I love my Apple Watch - the missus does hers too. The battery life and the wrist raising and strap prices are all minuses but do not outweigh the fun, usefulness and niceness of the product for us. The exercise and breathing reminders are great. Might even consider the next version at some point.
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3rd Time Lucky
3rd Time Lucky
I bought the first Pebble for my missus who is always leaving her iPhone "somewhere" and misses calls and texts. She wore it for a week and that was it. I gave it to my son and he likes it. I then tried her with the latest Pebble and that lasted a month or so but the charge cable stopped working and it took ages to get a new one from them. Then she just stopped wearing it. This one went to my daughter who likes it. Finally I bought her the cheapest Apple Watch and it hasn't been off her wrist since. (Unless she forgets to charge it over night.) I personally love my Apple Watch but of course the battery life is crap. Score is Pebble 2, Apple 2 in our family. I hope the Pebbles can keep working.
Ah yes, this is the iPhone that comes with a set of earbuds with a Lightning connector AND an adapter for your other ear-thingies, right? Oh and also Bluetooth....
Re: Actually I am considering a tablet
iPad Mini. Minimum 32GB. Cheap and wonderful. Too expensive for you then get a used one. They only go wrong when people physically break them.
Forced Program Defaults
I recently "upgraded" to Sierra and now I can not change the default web browser away from Safari and the default video program away from Quick Time. Is this deliberate or a bug or both? Pah!
Re: iPhone7 - pay more, get less
Not wanting the truth to get in the way of a great story - you did notice that an adapter is included in the box, right? And earphones, right?
It costs 45 Euros to see your GP in Ireland and 110 Euros to go to A&E. Car road tax is exorbitant and motor insurance really really expensive. Income tax is high and it is difficult to get pork pies and custard tarts. Plus there is not really any good ale. Oh and the ferry is expensive. Did I mention the current exchange rate?
What is a Mach O file?
I used to use Scala Riders, the ones that come with a TomTom Rider v2, purely to listen to the satnav instructions but nowadays I just glance at the satnav screen from time to time. I never liked the faff of keeping them charged and pairing, etc. I prefer to listen to the sound of my R nineT. (Yet another Unix contractor biker.)
What's the point of a two-hour trip to New York when you have to spend two hours or more in the airport queueing to have your body scanned and your Swiss Army knife confiscated because the blade is 1 mm too long?
In the late 70s I used to get a ride into work from a guy called Eddie Badcock. He drove a Stag...
Re: "So, overall, an improvement."
Perhaps he's American?
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I have one.
The owners of Rentboy.com (see a previous article) should relocate there.
At least they have custard tarts in OZ, unlike here in Ireland.
Anything so long as we get to keep telly with no adverts!
And available at Amazon.co.uk!
Back in the 70s
I challenged my "self appointed audio expert" friends to try if they could decide which was a record or a HiFi Dolby cassette recording of the same record, played back to back. None could.
I have never been to a recording studio to listen to the "original" and thus have never had any means of comparing a recording to this "original" sound. The originals for me are whatever I hear the recording on. For all I know I might not like the "original" sound. I know for sure that some pieces of music I really like I do not like the live version of.
Funding The Register
If The Register became a subscription site, could it still exist? Would enough people pay enough to offset the loss of advertising revenue?
One supposes that more than half of the current readers block the adverts...
(I guess that The Register also gets money from Microsoft.)
Re: $40 for a phone charger?
Check out the pound and Euro prices for the same! Are they using an Intel Pentium to do their conversion?
Whenever you buy Viagra it's for a good cause. FFS!
Re: Looks good, but...
What has happened to the well-intentioned BSD people porting BSD to the Raspberry Pi? It seems to have died or at least is having trouble breathing. I'm still waiting...
(Actually I'd prefer to have Solaris 10 running on it!)
Re: Bug bounties?
As opposed to other peoples' overpriced products?
Re: "Sir Jony's juice"
Are we hoping that the EU can fix a US problem? Like the EU taking Google to court instead of the US. Are the Americans indifferent to these issues or already bought over or what?
Re: article misses out the most important information...
You mean: "on their superior camera".
Old School, really Old!
1951 I believe. What a hoot!
One wonders how many Spooks are working on the "audit". Those backdoors won't stay open by themselves.
I swapped our CFLs in the chandeliers for ugly LEDs (designed by the same people responsible for the Ducati/Fiat Multistrada/pla one supposes) and our electric bill is €50 less each month! (Also swapped the Sun T2000 for a dumpster-dived laptop for our web server hardware which I suppose also added to the electrical consumption savings.)
Still waiting for the promised Mac version...
I teach in a Coderdojo, Python on a Pi. We currently have Pis on wheels zooming around. We connect things directly to the Pis using jumper leads. Cost is very little.
Every child should be taught to solder. And type.
Re: The burn
Been three times, enjoyed it immensely each time. There's always glitches, problems and other interesting things with events of this scale. The spirit is wonderful.
