829 posts • joined Tuesday 3rd March 2009 22:30 GMT
Re: Handspring Visor Deluxe
> but this whole iMac design was one of the worst things to face the face of earth
Late 90s and everything was translucently blue, from external TV cards, webcams, printers, even pencil sharpeners.
By the early to mid 2000s, it was iPod white. Even the original xBox 360.
Then, late 2000s and into the 2010s, with the iPhone and iPad, black was the new.. black.
A hex upon thee
Plenty of hex screws lying about the Antrim coast.
Just follow the signs for the Giants Causeway.
End of an era
Whatever your opinion of RM, it is the end of an era.
Throughout the 80s and into the 90s, RM was there in my schooldays, my first experiences of x86 PCs.
RM Nimbuses, the old 8086s then the 386s which were BNC networked to boot off a server.
The occasional standalone machine with Clarisworks installed.
They're as much a part of my childhood as Mac Classics.
Re: Consoles are to games
A friend recently bought a PS4. I asked him what the main USPs were, he said the menus were a bit faster.
Given that when I switch the PS3 or 360 on, the menus are usually the bit in between me booting and playing the game, I don't see them for more than a handful of seconds anyway. It wouldn't make me rush out and buy one.
However - Show me Fallout 4 with gorgeous textures at 1080i and I'll be first in the queue....
Where is the USP game?
I bought this gen Xbox 360 (and later a PS3) when there was a reason to get it - that was GTA4.
After that I got into some great gaming experiences with the Bioshock, Forza, Fallout, Project Gotham, Elder Scrolls, Gran Turismo series.
Currently playing GTA5 on the PS3, I'll follow that with the Bioshock Infinite DLC.
However at that point it would take a really interesting game to get me to buy the new generation.
The rumours of a new Fallout might be just that.
But.. but... all PS3s play PS1 disc games.
(Not a lot of people seem to know that)
My own netbook experience is thus:
- Bought Acer Aspire One, ran Linpus. I actually liked it, a small, fast, appliance-like distro. Of course I found the terminal quickly, enabled the right click menus etc. - biggest problem now is that it is a few years out of date, upgrading the likes of Firefox is a little cumbersome.
- Installed XP on the netbook. Runs ok. Support is going to end though I'll not use this for anything secure / banking etc.
- OSX. Bit cheeky, but this runs brilliantly. Biggest problem is that it does seem to make the machine run warm. For a little hackbook it is quite nice.
- Toshiba netbook with Windows 7 starter, bought as a gift for my other half. Despite being newer than the AAO, runs very slowly. Even Ubuntu put on it runs slow. Was gathering dust when she got an iPad.
Combined though, I use the AAO to run on the TV to stream videos from my external drive, the Toshiba is used on the other side of the living room, with synergy, to drive the mouse on the AAO.
Had this been 10 years ago, I too would've nodded my head in agreement at buying a second hand IBM Thinkpad. *
I can't say the same now though, and would not suggest buying a Lenovo Thinkpad.
Thinkpads are alright in corporate world, when you have next-day replacement support when the inevitable fan failure occurs.
For domestic use, they're not built to last beyond the 2-3 year corporate upgrade cycle. You don't want it out of action for a week or two trying to source and fit aforementioned fan.
* My 380Z thinkpad is still going strong.
Controller support / remap buttons
Any chance of adding support for proper controllers to remap the buttons?
GTA3 is fun to play on my Android convertible tablet, especially when I plug the PS3 controller in.
However, the buttons are mapped all over the place. The triangle, for example, which usually gets into the car, is used for shooting...
I tried playing it on touchscreen, just no. Horrible experience.
Re: Or get this..
An Amstrad receiver going through a Microsoft console onto a Tesco Technika TV?
Talk about stacking elephants
Re: RE: The lack of ads on the Beeb is still remarkably compelling
"or at the very least should be hived off to a "BBC Classics" channel rather than sold for more profit to Dave or UK Gold."
Dave, GOLD and the rest of UKTV are basically BBC repeat channels.
Used to be broadcast from Broadcasting House, at one point more commercial TV was broadcast than BBC channels..
Re: The barman knows too much!
Cornish pastie or Irish battered pastie?
