2188 posts • joined Tuesday 17th April 2007 15:29 GMT
Widescreen is a pain in the bum for laptops.
I'm typing this on my trusty old Thinkpad R52, and I think I'll still be typing on this in another couple of years... Sure it's not fast and the battery is shagged, but I simply can't find any modern laptop that offers me the same (or better) screen real estate as the 15" 1400x1050 screen without it being a hugely oversized desktop replacement weighing twice as much.
I'm sure the EU are supposed to be protecting the customer, and as 1.4 million downloads show, there are a lot of people very happy that Nokia introduced turn by turn satnav for free. You can include me in that too.
Nav4All really should have been a little bit smarter.
I don't think you'd need to move onto hand and foot removal.
After ten offences I believe mouse and keyboard operation would be impaired to such a level that further transgressions would be prevented!
I thought you said cheaper?
I just followed your link, which went to another or your articles from late Feb...
"The DPS2000 will ship in March, come with AccuGard, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price MSRP) from $2,290 for 4TB"
WTF? For home network? Good greif!
You could buy a 5 bay Thecus, powered by a good old fashioned Celeron and install 5 x 1Gig drives in it for half that!
I have no loyalty...
I just go for who will sell me the phone I want for the price I want to pay.
Unfortunately there really isn't much choice. Vodafone still seem to be rather fuddy duddy. O2 are bending over and taking it up the behind from St Jobs. The only two in the running for my last upgrade were T-mob and Orange, and as I was already with Orange they sorted me out a deal. Better the devil you know and all that... Plus being a long term Nokia owner I am all too aware of the firmware updates (which applies to all UK networks), the first thing I did was debrand the firmware.
What a strange choice of name... The Rosetta stone is famous for giving us the ability to translate Egyptian hieroglyphs, not for containing any directly useful content. I guess it just sounded cool.
Then again, thinking forward a few hundred years, maybe the name is a good choice, it took years to work out how to read the Rosetta stone!
Pity the EMP from the first shots of WWIII will fry the little chip.
In the absence of artillery/air support it'll deal with a sniper hidden in a mud brick house/compound or tucked up behind some rocks in an equally effective way.
There's nothing fair about sniping, IEDs or war in general.
Stop press : Man legally designs websites for legal businesses.
What next, the Hull Daily Mail goes after the inland revenue for profiting from the proceeds of non-crime?
Looks like HU17 has died under the load... Pity the same can't be said for the "newspaper" (word used in it's broadest possible term).
You probably can...
Well maybe not for the lens cover, but Nokia will change that for you if you report it. It was an early design/production problem. At least it has a lens cover!
As for the crashing/rebooting, well you probably can blame Vodafone, the networks delay/block firmware releases to the phones with their allocated model numbers, and what do firmware releases contain? Yup, bug fixes.
For some reason they feel they have to check each release to make sure it's compatible with their network (well that's what they say)... Odd since Nokia know a thing or two about mobile phones, and I don't see hundreds of Eurozone tourists stepping off the bus/boat/train/plane and finding their phone won't work on the UK networks...
Back in the days of the N95, Orange had their own version of firmware which crippled the VOIP over wifi function. That's when I hacked the model number of my N95 to generic Euro, and I've done it on every Nokia since. I've never regretted it.
What firmware are you running. If you are using a network supplied handset then I doubt you have the latest V21. The networks are also delaying (and in some cases blocking) firmware releases. Yet another way the networks make the phones look bad.
If you change the model code to a generic Euro one you can get the firmware when Nokia releases it, not when some faceless/nameless gap year student from the network decides it's okay to issue.
However Nokia do take some of the blame, the firmware updates are supposed to be able to be applied without touching any user data. I have never found my N97 to be particularly happy after this kind of update, so I prefer to do a complete wipe and fresh install. Kinda like your 6 month old XP install needs.
So assuming you've now changed the model number to generic...
Remove any MicroSD. Back up your phone. format the mass storage, do a hard reset. Then update the firmware. Format the mass storage again and hard reset again.
You should then have a totally clean phone. Restore user files/contacts/notes/calendar/bookmarks from the backup. Don't restore device specific settings, they are invariably the one that have got messed up.
Are you sure?
