* Posts by Portent

15 posts • joined 5 Jan 2009

The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

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Happy

I wish they would remake...

I have great memories of watching the Tomorrow People. I wish someone would remake Sapphire and Steel too.

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Why next iPhone screen could be made of SAPPHIRE - and a steal...

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Where's Silver?

I'm loving the Sapphire and Steel reference :)

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The year GNOMES, Ubuntu sufferers forked off to Mint Linux

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Mint with a dash of Cinnamon for me

I was a long standing Ubuntu user who had previously come from RH and later Suse (which I voluntarily paid for). But Unity killed Ubuntu for me. I tried to like it. I really did. But eventually I gave up and moved to Mint Cinnamon which I am very happy with. As it matures I'll probably go with the Debian version of it.

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Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet creator Gerry Anderson dies at 83

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5-4-3-2-1 Thunderbirds are gone!

I have so many happy memories of Joe 90, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Thunderbirds and Space 1999 from my childhood on Saturday mornings.

5-4-3-2-1 Thunderbirds are gone! :(

RIP

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RIP Psion PLC: You're with Motorola now

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Pioneering

Back in the late 90s I sent my first mobile email from a train using a Revo, hooked up to my Nokia 8210 phone over infrared. Good times.

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Lloyds TSB online banking, ATMs titsup in server crash

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Maybe the network server was off with stress like their boss?

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'Puzzling structures on surface' of YU55 spaceball

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Alien

No-one would have believed...

No-one would have believed, in the early years of the twenty first century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed we were being scrutinised as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even concidered the possability of life on other planets. And yet, across the gulf of space, minds immesurably superior to ours regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly but surely, they drew their plans against us.

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O2 grovels for London network failure

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FAIL

Tell me, Mr Anderson... what good is a phone call if you cannot speak?

I've had absolutely awful covereage recently. I work in London and a data connection here is abysmal. More often than not it simply won't work. Call quality around Canary Wharf is dire and in many cases, despite several bars, I can't get the call to connect. Others calling me usually drop to voicemail.

I'm only still on O2 because several family members are and therefore it is cheaper for them to call me. But in all honesty they usually end up calling my work mobile (on Vodafone) to get hold of me and so end up paying a higher rate for the call anyway.

It's fairly obvious that all those iPhone users are going to use a lot of data. I'm very much on the verge of giving up on O2 and moving to another provider.

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Ellison: Sunacle is an IBM killer

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Notable by its absence?

No mention of MySQL?

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The cloud virtualization black hole

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Big Brother

Legal snooping?

I wonder how long it will be before various government agencies force cloud providers into handing over various data held on behalf of their customers, a little like they do with emails, etc, now.

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Samsung Android phone finally hits O2

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Too expensive, contracts too long, and O2 data network is poor

I was holding out for this. But I'm not paying those prices, especially on an 18 or 24 month contract. Also the data coverage on O2 seems to suck where I live and work. So I'll probably be going elsewhere when I renew.

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Tech can make Britain Great again

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WTF?

Investing in India can make the UK great again

Hold on, almost all new IT jobs are going offshore or onshore to Indian nationals. So all we will do is boost the economy of India. Aint this gummnt great, sigh...

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Google uncloaks Chrome OS hardware pals

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I'm interested in the drivers

If this is a success then the general public won't really associate it with Linux. For example, most users of Android phones don't care or realise that the underlying code is Linux. But what I think this will do is encourage hardware manufacturers to release drivers for Chrome OS / Linux. For example, we could start to see more printer drivers released, and so on.

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Microsoft axes 5,000 staff as Q2 profit dives 11%

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Linux

Linux

If they replace their Windows machines with Linux they could save on all that license cost and keep the staff.

Oh, wait...

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Windows for Warships™ reaches Royal Navy frigates

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Zune?

let's hope the warships work on years with a Julian date of 366?

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