104 posts • joined Wednesday 6th August 2008 11:08 GMT
Re: Im going to be rich!
Snowden has passes? I thought he was just an IT contractor...
Eryri/Snowdon however does have the advantage of a railway line to the top...
Out in the sticks is no better
If by any chance your located in any one of those business/enterprise/industrial/whatever-they-were-called-that-week parks that were plonked on the edges town in the 90s/early 00s the situation is even worse.
Back in those heady days all those offices probably only wanted 5 phone lines and a fax, so BT plumbed them in to the most convenient ramshackle small village exchange they could find (usually miles away), meaning when ADSL came about 4mbit would look like luxury.
Re: What about "phone only" extension wiring?
We have internal ADSL over a single pair at other sites for 8mbit single PC network use (over about 150mtrs of phone pair), which might be cheaper than re-laying for fibre.
Re: You though the great British sitcom was long dead?
The sales staff are usually rather useless, but the engineer guys are usually bang on once you get one on site.
Re: What about "phone only" extension wiring?
Now that is interesting. I've mainly been looking at IP Office as my next step (which is what my last scratch build got), whereas in theory this should just bolt up instead of the current installs.
Re: What about "phone only" extension wiring?
Thanks. I'll look in to that.
What about "phone only" extension wiring?
I'm currently managing a couple of sites with ancient Nortel BCM 400s. Support for these is going the way of XP in a few years, so I'm looking for alternatives. The problem is while the sites do have structured cabling to 80% of extensions, so conversion to IP is reasonably straightforward there, each site has a handful of handsets (both digital and regular analogue/PSTN) which are only connected via a single pair in remote buildings with long lengths of cable which would be a pain to replace.
Can this system deal with those kinds of extensions?
Re: + signs are valid in email addresses.
Many years ago I saw a post on an educational IT forum from someone at Crapita (who write the SIMS school MIS database package)
They explained how they had to be quite insistent with the developers that names like O'Connell and O'Dwyer existed and would need to be dealt with...
The old classic....
Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes
Re: @ Maharg @rhydian
"What you fail to see is THEY ARE NOT DOING THIS TODAY, from what I remember the reason the date keeps getting put back until they do cover enough people."
DAB is on Band III. Band III is higher than the current FM frequencies which are in Band II. Therefore even with the same masts at the same power in the same places DAB will not cover the same ground as FM. Simple physics will see to that. Just look at the extra masts the old ITV companies on Band III needed to cover the same ground as the BBC on Band I. If the digital radio switchover was done in the same was as digital TV (broadly the same coverage areas in the same frequency band with an easy way to convert older receivers), but DAB can't offer that.
"2) No, you can’t go out and buy a box of DAB, the point of the analogy was that when new technology replaces old, not everyone has access to it, what can/will happen is the coverage will increase, just like it did with FM."
DAB's had a long time to establish itself. It hasn't. The BBC have even tried to move the Archers to DAB to prop up their digital listening figures.
One question you've not asked is do I listen to digital radio services. I do regularly listen to digital radio via my freesat box and have been known to use web based radio services. The problem is neither is nearly as portable as simple FM radio. I've used DAB radios when visiting family and friends and found them very sensitive to location, less than straightfroward to use and the audio quality less impressive than the £8 Tesco FM radio I bought for my kitchen.
Re: @ Maharg
I would rather hear something clearly in Mono then in Stereo with a loud BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ sound every five minutes or a general hiss all the time."
Strangely enough I've never noticed either of those things in my house (which is odd as it as two foot stone walls) on my radios. DAB coverage is however non-existent, inside or outside.
"Pretty sure when DVD playerss came out there were more VHS tapes then DVDs"
Of course comparing something you can physically transport (DVDs) to something that's broadcast from a mast (DAB) makes perfect sense. If I don't have coverage now, I can't go out and buy a box of DAB signal now can I?
"No, digital stops, FM goes BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ or HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS I would, again, rather it just stopped then assault my eardrums."
But of course it's fine for DAB to start sounding like boiling mud or cutting out all together? If your FM reception weakens you can either put up with it or swap to mono. DAB doesn't have that flexibility.
