324 posts • joined Friday 9th March 2007 14:39 GMT
My mother bought a Mac Book Pro to play Facebook Scrabble on while her partner watches the football.
Then she persuaded the PC World tech guy to come to her house to find out why e she couldn't access Facebook. Of course she didn't have WiFi...
Lessons From History
Nothing in history stopped the Americans from trying to conquer Afghanistan (or the British either). The military doesn't read history books and they never learn.
Re: This is all too familiar.
Exactly! There are fewer people with Macs and almost none of them need any assistance. Bloody whining whinging meddling Windows users! Never admit to knowing ANYTHING about Windows! Unless you like pain.
I have both Pascal and Python on my iPad.
Sorry to disprove your rubbish with actual facts.
Re: Wot no Raspberry Pi?
I have a Sun T2000, 32 CPUs and 32GB RAM (Solaris 10) with a 2TB iSCSI NAS sitting on top, in the loft above the dining room. I have 3 wireless routers and four hubs including a 64-port 1GB/s one. A RPi sits under my main desk, powered with a home-made UPS, running Xymon, monitoring everything.
Re: I hope you didn't just leave them slumped at their desks?
Do you mean: "it died" by any chance?
"Went dead" is incorrect in many ways.
Re: " Most of its one-time advantages are now commodity features"
I was given a Nokia Lumia for a works' mobile but gave it back because it was too heavy and had sharp corners - not a good combination in your trouser pocket! I bought an iPhone 5 instead and it is light enough to carry around comfortably in said pocket. Funnily enough the rest of the department's Nokia Lumias were changed for HTC mobiles because they couldn't get Outlook e-Mail to work on them - unlike the iPhone. Sadly the HTC doesn't work with it either so I remain the only person in our department with works' e-mail on their mobile telephone. I expect they will all get iPhones too at some point. My only other smartphone was a Nokia e71 which was annoying and fiddly - the iPhone 5 is a massive improvement on that.
Xymon Server, etc.
I use a battery-backed up RasPi for an Xymon server. It monitors all my routers, SANs, servers, cams, etc. I find it quite useful.
Another RasPi is being used as an executive alarm clock. Another one is used as the heart of an old-time radio that plays random MP3 recordings of pre-war radio show recordings through a small valve amplifier.
Another RasPi is a QRSS TX controller.
Some Model A's work as environmental monitors around the house, sending back temperature, light, humidity and other values back to a master Pi server. These might be extended to control radiators/lights/curtains in a future project.
I am thinking about replacing my Apple TV with a RasPi media centre.
I am experimenting with FreeBSD on another Pi.
Re: Or a cheaper Raspberry Pi + LedBorg alternative
Too dim for a room. I have this and operate it via a bash script quite well enough without having to learn Yet Another Language.
Get down to the annual Air Tattoo in Fairford if you want to see amazing things. Seen SR-71s flying, the stealth fighter, etc.
Crap houses built of shit materials might be all well and good in America but we want proper brick houses or at least concrete ones over here. Can't we get a 3d-brick printer?
I'm just waiting for a decent version of Unix to come out for the Pi so I can ditch the awful Linux crap (***BSD probably but I'd prefer a System V - a shame Open Solaris still isn't around, I'm sure they would have made a Pi port!) . It's not an OS, it's a hobby. The people on the forums are a nightmare and stuff changes overnight with no documentation. ALL their ideas and tech is stolen from Unix. Pah!
They were designed by an IDIOT!!!!
I even managed to force one in upside down once, destroying the peripheral.
The amount of mobile items with a mechanically unprotected mini or micro USB socket to connect to are mind-boggling. I've seen no end of devices where the USB socket has come loose. A house guest last week had a brand-new tablet which would no longer charge - it used a micro USB socket which came loose. At work they handed out mini portable hard drives (a disaster in the making anyway) which encrypted the data via a fingerprint reader. Most of them soon suffered from ripped-off mini-USB sockets and the data was lost because they could not decrypt the data.
(The new Apple connector and indeed the old too seem to be much stronger and fit for purpose.)
When I started contracting in Germany in 2000 I used German dating sites and went on lots of dates, finding a short-term girlfriend, several girl friends and finally the woman I've been with ever since. My advice is to exchange the bare minimum of messages beforehand, just enough to agree and arrange to meet up. No amount of e-mails or messages will make up for physical unattraction or incompatibility. I also recommend meeting for just a coffee or tea so that you can limit your time together in case you are stuck with someone you find intolerable; if it goes well you can always order food! I've been stuck with some women where that one drink seemed to last forever and in one case I met up and we didn't even bother ordering, just left.
Sadly the lunix crowd decided that vi wasn't good enough and made changes. Why change a standard? But them that is the joy of linux I suppose, just to confuse everyone. First things I do when having to log into a linux box is unalias -a and then remove al the hideous colouring. Unfortunately they have chosen Debian for the Pi - have you seen what the Debians have done to Apache?
Open Solaris for Pi anyone?
Re: As the father of a teenage daughter...
It's not nudity that's the problem, it's how porn depicts sex. It's just weird and wrong, in a technical way more than anything else. No-one has sex like that unless they employ prostitutes or are making their own films. It's like attempting to drive to work when your only experience/training has been on the race track. If young people think sex is like a porn film they will have problems when it comes to reality and relationships. Porn isn't too bad so long as it isn't used in an educational way, in other words children need to know what reality is before seeing fantasy. (Like trying to live your life based on video games.)
