159 posts • joined Thursday 28th February 2008 21:14 GMT
Re: Scheduled to ship
Just been through all this with every possible cockup on their part.
They have now invited me to buy another product at several times the price.
Total total total crap. Not a chance I'll be going there again.
Re: Dirty Laundry and Empty Packaging?!
Bet they end up with a lot of used plastic bags though, all things considered.
Re: OMG it never worked before, why still try?
They need to get away from the Wonky Look.
Fair enough the thing is asymmetric, but the guy wearing them in that image seems typical of many, many amusing and geeky traits and is doing a good job of achieving a jaunty angle.
Perhaps this would be solved by a big wodge of elastoplast or araldite on one of the hinges?
A small downward-pointed shaped charge might be quite effective against squaddies / cars / enemy UAVs / whatever. I'm guessing for a given amount of offensive power it would be a smaller and lighter payload to carry than anything that works like a gun or grenade.
Re: Never use a simple solution when an expensive high tech one will do.
Does something lead you to believe that a laser beam doesn't diverge?
Very good work. Well done to kids, teacher and school.
Obviously in an ideal world the teacher would just use his gun(s) to get it down out of the tree though...
If this is a way of inspiring the rest of the world to give them aid... It's an odd way of asking for help.
Re: Why hasn't the US "brought democracy" to NK yet?
Yep, coordinated strike on everything from the air - we could call it 'shock and awe' - that'll sort 'em out and no mistake.
They'll be welcoming us in the streets just like the girls in paris welcomed the Sherman tanks in 1945.
looks like an elevation map
This looks so much like an elevation map that it would be interesting to see this data subtracted from elevation data. Then perhaps the cracks (and TMA etc) would just jump out at you.
Re: Do not evil
Altavista: those buggers swallowed up my favourite search engine, Infoseek.
Called it "Go".
And it did.
Can the reviewer tell us please:
Do you normally notice the rainbow effect with moving edges on DLP projectors?
What was it like on this one?
I usually find DLPs horrible for this reason so I have a (poor contrast) LCD.
Better make sure it doesn't have ROUNDED CORNERS!
Someone make an android phone case that incorporates an Uzi.
Just make sure the corners are good and sharp - that way not only do you not get sued - you can jab it at the attacker when you run out of 9mm leaden goodness.
Can't they see that thing is dead?
Re: Mix and Match
And those hifi systems took up a lot of space and cables. New audio gear, and laptops, have all their components squeezed and integrated into as small a space as possible.
Your modular plan would require you to accept a bit of wasted space - so if you really want to carry around an ATX-sized laptop, then that could probably be arranged.
What's the point?
If the experience is anything like using google docs or google mail, then no thanks - they'd have to be giving them away for nothing and even then...?
Great minds and all that. Even got my title too.
Seems like this was waiting until after the guy with the hook had been successfully got rid of.
Looks lovely and well done on the innovative use of a big sensor - however:
Why do all mobile devices, costing hundreds, and offering HD video resolution, all suffer from the wierd distortion that occurs whenever the camera is moved? I presume it's because the image is effectively being 'scanned' from the sensor, so that for any given frame the timing at the bottom of the sensor is different from that at the top, but it must be possible to do this better and dispense with the distortion?
As far as I know proper video cameras don't do this (I'm assuming as I rant) so why do expensive 'premium' mobile-type devices have to?
Re: Clippy dead
Re: It's a hoax, people.
Yes. Two microphones won't give enough location information to do what this appears to do.
Nice film though, good model and good marketing.
Re: @KJ re downvoting
So you float around, trying to say things that people will all agree with, never anything that could offend or provoke a click on the red button.
Lib Dem by any chance??
It's fine when people agree, but that's not really the point of these fora.
If you're the boss, yes it is.
so daft as folk
Of course you have to modulate the warp field; do they know nothing?
I realise the competitors are similar in price.
It's expensive relative to a phone I can use to talk to people on, or a month's disposable salary, or an alternative device that does some of the stuff I'd quite like an iphone for.
