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426  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting Internet Defamation Lawsuit - Statute of Limitations Reset Online? on: November 12, 2012, 03:43:08 PM
Do cached pages count or does a scraper site count against the original author?

If caching counts then sure they company doing the caching is liable - Google anyone?
427  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 12, 2012, 03:38:47 PM
I'll see how I get on - if it's a disaster, I'll downgrade. If I just dont like it, I'll get another copy of Windows 7, in case.
I guess that qualifies as my Win7 strategy.

Interesting to see if you can downgrade if you want to. What happens if the BIOS is locked (as MS specifies to OEMs) without the ability to unlock it (which MS say is at the OEM's discretion)?

Curious thought - what happens if this scenario happens when Windows 9 is released? Is MS really going to allow OEMs to restrict future MS upgrades?
428  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple Apologise to Samsung - yeah right! on: November 10, 2012, 07:23:49 PM
Just gets better and better ... I  Kiss that judge
429  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 10, 2012, 07:05:15 AM
If you don't want to turn off UAC right click on the shortcut to start the app and run as administrator or go to the properties compatibility tab and tick 'run as administrator' - that will effectively ignore UAC for that app.

Unfortunately that doesn't work. I don't know why but it doesn't and never has. I have "run as administrator" ticked, I have XP compatibility ticked, it would still bring up UAC, which is why I was looking into alternative ways of disabling UAC just for those apps.

Hmm it must be running other processes that aren't picking up the administrator state. Temporarily disable UAC altogether to see if works at all.
430  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple Apologise to Samsung - yeah right! on: November 10, 2012, 07:03:29 AM
Actually I don't think the judge in this case was stepping outside normal precedent (at least in the UK). It is normal where a company tells lies about another company for the courts to insist that a retraction is published. The only difference here is that because Apple is a hight visibility company the judge specified exactly where and what form those retractions should take so that Apple couldn't get away with a 1 line statement on page 46 of the Hertfordshire Herald (that was made up - I wouldn't slander the Hertfordshire Herald if it does exist!).
431  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 09, 2012, 05:55:35 PM
If you don't want to turn off UAC right click on the shortcut to start the app and run as administrator or go to the properties compatibility tab and tick 'run as administrator' - that will effectively ignore UAC for that app.

Actually I think you probably have more vulnerabilities running Acrobat 6 which is ancient!
432  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Apple Apologise to Samsung - yeah right! on: November 09, 2012, 11:15:46 AM
This is a great public apology (a direct response to a court order):

On www.apple.com/uk :

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On 25 October 2012, Apple Inc. published a statement on its UK website in relation to Samsung's Galaxy tablet computers. That statement was inaccurate and did not comply with the order of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. The correct statement is at Samsung/Apple UK judgement.

and here is their heartfelt apology (see http://www.apple.com/uk/legal-judgement/):

Quote
Samsung / Apple UK judgment

On 9 July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computers, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple’s Community registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of
the High Court is available from www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Patents/2012/1882.html.

That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales on 18 October 2012. A copy of the Court of Appeal’s judgment is available from www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2012/1339.html. There is no injunction in respect of the Community registered design in force anywhere in Europe.

And the judges response to the apology:

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk...ver-samsung-apology-farce

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In a unique twist, the judge overseeing the case ordered Apple to display a note on its website and publish adverts in magazines and newspapers explaining to the public that Samsung had been found not guilty, in order to clear up any confusion.
However, Apple’s initial apology was challenged by Samsung over its wording and references to other cases in the US and Germany where Apple had won against Samsung.
UK judge Robin Jacob agreed it has failed to comply with the order and was angered by Apple’s stance, especially when it claimed it would need 14 days to amend the text page on its website containing the notice, in an court ruling on 1 November.
433  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 09, 2012, 11:04:18 AM
The problem with Vista was perception, and MS being unable to get ahead of the PR curve.

