I have a 13" MBA, while it is fast and actually effective at what I use it for, browsing, email etc. I still prefer a windows machine.
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Re: Low res?
The Osborne 1 was the first "portable computer" I used, it came in at 24 pounds.
Meanwhile in the US, Hershey, the bastards, are currently engaged in a campaign to ban imports of Cadbury products from the UK because they produce them here in the US on license. I would quite happily buy Hershey's version of CDM or Fruit 'n' Nut if they were faithful to the Cadbury's originals, they're not, they taste like shit and Hershey should be ashamed of their actions.
I pay pretty close to $70 a month for 20 Mbps, doncha just love the free market economy.
.doctor in indecipherable font. .MD or even .quack would be better.
De Chelonian Mobile!
Routers of any description
Probably one of the few IT items where there is a consensus of "they're all pretty crap" just some less so than others. Over the years I've had probably 20 routers through my hands either as personal property or as review items, they have got better over time but to be perfectly honest they are, for the most part, still pretty awful. The ones that I've had better experiences with have been from lesser known manufacturers, Rosewill and Edimax. The big names have always given me significant problems the worst being a My Cloud device from WD, maybe because the big names try to do too much on pretty weak hardware and the lesser known ones do just what the hardware will bear. The only other piece of kit that springs to mind for lack of reliability, time wasted over awful configuration problems would be the old TV Cards.
410 with buckshot!
Maltesers, BR delays and pigeons
Back in the day of British Rail I was stuck in Edinburgh Waverley one Sunday evening waiting for a very late train from Aberdeen to arrive. Being a somewhat poor student I consoled myself with a bag of Maltesers as I patiently waited for the damn train to get there. I dropped one of the Maltesers and it rolled off, a flock of the resident pigeons descended and they all took a turn at trying to grab it. Turns out the diameter of a Malteser is just too big for the average pigeons maw to cope with. The next hour and a half was spent replacing the eventually destroyed Maltesers with a new one as the increasingly deranged and belligerent pigeons attempted to grab these things, I was aching with laughing by the end of it.
$16000 p.a. premium I get charged by these tossers and this is the service you get.
I'm just surprised that anyone actually uses a laptop with the OS install the manufacturer put on it. I only buy a new laptop every 5 or 6 years but my policy is to wipe it clean and do a clean install. Saves no end of hassles with crapware and bloatware.
I worked for an independent software house who did a shit ton of work for those buggers and had all sorts of problems getting any cash out of them. An email archive saved the day.
Horizon no more...
Horizon ain't what it used to be either, very disheartening to see a programme with such longevity wind up the way it has.
Post pub nosh
back in the 70s I was at a campus Uni in the middle of nowhere in Scotland (Stirling), all the chippies closed at 9pm, nothing was open after 11pm. When we finally got back to campus after the 2 mile hike from the local pubs severe alcohol induced hunger was rampant. This was the days before burger bars, takeaway deliveries etc and with us spending most of our disposable income on booze post indulgence nosh had to be cheap. Pots of boiled potatoes served hot with mounds of melting butter became the accepted form of carb intake, and to be honest tatties have never tasted so good.
I just downloaded and installed Word, Excel and Powerpoint on my nook HD+ running KitKat, and they work well and you can edit and create documents without paying anything. What benefits you get from a subscription I don't know and I wont be using one to find out!
Vic 20 anyone?
Network Shares Work fine
Just connect to a shared directory and copy what you need.
I have a Kingsing W8 8" tablet
Pretty much a clone of this identical in all respects, this one has a USB to go socket. Had it now for over a month and extremely satisfied with it as it cost $116 online. Destroys similarly priced androids, just a paucity of apps to choose from but as I use it mostly for browsing and email not really a big deal.
Re: Trouble is, the last time round
Unfortunately the last Green candidate that stood in an election I had a vote in, quite some time ago, advocated a return to the barter system. Don't know if that's still the party line but I don't believe it's a vote winner, although not being Tory or Labour certainly is for some.
was the common claim that were downed in this "cyber" attack. As far as I can see none of the mainstream 'news' sites have updated this as a screw up.
Quantum Jump domain
For Lone Rangers only
You couldn't make this stuff up!
My insurance premium for myself and my wife with 85% coverage and a $2000 deductible is $1600 per month. That is a significant percentage of my salary and is the largest bill I pay on a monthly basis.
When I came to the US, about 14 years ago, the thing that struck me most with my dealings with the healthcare system is the arcane and convoluted billing system. You can and will receive bills for procedures/consultations anywhere up to a year after the event, you are also given no clues as to whether your insurance has paid this bill already or not. I also discovered that you can study for an associates degree in Medical Billing, now that fact there should tell us all something.
Bates Motel and Fargo, fantasy?? Really?
A quick poll of our research lab a couple of decades ago yielded the fact that of the 20 chemists working there, not a single one of us had a chemistry set when we were kids. All of the males had possessed Meccano, most with Mamod steam engines and everyone, male and female, had owned fairly extensive lego sets.
