* Posts by Smirnov

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Windows 11 still not winning the OS popularity contest

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Windows 11 works fine on my old Ivy Bridge EP workstation, as well as on a number of other unsupported systems including a Dell tablet/convertible PC that originally came with Windows 8.1. And it runs better on all these systems than Windows 10 ever did.

Now, if only MS stopped pushing ads, annoying nag screens and bug-ridden updates to Windows 11, that would be great.

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Re: MS offering wrong motivations?

"By the time MS introduced Windows NT, the business desktop was divided among MS compliant hardware and macOS compliant, the latter using a main chip of differing architecture to that for which Windows was compiled."

WindowsNT didn't just run on x86, it also ran on Alpha AXP, MIPS and PowerPC (the latter which also became Apple's platform of choice). There were even Macs (Mac clones) which ran Mac OS and WindowsNT.

Just a shame that there were mostly zero native apps for the non-x86 platforms on Windows (on Alpha, you at least could work around that with DEC's FX!32 translator to run x86 programs).

Intel reveals pay-to-play Xeon features with software-defined silicon

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Re: This is quite common

Not sure why you're downvoted, as this is very true. The T&M industry has, for a long time, more or less a racket where they charge you extra for functionality that already is baked into any of their test instruments - both in hardware and software.

Which is probably why the traditional T&M vendors like Keysight or Tektronix (who's been struggling to make a decent scope since the end of the analog era) are getting eaten alive from from the bottom end by Chinese manufacturers like Siglent and Rigol.

If Apple's environmental rhetoric is meaningful, Macs and iPads should converge

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Pointless article

I fail to see the point the article wants to make. From an environmental perspective, it's doesn't really matter much whether Apple sells two products which, supposedly, are similar (even though they are not), instead of just one. For a given number of buyers, whether they all buy iPads or whether sales are split between iPad and MBA, the environmental footprint is roughly the same.

Also, all the complaints about iPads not running mac OS fail to to see why iPad is literally the only tablet platform that is successful in that market (Windows tablets like MS Surface are only doing OK, not great, and are mostly used as laptop replacements; Android tablets have been a complete failure) - which is *not* just running a full desktop OS on tablet hardware but an OS that has been designed around the priorities and (often unique) properties of a tablet.

Most Apple customers see this the same way, which is why iPads and Macs are so successful in making Apple a lot of $$$. Why Apple would want to follow the author's advice, which amounts to little more than asking Apple to replicate the failures of its competitors, is anyone's guess.

Windows 10 – a 7-year-old OS – is still having problems with the desktop and taskbar

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Re: That's because it's shit

Windows' underlaying design is actually pretty good, which isn't surprising when considering that many parts were influenced by the design of other great operating systems like VMS.

The main reason why we see all these Windows issues is simply that Microsoft always had a habit of prioritizing features over function/stability, and the addition of "agile" into the mix has only made this worse.

And it's not just Windows, we see the same kinds of issues with other Microsoft products like office, (the now dead) Exchange server, Sharepoint and even with Microsoft's cloud service Azure. All suck because of what Microsoft does to them.

Lenovo marks 30 years of ThinkSystem with slew of new kit

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Re: Claiming some lineage from the Server 95

Thought the same. We had lots of IBM 8595 and 9595, amongst other PS/2 systems, back in the day, and there is pretty much nothing of what made these machines great and unique that can be found in any Lenovo product.

But then, it was a different IBM back then than it is today, and Lenovo is nothing like either of them.

Document Foundation starts charging €8.99 for 'free' LibreOffice

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Re: I'd pay

Yes, Pages saves by default in .pages format (which is more robust than .doc/.docx) while leaving the original Word file unchanged. So what's the problem? You just make your changes, save in native format in between, and when you're done just export as Word file.

The way Pages handles this much better than say LibreOffice Writer which happily opens a Word file, damages its layout and writes the damaged content back to the original file.

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Re: Why

Not sure what you mean with Pages/Numbers being more “format focused”, and as someone who regularly uses all three packages (MS Office, LibreOffice and Apple Pages/Numbers/Keynote) for work I can tell you that typing content before formatting works with Apple’s programs as good/bad as with the two other office packages (i.e., they are all WYSIWYG editors which always show formatted text). There’s nothing fundamentally different with what Apple’s programs do.

