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* Posts by Ian Entwistle

39 posts • joined 7 Aug 2008

Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Ranked #858 of 894 , you gotta wonder what the 36 that are considered worse are like then......

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Intel shows off wine-powered processor and biometric boffinry

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I've had a wine powered processor for years... its called SWMBO....

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Autogyro legend Ken Wallis hangs up wings at 97

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Met him when i was a nipper, a proper nice bloke who was more than happy to spend time to tell a snotty little 12 year old who was intrigued how it all worked. RIP

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Universal Credit dole 'liable to be paralysed by IT cockups'

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And this is only a week after big blue announce the contractors delivering most of this are being forced to take a 10% pay cut.. Go figure the result of that bolt from big blue....

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hands-on review

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Ditto, no problems with my pockets either with the original, my only beef is the ridiculously low sensitivity of the stylus try highlighting links that are close and more often than not it selects the wrong one.

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Samsung whips out Galaxy Note II, cam-phone with proper zoom lens

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Agree on stylus of teh original

coming from a N900 to the Note via a Dell Streak I was looking forward to a decent screen res and the ability to use a stylus but its so inaccurate its a joke

in ebay gallery you click and image and either the one below or above opens.

I very rarely get the thing out now and yet it was one of the main differentiators when I was buying.

I love the size of the thing and it does most of my casual computing but I can burn a battery in half a day in decent use. it can as others say get extremely hot.

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Reg readers scrap over ultimate bacon sarnie

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Re: The best bacon sandwich

But the best bacon sandwich is the one brought to you in bed with a brew by your naked other half.

^^^^^^^ fixed that for you...

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Ten... eight-bit classic games

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Manic Miner was out on VIC 20(with 16K RAM pack) as well. I still have mine along with my ZX81. The text adventure cartridges of the VIC wasted many hours of my youth(Adventureland, The Count etc). you seem to have missed Jeff Minters awesome collection of games, Matrix, Lazerzone, Attack of teh Mutant Camels, Revenge OTMC, etc.

you do have to wonder how they managed to get so much quality gameplay into so little memory, now each time I decide I want a quick blast of GT5 on my rarely used PS3 it downloads gigabytes of updates.... In fact it would be quicker to get my VIC out the garage and wait for it to load up Manic Miner from tape than it is waiting for GT5 to update! progress eh?

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Google Currents

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running on a Galaxy note the fonts are HUGE even when set to smallest setting.

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GM puts the brake on Volt e-car output

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Go

even though I'm a petrolhead if they want to drop one off at my house for me to use gratis I'll happily do so to get it seen out there in public. They can even plaster teh sides with advertising, I dont care as long at it makes my 120 miles a day commute as cheap as possible. currently I'l going through ~ 15 quids worth of diesel a day.....

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Samsung Galaxy Note

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Dell Streak

*cough* I've been in 5" territory for over a year and its lovely...

I'll probably have a look at the Note when my contract is up unless something else of similar size is available with better spec.

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Retailer intros cut-price 10in Android tablet

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Hannspree Hannspad, 154 quid at ebuyer a few weeks ago when I got mine

also got a dual core 7" capactive 2,.2 tab from Dealextreme for teh liitle one for 127 quid delivered. had a quick play with it and its very very good.

now is the time of cheap tabs as long as you aren't of the fruit based outlook

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iPad baby baffled by paper magazine

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@LOL123

I didn't say that she shouldn't learn how to write or do mathematics ( which she is actually very good at ) what I did say is I dont want her to waste time learning "joined up" writing which was a skill taught when people wrote each other letters and were happy waiting a week for a reply. When did you last read anything written in human scribbled joined up writing? I certainly can't remember when I did and I dont think its likley to make a sudden come back.

At your analogy of writing a taxi number down, why would she need to do that when she could just type it straight into the phone itself? or even SHOCK HORROR remember it?

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My 6 YO is getting a Android tab for Xmas, my 2 YO loves playing on my current Android tab.

Daft bit is my 6 YO is about to be taught "joined up writing". Am I alone is thinking Why? I haven't written anything serious beyond basic musings on dead trees for years and certainly not in "Real writing" as it was called when I was a kid. I'd rather them spend that time doing something more productive with the time than teaching her a skill she will probably never ever use.

