* Posts by leexgx

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Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch

leexgx

windows 8 key is baked into the UEFI BIOS (unless you paid for windows 8 and installed it your self) you just need the right version that came with your laptop it self activates, if you install windows 8/8.1 and it asks for a Key after its installed you installed the incorrect version and there is a recovery built in any way just force it off 2-3 times until it gets you into the windows troubleshoot GUI

there are 2 versions 8 and 8.1 (some new laptops are still coming with windows 8 installed that can then be upgraded for free to 8.1 but you must use a windows 8 OEM install disk/USB not retail disk/USB)

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

leexgx

some one who owns a firearm illegally this will not affect them at all as the police will not be aware of them, very small % have a gun license as there is a lot of fluff with needing to have one (in the USA you can for the most par in most states just walk in and buy a gun)

more people have explosive license then gun licenses

need to get an Personal defence device my self , a fire extinguisher (and maybe a golf ball) and Purple Die spray so police can pull them when they see a purple head walking around

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AMD-AMMIT! Hundreds face axe at chip maker as PC, graphics crash

leexgx

amd was lucky today shop person was trying to sell a A6 amd laptop (proberly 1.5ghz A6 dual core that really is a signal core)to one of my customers i just flat out stated no as it be slower then then £100 laptop i borrowed them, the shop then showed an A8 (the newer one running at 2ghz with turbo of 2.4 ish) that was ok, seemed ok (did not hang around to wait for the 70 updates to start ( HDD was mostly active when doing the downloading part)

the problem with with buying a AMD laptop is you can buy something that is slower then a Core2Duo if its a E type AMD cpu is a lot slower then Intel ATOM with out HT, AMD need to disallow Netbook CPUs that are not ment for full size laptops or any CPU bulldozer type and its later siblings that is lower then 2Ghz and Cida 4 core as well (realistically they are dual core not quad) as they plain suck

as to why i cant be bothered with AMD any more as i am not with the customer normally when getting a laptop so its far easier to just say if it has AMD on it ignore it (unless its an A8 maybe) and get an intel one (not ATOM) as you really cant go wrong with an intel cpu (ideally an haswell celeron will do most are now any way even at 1.4Ghz they are as fast as a 2.5Ghz AMD cpu, battery life is amazing on them, easy 4 hours)

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Apple iOS 7 remote wipe: Can it defeat the evil scrumper scourge?

leexgx

Re: Apple copying Google again

""""""""""

You can track and send remote commands to your device here;

https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager?hl=en_GB&u=0

""""""""""

guess i messed the news on that update, works very well

But it should ask to be enabled before you use it the first time, as it let me track my 2 phones that are used as car trackers right away (wounder if there is a way of remotely viewing a android phone like remote desktop for android)

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Netbooks projected to become EXTINCT by 2015

leexgx
Devil

Re: Netbook dead?

unsanctioned Android Tablets are annoying to hell apart from some tending to have crappy touch screens, they also lack google play store as well so mostly makes the device not very useful as bunch of my customers found out, one got an official Android Tablet device {after they smashed the screen}, 7" samsung tab i think and it was completely useable and she agreed with me the other tablet was junk (it was an copy of an official tablet they even gave it the same name)

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The Man Who Fell to Earth: Plane plummet plod probe phone

leexgx

Re: Could he have survived the flight?

Lack of oxygen would've likely been the main death cause as them wheel bay is sealed off from the rest of the plane so he would've died from that first (yes the crushed or when the gear came down is likely as well)

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

leexgx

Re: White whines: Muh New Overpriced Shiny was a stolen!

if you have marked the device as lost as soon as the person connects to wifi you have its (approx) location and pictures

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leexgx

Re: Receiving stolen goods is still a crime.

does not work like that in iran, its drop an bomb first and see if it was really an bad person

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Tick-tock! 40% of PCs start Windows XP malware meltdown countdown

leexgx

if you have got 300 computers you would be do mass install images not installing each pc one by one, its getting the first computer running windows 7 and getting all your programs working on that box first is the issue the other 300 computers are none issue if they are all new, if they are old they need ram upgrade thats all as most of them will be probably running 512mb of ram

or if they switch to VMware stuff then the pcs are not important at all as all the work is done at the server end

i used to do this at ICL at fujitsu i used to do mostly on my own 100s of computer image an asset tagging a day