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Re: I'd pay

Every Mac comes with Apple’s Pages (word processor), Numbers (spreadsheets) and Keynote (presentation), all working much better than their LibreOffice counterparts.

Funny enough, Apple’s programs are also able to deal with MS formats much better than LO.

US car industry leads the world in production cuts over chip shortages

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Re: Here's an idea -

Unfortunately the reality is that it's not the highly integrated chips used for entertainment system which are the problem, the shortage is with chips which go into ECUs and which are all built on older, larger processes.

Intel challenges Nvidia, AMD with trio of workstation GPUs

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Re: The workstation market might be small but it churns.

"The workstation market might be small but it churns. Workstations typically get replaced annually whereas typical desktops might be used for years on end."

You really need to present some evidence for that because that's not what I see in the real world (and I spend a lot of time in that part of the market). Hardly anyone replaces workstations annually, because it would be an idiotic move, considering the fact that there are no new/better components every year (the average time between XEON CPU and Quadro GPU generations is closer to 3+ years), plus the components still need to be certified by the ISV.

Out here in the real world, workstations actually see much longer use than desktop PCs, and often only get replaced when the application running on them is replaced, which is more like 4 to 7 years later.

In terms of volume, the workstation market is a niche market that is shrinking by the day, mostly because more and more workloads are shifted onto servers or the cloud, where they can share resources like GPUs. The rest is increasingly dominated by mobile workstations (laptops). Actual high-end machines (like dual CPU HP z8 G4) are like a drop in the ocean in terms of volume sold, compared to other parts of the PC market such as business PCs or consumer PCs.

In any case, the idea that a vendor like intel who already struggles to make it with its discrete GPUs in the consumer market which is quite forgiving to become successful in the workstation segment where stable drivers and ISV certifications are key is preposterous. Just ask AMD, which has been struggling in that market for like forever because when it comes to GPGPU workloads CUDA is king and that means Nvidia (and the rest is often well served with any kind of entry-level or mid-range GPU, like many CAD workstations are). And unlike intel, AMD actually has some good products with stable drivers right now.

Google's ChromeOS Flex turned my old MacBook into new frustrations

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Re: Making a bed to sleep in

"You could install a later version of macOS onto a Mac forced into obsolescence by Apple by using a patcher from DosDude1, "

Don't do it! Even DosDude1 (the creator of the installer patches) now advises to not use them anymore.

There's really no need to go patching macOS installers anymore when OCLP (OpenCore Legacy Patcher) allows installing an unpatched install on unsupported Macs, which then can then run regular OS updates from inside macOS like a supported Mac.

That's how I am running macOS 12 Monterey on an obsolete Mac Pro 2010.

Microsoft extends life of cloud servers from four to six years

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Re: It's great news!

They don't. Most of the Azure stuff runs on top of Linux, not Windows.

CP/M's open-source status clarified after 21 years

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Sanyo MBC-1250

This brings back memories to the Sanyo MBC-1250 I had back in the days, running mostly WordStar and dBase II on top of CP/M. Eventually it was replaced with DOS machines on x86, first a MBC-550 (8086), MBC-16 (8088), MBC-17 (80286) and MBC-18 (386DX16).

Sanyo made some really nice PCs back then.

Broadcom's VMware buy got you worried? Give these 5 FOSS hypervisors a spin

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Lackluster article

I'm sorry but this is a pretty poor article. While Proxmox, Harvester and XCP-NG are indeed valid alternatives to ESXi, listing a management plane (OpenNebula) and desktop hypervisor (Virtualbox? seriously?) in the same breath is, frankly, silly.

What a shame as there there are other alternatives that could have made the list, such as oVirt Node, FreeBSD bhyve or simply KVM+cockpit.

Broadcom takeover deal for VMware faces no rival bids

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Re: Harvester

I'm very interested in SUSE Harvester:

https://harvesterhci.io

Hopefully, by the time the VMware/Broadcom deal goes through, Harvester has matured enough as a suitable replacement for ESXi.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio: Too edgy for comfort?

