Re: The problem with Notes
...and the fact that the client was single-threaded, which made it slow, especially if the network was clogged. It wanted to sync? Just wait until it's over, no point in trying to do anything else.
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They weren't alone: as I recall (as an ex-practitioner of that particular craft on PC Magazine), every non-Apple mag had to practically get down on their hands and knees and pray obeisance to the great black-jumpered one (for it was he in those days) to get review kit, and even then you'd be lucky unless you promised favourable results. So we didn't...
I too was a TB addict. But since the browser now renders my provider's emails in pretty much any way I want, I couldn;t see the point in a separate app. I now - like everyone else and despite my best instincts - live in the browser. It's a bit like OS wars: ultimately, I don't really care about the OS, I care about the information and the apps. Life's too short.. mutter mutter...
Tell that to my home colour laser printer. I had wastefully to bin it because one tiny piece of plastic - the part that secures the flappy paper sensor - broke, so it refused to believe there wasn't a paper jam. I explained it to the machine on multiple occasions, and even 3D printed a replacement but all for naught. A new printer cost only £250...
Or does Google think that despite not wanting to watch ads inserted at random points into videos I'm enjoying that I will be any more willing to rush out and buy the product/service? I'm not alone in my firm policy of not knowingly buying anything I've seen advertised: in doing so I'd not only have paid both with my time/data/electricity, I'd be paying more overall through higher prices incurred by paying for the company's advertising budget.
I don't think so.
I made the mistake of buying not one buyt three of those, thinking each one was an exception. They're fragile. The first two pretty much came apart in my hands, the third I sold because it was inordinately noisy and ran very hot. At last I got the message: not going there again.
I would recommend looking at a 17-inch LG Gram. It probably wouldn't give Liam's X1 a run for its money, but my six-month-old version is very light, is fast and thin - and despite its 17-inch screen, it costs £600 less than an X1. I still think it's the best laptop I've ever used - and I've been using (and occasionally reviewing) them fior 30+ years.
Have to say that, following 20 years of buying IBM ThinkPads then Lenovo kit of various sorts, usually updating on a three-year cycle, the last two or three systems have disappointed. Cost-cutting shows. Creaky hinges, display backs that fall off or aren't very secure andhinges that fail have all happened over time. It's not even as if the machines had a hard life, certainly not in the last five or six years.
Took me too long to switch vendors: six months ago I bought a 17-inch LG Gram and couldn't be happier with its rock-solid performance and reliability. I can't see me returning to Lenovo.
LO offers a choice of UI. I've tried them all, including the much-vaunted ribbon - which looks like a splurge of icons has been vomited onto the screen. By contrast, the standard toolbar option, looking much like that found in the last half-decent MS Office, ie 2003, is all most people will need. It's simple, intuitive and highly customisable.
Reminds me of someone who for <reasons> shall remain nameless.
He inserted an SD card into his new digital camera - this was back in the early noughties. It didn't want to go in. So instead of turning it round and trying again he used welly. It broke the socket and he had to pay to get it repaired.
It's all of a piece. Given that users will use way more force than you'd imagine necessary, why are we still designing connectors that only work one way round? If it were me, I'd design a card with contacts on both sides so it wouldn't matter which way round it was inserted.
Oh wait: costs....
Sadly, not just managers. Lost count of the number of times I've shown people that crtl-s is way way quicker than mousing over to the File menu, dropping down to the Save option and clicking. Only to be told that they need to get the document finished by xxx time, and can't be bothered with learning new stuff. Sigh.
Consistent naming is a real problem.
Vendors are the worst for renaming technologies in order to claim them. When I was starting out in tech journalism, it drove me crazy chasing down various definitions only to find they all meant the same thing.
But it seems that many (most?) people who write stuff, instructions or not, don't think about the confusion they cause. I call it write-only writing.
Yep. Most people aren't interested in computers, or in operating systems. They want to run apps. Oh look, Linux is free and light on resources, I'll try it on this old laptop as I only need web browsing and emails.
Two hours later, they're still reading through the multiple distro lists....