I think at this point it’d be MagSafe 3 as I’m sure they updated it a while before they then discontinued it.
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It’s not very widespread, but it exists. I used it in a rental car and it was flawless and a great experience.
I also had a wireless CarPlay dongle for my own car stereo that I tested. It worked, but had some niggles that made me switch back to just using a cable (as highlighted in the article, sometimes a cable just works best).
Exactly. They keep their formula because it works, probably takes minimal R&D, and there are a hardcore band of customers who will stick with it and partly because they don't like those new-fangled trackpads without buttons, for example.
I've never gotten the appeal myself, but they have been consistently decent in companies I've seen them deployed, which I guess is the point. I would never part with my own cash for one, though.
.. of lamenting throwing out or not keeping intact that original Furby or Tamagotchi?
I sold my single Bitcoin some years ago for $100 profit and was pretty pleased. They’re so slow and actually hard to sell that I’d probably be losing sleep how to offload the damn thing before it dropped $10K in value. I actually ended up buying Amazon vouchers because any other way of offloading was too convoluted. I’m sure most people making money in this market are leveraged trading rather than ever owning a coin.
It feels like Twitter et al have too much power.
As the tweet in the article states, it suited them to have him tweeting for so long. Now they shut down his voice. Is that right?
Much of the The sensationalist mainstream media and social media have become a scourge on our society. I hope they are reigned in, somehow.
- Formidable specs? Bang average if you ask me.
- Dated design - but some like it so why change it, I agree. But those bezels don’t look “ultra thin” to me.
- Nipple mouse - some comments here slating track pads - clearly never used a good one. Palm rejection is essential but some companies have nailed it. Nipple mouse can be slow and lack precision.
- 16:9 is tough for productivity
Ultimately it’s clear the reviewer is a ThinkPad fan. That’s perfectly fine, I know they exist in droves and I’ve used them in the past and enjoyed the experience in a “they’re reliable in business settings” kind of way. But sometimes I sense those fans haven’t tried another premium laptop in some time and don’t know what they’re missing. This is a lot of money to drop on a machine and some solid research would be advised before just going the “same but upgraded” path.
Apple are not calling it macOS 11. That's The Register labelling it as such (though version 11 is shown in the Apple > About menu).
Apple have dropped the OS X moniker some time ago in favour of macOS and will no doubt continue to use California landmark names for the foreseeable future.
FWIW I hated Windows 10.
However, installing in more recently for some project VMs, it's actually now a much nicer to use operating system than Windows 7 overall. Of course, I install a start menu alternative still (or Cairo Shell). I was coloured impressed. Also the new PowerTools is cool.
If you've not tried it lately I'd recommend spinning up a VM to see what's changed :)
On a slightly different note, I remember when the Nokia 7650 came out, and I got my paws on one. If memory serves me correctly, this was the first consumer mobile phone with an integrated camera (The Sony Ericsson T10i had a camera module add on but not many people had it).
I distinctly remember taking photos on nights out and people being in complete awe of the fact my phone had a camera built in, and a reasonably decent one (for the time) at that. I also had an infrared TV remote control app, much fun in bars and pubs. Also, you could record short video clips in a terrible resolution by installing an obscure German T-Mobile java app.
The phone had just 4MB memory but it was easy to move photos to my PC using Bluetooth to free up memory.
Of course now NOT having a camera on your phone is the strange thing...
I once got a deal on a PC that had been attacked by the owner's neighbour ... with a shovel.
The (at the time impressive) 19" CRT display had a couple of nice gashes in the top of the casing, but still worked. The base unit was a little worse for wear but I transferred all the components into a new case and it worked fine. The hard drive *did* have a few bad sectors marked, but it didn't deteriorate in the time that followed.
I never did find out what made the neighbour so angry, and why he decided to take out his anger on a poor, helpless PC with a shovel, of all things.
Sales are down simply because buying a new PC is no longer something you need to do every couple of years just in order to run the latest software (let's ignore gaming as serious PC gaming tends to be a niche).
