102 posts • joined Tuesday 27th February 2007 09:04 GMT
Re: And a lovely player it was
I used a 2.7x version for a long time too, before switching to foobar2k (and now Clementine after migrating from XP last year).
I installed Winamp 5 x? a few years back and it really wasn't that bad - certainly better than v3 when it first appeared! But the main reason was to be able to use the soundspectrum visualisation plugins, and foobar2000 remained my default player.
The video playing capabilities always seemed like silly bloat. I don't think I ever knew anyone who used Winamp to watch video files.
WOW, this post was brought to you from the year 2000.
Although it's doubtful that people were still using RealPlayer back then.
I bought this for £18 in 2009: http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/5180776/-/Product.html
and while it certainly won't solve the TV issues, it's an easy and CHEAP way of streaming music from the computer onto decent speakers.
I really would have expected to see better and cheaper solutions than Sonos by now.
Talking of CSI
Some obvious Microsoft/Win 8 product placement there of late. In NCIS too IIRC.
Actually you can get Eurosport without Sky. A sub to the Eurosport player costs around £30 a year iirc.
It's on some smart TVs, but or will otherwise run on your computer. USING SILVERLIGHT. *facepalm*
Still stuck with Sky then.
Re: So naive
@AC: I realise this appeared below your comment, but this was really in reply to the comments above yours.
I am actually surprised so many people on el Reg seem unaware the likes of FB, TW, disqus track users from site to site, whether they have an account or not.
Unless you run Ghostery or similar in order to block all FB trackers, then you do not even need an account to be a FB product.
Even so, chances are they have your name and phone number because you probably know people who have an account, and at least one of them will have sync'ed their phone contacts to FB...
When ithere only were 5 channels, I would settle for the least bad option. With page after page of crap on the EPG, I generally just turn the TV off and put the radio on instead.
Doesn't Google translate 'learn' from users' suggestions? I can easily imagine some drunken Finns on a Friday deciding the literal translation did not sound rude enough in English and going for "m*****f****r" because that's the rudest word you hear in American movies?
Re: Impressions so far.
Indeed, barely a tenth of the functionalities and customization options. I realise it's a beta, but they better get their act together as it's unusable for me right now.
Re: Last year someone from talktalk ...
Interestingly the one and only time I had a TT cold caller at my door, she didn't try to flog TT products straight away, she first asked me my opinions of phone/BB providers. And after I gave my opinion of TT she knew better than try to sell me anything!
It was kind of odd in that I would expect cold callers to just try and sell something, but she appeared to be combining market survey and sales. I suppose that would help avoid time wasters.
I played about briefly with one of these at a stall BB set up in a shopping centre last week. First gripe was indeed the lack of trackball, as that means no way round the touchscreen for a lot of navigation. But then the competition is all touch screens, so no matter what my next phone is there'll be a learning curve.
Type and Go is a huge plus though, and based on that review more powerful than what I'd been shown which is great. That and keyboard shortcuts.
I don't think I'll be replacing my Bold 9780 just yet though, £600 is a lot of money, and £35 a lot more per month than what I'm spending right now.
Re: I'm leaving
I wouldn't go anywhere near BT as a home customer! I haven't got the need for a static IP and my exchange isn't oversubscribed so Sky BB is absolutely fine for me. I had one bad experience with their customer services in 5 years, when my modem packed up late in the evening and I reached someone in an Indian call centre, and it took some "Can I speak to a technical person?" to get him to budge from his script...
Other than that their customer services and tech support have been excellent, I've had problems with the cable outside the flat which needed to be replaced. Explained my PD steps and they booked a BT engineer straight away. And yes the BT guy was very good too. I'm sure there are plenty of good people at BT, you just never get to speak to them as a first point of contact if you're a home user...
And as a home user it's that first point of contact that matters - you need someone to understand your issue so they can escalate to BT if required. Now with Sky my first point of contact will be someone who has tech training and understands PD 9 times out of 10. Not a BT or TT script monkey.
I can't actually judge TT from personal experience, and I never had broadband from BT, but my experiences with line rental were bad enough to put me off dealing directly with them entirely.
