* Posts by Ryan Clark

97 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Nov 2007


Huawei smartphone sales up but only thanks to China as US trade ban gives punters the jitters

Ryan Clark

Same here too. My P10, over 2 years old, just got updated two weeks ago.

July is here – and so are the latest Android security fixes. Plenty of critical updates for all

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Re: If only

My P10 was doing quite well, but I am still on Jan 2019 Android security update so it looks like they might have stopped now. Phone is two years old this month.

Huawei P30 Pro: Nifty camera tricks haven't made mobe mandatory over last year's model

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Re: No sale

I have a P10 with 128Gb internal storage. After nearly 2 years there is still 85Gb free. I don't see the need for removable storage any more.

Ryan Clark

Re: No sale

Still getting security updates for my P10 which will be 2 years old soon. OK, it appears to not be completely upto date, but it is on a 2019 security patch.

China still doesn't want iPhones despite Apple slashing prices, say market watchers

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I suggest you have a look at what Chris Dawson sells at the Range and how much he is now worth.

Huawei Mate 20 series: China's best phone, but a pricey proposition

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Re: nope. not ever again...

I have a P10 plus which I have had for over a year. Had about 6 updates to it and running July 2018 security update. Had more frequent updates with this device than any I have had before.

Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

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Current Huawei owner

I have a P10 plus and don't see any problems with some of the features complained about. The EMUI is no better or worse than other Android skins or native Android. I don't have any problems using it or things that annoy me about it.

I don't have a problem with the fingerprint sensor where it is either. Never had a problem unlocking or dropping the phone while trying to unlock. Having one round the back seems odd as you would have to pick up the phone to use it.

Mine does have an SD card slot, but with 128Gb onboard, I still have 90Gb free after a year of use and plenty of photos, videos and music stored. I am not seeing the loss of that slot as such an issue as it was when phones only had 8Gb storage.

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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Re: Ah, memories...

My main memory was spending a considerable amount of time typing out the code from a magazine before my brother knocked the desk set up in front of the TV and it reset and I had to start again. Don't actually remember playing games or the code, just the annoyances.

Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly

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Re: Why is Garmin

Two new wearables in our family this year. Both Garmin.We have had 4 Fitbits over time, my daughter has lost the two expensive ones and the one I had lasted OK for a year and the battery gave out and Fitbit replaced it with another one which lasted another year before getting the same problem. I wouldn't have paid for it, came free with my last phone.

Daughter also got a cheap Chinese tracker last year, but that didn't last a month.

Huawei's Honor 9: The only mobe of its spec asking 'why blow £500?'

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Re: huawei and honor updates...

I got a P10 plus in the summer, work phone. It has been updated 3 times since I got it so no complaints here.

One-third of mobile users receive patchy to no indoor coverage

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Re: WiFi Calling

I have recently switched to EE and have wifi calling, it doesn't appear to be that good. Still have problems with signal and calls in the house.

I do live in a village, but only a few miles from Birmingham and between two large towns. The land round here is pretty flat and yet still none of the networks have good reception, Vodafone was passable, but still had a not spot at the pub in the middle of the village.

Oh my Word... Microsoft Office 365 unlatched after morning lockout

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One of my accounts got in a login loop this morning, but I have signed into several other tenants and accounts today without issue. None of the clients I support have reported anything to us.

Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

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Win10 for business

For all those who don't think businesses are adopting Win10, you are mistaken. We are currently doing several projects, all for several thousand seats, packaging Win10 builds. We have more in the pipeline too. There are plenty of companies moving over at the moment.

Despite the prevailing El Reg commentard opinion, Win10, Intune and Azure AD join are all proving popular.

US Marines seek a few supposedly good men ... who leaked naked pics of a few good women

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Re: Naked WOMEN

Love the comment on there

"Why are they naked, for goodness' sake?"

From my brother, who is in the Navy, marines seem to have an obsession with being naked and try to be as often as they can.

Engineers say safety features got squished out of cramped Samsung Note 7

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My wifes phone died recently and I dug out some old phones to see if any would do as a temp replacement. Among them was my old HTC 7pro. Despite having a much smaller screen than my current Lumia 930, almost twice as thick and an awful lot heavier, I would love to have that form factor back. The full keyboard makes doing writing tasks on the phone so much easier.

UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

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Re: 5, 6, 7, 8G...

I live 3 miles from a city and 4 miles from a large town in a village of over 1000 people, mobile reception is flaky for the one network that works here. No 3G let alone 4 and no I don't live in the mountains or back of beyond but only 15 miles from Birmingham.

Fortunately we do have Virgin here and I have a good broadband connection and also BT fibre as an option, but that only appeared last year.

British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows

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Still working

Yes I have a windows phone and my Lloyds banking app still works

Securing Office 365? There's always more you can do

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Re: Uses basic authentication

You see that blog you are quoting is dated 2013. If you are using ADAL, which Office 2013 and 2016 can, then Outlook is no longer using basic auth.


Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

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My wife was complaining her Charge HR was not very accurate, but I tried it compared to my Garmin with chest strap and it was within a 1bpm or so. This was just resting though. Fortunately my daughter has now lost the device so problem over.

5G is looming, but network innovations are needed far more urgently

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Vodafone too

We got txts a few weeks ago from Vodafone saying there may be some network disruption as they upgraded the masts in the area. Got txt last week to say the work was completed. Still no 3G here and I will lose network on the ground floor in our house. Only a few miles from Birmingham and less that 5 miles from 2 large towns.

Stop! Before you accept that Windows 10 Mobile upgrade, read this

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I upgraded my 930 last week. All appears to be working fine. I like some of the visual tweaks that have been made and I don't use Cortana anyway.

Three scoops 'most reliable network' crown, EE takes every other title

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Vodafone maybe rubbish most of the time, but they are the only network I can get even semi reliably where I live, less that 20 miles from Birmingham and in between two other large towns. Even then I still lose connectivity to the mobile network every now and then. The coverage maps all show our area as having 3g for all networks. They are lying.

Microsoft's big Tuesday reveal: New mobiles and slabs? Win 10 shock?

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Re: Looking forward to seeing Windows 10 for phones

I see delays in Skype for Business quite regularly. I get an IM on my laptop and have a conversation with someone. 10mins later my phone will fire up a notification for the original IM. Don't know what in the process caused the delay, but it is annoying.

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus: Harder, faster and they'll give you a buzz

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Isn't Live Photos estensially the same as Lumia Cinemagraph?

Things you should know about the hard work of home working

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I have been working from home for nearly 10 years now and it suits my lifestyle and having a young family very well. Every time I think about possibly doing something different, the potential change to the working day comes as a large barrier. I have an office in my loft so I am separated from the family when they are home. I do miss being in an office sometimes, but it does make a nice change when I do visit ours.

Baidu now backing Uber's bid for Nokia maps

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Maybe the new owners can explain why there is no traffic info for the Aston Expressway when there is for the M6 and A38 either side? Google maps has that traffic data.

EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

Ryan Clark

I have Vodafone as they are the only network that works reliably where I live and as that is where I am most of the time, that is where I need my phone to work. However a couple of miles away in the nearest large town, the coverage is dreadful. This survey does not surprise me at all


On no network in Wales, I love it when we go on holiday there as no-one from work can get hold of me.

Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10

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I had an 8x as well and it has been the best smartphone I have owned. Unfortunately the battery life reduced dramatically 18months into my tenure. Just replaced it with a Nokia 930 which I am still getting to grips with.


Ryan Clark

Weirdly saw this on the news last night after just watching Elementary on the same subject. Nice timing

Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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She managed to make the cheap chinese tablet we bought her last nearly two years. We got the hudl as the chinese tablet performance was really not fair on her any more. Whereas my son broke his first tablet within 3 months (broken screen) and his second (which he bought with his own money) did slightly better at 9months.

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Just got my daughter a Hudl two weeks ago for her birthday. Only cost £40 with some vouchers, but if I had known this was just around the corner I might have waited a fortnight.

Women! Worried you won't get that Job in IT? Mention how hot you are

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I think going into an interview and mentioning your own attractiveness is more likely to be the problem. People who think they are good looking and then complaining they didn't get a job because they are too good looking sound like classic narcarssists

Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

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Re: 2 billion US dollars?

Clippers were definitely not 3rd rate last season and look to have a similarly strong team this year.

Apple 5S still best-selling smartphone 8 months after launch

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In other anecdotal evidence, everyone I know is doing the opposite. Hardly know anyone with an iPhone any more. Most have got fed up with them and moved on.

Whoa! NUDE! SELFIES! for! Marissa! Mayer's! Blink-gobbling! Yahoo!

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MS have a windows phone app called Blink for taking photo bursts. I didn't realise you were supposed to be nude in them.

WhatsApp no threat to BBM: Blackberry bod says pretender's buyout will HELP ailing firm

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Re: .......

It is a shame then that two of the largest clients I work with (1,000+ users) are both ditching BlackBerry at the moment. Both going to windows phone too

Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off

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Re: A happy customer?