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Windows XP support ends a year from … now!

leexgx

Re: Not Win8, not now or ever

first thing i do when i come to an windows 8 pc is install startisback (5 user keys are dirt cheap) and convert the account back to an standard account as its unlikely they are going to use RT

i did a job yesterday and it was quite funny a tech person came around to charge £20 an hour to teach how to use the computer but when it came to windows 8 he gave up and called someone els up to come around (funny he does not even know about start menu software for windows8)

i not an compleat hater of windows 8 but you shove an win8 pc to an 80 year old, all the computer lessons they have done are meaningless unless you install startisback or start8 and most users computers are running xp to win7 still so it adds to the confusion (main issue i have seen customers having is getting Stuck on an RT program as there are no back buttons most of the time)

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Microsoft to slap 9 patches on Windows junkies on Tuesday

leexgx

Re: More Windows Rot

so i guess this is another 800MB of updates (you seen the size of the updates from a fresh install )

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BSkyB punters drown in MASSIVE MYSTERY Yahoo! mail! migration!

leexgx
Angel

Re: migration notification

sky email system was Inhouse they moved to google mail long time ago and that was an cockup as sky changed the Mail servers from mail.sky.com to tools.mail.sky.com so they basicly broke every customer email clients in that stupid move when all they had to do was point mail.sky.com to google servers (now i guess yahoo but not changed the tools.mail.sky.com)

only benefit was i got a lot of call outs to fix email settings

sky have changed there email services twice now and not for the better as now all sky customers can be used to spam any one

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/03/06/despite-its-efforts-to-fix-vulnerabilities-yahoos-mail-users-continue-reporting-hacking-incidents/

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leexgx
Childcatcher

Re: People still use ISP mailboxes ?

the other issue they are going to make now is that yahoo currently have an hole in their network that is allowing spammers to simply access your account scan all email addresses (and emails that are in all folders) and then Mass spam all of them, so this means now all @sky.com email customers can now be hijacked for spam (note the user done not have to click on any thing the account can also be surpended account as well)

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/03/06/despite-its-efforts-to-fix-vulnerabilities-yahoos-mail-users-continue-reporting-hacking-incidents/ (ignore users who have lost there accounts as they likey gave there passowrd away)

note this is not an password compromise they do not seem to be getting your password they can just use your account like it has no password, the only time you notice something has happened is if you get failed mail delivery messages and you check the ""View your recent sign-in activity"" in your account page to see where you have logged in

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IT Pro confession: How I helped in the BIGGEST DDoS OF ALL TIME

leexgx
Megaphone

Re: Losing Sleep?

email would be practicably be useless with out Spamhaus and the email servers that use there lists

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leexgx
Happy

Re: Losing Sleep?

spam supporter detected

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leexgx
Linux

Re: You are right.. and wrong

well the good thing is you at least had the sense to email you once your DNS was under attack/high load was happening, most who setup and DNS and forget about it, most do not even notice it as they have high speed connections normally

most other DNS providers just send an angry email when they are sending out large amounts of data when in fact they should be fixing there own DNS to stop it from doing that (cloudflare has had lots of angry emails when an DNS amplification attack is going on, when it is there Own fault for setting up the DNS incorrectly)

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Yahoo! webmail! hijacks! are! back!...

leexgx

Re: Definitely something odd going on

my sister and an customer from over the road start spam emailing me as well

funny thing is my 2 yahoo accounts seem ok, no odd logins but i do have 2 factor login turned for them account, but yahoo 2 factor login does not apply to email (imap,pop3) or yahoo messenger, so i should not be protected from this (as accounts are just been accessed and spam is been sent out, it reads all mail folders and spams all of them, no other action on the account is taking affect)

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UK way behind pack on broadband speed in Europe

leexgx

Re: Caps and throttling

http://www.plus.net/support/broadband/speed_guide/traffic_management.shtml

expand rate limits (read it bit more)

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leexgx

Re: Caps and throttling

unless your paying for the higher package on Plusnet they do limit P2P at peak times to make sure streaming services and types of packets (VOIP or games) get delivered at low ping

http://www.plus.net/support/broadband/products/pro-Add-On-faq.shtml (there was an statement about it was handled diferant on Fibre that Pro was not needed but is useful for ADSL as its easy to limit an ADSL connection but not so much an FTTC connection)

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leexgx

Re: Why discrepancy between Akamai and Ofcom speeds ?

