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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

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Re: I stopped recommending AVG

Security Essentials seems to be a rare occasion of Microsoft getting something right.

Of course at some point in the future they'll wreck it so you can only use it by communicating with it via inteprative dance or something. Usual stuff.

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Toolbar install

Their nagging and toolbar install was annoying (not that I would install it but I would come across PC's with it on).

However the arrival of Windows Security Essentials was the nail in the coffin. It renders AVG pointless.

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series

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Nazis in America?

I already have Nazis In America on my TV. It's called Fox News.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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The guys who ran the dept weren't special The staff on the ground were though. However they all ran for the hills when the reality of the sale hit home.

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Selling BBC Technology

Selling BBC Technology to Siemens really paid dividends. Or rather paid a quick buck to the BBC and put a whole layer of extra management in place.

I remember the days where a phone call from a mate in another department just got stuff quietly and quickly fixed. After the sell off that went out the window and it was managers galore. I got out as quick as I could!

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Microsoft's Xbox TV studio OBLITERATED

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Re: Blake 7 remake?

One B7 'remake' worth a look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWuTeR7xCU4

"Are we nearly there yet?" - Arf!

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

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Good work

Now can they erase his and his wifes faces from the internet as well?

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

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It's a fair cop

Rockstar have been caught red handed here and deserve to pay:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BrnkUr2IcAAgwfJ.jpg

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Farewell Felix Dennis, deal-maker supreme of tech publishing

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Re: Your Sinclair !

Yes. it was Dennis. They sold it to Future in 1990.

The editor at the time (Matt Bielby) moved with the mag to Bath and later went on to launch Amiga Power, .net and SFX for Future.

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Your Sinclair and Viz

Would love to know who's idea it was to bundle a free copy of Viz with Your Sinclair one month. These were the days when YS sold many times more copies than Viz.

It ensured that Viz suddenly fell into the laps of 80,000 kids without the people who may dislike that sort of thing noticing.

Dennis later sold YS to Future.

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Backup bods Acronis extend disk-imaging support to Macs at last

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Time Machine

Time Machine is worth its weight in gold. Deleted an email yesterday that you need back? Just a few clicks! So easy and utterly wonderful. Someone who could code that for Windows would get my money!

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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David Jason and Terry Scott

Part of the charm was that David Jason and Terry Scott kept trying to better each other and pushing each other on to go more OTT when doing the voiceovers. Adds a real energy do it.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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How to improve the range of electric cars.

They could improve the range of electric cars if engineers could only harness the power of smugness and self satisfaction that electric car drivers give off.

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Kids hack Canadian ATM during LUNCH HOUR

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Atari Portfolio

If Terminator 2 taught me anything, it's that any average teenager with an Atari Portfolio can hack an ATM.

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Compare Apple's and oranges: LaCie's hi-vis jacket-wearing disk is not for hipsters

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Re: Worth every penny

Video editors would for a start. More simultaneous HD or 4K video channels than USB 3 can support!

And multiple connectors are very handy when sharing the drive between multiple machines, some of which may be older and not have the latest connectors.

My existing Lacie drives have USB3 and Firewire 800. The Firewire 800 is useful for the older edit suites as otherwise I have to drop to USB2 which takes forever to transfer the data.

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Re: Worth every penny

"So why wouldnt I buy a commodity drive and stick a £10 ebay bumper on it?"

Because it's not the same?

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Worth every penny

Honestly, they are worth every penny. I have 2 that go everywhere with me and have had no issues at all despite heavy use since 2008.

The only thing to note is that what you are paying for is excellent protection for the disk. The drive itself is the same as any other so the risk of failure is the same. What you are buying is a rugged casing for it.

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Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

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Clones

Tetris spawned a whole raft of puzzle clones as well which differed enough to ensure there were no legal problems. Columns, Puznic and even games like Atari's Klax owe alot to Tetris.

My favourite versions of Tetris are the Gameboy, but also the PD Giger Tetris on the Amiga.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjLZGgP9T_Y

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

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Re: WTF?

Not sure why people are down voting you. I could indeed see Apple phasing out the 3.5mm jack for something more proprietary. It's the oldest trick in the book and Apple have never been frightened to dump connectors that don't fit their world view whilst pushing their own.

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Joke

Overpriced

Nice to see it's Apple paying over the odds for once rather than their customers.

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Users folder vanished after OS X 10.9.3 update? Here's a fix

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Re: I find Apple hardware extremelly good...

There was a problem similar to this a few years back and it turned out to be the routers that were the cause. In the case of my Draytek a update solved the issue. The problem was also manifesting itself with my Xbox but in a different way. Again the same update fixed the issue.

