2895 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007
Another subscription trap like Pay Tv.
Even a 1920s portable battery valve suitcase radio STILL works more places than Streaming services.
I'll buy CDs, thanks. Occasional downloads if no other way to get them. Same applies to DVD and Books. Books should all come with a free download option too, for the purchaser.
ability to tell the difference depends on 3 things
Also probably 6" drivers in MDF, chipboard, or possibly plywood baffles / boxes.
Not 4" drivers in a plastic case, which can often be poorer than £2 ear buds. Over the Ear 'phones' actually are harder to do properly than "in ear" earphones.
Re: Bottom Dock/Panel (Like ones from the 1980's)
That would be an illogical conclusion.
1) I don't design desktops
2) complete UIs I've designed are for 1 x line text, 2 x line text, 64 x 128 1 bit graphic and 320x240 colour with custom buttons & Keypads, sometimes physical buttons labelled by screen.
3) Desktop Applications without stupid impossible to understand icons or daft ribbons, but intuitive
4) Sensible navigation, layout, icons and search Web sites
5) UI for gadgets with no display panel
Been on the mailing list from this guru since forever
Don't agree with everything but a lot of common sense
I used ISIS II, a sort of CP/M clone in 1983 on an Intel Development system. Seemed a strange name for a Linux project in the first place.
Why is everyone copying Apple's stupid dock?
With screens wider than tall (and currently only best suited for video) such a panel is best at the side.
For about 18 hours a day my desktop has full height of screen documents / windows open that are NEVER full width. I watch laptop video in a window (if at all), or for really watching and relaxing, I watch video in the Lounge on big TV (optionally fed from HDMI Media PC (or phone) or VGA netbook (or Laptop))
I have an auto hide/display side panel. ONE of them. So much UI design seems just glossier and prettier but backwards in useabily compared with best 1978 to 1998 designs.
But then I have actually been designing UI and GUI since 1986
Re: How to check?
I actually have a BASH shell on Windows as well as all my Linux boxes and Laptop!
No, it's not actually BASH on either
Re: Growth rate
so the MOM = 6c per person I think.
Easy to know about clouds today,
Predicting Tomorrow is harder
Next week is nearly impossible.
Pity they didn't get this out last year.
This is probably their last chance. If it fits a standard inside pocket in a suit, a shirt pock and jeans, then the shape is OK. Less likely to get bent?
A real keyboard that is a touch pad sounds good if properly done.
Now if there was a Flip version same exact size (but a little fatter) with lid as 2nd screen able to fold underneath ...
Yes. Lots of interesting stuff for Engineers.
I enjoyed my visits some years ago. I persuaded Turkish and Chinese stands to sell me something. Security to board the plane was interesting. Then the security guys wanted to know where to buy the large Turkish made item. Or maybe it was at the big 'Equipment for Cable TV providers' etc exhibition in Germany. (more specialised, but a similar Trade only show) Anga
Re: There is a solution to this
Also it's why a Sapphire screen can't be used till they switch to Titanium or something less bendy
OS/2 and MS
MS didn't kill it by blackmail, except indirectly with OEM deals, consumer success of Win95 and rising penetration of NT 3.5x
IBM killed it. Bad driver support for consumers. Bad internal politics, pricineg and marketing
Re: Stop! Take a breath...
XP may be a bit more bloated, but Win2K was indeed the unfinished version of it.
ME was the most broken version of Win3.x, it, Win95 and Win98 was basically all the 32 bit addons for the 1993 version of WFWG.311 and the new explorer shell. Nothing to do with NT3.1 to XP development.
The Win9x family should only have been on a dedicated gaming console.
Like RCA did in 1931
I think it was later GE and now Comcast
I thought though for a moment it was the Heroin Tower,
You'd not be taken seriously if it was in a book ...
I have no idea though why some people are trying to drag in Religion.
Science vs Religion
There is no competition. One is about measurable things and the other is about meaning. There should be no overlap. Religion should have almost nothing to say about science (be Ethical). Science has nothing to much to say about Morality, Love, Hate, Justice, Mercy, Faith.
You need both, even if your 'religion' is 'Rational Atheistic Humanism".
It's only a Media/Web/Phone.
I wish there was a better name than Smartphone. They are not smart, just multifunctional
I queued with the kids for a harry potter book once. Just because it was a fun street party, people were asked to come in Fancy Dress. Getting the book the night before the normal daytime release was irrelevant.
I can't imagine queuing again, or EVER for a piece of technology. If there is an apocalypse I'll queue if it's the only way to eat.
So are there Apple Street parties? Is it for 11 year old kids? Why would Adults queue outside of some bizarre dictatorship or post apocalyptic world for anything?
Spamming old Databases
Three after taking over O2 in Ireland spammed both ex O2 customers and those that O2 had stopping emailing as they had asked for no more.
Three should never have been allowed to purchase O2. But that is another story.
Anti-spam legislation seems to be pointless. But the underlying problem is how email was designed in the first place. Step 1 should be "xyz" wants to add you as a contact, Yes/No. If No is selected then every email from "xyz" should be bounced from first SMTP / MX not under "xyz" control. Implementing this with the current systems is impossible as "spoofing" an approved contact as "from" is trivial.
Re: Not sure it is that big of an accomblishement
USA needlessly messed one too by mixing Metric & imperial.
About 1 bowl of rice
India's poor would rather that India has a space program that creates employment.
in 2013 India's population was 1.252 billion
They spent about 6c per person.
Re: Which major chipperies missing?
ARM design enhanced by the ARM SoC design house Apple bought in so they didn't have to keep buying Samsung (1st iPhone was using Samsung SC6400 family).
They want extra bits of your soul to accept an answer. I could make it up I suppose!
