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Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

moylan

Re: Strap on time...ahem

or the number of service packs remaining to be installed.

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Go on, corporate drone, log in... We'd recognise your VEINS anywhere – Barclays

moylan

'extremely difficult to spoof or replicate'

'extremely difficult to spoof or replicate'

until they've become a big enough target for the hacking community to take an interest in?

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WHOMP! There it is: IBM demos 154TB tape

moylan
Alien

just imagine

just imagine this in sinclairs microdrive format :-)

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WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

moylan

power

i don't see this as been useful, to me. others may find it useful. but having another device to plug in at night would be enough to put me off. should be so easy to put the wireless recharging hardware into the strap so you can take it off plonk it on charging mat at night and be done.

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Seagate's LaCie touts a 25TB (not a typo) box o' disks for your DESK

moylan

what i really really want

what i really really want is them to bring back bigfoot drives. slow but huge compared to other drives of their day.

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Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum

moylan
Alien

Re: If you have an hour to spare

a very british documentary with no silly cgi or info pages beloved of american documentaries. and oodles of footage from attacks on targets. plus a demo of the rare mossie fitted with the automatic anti tank weapon designed to hunt down uboats. nice one.

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File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

moylan

Re: The Ransom?

it would explain the rise in the value of bitcoins

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WD unveils new MyBook line: External drives now bigger... and CHEAP

moylan

what i'd love to see...

what i'd love to see is a rebirth of the big foot drives. 5.25inch drives or bigger. more and more people are using external drives for capacity and ssds are starting to be more useful for booting off from. don't need super fast just massive capacity. my 2c.

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

moylan

Re: cheap cheerful

my bad. had searched the article and many others today looking for 'card'. my ancient samsung 7" may be replaced so.

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moylan
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cheap cheerful

good enough for most.

but does it have a memory card slot? 16gb is grand but it's nice to stick in a 32gb card with a tonne of media.

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E-book him! Entire Judge Dredd back catalogue gets iDevice treatment

moylan

Re: Drokk!

ditto strontium dog, sam slade robo hunter, halo jones, slaine, and many many others.

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Apple quietly revives iPhone charging and syncing docks

moylan
Alien

miss docks

when i had a palm pda the dock was such a useful addon for syncing and charging the later models. it's odd that with the terrible battery lifes of modern smart phones that they are shunned so much. plus with all the weather/stock/slide show apps it can be a constant stream of info beside your main computer.

me i'll stick to my crappy new nokia feature phone that needs charging once a week. :-)

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Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

moylan

there is hope...

you can't polish a turd. mind you if it were possible to install linux i'd buy one at the discounted price.

add surface to wince, pocketpc, winmobile, kin, winphone list of ms mobile attempts.

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Firefox OS: Go away fanbois, fandroids - you wouldn't understand

moylan
Alien

Re: dumb question

on the iphone 3g i can use ibooks, which is a crap ereader. too slow and unresponsive. not worth getting a new iphone for the increasingly restricted walled garden. pity amazon killed stanza as that worked ok, share file on desktop and download over wifi.

i have all my books on android but am getting tired of google's increasing efforts to shove g+ down my throat. it's ereaders operate the way i want. copy files to a sd card and go. as has been mentioned by one kind person firefoxos can also work this way. that's enough for me to jump to the platform.

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moylan

Re: dumb question

i've read many books on on palm iiix or a nokia n70. small screens are comfortable for reading bare text. at least for me.

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moylan
Alien

dumb question

if i want to use it as an ereader can i just copy a ton of files onto the memory card or does it need to uploaded into the cloud and thus be a pain in the arse when away from data?

tired of iphone and android and if it worked offline as an ereader would be very interested in getting one.

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Nokia: OK, Q1 has been weak, but there's 'underlying' profit

moylan
Alien

Re: a massive operations fuck-up caused by a shortage of components

the only ones i have seen are those which the mobile providers are providing for free as upgrades to people on contract. and a civil servant whose department had all their blackberries replaced by winphone devices.

i've set up one of these and it was a horrible horrible device. the user has since smashed it with a hammer he hated it so much.

