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Sold my Dragon-32 in 1988 to an electronics student at the Poly of Wales to strip for components. Beer money > nostalgia at the time.
Re: One hit wonder?
Watched first two episodes of Hemlock Grove last night. Really, really bad script/acting. Worst I've seen since Strippers vs Werewolves.
The 15,000 writes. People are forgetting the reads. Single tweet, many followers, some using multiple clients perhaps with multiple views is going to generate a lot of traffic *from* their servers. The numbers were given for a sense of the change of scale as Twitter has grown in popularity.
They'll be interested on this then...
If someone has a half decent job, a mortgage and a car, chances are that a slight tweak to their budget would allow them to get a Mac if they wanted one. Just getting the 1.8l instead of the 2.0l. or a 3 year old car instead of a 2 year old car would save you that kind of money.
Almost nobody can afford a Veyron. You're comparing things that are three orders of magnitude apart.
Mine are on there
My kids, 10 and 12 have facebook profiles. My wife and I are friends, and the email updates come to our accounts. All privacy settings are on max. A lot of their friends from school are on there, but I'd say the majority of the parents are aware - parents are friends on there too.
It's not so much Facebook as access to Farmville.
Apple win in my house
The iPod Touch has pretty much killed the DS in my house. The DS simply doesn't get used any more. Cost of games is a big win. Yes, they're DRMed, but can share on multiple iPods, and they're backed up. My daughter lost her DS and a box of about 15 games before Christmas. Would cost about £500 to replace. Does the same with an iPod, and it's £150.
All about compromise
iPad is a multi function device that can be used as a book reader. It'll be shit on the beach, but it's not really designed for that. The Kindle & Sony are shit for reading in dim light.
Horses for courses. Get the one that works best for you.
Rotate it 180 degrees…
… the display will be facing you and the image will rotate. (I assume)
Top Bras denied by Top Brass ?
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I can see where they're coming from…
But it's still idiotic.
The iPod Touch (and iPhone) do the same as described for the
AC gets it right. The problem is that there are many varieties of invalid passwords. People want to use the same password or use an easy to remember password system that they can apply to all systems. Too many sites can break this - forcing mixed case, forcing the use of numbers, not allowing numbers etc.
By all means warn people that their password is shit, but let 'em use whatever they can remember rather than engineering a more secure password that makes them write it down somewhere, which then becomes less secure.
Why show triangles ?
OK. I can believe that it might be an improvement, but why would there be any need to display the keys as triangles on a virtual keyboard ? Surely the underlying sensing mechanism could use triangles even if the keys are still square ?
Maybe AAPL could do that on just not tell the guy !
It's just plain wrong
They should really fix this. If they want to reduce the locations, use UK instead.
It's not their only geographical blunder. The "I don't live in London, I live in KENT!! Campaign to get Kent a network" group springs to mind.
Don't think I need one
Looked at photos. Looked at my hand position on the symmertrical unergonomic-looking Apple mouse, and it's identical. Wrist is elevated,fingers relaxed. Most movement from the whole forearm.
Turn to PC on the right side of my desk to see what happened. Still relaxed, but wrist grounded.
Try to figure out the difference. Due to desk space, the Mac mouse is rotated 90º. Problem on that side is that there's no support for my left arm while typing.
My conclusion is that what people need isn't a new mouse, it's a new desk. I always preferred a corner desk, and I think this is why.
I knew there was a good reason for having private browsing turned on. (Other than it being embarrassing if the Top Sites previews show NSFW content)
No need for specalist versions...
... it's got that dock. Better cameras, phantom powered condenser mics etc could be added fairly easily.
Better advice would be for every other manufacturer to make fewer phones. SE cut its _to_ 78 models recently. 78 is ludicrous. I'd get it down to 5 or 6. Any more than 10 is insanity.
USB has greater overheads and relies on the CPU more. Mbps is just one crude gross measurement. Real world: USB 2 is fine for file transfer, but has the potential to suck compared to FW a bit for real-time video and audio.
It's a VHS/Betamax thing. Most people don't give a stuff (which is fine) , and pros will use the better tech becaue they need to.
The article mentions the 'new' mini DVI. Something's wrong there. It's either the old mini DVI port or the new mini Display Port.
An excuse at last…
It can't be any hotter than this unfortunately named product, surely ?
Great for paranoid partners
Paranoid partner records partner's brain activity, where they dream of shagging partners brother/sister/mother/father/best friend/woman from the checkout at Tescos/Nigella/Nigel/Angelina/Brad etc.
Either get woken up violently, or get some serious evils over breakfast, eventually leading to all out war and divorce.
22.2 Sound ?
I can't even get 5.1 past the missus and into the living room. Stuck with 2.1. And SD until HD projectors go mainstream (cheap, that is).
Oh, and I've got wonky eyes in atypical viewing situations. Can't use binoculars, can't see magic eye b0ll0x, can't see the 3D in 3D movies, see two of everything after about 4 pints.
Never understood this attitude. Better to try something and fail than just give up. The kid was dead without this intervention
I remember that a bloke in the office, having been on some first aid course, was then (technically) prohibited from giving some paracetamol to a mate. Madness.
I bet that kid's called…
I thought misleading advertising that had small print was perfectly acceptable. Car ads do this all the time. £5999 in big print, model shows £12999 in small print etc.
It was certainly acceptable for Intel to advertise some fella using a laptop via wi-fi half way up a fucking mountain a few years back. The ASA said so. I know, cos I complained to them that it was misleading bollocks.
I don't particularly object to this decision. Just the inconsistency.
The difference in cash could be made up by Microsoft in a single year by not paying dividends (Apple doesn't).
And also that paying dividends at the same level would cost Apple about half as much (At currently depressed market cap).
Kristin's right to point out that M$ has a hefty profit margin going on. Higher than Apple, who are traditionally considered to be the kings of overpricing.
Indy awful for tech
The Indy is appalling for tech. It's part of the 'Lifestyle' section. Tech is a bit of fluff on a Wednesday in an otherwise decent rag. A few years ago it was a sparse bit of quality tech comment on a Wednesday, but Charles Arthur buggered off to pastures new.
Nobody buys the Indy for tech news. They should either simply cut it out completely, have decent articles in the main paper once in a while, or really invest in a tech section as good as their education section. This half arsed approach does nobody any favours (least of all Rhodri Marsden).
They could cut out the property section. That's not much use these days.
You don't press the 'play' button to switch off an iPod. You press the 'Play/Pause' button to pause the song and the iPod switches itself off. Th button has both symbols on it.
So when a newbie asks "how do I switch it off', the answer is "just pause the song and it'll switch itself off automatically after a minute".
This is entirely different from shutting down by clicking on the start button. In fact, it's a good example of how well Apple thinks things through. There is no need for an on/off button, so there isn't one. Just as there isn't one on most tape players (note also that on many a ghetto blaster, 'off' is 'tape/off' : same thing)
Fifty Eight ?
Reduced by 20% isn't enough
Reduced TO 20% isn't even enough. Reduce to 7%, I say.
Put that effort into making 5 superb handsets : Cheap bar, cheap flip, mid-price bar, mid-price flip, smart/mediaphone.
And with the bar vs flip, the only difference should be the packaging. Same feature, same software.
Give them names. Like the Sony, the Sony Flip, The Sony Plus, the Sony Flip Plus and the Sony SmartMedia. Keep these names through product refreshes and redesigns.
Build a brand within a brand.
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