189 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007
The PC is not dying
Sales are down simply because buying a new PC is no longer something you need to do every couple of years just in order to run the latest software (let's ignore gaming as serious PC gaming tends to be a niche).
My desktop PC at its core is 8 years old. All I've upgraded since the original build is storage (SSD + larger HDDs) and the graphics card (the original was cheap and basic). But at its core, everything I need to run still runs and generally very well. The only exception being audio and video rendering, where it is starting to show its age.
My laptop is two years old and as fast as the day I bought it. It should last me several years
I still use both over and above any other tech. Tablets are no good to me - I like to (properly) multitask. My phone gets slower by design (forced OS upgrades) and thus I MUST update it every couple of years (just like the olden days of desktops) else face more and more frustration.
I don't believe the PC is anywhere close to a death spiral even in the home environment. Consumers just don't need to be spending their money on it as often, so the stats are skewed.
Developments like the Surface are just designed to find a new niche or reason to part people with cash. Just like the iPad finally got the tablet right, MS are looking for the next revolution/evolution.
I agree ...
I have some "Smart light bulbs", very expensive WiFi jobbies at £99 a pop.
When they work, they are great.
I must've lost more than an hour in the past year performing software updates (on a lightbulb!!!) and having to re-set/reconnect them to WiFi, swearing at them when they are on but I'm unable to turn them on / off without a diagnostic process.
All so that I can set them to any colour or level I want.
Is it worth it? I'm not so sure anymore...
Re: How many others?
I bought one of these. I noticed on the 3rd or 4th charge it was getting VERY hot during charging. I threw it out. I figured I didn't want to risk burning my home down, especially given that the charging would normally be expected to be done overnight.
Best movie with a "home made" gun?
In The Line Of Fire with Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich.
As always, IMHO, of course.
"Once the chipset makers decide which of their components will support the new OS..."
I don't like how this is written. Surely they decide "which of their components they will write drivers for". It's not like they're going to ship new components. It's up to the OS/drivers to support the hardware, not the other way around.
Re: DNS circumvention
Thanks Vimes. I didn't know whether to upvote your post to say thanks or downvote because I don't like the answer!
Am I right in thinking that all these "blockers" can be circumvented by using non-ISP provided DNS servers e.g. Google's public DNS servers?
Or are they actually analysing all DNS traffic across their network, regardless of the servers being queried?
GMail > Outlook.com
In my humble opinion of course. But I can't see any reason to switch, I actually prefer the interface of GMail and with AdBlock I see no ads whatsoever.
I don't see the PC market dying.
Everywhere I look there are PCs at work. I still use one.
I think one of the key issues is that they don't need replacing so often. Most workplace software doesn't need the latest processors anymore. So things only get replaced when they're REALLY old (still decommissiong the odd Pentium 4 machine here!) and we've taken to refreshing machines with extra RAM and SSDs.
So, sure, manufacturer's might see their bottom line shrinking. But I don't see tablets replacing PCs in the enterprise any time soon.
Did I miss the NSFW tag?
Oh no I didn't - but I think this article should carry one...
How on earth is it like Yahoo in 2000?
Am I missing something?
Does $50 difference really make a difference at those price points?
If it was half the price, sure. But adding what amounts to around 15% to the price for a better spec doesn't seem like an awful lot to me. Once you're already spending $350, what's an extra $50.
"...and have initiated a trigger to reset user passwords upon your next successful login".
Wait, what? So if you log in with your current password, you are then prompted to set a new one? So if you use the password from the hacked list ... etc etc.
Re: have a test account?
Surely such an account is against their T&Cs as well.
What's happened to Alistair Dabbs?
I'm missing "Something for the weekend, sir?". It makes my Friday and lets me know the weekend is on the way.
Hoping he's just on holiday and back very soon?
This is the second time I've read about these ad/e-mails
Yet was confused as I hadn't seen it.
I guess AdBlock is doing its job!
The audio is around 1.50
For those of you that don't want to hear the word "patch" 500 times.
Yeah but if say 70% of the Android market is "landfill" then the logic would be that many of those users would not be looking to spend money on apps as their disposable income would be less. Also many may not even know what an "app" is and have just ended up with an Android phone as they needed a mobile and that's what was on sale that day.
Why does this story get so much coverage?
It's like El Reg's prime time soap opera.
I'm not sure I like it.
I'm far less likely to click the "comments" button. I liked the top three. Gave me an idea of what people were saying on a topic before I clicked through.
Couldn't help it...
"...having gone from Android device maker to Android device maker "persuading" them to sign up."
Just made me think of the episode of the Simpsons with Bill Gates ... "Buy him out, boys!". Same persuasion techniques?
I think there's an internal Reg competition
For best/toughest tongue-twisting headline.
More of this silliness!
Re: Note to laptop manufacturers...
Couldn't agree more.
When shopping around for a laptop, I get increasingly pissed off at how many are still running 1360 x 768, especially when it's a supposed "premium" product.
Even 1440 x 900 shows at least some thought has been given on the screen spec, especially on 13" and lower models.
Not that bothered about this story, but...
...the picture just prompted me to buy a copy of Catweazle from eBay. Haven't read that book for about 20 years!
Yeah, those touch screen only phones will never take off
I was intrigued up until the point
where there may be other people in the car when it pulls up.
Ummm... surely half the point of a car is you don't have to put up with other fuckwits exhibiting anti-social behaviour such as overly loud iPod earphones, snorting and sneezing, invading your personal space etc.