"I'm all for progress, but when you have a proven solution which does what just about everyone wants from their 12”/VCR/Horse/Coal Fire/telegram/post then I can't see how CDs/DVDs/Cars/Central heating/telephone/email can do the job better than…"
What you fail to see is there is still a massive swath of the country that has perfectly acceptable FM Stereo reception, but absolutely no DAB reception AT ALL. Why turn off something that works just because you think it's old fashioned? DAB and FM can co-exist quite happily.
And as for 12”/VCR/Horse/Coal Fire/telegram/post aside from the VCR and the Telegram there's still plenty of people using them to do jobs.
The difference is that VHS to DVD was a step forward in picture quality and usability. People voluntarily changed their equipment. Also, as a rule, you only had 1 or 2 VCRs in a house, I have at least 4 distinct radios in the house, plus tech with built in FM tuners.
DAB is a step back in quality. (When music stations are broadcasting Mono you know the game's up). DAB+ might be different, but I doubt it.
DAB is a step back in coverage. (even with extra Masts/re-tasking FM sites, the frequencies used are in another band, and will never duplicate FM coverage). FM degrades gracefully, digital simply doesn't.
I'm all for progress, but when you have a proven solution which does what just about everyone wants from their radio then I can't see how DAB/DAB+/Son-of-DAB can do the job better than FM.
Re: Won't be sad
Of course RM could always depend on the "boss who was reluctant to change suppliers" because a lot of education types had been brainwashed in to believing RM was better than decently specced commodity hardware/software "because it's education".
My old nail
I might as well come clean with my own wheels, a 2004 Rover 45 1.4 (no sniggering at the back)
I picked it up for not a lot (considering it was a 50,000 mile car) after my last 45 (a 2000 1.8) finally fell foul to tinworm after passing 150k. Yes, it's got the raw accelerative power of a dead pheasant and yes it's about as stylish BUT it's a damned fine cruiser. Get it would up to 70-odd on an A-road and the suspension (double wishbones from Honda) keeps it all in check no matter how much you fling it, it's a very comfortable and refined motor for racking up the miles.
Reliability is pretty good (yes, the head had to be done but now it's done that's it for another 60k+) as the car itself is pretty simple and straightforward. Parts availability is spot on (much better than my old Alfa, with everything available next day) and you can just fling any old shite in the back with no issues.
Next motor? Probably a ZS 180 (same car, but with a V6), as the 45 fits just right in the garage (I mean everyone else parks their car in the garage right?)
Re: It is the secret to a quick car
For a *manufacturer* it is the cheapest way, and has been done for years, from the Triumph Vitesse (Herald with a Triumph 2000 engine), the original Cooper (Engine out of the 1100/1300), the RS 1600/2000 (not the BDAs obviously) and the original Golf and 205 GTis.
If your only interested in making your own motor faster then sensible lightening and suspension work is the way to go, but when you've got to build 10,000+ and stick a warranty on it then working from the parts bin makes most sense.
Does this still happen if your not on BTInterwebs DNS?
Usually when we forget the bill on one of our TT business accounts it simply stops shifting data and we have to call up finance to double check.
Does this warning show up if your not using BT's DNS? I know you can't change that particular setting on a domestic BT router but I would think you could on a business one?
Re: What's the point of Internet banking?
Online banking is mainly for convenience and being able to keep track of your money easily. No need to dig out a statement, work out how much you've spent/paid in and then head in to a branch to transfer money to/from your savings.
The only time I use a branch these days is for paying in cash and cheques, everything else is done either online or using card.
Can we loose the annoying "auto expanding" ads?
I don't mind El Reg carrying ads, and will happily click on one every now and again to keep Vulture Central in tea and biscuits. Thing is, over the last few days there's been an advert for a toshiba laptop that expands and shifts the page down in FF, which is muchos annoying. Any chance of removing it?
Re: Diesel Bug
Most of the generator units I've seen recently have standard style rotary injector pumps. Remember a generator doesn't have to meet the same emissions standards as a car, and truck/plant engines are expected to be pretty much totally reliable.
