340 posts • joined 25 Apr 2007
Another vote for the MicroServer. I've got two of them, a N36L running VMWare ESXi and an N40L with FreeNAS 7 and 4x2Tb drives.
I'd be interested in seeing a comparison of a dedicated box against a MicroServer/FreeNAS combi, or if there is better software than FreeNAS.
Re: Obsolete by well over 10 years
Pretty sure they've already rolled it out, Calibre offers KF8 (AZW3) as one of the formats to convert stuff to for my Kindle 3.
Re: Shameless Amazon advert?
It isn't a faff if you think of Calibre as the management software for the Kindle.
You just tell it "I want that book on that device". You don't need to think about whether the book format is supported by the reader, Calibre knows what formats are supported by the attached device and converts it on the fly if needed. It will also set the metadata up for you, automatically (including the cover art) if you give it the ISBN number.
Calibre really should be in the box with the Kindle.
I thought I knew the Bond series pretty well, but I ended up with 26. Some inspired guesses, I think I actually knew less than 10.
I second guessed myself on a few - I knew Bell made jet packs, but I had it in my mind somewhere that the Bond one was made by Boeing.
Bloody hard, but some interesting trivia in there.
Re: apart from the fact....
> that this one has a screen size suitable for those of us without hands like gibbons.
I thought the same thing, till I looked at the sizes. It's physically only a little bit bigger than my Orange San Diego, which is a 4-inch screen. 10mm taller, 5mm wider and if anything slightly thinner.
I think the Nexus 4 could upset a lot of phone makers plans, but I'm waiting for some reviews to see how they can make it so cheap.
Re: Error in article??
> From the article "Data connections made during a call will likewise only run at HSPA+ speeds"
> Is this actually correct?
Apparently, yes. To do voice and LTE data at the same time you need Voice over LTE, or VoLTE support.
As far as I can tell VoLTE needs to be in the handset and the network. The iPhone 5 doesn't have it, but the One XL does - maybe the EE network doesn't?
Re: Virgin Media Let Down By Tardy Staff
> you seriously decide where you are going to live based on the path of a piece of fibre cable
Internet connection speed is certainly a factor for me, I can't work from home without a decent connection. Having suffered less than 2Mb/sec ADSL at my last place before it finally got FTTC, I looked up what the likely ADSL speed was before I even looked at the new place. It would have been a non-starter if the connection was crap.
It's in the chipset
GPS is built-in to the cellular data chipset in the models that have cellular data. Non-cellular models don't have the cellular data chips, so no GPS.
I wonder why Apple didn't put the cellular chips in them all, then charge £50 to over-the-air enable hardware you've already paid for? Same with flash memory - put 64Gb in them all, then charge to enable anything over 16Gb. They'd save because they are only building one model, they just need to be set up with whatever's been paid for on the way out of the door, and can be reconfigured on the fly.
Re: Anything that's got XBox in it's title, I will avoid like the plague.
Yep, nothing to do with the Xbox any more. It started out as a media player for the Mark 1 Xbox, but the later versions don't run on the old Xbox and it's never run on the 360.
It's worth a look if you're after media centre software for a TV-connected PC. Better than Windows Media Center IMO, and it doesn't take the entire machine over like OpenELEC.
Yep, I'd agree. If the report was "it was working, now it's dead" I wouldn't suspect the jumpers. In trying the drive in a different machine I might spot it, but my first thought would be a drive failure (aka good excuse for an SSD upgrade...).
If they came clean and said "I installed this and it doesn't work", drive jumpers would be on the list.
I'm with the rest, I'd have made a cable half-off or CPU fan failure.
Re: Thats all good but...
> People really want a 3G version?
Yep, I do. Saves a lot of faffing about when you go somewhere that claims to have wifi and it doesn't work or there's a horribly convoluted sign-up that wants your inside leg measurement. You just flick the wifi off and let it use 3G.
I've got a Mifi router, but that takes 30s to start and sort itself out, switching to 3G on the tablet is near-enough instant.
> two sim cards and all that nonsense
A Three SIM with a year's use (or 12 gig, whichever comes first) is around £50 on eBay.
> just use your phones tethering....
And have no battery left? Tethering can kill the (not exactly tiny) battery in my ZTE V9A in about 4 hours. That's just sat there serving data, no screen use.
