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Comment Re:RT is a LOSER (Score 1) 193

What netbook? I had* an 3 year old 9 inch dell mini that can stream just fine. I don't have it in front of me but if I remember right it has a 1.6 atom, 2GB of RAM, 32GB ssd (PCIE RAM type not hard drive type) and it is running win 7. I did upgrade the RAM to 2GB.

It's a Samsung NC-10 which I increased the memory to 2GB and replaced XP with Windows 7 Home Premium.

The SSD may make the difference, mine has a HDD and I'm wary of upgrading it on the basis that I'm not sure it's worth the cost based on how little it is used over the iPad - which whilst being more limited, is a lot more convenient for browsing and email.

Comment Re:RT is a LOSER (Score 1) 193

I mean that seriously: what does it do that a $200 netbook doesn't do at least as well?

Play HD video for starters. My netbook chokes on anything greater than PAL and flash video playback of nearly any resolution is choppy as hell.

I'd also throw in there boot instantly and launch the browser instantly. Last time I started my Windows 7 netbook, it took forever to start (applying patches), then I had several pop-ups for software updates and to top it off Firefox took an eternity to get to a point where I could click on something and it happen.

Part way through, I just picked up my iPad and used that instead. Far far quicker.

Comment Re:Ribbon UI (Score 1) 537

You just documented people lost 2 to 3 weeks of full productivity.

Don't be silly, it wasn't like everyone sat around doing nothing during that time and then suddenly because productive again.

Some things just took slightly longer as people had to find the new location for things that weren't immediately obvious. I, personally, found several things quicker because the UI placed them directly in front of me at the time I needed them - rather than forcing me to hunt through menus and sub-menus.

The 2-3 weeks was just for IT support to walk the room and answer peoples questions. Not everyone sits at their desk using Office tools every day and not everyone is in the office every single day. Those that were, picked the changes up quickly.

In one office they budgeted for a week more than they actually needed as the tech guys were complaining that no-one was asking any questions after a while.

Comment Ribbon UI (Score 2) 537

It's reminds me of all the doom and gloom over the Ribbon UI and how people would never accept and it'll be the downfall of Office.

In reality, I've been in three companies now which have transitioned from Office 2003 to one of the versions with the ribbon. In all three cases, they provided some documentation on the intranet (a couple of pages in a PDF, not very much), an hour long class for people who really wanted it (of which take up was pretty poor) and floor walkers in the first two weeks helping anyone with problems.

It took about 2-3 weeks for people to get used to the software. A month later and the large majority were perfectly happy and only a select few wanted to go back to Office 2003.

Comment Re:No sympathy (Score 1) 727

You are comparing server upgrades to desktops? Really?

Why not? Upgrades are a fact of life and whilst a server upgrade might be easier to perform, they're more frequent.

Meanwhile the desktop guys have to do quite a bit more work but, on the flip-side, have ten years to prepare for it.

In short, it's work that has to be done. The only difference being that whilst the desktop guys have to contend with hardware too, they at least get ten years to get themselves prepared.

Do you think that's not long enough? If so, how long do they need? Twenty years?

Comment No sympathy (Score 4, Insightful) 727

I'm amazed the number of people complaining.

Whenever I hear people moan about how they're running XP and it has been working just fine for the last ten years, I immediately think to myself that they've been lucky that they haven't needed to do part of their job for so long.

The folks running and maintaining servers or software products do an upgrade once every couple of months and you cannot do one upgrade in ten years?

Upgrading any hardware and software (not just Windows) is part of the cost of doing business, if you haven't factored it in (and after 10 years, calling the "upgrade treadmill" is a tad overly dramatic), then what forward planning have you been doing?

And if you really cannot upgrade, then maybe you should consider looking at implementing backup plans now? Because at some point, whatever you are relying on will stop working and you'll have to do something. It's not like you don't have any prior warning.

Comment A correction (Score 4, Informative) 451

The idea that Steve Jobs never apologized for anything seems to be starting to become a common Slashdot misconception.

I'm sure people can think of times when they wish he did apologize for something, but to say he never did would be inaccurate.

Comment Re:Google Maps for iOS 6? Ha! (Score 1) 561

You mean an application that duplicates the functionality of a built-in app?

You really think Apple is going to allow this in the iOS store?

Your understanding of the rules of the App Store are a couple of years out of date - there are plenty of apps in there now that duplicate the functionality of built in apps:

  • Maps has Waze and MapQuest.
  • Safari has Chrome and Dolphin
  • Camera has Camera+ and Camera Awesome.
  • Calendar has Week Cal, Cue and Agenda Calendar.
  • Mail has Sparrow, Hotmail and Gmail.
  • Contacts has Smartr Contacts
  • iCloud has Dropbox and Google
  • Find my phone has Prey
  • iBooks has Kindle
  • Notes has Audio Memos, Simplenote, Drafts and Evernote.
  • Reminders has Chekmark and GoTasks
  • Weather has The Weather Channel, AccuWeather and Weather Underground.
  • Videos has Good Player.

It doesn't necessarily guarantee that Apple won't attempt to block Google's efforts though.

Comment Re:Lumia 920? (Score 1) 192

What makes you "hate to say it", but then go on and do so?

It's a saying and means that you wish that what you're about to say wasn't true.

Moving to Windows Phone 8 will get them everything that Blackberry provides for the corporate-land and more. And it's looking increasingly like the #3 smartphone platform, with its share of loyal users at large.

It has 3.2% market share. However you spin it, that is not a lot of "loyal users".

Comment Lumia 920? (Score 2) 192

'We'd like our employees to have devices similar to our users, so we can think and work as the majority of our users do,' she wrote, adding that Yahoo will shift away from BlackBerry as its corporate device of choice.

As much as I hate to say it, I don't think that moving people from BlackBerry to Windows Phone will solve the problem she's describing.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 1052

The iPhone has been falling behind in the past year or so. Competitors now have better hardware and an equally good user experience.

... but only if they use ICS or JB.

Unfortunately nearly all of the OEMs still insist on slathering their own crappy iOS-aping user interfaces over the top.

My Galaxy SIII would be a far nicer phone if Samsung hadn't let their TouchWiz team remotely near it.

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