All these beards, it must mean Linux is becoming very popular.
You forget the sandals, with socks.
Only kidding !
Finally driven to try it out by Windows bloat and Linux improvements.
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You forget the sandals, with socks.
Only kidding !
Finally driven to try it out by Windows bloat and Linux improvements.
@Fraggle850 I see your objection, but the parallel that struck me was the act of disrupting a system created to meet a long established need (cab licensing, social housing) without any regard to the side-effects.
...housing policy makers.
The Uber story translates pretty well to the Right2Buy on social housing. In brief, council tenants with no capital buy flats cheap using cash lent by property company. Property company takes flat after three years and lets it out for vastly more than council rents, sometimes renting it back to council to house growing homeless.
One of the most beautiful large cars ever built. The current Rollers, of course, are not aimed at gentlemen.
Let's hope Avast learns the right lesson from this and user reaction curbs any temptation to follow AVG.
Avast isn't particularly intrusive, popups have been getting bigger and more frequent but they're easy to brush away. Annual renewal of the free product is actually simpler than it used to be.
I won't be switching to Gaming Mode just yet as I find it reassuring when Avast occasionally issues hazard warnings.
....(something or other) it is illegal to remove this label". Commonly found on mattresses in USA. Strikes fear into law-abiding householders, but actually aimed at retailers to ensure consumers know something or other about content or fire-proofing, or whatever.
I frequently remove labels from inside Levi jeans due to their bulk and scratchiness. I suspect there to indicate authenticity against fakes. As for washing instructions, worth laundering new jeans turned inside out to avoid random creases showing up as pale lines on the denim. But I tend to ignore most -- too many manufacturers try to cover themselves by recommending dry cleaning of items which may or may not be harmed by normal washing.
Oddly, Mars of all the brands seem to have maintained quality, though reflected in higher prices and smaller sizes.
I will no longer purchase chocolate by Cadbury (now Kraft/Mondelez) nor Nestle's ex-Rowntree brands.
But Mars Galaxy, if a bit too sweet, is a match for Kraft/Mondelez Milka bar (ex-Suchard Melka) -- decent chocolate at a reasonable price.
Nestle -- jeez. Recently bought (ex-Rowntrees) Munchies. Used to be generous cubes of decent chocolate with soft toffee and biscuit inside. Nestle version; small powdery cubes of brown stuff with accidental holes in it -- suggestion of biscuit and toffee.
I've actually written to complain about what they did to (ex Welgar) Malted Shreddies. Now just called Original Shreddies which, for lack of maltiness, they certainly are not. No response, of course.
Have started avoiding anything now bearing the Nestle logo on the assumption that they have ruined it.
Your experience of Sainsbury's; at least they offered the voucher !
Though counter-intuitive, it's often smart to buy tech stuff from supermarkets. Okay, the available sales advice is zero and the range limited, but special offers are often bargains thanks to the big stores' buying power on end-of-ranges etc.
More crucially, if things go wrong, the supermarkets rely on goodwill to keep you coming in for the weekly food shop.
By contrast, a specialist retailer is lucky to see you once in 5 years when you replace TV/washing machine/ fridge -- so do they care if you never return ?
A friend's TMobile branded ZTE wouldn't boot.
Took it into EE store who pronounced it beyond repair.
With no experience of Android, I fixed it in minutes by reloading the OS from ZTE's site.
Ridiculously, they refuse to deal with customers by e-mail.
Solution of sorts is to use their Twitter site and when the hacks on there feel unable to help they'll put you on an interactive webchat with a real person (or Siri's cousin ?). This has resolved things for me with EE/TMobile in the past.
Last resort, look up the name of a board member responsible for customer relations and write them an actual letter.
Slot Car Racing (please don't call it Scalextric as there were other, better brands) was my teen introduction to soldering and re-winding electric motors (they usually caught fire).
Though we graduated to Revell and more exotic cars, never had more fun than with the cheapest brand Airfix whose track we continued to use as it was smoother than the Scalex polythene stuff.
Given that large corporations take as long to change course as an oil tanker, will they be diving for Microsoft's lost mojo at some point in the future.
My brother had a Fujitsu/Siemens desktop from the late unlamented Comet Warehouse. After nearly a year it started going funny so he asked me to look at it. But, he pointed out, a seal on it says breaking that invalidates warranty.
As it was still within the notional 12 month warranty period (which is merely an arrangement between mfr and retailer) he decided to let Comet sort it out. Their response was that they'd have to wait for the Fuj/Siem engineer to make his rounds -- up to three weeks away. My brother decided he could wait three weeks.