I have absolutely no problems with Apple Maps. Every time I have used it is has been fine. I have noticed plenty of glaring errors in Google maps though and their update is very slow. For example, if you look up Regent Circus, Swindon on Google Maps, it puts it in the wrong place, not by much but not correct. Also it shows the library as a building site whereas it was completed in 2008! It also shows the buildings of Swindon college but they have been demolished. Apple Maps show everything correctly.
After many years, TomTom still have not recognised the roundabout heading into Laverstock from Salisbury.
Look at the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN2HFvUfl2g
You need: One guitar pick and a bit of double-sided tape. That's it! Five minutes max!
To replace the hard drive there's four screws - no need to remove the logic board.
To replace the RAM there's a little door on the back! You don't need to open it up at all.
You lot are a bunch of whining opinionated idiots!
Re: @ AC 0653h - all very well but..
What a load of toss. I have several RPis and none of them have exhibited this "whenever" behaviour. Idiot.
There's no DRM! You download it and - it's yours! Forever! Unless the bitrot fairy comes a-calling... (Make a backup, OK.)
Apple keyboards aren't cheap!
Re: Long Wave is Long!
People are confusing the wavelength/frequency band with the modulation method. You can have AM (amplitude modulation) on any frequency, ditto FM or any other type of modulation.
Frequency bands are Long Wave, Medium Wave, Short Wave and then VHF - for radio.
You poor sod! I sympathise.
I have a German missus so no food worries here, just a lot of everything else (education, childcare, cars, etc...)
I think your typewriter/keyboard needs repairing.
Re: HMS Pot, meet SMS Kettle
There's always something amusing about American natural disasters. The amount of money they spend on causing disasters around the world could be spent on easing the lives of their own population during natural disasters. Money not spent on proper housing, flood defences, sea walls, better infrastructuire, social health care, etc. It's almost as if they deserve what nature throws at them.
I used my iPad to navigate across Yorkshire last weekend and it performed admirably. Just saying. Manchester was pretty good with the buildings, etc.
Re: Where are these fuming fanbois, eh?
Our iPad 2 & 3 work fine with WiFi on IOS6.
Go and see her/them.
I've seen her twice (at the Roundhouse and at the Edinburgh festival) and always really enjoyed it. Great music, atmosphere, etc. It's all about the art, innit!?
Glad she's paying the musicians.
Wholemeal bagel, nicely toasted. Two pieces of lean bacon, preferably grilled, seasoned with a good brown sauce. Add a fried egg and mushrooms and maybe a slice of well-grilled tomato.
This guy would do very well there, maybe standing on a corner of Blackrock city wth a megaphone and bowls of soft fruit for the good citizens to hurl at him. I can see it now.....
Wallander and Luther
A lot of tripe is also on though, shallow tripe suitable for brainess watchers/watching. I guess most TV execs are similarly brainless shallow tripes too.
Rats On Sticks
Having lived for a few years in Brussels, I would dearly love to have a local ordnance allowing the shooting of shitting dogs, especially the Rats-on-Sticks variety that the Brusselai seem to adore. UGH! Vile little rat-like canines straining on their leashes and covering the pavements with their poo whilst their moronic owners look the other way. Poisoning is too good for them - shoot them! Oh what fun we could have!
If they've thought of wearing knickers?
Re: Why not combine them?
QRSS is great fun and perfectly do-able with an RPi, a simple osc and a basic dipole.
Re: Playing to the crowd
Sorry, that's just wrong.
Re: Yes / No
In case you haven't looked at a news source for the last 6 days/months/years/decades/centuries, there's an awful lot of stuff to do with R.E happening around and amongsty us that a modern citizen should have at least a basic knowledge of.
Some twat in Maplin said the same thing. I gently reminded him that his shop was full of radio gear, from WLAN to RC gear.
Plessey semiconductors had their chip fab plant there, producing many wonderful analogue and digital chips and there are many other high-tech companies there too: Intel and of course Motorola are there, along with other big companies such as Castrol Burmah, Nationwide, Zurich, Honda (x2), BMW, WH Smith, MAN, Triumph (bras!), Fairchild Semiconductors, Johnson Controls, Square-D, Dialog Semiconductors, etc. Did you know the NHS was based on Brunel's medical scheme for the Railway Village workers of the GWR in Swindon? The National Document archive is there as well as the Bodleian library, the Science Research Council, the fantastic STEAM railway museum and the Richard Jeffries museum. Famous Swindonians are XTC, , Billie Piper, Desmond Morris, Diana Dors, Melinda Messenger, Mark Lamarr, Julian Clary (and me!).
I know Simon from the 70s and he is a nice chap. I visited the museum last year with my son and we had a wonderful time. I was like a kid in a toy shop looking at and remembering all the old computers and my son loved the games consoles and machines. The museum is situated behind the wonderful old hall and new library.
Re: ...what level of technology/development
Hey, stop dissing the Neanderthals, you specist bastard!
Re: when my raspberry pi comes
I have two of these wonderful RasPi beasties but neither of them will fit in an Altoids tin and the lack of VGA monitor output is just insane.
The Samsung thingy looks great and I am sure will work wonderfully when used as a normal computer.
The Name Says It all
Will it ever surface?
Expat Freelancers Mobile
This is great when you are a Euro-hopping contractor! One SIM for your home country, one for the place you are in and now maybe one for the last country you still have contacts in. I currently use a Nokia C2 dual-SIM mobile with a UK and an Irish SIM.
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