Yeah, got the Amazon mail, even though I haven't used Amazon for years.
Probably some outfit I DO use, like Banggood.
2929 posts • joined 14 Nov 2007
Yeah, got the Amazon mail, even though I haven't used Amazon for years.
Probably some outfit I DO use, like Banggood.
How I get some decent lappies, free.
Got a 'computer graveyard' near my place.
Found a lovely machine, 17" display, loadsa ram (OK, 2Gigs), Vista onboard. DVD stripped. Fortunately, had a couple of DVD's at home from a previous 'forage'.
Next to which, a smashed-up laptop with a Win-7 licence sticker (fortunately, both 32-bit*')
Rest was easy. Expenditure? €10.
Then, load, sweet-talk the operator (Mahatma Kote, I think his name was - might even be related) at Microsoft to let me licence it.
Then - Win-10. Nirvana.
*Someone explain why, when installing Atmel Studio 7, it wants 1Gig for 32-bit systems, but 2Gig for 64-bit, and why 32-bit seems to run faster than 64? (I have 2 computers for comparison). Well, I'm a Bear of Very Small Brain, and long words Bother me.
(Sorry, A.A.Milne, not what You had in mind, I'm sure....)
Spoken like a person who is owned by a cat. (I'd have written quicker, but she keeps nudging me off the keyboard. After some 'kitty-porn' I guess...)
"Boot" doesn't equal "ready to do some work".
A pretty desktop comes up and the Great Unwashed* - like me - say "Oh, that booted quick!*".
Look at your disk activity LED. Better still, <ctrl><alt><delete> and open task manager.
Then wait 20 minutes or so for the disk usage to go below 80%.
Then, and only then, can you open your e-mails, and go to https://www.gov.uk/ to find out how you'll be sanctioned because you didn't answer/read the e-mail in time...
(OK, I'm not subject to that nowadays (Or, indeed am I one of His*'* Highness' Subjects ?) but even so....
* As a member of the Great Unwashed - soap being deemed to be a luxury - 2GB and and old laptop is my all. Sorry that typing is a bit slow....
'*Alleged pig-porker Prime (Don't get me going!) Minister Cameron.
Almost fill the Albert Hall?
I understand that Himmler had something sim'lar...
...or, in my day, listen to the world on an ECC83...Transistor`Wasn't that one of those funny things that went light-sensitive if you acetone'd the black paint off? ( 2/6d for the painted ones, a guinea for the unpainted version? (OC(p)71 ??)
Wondered if anyone else spotted that!
Wow. A useful addition to my literature awareness, thanks. No I haven't read ALL of Kipling, so I missed that. But a Google seach (re)introduced me to such colourful names as Æthelred the Unready and Sigeric the Serious.
Andus the Sheepsh***er pales into insignificance against those (I wish!)
That fixed a (me being) stupid TightVNC configuration for me a few months ago via a forum?
That was on a Raspberry Pi also....
It installed OK on 08/08. Maybe because I'm the only user, and have resisted the desire to "fuckabahtwivthesettins" (AKA Control Panel) too much....
(Win 10 Pro, 2Gig, Durabook S15C)
...oh, weep, Linux Fanboi that I am.....
I love Windows 10? Yeps. I really do. Never thought I'd say that. I know it's unfashionable to say, But, yeah.
(Linux Mint 17.1 on the pendrive, natch)
Fair's fair. Credit where it's due. MIcrosoft have done a lot of work - yes, it's rough around the Edge...but I haven't yet felt an urge to install Firefox yet.
Atmel Studio 6,2 works, Cadsoft Eagle (PCB s/w) works, Arduino IDE works, Notepad+ works, LibreOffice works, PicoScope 6 works, LTSpice works, Saleale Logic works.
Haven't felt a burning need to download Minecraft, Angry Birds 2, PornoQueensFromHell yet. Update will follow, I'm sure.
POINT IS (Sorry to shout, but...) It does what I want.
Sounds more like a Journalists "Liquid Lunch" followed by a "Martin Summers Is Unwell"....
I upgraded today from a fully updated Windows 7 Pro and it took about 4 hours - without touching it - until the disk activity light, and my router light stopped being permanently on. Even now, 10 hours later I can occasionally type a sentence and have time to roll a cigarette before the text appears.
Dual-core, 2GB ram*, Win-10 Pro 32-bit, only Edge open with 2 tabs, fan roaring its head off continually, disk light duty cycle > 90%
*Suspect this might be the culprit. Reminiscent of how slow my first Windows-3 machine was. It had 1/1000th of the RAM, 2MB. Nothing really changes.
...our grandkids will be cracking open an ancient El Reg. printout, and have a giraffe at this. Teraherz? Oh, so...50's...
Much like when we crack open an ancient copy of "Metronome Monthly"/"101 things to do with a 555 timer"/Practical Electronics.
Whatever it's called nowadays.
Howls of derisive laughter.