Ian

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O2 struggles for breath in widespread outages

Ian Entwistle
FAIL

ditto just south of Knutsford

data throughput only works before 8am, soon as the office fills up with people you may as well resort to carrier pigeon, reported to O2, " Our map says you have good coverage........."

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DIY kit computer goes Forth against Braben's RaspberryPi

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@Steve

If it was good enough for you why not introduce your kids to the same? A VIC20 emulator on your PC and jobs a good un. I still have a lot of my old 1980s magazines knocking around which I'll use for my kids when they are old enough

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Car immobilisers easily circumvented by crafty carjackers

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It takes less than 6 hours if you bash the owner over the head and have it away with the keys

err, isn't the whole point of security that its only as strong as the weakest link and in pretty much all cases this will be the mortal fleshy thing holding the magic key...

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Royal Wedding: Prince Charles is a ZX81, Wills is an iPad

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Best 70 quid I ever invested

if it wasn't for my door stop ZX81 I probably wouldn't be earning half what I do now. I still have it ( and my VIC-20) and thank it everytime it passes my hands.....

Mr Sinclair, I doff my cap to you!

As for the wedding rubbish, meh....

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Nokia snaffles user data on the down-low

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doesn't do much anyway

I signed up and haven't had any messages etc from MyNokia up to now so its not like its bothering me much....

As menion on the forums its easy to disable if you are really paranoid but you should be concentrating more on the Black Helicopters overhead watching your every move.....

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Vodafone to introduce out-of-bundle data charges

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it was always sold as 500mb.. and lets talk tethering

When I tool my first voda contract out 2 years or so ago it was because of two things, 500mb was plenty for most people and they were teh only people who let me use my phone with my laptop.

TBH they are also teh only network that offer me a good connection everywhere I go, work is rubbish for all other networks and I'd rather havve a signal than an expensive paperweight...

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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx stalks PC and Mac converts

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@Tom

Yes, just double click the .deb and ity opens a GUI installer, click install, enter password, job done.

BTW its been doing this for a couple of years now.....

If you are talking about compiling from source then no, you need a CLI for that but I'd love to see a non geek complile a windows app to put up the comparison.

TBH you are better off using repos stuff as all updates will be managed automatically, if you install manually then you can't expect it to know about new releases. "with power comes responsibility"

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Qwerty Smartphones: Best Buys

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FAIL

N900?

So where was the N900 with its full Linux, good camera, excellent touchscreen, accelerometer, AGPS, integrated messaging clients etc?

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Microsoft to extend Silverlight for Mac?

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Skyplayer

right pain if I want to watch Sky sports over t'interweb on my Linux box as Moonlight doesn't work

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Commodore 64 reincarnated as quad-core Ubuntu box

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VIC-20 was colour too!

I still have 2 that still work including the switchable 3/16K RAM pack and the "Super Expander" that gave 1024x 1024 addressable resolution ( although colour was limited to 20 x 35 (IIRC) addresses.

Did I mention I still have my ZX81 as well..... :o) although i haven't tested that one in years

I could never afford a C64 so I had to make teh best of my VIC so had it controling relays to open curtains, switch lights etc on/off. All the cabling and exposed connections in my bedroom was the best ever deterrent for keeping an inquisitive Mum away from those magazines you didn't want her to find!!!

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Manchester's on fire for ID cards, claims ID minister

Ian Entwistle
FAIL

No passport - No ID card...

mother in law doesn't go abroad but does occasionally need a form of ID at teh bank etc so applied for one. As her old passport expired about 8 years ago and she can't find it she isn't allowed to apply for a ID card yet.......

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Samsung Omnia Pro

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resistive < capacitive? Why?

without going over all the old arguments these are simply different and offer different pros and cons so why do reviewers seem to feel a resistive screen is a negative point? when displaying web pages on a 800x 480 screen some links are tiny ( try facebook, bbc news front page etc ) and the accuracy that a resistive screen brings can be a big plus point. ditto with other apps and games ( try drawing accurate lines in something like Numpty Physics with a bloke sized digit ).

If reviewing things please give a fair and balanced view without taint from your personal preferences or at least state your opinion is exactly that, YOUR opinion and not that of teh world and his brother.