Re: I'm leaving
You missed some steps, I used to be a F2S customer many moons ago, and they were first bought by some other ISP the name of which I've forgotten - although I somehow remember their adverts featured D.Hasselhoff. This is when things started to go bad. I'd moved flats and signed with another provider (Entanet reseller) way before that ISP and its F2S brand got bought by Tiscali, which was then bought by Talk Talk. iirc F2S ceased to be an independent ISP in 2005.
Re: Face it, vinyl sucks
Not much more a pain in the ass as CDs. Slightly more annoying to rip onto your computer, that's true. But then 90% of LPs sold nowadays include a download code, which can often be for .wav files, if not a CD too.
Now if you want to moan, here's a good one: Audio cassettes are making a bit of a comeback too. MGMT's upcoming album is getting a cassette release for RSD eg.
Not El Reg's finest Aprils Fools article
..but I wasn't aware of the Ern Malley hoax, so thanks for the reference, and thanks to the commenters who explained, I enjoyed reading about it!
I unsubscribed from we7
Which used to be a rather good streaming service because I started getting fed up with the emphasis they put on chart topping artists. New releases on indie labels were not getting updated on the main page, but more importantly, so many new records just didn't seem to get added at all. Albums I used to find on Spotify but not we7 used to be the exception, but it started to feel like they were becoming the norm.
A real pity, this used to be a good site, now it's little more than an extension to Tesco's CD aisle, with the focus on the same acts as the Tesco CD aisle.
365/2013, radio ads
Commercial radio has been playing adverts for Office 365 for the past month or so, with its main selling point being the ability to install on *5* devices, so that should be good enough for all the family bla bla.
Now I don't use MS Office other than Office 2003 in an XP VM, so I have no idea what other differences between Office 365 and 2013 may be, and I would expect the majority of their target customers don't either. How many will hear "Office, install on 5 computers" on the radio and go buy a copy in PC World which may or may not be the one that grants them 5 licenses...
Re: Why would you want to view a pdf in the browser anyway?
I've always found opening PDF files in an external reader (other than Adobe's obviously) to be much faster and far less frustrating than waiting for the Adobe plugin to load.
PDFs are absolutely fine as long as you stay away from the Adobe software.
Re: What about the other way round?
That sounds complicated. Are there still OSs out there that do not include a PDF printer by default?
Re: Note that "industry average" bar and also that there are about 450 ISP's in the UK.
Unfortunately the huge majority of those 450+ ISPs use BT's infrastructure.
If you want (and can get) a BT unbundled line you're left with one of the major players. It's a pity O2/BE don't appear in this study though.
calendar.fictional Fantasy and fiction dates (mostly LOTR).
OpenBSD calendar has it too.
I just installed calendar on my RHEL workstation, but no LOTR for me.
There is however a calendar.openbsd file, so RH must have taken their calendar from OpenBSD, not FreeBSD.
Anyway I do have the Discordian calendar, so I really couldn't care less about not having the LOTR one.
Opera remains my main browser, but the work laptop came with Firefox pre-installed and that introduced me to Firefox Extended Support releases.
They clearly target organizations with them, not end users, but I only use ESR releases of FF nowadays - the major release sticks for about a year, with only minor upgrades in between.
You'll mostly get security updates with those minor releases obviously, not all the latest features.
But at least it won't break your extensions, and you definitely get a stable browser.
Which is exactly what I need for my backup browser!
Re:how many listen to Internet Radio through their phone anyway?
If your phone has a decent speaker and wifi, it can be a nice portable internet radio around the home.
Standalone internet/DAB radios are pricey too. A cheap stereo system with an AUX input a lot less so, plug in your phone and sorted.
FF is my secondary browser, so I've decided to stick to the 10.x ESR branch as the updates aren't as frequent as with the main releases. I would expect that's also the norm for corporate desktops using FF.
I wonder whether Kaspersky included the ESR releases as up to date or not.
World's largest* nuclear electricity producer has a go at renewables...
Who would have thought?
Well clearly not Lewis, although I wouldn't put it past him to conveniently ignore it.
*OK not 100% sure there, but the world's largest electricity producer according to 2010 figures, that mostly generates electricity from nuclear technology, and keeps on pushing for nuclear.
