55 posts • joined 20 Mar 2008
Re: Apple branded “greedy” and “incomparably arrogant”
Nikon's 'black spots' were caused by bits of muck coming off the shutter and sticking to the sensor. They denied the problem for a long time, though to be fair they are fixing them now.
Being a bit of a Luddite, I currently face the prospect of finding something to replace XP on my machines.
Installed Mint on them all last week. Kept one with the option to boot into XP for those times when only Windows will do.
Think I'll give 8.x a miss. If 9 looks better I'll try it. Assuming, that is, that I feel I need to go back to Windows.
We need more stuff like this please :o)
One per day for me. Earl Grey first, then...
1 tsp Mellow Birds
2 tsp sugar
3 tsp coffee whitener
...before I leave the house. I'm aware that I am likely to be derided for equating Mellow Birds with coffee.
It's tea all the way for the rest of the day, including a chai masala when I get into the office, but occasionally have another coffee when I get home.
It's a shame they didn't call Blaster Bates...
...I'd have loved to have heard him spin a yarn that.
Sorry, no time to read through all the posts...
...but has anyone mentioned ceramic knifes? Great things, keep their edge for years.
Can't comment on dishwashers though. Somebody else's problem, too middle-class for Cornholio Towers.
If I did have a dishwasher, I wouldn't want to risk my carbon steel Sabatier in it. I like to treat my tools with respect ;o)
I have my Nokia from Utility Warehouse. I can visit their website to view my usage (to mmidnight previous day), and it always seems to agree with that measured by the phone.
Oh, and they send me an SMS if I'm getting near my limit.
I seem to recall that the 1020 scored behind the iPhone when video performance was considered in addition to stills. Stills only put the Nokia ahead.
Whereas in Thunderbird Land
Everyone is asking how to turn off the tabs. Of course, it can be done, but there's no granny-friendly 'use tabs' tick box.
My 2006 HP Pavilion is still providing excellent service, and Microsoft are still supporting its OS.
Well, at least they will be until April.
Oh, yes, its battery hasn't worked for a while. But even so...
Re: Only one problem
Why? What exactly is your problem with WinPho 8? I was Phandroid, but I've no complaints about my Lumia 925. In fact, I think it's marvellous.
I'm so old
Was it One Direction that Benjamin Zephaniah had to listen to when he was on Radio 4's "I've never seen Star Wars"? One of the funniest things I've heard for a long time, and I'm sure he found more than one track on the album that was, shall we say, heavily influenced by a classic.
Ah. Starglider 2 on the Amiga. Happy days Painting with Rolf :o)
Milk in mug before or after tea: After
AND WHERE'S THE EARL GREY?
I'd probably choose the Assam out of that selection, but surely there is no one perfect cuppa? Horses for courses and all that.
Got my Lumia 925 last week...
...after being impressed with a friend's 920. I really like it, but then again it has replaced a creaky old Android 2.1 Orange San Fransisco (ZTE Blade).
The only thing that is bugging me at the moment is the way that the keyboard doesn't pop up when I hit the search button. Maybe I need to change a setting somewhere, but it is a pain to have to press the search button AND then tap the Bing search bar at the top of the screen before I can start typing.
Otherwise, it is a very fluid OS. It seems to require less horsepower than equivalent Android devices. I'm sure my quad-core Nexus 7 isn't quite as smooth as my dual-core Lumia 925.
Then again, I've never claimed to know anyting about phones. I just really want something that is good for making calls and texting, and the excellent (for a phone) camera on the 925 is a bonus for me. Looking forward to Nokia Pro Camera arriving with the Amber update!
"Heavily compressed DAB is the sonic equivalent of Michelangelo's David made out of Lego"
I hope to get one too...
...as they say, the very best camera is the one you have with you when you need it.
Not fussed if I have Windows or Android, just so long as it all works nicely. And having seen a Nokia 920 in action, it seems to me that Windows Phone 8 does work nicely.
Good article too, but pleeease, it's not a huge sensor. It's a 1/1.5" sensor. It's dwarfed by the APS-C one in my Pentax K-30.
Huge number of pixels though! However, something like a Pentax 645D will give a similar number of pixels plus much better IQ. That really is more akin to a huge sensor, you see.
Let me get this right...
"[if you] wish to launch Excel. Both are desktop apps, so showing the Start screen is jarring. Now you can press Win-S, type Excel, and select the app from a right-hand panel without leaving the desktop."
I've not used Win8. On my XP boxes, I click Start / Excel if I want to launch Excel. Do you really have to do all of the above to launch it under 8.1? Sorry, I'm probably being thick as usual.
I put Mint 14 XFCE on Wifey's netbook...
...and I generally like it. However, it did take a bit of fiddling to get the wireless to work. Also, Thunar rarely picks up the network drives.
Boots quickly though, and Mrs Cornholio only really want her browser and e-mail client.
My first computer
Never did get it to read from cassette though.
+1 for Burger Time!
Not to forget...
...a happy 50th birthday to Compact Cassette (first introduced at the Berlin Radio Show in 1963, I believe).
We do have a decent turntable in the house, but it is mostly of interest to the wife (a collector of vinyl since the 1960s). To paraphrase someone-or-other, it is surprising how good vinyl can sound considering the limitations and compromises of the system.
I've never been taken by the vinyl sound, although am guilty of loving valve amps. I think in both cases, it is a case of finding the inherent distortions pleasing to the ear. Euphonic colourations, I believe they're called.