But I'll leave it to someone more enthusiastic.
Now to customise my PCW8256 (which already has a 1.44 3.25" 2nd floppy, extra RAM, dual Serial port and Mouse added by me) into a "netbook" using a separate WiFi to Serial port module. and nintendo / console style wobble stick. It also has franken tilt and swivel base. So seriously lacks value as vintage computing artefact.
I also had a stupidly slow 1 bit scanner attachment that used the printer with ribbon removed.
SuperCalc clone, New-word Wordstar Clone, X25 PAD modem SW, for 1987 email via Telecom Gold gateways to Telex and Bitnet. Spice & DTP, Prolog, Pascal and Modula-2 all on CP/M.
I can't remember there being any games.
I did buy a ZX Spectrum in 1982 possibly as a Test Card Generator.
Oracle is now late on cloud
Cloud is just marketing remote hosted services.
Thus logically every cloud provider is a potential customer. But Oracle licensing doesn't suit cloud providers and their DB is overpriced for everyone.
What did Tesla use to control the remote controlled wireless demo model boat around 1897?
The Price of Patents..
But the USPO doesn't seem to check anything, They are supposed to. Or is operated for the benefit of US lawyers?
Sapphire is more scratch resistant but cracks more easily. Hence suitable for watch faces / screens. Unsuitable for out to edge phones.
All my phones from my Analogue Mobile up to my E65 survived multiple dropping. The later ones are too skinny, awkward to hold, too sealed (flying apart reduces risk of breakage).
I can't see how this is going to work.
It's a nice alternative to Java GUI classes/libraries to have a cross platform framework, but can be faster due to underlying C++ and other languages. You can in theory do a lot of GUI without using the real programming languages. But I doubt you'd do a real application in QT without the underlying design in C++ or something. It's a wonderful way to do the GUI part of any application.
It was a pity that Nokia didn't adopt it earlier to produce a new GUI for Symbian instead of S60 GUI, they should have just outsourced that to Trolltech instead of buying the company. By 2002 Nokia could no longer manage software.
Re: OS vs apps: Paint
Ah, clever sarcasm.
Apple enters MP3 player market after Creative and others, but does better marketing and end to end ecosytem. People are convinced iPod is original MP3 player.
Apple does a phone with no physical keypad based on off the shelf chips (Samsung SC6400 family ARM CPU) that is an iPod merged with a reference phone design.
They do a lovely port of OSX as iOS (derived from Next, derived from BSD) with a very slick UI designed for capacitive low resolution touch (ignored from 1980s because foolishly the goal was handwriting recognition which needs a resistive screen to get resolution).
The original iPhone is hugely successful because it's the first with a decent Data plan from phone operators. Other smart phones are only usable on WiFi or by business due to x100 data cost. Yes the simplicity and slick GUI helped a lot.
Ever after they have been accused of innovation.
1) You have to be NOT using USB storage mode to copy books. Why would 'pirates' risk sending their books via Amazon. Surely Amazon monitors everything sent to a kindle.
2) You probably have to be getting 'pirated' books
Does this work on any Kindle reader?
There are three different kinds:
1) eInk type Kindle
2) Kindle Fire, a Tablet
3) Kindle reader app for Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android etc.
There does need to be a universal system system without exploitive loop holes. having NO corporation tax and tax elsewhere MIGHT work. Because you can tax the income of dividends, tax sales, tax workers and Management etc.
I have no idea if zero corporation tax everywhere would solve this. But at least there is agreement that big international companies are getting an unfair advantage over small local companies and distorting the economies.
Re: probably not enough
Corporations like Apple & Google do not act the same way as Super Rich people.
Apple actually BORROWED money to pay a dividend, rather than pay tax on their offshore cash mountain.
probably not enough
But a start.
Dragons depress the economy by sitting on cash rather than putting it into circulation.
Maplin is likely next.
I think online became the only feasible way to buy electronics parts ages ago. The SAME part as in Radio Shack or Maplin from Asia, 1/5th price. INCLUDING postage.
Selling "boys toys" and junk tools won't save maplin.
The content was good up to 1980s (but not so good in USA), but the technology was poor.
Now TV tech is good but the content is poor. Apple can't fix that. It's USA media domination that makes it poor!
Radio content hasn't gone down hill as much. But the available AM/FM sets are poor compared to 1980s (or even 1930s to 1950s) and DAB is pointless. Terrible concept, bad UI, bad delivery and no decent sets.
TV sets now universally need decent external speakers as otherwise they are like a 1970 pocket disposable Hong Kong AM radio with 2" speaker.
And if a member of staff set it off accidently?
used to be around the 1950s
but 455kHz is the standard since Asia took over.
It would be bad for cheaper sets as they have almost no IF rejection!
It's well known that charging and discharging isn't uniform. That's why NiCd get dendrites.
But interesting research to quantify it.
This was known AGES ago about Alkaline cells (which unlike Zinc Carbon can be somewhat or entirely recharged if not discharged too much).
I was sure I read it a year ago about Lithium Ion cells.
I've heard of YouTube.
Remote controls are free and a replacement is under £20. I agree mostly with the sentiment ...
1) Needs to run a week between charges not one day
2) Needs to be under £50
Apple have lost the plot.
If I'm honest I seem to remember something called the Joshua Tree
Army powered suit
They are also advanced on an exoskeleton that allows load/unload of freight in forward area with no hoist/forklift.
Also Mule replacements.
Re: " ... our nearest star."
I hope it is our start or the back rental / leasing bill will be horrible.
I suspect none of the others are ours.
OS refund ruling
Wasn't there a similar ruling some years ago somewhere else?
Certainly I heard of Dell purchasers getting Windows OS refunds.
opening random email attachment no matter what it is called is stupid
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