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The Bellinghman
Date: 2005-11-03 11:09
Subject: Goodbye Sony
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Well, it looks like Sony has gone totally rogue: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4400148.stm. And I will not deal with a company that has gone that bad.

So, I will be looking for something other than the next generation of the P800/P900/P910 line for my phone upgrade.

And I will not buy a Vaio, despite being the coolest looking laptops out there.

And I will not be buying any Sony CDs.

And I hope that Sony will be up in court and fined for breaking the Computer Misuse laws. Because they need to be told that it isn't their customers who are the criminals, they are.
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Sheep with a guitar
User: sbp
Date: 2005-11-03 11:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I happen to think my Lenovo/IBM Thinkpad is pretty cool looking. If you like black, that is. And who doesn't? :-)
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Nicolai The Hand Grenade of Courteous Debate
User: _nicolai_
Date: 2005-11-03 11:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Get a new 15" powerbook then :)

I'm conflicted on Sony Ericsson, whether I should consider them Sony or Ericsson.
But definitely no Sony CDs for me now. I think most of my CDs lately have been from small goth, industrial, and electronic labels anyway, so a Sony-free life won't be too much skin off my nose.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2005-11-03 17:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, they seem to have the Sony "let's dump software in strange nooks" attitude.

One thing I have to remember on restarting this Windows PC is to start up the task manager, hunt down the process named EPMWOR~1.EXE, and kill it. Otherwise, the belt printer currently sitting on serial port 2 gets unhappy as it gets a garbage packet of data sent to it every 5 seconds.

Said executable is presumably supposed to do something useful when I plug my phone into the cradle. But I've not yet worked out what stops working when I kill it.

(And anyway - the software has been told where the cradle is. Why is it polling my serial ports as well?)
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Cassandra
User: sesquipedality
Date: 2005-11-03 12:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sony laptops have all the build quality one would associate with Aiwa in the early 80s. Don't buy Sony, they're shit.

I recommend Motorola for mobile phones. I *heart* my V3, but I understand they do some pretty nifty smartphones too.
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Tony Finch: weather
User: fanf
Date: 2005-11-03 13:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:weather
Are their user interfaces less shit than 5 years ago?
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The Uitlander
User: uitlander
Date: 2005-11-04 06:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My v500 UI is pretty shite in terms of functionality TBH. The V3s I've seen seem to have the same UI. Ho hum.... If only Samsung could create a phone with a bettery life longer that 5 hours (i.e the phone I had with my last job, but one that lasts at least a full working day).
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Gid
User: caerleon
Date: 2005-11-03 12:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I can't understand why any of them are worrying with copy protection on CDs anyway.. by their very nature CD copy protection systems are simple to defeat and are, ultimately, a total waste of time and money.. they could use the money they save from dropping copy protection to lower the unit cost of the CDs and they'd probably sell more..
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Nicolai The Hand Grenade of Courteous Debate
User: _nicolai_
Date: 2005-11-03 16:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's to get you used to Palladium.
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The Uitlander
User: uitlander
Date: 2005-11-03 18:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So, I will be looking for something other than the next generation of the P800/P900/P910 line for my phone upgrade.

Those are all Symbian OS phones. There are alternatives with similar functionality (and possibly interface - I think the magic word you are looking for is 'UIQ interface'). Principle other manufacturers using Symbian are Nokia (some handsets), Samsung, Motorola and Panasonic.
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The Magician
User: the_magician
Date: 2005-11-04 00:54 (UTC)
Subject: Hey!
I was going to say that (but not as eloquently as you have!)

Symbian on Nokia is mostly Series 60, but there is ONE UIQ Nokia phone on sale in China (grin! They needed the pen input for Chinese text I believe)

Nokia are luanching some lovely new phones at the moment (and there are a few more to come in the next few months) incluidng the N91 (with a 4Gb disk in it for music etc.) and a new phone+TV that has a DVB-ish tuner (so watch freeview like broadcasts on your mobile with no fees to the network operator)

And of course you could consider getting a 3G phone next time (I believe all UK 3G handsets are also standard GSM as well for when you lose the 3G signal)
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The Uitlander
User: uitlander
Date: 2005-11-04 06:12 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Hey!
Hm, turning up re Symbian related things before you and moving on before you arrive is becoming a habit ;-)

a new phone+TV that has a DVB-ish tuner

I saw a preview of that I think on the Reg a few days ago. I was surprised - TV wasn't on the MM agenda 6 months ago, so they've got that off the drawing board and out the door very fast (assuming MM implemented it - but can't see who else would have).
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