Re: four by two?
> "three metres of four-by-two"
> Oh God! We are doomed!
That's nothing. Years back I did some work for a company that imported rock, by container, to make headstones and like out of.
It was rated in something like "kilograms per square inch" for the container, thoroughly mixing imperial and metric...
Re: Hugo Drax needs more love
Got to be a candidate for the best line of the series...
At least Drax thought big - kill everyone on the planet and replace them will your own super humans. No small-time suffl like cornering the gold market.
Re: Windows 8 piracy?
> And what's wrong with that? The IBM Model-M is one solid hardware.
Absolutely right. I dropped a laser printer on mine (shelf supports broke), it knocked the caps off a couple of keys and broke the switch in one. The printer came off worse.
Re: Can I have a ...
> Er No. I have a cheap Tesco value phone; no batteries, no off switch. The only way to turn it off is by
> unplugging it.
So unplug it...
> My doorbell is battery operated but again no switch; I'd have to remore the batteries
Put a toggle switch in the wire between the button and the bell box. A 2-pole switch is pennies from Maplins, cut the cable and connect the ends of the wire to the connectors on the switch. Turning the switch off effectively breaks the cable, so the push-button does nothing.
How much better?
An idea for a future article - how much better is this stupid-expensive kit than high-ish end standard stuff?
Put that audio processor and amps up against a top-end Denon AV amp, for instance. Compare that projector with the 4K-resolution Sony, or a top-end Panasonic.
I reckon there has to be a point where you're spending money for the sake of it, and not getting *that* much higher performance.
Re: Actually since there are refurbished notebooks...
> You can also go a step further and get an IBM X40 or something
One thing to watch with older X-series machines is that they used 1.8-inch hard drives, meant for iPods really., We had a bunch of X32s and X60s at work - fhe discs were very slow and tended to die quickly.
The X200s-onwards have normal 2.5-inch discs IIRC. I don't remember the X220s we're getting now generating the complaints the older X-series did.
The T-series, especially of the T61-era, are great machines though. I've got a T510 now which isn't as good, but I did have a T60, the last of the non-widescreen T-series, which was brilliant.
Re: Best outcome. @Doug10
> Why all the effort by him to not face this in Sweden if he's so innocent as you want to claim?
Because he believes the extradition to Sweden is just a cover to get him extradited to the US from Sweden.
But if that's the case, why didn't the US just ask the UK to extradite? Going by the O'Dwyer case, we would have bent over backwards to help...
> It's like taking my car-keys and saying "You can't have them back" in front of all my friends and co-workers
No it isn't, it's like your car coming to me and saying "You've got to help me, they are going to paint me pink and put giant eye-lashes over my headlights". I can either help (by taking the keys) or not. You can threaten to beat the snot out of me and take your keys back, but there's the danger I'll ask my friends with baseball bats to take you to a dark alley and have a quiet word if you do.
The Ecuadorians didn't kidnap Assange, he went to them for help. He asked for political asylum - if they didn't believe him when he said the extradition was politically motivated, they could have told him to go away.
> It makes NO SENSE if you think about it for the US to extradite him.
They want to make an example of him, teach people not to annoy the US by making them look stupid.
Re: Quite tempted...
> the screen resolution sounds a bit rubbish
Yep, I couldn't go back to 480x320 after using 1024x600 on the Orange San Diego.
There is a bigger brother to the Xperia Go, the Xperia Acro S. It's basically a waterproof Xperia S, with a 4.3" 1280x720 screen, but it also has the Micro-SD slot that the Xperia S doesn't have.
Re: stuff 4g
> I reckon if someone decided to forgo 4G and focused instead on getting 100% (or as close as is
> plausible) reliable 2 and 3g cover, i reckon they could clean up.
They need to sort the backhaul out too, so it doesn't slow to a crawl as soon as 3 people check their email, but I agree. When it's working properly, 3G HSPA is plenty fast enough for what I do with it.
Re: Tape this !
> LTO5 (1.5TB worst case) = $70 or $46/TB
Plus $1500 for the drive to read/write it. Admittedly one drive will work with an infinite number of cartridges, but still...
All you need for the hard disc is a SATA port.
Re: I remember a time...
