- HP Slate 21: A giant battery-less Android tablet. The 21" screen is HD and touch-screen. The processor inside that is an NVIDIA Tegra 4, so I could also have sentimental reasons to opt for this one.
- LG Chromebase: The desktop version of a Google Chromebook. The 21.5" display is HD but not touch-screen. The processor is unfortunately an Intel Celeron but while this name doesn't make my heart beat faster I have to admit that any Intel processor of the last 10 years would be more than capable of keeping a VNC session alive.
- Greece: 2034
- Italy: 1752
- Portugal: 1691
- Spain: 1686
- United Kingdom: 1654
After witnessing the umpteenth complaint about all the money British taxpayers have to pump to Southern European PIGS countries (yes Alan, I'm thinking of you!), I eventually decided to have a look at the EU budget myself.
I used to be a 100% Google user: Gmail, Talk, Reader, Maps, Blogger, Apps, Drive etc (even Wave and Buzz, I think we were 13 in the world using them).
But now, day after day, you are forcing me to leave and use alternative products (oops sorry, sometimes I forget that *I am* the product!).
We all know Reader has gone: and the reason I'm upset with this is that none of the alternatives is (for my needs) comparable to it. I am now using Feedly, it's *almost* as good as Reader but on some of my devices it runs noticeably slower that the good old Reader (here I am not referring to The Good Old Reader app!).
Then Finance: it's good on the desktop browser but the app was almost s**t when it appeared on the Android Market (it wasn't a Play Store yet). Like many other products, it will improve, I thought. Has it improved? Nope. It's still the old s**t app but I end up using it anyway because there are not many alternatives around.
Third and final example, and I get really pissed off about this: Google Talk. I loved it. Simple, fast, reliable, threads were archived on Gmail, it was a great tool. But one day I "upgraded" to Hangouts; please note that in doing that, you should know that there is no "downgrade" path if you don't like it, it'll just replace Talk and if you uninstall it there is not the old app waiting for you on the Play Store any more. I clearly didn't think about it.
Well, Hangouts has at least two problems. The first, well known to most, is that there is no user status available from your contacts. Not a problem for you maybe, but for me... well, I would chat wife or sister only if they were online, otherwise I would use a text or ring or simply wait.
Second problem: the GUI. It's certainly my fault, as one of my devices is 3 years old and has a screen that does not fit the entire interface. Result: I could use Talk on that phone, now Hangouts is completely unusable and there is no easy way to get Talk back. I might switch to eBuddy or http://imo.im soon.
Dear Google, if your Big Plan was to bring more users to Google+, you should have had it better integrated with Reader and the other tools, not kill them or screw them up.
|From left to right: Jonathan Mitchener (TSB), Said Azmoodeh (Imagination Technologies), Mike Bartley (TVS), Simon McIntosh (Bristol University), Jim Cownie (Intel), David May (XMOS).|
Software efficiency halves every 18 months, compensating Moore's Law.
The amount of memory used by software doubles every 18 months, compensating Moore's Law.
The number of cores used by software doubles every 18 months, compensating Moore's Law.
- Berkeley has been decommissioned between 1989 and 2001
- Oldbury has one reactor that will be closed in June 2011 and another one in 2012
- Hinkley Point A has been decommissioned in year 2000
- Hinkley Point B should be closed in year 2016