Other way around?
How so, when I often hear "Your call may be recorded for your protection, or for training purposes."
Sounds like they just gave me permission! "May be" is too loose a term. Record away!
(Don't get me started about recording JobcentrePlus calls - they threaten you with a criminal offence, because you're not registered with the "Data Protection Ombudsman" (their phrase).
You don't usually need to:
Even if you did, getting registered's a snap, and cost £35.)
Well, I will. Unemployment currently hinders, but tomorrow I'm hoping for a job-offer*. Company 'phone? Jolla, natch, living in Oulu as I do, with a 5G experimental (but city-wide soon) network.
*Sheesh, I've already designed the hardware for them doing "Work Experience training" (WTF!?!? I've been working longer than my 'Employment Coach has lived), and so on my 59th birthday I slapped a bit of S/W in for good measure.
XMEGA's. Thought they were like an Arduino.
Little did I know they were on Lance Armstrong's medication.
Links/citations, or it never happened.
(First Law of Engineering)
Unfortunately, Owner != user anymore.
I don't OWN my windows-7 (and my well-decent Vista Asus lappie on a recovered-from-dumpser machine - it only wanted about 100 meg. of "Left-handed website" shit removed to make it an object to desire) )
Although I own the H/W, I don't own the OS.
Maybe I'll vote "OXI" for "No Outside Assistance!" like the Greeks did. Didn't help, they still got shafted.
Yeah. Right. Like Windows 7?
When I'm at work, I sometimes want to take my PC home. So, I go to power it down, only to be told (paraphrased) "do not turn your computer off, 31 updates in progress"
Smeg that! I've a bus to catch, and it's bleeding cold outside. I'll be an hour or so travelling home.
Rip it from its cable, shove it in my laptop bag, and head home. If the thing overheats, there's no WiFi on the way (there isn't) or the battery runs out mid-way, "Ahh, Didums!"
(Yes, I found the 'fix' - the well-hidden Control key when going to shut down, but I don't always remember...)
and the recent announcement from Jolla that they're getting their kit made by an (un-announced) mfr.?
I smell a device. Methinks Mr. Orlowski has't in his nose, too...
If I could continue the phrase with the right pronunciation (or even spelling) of "...oft gan' agly..." I'd join you for a dram...or two
Yes, but his mother loves him.
(Didn't someone say that about a drone awhile back?
...getting the Black Salt.
My local, friendly ISIL shop has no problem poisoning this infidel kafir with asafoetida, (€1,50 for about 100g), nor ground mango powder (€1 for maybe 500g,) but they failed to send me to Paradise with the black salt.
Anyone know any other names for it?
OK, haven't updated release since June, (and temporarily don't use that computer at the moment) I liked it.
Snappier to me than Win-7 SP1.
But, I only use Firefox, LibreOffice, Cadsoft Eagle, Notepad+ and Atmel Studio 6,2 (Plus a few necessary addons - Arduino IDE, Flip, Dropbox etc) - all of which worked flawlessly.
As for Caterina, Cortina, Cornea, Catrina, whatever...I can't presently use it (her?) in my locale (Non-US) so I think a blessing.
I SHALL be installing it, but dual-boot, if the release ISO lets me. Certainly that's how I used it previously, but I never went back to Win-7, IIRC.
And, as I'm on the dole, with a hobby of scouring junkyards*, I found a rather nice big Acer Travelmate dual-core effort slung away. After getting it to (finally) boot (stuck key), and removing every virus, trojan, malware, stuxware etc. known to mankind, then using Vistalizator (www.froggie.sk/en/index.html) to convert its Finnish OS to Gods Own Language** it is almost ready for its free installation of Windows-10. Unfortunately, it runs Vista (painful!), so I'm out scouring more rubbish skips for a Windows-7 or -8 licence sticker before July 28...
* I find quite a few good laptops, usually with stupid faults like a key stuck down by coffee (I hope!) loose memory card, HD trashed, or the DVD won't eject - most less than a couple of years old.
** R.F.Delderfield: God Is An Englishman. Essential read. As are all his books.
Wouldn't a Raspberry Pi suffice for that? Stuck (VESA'd) on the back of a touch-screen, running Windows-10 (Pi version)?
If your Real Estate costs more than that, you must be in Tokyo....
..have they found and definitely identified the problem?
Else (crisp metallic rustle) could this have been a 'dummy run' by some nasty Middle Eastern group?
That's the end of another chance of a Shakesperian masterpiece being written.
On a typewriter, natch...
Euphemism for "redundancies".
Wonder who Nokia will outsource its redundancies to this time round?
Don't think Alcatel-Lucent is big in India*, so might cost them a packet this time.
Oh, and the French...About as heavy with unemployment as the Germans. Wondered if Nokia factored that in.
*Of course, Rajeev Suri may have inside knowledge...
Food for thought from El-Reg. To be devoured and the bones picked over at home. Appreciated.