Can you actually order a Doner Kebab for delivery?
I am trying to improve my German and so signed up for a Premium account with Busuu. Unfortunately I could not access their content; I discovered it was because I was using Ghostery on Firefox. I looked at what Ghostery was blocking and discovered that they were trying to send data from the Premium web page I was trying to access to, amongst others, Doubleclick, Criteo, Google, AdRoll, KissMetrics, Facebook, New Relics, Quantcast, Twitter and Saithru Horizon. This was not a free service. This company wants it both ways and I objected and received a refund. If it was a free service I wouldn't mind so much.
Communication is the problem to the answer
I've given up on my Withings scale, can't be bothered to go through the whole setup faffle every bloody time I use it. I lost the Pulse thing somewhere too.
Now I use Runkeeper as it just uses the sensors on my iPhone 6 and doesn't need anything else (to connect to or lose).
Re: why all the dreary cars ?
BMW R nineT here. Man I'm having fun! The car (Mazda 323) is for taking the family places.
All cars are dreary when a) looking for somewhere to park or b) driving or waiting in traffic.
Re: IT angle. Provided.
Shouldn't that be tissues?
Re: Prints .... emails?
Those twats that use Word as an e-mail client.....
Essential Contractor's Kit
1988, Philips PRC30. I was contracting in Cambridge at Philips Radio Communications and living in a caravan in Over (a small village). This £600 handheld mobile telephone kept me in touch with the world and agents.
Single and "Normal"
I think these devices are developed for a single person living in a simple flat, as it seems are a lot of things. That is the only way in which the simplistic algorithms can work. We are a long way away from machines that can interact with a family or even a couple. We have many rooms in our house and are a couple with a small child. There is no pattern to our activities apart from me going to work and as I often work early and late shifts (NOC support) then this isn't a routine either. There is no chance of accurately programming this and any device would have to track whether any of us are in any of the rooms if it wants to turn the heating down or off. Ideally we would want the bedroom temperatures turned right down during the day and then warmed up a bit before we go to bed, whatever time that is. We want the heating in the kitchen-diner turned up when we eat but down otherwise, unless we are cooking, unless we get too hot from the cooking. Ditto for the bedroom if we want to go there for something other than sleeping, if the child is asleep, etc. It's all so complicated!
I bought a Google Nest but it doesn't control the heating and the installation instructions don't seem to cover our Honeywell installation and the Nest support people aren't interested. I will most likely return it.
What you/we really need is a system that can control the individual radiators individually, in other words remote-controlled radiator valves with room thermostats, not a central monitor and control.
Meccano and Raspberry Pi
I am a mentor at our local Coderdojo. I bought some of those dirt-cheap Chinese stepper motors and controllers that work beautifully off the Pi's GPIO. I had to spend some satisfactory time in the shed making up adapters to fit the stepper motor output shafts to Meccano. Now that was good fun. Got to use my pillar drill, Ikea cordless drill (the most powerful model of course), my bench grinder, hacksaw and tap-and-die set. We built a robo-Santa with a moving arm, moving jaw and beard, flashing eyes, talking (Ho-ho-ho) and all triggered from an ultrasound distance sensor. Several of the kids asked their parents for Meccano for Christmas. We programmed it all in Python.
Re: You left out flying models
I'm doing it all over again with my Parrot Drone 2. It has lost a number of parts, broken others and has been adapted and customised a bit. I spend half the time, at least, trying to find it after it goes off on an unscheduled autonymous flight. Wellies are good in the winter for trekking across waterlogged fields and meadows looking for the damn thing. I must be making up for not having an RC aeroplane in my childhood.
Re: iOS, Android - popularising other browsers.
Browsers supported for Web Console:
Web browsers: Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, Silverlight 5.0
We were going to use Raspberry Pis running Raspbian with Ice Weasel for Xymon monitoring but we have a requirement to do SCOM monitoring too unfortunately. Pah!
Is it as good as Hotel Chocolat?
The Polo shirt needs a pocket for the On-Call mobile and company badge.
thinking of the children?!
I used to own a Garrard Zero 100SB deck with a parallel arm that turned the cartridge to align with the record - ace! I currently own an SP25, from from Freecycle, for the few records I play nowadays. In the day I hated the hissing and scratches and dust pops but it is nice to occasionally listen to some of my remaining albums - Joni Mitchell Blue, Joan Baez, Bob Marley, Sade, AC/DC, etc - hisses and pops and all. The Swindon Garrard factory is long gone of course although I believe the name survives for some specialist DJ decks built in a nearby village. www.garrard501.com/history.html
Re: Why I use SSD #2
My missus strapped her work's laptop to the rack of her (non-suspension) bicycle and rode to work and back for at least a week before it failed.
The Apps' title is "DELVE INTO THE WORLD OF OF THE DEVILISH 1860s SENSATION"
Hmmm... Taking a devil of of of a long time to download too.