Raindrops keep falling on my head...
On a related note many very tall/large buildings suffer from the same problem. It wasn't unheard of for certain transmission masts to have rain inside their centre tube as the top of the mast was much colder than the bottom, and Boeing's massive construction building suffers from indoor rain on occasion.
Re: Must have own car
My job is described as this, and the mileage rate (43p a mile) does cover my fuel + the extra for higher insurance/tyre wear/mechanical wear. For employees with low to medium business miles it's the sensible thing to do. For high mileage business travellers company cars/pool cars are a better bet.
Re: Hopelessly biased.
"No mention of the swathe of destruction she and her ministers wrought to our coal, steel and car industries."
I have no experience of the first two, but the third is a subject very close to my heart, and I think you need to read up on it more.
BL was a clusterfuck of the highest order. The result of a shotgun marriage of Leyland Motors (who made money making lorries) and BMC (who lost money making cars). The whole lot fell on it's arse in 1974, so the Government of the day nationalised it.
Of course, being the 70s, the workforce didn't take kindly to actually having to do work, so for a lot of the time you couldn't actually buy a BL car, as there weren't any coming out of the factories. So of course, the labour government decided the best thing to do was to give the unions a direct say in the running of the firm...
Fast forward to the 80s and the management have finally got around to sorting out the worst excesses of the overmanning and overcapacity. The problem was that it had taken too long, and BL launched in to the 80s with a range of cars that were uncompetitive, but the tie-up with honda soon sorted that. In the meantime Thatcher had privatised Jaguar and Leyland Trucks and buses. BL (now Austin Rover Group) was finally sold off to BAe in 1988.
Britain now makes more cars than ever. We have profitable, successful factories all over the country building cars that people want to buy (a strange idea to many I know). MINI, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Toyota, Honda and Vauxhall to name but a few.
Re: Don't do house calls
This is a lot easier now that people have laptops, as they tend to bring the offending machine with them.
Some even bring the charger...
Re: Re:try finding one anywhere else at 3pm on a sunday
The pound shop don't do hard drives, power supplies and other complex stuff to my knowledge. When I needed a physical copy of Win 7 *that day* it was easier to drive to PCW than try and find an ISO/Download online.
£15 is a lot for a cable, but try finding one anywhere else at 3pm on a sunday. It's the same way Halfords make their money.
Re: Web fads and video games@Captain Underpants
We had a first gen DC02 which was woefully unreliable when you take its cost in to account. Cable return, power switch and many other parts failed on it, while my old man struggled to keep it going, not to mention the noise which was akin to a jet aircraft at takeoff.
When that finished we got a Numatic, which simply worked, even after my mother managed to set fire to it (cleaning around a wood burner and a hot ember lodged in the filter, lots of smoke but was fine after). In the end the motor bearings got noisy and my mum bought a "Hoover"...
Only it was a PRC made "fake cyclone" POS which had less power than an asthmatic snail. In the end a new autosave Henry (with switchable 600/1200W modes) replaced it and it's great. And you can buy every part (down to motor brushes) online.
By your arguments of shot weight/calibre being better than magazine capacity we should give all our soldiers sawn-off 12 bores firing deer shot...
IP Telephony? Internal: Yes, external: No.
I've used some IP Telephony systems in the past (mainly in wireless mesh environments for events) and I find that for the private side IP works great, meaning less bothering about running dedicated circuits for phones, but for the public side IP links are much more unreliable than your standard phone line links.
At one of my permanent sites (not an event, but a rural sitee) we lost two separate ADSL connections (from two separate ISPs) due to an exchange issue while our ISDN30 was fine, meaning that while email and web were down, the phones worked.
And if the spuds start sizzling...
They know the power's too high....
Slight correction: Early metros had the front units individualised and the rear units connected accross the car. Later metros and 100s had the proper setup (connected front to back) with extra dampers only fitted to GTis.
That bloody licence...
My problem with the BBC/TV licence is that even if I'm watching international broadcasts via satellite I have to, by. law, pay £145 for the privilige. The BBC does make good programmes on occasion, but so do sky/ITV/C4,, who I can choose to support or not.
