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Comment Re:I gues you deserve what you get... (Score 1) 305

I use Google Apps with my own domain, but I was lucky enough to get in while it was free and so far it remains free for users who'd already started using it before the charges came in. It's ideal - if Gmail disappears, I can just find an alternative service and point my MX records at it - no tie in at all. Even if I was starting now, I'd consider it worth the cost - a few quid a month to have relatively hassle free email.

I connect via IMAP on my desktop, with it set to keep all mail, so I have a permanent archive if I need it. Using Thunderbird for that, so basically it's mbox. That gives me the benefit of a simple plain text archive with all the convenience of gmail. The Apps accounts don't get ads either, which is another plus.

Yes, it's more hassle to set up than just using gmail or outlook.com or whatever, but it's not like I've got to maintain mail servers myself - just a domain and a couple of DNS records.

Comment I'll miss it (Score 1) 116

I actually use and like the feature. Gmail works best in a browser, but I still like having pop up notifications of new mail. I have my inbox configured so that only useful mail reaches it, and it's nice not to have to keep an eye on the browser when I've got another application maximised.

It might make me unusual, but I'm sure I'm not the only one. Shame google can't keep niche features that some people use, I'm sure now it's been developed that it can't cost a lot to maintain. But then I thought that about Reader as well, so I ought to know better by now.

Comment Re:^----- THIS, e.g. Picasa (Score 1) 59

Er. Me. I use ImageMagick - a command line image manipulation tool - for batch resizing and conversion. It works under Windows, Linux and OS X, so I've been using the same scripts for years, even though I use Photoshop now for the heavy duty editing. Although Photoshop has batch conversion options, I've never felt the need to investigate them. The scripts I built around ImageMagick commands years ago still do the job perfectly.

Comment Re:Bad UI... sure it sucks, but does it ruin lives (Score 1) 288

The trouble is, it's so hard to function now without web access. My father recently got his first computer at 71. His reason? So much information is now only available on the web, or using the internet saves you money. So without a computer he'd have been cut off from society in a way that wasn't true even ten years ago. So much is now internet only that your life is certainly much harder without it - maybe not "ruined", but certainly difficult.

Comment Recent experience (Score 1) 288

I have recent experience of this. My 71 year old father recently got his first ever computer. I've been around computers since the days of the ZX Spectrum, have used everything from DOS, most flavours of Windows, OS X and Linux, so it was a real eye opener to see how difficult it is for someone with absolutely no previous experience.

He's intelligent and willing to learn, but even basic concepts take a lot of time to get across. I'm lucky in that he lives reasonably close to me, so I can show him things. Trouble is, he's got a Windows 8.1 laptop, and even I find that frustrating and counter intuitive. I thought it might be easier for someone with no previous expectations - he's never used other versions, so the changes shouldn't bother him - but the mix of metro and desktop applications is just so counter intuitive. I had tried nudging him towards a macbook, but he couldn't justify the price difference. Perhaps a chrome book would have suited him better, but it might have been too limiting.

I dread Windows 10 and having to start again, I know that. User friendly is only user friendly if you're already familiar with computers, but I suppose it's a problem that will fix itself when the generation that never used them dies out.

Comment That'll annoy Oracle (Score 4, Insightful) 212

Annoying Oracle can't be a bad thing. I can't believe they bundle it when Java is needed for so many enterprise apps - surely the reputational damage is worth more than the revenue from bundling the toolbar? It makes them look cheap and certainly not enterprise.

So yeah, good for Microsoft. They're doing some good things these days. Perhaps a bit like IBM when they were knocked off of their perch, MS now realise they need to actually produce good products and play nicer with customers.

Comment Re:and yet Norway (Score 1) 350

DAB's hit and miss in cars. My car has a built in DAB tuner and I can get the BBC stations well on it, and the local station is OK but only within a shorter range than its FM broadcast. The problem is that DAB doesn't degrade - when it can't get a good signal it just goes silent, whereas FM degrades relatively gracefully. I'd rather have a few minutes of static interference degrading the sound than it suddenly going quiet and coming back again. The latter is far more distracting when driving.

Comment Re:Good Luck with That (Score 1) 187

Yeah, the Sun actually had an editorial comment on this issue yesterday saying that this issue "made the election more important" or words to that effect. Like an impossible to implement nanny state usurping of what should be parental responsibility is somehow more important than the NHS etc.

Yes, it's the Sun. It's a comic. But people read it. It's pure electioneering.

Comment Re:Way to piss off customers, Apple. (Score 1) 193

I think you're missing the point - it's why do people put up with queueing when you just get an alternative product, or even just order online. Why waste your time queuing? If the store is too small or has too few staff to serve the customers, either come back another time or shop somewhere else. I don't want to waste my time queueing, so I'll either pick the right time or not bother.

Comment Re:The App Store stuff is more interesting (Score 1) 269

If that's all Vesper does, it's competition will be the 800lb gorilla of cloud note taking - Evernote, which works and syncs on all platforms and is arguably the incumbent in that space. Most people looking for a note app will find Evernote first, although OneNote is catching up now that it's cross platform (and pretty good on iOS). If your needs are more simple, the built in notes app will probably do.

Comment Re:I dub all unswitchable hardware: disposable (Score 1) 362

That's the mainframe model. You pay for the CPU you use - measured in MIPs if I recall correctly. The machine might be capable of x MIPs but you can't use them all because you haven't paid for them. It's like buying a quad core machine but only being able to use one core unless you pay to unlock the others.

Application CPU bound? Pay more to be able to access the CPU power in the hardware you already own. And then be prepared to pay all the software vendors more because you're now running it on a more powerful machine...

So it's nothing new, it's been the standard operating model in that world forever.

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!