> Light/radio/waves (in space)
I see where you're going, but radio and light in space are far too easy to destroy. A fraction of a degree off on one of the antennas and you're not pointing at the same planet let alone another tiny antenna.
Light is even worse, a stray rock drifts into the beam and your data is toast.
> Whatever the dreamers can come up with
How about storing data at the molecular level in a man-made lump of granite? It's been done with organic cells already.
Re: I remember a time...
> You would need a base reflective layer (a la CD/DVD etc ) (on write-once optical tape)
Not necessarily, you could put the read sensor on the other side of the tape and shine the laser through it. The tape is linear so the heads won't be moving, there won't be any alignment issues.
Re: ..never buy on a promise
> why? What does ICS do that 2.3 doesnt?
GPU acceleration of browser rendering, IIRC.
> I can only think of NFC and face unlock.
The San Diego has got an NFC reader under Gingerbread. I've got no tags to test it with, so I have to trust them that it works.
About app compatibility - I've got an Orange San Diego, and so far I've found a total of two apps that don't work.
One is KeePassDroid, which loops back to the password entry screen all the time. I'm using AstonSoft Password Manager at the moment.
The other is WinAmp. It used to work but the latest update seems to have broken it, so it'll probably get fixed soon. I went back to the stock music player.
Everything else works - Opera, TuneIn Radio, 3G Watchdog, CoPilot navigation, eBay, IMDb, QuickOffice, DropBox all work perfectly. Even one-man-band type stuff like Open Intents File Manager works. I don't play games, so a lot of the 25% that doesn't work could be games.
Anyone else want to list what doesn't work?
Sony Vegas? I use it on a Core i7, and it copes well with 720p MOVs. Vegas Studio Platinum can be had for around £30 off Amazon or eBay.
AVCHD is the native format for Sony camcorders IIRC, and Vegas can directly import from Sony cameras.
Re: Riot gear
Sounds like a job for a smartphone app, with the phone in something like an OtterBox securely tied to you.
Start with something with a decent camera, like a Sony Experia S. You'd need to lock the exposure, or have it adjust slowly, if the camera API on Android allows that. Buffer the writes to SD via the internal storage with random file names, and/or dump the video to DropBox.
If you already using a big case, you could duct-tape a big LED bike light to it for more light, and choose one with a flashing mode for a bit of "get-your-own-back"...
Re: No GoPro?
Provided it's got a tripod socket you can mount any camera on a bike, handlebar mounts are dirt-cheap on eBay.
Re: Am I the only one..
Yep, another Sennheiser fan here. I'm still using some MX500s that must be getting on for 10 years old now. I've got some MX660 and MX880s too - all brilliant, but I don't like the sticky rubber cable on the new ones. I hope the 500s never die!
I've even got some MX 2-somethings (MX-260?) for £10 that are surprisingly non-rubbish for so little money.
CX300 Mark 2s are worth a look if you want noise-isolating cans, but I'd give the original CX300s a miss. Very sensitive to where you put them in your ear, and a bit bass-light even when you put them in right.
I was hoping the article would try and work out how much the endorsements added to the cost, and would compare them to non-endorsed kit for the same sort of money.
Re: Bit poor if...
If it's the same as the 50p-a-day data on pre-pay, it's actually midnight on the day after. If you time it right, you can get 2 days use out of it.
Re: IPcop and NAS
You could run the firewall in a VM on the server. That's what I do - Astaro runs in a VM on a VMWare ESXi server. You'd need two network cards in the server, one for the local network, one that just connects to the DSL modem/cable box/whatever. For the server, I use an HP MicroServer - low power, and the fan is barely audible.
I'm toying with using a low power PC like this one to use as a print server, running XP or maybe Server 2003. ESXi doesn't get on with USB printer/scanners, it barely does USB storage.
Re: Historical Cost of Nukes
> Square miles of land, worldwide, rendered uninhabitable or unusable by renewable
Quite a lot, I would think - have you seen the size of solar collector power stations?
This one: http://tinyurl.com/yw8jbd claims to be the first, and is from 2005 so I'd imagine they are bigger by now, and has 624 120 square metre mirrors.
Plus, you flood valleys when you build dams for hydro-electric power.
> Casualties arising from renewable power?
Loads of birds get clouted by wind turbine blades.
