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38 posts • joined 28 Aug 2008

8GB iPhone 5c is real, but no market-maker

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WTF?

An 8GB iPhone is close to useless. The OS takes up some of that storage - so how are you ever supposed to install updates? (For example, iOS 7.1 needed 2.1GB).

The only way would be to remove any content you put on it first. Pointless.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Re: Apple QuickTake 150

I had a QuickTake 150 and loved it. I took it holiday with me, took if out and about with me - and hey presto, instant digital pictures. There was no memory card - it used one of those little round cables that looked like an old keyboard cable to remove data from it. It felt like a godsend because I didn't have to scan traditional photos into my computer any more. It took either 16 higher res VGA pics, or 32 lower-res ones - enough to get by on.

I also remember that it ran on standard alkaline batteries that seemed to last forever.

I still have the photos it took in the latest version of iPhoto (for juxtaposition purposes).

I eventually sold it on eBay to raise funds for a Fuji Finepix once digital photos started to become the Next Big Thing. To be honest, I wish I'd kept it.

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HGST pops out 1TB fondleslab disc as thin as a digestive biscuit

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New S.I. Unit?

Is a digestive biscuit one of The Register's new S.I. units of measurement?

(See double-decker buses, swimming pools, credit-cards, football stadia, etc...)

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Beyond: Two Souls - the game that thinks it's a Hollywood blockbuster

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Meh

Re: Whoever devised quick time events

Sounds familiar - remember Dragon's Lair? Is this really much different?

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Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs

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Mushroom

I also heard the C in 5C stands for "cancer".

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Twitter announces it's going public, via Twitter

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Stop

Re: Yay more ads....

Twitteriffic for iOS has no ads and has push notifications.

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Tat bazaar eBay takes a rest for 'scheduled maintenance', goes offline

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Joke

Feedback

Brilliant "scheduled maintenance!" AAA+++++++++++

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Wait, don't ditch that IT career just yet: UK vacancies hit 5-year high

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Meh

Lies, damned lies and recruitment agencies.

As a person who works in the South West, I cannot remotely believe that there's that many thousand "vacancies" around because:

- I'm in Cornwall. We've only got one computer in the entire county. There is no such thing as an I.T. industry down here.

- Vacancies != jobs.

I commute a reasonable distance for my job and have pretty much exhausted the major employers in the area. I'd love to be proved wrong, but it seems that most agency advertised jobs are purely ethereal.

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Stock dips as fanbois complain of dodgy Wi-Fi on MacBook Air

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Meh

Apple seems to have had a history on this.

I've never really understood why so many Apple devices have WiFi troubles. There seems to have been a history of it on a multitude of devices (mostly iOS).

That said, I got my 13-inch Air last week and have had no problems at all. The battery life is indeed awesome, as is the 8-second bootup time and general performance. I'm not saying there's not a problem, just that it must affect a percentage of machines. Expect a Mac OS X update very shortly......

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Now Spanish sperm takes a kick to the cojones

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Coat

Re: Interesting....

You're holding it wrong.

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Ten external battery packs

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Coat

Another, cheaper alternative.

I bought an external pack from Maplin. Cost £15 for 2000 mAh and made by Oyama. Cheaper than all the packs mentioned, has adaptors for most phones (including iPhone) and gets you out of a hole.

Mines the one with more money left in it's pocket.

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Motorola Razr i hands-on review

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20 Hrs of use.

Is that twenty of full-on usage? What does that convert to in terms of lower/moderate usage and standby time?

If that's moderate usage, then the battery life is pretty shockingly bad to not even last a day.

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Ten... active camcorders

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Xacti?

What also got completely missed was the Sanyo Xacti series. I've still got a (non HD) one, which has worked brilliantly for years. I've got one of the waterproof ones. They pretty much started off the "pistol" grip format, eight years ago.

In fact, I've just had a look on Google and the HD versions are selling for under a hundred quid. I'd still recommend them...

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iPhones, iPads to be FULL OF FACEBOOK and NOT GOOGLE

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Facebook?

I'm really not sure about this integration with Facebook. Facebook usage is going to gradually shrink as they hack off more and more users to the point that having such integration in your phone is going to be as silly as sharing to BeBo or MySpace or Friends Reunited.

It would have been better if they'd had a "Social Networking" button (or equivalent) and then used plug-ins for the site of your choice. That would have future-proofed against sites tanking after their IPO, although I guess they don't want too much interoperability with G+.....

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Strong ARM: The Acorn Archimedes is 25

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Memories....

I still have my working A5000 20 years later. I keep changing the hard-disc in it every so often (they seem to last about five years or so), but it runs as well as it ever did.

I ended up with nearly 1GB of storage in it (a couple of near 500MB hard discs). The thing is built like a tank, with very sold metal casing and just seems to keep going. I still have my black and white "hand scanner" (you know the sort, works on rollers) and a pile of software. Probably the best thing was that I ran Windows 3.1 via !PCEm and it capably got me through my college days whilst everyone else seemed to be buying PCs.

ARM Machine were way ahead of anything else at the time, I just think that Acorn sucked at marketing it in the right way.

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Ballmer says 500 MILLION 'users' to 'have' Windows 8 in 2013

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Devil

Half a billion users....

....raises little pinkie to mouth.

muwahahahahahahaaaa!

