158 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007
Last weekend I flashed my Nexus 2012 with Lollipop, so all the apps were removed and reinstalled afterwards.
I have noticed a few odd things. Like the poster above, I once did manage to "skip" the password lock screen which is worrying, but I haven't managed to reproduce it
I haven't had any crashes yet. iPlayer works properly now with no stuttering after ~25 mins. However, the tablet in general has slowed to a crawl. I can open the magnetic cover and wait around 10 seconds before I can enter my lock code. What is it doing! It's almost as if the NAND controller has a 5 second sleep built into it
Re: Original Moto G?
Thanks for that link. It looks like the Moto E is getting Lollipop too. That is fantastic news for £89
Apparently Android Lollipop fixes the HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) bug that was affecting iPlayer downloads, so I'm gagging to get it ASAP
Pubs already being converted
Where I live, a big chunk of the old-man's boozers have been shut and converted into either flats, Co-Ops or Spars.
In my current 16GB Nexus 7 I have:
3.4GB of Apps and app data
4 GB of music
2GB of iPlayer videos
1GB of gallery pictures/videos
With the OS overhead, that is pretty full, and I wouldn't call myself a power user.
I'm not sure about this....
I have an original Nexus 7 that is just over two years old now, and has served me extremely well on my daily ~1hr commute. When I heard rumours of the new Nexus 8/9 I was already prepping my credit card. But hmmmm I'm just not sure.
So this is £319 for 16GB and £399 for 32GB. The iPad Mini 2 is £239 for 16GB and £279 for 32GB and the iPad Mini 3 is £319 for 16GB and £399 for 64GB.
Once you lose ~3GB for the OS, the 16GB version might struggle for space, so if I wanted the 32GB version, I might as well buy a 64GB iPad Mini 3 for the same price?
Or going slightly leftfield, I could by a Hudl 2 for £129 and shove in a 32GB card for a tenner to have a slightly inferior tablet for £139...
If the prices don't drop (and I can't see that happening for a while) then I'm not entirely sure that I can justify it :-/
Who knew that wearing Cornish pasties could get you banned!
My original Nexus 7 is beginning to get a little bit long in the tooth. I was waiting patiently for the Nexus 8/9 but rumours of the price makes me thing that I may opt for the Hudl. With a couple of Tesco vouchers knocking around, I can get it for under £100, which would possibly be under a third of a price for the new Nexus.
However, I do like the no nonsense quick updates that a Nexus device can give you, so I may wait until the Nexus appears and make a decision then...
"...They have attitude & aspire to be the next Footballer's Wife. Unrealistic expectations."
But also kinda true, seeing some of the tramp-stamped, perma-tanned "beauties" around these parts.
Phones4U used to be awful and their marketing seemed to be aimed at the more erm... chav infested end of the market, but they did get better and I bought my Moto E backup phone from them online without any trouble.
Although you can argue that these phone shops such as Phones4U and CPW are just middle men, they did provide one important thing - Unlocked phones on the High Street.
Not everyone has the money for an iPhone from an Apple shop or a Nexus from Google, so giving people the ability to select their own phone and own network is an important thing, and it is a shame that one more shop has gone that provided that. I hope that they do find a buyer and get bought out from administration.
Saying that, the size of some of their shops are ridiculously huge! I have no idea why a shop selling mobile phones has to be the size of a car showroom...
"we are just a bunch of guys with too much free time"
Yep, I think that sums it up pretty damn well.
Re: Two girls and a cup
I knew EXACTLY what I was going to see when I watched two girls, one cup....
A great write-up and I love the car, but the advert for it that I saw on the telly was so mind-numbingly pretentiously wanky that I almost threw my remote at the screen!
"I am the impossible. I am the blank page" *vomit*
I knew that had got expensive... but not THAT expensive!
Out of the goodness of my heart, I donated my last VGA to VGA cable to a friend. When I needed one at very short notice, I made the 5 minute drive to Maplin to buy one. I wasn't assuming I could get Amazon or eBay prices, or anything, but I didn't think a VGA cable could be that expensive right?
Wrong! The cheapest one was a tenner! Ranging upto something stupid like 27 quid, It was cheaper to order one off Amazon with next day deliver. Ridiculous.
Happened to me with Vodafone
A very similar thing happened to me with Vodafone. To be fair, their security system worked reasonably well. Two days after the HTC One M8 was released, I got a text message telling me that one was ordered and on its way soon. Great! Except that I hadn't ordered one.
So I log into my account to find out that someone has logged in, ordered a phone in my name, but changed my address to one in Purfleet in Essex. I fortunately got the order cancelled and got my account reset.
However, I then had the hassle of creating a new account, mating it to my phone and then found out that Vodafone had helpfully reset my content control settings, so I was blocked from putting on a cheeky bet on the Grand National. Grrr.
