Re: He *was* Prime Minister
He probably needs more than the average ex PM because of partly his fame, partly stupidity of his actions. Yet somehow he seems to come out with a clean nose, and earns a ludicrous amount of money.
64 posts • joined 22 Mar 2012
Do you mean 'did' best to a degree? I know some people swear by the iPad minis, but it was too high a price point - for £130 more I got a refurbished 64gb iPad 2. If he signed off the new iTunes, complete and utter waste - avoiding upgrading to v11 until I absolutely have to. Download-only of Lion, with no OPTION to get a DVD, ludicrous.
I love my iPhone 4S, but won't be upgrading to a 5 as it's not noticeably better for what I need - I'd rather have the extra £15/mth in my pocket vs giving it to o2 (my other half wants the 4S when I come to be eligible for an upgrade, but I'd rather buy her an unlocked one one-off as they're going for about £150 round here).
Someone said when Jobs died that he'd put the next 5 years' roadmap in place, possibly (and probably sadly) knowing he wasn't going to be around much longer. But did he leave any innovations or seeds for them to plant I wonder?
I once had to send a copy of my pay slip (front over only - I'd have told them to do one if they asked for the inside) to prove I worked in an education for one of their hundreds of pounds discounts, which I could live with.
The next time I bought something, a couple of years ago, I went through the online HE store using work internet which is hard to get on without being at an approved institution - a stock spec MBP arrived days later without need of further documentation.
As an occasional AV tech this is just what I wanted. Great production, shame about the host - the joke about the Adele speech being cut short was the most unfunny thing ever (and showed by distinct lack of laughs from the O2 audience). I agree with the point about using your own kit - a radio station I OB for usually uses 80% my kit as I know and trust it (leads and IT particularly - their folio mixer is about the one thing in the OB case I rate).
It was a decent machine and came with a nice flat-glass 17" Mitsubishi monitor (which Evesham were also supplying at the time, but without a sticker covering the OEM logo). Only an Athlon-750 admittedly, so was replaced a few years ago, but bought in 2000-2001ish we got a decent life out of it.
A friend was having trouble with his sky-issued netgear router a few years back, the 2nd one he'd been sent. And they wouldn't send out another. So he got a tech person on the phone who thought they were 'it' (like murdoch really), put them onto me, and I'd already done all the checks they went through before picking up the phone. My hate for anything to do with murdoch is great, so enjoyed verbally chastising said tech til they gave in. For my sins I'm stuck with KC (Hull-ite), and would far rather have a BT line with O2 broadband which no-one I know of has ever complained about.
I'm happy with my mac (been a user for 8 years now). I do still prefer Adobe Audition for audio editing though, not a fan of soundbooth (in fact, it's bloody awful), I support Windows networks and accessing Citrix on a mac is a pain in the backside (oh, and logmein are incapable of writing a stable plugin for any mac browser) so an XP VM is, to me, 10gb of disk space well used (and with a 500gb drive I'm not worried).
If WP8 is as hard to use as that metro thing on a desktop Windows 8, I'd run a mile - currently arguing with a vendor about getting a PC licensed to downgrade to windows 7 and them doing the licensing wrong (I've seen 1 windows 8 machine, that when it got its network settings in a pickle was quicker and easier to rebuild the machine with windows 7 again). Even the owner's Microsoft partner of an exchange provider couldn't get the W8 integrating with his email like it's supposed to be able to.
I'm holding off the iOS6 update on my 4S currently - and see no reason to worry about upgrading to a 5 or iOS6 right now. Other half updated hers (I always told her to update it if it asked to, but forgot to warn her about this time) and we compared the two side by side, new Maps app unusable for me.
When I wanted a bigger drive in my MBP, I bought one from a Mac reseller (KRCS) who fitted the drive for free - I was told there would be a £20 charge, but I'm guessing it was waived as I did the Time Machine restore myself (which helpfully didn't need a full OS X install to run, just popping in the 10.6 DVD then attaching my USB drive).
I've not found a PC reseller that will replace a laptop hard drive for 0 labour charge (although if you don't buy the laptop from them, suppose it's fair game to charge).
On that note, can anyone recommend a PC equivalent of time machine? I use disk imaging in PCs I maintain, and hardly touch the desktop PC now but would just backup to external what I valued, but for standalone systems I think Time Machine's simplicity is superb.
And summed up her feelings as 'Apple are just scared'. The IBM created, Compaq evolved thing seems to sum up how Apple are doing this wrong. I own a 4S and am typing this on a MacBook Pro, but prefer the South Korean judgement of 'Apple infringed some patents, Samsung infringed some, pay each other some money and be done with it'.
I read an opinion piece from the man who used to be head of the BBC's innovation area (I think he was the man who took iPlayer to market, can't remember exactly). Anyway, he knows his shizzle, and this is being discussed on a respected media website:
My other half has my 3GS now, and installed something she liked the look of. Then she asks me about it, and I suspect it's doing in-app purchases. Turned that off, and lo and be feckin hold it's trying to rinse my iTunes account for 'extras'. Said app was promptly deleted. I never got round to checking if it made clear on the app store whether it would make use of the facility.
I advise nobody I deal with to trust iCloud. They've said themselves it's not fit for enterprise, it surely has no chance of credibility in that field now.
My macbook pro gets backed up weekly to an external USB drive, and regular iPhone syncs mean at worst I lose a day or two's pictures.
And I keep account linking down to a minimum, at best my gmail pulls in other POP3 accounts.
I thought ripping SAP off for lawyers bills was bad enough. But at least they can afford to take a hit.
Successful from being spineless is one thing, but this really is heartless (you could say that's business, but it's disgraceful business - even Alan Sugar's advisors questioned the business ethics of one of this year's Apprentice finalists' business proposal).
I appreciate there is probably some waste on there that would otherwise end up in landfill (so inceneration is fair game), but is there really so little or no recyclable waste coming from the ISS? Let alone the metal and stuff in the craft that could be recycled or the whole craft reused?!
A friend of mine has restored apps and backups from iCloud to his iPhone several times and is happy with it. I found the what it would backup bit confusing when moving to iOS5 so have disabled it on the iPhone (so it's not backing up my photos). I sync photos to my Macbook using a USB lead and iPhoto, and am happy that my Apple ID means if I download a song from the iTunes store on one device the other gets it next time I'm on wifi (no 3G at work due to faradays cage office).
I read somewhere Apple's own advice for enterprise however, was not to trust it. I was looking at what was the best platform for syncing educational-owned iPads which is a big PITA in establishments, and we concluded Dropbox was the best bet for non-confidential data (as they are not safe harbour, even though Amazon S3 which Dropbox sits on is actually SH and so is Google).
Remember apple lied about the purpose of buying the trademark - they should have paid far more than they did given they've ended up in numbers size being the largest vendor in the tablet market as a result. With $100bn in the bank they should have been more careful. I have an iPhone and Macbook Pro, and love them muchly, but no problem saying what they did came to bite them in the backside.
"I really don't see any potential partners having the slightest interest in providing service to someone else's branded product"
If you take home broadband as a product, Google are quite happy to host Virgin Media users' email. Better to have some money from providing a backend than none from that group of users' (ISP's) customers...
The money would stay in Brussels probably, so no guarantee it would actually go back into the financial system. Nice as that would be. Tempted to take a shot at the last government for all the borrowing, and how other countries were careless, but it would be off topic :)
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