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26 posts • joined 9 Apr 2008

Apple to lead fanbois 'Back to the Mac'

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Really?

"The uni I work for just got quotes to replace a PC lab. Due to the specs required for win7, the individual machines are actually more expensive than an equivalent iMac. Note that these are general PC labs so are mainly used for word processing etc"

Really? I've got a 3 year old bottom of the range Toshiba notebook (pentium 2*1.7GHz, some ATI chipset/graphics from the stone age) that runs Windows 7 fine aero included.

In fact anything that isn't a netbook runs WIndows 7 just fine.

I suggest your Uni switch suppliers.

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MSI Wind U160

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Cost!

Indeed Martin, I paid the same for my Acer Aspire One and really top whack for a standard formula netbook is £250, anything above this doesn't merit any more than a 50% rating unless it has 12+ hour battery.

It happens to be the cheapest computer I've ever owned and at the same time by far the most used. It's been on 24/7 for nearly 2 years now.

I actually don't find XP slow on it. I just installed a ramdisk, disabled any background services I didn't need, use flashblock in firefox and in general it's as quick for everyday use as my main notebook. It's not designed for autocad and HD x264 encoding.

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Servers: Refurbish, repurpose or recycle?

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Servers make crap desktops

Right, just how "high end" a workstation is a 3-5 year old server exactly? Given that you can get a six.core chip at nearly 3GHz for under $300?

Then there are the noisy fans, the noisy disk arrays, the fact it's in a rack-mount case?

Waste of time and effort for a technician, unless you do it as a "hobby" project.

Most of ours get sold for spares. Smaller businesses often purchase servers as "one-offs", with no or only a short contract which isn't renewed and the service is then done in house, these spares can be of great use to them.

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Apple leaves profits on table for 'huge' iPad future

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Real Notebook?

"netbooks are basically bought by people who are too poor to buy a real notebook."

Really? There have been cheap "real notebooks" for years now. It's just that they weight 3-5kg with pathetic battery life. Remember a "real ultraportable" was around $1500-2000 until the last few months. I take my netbook cycle touring; there's no way I'd take the weight and the possible risk of destroying something expensive otherwise.

Basically Jobs is so hacked-off because "the third computer" was exactly the market he's been aiming for for years and the netbook does it cheaper, better and without the evil of his control.

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LG 42SL9000 42in LED-backlit TV

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Pint

Tuners bah!

I wouldn't bother worrying about built in tuners, there is always going to be a new technology or an upgrade on the horizon. Like a computer monitor a TV does or should have a much longer product life cycle.

Another downside is all TV tuners are NOT created equal, some deinterlace better than others, others decode/render/ sharpen better. There is no garantee the built in one is going to be particularly good.

Of course in the UK the leading supplier is Sky which means an external box under all circumstances.

I really wish there was some broadcasting legislation regarding digital TV receivers. That for example is why every European TV has a standard SCART plug (it started out as a legal requirement in France). Another bugbear is TV box power consumption, often the same in "standby" as leaving it on. As far as I can tell, on my box it just blanks the picture, especially as the sound is still there on the RCAs!

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James Martin apologises for cyclist outrage

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Sensitive?

"Sensitive bunch you cyclists."

Yeah, being run-over for someone else's amusement or because they don't like what you wear or find you annoying tends to do that. Surprised?

I'm off to batter an old lady to death for taking too long fumbling around in her purse in a post office queue. That'll be a laugh, care to join me?

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WD unfurls 1TB Scorpio

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Marketing

It's market segmentation guys. The two drives will have exactly the same platters if it is a 750gb model and not a 666gb model - but the firmware will lock out some of the space (look at the price difference!). If they've done their job properly, it'll lock out the inner, slower tacks and the smaller disc will perform better overall.

It was possible on some older disks to actually unlock extra space with a bit of trick firmware.

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Toshiba NB200

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Acer Aspire One

Netbooks should be benchmarked from this. It cost £170 from Tesco remember, therefore how can you recommend somehting costing twice as much that is barely any better?

