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Cracker: Jobs Blows

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  • giovanni tiso,

    and although three of the above had internet access, it really wasn't worth the bother.

    Describes how I feel about my 3G nokia. It's excruciating to even just check my email on it.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    I suspect the next big whinge is going to be as manufacturers, hit by OLED unavailability, swap to a new LCD screen tech. Apparently about to happen with some HTC kit.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg,

    Jobs' over-arching need to control every. single. bloody. thing that users do with Apple's products

    I like to think of it as my over-arching need to let Jobs control every single bloody thing.

    Seriously though, all OSs don't suit everyone. I like OSX and I have never thought about the title-bars. If I did, I maybe I would be annoyed and use Linux/KDE instead. Personally, I'm bored with tinkering with my computers and Macs offer a tinker-free experience.

    But that's just my opinion.

    Stockholm • Since Jul 2009 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • Clint Fern,

    The iPhone 4 dropping calls is not a design fault.

    It is designed that way so that you have to hold it exactly as Jobs intended.

    Nelson • Since Jul 2010 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    I suspect the next big whinge is going to be as manufacturers, hit by OLED unavailability, swap to a new LCD screen tech. Apparently about to happen with some HTC kit.

    That's true and has already happened with HTC and Samsung. Engadget (or possibly Gizmodo) were saying the main difference you'll notice is brightness, the resolution change shouldn't be noticeable (until you put them next to the iPhone4).

    PC World have quoted some idiot about what to do if you want to return your new phone that may drop calls.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Kirsten Brethouwer,

    You must tell us how you upgrade your man.

    hee. I think they've stopped bringing out upgrades for my particular model. So I just live with it. But then I'm not under guarantee anymore either.

    Waiheke Island • Since Nov 2006 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • Kirsten Brethouwer,

    But then I'm not under guarantee anymore either.

    Now Gio don't go taking that the wrong way. I am under some sort of guarantee.

    Waiheke Island • Since Nov 2006 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    I'm bored with tinkering with my computers and Macs offer a tinker-free experience.

    You certainly can tinker with them if you want but I agree with your point.

    We run a PC and a netbook at home as well as an iMac which we use as our music centre and for home email and Web browsing etc... It's great because I don't want to tinker with it and it's been great for my partner because it's clean and simple so emailing, Web browsing is easy and it's the first machine that's really got her happy doing Internet stuff without frustration.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 948 posts Report Reply

  • B Jones,

    I'm planning on getting an HTC Wildfire next payday, to replace my aging phone, camera and ipod. I don't need high end specs on any of these devices, but I will love to only have to carry one bit of tech around with me. Google Maps looks very handy, and doing the odd bit of email and browsing until data gets a lot cheaper. Anyone used one of these?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 976 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    And it's pretty of course, so it looks good & tidy in a living area with much vinyl, cds and our furniture. Even a laptop has too many chords out the side for connecting to stereo equipment, power, Internet etc...

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 948 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler,

    ...a laptop has too many chords out the side...

    Tell me about it. I had an Autoharp like that once.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 856 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Tell me about it. I had an Autoharp like that once.

    Ah, I see what I did there... :)

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 948 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Personally, I'm bored with tinkering with my computers and Macs offer a tinker-free experience.

    I'm pretty bored with that too, I must say. That said, haven't had to do so much tinkering when I buy my PCs with OS already installed. My netbook was a turn-it-on-and-just-start-using-it affair.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    hang back and don't stress yourself out, until the upgrade for the upgrade has fixed the problems with the upgrade.

    So a friend of mine told me. He said he always waits a year before installing each upgrade, as Apple like to beta test their products on the unsuspecting public.

    Oh oh oh, I can't believe I forgot to also mention, my iPhone permanently froze 53 weeks after I bought it. Granted I'd dropped it a few times, and electronic devices aren't really good with being dropped, but still, 53 weeks seems like a crazy coincidence. I had to get a new one.

    I'm not pretending my PC is perfect of course. It's a dirty mongrel made up of bits I've used from previous PCs, RAM I've stuck in myself, and it occasionally misbehaves. But when it does I know I'm allowed to open it up and poke around (either literally or in a virtual sense).