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Same here, I've been using Windows 11 on two Dell tablets (a Venue 11 Pro 7140 and a Lattitude 11) and (aside from the Windows/Microsoft specific annoyances) it works fine as tablet OS and certainly much better than the abomination that was the UX mess in Windows 10's "touch" UI mode.

Even the touch keyboard works fine (but I still prefer the physical keyboards I have for both tablets).

Apple’s M2 chip isn’t a slam dunk, but it does point to the future

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Re: the M1Max a weird rebranding of dual socket,

It's the M1 Ultra which consists of two CPUs (SoCs, actually) bonded together (there are no sockets with AS so it's still not "dual socket"), the M1 Max is still a single device.

India inks tech pact with EU – only the US has the same deal

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Re: Scam call centres

I agree. And while they're at it, how about closing all those fake degree mills where the only qualification required is the ability to pay?

Why the Linux desktop is the best desktop

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Re: One reason to stay with Windows - Outlook

I have tried Linux. I can get most things to work, but have yet to find a client email package that fully supports Office 365. I'd be interested to know if anyone has found one - I currently have 6 different O365 accounts and 4 others which I can display within my Outlook (Office 2019 on Windows 10) client.

Well, Evolution works OK and supports Exchange and MS365, and the fact that it's essentially a clone of Outlook 97 means it works mostly like the original. Still, it looks and feels like a program from the '90s, and not in a good way.

But yes, finding a good email client has become more challenging, even on Windows. Recent incarnations of Outlook became worse in terms of usability and reliability, and while there are alternatives neither one is particularly great (for example, Thunderbird's UX is horrible, eMClient is buggy, Windows Mail is even more basic than Outlook Express of the old days, Mailbird lacks some features and last time I tried couldn't handle large email accounts without crashing). So while the Windows alternatives to Outlook may look more modern, they aren't necessarily better than what's available on Linux.

Personally, while I use all of the three platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux) I do all my day-to-day stuff on macOS. Apple Mail and Calendar (which are part of macOS) work absolutely fine despite using multiple, very large mailboxes with 10's of thousands of emails in them (don't ask!). If I wanted I could use Microsoft Office (or MS365) apps as well, since it's a MS supported platform.

The march of Macs into the enterprise: Demand is on the increase

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Re: Reluctant Warning

We purchased Mac Mini Server a decade ago with Server OS X Leopard directly from Apple Business.

Really? How did you do that when Leopard was end of support in 2011?

There was an apple OS update that we applied as advised to keep "secure" against new threats, the next day on switching on, all the "server" functions had gone. Just like that.

No surprise, as by 2012 your Leopard installation was without support and 2 or three generations behind the curve.

In addition, Mac OS changed from a dedicated Mac OS Server version (which did cost around $600) to a server app which is less than $100.

Enquiries revealed that despite purchasing the OS as part of the unit, it was no longer supported, we could re-purchase the "app" for a tiny sum but no guarantees from Apple that it would remain supported or not be withdrawn at a later date (and in fact all the useful features such as mail server have since been removed from later versions). They were very coy about it but had a compensation scheme to give you back the value of the app ($20) but only if you were registered in the US. UK (and presumably other) customers were very much "not first class citizens".

This isn't really surprising. If you buy Windows Server 2012 R2 (which is supported until 01/2023) today then in less than a year it will be out of support and if you want a supported OS version then you have to pay.

Your story is more of a warning against letting people who don't know what they are doing making IT purchasing decisions.

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Re: I can see the appeal. Walled garden,

In order to ship any macOS software whatsoever, I have to register with Apple, and send them a copy of every single application I want to ship for them to inspect.

Nonsense. First of all, you only need to send them a copy of your application if you want to sell through the Apple app store for macOS. You don't have to do that to sell or offer your app through anywhere else.

In addition, you only have to register with Apple if you want to use Apple's development toolset (XCode), but there are other compilers and IDEs (like VSCodium) which you can use if you're inclined to do.

Lastly, if your software isn't notarized then the user gets a warning but he can still decide to run your application. Yes, it got more complicated on Apple Silicon (command line) but still it's easily possible to run non-notarized apps on macOS.

macOS absolutely is a walled garden.

No, it's not, and the term doesn't mean what you think it does.

