* Posts by Dominik Stansby

25 posts • joined 18 Jun 2008

Vodafone pulls 360 trick on Froyo hungry users

Dominik Stansby
FAIL

You are wrong.

HTC only released the generic 2.2 update in August. So the delay by T-Mobile has been 3-4 weeks not since April. I got the update from them and I have 2 German apps but apart from that everything is fine.

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UK mobile networks more popular than ever

Dominik Stansby
FAIL

Umm..

I'm on T-Mobile and got a Desire for free on an 18 month contract, 900 mins, ultd texts, 3GB of internet. Can't really complain.

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Vodafone upsets customers with upgrade downgrade

Dominik Stansby
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The Desire on T-Mobile

Has no modifactions apart from a splash screen at startup. So hopefully they won't be taking long to update it.

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Vodafone to introduce out-of-bundle data charges

Dominik Stansby
FAIL

Switch to T-Mobile..

..Free HTC Desire, 18 month contract instead of a stupid 24 month one, 900 minutes, unlimited texts, 3GB of internet unlike the 0.5GB given by Orange and Vodafone, all for £31 a month. And it's a pretty damn reliable network, been with them for years and internet is always fast and reliable.

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Dominik Stansby
Go

With T-Mobile

Same network as Virgin. Better value contracts than Vodafone, a more reliable network, same phone and 3GB of internet instead of 500mb. Simple decision really..

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Orange claims Xperia X10 exclusive

Dominik Stansby
FAIL

Already out on T-Mobile..

So until next week or whenever the other networks release it, I guess you could say it's exclusive to them!

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Anti-Internet Explorer 6 protests grow with online petition

Dominik Stansby
FAIL

Why?

Why are you using IE7 on XP? IE8 runs on IE7 so there's no need for IE7 as well as IE6..

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First Android 2.0 smartphone arrives in UK

Dominik Stansby
WTF?

Well..

I'm on T-Mobile and my current sim/number started off pay as you go, went to pay monthly, went to sim only, and is now back on pay monthly with no problems at all! But then I guess that wasn't involving a third party ie Expansys.

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Nokia N900 Linux smartphone

Dominik Stansby
FAIL

Orange..

..told be that they absolutely would not be doing the N97 Mini because of the problems with the N97 and it appeared 2 weeks later.. So the N900 might end up with them!

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Bing dies (briefly) after Microsoft hits wrong button

Dominik Stansby
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@Did you say something?

Not round here it isn't -

Opera 10.2: would not load

IE 8: crashed

FF 3.5: very slow

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T-Mobile Pulse

Dominik Stansby
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@interesting..but..

T-Mobile ARE doing a decent pay as you go internet deal - top up £10 a month and get free internet:

http://www.t-mobile.co.uk/shop/pay-as-you-go/deals/

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Samsung R522

Dominik Stansby
Dead Vulture

Umm..

For £560 you could get the next model up in the R522 series, the R522-FS04 which has ATI graphics, draft-n wifi, and the same size hard drive! I'm using it right now and it's a good machine!

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Samsung Pixon M8800 8Mp cameraphone

Dominik Stansby
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Further to my last comment..

I have found a big bug with the software of the phone and it is going back.

Before I start, all the numbers involved ARE stored in my phonebook!

If I send a message on the phone to a contact, it will display the name of the contact that I sent it to. Likewise, if they reply it will display their name. However, if I receive a message from someone before I have sent them a message, the phone displays their number and not their name. Also, if I have messages in my inbox or sentbox with the sender's/receiver's name with them and then restart my phone, I find that when I go back into the inbox or sentbox, the names have disappeared and just the phone numbers are displayed. This issue can be resolved by sending a text message to each contact involved, which then updates all messages I have sent and received to/from that person with their name. It will not update the messages with the contacts name if they send me a message, only if I send them a message, and only if I select their name when composing a message rather than replying to a message that I have received from them.

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Dominik Stansby

Received and played about..

It's a good phone, there's no doubt about that. The screen is responsive, bright, clear, the qwerty virtual keyboard is great for typing texts, it has push email which works great with my Yahoo account, camera is very nice, the user interface is far superior to Windows Mobile.

But it's got some very annoying problems too. The messaging program is rubbish, I much prefered the one on Win Mo 5, it has annoying things like not telling you how many messages the message that you are composing will take until you click through to send. There are no arrows for scrolling left and right when composing messages, so you gotta be really accurate with your fingers. The default web browser is rubbish, so I put Opera Mobile on it but I would have much preferred Opera Mini. Customisation is nearly non-existant, no themes, no screensavers, auto key-lock is on or off with no option to change the timeout. My Samsung X600 from way back in 2003 allowed me to do these things..

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Dominik Stansby
Go

Just ordered..

