Just cos Parrcel Force are sitting on my new PC
Delivery companies will be able to track their own parcels
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So another entry in the overcrowded niche for thin clients - always as expensive as a low end laptop and pretty useless without an network connection - add a monitor - who's going to want to use their own TV and a keyboard etc...
Yes I get security, but If you want to do this - why not just get into the "refurbished" laptop market and stick chromos on them?
Works fine with my £30 gadget from Amazon - works fine on iPad and old iPhone 8. TBH Face rec is also a mixed bag - Surface is OK but fussy about being "in shot", iPhone is brilliant. Finding fingerprint is more natural for a PC setup, but face on phone is makes things like the MS authenticator, bank app etc much more usable.
So maybe just finger trouble?
Youtube costs £12/month, or £20 for a family - compare this with Netflix, Disney etc where your tenner or so gets you full TV and Movies content for the household (OK only 2 concurrent)- it's a bit steep.
Plus you can't buy a subscription for Google Workspace accounts - so even if an org, school, etc (or in my case the family) wants to pay to get rid of ads - e.g. for training/educational videos - not possible.
So blockers it is - DuckPlayer within DuckDuckGo's browser anyone?
Throw in Xen-NG/Xen Orchestra and SUSE new "Harvester" thing looks interesting.
SaaS and Cloud IaaS is eating into this space and I think VMware's share will just drop, and suffer as a result? Expecting a slow death as it becomes a niche market product?
"The informal verb grok was an invention of the science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein, whose 1961 novel Stranger in a Strange Land placed great importance on the concept of grokking. In the book, to grok is to empathize so deeply with others that you merge or blend with them."
Wonder what Heinlein would make of Musk and Xitter?
Yep - most of house on wifi - max speed 1GB/s to wired desktop (WFH, so wanted best upload speeds, downloads a bonus), 400Mb/s is the fastest I've seen on our newest iPad.
Imagine it'll be a few years before Wifi 6/7 is omnipresent to make paying the premium for 1Gb/s is worth it for the average house - even then it's overkill?
Once your link matches your wifi, you've sort of reached the situation we have with PCs - way faster than most people need for normal use (unless they have a I.T. Pro/Gamer in the house?)
Yep - no O2 2G coverage in our "Rural" backwater for the Smart Meter - so never worked - the remote display won't work until the unit gets a signal, so have to use the on unit display - which is a pale LED thing, rather than the old mechanical clock. Worse I can't subscribe to local solar power company because I don't have a working smart meter.
4G works for 2 out of 4 networks - only just, to the point where we rely on wifi calling - over the 1G fibre (or the neighbours wifi/fibre - with agreement! 0 when ours went down). Maybe Smart Meter should use wifi calling when/if they get 4G?
Company's will also make a choice between a hardware refresh and paying MS for extended support - which ran for several years after the demise of Windows 7. Hardware cycle to go from 7 to 10 happened in 2020 - added in with the COVID WFH laptop refresh. So that' kits 3 near 4 yrs old by time of W10 eof - and likely as not was OK to run W11 anyway?
It's places like schools, unis, councils, where they don't have £££ to spend
Home - factor in chromebooks, smartphones, tablets etc - how many households worry much about their PC OS??
Likely the Cruise Car will have sensors mounted right at the front - so much more likely to have sensed someone on the crosswork - but NOT in the front of the car at the time of movement - Yet another "What if scenario we should have already thought about" Software update required?
And a UPS for those times when the world goes dark (happens too often in my village!) - Oh and am friends with the neighbours so could use their wifi for VOIP/wifi calling (no worthwhile mobile signal) when my FTTP died - damaged connections in the splitter apparently... DR/Backup plans!!
Noted - but the mix of household devices I have doesn't really need the latest greatest wifi speed. Real reason I've got 1Gb/s fibre (My brain knows it bits not Bytes, but my fingers not always that accurate!) is to get more upload speed/response when playing Office/Teams/Zoom et al.
Why oh why can't FTTP be speed symmetric?
Better still pick an ISP that doesn't even provide a router (not many, but I'm with one - Aquiss FYI) - so my own kit (pfsense etc) just hooks to the FTTP ethernet port.
Happens, I've got a whizz connection (WFH) - but really can't see the need for Wifi to go faster that the 1GB/s I've got wired to my desk.
Lock in for any Software system has always been a thing - cloud no exception. You'd just as easy get "locked in" to Lotus 1-2-3 or Excel, or a specific C compiler...
IaaS looks on face to be "safe" but VM drivers, networking setup, agents for monitors... PaaS, SaaS, on site systems, etc nearly always a lock in as soon as you start using the useful unique functionality that you bought the thing for!