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Re: Not sure they "don't care"

Kind of hard to make a commitment for support when a Patch Tuesday that alters AD behavior can set them scrambling with no notice. So maybe it is better in a way to have Apple's half hearted support, because it doesn't raise your expectations too high.

Or maybe it's simply time as a business to re-consider the complete reliance on Microsoft centric stuff like AD, because even in a Windows only environment it can (and often does) cause great pain (like the mess Microsoft made out of printing, repeatedly).

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Yes, people got burned by the short software life of the G5

Not sure that is correct. The PowerMac G5 was sold from 2003 to 2006, and the last MacOS version that supports it (10.5 Leopard) was fully supported until June 2011 (which is 5 years after end of sale).

Which means depending on when you bought your G5 it was supported for 5 to 9 years.

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Re: Apple don't care for the enterprise

Not true:

https://www.apple.com/uk/support/professional/enterprise/

What Apple hasn't had for a long time was onsite service, and guaranteed reaction times (e.g. 4hrs) are still to come (not sure that is necessary for non-server stuff that Apple sells, though), but Apple most definitely does care for the enterprise market.

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I can see the appeal. Walled garden,

Having developed on Mac maybe 20 years ago, it was a much nicer experience at the time than Windows equivalents. Today, the platform is a bit of a pain because of the walled garden;

Macs aren't "walled gardens", never have been and still aren't today. Yes, macOS does have an app store (as does Windows), but there are no restrictions as to where software needs to come from (a lot of Mac software isn't even on the macOS app store). There's also a ton of 3rd party hardware for Macs.

If anything, Macs are even less of a walled garden than they once used to be when Macs still had some proprietary stuff like expansion slots (NuBus), network protocols (AppleTalk) and certain interfaces (ADB), but this has been history for almost a quarter of a century now.

So I'm not sure where you get the walled garden from as this has never been true.

Windows 11 growth at a standstill amid stringent hardware requirements

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Re: Actually, the HW requirements make some sense to me

When W10 was announced in 2015, as noted you could install it over Windows 7 and 8 systems, supporting hardware back at least from 2000. If W11 supported the same as W10, they'd have to support these old systems until maybe 2030 or later.

That is wrong. Hardware support for Windows 10 already varies based on what Windows 10 version you run (I think the current release is only "supported" on 6th gen Core i and later), so many of the PCs that were supported by early Windows 10 releases are actually already "unsupported" by Microsoft even on Windows 10 (not that this matters much for most users).

There's no reason why MS couldn't support the same hardware for today's Win11 version that's supported by the current Win10 version, or why the Windows 11 version that will be current in say 2025 would need to support the same hardware as today's Windows 11 version.

But lack of "support" of MS for Win11 on anything but the very latest hardware isn't even the problem. The problem are the increasingly invasive barriers to enforce that only "supported" PCs run Windows 11 even if there's no technical reason that requires this (Win11 runs fine on many older PCs that are unsupported, at least if they support SecureBoot and have at least a TPM 1.2). Even when before Microsoft didn't care if a PC was "supported" or not, other than not providing actual "support" (not that their support ever was any good even if your hardware happened to be "supported").

Yet, with Windows 11, they now introduced artificial chicanery to make installation, and worse, continued use, of Windows 11 on PCs that are not "supported" by Microsoft increasingly difficult and annoying.

Intel counters AMD’s big-cache PC chip with 5.5GHz 16-core rival

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Like in the Pentium4 days

So we're essentially back at what intel did during the Pentium4 days, pushing up clock rate and power draw for no other benefits than getting the highest (frequency) numbers on a spec sheet.

It seems intel still has no path out of the quagmire they're in, and no real product to compete with Apple's M1.

Apple's Mac Studio exposed: A spare storage slot and built-in RAM

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Re: RAM

"Frustrating for sure, although more annoying is the built-in RAM"

It's a bloody SOC - what do you expect to see?

Well, AMD's Ryzen and EPYC processors are SoC's, too, and yet the RAM is external.

SoC means that the 'glue logic' (chipset) is integrated, not RAM (there are plenty of SoCs with external RAM).

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Re: Bloody hell...

