* Posts by Richard Willetts

25 posts • joined 8 Sep 2008

2011's Best... HD TVs

Richard Willetts
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Pioneer?

Pioneer haven't made any TV's for a while, someone is out of touch!

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Richard Willetts
Meh

As mentioned...

Pioneer dropped out of the TV market a while back and Panasonic now own the tech so the higher end Viera TV's are at least as good as the Kuro was allowing for time!

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Ten... colour laser printers

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Solid Ink, YES!

I have been responsible for the purchase of 4 Xerox Phaser solid ink printers at places I have worked, noone has EVER complained about the smell and the running costs, speed and quietness have been big hits with everyone, the slow startup can be remedied by not turning the printer off and adjusting the time-outs between prints. As the previous commenter said solid ink kicks traditional laser into touch EASILY if configured to suit it's usage. There should definitely be one in this test instead of the second traditional Xerox laser.

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Android's scariest nightmare: resurgently sexy Microsoft

Richard Willetts
WTF?

Except...

The thing is, by all accounts Metro isn't just a skin, it's the core of the new os and the W7 interface is just an addition to allow the backwards compatibility.

Same goes for Mango, okay so there is a SMALL core of windows mobile, but it's so pared down that it's never seen and the os is fast and fluid so it never has any knock-on effect on using WP7.

People need to actually try things before passing judgement, and try them with an OPEN mind!

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HTC reckons 'WinPho will give Android a run for its money'

Richard Willetts
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Oh dear!

People really fail to check their facts, the update rollout began tuesday and that was to 90% of WP7 users.

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Richard Willetts
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Ummmm no!

Samsung are on the MS side of that battle, keep up with the news, they have signed a massive deal with MS, it's just Moto and Google on the other side and considering the Android market share controlled by Samsung and HTC that is pretty significant.

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Googorola versus the Android ecosystem

Richard Willetts
Holmes

Better name?

Better name or not Motogoo isn't the counterpoint to Googlerola or Googarola, Motoogle or Motogle are!!

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Renault pledges Fluence ZE will be UK's cheapest e-car

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Not really!

It's a five seat four door, true, but it is only Megane sized so the argument is still valid, when moving up into the Laguna, rep car area I could see your point, not here!

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Dam Busters dog dubbed 'Digger'

Richard Willetts

Except the name was significant!

It was used as the codeword to indicate one of the bombing runs being successful so they shouldn't avoid saying the name of the dog, which means they have to keep it or change it, personally I think it should have been left alone but won't be outraged because of the change!

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What is UltraViolet™ and why should you care?

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Investment?

I don't buy media as an investment, I buy it for entertainment, the only way I will stop buying physical DVD's or Blu Rays is if a system like this becomes the norm!

It sounds only fair to me, I would imagine the companies involved like the fact that they will have a direct line to those watching their product! It is an extension of the Triple-Play packs offered by various companies and an excellent idea. Here's hoping it succeeds and soon.

Lets face it the only way they were going to combat the pirates was with a system like this.

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Renault readies sub-£7000 e-car for Blighty

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Thats the price, grant doesn't apply!

The e-car grant doesn't apply to the Twizy, the large quadracycle category isn't elligible for it I don't think, so the Twizy list price is what Renault are selling it for.

Even with the battery rental I think it's well worth it for any money and/or environment conscious urbanites.

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Samsung goes super slim with Notebook 9 series

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@Arnold Lieberman

Your opinion would seem to go against that of most TV reviews!! Also please keep in mind that your average gym doesn't buy the best the company has to offer!! Pioneer only made a handful of TV's all at the top end, Samsung make a full range! Oh and lets not forget Pioneer dropped out of the market anyway!

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Richard Willetts
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£757 to £929?

You mean the 13" competing MacBook Air which ranges from, £1,122 to £1,378?? I'm not saying that justifies the Samsung price but it's more competitive than you make out!

Oh and the guy making the dog poo comparisons? Either an Apple, IBM or Lenovo user? Either way you apparently have little clue what you are talking about!!

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Expensive BUT!

Samsung make some of the best laptops around, I had one that seemed to just keep going and going and going until i dropped it down the stairs, miles better than the crappy Tosh which replaced it and easily as good as my wifes' Sony.

Their TV's along with LG are some of the best! Don't know where Jaimi came to the conclusion they are average, for image quality it has always been Samsung vs. Panasonic, people THINK Sony are better because they charge more, it simply isn't true though!

This laptop looks much nicer than the Air to me! And bringing a smaller version of a product out is NOT innovation, don't kid yourselves! Size reduction is natural, especially in portable devices, how many ways are they expected to do it? You expect them to somehow innovate an EVEN thinner device? Give me a break!

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It's official: Nokia bets on Microsoft for smartphones

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HP not an option?

They bought Palm, You really think they want to take that and fragment it by adding a third name to the list? HP|Palm|Nokia?? I don't think so!

This is the best move they could have made, Nokia was historically a favorite because of user experience and ease of use, that kindof got lost as phones got smarter and more and more features were desired by customers, Windows Phone 7 enables them to go back to their roots, remember the NaviKey? The WinPho7 interface is simplicity itself and a joy to use, I am a little tempted by the Pre3 but I have BTDT with the Pre and it doesn't look different enough to warrant me going back from a platform I really like!

Tried android, wasn't keen, even with HTC Sense, and I have NEVER like iOS so this move is music to my ears, at least gives me hope that my next phone can be a WinPho7 one too!!

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MS freebie anti-virus scanner auto-downloads provoke more anger

Richard Willetts
WTF?

Say what?

