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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

mrmond

Re: Meeeh

We get it, that's what you like. But trust me, a lot don't.

My daughter had a new laptop last week, she tried to get used to it, she even liked some of it. In the end I installed an add on that gives her the traditional menu and/or the Metro interface.

And that is what most people do want. The choice.

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

mrmond

Best phone I ever had - SE P910i with Symbian UIQ

Touch screen,MP3 player and PDA all wrapped up into a pocket friendly bundle.

Plus Wolfenstein 3D got ported to it.

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Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again

mrmond

Re: I still love XP..

Yet you use linux and android for the rest. Why not use the android netflix app? As for the VM, whats wrong with wine? Not that I am a *ux lover but seriously... I call you on that one mate.

Because Netflix on my Nexus 7 isn't as enjoyable as as on 17'' laptop screen or as watching it on my HD telly via HDMI!

As for Netflix under Wine it works using a specially hacked wine and reposotories under 12.04 and later but I'm using 11.10 because that's the last version that fully supported my Ati graphics and I don't have the finances to upgrade at the moment. On my system all the howto's didn't work and I got fed up faffing around when I had an alternative

Seriously. Most of my time under Win 7 was normal browsing email and watching video via HDMI.

(and under Virtualbox it's not laggy except for the first couple of minutes at full screen. Perhaps because absolutely nothing else has been installed)

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mrmond

I still love XP..

For watching Netflix under a virtual machine. Haven't used windows for anything else in the last month.

My main activities I can do under Linux or using my Android tablet or mobile.

Since my recovery partition borked and the recovery disks I'd previously used started to fail on the last set of 5 at 96% I gave up trying to re-install. I did try from another install for Win7 but my "genuine" sticker with the Key is faded and unreadable so Microsoft won't help when I ring them up.

So screw Microsoft, I'm not paying a second time for an OS that I had installed already and I'll run XP virtually when I need to.

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Google waves its Chromecast dongle in front of developers

mrmond

Would be nice if we could actually buy it officially in the UK instead of Ebay or America.

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Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

mrmond

Re: What bollocks

Distracted by what ? They were turned off.

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Office for Android, iOS pushed back to late 2014?

mrmond

Who cares anyway ?...

When we already have Polaris, Kingsoft, QuickOffice, Documents to Go etc, etc,etc...

I remember owning a Windows phone and the "support" for office meant being able to view basic docs.

3rd party apps already fill the gap.

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ITV catches up with TVCatchup

mrmond

Re: I gave up on TVCatchup

I had that for a while. Turned out to be a Flash problem.

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

mrmond

No face blurring ?

So unlike Google, BT don't worry about number plates and faces.

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Canonical unveils fondleslab-friendly Ubuntu 'experience'

mrmond

Re: I just want to run Ubuntu on my tablet...

Google- Ubuntu - Nexus 7.

Install.

Done.

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Spotted: Android 4.2.2 update for Google Nexus devices

mrmond

Re: This again

Not so. I got mine direct from the Play store and waited quite a while for the last update to come through.

I had a call from google support (in the USA) over another issue, and he was telling me his Nexus 7 on his desk still hadn't had his update come through while a colleague sat next to him had his only about 10 minutes before.

This was at the same time people on XDA and other forums in the UK had already received it OTA

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Review: Vodafone Smart Tab II 7 budget 3G tablet

mrmond

Re: Let's be honest...

You don't need 2.3.

".2 Froyo will let you use the, phone as a wifi hotspot. I do myself occasionally on my Orange San Francisco that's rooted with 2.2. Trouble is it whomps through the battery doing that.

Now,if I could tether using Bluetooth instead I would try that, but 2.2 doesn't have that feature.

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Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

mrmond

Horrible Youtube app

I can't stand the android app myself. It doesn't always show the channels I'm subscribed to. Trying to read or add comments is badly integrated and too many videos are prevented from being viewed on a mobile app (pretty retarded as Google own Youtube and make the damn app!)

My solution is to open up Firefox and watch the video there, which lets me resize the video how I want and watch in a variety of resolutions depending on bandwidth instead of just HD or SD.

Microsoft complaining about having to use a cludged browser version ? It works better in my experience.

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Ubuntu for smartphones aims to replace today's mobes, laptops

mrmond

Hasn't it been done ?

Am I wrong in thinking they already tried this with a dock a while back !

I'm sure some were getting excited about it.

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Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows

mrmond

So Mint is fine ?

Didn't Mint change the search to duckDuck or something so they could generate revenue ?

No different to Firefox and Mozilla getting revenue from Google.

Malware doesn't give you a switch to turn it off. Last time I looked Ubuntu has a privacy setting to disable the Amazon search.

And if you want to be extra extra safe, uninstall the lens with one command that can be found just by searching "Remove amazon lens from Ubuntu" in your fave search engine.

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Google starts rolling out Android 4.2 to select devices

mrmond

Re: Wish I hadn't

No it's that the update had made the clock look worse than it already did, and the majority of people waiting for multi user support expected that all users would be able to access apps already installed but with their own settings.