Akamai is real download speed that they see when users are downloading files or streaming (you be suprised how much goes throw Akamai

likely OFCOM report is the modems Locked ADSL/VDSL speed that they get off Openreach

its like Virgin there head line speeds are 30, 60 or 100/120mb/s depending what you pay for, but depending on how much load there is on the local Upstream it can be at peak time download speed be as low as 2mb+ 5-30% packet loss that makes it unusable to use (note its Upstream thats buggering up the download speed on VM the fibre backhaul is not saturated, its the COAX cable side of the cab on DOCSIS that messed up, all they need to to is add more upstream channels to fix the issue)

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leexgx

Re: Lies and statistics@Alfie

i agree on that statement any thing higher then 10mb for an normal user will not notice the speed improvement, unless they was downloading an very large file,

some customers i know they got FTTC there PC and Wifi is slower then there broadband connection, he would of been fine on ADSL as they already had 8mb ish connection any way,

but i wish they would do the Warrington exchange area not just the med size exchanges around me as 20-30% or more cant get more then 0.5-1mb on the Warrington exchange

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leexgx

Re: I'd love to sign up for a decent ISP

rural or more so none 21CN exchanges i find have this issue with speeds been low (does not matter what ISP your on as the BT backhaul is to small so QOS lowers the speed for every one to keep packet loss at bay)

once 21CN comes if it ever comes to you, your lower speeds around peak time should go back to what ever your modem Locks onto

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leexgx

Re: 100 Mbps

FTTP/H (fibre directly to the premiss/house) very rare and costs a lot of money

FTTC (like virgin cable ish but badly implemented or currant VDSL that bt sells)

not FTP (that file transport protocol) or FTC if you posted that before

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leexgx

Re: And what you neglected to mention:

@AndrueC

when we talk about Congestion this tends to be the speed you get

the modem will still get 5mb/s or 70mb/s (what ever you get as an Normal lock on your modem is, peak or not peak time does not normal affect this at all) but its the speed at the other end of the phone cable backhaul at the exchange is over utilised so BT QOS is limiting speed so that packet loss does not happen (i have not seen this happen on VDSL yet and even if it does its only be tech people that notice it, eve VDSL can provide 10mb/s that is enough for most)

Congestion on an BT line is more likey to happen on the smaller exchanges (below 2000ish) more so if its not even 21CN yet, there are 2 of them around where i am, ADSL Lock 7700, real download speed around 6pm 0.5-2mb (norm the lower number) drive me nuts when i go around that area later on in the day needing to download stuff as it takes all day (at least BT QOS is working on the exchange to handle the limited backhaul as there is norm no packet loss, UNLIKE Virgin cable where it drops packets when upstream is saturated)

the bigger ones norm have the larger backhaul and have 21cn as well so more fibre there to use and turn on if needed, so speed is norm not an issue on large exchanges or any that have 21CN, if your getting FTTC where you are then the Main exchange will have large pipe already and will be 21CN enabled

the Lock speed for ADSL or VDSL should not change under norm use (peak time or not) the more users that are connected to the "exchange/VDSL cab" can norm lowers the speed an little but not much unless an BT man touches your phone cable in the cab and knocks it lose

normal the modem/exchange will lock the speed an little lower then the best rate you can get (sky lock it the download speed to 500kbs lower then best speed it can get, as to why some times users end up with silly 0.02mb locked profile connections some times, sky its just quick call to reset it, other providers i prefer to kill my self some times when all i am asking them to do is reset the line profile)

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Thunderbolt interface strikes YOUR PC: What's the damage?