Don't forget the AMD chip in the Xbone...
My own XP holdout is an Acer Aspire One from the good old netbook days of 4 years ago.
However, given that it also runs Linux and <cough> OSX </cough> (allegedly), and is still handy for taking on holiday / transporting to parents houses to show holiday photos on the TV etc. it'll stay in use.
Replacement? I tried an Asus Transformer, but it just isn't the same as a full fat laptop.
The Surface Pro / Lenovo Yoga x86s are interesting, but pricey...
Re: Serial issue
I recently got some DE-9 serial port diagnostic probes for checking and diagnosing industrial applications working on a brand spanking new Windows 8 notebook for my father.
Used a serial to USB adaptor.
Only caveat was that the applications needed to execute in 'Administrator' mode to pick up the COM ports.
Re: Reading the above comments...
If it was the well known GB (or is that BG?) energy supplier that I'm thinking of, the one that took 4 phone calls to set up a direct debit in the first place, then upon leaving GB and phoning to settle the final bill, informed me that I was in credit.
Then, a few months later at my non-GB address, I get a random bill for 40 quid, then a random bill for 150 quid, then a phone call later, a refund for 40 quid?
Re: As any fule kno
"it's pronounced jif, hence why that cleaning product manufacturer got sued by the internet authority a few years ago and had to change the name of their product"
How did the plastic lemon / squeezy juice company get away with it then?
What became of the Mac
The Mac as a product was always niche. It found a nice little corner of the market for DTP, but by the mid 90s generic 'IBM compatible' PCs had caught up.
Jobs first masterstroke was replacing the old PC-style beige Mac boxes with nice new translucent iMacs, the 'toilet seat' powerbook and G4 towers. Remember the late 90s when everything had to be translucent with that aquamarine colour?
That was the start of the mac as a fashion accessory.
Few iterations on, the iMac goes to a lamp to an all-in-one large screen.
The powerbook design gets restrained, first as an iPod-style slab then the brushed aluminium look.
Every wedding DJ seemingly has one with the obligatory playlist of 'grease megamix', 'rock the boat' and 'brown eyed girl'.
The tech moved from Gx PPC chips to x86. Presumably less development and testing required to use off the shelf PC components rather than a specialised chipset.
WFW 3.11 + DOS
I remember my first PC, a 486, came with a weighty tome which was the manual for DOS 6.22, Windows 3.1 and Workgroups 3.11.
It covered everything, from batch files to control panel to setting up local network post offices...
Re: spaces in credit card number
Space in credit card number are bad enough.
The forms which spew a validation error when I put a space in my postcode, numberplate or phone number are worse.
It isn't difficult to strip out spaces!!
re: Email address validation
I remember in a previous life as a software tester, I was testing form validation.
I got to the email field, tried the usual - null, incorrect variants, correct variants, all was fine until I got to this test:
The email address validator spew out a validation message.
I drew the developer's attention to this (was trying to be nice, rather than contribute to a growing defect report list...) and he said that that was because the domain was invalid.
I showed him d-n-a.net (which now redirects to UTVInternet), he said 'oh' and quietly edited the regex.
Cars *are* faraday cages, if you get struck by lightning or a stray power cable you should survive.
(Top Gear performed such an experiment a few years ago, putting the annoying one in a Golf.)
Re: The PS3 was and still is a top-notch product
Comparing apples to oranges on the CPU front. The CPU is part of a dedicated gaming system that also happens to run other capabilities.
It has always been this way.
The PS1 had a 33mhz chip, as did my 486 PC at the time. Yet the PS1 could run a heck of a lot more games than my 486 ever could.
Comparing a PS1 to an SX processor wasn't a fair comparison.
I was a little young to remember the 380Z (I thought it was a sports car).
I do, however, recall the Nimbus x86 machines.
I recall the early 90s when my primary school was chuffed to get one, they had us taking turns making xmas cards on MS Paintbrush / Win3.0.
Then by the mid 90s, my secondary school which had some sort of weird BNC network of 386 Nimbuses, which ran an RM login programme to boot Windows 3.0 off a central server. Incredibly slow. We did used to disconnect them from the network, boot them off our own boot disks with single disk games.