Re: Curious outsider
This does not address your increased density/other types of technology query, but you can get WORM media for Ultrium drives.
I'd missed the voting round - and all those pictures. The Behemoth definitely seems like a worthy winner to me.
The oddest thing was how few entries used a classic breadroll. White sandwich bread is what you use if nothing else is on hand.
Also if you toast bread, you get a bacon toastie, not a sandwich. And while I like a muffin or bagel with bacon and eggs too, this doesn't qualify as a bacon sarnie either. This is definitely reflected in the voting, so it can't be just me. Bacon sandwich = bread + bacon, butter and sauce optional.
Sinking your shot of caffeine in two mugs of hot milk defeats the point. And they taste vile.
Mine's the black coffee, one brown sugar. Cold milk optional.
For the record..
Paris icon because I was playing dumb, not because I am. *SADFACE*.
Sometimes my network is slow and things go quicker when I click the Opera Turbo button.
Wait... isn't TPB blocked by UK ISPs?
Re: Sexism in the industry?
I won't forget any time soon the guy who told me over the phone "Whoa, you're the first woman I talk to who knows what a BIOS is". I managed to resist the urge to call him names or tell him he should step out of the server room every now and then, and just replied I knew plenty more.
Thankfully this type of remark was never a common occurrence, and indeed this only ever happened in end user facing roles.
I thought that twist was added at the 2008 Olympics but wasn't the norm, and modern-pentathletes usually rode their own horses.
If unfamiliar horses have now become standard, then I'll definitely be watching, that was the most hilarious event in 2008.
Re: I know I am going to get downvoted for this
I do believe that being female actually helped me get hired for a job once - but I wouldn't have been picked either had my technical skills not been at least as good as the male applicants (and they certainly were better than some of them!).
Does the IT crowd really mirror your experiences? Jen isn't hired for a technical job in the IT Crowd.
In fact I would say that the other women I have worked with in technical roles were on average better than the guys - probably because women won't end up in IT just by chance? I do find things are different in the channel (sorry about the buzzword) where you see people hired for sales having to pick up technical skills, with variable results.
I ended up in IT (the tech support side.. coding isn't for me) after doing maths and sciences at school - then languages at university - when I ended up spending more time learning to use computers, which I'd barely touched since age 12, than actually working on my degree..
When I finished school I wouldn't have considered doing science or IT - these didn't interest me very much in my teenage years as I was probably more interested in fitting in, and as a girl you're expected to study humanities, or if you're after money: business/economics or law. And my teachers did a better job at getting us ready for exams than they did at getting us really interested in the topics too. As long as that vision remains I don't expect things to change much. And picking on the IT Crowd is irrelevant - however I would agree that having strong role models on screen could be helpful, like 24's Chloe but with better social skills!,
Re: for our Euro friends
I'm rather puzzled why you're bringing Breivik into this. As he's clearly an extreme right wacko, which rather goes against your rhetoric. If I was to make any comparison between his terrorist shootings and something that happened in the USA, the Oklahoma bombings would be the first thing that spring to mind.
Re: Glover was doing geek radio almost 20 years ago
Gideon Coe is still broadcasting: BBC 6 Music - Mon-Thu from 9pm to midnight.
I can't compare his show there to his and Ms Glover's breakfast show of the mid 90s, but it's excellent, one of my favourites on 6 music.
Re: How do you find evidence in ice for the end of the LAST ice age...?
The colloquial use of "Ice age", to define a "glacial period" of an actual "ice age" certainly doesn't help.
We're currently in an interglacial period of an ice age if we are to use the proper terms. The article does indeed muddle things a bit by referring to the previous glacial period as an Ice age, but that's very common usage unfortunately.
Non contact-less option
I received a contact-less card from BoS a couple of years ago, called the number printed on the associated literature and at first I was also told they couldn't change it.
I hadn't actually read the small print yet - started to as I was explaining my security objections on the phone and read I could go to my local branch and request a normal card. Read it out to the CS agent , who probably put me on hold for a bit, but in the end I did get a normal card.
So err, yeah, read the small print, don't just listen to the guy/girl on the phone.
Having said that, I'm entirely willing to believe Barclays would offer no such option.
Re: Are these planted stories?