leexgx

surprised about the poor speeds coming from USB 3

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Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

leexgx

Re: !!!

i just load start8 onto the pc Problem solved partly, i going to love how computer lessons are going to work now (i just advise them to tell them to install Start8 on there New laptops or desktops at home so they can do the computer lessons so when they get back home they can do something on windows8, i have yet to find out how to get access to documents with out having to go back to the desktop to get to the documents folder)

i have been having some issues with some windows 8 laptops where the system is hanging an bit (gets stuck on disk I/O)

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US text-to-911 emergency SMS to go live by 2014

leexgx

but 911 or 999 should get priority (norm if the SMS fails to send you get an message telling you so)

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leexgx

Re: I'm sorry

999 or 911 texts are free so cant be charged for (they have your number if your sending fake SMS 999 or 911 texts)

in the UK thought you have to Register 999 text before it works (its meant for death or hard of hearing people), but in the USA it needs to be enabled for every one due to the way gun LAWs are there

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YouView: 'Public service catch-up telly should belong to us alone'

leexgx

Re: Hmmmmm

iPlayer and sky did do that for an short time with there download versions of tv programs, they stopped doing that after some time as the software was buggy and there was no way to limit the upload speed

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leexgx

Re: Hmmmmm

VM on demand services are VM systems not BBC or related content, so when it cant start paying the video its VM thats at fault not BBC or related channel content provider (we are talking about the VM tv cable box here)

if your talking about streaming again norm for VM any way its local network issues that make Streaming impossible or the buffer game (there TV ad ****** me off so much about no more buffering, my ADSL 1mb connection can play youtube no issues, then my 100mb can between the times of 4pm and midnight, same for on-line games as well)

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Survey: Win8 only HALF as popular as Win7 among IT bosses

leexgx

Re: History has a view

the RT layout will just massively confuse most of my customers, compared to Vista (that was more an Driver issues and Poor implementation of superfetch and system restore both Bashing the HDD in i/O) Win8 RT layout been Forced onto users is very stupid move, all they needed to do was an an market app store to windows and Slap windows 8 on the Box (+the improvements they have done to the Win8 that i do like under the hud)

at least apple have got it Right this time

OSX for laptop and desktop

IOS for Phone and Tablets (and some more cut down version OS for ipods)

MS should not be forcing an Touch layout onto desktop and laptops where no one wants it

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 game review

leexgx

Re: Not surprised

only 30k on-line players thought (guess every one is only playing single player or zombies)

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When GiffGaff falls over, is it even news any more?

leexgx

Re: GiffGaff - I love it

the problem is an issue happens every 3 months that takes some times an month to fix or requires an ask an Agent to get them to fix it {these are things that should be fixed auto}(I would Strongly not recommend Giffgaff as an Main phone and even more so if its for important calls or business use),

The new issue is there payment system is now taking money Twice when you have recurring goodybags enabled when it should only be taking it once, happy they have brought back Qued goodybags again as that system was Working perfectly fine before they removed it last time

i use giffgaff on my second phone for the unlimited internet for £12 works perfectly fine for that (mainly why most of the issues they have had have happened to Voice and text)

giffgaff Need to Dump Lithium as its likely where most of there issues are coming from, they need sack who ever is managing the database and back end stuff (like goodybags, top-ups, card details) you cant screw with users money they just leave

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4G: Bad coverage, crap battery life - but at least it's really expensive

leexgx

Re: some +s to LTE

skimmed it an little

i do agree EE seems pointless with 4G (like they think they are in the USA and can charge stupid prices for stuff)

T-Mobile, the full monty £21 sim only 1 month contract (that can use Orange masts as they share now),

Three, £15 PAYG and £25 contract 1 month (unlimited, Coverage is an issue though and overload masts, three is more like t-mobile is the USA its a new network so coverage on avg is poor, more so indoors)

giffgaff £12 PAYG ,, uses O2 network (1GB an hour and 3GB day limit, data bar limit)

with unlimited data on 3G only

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leexgx

Re: Why no VoLTE?