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Ten... Mi-Fi HSPA 3G wireless mini-routers

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3 MiFi

As a 3 MiFi owner, I can certainly sing its praises - speeds have generally been pretty good. Whilst you can "only" connect up to five devices to it, I certainly don't see that as a big deal, having never hooked up more than about three.

The battery life on this one seems to be a bit worse than its predecessor, which managed 5 - 6 hours. I should also add that you can get cheaper deals than £10/month. I've managed a fiver - it's just a case of keeping an eye out for the right discount codes.

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UK mobile broadband carriers compared

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3 For me.

I've got a MiFi on 3 and really have to sing its praises. I'm down in Cornwall, where you possibly wouldn't think coverage would be that great, but it's worked pretty well in most places. In some situations, it's been beating physical broadband connections. It helps that they supply a little docking stand, which I can put in the window to improve coverage.

Mine's been £5/month for 1GB for as long as I can remember.

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Redmond revamp: Bing gets social bling

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Trollface

Lipstick. Pig.

(see title)

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Zuckerberg: Now share your organs with Facebook friends

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Trollface

If you're on Facebook, you've already donated your brain.

(See title)

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Google Drive Issues on Mac

mrdalliard
FAIL

Re: Down with this sort of thing....

Yes, I've read them.

"When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights that you grant in this licence are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting and improving our Services, and to develop new ones.

This licence continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing that you have added to Google Maps). Some Services may offer you ways to access and remove content that has been provided to that Service. "

Have you?

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Down with this sort of thing....

Aside from any software issues the author might have had, I wouldn't touch Drive due to their awful T&Cs regarding ownership and what they can do with your data.

I know Dropbox has its flaws, but I'll stick with that, thanks.

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PC World, Currys, Dixons websites all go titsup

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Happy

Should've bought...

...that extended warranty!

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Most anticipated videogames of 2012 revealed

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Happy

LoG

Well, I've been eagerly awaiting Legend of Grimrock - and it was released yesterday. (grimrock.net)

Hardly cutting edge stuff, but still great fun gameplay.... and it makes me think back to the golden age of gaming, when I had my Atari ST and played Dungeon Master in a darkened room.

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Renault Mégane 265 Trophy 2.0 turbo

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IT Angle

...and in other news....

..on tonight's "Top Gear", Jeremy Clarkson talks us through how to set up a Beowulf Cluster.

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Belkin Power Pack 4000

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Meh

Ugh....

This is somewhat overpriced. Maplin do something very similar, albeit with a capacity of 2000mAh. It's just ten quid (look for "Oyama"). That'll do me fine, thanks.

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Mozilla denies OS X Leopard 2012 kill

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Ass..?

*sniggers*

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Thumbs Up Desktop Phone

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Thumb Up

Your title goes here...

I see from the article that we have a replacement for the Asus Eee-PC girl.

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The road to Office 2010

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Holmes

“Most people just want to open a document and start typing”

See title.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro Qwerty Android smartphone

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WTF?

Battery Schmattery

I remember battery life being a problem with the predecessor, so what's the point in upping the spec of the device to make it even worse. This surely exacerbates the problem?

A device that doesn't even manage *one* day, is as good as useless, no matter how nice it is.

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Parliament has no time for 100,000+ signature e-petitions

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Facepalm

If time is that short, why do they have a summer recess? They're not schoolkids are they?

Oh, wait..

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Sony Ericsson intros Xperia minis

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...and the battery life?

That has to improve too - it was truly shocking. Apart from the lack of updates, you'd barely get through the day with moderate use from a full charge.

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Apple posts dev-only iOS 4.3

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Boffin

Re: Custom SMS Tones...

Garageband. That is all.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini

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Nice

My partner has just given her Blackberry curve up for the new Mini Pro - the same, but with a sideways slide-out keyboard. Most people would probably want the real keyboard instead, I would imagine. Nice device, though, but it does have a constraint or two. Some we've already noticed is the selective implementation of cut/paste and the inability to save a picture that someone sends you into your own gallery (you can add it to a contact or use it as a wallpaper, but can't save it). Hopefully that'll be rectified in a future release.

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One-eyed woman wants techno-vision

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Go

Hmmm...

...did she get the idea after watching Doomsday? If so, good on 'er, as it was about the only good thing to come out of such a pants film.

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Owner alleges iPhone 3G became red hot

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Coat

How sad am I...

...when I see an Apple story and search to see if Webster's done another classic "balanced" rant?

I really must get my coat on and get out more.

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Flip Ultra and Creative Vado pocket camcorders

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Hmmmm....

Wasn't very impressed with the video samples - they seemed quite lossy.

I'll stick with my Sanyo Xacti CA65. Easy to use - plenty of features, is waterproof, has generally good quality video and is also a quite respectable stills camera. OK, it costs more, but as someone's already said, you get what you pay for.

M.

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Acorn alumni to toast tech pioneer's 30th anniversary

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Happy

History re-written...

"Unfortunately, Acorn made too few Electrons to meet demand in the crucial Christmas 2003 sales period – though the BBC was continuing to be a runaway success. Learning from that experience, Curry and Hauser ensured there would be plenty of Electrons for punters to buy in time for Christmas 2004."

Hmmm, I don't remember this - was there a resurgence of retro-computing 4/5 years ago?

As an aside, my trusty A5000 still amazingly plods along when I fire it up. They were well ahead of their time. The windoze emulation was pretty damn cool and I used to use it a fair bit in conjunction with regular RiscOs stuff (!Impression was a definite workhorse application).

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