I'm not convinced. It's been a long time, but my experience of upgrading machines was a pain in the posterior.

I'd say that's more down to your choice of hardware.

I can't remember the last time I really had a major problem with upgrading a PC, but then I just buy business class PCs, laptops and workstations (mostly HP, some Dell), so I don't have to deal with filtering out crappy mobos or bad PSUs. I just upgrade RAM, CPU, storage and GPUs when needed, and that's normally just a breeze.

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Re: Reasonably priced Mac Pro

Build quality is decent. Most of the Macs I see are still useable after 3-5 years. PC laptops are about 3 years tops. (Yes Mac repairability sucks.)

Huh? PC laptops (the quality ones, i.e. business class, not the crap consumer stuff) easily get 5-7 years or more. All while often being in much better shape as, unlike Apple laptops which are made from a soft and dent-prone aluminum alloy, their housings are made from materials that endure abuse much better.

Then there's the comedy that every intel Mac ever made was supported much longer by Apple's direct competitor (Microsoft) than by Apple itself.

Apple does offer a buy-back plan, but I seriously doubt anyone uses it. They really don't pay well for the hardware.

No, they really don't. Just for fun I checked what I would get for my 6 month old Mini M1 (16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 10GBE) which did cost me $1399, and Apple's trade-in website graciously offered me $330 for it.

114 billion transistors, one big meh. Apple's M1 Ultra wake-up call

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Re: I saw the reveal presentation, and, while I'm no fanboy, I was amazed

"The Unified RAM, effectively part of the CPU, is far more efficient and why people are able to do professional level video editing with 'only' 8GB of RAM in the M1 Mac Mini with far lower CPU temperatures and power consumption. If you have an M1 laptop that's a big bonus compared to a high-end PC unhitched from the grid.."

Unified memory isn't more efficient (it's also not new, UMA has already been done by SGI 26 years ago!). Data doesn't magically become smaller just because the memory is now closer to the CPU.

"Apple have said a Mac Pro with M1 or M2 CPU's will be with us by the end of this year. I expect to see a cut down version of the current Intel Mac Pro, plus a slightly redesigned Super Mac Pro that will last the user 15 years."

There will never ever be a Mac Pro that lasts 15 years, especially not when considering that during the intel phase Microsoft has supported Macs for much longer than Apple themselves.

I still have one of the last classic cheese grater Mac Pros, which is now 10 years old. And while it's still OK for most less-demanding tasks, it's slow compared to everything else I have here. And the only reason I have been holding onto it is because Apple fucked up the successor (aptly nicknamed 'trashcan') and priced the current one into the extremes.

I'm not sure I even want to power it on when it reaches 15 years.

Fortinet says it’s all about the security ASICs

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Your first sentence fits the following ones very well.

None of the firewall vendors are saints, but amongst the crop Fortigate's get as good as it gets (unless you can or want to pay for PAN). I'm not sure what version of FortiOS you're talking about, because as mentioned by another poster since at least version 6.0 it's been dead easy to use.

Your rant also suggests that your understanding of network security is stuck in the '90s where simple port blocks were sufficient to be reasonably secure. These days are long gone and your simple SPI firewall is pretty useless against modern attacks which require your firewall to be able to detect and examine encrypted data.

I just came out of a firewall evaluation with products from different vendors such as Sophos, Watchguard, Juniper and Cisco, and if you think that Fortigate's are poor you clearly haven't seen what the others came up with (Sophos XG is slow but feature rich, Juniper's SRX is only good as a VPN endpoint and legacy firewall, and Cisco Firepower is a major clusterfuck). With Fortigate, the only thing you need to be aware off is to not deploy any firmware where the last version digit is lower than 4.

Just two die for: Apple reveals M1 Ultra chip in Mac Studio

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Re: Mac Studio

"t's probably going top be made of borderline obsolescent bits by the time it comes out, just like every other "Pro"

Really? They tend to be so ahead of the market that you can usually count on them to last quite a few years"

No, they weren't. Neither Mac Pro was anything special compared to workstations from other manufacturers, aside from that you needed the Mac Pro to (legally and with support) run Mac OS.