VoIP Apps are Data based they have nothing to do with 4G LTE Directly apart from using the data layer same as if they was using 3G system (HSDPA to DC-HSPA+)

Upload speed is always limited on 3G compared even at higher speeds

VoLTE is an Mobile Operator supported system (or should say unsupported at the moment) so it will replace Switched based voice calling and change it to packet/IP based

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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

leexgx

Re: Windows8 Metro/ModernUI is the most lazy thing in IT ever

F hate this site, Do Not F wipe the text out when you press forward or back by mistake (it goes grey just to take the Pss when you click on it gets deleted)

users do not like change, they take the system back and get an windows 7 system (not typing all what i just did)

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Adobe plugs up buffer overflow holes in Shockwave update

leexgx

Re: Shockwave - all 2 users will be pissed

"There's a lot of educational software written in Shockwave."

but norm its in an shockwave software cd's warped .exe so

Problem is no one ever updates it

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Hackers get 10 MONTHS to pwn victims with 0-days before world+dog finds out

leexgx

Re: Yup... the result of "responsible" disclosure

most "responsible" disclosure if the company does not fix the issue within good time (3-6months?) they norm go public with it

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Everything Everywhere prices up UK 4G

leexgx

THree use the 3g DC-HSPA+(42mb) that shares HSPA+(21mb/14mb) and HSDPA 7.2mb so real speeds on three tend to be more around 3-10mb on tablet/Dongles that support DC-HSPA+ (42mb) as i know of no phone that supports DC-HSPA+

LTE 100mb is first 4g tech in the UK (up to 100-150mb on tablets all mobile phones 100mb Not moving,, USeable most likey 20-60mb to begin with until more uses start to use it) is what's been implemented in the UK

LTE-ADV will be the one that supports up to 1000mb not moving (500-600mb usable per device) and 100mb when moving at high speed (like an train), next 3-7 years

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leexgx

Re: Sorry but...

the LTE that's going to be used at the start is LTE 100mb (maybe LTE150 on tablets) its LTE-ADV will support them speeds that you posted posted

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BBC Watchdog crew sink teeth into dodgy PC repair shops

leexgx

do people still have Working IDE systems :)

any way Moving an hard drive jumper in this day and age is poor showing on Watchdog as Jumpers do not Move them self's (i would of worked that out in the end any way) but the company was dodgy any way so did not matter really

i mite of had some one Check on me about 3-4 years ago as i come across an pc that seemed like it was Setup for me to fix (problem that could of only been made by some one not by mistake like, Watchdog moving jumpers that do not move them self)

the Ram or lose IDE cable is what they should of done as some jobs i do come across are in fact lose ram

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O2 kicks out Ericsson server for breaking its network

leexgx

three main issue is not placing new masts to fill dead spots in and out doors (less then 10% signal) but that could be more an issue with not having much bandwidth compared to all of the other networks and they use 2100 band as well, so walls Really love three network (i am sitting between 3 t-mobile/three masts problem is 10%< to no signal in doors so it tends to stall the radio on the phone a lot as its switching between the masts, been like that for 5 years)

i cant fault there customer support thought (i know more then most customer service reps do normally, Three they are basically at my level when talking to them so its nice to bad network coverage is not) only issue is when you want to leave that is, it take you an Hour to get connected and they try and keep you by lowering contract price (at least the call is free)

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BT Infinity customers hit by outages at 'third party peering network'

leexgx

Re: Taken Months

at least BT fix the problems whereas Virgin just ignore them until the cab has been set on fire

virgin media oversubscribed Upstream area, next fix in 3 months emm nope 3 months err can't do add 3 more months, Virgin just need to ad More upstream channels at the big cabs... why they have 100 downstream chans but only 5 upstream

they need to stop ignoring oversubscribed areas as they just switch to Sky FTTC (maybe talktalk or BT), the good thing is when they move off Virgin my connection will work normally again, but i mite end up switching as i like my ping at an constant 30 then an avg 60 (+/- 60 jitter + up to 5-30% packet loss between 4pm and midnight)

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Nokia pumps up Lumia browsing with Xpress

leexgx

Re: I'll stick to Opera thanks.