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Sony Ericsson Walkman W995

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Sony formats

"the W995 may be one of the last batch of Sony Ericsson phones to use the M2 type, after the company's announcement earlier this month that it plans to migrate to the more standard microSD format"

Sanity at last. Let's hope for a masacre of memory stick and other Sony proprietry formats.

I might even start buying their products again.

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Next-gen Atom to launch in October, say moles

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Chipset power

"The CPU consumes no more than 7W - 1W less than the N280."

and up to 20W or so less than the ancient 945 chipsets the atom cpu is lumbered with. This is more or less current atom with low power integrated chipset on board - that was the headline you missed.

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Acer Aspire One D250

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A step backwards...

I think you'll find this misses out on the most attractive feature of the AA1.

You could buy it for £170 in Tesco.

It also loses the second card reader which was actually extremely useful.

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Asus Eee PC 1008HA Seashell

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thin, schmin

Why the obsession with making it thin? It seems to me to be the least important dimension and certainly not worth sacrificing a removable battery and ports..

Like the Air, it's footprint is still the same as other, cheaper models with the same sized screen, meaning the same space when in use and the same size bag to carry it in.

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Boffin builds better display from... a cuttlefish

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Dead Vulture

Wot

As a result, Thomas’ screen only uses a few volts of electricity

- would that be Watts then?

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BBC Trust moots new licence laws to cope with net

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Battery operated.

Great, I can drag my inverter pack from my camper van and it'll happily run a 24" monitor all evening and charge up during the day...

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MacBook range revamp snippets slip out

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compact please

shame, instead of Apple wasting our time with froth like the Air, they really need to launch something in the eee style of ultraportable but better usability, principally the keyboard. Perhaps not unlike the HP mininote (or Apple's compact wireless keyboard with a screen). A lot of people still mourn the passing of the 12" powerboook.

Of course they'd need some unique angle to sell it - perhaps the first dual-core atom web-book - in order to feed the ludicrous "it's much more than a PC" propaganda machine.

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Microsoft dishes dirt on IE8 'pr0n mode'

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Linux

ccleaner

removes index.dat...

Other than that run a ramdrive and redirect your files to here.

Of course the best way is simply to run a "live" linux cd which can't possible write to your HDD in the first place.

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Europe loves HD TVs - but not HD broadcasts

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It's not just about TV

"Also 720 line on 1080 native set or 1080 lines on a 720p or 768p set is only marginally better than 576 upscaled."

Errr, no. 720p is both progressive and a native 16:9 format, meaning it's around 4.5 times the resolution of the best case in PAL and more still for NTSC suffers. I'd get your eyes tested if you seriously think upscaled PAL looks anything like 720p.

Of course HDTV is only part of the story it's the HDMI, DVi, VGA inputs that are just as important meaning xbox, PS3, media PCs, bluray etc.

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Report fingers prints as ID scheme's point of failure

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Just think...

What you could do with the £20billion from this.

Plus the £50 billion from Northern Rock.

Plus the £2-3 billion per year from not fighting two wars.

Plus the £4billion from not giving our gold away.

Surely free hovver cars on the NHS?

I've never in all my life lived under such a bunch of incompetent wasters as these clowns. It's no mystery why we have around a trillion of public national debt.

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90 per cent of Sony devices to be networked by 2010

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Proprietary must die!

ATRAC, memory-stick, UMD, Minidisc.... No thanks.

I no longer buy anything Sony (or indeed Apple for their funny connectors, lock-ins and hideously awful itunes) for this reason.

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Asus Eee PC 901 Linux Edition

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I don't want no stinkin' SD card.

I already have the 701 and would like to upgrade, but it would make far more sense to not bundle the 16GB card and sell it for £50 less.

It would be easy to ship a utility to re-partition the space at a later time.

I suspect this has rather more to do with hiding the differential cost of the Windows version than any practical consideration as that comes with only an 8GB card.

These 16GB cards will cost about 5p in a year or so's time anyway and many people already have a whole drawer full of cards of various capacities.

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The iPhone - yours for €1

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Jobs Horns

Amazing New phone

I just got a new phone which does away with all those cumbersome menus and touch interfaces, tapping away at a touchscreen and clunky email clients etc.