Recently read in Hi-fi News about an album that had been digitally recorded, mixed and mastered, but then cut as a vinyl disc before being re-digitised and released as a CD. Of course, it was praised for having a 'nice, warm analogue sound'. I'd always maintained 'vinyl fans' were being seduced by the colourations of the system. It just gets on my moobs when they tell me that the 12" record is the One True Way.
Sorry, rambling. Beer o' clock came early at Cornholio Towers today.
I bet I'm still going to be waiting for an iPod with >160GB of storage. Come on Apple (or Sony, or anyone), it isn't just me that wants one. Surely it can't be that difficult?
Where is the 'none of the above' option? I thought everyone knew that the requirements are:
- Soft white bread
- Lightly fried bacon
- Lashings of butter
- Large lumps of BRIE
- A steaming hot mug of tea
Unless I'm missing something, brie doesn't seem to get a mention?
Ketchup can be applied sparingly, or even black olives on occasion.
Don't worry if you missed it...
...there'll be a transit of Mercury before too long.
They generally just annoy me
If it's not obvious, they generally just make me cross. However, I remember a local one when I was a lad:
The owner had thoughtfully put a sticker in his window to help those who needed it:
BALS 2 IT
Most upset that the Classic is still stuck at 160GB. My iTunes library is larger than that and I've been waiting for quite some time for a more capacious iPod. Grrr.
Surprisingly, some of their gear is well regarded.
Re. "24bit/96KHz. Where are you supposed to get that source material from?"
How about http://www.highresaudio.com/? Or maybe https://www.hdtracks.com/?
My Orange San Fransisco was £95. I've since seen them for as little as 65 beer tokens. That's more like it.
It surprises me...
...but my 1988 Saisho portable is still working perfectly well. Smashing picture, used every day.
Looks like it's going to outlive the analogue transmissions that it was designed to receive.
"[A] DAC that boosts the quality of music"
I'd like to see that. The inane pap that gets churned out for the pre-pubescent market will always be inane pap, however good the replay system is.
I won't argue that a good DAC can provide a better signal though.
Sorry, pedant rant over.
Where is its nubile young friend?
"...why the need for the app in the frst place"?
A good question that could probably be asked of most apps.
The bit that impresses me...
"shedding over 18lb of weight over 4 weeks"
Never mind the pedal-powered ornithopter. I want to know how I can lose 18lb of pies and beer from my midriff in so little time.
Not for me
I was looking forward to series recording on the PlayTV, but I'm not willing to pay for it.
"... but how many of them are useless air-filled pap.Proper hearty pies, properly filled with quality fillings are out there and my mission in life is to track them down."
Then look no further than the Kean’s Head in Nottingham (http://www.castlerockbrewery.co.uk/site/?page_id=22).
A full English breakfast...
...in a pie!
And proper beer too. Mmmmmm.
Dash it all, how am I ever going to regain my 28" waist?
Nice to see that Eee PC's friend has returned to the pages of this esteemed organ.
Set my alarm for 01:00hrs, but nothing to be seen above Cornholio Towers. Dreadful light pollution over Nottingham though.
I wish they'd hurry up
It's fifty years since Aerocar N102D was built. That is still airworthy, so why can't I pop down to the shops and buy a shiny new flying car for myself?
@TRT Hollow handle
The lighter is to burn the TP. There's a lot to consider when taking a dump in the wilderness.
I've always been a great fan of the name and think it's a real shame that they're submitting to Apple's will.
@Anonymous Coward CAMRA
"£20 worth of JD Wetherspoons vouchers"
You can use the vouchers in Castle Rock pubs.
“So, as you can’t get our ales in Wetherspoons, we invite CAMRA members to join us at all of our pubs in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, where the 50p vouchers will be honoured on any of our own beers."
How nice it is to live so close to the Castle Rock brewery.
Re. "This is a fact of life for every wireless phone."
I've just tested my antediluvian Nokia nk402 and my cheap 'n' cheerful Samsung E1120. Strangely, there's no change on their signal meters no matter how I hold them.
"requiring people to buy a new player, and also buy their music all over again."
Only if you'd got rid of your old player, surely? Or if you believed the hype.
Farewell, Mr Brown
It was nice of Mr Brown to wait until The Archers had finished before he made his announcement in Downing Street.
Thank you for info, but seemingly still no worky.
Unless I'm being thick (quite possible), PS3 does not support the lossless version of ATRAC.
Also, it doesn't seem to stream any flavour of ATRAC from the network. Grrrr.
It's rather good really
I don't really play games (NfS Shift came with my PS3, will probably buy GT5, otherwise not bothered). However, the PS3 slim makes a lovely little media hub (Blu-Ray, PlayTV, streams from my NAS box).
The downer for me is that it won't play my (home-made, honest) DVDs that I have stored on the network. Also, as far as I can tell, it won't play any losslessly compressed audio files (included Sony's own lossless flavour of ATRAC).
Saw a PS3 Slim sitting next to an X-Box 360 in John Lewis and the M$ offering looked far too chunky.
Oh, and as a previous poster brought it up, we all know that the Amiga was really the daddy.
...by how many people didn't get the joke. Oh well.
What does it look like...
So, most importantly, what does it look like when being used on the beach by a nubile girl?
Come on Reg, where is the picture?
- Updated Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
- Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
- Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
- Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
- Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders