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426  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Only 16GB Free on 32GB Surface on: November 06, 2012, 06:38:12 AM
LOL - I bought just before the Tab Note and felt the same ...  embarassed
427  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Only 16GB Free on 32GB Surface on: November 06, 2012, 06:06:40 AM
Except it wasn't US dollars - it was UK pounds!

At £8400 I would expect something akin to a supercomputer!
428  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Only 16GB Free on 32GB Surface on: November 06, 2012, 05:00:42 AM
You can with Samsung Tab Android devices - OK you can't use it like normal memory but at least you can add up to 32Gb minSDHC card and use it for storage (not apps etc.).

Sigh... Not on mine... Sad (I've got the original Korean Galaxy Tab 10.1.)
Sorry - I have a Tab 2

Of course if you bought an iPad you would be onto your third (or 4th) by now - and still no SD card ;-)
429  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Only 16GB Free on 32GB Surface on: November 06, 2012, 03:25:59 AM
On the plus side though, you can actually add storage space to it, which you can't with other devices.

You can with Samsung Tab Android devices - OK you can't use it like normal memory but at least you can add up to 32Gb minSDHC card and use it for storage (not apps etc.).

I'd much rather just spend $15 on more memory myself than spend $100 or $200 more for the device.

Did an interesting experiment the other day - built a Mac Pro Tower spec on Apple's website to get as close to my current hardware build. The CPU on the Mac is probably a bit faster than my current PC (though I am not sure it would make a huge difference) but all the other specs were the same or lower (notably the graphics card was a generation older and the Apple machine had USB 2 as standard whereas mine has USB3 - and a lot more ports! Mine also supports 3 monitors - the ATI card used by Apple only supports 2 and you need to pay £70+ extra for the adapter to do that!!!) and the build price came to over £8000 (yes you read that right) compare the the hardware costs of my build (all top branded hardware) which came to around £1800 and includes addition hard disks and an SSD (which the Mac build didn't).

How do Apple get away with a 400% mark-up on retail prices for memory and hard disks? Why don't they just buy them at Amazon, double the price and give the Apple 'consumer' a break!
430  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 8 Guide From MicroSoft on: November 05, 2012, 04:32:19 PM
Thanks for that - I can't face 'using' Windows 8 yet but I will need to know about it!
431  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EXACT duplicate photo file finder on: November 01, 2012, 07:17:02 AM
Thanks
432  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EXACT duplicate photo file finder on: November 01, 2012, 06:09:25 AM
Anyone know what happened to antidup.net ?
433  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hurricane Sandy Discussion Thread on: November 01, 2012, 05:05:28 AM
Glad you survived your time trip, April- and in style  Kiss So sorry for all the devastation surrounding your town but life and health are more important than things! (I suppose that is easy for me to say though - don't wish to sound glib).
434  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Neowin reviews Windows 8 - Leave your pre-conceived notions at the door on: October 27, 2012, 03:32:01 AM
Because to build your own software from the ground up for large tasks is beyond most individuals, would take a life time and cost a fortune. You need software compatibility at the very least and the trouble with that is that is installation requirements need to be known in advance - unless you want Linux to descend into a much worse version of DLL hell that Windows has suffered over the years,
435  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Selling Something? Go to Jail! That's copyright infringement... :-/ on: October 26, 2012, 02:20:47 AM
Make everything donation ware - you donate $10 to me and I will 'give' you XXX !

Or are they going to outlaw altruism too?
436  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 prices seem to have been announced during period to 31st January on: October 26, 2012, 02:18:46 AM
I went non-pro System Builder 64-bit with additional 30 USD off (valid through 2012-10-25?) of 99.99 USD:

  http://www.amazon.com/Windows-System-Builder-DVD-64-Bit/dp/B0094NY3R0/
 (see attachment in previous post)

Why? Why pay $60 more than you need to?
437  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Neowin reviews Windows 8 - Leave your pre-conceived notions at the door on: October 25, 2012, 11:02:47 AM
People talk about MS trying to be like Apple- but on the desktop, MacOS isn't locked down, nor confined to the AppStore.  In fact, several of their largest software providers don't use the App Store at all.  Just thought I'd point that out.

