648 posts • joined 3 Jun 2008
Overpriced and no longer over here.
The best thing that can be said about Maplins is that it's not Radio Shack (aka Tandy) which died in the UK about 10 years ago.
However, anyone living in North West London would, in my opinion, be better off heading to Cricklewood Electronics, perhaps the last real hobbyist electronics shop in this part of London. For example, components such as capacitors are sold there loose in wider variety and at better prices than you'd expect to pay for pre-packs.
Re: The shape of things to come?
As usual, decent English is the first casualty with these people.
If they can't express ideas with the sort of clarity that makes sense to most intelligent people, can they be expected to think clearly ?
Re: "Merely...make money"
Don't mind ads per se (except ones which flash annoyingly).
Do mind the pause while the bloody ad server delivers the ad.
Websites who don't want people to use ad blockers should insist that advertisers have hardware and connections which are up to speed.
In car -- gives a whole new meaning to Blue Screen of Death.
All religious nutjobs, simple answer.
Jehova's Witness on doorstep: "Can I introduce you to Jesus"
Me in pyjamas, with hangover: "Sorry, don't share your superstition"
preaching to the converted
People I know have already switched from Blackberry to iPhone.
Nothing unique to Blackberry appeals to me about my Blackberry phone. Having today for the first time used it to send email to multiple users with multiple attachments I can report that this task was easier with my 4 year old Nokia E71.
I don't quite get BB fanbois.
@ Frank H. Stein
I've seen a Samsung Dyson-Alike -- dumped on the pavement, presumably broken.
What did vacuum cleaners look like before Dyson ?
Answer is they looked nothing like a Dyson. The man could not sell the big brands on his concept so made it himself.
Since then, an awful lot of cleaners look like a Dyson.
The ball mechanism originated with Dyson's wheelbarrow, I believe.
Re: No leaflet here
What part of that do the telcos not understand ?
Well, perhaps the word market as they obviously operate a cartel.
Witness Vodaphone-sponsored UK Gov opposition to previous cuts in roaming costs -- many UK civil servants jumped ship from regulating telcos to working for them.
Re: iPhone 4, 3 years later: FUBAR
On/Off button breaking happened to a friend too.
Who'd want it ?
Though I like the styling and finish of Sony laptops, Sony's PC arm hasn't the best rep for support. And in an imploding PC market who's going to want to put in the effort to reorganise and relaunch ?
I suspect that, in line with other big Japanese brands which once sold laptops globally, Sony will withdraw from the mass market, perhaps going niche as Panasonic has with its tough range.
Confirms my understanding from earlier articles that the new man is expected to execute the game plan left by Ballmer.
If so, can we really expect any changes to the rot that set in with Ballmer. And if Nadella comes from the server end of the company is he likely to understand what consumers want, that Microsoft has so consistently failed to deliver in the last decade ?
I suspect that if Microsoft's place in the consumer market is to survive the onslaught of iPad, it will need to produce the next big thing. Before Apple. And do it properly, so Apple can't just re-do it better, later.
From observations here -- and among the my non-techy friends -- Microsoft has made enemies of many of its customers. Turning that around by ceasing to be the schoolyard bully would be a good start. But perhaps all we are going to see is a more efficient version of policies like renting MS Office and forcing Windows 8 down our throats.
There was a time.....
.....when I might have sneered at such a development but, to my continuing astonishment, time has caught up with (even) me.
I wish similarly thoughtful manufacturers to the Japanese would consider the tiny legends, often moulded into black plastic on so many devices. I can no longer read them without my glasses or, in extremis, having to move the device into daylight.
Slightly larger type, lighter coloured plastic -- not too much to ask surely ?
As for phone keyboards, don't get me started !
It's Nadella, dammit!
Not Nutella, then.
Re: " one of the only"
Very unique, literally !!
US Army in Germany already used these.
Okay they had human drivers but locals swore that they had to give US Army trucks a wide berth on the autobahn because the drivers were, likely as not, stoned.
Perhaps not as scary as my dad's story that, immediately post-war, British or American cars were occasionally barged off the road by nazi-sympathising truckers.
May explain why the British military were so keen to get Volkswagen production back up and running to use Beetles as staff cars.
Re: Molex Power Connector
How many times have I grazed my knuckles on cheap tin computer cases trying to insert or remove a Molex connector. Presumably designed for the motor industry to be connected once and forgotten.
Re: BS 546 @JDX
Decades ago most Japanese, US and a few British hifi amplifiers had US-style mains outlets on the rear for connecting turntable etc.
Used in the UK with nearly twice the mains voltage these were particularly lethal as you could touch the live pins as the plug was removed/inserted.
Did this once when still damp from a bath and, oddly, survived.