Much better, visited links can be seen easily and less white acreage. I'm all set.
Not angry just not reading
I'm not going to go into hyperbole, the redesign has seriously impeded the usability and readability of the site. When visiting it is a struggle to see which stories I've read and finding stories of potential interest is not as easy as it was. Consequently my visits and number of articles read have been severely curtailed, to the point where I doubt if I've read in the last week what would have been my daily average consumption. I'm not suggesting a retrograde step but please do something about the major complaints, huge images, image relevance, acres of white space, visited links greyness, and huge pop down menus.
Visited links need to be red (or some other contrasty colour) rather than grey. Not keen on the layout, I really don't like that drop down menu at the top and I wish it would disappear when I scroll down the page. The fixed width thing is fine on my main desktop but acres of wasted space on my WS laptop.
I'd root it and install my own launcher. Procedure is relatively straight forward and can be found over on xda. If it's out of warranty I'd go a step further and install kitkat, For $12 you can download an sdcard image that will wipe the nook and install kitkat for you, androidfornook, you can do this yourself if you are up to decoding the instructions again on xda. I've done both of these to my nook HD+ and it behaves a lot better now than it ever did,
Windows el cheapo tablets
As an impulse buy, I ordered a Kingsing 8" windows 8.1 tablet from one of the many drop shippers in China. After an inexorable wait, close to a month, it finally arrived. I wasn't expecting much as it was only $116 but the specs were as follows, quad core Baytrail running at 1.4-1.8GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB drive, sdcard slot, USB OTG port, HDMI port, twin cameras, 1280 x 800 capacitive screen. After using it for a few hours I have to say I'm impressed. the biggest worry was the effect of only 1 gig of RAM. While it's not greased lightning, it is certainly no slouch and easily kicks the ever loving crap out of my nook hd+ running kitkat. The full windows desktop on such a small screen takes a little getting used to, but overall a pleasant experience. $116 well spent, even if I just use it as an ereader!
Re: I have a rule.
I have a similar one for documentaries, it the phrase "a personal journey" pops up in the intro or the write up for the doc then it gets the boot.
Re: "Starring Adam Sandler"
Yep, apart from a couple of anomalies early in his career, his name on a film can almost guarantee shitness.
probably pissed that someone else's software is better
And this is a new thing??
Only news because a news outlet has "discovered" this. These camera "hacks" have been around for a long time, fault can, as others have said, be laid squarely at the door of manufacturers and users.
MICA.. someone needs to shoot the acronym wallah.
Re: Re. CPU
The memory limitation is one imposed by the Bay Trail Atom
This is an identical specced tablet from Kingsing, selling for a tad over $110, it has been getting favourable reviews. Looking at the video it looks to cope pretty well with what was done with it.
Re: Publication too?
Lately, i.e for the last 5 years, watching Horizon has been about as enjoyable and educational as watching belly button fluff accumulate.
in the words of the philosopher "s'all bollocks innit?". The finale was probably two of the better episodes this time around, but it wasn't classic stuff. I don't think the Doctor/Clara combo works and I'm hoping it's done, maybe it's time for River Song to get hitched.
Re: Phones as remotes.
I have an AIOS device which I can use my phone to control, also DirecTV genies and mini genies can be controlled from an android app., this can be quite entertaining if the other viewers are not aware of this.
My 8 and 7 year old grandsons have took to the chromecast like ducks to water, they think it's extra cool to be able to select their chosen video (always bloody minecraft) and it appear on the 52" plasma. Keeps them relatively quiet and amused, therefore worth the $30!
Personally the cutoff from social media in the workplace should be encouraged rather than whittled away. I like to separate my professional life from my home and social life, dragging one into the other makes both suffer.
as little as I like the current ruling coalition I doubt the opposition would have behaved any differently.
Seems to be on fire as it were
I ordered one yesterday, $19 is not a bad price even if this thing sucks. Anyway after perusing a few forums the likelihood of a hack was being bounced around and so I thought I would go and order myself a second one to play with. Can't do it, amazon has cut the maximum order to one device per account.
Top Gear Albion
With no doubt Jezza managing to piss off the locals by allusions to the way the Celts had usurped the Picts, presumably with appropriately accidentally selected number plates on show.
I'm wondering if there's really any point whatsoever to a jury in this sort of contest. I wonder how much Apple's perceived halo has on the decisions made by juries in cases like this, especially when there have been licensing agreements made with other corps before.
Plex or Playon or the server of your choice
is your friend.
Set it up on your home server and stream your choice from your own collection to any device anywhere. I really dislike the subscription model, after a year and $120 (estimate) you have precisely nothing. Perhaps a function of being an old fart and having accumulated some 600 CDs over the years I don't need new stuff, and if I did there's that quaint thing called radio.
Seems that Rantic have been rogered, so to speak. Their site, complete with dancing and naked bananas, is sporting this legend "Hacked by Le 9GAG Army, in association with reddit.com/r/Anonymous and Ebaumsworld.com"..