This happened just before the Heartbleed saga kicked off, but I think that it's more likely that a rogue employee fancied himself a shiny new phone and picked some details at random to "borrow"
I ordered one...
...from Phones4U. I never thought I would utter those words!
I've been looking for a backup Android phone that I can use for my running and cycling without worrying too much about it getting drenched in sweat or accidentally covered in gloopy gels.
My only concern is the interaction between the SD card and the main memory. It has been poor in previous Android configurations and Operation Systems, so it will be interesting to see if a Moto E + SD Card + KitKat integration is any better
Disappointed by the BBC recently
I don't watch much of the BBC news on the telly, but I've been really disappointed and frustrated by the BBC website recently.
A poster above mentioned that it was reading more like a sensationalist magazine and I think that really is the case. It's starting to look more like a cross between Buzzfeed and the Daily Mail. As I look at the top ten stories now - here are some of them
* The man with 42 hours to get home
* The return of the dimpled pint glass
* We are all monkeys
* Has wealth made Qatar happy?
Just lots and lots of puff pieces really. Plus the BBC's inability to mention a news story without padding half of it with what someone or other said on Twitter is just frustrating.
Ordered mine from the Google Play store
it has just arrived, so I'll attempt to put mine through its paces this weekend :)
Never 6ft away from pliers
You are never 6ft away from a set of pliers...
Unless you really need a set of pliers.
Those eyes! They will give me nightmares...
That is all.
The CPC464 was the first computer that I ever owned. It's still in my parent's attic somewhere. The only thing I didn't like about it (not the fault of the computer obviously) was the fragile joysticks. I went through more joysticks that underwear in my time. Those micro-switches didn't switch for very long
I'm normally quite relaxed about updating apps...
...but when I saw that request that Facebook wanted to be able to read my SMS/MMS messages, I rapidly pulled the plug. I'm tempted to uninstall it completely and just use the browser on FireFox on my phone from now on.
I'm not installing this app though. It sounds like ransom ware to me
My favourite arcade game
Awww I have fond memories of OutRun.
I think I almost bankrupted my parents by shovelling coins into the arcade machine. It makes me chuckle now about the lack of health and safety. Neither you and you girlfriend wore seatbelts so if you smacked into a tree or a pillar you would end up flying out of the car and onto the road - with magically no injuries.
It was a big task for the 8-bit home computers to recreate and they did struggle. I had a CPC464 and you had to make do with the external audio track and loading each new level on tape which did frustrate somewhat.
I loved the intricacies of the sprites of the car. Even to this day I can remember the juggernauts and the yellow VW Beetles :)
Seen it on Vine as well
I've seen a few videos on vine where people are driving down the road - clearly moving - and taking videos of themselves. To do it in the first place is dumb - To do it and have your face clearly visible doing something dumb and upload it to the interwebs? Words fail me...
I have a 6 month old Nexus 4...
...must resist. It sounds like a fantastic phone, but then again my Nexus 4 hasn't put a foot wrong yet, so I will be strong and keep it for the forseeable future - especially as I'm sure that it will get Kit Kat shortly
How do you pronounce it?
I guess they are mainly aiming at the Kindle Fire. But at that sort of price, it might be a handy tablet if you want to get something cheap and cheerful for the kids
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
This game came out just as I was finishing my first year at Uni. In those days only the well off kiddies had PCs in their room, so there was literally only 1 on our floor in my halls of residence. Let's put it this way - he was a very popular guy!
The comical over the topness and cartoon brutality was brilliant. I think I enjoyed the sub games more often. I think my favourite one was the "Speed" clone where you had to keep a school bus above a certain speed before it blew you and everyone around it to smithereens.
I also liked the fact that you could pop out the CD when playing, and replace it with your own and you could listen to your own music when playing GTA - Nothing like escaping police to sound hard house or Drum'n'Bass!
At sea, things move slowly...
...unless you're on one of Elop's burning platforms in the North Sea. In that case you have 30 seconds and things move very, very quickly
Topless darts was awesome!
Back in the day before pr0n was speedy and ubiquitous on the interwebs, the topless darts were a very enjoyable 5 minutes of an evening.
I'll get my coat... should be a yellow mac really.
Re: There's only one way to measure data usage
Mop is good... but I quite like the sound of the Fap
So you could have nano, micro and milliFaps for knocking out a quick one
KiloFaps and MegaFaps for an extremely long sessions!
Your fingers provide instant lubrication? A lot of women will be very interested to hear that...
To counter this - I have a Huawei Ascend G300 and it's great!