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Facebook Home gets SMACKDOWN from irate users

moylan

Re: I wonder...

aren't the only people who can vote and comment on apps in the google play store g+ users? slightly biased perhaps?

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Lotus 1-2-3 rebooted: My trip back to the old (named) range

moylan
Alien

Re: Copy protection

at a government paid for course i was taught spreadsheets on vp planner which was a clone of lotus 123 which copied all the keystrokes required to do exactly what lotus did.

everyone had a copy of eventually sued out of existence vp planner instead of legit lotus.

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Nokia: No Belle download for Apple users

moylan
Alien

half assed policy

i used to have to build a windows system every few months just to run nokias software updater. a real pain in the ass. people who are using expensive phones are more likely to be using operating systems other than microsofts. i didn't want windows on my then mac systems or now linux systems. it was one of the things that drove me away from symbian.

of course android is not perfect either with both my samsung wanting windows kies software to update the firmware and my sony xperia wanting similar windows crap to do the same. is it so hard to understand that people who use android might not be fans of ms?

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Apple land-grabs fuel cells for mobiles

moylan
Alien

fun fun fun

these will be fun when it comes to getting on an airplane. no?

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Motorola Pro+ Qwerty Android smartphone

moylan
Alien

where did it go wrong?

the e71 is where nokia went wrong. for me anyway.

on paper it seemed ideal. better than the e61i it was replacing;

* support for more than 2gb of memory cards and more memory

* fm radio

* camera flash

* standard 3.5mm head phone socket

* longer battery life.

* faster cpu

and then i used one for a while;

* global search was painfully slow if the phone had lots of information. around a minute to start as it preloaded all the data to 'speed' up searches.

* headphone socket mounted on the side so that it damaged the headphones i was using when i put the phone in my pocket crazy person that i am.

* fragile, i dropped mine within a week of getting it and the keyboard popped out. it went back in ok and never happened again but after the sheer indestrucibleness of the e61s...

* shutting down all running apps and rescanning my memory card for media everytime i ejected it to copy stuff on and off. and no way to turn that off. annoying.

* and adding a not required by irish law camera click in firmware update made me give it away and promise to never buy nokia again.

these days i use a samsung galaxy pro. nice!

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Sony creates paper battery

moylan
Alien

insufficient suffering!

and hopefully they'll have the company of mozart and a banjo. :-)

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Swiss-based Balesio takes the knife to PDF files

moylan
Alien

smaller or smaller.

i don't have a problem with the kb used by a file but i often have a problem reading pdfs on ereaders. sure you can zoom in and scroll but that can be annoying and time consuming. a java app called briss does the job of trimming of excess margins. just my 2c.

it as a by product trims off a few kb.

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

moylan
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love him or hate him

love him or hate him he changed the industry.

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Intel CEO: 'Ultrabooks' will be 'holistic' success

moylan
Alien

handles?

one of the reasons i love my olpc so much is the handle. the first laptops i used had handles but somewhere along the way they were eliminated.

these mobile devices are going to me moved around a lot. a handle wouldn't go amiss on some of these. even just a generic connection slot for people to add one might win a few sales.

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Vintage Psion prototype: Yours for £85,000

moylan
Alien

agree

i'd even be happy with a lower powered version that eliminated wifi and colour screen. let it have blue tooth and use that to connect to a phone in a pocket that can share it's wifi and 3g. a bit of software could do that on most modern phones.

the psions i had back in the 90s and early 2000s were the 3a, 3c, 5, 5mx and could last a week on 2 aa batteries. averaged about 40 hours a week on the series 3s and 20-25 hours on the 5s.

it's tragic that 17 years after my psion 3a that modern phones struggle to have the capabilities of it's software.

as for keyboards. i liked the psion 5 but prefered the case and shell of the psion 3 series. the battery case hinge allowed you to grip it with forefinger and middle finger while using the thumb on the keyboard. and with your other hand i could get nearly 30wpm while walking around warehouse typing serial numbers and notes into it.

it's never going to be a major player but a small percentage of the market with loyal customers can be very profitable as apple has shown. most of the accountants and architects i meet who had psions would be rushing to get one as nothing has compared to their design excellence. the fact he sold all 2000 of the variants he made should show that.