You are not the only person who is happy. Our cable TV with V+ and Tivo has been very good. I added broadband last summer and it has been much more reliable than my previous service (all faults were with the wires not with ISP which is why I got off ADSL). The superhub has worked fine with all devices we have and we see very good speed.

A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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If the BBC was a subscription service then they would be competing for subscribers and their revenue would depend on it. I wouldn't like how the content would change if that was what they had to do.

DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

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I recently re-invigorated our netbook with win8.1, It was running slower and slower on xp so I formatted and but 8.1 on. It now starts and runs much quicker. The screen size issue has so far not proved a problem and the main user (Mr 5) has been happy with it so far when he is not on his cheapo chinese tablet.

Microsoft bags another glamorous Office 365 customer

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Re: Ah, Notes.

Problem is that Notes appears to be exactly the same as then. Speaking as someone who is currently doing a Notes to Office365 migration, Notes looks exactly the same as I when I was last a user on it, which was over 10 years ago.

Apple slams brakes on orders of (not so cheap) plasticky iPhone 5C

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Re: No mention of increased production of the 5S then?

It is in the article

Foxconn said that as well as cutting orders for the 5C, Cupertino said it would need more of the 5S models for the fourth quarter.

Third of Brits now regularly fondling their slabs, say beancounters

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Re: We'll see the usual pattern ...

I bought some (very) cheap tablets for the kids at Christmas. My son managed to break the screen on his in 3 months. He got some money for his birthday so I bought him a new one, for less than the one I had bought a few months earlier. In those few months the cheapo Android tablets had moved on from the barely usable, but fine for the kids, to a pretty darn good device. I never see any need to spend the money that Apple want for their kit.

Nokia drives cars into the clouds: Hear HERE, you're here, hear?

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Last time I used HERE as a satnav it kept thinking that I was heading in the wrong direction down the motorway everytime I used the outside lane. Don't know if it was a problem with the accuracy of the GPS or the app, but I haven't had that before. Fortunately it re-calculates routes very quickly so it would recover once I moved away from the central reservation.

Microsoft waves goodbye to Small Business Server

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Public folders

"SharePoint is the mandated replacement for "public folders" in Exchange"

And yet public folders have now been brought to Office365.

We have migrated a lot of businesses from single local servers onto Office365, the lack of hassle and predictable costs make a lot of sense for many.

For those quoting privacy issues, many small business are already using hosted email services so where is the difference?

HTC profits PLUNGE 98%: Pins hopes on HTC One, 'Facebook mobe'

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Recently had the choice on any windows phone I wanted and went with an 8x after having a Lumia 710 that was disappointing. Very happy I did. My wife and my brother both have HTC Androids (I was not involved in either purchase decision) that they are very happy with as well.

BlackBerry: THE TRUTH about that 5.1 per cent UK market figure

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Re: I know who I believe,

Did a migration for someone last week who had BB10, WinPho8 and Android phones. As well as win8 tablet and a mac book pro. Of the phones, windows was his favourite device although he did seem to use the note 2 more.

I was surprised last time I was on the train how many windows phones I saw. They does appear to be some traction there.

Nokia: OK, Q1 has been weak, but there's 'underlying' profit

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Re: a massive operations fuck-up caused by a shortage of components

When I was down on the smoke last month I saw a few windows phones, which surprised me as I thought I was about the only person with one. I have just changed from winpho7 to 8, but my new phone is not a Nokia. Echoing a post above I wish there was a winpho with a keyboard. I had an HTC 7pro when winpho first appeared and it was great. I don't get on so well with onscreen keyboards whereas I used to be able take my 7 pro as my only device when travelling to meetings as it was more than good enough for taking extended notes in meetings.

Microsoft: Here's some cash, channel. PLEASE sell Office 365

Ryan Clark

Some very negative comments about Office365, but as someone who works for a company selling Office365 I can tell you there are lots of people who want it. I have done migrations from 2 users to 12,000 users over the last 12months.

Apple's iOS 6 maps STILL muddle Mildura

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Re: Big intake of breath

Paper maps are a peice of technology, just a different technology. Given the prevelence of electronic maps, cases like this get identified pretty quickly and hopefully resolved, whereas your paper map (if it has any) will always have errors and get progressively worse as it is out of date as soon as it rolls off the printer. OK major features are not going to change, but roads do, a lot.

Apple shares take biggest one-day hammering in 4 years

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The threat from windows/nokia was cited as a threat? Really?