TINY fanged dinosaur from drawers

fishman

Re: Cat's are great judges of character!

We have a cat. It is a nasty, evil thing. Too bad our boa is too small to eat it.

Boffins: Our memory film is like your girlfriend - transparent and cheap

fishman

Why?

Why would you put the memory in a place that would be susceptable to damage?

Hey, Third World! We know what you need: Mmm, patent wars

fishman

New Markets

Well, it would give us a place where we could export a whole bunch of lawyers to.

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

fishman

<<<People seldom like to learn to use new interfaces/desktops when the old familiar way to work is available to them.>>>

<<<So to me, if 25% of new users actually favour W8 over W7 I'd say that's a pretty good sign.>>>

Yes, but most of those who are running W8 right now are not your typical Windows users.

Climate change threatens to SHRINK FISH AND CHIP SUPPERS

fishman

Re: Don't worry...

<<<There's a solution: Simply bring an asteroid into orbit around the Earth to block out the Sun.>>>

Sounds great - what could possibly go wrong?

Rumour: Asus rejects $99 Nexus 7... rumour

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Cheap 7" tablets

"I suspect it won't be long before I can get a 7" tablet for £100 or less."

You can get several 7" tablets at newegg for around $75. Of cours, they probably are not very good.

When the Amazon fire came out, it had a BOM of close to $200. After around 9 months, the BOM dropped around $50. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Nexus 7 BOM drops similarly. Take away the Google Play credit, and you are down to $125.

Apple weekend iPhone 5 sales miss forecasts

fishman

It's simple

They loaded IOS6 onto their iPhone 4, and then couldn't find the Apple Store because of the broken maps.

Apple forecast to sell 8m iPhone 5s next weekend

fishman

It's not surprising

In the US, most smartphone users are on a two year contract that subsidizes most if not all of the cost of the phone. It's been well over two years since the iphone 4 was introduced, so there is alot of pent up demand for the iphone 5 - much more than if the iphone 5 would have been introduced on or before the 2 year annaversary of the iphone 4.

Users told: Get rid of Internet Explorer (again)

fishman

Re: This is why...

nematoad:

Since you are a former It support analyst, I'm surprised that you forgot that on XP some software won't run w/o admin priviledge.

Office to propel Windows tablets past Android in 2015

fishman

Re: Will MS give Office away for free ?

Prices for tablets are dropping - a cheapo 7" tablet is less than $100, and decent ones will be at that price in a year or two. A 7" windows8-RT tablet w/ MS office will be quite a bit more - 50% to 100% more, unless Microsoft decides to subsidize them by giving their OS + Office for free. That could happen if Microsoft believed that they could make it back from their app store.

Western Digital cuts revenue forecast, cites 'muted demand'

fishman

Mybook Live

I'm waiting for the prices to drop on both the black drives and the mybook live units. BTW, the mybook live runs debian Linux and is fairly easy to jailbreak. I use rsync to keep my linux boxes at home backed up, and you can nfs mount the drives, too.

Windows 8? Nah: Win Phone 8 should give Apple the fear

fishman

Re: Nothing to fear

"WP8 is such a huge leap from WP7"

We've heard this for years.

WP7 is a huge leap from WM6.5

WP mango is a huge leap over WP7

WP tango is a huge leap over WP mango.

fishman

Re: Apple fears Windows 8...

It's dead since app development will move to WP8, and there will be little to no backporting to WP7.

fishman

Re: Apple fears Windows 8...

"1. WP8 now starts with an app store of over 100,000 apps. WP7 started with only 300. And all of those WP7 apps will run on WP8."

That's really great if you have a top of the line WP8 smart phone - all of those apps are in the old WP7 screen resolution, so they look like crap on a HD resolution screen.

Airbus predicts catapult takeoffs and formation flying by 2050

fishman

Re: Catapults

Don't forget the added G forces from the catapult - think of the elderly and small children. Also, they have to beef up the structure to take the loads - increasing the weight of the aircraft.

They will probably go to a low G forcees system - a mild catapult effect to minimize the above problems.