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HTC Flyer 7in Android tablet

moylan
Alien

1470 hours?

1470 hours? i don't think so. :-)

looks nice. like the idea of a stylus.

looking for a 7" tablet at the mo

if they didn't pay a licence fee to ms i'd buy one.

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Entire London 2012 Olympics' cultural events database held on Excel

moylan
Alien

as nyelvmark said no powerpoint?

as nyelvmark said no powerpoint?

90% of management emails would be unviewable!!

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Microsoft fails to turn punters on to WinPho 7

moylan
Alien

yet i can't watch

yet i can't watch tv shows like bones or castle with seeing how super fabulous the crappy winpho7 is? this weeks castle episode had the lead take a picture and email it with beautiful close ups of him sending via outlook. wtf?! i was sending pics via email from my nokia n70 6 years ago. could have done it on my 3650 before that but the images were crap and data too expensive.

how much are they spending to advertise this crap again?

and as for nokia helping their sales numbers? nokia hasn't been able to write good software for 3-4 years. people aren't going to hand in their current symbian devices and replace it with winpho7 in any great number. most people i knew with symbian had gone symbian because they didn't want a winmobile device.

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Tribunal rules Digifone paid bung for Irish GSM licence

moylan
Alien

time for another tshirt

do you know if they still make the old

ben there

dunne that

bought the taoiseach

tshirts? haven't seen one in years.

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Apple security update leaves iPhone 3G users unprotected

moylan
Alien

thank goodness

that i only use/used opera on my symbian, android and iphone devices? it's an acquired taste but i like having the same browser on all devices.

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iPlayer Global iPad app price announced

moylan
Alien

wait for the android version

i've said it a million times but i'd rather pay for a bbc tv licence than the irish version. at least the bbc puts out dozens of tv shows that i am interested in.

but i have zero interest in apple devices. hate itunes!

will be interesting to see if how much money this brings into the bbc. they're not perfect but have a lot of fans around the world.

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Google Apps boss says cloud computing is your destiny

moylan
Alien

no!

i'm a big fan of google generally but i have no faith in cloud technologies. the biggest obstacle is what happened in egypt. it doesn't matter if you live in a more stable country you are at the end of the day depending on your government not to shut you out from internet services. now add intermittent internet services (how many hours or days was your internet down last year?) and i have no trust in remote services.

i can get work done as long as i have my data to work on. put the data in the cloud and deny me access to the cloud and i can do nothing. so no cloud for me. i'll use cloud but make sure i have a local backup.

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It's official: Nokia bets on Microsoft for smartphones

moylan
Alien

it's not often...

it's not often that you see rats jumping on a sinking ship!

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Toshiba tries again with second gen tablet

moylan
Alien

hope they fix the biggest problem.

my nephew got a first gen device and it didn't play flash. i'm still waiting for an email from their update service to let me know when the player is released. even though it has been released, we only got a copy of it when my brother went to return the device. they're hanging onto it now that it does flash which is one of the main things that the kid wanted.

but the biggest problem was the toshiba version of the market place. it's tiny. it needs the google market place. the lack of apps is not forgiveable. they cannot expect app developers to target multiple stores. it will always be a sub set of the google market place.

you can seemingly install generic android on it and gain access to the google market place but that is a little much for the average user.

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iOS 4.2: An 'ace' for iPad, a 'meh' for iPhone

moylan

apple store?

there is no apple store in ireland. despite apples hq in europe been in ireland. so no genius bar. :-)

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moylan
Alien

other bugs that annoy me

contacts - if i have more than one phone number on a contact i can't tell which number just smsed or rang me. very irritating as my brother swaps mobile numbers a fair bit. not an issue if i want to send an sms from the iphone but if i want to use the number on a different device then bloody annoying.

ical - month display has sunday as the first day which really irks me. more so because my palm devices had an option to set monday as the start of the week more than 10 years ago and psion way before that. ical on the desktop has this option but not ical on the iphone.

notes - i stored 100s of notes in this app as i did in the app on my nokias and palms before that. notes on the iphone corrupted frequently losing data.

capacity other - i will only know if this is an issue in a week or so as the number grows from the 300mb that it currently is. i have already noticed that itunes sometimes stops copying files mid copy which is what seems to cause it.