I still have a 2010 Mac Pro sitting here, but even when it was new it wasn't in the same class as the HP z800's and Dell Precision T7500's we had which offered more expandability, better maintainability, better reliability and (funny enough) lower price.

The main reason why so many people still run the old cheesegrater Mac Pros is because the successor (trashcan) was a massive design failure and the 2019 Mac Pro is excessively priced, even for an Apple product (and now with Apple Silicon being all the rage, it's a zombie product, i.e. walking dead).

PC OEMs are sitting on 10 weeks-plus of DRAM, says Trendforce

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Re: Moan Time

"Yeh, but generally people complaining in that manner are not complaining that it's more expensive but that it's too expensive."

Is it? Looking at it, £75 is still OK if you need a SBC for a hobby project. But if one wants a portable PC with a large screen that runs your standard software then a measly naked PCB with an underpowered ARM processor doesn't look that great even if it was still only £60. And yes, you *could* add all the other stuff that's missing (a screen, a case, a battery, a power supply, a keyboard, a touchpad, a SATA port, a SSD) and you might end up with something resembling a laptop, but it's still an underpowered ARM processor that doesn't run most of your standard software out there.

£650 retail for a big brand Ryzen laptop with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD (and which most certainly will also come with a Windows license) doesn't really strike me as excessive, even more so when we're still in a major component shortage and the price of most goods has gone up notably since it started.

It simply was an idiotic complaint.

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Re: Moan Time

What a nonsense complaint. For a start, a single core of that Ryzen processor in that HP laptop eats the weak ARM processor of the RasPi for lunch, and so does Ryzen's GPU for the Pi's and the HP's SSD for the Pi's SD card storage.

And the 8GB Pi4 is no longer £60 but £75. Which, ironically, doesn't even include a power supply, a battery or a case, but that HP laptop does.

Don't get me wrong, RasPis are great for what they are, but it's idiotic to put it next to a much faster standard laptop that also runs all the standard software that is out there and then complain that it's more expensive.

Microsoft brings Jenny, Aria, and more interface tweaks to new Windows 11 Insider build

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Re: Without support or guaranteed access to updates. No thanks.

What many people miss is that the same is true with Windows 10, for which I think the oldest currently "supported" system by Microsoft are 6th generation PCs. The only difference to Windows 11 is that Windows 10 doesn't tell you that Microsoft considers your older system unsupported and reserves the right to break functionality in a future update or to release updates which will cause your system to stop working.

That has always been the case with Microsoft's support. And it's always only been a real issue if you actually relied on Microsoft "supporting" your hardware, a support that never was great to begin with.

In reality, Windows 10 and older variants all just ran fine on older, unsupported PCs, and the same is true for Windows 11.

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Re: One line in the registry and you can very easily install W11.

Didn't need even that. Windows 11 installed just fine out of the box on any computer I have, of which the oldest is from the Ivy Bridge days. Granted, these were all fresh installs but it's usually better than to carry the cruft from Windows 10 over anyways.

And so far Windows 11 has been a much better experience for me than Windows 10 has ever been. Especially on tablets, Windows 11 is the first Windows that actually makes sense on them.

For those worried about Microsoft's Pluton TPM chip: Lenovo won't even switch it on by default in latest ThinkPads

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Re: What's the real function?

Pretty much any hardware addition that was meant to improve security has turned out to be borked - think TXT or SGX.

So it's only a matter of time until someone finds that Pluton, too, is completely borked.

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Re: or Apple OSX in the case of Apple hardware, which IIRC was first to adopt TPMs

You remember wrong. Apple never made use of TPMs, ever (macOS doesn't even know what to do with a TPM).

And when Apple eventually came out with its own security processor for Macs, TPMs have already been common in business PCs and workstations for several years.

The inevitability of the Windows 11 UI: New Notepad enters the beta channel

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Re: I started getting notifications offering to show me highlights of stuff

It's not just OneDrive, a lot of programs have started to intrude with all kinds of meaningless and often rather annoying notifications that want me strangulate the program's developer.

The worst ones are those messages that only have a "Not now" button which means they will come back at another, equally inconvenient time.

Google Chrome's upcoming crackdown on ad-blockers and other extensions still really sucks, EFF laments

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I usually use Firefox.

