30 posts • joined 27 May 2016
Re: Talk rhymes with Bork?
Its not 'borough'. The 'burgh' element is pronounced in the same way as 'brough' is.
This seems to be a common issue around where I live as there are plenty of towns that end in both 'brough' and 'borough'. Although they all come from the same word meaning, the pronunciation is different.
On my T series laptop (T460P) the entire back cover has to be unscrewed and pulled off to gain access to anything. If the battery is not soldered in place and just on a small fly lead and clipped in then then in my opinion this is good enough as how often does the vast majority change their batteries?
If the company I work for is any indication, no-one has a spare battery, and very few people change their batteries apart from when they are left with <30mins life left. In fact, most stay plugged in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Anyone know if this is how they have designed these newer laptops internally, is the battery easily replaceable just not on demand user removable ?
Re: NoScript ?
If by faster they mean it will load up quicker, then this is certainly a very welcome improvement.
Firefox up until a couple of years ago used to load up almost instantly, now even on fast computers it is still like trying to load Windows on a 386.
If it's something else, then yeah, never noticed it slowing me down when browsing.
Re: Android? Phweeewt
Apple direct refurbs are always re-cased and have their battery replaced. Regardless of whether they need it or not. Smart way to buy an iPhone if you ask me.
However, refurbs from CPW, o2 or similar, could well be customer returns, if they look fine they go back in the a box and classed as 'refurbed'
Re: Gorilla(s) in the room
You have made the usual mistake of thinking you are reflective of the 45+ million adults in this country.
If you have a sim only contract, why would they try selling you a handset? They try to sell people handsets when you come to 'upgrade' or try to leave for another supplier - at this point they will then try to deflect attention to the phones they make most money on by trying to 'understand what you need in a phone'.
Re: Gorilla(s) in the room
Not sure where you are based, but in the UK this is certainly not the case.
Although most phones are sold by the networks it doesn't mean they are jumping for joy to be selling the iPhone over any other manufacturers. Customer behaviour does mean the network operators as a whole sell the most phones - simply because it's the simplest method for the customer phone up, new phone comes = no effort and it's effectively on credit without doing a thing.
The networks push new iPhones because they know that if they don't other networks will be happy to poach their customers, many have seen this happen multiple times in the early years.
The network operators would much rather sell you a non Apple phone that they have a much higher markup on. In fact most of the operators pay higher commission (or increase the banding - thus price to customer) . So yes, the iphone might get you to call the networks retention's department, however they will try and sell you something they make more money on once you have opened the door.
iPhone has a very slim markup for the operators. Tesco once let slip that the cost price wasn't even 10% below sale price, it's likely the main operators get a better deal - however Apple squeeze, so it won't be a massive amount more.
It does seem an odd metric to measure how big a network is. I thought O2 were the second biggest network in the UK by conventional measures.
Normal measurement would be either subscribers and/or profit & turnover.
Seems like measuring the size of a cars fuel tank to ascertain how big the car actually is.
Re: I don't know about you...
I notice that iOS 11 now has an option in for each individual Wi-Fi hotspot that says 'Auto-Join'. Select it and you have to click on the WiFi hotspot to connect (but no need to add your login details - it still remembers these).
This should stop the pain in the backside that is O2 Wifi, BT Cloud, Tesco WiFi and alike that you only connected to once in the past that now like to rear their ugly heads at the most inappropriate times.
I certainly wouldn't buy an Android TV again that is for sure. Sony have shot themselves in the foot with it. Although Google seem to be wanting it to commit hari kari with the changes they make, and lets not even talk about the shambles of a joke the 'new' Youtube app is. Yep, no 4K videos, stuttering, crashing.
I wonder if Google would like to comment on why Android TV uploads so much data even when all the syncing options are turned off. Looks like a family trait.
I want to be able to have the option to switch to Android if I so chose (for phone), however both my Sony Android TV and Motorola tablet seem to be uploading data for no apparent reason. This certainly puts me off, and makes me worried that data from my network is being syphoned off
Re: Unreliable Mobile Nets in the UK
Have you been out of the country for a while? I am not saying coverage here is perfect. However even where I live in deepest Yorkshire we have 4G, and it's a small village where they couldn't be bothered make the 3G signal reach any useful landmass so was 2G for most of this century.
When I travel around there are very few areas with no coverage, however if you mean drop outs then that is a real problem. They really do need to sort out the issues faced on the East Coast mainline route.
When in the car I come across very few places on 2G anymore (and this is O2 - who don't like to spend their money).
Mid 1996 I remember fitting a 2x cd-rom drive. Later that year someone lent me a 'gold' CD that had lots of really useful programs on such as Office. Only problem, the 500mb hard drive didn't have enough space to store everything off the 640MB CD. I remember thinking at the time how can this little bit of gold plastic store more than the 5.25" hard drive.
I've had a My Book Live now for many years and it still works as it should. However, there are lots of reports of people only getting 2MB/sec or lower so either there are a lot of lemons out there or something conflicts on their PC's. By way of example on large files and via a network cable I get between 75-78MB/sec read and around 35-40MB write speed. Over wireless this drops to about 20MB/sec read, not sure write as rarely do that over wireless.
Why does a phone need to be thrown away? Just because its a sealed phone does not mean the battery is unreplaceable. To change a sealed battery for example on an iPhone is relatively straight forward procedure which could be done by any half competent person.
As a side point batteries seem to be higher quality now. I have had my iphone 6s plus for almost two years and have seen little degredation. Battery app shows 89% of original capacity and its been charged most days as i wear it down from 100% to mid 30% most days.
Oddly the business I work for allows external Skype (personal) contacts to be added and communicated with but does not allow external Skype for Business to be communicated with, even though they can be added.
Apparently if I want to communicate with our clients who also use Office 365 & Skype for Business (even though they are visible in the contact list) we have to go through a process of 'federation' with the client.
Makes no sense to me why we can communicate with world+dog, however our clients who also use Office 365 are a no-no.
Do any of you technical guys know if people are 'safe' (to a decent enough level) when using WD My Book Live & My Clouds with remote access enabled?
I appreciate this might have nothing to do with this article however always makes me think if I am opening up a can of worms when I select these options.
Re: Windows Phone FAIL
You certainly don't speak for everyone! I really liked Windows phone. Bought myself a Lumia 930 when it was new (after having every generation of the iphone). I still think the setup is far better than iOS and 100 times better than Android. I am annoyed that the Lumia 950 appeared to be a plastic fantastic phone and that the Edge browser still crashes too much. I'm back on a iPhone 6S plus, however really wish it had Windows 8.1/10 or that Apple would make iOS just like Windows phone.