1586 posts • joined 3 Jan 2014
Re: Wouldn't it be nice ..
Sounds like you're describing my Lumia 520. The right size, micro SD, head phone jack, flat back, good shape to hold, removable battery.
Every so often, I take it out of the drawer to recharge and think about what might have been if MS hadn't completely screwed things up.
I had a play with a Surface Hub at a customer site a few months back. Nice piece of kit, but £20k?
Can't you just send the wife out to do the shopping?!
All my best
Sid the sexist.
Re: Shed computer
Problem with older monitors is they don't tend to have HMDI.
I had a Lumia 950 XL - did the same as DEX, but with Windows Phone. I have the unopened converter box (freebie) in a cupboard. Always seemed like a good idea except for the lack of support for anything other then HDMI.
Hopeless as a portable solution too - by the time you carried all the necessary cables, it was easier to just carry a small laptop.
I appear to be on version 12, but as I never use it, no reason I should understand wtf is going on.
Surely all this is going to get binned now MS Teams is free? I'm sure they could hack a consumer version out of Teams.
Re: Not just Azure
I sort of half agree. I'd like to be able to get the powershell script from a ui - so when creating a new user, I have the option to spit out the script to use next time. You can do it in SQL Server, not sure why you can't in the Windows UI.
Re: Certifications, pah !
Depends upon the level of certification. Yes, for higher level stuff, but for most of these exams, there's no need for much more than multiple choice to prove familiarity with the material and concepts.
Not just Azure
Years ago, I had to become MS certified. Had a choice of anything SQL or Windows Server related. I took the Windows 2000 course. The exam was trivial, but the content covered was an excellent foundation course on general OS stuff - networks, RAID etc. It's all come in really useful over the years.
Last year, I looked at finally updating to Windows Server 2016. Massive text book containing nothing more than vast quantities of Powershell commands to be memorised. Unless you're doing nothing but windows admin all day every day, you don't use this stuff often enough for it to be useful.
Am I the only one who had an image of those plastic overlays you see (used to see?) in fast food places?
Re: Windows 8
No hotpoints = no way to do anything!
Re: Not since 1998...
Most current problems seem to be caused by dodgy graphics drivers. I guess we could blame that on MS for not isolating the drivers properly...
Each time I forget just how bad Windows 8 was, I get to work on a customer's Server 2012 server. Even worse than Windows 8 - try and hover at a screen edge in a maximised RDP session!
Re: Not since 1998...
I have multiple PCs, plus other installs on HyperV. Some homebrew PCs, Dell Laptops, a Surface Pro 4 and a Surface 3.
Runs for weeks at a time. Only time I reboot is to complete update installation. Sounds like you have a problem beyond the OS.
They'll release a fully working model that does everything they claim.
Please can I have InfoCentral back? I use OneNote, but even with Outlook/Exchange integration it's no where near as powerful as InfoCentral was 20 years ago.
You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’
Re: So it's just the (none pro) Surface 3 with slightly better processor?
Depends upon your use case. My wife uses a Surface 3 (old, not pro) as she needs a smallish device that can print and fit in her instrument case (optician stuff). Mostly used as a tablet to read text books, but also needs to type to send emails.
This looks ideal if her Surface 3 dies.
On the other hand, it's no good to me at all. I work at a desk with 3 monitors and a proper keyboard. Just because it doesn't work for me doesn't mean there's no use for anyone else.
Re: What can you trust?
I trusted the solicitor when I last updated my will. Side letter with all the usernames, passwords and account details of all our financial stuff. To be given to my wife should I die.
The solicitor very helpfully photocopied it and sent a copy in the post.
Who needs Post-it notes? Just do what the NHS does - force users to change password every 3 months so they pick a simple password and stick the month number on the end. Password1 is accepted to make it extra easy to hack an NHS email account.
Surely just mid-range outsells top of the range?
Is this like BMW complaining that they sell more 1 Series than 9 Series?
It will be interesting to see if the multiple, specialised devices idea takes off. Personally, I like the idea of a very small clamshell phone (think old Nokia) with a second, potentially linked device with keyboard etc. My BB Priv is too big as a phone, but too small for real work. Combination of devices without carrying a laptop could work.
Do Dell do demo versions of their laptops for resellers/partners? I was able to get a MS SP4 with i7 for £500 as it's classed as a demo. Sadly, it looks like MS have tightened up their systems since then.
Re: He was the top salesman in the group
If you're customers perceive you as safe and boring, surely you should see that as a positive and employ people who are also perceived as safe and boring. If I'm looking for someone to provide a reliable service with the minimum of fuss, I'll go for safe and boring every time.
1. Sell software available free elsewhere
Come on - even Paris understands the business model!