When a month or so later the computer was returned, working, he was told that the issue had merely been carpet fluff in a fan causing the CPU to overheat.
I think this qualifies as an Ikabai fuckup on the grounds that my bro could have easily analysed and fixed the problem in fifteen minutes max had it not been for the dumb sticker.
The sticker had no business being on a device such as an IBM-type PC which was deliberately designed to be opened in order to add network cards etc (hint; the PSU is in a separate enclosure).
Just what I was going to say. Hifi speakers are usually on the floor and often near a wall -- or in a corner. All of which boost bass considerably compared with something just dangling from the ceiling.
EE's PAYG charges render voice calls unaffordable -- and 12p for texts is scandalous given that they cost so little to the provider that they can't even calculate how little.
Don't know about Yahoo, but ads on The Register site were triggering alarms from Avast yesterday.
Granted, recent versions of Windows have been more reliable and included useful drivers. But, as other commentators have said, Linux is pretty viable now. In the past, every version I tried fell down on graphics or sound issues. Doubtless drivers could be found but usually not on the manufacturers' sites.
Installed the very slim Peppermint Linux this year and everything worked on both the machines I put it on -- amazingly, including wifi. Still looking for scanner software and a better screengrab application. But ease of use, speed, pain-free updates and seeming stability means I can now look at making Linux my main OS. It's already preferable for internet access just because it boots much faster.
Any Windows' improvements are not enough to justify the faff of installing and learning a vast new OS and its (doubtless) vast updates to fix the screwups inevitable in something so big
I suspect that if they could step outside the feature-led marketing approach and produce a slimline version of Windows, Microsoft would actually gain some friends among the tech community.
The "urban myth" that MS let Word get pirated seems more plausible when you consider that Microsoft Press did a roaring trade in an overpriced guide to using Word which more than replaced the printed manual that accompanied legitimate copies of the appplication.
@ Charlie Clark
Hard to think of a firm that has less goodwill from its customers. Perhaps H.M. Prison Service is slightly less popular with users.
Before they start adding more pointless electronic complexity to their cars, Chrysler/GM/Ford should study German cars that are safe and durable, Japanese cars for reliability, Italians for style and performance.
With few exceptions (Studebaker Avanti, 1964 Buick Riviera, 1964 Mustang, 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, Corvair) most post-war American cars have been hideous and as horrible mechanically as they look.
Of course, US drivers expect to buy cars cheaper than almost anywhere in the world and they get what they pay for.
Tunnel is never going to happen.
If you think UKIP times 12 you have the Republican Tea Party faction.
Historically, Teddy Roosevelt allowed Los Angeles to hijack water from Northern California in part because he saw building a second large city on the West Coast as a bulwark against potential Asian expansion.
Think of something that's free or cheap and try to get people to pay a premium for it.
Isn't that the MS way ?
As you say, you are well paid enough to make the commute worthwhile.
I agree with you that you should not have to pay more tax to subsidise low wage employers -- but then you may have to pay more for food and the other goods sold by those firms when they are finally forced to raise wages or close branches in London.
This is very serious for the working mums on low wages who keep our infrastructure going.
Someone I know working for Sainsbury's can only afford to live in London with state help with rent and kids. The budget is saying that either (a) Sainsbury (etc) must raise wages and prices if they want to operate in London or (b) their employees will have to commute from the suburbs.
I don't see (a) happening because of competition nor (b) because commuting for several hours a day (and the cost of fares) to work for peanuts is unviable, especially where mums have to fit work around their kids' school hours.
"Nadella is replaced by Cortana."
Brilliant. Have an upvote.
That's no typo -- it's what it cost Microsoft to build the Surface range, divided by the number sold.
That the impetus behind this scheme is property values. Fact is that fatuous, boy-beardy, businesses are soon be priced out of currently affordable spots by chain stores and prestige buy2let residential blocks.
See Notting Hill, Camden, Islington, Brixton etc.
X years ago when a techie friend e-mailed me insisting that I must try this new search engine called Google.
But now Google is bad. Brother looked for a hotel near my place and Google was cluttered with paid-for results for sites recommending hotels.
So now use DuckDuckGo -- seems to work and claims not to track.
Hard to trust studio engineers when it comes to sound quality as half of them have been deafened on the job. Just listen to the awful speakers* they monitor on and the painful levels. As a friend who sells audio stuff said recently, most engineers have reliability as their number one priority when choosing gear -- fidelity somewhat less. Worse, recent artists seem to actually seek what they call a lo-fi sound -- e.g. albums by Doves.
* is that a JBL in the picture ? Nuff said.