Incidentally, a total of 70 people have been killed directly by nuclear power station incidents - http://tinyurl.com/yunmz7. 112 people were killed building the Hoover Dam alone - http://tinyurl.com/2dudhca
> Requirement for expensive monitoring equipment, regulatory oversight or highly
> trained maintenance staff? None, slight and slim, respectively.
I'd rather hope solar collectors have trained staff and monitoring kit - they work at temperatures high enough to melt salt.
> The control key is in the correct place, next to the Windows key.
Yes, but a standard keyboard doesn't have the Fn key.
I'd argue that it's more important for Ctrl to be the left-most key than to be next to the Windows key.
You use things like Ctrl-Alt-Del and Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V regularly, and without thinking. The Fn is rarely used (by me, at any rate), and when you do you have to stop and look for the icon on the function key to press with it anyway.
Re: That Trackpad
> The wrong way round Fn key is a woeful mistake and I can honestly say it frustrates me at
> least once a week by not actually copying something because I've pressed Fn+C. I've used
> them for about 6 years and still can't do it without thinking about it first.
I just took the Fn keycap off on the Lenovo laptops I've had. It still works, you just press the rubber dome in, but your finger seems to automatically look for the first proper key, which is now Ctrl. Can you still easily flick the keycaps off on chiclet keyboards?
They put a function in the BIOS to swap it over, but that doesn't help when the control freak IT department put a password on the BIOS...
> basically the bottom of the whole pad is hinged as the left / right mouse button
> doesn't sounds so bad until you try to click and drag, it is a finger bending feat of
Can't you double-tap and drag, like you could on the old trackpads? That's the end of my plan to buy an X121 if you can't. The other thing you can do is use the track-nipple buttons with your other hand.
13-inch MacBook Air is 1400x900, 13-inch Asus Zen (and one of the Sonys I think) is 1600x900. That's about your lot though. There is the Lenovo T420s with 1600x900, but that's a 14-inch.
Low resolution laptop screens really annoy me. I have a years-old HP netbook with a 9-inch 1280x720 panel (and a CPU that's slower than a glacier, but that's beside the point), why are still getting 14 and 15-inch laptops with 1366x768?
Proper monitors aren't much better. 27-inch, but only 1920x1080??
Re: Lets pick over all the faults here...
> well most people use webmail over https which wont tell you anything about where its
> destined etc...
If you're using webmail, all the information will be on the webmail provider's server for ever, and will be handed over to Government types with very few questions asked. Webmail is probably the *least* secure way of doing email unless it's your server.
> Skype and other methods of communication." (BBC) - yes and these changes wont help
> that since yet again we're using encrypted connections to a website.
And again, details will be handed over by Skype etc. on request, assuming there isn't a direct tap into them already.
They were caiught with their pants down by the use of BlackBerry Messenger to organise the riots a while back, they are determined that it won't happen again. They people they *say* it's targetted at already know how avoid getting caught
Re: I've Already Installed Tor...
> I'm not sure why people keep going on about SSL, it is completely readable when you
> have intercepted the entire communication from it's initiation.
No it isn't, you'd need access to the private certificate on the server to decrypt it. Only the public certificate is sent out, to allow the other end to encrypt stuff.
You can do a 'man-in-the-middle', where you decrypt SSL on the way then re-encrypt it, but it'll set the alarm bells off in the browser as the server name won't match the destination address.
Re: Bunch of moaning whingers.
> given you've a new unproven technology which not many people can receive, what would you
> put on it to test? Britain's Got Voice?
You can beam Britain's Got No Talent (and all the rest of the 'reality' shite) straight into space for all I care. Gathering it all together on a no-bit-rate streaming channel would be a good idea.
Very similar here too...
Started on a ZX81, moved on to an Acorn Electron, then an Amstrad PC1512. Not sure I ever had a modem on those machines, I think my first was a 14,400 on an Olivetti 486 when I got my own place. I'd had modems at work for a while, though.
Excitement at school when the Research Machines 380Z was finally pensioned off for a network of BBC Micros with a gigantic Winchester hard disc in the corner. It was probably 5 or 10 meg, but was physically the size of a BBC. That would have been about 1985.