Are you sure this was deliberate, they look like they've just been driven out of another unpopular survey by a mob with shares in Dulux! Last time I saw runs that bad was during a bout of the norovirus.
Stamping is unlikely to work.
Stamping will probably just damage the outer case of the drive. The data is on a bit of silicon which is enclosed in it's own solid plastic case soldered to the circuit board inside.
Even if you break the outer case, and the circuit board, getting access is just a matter of some soldering. Even if you did manage to snap the flash chip casing you'd need to snap the bit of silicon inside to really do the job properly, and that's hard because it's very small, and the entire flash package is a solid mass, akin to trying to break a stone by stamping on it.
I had a mobile phone run over by a landrover, and no chips or circuit boards broke. The plastic case cracked (it's not solid) and the screen broke (it's a long thin bit of glass). Everything else inside was fine, as proved by just replacing the LCD and everything worked again.
If you really want to destroy a flash drive you are better off hitting it with something solid that isn't going to cushion the blow, like a 7ib club hammer. Comparatively soft things like shoes and vehicle tyres just spread the force out too much.
Maybe If M$ didn't distribute system knobbling software like WGA, maybe those machines would have stayed on auto update and be patched against a lot of the exploits that are currently doing the rounds... But no, you didn't want people using your software illegally, and now there are countries full of machines which haven't had an update since XP SP2.
Thanks so much.
Personally I think ISPs should do a bit of monitoring... A machine suddenly making 100 SMTP connections to multiple servers over the course of an hour should make alarm bells start ringing.
Surely not too hard to spot, when you've finished checking for P2P connections of course.
Where do these people get their names?
Honestly, there's one thing having a foreign name, but I seriously doubt there is any country on the planet where Window would be classed as normal.
Well apart from in America.
What planet are they on?
"all about sex, got nothing to do with domains, unless it's to start a porn site"
But we all know the internet is for porn!
It's even easier than that. Netbooks/Laptops are a compromise of space and parts. With a full size PC keyboard there is enough space underneath for 2 netbook motherboards, so they should be able to fit something in!
As has been mentioned, they managed it in the 1980s with the Vic 20, Commodore 64, Acorn Atom/Electron (won't include my beloved BBC Micro as 90% of the gubbins were in the rear of the case, not under the keyboard.
Give me a keyboard, a netbook and access to a plastic injection machine and I'll have one ready for you by the weekend!
Salt? With beer? Are you mad... You want an icon for tequila.
The network cause half the problem...
For some reason in the UK there is no such thing as a generic, network free N97, the best you get is the UK CV (country variant). When Nokia release firmware for the world+dog's generic N97 we can't use it (or see it as available).
Eventually someone does something after a month or two and the N97 CV phones can get it. The Vodafone/Orange etc phones still can't.
I got so fed up of waiting for bugs to be fixed, which I could see were resolved in a firmware version I was not permitted to access, I changed the model code of the phone to generic Euro.
I did the same with the old N95, IIRC if that was still set as an Orange phone I would be still using V11 firmware. As it is I have V35, came out last month.
Now I get updates when Nokia releases them, not when some faceless and nameless entity decides UK users can use them. Oh but we need to approve them say Vodafone/Orange et al... Yeah right, I see plane loads of foreign Nokia users getting off flights from Euroland and finding their phones suddenly not working on your network don't I. I think Nokia knows a thing or two about making a mobile phone. They own the patents for enough of the specs your network depends on!
Sometimes it's about control. Orange didn't want the N95 to be able to route VOIP via wifi when it came out... So it was knobbled. Change the model number to generic, install the latest firmware, install fring/nimbuzz/skype, take your pick, and enjoy free wifi VOIP.
Annoyingly talk of changing the model code is forbidden on the Nokia discussion forums, yet the delays in some countries getting the firmware means many are enduring bugs which have been fixed months ago! The result is a shed load of bad press.
They really should kick whoever delays the firmware releases up the behind with steel toecapped boots.
I assume that even though there are very few of them left, and their systems appear to be dying, that all the hard working IT staff will be receiving huge bonuses?
How about he apologises to those that bought them?
Actually, it's not really that bad since the firmware updates (which for some reason us in the UK seem to have to wait over a month extra for), however it could have been so much better. It has the hardware underneath, I just get the impression all their good developers ran off to work on the N900 instead.