But how long before the iOS and MacOSX merger that is evolving?

If Apple have any sense they will trumpet themselves as the open platform desktop option and maybe start reducing prices to compete with business Windows boxes - as time goes on they will clean up. IMHO MS are going to back themselves into a corner if they aren't careful.
438  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Neowin reviews Windows 8 - Leave your pre-conceived notions at the door on: October 25, 2012, 05:37:31 AM
On locked scale and the patent fights, I think apple wins any day. I don't think microsoft will be as successful like them with appstore and stuff. It took apple 3 years to push people for dependency on ITunes store and app store. MS can't push people that quickly with Windows 8. It will take some years and some biased media news to push people to use MS app store for purchase.

Depends how quickly major developers make the move to the new interface and the AppStore. Utlimately if not-Metro works as well as some think it will on tablets there is a good chance MS could gain market share rapidly - most of the reviews see a lot of advantages of not-Metro over iOS - and for me not having to depend on iTunes is a major draw. Even Apple fans who use Windows boxes hate iTunes on Windows. I think Apple deliberately make it suck to try and move people to Apple hardware.
439  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Neowin reviews Windows 8 - Leave your pre-conceived notions at the door on: October 25, 2012, 04:19:54 AM
I havent used 8, but it seems to me there's a share of reaction against it because of the [very understandable] fear that MS might be planning to abandon the desktop.

That is precisely what they are doing and that is precisely their intention.

They want new users to switch the computer on and find internet, email, facebook etc. right there in front of them and never have to click on Desktop at all - hell on ARM tablets Desktop won't exist.

This is all pretty clever from MS - the next stage in the game is 'you have used Windows 8 on a PC why not make your next purchase a tablet - you don't really need all the other stuff that comes with a netbook, laptop or desktop computer ... oh and hey, we have you covered MS Now run the shop so you know everything you want is easy to get and we also make the hardware."

Microsoft's slogan by the time Windows 9 or 10 appear (depending on how much crap they take over Windows 8 ) will be "Microsoft - locked in like Apple".

Businesses will put up with crap for so long but eventually they will move - if for no other reason than MS will phase out support for Windows desktop products at some point. In the meantime they will still be coughing up corporate subscriptions for old versions of Windows and old versions of Office (so why should MS care). I wouldn't be surprised if MS at some point doesn't change the corporate licensing to force the move to the latest version of windows and office ('so we can provide the best support') - given that they unilaterally rewrite EULAs and contracts all the time.

We have to accept that MS is getting out of the operating system and office software game and moving into the consumer/service/subscription business with a manufacturing arm (pun intended).

We can all squeal and squirm as much as we like.

Personally I am quite pleased I will reach retirement age before all this comes to full fruition but I pity anyone working in the IT industry over the coming decades. The 80s saw the death of big industry in the west, I suspect the next 20 years will see the death of information technology (as a business) in the west - everything will be locked into two or three large conglomerates and most of the work will be outsourced to suicide camps in the far east.

When are western governments going to notice that the west is gradually losing all forms of income apart from loans from China ?
440  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Selling Something? Go to Jail! That's copyright infringement... :-/ on: October 24, 2012, 08:36:52 PM
Working on this principle no-one can sell anything unless they own the IP rights to the object.

That means no shop can sell a book or anything else because the shop has to buy the product in order to sell it to their customer. On that basis the shop is the first purchaser and cannot pass the goods on!

I suppose Apple would be more than happy to be the sole supplier of iPads etc. but I am not sure Amazon etc. will be happy!
441  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon closes woman's account and wipes her Kindle on: October 22, 2012, 04:53:01 PM
If Amazon trade in Europe there is a single European Market and they are violating it by discriminating against EU citizens from other EU states. It is perfectly legal for any EU citizen to purchase from any EU trader and the trader has to treat EU customers on an equal footing.

Norway isn't a part of the EU, is it?

