4 posts • joined Tuesday 15th July 2008 15:35 GMT
"only Android tablet with an iPad-like aspect ratio" ? - except the Archos 80 G9 I bought for my daughter (and now constantly borrow). Dual Core, USB charging, Honeycomb, GPS, 8Gb built in + real Android market out of the box with ICS to come. Add £43 for 3G
Ah - it's only 8" I hear you say (thereby anticipating the iPad Mini by about a year). My mistake - the 10" one is (1280x800) so I guess doesn't count as it's better than the iPad. Street price of the 80 G9? £199.
Come on El Reg - keep up!
(Oh and the Kogan 10" I bought first is also 1024x768 and £179 but that is another story...)
HP Printer Software
I was feeling pretty smug having bought the HP Officejet 6500 but I have to agree with the software comment.
The HP software takes at least 20 minutes to install (what can it possibly be doing?), insists on reverting to 'Letter' paper whenever your back is turned (you can't overwrite the default presets) and has a habit of reporting things as printed when they've been poured down a black hole somewhere. I've also had to remove and re-install on occasions to get it printing at all.
Printer drivers used to arrive on one floppy disk - how hard can they be?
And then you can multiply it by ten...
I've heard nothing in all this about the multiple CRB checks required for each individual. My wife is up to about 5 current ones so far (3 as a supply teacher in 3 different authorities, one to volunteer in prisons, one to host children - with their mothers! - from Belarus) and has a couple more to come (1 of which is for 'being a student' on an MA she is about to start). I've only needed about three so far for various voluntary activities so I've got off quite lightly. Interestingly one of the approved documents when applying for a CRB check is a CRB check!*?
The really crazy thing is that as far as I can see I could get convicted tomorrow and no-one would know. So here's my suggestion to save several million quid:
* When you need your first check with the CRB you get a reference number.
* When one of the numerous organisations entitled to know about you does a check they 'register an interest' on your number.
* If you get convicted all interest parties get told.
Simple - you only need one check, they don't have to be renewed and interested parties find out immedately if there is a problem.
Perhaps I'll set up as a fancy consultant and pocket 10% of the savings... (though I suppose it would be less of a money-spinner for the CRB).
Joke alert since it describes the current system.