I paid £100 and have an Android phone running Ice Cream Sarnie with an external SD card slot. Nope it's not fast with it's single core processor, so if you're a power user or want to play more high end games it's not for you. However, for what I want to use it for, I can't see anything else on the market for that price which matches it.
Toby Pedley''s Twitter
I searched through Google to try and look at some of the things Toby Pedley has posted in the past. It looks as if he has some sort of major issue with Carl Harris over a tipping service or something like that. He's going to have a lot of deleting to do
I have and am currently on two dating sites - PlentyOfFish which is free, and Match which is a pay site.
The numbers on POF are good, but the quality is very, very low:
* Fake profiles (easy to spot though)
* Unemployed single mums with multiple kids who live in a craphole of an area
* Cougars (Think Dorien from Birds of a Feather) looking for toyboys *shudder*
* Lots of lonely girls who just want to "chat" but have no intention of going on a physical date
Match is a little better but:
* Very expensive for what it is
* You have no idea if the girl you send a message to can actually read your message as she may not be a full member
* Some girls have a list of requirements longer than you arm
* If you live in a non-metropolis area, your options are restricted
Saying that, it sounds like I've had a bad time, but in the last year I've probably had about 12 dates, of which 10 were great and 2 were disasters (old pic and a cat lady). It really is a numbers game though. The only way that you'll get replies as a man is to send as many good quality messages as possible.
I actually miss making mix-tapes. There was nothing like trying to woo a girl when you were young by spending all weekend making her a mix-tape of her favourite stuff and then lovingly writing all of the track information on the inlay card.
It actually worked as well!
Pirate icon as home taping obviously killed music
Re: Twitter can be pretty good
Specials, updated menus, guest beers, which bands are playing this evening, that sort of thing
Twitter can be pretty good
I know I'm courting a possible nerd-pasting here, but I find Twitter pretty useful. I don't follow Z-List zelebs or teenage girls spewing their angst all over the interwebs, but it has been really useful for finding out what's happening locally with businesses, pubs, restaurants, events etc. etc.
A lot of small businesses don't seem to have websites nowadays. Or if they do, they can be woefully out of date, so Twitter can be good for receiving "hot off the press" information.
It did crack me up
I did have a good chortle when I saw people on Facebook and Twitter bragging about being in the top 10% or top 5% of LinkedIn. And then watched their bragging turn to embarrassment when virtually everyone else posted to say they had received the same email
Give me £65,000 and I'll do it
Samsung N120 still going strong
Literally 2 days after I bought my house, my old laptop died. I needed something cheap and reliable to tide me over for a year or so until I got some funds back. I bought the Samsung N120 in September 2010 and it is still going strong as my primary computer.
I've filled up about half of the 320GB hard drive, the battery life is still "OK" (get around 3 hours), it's light, portable and great for doing little things such as touching up pictures, firing off a long e-mail etc. etc.
I have a Nexus 7 now which has taken over some tasks, but I will probably keep the Samsung going until I run it into the ground.
1. Start mumbling to yourself and gently rock back and forth. The man that sat next to you will shortly leave. Rinse, wash and repeat for future occurrences.
2. Nothing. Until you get to your stop. Call them a bunch of twats just as you're getting up, and then run for your life.
3. Nothing. If the lift is going up, then stare at the ceiling lights. If the lift is going down then stare at the floor. If there's someone else in the lift, then thank them when getting off at your floor - even if they didn't do anything.
Re: I fail.
Living in Portsmouth, I'm not surprised that so many people in Southampton can't speak English. Most of them were born in Southampton though.... :-P
I currently am signed up to LoveFilm, but mainly just use it for the DVDs by post service, which is pretty good for my use case.
I am concerned about the amount of fragmentation that is going on in the streaming market though. So it looks like to me you need LoveFilm for film content, NetFlix for TV content, SKY for the most up-to-date content (plus don't they have exclusivity for one of the movie houses?)
So if you wanted to get a broad brush of everything, it means managing lots of subscriptions, plus I feel that over time it'll get worse before it gets better. I feel that broadcast TV is starting to wobble now and is losing its dominance, but I'm worried about having to sign up for service A for TV series A, service B for TV series B, service C for Film C etc. etc.
Re: Just left BE as they no public FTTC plans
I was the same as Pie. I was with Be for a couple of years and had no trouble at all with the service, billing, contract etc. Unfortunately I live too far from the exchange for a speedy download, so I was stuck at 3Mbps. If Be had announced a FTTC rollout, I would have jumped at the chance, but I had to reluctantly jump ship as trying to use services such as NetFlix and iPlayer was becoming way too stressful
A Top Letter
And an excellent reply
It was not nice knowing you
Quad Sim relevance
It's easy to see where Quad Sim would be useful!
1 SIM for your wife, and one each for your 3 mistresses.
Paris, because she isn't wifey material
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