If it's not internet-connected, and access to the network is well controlled, it will probably work better than newer versions of Windows, and it will save them money on hardware costs. Hardware that can run XP fine is plentiful and dirt cheap. Just go on ebay and snatch a stack of ex-corporate Core 2 desktops, and you'll have machines that'll probably work away on small tasks like a display screen until the heat death of the universe.
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If there's a lesson to be learned in these torrid times, it's that civilisation is fleeting – but Windows XP is eternal
Eh, I was no fan of the way Windows 2000 decided to hide things you hadn't clicked on recently in the start menu. Yes, you could turn it off.
I'd honestly say the way you can instantly search in Vista and 7 means for me, it's simply better than the Windows 2000 start menu. If you're in love with the cascading menus, Classic Shell allows you to have that back.
Also, now they're trying to put lipstick on a pig? Now? They've been doing that for some time.
Let's roll the 3d6 dice on today's security drama: Ah, 15, that's LG allegedly hacked, source code stolen by Maze ransomware gang
It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?
Apple launches incredible features everyone else had more than a year ago – this time for the 'smart home'
Re: What's the true cost ?
You're right of course. There are very useful scenarios for certain things (I'd never go back to lights I have to manually turn on in the morning.. having the house bright when I wake up at 6am in the dead of winter is something that basically necessary to even have a chance of getting my going), but there's never any good reason to have built in kit that is reliant on external connections.
I'm not investing in kit that I'll build in to my home that will die and fall over if my internet connection is down - that's simply stupidity.
Re: I'll take the "small" one
He's not saying large phones shouldn't exist. Also, small phones don't really exist at all now, try looking for yourself. It's pretty much impossible to find a new phone that isn't a chonker. The new iPhone SE 2 is about the closest you can get, but it's not *that* small. The Sony Xperia Compact line seems to have been pretty much abandoned, which is a shame.
It is genuinely annoying, and it is a part of the market that seems to be entirely ignored.
Re: It's an unknown
I can tell you, living in a country apart from my family, that Whatsapp has proven to be a simple and easy method (for all) to keep in touch, for free, without any logins, sign-ups, social media pages, or any other such complications. No usernames to be shared, just the phone number they already know.
Would I prefer an open-source piece of software instead? Yup, but introducing any hurdles, or an unfamiliar piece of software can be confusing for some. Whatsapp fills a simple need, and actually does it surprisingly well. I also pushed back against it for some time, but for me, the benefits have outweighed any negatives so far.
I'm no fan of Facebook, and personally don't have an account, but there's very much value for me in being able to conduct a group chat with my family, overseas, for free. Fact is, life isn't black and white. Sticking to dead-end principles just leads to you looking like Stallman.
Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style
The rumor that just won't die: Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length in 2021 with launch of 'A14-powered laptops'
Microsoft attempts to up its Teams game with new features while locked-down folk flock to rival Zoom... warts and all
Re: Teams is a flaming pile of
I'm not the biggest fan of Skype, either, which is why it's frustrating that Microsoft have put out a product that makes some features of Skype look good.
Oh, and I should be able to dial external, normal phone numbers from the search bar. Skype had that function too.
I do believe that one day Teams will be half-decent. Just in time for Microsoft to replace it again with something half-baked.
Teams is a flaming pile of
There are a lot of things wrong with Teams, but could we at least start with some basics?
Many video feeds at once. Not just 4. Even Skype could do more than that. It looks ridiculous on a huge monitor to have 4 feeds.
Pop-out chat windows. This is a big one for me. I miss messages all the time in Teams because they don't generate new pop-up windows. I never missed messages in Skype.
Status indicators in the listbox result when you search for people, not just on the person's page.
Search arbitrary fields in AD in the search box like Skype does. I could search for a department name in Skype's search field, and it would return results. Teams does not do this. It is a worse tool for collaborative communication.
Reply with message when people call, like Skype, instead of just accept or deny.
Slim that bloated pile down.. seriously, it consumes and consumes. While they're at at, they should make the controls and window standard. I hate the fact every application these days needs to have its own controls and window chrome. I have a lot more complaints too, but it's late, and I'm tired.
Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again
They need to stop
FM radio works well, and it's not buffered, giving cheap, low power access to instant broadcasts.
DAB fills a need that doesn't exist, and never did exist.
If we want varied broadcasts that lag behind real-time, head to the internet. Most people have a smartphone.
DAB is the technology that needs to be phased out, not FM.
Motorola casually trots out third UK release in as many months: This time it's a 'Lite' take on the Moto G8 Power
UK enters almost-lockdown: Brits urged to keep calm and carry on – as long as it doesn't involve leaving the house
Forget toilet roll, bandwidth is the new ration: Amazon, YouTube also degrade video in Europe to keep 'net running amid coronavirus crunch
Finally – news that something is guaranteed to be healthy and well looked-after for the next six months. That something is Windows 10 1709
European electric vehicle sales surged in Q4 2019 but only accounted for wafer-thin slice of total car purchases
We checked in with the new Windows 10X build, and let's just say getting this ready for late 2020 will be a challenge
Right, so send a document up to a server on the internet
.. and then download the data again to a local printer.
No. I hate all this inelegant "cloud" rubbish. Just stop.
Printers are enough of a pain in the arse without reliance on a sodding internet connection and some stupid Windows "cloud" service in the picture. I pretty much don't have to deal with printers at all these days, though.
Latest battery bruiser Android from budget Moto G range appears ahead of MWC after an Amazon whoopsie
Can't bear to part with that well-worn copy of Windows 7? Microsoft might let you keep it updated an extra year
Rome wasn't built in a day, wasn't teased in a day, either: AMD's 7nm second-gen 64-core Epyc server chips finally land
Intel has no technical answer to this, but their real answer is "who cares?".
At the end of the day, there's an incredible amount of intertia in the medium size enterprise space that seems to rely entirely on Intel - maybe deliberately, maybe not, but they take the CPUs that come in the servers in their price bracket.
Where are the Cisco blades with EPYC? Where are the droves of ProLiant and PowerEdges with EPYC?
It's a shame, because this time AMD has really delivered. More than twice the cores, better IPC, much lower power usage for performance delivered. It delivers in a big way, in every available metric, at a lower price. I hope the market wakes up to this.
Intel continuing to deliver mediocrity (full with security holes) doesn't deserve the success it currently enjoys.
Re: stop fucking around with the start menu
I'd argue that the last good thing that happened to the start menu was the introduction of a search box, that could instantly launch programmes from the start menu just by typing.
That worked in Vista and 7, but in 8 and 10, they managed to ruin it, so most of the time it doesn't even find stuff in the start menu, and takes forever if it ever does.