Noticed that on later models these sockets were sealed off and were eventually banished.
Re: Connect me! @Big_Boomer
DIN plugs, spawn of the Devil or Deutschland. Recent acquisition of an aged Quad 405 amp/preamp transported me back to the bad old days of soldering my fingers and trying to plug the bloody things in blind round the back of units and them always being the wrong way up (or the wrong number of pins). And then later falling out.
Only SCART sockets (thanks France) come close.
Have you continentals never heard of phono plugs ? They just work.
Yes, I anticipated this could happen. And decided beforehand that if Yahoo flucked up and locked me out I'd simply abandon the account I've had for 15 years and move to a different provider.
Luckily my password change went smoothly -- apart from their stupid demand for a cellphone number (which I ignored by simply signing out). But Yahoo remain on a short leash as far as I am concerned. Too many more screw ups and slowdowns and I'll look elsewhere.
@ Joe 37
See my other comment -- you don't have to give Yahoo your phone number when they ask for it. Just ignore the message and sign out.
Re: My Yahoo account has no news of this in it.
Nor mine but, like you, done it anyway.
Incidentally, after resetting password was asked to supply a mobile phone number. I refuse to do that on principal because these web firms have no hesitation in flogging details (or they get them stolen).
I ignored the demand for a mobile number and simply signed out of Yahoo. Had no problem signing in with the new password.
Re: Password complexity
The other problem with all these bloody passwords one has to manage is that the average phone keyboard is only marginally usable at best. Pressing extra alt and capital keys between numbers, letters and uppercase is a complete pain and hard to do accurately. Thank you Blackberry Torch with an onscreen keyboard incompatible with adult european male fingers -- or a tiny slide out one with a substantial ridge around it that makes number entry a contortion.
Re: NZ MOH doing the same thing, giving $1500 towards each computer
Similar to my brother's bitter comment that, not long after Bill Gates visited UK Premier Tony Blair, my nephew's school circulated parents that they'd need to upgrade to the latest Microsoft Office or their kids wouldn't be able to submit homework.
My money's on Lenovo.
Even before it would have occurred to me that they might buy Moto. The Lenovo brand is already trusted via their care of the Thinkpad franchise. No reason they can't turn around Motorola, assuming they make music with the telcos. Of course one might hope they would by-pass those 'stards -- who wreck products with their half-*ssed bloatware before we even get our hands on them.
My only worry is that Lenovo will protect their name's cachet by kicking off with premium prices, rather undermining my reason for welcoming our new Chinese overlords.
Re: X-Spam-Detected: 184.108.40.206
Yup, the final indignity. Yahoo, one of the pioneers of webmail, is sometimes blocked by SpamCop when I send to a regular contact.
Tried to report this to via Yahoo Mail Help and the reporting form kept being rejected. Report that to Yahoo Customer Support Twitter site and no response.
Recently had problems attaching files (both on my phone and desktop computer). And occasionally the service shudders to a near halt.
Until about 12 months ago Yahoo was a reliable service in my experience, one which I have used for over 15 years.
Is that bloody woman still there ?
Credit where it's due.
I can't think of any other consumer electronics brand which has such a strong franchise in so many product areas.
My first transistor radio was a Sony -- back in 1963 it was one of the first available in the UK and it was better than models like Toshiba which followed.
Since then I have owned many of their products and all have been pretty good. Not necessarily the best (certainly not in hifi) but solidly made. When I bought a slightly damaged Sony preamp cheap they shipped a new fascia from Japan for (as I recall) under £10.
My first TV was a Sony portable that lasted nearly 20 years. I still have a Trinitron and the only TV that matched it was a larger Mitsubishi (again a CRT type).
Walkman Pro was an expensive portable recorder used widely by reporters in the 1980s but also doubled as a very good hifi player. I still use the headphones which came with it. I much prefer Sony's MP3 players to iPods -- simple drag and drop, no lunatic iTunes.
My money's on Lenovo.
Huawei's products make one wonder why people spend so much more on better known brands, until you hear the drone at Vodaphone pronounce it Hawaii.
Lenovo is one Chinese brand to have a real presence in the West and some products which command premium prices.
Apple will either have to take a hit on price or come up with something a bit more exciting in the next iterations of the iPhone.
Not content with hijacking the internet.
Google is planning to kidnap and transport you to the shopping mall.
We're in deep trouble in China. We don't want to tangle with tough little guys like the Vietnamese.
So, now we've practically bankrupted the West with cheap imports, perhaps those idiots who bought all our crap are broke enough to come to work in our factories.
More corporate-speak twaddle.
"convey the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future."
Return to vanilla Android
If freed from threat from Google, Samsung stop filling their phones with parallel apps, that might actually help Samsung sales to those who presently avoid the brand.