My desktop PC at its core is 8 years old. All I've upgraded since the original build is storage (SSD + larger HDDs) and the graphics card (the original was cheap and basic). But at its core, everything I need to run still runs and generally very well. The only exception being audio and video rendering, where it is starting to show its age.
My laptop is two years old and as fast as the day I bought it. It should last me several years
I still use both over and above any other tech. Tablets are no good to me - I like to (properly) multitask. My phone gets slower by design (forced OS upgrades) and thus I MUST update it every couple of years (just like the olden days of desktops) else face more and more frustration.
I don't believe the PC is anywhere close to a death spiral even in the home environment. Consumers just don't need to be spending their money on it as often, so the stats are skewed.
Developments like the Surface are just designed to find a new niche or reason to part people with cash. Just like the iPad finally got the tablet right, MS are looking for the next revolution/evolution.
I have some "Smart light bulbs", very expensive WiFi jobbies at £99 a pop.
When they work, they are great.
I must've lost more than an hour in the past year performing software updates (on a lightbulb!!!) and having to re-set/reconnect them to WiFi, swearing at them when they are on but I'm unable to turn them on / off without a diagnostic process.
All so that I can set them to any colour or level I want.
Is it worth it? I'm not so sure anymore...
I don't like how this is written. Surely they decide "which of their components they will write drivers for". It's not like they're going to ship new components. It's up to the OS/drivers to support the hardware, not the other way around.
Everywhere I look there are PCs at work. I still use one.
I think one of the key issues is that they don't need replacing so often. Most workplace software doesn't need the latest processors anymore. So things only get replaced when they're REALLY old (still decommissiong the odd Pentium 4 machine here!) and we've taken to refreshing machines with extra RAM and SSDs.
So, sure, manufacturer's might see their bottom line shrinking. But I don't see tablets replacing PCs in the enterprise any time soon.
Yeah but if say 70% of the Android market is "landfill" then the logic would be that many of those users would not be looking to spend money on apps as their disposable income would be less. Also many may not even know what an "app" is and have just ended up with an Android phone as they needed a mobile and that's what was on sale that day.
Couldn't agree more.
When shopping around for a laptop, I get increasingly pissed off at how many are still running 1360 x 768, especially when it's a supposed "premium" product.
Even 1440 x 900 shows at least some thought has been given on the screen spec, especially on 13" and lower models.
where there may be other people in the car when it pulls up.
Ummm... surely half the point of a car is you don't have to put up with other fuckwits exhibiting anti-social behaviour such as overly loud iPod earphones, snorting and sneezing, invading your personal space etc.
"...The majority of the world's population live elsewhere."
I think similar situations could arise anywhere, in fact just think back to Virgin dropping Sky's channels for the same reasons, until they sorted it out. The only difference in the UK is that we are very much used to receiving our TV through an aerial, whereas Cable TV is extremely commonplace in the US.
Internet radio licencing took a massive hike in fees several years ago. I remember Live365 lobbying against it and in the end the fee hikes went through. Internet radio is vastly more expensive to licence than traditional radio as you actually have to pay per user, per minute/song. So each listener actually costs money from a licensing point of view, and the more popular you are, the more you pay in licencing. Of course, in theory, the more popular you are, the more you can charge for advertising but things don't always work out that way.
Traditional radio has a fixed licence cost and that's that, and it's considerably less per user, per minute/song so long as they have decent audience reach.
Whilst I think that Pandora's lobbying for "fairness" is correct in principle, I don't like they way they make it sound like they're doing the world a favour. They're just trying to increase their margins and that's that.
However, for Internet broadcasters as a whole, hobbyists and so forth, fair licencing fees would be very welcome.
I've always thought SSD drives prices scale well (unlike spinning discs which tend to have a sweet spot in terms of price/capacity). Though I think the very top end drives are just too pricey for most (because they double in price as they double in capacity), and because the lower capacities shift more, the middle-men are probably getting a bulk discount so the price is skewed slightly.