262 posts • joined 7 Feb 2008
Re: Old OS == Faster on newer hardware
I have a 486 DX33 still alive and running 3.11.
I booted it last year. It was fast. Faster than a P4 booting XP, or a 4 core Athlon black with SSD booting 7 (or Mint come to that).
I was STUNNED but just how speedy the boot was TBH. Amazing.
Re: Of Google software and battery drain
It also impacted my 2012 Nexus 7 on KitKat and on Cyanogenmod 11.... Even with wireless and such disabled it would drain the battery in a couple of days on standby. It would routinely use at much as the screen in normal use. I have no idea what it was doing as it has no connection to the outside world.
Disabling it has fixed the problem, so yes, its play services, no, its not a Sony problem...
BackCountry Naivgator gives you access (For £7.00 ish one off) to the whole of the OS catalog via Multimap. Tracks you via GPS, and you can download huge swathes of map in multiple magnifications for off-line use. Plus it does all the usual distance, speed, elevation stuff.
Its one downside is (when connected) it uses Google Maps to find places, so it wont necessarily be able to find something that is marked on the map.
Re: Why build on resevoirs?
As I understand it these are brick built reservoir tanks, not lakes. To keep them drained you just plug up the fill pipe...
Re: That sounds like American politics...
That always strikes me as bizzare..that in a school full of TEACHERS, who, one would hope, all have at least average intelligence and a love of learning they cannot organise themselves to the point where they can take over the day-to-day maintenance of a handful of PCs.
Swapping out hardware is NOT rocket science. Re-imaging a HD is easy (assuming the Computer Guy ceated the image etc).
In this day and age even primary school teachers should be capable of doing the routine stuff.
Joderall Bank, which is WHERE?
The people of Wilmslow and Knutsford - both MUCH closer to Manchester might have something to say about that.
Re: I am considering moving away from Barclays
If he's wasting your time invoice him!
I invoiced NatWest when they continued chasing the man who owned my house seven years ago despite being told.
Amazingly, they paid....
Re: Not one thing or another
Yes it does...
I want to comment on a website quite often these days it'll want me to log into Facebook first...sometimes G+ is another option, but its often just Facebook.
Not gonna happen
Re: God I'm getting sick of Fry
> The simple solution is for you to watch less television. Try reading.
If only that worked - I watch NO television on my own account, but one doesn't have to be exposed to much at someone elses house for example to catch him, or find him oozing on about something you need to buy.
I also habitually listen to Radio 4, which just makes matters worse.
A part that was carefully designed enough to melt in presumably normal use? I'd take my chances with a 'probaby good enough' replacement, as the official part is demonstrably NOT good enough.
Re: For 41p a day, I say, keep the tax.
No, Ive not watched ITV recently. Or the BBC, come to that...
Re: A tenner a month for...
And all I want is about 30% of ONE national radio station and probably less that 1 of the TV output, based on what I bother to track down.
And there is a LOT of advertising - just for BBC products and services.
Its a bargain Im not prepared to fall for.
Re: 35 Kms
I just had a look at the nearest road sign. Miles.
I suggest you have a look Gav...
Re: small cells?
I got a roaming warning in Wales when my phone wanted to connect to Ireland. If I had been charged the carrier would have been told in no uncertain terms to do one, as I hadn't set foot off the mainland.
Re: Bing Maps?
Bing ALSO has the entire suite of Ordinance Survey maps...very useful.
Re: Not bad...
Its O2 software - its GOING to be horrible. Their couponny thing is something ridiculous like 3meg for something that only seems to check your location and then dial home to get local offers.
Would these be the SAME "sharp-elbow'd middle classes" we often hear derided on the BBC for "taking all the best schools"? despite the fact that without them these schools would probably get much less in the way of parental support and fund raising?
The hypocrisy in the BBC stuns me sometimes...
Re: The big question is of course;
THAT is a good point...and thinking about it why would they bother to run anything else on it?
Re: Personally I'd be quite happy with a one-use licence
That sounds dangerously like WORKS to me....
Are you really, really sure?
Re: Free Is Good
Are you quite sure?
I thought you could, at the very least, virtualise it.
Re: I want a new netbook
No-one will put Linux on them.
The Linpus that was on the EEEPCs was barely fit for purpose - you pretty much HAD to swap it out for another distro or XP if you wanted to do anything. Things like that killed Linux on the netbook sadly.
Acer had a go with the Revo. Mine shipped with a Linux with a nice appliance front end, but sadly no wireless driver. If a non-techie had bought that they would have assumed the wireless was broken and sent it back. Ubuntu and Mint sort the wireless out without issue, so why a major manufacturer cannot escapes me...
Re: Advice please
Lol yes I have the same.
I ASSUME they mean "We sell X gigawatts of power, and buy X gigawatts of power from the windyman, as and when he has it available.".
That is VERY DIFFERENT to saying "We have this demand curve, and we fill it completely with wind power"
I fairly sure they corrected it with a mission, a space walk and some optic gizmo...
Re: Slightly off topic query
I do at home on the tablet. Saying "Find such-and-such on Youtube" is much easier that having to type it in on a virtual keyboard
Re: Let's be honest...