Hands up who's actually bought anything from comet?
I was looking for a washing machine for my new place. Neither comet or currys could beat the price I paid at my local indie electrical shop, and that included free saturday morning delivery!
Re: Is it surprising?
"But they all work for Samsung, work for a company that supplies Samsumg or have a family member that works for Samsung."
And that's the thing. Most non-UK countries will doggedly support their domestic firms, especially when they produce competitive products.
Best I saw was a job advert for a marketing manager and system manager. The job spec was written as if to do the job you either had to be two people (one with marketing quals, one with sysadmin experience) or that the firm had their perfect candidate internally but still had to advertise.
Re: Shame the Gov doesnt still own BT...
The reason BT was sold off in the early 80s was mainly because the government didn't want to cough up the money to upgrade all BT's old mechanical exchanges to the then new system X and system Y units. Do you really think that the government would spend any more money on telecoms if they owned the company? They'd probably just milk the profits out to cover holes in other budgets before putting a "content filter" on the system...
Re: My main bugbear about set top boxes.
Raydon's software update for the Humax foxsat HDR lets you load up the mediatomb DLNA media seriver and you can then stream recorded videos over your network (apart from HD, as it seems to be copy protected).
Re: If a HAM radio enthusiast
Considering I have to get my TV sat fed I don't think it's an issue...
Re: If a HAM radio enthusiast
Yes plaster can be re-done (and the paint/wallpaper) but how likely is it your going to gouge out your wall to run a Cat5 when you can buy PLT adaptors that work fine (as far as your concerned) for less than the cost of the cable? Add to that the fact that your average person has no interest in learning to terminate cat5 and buying the kit and PLT makes sense. Tearing in to my walls to run cat5 from a router to a TV/PVR that may not be in the same places in six months is simply impractical.
When I talked my folks in to putting cat5 in to their re-wired living room I let the "competent" electrical contractor do the job. Queue one two-point faceplace at one end and two single points at the PC desk and TV. Thing was the electrician had used one cable from the twin-plate to the first socket, then wired from the first socket to the second, telephone style. Good job I checked the cables before they put the plasterboards up!
Re: If a HAM radio enthusiast
The difference is of course the mains wiring is allready there (and in most places plastered over) so it's invisible.
And I was under the impression that running phone/data cable and 240v cable next to each other was a big no-no for safety reasons?
Re: Erm... exactly why do we need PLT anyway?
"How did people cope before wifi or pwerline network devices?"
Its only in the last 5 years that VOD directly to your TV/STB took off, not to mention the explosion in smartphones/fodleslabs and the like.
And in my case running a cat5 would have involved either going through newly painted walls or around a fireplace (and AFAIK they don't make cat5 that matches the colour of victorian brick) back to a router who's position is not yet fixed.
And before you say run cables under the carpet, i have hardwood floors.
Re: "untill recently wifi bandwidth and reliability wern't a patch on PLT"
Its also part of physics that a cable/wire connection will be more reliable than wireless.
Re: "i bet most house wiring is inspected ressonably regularly"
Thing is, for fixed wiring "reaonsably regularly" can be every 10 years. On average I bet the average house has some electrical work done that often so any really bad problems will be spotted.
Re: Does it even work ?
I've run PLT to a barn 100m away from the router on a really rubbish cable with little packet loss. The only thing that really kills it is surge protectors and emf from fridges etc.
Also i bet most house wiring is inspected ressonably regularly, especially since part P came in.
Re: Erm... exactly why do we need PLT anyway?
Too lazy to install cat5? More likely running cat5 would involve drilling though and running cable inside walls. A messy, expensivee business. Add to that the fact that a lot of electrical contractors aren't very good at network wiring and you have your answer. Pick up two PLT units and your away in minutes, and any sheds/garages on the same supply can be hooked up too.
Regarding Wifi:it is fine when you have a new build house with plasterboard walls. Try getting a wifi signal through one or two chunky stone internal walls and get back to me. Also untill recently wifi bandwidth and reliability wern't a patch on PLT
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