The problem with Vista was the hardware manufacturers tried to get away with - it required significantly better spec hardware than Windows 7 to get it to run at a decent speed - in particular memory optimisation was an issue. I bought a laptop with Vista and 1Gb of memory - it ran like a dog until I doubled the memory - then it ran OK but ran well when I increased to 4Gb of memory. My initial impressions were so bad I reverted to XP which ran fine with 1Gb of memory but tried Vista again with 2Gb of memory. In comparison Windows 7 seemed to run pretty well with 2Gb of memory on the same machine and a lot better with 4Gb. I tried the Win 8 preview and it ran very well on the same hardware - pretty similar or slightly better than windows 7 but I couldn't live with the new interface and went back to 7.
434  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 09, 2012, 07:45:26 AM
Yep - called the law of demand!

Having said that most corporations and other businesses don't buy Windows from the shops or normal supply chains - they get them cheap from MS under license.

MS are already supplying 'business machines' with Windows 8 Pro installed and the right to downgrade to Windows 7 Pro for free and I can't see MS removing Windows 7 from corporate licensing any time soon since they haven't got the majority of their corporate clients to move away from XP yet - moving to 8 would be a step too far for many businesses.
435  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 09, 2012, 06:50:23 AM
My personal strategy for sticking with Win 7 is not to upgrade.

I wonder if that will work. Wink

That's pretty much my strategy too - I would guess a lot of businesses might take the plunge with Windows 7 now before the possibility disappears and they are forced to adopt 8 when XP support dies.

Unfortunately I will have to support Windows 8 so I am going to have to install it (at least as a VM and probably on my laptop) just to get to know it well enough.
436  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 09, 2012, 06:45:25 AM
I have yet to see a preinstalled version of Windows 7 that doesn't have a recovery partition and a mechanism to produce recovery disks.

It's an Acer PC. I did burn two system image DVDs when I bought it. Would that include the OS and could I use it to install Win7 on other machines? I thought that wouldn't be possible.

Yes it allows your AcerPC to be reinstalled exactly as it came from the factory - OS, apps and promotional crap too.

You can't install that copy of windows on any other computer - it wouldn't be legal either as that copy is an OEM edition licensed only for the machine on which it was delivered. It also wouldn't be possible as far as I know as it is a preconfigured image for a specific set of hardware. You shouldn't need the license key of the label to reinstall using this method - but if you find a Windows 7 disc (the same edition eg. Home Premium) you should be able to install a clean copy using the license key on the label. Note if you decide to go from 32-bit to 64-bit or vice versa there is no guarnatee that drivers will be available from the Acer website. If you are trying to future proof you should also archive a copy of the latest set of drivers from Acer - they have a habit of dropping support for older machines.

IIRC when windows 7 was released there were a lot of comments about the then new Windows 7 EULA which even seemed to stop you moving a non-OEM copy from one machine to another. Not sure if the EULA was later updated to allow that - but I suspect you would have problems moving it and have to contact MS every time for permission.

Quote from: eleman on Today at 00:45:18
Windows 7 won't become a rarity overnight, and Microsoft will surely fix windows 8 in SP1, just as it did with Vista.

It's not that I'm worried about Win8 first release being buggy. I just want to keep Win7 because I have some unsupported old software that already has trouble running on Win7, so I'd imagine it's unlikely those software would suddenly run better on Win8...

Shouldn't run any worse on Windows 8 - it is effectively Windows 7 SP2 or 3 ish. with a veneer of not-Metro. The Desktop environment (sorry legacy desktop environment) is just Windows 7 with a few tweaks. Nothing much new there.
437  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 09, 2012, 03:12:20 AM
I have yet to see a preinstalled version of Windows 7 that doesn't have a recovery partition and a mechanism to produce recovery disks.
438  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
439  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!
440  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 ;-)
441  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!
442  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!
443  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EXACT duplicate photo file finder on: November 01, 2012, 07:17:02 AM
Thanks
444  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 ?
445  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).
446  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,
447  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?
448  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?
449  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.
450  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.
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