36 posts • joined Thursday 28th August 2008 07:56 GMT
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...)
Re: Whoever devised quick time events
Sounds familiar - remember Dragon's Lair? Is this really much different?
I also heard the C in 5C stands for "cancer".
Brilliant "scheduled maintenance!" AAA+++++++++++
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.
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......
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.
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.
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...
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+.....
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.
Half a billion users....
....raises little pinkie to mouth.
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.
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.
If you're on Facebook, you've already donated your brain.
Re: Down with this sort of thing....
Yes, I've read them.
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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.
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.
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.
If time is that short, why do they have a summer recess? They're not schoolkids are they?
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.
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.
"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).