By the mid-late 90s the RM offerings were just generic Pentium / Pentium2 PCs running Win95 / Win98.
Re: ReactOS or Linux
If they're anything like corporates I've dealt with in the last few years, they probably have a web front end that only works on a certain version of IE.
Re: XP 2.0?
Or rather, Windows FLP 2.0?
This was a cut down XP for Pentium 2s etc. that allowed some corporates to migrate from Windows 98 onto the XP kernel.
Saturdays and Sundays on terrestrial telly, taken up by reruns of Colombo and tacky reality kareoke contests instead.
Like RIP WRC (where is it even shown nowadays?), and despite half decent coverage ITV doesn't seem to market BTCC on ITV4 very well, a hidden sunday afternoon gem.
Re: Oh FFS!
I hear that.
Broadband speeds in my village are 1.5mb/s.
The infinity postcode check suggests I can get it, upon ordering the BT engineer popped up to the local exchange then phoned me to tell me at 2 miles I'm too far for the signal attenuation, and he wouldn't recommend installation.
I asked BT openreach what it would take to get a DSLAM in the village, as speaking to neighbours there does seem to be some demand. The response was that it needs to be beside an exchange (2 miles away).
Re: On Digital
Still have an ondigital box, made a nice (if slow, seemingly typical of Pace STBs) freeview receiver until the freeview system was 'updated' in October.
Currently a monitor stand, might fire it up into the loft as a historic artifact of the early days of digital.
ITV Digital - remember that. The sports channel that bought up all football rights (sound similar?) then ran out of money. They also had a news channel for a while, I remember that from when it would be shown on ITV overnight (similar to BBC News channel). During the Iraq invasion it seemed to show live video of the drive towards Baghdad, like a surreal post apocalyptic roadtrip.
Within the last couple of years I've had test case spreadsheets (yes I know, but when the budget doesn't extend to test case repositories or investigation time of open source alternatives....) whereby the totals haven't recalculated properly, especially noticable with the wiki plugin which mapped these totals onto a pie chart. The small number of failed test cases were suddenly a big red slice.
Re: Xbox is a dead end
It would be nice to see Sega back in the game again.
Their last console the Dreamcast supported many games which ran on Windows CE,
When it was dropped, MS took their place and stepped in to the console wars as the 3rd competitor. The Xbox owed a lot to the Dreamcast, even the controller was similar.
Re: Dear Old Lord Sugar
He made no secret of the fact that Amstrad was stock-em-up, sell-em-cheap.
The likes of the MegaPC was at least interesting, if overpriced and underspecced on the PC half.
I'd not heard of Viglen in years, a relative bought one about 15 years ago during the Windows 98 era. Seemed a fairly well built PC.
You can joke that ethernet has gone the way of the floppy disk, but you'd be surprised where it turns up.
Recently I went on holiday and took my Android tablet for the first time instead of my aging netbook - be grand for wifi, I thought.
Arrived in the room, little sign on the desk beside a suspiciously RJ-45 looking cable.. "Welcome to your complimentary internet!"
Luckily I was able to find some wifi enabled watering holes...
Just a start
I guess what he was saying is that they could pilot the printing of toys - even if these are out of run / special edition that would cost extra.
Personally, I see the future as 3D printed food.
Vats of lab-grown minced beef, chicken style meat and even pork could be used to 'print' burgers, mcnuggets and mcribs on demand.
Re: And people wonder why...
Windows for *work*groups 8.11 surely?
Re: PCs / Laptops will ultimately become a niche market
I'm not trolling, nor trying to be snobby, but I look forward to the day when this will be so.
It'll be like the early to mid 90s, when a PC was something special to behold, rather than everyone buying Currys specials that you're trying to get spyware off.
It'll be back to a power user / enthusiasts machine, facebook and twitter consumers will be happy with tablet devices (handy machines for living room browsing admittedly).
Re: I bought Lenovo as their BIOS/drivers support Win XP and Win 7
You can thank the corporate world for that one.
As much as I think their quality has dipped a little over recent years, they do look after their target market very well.
Re: Just pray you are not in Blighty
Not just the leccy bill.
The main reason I gave up on PC gaming was that I seemed to be running to stand still to keep up with game's system requirements, each incremental upgrade costing hundreds of pounds.