It's not unbalanced mains supplies that make that happen - it's because there is a small capacitive coupling between the output DC and the mean voltage of the input pins at any given time. So with the neutral pin at or near ground-potential and live going between plus and minus 230V (RMS), the mean will alternate between plus and minus 115V with respect to ground. The output DC is lightly coupled to this mean through the very small capacitance of the transformer in the SMPSU, so it normally doesn't take much to hold the output near ground potential. i.e. a small current to ground easily defeats its ability to exhibit a high voltage.
With no earthing in a PSU, I believe this effect is expected to some degree whether the PSU is good or cheap.
If alternatively you ran the SMPSU on AC that had both pins alternating about zero, like the RLV supplies that building site tools run on, then the average voltage would always be close to zero and the whole effect would be history.
I always wonder whether the visible sparks that jump around when I plug HDMI cables between the boxes by my telly are really a sign of good engineering ...
Re: I'll believe in climate change
That's a nice point, but don't let your own conviction depend upon an Nth order result of the actions of some politicians. There are better ways for us to learn about the climate.
These people really ought to go and find useful things to do with their lives, instead of broadcasting morons playing musical chairs.
How about pin the tail on the donkey?
Or pass the parcel?
Or piggy in the middle?
It's Proper Bo.
Re: Still using my £120 AAO first series
They would probably fit in and work, especially if you spend £2 on a longer ribbon from ebay.
A year or so ago I considered exactly what you're considering, and I then chose the path described because:
I preferred to spend my pennies on something that was generic and would fit in other machines if desired...
Wanted to buy something that was itself in a competitive market and therefore - hopefully - would be good value for money and good performance (ahem Corsair I'm looking at you)....
Wanted to get something that was twice the capacity for the same £60 or £70.....
Didn't want to risk getting a small and wierd bespoke device that maybe worked poorly and was useless for other applications.
I had decided that the machine as it was had zero monetary value (It was sitting gathering dust with dead SSD and I needed Windows) and I was confident that the SATA port was going to work for me and my soldering.
BTW I had to use a SATA power connector too - that came from a PSU. And some hot glue to hold the wires in place. And some tape. And I had to chisel away some internal plastic lumps and bumps.
If doing it again I'd consider soldering wires direct to the SSD rather than struggling to adapt and fit in the SATA plugs and shielded cables. Obviously contributes to the whole warranty issue.
Re: Still using my £120 AAO first series
I have an AAO 110 Aw; it came with an 8GB SSD and Linpus.
The casing of the 110 doesn't really accommodate a 2.5" hard drive, whereas the 150 does. So I'm guessing you added a CF-card-sized spinning disc on a little ribbon cable?
What I did, some time ago, was to solder on a SATA cable, and put in a proper 2.5" SSD, minus its outer casing. It was a Corsair Nova 2 60GB. The SSD PCB mounts in the machine with sticky pads and is slim enough to go under the main board in the same position that a HDD would in a -150 machine.
I wouldn't recommend this particular SSD because it's a basket-case with the miserable Corsair firmware. However you can substitute other, later firmware to make it work better - and shame on Corsair for not providing this fix themselves. The next SSD I buy will come from someone else.
If you can find the right kind of surface-mount SATA connector you can put this onto the main board and it will accept the SSD as intended by the designers. What I did though was to cut a SATA cable in half and solder it straight to the board, plus a cap and an inductor to supply power. (or just a solder bridge will make it work if you can't be arsed doing it properly)
So I now run windows 7 on it. It has 1.5GB of RAM, and it runs OK. Obviously more RAM would be better but hey.
I very nearly threw it against the wall a few weeks ago before I found the SSD firmware fix, and at that point I did actually buy another machine to replace it. However, having made this one work properly again I'll get rid of the replacement because this AAO seems like an old friend and will serve for the foreseeable future.
If you want to see pics I could probably arrange.
Re: Wot, no 3G?
Given the trouble I see trying to find a working 3G signal in a British town, what are the chances that he'll find he has LOS to a 3G base station within the requisite 20m, there in the countryside of the developing world?
(giffgaff: it's crap, but feel the cheapness.)
If you're a person who spends all his time creating facetious crap about Apple, then you probably think that's as good a shape as any for a screw thread. Never mind that 200+ years of industrial technology has other ideas - this is Apple and they redefine everything.
Plus, this thread has rounded corners :o)
Can't someone produce a new, safe, allowed-on-w7 version of firefox that pretends to be IE6/7?
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