FoxFi on the phone, PDANet Tablet on the phone does the bluetooth thing between my Froyo Nexus 1 and my Nexus7.
Plus FoxFi can throw a proxy in to (apparently) obfusticate tethering checks
Re: If I get a computer...
Start forwarding them (with the number they came from) to your networks 'spam' number. I did this about half a dozen times, and the texts have actually dried up.
Re: If you've got a TV big enough for this to make any difference,
What do you plan to DO with the wall when you're not projecting on it? Presumably the addition of art, shelves etc would detract from the projected media.
Re: Consider me baffled
Perhaps you should....
If people did manufacturers might improve things. In this day and age there is no excuse for wireless networking to be problematic.
Mind you, only 2 years ago Acer sold me a Linux powered Revo with NO wireless driver at all! It had the hardware, and Ubuntu had no issues whatsoever, but Acer couldn't be bothered. £80 less than the Windows version, but still unforgivable.
Re: Low end?
7" screen means I can put it in a pocket. 10" would be too big for me....
Re: Cheaper Nexus 7
Backcountry Navigator Pro gives you all the OS maps (courtesy of Multimap) for a £8.00. Search isn't perfect, but its better than you get on paper maps.
A loud, angry letter worked for me, and bought me a groveling apology. ..
No you dont...
read the back of your TV licence - or Google it...
Re: Toasted marshmellow
S 20203002 tang billy?
Re: This will not end well? Legacy?
But its a Windows Tablet, so its portable and the kids will be able to play all their Steam games on it, wont they?
Re: Palm Pilot
I can still Graffiti faster than I can swype or type on a virtual keyboard...
Bioshock plays nicely under Play on Linux - I dont game that much so have not tried may others from the list - or indeed tried tweaking any others for Wine.
How commercial do you want?
If it had HDMI out Id probably have jumped at it - as it was I went for a (flawed) £80 Touchpad 7 from Maplin. Returned it, but its kind of killed my tablet enthusiasm. If the next version has HDMI I might well be tempted.
Re: Bit late to the game
Play on Linux is based on WINE :)
I suspect video drivers are going to more of an issue, although my rig copes despite having a pretty anemic graphics card. Mind you I've never played anything never than Bioshock on it.
Bit late to the game
Play on Linux handles Steam nicely for me. So far I've got Portal, the Myst trilogy and Bioshock running happily.
They might struggle to drive Rovers sadly but I see no reason at all why Cheshire East PCs are swanning about in Hyundais when Vauxhall is nailing Astras together in Ellesmere Port and Toyota and rolling stuff out two counties over in Derby.
Likewise why are we having BMW motorways vehicles when depending on model JLR can supply from Halewood or Birmingham?
Re: what? why?
I too have an ancient boiler, with an ancient controller (two on, two off in a 24hr period - thats it). I dont trust Combi boilers as they seem to be very fragile...but thats by the by. The timer is now set to be on 24hrs a day, and plugs into a cheap digital 7-day plug timer. The digital timer switches on and energises the old mechanical timer and the heating system. The digital timer switches off and everything powers down.
Digital timers are so cheap I even have a second one programmed for winter use and I just swap them over.
Re: you don't want that do you?
No...I have one - it wakes you up 15 minutes before the appearance of said cup of char by fizzing, bubbling and grumbling to itself as it starts to heat up.
The best place for a teasmade is in another room - like the kitchen :(
What are you DOING to your PCs?
I only ditched my 7 year old (entry level) Acer lappy last year as it was getting slow and I didnt really have enough room on the (no longer easily sourceable) IDE HD to dual boot. Apart from that its fine.
My six year old desktop is on original parts, was a refurb when I got it and is a Packard Bell, so nothing special. Still runs Linux Mint and XP perfectly well for everything except gaming though.
Or in the case of Ariel....
"Washes at 15 degrees...BTW have you seen our new range of stain removers, whiteners and boosters that inexplicably you never needed before?"
Re: Natwest should do some research
Interestingly I've just moved over to FirstDirect (NFC on the card, cannot disable it, but thats another gripe...). The chap I was speaking to told me they only had an iPhone app, but consensus was that they had missed a trick not getting an Android one together - one is on the way.
Mind you, the chances of me using an app on my phone to do my banking? Nil.
Samsung kicked in the teeth?
I'd imagine Samsung were well ready for the strategy, seeing as they have had the last two Nexus phones - its not as if Google or even Moto is making the tablet - its an Asus.
I've been pondering a tablet for a while...this might be the one that pushes me over the edge as I like the whole Nexus concept.
Re: Personally i'm happy
I find a stroppy and ill-tempered letter directly to the chap who signs the bullying missives they send out brings a fauning apology and no further hassle...
Those energy meters ARE worthless...I've had two.
You switch off everything you can, and you're still using energy. And then the fridge kicks in and throws your efforts to see how much power your house is burning in its 'standby' state. And then a month later the display runs out of batteries. The second or third time you realise that the display is actually eating its way through more batteries than anything else in your house and you pop it in the bin.
Its probably saved a lot less carbon than was spent during its manufacture and distribution.
Given up on
The app is HUGE for what it is, is crashy and rarely finds anything remotely useful in my vicinity. Plus you're dependant on O2 data to get the 'moment' you want so chances are you'll be waiting a while.
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