My 'rack' of servers is two HP ProLiant Microservers, one on top of the other. One is a 6Tb (4x2Tb RAID-5) NAS, the other is a VMWare ESXi host. I seem to be buying too many tablets at the moment, I have a ViewSonic ViewPad 7, a ZTE V9A and an iPad, and I'm still eyeing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch.
> Why flying over land at 10000m height, your cellphone/mobile device can easily drown out
> thousands of devices on the ground, which communicate to several cell towers.
Bollocks it could. If that was the case someone standing next to the BTS would knock out everyone else using it. You might confuse the cellular network, but you won't 'drown out' anything.
> Also, it cannot be ruled out that a mobile phone transmitter running at full power will
> interfere with the plane's receiver antenna/reciever, despite the fact that it works at different
A GSM phone has a 2 watt transmitter.
Sutton Coldfield is a TV and radio transmitter station, near Birmingham in the UK. It puts out a million watts on TV, and 250,000w on FM radio i.e. at least 125,000 times the power of a phone.
Sutton Coldfield is fairly near Birmingham airport, which has a radar system. I don't know the output of it, but it will be several kilowatts.
A mobile phone's output is insignificant compared to them, and yet planes don't fall out of the sky.
Hobbled by OS
I'd agree that the 900 is hobbled by it's OS.
It's supposed to be the top of the range, but it's got a single-core processor, 800x480 display and no micro-SD slot - all limitations imposed by the OS. £460 is way too much for those specs, an Experia S is £80 less.
> I'm with Tony - similar (empirical) experience here
Me too. I've got four of these, all no-name eBuyer specials, forming two networks. Two link the living room kit (Blu-ray etc.) to the upstairs network where the Astaro gateway and NAS are, the other two link the Astaro to the DSL modem downstairs.
ADSL still works, so does DAB and FM. The radios in the taxis that sometimes park over the road cause more interference.
I wonder whether people are mixing these adapters up with broadband over power line? That used the national grid for broadband distribution, and was proved to cause interference.
Re: Hang on...
> Yup, works a treat with Google Navigation as long as you remember to pre-cache the map tiles.
Or even a 'proper' navigation app like Copilot. 8 gig is enough for both the euro and US version and all the maps, and you can shove a 32Gb micro-SD in for some tunes in the car.
Android 2.2 puts me off, but now I know it has GPS it's a little bit tempting...
Re: Pearl Harbor Sucked...
If you want a laugh, have a look at the 'Goofs' for that one.
Re: Not the worst.
Not seen that one (Troll 2), but surely it doesn't beat Lake Placid 2 to the title?
Mega Python vs. Gatoroid must also be in the running, but that was only really made to have Debbie Gibson and Tiffany fight each other so maybe doesn't count.
Re: I've said it before, and I'll say it again ...
Completely agree. Recently had the same experience, except I was in Boston in the US.
First time on the wrong side of the road in a left-hand drive car was the 20 mile drive to the hotel. I would not want to do that without a GPS, i did not know that motorway junctions there sometimes have two exits depending which way you want to go on the road you're joining.
I've had a few WTFs from the GPS too though. TomTom tried to take me down a farm track going from Leatherhead to a hotel on Epsom Downs once. I just ignored it, and it recalculated - I think some people forget the GPS will recalculate the route if you go wrong, and think they will get lost if they don't obey every instruction.
Re: Let 3/Three die
No it isn't. They are (by a big margin) the only network I'd use for data, the tariffs from the others are daylight robbery.
They were the only mobile network that worked at a remote farm in Wales I stayed at once. T-Mobile just about worked if you leaned out of a window, the rest were non-existent.
Our work phones are mostly now on Orange, whose data network collapsed in a big heap a week or so ago. Not just 3G either, nothing worked for me for a day. They also have a habit of sending calls to voicemail without even ringing.
My opinion is they are the only UK network that takes data seriously, the rest do it because they have to.
> A grand total of 96 per cent of lost smartphones were accessed by the finders of the device.
The other 4% went straight for the factory reset and walked off with it :-)
The thieving ratbags want £15 a month to flick a switch at the exchange? I hope PlusNet weren't listening, I'm toying with switching to FTTC when the 80 meg stuff kicks in, but I'll not pay that much more.
The change to 80Mb/s is just a change to the encoding on the wire, it should be free.
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