A console isn't as powerful or have as high a resolution output as a PC with a decent video card and monitor, but the outgoing gen consoles could've been bought in 2005/6 and still function with the latest releases - GTA5 being the big sendoff.
(And even the PS2 is getting it's last FIFA outing)
Re: In other news, Highbrow publisher to give away burgers:
"I did attempt to dine at this restaurant once.
Approaching the establishment, there did appear to be ample parking for my luxury car.
There was a lane containing a modest queue of waiting traffic, presumably accessing some sort of valet parking service - I witnessed such a motorist being advised to park at a waiting area.
I decided to partake in self-parking, you know, 'when in rome' and all that... I found a nice wide space with a painted profile caricature of an individual on a yoga ball. Just the thing after pilates!
I entered the eaterie, however there was no waiting staff to greet me and advise on table availability.
The tables were busy, at this point I'd realised I hadn't made a reservation at all! Silly me!
However we were not approached by any staff and advised of potential seating availability, despite waiting by the doors for appoximately 20 minutes, nor did anyone offer to take my coat.
I departed and am not minded on returning, lest waiting service standards improve!
Good day to you!"
Or, if you are skint, wait a year and pick up the previous year's Fifa pre-owned for 50p.
Re: Pitbull photo
I thought a pitbull concert was an illegal dogfight?
Who is this individual, some sort of r and/or b rapper for the young people?
Why should I be concerned with their prescence?
Why are they on the register?
Re: be cheaper to give them away
The WebOS Touchpad actually ended up being a great machine, especially when sold at the firesale price.
A crying shame that it took that to actually sell them.
Re: Noise pollution
I found noise cancelling headphones are your friend here.
Even on calls, I use the softphone with them.
I have an external DVD drive from the 'netbook' days (when everyone seemed to want their quick Linux internet enabled distro replaced by Windows).
As for USB, I have a drawer full of USB extenders / hubs.
Re: Jesus there's room for everyone..
I always thought of Apple as being like Audi.
Once a quirky brand enjoyed by a few. Was at one point a brand for bearded types.
Brought in some interesting developments in the past (popularised GUI, popularised road going 4x4, futuristic all in one design, futuristic aerodynamic design etc).
Sadly now driven by profits purely trading on the trendiness of a badge, bought by the badge conscious.
More likely to be seen in (or outside) a coffee shop than in or outside a professor's office.
Except that runs my analogy of the Android a little....
So, ignoring Audi, (bear with me...) Android is VW group.
You can get a Skoda, or you can get a Bugatti.
You can get a VW (Phaeton) with the power of a Bentley.
You can have a Seat or a Lamborghini.
So you can buy all sorts of Android devices, from the cheap devices to high spec high end devices and phones.
Or maybe Fiat group is a better choice?
(Fiat Panda - 500 - Alfa - Maserati - Ferrari etc.)
You get my point. Hopefully.
My old HP Touchpad was working well, until I discovered it didn't have a wine compatibility layer.
A glass of rose on the coffee table discovered that. :(
I have an Asus Transformer because it had a decent keyboard (that truth be told gets little use unless I need to sit and write a long email / comment post...)
I'm happy to think that if I got a Tesco Value Cudl I can use the same apps that I use on my Asus and on my mobile.
Truth be told though, my partner has an iPad and iPhone, and is happy with both. The iPad is a nice piece of kit, and seems a little faster than the Asus (though truth be told I'm usually multitasking several applications...). The iPhone seems to get slower and slower - built in redundancy?
I think it is likely that a fair few people would find Tesco Hudls under the tree this xmas. Then, in 18 months time, if they feel like upgrading, they can get something like a Samsung Galaxy and keep their apps.
I was thinking that too.
This man is worth more than most countries.
It isn't like a traditional moving on / early retirement where they pass a card round and you have a pint with them before the last bus home, this is the CEO of one of the world's most powerful companies.
Albeit the CEO who captained the ship into the icebergs of Zune, Vista, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
The fanaticism on display is scary. I've read elsewhere that MS now has a culture of in-fighting between teams / managers / co-workers. Each trying to 'out-Microsoft' the other.
The whole manufactured and stage managed set up reminded me of a WWE character in the ring....
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