Problem is there is No Opera browser for the wp7 yet/ever

i know as i have an wp7 phone (nokia 800) apps for it are incomplete or not up to scratch or no app at all

good thing is once windows 8 (PC/Phone/ARM tablet) is out, if its on the windows marketplace it will be most likely be on the phone as well as the framework is setup so you can port the app between the 3 different types of hardware very easily

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Microsoft sets date for Windows Phone 8 unveiling

leexgx

Re: Am I the only one...

As an blackberry user (ish I use an android backup phone for the fun stuff) just I got used to the keyboard on the bb for fast calendar input

I sold me HTC one x to get the moto razr maxx

I am actually typeing this on nokia 800 (tempory) now for the most part it is good every thing is smooth running, but key apps need work (Facebook eBay twitter, even your own the register app need fixing as you can't reply on top of reply on the win phone app and if an currant reply is to long it gets cut off with empty space ) offer issue that still needs fixing is the browser messing with text size (that bug has been there from day one wp7 was released ) it happen on this page now 2-3 of the posts text size is like font size 2 there is no opera mini for wp7 as well

Do not see how wp8 is going to fix apps that are not getting any love (if they are even on the market in the first place)

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Top admen beg Microsoft to switch off 'Do Not Track' in IE 10

leexgx

Re: Not really...

@Oninoshiko

no normal person reads that (they just press next and finish to make it go away) so its on by default user does not understand why or what it is

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leexgx

why his post was liked so much, advertisers are just going to ignore the DNT flag if IE10 is detected as it has an incorrect DNT default on setting, Apache has all ready added it to there ignore list (other browsers are not affected and the DNT will work as intended )

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EE sets October date to power up UK 4G network

leexgx

(dc-)HSPA+ is not 4g

""""""HSDPA+ service, which can deliver data close to the 30-ish megabits-per-second 4G EE will offer. But doing so won't get them the little "4G" logo.""""""""

DC-HSPA+ (41mb) is still not an 4g network (guessing its an USA Writer) still uses HSDPA/HSPA+ and UMTS space your lucky if you can get 8mb on HSPA+ the avg been 4mb or lower

4g in the EU norm stads for 4th Generation network (not 4 speed as the USA mobile operators like to call it, and due to network load HSPA+ is only about 1-2mb faster then HSDPA and that avg speed in the USA is 0.5-2mb or lower)

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Virgin Media STILL working on fix for SuperHub corrupt downloads glitch

leexgx

i still got the 50mb V2 modem (black one with blue lights) works fine on 100-110mb profile (seems to be 110mb as i get 11% when i download as they seem to add 10% on the profile to what ever broadband option your paying for as my 50mb was bit faster)

i agree with the issues with oversubscribed area as packet loss or as important ping Jitter, something that does not happen on ADSL or FTTC lines normally as every one gets an dedicated link via the phone cable to each house

where as cable its shared among loads of streets (most be 20 streets on mine or more) to make it simpler it slike 2 way Wifi (there is an upload and an downlink) more that use it the worst it gets but main issue is Upstream most cabs only have 4! where as downstream can go into the 100 range (max i seen is 101 on mine)

but i have been told that Virgin (no confirmation just Engineer that came out to fit Tivo box) they seem to be going to be doing basically what BT are doing but take it farer, they are going to drag Fibre cable to the Street cabs them serfs so issues should only be limited to street level not an whole Block, where as the moment it goes to an main Virgin (FTTC) cab point and then its copper from there on currently, so when to many users start torrent and not setting there upload to 11KB (default is Blast the upload 0=max) does not take many users to make packet loss or Very high ping (above 100+ then packetloss) and end result is you got an 100mb connection that cant load pages properly

been thinking of posting letters throw every ones door with an cable box on there house asking them to refine from using illegal torrents or at least set the upload limit to 11 (ask your kids) so not to affect every one els connection

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Motorola Razr i hands-on review

leexgx

Re: 20 Hrs of use.

that's why i am selling my HTC one X (ebay item 190726103100 if your interested) not really bad phone just i tend need little more battery life, aiming for the Razr maxx my self

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