Re: So no-one's....
66 posts • joined 24 Oct 2016
But many of those people DO pay Google for G Suite. So it's not like they are whining about not getting service for a free product.
Personally I only use my Gmail for Google services (analytics, console etc). The Gmail interface feels like I'm back at nursery school. It's just horrible, good that they still allow IMAP access.
I've just today moved one of my primary email accounts to my server provider who has just rolled out their own cloud email service using Axigen https://www.axigen.com
The pricing is very competitive, it includes mobile sync, calendar, todo lists etc, and the web interface is very grown up (Apple mail/ thunderbird like).
Now try sending that text abroad. Won't be so "free" anymore.
Look, WhatsApp has become a necessary evil. Even more so now that Facebook own it, but I'm not going to force a client to use a communication service of MY choice, it's always their choice. Otherwise, you know, they will find another service provider.
This story is more about how lazy people are to add a number to their phone. Is it really that hard to type in someone's phone number.
I miss Pidgin..... but can't use it anymore because all these modern communication apps are proprietary.
Maybe when it comes to laptops although the Air is still the best looking lightweight laptop out there.
But when it comes to desktop computing... I really don't understand what you are talking about. The new Mac Pro looks NOTHING like any of the competition. Only the HP Elite Slice seems to be close to the new Mac Mini.
"Email is the lowest common denominator - everyone has an email address"
Sorry but you are misguided. I know some very old folk who don't have email, never had and never will.
And I know plenty of young people who don't have one either. Their email address is their phone number. Ever since Facebook changed the sign up from requiring an email to just requiring a phone number, more and more young people just don't do email. Or quite a few who have forgotten the password years ago and never bothered to reset, or forgot the security questions they answered. They just live without email, I know it seems crazy but that is how it is.
I don't get why people moan about the subscription model price (they are probably people who would never buy/need it). It's $50 a month where I am for the full creative suite. I use Photoshop on a near daily basis, I use Illustrator occasionally and I also use Adobe Fonts for some of my online work. I use Acrobat too but that could be replaced with a free alternative. Adobe Media Encoder is pretty handy although Handbrake can do some of what it delivers. $600 a year, even if you were only going to upgrade every 4 years on the purchase software (which is a pretty long cycle), is still only $2200 which is half the price of the old boxed set. It's a great deal for creative professionals.
Adobe is kind of at a saturation point. All the people who want CC have it. Investors hate this as they want exponential growth, hence the purchase of other businesses to try to appease investors. Frankly, I couldn't give a rats arse about the investors; they can pull their money but the business will survive. The software allows me to do my work, with many great features, some of which now do several hours of work in one click that takes seconds. Content Aware was recently brought to video in After Effects which has changed the industry in a major way. This sort of thing has been requested for years.
Credit to them for getting it fixed. What other company would go to such lengths and costs to make a customer happy?
Reminds me of back in my school days and being a bit nerdy hanging out in the computer classroom with a couple of mates, just trying to change stuff and see what happens. Was a common hack going around that would set all the colours of the desktop in win 3.1 to black. When the next person logged in, the entire screen was black and the head of computing had to come and reset it.
That's all the Googlers actually try these things out with... the 1TB+ connection in their office with 50 inch monitors or the very latest smartphone... that IS the real world to them. They even get taken home in a Google bus with wifi. They are aliens in their own city. Most of them probably have no idea what latency is as they never experience it.
There were few graphic elements (a tweet screenshot, an Office 365 calendar invite, a MacOS settings window) but it was certainly easier to read broken up into my own text annotations followed by screenshots. Of course I know that it would be easy to change the content of an email screenshot, but it does look more legitimate to the average client as a screenshot rather than just endless lines of text that can easily be edited my anyone. It's also a lot easier to read.
There's still no excuse for compressing imported images so much; it's not like we are loading 20 floppy disk drives in to do one task anymore; we all have plenty of storage.
LibreOffice handles the importing of text fine, but it's when you come to colours (they are completely different), page layouts, overlapping elements that it fails in being able to import. For example a client recently sent me a multi-coloured word document that would be the homepage of their website where the colours have to be exactly right.
The situation is far from ideal but you just end up using the software that best equips you personally to get your own job done.
Because I was making a report which was referencing emails and it's much easier if everything is in chronological order instead of constantly referring back to other pages.
I did use the Windows snipping tool (and only selected the emails). When importing them into LibreOffice they get so heavily compressed that they become illegible. I mean this is basic stuff that should work out of the box.
I'd also become frustrated with incompatibility with LibreOffice and documents that I was sent. It would be great if they all talked to each other and used roughly the same specs but they don't and I get that that is mostly Microsoft's fault. That being said, I just need to get work done, and in this particular case it was very urgent. I didn't have the time to file a bug report and wait to see if someone might fix it in a future release, and all my clients use Office or Pages. I don't have a single one on LibreOffice.
Have they fixed the bug where embedding a screenshot blurs the image enough to render it unreadable?
That was pretty much the sole reason I bought Office 365. I was urgently sending a client records of emails using screenshots and in LibreOffice I couldn't read the text. Gave up and installed Office.
Because it's cheaper for a small business of 30 people or less to pay Microsoft or Google a couple of hundred bucks a month to run all their email and shared calendars than it is to hire an IT admin full time and pay for dedicated servers and email software akin to the cloud offerings (standard IMAP just isn't the same).
Maybe it goes down a few hours a month but it's not the end of the world for the majority of businesses. Inconvenient and frustrating but not fatal. And the cost difference is substantial.
"Instagram is not a messaging app"
Would be interesting for someone to write an article on the original concept of an app, and whether its use case changes if enough users decide to use it in a different way? If you have any contact with the younger generation, most of them are messaging on IG now. It's their main messaging app. Another example is Tinder - made to arrange quick bonk, but is used by many many woman as a dating app.
