* Posts by Andrew Gillard

4 posts • joined 29 Jul 2008

Microsoft bins Xbox 360 Pro

Andrew Gillard

No Arcade Storage Capacity?

From the article:

> "the Arcade doesn’t come with any storage capacity"

While that may have been true of the Arcade's predecessor - the Core - I'm pretty sure that the Arcade comes with a memory unit (256MB, I believe). It's not a lot, but it's certainly not "none".

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Microsoft extends Red-Ring-of-Death cover to fresh Xbox fault

Andrew Gillard

Not Exactly New

E74 is not exactly a new error. I paid €70-odd for Microsoft to fix an E74 error about 18 months ago. Was very frustrating having to pay that just after they'd extended the warranty to 3 years for the 3-red-light issue, especially given that the UK's Sale of Goods Act should probably have forced the retailer (Amazon) to fix/replace it for me...

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T-Mobile pushes consumer mail

Andrew Gillard

Re: IMAP IDLE on Windows Mobile

Windows Mobile 6.1 doesn't natively support IMAP IDLE, unfortunately. There are some third party clients that do, but I've yet to find one that works properly. The third party solution that came closest to being decent wants to entirely replace Pocket Outlook as the email and SMS client, which is incredibly annoying, given that Pocket Outlook works fine for my needs.

C'mon, developers. I'll gladly pay for a little Pocket Outlook plugin that adds IMAP IDLE functionality. It just has to do its job easily, without hassle, and with support for multiple accounts (work and personal email). It can't be that hard, can it?

Here's hoping WinMo 6.5 brings IDLE support...

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Site guesses your sex via age-old web flaw

Andrew Gillard

Script Method

If you look at the JavaScript source (http://www.mikeonads.com/gender/SocialHistory.js) you can see that rather than querying the browser history directly, it creates a link for every site in its dictionary, then checks whether the browser has given it the "never visited before" or "visited before" link colour in order to determine if you've been there in the past.

It's quite a clever idea, but it's still having to brute-force its way to your history, and with that many sites it's very obvious that something's happening from the way the browser hangs, so I can't imagine any other site using it with any more than a handful of URLs.

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