Latest powerpoint. Dumbed down. Today I need to do a presentation from a laptop, in a site with no internet connection. Powerpoint viewer is no longer available - now you need an app for ios, windows 10 app or google / android. MS answer is to run it from the PowerPoint viewer online. Well DUH!!! No internet connection. Thank goodness for open office. it rendered it for me off line.
Dont even get me started on pivot tables online. Or should I say lack of tables online.
Face recognition - doesn't work . 'Always on' via face recognition = failure. Ask HP what happened when they did face recognition. They got slapped for racism as black faces weren't recognizable (lack of contrast or something like that)
I'm not gonna bother replying to the "back in my day" rant about skyrockets and KFC, but I will reply to the items quoted above as I have actual experience with them.
You do realise that Office 365 lets you download actual, real software for Windows and Mac, right? I have Word, Excel, OneNote, and Powerpoint, and they all work perfectly offline (on Mac). So I'm not quite sure why you had an issue using those offline. Pivot tables? They're definitely in Excel on my Mac.
And "face recognition - doesn't work" – well I must be the only one in the world (lucky me!) who has a perfectly functioning iPhone X with Face ID. Black faces not being recognisable? That's obviously just awful hardware/software from HP – Apple uses an African American dude on their Face ID marketing materials, so I imagine there are no issues there.
It sounds to me like you are just having issues moving with the times (or you're refusing to). Sorry if it upsets you but things aren't going to slow down any time soon, in fact it's the opposite. As an example, in most areas of the US you can now even get cars on subscription – pay your $2k per month and you can grab/swap a new Porsche of your choosing whenever you feel like it. You'll probably say that's a ridiculous idea because "back in your day" you'd pony up to the dealership with a bag full of notes and coins and pay outright for your new car.
Look at the issues raised with Office 365. They want you to use online powerpoint to run presentations. you cannot use an offline powerpoint and package it - like you used to. You cant do that with the online or downloaded versions of the software. The ability to do an offline presentation off a pendrive or CDROM is gone. Thats retrograde. MS is the ones saying do it online. not me.
shared Excel - online - no pivot tables - yet they are pushing for online services harder and harder. My argument is don't go there. It leaves you with less functionality and loses control.
you wrote. >And "face recognition - doesn't work" – well I must be the only one in the world (lucky me!) who has a perfectly functioning iPhone X with Face ID. Black faces not being recognisable? That's obviously just awful hardware/software from HP – Apple uses an African American dude on their Face ID marketing materials, so I imagine there are no issues there.
i wouldn't use face ID (let alone i-slave apples) - They are a retrograde step security wise.: https://www.wired.com/story/10-year-old-face-id-unlocks-mothers-iphone-x/
Apple admits family members can be mistaken. The people most likely to invade your privacy and want to get into your phone are family members. They are also the ones who can most likely break in -- eeer sorry - be let in by apple.
As for not keeping up with the times. I've got no facebook (if i want to stalk people and claim to be their friends I'l put on my creepy flasher coat and hit the local parks), no twitte.r Hell - I've seen the crap floating about in twitter. Very little worth my time. I do old fashioned wood work, can build a fire from nothing and know more than I care to know about all sorts of natural stuff outside.
BUT - today I rejigged an old laptop to use the latest protocols for WMV export to allow the latest in two brands of cars to play music on their systems. I also set up wireless charging, bluetooth connections, hands free voice and command in the cars as well. I set up two new phones, connected multiple services and ensured data was highly secured. I've also hacked my way into Windows 10 system to recover over written data, broken security to see lost data, Set up multisite VPN and peer to peer networks and run a long range wireless connection.
today alone i have shown more tehnological skill and ability on new stuff than almost any two youngsters working for goodness knows how many of the tech companies that charge like wounded bulls. I'm happy to wipe the floor skills wise - coz I can. I'm up to date with securing websites, mail services and devices. I know more about hacking passwords than 99% of most people and kick ass with most technology. I've forgotten more than most juniors will ever know and am constantly working with some of the latest tech. But I also recognize that bleeding edge technology will cut deep and you will bleed. conservative approach to clients needs.
Todays hit list of devices I've worked with include IOS, OSX, OS9, Linux (3 types), Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows XP,Android. out of date? I dont think so.
Just because i claim cloud services actually dumb us down and cause us to need a level of skills commensurate with a beginner IT noob you think I'm backwards? You obviously have no idea who i am or what i can do. you've also forgotten the beauty of where tech came from and the huge control corporate are exercising to gain control. Even hacker culture is going. I delight in hacker spaces - one of the last bastions of youngsters breaking stuff while trying new stuff out. Its fantastic. But cloud services? Call it the internet for dummies. And I aint no dummy.
you say: > just having issues moving with the times (or you're refusing to).
My argument isn't troglydyte. I'm not saying slow down. I'm saying speed up. Cloud services are the dumbest stuff around (on the whole) . don't do the dumb , same as others stuff. Be better. That's not an argument to not move forward, its an argument to move forward better than we are.
I'm looking forward. Calling the issues we face. Cloud services aren't - they want you to be less than you are now.