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Graphics pros left hanging as Adobe Creative Cloud outage nears 24 hours

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Re: A storm in a tea cup

"I love that I can pay £28 monthly"

Good for you.

By the way, you probably forgot to read the small print on your bargain £28 price. You can look forward to it being £46 a month on a 12 month contract after 12 months.

Still feeling so smug?

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Cloud

There is no reason for these apps to be in the "Cloud" other than Adobe using it as a DRM and a way of extracting money from peoples wallets every month.

As a long time user of Creative Suite I am clinging on for dear life to my copy of CS6. No double Adobe will hobble it at some point when it stops working after an OS update and they refuse to patch it.

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Adobe blames 'maintenance failure' for 27-hour outage

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Shambles

The entire thing is a shambles and sadly people are falling for it.

I know of people who have ditched their boxed CS6's for the fantastic offer price Adobe are offering because it's significantly cheaper.

However all of them have failed to read the small print which states that after a year the price will go back to the normal level which actually works out more expensive for most people

Adobe Creative Cloud is just a smoke and mirrors operation which purely designed as DRM and a way of extracting money from every customer each month without Adobe ever having to improve their software.

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Hunt's paperless future: NHS watches £60m vanish down plughole

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Re: Re-orders

Tearing off a section and ticking boxes? How antiquated! The surgery I use has a website where you can login and do these things. I thought that might have been standard by now.

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'A proper British BOFFIN': Famous Martian prof Pillinger dies aged 70

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Nice guy

Interviewed him a number of times, the first time was when the project seemed more a flight of fancy than reality. Later when the worlds media had picked up on it and were clambering for his time he still remembered me and made time for my stupid questions. Nice guy.

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‘Scapegoated’ BBC tech boss calls foul, kicks off unfair sacking tribunal

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Lord Pattern Steps Down

Chris Pattern stepped down due to heart problems.

Apparently its pea sized and made of stone.

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

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Locomotive BASIC on the CPC is great. It's a really decent implementation that is streets ahead of what Sinclair or Commodore offered.

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Lost treasure of Atari REVEALED

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Don't understand the fuss

I could understand if you were to go digging for rare games or prototype consoles, but ET is a rotten games and is very very common.

As for the games being unharmed by 30 years in the ground, New Mexico is very dry. In the UK the boxes and labels wouldn't have survived very long at all.

In terms of video games, the story of the fabled Konix Multisystem and the mystery that surrounds it is far more interesting than the ET carts. Perhaps one for El Reg to cover in the future?

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

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Re: Not that easy

Oh crikey, I remember those. You could never get the tapes to load. Bought The Flintstones and Everyone's A Wally from the Bournemouth John Menzies when on holiday. No amount of jiggery pokery would get those tapes to load. I later discovered this was a common experience.

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Re: Not that easy

HAM images are not a problem on PC's. I used to capture HAM8 images on my A1200 using a VIDI and then import them into Paint Shop Pro on a Windows PC (PSP happily read IFF files). Used to reproduced perfectly.

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Happy 25th birthday, Game Boy!

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Display problems can often be caused by poor screen connections. Take it apart, clean her up and when putting it back together make sure the LCD is tight against the top part of the case. Usually fixes it.

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Battery Life

I had a Lynx 2. 6 Batteries (in the days when they were expensive) got you 5 hours tops. 4 hours if you had the original Lynx.

The Gameboy could do about 20 hours on 4 AA's.

The Gameboy Color used 2 AA's and had a battery life that seemed to go on forever.

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And on, and on, and Ariston

The full version of the Ariston advert that used the music from the Gameboy version of Robocop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUVs7vXNZiw

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Sorry looking Gameboy?

Have a sorry looking Gameboy? They are dead easy to refurb,

You can buy new plastic covers for the screens from Ebay. All you need is a special Nintendo tri-winged screwdriver, pull her apart, wash the case and clean the electronics with IPA and you'll have a Gameboy as good as new in no time.

Did it myself the other week. Bought a filthy unit that was very sorry for itself with buttons that barely worked. An hour later it was as good as new.

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WTF happened to Pac-Man?

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Pacmania

For me the only 'update' worth visiting is Pacmania. A nice update on the original that doesn't meddle with the gameplay too much.

Pacland is fun but is a different game using the same characters.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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Designed to sell screens

"Quick lads, 3D didn't work. What can we come up with to sell more TV's?"

Engineers spent 30 years trying to get rid of the curve on TV screens. Now these geniuses want to bring it back! It's the same design mentality that put a square steering wheel into the Austin Allegro.

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It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

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Re: Here's what I think happened

I rebooted my phone several times between 6pm and going to bed at 1am. It never once connected. So your theory is incorrect.