This is why I don't buy stuff from Amazon. By doing so you are green lighting their horrible treatment of employees, demanding that taxpayers make up the shortfall in wages, and hammering the nail into the coffins of high street retailers.
We'll all be living entirely in our own Matrix pods soon.. I hope people will be happy with that.
"You could prevent it from automatically identifying and tagging you in pictures that anyone else takes and uploads."
How can I do this when I've never had a facebook account? And how do they get away with allowing me to be tagged (thus making some sort of shadow account on me) without my consent? Surely this is against some sort of data protection law? I guess there aren't enough people who have never been on Facebook to make a complaint about it that gains public attention?
If it only had posts and media then fine. Please tell me how wordpress is NOT a content management system? 30% of the web uses it to manage their website's content.
Probably like trying to say snapchat is only for sexting. It was originally made for that, but is now used by millions to share content, messages and communicate.
Wordpress was originally made only for blogging, but has since evolved to be a pretty decent CMS.
Also you probably should complain to wiki if you feel that strongly about it: "WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL."
It's worse than that. The more plays an artist gets per month, the more the artist is paid per play. It's not a flat rate per play for all, like you would assume would be fair.
He was probably getting 0.0004 p per play since he was in the top 50. Others get much less. If you generate 10s of millions of plays a month, sure you can get a decent return, everyone else is stuffed.
Premiere is probably not that widely used but I would say Lightroom is very popular with Photographers. You may find that InDesign is used by many graphic houses for layouts but I wouldn't know about that.
And even then... if they had only created Photoshop... what a creation. Think how many people in the world have job because of that program.
I hope they don't alienate all their windows users who install this and then spend ages looking for their "dock".
If it's a native app then good, but going on a previous comment, it looks like just a frame that loads a webpage that takes up loads of memory so more pain than it's worth.
Tried Trello at the beginning, all my colleagues and I loved it for about 2 days then slowly just began to fall out with it and never used it again. Can't put my finger on what about the app that turned us away... perhaps it's not wanting to do housekeeping which managing your boards feels like in a way. Or the subconscious way it leads you to move all boards to the far right to get them finished, sometimes without having completed the task fully.
We went back to email, phone and chat which seems to work absolutely fine.
Dumping all the plugins was the final straw for me. Australis was the start of the slippery slope. I really can't fathom how they don't understand that a lot of people used Firefox exactly because it didn't behave and look like Chrome and that they could customise it however they wanted. And they've spent the last 3 years trying to make it more and more like Chrome. And that idiot from Mozilla who said that "only 40% of users use any plugins" so we can just ignore them.....
I've probably been using Firefox for around the last 10 years, and I finally dumped it last week. I've switched to Vivaldi, which, I know is based on Chromium, but the whole ethos behind it reminds me of how Firefox was before. Hopefully it stays that way. I can't get it exactly how I ran Firefox but I guess I have about 90% of my customisations.
Because I don't want to install an app just to send a file?
And if I need a client to send me some large files, there is no way I'm going to tell them to install an app so that they can. If I can send them a link, then they can drag and drop a password protected zip file and it's almost done - it's so much easier. The key can be shared in a chat app that supports end to end encryption - easy, and they can tell me the zip password over the phone. Nothing I deal with needs more security measures than this.
Things like WeTransfer have offered a similar service for years. There are use cases for this sort of thing. I would love it if everyone could use FTP but it's very rare that you find someone who even knows what it is these days.
Dual SIM here as it's only free to call the same network on monthly payment plans or pre-paid promos, and cheaper to text the same network if using pre-paid. I hardly make any calls, but people can call me if they want (there are only 2 networks where I live).
I guess the researchers need to get out more and realise that non apple phones can and do have more than one sim in them. I would also point out that I have another sim card in the pocket wifi (backup internet connection), which I guess counts as another "subscription".
I see quite a few people carry a "dumb" phone because the batttery lasts for days, so that they can still communicate if the smart phone is dead (which it frequently is).
But of course the percentage doesn't sound as good if they actually think about it...
How about pointing to an open standard that is around now that can compete with the functionality you can get in flash?
I remember some really incredible sites (one that comes to mind is Jim Carrey's old one), and it would cripple all but the very high powered computers to do anything even remotely like that using modern open standards.
I've got nothing against retiring technologies, but doing it before there is something else that can do the same job seems a shame.
One example I can think of is a client wanted an animated logo on their splash page. The swf is 16kb, the jquery version is 205kb. Is that really progress?
Just because many people use a technology in a bad way, doesn't mean you should get rid of it. Should we just ban all music because of the likes of bieber et al?
No one has pointed out people who work with 2, 3 or more screens. Like stock brokers for instance. Rather than having 3 screens with 3 power cords, running off several graphics drivers, this could be good as a solution. I use two 22inch screens slightly pointing inwards to each other. A curved screen might to the job... the price has to come down significantly first though...
"Ev Williams, the cofounder of Twitter and Medium, has revealed that he'll be selling a large chunk of his stock in the microblogging site to fund other activities."
"After a year and a half of no selling, I have filed a new 10b5‑1 plan to liquidate a minority of my TWTR over the next year," he said on Medium."
A large chunk or a minority of his stake... well, which is it? Or maybe you don't know but 'a large chunk' will get the keyboard warriors angry?
$69 a share down to $14 a share... and they are still losing half a billion a year. The mind boggles, it really does...
Yes, but it would not have helped in this case since she had her device stolen. Yes she is a fool for keeping the content on a device she was carrying around or left out but unfortunately we cannot blame the idiots who upload their nudes to the cloud in this particular case.
Nothing wrong with having your own sex tapes I suppose... it's your life. But keep them on an external drive locked in a safe.
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