Okay so competitiveness in AV software is good why? It hasn't made companies like Panda and Trend make better software has it? Same goes for the big names like Symantec and McAfee! As long as it is removing the viruses it wouldn't matter if there was only one AV program available, all things considered I would rather use MSE than any other and that is the problem for these companies, it is too good, that is what their issues is here as they have no real argument!

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Phone 7: Another Vista or another XP?

Richard Willetts
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To each there own I guess but...

The interface is much MUCH better than iOS and MUCH more attractive IMO!

And frankly I don't give a rats rear end about mounting as a USB drive and the no removeable storage doesn't bother me much either! If it works and I can use it and I like the interface and user experience, which I do then I am happy!

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Windows Phone 7 arrives in UK shops tomorrow

Richard Willetts
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Not a rubbish UI!

It is actually an elegant and intuitive UI, the border on the right serves a purpose along with the small arrow at the top of it which tells the user there is something to be found by sliding the screen to the left, it makes a lot of sense and really doesn't detract from the appearance.

As for lacking certain features in the first release, lets face it thats how EVERY manufacturer does thing, doesn't matter what the features are, it's all about a trickle of updates, Apple is by far the worst culprit for this, things only just becoming commonplace that many people believed should have been there from the start, didn't hurt Apple much did it? It is purely prejudice that will hold back WindowsPhone7 some based on the admittedly dire WinMo6.1 and earlier OS's. But it is a worthy attempt and one that deserves to succeed.

Second only to WebOS in terms of usability in my opinion! Which incidentally is the ONLY mobile OS that has TRUE and USEFUL multitasking and has since release! The multitasking experience on my Android 2.1 phone is pretty much pathetic, and the same can be said of the iPhone so it is not something I feel I will miss in Windows Phone 7!

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E-cars are a dangerous myth, says top boffin

Richard Willetts
Stop

Fuel Cells?

Not that much of an exception, their manufacturing still impacts the environment, and to be made at a justifiable cost it will for some time!

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Richard Willetts
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Missing the point...

Okay so while power stations rely on fossil fuels also there is a point being made here, but that also needs to change, we can no longer afford the dependency on fossil fuels!

Clean, natural energy is what is needed and at that point the cars running on it will live up to the hype!

Until then of course any supposed benefit to the environment is really non-existent but stopping the development of electric cars would be a huge mistake at this stage! It needs to continue unabated and the development of natural power generation needs to catch up with it!

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Chrysler intros electric trio

Richard Willetts

Usage Irrelevent up to 40 miles...

It doesn't matter what your usage is if the journey remains under 40 miles round trip, the petrol used will be zero gallons... hence the NOT hybrids angle, over that mileage it would seem pointless them being electric!

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Richard Willetts
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Well on short trips...

.... they won't use any fuel at all... they are not assisted hybrids like the Prius hence Chrysler not calling them hybrids... the petrol engine is not connected to the wheels in any way... BUT surely over the 40 mile per charge range the engine is running constantly to keep the battery topped up hence the 50MPG so seeing as this only applies to longer trips it is less efficient than many diesels for longer journeys.

Granted if you rarely make such trips it represents an excellend advancement but then wouldn't you prefer to buy a cheaper car with no petrol engine at all, maybe some more batteries, that costs less?? I know I would!

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MPG and uncredited car "borrowing"!!

While I don't doubt Chrysler are responsible for the EV tech in the roadster calling it a DODGE with no qualification is barefaced cheek... it is obviously a Lotus Europa!!!

Secondly... WTH? 50MPG is hardly going to set the world alight!!!

Rich

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Segway shock army to invade Department of Transport

Richard Willetts
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Training?

I can ride a bike, I am not an excellent rider but i can ride one provided I keep my behind on the saddle and my hands on the handlebars, I don't feel safe riding on the road and never would, cars and other vehicles are simply too dangerous to be that close to on a bike IMO no matter how much training I received I would feel this way.

I am one of these "fat" people everyone keeps complaining about but would gladly ride a bke more if there was adequate provision for the casual cyclist to use it as a means of transport, if I wanted to be lazy AND felt like enduring hours, weeks and months of training for my transportation I would learn to drive, I don't, cycling is accessible to many more people but should be made moreso to people wanting to feel safer than the road will allow.

As it is I would feel much safer on a Segway which although providing no excercise seems easier, cheaper and greener than a car and much safer than cycling for road use...

People need to bare in mind that until very recently, if you got hit by a car through your own mistake then you stood little chance, for the most part this still holds true, only now are manufacturers being forced to consider pedestrian safety, so why such a big problem with the slower, lighter Segway? give me a vehicle limited by its design rather than one limited solely by how fast the person doing the peddling is, if that person happens to be a 100kg bloke doing a quarter of a ton should THAT not require licensing and registration? A segway will only do half that speed and has that low centre of gravity i mentioned before!!

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Richard Willetts
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Cycles and Segways should both be allowed!!

Cycles on the pavement, Segways replacing them on the road, a sensible rider on a bike is not dangerous on the pavement, and more pavements should be split for cycle lanes... it would be much safer for all concerned that way.

As for segways, their lower centre of gravity, slower speeds generally, and less potential to ride one like a moron would make them safer for sharing the road than bicycles, given the proper ligting and safety gear of course.

As for the comments about being lazy, for medium length journeys why not use a Segway rather than walk, I enjoy walking and but there are times when such a device would be preferable.

People talk a lot of rubbish about cyclists and segways and need to quit!

Oh and any cyclists present who have flashing red rear lights on your bikes, swith them to non-flashing mode, you are breaking the law!!

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