Who wants to install the same game over and over for each user to play on their own login ?

Other than that I'm just griping.

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mrmond

Wish I hadn't

Got my OTA for my Nexus 7 this morning and went ahead.

The Clock is awful, before it showed whatever background image was in use and looked great as a clock when not in use,now it's plain black with 2 different fonts for the hour and minutes.

The other users feature is good,BUT other users don't have access to apps already installed and need a google account to use the tablet properly.

On the lock screen,the "extra" widgets are limited to calendar and email. You can't use other widgets that have been installed.

The only thing I really like is the new android keyboard.

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Fondle fever: Growing tablet market no longer just an iPad market

mrmond

No more holding out.

I was waiting to see what the mini would be like, I have to admit that even though i'm a die hard android user up till now, the thought of being able to use the same apps as the majority of my friends appealed to me.

However the Nexus 7 at 32GB for 200 quid made be part with my cash.

Waiting for delivery sometime today.

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Disney buys Lucasfilm, new Star Wars trilogy planned

mrmond

Mickey and Minnie trying to get off planet..

"These are not the Mice you are looking for"

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Amazon quietly un-wipes remotely wiped Kindle

mrmond

Wrong IP ?

So what happens then if I use my UK account to buy books while travelling in Europe ?

Does it get flagged up as the wrong IP and subsequently risk getting blocked ?

And just a thought, although this person was from Denmark. If this happens to someone in the UK, I'd wonder if Amazon could legally refuse to supply reasons for remote wiping if a request by the consumer is made under the UK's freedom of information and data protection acts.

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'Hypersensitive' Wi-Fi hater loses case against fiendish DEVICES

mrmond
Joke

Re: Inquiring minds...

Aha, maybe he could have lived to double that if you'd kept the wifi away !

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Skydiver Baumgartner in 128,000ft plunge from brink of space

mrmond

Re: Directions..

chute even

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mrmond
Happy

Directions..

I liked it when, after the cute had opened he clearly said "I need directions.."

We knew what he meant, but we were gleefully shouting "Down ! you need to go down"

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Amazon prices up Kindle Paperwhite for Blighty

mrmond
Facepalm

30 minutes a day for 8 weeks...

Oh dear that's so low. That only 28 hours. If I read solid for 8 hours a day I'd be having to charge the damn thing up every 3 and a half days !

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD and HD+ hands-on review

mrmond

Bluetooth or GPS

Does this have either ?

I use my phone for satnav but want to get a tablet soon.

Not nothered if it doesn't have GPS but if it has Bluetooth I can connect an external unit, something I do with the phone so I can save battery and have the phone anywhere in the car with voice instructions.

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Hitachi claims glass data storage will last millions of years

mrmond

Re: I remember when...

You had rocks to hit other rocks ?

In my day we had to chew the rocks to inscribe letters and counted ourselves lucky if we had any left after the first sentence !

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The Jupiter Ace is 30

mrmond

Re: Really???

It wasn't talking about the hardware being faster but the programs when running.

Forth executes much faster than Basic, just as machine code runs much faster than either on the SAME machine.

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Humanity facing GLOBAL BACON SHORTAGE

mrmond
Pint

Beef ?

Ok, panic over Bacon but doesn't anyone like a nice Beef Sausage? , especially the Beer sausage variety with a good Mash.

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Mio Spirit 695 LM satnav review

mrmond

Re: tempting

soon ? I've been waiting two years for this "coming soon" promise

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Boffins create super-muscular 'Hulk' mice: Humans next

mrmond

Super heroes ?

I checked out the lab but something bit me.

I'm mouseman (with the incredibly large ears)

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Samsung's Wang was up 22 hours a day, had no time to copy Apple

mrmond

Tocco trouble

"Look up the samsung Tocco , looked nothing like the iPhone yet was full touchscreen and had its own style of icons, totally dropped in favour of the Galaxy ripoff."

But the Tocco was crap.

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MetroPCS waves wand, turns Samsung Galaxy mobe into a TV

mrmond

TVCatchup

When I want to watch TV in the UK I just use the TVCatchup service, either from the mobile version of the site or using their excellent app.

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Finally some QUALITY apps for Android: PalmOS emulator ported

mrmond
Terminator

Used this with my old windows mobile when my Palm T3 battery would no longer hold a charge,and I am tempted to try this as I wrote to the company many,many months ago asking if an android version was in development.

Got an email earlier so downloaded the apk to try it out.

Why ? Some of us were Palm users for years and built up a vast collection of software. I want to see what works using Styletap just for amusement.

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O2, Be Broadband axe Pirate Bay access

mrmond
IT Angle

workaround

Well I found out an alternative ip for the main site and it worked for a day,but then it timed out after.

Changed dns settings to opendns and still doesn't work (on BSkyB)

However no problems using a proxy or using a Tor browser,starting the download,then closing tor to speed up the connection.