HP have given a preview of these systems while other manufacturers are yet to show their Sandy Bridge servers, but I can only agree with you, the past couple of stories about G8 sys management totally read like advertorials.
I know El Reg does not only rehash HP's press releases, I'm sure we'll see similar once IBM and Dell announce their new servers - but isn't this the 3rd or 4th "article" on the topic? I could take one, but this is rather OTT.
18 months since you last bought a CD. That's all.
Streaming services are brilliant to discover new music, but artists still need revenue - and that comes through CD sales as well as gigs and merchandising. Not from Spotify unless you expect bands to survive on £3 a year.
Spotify is not the only option.
Deezer, We7, Napster, bloom.fm (beta) - bloom.fm is mobile only at this point, we7 has mobile clients and a very good selection. I'm less familiar with the other two.
It really isn't like Spotify is the only subscription service out there.
But it's the only one that's so tied with Facebook and wants to share everything with everyone by default.
Thanks to free.fr
I can only wish there had been a company driving innovation in broadband (and now mobile telephony) in the UK the way Free have done in France. First to offer unbundling, and forcing the competition to up their offers by being the first to offer line rental + unlimited broadband + IPTV for 30€.
And I don't think the cable companies stopped deploying fiber to new streets and towns either....
Brilliant, more sources for more Lovecraftian theoricizing.
Although a US secret military base, an alien landing strip, a time travel vortex and even the Nazis somehow appear to be more popular options online.
Actually glad the Reg is slightly late with this one
As it gives them the chance to report on more than just that silly Russian press release - although I'm glad they point out those Nazi conspiracy theories.
The full thing can be read here: http://en.rian.ru/science/20120206/171176587.html
"a scientific source" then hardly any details then 3 paragraphs about the Nazis.
This was so bizarre - esp. after a week of radio silence from the scientists's camp that I spent most of my day yesterday wondering what had really happened.
And yes most of my theories involved Elder ones, or the city or R'lyeh, or ghouls, shoggoths etc..
Then New Scientist reported that they have indeed hit water, quoting the scientist on the expedition who explained they hit water, but couldn't be sure it was the lake they reached yet. And quashed all my theories :/
The BBC also chose not to report the original press release, but I saw it on way too many reputable newspapers websites, as well as the Daily Mail - the first part anyway, not the Nazi conspiracy. Surely if you're going to quote a dodgy press release, then please don't leave out the dodgiest bits as it will help me make my mind up. Shame on them all.
FFIX is one of my favourites too, not necessarily the best gameplay, but great characters and story (well for the first half of the game at least) and minigames.
I never liked FFX much either - gone was the exploration, its linearity made it dull at times. FFX-2 was dismissed by many for being too light hearted, and due to its unconventional mission system, which actually made it anything but linear. It's my favourite on the PS2 because the combat system was brilliant, the job system was a throwback to FFV, and it was actually a lot of fun to play. On the other hand, I only got about 15 hours into FFXII before getting bored and giving up.
Not in a great hurry to pick up a PS3 or Xbox 360, there's still plenty of SNES, PS1 and PS2 RPGs I haven't played yet.
And I'll partly disagree with you too - even though Opera is my main browser too.
I still use Firefox for the few sites that just won't support Opera and I find it bloated, and that's with hardly any extensions. Firefox was my main browser for quite a while, in fact I used it from the Phoenix days until FF3 'broke' the URL bar, which is when I made the switch back to Opera.
The early versions of Firefox were indeed rather minimal and extensions were indeed required to get decent functionalities - but it remained a fast and efficient browser - esp. if you were careful to only install what you needed. (I know, most people didn't.)
There are indeed more built-in functionalities now - but nowhere near as many as Opera (I don't know about Chrome, I don't want Google doing sneaky stuff on my PC...), yet they've managed to make it slower and heavier on resources than Opera.
I like both approaches: that of the very fast minimal browser that you can customize with extensions to fit your needs, and that of the full-featured browser where I will accept a slight dip in performance if it means convenience. However nowadays Firefox misses the mark on both counts, it's not there in terms of features, and it's not fast either.
You seem to favour the full-featured approach - but we already use Opera for that! I'd rather FF went back to its original minimalistic concept.
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