I think if Xen is what you want, then XCP-NG + XenOrchestra could be an live alternative. I tried it for a while, but was a bit OTT for my simple home lab use case. Neither this nor Proxmox are as feature rich as VMware, but both systems claim to scale and as org's local VM footprints drop - increased SaaS, (and PaaS and IaaS) they may suit,
There's a nice thread on "X" or maybe it was a TikTok from a rebranding specialist pointing out that just sticking an "X" logo on your web site without retiring/replacing all the rest is about as shoddy as you can get (no surprise from Mr Musk) So Tweet/Twitter is still all through the interface and on the Apple App (and Play Store App) etc.
What's Oracle's endgame here? It's clearly having the effect of moving people onto Open Source or newer supported versions of Java. So people faced with a bill are using stuff which Oracle dont really want you to use and hence charge support? It's a bit like paying for Windows 7 extended support.
Clearly they can't compete and make money with the free Open Source builds, so are they just trying to clear out the Java legacy mess and raking in $$$ in the meantime?? Or is there some other more Oracle like scheme afoot.
Also the case of the size of the deployment and how many of the complex bells and whistles are in use. A lot of apps are heading SaaS now, so suspect required foot prints for local VMware deployments are shrinking. Budgets are tightening, so switching to "inclusive" Windows + HyperV or an open source option (Proxmox/Xen Orchestra + XCP-NG) - especially when it's time for another hardware refresh which gives the option of ditching VXRail et al?
Not just VMware is legacy tech, running anything other than a small local Virtualisation stack is likewise a legacy strategy?
VMware heading the way of legacy tech? Becomes increasing expensive to maintain, new customers hard to find?
Broadcom likely to try to trap existing customers, but because it's a virtualisation platform, migration to a.n.other solution isn't as much of a pain, though some of the more interesting open source based options will be nice when they are finished?
Given Oracle's history, can't really believe that there current position is any more than marketing noise?
Oracle Linux - at a guess it runs Oracle's Cloud and its deployed elsewhere just to run Oracle Databases? Be very surprised if anyone is running good chunks of it's infrastructure on it. Maybe they wanted the RedHat compatibility to enable it to play nice with all the enterprise kit without having to nag other enterprise level suppliers to add Oracle Linux to the supported list, but that may be history now if they are on the supported lists anyway?
And how many hardware device drivers in the kernel running on a VM Host - I won't expect to see any really, just the Hypervisor specific drivers - so Rocky et al would only be able to run on the same Hypervisors - which may in themselves be custom variants of the standard ones e.g. Azure not quite HyperV, AWS not quite QEMU/Xen?? Only really VMware would be safe?
Anyway, won't then run on physical tin??
Rocky Ground (Sorry probably been done!)
IBM quite used to running closed Ecosystems which have trapped corporates in the past - the dreaded Legacy lock in - so cutting off the Red Hat clones closes an escape door?
Yes you can jump to a.n.other Linux provided you can port your Applications, get Enterprise support for your hardware, etc - but the choice has been drastically reduced?
Do these systems respect internal corporate security boundaries?
Pile in your in corporate data - ask interesting questions - get "interesting" answers that you're not supposed to be privy too? Or are even right?
Anyone else looking at AI as a Nutrimatic Drinks Despenser - outputs almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.?
I consolidated on GD a while back - cheap and a complete lack of marketing push was one reason and support for sub-domains (NS records) was another - and I still have a free legacy workspace!
Looks like SquareSpace doesn't support NS records, and I'll be seeing even more marketing? I guess- time to look again!
Three have a mast sharing deal with EE - so EE and Three work here, but Vodafone and O2 don't (hence no Smart Meters either - they are Telefonica/O2 only "down south"). Get out of the village and we can see the Vodafone mast, so inverse coverage!
Would a Vodafone/Three merger result in losing the EE mast share = worsen choice?
I know market forces and all that, but surely one national fault tolerant Mobile provider is the way to go - think of all the duplicate resources that are wasted having multiple providers putting a masts up all over to provide "choice" - all needing power - all pushing up CO2? We got one PowerGrid, one water delivery network, one sewage network, why not one comms network??
Seems poor messaging (sorry!) again. Suspect behind the scenes this is related to using Outlook + Teams + Edge as a fence around corporate data protection policies etc.
Imagine they could be doing something similar to enable more limited functions in MS 365 Home/Family - e.g. at present my screen time "reports" for the kids just complain they are using Chrome - since they've been indoctrinated by their schools (and me I guess, at least until Edge became Chrome based) to use "Google" (as they call Chrome!)
Except the cost of buying, licensing, supporting and running that "thin client" is as much as running a PC? We've been around this loop so many times now - x-windows, Citrix, etc, etc.
Even Chromebooks - light and cheap - aren't cheap and have enough power to run a Linux/Windows VM now?!
The Frameworks have the resellers compete for the best discounts on a base price and "added value" - so that competition keeps procurement teams happy I guess. Resellers gain as (expensive) foot in the door? Procurement much less happy when things are direct and you can't make a case that there are alternative products when usually there are, but usually the costs to change are bonkers!
That's a big bill - suspect a lot of Azure, Dynamics and added services included in that one!