Just think 'Merkan for a second.
"Selling" becomes "Enhanced Gifting". There. Legal. Fixed it for ya.
S'funny. When I was (quite) rich and (relatively) well-known, to make ends meet in our "Yuppie-era-bought" 3 storey house, we had lodgers living on the top floor. At that time, interest rates jovially went to 15% on 'black wednesday' - I digress.
One of the couple was a lovely Indian girl. She showed me that, with exactly the same spices, the order of cooking completely changed the flavour. I would'nt have believed it, but I measured, mixed and cooked the spices as she instructed while she stood next to me.
One (we did poatoes, to test) was deliciously sweet, the other sharp.
A skill I want to learn!
Or indeed, Michelle Obama...
Anybody want 327680 ferrite beads?
I'll mix 'em up so you can't read my password.
I only went onto Farnell's page to look for ESD diodes for a Sim-card....
Now I've spent the bloody morning trying to access raspberrypi.org - understandably down at present...
This thing's got twice the ram, four times the grunt as my trusty old (15 years) Thinkpad T30...
Did someone say something about Windows 10???
..I'm gonna 'suck-it-and-see'. In a commercial environment, not some wannabee bedroom masturbators den.
Give it a go. If iWindows-10 goes tits-up, I've lost only my time - I won't experiment in company time. We're broke already.
IIRC, similarly was Arduino conceived. If I'm right, the name "Arduino" is the Italian coffee shop where the folks drew on the ubquitius 'fag.packets' on.
Pint, because the fruit machine at my local bar spewed out enough money for me to buy one today.
Lost on me.
All I got was:
Looking for Internet Explorer?
You’re in the right place, but Internet Explorer requires a Windows PC.
Ye Gods, even been caught out a couple of times from SOURCEFORGE! Got a toolbar when I wanted a nifty bit of s/w. Who'd a thunk it...(I think we've all been there at least once...)
HEY! Cunning Plan! A competition by El-Reg.
1) take a 'sacrificial' computer. Use that thus:
2) everytime you're offered another free toolbar, ACCEPT it.
Winner is the first commentard who can display a screenshot of a browser so full of toolbars, it's impossible to see *any* content on a page....
(I'd have spruced up this post a bit, but <marquee> isn't in the allowed HTML....
"there is no damage, the PID in the chips ROM is simply set to 0 instead of the FTDI PID the driver wants"
"There is no damage, on detecting a non-licenced copy of XXX the program simply executed " cd / && rm -rf * "...
No damage either way. Or is there?
'Suppose the ISS arm just gave it a gentle push.
Impressive! Awaiting news of the recovery.
At one point in the video, it seemed like internal lights came on. For a brief second, wondered if it was carrying Felix Baumgartner, wanting his record back after one of Google's 'top bananas' scotched it...
No fucking wonder - rumour is the offer is time-limited so they hosted the site on a Raspberry Pi...
(There - fixed the IT angle...)
I was playing Billiard against a bloke once. It was a 'beer game' - the loser bought a round.
Now, I had a meeting in the morning, so no way am I going fo have more than one the night before.
So, I opted for RedBull instead.
This fuc*ker wouldn't ever win, nor would he let me stop playing until he won one game. After 6 games (and 6 rounds), I was getting bored, he was getting pitifully drunk, and in my desire to walk home, I 'accidentally' ptted the black.
Got home, suddenly the Red Bull hit me! Had to lie on the floor with feet on the sofah, really thought I was about to have a heart attack. Lasted an hour (cell phone had no power, else I'd have called 112)
In neighbouring Sweden, there were a couple of deaths from mixing vodka and RB. Several times in one session...So I guess the advert. is true in that case...
Ironically, it was Nokia who came out with the slogan "Data in <strikeout> packets </strikeout> pockets!"
"What this means is that he is looking forward to an era when private companies have fully colonised the edge of space."
Don''t ya mean:
"What this means is that he is looking forward to an era when American private companies have fully colonised the edge of space®™."
...to form Nokia Siemens Networks, the culture shock for the Germans joining us in Finland was,..well, I felt sorry for them! I think thaat was a large reason why it really didn't produce the 'synergies' promised.
Has Al-Qaeda-with-an-interest-in-science-in-order-to-beat-the-Infidel-at-their-own-game commenced a "Kickstarter" account? If £20 gets you 46 virgins, stick me down!
Oh, wait - what's that ominous "chop chop chop" I hear in the sky above my house?
Well, if they become a new emerging country, they'll need some presence in the International community.
I asked him for the 'root' password once.
He replied "Its a complex key sequence"
It was. Precisely that.
Unfortunately, I'm not going to Ms. Bush's concerts (living a thousand miles away). Pity. Love her music.
If I did however, and given the inclement weather expected, I'd take my umbrella.
Bulgarian variety, sharp pointy thing on the end. Iphone-camera-sized.Or, iBall sized...