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Text message

12 hours after the service was restored, EE sent me a text to say that I may need to reset my phone to be able to get mobile reception again.

Just think about that for a second.

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Re: I got hit

Why don't these people have a service status page?

Remember the old days of a Demon dial up connection and seeing the status message as you logged in (which told you what was broken today).

A simple web page listing network issues would be really helpful, but the suits would never allow it.

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Any help from EE?

My wife and I are both on EE (although technically she's still on Orange). When my phone went down I checked hers and it was fine.

So I assumed it was my phone. Tried to phone EE from landline and came up number not recognised. Then tried 150 from my wifes phone, went through the options and was told "we are very busy, please call back tomorrow".

How hard is it for these people to put a notice on their website or put a recorded message in place explaining the outage for the people who do get through.

What they did end up doing was tweeting a picture of a Gremlin (from the films) on their Twitter feed.

Thanks lads, good work. While you were wasting time googling for pictures you could steal, you could have been doing a proper status update for your website!

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Re: Demo Scene

You had an A1200 in 1990? Wow, how did you get hold of it 2 years before it was released by Commodore?

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Amiga v PC

I was forced into an upgrade from my Amiga 1200 at the end of 1994 due to an A-level computing course. The first thing that struck me that 3D games aside, how crap PC games were.

Graphics were blockier (games running at 320x200 rather than 320x256) and the sound was god awful even on the high end cards. Doom and the 3D stuff was way ahead of the Amiga, but all the 2D stuff seemed inferior.

I went to see someone who claimed he had one of the best sound cards money could buy. He was playing X-Wing and had it hooked up to a hi-fi. God the sound was diabolical. Plinky tunes that sounded like a Casio keyboard from 1986. Every game was the same. Then I got my own card (a Soundblaster 16) and it was just as bad.

Then there was Windows. Precisely Windows for Workgroups 3.11. You soon hit the limitations when you realised it couldn't multitask in the same way the Amiga could. Indeed to do a lot of things you'd take for granted on an Amiga you'd end up in MSDOS.

Still have my A1200 which now has an 030 and 64 meg of RAM, A compact flash card in the hard drive bay effectively gives an Amiga an SSD. Super speedy, fast and great fun.

And as for that 486 PC with Windows 3 and Soundblaster 16? Rotting in a landfill somewhere.

Long live the Amiga!

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Not very good

Take away the flash graphics and sound and Xenon and Xenon 2 aren't actually much cop as shooters.

Whereas shooters like Gradius, R-Type and even Apidya are worth a blast today, Xenon hasn't really aged that well and as someone who spends his gaming time mainly playing old games, Xenon isn't a game I really find tolerable any more.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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Re: Mainstream traction

I knew someone who was a complete Acorn fanboy to the point of it being unhealthy.

He looked on at my Psion, secretly wanting one but not admitting it because it wasn't an Acorn.

Then Acorn bought out a rebadged version. Naturally he got one. Of course because it had an Acorn logo on it, it was "better".

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Hinges

Loved my 3a but the hinges broke with alarming regularity. Went back twice under warranty to be repaired and a third time where I had to pay myself. The unit wasn't being manhandled, it was just poor design. They just kept cracking in the same places.

Then got a Series 5 which had had it's hinge mechanism fail under warranty. The second time they failed the thing went in the cupboard.

Came to the conclusion that while Psion made fantastic devices with a useful OS, they couldn't make a hinge mechanism for toffee.

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ROBOCOP statue, Minecraft film, revived Sinclair ZX Spectrum...

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Revived ZX Spectrum

It wasn't a revived ZX Spectrum, just a Bluetooth keyboard that looks like a Spectrum which will only work with games sold by one company.

Games which the authors withdrew the rights for the company to use due to years of unpaid royalties.

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Apple fanbois DENIED: Mac Pro deliveries stalled until April

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Delays

Crikey, the last time I saw such shipment delays for pricey kit was when I ordered a 4 meg RAM upgrade from Watford Electronics during the great RAM shortage of early 1995. Took my money, constantly promised delivery but kept pushing back, prices dropped, and 8 weeks later I got my RAM. Never got the difference back.

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Loki, LC3 and Pandora: The great Sinclair might-have-beens

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Re: Amiga competitor for £200?

The CPC article from last week gives a good indication of how many people it needs to design a computer.

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BBC: Hey, Atos, old buddy. Here's a cheque for £285m, fill your boots

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Re: The crazy thing...

Yep. I was there and all the sale did was add a couple of layers of seat polishers called "management" who just made everything more complicated.

So instead of just taking a phone call and fixing something, there was suddenly endless bureaucracy costing god knows how much. I escaped as soon as I could as the useless idiot managers bought in had no concept or understanding of a broadcasting enviroment.

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