..I just ordered this phone, and should be getting it tomorrow or Saturday. It's replacing my HTC TyTn, I ordered it on the basis of this review and the one on GSM Arena. My only worry is finding the on screen keypad annoying, but T-Mobile don't have any good qwerty phones at the moment so I'll have to make do..

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Firm touts anti-radiation chip for phones

Dominik Stansby
Heart

Complete protection?

Will it stop phones from frying your balls as well?

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Nintendo in profit on each Wii sold

Dominik Stansby
Go

@Ben Bufton

"I'm not buying ANYTHING online unless it's marked up in pounds and pence..."

Uhh.. have you been on the PS3 store? Everything on there is in pounds and pence..

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Sony Walkman NWZ-E436F music and video player

Dominik Stansby
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@Chris C

I've got an 8GB Sony Walkman NWZ-A8178 and the build quality is fantastic, it feels completely solid and is finished in a metal case. The sound quality that I get from the earphones that I got with it is brilliant, plenty of bass and with clear high pitches. It's the easiest to use mp3 player that I've ever had, the menu system is so fast and logical, no stupid messing about with a stupid scrolly wheel thing like an iPod or whatever. It's so easy to use that I can use it whilst it's still in my pocket, I don't even need to see the screen. Oh and the screen is brilliant clear and bright, even outdoors. My last mp3 player (a Philips one) had such a bad screen that with any sunlight you couldn't see a thing on the screen. And best of all - it was only £72.

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OMFG, what have you done?

Dominik Stansby
Boffin

I agree about the font size..

There's absolutely nothing wrong with my eyes but unless I zoom to 120% reading The Reg hurts so much!!

My resolution is 1280x800 and I can only imagine that the font will be even smaller on my other computer!

By the way, to those who said the site doesn't work right on Opera 9.52, try updating to 9.60

Windows

http://snapshot.opera.com/windows/o960s_10427m.exe

Mac

http://snapshot.opera.com/mac/o960s_5223.dmg

Unix

http://snapshot.opera.com/unix/snapshot-2426/

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Dominik Stansby
Black Helicopters

@ John Lettice

I just tried writing a comment (this one) on my other computer with Opera 9.6 installed and it works fine!

On the original computer that I had problems with, the add comment form works properly if you click on "post a comment" beneath an article.

However, it does not work if you click to view comments and then use the form below all the comments.

On this machine, it works both ways :S

I tried reinstalling Opera on the other computer but no luck..

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Dominik Stansby
Dead Vulture

BUGS!! Can anyone confirm?

I'm using Opera 9.6 and I cannot type anything in the email, password, or title fields of the comment box! This means I can't actually make comments using Opera!! Please fix this!!

Also one more thing, not everything is still there! Where are the links to Reg Hardware and Channel Register?

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iGoogle personalises personal pages on other people's behalf

Dominik Stansby
Alien

@Webster Phreaky

Well I've got a Yahoo email account and I've never had a single piece of spam..

Sounds like you've been signing up to some dodgy websites..

Any My Yahoo loads fast here, almost as fast as the normal Yahoo UK & Ireland homepage.

Maybe you need to change your internet browser? (I'm using Opera)

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 release date named

Dominik Stansby
Heart

I've been waiting for this phone since March!!

And I am gonna have one as soon as it comes out, I'm determined!

I just hope that ends up on a decent network. Although I guess no matter which networks has it, we are going to have to pay for it even on an 18 month contract as it's such an expensive phone. But to be honest I won't mind paying £100 plus a contract for it!

P.S. Does anyone know if this phone has a 3.5mm headphone socket? Cos if not I am gonna be incredibly disappointed and as it's being made by HTC I'd suspect it'll just have a stupid USB socket thing and come with AWFUL headphones..

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Microsoft pledges to fight Vista 'myths'

Dominik Stansby
Happy

Microsoft Pledges to Fight Vista Myths..

..that Vista is better than OSX, starting with Steve Ballmer:

http://failblog.org/2008/07/02/microsoft-fail/

Anyway, I'm an XP man personally, I've tried Leopard and Vista and hated them both, too many stupid animations and flashy graphics which are a waste of time. I just wanna get on with using my damn computer!!

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Firefox 3 downloads hit 7m despite server FAIL

Dominik Stansby
Happy

What's all the fuss about?

So what? New Firefox. Great. Opera is still better.

Just because more people download Firefox does not mean it is the best. People seem to be mistaking corellation and causation.

For example: IE is the most popular browser in the world but NOBODY here would argue that it is because it is the best browser!!

So maybe, just maybe, Firefox gets more downloads than Opera because it's had more hype.

Opera is one of the world's best kept software secrets. That and Windows Live Photo Gallery (perhaps the only decent piece of MS software in the past 5 years).

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