Climate denier bloggers sniff out new conspiracy

fishman

As an atheist, most of the Christians I talk to don't believe in things like a 6000 year old earth - but they come from more mainstream churches liike the Catholic Church, Methodist Church, etc.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hands-on review

fishman

But since it has rounded corners they owe Apple another billion $.

Windows Phone 8: Microsoft quite literally can't lose

fishman

Phoenix50

"Are we really all perfectly happy with an industry that offers only TWO choices?"

It seems that way on the desktop - Windows by a huge margin, and a small percentage by Apple.

fishman

Re: Nokia is out on a limb, with its bridges burned...

"Nokia may have dumped any plans to do Android at the same time as Windows, but if it does bomb they can still switch and rebuild."

Who knows what their contract with Microsoft allows? They may have to repay part of the money from Microsoft if they switch.

Amazon: Time for a new Kindle Fire, this one's sold out

fishman

Re: Software update?

And that's why you buy a Nexus......

Yahoo! bureau! chief! sacked! for! Mitt Romney! racism! jibe!

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Re: Mitt Romney Rules!

"Obama wouldn't, however, drive 12 hours with a dog strapped to the roof rack of his car."

Obama wouldn't do that - it dries out the meat.

Tech hacks should admit taking corporate coin, but don't start a witch hunt

fishman

Re: Florian

Florian wasn't just flat out wrong - he was wrong by many orders of magnitude. And this wasn't the first time he was way off.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 64GB Android tablet review

fishman

Re: and STILL

Rumors have WinRT going for $65-$85 to OEMs, so I doubt if they would price it the same.

New Intel Ultrabooks to spray HOT JUICE into mobes

fishman

Cancer?

I'm certain it won't be long before there will be claims that this will cause cancer or other medical problems.

Droid X360 hybridises PS Vita and Android

fishman

Re: How many trademark owners will come to stamp on it?

I think it is Verizon that has licenced "Droid" from Lucas.

Nokia woos networks with 'exclusive Windows 8 mobe deals'

fishman

Bad for Nokia

Exclusive worked for Apple because normally an exclusive deal works in a carriers favor, but Apple got control of the iphone and appstore in return. Nokia really gets nothing in return other than getting somebody to carry its phones.

iPhone 5 poised to trounce Android, devastate BlackBerry?

fishman

Re: Well, seems reasonable.

My son upgraded from an iPhone to a Galaxy S2. He had quite a bit of itunes stuff, going back 5-6 years. He likes his S2 far better than his past iPhone and any current iPhone. And he isn't impressed by the rumors for the iPhone 5.

Valve to raise Steam for Ubuntu

fishman

Re: Other distros

RHEL/CentOS tends to be quite a bit behind on the versions of software they are running - older, but very stable. RHEL6 is based on 3+ year old software, updated with security patches and bugfixes. (only a few packages are relatively new, such as firefox version 10). So getting it to run on RHEL would be alot harder than a distro that is based on recent versions of software.

Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

fishman

Re: Why - Oh Why waste so much money when Open Office & LibreOffice are free?

"The cost of re-training is high, "

Of course, there are retraining costs with MS office - the new Metro interface might be a bigger change than switching to LO/OO, of Google Docs.

I'll have to admit that sometimes I just don't understand the "retraining" issue - you just poke and prod around it for a little bit, and off you go.

Microsoft sells out of MSNBC.com, plans to open own news pipe

fishman

Could be worse

They could always call it XboxTV.

But we know it *won't* be called:

VistaTV

BobTV

KinTV

ZuneTV

Forget Ultrabooks and Win 8 - only fondleslabs can save us now

fishman

There will be an uptake in sales as people buy the remaining Windows 7 PCs to avoid the new Windows 8.

AMD and Intel mainstream desktop CPUs

fishman

Re: What exactly...

The I3 2105 was Intels "answer" to the Llano A8 series. Instead of the usual HD2000 graphics used in the other i3 processors, it has the HD3000 graphics to better compete with Llano.

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