I couldn’t understand the negative stance of the article, glad others agree. Great little device.
34 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008
Ironically, anytime there's a cannabis-related story on the DM website, regardless of it's angle, all the commentators (well, 8/10) come down in favour of legislation... Here's one time I hope they do use the DM readers as policy-writers... :)
But on the main point of the article, it's a ridiculous move based putely on popularity politics... and probably one that will blow up in their faces.
I've refused any of their software on any pc I own for more than 10 years. Along with iTunes and QuickTime, and probably RealPlayer back in the day, it's the most bloated, addicted-to-pop-ups pice of software in the history of software. I hope it's software gets knocked extinct soon.
Or, as others have said, I can just use my HD2 with it's free Wi-Fi Router, with my all-you-can-eat(ish) inclusive data.
It seems like a product in need of a market - anyone techy enough to need this device could probably list two or three alternatives which a) don't need an extra device b) won't cost the earth.
It would have been a nice idea three years ago, if anyone could have afforded £1,000 per MB.
I love these, I reall, really, really do, and I follow all news about media servers closely.
But I'm just as happy using a powerful netbook or laptop to power XBMC, and use that for HDMI-enabled video playback. Then I can tweak with appearance, with codecs, with millions of other things, plus all the benefits having a laptop brings (internet, Iplayer, music, etc) for a similar price to this. I have a NAS box sat in a cupboard pumping out an music/films/tv.
Although I have slight concerns about reading on an LCD, if I'm going to use an e-reader I'm going to use my HD2 phone (with the AlReader erm... reader).
If I want to browse the web or be useful and mobile I'll use a netbook over the ridiculously useless (if slinky) iPad.
If I want to pay wayyyy over the odds I'll get either an iPad, or a Kindle, and actually buy eBooks!
But the samplw base was asked nearly a year ago... It's only been in the last six months that larger screen handsets have become more commonly used. I'm a techno geek and I've only had my Touch HD six months, and before that I would occasionally play with the net on my cramped Sony Ericcson, but I'd understand why people wouldn't. Only Google Maps would get any data use from me.
I'd be interested in a study done in the last 3 to 6 months as I see a lot more people using their phones for 'net now.
In such a fast moving industry, did it really take them six moths to collate and publish their data?
From the day Napster was launched in 1999, the tools and technoloy were there to create a one-stop shop, where I could pay, say, 25p per single and £3 an album.
The music industry have (quite rightly) done their best to squeeze every last penny out of physical sales, keep digital sales up, and confuse the market with different formats, different markets, DRM etc. etc. So liberating a market when it's going to cost you bucks.
Obviously the tide has turned, so the label companies are now prepared to head into the digital age, but again in the most cumbersome, non-technical, but most-profitable way possible.
That's why I have not had any guilt about using p2p services for a decade, with the exception of about two albums a year where I feel the artist is small and worthy of support.
But until I can browse an artist and download the tracks unrestricted, to do with it what I like, for a reasonable price, I will not give those dinosaurs a cent.
Why aren't Apple being called out on this? Or more importantly why are the media playing their game?
Whenever they introduce (or patent!) something that's been available for years, it's treated like a technical revolution! All they're doing is playing catch-up, or stopping ridiculous restrictions - multi-taking, woo!
I'm not a fanboi of any camp, and I think Apple have done a great job at a) marketing and b) usability/interface, but I am much, much happier with my HTC Touch HD.
Microsoft should pay HTC whatever they want to make TouchFlo the de-facto Windows Mobile GUI.
Everytime I'm bounced back into the Windows Mobile interface I'm left just stunned, wondering what on earth they were thinking that they allow such an ugly, primitive system to stay in place.
I'm in love with my Touch HD (so superior to an iPhone) but Microsoft are the weak link here.
Nice, but how is this any different from any other HDD player of the last four years and why did it warren a video?
Also I'm sure he calls it a dog-station and his voice reminded me of one from Phonejakker: "we give you free internet service providings..."
Mainly kidding, I enjoyed the video, it just seemed fairly basic technology to warrant a video
Seems a rational study. Like it will make any difference to the Government though. So I'll continue feeling like a criminal and feeling paranoid (haha) about making weekly pickups outside a pub, being unsure the quality of what I'm smoking, all because the Government won't pull it's finger out and tax the thing. Maybe it will be easier just to back to cigarettes (80,000 UK deaths a year) and alcohol (55,000 deaths a year plus violence, stabbings, STDs etc.).
*PS I pulled those figures out my butt but I don't think they're a million miles off, I'll stand corrected if someone does the research!
/goes off for a joint and a good philosophy book
I've waited for almost a year for this phone, but it's not blown me away - the low camera res, the complaints about Panels, and the nothing-spectacular music and video players. I've got three months until its time for a phone upgrade and for the first time in seven years I think I'm going non-Sony. Maybe the N96?
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