Not sure if Firefox is any better, as Mozilla is engaging heavily in "acceptable ads" in its browser:

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/privacy-2/2021/10/firefox-reveals-sponsored-ad-suggestions-in-search-and-address-bar/

Mozilla certainly wants its part of the web ads pie.

Flash? Nu-uh. Windows 11 users complain of slow NVMe SSD performance

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Same here, I haven't seen any performance degradation over Windows 10 with my systems (which all use Micron 7300 or 9200 series SSDs).

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Re: Some people like the glitz of meaningless and time-consuming changes

"I really like the UI changes in Windows 10"

Yeah, that should read Windows 11 obviously ;)

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Re: Some people like the glitz of meaningless and time-consuming changes

"Some people like the glitz of meaningless and time-consuming changes, I like the glitter of consistency."

And other people are simply fed up with the shitshow that Windows 10 has been from the start, including the half-assed attempts to replace the Control Panel with different versions of non-working replacements, or two separate UIs for keyboard/mouse operation and touch operation of which the first one just sucks and the latter one is nothing more than a pile of horse manure (MS managed to ruin Windows 8.1's touch UI, which is quite an achievement).

Some people also work across different operating system platforms (all which use a completely different UI from Windows 10) and have little trouble adapting to changes in an UI.

I'm one of these, and frankly I really like the UI changes in Windows 10, such as the new Settings which actually work very well or the fact that we now have a single UI which works fine on both keyboard/mouse and touch devices.

Of all the PCs I have Windows 11 installed, only one is actually supported, and the oldest one is from 2013. And so far Windows 11 has been better for me than Windows 10 ever was. Granted, it's all high quality business grade hardware (mostly HP z series workstations) but it's been completely fine so far.

Why your external monitor looks awful on Arm-based Macs, the open source fix – and the guy who wrote it

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Re: The problem isn't M1 but broken displays

While some monitors might provide broken EDID information, that isn't the issue here as the same problem appears with monitors that certainly provide correct EDID information and which work fine with Windows, Linux and macOS on intel Macs.

It's just M1 Macs where they don't work (which suggests that it's not the monitor which is at fault here).

Microsoft adds Buy Now, Pay Later financing option to Edge – and everyone hates it

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the lack of Google was appealing to many

And yet, when it comes to privacy, Edge is even worse than Chrome:

https://www.scss.tcd.ie/Doug.Leith/pubs/browser_privacy.pdf

On top of that, Chrome (as bad as it is) at least never tried to upsell to me as Edge does ("Shopping with Microsoft", really?), and the fact that this stuff even exists in the corporate version of Edge is even worse.

Quality software from the market leader.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14s: Impressively average, which is how corporate buyers like it

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Re: Out all of them, I'd take the Lenovos every time (with the HP a close second).

I don't. We used Thinkpads before (we used to buy a mix of Lenovo, Dell, HP), actually since the IBM dats, and while they are generally pretty robust there have been a number of very annoying design flaws over the years.

On top of that, the average Thinkpad battery had been dead in less than two years tops. HP EliteBook batteries easily lasted double that, and we still have a few EliteBooks which are now >5yrs old and the batteries are still good.

Add a widely varying support to the mix and the decision was made that Lenovo was out. Now it's mostly HP and some Dell for the rest where reliability doesn't matter that much.

Smirnov

Re: Hmm

Not sure why you have been downvoted, after all Lenovo has a solid track record of delivering malware with its laptops.

Also, while the UK doesn't have an extradition treaty with China like it does with the US, the Chinese government has its fingers in all Chinese companies and actively seeks to exploit that path to gather industrial secrets.

If Huawei is considered a security risk then so should be Lenovo.

Microsoft quietly delivers Windows 11 Enterprise VMs for devs

Smirnov

Re: 'Clunky Windows Update' is all over the shop in Windows 11.

No problems with the KB5006363 update on the Windows 11 machines here. So far the only issue I had was a sound driver that refused to install on the early RTM of Windows 11 but that has resolved itself a week or so later.

"The bag of clunky rusty old nails, 'Windows Update' continues to be - just that."

I don't know, so far it has been a lot better than Windows 10 where I have experienced notably more showstoppers.

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