On a website. What could go wrong ?
I guess they won't have nauseous deejays, at least.
Found one of the buggers (doubtless laying eggs) on drying socks. Missed the little blighter but re-washed socks, rinsed, popped them in microwave for 2 minutes. Poached eggs.
Clothes moths seem to be supreme survivors. Just whacking every one you see settled on a wall reduces their numbers and subsequent damage but they still come back in a trickle throughout summer/autumn and return next spring.
Friend has used pheromone stickers and they certainly attract and trap the little buggers. But the numbers trapped seems to remain constant, so this is less effective than whacking them.
Forget fly spray which kills mozzies and flies -- and spiders that may prey on moths. Probably do more harm to yourself than to the moths.
Best is prevention. If you buy secondhand clothes, run them through the hottest wash immediately. If holes appear in a garment, hot wash or discard at once. Store all natural fibre garments in reasonably sealed cupboards with mothballs. Regularly use vacuum cleaner attachment on carpet edges.
Though I own two (secondhand) iPods I seldom use them because adding music via iTunes is a pain (at least compared with drag and drop on Samsung and Sony players). Occasionally I have to help a friend with her iPod and end up shouting at it.
This weekend I was asked to try to rescue an Ipod Touch which friend of friend had locked up with a wrong passcode (why would you need a passcode on a music player, anyway).
As far as I could see, without diving into the bowels of the OS or backing it up to the original computer it was teamed with (which I didn't have), all the music on it would be lost when unlocking, as that involved a complete wipe and OS reload. The operation, including research and downloading iTunes to my computer, took more than an hour.
Once it was working again the iPod displayed a new beastliness towards music in that it seemed impossible (I know now it isn't) to rip a CD to the iPod. At least on older versions of iTunes, it was a little simpler to rip and transfer. With the new generation Pod with wireless net connectivity Apple has made it simpler to just download tracks from them -- at a cost per track that I pay for complete albums in charity shops and flea markets !
So, in helping out, I assume I have destroyed her music collection purchased at some considerable cost -- and she may have some trouble restoring it from her computer as the iPod is now teamed to my computer.
I may here be displaying ignorance of ways of managing an iPod that are obvious to the more experienced user -- but my complaint is that the Apple approach (which doubtless extends to iPhone) is annoying nonsense compared with other brands.
HTC One now a lovely phone - but seems expensive for a relatively obscure brand. Wonder too if some bitten by M7's unresolved camera bug (in low light everything goes purple on my mate's) have deserted. HTC budget Desire looks nice but doesn't review enthusiastically.
Confirms theory (expressed a year ago ?) that "landfill Android" would reduce even quality smartphones to a commodity. Only vast marketing budget (and dealer sweeteners ?) are keeping Samsung and Apple in the game.
To U.S. users (abusers) of English.
We're happy to have you to borrow our language but we'd like it returned in one piece.
On hold for 20 minutes yesterday trying to clear up BT bill overcharge dating back to January when unknown to me they started charging for caller ID.
So angry when finally connected to Indian call centre, told them to issue new correct bill or I would close the account.
"Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers".
And, in time, cameras built in.
As I like to use Facebook, I do so exclusively via Firefox with History turned off. All other browsing is via Opera.
Google has long been an advertising medium with paid results cluttering up your searches. I use Duck Duck Go these days.
Thanks for that. As I'm thinking of moving some of my work to a Linux machine, may prove handy.
Another big reason for sticking with older OS is hardware makers understandably won't write fresh drivers for old kit.
Had enough trouble searching Epson sites worldwide for XP drivers for scanners that came out in the days of XP. Let alone, hoping for drivers for 7 or 8/10.
Irony is, the likely reason I have these Epson models is that they were originally dumped in the street by Mac owners when Apple deserted SCSI.
Some particularly noisy ones were issued by BT to connect their router to your TV. These caused a ruckus and BT withdrew them -- but it makes you wonder whether the current management appreciate how much their forerunners at the GPO contributed to science.
The models in question didn't work anywhere in my home and interfered badly with my hifi.
More recently tried Netgear models -- worked but not everywhere in the house.
......... “we tried to simulate a range of abuse conditions, from moderate temperatures up to trying to simulate a fire. And who wouldn't love to have the chance to try and reproduce that experiment"........?
Fed up with the paid-for results cluttering what was once an honest search engine. Happily, Duck Duck Go does the job and claims not to spy on you.
Of course, all we'll witness at the EU is competing monopolistic (if there's such a thing) bastards -- lying bastards anyway. Outcome unlikely to benefit consumers.