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Granted I'd dropped it a few times, and electronic devices aren't really good with being dropped

    Before my current stupid Nokia 3g crap-phone I had a Philips Savvy which lasted almost exactly ten years. I left it out on the deck in the rain one night. I dropped it many, many times. It was shat on by a bird. But it just wouldn't die. And it kept me always unfailingly informed about my biorhythms.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Come on, guys. These devices which last a decade don't exactly help much with economic growth, do they? <sarc>

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Austin,

    My network in the UK tried to get me to accept a LCD version of my new phone, but I was a little wary of that and demanded the original type. It probably doesn't make a hell of a difference except in open sun light

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 1021 posts Report Reply

  • Matt Simpson,

    Come on Damien surely by now anyone buying apple knows what they are getting into - for better or for worse..
    I had been considering an iphone for a while til someone gave me a HTC desire last week - problem solved.... its niiiice

    Grey Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Nice te reo, Damian (on Backbenchers).

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3205 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Come on, guys. These devices which last a decade don't exactly help much with economic growth, do they?

    Tricky point, sir. What does happen to the world when everything just works, and there's no need to upgrade? I can see disaster.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    Thanks Hilary! It's quite scary, having to bust things out on the telly with not much practice in front of a panel of Maori MPs, but that's the whole point eh - gotta give it a go :)

    @Ben - I have this issue with my TV. Nice Sony 32" widescreen 100hz thingy, but it's a CRT and weighs a tonne. Well, literally about 100kg. It's not HD. It's not 3D, LCD, LED, Dolby, Freeview ready or whatever. But it still works. Only five years old, and will probably keep going another 10, even though it's the only thing in the house I really want to die so I can justify buying a 50" 3D LED or whatever's going at the time. But I can't get rid of it while it still works as well as it did when I bought it - it seems the ultimate in consumerism to do so. I can guarantee I'll replace the toaster - which I'd be happy to just last forever - another five times before that thing goes.

    At least computers slow down under the weight of newer software, become incompatible with various peripherals and OS - meaning we have excuse to buy new ones every 2-3 years. The TV keeps just being the TV. It even has teletext...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Teletext! looxury..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19697 posts Report Reply

  • jb,

    I switched from a Treo 680 (Palm OS) to a 3GS simply because syncing to al the Mac stuff we've got via MissingSync got too tiresome and error-prone.
    (Plus someone stole one of my images, I caught them and got a chunk of money for it...)
    Bought it in NZ, live in Europe and travel more than a bit (which means I can switch SIMs in and out depending on where I am - here's a guide http://bit.ly/buW2t5), but if I have the SLIGHTEST problem (case cracking) I have to have it addressed in New Zealand. A mail to Steve Jobs got 2 executive support people (Ireland, Australia) on the line straight away, but it's a true pain. Especially as the refurbished replacement drops calls like crazy and freezes if you just look at it. Wait until I'm back in NZ with 3 weeks time (for the turnaround..) and before mid-November.
    The i (the Phone bit doesn't apply at the moment...) is great for syncing everything I need via MobileMe, it's a Skype phone via the WLAN and 3G, there are some good/great apps and the camera's usable.

    What I don't like about Apple - aside from their hermetically sealing markets ( I can't get the Nat Bank app via my standard (German) iTunes account) - is their lack of focus on the business user, utter lack of knowledge at the coalface and their cloying cuteness and focus on eye candy.

    As in - can I have options for setting up my i for UK English as a language, location in DE and € as a currency? Can I set up appointments in different time zones without resetting my system time and location? Can I link cells in Numbers to a cell in another Numbers file? Can I link appointments or events to a contact?
    The list goes on...

    a.small.town.in.germany • Since Jan 2007 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Damian, my solution to the same dilemma was to move the CRT to the bedroom, freeing up the lounge for the plasma. If we get an even bigger TV one day, the shuffle will continue - plasma in bedroom, CRT in office, 200 inches of pure man-toy in the lounge. Or maybe a kitchen TV. I draw the line at ones in the kids' bedrooms though.

    I actually already had a working CRT in my bedroom, a bit smaller. Wasn't sure what to do with it, as it had no remote so wasn't appropriate in the office, so I asked my neighbor if he wanted it, and it was gone in 5 minutes. So I feel good about recycling.

    I'm loathe to destroy working devices too. I have a 15 year old machine as one of my servers, and it just chugs away. I still use my 1998 mp3 CD player in one of my cars - people ask why not get a 40GB iPod and I point out there's over 100GB worth of data in the various CDs in the car, and no one will be tempted to break in to nick an old CD player, and it's free, as opposed to hundreds of dollars, countless hours dicking around with iTunes, paying for stuff off their store, etc. Also, it plays CDs, which an iPod can't do.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Bob-a-Jobs boys...

    but if I have the SLIGHTEST problem
    (case cracking)

    two word solution - gaffer tape!
    (there's even a clear one now!)
    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7896 posts Report Reply

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