general sluggishness of os 4 on 3g hardware. 4.2 does seem a lot more zippy that the previous 4.x updates.

so not just the all tv shows are unknown bug.

don't get me wrong android is not perfect but it seems to irk me less and i haven't lost data... yet. notes going corrupt on iphone really turned me against it.

i still have no problem recommending iphone to people who want a fluffy easy to use device but i do point out these little things that annoy me.

ymmv

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moylan
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crap on a 3g

installed ios 4.2.1 on a iphone 3g. had just restored it after 'capacity other' had grown to 1gb after a few weeks since i last wiped it. hoped that this update might fix that so i installed it.

no real difference so far and only time will tell if the 'capacity other' problem goes away. one bug seems to be that my tv shows are now lumped into one group called unknown instead of episodes listed under the shows name. sorted in season order it's a very annoying mess.

looking at setting the device back to ios 3.1.3

not a happy camper. thank goodness i have an android phone as i no longer trust iphone for anything other than media an occasional sms or voice call.

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Ten... budget Android smartphones

moylan
Alien

hmmmm keyboards

nice to see budget models with keyboards.

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Navy Carriers: We want two or no votes for you, Tories

moylan
Alien

smarter ships?

the danes faced the problem of not having the cash for all the missions their navy needed to be capable of.

they invented stanflex

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StanFlex

won't help with the carriers. but would help with the current destroyers which don't have functional weapons yet. the british are an inventive creative people and could make this a very profitable exportable system.

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Nokia's new boss is Microsoft man

moylan
Alien

so closer ties to microsoft?

so will there be closer ties to microsoft? that wouldn't be a good thing for nokia. most of the power users for mobiles that i know use mac or linux. i haven't used nokia since the start of 2009. one of the things that really annoyed me then was that i needed a winxp system to download firmware or maps.

nokia do seem disorganised at the moment. a friend was trying to convince me to attend the meego conference in dublin and when i went to the site it had the wrong flag in the banner at the bottom. :-) ivory coast here i come!

http://conference2010.meego.com/

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Judge Dredd returns to the silver screen

moylan
Alien

dr and quinch?

dr and quinch? wouldn't that be another hollywood butchering of alan moores characters? :-)

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moylan
Alien

what 1995 movie?

what 1995 movie? i've never seen it. i never want to see it! once it was leaked that stallone would take off the helmet there was no reason to watch the movie as it wasn't true to the comic.

fingers crossed this attempt will do well. would love to see a strontium dog movie. so many great characters and stories from 2000ad.

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Want to use WD diagnostics? Buy Windows

moylan
Alien

not really the point

yes, the end user could use bartpe.

but when you have a sick intermittent system the last thing you need is to download bartpe and then work out how to install some crappy win app onto a livecd which can be tricky when they require a reboot.

if wd had a downloadable iso with their tools installed it might be a bit more acceptable. the end user should not have to jump through these hoops just to test their drive.

so will have to add wd to list of hardware manufacturers who i won't buy from. even for my windows customers as i may have to bring a drive back to test on my linux systems.

their loss.

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Vodafone upsets customers with upgrade downgrade

moylan
Alien

typical vodafone

my first few symbian devices were preloaded with crap links and software when i got them from vodafone ireland on prepay. so i switched to sim free phones.

i stayed with vodafone till last year when they changed their prepay plan so that every fecking page had a vodafone banner and crappy links at the top.

so i threw away all my vodafone sims. now using 3, o2 and meteor. no problems from them so far.

will never deal with them again. their loss. coupla hundred euros on prepay credit a year till that time.

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Xbox Live billing site snubs Firefox

moylan
Alien

and they say that microsoft doesn't keep up

just a new version of 'dos isn't done till lotus won't run'

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Removing SCADA worm could disrupt power plants

moylan
Alien

fact imitating fiction?

ds9, season 1 episode 17, 'the forsaken'

a computer worm infects the stations computers and they cannot remove it and ultimately have to live with it.

never thought it possible and then i read this article.

maybe organisations will stop using windows for embedded and control systems? don't forget they use windows on iss and on military hardware these days.

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