No smilies, no avatars, no flashing gifs. Just discuss the issues of the day, from last night's telly via football to science or philosophy.
Started by blacksunday on Mar 3, 2011 12:44:29 PM
IT & Computing - News and Comment

News and comment related to IT, computing, and all things geeky.

blacksunday - 03 Mar 2011 12:45:26 (#1 of 22064)

iPad2 due out on March 25.

iPad now selling for a £100 discount if you're interested.

Personally, I'm very happy with my Advent Vega.

Emyr42 - 03 Mar 2011 14:07:36 (#2 of 22064)

My Samsung Galaxy S now has Froyo, so I'm au fait with the technique when a decent Gingerbread build comes round. No need for single-purpose devices!

harryhaller - 03 Mar 2011 20:29:10 (#3 of 22064)

For the last few days - and nights - I've been using redshift which makes the colours of your screen get warmer as day turns into night.

It really is relaxing for the eyes and I wish to recommend it.

You have to pass to it your longitude and latitude parameters which you can get from wiki (they don't have to be too exact).

I think there's another programme out there which does the same, but redshift is the one I use.

KuangEleven - 03 Mar 2011 21:01:02 (#4 of 22064)

iPad2 due out on March 25.

Oh, BFD. Hanvon B10 FTW!

blacksunday - 03 Mar 2011 21:30:38 (#5 of 22064)


That's crazy! I just tried it out and it turned my screen almost pink. Wtf would you do that? :P

harryhaller - 03 Mar 2011 21:41:56 (#6 of 22064)

You'll get to love it - it grows on you.

Candlelight posting...

KuangEleven - 04 Mar 2011 03:19:59 (#7 of 22064)

I'm entertained that Apple have taken to calling their iOS machines "post-PC devices".

Bleu11 - 04 Mar 2011 06:12:40 (#8 of 22064)

I have been using f.lux for nearly a year now which appears to be similar to redshift.

Oh. It is inspired by f.lux...

TinyMcOtter - 07 Mar 2011 15:56:37 (#9 of 22064)

Hanvon B10!!!!!

Bonusy - 07 Mar 2011 16:08:29 (#10 of 22064)

How come all these non-Apple tablets actually make the Apple product look reasonable value? They are just keyboard-less netbooks with a touchscreen ffs. Anything more than £200 for these things is too much.

Post by deleted user
Bonusy - 07 Mar 2011 16:42:19 (#12 of 22064)

True, but most tablets are hardly throbbing with unbridled power, even by netbook standards. Strikes me they are still attracting a substantial early-adopter premium simply due to their form factor rather than any cost-covering.

£600-800 quid for that Hanvon, for example, is ridiculous - even allowing for a Win 7 licence.

£400 for the Dell Streak at 5" and Galaxy TAB at 7"? £500 for the Motorola Xoom? Meh. No obvious reason not to go with the iPad for most. It's like a competition failure.

TinyMcOtter - 07 Mar 2011 16:45:31 (#13 of 22064)

And anyway, the iPad is a post-PC device.


Post by deleted user
TinyMcOtter - 07 Mar 2011 16:59:56 (#15 of 22064)

Yeah, but it's a laptop.

JohnIlly - 07 Mar 2011 17:00:54 (#16 of 22064)

iPads look as though they are very easily dropped. Are they robust enough to stand it?

TinyMcOtter - 07 Mar 2011 17:05:31 (#17 of 22064)

Dunno. But I hurled my old 3G iPhone at the wall last week and it still worked.

JohnIlly - 07 Mar 2011 17:16:25 (#18 of 22064)

Would that be the squash app?

KuangEleven - 07 Mar 2011 17:50:03 (#19 of 22064)

True, but most tablets are hardly throbbing with unbridled power, even by netbook standards.

The only tablet manufacturer who's even approaching netbooks' economies of scale is Apple, and they insist on using high-end materials and cramming everything into the thickness of a bathroom tile. i.e. a good amount of the money they save through scale is going back into the product, rather than coming off the price tag.

Everyone else is currently building (relatively to netbooks) tiny quantities using a greater proportion of custom components, and in many cases putting customised software in as well.

I'm inclined to believe that if the others could undercut Apple, they would, because by most accounts, none of them yet have a tablet that can outshine the iPad in other respects.

a new model every year ...

There must be dozens of new laptops and netbooks each year, though.

Bonusy - 07 Mar 2011 19:49:03 (#20 of 22064)

Aye, but for most computers the OS doesn't change significantly from year to year and you won't have to upgrade for many years before vendors products make it a needs-must. You can expect to buy software that will work on your device for years to come, whereas with iOS you know there is the risk of a 3.1.3 to iOS4 debacle again.

If we see iOS5 next time this year, designed for an A15 processor or whatever, can you be confident an iPad 1 won't run like shit for 6 months until a grudging patch is made available?

Check Subscriptions
Home » IT & Computers