* Posts by OtotheJ

26 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Jul 2016

Looks like the party's over, folks: Global PC sales set to shrink as Windows 10 upgrade cycle tails off, says Gartner


Re: "there will not be a Windows 11"

In Shock News... Technology moves on!

Are you still expecting to receive digital broadcasts on your CRT portable TV?

I get that Capitalism is at work here but really? You expect to never have to upgrade your PC hardware?

The Six Million Dollar Scam: London cops probe Travelex cyber-ransacking amid reports of £m ransomware demand, wide-open VPN server holes


Patching +

Don't believe that fully patched systems are going to protect you from attack.

On a daily basis we are seeing phishing emails that lead to legitimate looking Google/365/LinkedIn web pages where people merrily give away their usernames and passwords.

Focus on educating people as well as patching systems

Apple kills iTunes, preps pricey Mac Pro, gives iPad its own OS – plus: That $999 monitor stand


Re: "because according to this article’s author, you’re an idiot too."

Most corporates have a 3 year refresh cycle because that's how long the warranty lasts. It doesn't necessarily mean that it's no longer fit for purpose. I have a bunch of laptops >5 years old still in production use. It's also trivial and inexpensive to upgrade memory and hard disk to extend their lives and improve performance.

On the other hand, I have a shelf of <5 year old iMacs which can't be used because they're under-specced for today's software and not economically upgradeable.

Yes, I've done my ROI sums, time and time again, Mac never comes out as the winner.

Apple bestows first hardware upgrades in years upon neglected iPad Mini and Air lines


Re: Because it works.

Support phone calls from my son when he had an iPhone 6 - Daily

Support phone calls from my son now he has an Android device - Never

I know which ecosystem I'd prefer to be in!


Re: Author has more snark than knowledge

So you've only ever bought the one lightning cable then? Famed for their durability!

2018's Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop is a lovely lappie


Wow, with it being so easy to install, is 2018 the year of Linux on the Desktop?

No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft


Thanks to all those taking the time to tell us that they're using or moving to Open/Libre Office.

Perhaps you can come and help us Windows morons in the corporate world migrate our estates to FOSS. Given the savings you could confidently predict, I'm sure you could command a princely salary!

Lap-slabtop-mobes with Snapdragon Arm CPUs running Windows 10: We had a quick gander


Re: Continued suport for Microsoft crap software!

'Re' surgent Linux?!

One-third of mobile users receive patchy to no indoor coverage

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Here's a revolutionary idea...

Why not connect a telephone (you can even buy wireless ones these days) to your broadband line? It works for me!

Look at the coverage checkers for any of the providers here in the UK and they will all tell you they won't guarantee indoor coverage.

Additional bonus is that you can play Candy Crush at the same time as listening to your mother when she calls!

Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails


I wonder why it's *still* not the year of Linux on the desktop

Perhaps the fact that as evidenced by the comments above, no-one can agree of the best distro/desktop combination!

What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years


We've enabled these lock-ins

Remember that a large proportion of mobile device users want to upgrade to the latest hardware every two years when their contract expires.

This acceptance of obsolescence paves the way for device manufacturers to not care about keeping older devices up to date.

Also with PC sales apparently in decline because of everyone's rush to buy mobile devices instead and the implicit acceptance of the fact that many of these devices are only capable of running their native OS means that devices that allow those of us that require it, to install their preferred OS look less and less likely every day.

Come in HTTP, your time is up: Google Chrome to shame leaky non-HTTPS sites from January


Re: This is proper and important step and I hope other browsers will do the same

But the reality is that most webmasters of small sites will not implement a cert and as others have mentioned, Chrome will become the boy who cried wolf.

I'll stick to Edge :-)

Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software


Re: Why not just grow up?

I'm with you, there is only a very small minority of consumers outside the enterprise who don't expect a PC to just work out of the box.


Re: How many consumers want a pc with no OS?

I think an even better analogy would be something else which requires an OS like a TV, the majority of consumers would like to buy one which does everything they want out of the box whilst a minority would use it simply as a monitor.

The majority of consumers rocking up to PC World don't understand what an OS does for them so assume that Windows is required. They certainly don't want to arse about installing another OS.

Spoof an Ethernet adapter on USB, and you can sniff credentials from locked laptops


Re: Yes, that's one of the bad design decisions of USB

...Not so good if you've plugged in a new USB keyboard before logging on :-)

Sophos Windows users face black screens after false positive snafu


Re: ''All vendors suffer them from time to time''

Thanks for reminding me:

Linux = Great

Windows = Not So Great

For a moment there, I thought I was reading an article and comments about an Anti-Virus vendor.

$329 for a MacBook? Well, really a 'HacBook' built on an old HP


Re: Sounds like a bargain....

Yes, they've also conveniently forgotten that the 2560p weighs a ton!


Sounds like a bargain....

...until a quick eBay search shows that a similarly specced EliteBook 2560p sells for sub £100.

What more exactly are the Hacbook charlatans offering?

Web pages, Word docs, PDF files, fonts – behold your latest keys to infecting Windows PCs


Re: Are you seriously telling me...

The community being referred to is made up of those who smugly post on these forums detailing how they aren't affected by any of this because they run Linux.

I use Linux on some machines and think it's great but Linux evangelists need to get a grip and realise that it's not ready to be used on the majority of corporate or home desktops.

Until this is understood and development of Linux concentrates on displacing Windows in these environments, Windows will continue to dominate as it has no real competition.

I fear that I could be waiting a long time....

Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?


Re: Then the "experienced" W10 user showed me the path to power-down

Power button is too easy. Don't you know you haven't turned it off properly if you haven't done it from the command line?


Re: You missed a lot

Also Windows 10 on Phone and Desktop offers quite powerful Device Management and monitoring tools which are particularly useful for home users as they can be used to monitor and manage your kid's devices.


Re: That'll be a NOPE


I want my TV, kettle, toaster, car, phone etc to keep working forever also. Seems like quite a lot to ask though.


The fact is that no other OS vendor is interested in usurping Windows on the Enterprise desktop probably due in part to the number of legacy (and usually mission critical) applications that need to be supported.

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push


Re: Minty?

But haven't you just put your finger on the issue? Techies are more than happy to have more than one machine, it's fine to have a spare 'just for updating my sat-nav now and then', ordinary people only want one machine to do everything.

Again, until the Linux development community can stop navel gazing and turn their OS into one that device manufacturers see as credible, it will remain the preserve of techies and their unfortunate relatives.


Re: Updates off - Rock on

I get the feeling that many of those posting here haven't actually tried Windows 10, preferring the Hair Shirt of Linux and the badge of credibility it bestows upon its users.

Like a previous poster had with Mint, I too have seen impressive cold boot to working times on older hardware with Windows 10.

I've upgraded friends and family machines to Windows 10 and like another previous poster with Linux, I also haven't had any support calls. I'm discounting my mother who can't cope with her browser window minimised down.

I agree that a Linux installation is fine for most basic tasks but my experience is that once you need anything else, you're into the word of being trolled on Linux forums because you don't know as much as you should.

If Linux is ever going to be a serious alternative to Windows on the desktop, those developing it need to fundamentally understand that they are not simply making it for use by their own.