I had the misfortune of dealing with them ten years ago. Their policy sucked and so did they.
"...The majority of the world's population live elsewhere."
I think similar situations could arise anywhere, in fact just think back to Virgin dropping Sky's channels for the same reasons, until they sorted it out. The only difference in the UK is that we are very much used to receiving our TV through an aerial, whereas Cable TV is extremely commonplace in the US.
There are multiple airlines that aren't allowed to enter European airspace due to poor safety records.
I think any country is allowed to determine who/what enters its airspace, and escort anyone unwelcome using fighter jets if necessary.
Re: 85% pay cut BACK to what it was previously, most likely...
OK. But the history of streaming fees is correct. I guess Pandora cut their own deal at some point.
85% pay cut BACK to what it was previously, most likely...
Internet radio licencing took a massive hike in fees several years ago. I remember Live365 lobbying against it and in the end the fee hikes went through. Internet radio is vastly more expensive to licence than traditional radio as you actually have to pay per user, per minute/song. So each listener actually costs money from a licensing point of view, and the more popular you are, the more you pay in licencing. Of course, in theory, the more popular you are, the more you can charge for advertising but things don't always work out that way.
Traditional radio has a fixed licence cost and that's that, and it's considerably less per user, per minute/song so long as they have decent audience reach.
Whilst I think that Pandora's lobbying for "fairness" is correct in principle, I don't like they way they make it sound like they're doing the world a favour. They're just trying to increase their margins and that's that.
However, for Internet broadcasters as a whole, hobbyists and so forth, fair licencing fees would be very welcome.
Re: cost effective?
I've always thought SSD drives prices scale well (unlike spinning discs which tend to have a sweet spot in terms of price/capacity). Though I think the very top end drives are just too pricey for most (because they double in price as they double in capacity), and because the lower capacities shift more, the middle-men are probably getting a bulk discount so the price is skewed slightly.
Check the date of the story. Tonight's chat issues are nothing to do with this :)
Once it's released, I might bother to torrent a copy!
Re: How do they offer access to Facebook for free?
Yes but it still has to be carried over the operator's network, so it must be a reverse-charge deal or something. It's not like some magic connection to Facebook is suddenly available globally.
How do they offer access to Facebook for free?
Surely any data has to go over the carrier's network and therefore is subject to a data plan - unless they're effectively "reverse charging" this to Nokia somehow?
Can't you think of some new names? Twice in one article. Shame on you.
SSDs, I believe, have now overtaken memory as the single most cost-effective upgrade
Sticking one in a laptop that's maybe 3 or 4 years old and already has 4GB of RAM just gives it a completely new lease of life. And now you can pick up a 64GB jobby for about £40 ... it really can make an old laptop usable again for general day to day stuff.
And of course in new PCs it's on a whole different level...
Maybe he'll do me a deal on rent.
I promise to recommend Oracle from now on ...
@Turtle: Microsoft have a problem
This is one of the many reasons I don't like applications like iTunes which force you to work in certain ways with Albums, Genres, playlists etc. I sort my music into folders depending on various things (sometimes it's dates - for DJ tracks, sometimes it's albums, sometimes it's genres) and I have an MP3 player that allows me to play back using this format as well. To reorganise this into playlists and so forth would be a mammoth task.
Databases have their place but I think it would take some getting used to, if trying to move away from a standard filesystem format which is tried, tested and generally works.
That being said, I use GMail and barely do any e-mail sorting. I can find any e-mail I need from the last few years practically instantly. This pleases me immensely.
A file system that allows you to apply organisation structures but also instant search would be very nice indeed, but would probably require some serious adjustment from a user perspective. That said, many people are used to using iPads and so on and are completely "protected" from the underlying file system!
Personally I agree with @ForthIsNotDead. Windows is a great operating system overall, and is definitely unrivalled in the workplace for management etc.
Re: Will they ditch the awful flat interface AND CAPITALISED MENUS?
I can't give you any solid figures as it was some time ago, but I remember being impressed by it enough to remember it over a year later! And that was compared to Windows 7, both of which are significantly faster than XP to boot on modern (5 years or younger) hardware.
Will they ditch the awful flat interface AND CAPITALISED MENUS?
I'm not a fan. I actually like skeuomorphism. But I agree with some comments above about W8 being better "under the bonnet". The beta I tried was certainly super fast to boot and use. But I think for practically all power users, TIFKAM just gets in the way.
Re: Excellent article addressing I feel strongly about.
I should add that obviously other CPU intensive rendering tasks would benefit as well ... I was merely trying to suggest that your average man-in-the-street or even a techie like me won't notice that much as a single point of upgrade.
Just going to dump this handy URL here
It's not that easy to come by sometimes...
The hunger will fade I think.
You're eating a reasonable amount - you're just used to eating more, whenever you want. You'll probably find that by the end of the week you'll be able to shift onto smaller portions overall, no matter what you eat. Though thinking about all the delicious things you're missing won't help with that! Best of luck with the rest of the challenge.
Well done on catching up with Chrome!
Which is only around 4 years old ...
Firefox seems to suck badly in a corporate environment
It relies on weird profiles, which are often incompatible across different versions. At a large licence funded media organisation I worked at, I saw it frequently. As "hot desking" (ugh) was the norm, if someone switched from a machine running Firefox 9 to 12, for example, their favourites may not be visible. It caused no end of headaches to users who had been encouraged to use the browser for certain in-house applications before Chrome had existed as a serious alternative.