Just wondering why using opendns isn't making any difference.

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Apple seeks resurrection of HTC importation ban

mrmond

any of these phones around in 1996 when the patent was granted ?

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Evernote

mrmond

Springpad

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AMD: New Trinity laptop chips out-juice Intel graphics

mrmond

My HP laptop is a hybrid affair, discrett 4200 and 5400HD for a bit more oomph. Linux supplied drivers always seem to think I just have the 4200. The latest Catalyst from AMD works properly and lets me choose which to use. Win 7 no problems but XP is completely unsuported. No hybrid drivers for XP abailable and the normal 5400 driver fails to install.

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Study reveals high price of smut addiction

mrmond
Go

Need help

"88 percent of respondents said they are willing to seek professional help to treat smut addicition, but would prefer to do it online"

....so that they can watch more porn.

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The Pirate Bay cries foul over Pirate Bay copycats

mrmond

The networks already do this, it usually get spotted fairly quickly and then you see there are no seeds on a new torrent.

People grabbing torrents tend to download from someone who's built up a reputation for providing consistent seeds that are good.

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Jolly rogered

mrmond

Master Dick ?

If we get software to recognise Dick, will it recognize Bruce Wayne as well ?

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Happy 30th Birthday, Sinclair ZX Spectrum

mrmond

Custom Speccy anyone ?

My first spectrum was a 16k jobbie bought my my stepfather for "school work" *cough*

I save ages to buy an upgrade to 48k which meant putting in new ram chips. My very first hardware upgrade, that actually worked out cheaper than buying the 48k machine in the first place.

Later I had a plus 2 then a disciple disk drive before finally getting a plus 3 in about 1991/92 secondhand with interface 1 and microdrives. Of course it would only work properly in 48k mode as the +2a and +3 were different internally so a friend of mine converted it to a proper 128 by piggybacking a 128 rom and a switch so I could use it as either. It was possible to boot up as a 128,load a program from microdrive,then flip to save it onto the internal +3 drive. Later he added a 720k PC drive that I had working with the plus D from Datel,again,setting it up to switch and be seen as the A: drive instead of B:. I also had a multiface3 unit that meant I could convert all my games to disk. The final addition he did was to add a 3.5 inch jack to the top left of the case with the psuedo stereo modification that many demoscene coders were using, ACB stereo which worked brilliantly.

I even got an old Cub monitor used originally with a BBC and had a scart lead made up for a better picture on a telly.

Apart from the original 16k rubber keyed version, which got nicked everything else was done on the cheap second hand.

Now,I'm emulating the speccy on my android phone and on my laptop, but still have a ZX81 and a Plus3 in the cupboard.

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TuneIn Radio Pro

mrmond
Thumb Up

Just got this from Getjar

And it's pretty good.

Radio 1 and 2 plus a couple of local radio stations and one european rock station /i listened to while travelling and it's working great.

Beats xiaalive which I used up till now and only keep for full shoutcast capability.

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Met Office cuts off Linux users with new weather widgets

mrmond

Met office aint the only fruit.

So stuff them. Just use a widget from another provider. there's plenty of them.

The one on my google page isn't from the met office,and the only weather gadget I use on my linux system isn't either.

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Orange Tahiti 7in Android tablet

mrmond

I feel the same as K 4, that's a ridiculous outlay for a tablet of this size,even if it's spread over 2 years. Plus you'd have to get a larger memory card.

And why is the reviewer complaining about the lack of Orange apps. Having had a ZTE Blade and numerous SPV phones loaded down with Orange bloatware, it's a plus point to not have them.

Now..if this comes out on PAYG at a reasonable price I might be tempted.

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French get unlimited mobile for €20

mrmond

cheaper calls

Easiest option before going abroad is make sure your phones unlocked before you go and get a local sim card. Orange in romania is considerably cheaper than Orange in the UK for example (7 euro for 2500 calls/sms on Orange & 120 mins international to mobile and landlines, even comes with 100mb data)

I can't understand why people don't do this and just send a text saying "I'm on this number for the next xx weeks". The person at home will pay more,but still less than the roaming costs usually, especially in europe.

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CamScanner

mrmond

No offence intended ?

Tony, I thank you for your reply, but I think the issue here that some have taken, is that while no offence IS intended, for many people the use of Swear words CAN be offensive.

Rather than saying,your readers shouldn't take offence wouldn't it be better to take the stance that this could cause offence given the nature of the app ?

Case in point - The Viz app that gives out quotes of one of the characters. That I found very funny because it was in keeping with the nature of the app, and entirely expected.

I love Viz, I choose to read Viz, any article that is about Viz I would assume I may see swearing, crass humour etc, but not in this case. Not for an app that is basically just a simple scan to text converter.

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mrmond

not the point.

When I turn on late night comedy or goto a live show, I expect I'll hear swear words for comedic effect.

I know what the Onion is, I have it in my bookmarks, when I want to see it, I see it.

This was an app review. It's unwarranted and unnecessary here.

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