However it is funny to see how everyone now says how good the N95 was... I have one of them too, and I remember all the bitching and moaning about everything from battery life to user interface on that when it came it. It was slated... A few firmware revisions later and listen to you all!
I always liked my '95 :-)
Quote - He was also told that "no skin" could be shown. "I asked if a Burqa was OK, and the Apple guy got angry," he writes.
Well done that man, fine question!
For a company making a device that connects to the internet they have a very puritanical outlook on life, have they never type boobies into google?
I'm an ornithologist, honest!
It depends how you define emergency. You don't even need a SIM to dial 999, and I'm sure a lady in distress will get away with a 999 call to say her car has broken down in a dark country lane far more easily than a man would.
In a round about way a larger monitor can slow down a PC...
Larger monitor = higher resolution, which will work the graphics card a bit harder... If the machine is one of those nasty cheap designs with shared video and system ram, the ram used for the extra pixels is memory not available for windows to much on.
However I agree that most users shouldn't be trusted with anything more than a left click.
Surely the drag of all these atoms bouncing off the hull would prove to be a bigger problem before they reach a high enough velocity to cause themselves damage... Not to mention the sand blasting effect it would have on the extra expense metallic paint finish!
My thoughts exactly...
As the old marketing man says, there is no such thing as bad publicity... Although Toyota might have just disproved than!
I assume this short sited knee jerk has occurred because they notice Win2k support will stop in a couple of weeks... My question is why are they concerned about support being dropped by M$?
They insist on continuing to use IE6, which is a far bigger security risk than anything Win2k could reveal in the next few years.
Of course the next issue is going to be the hardware demands of Vista compared to XP... Stand by for loads of memory purchases to go winging their way to the original PC suppliers, and not to anywhere sensible (and far cheaper) like Crucial.
Actually, what am I thinking, they won't upgrade the memory, they'll just order a 1000 Vista update licences, find the machines don't have the guts, so order 1000 new machine (which come with Vista already), then hide the initial wasted Vista purchase under the bed.
Choose your accident...
I think the chances of surviving an airship accident are higher than surviving a jet aircraft accident.
Even the famous Hindenburg accident had > 60% survival rate.
36 died (13 passengers, 22 crew, 1 ground crew), 62 survivors.
Airships might spark up in most impressive style, but jets tend to hit thing (mountains, the ground etc) at rather higher speeds.
Yes and no...
Very few companies bother to publish the level of pollution/energy required to produce a car in the first place, and dispose of the old one.
I doubt many cars could challenge my old bus when it comes to fossil carbon emissions, mine easily embarrasses a Prius (and I don't just mean when I use the brakes!)... One of the beauties of an old car (diesel) is they have a very simple injection system which can take a lot of abuse. In my case the abuse comes in the shape of recycled vegetable oil... Smells a bit funny, but far cheaper than the ever climbing fuel prices in the UK.
I never said everyone drives a new car, only expressed shock that Linus didn't...
Just for the record my car is even greener than John White's (above), at 13 years old and containing a bio-degradable paper based navigation system.
Sounds like a cunning lock in...
Once you have your iPad with its micro SIMM you won't be able to use another mobile device, even if your iPad goes wrong, your SIMM won't fit any of your other phones!
Quick, someone invent an adapter! Although it's my idea and you'll need to licence it.
Just as long as they manage to fix the ever growing URL bug that seems to curse me the moment I try to tag a photograph and requires a manual cropping in the address bar to get things back to a vaguely normal point.
Although I really don't like Apple and their control freak nature (or own any of their products), I feel forcing the arty farty web designers (usually Apple customers) to actually write some HTML instead of just throwing the entire "presentation" into a high bandwidth Flash based website is actually a good thing!
Long live St Jobs and his dislike of all thing Flashy!
For anyone who missed it, check out Charlie Brooker's "opinion" :-)
Ah, the old right of passage...
Still remember borrowing a driving licence (no picture on them back then) and using it to get into my first nightclub. Got the 3rd degree from the doorman, "date of birth?", "when did you pass your test?" and the old favourite "What star sign are you?"
I managed to remember it all, but must admit I was crapping myself!
After all that the night club was shite, no idea what age group it was supposed to impress, but it didn't work on a sub 18 me!