You simply speak into it at one end and the person at the other can hear you insuring instanteous, interactive personal communication. In your own voice too, instead of some impersonal, badly spelled electronic rendering. It shuns Google maps for a sense of direction and the ability to read road signs. This works even when the phone is off thus delivering unrivalled battery life!

Frankly, I'm stunned at the technology behind this, how can Apple be so far behind the Zeitgeist?

Amazingly this phone was FREE, thus freeing valuable financial resources each month to clear the credit card bills for all that other electronic tat you bought that you thought might really improve you sorry existance and didn't. It also has the added bonus that it doesn't look like you have an ingot of some metal stuck to your ear, like some fashion faux-pas earring. Best of all it doesn't give you a falsely elevated sense of social standing, but then what item of mass produced Chinese electronics and near-future landfill, available to everyone should?

Could this be the, you know, coolest phone, like evah?

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SanDisk makes sub-SSDs for sub-laptops

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Compact flash.

Your laptop will boot from a CF card as it replaces your HDD via ata directly, nothing to do with usb. All you need to do is change the flash card to "fixed storage" using "atcfwchg.exe", which can be found if you look hard enough. Your notebook will not be able to tell the difference between it, these modules or your old disk.

The extreme IV cards are very fast, the 4Gb can be had for $50.... I can boot XP in 15seconds on a modest celeron-m notebook. A RAID pair would likely come close to the state of the art ssd drives available and only come in at $100-120, a quarter of what's being asked.

I first did this with an earlier, slower Sandisk Extreme II card, this wasn't ideal as it didn't do DMA. Of course back then, flash with enough capacity to store an OS was expensive anyway. People have been doing this with homebrew linux routers etc. with as little as 16MB for years and years. Great way to recycle old, small cards.

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** flash **

Given that their Extreme IV compact flash cards already have effectively a PATA interface, work with DMA and have nearly twice the write speed (the real bottleneck of using a SSD), I fail to see the appeal of these.

"How long until I can use one (or more - RAID!) of these potentially low-cost pSSDs to boot Linux on a fanless and totally silent desktop motherboard? :)"

I first did this about 2 years ago. There are thousands of home brew "car pcs" that do the same, nothing new, desktop pcs are even easier.

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Asus Eee PC 900 Linux Edition

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Bloat

Why not just add the new screen and charge £250 for it? £329 is way too much for this kind of thing.

I could easily add the 16GB should I need it in the SDHC slot. These cards will cost about 50p in 6 months time.

And it would leave the internal space free for whatever I wanted to do with it.

I think I'll stick to my 4G 701, at least until the atom version comes along.

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'We could wake up smarter' - Ballmer hints at Win XP reprieve

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Disk performance

I'm in two minds about Vista.

I don't think it's unreasonable to up the ante on hardware specs. CPU and memory have never been cheaper.

However the bottle-neck in most systems is hard-disk performance and it was the worst possible thing MS could have done to hit this as badly as they did. On my wife's 2*1.8GHz home Vista machine, disk transfers take around 60% longer (especially from within the same physical disk to otherr folders or partitions) than my similar notebook with XP pro. This isn't acceptable.

I wonder what server versions of Vista are going to do to database performance and the like?

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Dell readies Asus Eee PC, HP Mini-Note rival

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No HDD please

"Also hope they release it with a proper hdd. would rather have 30gig+ of slow memory than 2gig of fast."

Really? Given that you can add as much or as little as you like in the SDHC slot or USB keys and swap it about at your liesure. You can buy 16GB of either for $40 now and that'll be 32GB for the same amount in another few months and hundreds of GB in a couple years.

Prices of these are plumeting at the same time as capacity is increasing, it makes no sense to land the eee pc with anything but a fast system drive. Whatever else you add will seem small and massively overpriced in 6 months. And 4GB (which the vast majority are, not 2GB) is ample for windows or linux (unless you REALLY want vista).

Also the SSD means you can throw it into a bag and use it anywhere, especially while moving. SSD makes it far more rugged without going into toughbook teritory (and prices). I took mine skiing and HDDs don't work at 3500m....

I don't think you really "get" the eepc myself. I've had mine 3 months and it's the single most useful thing I've bought in years.

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