Re: WP is an albatross @Dan55
Mokia, surely ?
Re: Really @Anon5000
Yahoo is really up a creek.
Not only alienated users with forced march out of Yahoo Classic. New version still doesn't support all browsers. Outages (or massive slowdowns) occasionally. Had problem with attachments. Now find that my mails to one contact (or perhaps more, because the first instance was only reported to me in person days later) are being rejected by SpamCop.
Typical of Apple.
To have a WHITE screen of death.
Re: sapphire glass scratches ? @Lallabalalla
Yes, you're probably right. Hardlex name rings a bell.
Re: sapphire glass scratches ? @LarsG
Don't have the "sapphire glass" Seiko, gave it to my brother in 1981 when I bought a new watch. This has plastic glass, routinely replaced when serviced by Rolex but scratches polished out in between using T Cut.
sapphire glass scratches ?
Have owned a Seiko watch with so-called sapphire glass and the problem was that while the material was hard enough to resist minor scuffs it still scratched in a brittle pattern on impact and was then too hard to polish out .
Rather have watch with plastic glass that can be restored using Brasso or T Cut.
Phone makers using plastic don't help themselves by putting a tinted coating on -- damage to this cannot be polished out so that fine print becomes jaggy and harder to read.
Would I trust T Mob to be my bank ?
With mystery £1 deductions from my PAYG balance at T Mob UK last year and recent national pre-pay billings meltdown ?
Is it just me ?
Every time I see a computer with Windows 8 I want to put my fist through the screen.
Fortunately, don't see that many.
Sky are a pain.
I haven't forgiven them for yanking Lost and Madmen away from free terrestrial channels mid-series.
My revenge ?
Neighbouring landlord has taken up Sky offer of cheap/free dish and cabling and removed conventional roof aerial wiring. I take great pleasure in handing out found Sky boxes to his tenants so that they can use them as Freesat units and not have to pay bloody Sky anything.
who makes Brightbox ?
Neighbour had one of these in a room next to my computer. Brightbox's main claim to fame is strong wireless signal -- and it certainly interfered with our network.
At least now, if a similar issue arises with one, I might be able to hack into it and change password then turn off wireless.
Re: Pre-pay: lowest of the low @ diodesign
80s sitcom or not, I'm right. (Many) women use mobiles differently from men -- I checked with the little woman indoors !
T Mob update
T Mob Twitter and Facebook have started posting again and are promise to reinstate any money lost by user.
Hasn't happened yet, but presumably they want to do the right thing.
Frankly some compensation for extreme cases would seem a good move.
Re: Pre-pay: lowest of the low @ Kay_terra
Never mind contracts, (for example) when PAYG customers are offered free texts for a month when they top up the balance by £10, the texts should be free. Not charged for at 12p as they have been during this screwup.
Thus, T Mobile owe their PAYG customers money. The fact that the texts cost the telcos so little they can't even calculate the amount, adds insult to injury.
As for treating PAYG customers as vermin whose only salvation is to convert to rolling contract Smartpaks, this, like your snobbism about PAYG, is misguided. Let's assume your nom de plume indicates that you are female -- well, my impression is women use the phone differently. Calls are conversational, often a form of social stroking. Men use phones like a walkie talkie -- "Are you in ? Okay, I'll be round in ten". Thus, personal calls don't need a contract with hundred of hours of talk. PAYG is fine for men.
500 (and counting) angry user comments here:
Meanwhile, T Mob's Customer Support Twitter account and Facebook page seem to have been unresponsive for about 20 hours despite claiming to be manned 8.00 AM to 8.00 PM. Complaints that the 'My T-Mobile' website is out and the firm isn't responding to user-support-line calls, either.
Many users PAYG allowances were restored this morning, but no sign of a refund on money deducted from balance in error. This is causing further grumbling in the ranks.
"put your MP3 drive on a 500kg granite block to cut down on vibrations......"
Jest ye not !
The Marantz Special Edition version of their CD63 CD player has a metal bracket within as, apparently, one of the first steps designer Ken Ishiwata took to upgrade the design was to stiffen the case.
Personally, I suspect that the bracket was added to boost the weight by about a kilo so buyers felt that the extra cash they paid for the SE version bought something more substantial than the less tangible changes to circuitry.
Re: Those who knew Sinclair avoided QL
Sadly, I have to agree with you. At least my desktop computer can still use an IBM classic (clicky) keyboard. But, yes, most laptops are woeful by comparison. As for trying to write on a tablet or smartphone -- er !!!
It has to be said though that Sinclair's efforts at keyboards were particularly abysmal -- even the Commodore PET and BBC/Acorn models had something you could type on.
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