MediaPortal will do everything WMC did and a whole lot more, go to team-mediaportal.com, software is free and configurable to the nth degree.
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Re: The time has come, the Walrus said ...
Have you tried to buy a non moulded plug, you can but they are butt ugly affairs that really don't blend in a domestic environment. I agree that the sockets can be high quality but I was talking about the plugs which for everything I have bought here are moulded onto the cable. I think my major gripe is the lack of surface contact, which can and does lead to overheating of the socked due to arcing, and the sticking out the wall thing which is just annoying.
Re: The time has come, the Walrus said ...
US plugs are a PITA, the quality of components is terrible, the pins bend easily and the plugs can and do actually fall out of the wall. You need at least 4" of clearance around any wall socket as the plugs come straight out of the socket, apparently 90 degree plugs are technology beyond USAians. Gimme a decent 13A plug anyday.
Re: Solwise 200AV
Particular culprits in my house, ignoring the antiquated wiring, were the fridge and the microwave.
I've tested lots of these over the years and the bottom line is if they work on your home wiring then you're fine, if one has problems they all will, don't even try it on wiring that is of any vintage and be wary about crossing from one circuit to another, as you'll experience significant signal loss. I haven't found any model that works well in my environment and eventually put in a wired wireless bridge to plug a dead spot.
My dad used to make a similar dish without the cabbage but with onions and corned beef. Essentially potato, butter, corned beef, onions, cheese all mashed together and put in a casserole with a topping of grated cheese and stuck in the oven until bubbly and golden brown on top. Served a a dish in its own right as it really was a neckfiller.
Re electronic voting machines
Paper and pencil beats 'em hands down.
Re: Well duh!
I have 3 machines that are in daily use and through progressive upgrades over the years (9 years for one of them the other two are 8 and 6 years old), memory, RAM, CPU, HDD to SSD etc they have kept apace with what I do with them. My previous laptop was 6 years old when I disposed of it, it was snapped up by someone who knew they were getting a bargain due to the upgrades installed (RAM, SSD, USB 3, AC dual band wifi), I sold it for about the value of the upgrades second hand. PCs, of a decent spec, have for the last 10 years pretty much been ahead of the software in terms of performance. Not like 10-20 years ago when you had to buy a new machine when a new version of your essential software came out. Oh as to down times and crashes with the 3 desktops, 1 machine had a HDD fail and another had a PSU fail, buying quality components pays. Crashes only really occur when we have a mains fluctuation, 2 of these machines (the 9 and 8 year old ones) are on 24/7.
Freud a GoGo
The Beeb amongst others headlined Hardon Collider Restart today.
Unfortunately school property and consequently the firmware password is not available to me.
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.
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.