True. I hadn't realised that ... but:

Quote
Following Norway's decision not to join the EU, it became one of the members of the European Economic Area which also includes Iceland and Liechtenstein (all former members have joined the EU and Switzerland rejected membership). The EEA links these countries into the EU's market, extending the four freedoms to these states. In return, they pay a membership fee and have to adopt most areas of EU law (which they do not have direct impact in shaping).
(See http://en.wikipedia.org/w...ate_of_the_European_Union)

The 'four freedoms' are described here: http://en.wikipedia.org/w...al_Market_(European_Union)

So Norway is covered by EU Single Market trading laws (I am no lawyer but that is the way I read it).
442  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon closes woman's account and wipes her Kindle on: October 22, 2012, 01:24:49 PM
If Amazon trade in Europe there is a single European Market and they are violating it by discriminating against EU citizens from other EU states. It is perfectly legal for any EU citizen to purchase from any EU trader and the trader has to treat EU customers on an equal footing.

Having said that she must have registered her account from Norway so Amazon must have accepted her application and address.

I have Amazon accounts in the UK (where I live) and in the US, Canada, Germany and France (and IIRC Japan) - and ALL of them are linked by Amazon so that my delivery and payment details are shared between sites. All of those websites have happily allowed my UK address to be registered.

There are certain things I cannot buy in some markets because of trade restrictions (eg. I cannot buy view on demand TV or digital music products from the US Store). I suppose they might have a legitimate cause for complaint if I tried to circumvent their regional restrictions - but having said that they are quite happy to distribute materials outside markets illegally themselves. Look at the trading license on a US DVD or BluRay and it more than likely says it cannot be sold, lent or hired outside North America but Amazon happily break that rule - presumably because there is no mechanism for manufacturers to track those products!!
443  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: There's Apple in my Microsoft on: October 20, 2012, 02:38:21 PM
Carol made a joke (I think it was Carol)

Sounds like me ...  Kiss

But was it a joke  undecided Cry embarassed
444  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How Windows 8 hopes to change everything - and likely not for the better. on: October 18, 2012, 04:38:37 PM
You calling me rude?  tellme Or am I just paranoid?  undecided
445  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why I switched from Thunderbird to The Bat! on: October 18, 2012, 10:55:04 AM
PST files getting large is not good but why not use something like MailStore to archive everything over a year old? It is a great archiving system with instant access to all your old email with a super fast search engine and the emails can backed up easily to optical disks or an external device. Best of all the home version is free.

I actually quite like Windows Live Mail (which is basically Outlook Express with built in hotmail and a ribbon). Ignore the temptation to login to a Live/Hotmail account and just use it like OE - seems to work fine.
446  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 prices seem to have been announced during period to 31st January on: October 18, 2012, 09:29:29 AM
Amazon are selling standard and N versions in the UK - been the case since Vista and the EU court case. The case didn't stop standard versions being sold but N versions had to be available too. Last time I looked on Amazon Win 8 Pro upgrade was £49.99 but Windows 8 Pro N version was £158.99

Perhaps time for another court case as the N version should be the same price or cheaper (since it lacks a number of features like WMP and Internet Explorer).
447  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How Windows 8 hopes to change everything - and likely not for the better. on: October 18, 2012, 09:26:47 AM
The irony is I do sell MS products - but I can see LibreOffice becoming a favourite for my clients! Can't help feeling sheeple power will start to become effective as all these subscriptions start costing more than the electric bill!
448  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How Windows 8 hopes to change everything - and likely not for the better. on: October 18, 2012, 03:02:48 AM
Can't help wondering when the UEFI legal challenges will start, esp. in the EU.

If MS are really going to coerce a lockdown to cut out all competition I cant't see it going without challenge.

What no one has answered is if Windows baulks outside warranty what will users do? Given that OEM support is the responsibility of the OEM for Windows how many manufacturers are going to resolve problems without the current approach of "wipe it clean"? If they effectively lock out all boot time tools there may not be much choice. Not that they care, but what is going to happen to third party support businesses?
449  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How Windows 8 hopes to change everything - and likely not for the better. on: October 17, 2012, 05:32:08 PM
How long do you give UEFI before it is hacked?
450  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 prices seem to have been announced during period to 31st January on: October 17, 2012, 05:29:44 PM
Has anyone looked at the lovely shiny new Windows 8 N-editions?

Fantastic offer - only 3+ times the normal price. I am sure they will be snapped up very quickly - grab yours while you can!
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