From keyboard noob to Cherry-TKL-basher in under a week
Upgraded from my Dell's laptop to a brand new Max Blackbird Tenkeyless Backlit Mechanical Keyboard.
What a treat, and thanks for the steer to all who contributed on this thread!
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I've been involved in quite a few new-build offices over the years and noticed that while the builders were in we'd have a great canteen serving real tea (and breakfasts) very cheaply but once the builders moved out and the workers moved in this would be replaced by feeble vending machines that no self-respecting builder would wash his/her boots with.
...for working out how much of mydata is likely to be slurped:
(Purchase price of "traditional" solution) - (purchase price of "alternative" system) = (value of my data to be re-sold)
For Ring home security I reckon: £400 - £200 = £200
So that's £200 of my data that Ring will have to sell to hit their target. Same goes for contract phones etc.
"Once we had tabs, adblockers and synchronised bookmarks, I was happy. The rest is just fiddling around the edges"
Exactly, because the vast majority of browser interaction is with what's in the window, not around it. It's pretty difficult to distinguish your product in such a case.
I'd be interested to see just how may people actually would go back to Opera were they to release the much maligned integrated mail client. I'd bet not that many after all.
It seems that this is symptomatic of the whole personal tech industry now, where phones, PCs, tablets etc. reached 100% functionality some years ago and the "new" features are increasingly peripheral to the fundamental purpose of the device.
That's definitely *one* reason, but there are also those who are so fed up with the product being half-broken on the current version that they're prepared to take the risk in the (vain) hope that it might get better.
(I'm thinking Windows here in case it's not clear)
I'm very happy with this: https://www.whathifi.com/dali/kubik-one/review
I think that Bose gets a lot of flack from "audiophiles" due to its reliance on commodity drivers and software tuning rather than hand-built, beautiful-to-behold units made in a shed in Wiltshire. To my ears at least, Bose delivers a pretty inoffensive sound that can be listened to for prolonged periods without problem. It's only when you compare what else you could get for the investment that the whole Bose proposition falls down.
The abysmal software/customer service thing is just the future I fear, since most people *won't* vote with their feet, they'll just upgrade after a little moan on FB etc.
"If you do that, however, within a day the Nest app will prompt the user and explain that without access to their locations the app may not work properly."
This sort of thing does my nut in. My Bose headphone-manager app requires access to my location in order to run. Why on earth does it need that? As a result, I feel the need to keep installing/uninstalling these sorts of app once I've used them for what I need to do.
Same for airline, taxi, etc. apps.
I too bagged email@example.com as soon as they became available. I have quite a collection of impossible to remove associations, including:
- Australian kids' football club who are *very* annoyed that I won't just settle my namesake's debt
- South African Tag watch repair - who have had my namesake's watch for a couple of years, but won't talk to me unless I can tell them his postal address
- Several US department stores who want money
- Several genealogy sites answering questions I didn't ask
- A very angry lady who wants her passbook back
I tried quite hard to put these right at first but not anymore.
I don't understand the point of tribunals, adjudication etc in this country. They are sold to us as a means to avoid expensive court cases for "small" disputes.
In my experience though,they are just a waste of time and money since if the "big man" wins then they win, but if the "little man" wins then the "big man" will keep appealing until "little man" runs out of money, time or (sometimes we read) life.
(I've recently "won" two frivolous adjudication claims with my builder who, on losing the second, declared himself insolvent, leaving me with the "joint and several" liability for the costs that *he* incurred)
Thanks for the feedback - I've now received my email, to the correct address, but the website still claims that my email is invalid.
I've spoken to a very nice man on the helpline who admitted that he's only there to handle to calls, he has nothing more he can do for me apart from pass it on to tech support.
Re. World Series - Snopes isn't always reliable, but this seems credible: http://www.snopes.com/business/names/worldseries.asp
"Negative evidence is easily uncovered by reading accounts of the first few World Series in the major newspapers of the era. The first several contests between the two league champions were reported under a variety of titles — “championship series,” “world championship series,” “world’s series” — before eventually becoming standardized in name as the “World Series.” If the name had derived from the New York World‘s sponsorship, it would have been known as nothing but the “World Series” from the very beginning (and as far back as 1884)."
Crazy Operations Guy is correct, for five or six-year-old iMacs at least. On replacing the HDD we had all the fans going to full-speed when they didn't find the sensor in the disk. That said google quickly found a free utility to restore fan operation so hardly a show-stopper
We're all here hoping that someone from the "inside" will post the truth about what's gone on. The story's just a marker for the comments to follow.
Anyway, I'd rather read "human stories" here than the Mail. I think that the Reg does a pretty good job of filtering them for me.
> Face it, only Apple can claim to be doing OS updates properly for all users; Nexus users have it good, too,
> but they're a small minority.
And of course Blackberry. We seem to be getting updates the moment that they're released, along with high-quality betas that are simple to apply/roll back. These seem to be coming thick and fast, and bringing real improvements (in my opinion).
Of course I'd love to have things like inssider available, but it's quite depressing that the lack of games and timewasters might seal the fate of the second/third ranking phones.
Recent phone history: Nokia N8 (great but SIM slot broke), E61 (keyboard bugs drove me mad), Galaxy S3 (too many hangs/reboots during important calls) and now Z10.
BB10 made no impression when I started using it, but now going back to anything else makes the back/home/app screen paradigm seem very old indeed.
Wife's Nokia 1020 is promising, but OS hasn't had the constant stream of (useful) updates that we've had on BB10.
Installing a beta is as easy as downloading the .exe (if you're a windows user). Then, when the release version overtakes your beta, it'll just ask you if you want to upgrade to it... eat that Android hackers. Finally, as far as I can tell, it's unbrickable, perhaps a legacy of supporting non-technical corporates for so long?
Totally agree with the author's comment about getting the bloody cursor to the beginning of the line though, but a single left swipe will erase a whole word. I use that for now.
I'd be interested to know if they've fixed KB33694, or when they plan to:
"When an incoming phone call, message, or a general notification is received on the BlackBerry 10 smartphone, no sound is played, the LED does not flash, and no vibration occurs despite having these options enabled under Settings > Notifications."*
I was quite enjoying my time with the Z10, but it not actually functioning as a phone put an end to that - I sent it back. I wonder how many others have done the same?
*I believe that this is a bluetooth related issue, but even so...
I know what you mean... but more and more I've found myself putting up with the N8 for its great camera and hdmi output. Opera on a nice big screen is also nice.
But the foibles of any Nokia smartphone pale into insignificance when compare to the steaming turd that is Ovi Suite...
It seems that I'll have to use Ovi Suite if I upgrade to the N8 from my E72, and that's a no-go for a start.
Ovi Suite just doesn't work.
My particular favourite feature is that it will silently connect to the Internet via my phone's bluetooth connection, even when I'm connected by wire or Wifi.
That and the fact that automatic syncing is pretty much impossible.
I've just cancelled my N8 order.
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