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Nokia opens Ovi Store for N900s

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OVI store != All available Apps

there are more places to get stuff than just OVI store, as mentioned a lot of stuff is in the standard repository so you don't need to faff about over HTTP.

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Ian Entwistle

Pah

tune-wiki was in the repos anyway, Angry Birds is where its at!

I got mine on a 30 quid a month including t'interweb access via Mobilephonesdirect just before Xmas, cost 17 quid but was a 24 month contract.

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Second-gen TTxGP e-bike unveiled

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Go

BSOD at 130 mph! No thanks matey!

looks nice but part of the whole experience of a bike is the noise, smell and feeling. I just don't think it will catch on for proper enjoyment biking, getting to work in a city maybe but out doing the Trough of Bowland at a fair crack on a crisp Feb weekday just wouldn't be the same IMHO

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PC tune-up software: does it really work?

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and a re-install would do what?

Would have been good to see what a simple re-install of Windows and the core set of programs would have done to the whole thing as well.

I'd agree about the Crucial scanner to identify RAM. I recommend it to anyone who asks me about memory upgrades.

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Nokia lets operators screw with customise the N900

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@BristolBatchelor

My vanilla e90 on Voda does nothing of the sort that you mention, check what product code you have in firmware to be sure it wasn't/isn't actually a branded code. All I get if I swap sims around are the standard internet/mms settings.

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Nokia admits killing off Widsets

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FAIL

I was sad to see it go....

I used it extensively and was peed off when it was killed. it had a number of really nice little 'apps' that just did what they said on the tin with no mess or fuss. Trying to find similar functionality in Ovi is a non starter.

RIP one of the most useful things I had on my e90.

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Is your cameraphone an oxymoron?

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@Alan Eastham

No, but it is in my pocket 99% of the time and it can be in shooting mode in 3-4 seconds or so.

I only have to look at the amount of candid pictures I have from when my daughter was a baby to see just how used my cameraphone is. My DSLR with at last count 15 lenses is usually safely stored in the sideboard in the back room unless we are 'going out' with a view that I will be taking piccys.

Adding in that it does decent video recording as well makes it a no brainer for everyday use.

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and agaiand against camera phones reknown for their quality?

So wheres the comparison against whats available in Symbian world of cameraphones? N95, newer 8Meg samsungs, Xenon equipped N82?

and what was the point of using a (older)DSLR to compare to? how many 'ordinary' people use them? not many, put it up against say a 100 quid panasonic compact and see what the difference is there. Surely the whole point of the camera on mobiles is for those 'snapshots' you would miss by the time you got your DSLR out, chose what lens you need etc.

I bought a Sanyo 750 when it was one of the first 1.3M pixel phones. The reason? We'd just had a baby. I have so many shots that I simply wouldn't have if i'd only used my proper cameras. it was rubbish compared to whats available now but they are still useable pictures that our daughter now 4 loves looking at.

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12 of the best... mice

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One rodent to rule them all

there isn't such a beast.

each person, feels, holds and uses pointing devices so differently.

My tool of choice is the Logitech Optical Trackman with finger operated ball. I tried the trackman you reviewed and found as I like to rest my hand that I often caught the right click button. With the optical Trackman I don't.

It amazes me the number of people who use a mouse because that was what they always used. quite a number who try my trackball end up loving it and get one themselves as its 'easier' on their wrist

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16 teams to field 24 e-bikes in 'zero-emission' TT race

Ian Entwistle
Stop

Zero emission - yeh

so WTF do they get their 'leccy from?

And err, what happened to the noise, atmosphere, etc?

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Isle of Man gov gets social

Ian Entwistle
Coat

after cliche

No ones yet challanged the alcoholics cliche I see!!! :D

Mines the one with the bottle of scotch in the pocket

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Western Digital WD TV HDD-to-HDTV adaptor

Ian Entwistle
Paris Hilton

Blu ray player???

So could we put a blu ray player in a USB caddy and have a useable player?

Paris cause obviously she's no doubt already on blu ray...

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Easy iPhone 3G unlocking for $30?

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Works fine for me

I have one from dealextreme as well. It allowed me to use an Orange locked N80(notoriously difficult to unlock) on O2 and then Vodaphone. I suffered no "poor signal" issues or any other errors in about 6 months.

Highly recommended from me.

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