Re: How hard can it be?
Tricky bit is filtering out all the people who sell their stuff second-hand on Amazon or Ebay.
Re: Amazon, eBay and the rest
Annoyingly, Amazon know which of their traders are VAT registered. If you use a business account, you have the option to filter them all out.
Not only do the VAT-dodgers undercut UK businesses illegally, it's also a problem when you buy something for business expecting to reclaim the VAT and find the seller isn't registered.
isn't quite sure why admin expenses soared to £16.8m
Do management bonuses count as admin expenses? You have to reward people for reducing costs by cutting headcount you know.
Re: Why tabs?
Oooh - Microsoft Binder returns?
I think I've reached peak tab. I have a tab for each remote desktop connection. Within a RDP session, I may have Visual Studio running - it shows my documents as multible tabs. I can even have multiple groups of tabs. then the browser bits and tool thing are split using tabs.
When I use SAP BI, it even has multiple tabs for the simplest of tool bars.
And software mostly worked as it was difficult to issue updates.
Open source AV?
Time for a new AV? Any open source options available?
Re: How about Windows skipping 'Windows 9'?
The problem wasn't the number 9. It was the German 'Nein' that was an obvious joke.
My parents ran a hotel in Wales when I was in my teens. Room 13 was difficult to book. Changed the room numbering to exclude 13, problem over.
Re: The resilient distributed nature of the Internet?
Maybe we should all take some responsibility for our own stuff. I use OpenDNS instead of ISP's DNS service. I'm never affected by DNS outages as an errors just lead to the use of a cached entry. No idea if there are any negatives, but it's worked for me so far.
Re: Raining CloudFog
His comment wasn't specifically about cloud - it's something he just copies into every thread that has the vaguest connection to 3rd party services.
Re: Seems pricey....
It could be an interesting development for light users though. Imagine if Amazon wrapped this into Prime. It's not for me, but I can see my aged parents and in-laws using it.
Re: Well I for one shall be ditching MS Office 2016
Nope, Office 365 also allows on-prem installs. To the end user, there is no difference other than the presence of the Office 365 logo in some of the settings.
On my E3 licence: From the Office website, you are allowed to install on 5 PCs. If you want to install on a 6th, you have to disable the installation on one of the existing. The dialing home the OP mentions is checking that the PC still has a valid licence.
I agree that it happens more often than appears necessary, but it doesn't mean it never needs to check.
Given that Amazon recently dropped the support for storing your music on their servers as part of prime, I'm not sure I'd trust them with another GB of my data.
Personally, if I didn't want to use MS, I'd just use dropbox and one of the umpteen freebies out there for editing.
Re: Well I for one shall be ditching MS Office 2016
Office 365 has to check that it's still licenced. By allowing you to have multiple installations, there has to be some way for MS to enforce it.
Are your IoT gizmos, music boxes, smart home kit vulnerable to DNS rebinding attacks? Here's how to check
Would be a great way to infect lots of people
Publish an article on el-reg that links to a webpage that then infects vulnerable devices on your network.
HANA is meant to be a lot more than just a database. App server and pixie dust too.
revenues of $2.3m, and net loss of $67m
Ouch - SAP won't need to delay things for very long before Teradata just go bust at that rate.
Re: MTBF vs Blast Radius
>> Compliance with local legislation, such as GDPR
There are no end of centre to choose from. Even in the UK there are 3.
Re: MTBF vs Blast Radius
Azure gives you the option for geographic redundancy. Easy for storage and cold standby, I'm not sure how complex it becomes for VMs (not my thing really).
Multiple providers not likely to be the solution - you're just adding complexity.
Takes a thief
In the past, how often was the Google search bar installed when you forgot to uncheck a box in an installer? Same for installing Chrome.
Re: MS abandoning Windows??
MS already know that Windows is becoming less important. Their focus now is Office 365 and Azure for IaaS.
Try Office 365 in a web browser. Certainly good enough for most day to day tasks. Web version of Outlook is better than the full client in many respects (folder search when filing especially). Only thing missing for me is the ability to duplicate calendar items as I need that for my timesheet.
Re: Not sure how big of a loss this is
I had a recent problem with Azure rights affecting the ability to synchronise Windows settings between PCs. The support forum's suggestion to previous posters was to wipe and reinstall.
Fortunately, someone else found the correct answer - just change the obscure setting in Azure.
Was right all along:
Is anybody listening?
We ask for:
1) Removable battery
2) Better battery
3) SD Card slot
We get just about anything else.
I'll take one
Currently have a Priv. Only reason I put up with Android is to have the physical keyboard.
Shame that by the time the price comes down to something I can afford, BB will have decided to no longer issue OS updates.
Maybe they were testing?!!??